Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- November 2016
- Welcome to Pope-Hardin Co 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- Unit 24 Officer Training
- Celebrating our military families!
- The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
- Barnyard Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery
- Jr. Leadership Conference
- Registration is OPEN for 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus!
- Premium Checks Coming Soon!!!
- Happy Birthday!
November 2016As we enter the month of November, I would like to start off by letting you all know how thankful I am for each one of you. Whether you are a 4-H member, volunteer, or parent, you are a vital part of the 4-H program. I also want to thank those of you who have already registered via 4-HOnline or paper form. If you have not yet registered, please do so ASAP. Since we have switched enrollment from the 4-HDMS system to the 4-HOnline system, I am having to switch back and forth between the two programs in order to get contact information for those who have not yet enrolled for the 2016-2017 4-H year. While collecting information this way has worked so far, it leaves room for errors in contact information, which could lead to some members not being able to receive newsletters, emails, etc. It only takes a few minutes to register, so please enroll as soon as you can. And now on to upcoming programming and events...
Welcome to Pope-Hardin Co 4-HClub Contact Information
Hardin County Corn Fed Clovers– Janetta Flener or Ida Bishop
Pope County Clover Crew– Mandy or Brad Curry
Pope County River Rats– Kala Bonnell or Julie Barger
Upcoming EventsNow– Citizenship Washington Focus Registration Open
November 12– Unit 24 Officer Training at Saline County Extension Office
Early November- Enrollment opens for the Teen Leadership Conference
Mid-November– Registration for the Youth Livestock Conference open; Registration for the 4-H Junior Leadership Conference open
Unit 24 Officer Training4-H Club officers keep your meetings moving and organized. Are you a 4-H club officer or committee chairman? If you answered yes then we have a training just for you. Learn more about how to manage your 4-H meetings while adding lots of FUN! Officers from all 6 counties in Unit 24 will be attending. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about 4-H in other counties and take neat ideas back to your own club. Join us November 12 from 9:00-11:00 at the Saline County Extension Office. Questions, contact Melissa Wilson at 252-8391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP to the office.
Celebrating our military families!4-H clubs interested in a fall service outreach effort should look for ways to support military local families during November which is Military Family Appreciation Month! Military families make up a very special part of our nation's population. Behind every service member is a family that supports them whether they are at home or deployed. Those families include more than 1.82 military children, with more than 1,126,000 being active duty branches and nearly 700,000 representing the national guard/reserve military branches.
In addition to inviting those families to join 4-H, here is a list of other things a 4-H club can do to show their support:
Write a thank-you note to a family for sacrifices they have made while their service member is away
Plan a special day with hands-on activities for military families and invite them to bring a picture of their service member to post on a Wall of Heroes that can remain on display during the month of November at a local venue, possibly the local library or school.
Create Family Packs for military families in your community. The Family Packs can items that support fam-ily activities such as board games; craft kits; gift cards for local family oriented experiences and/or restaurants.
Watch for the announcement a Presidential Proclamation recognizing November as Military Family Month and create a local media event to generate community awareness of the those in your community who dedicate their lives to keeping our Nation safe from threats here at home and around the world. En-courage local businesses to offer special discounts for military families during November
Decorate display cases and bulletin boards throughout November with military focused memorabilia, or items brought by military kids reflecting their experiences (where they have lived or traveled, family members' service memorabilia, etc.
Contact a local National Guard Armory or Reserve Center to find out how to "adopt" a deployed service family. Create care packages for deployed troops; or Family Packs for local families.
For more information or assistance in making connections, contact Pat McGlaughlin, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development at email@example.com.
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with LeadershipTime to get pumped for the big game… the game of life.
Leadership comes in many different forms. Maybe you like to plan events. Maybe you like to speak in front of groups. Maybe you like to teach or mentor others. Maybe you like to solve world issues or be at the table when important issues are discussed. Illinois 4-H is here to help you with a NEW conference.
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan
WHEN: January 6 – 7, Decatur Conference Center
WHO: Counties can send a team of four teens and one adult to this conference (6 teens for counties that have a 4-H Metro program). But space is limited to the first 100 teens and their corresponding adult coach, so you'll want to have your team selected so you can register as soon as you can. Teens must currently be enrolled in high school (9th – 12th grades) in order to attend and an adult coach MUST be included on the team.
HOW: Our target for opening registration is November 1, so keep your eyes peeled for more information! It will be coming soon!
Whether you are a Junior Varsity teen leader with less than two years of experience or a member of the Varsity squad with two or more years' experience in 4-H leadership roles, this conference will include training in skills that you need to improve your work as a teen planner, promoter, mentor, teacher, advocate, or advisor. From youth and adult partnerships to learning about group management and strategies for persuading adult, Illinois 4-H teen leaders who attend will be able to focus on skills that they can use not only with 4-H, but with advanced education, scholarship applications, and future careers. Not only will you learn new skills, but you'll have fun meeting and sharing with Illinois 4-H teens from across the state as well.
Some of you asked about this event after you read it in the October newsletter. As of printing, this is the most current information I have available for this event. I will send out more information as soon as I get it.
Barnyard Forensics Solves the Livestock MysteryHow do you increase livestock productivity? How do you keep your herd healthy? What traits do you want in your breeding stock? How do you successfully run your farm business? Uncover the answers in this year's Youth Livestock Conference … Barnyard Forensics: A Livestock Mystery. The conference will be held Feb. 11 & 12 at Hawthorn Suites in Champaign and is open to 4-H members in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. This program provides leadership and team building activities as well as exciting hands-on opportunities built around the science and disciplines of livestock production and exhibition. This conference is hosted by the State 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team. The conference website will open after November 15 at go.illinois.edu/4Hlivestock.
Jr. Leadership ConferenceAll the Places I'll Go…
Start your 4-H journey at the 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference!
Where are YOU headed on your leadership journey? If you are in the 7th or 8th grade, check out the 2017 Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference to see some of your many options! Scheduled for February 25-26 at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Bloomington, this weekend conference will include a variety of hands-on workshop sessions, team-building activities, making new friends, and more!
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team has planned workshops on first aid, robotics, understanding different cultures, animal science, team-building, and robotics – ALL from suggestions made by delegates at the 2016 conference! The Youth Leadership Team members will also be sharing stories on their own leadership journeys throughout the conference so you can see the opportunities that are available to all Illinois 4-H members! Registration will open in mid-November; details on the 2017 event will be on the Illinois 4-H website at that time. Get ready to start your 4-H leadership adventure now by planning to attend! Want to be sure you don't miss any information? Sign up to receive updates about conference registration here: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15278
Registration is OPEN for 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus!Get on the bus to Washington
Registration is OPEN for 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus!
Be part of the Illinois 4-H delegation for the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus program! It's a tremendous national citizenship event that focuses on the federal legislative process and the impact youth voices can make. The trip is open to 4-H members who are 14 to 18 years of age by May 1, 2017 and runs Saturday June 10 through Saturday, June 17, 2017.
We'll travel by bus to Washington, D.C., stopping at Gettysburg on the way to learn about a most challenging time in our country's history. Once our delegation reaches the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., the Citizenship Washington Focus program includes workshops, group discussions and work, tours of memorials and museums throughout the D.C. area, and more.
Through the generosity of the Illinois 4-H Foundation, we are able to offer this week's full program, transportation, Illinois CWF shirt, insurance and more for approximately $1,025. Members are responsible for the trip to/from bus pick-up location(s), meals on the road, and 1 or 2 meals during the week. Some counties offer partial fee scholarships to 4-Hers – check with your local Extension office for more information regarding financial assistance.
On-line registration will open October 1: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=15277. A deposit of $300 will be due at the time of initial registration. Registration will close December 1, 2016 OR when registration is full, whichever occurs first. Other payments of $375 and $350 (estimated) will be due January 15 and May 15. At least one female chaperone will also be needed for the trip. If you are interested, check out the information on the website and indicate your interest on the registration site by December 1.
Premium Checks Coming Soon!!!That's right, premium checks will be on their way to your mailbox very soon. Please note that those premiums will be for the 2014-2015 4-H year only. Please understand that University of Illinois Ex-tension has no control over determining when or if premiums will be awarded for a given 4-H year. Please see excerpt from our 4-H handbook below.
"*NOTE: The Department of Agriculture shall use its best efforts to secure sufficient appropriations to fund premiums. In any year for which the General Assembly of the State of Illinois fails to make an appropriation sufficient to pay such premiums, premium amounts may not be accurately reflected in the Junior Department Premium Book."