Pope-Hardin 4-H News
In This Issue
- March 2017
- Welcome to Pope-Hardin County 4-H
- Upcoming Events
- 2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show Dates
- Online ethics certification
- Polar Plunge
- Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification
- Speaking for Illinois 4-H
- Citizen Scientist RiverWatch
- Find your place in agriculture
- Illinois 4-H Food Challenge
- 2017 4-H Day with the Cardinals
- Calling All Chocolatiers
- International Night 2017
- Unit 24 Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon
- Expand Your Leadership Footprint!
- Illini Summer Academies
- Southern Illinois 4-H Summer Camp
- A NEW National 4-H Month of Service
- New exhibit option in every project in 2017
March 2017Has this 4-H year been a whirlwind of activities so far or is it just me? February was a very busy month for Pope and Hardin County 4-H members, and March is looking to be quite busy as well. You will find more details inside, but a few events that we will be holding in March include the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics, the Illinois 4-H Food Challenge, International Night, and the first 4-H Citizen Scientist Riverwatch water testing of the season. I am also excited to share that we have some more Unit-wide events coming up in April that will allow our local 4-H'ers to participate with other clubs from Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, and White counties in some community service and skill building events. No need to keep you waiting! Check inside to see what the Pope-Hardin County 4-H future holds...
Welcome to Pope-Hardin County 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
1st– Deadline to enroll in projects and order project publications. All payments are due before the publications will be ordered.
4th– Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Lake Sandusky, Rend Lake - Plunge registration begins at 10:00 am, with the Plunge beginning at 12:00 pm
10th– Candy-Making Workshop at the Chocolate Factory in Dixon Springs. First session will begin at 4:30 pm.
18th– Illinois 4-H Food Challenge at Community Chapel Church 9:30 – 11:00 am
23rd– International Night at Community Chapel Church 5:30-7:00 pm
25th– Riverwatch 4-H Citizen Scientist Water Testing at the Hill Branch at Bell Smith Springs. After macroinvertebrate samples have been collected, we will move to DSAC for identification.
2017 Pope-Hardin County 4-H Show DatesSaturday, May 27th - Livestock Show (less swine)
Saturday, June 17th - General Project Show (including small animal live exhibits) Hardin County School
Wednesday, July 19th - Swine Show, Massac County Fairgrounds
Saturday, July 29th - Horse Show, One Horse Gap Campground
Online ethics certificationOnline ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, small animals (pets), and swine. Members who don't complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ . This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits. Training must be completed by May 1st. *If you have completed the training in a previous year, you do not have to take the training again. This training is required for anyone enrolled in an animal project! No QAEC=No Exhibition
Polar PlungePolar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois
March 4, 2017 at Rend Lake, South Sandusky Beach, 12220 Rend City Road, Benton IL
Registration 10:00 am, Plunge Time noon
Contact: Rhonda Knight, email@example.com - (618) 383-4400
Register online at plungeillinois.com
Pre-Plunge Kickoff Party - Tuesday, Feb 28th, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm, Ross Cottom Lanes
Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification4-H Shooting Sports Spring Adult Certification Training
The spring training for those adults interested in joining the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program as a volunteer leader will be held May 5-7, 2017. Adult volunteers are an important part of the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program. All 4-H shooting sports clubs must be led by adults who have completed the training and passed the certification test. Instructors are needed in all disciplines of pistol, shotgun, rifle, archery and wildlife, as well as coordinator positions. Cost is $125. Registration is open now through April 24th and must be completed by the Pope-Hardin Extension office. Contact me to register or with any questions about this training.
Speaking for Illinois 4-HIf you are 14 or older, and want to share your 4-H story with both local and State stake-holders, save the date for Saturday, May 6th for the next Speaking for Illinois 4-H training. This training will be held in Effingham, and will be the last training available to those who plan to attend the 2017 Illinois Legislative Connection in Springfield to be held in May (date TBA). More details will be coming soon, so be sure and watch for more info...
Citizen Scientist RiverWatchThe 4-H Citizen Scientist RiverWatch water testing season is quickly approaching!
What do Citizen Scientists do? 4-H Citizen Scientists take an active role in monitoring the health of their environment. The Green Stream Team focuses on testing local wadeable streams and reporting their findings to the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.
Who can join? Any youth who is in grades 7-12.
How much does it cost? Z-E-R-O (unless you are a non 4-Her who decides to become a member)!
Do I have to be in 4-H? NOPE! Our Green Stream Team is open to any youth who is in 7th-12th grades (but we hope you leave as a member).
How do I join? Contact me at the office at 618-695-6060 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details about RiverWatch, visit www.ngrrec.org/riverwatch Our first testing will be held on March 25th beginning at 10 am.
Find your place in agricultureAre you a young woman interested in a career in agriculture? Consider attending the "Women Changing the Face of Agriculture" Conference on the University of Illinois campus March 10. The keynote speaker is Elzandi Oosthuizen, vice president of global strategy at Monsanto. Oosthuzien's 12-year career with Monsanto began in South Africa and includes global and regional roles in the Seed and Traits, Crop Protection, and Vegetable operations. The conference offers career advice and direction for young women in high school and college who are thinking about a career in agriculture. At the conference, women learn more about careers in the industry, network with women from across the country, and interact with others interested in similar careers. To learn more about the conference, visit womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
Illinois 4-H Food ChallengeShow us that you're up for the challenge!
Do you like to whip up your own recipes? Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you dream of competing in one of those reality cooking competitions? Why not get a team together for the Illinois 4-H Food Challenge? The Illinois 4-H Food Challenge lets you work with a team of your friends to create a healthy food dish for a panel of judges. We'll give you the raw ingredients and it's up to you and your team to create your food masterpiece and present it with a creative flair for the judges. Take the challenge and get a group together to compete in this new 4-H contest. In addition to the confidence you'll gain making creative dishes without a recipe, you could win prizes and awards for your presentation and your dish.
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:30 am to 11 am
Where: Community Chapel Church
Who: Pope-Hardin 4-H members who are at least 8 years of age
Parents, families and community members are welcomed and encouraged to join us as the audience for our food challenge, but only team members will be allowed in the food preparation area.
You must RSVP for this event by March 9!
2017 4-H Day with the CardinalsSaturday, May 20, 2017
Ticket Orders Must be Postmarked by April 10, 2017!
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, May 20. The Cardinals will be playing the San Francisco Giants in a 6:15 p.m. game in Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their parents/leaders can take part in a parade around the ball field—that's right, participants will actually get to go down on the field and march one time around the stadium behind their state or county 4-H banner. Also, everyone who orders a ticket on this form will receive a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H and Cardinals logos to commemorate the day. Note: Groups of families or county groups that wish to sit together must send their orders in one package. Tickets usually sell out, so order early. Tickets and t-shirts will be mailed on May 8.
You could throw out the first pitch of the game, get an autographed baseball, or win other great prizes! 4-H members who participate in the 4-H raffle will have a chance to be selected to throw out the first pitch, and other family members, alumni, and guests can win other great prizes. Each person who completes Section B of the order form will receive one chance to be selected for every $1 they donate to the 4-H Day with the Cardinals Raffle Fund. You must order tickets on the form below to participate in the raffle. See the back of the form for details and a list of prizes.
Contact me for an order form. I will collect the orders again this year for those who want to sit as a group. All forms and money will be due to me by March 16th. If you do not want to sit with the group, feel free to submit your orders at your convenience.
Calling All ChocolatiersDo you love chocolate? Have you ever wondered how chocolate is made? Ever thought it would be cool to make your own custom chocolate treat? If so, you don't want to miss this event!
When: Friday, March 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Where: The Chocolate Factory in Dixon Springs
Who: Pope and Hardin County 4-H members and Cloverbuds
This workshop will be led by Linda Meherg, owner of The Chocolate Factory in Dixon Springs. Participants will learn about the equipment and processes involved in the chocolate-making process, and will be able to create their own sweet treat to finish up the workshop. Mrs. Meherg has generously offered this workshop at no cost to our 4-H members. Participants will have the option to buy chocolate treats following the workshop.
This workshop does require an RSVP. If you plan to participate, please contact me at the office at 618.695.6060 or email@example.com by March 2.
I understand that 4:30 may be an inconvenient start time for some of you. However, this workshop will be done in two "shifts": 1/2 of the participants will head back to the kitchen with Linda at 4:30 for an overview of chocolate making and a demonstration, and the other group will follow. If you can't get here by 4:30, but could come a little later, feel free to go ahead and sign up.
International Night 2017When: Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 pm
Where: Community Chapel Church
What: Each club will be responsible for portraying their chose country through a short presentation of facts, as well as by providing cuisine related to that country. Clubs will have a total of 10– 15 minutes to do their presentations in front of the other clubs and guests. Individual clubs will decide what food items to bring. Extension will provide bottled water but clubs are welcome to bring additional drinks if desired.
Unit 24 Livestock Judging and Skill-a-Thon
- 4 Rings of Livestock
- 1 Questions Class
- Breed Identification
- Feed Ingredients Identification
- Equipment Identification
- Livestock Educational Presentations
- Cash Prizes
- Door Prizes
Who: All 4-H members age 8-18
What: $5 cash registration fee per person
When: 9:00 am, Saturday, April 22, 2017
Where: Hamilton County Fairgrounds in McLeansboro
Lunch sponsored by Farm Credit Illinois
RSVP to the Hamilton County Extension office at 618.643.3416 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 14.
Expand Your Leadership Footprint!Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities be opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership.
Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee – Two Illinois 4-H members are selected to serve alongside two Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassadors as the 4-H representatives to this committee of in-dustry representatives and 4-H/FFA youth representatives to plan various programs throughout the year. If you enjoy agriculture, consider exploring this option. Terms run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Applications will be available March 1 and are due May 1. Applicants must be 17-19 to apply.
Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – This team of 22 4-H members and recent alumni plan, teach, implement, and evaluate the Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference and Speaking for Illinois 4-H pro-gram. They also assist at various statewide events throughout the year and have opportunities to travel to national conferences. Applicants must be 16-19 years of age by September 1, 2017 in order to apply for the 2-year teams. Interviews are required. Applications are available by mid-April and are due in June and late July for interviews at the Illini Summer Academies or State Fair.
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in February, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for 6-7 teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications should be available by mid-March and will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Illini Summer AcademiesSave the date
Illini Summer Academies is expanding… one more day to explore the University of Illinois campus and college
NEW DAYS June 25 -29
NEW ACADEMIES, such as Ag Communications, Journalism, plus advance ses-sions of Microbiology and Human Development and Family Services.
Southern Illinois 4-H Summer CampWe'll be looking for you!
June 18-21 or June 21-24
Live in cabins for four days while you spend the day swimming, fishing, making crafts and hanging with new friends.
Location: DuBois Center in DuBois IL
Cost: $199 (see registration form for details)
Ages: Open to youth age 8 to 16 years
Registration & Scholarship information available at your local Extension office.
A NEW National 4-H Month of ServiceConsider what your club can do in April
4-H members have always demonstrated pride in the communities they call home. Whether they live in cities, towns, or rural areas, 4-H'ers strive to find ways to make their communities better.
We are excited to announce that 4-H'ers in every county in the nation will be joining together in April 2017 to celebrate community service and service learning throughout their local communities. Service projects can be scheduled at any time during April, however the celebration of service culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to provide you with tools to plan service experiences across the nation. Look for a toolkit soon, along with ways for you to report your club's accomplishments.
If you are wondering how YOU can make a difference, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. probably said it best when he shared, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love."
New exhibit option in every project in 2017We know that 4-H prepares you for the future… and now, we're adding an exhibit class that lets you show off business opportunities and careers you could have based on your 4-H project! The Ready4Life Challenge class is available in EVERY 4-H project and open to any 4-H member who was at least 11 years old last September.
Here is the exhibit description:
Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.
Have you started a business based on a 4-H project? Have you interviewed professionals in your 4-H project area? Have you considered marketing a product you make related to 4-H? We've added state fair exhibit entries for these new Ready4Life exhibits. Start thinking today!