Logan 4-H News
In This Issue
- Farwell Message from John Fulton
- Reminder! Summer 2017 4-H Camp Registration
- 4-H Alumni News
- Logan County 4-H Showbook Online
- 4-H Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
- Beginner Sewing Clases
- Spring Cookie/Food Decorating Workshop
- International Cookng Workshop/Polish Foods
- Shooting Sports Events
- Oral Communications Contest
- Spaghetti Meal Thanks!
- Unit 16 Showmanship Clinic - SAVE THE DATE - 4/23/17
- Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups!
- Ethics Requirement/Livestock/Animal Science Projects
- Youth Pork Quality Assurance
- 4-H'ers Serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
- New "Ready4Life Challenge" Exhibit option in every project in 2017
- 4-H Day with the Cardinals
- 2017 Illiois State Fair General Exhibit Information
- Logan County 4-H Show Changes
- County Club News
- Experience College Life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
- Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
- Expand your Leadership Footprint! (ages 16 & older)
- "Farm Forensics" Conference Report
- Educator Corner - Carissa Akpore
- John Fulton Retirement Reception - March 27
- Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000
- Don Miller receives "Friend of 4-H" recognition
- 4-H Club Surveys to take place in April & May
Farwell Message from John Fulton
After 36 plus years, I will be retiring on March 31. It's been quite a ride: 53 fairs in an official capacity, at least eight reorganizations, untold acres walked, trees evaluated, and thousands of animals tattooed… And, in the end, it's like the credit card commercial – priceless. The co-workers, youth, clientele, and volunteers have all made the ride a real pleasure. It's this unique combination which has made Extension a success for all of these years, and will continue this success into the future.
Retirement does come with some sadness, not because of second-guessing the decision, but it has been a job I have loved through the years. My wife Sherry is also retiring the same day, and we have our list: spending time with family and friends, getting some of those projects done around the farm and home, and doing some traveling. For these reasons, it is time to go a different direction.
I wish you nothing but the best for the future! John Fulton
Reminder! Summer 2017 4-H Camp RegistrationSummer 4-H Camp "Early Bird" registration continues ONLINE through March 31. Cost for 4-H members during this registration period will be $195. After March 31st cost will increase to $215, so you will SAVE $20 by doing "Early Bird" registration. 4-H members can choose to register for ANY of the 4 weeks of camp that are available this coming summer
2017 4-H Camp choices
WEEK 1 – June 4 - 8 (Sun-Thurs)/Male Campers – wait list
WEEK 2 - June 11 – 15 (Sun – Thurs)/Male Campers – wait list
WEEK 3 - June 25 - 29 (Sun – Thurs)/Male Campers – wait list
WEEK 4 - June 30 - July 4 (Fri - Tues)
More info available at 4-H Memorial Camp website: go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp
4-H Alumni NewsLogan 4-H Alumni held a Chocolate/Chili Cookoff and Trivia Event on January 29th. Entries included five chili batches and six chocolate recipes. Congrats to Pam Tibbs for receiving TOP Chili Award and TOP Chocolate Award! Danielle Young was selected for CROWD FAVORITE Chili Award and Valerie Leinenbach CROWD FAVORITE Chocolate. Winning trivia team was "Deuces are Wild" (Danielle Young, Vicki Awe, Pat Tibbs, and Lynn Paulus) who received 4-H cups filled with "Smarties" and 4-H items. Our next 4-H Alumni Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd from 6—7 pm—please feel free to join us and help us continue to plan activities and events!
Logan County 4-H Showbook OnlineThe 2017 Logan County 4-H Showbook will be posted online soon. Beginning this year all projects can be found in the showbook in alphabetical order. A printed reference copy will be available at the 4-H Office & also supplied to each 4-H club Main leader. If you are in need of info for a specific 4-H project & do not have internet access yourself, please stop in at the 4-H office and we will print those details for you. The 2017 showbook is on the "Logan County 4-H Shows" page of our website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4hshow
All requirements for Logan County 4-H project exhibition can be found here.
4-H Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Logan County 4-H Foundation will be awarding scholarships on a competitive basis to outstanding eligible 4-H'ers who will be pursuing an education at a college of his/her choice. The recipients must have been a 4-H member for at least 4 years, be accepted for enrollment or be enrolled at an accredited college, university, or community college as well as have submitted the Illinois 4-H Award Application for the previous 4-H year (2015-2016) if a high school senior. Applications will be available at the Extension Office after March 1 and must be returned by April 7, 2017.
Beginner Sewing Clases
A series of classes for beginning sewers (1st or 2nd year in project) will be held on Tuesdays, March 21st, March 28th and April 4th from 6—7 pm each evening. Cost for series is $15 and can be paid first night. Very basic info will be covered including learning parts of sewing machine, simple machine stitching, measuring/cutting fabric, and several simple projects will be completed. We have limited sewing machines, so a maximum of six will be accepted for the classes. Call 732-8289 by March 16 or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16203 .
Spring Cookie/Food Decorating Workshop
A workshop is planned to learn to decorate cookies with a springtime theme. Perfect for those enrolled in Food Decorating as a project! This will teach youth how to decorate with different icing tips and other embellishments. The workshop will be held for youth ages 8 and older on Thursday, April 13 from 2—3 pm. Each youth will leave the workshop with at least six-eight cookie designs. Cost will be $6.00 & must be paid in advance. Call 732-8289 by April 3rd (AND send payment) so we can purchase necessary supplies or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16204 . A minimum of six are needed to hold the workshop and a maximum of 12 will be accepted.
International Cookng Workshop/Polish Foods
An International Cooking workshop focused on Polish recipes will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 4 – 6 pm at the 4-H Office. A main dish and a dessert will be prepared. The class will be taught by Jakub Kolmasiak, foreign exchange student currently studying/staying for the year with the Ed & Colleen Jodlowski family. Youth ages 10 and older are welcome to register to attend! Cost will be $7.00 payable in advance so ingredients/supplies can be purchased. A maximum of ten will be accepted for this workshop. Call 732-8289 by April 13 or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16206 .
Shooting Sports Events
Please come join us for the next Saturday Shooting Sports events! These will take place on: March 25th and April 22nd at 9 am. All three shooting sports disciplines (shotgun, archery, and air rifle) will take place at each event. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER SO THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR EVERYONE. Call the office to register (732-8289) or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16268 — ALL SHOOTING SPORTS PAPERWORK (including risk forms & health forms) need to be completed to participate which can be found on our Shooting Sports page here: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/logan4h/4768.html . Contact Amy Hyde (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or 732-8289 with questions on enrollment or paperwork and for directions to the event.
Oral Communications Contest
This year's county contest will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Extension Office. We will run until completion, and all 4-H members should try to participate in a category.
The special information sheet describing the various categories and registration form for the contest can be picked up at the Extension Office. Registration forms must be returned by April 12, 2017. If you have questions, please call Patty at the 4-H office (732-8289).
Spaghetti Meal Thanks!
Thanks to all attended the 4-H Foundation Spaghetti Meal fundraiser as well as all who worked in the kitchen, donated desserts & helped out at meal by greeting, dishwashing, or clearing tables and those who donated to or bid on silent auction items! Special thanks to THRIVENT FINANCIAL for advance financial support used to assist with purchasing spaghetti ingredients. We raised a little over $6600 !! All support is greatly appreciated! Photos from our Spaghetti Meal can be found on our website here: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/board/index.cfm?boardID=288
Unit 16 Showmanship Clinic - SAVE THE DATE - 4/23/17
All 4-H livestock members participating in beef, sheep, swine, or goat projects should mark their calendars now for the Unit 16 Showmanship Clinic to be held on Sunday, April 23rd at the Logan County Fairgrounds from 9 am – 4 pm. Details are still being finalized but activities will include breakout sessions, judging clinic, and lunch. Cost to attend the Showmanship Clinic will be $10 (which includes lunch & t-shirt). Further details will be distributed to all those enrolled in the Beef, Sheep, Swine & Goat projects.
Calf/Pig/Goat/Chicken Scramble Sign Ups!
Openings still available in all Scrambles - must be signed up in person at the Extension Office on a first come-first served basis. Parent/guardian permission is required.
PIG SCRAMBLE — 10 yrs and not yet 15 as of 8/2/2017 - NO PREVIOUS winners allowed
CALF SCRAMBLE — 12 yrs & not yet 18 as of 8/2/2017
GOAT SCRAMBLE — 8 or 9 yrs as of 9/1/2017 – NO PREVIOUS winners allowed
CHICKEN SCRAMBLE — 5 or 6 yrs old as of 8/2/2017 - NO PREVIOUS participants allowed
Ethics Requirement/Livestock/Animal Science Projects
ALL 4-H members (8-18 yrs) enrolled in Dairy, Swine, Beef, Sheep, Poultry, Horse, Goat, Rabbit, Cat & Dog projects MUST take Ethics training or you will be DROPPED from project and NOT allowed to exhibit your animal. Ethics only needs to be taken once in your career, so if you already completed a previous year you are fine. HOWEVER any 4-H member newly enrolled in these projects MUST make sure they complete training at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAR. 31st, 2017!!
Youth Pork Quality Assurance
Youth Pork Quality Assurance is required for any exhibitor showing Jr., Open, or Premiere barrows at the 2017 Illinois State Fair. Training available online: http://www.pork.org/youth-pqa-plus/ and choose "Youth PQA Plus – click here to certify online". You will need a valid email address to register for the online training. Training must be completed by the time you submit your 4-H entries (June 30th is entry deadline).
¨ Youth 8-11 years of age must certify ANNUALLY by taking the online PQA training course
¨ Youth 12-19 take the online PQA training course and will have the option of taking a test after completion of the training segment. If you pass the test you will be certified for THREE years or until you move to next 'age level'. If you do not pass test, you will continue to do recertification on an annual basis.
¨ Youth re-certifying will not receive a card or number in the mail from NPPC. They will use the same number forever so they are expected to keep it.
If you do NOT have internet access, you may make an appointment during office hours to come to Extension Office and use a computer. Contact Logan (732-8289), Menard (632-7491), or Sangamon (782-4617) if needed.
4-H'ers Serve as True Leaders of Service during National 4-H Day of Service
4-H clubs across the nation will be using their hands to larger service as part of the first National 4-H Day of Service during April 2017. 4-H'ers can work on projects at any time during the month of April, however April 29 as been identified as the date to celebrate the culmination of service outreach. The goal of National 4-H Day of Service is to encourage 4-H members in every county to make an positive difference. National 4-H Day of Service is open to everyone in the community, 4-H members, families, volunteers and community partners. Service projects can be done by individuals or as an entire county 4-H program. No matter what the project, this will be a day to make a difference.
New "Ready4Life Challenge" Exhibit option in every project in 2017
Our mission in 4-H is to empower and prepare youth for successful futures. Now, we've added an exhibit class that lets you show us what your future might be. Every project has a "Ready4Life Challenge" exhibit option. We created the challenge to encourage and recognize 4-H members who take their project to the next level by becoming experts on one or more of the careers related to the project or by starting a business using their project as the product, service, or tool of trade. Follow these steps:
1. Enroll in a project area you like
2. Prepare a physical/visual display representing your business, product, service, or career related to the project.
3. Be prepared to offer verbal or written explanation that shows your knowledge of the related career or business, historical and emerging trends, requirements for success in the field and an action plan for preparation that may include items such as an educational pathway plan, a resume, and/or business plan.
Just so you know, the judging for this class is MORE about your knowledge of the career/business side of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business (training opportunities, your business plan, a portfolio of designs, etc.). Sure, they'll want to see something you've made, but that WON'T be the focus of their judging of the project.
4-H Day with the Cardinals
4-H families can join the St. Louis Cardinals for "4-H Day with the Cardinals" on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Cardinals play San Francisco Giants with a game time of 6:15 pm. Cost is $25 and includes specially designed t-shirt with 4-H/Cardinals logos. Order forms available at the 4-H Office OR can be printed at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/downloads/62763.pdf
Order forms will be DUE by April 10th and tickets go quickly, so if interested you should order ASAP!
2017 Illiois State Fair General Exhibit Information
For the 2017 Illinois State Fair, conference Judging will still occur in many general exhibit areas. Only projects with a Superior rating will earn a premium (if available). All projects required to be on display all day until dismissal time of 3:30 pm. LOGAN COUNTY DAY AT STATE FAIR - Thursday, August 10th. SPECIAL NOTE: ALL 4-H members ages 8-18 will be eligible for State Fair selection in general project areas.
The Logan County 4-H Shows follows changes in exhibit requirements sent by State Fair, so be sure to check the Logan County 4-H Showbook CAREFULLY for specific project requirements!!
Logan County 4-H Show Changes
1. Horse Show will be a Unit 16 Show on Sunday 6/11 at Refuge Ranch, Rochester, IL in Sangamon County. Horse project members will receive a special mailing and horse show entries will be due May 26th! All horse classes (riding) will require exhibitors to wear a helmet!
2. Dog Show start time changed to 8 am on Saturday, 7/29 and Cat Show at 10 am on Saturday, 7/29.
3. NEW Guinea Pig project "live animal" will exhibit at end of Cat Show on 7/29 – (cat show begins @ 10 am)
4. ALL Swine exhibitors will be required to submit Ear Notch Sheets to 4-H office by 6/30 (ALL GILTS & Barrows).
5. Changes in STEAM Clothing, Interior Design, Computer, & Robotics class descriptions to match state fair requirements. BEEKEEPING – Brand new exhibit classes.
6. Foods 101, 201, 301, 401 exhibitors, Photography Exhibitors, Clothing Exhibitors, and Aerospace exhibitors are allowed to enter more than one item to show.
7. Showmanship classes are now premium eligible – you MUST be sure to enter for the showmanship class in advance during show registration if you plan to participate.
8. ALL SHOW Entries will take place through a new ONLINE system this year . . . more details to come!
County Club News
ATLANTA AG – We recently heard about the Parli Pro night hosted by Olympia FFA, the 4-H Officer Training Day, shopped for Toys for Tots and had a Pizza Party
BESAON AG – Recently we discussed upcoming Spaghetti Meal, records information sheets, did bubble wrap painting, heard about paper folding workshop, and embroidered on felt.
CHESTER 4-H – We have recently made care packages with personal care items, discussed Christmas party, decided on a basket donation to Spaghetti Meal, made valentine cards for elderly.
CLOVERDALE 4-H – In recent months we decided on a club basket for Spaghetti Meal, possible fundraiser for club, collected socks & gloves for homeless and birthday items for Birthday Box community service projects
Experience College Life at 4-H Illini Summer Academies
The 2017 session of the 4-H Illini Summer Academies will take place Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29 on the U of I Campus. Open to youth ages 14 – 18 by Sept. 1, 2017 and has completed 8th grade.
Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you're still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That's what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to explore the University of Illinois campus and many degree programs and careers.
The cost of the Conference varies depending on which Academy of study you choose. Payment is requested at the time of registration via credit card. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration OPENS March 1st and closes May 15th. Find it here: @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H Academy Choices include: Aerospace Engineering, Animal Science, Chemistry, Plant Sciences, Ag Communications, Veterinary Medicine, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Entomology: Honeybees & Beekeeping, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Exploring Human Development/Family Studies, Exploring Theater & Fashion for Stage/Film, Exploring Theater & Hip Hop, Grand Challenges in Family Science, Illinois Informatics Institute: Design Thinking with Digital Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping, Journalism: Activating your Voice of Inclusion in the Media
Speaking for Illinois 4-H Training, May 6
This spring will provide another opportunity for 4-H members ages 14-18 to advance their leadership skills and become a part of the state Speaking for Illinois 4-H leadership team! Our next training is May 6 at the Effingham Extension Office. This all-day training prepares teens to assist their local area in soliciting donors, speaking to community groups, and keeping county board members informed of local 4-H impact. On a state level, these teens are invited to participate in 4-H Legislative Connection events at the state capitol and tell their story to our Illinois Representatives and Senators. Get the May 6 date on your calendars now! Cost is $10. Registration will open in early to mid-March @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/leadership/speaking-illinois-4-h .
Expand your Leadership Footprint! (ages 16 & older)
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 industry 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 program. 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.
"Farm Forensics" Conference Report
Ruthie Ruhl, Topper 4-H Club member, recently attended "Farm Forensics", the Illinois 4-H Junior Livestock Conference for 7th, 8th, & 9th graders. Ruthie shared "The livestock conference is good for 4-H members who like animals - especially large ones – and those who take a shine to biology and science in general. I especially liked all the hands on stuff. It did involve putting my hands in stuff I wouldn't normally touch, like owl pellets. This year we dissected owl pellets, performed embryo preservation, identified different kinds of bacteria and learned more about livestock advocacy." Ruthie is pictured learning more about electrophoresis and DNA mapping.
Educator Corner - Carissa Akpore
Youth perceive and process information in very different ways. In fact, their learning styles are based on those two fundamental cognitive functions. Learning styles theory suggests that how much individuals learn has more to do with whether the educational experience is geared toward their particular style of learning than whether or not they are "smart." So, we should ask, HOW is this youth smart? Rather than, IS this youth smart? Here are some general learning style classifications.
Concrete perceivers absorb information through direct experience -- by doing, acting, sensing and feeling. Abstract perceivers, however, absorb information by analyzing, observing and thinking.
Active processors make sense of an experience by immediately
using the new information. Reflective processors make sense of an experience by
reflecting on and thinking about it before acting on it.
Some authors suggest that practitioners should tailor their teaching styles to be more in accord with the youth they are working with. Others have suggested that a moderate learning-teaching style mismatch encourages and challenges learners to expand their capabilities.
Best practice might involve offering educational experiences that employ a variety of teaching styles. In that way, those who work with youth can emphasize and reward the full spectrum of learning styles so that all young people have equal opportunities to learn. To do that, those who work with youth should put an emphasis on intuition, senses, feelings and imagination, in addition to skills of analysis, reason and sequential problem-solving.
In terms of instruction, practitioners may design their instruction methods to connect with all learning styles, using various combinations of experience, reflection, conceptualization, and experimentation. Practitioners may also incorporate a wide variety of experiential elements into the learning environment, such as music, sound, movement, visuals, texture, experience, and talking or signing.
How smart is this young person? A question framed in that manner implies a number of things. First, it acknowledges that all youth are smart; they simply have different forms of intelligence. It also suggests that practitioners are responsible for taking initiative to find out how young people learn. It also suggests that youth should know their own preferred learning style so that they are prepared to drive their learning. Lastly, it is a strength-based way to view young people and their learning, which may set the tone for positive youth development, quality of youth-practitioner relationships and effective learning environments.
What are your thoughts on learning styles? Do your club meetings, workshops or youth interactions take into consideration preferred learning styles or forms of intelligence? If you would like resources on how to create an environment that works with different learning styles, please contact me at email@example.com
John Fulton Retirement Reception - March 27
Unit 16 Director, John Fulton, will officially retire at the end of March after 36 years of Extension work. A Retirement Reception will be held at the Logan County Extension Office on Monday, March 27th from 4 – 6 pm. Please join us in celebrating John's many years of work in Extension and wishing him well in retirement! Light refreshments will be served and we hope many might be able to stop by to congratulate John on his years of service to our county/Unit! John requests, in lieu of gifts, a donation to the local 4-H Foundation.
Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000
Starting March 1, we need every 4-H alum to raise their virtual hand and be counted by National 4-H Council. It's easy to do. Go to: http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand and complete the online form. You'll even have a chance to donate $10 if you want to help Illinois 4-H. That's up to you. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. So, spread the word and tell all your friends… tweet it, post it, chat it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud!
Don Miller receives "Friend of 4-H" recognitionDon Miller, longtime Ag instructor in Logan County as well as retired Ag Extension employee, was recently recognized as a "Friend of 4-H" for his many years of service to Logan County and the 4-H program. Don is pictured above with Bill Bree (also retired Ag instructor) and John Fulton, County Director. Congratulations to Don!
4-H Club Surveys to take place in April & May
In 2017, we will be collecting data statewide to answer some critical questions:
(1) Are we incorporating the essential elements of positive youth development programming into our 4-H club, program, and event experiences?
(2) Have we guided youth towards making healthy lifestyle choices?
(3) Have we positively influenced youth's aspirations and interest in science?
(4) How have we influenced our 4-H members' career decisions?We will collect this data by asking members in some of our clubs (randomly selected) to complete a survey, or by asking youth attending programs and events for 4-H members and non-members