Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- Making the holidays GREENer! Unit 16 4-H in the Festival of Trees!
- Interested in ROBOTICS?
- 4-H Holiday Foods Workshop!
- Hey teens! Join 4-H Federation:
- The Sangamon County 4-H Foundation
- 2016-2017 Online 4-H Enrollment!
- 2017 4-H Shows
- Clover Spotlight!
- Metro National 4-H Week:
- National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference in New Orleans
- The Distinguished Service Award
- Achievement in Service Award
- Barnyard Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery:
- Share YOUR voice in Washington D.C.
- The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
- All the Places I’ll Go… your 4-H journey at 2017 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference!
- Celebrating our military families!
- “The Power of a Positive Role Model”
- 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
- METRO 4-H YOUTH SPOTLIGHT
- Get your lifetime membership to the Illinois 4-H Alumni Association
- Mark Your Calendar
- NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT
Making the holidays GREENer! Unit 16 4-H in the Festival of Trees!Sangamon, Menard, and Logan 4-H sponsored a showcase room at Memorial's Festival of Trees which will be held in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Remember When…" and our room represents 4-H memories! Make sure to stop by and check it out! Thank you to everyone who donated items!
Interested in ROBOTICS?LoCo Robotics will host interest and information meetings for 4-H Robotics Spin Club on Saturday, November 19th and Saturday, December 10th from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Logan County Extension Office. Robotics club is open to ages 8-18 and members build and program a robot using LEGO Mindstorm. Interested members need to attend at least one of the two informational meetings. Interested members are also invited to participate in a robotics field trip on Saturday, December 17 to view a robotics competition in Bloomington. For more information, please contact Leslie Starasta at 217-732-7970. Pre-registration is required. Call 732-8289 to register or register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15438
4-H Holiday Foods Workshop!Youth ages 8-18 can create fun holiday finger foods at one of our 4-H Holiday Foods workshops! From Pretzel Rod Snowmen to Tortilla Snowflakes we will explore a world of festive holiday treats that are fun to create AND enjoy. A Sangamon County session will be held at the U of I Extension office at 700 S. Airport Drive in Springfield on Monday, December 5th from 6-7:30 pm, and a Menard County session will be offered at the U of I Extension office at 420 S. 7Th Street in Petersburg on Tuesday, December 12th from 6-7:30 pm. Cost for either session will be $8 (paid in advance). Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h, and click the link under "Register Online", or call the 4-H office at 782-4617 if you do not have internet access. A minimum of six are needed to hold this workshop & a maximum of 15 will be accepted per session.
Hey teens! Join 4-H Federation:
In September, 4-H Federation visited the Animal Protection League in Springfield where they toured the facility, learned about their program and volunteer opportunities, and made some new animal friends!
November's event will be on Saturday, Nov 5th from 1-4 p.m. at the Orr building at the State Fairgrounds where we will be joining with Logan's teens and decorating for the Festival of Trees. Wear 4-H apparel if possible. Pizza included. RSVP to Kathryn
In December, we will come together for some holiday fun, details TBD look for email or contact Kathryn
Questions or to RSVP to any event, contact Kathryn
email@example.com or text her at 217-851-1708
The Sangamon County 4-H Foundation
is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, January 24th,
2017 at the Extension Office. The
evening will start with a potluck at 6 pm.
The Foundation will provide meat, table service and drinks. We ask that
families in attendance please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There are several openings on the Foundation
board this year. We are also looking for
volunteers for specific projects or committees.
If you have questions, please contact Ethan Krone 899-8979 or Abby Hunt
All 4-H members, leaders, and alumni are welcome to attend this
2016-2017 Online 4-H Enrollment!This year enrolling in 4-H is easier than ever before! Illinois 4-H families will now be able to complete enrollment online. The new system, 4-H Online, will allow you to create a family profile, and then register every member or leader in your family. You will be able to choose your club(s), your project(s), and select your Program fee payment method! Instead of repeating information several times on several forms, the basic information is entered once. 4-H families have been asking for an online enrollment system for years, and now we are able to honor that request for our busy, connected families. 4-H Leaders will be passing out guides at your meetings for directions on using 4HOnline to enroll. If you need assistance with enrollment questions, please contact 4-H staff at 782-4617.
2017 4-H Shows
Important Deadlines and Dates for
2016-2017 4-H Year: Please mark these important dates
on your calendar to be sure that you are able to fully participate in shows!
- Sept 1, 2016: Beginning of New
(Must be ages 8-18 for 4-H or ages 5-7 for 4-H Cloverbud by September 1, 2016 to enroll)
- March 1, 2017: Deadline to add/drop projects to be eligible to exhibit at 4-H Show
- Unit 16 Horse Show Registrations: Info sent out in April and Due May 11
- May 2017: 4-H Show Registration information will be distributed
- June 1, 2017: 4-H Show Registration deadline
- Sep 1, 2017: 4-H Records due to leaders
*** Some projects, especially animal projects, have addition requirements and deadlines. These will be posted in the 4-H Newsletter in advance.
- Unit 16 Horse Show, June 11, Refuge Ranch, Rochester, IL
- Clothing Show Saturday , tentatively June 24th Sangamon County Extension Office
- General Project Show Saturday
July 8 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
(including Animal Science Displays)
- Sangamon County Livestock Shows July 8- 9 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
- Unit 16 Dog Show tentatively July 29, Logan County Fairgrounds
- State Junior Horse Show July 24-31
- Illinois State Fair August 10-20, 2017 Illinois State Fair: There will be an assigned day when our counties will show at the 4-H Show at the State Fair. Date will be released in early summer.
Livestock Superintendents' Meeting:
Tuesday, Dec 6 at 6 p.m. Sangamon County Extension Office
Menard Livestock Superintendents' Meeting: Wednesday, Dec 7 at 6 p.m. Menard County Extension Office
All General Project and Sangamon Livestock Superintendents' Meeting: Thursday, January 26, 2017 6 p.m. Sangamon County Extension Office
University of Illinois Extension & 4-H had fun with "Pokémon and Pollinators" at Lincoln Memorial Garden's 2016 Indian Summer Festival. Youth used brushbots to complete the Honey Bee Challenge and learned about pollinators, made giant bubbles with Krabby, and learned about animal habitats. The Master Gardeners taught about Pollinator Pocket Gardens and kids could feed worms to learn about composting. We hope to see many 4-Her's learning about the new Beekeeping project!
Oakford Pinoeers 4-H Club had fun painting pumpkins that they donated to their local nursing home during National 4-H Week in October!
Pleasant Plains Clovers 4-H Club created a beautiful float for their local parade!
Rochester school hosted a STEM Fair in September where Rochester Cooper Jets 4-H Club brought activities like the MakeyMakey and Straw Rockets to introduce our 4-H STEM projects like Electricty, Robotics, and Aerospace!
Illiopolis 4-H Club presented their annual 4-H Day with Sangamon Valley West Elementary School where members presented their projects, helped kids make trail mix, and shared all about how to join 4-H this Fall!
Metro National 4-H Week:
Keith Jacobs brought a DYNAMIC PRESENTATION on Drones and how to operate and build them! We had 81 youth there. Afterwards, the youth enjoyed an ice cream social sponsored by the St. Louis Dairy Council. 4-H is so blessed to have a partnership with Boys and Girls Club! Our Focus is on same level and it is a joy to come together and put on successful events like this to give exposure to our youth. One special youth won his own drone that was raffled out which was exciting! Each youth also received a National 4-H Week spinner which was a hit!
National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference in New Orleans
Illinois 4-H was in the spotlight at this year's National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Annual Conference held Oct. 8-14 in New Orleans. Eight staff members received national recognition for outstanding programming and marketing efforts; and others were selected to teach new 4-H program efforts on this national platform. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4HA) promotes, strengthens, enhances and advocates for the 4-H youth development profession. NAE4HA is one of the largest professional associations for youth development workers with a diverse membership of nearly 3,600 youth development professionals. Each year, the association recognizes members for their Extension 4-H work by presenting awards for outstanding accomplishments in achievement, leadership, service, and communication. National winners were first selected as award winners in Illinois and then in the 12-state north central region before competing on the national stage.
The Distinguished Service Awardrecognizes outstanding staff with seven or more years of service. Winner for Illinois was Carissa Akpore, U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator in Sangamon, Logan and Menard counties. Akpore collaborates with a team of staff to address local issues with high quality youth development clubs and programs
Achievement in Service AwardWe also celebrated the amazing work of Erica Austin as she received the Achievement in Service Award. The Achievement in Service Award recognizes outstanding staff with three to seven years of service in the 4-H youth development profession. A native of Springfield, Austin provides leadership to youth in the metro area by offering creative and innovative programs that are relative to youth and their culture.
Barnyard Forensics Solves the Livestock Mystery:How 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.
Share YOUR voice in Washington D.C.
Register for the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus program!
Be part of the Illinois 4-H delegation at the 2017 Citizenship Washington Focus! Beside a great focus on the federal legislative process, you'll have the opportunity to share your voice and opinion on national issues. Citizenship Washington Focus 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.
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. While staying at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md., Citizenship Washington Focus delegates are involved in 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, the week's full program, transportation, Illinois CWF shirt, insurance and more is available 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.
On-line registration IS OPEN @ go.illinois.edu/4HCWF. A deposit of $300 is due at this time. 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.
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership will provide both new and experienced teen leaders with new skills and methods for advancing your abilities to make an impact.
WHAT: Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference, The Game Plan: Going Above & Beyond with Leadership
WHEN and WHERE: January 6 – 7, 2017; Decatur Conference Center and Hotel
WHO CAN ATTEND: 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 TO REGISTER: Contact your local Extension office if you are interested in being one of your county's team members. Registration will be opening in early November, so you'll want to have your teammates named to get your group on the list.
WHY? – Because you'll never regret building your leadership skills, sharing your voice, and making new friends – ALL THROUGH 4-H!
All the Places I’ll Go… your 4-H journey at 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, 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.
Celebrating our military families!
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. For more
information or assistance in making connections, contact Pat McGlaughlin,
Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Power of a Positive Role Model”
"If I had a positive male role model enter my life at age 4, I would not have joined a gang." A reformed gang member spoke to a group of future teachers. He reminded them the most influential person in our life is the adult we choose to role model. Young people can find role models in a variety of settings from their 4-H club to the church. A report titled Role Models for Young People: What Makes an Effective Role Model Program found five key ingredients on whether a youth is likely to find a role model in the program you are leading. First, the research found a youth wants someone to be able to relate to him or her, and display a range of relevant knowledge, skills and personal characteristics. Often, the skills and knowledge will come from the leader's expertise in a 4-H project area. The personal characteristics are traits like smiling, addressing youth by their name, or asking open ended questions. Next is the youth feel safe in the environment and are supported. Emotional and mentally safety are as important as physical safety. Youth need to know volunteers as well as peers will treat them with respect. Their ideas need to be validated, even if their idea is not the one chosen by the club members. Youth have growing brains. They want leaders to focus on providing purposeful activities. Adults who invest time and creativity into planning are seen as invested leaders. Youth want to walk away with a skill, ability, or information from a 4-H experience. The opportunity for independence is another key. The youth need the opportunity to try skills and abilities out. They want to problem solve as they learn the skill. The adult intervenes when asked by the youth to help versus the adult choosing when to help. Junior Leaders, parents, and other caring volunteers need the opportunity to be involved. The youth need many role models to choose from in a 4-H club. Youth are more likely find a role model during many opportunities for support and encouragement from a variety of role models, including peers.
4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
Oneathia is the November volunteer of the month. Oneathia is self-employed as an Independent Business Consultant in which she primarily works with nonprofit organizations in Central Illinois. Oneathia has been a CONSISTENT AND DEDIDCATED VOLUNTEER for 4-H for 3 years! Her daughter is currently a part of BOOM, Speaking for Illinois 4-H, and a part of the State Youth Leadership Team.
Oneathia has volunteered in countless capacities ranging from donating, judging at the State Fair, fundraising on behalf of our program, working the state fair gate as a ticket seller, transporting where needed, and just stepping in when an extra hand is needed. She is truly a GEM to our program! 4-H is proud to honor Oneathia as the September volunteer of the month. Here are a few fun facts about Oneathia:
*What is your Favorite Color? **My favorite color is red.
*What do you like to do in your free time? **I love to travel and enjoy learning about other cultures.
*What do you like to do with your family? ** I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am very competitive and love to play games, specifically, Taboo and Guesstures. I often host potluck dinners and game nights at our home throughout the year.
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? **I would love to go back to college and obtain a Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA).
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? ** I choose to volunteer with 4-H because I recognize the value of the program. As a parent of a 4-H'er, I have seen first-hand the positive impact that 4-H has on my daughter and the lives of other youth members. This impact fuels my desire to get involved. I also volunteer because I love to work with teens, especially teen girls. I have a sincere desire to see our youth grow and develop into their full potential.
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? **I firmly believe in the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child". When a community rallies around their youth and provide positive activities and opportunities for them to learn and grow, everyone benefits. Therefore, volunteering and being actively involved is very important.
METRO 4-H YOUTH SPOTLIGHT
Hello! My name is Jada Rice. I am a senior at Williamsville high school and this is my third year of being involved in 4-H. I am currently participating in my 4-H BOOM, 4-H speaking for Illinois, and 4-H youth leadership team.
I enjoy 4-H because it is a great opportunity for me to network with my peers and 4-H always provides fun and creative ways for the youth to serve their community. Since being in 4-H, my networking and leadership skills have enhanced. I have learned how to maintain my time and improve my presentation skills.
Advice that I would give my peers would be to: Have fun and stay open minded because 4-H provides a lot of diversity. 4-H is very broad and there is a place for everyone. I encourage everyone to join."
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Mark Your Calendar
See newsletter and website for
registration and further details
(If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in advertised programs, please contact U of I Extension, 782-4617)
4-H Officer's Training Nov. 5th 9:30 a.m. -12 Sangamon County Extension Office
Festival of Trees Decorating Nov. 5 Orr Building (state fairgrounds) (4-H Federation)
4-H Space Camp 2016 Nov 10-13
Celebrating Excellence – Illinois 4-H Award Reception, Champaign November 19
4-H Livestock Judging Kick-off Meeting November 29, 7 p.m.
4-H Holiday Foods Workshops December 5th (Sangamon) and 12th (Menard)
Robotics Club Interest Meeting December 10th Logan Co. Office
Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference January 6-7, 2017
State 4-H Key Award Applications, 4-H LCP Award Applications, & State 4-H Veterinary Science Award Applications January 6, 2017
Teen Leadership Conference January 6-7
State 4-H Award Judging January 28, 2017
Youth Livestock Conference February 11-12
Junior Leadership Conference February 25-26, 2017
March 1, 2017: Deadline to add/drop projects to be eligible to exhibit at 4-H Show
March 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H Legacy of Leadership Scholarship Applications; 4-H Livestock Scholarship Applications
National 4-H Conference, Washington, D.C. March 25-31, 2017
State 4-H Robotics Competition April 29, 2017
June 1, 2017 DEADLINE: 4-H county/unit show registrations due
Citizenship Washington Focus June 10-17, 2017
Unit 16 Horse Show at Refuge Ranch Sunday, June 11 (June 25th rain date)
State Livestock Judging Contest June 19, 2017
Clothing Show Saturday, tentatively June 24th Sangamon County Extension Office
Illini Summer Academies June 25-28
General Project Show Saturday July 8 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
(including Animal Science Displays)
Sangamon County 4-H Livestock Shows July 8- 9 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
State Junior Horse Show July 24-31
Unit 16 Dog Show July 29, Logan County Fairgrounds