Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- 4-H Meal Packing Community Service Project:
- 2017 4-H International Night!
- Attention Seniors!!! Local 4-H Scholarships:
- UNIT 16 Showmanship Clinic – Save the date – 4/23/17!!
- 4-H Archery Opportunity –
- 4-H Rifle Opportunity -
- SEEKING 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS VOLUNTEERS
- Explore life at U of I’s ACES:
- Sangamon County Foundation Grant Program for 4-H Clubs and 4-H SPIN Clubs:
- You’re invited! John Fulton’s Retirement Reception –
- Goat/Sheep Illinois State Fair weigh in May 13, 2017:
- Online ethics certification required by May 1 for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
- Swine Members! Youth Pork Quality Assurance ONLINE -
- Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior Livestock Shows
- Illini Summer Academies
- Teens As Leaders – We’re Looking for YOU
- Paper Clover Campaign returns in April:
- Get Healthy; is your robot up to the challenge?
- Think Summer!!! Register for 4-H Memorial Camp:
- Clover Spotlight!
- Hey, teens! Join 4-H Federation:
- Educator Corner: What is Your Learning Style?
- 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
- Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
- 4-H Calendar
- 2017 Illinois 4-H Club Survey
4-H Meal Packing Community Service Project:
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Federation and the Logan County Ambassadors are hosting a meal packaging event through Illini Fighting Hunger. The event will take place on Monday, March 6 at the Sangamon County Extension Office (700 S. Airport Drive). We will need several volunteers (adults and teens) to help unload and set up starting at 4:30 p.m. Once set-up we will be packing meals from approximately 5:30-7:30 p.m. Federation and Ambassadors invite all 4-Her's 6th grade and up to come and help with this fun community service project (Come for all or part of it!) Please register to let us know you will be coming at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=16079
2017 4-H International Night!
4-H International Night returns on April 20th, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m. Clubs, individuals, and small groups are encouraged to present on a country of their choice. This year's program will be hosted at Enos Elementary School in Springfield and will have plenty of room for more presenters! Reserve your country of choice by contacting Kathryn Long email@example.com with your group name, contact information, and your country of choice. It will be a similar format as last year with an "open house" display table, a "taste" of the country to share, and a whole group 2-4 minute presentation.
Attention Seniors!!! Local 4-H Scholarships:
Scholarships will be awarded in July at the 4-H Shows. More information and applications are available on the website under the "4-H Scholarships" tab and are due by May 1, 2017. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/
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).
4-H Archery Opportunity –
The second 6 week series of Archery sessions is scheduled for March 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19, & 26. They will be held at Springfield Archery 1550 Knights Recreation Drive, Springfield, IL 62711 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Youth who are 8 to 18 years old (age as of Sept. 1, 2016) are eligible, and equipment is available for participant's use. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Additional details and registration can be found online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms, in the Register Online section on the right hand side of the page.
4-H Rifle Opportunity -
4-H will be offering a series of six Rifle sessions, which will take place on the following Thursdays: April 13, 20, 27 and May 11, 18, 25, at Lefthander's Gun Club, 9364 Rhea Park Rd, Loami, IL 62661. There will be an opportunity for instruction in air rifle and .22 caliber, depending on the age of the youth and their interest. Youth ages 8-11 as of September 1, 2016, are eligible for air rifle instruction, and those ages 12-18 as of September 1, 2016 are eligible for instruction in both air rifle and .22 caliber. Air Rifle will be 6:00-7:00 p.m., and .22 will be 7:00-8:00 p.m. Participants are NOT required to provide their own equipment. Youth ages 8-11 can bring an air rifle of their own, and kids age 12 and up can bring an air rifle and/or .22, if they have one they would like to use. Keep in mind, ages are as of September 1, 2016. Class size in each discipline will be limited to 10. Additional details and registration can be found online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms, in the Register Online section on the right side of the page.
SEEKING 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS VOLUNTEERS
Our 4-H Shooting Sports program relies heavily on adult volunteers taking the lead in the shooting disciplines and management of the local county programs. County Extension 4-H staff members provide assistance with a number of items, but it is the volunteers who ultimately make the county program successful. We are in need of additional volunteers to help maintain and grow the offerings in Sangamon County, and would like to expand to provide opportunities in Menard County. Our most pressing need is to find 1-2 volunteers willing to become a certified archery instructor, who could attend one of the next two Adult Certification Trainings, so we can continue to accommodate the number of youth we have interested in the program.
Interested adults don't have to be expert marksmen to become involved in the program. An average shooter who cares about kids is usually a better instructor than an expert shooter who isn't interested in seeing youngsters develop. If you have a passion for Archery, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, or Hunting and Outdoor Skills, and would enjoy dedicating some of your free time to educating youth, please contact Sharon Lounsberry to discuss any of the positions below. Adults wishing to become 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteers must be approved by the Extension office.
- Shooting Sports Coordinator
– Minimum age of 21. They are responsible for the overall coordination and
management of the 4-H shooting sports program. Required to complete volunteer
screening and attend the State 4-H certification training.
- Certified Instructors – Minimum age of 21. Responsible for leading a discipline of their choice. Required to complete volunteer screening and attend the State 4-H certification training in their choice discipline.
- Assistant Instructor – Minimum age of 19. Required to complete volunteer screening, and they assist at sessions in disciplines of their choice, under the direction of the certified instructor.
Adult Certification Trainings – Before beginning a position, Coordinators and Certified Instructors are required to attend a State 4-H Training, which is offered just twice each year.
- Spring Training May 5-7, 2017 4-H Memorial Camp at Monticello
- Fall Training October 13-15, 2017 4-H Memorial Camp at Monticello
Explore life at U of I’s ACES:
Learn about chocolate, put your hand inside of a cow, taste hot pepper sauces, and learn about the opportunities awaiting you in Washington, DC! Explore ACES, a two-day student-run event, acquaints prospective and admitted students with ACES (College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) faculty, academic offerings, and countless student organizations. More than 100 exhibits showcase academics, research, and innovative student projects. Learn about study abroad programs, what students can do with their ACES degrees, and how to apply for more than $3.5 million in scholarships. Join the more than 2,000 students who will attend Explore ACES on Friday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. http://exploreaces.org/
Sangamon County Foundation Grant Program for 4-H Clubs and 4-H SPIN Clubs:
The Sangamon County 4-H Foundation Club/SPIN Grant is intended to provide funds in support of activities and experiences that will enhance the values of learning, leadership and service for 4-Her's involved in community clubs, special interest clubs or Cloverbud clubs in Sangamon County. Clubs that submit a completed application are eligible to receive up to $500.00 after approval by the Sangamon 4-H Foundation Board. Each club in Sangamon County may apply once per 4-H year. Get the application here http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5338.html
You’re invited! John Fulton’s Retirement Reception –
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.
Goat/Sheep Illinois State Fair weigh in May 13, 2017:
The weigh-in date at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will be held on May 13, 2017 from 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Contact person is Ed Whitcomb 217-415-2924. A full list of dates is available on the website under the 4-H Shows tab http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5133.html.These are the ONLY locations that 4-H and FFA members can weigh sheep and goats that will possibly be shown at this year's state fair.
Online ethics certification required by May 1 for everyone taking 4-H animal projects
All 4-H members (8-18 yrs old) 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. This rule applies to both 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND those who do poster exhibits. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who don't complete the certification by May 1 will be removed from the project and not be allowed to exhibit at County or State 4-H Shows. Anyone who has already taken the certification during their 4-H career does not need to take it again. We recommend that you complete the training as quickly as possible so you don't forget and miss the deadline of May 1. The certification is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec. This online training MUST BE COMPLETED ON A COMPUTER (NOT an I-pod, Tablet, or I-phone – they do not work well with this site to record you have completed it). You must complete the basic training, plus choose one species, and complete that. You do not have to do more than one species, no matter how many you show in. Once the online training has been completed ON A COMPUTER, our office will be able to access the training database and see who has taken the course. It is recommended that a parent sit with younger members to guide them through the training. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the Extension office in advance to make an arrangement to come in to the office to use one of ours.
Swine Members! Youth Pork Quality Assurance ONLINE -
Youth Pork Quality Assurance is required for any exhibitor showing Jr., Open, or Premiere barrows at the 2017 Illinois State Fair. Proof of PQA certification will be part of the Illinois State Fair entry forms. Keep in mind that the eligibility age for exhibiting at the IL State Fair is ages 8 and up as of September 1, 2016. The training is available online. Visit the website www.pork.org/pqa-plus-certification/ and choose "Youth PQA Plus – click here to certify online.
Dates Set for Illinois State Fair Junior Livestock Shows
If you are one of the 2,000 4-H
members who exhibit livestock at the Illinois State Fair, pay close attention
to the revised schedule for 2017's fair. The NEW livestock show book will be
available soon online at the state fair website. The Junior Show and Open Show
information is now together in ONE BOOK. Illinois 4-H is proud to partner with
the Illinois Department of Ag and support the efforts of the Illinois State
Fair. Full schedule available on website under "4-H Shows tab."http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5133.html
Illini Summer Academies
Registration is now open for the 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies. Dates this year are Sunday June 25 through Thursday June 29. You'll stay in the newer living quarters on campus, Bousefield Hall. 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. 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. Open to youth who have completed 8th grade by the conference and will be at least 14 by Sept. 1, 2017. Topics include:
- Aerospace Engineering:
- Animal Science
- Plant Sciences
- Ag Communications
- Veterinary Medicine
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Entomology: Honeybees & Beekeeping
- Molecular & Cellular Biology
- Exploring Human Development & Family Studies
- Exploring Theatre & Fashion for Stage and Film
- Exploring Theatre & 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
Teens As Leaders – We’re Looking for YOU
Want to make your mark on the statewide Illinois 4-H program? Apply for one of our statewide 4-H Teen Leader opportunities that are opening this spring and summer. All the applications will be available this spring @ 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 by mid-March 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 due in June.
- Illinois 4-H Teen Leadership Conference Planning Committee – If you attended the NEW Teen Leadership Conference in January, you may be interested in applying for the planning committee for the 2018 Teen Leadership Conference. We'll be looking for teens to work with us throughout the year to explore new options for next year's event. Applications will be due May 1 as this group starts meeting during the summer months for this January 2018 event.
Paper Clover Campaign returns in April:Dates for the Spring Paper Clover Campaign, held in conjunction with Tractor Supply Stores and National 4-H Council, will run April 26 to May 7. During that time, patrons may make contributions to their local 4-H programs at any Illinois TSC store. The campaign runs twice a year. Last fall, more than $900,000 was raised nationwide for 4-H.
Get Healthy; is your robot up to the challenge?
The theme for the 2017 Illinois State 4-H Robotics Competition has been announced and we think your robots will be jumping for joy. … if they do, they might earn points for it! HEALTH BOT 2017 will have a "Healthy Living" theme. All the fun happens Saturday, May 6. The contest has a new location—The Orr Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Find out all the details and WATCH THE VIDEO describing the challenge @ go.illinois.edu/4Hrobotics.
Think Summer!!! Register for 4-H Memorial Camp:
Go online at
go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp. Choose from four 5-day camp weeks: Week 1: June 4-8
(Sunday-Thursday), Week 2: June 11-15 (Sunday-Thursday), Week 3: June 25-29
(Sunday-Thursday), or Week 4: June 30 – July 4 (Friday-Tuesday). Early-Bird Registration for Illinois 4-H
members is $195 and must be postmarked by March 31 to receive the discount. The
registration fee for 4-Her's will increase to $215 beginning on April 1, 2017.
If you've always loved camp, but are too old to attend, consider serving as a
camp counselor or camp staff member. Applications online.
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Federation and Logan Ambassadors got together for a fun skate night in February at Springfield's Skateland South.
- Metro 4-H youth were invited by The Abraham Lincoln Association to attend Abraham Lincoln's 208th Birthday Celebration Banquet as their guests to recognize the great work they did this past summer working at the Lincoln Sites. This summer they spent countless hours learning about Lincoln & the colored troops during that era. They portrayed and went out in wool and hoop dresses to spread awareness in this topic as well. Take a look at their short video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmUfjmvyCwg
- Members of 4-H Spark Tank received the 2016 NAACP Civic Award for meritorious contribution to the community through their club project of putting signage in front of the Lincoln Colored Home!
- Carter Evans of Town & Country 4-H Club attended the presidential inauguration with the Illinois Delegation of the Inaugural CWF (Citizenship Washington Focus)! He shared about his experiences at his club's meeting and was even featured on the front page of the local paper.
Hey, teens! Join 4-H Federation:(Open to all Sangamon-Menard 4-Her's 8th grade and up!) This group meets about once a month with a focus on leadership, service, and fun! Questions? Contact the extension office!
Educator Corner: What is Your Learning Style?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
Ethel McGrone is
the March/April 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month. Ethel is a Medical clerk
for the Central County Health Center.
Ethel has been a volunteer with metro 4-H since its INCEPTION! She has
volunteers with fundraising, chaperoning, helping to feed the homeless and WHEREVER there is a need! Ethel's
daughter is a part of 4-H BOOM Remix, a Teen Teacher and part of the 4-H Dance
Team. Ethel is a true BLESSING to
our 4-H family! 4-H is proud to honor Ethel as the March/April volunteer of the
Here are a few fun facts about Ethel:
*What is your Favorite Color? ** Blue
*What do you like to do in your free time? ** Cook, read, and spend time with family.
*What do you like to do with your family? ** Cook-out, play games, skating, and recreational activities.
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? ** Live life to the fullest and take it day-by-day.
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? ** I volunteer because it makes me feel good to help others
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering?
** I feel that is important to volunteer and give back to the community. It helps you build your relationships and make a difference in the lives of many people.
Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
Hello! My name is Seth Gregory. I attend Springfield Ball Charter and I'm in the 3rd grade. I started in the 4-H Mustard Seed Cloverbuds and this year I moved up to next level, F.A.M.E. I am also involved in the 4-H dance group.
I enjoy 4-H because we get to learn new things and do different projects. Since I have been in 4-H I have learned more about leadership and helping out in the community.
Advice I would give my peers about joining 4-H is: Don't be scared to meet new people or try new activities. I didn't use to like to dance and now I'm in a dance group, and I really like it!
When asked if there was anything else Seth wanted to share he stated, "I want to stay in 4-H until I get older then maybe help younger kids."
- 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
- March 6: Community Service Meal Packaging event Sangamon County Extension Office 4:30-8
- Explore ACES March 10 & 11 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. U of I campus
- 4-H Archery Sessions begin March 22nd at Springfield Archery
- National 4-H Conference, Washington, D.C. March 25-31, 2017
- Earlybird 4-H Camp regstrations due March 31st to get discount
- 4-H .22 and Air Rifle Sessions begin April 13th
- 4-H International Night at Enos Elementary April 20th rom 6-8 p.m.
- Unit 16 Livestock Showmanhip Clinic April 23, 2017 Logan Co. Fairgronds
- State 4-H Robotics Competition April 29, 2017 Illinois State Fairgrounds Orr Building
- State Hippology Contest April 29 and 30, 2017
- QAEC due May 1st for all members in animal projects
- May 1, 2017 Sangamon 4-H Foundation and Menard 4-H Federation Scholarships due
- Spring Shooting Sports Adult Certification Training May 5-7 in Monticello
- Sheep/Goat Weigh-in for State Fair May 13 Ilinois State Fairgrounds 9:30-11 a.m.
- May 26, 2017 Unit 16 Horse Show Registrations and Paperwork due
- 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, June 24th Sangamon County Extension Office
- Illini Summer Academies June 25-28
- General Project Show Saturday July 8 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
- Sangamon County 4-H Livestock Shows July 8- 9 Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin
- State Junior Horse Show July 16-23
- Menard County 4-H Livestock Shows July 18-22 at the Menard Co. Fairgrounds
- Unit 16 Dog Show July 29, Logan County Fairgrounds
- Illinois State Fair August 10-20, 2017 Illinois State
- Sangamon-Menard general projects will show on Thursday August 10th
- Junior Livestock Show schedule available online
2017 Illinois 4-H Club Survey
In 2017, we will be collecting data statewide to answer some critical questions:
- Are we incorporating the essential elements of positive youth development programming into our 4-H club, program, and event experiences?
- Have we guided youth towards making healthy lifestyle choices?
- Have we positively influenced youth's aspirations and interest in science?
- How have we influenced our 4-H members' career decisions?
We will collect this data by asking members in some of our clubs to complete a survey, or by asking youth attending programs and events for 4-H members and non-members.