Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- Share your thoughts! 4-H Show Surveys
- 4-H Food Challenge Spin Clubs:
- 4-H Shows Schedule:
- Livestock Sales:
- Latest Move-in Times
- 4-H Leaders, Club Secretaries and Treasurers:
- Sangamon County Foundation Grant Program for 4-H Clubs and 4-H SPIN Clubs:
- Another Round of Archery:
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Archery Exhibition:
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Exhibition:
- State 4-H Shooting Sports Competitions:
- 4-H Air Rifle Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September:
- 4-H .22 Caliber Pistol Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September:
- Fall 4-H Leaders Meeting!
- New!! National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum!
- 4-H Rally at U of I
- It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA:
- Singers needed!
- 4-H Family Camp!
- Have a front-row seat to History…the Eclipse:
- Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar:
- Join U of I Collegiate 4-H:
- Honoring those who lead:
- Do your part to help the 4-H Show at the Illinois State Fair:
- Clover Spotlight!
- Educator Corner ~Carissa Akpore “The Value of Contests in 4-H”
- 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
- Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
- 4-H Calendar
Share your thoughts! 4-H Show Surveys
4-H families and volunteers are invited to share thoughts about this year's 4-H Shows, to determine what went well, and what could be improved upon for next year. Please fill out this online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGG3BJ9; your feedback is appreciated! If you do not have computer access, you can request a paper copy be sent to you or you may send written feedback to 4-H staff. With only ten questions, this is an easy way to help improve our shows!
There is also a survey for the Unit 16 Horse Show at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/units/survey.cfm?sID=829&UnitID=483
4-H Food Challenge Spin Clubs:
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 shows' cooking competitions? Why not join a 4-H Food Challenge Spin Club. Take the challenge with a team of three to six members; bring friends or come on your own to compete in this 4-H spin club. The 4-H Food Challenge lets you work with a team to create a healthy food dish for judges. We will give you the raw ingredients and it is up to you and your team to create your food masterpiece and present it with a creative flair for the judge(s). In addition to the confidence you will gain making creative dishes without a recipe, you could win prizes and awards for your presentation and your dish. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. Register for one of the three locations: June 28, 29, 30 from 9:00-Noon at Menard County Extension Office; July 19, 20, 21 from 9:00 – Noon at the Logan County Extension Office; August 7, 8, 9 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Sangamon County Extension Office at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/ No charge to current 4-H members; $20 4-H program enrollment fee for new to 4-H members.
4-H Shows Schedule:
July 8 & 9 full schedule is available in the showbook online under the "4-H Shows" tab. Presentation and project viewing are open to the public from 1 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday as well as Sangamon 4-H Livestock shows Saturday evening & Sunday July 9 and Menard Livestock Shows July 18-22.
Those who are registered to show livestock should view online information with rules and requirements located on the extension website under the 4-H Shows tab. Questions? Please contact the Sangamon 4-H Foundation (Abby Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Luke email@example.com) for Sangamon members or Menard County Farm Bureau at 632-2217 for Menard members.
Latest Move-in Times
: If any animals move-in on Friday evening they will be the sole responsibility of the owner. There will not be livestock guards provided to look after an exhibitor's animals. Permission for late arrival must have been requested in writing in advance of the show, and be approved, if you have a valid reason for not being able to meet the deadline listed. Menard County Livestock Move-in times are available in Menard County Fairbook which is available online at http://www.menardcountyfair.com/p/about/278.
July 8 – Saturday
All General Projects must be finished checking in by 9:00 am
3:00 pm Sheep & Swine
4:00 pm Beef
July 9 - Sunday
8:00 am Dairy
8:00 am Goats
10:00 am Rabbits
4-H Leaders, Club Secretaries and Treasurers:
This is a reminder that every 4-H club must submit their Secretary's Book Printout and Treasurer's Book Printout (if they have a treasury), which includes the 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement, to the Extension Office at the end of the 4-H Year. Please make arrangements to have this done by September 15. Submitting these book printouts is a state requirement.
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
Another Round of Archery:
Sangamon-Menard Extension will be offering one last series of Archery sessions, and a 4-H exhibition opportunity to wind up the 4-H year! Sessions are open to youth already enrolled in the archery project for 2016-2017, and will be held on Wednesday evenings, July 26 through August 30, from 6:30 p.m. to dusk at Panther Creek Outdoor Archery Range, located at Chatham. There will be a $20 activity fee for this series of sessions. Archery members can register and pay the $20 activity fee for the series online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/. If you do not have internet access, call Sharon at 782-4617.
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Archery Exhibition:
On Wednesday, August 23, all Sangamon-Menard members that have participated in the Archery project during the current 4-H year (September 1, 2016 to present) are eligible to participate in a 4-H exhibition shoot at Panther Creek Archery Range, 6:30 p.m., where score will be kept, and ratings awarded. No fee. The public is invited to observe and learn about the 4-H Archery program!
Sangamon-Menard 4-H Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun Exhibition:
On Friday, July 21, all Sangamon-Menard members that have participated in the Pistol, Rifle, or Shotgun project during the current 4-H year (September 1, 2016 to present) are eligible to participate in a 4-H exhibition shoot at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami, IL, 6:00 p.m., where score will be kept, and ratings awarded. No fee. The public is invited to observe and learn about 4-H shooting sports programs!
State 4-H Shooting Sports Competitions:
Participants must have passed their 14th birthday by January 1 of 2018 and may not have passed their 19th birthday before September 1, 2017. The state shoot is open to 4-H members who will be at least 14 years old by Jan. 1, 2018, but not older than 18 on September 1, 2017, and are currently enrolled in the shooting event/discipline/s they enter, and must be in good standing in their verified 4-H Shooting Sports Club. To be eligible for the national team, members must not have turned 19 by Jan. 1, 2018. Youth in their last year of 4-H who turn 19 in September, October, November, or December may participate in the state contest but cannot be selected for the national contest. Following are the three state shoot dates, locations and fees. Fees will cover lunch, t-shirt, targets, building usage, clay targets for shotgun, etc.:
Archery- September 9 - Panther Creek Bowhunters Club, Chatham, Il. $25.00; Shotgun- September 16 - Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill, Il. $50.00; Rifle - September 30 - Central Illinois Precision Shooters, Bloomington, Il. $30.00. Registration is set to open around July 1, 2017. Contact Sharon Lounsberry at firstname.lastname@example.org to request further information if you are interested in participating.
4-H Air Rifle Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September:
4-H air rifle sessions for the 2017-2018 4-H year are scheduled to begin Thursday, September 14, at Abe Lincoln Gun Club, located at 6369 PEC Road on the northwest side of Springfield. Sessions will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening, for six consecutive weeks, and are open to youth ages 8-18 as of September 1, 2017. Class size will be limited to 8 participants, with slots being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment and ammunition will be provided. Participants will learn gun safety, shooting fundamentals, and marksmanship. Further details and registration are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/.
4-H .22 Caliber Pistol Sessions scheduled to kick-off in September:4-H .22 pistol sessions for the 2017-2018 4-H year are scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 6, at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami, IL. and will be held for 6 consecutive Wednesdays. Sessions are open to youth ages 12-18 as of September 1, 2017. Participants will learn gun safety, shooting fundamentals, and marksmanship. Classes would start at 5:30 and end by 7:30 pm. Class size will be limited to 5 participants, with slots being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Equipment and ammunition is available for participants who do not have their own. Further details and registration are available at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/.
New!! National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum!
This is your chance to get energized as you network with volunteers, county-based staff, and state specialists from all across the county where #4HGrows through volunteers! Put these dates on your calendar now so you can gain new strategies for enhancing the 4-H experience you support as a volunteer. More details and registration coming soon… E-Forum sessions include:
· October 5, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders…What new ideas can I use to get kids more involved? How do I create fun, hands-on 4-H experiences that shape and prepare 4-H members to be leaders today and successful adults in the future?
· November 2, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders…They keep saying we need more young people ready for jobs in STEM, how does that relate to the wide variety of animal science projects in 4-H? Where can I find resources that help me make animal science projects focus more on the SCIENCE more than care, grooming, and showing?
· December 7, 2017 – 6 – 7:30 PM – Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work…4-H members learn so many valuable skills, what can I do to help them align that with a future career? Decision-making, leadership development, giving back to others is the foundation of 4-H but how do I help 4-H teens stay connected put those soft skills to work?
4-H Rally at U of I
Everyone loves a road trip… September 23, 2017 @ University of Illinois Campus: Come hang out with 4-H members from across the state in a NEW event to kick off the new year. Save September 23 and plan to arrive by 10 a.m. on the University of Illinois campus. Get an inside look at U of I. Discover new things you can do in 4-H. Start your adventure today! $10 includes lunch, t-shirt goodie bag. Road Trip is open to 4-H members age 13-18. Tell your friends and go 'road trippin' with a few hundred 4-H members around the state. Registration opens July 15 @ go.illinois.edu/4Hroadtrip
It’s head to head contest: 4-H vs. FFA:
No worries. It will all be friendly competition when Illinois 4-H takes on Illinois FFA in a cooking contest at the Illinois State Fair. You'll want to be at the Ag Tent at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 to watch the fun. Here are the rules:
· Two people will represent Illinois 4-H.
· Each team gets a mystery basket with 3-5 mystery ingredients that must be used in your dish.
· We will have a fully stocked pantry to help supplement your dish.
· We will have access to a gas grill and stove burners.
· Each team will have 30 minutes to create a dish of their choice. You can create an appetizer, a main course, or a dessert – whatever you can come up with in 30 minutes.
· Judges will score each dish based on three categories: presentation, creativity and taste/flavor.
If you'd like to represent Illinois 4-H, send a note to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 15. Please provide your cooking experience and why you think you'd be a great representative. This is open to youth, families, volunteers, or 4-H supporters. Who will Chef 4-H be?
The Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Department begins each show day with the National Anthem. This year, 4-H members can audition for a chance to be the featured Anthem singer. Singers must be willing to be at the fairgrounds in Springfield by 7:30 AM Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Aug. 10-12). We will select three winners so you'll each have one day to perform. To audition, post a youtube video of you singing the National Anthem. Email the link and the dates you are available to illinois4H@illinois.edu by July 20. We will notify winners by July 25. We will provide a parking pass and 2 tickets into the fairgrounds to each winner.
4-H Family Camp!
September 22 - September 24: Let 4-H Memorial Camp put the fun back in camping; experience rock climbing, zip lining, archery, fishing, campfires, crafts, cardboard boat racing, and many other fun activities with your family! At least one youth attending must be 8 to 16 years old, and children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The fee for participants 8 years and up is $75/person, while those 4-7 years old are only $35/person. Plan to arrive anytime from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, Sept. 22. Camp runs through 3 PM on Sunday, Sept. 24. Late arrivals will be accepted from 8-10 AM Saturday. Check out all the details @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/camping/family-camp Please contact Andy Davis at (217) 762-2741 or email@example.com with any questions or if you need accommodations.
Have a front-row seat to History…the Eclipse:
Illinois 4-H, in cooperation with the Marion Miners Baseball Team, is hosting a family-friendly place to watch the TOTAL Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 … in the location that will experience the GREATEST length of darkness in the country … SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. For just $8, you'll gain admission to the field, access to all the educational activities 4-H is offering, and a pair of 4-H Eclipse glasses you'll need to safely watch the eclipse. Parking is $5/car; $10/bus. Food will be available on site. No alcohol will be allowed at the event. For $12, you can order a commemorative 4-H Eclipse t-shirt. Fly a drone (YES!), see a large telescope, watch videos from astronauts, do cool hands-on science experiments, play laser tag and other fun games. The gates open at 10 a.m. The eclipse should happen about 2:20 p.m. Activities wrap up by 3 p.m. Learn more and order tickets @ go.illinois.edu/4Heclipse
Be Published in Farm Credit Illinois 2018 Calendar:
Do you love photography? Farm Credit Illinois is looking for amazing photos showing agriculture and rural life at its best. Each photographer may enter up to five photos. Learn more @ www.farmcreditIL.com/calendar2018 . Deadline is Aug. 24.
Join U of I Collegiate 4-H:
If your future plans bring you to University of Illinois, consider joining a new Collegiate 4-H Club on campus. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in Bevier Commons. The group encourages all those who want to continue serving others and gain leadership along the way to join. For information, contact President Maggi Maxstadt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honoring those who lead:
The Illinois 4-H Foundation will honor outstanding volunteers at a gathering Saturday, Aug. 12 in the Orr Building of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Each county 4-H program was allowed to submit the name of a volunteer who has made tremendous contributions to the local 4-H program to receive the Hall of Fame Award. Activities begin at 4:30 at the completion of the day's judging.
Do your part to help the 4-H Show at the Illinois State Fair:
Have you ever thought about judging at the Illinois State Fair? Last year, more than 3,200 4-H exhibits were judged in just four days. It takes almost 150 judges and helpers a day to make the 4-H Show successful. We are accepting applications for judges and helpers NOW online @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=15711 . You can select the project area you have expertise and the days you are available to judge. Your application will be reviewed and someone will get back with you to see if your help is needed this year. Let this year BE THE YEAR you help.
- The STEAM Sewing 4-H SPIN Club members, including Morgan Edwards, met from April to June and learned how to shop for fabrics, started a portfolio, learned about color theory and sewing techniques as well as create a project of their choice. Special thanks to the HCE Capital Unit for leading and mentoring these 4-Hers!
- The West Menarders Ag 4-H Club painted the chicken barn and the two cattle wash racks at the Menard County Fairgrounds for their community service project. With 15 members and a few parents helping out, they got done in less than 2 hours. Great job, lending your hands to larger service!
- Sangamon-Menard 4-H Federation met at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens in May and were led on a guided nature hike by LMG Educator, Audra. They also helped plant some trees!
- The Unit 16 4-H Horse Show was held on June 11th at Refuge Ranch in Rochester with 25 exhibitors. Photo above features the newly added "Open Driving" class and members of the Taft family from the Rockin' Riders 4-H Club.
Educator Corner ~Carissa Akpore “The Value of Contests in 4-H”
The word CONTEST (or competition) brings about an enormous amount of emotion. Some relish in the excitement, while others may want to avoid it at all costs. However, you feel about competition, we cannot deny that it is a fact of life. Youth compete in speech, music, sports, and of course, 4-H. However, com-petition does not end with graduation. Youth also compete for scholarships and college acceptance, while adults are in competition for jobs, promotions, marketing and sales.
So if we are expected to compete, how can 4-H contests prepare our youth for this lifelong skill? First, 4-H is centered on Positive Youth Development (PYD). The contests offered through 4-H celebrate the learning process, not just the ribbon or trophy. These contests encourage youth to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone within a safe environment. Stories echo across the state of individuals who have joined our organization eager to learn but terrified to compete. Through the encouragement of a trusted adult, these youth initially may participate in a one-on-one conversation with a judge answering various questions about a project. Once they have tasted success, they may decide to record a one-minute PSA and then are soon on their way to being able to deliver an eloquent five-minute speech. They may or may not go on to "win" a contest, but they have learned the skills needed to organize their thoughts in order to speak confidently and effectively throughout their lifetime.
Contests also have the ability to bring about the absolute best in an individual. Knowing that others are working toward the same goal creates an environment that encourages creative thinking and focus. Individuals are pushed to think outside of the box and not be satisfied with the status quo. It encourages youth to think strategically, finding ways to accentuate their strengths and discover how to overcome their weaknesses.
While a few benefits of competition have been mentioned, I would be remiss to underestimate the difficulties that may be encountered along the way. With any new endeavor, there will be obstacles to over-come. Youth may feel inadequate, may not know how to organize themselves, and may want to quit. However, as club leaders, parents, 4-H Staff or other caring adults, it is our job is to encourage our youth to see their infinite potential and celebrate their small or big victories.
4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month
Karveta Broussard is the July/August 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month. Karveta is a Kindergarten teacher at Ridgely Elementary. Karveta has been volunteering for over a year now with various clubs, but recently became more active as she is the 4-H Leader for the Health Rocks Teens as Teacher program for the summer. She also has a daughter Khalyn that was in the 4-H BOOM Remix club and is now going to the high school group BOOM. Karveta is the leader who is willing to try different things and offer suggestions to help our program be more successful! Due to her leadership, we have 17 Teen Teachers this summer! She truly has a way with our young people and we are proud to honor her as our July/August Volunteer of the month. Here are a few fun facts about her:
*What is your Favorite Color? Well red really is, but black on a good day, and then white on all others.
*What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy doing hair and spending time on my couch binge watching television shows.
*What do you like to do with your family? We like to do spur of the moment family things like going to the pool and the drive in, or hanging out just being silly.
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? A goal of mine is to become a Social Worker and open up my own Teens shelter for girls with kids.
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? I saw what 4H was doing with my community and wanted to be a part of it. The Metro portion of 4H has introduced a lot of minorities to experiences they would not have otherwise went after. I needed to be a part of that in order to reach more youth.
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? I believe the importance of volunteering is not just to give back and care for others who need it. It is about teaching!! I'm a strong believer in "EACH ONE TEACH ONE!"
*Is there anything else you would like to share? Not really. I do not speak well in front of others and I do not boast about myself, so this is new for me to even put my thoughts on paper. I believe actions speak before words. Even the person who doesn't speak the most volume says a lot. I just want to work and help in any shape, fashion, or form. Without 4H, I do not think I would have had the courage to do what I am doing today! Cannot wait for what the future holds.
Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
Russell Moore ,III
My name is Russell Moore, III I am a recent graduate of Springfield High School and will be attending Lincoln Land Community College this Fall 2017 UIUC Fall of 2019. I have been in 4-H for 4 years. Since being in 4-H, I was blessed to be a part of the robotics team, teen leadership, teen teachers, and male scholastics grades 9th-12th. I enjoyed 4-H because I felt comfortable to be myself in the program
Through 4-H, I learned a lot about myself, gaining confidence while developing through character building exercises and working with my peers. I also enjoyed the opportunity to expand on my love for science. Through 4-H, I have gained exposure to new things and opportunities to grow. Such as Leadership training, Relationship building and computer engineering skills. Through 4-H guidance and experiences, I now know what I would like to do as an adult, which is to have a career in computer science. This group has a huge impact for our youth. I have so many ideas and inspirations I cannot wait to learn more.
Some advice I would give a peer about getting involved with 4-H is that when you get involved you will become very active and if you keep up the great work that this will benefit them so much in the long run of their lives.
I want to say thank you for to every 4-H leader and mentor. Thank you for pouring into the youth and your work is so important. You are spark that starts the fire in the minds of so many youth. Preparing us all for our roles in the world. We are developing while learning about the world and ourselves at the same time. Thank you for your guidance.
4-H CalendarMark 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)
- July 8: Sangamon-Menard 4-H General Project Show, Sangamon County Fairgrounds in New Berlin
- July 8-9: Sangamon County 4-H Livestock Shows (see showbook for full schedule)
- July 16-23: Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show
- July 18-22: Menard County 4-H Livestock Shows, Menard Co. Fairgrounds
- July 19,20, 21: Logan County Office: 4-H Food Challenge SPIN Club 9 a.m.- noon
- July 21: Sangamon-Menard 4-H Rifle, Shotgun, Air Pistol Exhibition at Lefthander's Gun Club
- July 26: 4-H Archery Sessions at Panther Creek begin
- July 29: Unit 16 Dog and Cat Shows Logan County Fairgrounds
- August 7,8, 9: Sangamon County Office: 4-H Food Challenge SPIN Club 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
- August 9-20: 2017 Illinois State Fair:
- Sangamon-Menard general projects will show on Thursday August 10th
- Junior Livestock Show full schedule available online
- August 9 Superior Young Producer Scholarship Beef, Swine, Sheep Contest
- August 9 Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Showmanship
- August 10 Illinois State Fair Junior Poultry Show
- August 10 & 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Cow Heifer Show
- August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Breeding Sheep Show & Sheep Showmanship
- August 11 Illinois State Fair Junior Shows: Meat Goat, Swine Gilt, & Swine Showmanship
- August 12 Illinois State Fair Junior Shows: Swine Barrow, Market Lamb, Heifer & Steer
- August 12 Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony in Springfield
- August 13 Illinois State Fair Junior Dairy Goat Show
- August 14 Illinois State Fair Junior Rabbit Show
- August 16 – 18 Illinois State Fair Junior Dairy Show
- August 19 Superior Young Producer Scholarship Dairy Contest
- August 19 State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, Springfield
- August 21: Eclipse in Southern Illinois…check it out!
- August 23: Sangamon-Menard 4-H Archery Exhibition at Panther Creek
- August 26 & 27: State 4-H Dog Show
- September 1st 4-H Member Records due to extension office
- September 6: 4-H .22 Caliber Pistol Sessions at Lefthander's Gun Club begin
- September 9: State Archery Shoot, Panther Creek Bowhunters Archery Club, Chatham
- September 14: Air Rifle Sessions at Abe Lincoln Gun Club begin
- September 15th Deadline: Club Treasurer's Report and Secretary Book due to office
- September 16: State Shotgun Shoot, Brittany Shooting Park, Bunker Hill
- September 21: Fall 4-H Sangamon-Menard Leaders Meeting 6 p.m. Sangamon Co. Office
- September 23: 4-H Road Trip Rally, Champaign
- September 24: Metro 4-H Sign-up Day
- September 30: State Rifle Shoot, CIPS Central Illinois Precision Shooters, Bloomington
- October 5 Volunteer E-Forum, Cultivating an Environment for Growing True Leaders
- October 7 State 4-H Awards Luncheon
- November 2 Volunteer E-Forum, "STEM"ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders
- December 7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H'ers Grow in Life & Work