Murray County 4-H Newsletter
December 1, 2023
Youth Development 4-H Summer Intern
Agriculture and Natural Resource Systems Intern
Holiday Crafts & Snacks
All ages welcome!
Saturday, Dec 9, 2023, 02:00 PM
Murray County 4-H Building
Activity ideas for your club!
Need activity ideas for your 4-H club? Check out our Youth Development Curriculum Library for fun, educational lesson and activity resources designed for youth workers, 4-H volunteers, and youth themselves! 86 resources and counting! More content is added every month. Current categories: Animals and livestock, civic engagement and leadership, Cloverbuds (K-2), environment and earth science, expressive arts and communication, family and consumer science, gardening and agriculture, healthy living, icebreakers, games, and reflection activities, including youth of all abilities, independent learning, outdoor adventures, STEM, and themed 4-H club agenda samples. If you have specific content you’d like to see, contact Jessica Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Murray County 4-H Annual Awards Banquet Recap
4-H is SPUDtacular!
Awards Banquet was held on November 19, 2023, at the Murray County 4-H Building. This year's theme was "4-H is SPUDtacular." Murray County 4-H is honored to have 34 youth ambassadors for the 2023-2024 year. Sophia Gaul was awarded the 2023 Outstanding Ambassador Award. Sophia Nelson was awarded the "Ignite Your Spark" Award.
Murray County Emergency Management- Carl Nyquist was selected as the 2023 Friend of 4-H recipient!
Todd Kramer was honored with the 4-H Alumni Award.
Thank you for all who came to this year's event!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Livestock Knowledge Bowl
Murray County Youth Livestock Committee Member
Murray County 4-H are seeking 4-H youth members, grades 8+, to participate on our county Livestock Committee. Duties would include: attending meetings, helping with woodchip shavings at check-in, herdsmanship judging, livestock entry day, general safety and upkeep of animals, and working in the fair office window during. If you are interested in applying, please do so on this form!
Save the Date!
Important Upcoming Dates:
December 9 from 2 - 4 pm Community Holiday Crafts and Treats - paid for in part by grants from Monogram Foods Loves Kids and Minnesota 4-H Helping Hands.
January 12, 2024 - Fundraiser sales start date
February 16, 2024 - Fundraisers due to club leaders
March 9, 2024 - Fundraiser delivery date
4-H After-School Adventures
Skills to Succeed
Calling all youth grades K - 6. After School Adventures will be starting in October and meeting once a month in both Fulda and Slayton. We will meet the first week of October and then the second Tuesday (Fulda) and the second Thursday (MCC) from after school until 5pm. $5 per session or $30 for all seven. Sign up at here and search under events. Can't wait to see you all!
Livestock in a Box series
The animal science team is excited to roll out the second collection of learning kits for youth who are new to 4-H animal projects. The Minnesota 4-H Livestock in a Box series will explore four livestock species: pets (dog and cat), beef, sheep and swine.
Each box will introduce youth to breed identification, nutrition, health, care, and careers associated with each animal. Lessons and activities will be designed for youth in grades 4-7 to explore without (much) adult assistance and will focus on hands-on learning. Each box will include all supplies necessary for the lesson activities.
Beginning in early November, we'll begin marketing this learning series directly to Minnesota families. Boxes will be $25 each, which includes shipping directly to homes. Families may select individual boxes or order the entire series. Supplies are limited, so we encourage families to order the boxes they want as soon as possible. Livestock in a Box can be ordered just as if you were signing up for an event in 4-H online.
Ordered boxes will be prepared and delivered to families according to the following schedule:
- December: Pet [dog & cat]
- January: Beef
- February: Sheep
- March: Swine
Apply to be on the Animal Science Youth Leadership Team
The Minnesota 4-H animal science youth leadership team members will work together to provide youth voice in 4-H animal science programming. Youth team members in grades 8 and up will have the opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of animal science programs while exploring their passions and practicing leadership skills. They will also serve as positive role models for Minnesota 4-H and the animal science program. This experience will offer an opportunity to network with peers, mentors and industry professionals.
For further information on this program, please visit their website.
Deadline to apply is December 15, 2023. Please apply here if interested!
National 4-H Conference
The 2024 National 4-H Conference will be held April 19 - 24, 2024
The National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H civic engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, nation and world.
At the conference, delegates have the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions and presentations to federal partner agencies and engage with their U.S. senators and representatives.
Minnesota 4-H selects four to eight youth members to attend this conference each spring.
The Minnesota delegation engages in pre-departure Zoom webinars with other Minnesota delegates, then travels together to the conference in Crystal City, Va./Washington, D.C., where they engage with over 250 youth leaders from across the U.S., U.S. territories, tribal nations and Canadian provinces. Upon return, delegates will implement their action plan to make a positive impact on an issue of interest.
Find more information on the National 4-H Conference website.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
4-H civic engagement experience for high school youth
We recently received notice that the National 4-H Council is making some substantial updates to the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in Washington, DC. We anticipated opening up registration for the 2024 delegation on Nov. 1, but will need to delay this to give us a chance to update materials and iron out a few details.
Registration will open Nov. 15 and close Dec. 15 via 4-H Online.
The cost has increased; however this might not change the cost of the experience to Minnesota Youth. We will keep you posted once get more clarity on the changes being made for the 2024 CWF Conference.
Minnesota 4-H will attend CWF from June 20 - 27, 2024, tentatively planning to leave early on June 20 and return late on June 27 or midday on June 28.
Ambassadors will meet December 3, 2023, for tie blankets and cookie decorating from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Murray County Courts Building meeting room.
Ambassadors will be helping with Holiday Crafts make and take on December 9, 2023, from 2 - 4 p.m. Please be at the Murray County 4-H building to help set up.
Nominate Volunteers for Northern Lights Recognition
During National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2024), the Minnesota 4-H Youth Development Program honors its 7,500 incredible volunteers and celebrates their contributions to Minnesota communities. Throughout the week (and the program year), we will feature stories of special volunteers who share their time and expertise to improve the lives of youth across the state.
Please fill out this form completely, and include one or more photos of your nominee or nominees at the bottom of the form. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. The form will be open on a rolling basis through at least Jan. 8, 2024.
Down on the Farm
Explore the wonderful world of animal science through hands-on activities and guest speakers. We’ll learn about beef cattle, swine, horses and chickens from industry professionals as we tour their facilities. Sessions will be held on Saturdays in January (6, 13, 20, 27). After each lesson, youth can work on at-home activities. Then, email a picture of your child(ren) with their completed project to email@example.com!
Youth have the opportunity to sign up for individual sessions or all four sessions, depending on their interest. All youth in grades K-3 are invited to attend these sessions and must complete 4-H online enrollment. Sessions will be held via Zoom from 10-10:30 a.m.; links will be provided once registration is complete.
Welcome Lydia and Mallory!
Lydia Diekmann and Mallory Vos are our newest 4-H volunteers!
Lydia, formerly Mesner, is a Murray County 4-H alumni and wanted to give back to the organization that supported her throughout her life. Lydia and her children Morgan and Mason are members of the Fenton Friends 4-H Club.
Mallory Vos, a former Swift County 4-H member has always had a passion for agriculture and helping others. She us now our office support staff for Murray County 4-H!
Thank you for your willingness to give back!
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