York County 4-H Blast

September 22, 2017

Paper Clover Promotion [Oct 4-15, 2017]

Two times a year, National 4-H Council partners with the nation's leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company (TSC), to host a national Paper Clover Promotion! The Paper Clover Promotion is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion where customers at your local Tractor Supply can support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 at the checkout. The Fall Paper Clover Promotion will be held Wednesday, October 4, through Sunday, October 15, 2017. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to participate in store during the event to help increase fundraising dollars and be entered into the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes. If your club would like to host a booth at the York location, contact the office.

Career Portfolio Online Workshop

Sunday, Sep. 24th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Log on to this online workshop to learn about the various award opportunities available, learn how to apply for them and begin filling out your Career Portfolio. Extension Staff will be available to assist you through this process.

To connect to the workshop from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/160585996

Contact Megan Burda if you have any questions.

Make It With Wool Competition

The 2017 State Information for the Make It With Wool Competition can be found at https://unl.box.com/s/5essubf2df5rrj45eleou04bzkq0z216. Please forward this information to your 4-H’ers, local media or others who may be interested. A press release is also included below.

All entries are due October 15, 2017, because of the National wool testing requirements. PLEASE NOTE THESE CHANGES:

  • Age is determined by January 1, 2017 (national rule change).
  • In addition to the National and State entries fees there is a $7 wool testing fee per fabric swatch and/or 36 inch length of yarn.
  • Entries are mailed to Andrea Nisley, PO Box 757, Lexington NE 68850-0757 (see brochure).
  • The National MIWW has a new website: http://www.nationalmakeitwithwool.com

National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum

This fall we have a wonderful opportunity to provide training to adult and youth 4-H Volunteers across the state through the National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum series! Three different sessions will be offered on October 5, November 2, and December 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. (CT).

During each session, virtual presenters will share content; host site facilitators (Extension staff and/or volunteers) will lead on-site, hands-on activities based on instructions provided; and adult and youth volunteers will interact with each other on-site and with volunteers from across the country via chat pods and poll questions. Resources will be provided for volunteers to use with the 4-H members in their clubs.

Each county can choose to host any or all of these sessions at a central location and invite your adult and youth 4-H Volunteers to attend. Multi-county sites are also an option. Registration is now open! A separate link is available for each session:

4-H Award Applications

4-H Awards can be won at the local and state level through Career Portfolio completion and the Diamond Clover Program.

Career Portfolio Awards

The Career Portfolio is a record of your 4-H career. It includes a listing of your personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H. It should show a progression of all your years in 4-H.

Download your Portfolio at: http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio or visit the Extension Office for an electronic copy.

Diamond Clover Awards

This non-competitive program recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H members. It consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report age-appropriate accomplishments.

The 4-H member, parent, and 4-H leader sign off on their accomplishments and return the report to the Extension Office. The 4-H’er will then be awarded a Diamond Clover pin and certificate of completion for that level at the annual 4-H Achievement Night. Youth interested in participating in this program should stop by the Extension Office to pick up an application or download it from the following site: http://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover

All award applications are due October 6.


York County Outstanding

4-H Member Scholarship

The 4-H Council Scholarship Program offers two types of scholarships to 4-H members each year. One of these is the Outstanding 4-H member scholarship that is based on the 4-H Member’s 4-H Career Portfolio and 4-H Awards Application for the year. 4-H members may only apply for this award in their senior year of high school.

Application requirements are a completed 4-H Career Portfolio and 4-H Curriculum Story as a part of their 4-H Awards Application, plus the one-page application sheet found on our website. Applications are due October 6, 2017.

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

Nebraska Association of Fair Managers

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. Applications are Due December 1.


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Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for December near Ashland. It will be held December 9-10 at the Ashland Gun Club near Ashland. The deadline to register for the Ashland session is November 29th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader in the Shotgun discipline. There is a minimum number of participants required to offer this workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification or those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Late registration, after November 29th, is $150. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or individuals can register directly by clicking HERE.

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