Sheridan County Newsletter

September 2015

Calendar of Events

August 28 - September 7 Nebraska State Fair Grand Island
Sept. 1 Junior Leader Meeting at the Extension Office starting at 6 pm
Sept. 8 4-H Council Meeting at the Extension Office starting at 6 pm
Sept. 13 Green Valley Club Meeting
Sept. 15 4-H Club Leader Meeting at the Extension Office starting at 7 pm
Sept. 17 Hooves & Hearts Club Meeting at the Hay Springs School starting at 4 pm
Sept. 17 4-H Committee Meeting at the Food Booth on the fairgrounds starting at 7 pm
Sept. 21 Career Portfolios due

Photos from Fair

Career Portfolio

The Career Portfolios are due September 21st! The Career Portfolio is the 4-H Record keeping system that includes 4-H activities, non-4-H activities, and leadership opportunity. It will be a great asset when applying for college scholarships!

The Career Portfolio word document can be downloaded and then updated annually. You can also apply for Cash awards by completing your Career Portfolio. The Award Application as well as tips for completing your Career Portfolio is available at our 4-H website or can be picked up at the office along with the binder it is put in.

Monthly Sewing Class

Are interested in learning how to sew, or just getting started and want to better your skills? We are now offering a Monthly sewing class to work through the STEAM 1 book for beginner sewers. The class will meet on the second Monday of the month from 4 pm until 6 pm and will rotate through Rushville, Gordon, and Hay Springs. The first class will be on September 14th in Rushville.This class is limited to 5 participants so call to reserve your spot today!

State Fair Results

Abigail Bruns - Family Genealogy Book received a blue
Abigail Bruns - Lighting Display received a red
Abigail Bruns - Action Display received a blue
Abigail Bruns - Nebraska Career photography received a purple
Abigail Bruns - Pencil drawing received a blue
Alexa Tonjes - Quilt received a purple
Aspen Rittgarn - Short Set received a purple
Aspen Rittgarn - Name blocks received a blue
Bailey Scherbarth - Quilt received a red
Bailey Scherbarth - Lemon Poppy seed bread received a red
Brandi Messersmith - Yellow Onions received a blue
Cassidy Bruns - Advanced Lighting received a red
Cassidy Bruns - Challenging Print received a purple
Clark Orr - Welding received a red
Darin Archibald - Scones received a purple
Green Valley Club- Scrapbook received a blue
India Rittgarn - Designed t-shirt received a red
India Rittgarn - Care Package received a blue
India Rittgarn - Game for Middle Schooler received a white
Jacob Wellnitz - Cookies received a red
Kate Orr - Double crusted pie received a red
Kenna Rose - 1 jar of pears received a red
Mikayla Jaggers - 1 Jar of tomato received a purple
Mikayla Jaggers - 1 jar of jelly received a purple
Paige Paul - Composition Display received a blue
Sarah Dane - Designed t-shirt received a red
Slayde Denton's signs received a red
Toby Scherbarth - dried fruit received a blue

Diamond Clover Award

This non-competative award program encourages 4-H members to participate in a variety of 4-H activities and events that will allow them to acquire life skills. There are six levels that members will complete with goals such as learning the 4-H pledge, participating in a county project, completing a Community Service Project. The application for this awarded program can be downloaded from the Career Portfolio page of our website. This application is due on September 21st but does not require a completed Career Portfolio.

Sheridan County Ambassador Application

The Sheridan County Ambassador helps to promote 4-H, assists at the fair, rides in parades and helps with workshops that fit into their schedule. In return the Ambassador receives a $500 scholarship to the college of their choosing. Applicants must be 14 to 18 as of January 1st. If interested in becoming the next 4-H Ambassador, complete the application found at

4-H Volunteer e-Forum

Get Energized as you learn how to help youth develop life skills and build future leaders as this 3 session webinar series. This program is free and available to anyone that wants to gain leadership skills. Refreshments will be provided. To register contact Melissa Mracek at (308) 327-2312 or by October 1st.
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Make it with Wool Contest

The Make It with Wool Contest promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabric and yarn. The contest allows participants to create an item by sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving. The contest are divided up into 4 divisions: Preteen (age 12 and under), Junior(13-16), Senior (17-24), and Adult (over 25). Applications to compete in the contest are due October 15th. For more information you can go to the National Make it with Wool website ( or contact Rosalene Tollman of Marsland at (308) 665-2415 or Doris Rush of Scottsbluff at (308) 635-0156.