Jefferson County 4-H

October 2020

4-H Highlights!


Congratulations to all of our exhibitors at the Nebraska State Fair! Jefferson County was well represented and we are proud of all of your accomplishments this year!

Results can be found at:

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

State Fair Exhibit Pick-Up

We still have several static exhibits left at the office that were brought back from State Fair. If you had anything selected to state to go to state fair and did not pick up your green ribbon, we have to at the office as well. Please try and pick those up ASAP.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

Achievement Application & Career Portfolios Due October 1!!!

It's time again to submit your 4-H Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios as the 4-H year nears completion. Last year was the first opportunity to use the Achievement Award Application, and was met with some hesitation from our 4-H families, so at the county level for selection of county awards only, 4-H members can choose to submit a Career Portfolio or the Achievement Application.

The Achievement Application will be used at the state level to selection winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide. By having one single form that more closely resembles the kinds of questions being asked on college applications and in resumes, 4-H’ers will be better prepared to be college and job ready while keeping a record of the achievements. This form was piloted last year and will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio. This form is much shorter and easier to use than the Career Portfolio.

The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application can be found at:

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio form can be found at:

All Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios are due in the office by Thursday, October 1st! Let us know as you have questions.

4-H Council Senior Scholarships & Diamond Clover Forms Due Oct 1!

Don’t forget that 4-H Council Senior Scholarships and Diamond Clover forms are all due in the office by Thursday, October 1st. You must turn in an award application/career portfolio to be eligible for the livestock auction scholarship and county awards. More information is available online at There is a letter with the application forms as well with instructions on how to fill out the forms for certain awards. If you need a copy of your Diamond Clover form that was submitted in April, please call the office and we can send it to you. Also, if you would like to have a copy of the application forms mailed to you please contact the office.

Achievement Award Applications/Career Portfolio Judges

Volunteers will be needed to read a neighboring county’s books sometime in October. If you are interested in helping, please call the Extension Office and offer your services. Benefits include: learning how other 4-H’ers fill-out their books, finding new ideas for projects and visiting with other 4-H volunteers about the recording process.
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We are excited to announce that October 4 - 10th is National 4-H Week. This week we are having variety of events and activities to keep our 4-H families involved and excited about 4-H. Be sure to like us on Facebook so you can participate in some of these activities.

Sunday, October 4th - Movie Night - Free movie night at the Fairbury Bonham Theater. Playing will be Charlotte's Web (2006). This movie is open to public. Movie is sponsored by the Jefferson County 4-H Council. Concessions are on your own. Start time will be 6:30PM.

Monday, October 5th - Guessing Game - Guess how many candy corns are in the jar and the person who guesses the closest on Facebook will receive a prize. (Guesses will be made made in the comments section of Facebook under the post.)

Tuesday, October 6th - 4-H Appreciation Day - We want to thank all of our 4-H members, families, and volunteers who have helped us this past year. Stop by the office any time and pick up a homemade treat just for you! Open from 9AM - 5PM. Look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, October 7th - Wear Your 4-H Green - Wear a 4-H t-shirt, take a picture of yourself, and post it in the comments sections of the post that day for a chance at a great prize!

Thursday, October 8th - Service Project Day - You will be receiving an email with a couple coloring pages and fillable greeting card that we will be sending to nursing home residents. We also would like as many youth that can to record a short video for Lucas Weise to brighten up his day! Lucas is a current 4-Her who was involved in a serious accident this summer and is at home recovering. Look for details in the e-mail of how you can participate.

Friday, October 9th - 4-H Night Out - Take the family out and support any local restaurant or small business. Many of them support local 4-H programs so let's show them ours!

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Learn what happens when an environment changes – even if the environment is FOOD! During our next Living Room Learning session on Tuesday, October 6th we'll be exploring Steak Science. We’ll learn about meat tenderness and how it relates to science by using things you can find in your pantry.

Our virtually guided Living Room Learning activities designed for youth in 3rd-5th grades are perfect for teachers and home-school families. Sign up to join us live at

2020 Jefferson County Fair Event Videos

Check out our Youtube videos on our channel showcasing the events of the Jefferson County Fair! Playlists include all the videos for a particular show or event. Check out the videos from the fair!

Citizen Washington D.C. Focus Trip Information

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 and how long it will be a significant health threat, our Washington D.C. group of Gage, Jefferson and Saline counties has decided to postpone a trip until 2022. We just don’t want the youth to spend that kind of money and not be guaranteed even if we are able to go that we would get to see and do all the things we would like to do and have done in the past.

With that being said, this gives youth more time to fund-raise for the trip. If you have ideas or suggestions of new fundraising, please contact the office!

Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the new changes to the CWF trip program requirements, the payment plan, or fundraising opportunities. As always, we are open to suggestions, especially regarding fundraising!

Red Wheel Fundraising!

It's never to early to start fundraising for the Washington D.C. Trip!

We will begin selling Red Wheel the first week of October as a fund raiser for those 4-H’ers that are interested in going on the Washington D.C. 4-H trip. Order forms will be mailed out the first of the week, and selling for the entire month. Please contact the office if your child is interested in selling Red Wheel so we can mail you out a packet of information.

Orders are due in the office Friday, November 6th.

Delivery will be Saturday, November 28, (presorted) in Wilber at 8 a.m.

**If a county sells 250 items they will earn delivery to their office.

4-H’ers earn 40% of their proceeds which is then applied to their WDC trip costs.

Volunteers, We Need You!

For 2021, all volunteers need to go through a screening to assist with 4-H related activities (including 4-H County Fair activities). There are two different types of volunteers, and screenings that go with these volunteers. You must fill out the form prior to volunteering.

  • Direct Volunteers – All 4-H Volunteers who work directly with youth (examples include: ring personnel at livestock shows, room monitors for contests, etc)– must complete the Direct Volunteer Form (Printable or Electronic or through 4HOnline – still open for volunteer enrollment) & DHHS Background Check ($5 fee). Must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If you have enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline, then you have already done this!
  • Indirect Volunteers – Any person who provides support services for Youth Activities (examples include: opening gates, announcers, superintendents, 4-H Building host, weigh-in, etc.)– must complete the Indirect Volunteer Application (Printable or Electronic) and must be approved prior to completing the volunteer activity. If your volunteer has enrolled as a volunteer on 4HOnline or filled out the Direct Volunteer form, they do not need to fill out the Indirect Volunteer Application.

If you have a question regarding which of these volunteer roles you will be fulfilling, please contact the Extension Office (402) 729-3487.

Animal Information

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4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Special Opportunties

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Leader Certification Workshop in Ashland

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for early October near Ashland. It will be held October 10-11 at the Ashland Gun Club near Ashland. The deadline to register for the Ashland session is October 1st, 5 pm.

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 and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors is $90 for this workshop and due by October 1st. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after October 1st is $160. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

If you're interested, please contact the Extension office.

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

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.

Please visit and scroll to the bottom to see the scholarship application form link. Applications are due at the Extension Office by November 30, 2020.

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop in Scottsbluff

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for early November. It will be held November 7-8 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The early bird registration deadline is October 28th.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Six project areas will be offered at the workshop - rifle, pistol, archery, shotgun, hunting skills, and coordinator.

Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, building an overall plan focused on Positive Youth Development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just “shooting” with science and healthy lifestyles, and working within your county’s 4-H structure.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors (14 to 20 years of age) is $90 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

If you're interested, contact the Extension office for more details.

Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Ambassador Team- NEW!

Hey High School Age Youth!

We are so excited that you are interested in becoming a part of the NEW Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Ambassador Team. As a part of this group we hope you can be a voice on the youth perspective, develop & practice leadership skills that you can take back to your communities, and collaborate with Extension Staff and 4-Hers across the state to plan & implement a 4-H Youth Leadership Conference!

The deadline for applications for the Ambassador team is Friday, October 9th, 2020! Apply here:

If selected our first meeting will be Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 4-6pm CT. From there we'll meet monthly to create an amazing experience for you and other high schoolers across the state!

The 4-H Youth Leadership Conference will be held July 1st-3rd, 2021 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE!

If you have questions or would like to know more please contact Julie Kreikemeier ( or Stacey Keys (!


From Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, you can apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for free. Nebraska will waive the $45 application fee for all resident first-time freshmen and transfer students who wish to apply for the Fall 2021 term. To apply to Nebraska for free, you should enter NU for NE in the Application Fee Waiver Code field at the end of Nebraska’s application at This year, we know that it may be difficult for you to take the ACT or SAT because of public health concerns. To support students, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is test-optional for both university admission and scholarships.

Don’t wait to move your future forward—take the next step toward creating your future by completing your application at We’re excited to see what you’ll discover, what you’ll create and who you’ll become as a Husker.

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


1 - Achievement Award Applications Due

1 - Diamond Clover Applications Due

1 - 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications Due

4 - 10th National 4-H Week- See Planned Events Above


6 - Red Wheel Orders Due at Extension Office

26 & 27 - Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

28 - Red Wheel Delivery in Wilber at Extension Office

30 - Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship Applications Due at Extension Office

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