Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots

October 13, 2021

Otoe County 4-H Council Fundraisers


Thank you to all of you that came out to support the Otoe County 4-H Council during one or both of our Runza fundraiser nights. The council raised $182.44 in Syracuse, and are waiting on the total from Nebraska City.


We'd also like to thank all of you that ordered from the online merchandise store. The council was able to raise $195.00! Remember that all orders will be available for pick-up during the 4-H Achievement Celebration on November 7th.


Thank you for supporting Otoe County 4-H! We can't do it without our supporters and donors!

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Virtual Field Trip

We’ve got an all-new virtual field trip coming your way! Tune in on Tuesday, October 19th at 2:30 pm CT to explore the fundamentals of beef embryo transfer. Register at 4h.unl.edu/virtual-field-trips.
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Join us on a trip to Kearney to see Temple Grandin

We have only a handful of seats left, call the office if you want to be included.
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Become a 4-H Youth Leadership Ambassador!

Hey High School Age Youth!


We are so excited that you are interested in becoming a part of the Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Conference 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 the 4-H Youth Leadership Conference!


The deadline for applications for the Ambassador team is Friday, October 15th, 2021! Apply here: https://go.unl.edu/2022ylcapp


If selected our first meeting will be Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 4-6pm CT (via Zoom). 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 June 24th-26th, 2022 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE!


If you have questions or would like to know more please contact Julie Kreikemeier (julia.kreikemeier@unl.edu) or Stacey Keys (stacey.keys@unl.edu)!

Sewing Machine and Quilt Blocks

We had a person come in last week with a Kenmore Sewing Machine and boxes of Quilt blocks that he would be willing to donate to a 4-H'er. Please contact Cheryl at the office for more information.

2023 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Experience

Nebraska Extension in Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Richardson counties, together with their respective 4-H Councils are again sponsoring a Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in 2023. At this time, we are uncertain of what CWF will look like in 2023 due to the cancelling of CWF2020, moving CWF2021 to a virtual conference, and the selling of the National 4-H Center. However, we have been told by National 4-H Council that in person events are going to start happening again in 2022 at alternate locations and they will continue long into the future, so we are moving forward with planning the CWF2023 experience.


The objectives of CWF are to:


  • Strengthen communication, leadership, and other life skills;
  • Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders;
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds; and
  • Experience hands-on learning while having fun in our nation’s Capital City.



At this time, the experience is estimated to be a nine day/eight night trip via airplane with additional stops in New York City and Gettysburg. The approximate cost is $2,400. The itinerary and costs are approximate due to the nature of planning a trip so far in advance, and the uncertainty of the future of CWF currently.


The priority sign-up period for CWF2023 is now through May 15, 2022. Youth who sign up during this time period will be on the priority list. As participants sign up, they will be age-prioritized from oldest to youngest. The minimum age to participate is 15 by June 1, 2023 and maximum age is 18 by June 30, 2023. Each participant must be a current 4-H member and maintain active membership in 4-H through the conference year. Anyone signing up after May 15, 2022 will be put on an alternate list. The alternate list will be on a first come, first serve basis.


The first payment of $240 is due June 1, 2022 to reserve the 4-H’ers place in the CWF2023 experience. 4-H’ers not making the first payment by this date may lose their reserved space on the prioritized list.

2021 4-H Volunteer Road Show

This fall, Nebraska 4-H is hitting the road with an all-new volunteer professional development opportunity. Join us for an evening to discover new opportunities for yourself and your 4-H youth, network with other 4-H volunteers in our community, and build your skills as a 4-H volunteer! Be sure to register in advance to save your seat. Registration is $8 and includes a meal and all materials. Payment is due at the door. See the schedule including dates, locations, and session descriptions at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-road-show.


Cheryl and Erin will be going to the Beatrice session. If anyone wants to carpool, call the Extension Office to line up your spot.

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Halloween Bash

Who’s ready for a spooky good time? The Nebraska 4-H Camp is hosting a Halloween Bash for all ages on October 23rd from 5-9:00 pm. Cabin rentals are available. Plus, save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance at 4h.unl.edu/school-year-camps.


Don't forget, the Otoe County 4-H Foundation has Camp Scholarships available. Contact the Extension Office for more details!

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Otoe County 4-H Achievement Night - 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 7th

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Raikes School Application Deadline November 15

Nebraska 4-H youth participants interested in pursuing a STEM-related major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may be interested in the Raikes School. The Raikes School at Nebraska is a leading educational honors program offering an interdisciplinary education in computer science, engineering, business, and innovation for high-ability students. The Raikes School aims to develop leaders for information technology driven industries through industry and community partnerships, project-oriented curriculum, and real-world application.

A competitive applicant has a passion for computing, business, and a desire to pursue a rigorous education. There are no strict cutoffs for academics, but competitive applicants typically earn a 3.8+ GPA and 30+ ACT/1400+ SAT. High school coursework in math, computing, and business are encouraged. Ideally looking for well-rounded students that exhibit leadership skills and a desire to serve their community.

We recommend students apply to Nebraska by October 15th. The Raikes School Honors application must be submitted by November 15th. Students can submit their Honors application via MyRed after applying to the University.
Students can learn more about the Raikes School on our website: https://raikes.unl.edu. Follow our social media on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Check out a full virtual tour of the Kauffman Center, home of the Raikes School, at raik.es/tour.

If students have questions about the Raikes School, contact Adam Britten, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Outreach, at adam.britten@unl.edu or 402-472-0737.

More details at: https://raikes.unl.edu

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

Application can be downloaded at https://go.unl.edu/qvid.


This Scholarship is awarded during the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers Convention Banquet, which will be held in Kearney, Nebraska, on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Winners will be notified by January 3, 2022.


Return completed application to your local County Extension Office by November 30, 2021.

Nebraska Extension in Otoe County


Deb Weitzenkamp, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, deb.weitzenkamp@unl.edu

Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, erin.steinhoff@unl.edu

Cheryl Goff, Office Manager, cheryl.goff@unl.edu

4honline 2.0 Transition

Nebraska 4-H will be transitioning to 4honline 2.0 during the month of October. Thus, public access will not be available until November 1. Once the transition is complete, we will let everyone know when re-enrollment can begin for 2022!