Thurston County 4-H News
November & December 2015
Nebraska Extension - Thurston County
Jennifer E. Hansen, Extension Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith J. Jarvi, Extension Educator, email@example.com
Stacey Keys, 4-H Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 11 - Office Closed - Jennifer and Stacey out of the office
Dec 17 - Office Closed - Jennifer and Stacey out for a meeting
Dec 24-25 - Office Closed - Christmas
Dec 29 - Trophy Trip @ 10 am
Jan 1 - Office Closed - Happy New Year!
Jan 6 - 4-H District Career Portfolio's DUE @ Extension Office
Jan 11 - 4-H Council Meeting
Jan 18 - Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 26-29 - Office Closed - Jennifer and Stacey out for meetings
Jan 31 - Thurston County 4-H Kick-Off @ Pender Lanes (1-4 pm)
Feb 6 - Dakota-Thurston County Beef Weigh-In @ Pender Sale Bar (9:00-10:30)
Feb 8 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7:00 pm)
Feb 15 - Office Closed - Presidents' Day
Feb 16 - 4-H Enrollment & Volunteer Screening DUE
Thanks for Another Great Year!
It has been a wonderful year for Thurston County 4-Hers! The Career Portfolios are finished and the 4-H Achievement Banquet is done. Be sure to find the time to say “thank you” to the special individuals recognized as valuable contributors to the 4-H program at the banquet. Volunteers are essential to the structure and survival of the 4-H program. The Extension Staff is honored to work with all of the volunteers “To Make the Best Better” in Thurston County!
Now is the time to start planning for the new 4-H year. It is important to remember that the evaluation process is the final step for a 4-Her to examine their knowledge and skills learned for the year, and how to apply it to the future. Just look how each “H” relates to the Career Portfolio.
Head: Goal setting, decision making, planning and organizing
Heart: Relating to others, caring about others
Hands: Giving through community service, being a responsible citizen
Health: Living with healthy lifestyle choices, showing good character
Here area few suggestions to get started for the new year:
- Write down some goals that you might want to accomplish this year.
- Download the next pin application with the Diamond Clover Program to review the accomplishments needed to complete the form.
Brainstorm ideas on how to expand your citizenship and leadership activities to strengthen your Career Portfolio, there are grants available for youth to apply to make a difference in their community. If you have received an award and would like to order a plaque, you can contact the extension office. The cost will be $15.
Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party
Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party will be on Sunday, January 31st from 1- 4 pm at Pender Lanes, in Pender. All Thurston County 4-H’ers, their families and friends are invited to attend. You will be able to enjoy an afternoon of FREE bowling followed by a pizza party.
4-H Online Enrollment and Re-Enrollment
Remember how last year we all had to learn something new when it came to enrolling for 4-H online? Guess what? This year nothing's changing and you're all going to be pros. There are step by step sheets at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/thurston/4-h-enrollment. For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.
Ok there is one new thing. But it's just for VOLUNTEERS. If you are a volunteer for our program we also need to you enroll in our online database. The office manually put those of you from last year in the system so you have profiles. Again step by step information can be found at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/thurston/4-h-enrollment.
If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.
Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month
Each month, a 4-H club will be chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by application the second Friday of the month before. Each club chosen will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation along with a certificate that the club can display. The Club of the Month’s story will be featured on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Facebook and Twitter pages, website, and blog. More information can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition.
Ideas for Clover Colleges
Next year’s fair seems far away but we are already looking to see how we can help you accomplish the projects that you plan on completing. We are working on organizing our Clover College opportunities for 2014. Please share your ideas and possible resources with us. If you saw an exhibit at the fair this summer and think that it would be a great workshop topic, we are always open to suggestions!
2016 Special Garden Project!
The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 1600 packets of carrot seeds were distributed across the state. 4-H members told me what they wanted to grow and this year the Special Garden Project is focused on the colorful, Jazzy Mix Zinnia. This cultivar comes in shades of burgundy-red, red, yellow, and orange with cream, red, or yellow tips. The 1-2” blooms are fully-double and semi-double. These zinnias are a great cut flower that can get 20-26” tall. On average it will take about 75-85 days for the plants to bloom.
4-H’ers enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:
* Receive a ‘packet’ of Jazzy Mix Zinnias (one packet per youth) in March
* Receive a newsletter about:
· Planting & growing zinnias
· Zinnia problems & insects
· Harvesting & using zinnias
· Exhibiting zinnias
* Be able to enter this unique flower at County and State Fair
2016 4-H Photography Nebraska Exhibit Theme
Nebraska Exhibit Print: Help us celebrate the national “4-H Grows Here” campaign. For both Unit II and Unit III will capture photos of people and places that illustrate 4-H growing and thriving in Nebraska! Your photos should tell a story about how “4-H Grows Here” in your local community. Please print and include the 4-H Grows Here! logo in your photos. The logo can be accessed at https://unl.box.com/s/krptc9q2f2yxkxcpyc6q6flx6ni6z7mo.
Animal Science News
Stock Show University Grad Program
To register for the Stock Show University Grad Program please click on the link below.
Please register by December 7th.http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ebpbbpssifscz2d5/start
4-H Horse Stampede
4-H Horse Stampede is being held the same date, March 12, 2016 at the Animal Science Complex on UNL’s East Campus. Entries are due to county offices on Feb. 12th. Contests include:
· Demonstrations (individual and team)
· Public speaking
· Quiz bowl
· Photography and art contests
More information available at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-4-h-and-youth#tab32
Companion Animal Challenge
The second 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on March 12, 2016 at the Animal Science Complex on UNL’s East Campus. It provides youth a chance to participate in a variety of contests that do not require animals, but allow youth to learn more about their dog or other companion animals. Entries are due Feb. 19th. Contests include:
· Demonstrations (a presentation where youth demonstrate how to complete a task or related to the care of their companion animal)
· Photography and art contests (open to all companion animal projects)
· Dog Skill-a-thon
· Dog quiz bowl
The youth who participated in the event last year said that it was fun and they learned a lot. Youth do not need to be experts to participate in the event.
More information available at: http://go.unl.edu/4hcac
2016 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows
- June 13 - Kearney
- June 14 - Chadron
- June 15 - McCook
- June 16 - Leigh
- June 17 - Bloomfield
- June 21 - Lincoln
All entries are due to the county office by May 13, 2016. All Level testing required for participation in the 2016 District 4-H Horse Show MUST be completed by May 13, 2016.
All entries fro the State Horse Show much be mailed by May 13, 2016. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.
2016 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show July 10-14, 2016!
Achievement Night Awards
Clover Kid Participation Awards
Career Portfolio County Awards
Beef – Gracie Slaughter
Dog – Colton Sanderson
Rabbit -Ross Tremayne
Sheep – Owen VanKirk
Swine – Owen VanKirk
Clothing & Textiles – Codi Olson
Fashion Revue – Codi Olson
Public Speaking – Mason Bodlak
Bread – Colton Sanderson
Achievement - Codi Olson
Ag. Achievement – Ross Tremayne
(animal & plant)
Boys Record Book – Evan English
Girls Record Book – Jacie Bonneau
Jr Camp Scholarship – Codi Olson
Junior - Ponca Day Camp
Junior 4-Her's who completed their record books will receive a certificate to go to Ponca Day Camp.
Beef – Tyra Bonneau
Cat – Carley Hofmeister
Dog – Carley Hofmeister
Horse – Cydnee Bonsall
Poultry – Erika Paeper
Sheep – Alexis Bodlak
Swine – Colton Briggs
Rabbits – Chase Hofmeister
Presentations – Alexis Bodlak
Public Speaking – Alexis Bodlak
Ag. Achievement – Ashley Ostrand
(animal & plant)
Gardening – Ashley Ostrand
Citizenship – Tyra Bonneau
Leadership – Tyra Bonneau
Safety – Erika Paeper
Girls Record Book – Ashley OstrandInt. Camp Scholarship – Alexis Bodlak
Beef – Tiahna Bonneau
Sheep – Tanner Bonneau
Swine – Kariden Briggs
Goat – Kariden Briggs
Home Environment – Ty Hermelbracht
Photography – Ty Hermelbracht
Achievement – Dylan Slaughter
Ag. Achievement – Lexi Ostrand
(Animal & plant)
Leadership – Dylan Slaughter
Citizenship – Kobe Slaughter
Floriculture – Lexi Ostrand
Gardening – Lexi Ostrand
Boys Record Book – Ty HermelbrachtGirls Record Book – Amber English
4-Her Participation Certificates
The following 4-H Leaders are recognized for their years of service to the Thurston County 4-H Program:
District Record Book Nominees
Lexi Ostrand - Animal Science
Ty Hermelbracht - Animal Science