4-H Friday News Blast for 11.01.19

Achievement Program and Party is Sunday!

The Achievement Program and Party is in two days...

It's Sunday, November 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the EXPO building on the fairgrounds. We HOPE you can come.

  • 2:00 Games, including Bingo, checkers, shoots and ladders, etc. and an AWESOME Cake Walk (bring a cake or some other goodies if you can; we'll need lots of cakes)
  • 3:00 The Awards Program
  • 3:45 A huge, delicious, make-your-mouth-happy Ice Cream bar.

Remember - Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 3rd. Set you clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

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2020 4-H Council Members

Who will they be? Thanks to everyone who voted on-line! Come to the Achievement Program to meet your new council members! Voting closed at 1:00 today!

Photos on Sunday

Brent Hardin from the Plattsmouth Journal Newspaper will be at the Achievement Program and Party on Sunday to take photos. If you are an award winner, be sure to listen for directions to get your picture taken.

All 4-Hers and 2019 4-H Adult Council Members

Request - if you have a board game for the Blast From the Past board games party, please bring it/them along to the Achievement Party. Thank you.


Job Opportunity at the Extension Office

Applications are now being accepted for the position of 4-H Support Staff at the Nebraska Extension Cass County Office in Weeping Water. This is a full-time County paid position, with some night and weekend hours required. Benefits include Health, Retirement, Vacation, Sick and Holidays.

Position description including responsibilities, required skills, starting pay, and preferred experiences is available online at https://go.unl.edu/0cqt

Submit cover letter and resume to the Cass County Extension Office by November 4th. References will be requested after further review. Applications can be mailed to Cass County Extension 8400 144th Street Suite 100, Weeping Water, NE 68463 or emailed to lstohlmann2@unl.edu.


Senior Scholarship Applications

Hey Seniors - there are several local scholarships 4-Hers can apply for. Informational letters will be handed out at the Achievement Program and Party on Sunday, November 3rd. The information can also be found on the Cass County Extension website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/scholarship-opportunities/

Take note: The 1st application is to the Extension Office by December 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the Extension Office. at 402-267-2205 or cass-county@unl.edu.


Shooting Sports Instructors:

Please fill out your annual instructor report by November 22nd in order to maintain discipline certification. You should have received an email with a link to the reporting form. If you need the link again, please email tracy.ensor@unl.edu and she can forward you the link. Thank you for your assistance with this effort!


It's time to re-enroll for the 2019-2020 4-H year. The enrollment site is open!

To enroll/re-enroll, go to: https://ne.4HOnline.com

  • Leaders, volunteers and 4-Hers who were enrolled in 4-H this past year, need to re-enroll for next year.
  • Anyone new to 4-H needs to enroll.

When it comes time to select projects, take a look at this website called 4-H Pick Your Project.

Take a look at the notes below for step-by-step guides to walk you through the process of enrollment and re-enrollment:

4-H Enrollment at ne.4HOnline.com


Equine News from the State Office ...

Take note: There are some new horse workshops planned for 2020, so mark your calendars as you plan for next year.

Questions? Contact these people at the state office: Dr. Lena Luck (lena.luck@unl.edu) or Grace Kim (grace.kim@unl.edu) or Dr. Kathy Anderson (kanderson1@unl.edu)


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UNL announces ... 4-H Horse Stampede

The Horse Stampede is a group of contests for youth interested in horses. These contests do not require youth to have a horse, all they need is to have an interest and be willing to learn some information about horses. The 2020 Horse Stampede will be held March 28, 2010. Continue reading about it here ....
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UNL announces ... 2020 4-H Companion Animal Challenge

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are the Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H yough ages 10-18 are invited to participate. Continue reading here for information and registration ...


4-Hers who exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair, read this from the state office ...

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has begun sending award checks to 4-H’ers who participated in the Nebraska State Fair. As a reminder, here is the process:

  • Since the Nebraska State Fair, 4-H’ers have been sending the Foundation their “donor thank you” letters. The Foundation has mailed these thank you letters to the many donors who fund these awards.

  • Once we have been given approval by the State 4-H Office, the Foundation sends award checks to the 4-H’ers who have completed their donor thank you letter. If a 4-H’er fails to send a thank you note to their donor, we will not send an award check to the 4-H’er.

  • We will be processing hundreds of awards checks over the next three weeks. As you can imagine, It takes time to process this many award checks.

If you have questions or need additional information, don’t hesitate to call or email. We’re always glad to hear from you!

Stuart Shepherd

Nebraska 4-H Foundation

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

210 Mussehl Hall

Lincoln, NE 68583-0719




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National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Program

It is again time for 4-H Members interested in the cattle industry to apply for the National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program. Currently, Nebraska has 12 participants in the 2019-20 CAC program. It is an educational opportunity that develops skills that will be used throughout their careers.

Applications are online at nationalwestern.com/catch-a-calf-program/ with a signature form that must be completed and sent to NWSS no later than December 1, 2019.


County 4-H Calendar

  1. VOTE for 4-H Council ... November 1 - Voting closes at 1:00 pm.
  2. 4HOnline re-enrollment is now open. Go to https://ne.4HOnline.com
  3. 4-H Achievement Party at the EXPO - November 3, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  4. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards application due: November 5th spirit.prudential.com
  5. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium - Nov. 8-10 in Lincoln
  6. 4-H Council Meeting - November 18
  7. Shooting Sports Instructors Reports Due - November 22
  8. Make it Yourself with Wool - November 23
  9. National Catch-a-Calf applications due: December 1st

Looking into the New Year ...

  1. Summer Camps announced for 2020
  2. 2020 Horse Judging School - March 7th
  3. 2020 Adult/Leader Equine Advancement Level Workshop - March 8th
  4. 2020 Equine 4-H Youth 3 & 4 Advancement Level Workshop - March 8th
  5. 4-H Horse Stampede - March 28th at UNL
  6. 4-H Companion Animal Challenge - March 28th


Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Annual Conference ... Nov 2 in Curtis, NE
  2. Ag Land Transition/Estate Planning Workshops ... Nov 20 | Dec 4 | Dec 10 in Weeping Water
  3. October Ag Line Newsletter
  4. Hort Update
  5. Gardening articles by Sarah Browning (New articles posted almost every week)
  6. Recorded Webinar and info on "Hunting Leases" with vital information for landowners
  7. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  8. Become a Master Gardener ... for 2020 program, register by January 17, 2020


4-H Mission Statement

4-H Empowers youth to reach their full potential,

working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

The 4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults

learn, grow and work together

as catalysts for positive change.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service, and

My Health to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world!

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better!

4-H Colors

The 4-H colors are green and white.

Green, nature's most prominent color, symbolizes growth.

The white symbolizes purity and high ideals.

4-H Emblem

The official 4-H Emblem is a clover with four leaves and an "H" on each leaf.

The clover's stem must point to the right as you look at the image.

The 4-H Emblem is not a plan four-leaf clover.

The 18 USC 707 notice is part of the Emblem.

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu

2019 4-H Youth Council Members

Remember - Lauren wants to meet with you at the EXPO at 1:00 c'clock for staging for the Achievement program. You all have jobs to do to make this a successful and fun program!