4-H Four-cast

January 9-22

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

Happy New Year!

This is a big month of deadlines and fun, so read your newsletter and communications closely (like I know you always do)!

The Food Preparation Contest will be on January 28-29! This will be the kick off to the 2023 Fairs and Contests season! Pull out the kitchen supplies, forage for your chanterelles, and get to practicing your favorite recipe! See below for more details. The registration deadline is next Wednesday, January 18th, so register ASAP. It's open to all enrolled 4-H Members!

January also marks the end of the early bird enrollment period for 4-H. Please enroll and pay your fees by January 31 or the price will go up.

Finally, we're incredibly excited to offer our Southern Oregon Leadership and Activities Retreat next month over President's day weekend, February 18-20. This will be such a fun time for youth ages 12-19 to hang out, experience life on a college campus, and learn all about leadership!

More on each of these below!


Lena and Steven


Record Book Contest Participants

Congratulations to all Record Book Contest Award recipients! The awards for the record book contest were generously donated by the Jackson County 4-H Association. Our participants included: Taylor T., Grace L., Addison P., Grace G., Addison F., Karastin M. J., Tessa C., Emma T.,

Mason D. J., Scotland B., and Taitum C.

Special shoutout to our champions:

1st Year Junior: Sophia B.

Junior: Mya K.

Intermediate: Lena C.

Senior: Kiera M.

This Week (January 9-15)

  • Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting: Monday, January 9 at 6:30PM in SOREC Conference Room
  • Horse Advisory Meeting: Monday, January 9 at 7PM on Zoom
  • CloverBuddies: Tuesday, January 10 at 6PM in Extension Auditorium
  • Sheep Advisory Meeting: Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30PM in Extension Auditorium
  • Registration Opens for Youth Voices in Action: Sunday, January 15th (See below for details)

Next Week (January 16-22)

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Extension Closed): Monday, January 16
  • Foods Contests Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 18 (see below for details)
  • Swine Leaders Meeting: Thursday, January 19th in Extension Auditorium, 7PM
  • 4-H Association Dinner & Auction: POSTPONED to date TBD
  • Horse Live Judging Clinic & Competition: Sunday, January 22 at a Reese Creek Ranch (615 butte falls Hwy, Eagle Point)

Information for Everyone

Griffin Creek Community Club Starting

A new club is forming in the Griffin Creek area! If you're looking for a community club that explores many of the facets of 4-H, then this could be the club for you! It will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM in the Griffin Creek Elementary School Cafeteria and is open to ages 5-19!
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Register Now for the Annual Foods Contest!

Have you ever wanted to participate in Iron Chef? Do you have an awesome recipe? Do you simply love to cook?

All enrolled 4-H members are welcome and encouraged to register for our annual foods contest! In this contest, participants will make a dish or a small meal within an hour (or two) and present it to a judge (a local food expert) who will judge the food on taste, presentation, preparation techniques, and a whole host of criteria. It's super fun (and delicious)!

Registration Closes: Wed. January 18

Event: January 28-29

Location: South Medford High School

Time: Sign up for times

Eligibility: All enrolled 4-H members (5-19), no need to be enrolled in the Foods project. No project record necessary for competition.

Registration Link: jackson4h.fairwire.com

Information and Rules: beav.es/5Xe

Countr(ies) of Celebration!

This year, rather than focusing on a single country, we will be focusing on a region of celebration: The Caribbean! The Caribbean states (as recognized by the United Nations) include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago

We hope that youth will take a moment and select a country within this region to focus in on and learn more about their people and culture.

Register Now for the Southern Oregon Leadership and Activities Retreat!

Registration is open for SOLAR and closes February 8th. The Southern Oregon Leadership and Activities Retreat is scheduled for February 18-20th at Southern Oregon University. It is designed for teens to learn career skills, leadership and teambuilding, and provides an opportunity to make new friends and stay in the dorms at SOU. This is open to all youth ages 12+, whether in 4-H or not!

Cost: $225

Scholarships for 4-H Members: up to $100! Fill out the Financial Assistance form found on our website enrollment page, and turn it into the Extension Office.

Registration Link: https://beav.es/5LD

Information: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/jackson/events/southern-oregon-leadership-activities-retreat

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Member Enrollment Deadline Approaching!

The early bird member enrollment deadline is January 31, 2023. After this date, the price jumps!

Cost per child in a family before January 31:

Children 1 and 2: $40 each

Children 3 and 4: $15 each

Further Children: $0

Cost per child in a family after January 31:

Children 1 and 2: $60 each

Children 3 and 4: $30 each

Further Children: $0

Spread the word: members can pay by cash, check, or credit/debit card through OSU Marketplace. At the end of your 4-H online enrollment, you must select "Pay by Cash/Check" regardless of how you actually intend to pay. Make sure that, in 4-H online, you click through all the way to submit. Then you can either bring cash or check to the Extension Office or pay at the fee site.

4-H Online Enrollment Site

Jackson County 4-H Fee Payment Site (card only)

Reminder: leaders will not have access to see their clubs until they are approved leaders. Member registrations will not be approved until a club has two approved leaders, so if you haven't completed all steps of leader enrollment, please be sure to complete them!

Winter 2023 STEP it UP Classes Coming Soon!

Our 2023 STEP Classes will be announced soon on our website. We are still recruiting a few more instructors as we finalize our STEP it UP schedule. Classes will start at the end of January and run through April. If you or someone you know likes sharing their skills in sewing, art, photography, cooking, or any other project area, and is willing to do a basic, hour-long (or two-session) class, email steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu ASAP and let us know! Adults or youth members are welcome to teach!

YOUTH: If there is anything you want to learn in a STEP class, please let us know :)

Information for Leaders

Leaders Meetings

Lena is working closely with the Superintendents about reducing the number of project leader/division meetings. Lena is awaiting feedback from superintendents about dates.

Club Charters Must be Updated

Hello all leaders! We hate to add more paperwork, but we've been instructed by Oregon 4-H that all clubs are required to update their charters for 2022-23. Please fill out the charter form below and return it with signatures to SOREC by January 31st. One "Chartering 4-H Clubs" should be filled out for every club.

Charter Link

Also, remember that the 4-H Resume will be required for all members showing at fair this year (wristbands will be given to those who complete their 4-H Resume)!

4-H Resume

Fundraising and Bank Accounts

If your club or committee is interested in doing fundraising, it must have a bank account to deposit the funds. Call Lena to talk about the rules for fundraising and reporting. Then, send an email her with the bank you would like to use (Rogue Credit Union or People's Bank), and at least 2 names of signers on the account. The signers must be approved leaders. You can then take the signed bank authorization letter to the appropriate bank and open a checking account. Has your club changed signers over the years? Lena can write a new bank authorization letter for you to protect your club account.

State-wide or Virtual 4-H Opportunities

Mail-In Shooting Sports Reminder

The Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, and Muzzleloading mail-in tournaments all begin in January, with scores due February 15th.

2022/23 National 4-H Shooting Sports Quiz Bowl (open to all 4-H members!)

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Quiz Bowl starts Monday (January 16, 2023) and runs through Friday (January 20, 2023). You can register for the National Quiz Bowl HERE and find study resources HERE!

Youth Voices in Action - Be a Change Agent!

Looking to get out of the house during spring break? Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend the Youth Voices in Action leadership conference in Salem, Oregon. Youth will have developing their leadership skills, practicing public speaking, and working in teams while meeting with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

Check out this link for more information!

Dates for Youth Voices in Action: Tuesday March 28th to Friday March 31st.

Registration opens 1/15/2023 -- and closes 3/10/2023.

Study Resources for Spring Classic

Candi has provided study resources for Spring Classic at this link!

Yamhill County Critter Romp

This event is a small animal show open to all 4-H being held in McMinnville! See this link for more details! March 4th.

Canby Small Animal Workshops

Join other youth for a morning of short workshops on rabbits, poultry, cats, pigeons, and 4-H Record Books! See more information at this link. Feb 4

Wallowa County Livestock Camp

Wallowa County will be hosting a livestock day camp put on by Sullivan Supply! See this link for more details! April 29.

Community Classifieds

Community Classifieds (not endorsed by OSU, but provided as a service)

Grange Co-Op Spring Hiring Event

On January 21st, 10am-3pm , at all Grange Co-Op retail locations except White City, Store Managers and Human Resource staff will be available to do “on the spot” interviews in preparation for the spring season. Below is a QR code that will direct you to a preregistration form to reserve an interview spot for the day.

Grange Co-Op believes that 4-H members have the potential, given their interests, to be a great fit for the Grange Co-op. 😊

Grange Co-op has been a community member and respected employer in the Rogue Valley for over 85 years. They are looking for friendly and motivated individuals who have a passion for serving customers and creating a personalized experience, while at the same time enjoy gardening, pets, farm and ranch.

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Violet Ameraucana Pure-Bred Rooster

Tammy Long has a 19-week old true-blooded Lavender Ameraucana rooster from 7 acre farms that she'd like to give to a 4-H member. Since Tammy lives in town, having a rooster is out of the question. If you are interested, give her a call at 541-538-8031!
Our activities are open to all who meet the appropriate age requirement. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five days prior to the event to Lena Hosking, 4-H Educator lena.hosking@oregonstate.edu

This publication will be made available in an accessible alternative format upon request. Please contact Steven McIntyre, Education Program Assistant at steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu

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