Saunders County 4-H Smore

September 15 , 2017

In this week's Smore...

  1. Saunders County 4-H Council Applications Available
  2. 4-H Ambassador Program applications- NEW & IMPROVED!
  3. 17-18 4-H School Enrichment Catalog
  4. 2018 SCF Superintendents/Leaders needed
  5. Nebraska State Fair Results & Saunders County Recognized Youth
  6. Career Portfolios & Diamond Clover Applications due November 1!
  7. Library Innovation Studio coming to Ashland
  8. Equine Webinar Series
  9. 2017 Saunders County 4-H Foundation Auction Results
  10. Canine Companions for Life 4-H Dog Expo
  11. UNL Animals Science Open House
  12. Sow, Litter to go to wining 4-H, FFA member essay
  13. Nebraska State Range Judging
  14. 2017 Nebraska Youth Symposium
  15. 4-H Household Pet Fest
  16. Make It with Wool
  17. Shooting Sports Instructor Survey
  18. Nebraska Equine Webinar Series
  19. Statewide 4-H Opportunities
  20. Other Opportunities

Saunders County 4-H Council

Interested in serving on the Saunders County 4-H Council and making a difference in the Saunders County 4-H program? Click on the link to find out more information about how to apply! APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 1, 2017!


Are you a 4-H youth, between the ages of 16-18 years of age (as of January 1, of current year) and want to get involved in the Saunders County 4-H program all while improving your leadership skills and of course having fun?! Check out the information and application here:

2017-2018 Saunders County School Enrichment

Some do wonder what we are 4-H staff do in the fall/winter/spring months? Take a look at our School Enrichment catalog to take a look at what we're offering to all of our Saunders County schools and teachers! These are the classes/sessions/programs that we can offer to our schools to enrich their students learning experience. All of our offered programs are "learn by doing" experience to to engage our youth in learning. Take a look and feel free to share!

Looking for 2018 Saunders County Superintendents/Leaders!

Attention Parents! We are looking for Superintendents/Leaders for the following:



Shooting Sports

If we can't find people willing to serve as leaders or superintendents for these then they could potentially end up not being offered at the fair!

Please contact us if you would be interested in one of those!

Career Portfolios and Diamond Clover applications due NOVEMBER 1!

Career Portfolio's are due NOVEMBER 1, 2017!!

What is a Career Portfolio?

  • Saunders County's Career Portfolio program is an opportunity for 4-H members to submit a record of their involvement in not only 4-H, but in their schools and communities as well. By participating in this program, youth are able to keep record of their involvement from year to year. There are opportunities to compete at a county level and go on to compete at district and state, as well as national. Take a look at the information and details below!

Diamond Clover applications are due NOVEMBER 1, 2017!

What is the Diamond Clover Program?

  • The program’s overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of ageappropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H.
  • For more information, please see:

Library Innovation Studio coming to Ashland!

We are excited to announce that the Nebraska Library Commission along with partners Nebraska Extension, Nebraska Innovation Studio, and Regional Library Systems, are excited about the "Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities" project, which was recently awarded a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant was award on July 1, 2017 and will conclude June 30, 2020.

The goal of the project is to provide access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally. This strengthening of the maker culture in Nebraska communities is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation, and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development.

The project will:

  • Establish local Community Action Teams in thirty rural and small communities (communities with populations less than 25,000);
  • Establish four rotating Innovation Studios that will be hosted by libraries for approximately 20 weeks each;
  • Develop instructional materials and user equipment certification processes;
  • Employ sustainability strategies for permanent studios;
  • Provide training on the use of the equipment, focusing on Train-the-Trainer strategies;
  • Assist with local marketing efforts and programming/events, including open houses and maker showcases.

First-year sites have been selected through an application process through the NLC. Sites in order are: Plattsmouth, Ainsworth, Ashland, Crete/Loup C.; South Sioux City, Neligh, Broken Bow Bridgeport; Norfolk, North Platte, Ravenna, Scottsbluff; Wayne, Geneva, Central City; Nebraska City.

Visit for more information on the project. We will keep you posted with more information about this exciting opportunity!

Nebraska Equine Webinar Series

2017 Saunders County 4-H Foundation Auction Results

Thank you to the following clubs who contributed items to the auction: Touhy Livestock, Ashland Shamrocks, 4-H L.I.F.E Club, 4-H Country Club, Colon Hustlers (2 items), Marietta Livestock, Yutan Shamrocks, Farmtastic 4-Hers, Chisum Wilson (no club name).

Total made on auction was $1450.00

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UNL Animal Science Open House

Monday, Oct. 23rd, 6-8pm

Animal Sciences Complex, Lincoln, NE, United States

Lincoln, NE

Sow, litter to go to winning 4-H, FFA member essay!

It’s called a Sow Giveaway, but it’s sure to be a little more “ham” than that.

Southeast Community College, along with Aksarben, the Nebraska Pork Producers and the Iowa Pork Producers, is sponsoring a Sow Giveaway. Any 4-H or FFA member from Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming is eligible to enter.

All they have to do is write a 500-word essay that addresses the following two items:

  • Detail how your project will benefit winning the sow and her piglets.
  • Include how the award will improve the profitability and growth of your livestock project.
  • A reference letter from a 4-H leader, an extension agent or FFA advisor also must accompany the entry.
Students are to include their name, address, phone number, and age on their essay.

Completed packets should be mailed to Annie Erichsen at Southeast Community College, 4771 W. Scott Road, Beatrice, NE 68310.

Entries must be postmarked by September 20, 2017.
The winner must be able to pick up the sow and litter after 4 p.m. October 1st at the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island.

Persons who need more information about the contest are asked to contact Erichsen at 402-228-8258 or

Nebraska State Range Judging

For more information, please visit:

2017 Nebraska Youth Beef Symposium


EVENT: November 17-19, 2017

What: Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium (NYBLS)

Who: any and all youth interested in the beef industry in Nebraska, and/or youth considering UNL as their University. Youth need to be at least high school freshmen.

When: November 17-19, 2017

Where: UNL East Campus, Lincoln

Why: It will be educational, fun, and a great
way to meet industry representatives and youth with similar interests!

How: More details can be found at:

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Shooting Sports Instructor Annual Report

Any shooting sports instructor is asked to complete the statewide online shooting sports report before OCTOBER 15, 2017!

Please note effective October 1, 2017 - All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report (on-line format) to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline.

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.