4-H Four-cast

November 14 - 27, 2022

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

Firstly, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we would like to express our gratitude to each and every one of you for your continued work as parents, as leaders, and as members to make the best better. There is a lot of work that goes into the activities 4-H provide for youth, and your work doesn't go unnoticed. Please, reach out to another 4-H participant (whether an official club leader, a teen leader, a volunteer, or simply a person in 4-H who has shown leadership or a willingness to grow) and express your gratitude to them!

We've heard that some folks prefer the pdf version of the newsletter so they can print it out--check the top of each Smore newsletter from here on out, and we'll have a pdf of the newsletter below for you to print more easily!

Keep working on getting re-enrolled or making sure your club members get re-enrolled and continue spreading the word about your club, about Interstate Exchange, about STEP Classes, and about all of the other great work 4-H is doing! Now that Steven is back from vacation, he will be starting to approve folks in 4-H online. It's still a bit of a process, so keep that in mind!

By the by, we recently sent out an email about cashing premium checks--just to clarify, we were talking about the premium checks from 2021. 2022 Premium checks have not yet been sent, but are in the works!

Enrollment tip: payment is a question we get a lot here in the office. Because of how our system works, you cannot pay online in 4-H online. You CAN pay online, however! Regardless of how a member's family plans to pay, the family should select "pay by cash/check" in 4-H Online before submitting their enrollment. Then, they can either pay by cash or check at the extension office or pay online at: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20159_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=130&SINGLESTORE=true


Lena and Steven


Ambassador Takeover of CloverBuddies!

While Steven was on vacation, the Ambassador club stepped up and led the CloverBuddies meeting for November! They sang songs, taught about leadership, and led a lesson on origami! Special thanks to ambassadors Molly B., Sophie G., and Agatha H. as well as leaders Darcy Budge and Amy Grow for putting on a wonderful meeting!
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This Week (November 14-20)

  • Horse Leaders Meeting: Monday, November 14th at 7PM in Extension Classroom
  • Virtual 4-H International Exchange Presentation: Tuesday, November 15th @ 7 pm (see below for Zoom link).
  • Griffin Creek Community Club Interest Meeting: Tuesday, November 15th at 6:45PM in the Griffin Creek Elementary School Cafeteria (pre-register at https://forms.gle/1J8JkoMfDnzUknx38, see flyer below)
  • Record Book Judging: Wednesday, November 16th, 5:30PM at Extension Auditorium (only judges need attend)
  • Poultry Project Fair Debrief Meeting: Wednesday, November 16th, 6PM at Extension Classroom
  • Deadline to Submit Members for 4-H Members Recognition Night: Wednesday, November 16th, See Below for Details
  • Livestock Superintendent Meeting: Thursday, November 17th, 6PM at SOREC Auditorium
  • Youth Horse Committee Application Due: Friday, November 18th (see below for details)
  • Aquatic Engineering STEP Class (ages 5-19): Friday, November 18 at 6:30PM in Extension Auditorium (register at least one day in advance, see below for details)

Next Week (November 21-27)

  • 4-H on Vacation (Not available for calls or emails): Nov 21-23
  • Thanksgiving Break (Extension Office Closed): Nov 24-25
  • Leader Survey Due: Nov 26 (see below) https://forms.gle/XtrTj9VH2jhHv57K9

Information for Everyone

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Youth Horse Committee Application

We are ready to launch the application for the 2022-2023 Youth Horse Committee - the application deadline is November 18th and is limited to intermediate and senior members!


Contact Shae Johns (541-973-4349) with any questions!

4-H Member Recognition Night!

Member recognition night is coming up! Please consider nominating 1 or 2 youth members to receive special recognition from the Jackson County 4-H Program.

  • Did they help with the club's community service project?
  • Were they extra helpful during fair, 4-H events or club meetings?
  • Did they serve as a club officer, camp counselor or project helper?
  • Do they make the club more fun and enjoyable?

Every member and leader enrolled in last year's 4-H year is allowed to fill out this form (only twice) by Wednesday, November 16th. After November 16th, the top 2 youth from each club will be emailed an invitation to attend Member Recognition Night. All camp counselors, teen ambassadors and record book contest participants should save the date and plan to attend!

Please note: You can tell the person about the nomination, but it does not guarantee they will be chosen for recognition this year. Tell them to save the date!!

4-H Member Recognition is led by the 4-H Ambassador Team. It will be Monday, November 28th from 6:30 - 7:45 pm at the Extension Center. An array of desserts, drinks and awards will be provided.

Member Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/twkVsR84bFzxkVmp9

Member Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, November 16th

Wall Calendars Available at the Extension Office!

Thanks to the generosity of the 4-H Association and the hard work of summer intern Anna Ehlers, there are 4-H Calendars now available for everyone in 4-H at the extension office! These calendars feature photos from most of our project areas and are intended as a space where you can write down upcoming 4-H deadlines, events, and activities that you see in this newsletter and want to attend/participate in/not miss!

Each family in 4-H is allowed one calendar for free! Club leaders are welcome to pick up enough calendars for their entire club. Families, please check with your leaders to see if they are picking up calendars for your club. If not, you're welcome to come in and pick one up yourself!

Opportunity for Youth to Engage in a Research Study on Rabbits!

Survey on Motivation in Rabbits: The Human-Animal Interaction lab at OSU is currently researching rabbit behavior. If you own a rabbit and would like to participate, please take our survey about motivation in rabbits. It mainly consists of questions about your rabbit's behavior and preferences. Contact Emma DeFreeuw at defreeue@oregonstate.edu with any questions. To take the survey, visit https://thehumananimalbond.com/current-studies/ or access it directly in English (https://forms.gle/2Cr9mfxhyNU4ZGd2A) or Spanish (https://forms.gle/5Fq6zHNGyFbEGpuJ8).

Interstate Exchange Needs More Participants!

The Interstate Exchange club is ready to get going, save one thing--they need boys! Any young men in 8th-11th grade are encouraged to join the Interstate Exchange club! Interstate Exchange does not take a lot of your time and can be a nice compliment to your other 4-H activities. We have monthly meetings and plenty of fundraisers to help with the cost of travel.

Historically, interstate exchange participants who participated in fundraising had the entire cost covered.

The next interest meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-7:30PM in the Extension Classroom! See the flyer below for more information.

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STEP Classes

STEP classes are underway!

Check out the upcoming classes about aquatic engineering, raising rabbits, and holiday cooking (our sewing class is sold out)!

Register for the classes at beav.es/itr

Open to: All youth (various ages, see flyer) in Jackson County

Cost: $5, first class free with code 'FIRSTFREE', 4-H members can ask Steven for a code that makes all classes free!

Place: SOREC Auditorium

Times: see flyer

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Member Enrollment

Member enrollment is open! Returning members should confirm with their clubs that they are returning then should re-enroll at https://v2.4honline.com/ using the same login information as last year! New members should make sure they have confirmed a club to join with the a club leader before enrolling, but then can go into the same link above and create an account. Remember, there's an overarching family account, but each member should be enrolled by name within the family!

Early Enrollment Deadline ($40 per child): January 31

Enrollment Deadline for Fair Participation (price increases to $60 per child): March 15

Payment link (only pay after you have completed enrollment): https://secure.touchnet.net/C20159_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=130&SINGLESTORE=true

Deadlines and Enrollment Policies!

Check out our latest deadlines below and our enrollment policies sheet here:

Enrollment Policies Link

Deadlines Link

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Returning Dog Club!

Hot Diggity Dog is returning for 2022-23! If you are interested in Dog 4-H, reach out to Connie at 541-621-1330!

Ambassadors Club is Recruiting New Members

The Jackson County Ambassadors Club is our premiere teen leadership club! They learn about leadership and citizenship throughout the year and, come fair time, support a wide variety of fair activities. This is an awesome opportunity to foster leadership! The club requires a short application to show interest, but it's open to any youth from 8th-12th grade!

Ages: 8th-12th Grade at time of admission to the club

Application Period: Rolling

Application Link

Information for Leaders

Leader Survey

The 4-H Association and staff need some input in premiums, Animal Affair and leader/advisory meeting dates. Please complete this 6-question survey by November 26.


Club Fundraising

If your club does fundraising, a request form needs to be filled out for prior approval. We can advertise on Facebook and in the newsletter (check out the advertising for the Hope for the Holidays Bazaar)! The club also needs a bank account if fundraisers will be carried out. Bank account pre-approval starts with the 4-H staff. Contact us if interested.

Financial Forms: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/jackson/volunteers

Virtual and State 4-H Opportunities

Animal Science Webinar Series!

The Animal Sciences program at OSU is offering a series of webinars for young people to learn about various facets of animal science! Last Thursday, there was an Animal Science Educational opportunity on selecting steers and heifers via ZOOM, and here is the recording: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/animal-science-projects#beef You can find it on our 4-H Statewide website by going to project resources, animal science projects, beef – then click on Selecting Steers & Heifers. It will take you to the recorded video. Check out the flyer below for a full list of State Education Opportunities!
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International Education Week...

...is November 14-18, 2022. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

In conjunction with IEW, we will be hosting a Virtual 4-H International Exchange Presentation on Tuesday, November 15th @ 7 pm. The presentation will include a short overview of the various opportunities available for 4-H members. We will also hear from a few of our Outbound members who traveled abroad this summer to Argentina. The program will be structured to allow plenty of time for Questions.

Join Zoom Meeting


Password: 567052

Phone Dial-In Information

+1 971 247 1195 US (Portland)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Meeting ID: 968 8735 4525

Community Classifieds

Douglas County Hiring a 4-H Program Coordinator!

Join a collaborative team invested in local needs-based education, community, and providing a sense of belonging. A full-time position based at the Oregon State University Douglas County Extension office in Roseburg, Oregon. Serves Douglas County and is a member of a regional and statewide team of the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development program.

Apply at: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/128439 by 12/11

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

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Dog Trainer Looking for a Field

Earn Extra Money. I’m looking for a field to rent this winter (Nov-Feb or March) to run training drills with two retrievers. Low impact and quiet - would probably use 2-3 hours, 4 or 5 days a week. Prefer 10-20 acre fenced field in Talent or Phoenix area but willing to consider other options depending on location. Need mostly flat ground and mowed or partially mowed. Please contact me for more information: Margaret, 541-840-4311 or mhshasta@gmail.com

Goat Needs a Home

Widow needs to re-home a small, friendly, female, mixed-breed pet goat with mastitis issue. It's friendly with dogs! About 8yo. Feed, hay and meds included. For more info, please call Caramia 541-840-7730.
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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