Saunders County 4-H Smore

October 27 , 2017

In this week's Smore...

  1. Career Portfolios & Diamond Clover Applications due November 1!
  2. Saunders County 4-H Council Applications due November 1!
  3. 4-H Ambassador Program applications due November 1!
  4. Saunders County 4-H Achievement Celebration
  5. Saunders County Ag Society Indoor Arena
  6. 2018 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Project
  7. Omaha Fashion Week Designer Applications
  8. 2018 SCF Superintendents/Leaders needed
  9. Shooting Sports Instructor Survey
  10. Statewide 4-H Opportunities
  11. 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:

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:
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Achievement Celebration

NEW IN 2017! We will be having our achievement celebration here in November. We do need you to RSVP as there will be food served! Also, we will be recognizing the following people for their membership or service to 4-H. If you see a correction or addition that needs made please let Melisa ( know prior to November 1!

Saunders County Ag Society Indoor Arena Open

The Indoor arena is open Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 P.M. It will open the next few weeks and here are the rules they ask you follow:

1. $10 per person, please sign in and pay before you ride

2. 4-H members ride free, sign in along with the name of your club

3. If you get there in the afternoon, turn on lights and leave them on when you leave.

4. Please call 443-6184 if you come in the evening, then i know you will turn off the lights and someone won't have to drive in to do that.

5.Sweep concrete and clean any manure in parking lot.

Interested in a job in Horticulture?

Explore Horticulture undergraduate recruitment event set for November 9th 3:30-5:30 pm.. Registration is free. We are encouraging any high school student who is interested in horticulture to participate in this event. Thanks for your help in spreading the word.

2018 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Project

A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colorado. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2018 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.

4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may obtain applications online at: or check with your Nebraska Extension Office.

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2017 and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2018.

Applications are due to Amy Kelley (Cheyenne County Extension, PO Box 395, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810) postmarked no later than December 1, 2017. Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: Contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 for more information and an application regarding the 2018 Catch-A-Calf Contest.

Omaha Fashion Week Designer Applications!

Designer applications for the next season of Omaha Fashion Week are open! This is for 4-H’ers who are ready to design their own, full collection. If you know anyone that would enjoy this, please encourage them to apply! The next season is shaping up to be a great one and we are always excited to get more people involved.

Here is the link to the application:

For more information, check out

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!

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.