Sibley County 4-H Newsletter

December 2021

Extension 4-H

Congratulations to Our Awards Night Recipients!

On Sunday, November 21 we celebrated the accomplishments of our 4-H members and volunteers. Our 73rd Annual Awards Night was held at the Sibley East High School in Arlington. Congratulations to the following awards winners.

  • Ambie of Honor: Jessica Willegal
  • Most Empowering Ambassador: Kadin Seeman
  • Most Active Ambassador: Aly Dieball
  • Top Secretaries: 1st – Lilly Dose; 2nd – Grady Schuft; 3rd – Brennir Peterson
  • Top Treasurers: 1st – Rachael Dose and Eden Messerli; 2nd – Matthew Burns; 3rd – Ava Meuffels
  • Top Reporters: 1st – Dawson Wibstad; 2nd – Jessica Willegal
  • Outstanding Graduates: Stephanie Mashuga and Ian Malinowski
  • 4-H Scholarships: Aly Dieball and Kylie Unger
  • Chuck Yahnke Memorial Award: Aly Dieball and Baleigh Peterson
  • Adult Leader Award: Doug Seeman
  • Business Friend of 4-H: Olson Cattle Company
  • Friend of 4-H: Steve Saxton
  • 4-H Alumni Award: Ken Mueller
  • Record Award Winners: Beef – Ella Doehling; Citizenship – Abby Willegal; Creative Arts/Crafts – Ella Doehling; Dog – Abby Willegal; Food Preservation – Jessica Willegal; Food Review – Abby Willegal; Fruit, Vegetable, & Herb Gardening – Abby Willegal; Goat – Jessica Willegal; Health – Abby Willegal; Horticulture/ Flower Gardening – Ella Doehling; Pets – Jessica Willegal; Poultry – Jessica Willegal; Rabbit – Abby Willegal; Safety – Kelly Willegal; Sheep – Jessica Willegal; Shop – Brennir Peterson; Swine – Brennir Peterson; Veterinary Science – Jessica Willegal; Wildlife Biology – Kelly Willegal; Youth Leadership – Jessica Willegal
  • 4-H Week Display: Blazin’ West Stars
  • Community Pride: Blazin’ West Stars
  • Club with the Most New Members: Blazin’ West Stars
  • Club of the Year Award: Blazin’s West Stars


Thank you to the High Island Clovers 4-H Club for planning the event!

Leading a 4-H Club Web Page has Launched

Resources for leading a 4-H club are newly organized and searchable from the Extension website. This update provides the highest quality resources and makes them easier to find for club leaders, volunteers and staff.


Dig around the page to explore these categories:

  • Beginning a 4-H year

  • Leading a 4-H meeting

  • Managing 4-H club operations

  • Ways to support 4-H members


4-H meeting resources are organized around an agenda that focuses on education and engagement rather than just the business meeting.

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Teel Leaders Wanted!

What is TEEL? TEEL is a leadership workshop for youth in grades 10 - 12 that was developed from the Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) model. BLU is a set of regional-based workshops for youth in grades 6+ to gain valuable leadership skills while connecting with peers from other counties and regions. As participants typically experienced the same content and activities, we heard from older youth that they wanted something different, more advanced, and just for them. We listened to that feedback and in 2020 created and piloted a new BLU experience just for older youth in grades 10+. TEEL builds on the leadership skills that older youth developed at BLU and through their lived experiences within and outside of 4-H. At TEEL, teens will engage in large and small group discussions and learning opportunities designed and facilitated by a team of older youth and young adult leaders, many of whom are 4-H alumni.


Who can be a TEEL leader? 4-H youth in grades 12 - 13 and those who have previously attended TEEL are eligible leaders. We also welcome recent 4-H alumni to join. Prospective leaders should have a desire to work with and positively influence high school youth. Prior leadership roles or attendance at BLU or TEEL is a plus, but not required.


What will TEEL leaders do? Leaders will work alongside the state civic engagement and leadership team to plan and facilitate TEEL. Work will include developing lessons and activities, facilitating discussions in small groups, and helping to promote the regional TEEL experiences. Leaders will receive training on facilitating discussions and have access to many different resources, activities and lesson plans.


Nominate youth or young adults to be TEEL leaders! We'd like your help identifying and recruiting TEEL leaders. If you know youth or young adults who are eligible, and that you think would be great for TEEL, nominate them using this form. Submit your nominations by Friday, December 10.

Important Dates

December 24 - 25, 2021 - Christmas Holiday (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)

December 31, 2021 - New Year's Holiday (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)

January 17, 2022 - Martin Luther King Holiday (Sibley County Extension Office Closed)

January 24, 2022 - Job Interview Contest @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Extension Office

January 24, 2022 - Leaders Council @ 7:00 p.m. and Federation Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center

February 6, 2022 - Beef Weigh In (Location to be determined)

February 8, 2022 - Ribbon Auction Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. and PDC Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. at the Sibley County Service Center

March 11, 2022 - Share the Fun/Performing Arts @ 7:00 p.m. (Location to be determined)