Jefferson County 4-H

January 2019

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

2019 Jefferson County Fair

Mark your calendars for July 11-14, 2019 for the Jefferson County Fair. The theme for next years fair will be - "Celebrating the Bounty of Our County"!!!!!!

State Fair Exhibit Pick-Up

The following 4-H'ers have exhibits at the office that need to be picked up:

  • Caleb Schultis
  • Logan Deike
  • Kailyn Paul

4-H Enrollment Now Open

Youth who are 8 years of age before January 1, current year and do not exceed the upper age limit of 19 during the current calendar year are eligible to be traditional 4-H members and can participate in all 4-H events. We welcome all youth and encourage you to invite your friends to join 4-H. 4-H Enrollment will be done online again this year. Please contact the office if you need the information about how to enroll your youth this year. Enrollment completion is due April 1st. Please contact the office with any questions!

4-H Council

We will be electing new members to the 4-H Council and are looking for interested adults and youth. The council is composed of 6 adults and 6 youth members. Adult members serve a 3-year term, while youth members serve a 1-year term and can serve 3 terms. We would like to invite anyone who’s interested in serving on 4-H Council to contact the office and we will put your name on the ballot. Youth members need to be at least 13 years old by January 1, 2019. Adult candidates are needed from Commissioner Districts 1, 2 & 3.

Please visit our webpage at to see a map of the districts.

Please contact us by Friday, January 11th at 5 pm to be included on the ballot.

2018 4-H Council Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Alexis Gerritse & Kelsay Schlichtman as they were selected as the recipients of the 2018 4-H Council Scholarship! Great work and good luck in college this fall!

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Student Mini Grant!

Once again the Jefferson County Farm Bureau is offering the Student Project Grant program.

The grant is offered to all Jefferson County FFA & 4-H students.

The application can be found on our website at:, the deadline is January 11, 2019 and they will interview each applicant on January 20th. Call the office with any questions!

Discover Washington - Now is Your Chance!

This past summer some of our 4-H members traveled to Washington DC with (Gage/Saline) and Jefferson County members. They experienced a whirlwind 10 days seeing the sights and partaking in tours, and making friends and memories to last a lifetime. If you are at least 12 years old you can begin doing fundraising to make your own trip affordable.

Please let us know if you are wanting your name on the list for a future Discover Washington trip, and an approximate year you want to attend. (Must have completed 8th grade.) This is non-binding, but gives us an approximate number for trip planning at this time.

Happy Rock 4-H Club

Happy Rock 4-H Club is re-organizing for the 2019 year. They are having a meeting on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Lana Likens at 402-729-5792.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

Build a 3-D Printed Humanoid Robot

  • What is InMoov? InMoov is the first Open Source 3D printed life-size robot that is replicable on any home 3D printer with a 12x12x12cm area. InMoov is conceived as a development platform for universities, laboratories, and hobbyist.
  • What will youth learn? As you co-build this robot you will learn about 3D printing, advanced robotics, and computer programming. You will have the opportunity to work remotely with other youth teams and exchange ideas and be part of a learning community.
  • Why is Nebraska 4-H doing this? At Nebraska 4-H we plan to use InMoov platform to research the social learning network where three 4-H student teams are involved in co-building of the InMoov robot. We believe that a key skill for the 21st Century Careers is the Ability to Work and Collaborate with Remote Teams. Through this experience youth will acquire the necessary skills to be successful in the future careers.
  • How to Apply: Go to and click “Apply to Participate”
  • General Project Summary: Each team will be building a part of the robot. Two teams will create an arm (each) and the third team will build the chest/torso area along with the head. Teams will begin working on the robot starting January 2019 with a completion date of August 2019 in order to showcase the built robot at the 150th Anniversary of the Nebraska State Fair. Teams will be communicating and exchanging ideas with other teams as they build social learning networking. Nebraska 4-H will be providing mentorship to each team as needed via remote mentoring conducted through live video conferencing.
  • Requirements:
  1. Must be at least a sophomore in high school (no prerequisite skills required)
  2. Project will need a local adult advisor to supervise the project (no prerequisite skills required)
  3. Must be enrolled in 4-H by the start of the project
  4. Must be able to dedicate 6 hours per week to work on the project
  5. Must have access to a 3D printer (personal or community)
  6. Must be able to work on the project starting in January 2019 and have completed by August 2019

Outstanding Club Applications due January 18th!

Club leaders will be receiving outstanding club applications in the mail and will need to make sure to return them to the Extension office by Friday, January 18th, 2019. The award will be given out at 4-H Achievement Program during the county fair.

Year End Treasurer's Report will also be due at this time. Call Hayden with any questions.

2019 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, April 3rd by calling the office or sending an email to Top three winners from each age division (except novice) will be selected to advance to the Regional Speech Contest at UNL East Campus in Lincoln in May. The top seniors in the Regional contests will advance to the State Contest held during the State Fair to compete for a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a college scholarship. Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2019.

Age Divisions
Four age divisions are used in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest and are based on the

4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).

  • Novice Division: 4-H ages eight (8) and (9)
  • Junior Division: 4-H ages eight (8) to ten (10)
  • Intermediate Division: 4-H ages eleven (11) to thirteen (13)
  • Senior Division: 4-H ages fourteen (14) to eighteen (18)

    Speech Category Rules

    • Length of Speeches:
      • Novice Division: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
      • Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes.
      • Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes.
      • Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes.

    Introducing the 2019 Special Garden Project

    The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 1375 4-H members were enrolled in the project. This year the Special Garden Project is focused on the unique Carmine Splendor Okra. Carmine Splendor Okra is as unique as it is tasty. This plant is high yielding and produces uniform, red pods. The stout 5-pointed pods are deep red when small and at the best eating quality. The tropical-looking, pinkish flowers are also edible and have a sweet, mild flavor. The mature seed pods also give a fun twist for winter interest in a container.

    Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are then supposed to call their local office to sign up for the project (order the seeds). By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation. Please check the number of youth enrolled through 4-H online when ordering seeds.

    If you would like to order the Special Garden Project, please contact Hayden by 1-21-19. Approximate cost will be $ 0.55 per 4-H'er.

    Career Portfolio Pick-Up

    Career Portfolios can be picked up anytime at the office.

    State eligible portfolios are available to be picked up to make changes and need to be returned to the office by

    Friday, January 11, 2019. Please turn in hard copy and email a copy to

    Congratulations to the following members that have been selected to advance to the State competition:

    Allison Engelman

    Page Nippert

    Animal Information

    4-H Cat Club

    Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, selecting a cat, at home cat setup, and showmanship.

    The Cat Club series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. The Cat Club will convene on the following dates:

    • January 10, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • February 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT

    Special Opportunties

    State 4-H Camp

    Summer 2019 is approaching fast! No summer is complete without a Nebraska 4-H Camp experience. Summer camps are open to everyone between the ages of 6 and 18. The full color brochure is now on our 4-H page at: or you can pick one up at our office.

    Nebraska State 4-H camps offer camps at these locations: Halsey and Gretna with more than 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips. Whether your child’s interest is in animals, robotics, nature and outdoor skills, tubing and kayaking, or just plain adventure, Nebraska 4-H camps provide the opportunities for all youth and all interests.

    Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop in Lincoln

    A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for early January in Lincoln. It will be held January 12-13 at the Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. The deadline to register for the Lincoln session is January 2nd.

    Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Five project areas will be offered at the Lincoln Workshop - rifle, pistol, muzzleloading, coordinator, and archery. The Coordinator certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects, 4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.

    Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, building an overall plan focused on Positive Youth Development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just “shooting” with science and healthy lifestyles, and working within your county’s 4-H structure.

    There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

    The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Coordinator. The registration fee for Coordinator is $80 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after January 2nd is $160. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

    Please share this information with volunteers in your county. For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly by clicking HERE.

    Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week

    To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

    The nomination form can be found on our website at

    The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

    For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

    Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.

    Workshop Ideas

    We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2019. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.

    Calendar of Events


    1 - New Year's Day, Extension Office Closed

    2 - Winter Workshop, Extension Office

    4 - Cupcake Decorating Workshop, Extension Office

    18 - Year End Treasurer's Report Due

    18 - Outstanding Club Applications Due


    1 - 4-H Enrollment Due

    22 - Public Speaking Contest

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