Jefferson County 4-H

March 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 10-14, 2019 for the Jefferson County Fair. The theme for this year's fair is - "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

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!

Leaders & Volunteers required to enroll online

All Jefferson County 4-H leaders & volunteers are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is April 1. This is a very important piece to how we communicate with our leaders, clubs & volunteers. We appreciate your full participation and encourage leaders & volunteers to update their information regularly so we can send you important 4-H updates and information.

Diamond Clover Award Applications Due April 1st!

The program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program includes six levels and is designed for participants to progress at one level a year. Each level includes a set of goals that must be achieved before the 4-H’er can move on. Guidelines & forms: Forms are due in the office on April 1st and then will be returned to the 4-H member to fill out during the 4-H year.

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!

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

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.

    2019 PSA Theme - "Inspire Kids to Do"

    • All PSA's are 60 seconds in length and must use the required theme.
    • All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at" The tagline is included in the 60 second time limit.
    • Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.
    • All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.

    • No team PSA's are allowed.

    4-H Camp Renegade Counselor Applications Due May 1st!!!

    Wanted: Camp Counselors, age 14-18, for Camp Renegade to assist with recreation, workshops, nature, etc. Camp counselor training with supper is Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm, 4-H Building, Jefferson County fairgrounds. This training is a requirement for counselors. Applications at our office or due May 1.
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    Career Portfolio Pick-Up

    Career Portfolios can be picked up anytime at the office.

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

    Allison Engelman

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    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:

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

    Special Opportunties

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    Hippology Academy Online Short Course - February 11-March 24

    Equine Professors offer this online course for youth and adults; fee: $50. Pre-registration required.

    Youth Poultry Judging Clinic - March 16, 10:00am, UNL East Campus

    In-depth clinic for 4-H and FFA youth in poultry judging. Fee: $10.00, bring sack lunch. Contact Dr. Sheila Purdum, to register.

    4-H Horse Stampede and Companion Animal Challenge - March 30

    Horse Stampede features Demonstration Contest, Horse Bowl, Art Contest and Photography Contest. Animal Science Challenge features Demonstration Contest, Dog & Cat Skillathons, Essay, Art and Photography Contests.

    Horse Stampede Entry Deadline: March 1

    Companion Animal Entry Deadline: March 8

    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 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


    7 - Babysitting Clinic, Jefferson Community Health & Life

    8 - Cooking Workshop, Jefferson Community Health & Life


    1 - 4-H Enrollment Due

    1 - Diamond Clover Award Applications Due

    22 - Public Speaking Contest, First Baptist Church

    Nebraska 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 Sates Department of Agriculture.

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