Saunders County 4-H Smore

November 20, 2018

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. New 4-H Educator
  2. 2019 District Horse Show
  3. 2019 4-H Enrollment Open
  4. SC Achievement Celebration
  5. 4-Her & Volunteer award list
  6. Shooting Sports Certification Training
  7. Ashland Shotgun Shooting
  8. Aksarben Stock Show
  9. Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship
  10. PASE & Life Challenge Dates
  11. Learning Child Eduator
  12. Midwest Messenger Club/Chapter of the Month
  13. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

New 4-H Educator!

We are excited to announce that Saunders County has filled the vacant 4-H educator position. Cole Meador, from the Lincoln area, has accepted the position. Cole has served as a 4-H Assistant in Lancaster County for the previous 7 years and just completed his Master's Degree in May.

Cole will begin at the Saunders County Extension Office on December 3!

We will release a full bio on Cole once he begins at the office

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Shooting Sports Certification Training in Lincoln

Interested in being a shooting sports leader?

If so, you do have to attend a certification training.

However, 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.

4H Shotgun Shooting

Female and Male Youth, grades 6 thru 12, interested in trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H. We are wanting to establish 5 person, Female and Male, Middle and Senior High School Teams for the 2018-2019 school year. No experience necessary! Hunter Safety Required!

For more information, please contact Ashland 4H: Email: Website:


Grand Island, NE –The Aksarben Stock Show will transition to junior livestock show format in 2019. Under the junior show model, youth from nine to 19 years of age are eligible for the competition with no prerequisite of youth organization affiliation.

Greg Harder, stock show director, said the change will give the 92-year-old Aksarben Stock Show growth opportunities. “Today’s agricultural youth are involved in 4-H, FFA, breed associations or open class competitions, making them diverse in their affiliations,” he stated. “We want to make sure more junior exhibitors can show at Aksarben in 2019.”

Harder said part of the expansion strategy meant opening doors to additional states. “We added four more,” he said. “Arkansas, Montana, Indiana and Wisconsin will join the existing 10 state family of eligibility.” Rules for the 2019 event will be written by Aksarben Stock Show management, versus the previous system of rules within each state operating independently. “It’s very difficult to run a fair and unified show when everyone plays by different rules,” Harder said. “We’ve brought those rules in-house to a sole playbook that everyone abides by.”

Bernadette (Bernie) O'Rourke, extension youth livestock specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the animal science departments said, “Wisconsin appreciates the opportunity for our youth to take part in the long tradition of Aksarben. We anticipate our youth will benefit from connecting with others and continuing to expand on their knowledge of animals through knowledge and professional contests. “

Officials from Nebraska State Fair, show producer, noted that the show expansion will be a benefit to Grand Island businesses, bringing more people to town. Livestock facilities built in 2010 for Nebraska State Fair will continue to house the show.

The Aksarben Stock Show will be held Sept 26-29, 2019 in Grand Island, NE. For more information visit

Martha & Romeo Scholarship

REMINDER – The DEADLINE for the Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship is DECEMBER 1ST!!! Please remind your seniors.

Please note that the scholarship forms are due to the Extension Offices by December 1st. You can find the form here:

PASE & Life Challenge Dates announced

At this time we are asking that you mark down in your calendars the 2019 and 2020 dates for Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) and Life Challenge.


Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18


Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23

Location: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus, Lincoln, NE

Learning Child Events and Trainings

Lisa Poppe is a Learning Child Extension Educator for Dodge, Burt, Cuming, Saunders and Washington County. She provides Child Care Professional's Training and Classes that you can find here:

Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

The nomination form can be found on our website at

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

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

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.