Thurston County 4-H News

October 2017

Upcoming Dates

Oct 1-7 - National 4-H Week

Oct 4 - National Youth Science Day

Oct 9 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

Oct 15 - Thurston County Achievement Banquet @ Pender Fire Hall

Nov 10 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day Observed

Nov 13 - Thurston 4-H Council

Nov 23-25 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 25 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Fall may not seem as busy as summer but our calendars say different. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

  • Oct 6 - all day
  • Oct 9 - Office Closed
  • Oct 12 - morning
  • Oct 13 - all day
  • Oct 17 - all day
  • Oct 24 - afternoon
  • Nov 2 - all day

Nebraska 4-H/Nebraska FFA License Plate

Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form at and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success.”

State Fair Info

State Fair 4-H Herdsmanship Results

Way to represent Thurston County at the State Fair. Presenation and taking pride in your hard work and project has been recognized. We are very proud!

Swine Barn - #1 - Thurston 37/40 (2nd year in the #1 spot)

Sheep and Goat Barn - #1 Thurston 38/40

Member Information

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will be October 1-7, 2017. Start brainstorming some ideas to increase our enrollmnet. Also consider adding a scine experiment (Incredible Wearables) to your October meeting to celebrate National 4-H Youth Science Day on October 4th. Or ask your teacher to bring Incredible Wearable to your classroom. You will get to build a prototype of wearable technology that will gather data to help solve a problem. Something like a fitbit.

Here are a few ideas to try this year to promote 4-H.

  • Ask local businesses to put a message about 4-H on their sign.
  • Designate a "4-H Day" during 4-H Week and ask all 4-H members to wear their 4-H t-shirts to school.
  • Furnish cooks for 4-H Open House as a local business or in conjunction with a community activity. Make sure your 4-H club has a sign there so you get the publicity.
  • Make 4-H bookmarks and distribute them to school and public libraries during 4-H week.
  • Plan an anniversary party for your club. Invite former members and leaders.
  • Put a "Happy" ad in local papers during 4-H Week.
  • Fly a 4-H flag in the town Square.
  • The ideas are endless.

Achievement Night

It's hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, which means we need to prepare for the Achievement Banquet. The banquet will be held Sunday, October 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Pender Fire Hall. 4-H Council will be providing the meat for the meal. Each family is asked to bring two side dishes. Join 4-H families for an evening of fellowship, food, recognition, and FUN!
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Consumer & Family Sciences

State Food Preservation Exhibits NOW

Gardens are producing great bounties of vegetables and the fruit trees are loaded with great produce. Now is a great time to start your food preservation projects for 2018. Any canning that is process after August 8, 2017 is eligible for exhibit at the 2018 County Fair. Make sure that you are suing up-to-date USDA approved recipes for you canning. Members need to purchase a new canning book every 3 to 5 years. A great resource of approved recipes is the "Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving".

Continuing Education

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the NAFM Scholarship Committee whose members will consider the following:

  1. Each applicant must have exhibited his/her 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years.
  2. Each applicant must hold a 2.5 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 system). Each applicant must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average for the first semester in college and carry at least 12 credit hours.
  3. Each applicant must agree to apply the scholarship funds for tuition or fees at a two or four year college or its equivalent, to be judged by the committee.
  4. Each applicant must have demonstrated support for his/her school and community.
  5. Each applicant must exhibit during the application process a desire to achieve the goals of which he/she is capable.
  6. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process.
  7. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by each 4-H award committee in the Local Extension Office.
  8. Recipients are requested to personally accept the award at the Nebraska Fair Managers Convention.

Applications are due in the applicant’s local County Extension Office by December 1, 2017.

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