Family Newsletter - November 11, 2021

Welcome to our Family Newsletter! The most up-to-date information about events and activities going on in Washington County 4-H! Please pass along to friends and family that might be interested in attending a 4-H event. You will also receive the monthly Clover Update highlighting regional and state events.
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Remember you must re-enroll yearly to participate in 4-H! There are links at the end of this newsletter with more information about enrollment. If you have any problems with registrations or need more information on enrollment please contact our office by email at or phone at 651-430-6800. While the 4-H year is a year-round organization, you must be enrolled BEFORE May 15th to avoid any penalties. This is also the deadline that all animals must be identified in your family account (except poultry).
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Cloverbud Workshop - Saturday, November 20

Join us for Cloverbud Learning Day - an event you will not want to miss! This workshop will be filled with fun hands-on activities, all while learning more about 4-H. All Cloverbuds and non-4-Hers in grades K-2 are invited to come to meet new friends and participate in hands-on project learning. We plan to spend time outside, so come dressed for the weather! Pizza lunch will be included.

After Nov. 10 the cost increased to $20 and must be prepaid for supplies and pizza.

Questions? Contact Caitlin at 651-300-9018

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C’mon to the Courts & 911 Call Center to discover the unknown!

Ever wonder what happens in a courtroom? Have you ever considered how a courtroom is designed for security? Do you know how many jobs/careers are required for the Courts? If not, come join us to learn how the court system works and the careers associated with the courts.

We will also have the opportunity to learn about the role of a Dispatcher in the 911 Call Center. Does that sound intriguing? Come see how the Washington County 911 Call Center works for you!

We will be meeting inside the main doors of the Stillwater Government Center at 6:00 pm.

  • masks are required for the Court Tour
  • it will last 1 – 1 ½ hours

November Ambassador Meeting

Our November meeting will be in conjunction with the Courts tour on Monday, November 29th. We will be gathering for a short meeting from 5:30-6 PM at the Government Center, to finalize details for our Project Pursuit on December 4th. All youth are welcome and encouraged to stay for the Courts/911 Call Center tour at 6 PM!

If you have not registered to be an Ambassador for the 2021-2022 year, please do so ASAP. All youth in grades 7 and up are welcome to join!

Contact Megan at with any questions.

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Winter Project Pursuit - Saturday, December 4

Join in the fun on Saturday, December 4th from 9 AM-Noon for a Project Pursuit at Hooley Hall on the Washington County Fairgrounds! Project Pursuit is intended for youth to try different project areas and get new ideas for possible exhibits for the fair. The Winter Project Pursuit will have experienced and exciting presenters. Some of the fun will include A candle-making workshop, a short service project, and much more!

This event will be open for youth grades 3+. Registration is $10 and due by November 22nd. After November 22nd, the price increases to $20. Don’t delay registering!

Questions? Contact Megan at

Winter Project Pursuit

Discounted payment deadline is Nov. 22

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Sign up to be a 2021-2022 Washington County Ambassador!

Are you in 7th grade or above? Do you want to build your leadership skills and meet new friends? The Washington County 4-H Ambassadors meet once a month to plan workshops and camps for younger members, service projects, and fun social events! This is a great opportunity to expand your leadership to the next level while meeting friends from around the county. All skill levels and experience are welcome!

Fill out this quick google form to show your interest in the Washington County 4-H Ambassador program:

Sign up here!

Teen Teachers needed for Youth Teaching Youth!

Are you in grades 9-12 and interested in teaching your younger peers? Youth Teaching Youth is for you! Teen Teachers teach in elementary school classrooms and library settings. Training and guided curriculum options are provided. We are looking for teens in the South Washington County, Stillwater, and Forest Lake Area Schools. Don't miss this opportunity to build your resume and improve your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Megan Slater if you are interested in learning more at

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Bowling with the Ambassadors!

Join us on Saturday, January 22nd from 1-3 PM for bowling and socializing at Stillwater Bowl!

If you're in 7th grade and up and interested in learning more about the Washington County Ambassador program, this event is for you! Come hang out with the current Ambies, meet new friends, bowl, and HAVE FUN! Pizza, pop, and bowling included.

Contact Megan at with any questions.

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New 4-H Wildlife Project Bowl experience

The Minnesota 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) will replace the 4-H Wildlife Project Bowl experience. 4-H WHEP “. . .is a hands-on environmental education program. WHEP also provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition, as each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest where teams of 3-4 similarly aged individuals gather. The winning senior (14-19 years of age) WHEP team from each state earns the right to attend the annual National WHEP Contest, typically held the last full week of July. The national contest moves to a different state each year. WHEP is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior-level (Grades 3-13) youth in the United States.

What do Participants Study?

• Learn wildlife terms and concept

• Learn about wildlife habitat

• Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat

• Learn about wildlife habitat management practices

• Learn about wildlife damage management.” (National

4-H WHEP website)

The following trainings and events will be developed to aid in supporting coaches and teams:

Information Meeting & Mock Competition

November 20, 2021

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Royalton High School, Royalton, MN

Youth must be in grades 3-13 (younger than 6th grade must be accompanied by an adult)

More information and registration for the training can be found at and

Interested coaches, volunteers, and youth are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to this training, but registration is required. Participants should bring their own lunch. We will cover the overall WHEP Program, WHEP Manual Overview and Teaching Modules, and hold a mock WHEP Contest.

Online Coaches Training

January 11, 2022

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration is required by January 10.

Minnesota 4-H State WHEP Competition

April 30

Location TBD

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Looking for some HELP!

No matter what winter may look like, we want to stay ahead of cabin fever and plan some fun winter workshops. It has been a few years but we would like to bring back “Creative Arts Day''. So we are looking for a volunteer or group of volunteers to help organize this workshop by coming up with a project or projects youth can make in an afternoon or morning. This would also include finding presenters to teach. If interested please contact Ann at;

Project Bowl Coaches & Members Needed!

Project Bowl is a competition that tests the knowledge of a team of 4 for a specific species or wildlife.

Starting in early January, Project Bowl Teams begin to meet and practice for the Regional Contest held in March. Youth build skills working and thinking together while testing their knowledge in one of the following areas: dairy, dog, general livestock, horse, llama/alpaca, poultry, rabbit and wildlife. Coaches are needed to work with the teams and prepare them for the contest. Resources are listed on the state website. For more information, check out;

If you are interested in coaching one of these areas, please contact Ann at;

Looking for volunteers to become Certified Shooting Sports Trainers!

We are always in need of additional Trainers for our Shooting Sports program! Requirements to train are that you are a ‘screened volunteer’ and that you complete the Leader Certification Training. Below are upcoming trainings around Minnesota! If this is something you can help us with, please contact Ann at;

2021-22 SS&W Leader Certification Training

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Location: Argyle Elementary, Argyle, MN

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Disciplines: Archery and Wildlife

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 - RECERTIFICATION ONLY

Location: Bunker Hills Regional Park Archery Center, Andover, MN

Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Disciplines: Rifle/Pistol

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022

Location: TBD, Mora, MN

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Disciplines: Rifle/Pistol and Archery

Dates: Tuesdays, January 25 and February 1, 2022


Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Discipline: Coordinator

Additional dates and information and registration can be found at;

Get prepared NOW to attend an in-person training by completing Steps 1 and 2!

The following steps must be completed to become fully certified in a NEW SS&W discipline:

  1. Complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor online training course - This online training will fulfill many traditionally in-person instruction hours in volunteerism and positive youth development. There is no end date to complete, but will need to be completed prior to attending a one-day in-person discipline training and is good for many years. This course takes about 5 hours to complete. Registration form

  2. View recorded Minnesota 4-H SS&W Risk Management webinar - This recorded session will be 50 minutes in length and the link will be emailed to you once you have completed step 1.

  3. Attend a one-day in-person training - dates are listed above. Each day is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can register for any one of the days to receive a discipline certification. Each day completed = one discipline certified.

  4. Volunteers needing Recertification in a discipline must ensure they have viewed the Minnesota 4-H SS&W Risk Management webinar and attend a one-day training.

Registration forms will be available soon on the SS&W Leader Certification page. Please check back 3-4 weeks prior to each date for the most recent training information.

Would you consider being a 4-H Club Leader?

We always welcome new clubs in the county! If you would like to learn more about being a club leader or sharing your experience as a leader, feel free to join Central Region staff for the upcoming zoom calls to learn more!

Monday Nov. 29 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday Dec. 9 6:30-7:30pm

Both sessions will offer an optional extra 30 minutes from 7:30-8 pm for those who want to share and talk more.

How can club leaders register?

Information and registration is posted on the State website at

Same zoom link for both sessions: Meeting ID: 699 408 2563

The focus and information covered will be different for the 2 nights.

Volunteers may attend one or both, and if unable to attend they can request the recording be sent to them afterward.

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2021-2022 Exec Board

At the October Federation meeting, we installed our new Exec Board Team! Congratulations to all of you, we look forward to working with you in the coming year!

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Horse Knowledge Bowl Team RESULTS

Congratulations to Morgan Delaney, Kassidy Kalka, Grace Knowlen, and Allison Belter who placed 3rd overall in the Horse Knowledge Bowl competition held at the Eastern Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky! Many thanks to coaches Amy Delaney and Lisa Kalka for working with this team!

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Club Officer thank you!

Many thanks to all the club officers who attended Club Officer Training! We had a great turnout!

We trust that the club officers who attended were able to learn the skills to be successful in your important role! Thank you to the Exec Board members and adults who helped with Club Officer Training; Presidents & Vice Presidents; Morgan Delaney and Paige Newcomb, Secretary’s; Abbey Rademacher and Elliana Doll, Treasurers; Ann Church, HIstorian/Reporter and Rec Leader’s; Jack Foley. Appreciate the Exec Board Adults who came to help as well; Jim Verdick, Sean Boll, Amy Delaney, Megan Leach, & Becky Tenpas.

Many thanks to our clubs, volunteers and youth who helped make the Open House a success!

New ‘Join 4-H” Signs at the Fairgrounds!

Many thanks to Bernie Vasser for making new ‘Join 4-H’ signs for the Stillwater Blvd entrance to the fairgrounds! The current signs were made in 2009 and served their purpose for many years. Thank you Bernie for using your skills to make these signs!

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November St Croix Clover Meeting & Banquet

The St. Croix Clovers 4-Hers held their monthly meeting and annual banquet on November 5th at the Baytown Town Hall. Upcoming events announced were the 4-H Open House on November 6, and Rake-a-Difference, an event involving raking yards of senior citizens in the community which was held on Sunday, November 7th. We heard about the results of our club fundraiser, selling locally made soup and delivering to customers directly. Proceeds will be used for our club. The St. Croix Clovers had a booth set up at the county Open House with some projects and a fun 4-H trivia game. All of the new officers were sworn in after the meeting, including our new office of “Junior Leader Leader,” who will be in charge of planning the Cloverbud activities and planning the Junior Leader events for the year. The banquet included a meal of spaghetti and meatballs with yummy garlic bread. For dessert, they had brownies, assorted cookies, and cupcakes. Altogether a fantastic meal! Another upcoming event will be a club movie night for younger members, dates and information will be forthcoming.

Respectfully submitted,

Bridget Foley (Reporter)

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New Family Survey

We invite new families who have been enrolled in 4-H for less than 2 years to take a short survey.

We want to take this opportunity to gather some information on how to better serve you and make your 4-H experience a positive one like it has been for so many 4-H families before you. With all the project areas and directions that 4-Hers can explore and develop from we need your help in finding what areas we as staff need to focus on to meet the current needs of our families. Our goal is to take the results of this survey and implement future programming

This will only take a few minutes to complete and we thank you for your input.

Washington County Extension website - the place to find information!

For the most comprehensive list of county, regional and state events and activities along with these 4-H resources.

  • Current and past Family Newsletters
  • County Animal ID letters
  • News articles about our larger ongoing project areas
  • Events calendar
  • County club map with contacts
  • County Fair information as it becomes available
  • Much more
Enroll here - 4HOnline

Enrollment deadline is May 15

County membership fee update!

As you may have noticed, shortly after you enrolled online you were approved. Invoices will be sent to those who haven't paid once we are set up to take online payments which should happen by January 1st. We continue to accept checks/cash at any time. Please pay your membership fee, county fees are used not only for programming but also towards salaries for county personnel.

Washington County has a yearly enrollment fee of $25.00 per member (youth only) or $100 max per family for 4 or more children. We ask that you please send payment to our office address listed below.

Checks should be made out to Washington County 4-H and sent to the following address:

Washington County 4-H

14949 62nd Street North

Stillwater, MN 55082

**For those using online banking, please be sure to include Washington County 4-H as checks made out to just Washington County go directly to the property tax office**

We don't want anyone to miss out so please just let us know if you need a scholarship for enrollment. You will find the scholarship link below. Also, if you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, this can be done at any time. Scholarship requests have increased dramatically in the past few years.

4-H Event Scholarship

Need-based scholarships can be used for the county membership fee. Enrollment MUST be completed by May 15 to be eligible for scholarship funds.

Washington County 4-H

    Ann Church

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
    (651) 430-6809

    Megan Slater

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6805

    Caitlin Rademacher

    Interim Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6807

    Kathy Erf

    Principal Office & Administrative Specialist

    (651) 430-6800