4-H Friday News Blast for 9.6.2019

Year-End Point Sheets due September 15th

Are You Going to Nominate Someone? Recognition Ceremony will be at the Achievement Program on Sunday, November 3rd.

It is important to recognize the valuable 4- H leaders and volunteers we have right here in Cass County! Adult volunteers may be nominated by other adults or youth, and may nominate themselves. Please send, email, or drop off your nomination form(s) at the Extension Office; due date is September 15th.The county level award winners will be selected by our local 4-H Council at their September meeting, from the pool of nominations forms we receive. Awards will be presented at our annual 4-H Achievement Program.


  • The Olga J. Livers Outstanding 4-H Leader Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Tribute of Leader Excellence Award
  • Heart of 4-H Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award


You can read about each award at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/volunteer-recognition-nominations/

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State Fair Results Available

Congratulations to all the 4-H'ers who participated in the 150th Nebraska State Fair!

All of the Nebraska State Fair results including ribbon placings, special awards and recognition, and contest placings are available online and on the 4-H State Fair mobile app. http://4h.unl.edu/nebraska-state-fair

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Individual Point Sheets due September 15th

It's time for the year-end reports!

County point sheets are in a new format this year – fill out the correct form based on if you exhibited:


  • Only Livestock at the fair,
  • Only Static (non-animal exhibits) at the fair, or
  • A combination of Livestock and Static.


Please apply for the County Awards as well! Located on the back of the point sheets, these awards generally require a short essay telling about your 4-H experience. See the sheet for specific information and requirements on each award.


All sheets and awards are judged out-of-county, and prizes are given to the winners in each category at the annual Achievement party. Please note the new due date is September 15th for all submissions!

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Club Point Sheets due September 15th

Each 4-H club can also complete a year-end club point sheet. Please note that the club point sheet has a separate application section that allows for state-level recognition, and overlaps in most areas with our county point sheet! Apply for both awards! Due date is September 15th.

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Diamond Clover Awards due September 15th

Diamond Clover is another way to plan and achieve growth through 4-H. There are 6 levels that 4-Hers can progress through as they accomplish goals throughout the year. See details and find all the forms here: https://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover.


If you have completed levels in the past, your 4HOnline profile should show which levels have been previously completed (under Participation, then Awards tab). Final reports are due September 15th.

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Website page for all Point Sheets and Awards

You can read all about the Point Sheets and access all of them on our County Extension Website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/4-h-resources/#tab3

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Nebraska 4-H Achievement Trips and Awards

4-H members ages 15-18 as of December 31 of the current year are eligible to participate in the state-level Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application. The application is a standard application form used for the selection of state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients.


Due date is October 15th, and more details can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/achievement-application


We encourage you to apply!

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Pick up State Fair Exhibits

We have a few more 4-Hers who need to pick up their state fair projects. Come to the Extension Office between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.


We would like them all picked up by September 13th. Thank you.

County Fair Items to pick up ...


These 4-Hers have items from the county fair to be picked up at the Extension Office. The office is open 8:00 to 4:30 pm. If you have state fair projects to pick up, you can get everything at one time!


Abigail Masonbrink

Abigail Pankonin

Ayzlee Haertel

Bella Peterson

Brady Bornemeier

Brian May

Brylee Peterson

Brooke Goudie

Brooklyn Justus

Charlie Korytowski

Conner Flanagan

Emery Stohlmann

Gabrielle Langley

Haylee Roberts

Hill Brothers

Jakob Hannum II

Joslyn Stamp

Kendall Murdoch

Kinley Dorr

Layton Bornemeier

Lily Berggren

Madison Lambert

Micah Langley

Miciah Price

Nataley Freel

Peyton Lutz

Selea Rikli

Tanner Ahrens

Tatum Backemeyer

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Upcoming Shooting Sports Training

There's an Upcoming Shooting Sports Training at the Ashland Gun Club on October 26-27, 2019 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. More details will be coming, so keep checking the link below for updates to this and other new shooting sports trainings.


State Shooting Sports Calendar: https://events.unl.edu/NE4H-Shooting-Sports/search/?q=Shooting+Sports+Leader

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"Best of the Rest" Husker Gameday Swine, Sheep and Goat Show this coming Saturday, September 7th

Big picture

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Equine Webinar Series

The next Equine Webinar Series will be Monday, September 9th, through Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


This webinar will be over the Miniature classes offered at the 4-H State Horse Show, what advancement levels it takes to pass in order to attend the horse show, and additional information about Miniature classes on a state level. This will also be a great time for leaders, youth, and families to ask any questions they have about showing Miniatures in 4-H!


Link for people to register for the Zoom Webinar Series: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series

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4S Goat Expo Scholarship

The 4S Goat Expo would like to extend their scholarship to young goat producers in the state of Nebraska. This scholarship is open to seniors in high school and freshman in college who have been active in the goat industry and have been active in 4-H or FFA.


Application deadline is Tuesday, September 10. Applications are available in the Extension Office.

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Make it Yourself with Wool

The Make it Yourself Wood contest is another great contest for 4-Hers who enjoy sewing. There will be a contest in Hastings, NE on November 23rd, 2019. Visit the website and read all about it: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawson/nebraska-make-it-with-wool-competition/

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4-H Youth in Action

National 4-H Council is looking for 4-H'ers with a great story to tell and a passion for Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living or STEM to tell their stories through the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Awards.


Through these awards, 4 youth will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education as well as all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the National 4-H Council's Legacy Awards.


The application is open August 1 - October 21. More information is available on the website, www.4-H.org/youthinaction. Click on the "How to Apply" tab to find the application guidelines as well as a link to helpful resources for 4-H educators to use.

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Get Ready for National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is right around the corner! This year's celebration will take place October 6-12. Start planning your celebration now! Here's some ideas:

  • Plan a community service project, like picking up trash in your community!
  • Write Thank You cards to 4-H staff and volunteers who you know.
  • Wear a different 4-H shirt each day of the week.
  • The list could go on and on. Be creative in promoting 4-H and educating others about 4-H!

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School Year Camps!

Did you know there are 4-H Camps during the school year? Continue the fun with 4-H with one of these camps!



Fall Resident Camp- September 21-22, 2019


Winter Resident Camp - February 14-16, 2020


Spring Break Day Camp - April 6-10, 2020


For more information click on this link! https://4h.unl.edu/camps-centers/school-year-camps

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2019 County Fair Results

FYI - county fair results can be found at the bottom of the fair webpage at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/fairs-and-contests/

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Big picture

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County 4-H Calendar


  1. Equine Webinar Series begins - September 9
  2. Volunteer Recognition nominations due - September 15
  3. Point Sheets and Diamond Clover due - September 15
  4. State 4-H Shotgun Championships & National Qualifier - September 14-15

  5. 4-H Council Meeting - September 16
  6. Shooting Sports Leader Certification Add-One Workshop - Muzzleloader - September 21
  7. National 4-H Week - October 6-12
  8. AkSarBen Stock Show - Sept 26-29
  9. Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge Application Deadline - October 1
  10. Nebraska 4-H Achievement Trips and Awards - due October 15th
  11. Youth in Action - application due October 21st
  12. Shooting Sports Training at the Ashland Gun Club - October 26-27
  13. 4-H Achievement Program - November 3
  14. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium - Nov. 8-10 in Lincoln
  15. 4-H Council Meeting - November 18
  16. Make it Yourself with Wool - November 23
  17. Summer Camps announced for 2020

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Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. Hort Update ... Update for August 19
  2. Gardening articles by Sarah Browning
  3. Recorded Webinar and info on "Hunting Leases" with vital information for landowners
  4. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  5. Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour ... Friday, September 6, 2019 SE Nebraska

  6. Community Food Systems Workshop and Certification ... September 12, 2019, Omaha, NE

  7. Local Food Leader Workshop and Certification ... September 11, 2019, Omaha, NE

  8. Cover Crop Field Tour in Nemaha County ... September 17th between Auburn & Brownville

  9. Cass County Extension Board Meeting ... October 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  10. Become a Master Gardener ... for 2020 program, register by January 17, 2020

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4-H Pledge

I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,

My Heart to greater loyalty,

My Hands to larger service, and

My Health to better living,

For my club, my community, my country and my world!

4-H Motto

To Make the Best Better!

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu