Thurston County 4-H News

November 2019

Upcoming Dates

Nov 11 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day Observed

Nov 18 - Joint 4-H Council

Nov 28-29 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 9 - Thurston 4-H Council

Dec 24-25 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

Jan 1 - Office Closed - Happy New Year!

Jan 13 - Thurston 4-H Council

Jan 15 - 4-H Achievement Applications DUE Digitally

Jan 20 - Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Office Assistant Position

Our part-time Office Assistant position is open at the office, which may mean that there isn't always someone in the office as Jennifer & Stacey are often out programming. But please call, email, or text us if you need something urgently and to check if someone will be in the office.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this position, please send them our way.

"The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for part time (15 hrs/week) position as an office assistant. This position requires a person who is a self-starter, highly self-motivated and flexible. Qualifications are: customer service skills; a working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Internet, and financial management; organizational and communication skills and a valid Nebraska driver’s license. Must pass a criminal background check and the 4-H volunteer screening. Additional information about this position can be found online at at or at the Extension Office. Cover letter, resume and references may be sent to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County, 415 Main Street, PO Box 665, Pender, NE 68047. For more information please contact Nebraska Extension Educator Jennifer Hansen at 402-385-6041. Thurston County is an Equal Opportunity Employer."

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. 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 I will be out of the office are:

  • Nov 4 PM
  • Nov 6 PM
  • Nov 12-15
  • Nov 21 AM
  • Nov 22

Keep Up on Facebook!

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Flood Resources

For those of you effect by the recent flooding, UNL & Nebraska Extension have a variety of resources available at If you need assistance with an individual question or situation please reach out to our office for help. We are here to support you during this time.

Member Info

4-H Online Enrollment & Re-enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll at There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a VOLUNTEER for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at ALL Thurston County volunteers will need to do a background check before Volunteer Enrollment will be complete!

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

Dakota-Thurston County 4-H Ambassadors

4-H Ambassadors are 4-H teens (14-18) that applied and were selected to lead and take part in activities that help them become good citizens and leaders through civic engagement education. The mission of the program is to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge and skills to be advocates for Nebraska 4-H & Youth Development in Dakota and Thurston Counties. This experience will strengthen their leadership abilities so they can serve as a positive role models for younger youth; building partnerships with teens, volunteers, and supporters of the 4-H program; and promote 4-H in Nebraska. For more information, please contact the Dakota County Extension Office (402)987-2140..

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

Continuing Education

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship Fund - Nebraska Association of Fair Managers

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


Winners will be notified by January 4, 2020.

Return completed application to your local County Extension Office by December 2nd, 2019.

Fill out the application here:

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


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 the 4-H award committee in

each local Extension Office.

8. Recipients are requested to personally accept the award at the Nebraska Fair

Managers Convention.


(One $500 Scholarship — Fall 2020/Spring 2021—non renewable)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: postmarked by March 15, 2020

Who is Eligible? 1. Female born high school graduate (or soon to be) OR a UN-L student who has not resided at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall (LMH) OR an undergraduate transfer student from

another college or university pursing any major for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

2. Applicant must be or been a member of 4-H or FCCLA or FFA (minimum of two years) or have taken a minimum of three semesters in Family & Consumer Sciences classes and live in or

attend school in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas, Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler. (Map on page 3)

3. Must have applied (minimum) or been accepted (preferred) to University of Nebraska -Lincoln.

4. Must have requested residency in Love Memorial Hall, a cooperative residence hall on East Campus. Residents rotate responsibilities for cleaning a portion of the Hall and planning/preparing meals (around 2-4 hours per week; more time during a week when responsible for food prepara-tion). The cost of living in Love Memorial Hall is less than half of what is charged for all other tra-ditional dorms. Over a four year period this amounts to a savings around $13,000. More informa-tion about Love Memorial Hall is found at: Students may change housing preference by submitting a written request to the Housing Office. For more information:

5. Web -;

Phone - (402) 472-3561; Switchboard—800-742-8800; Email:

What is the Process?

1. Once you have determined your eligibility, complete the application form.

2. Immediately secure references from two adults, one of whom must be or has been your 4-H leader, or FFA advisor or FCS teacher. They are expected to describe their involvement with you, describe your character and why they believe you have a financial need, have the maturity required to apply themselves toward a degree, and successfully live in a co-operative residential situation. Once the individual has agreed to provide a reference, give each the form and remind them of the postmark deadline date. Provide each person writing a ref-erence for you with a stamped envelope addressed as found below.

3. Submit your application, postmarked no later than MARCH 15, 2020 to:

Attn: Jarvis Scholarship

Gloria Turnbull

711 North Maine Ave

York NE 68467-3337

Selection Process and Preference:

A complete application consists of :

1) the application submitted by the student

1) the two separate letters of references by the postmark deadline.

The student needs to help the two reference people. Provide each of them the RECOMMENDATION page in ample time for each person to complete the form AND type or write their recommendation, mail by the postmark due date—MARCH 15, 2020. Unforeseen delays can happen for the student or

either of the reference people!

Mrs. Gloria Turnbull will confirm receipt of application and references by phone or email. If you have a preferred method for me to contact you, please indicate that in some way on your application. If you do not receive confirmation by 5 days after mailing, call (402) 362-6875 or email

Preference will be given to applicants who:

1. Exhibit substantial 4-H work, leadership ability in club work and/or community betterment

2. (FFA or FCCLA or FCS).

2. Demonstrate financial need for college assistance (disclose amount of other cash awards)

3. Have an aptitude for teamwork required in a cooperative residence.

The recipient and school will be contacted by APRIL 1. Presentation will be made through the recipient’s chosen school. An alternate will be named in the event the recipient’s plans change.

How Funds are awarded and funded:

Upon proof of residency at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall, after the Fall Break, the recipient will be sent the first installment of $250; the second installment of $250 will be sent to the recipient follow-ing Spring Break if the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements. The total value of this

scholarship is $500. This scholarship cannot be renewed. It is available only to students NEW to residency in LMH.

This scholarship is supported by the Jarvis family and Gloria Turnbull. In addition to the monetary award, there is more than a 50% savings in housing costs and the family-like living environment of LMH.

Thurston County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current High School Senior.
  2. Applicant must currently be an enrolled member of the Thurston County 4-H Program. And have been enrolled in 4-H for at least the past two years.
  3. Applicant must have completed and turned in their 4-H Career Portfolio/Achievement Application for at least the past two years.
  4. Application must be completed and returned to get proper signatures to the Club Leader by April 1st of the current calendar year. Club Leaders will then turn all collected applications to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County. After submission, applications will not be returned.

Scholarship Information:

  1. One $150 will be awarded to all applicants who meet the criteria.
  2. Scholarship will be awarded after receiving written notification of scholarship recipient’s second semester enrollment. For those students enlisting with the military, notification of basic training completion will be the equivalent.
  3. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the scholarship winner.

Animal Science

Livestock Classic Steer & Heifer Show

It is that time of year for 4-H and FFA members to begin making plans to attend the Northeast Community College Livestock Classic Steer and Heifer Show. It will be held at the NECC Agriculture Complex about one mile east of campus. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, 2019. Entry form can be found here:

Fed Steer Challenge

The application deadline for the 2020 Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge has been extended to December 1, 2019. The Fed Steer Challenge is a unique opportunity designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement. Don’t miss this opportunity:


A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colorado. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2020 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2021 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.

4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may apply online at: .

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2019 and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2020.

Applications and forms are due no later than December 1, 2019. Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: . Contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 for more information and an application regarding the 2020-21 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Contest.

2020 Horse Judging School

This school is for horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth! We will have classroom demonstrations as well as live classes to judge.

4-H Adult/Leader Advancement Level Workshop

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards helping Adults, Extension personnel, Volunteers, and leaders have a better understanding

and knowledge to work with the youth in their area to pass their advancement levels.

  • The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Topics include: advanced riding maneuvers, feed charts, nutrition, first aid, and much more!
  • For more information and registration: (registration includes, materials and lunch)
    • Early Registration will be now until February 24th, 2020 for $40
    • At the door: $50
  • Questions? Contact: Dr. Lena Luck ( or Grace Kim (

4-H Youth 3 & 4 Advancement Level Workshop

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards 4-Hers that have passed their Level 2 and want to move on to levels 3 & 4. During the workshop we will help

youth prepare their feed chart, health chart and learn how to work with their horse to prepare for performing advanced maneuvers required to pass their level 3 and/or 4.

  • The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Topics include: advanced riding maneuvers, feed charts, nutrition, first aid, and much more!
  • For more information and registration: (registration includes, lunch, materials, and access to our level 3 study guide)
    • Early Registration will be now till February 24th, 2020 for $40
    • At the door: $50
Questions? Contact: Dr. Lena Luck ( or Grace Kim (

4-H Horse Stampede

The horse stampede is a group of contests for youth interested in horses. These contests do not require youth to have a horse all they need is to have an interest and be willing to learn some information about horses.

  • The 4-H Horse Stampede will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex. Registration starts at 8:30am (TIME CHANGE from previous years- please refer to the webpage for updated information)
  • Contests include: Individual Demonstration Contest (can be done in person or through zoom), Team Demonstration (can be done in person or through zoom), Speech (can be done in person or through zoom), Junior or Senior Horse Bowl (team quiz bowl contest), Art Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries), and Photography Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries).
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Companion Animal Challenge so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.
  • If you would like to have lunch or a t-shirt at the contest please make sure to fill out a lunch or t-shirt order form when registering for contests.
  • Entries are due to Grace Kim by March 6, 2020.
  • For more information and registration forms:
Questions? Contact: Dr. Lena Luck ( or Grace Kim (

4-H Companion Animal Challenge

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are a Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate.

  • The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Contests include: Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest.
  • This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge, but does not require them to have an animal!
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Horse Stampede so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.
  • Entries are due to Grace Kim by March 6, 2020.
  • For more information and registration forms:
Questions? Contact: Dr. Lisa Karr ( or Grace Kim (
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