Jefferson County 4-H

December 2021

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4-H Highlights!

4-H Council Member Candidates

We will be electing new members to the 4-H Council and are looking for interested adults and youth. The council is composed of 6 adults and 6 youth members. Adult members serve a 3-year term, while youth members serve a 1-year term and can serve 3 terms. We would like to invite anyone who’s interested in serving on 4-H Council to contact the office. Youth members need to be at least 13 years old by January 1, 2022.

Please contact us by Friday, December 31st at 5 pm to be considered

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2022 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, visit: For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

2021 County Fair Award Pick-up!

The County Fair awards are here and ready to pick up anytime at the Extension Office. Please come and get them ASAP as we have programs and workshops scheduled in the back room and need them out of the way.

The following youth have awards that need to be picked up:

  • Thomas Hansmeyer
  • Alex Buxton
  • Branson Family
  • Axsel Stewart
  • Trent Ruhnke

Rada Cutlery Fundraiser

We are offering an online fundraiser for Rada Cutlery for youth interested in going on the CWF trip in the future. Orders will be due December 6th to ensure they arrive by Christmas. Please contact the office if you are interested in participating in this fundraiser.

2022 Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique, the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors.
Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Please call the Extension office by January 21st to order your 2022 Special Garden Seeds!

Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel for all of our Jefferson County 4-H videos from events and projects that you can check out anytime! Our channel is named Jefferson County Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and can be found at this link: Make sure to check it out and subscribe to our channel!

Year End Treasurer's Report

Organizational leaders and club treasurers, please remember that the 2021 Club Treasurer’s Report is due January 14th. The form is required to be completed even if you have a zero balance all year. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

Looking for fun, hands-on activities suitable for the winter season? Find the perfect activities to spark curiosity for youth all season long at

Citizen Washington D.C. Focus Trip Information

There will be an informational meeting for any youth interested in participating in the CWF Trip in the summer of 2022. The meeting will be held via Zoom at on Sunday, November 14th at 2 pm.

This meeting is to solicit feedback from the 4-H members that are interested in going. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Dates
    • CWF dates: June 5-10
    • Travel dates:
      • June 2-10th? (Northern)
      • June 4-14th (Southern)
  • Vaccination requirements for New York City
  • North Option vs. South Option (Potential Itineraries for both)
  • Traveling with another Nebraska group
  • Youth Delegate – cost $3,450
  • Adult Sponsors – cost $3,300

Animal Information

Youth Quality Assurance Training

We plan to have a training on Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 11 am to Noon at the Extension Office. Youth must pre-register online in order to attend so we can ensure adequate spacing for all participants. To register visit: For instructions on how to register online, contact the Extension Office and we can get you more information. The training will be $3/person.
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Deadline extended to December 15th! Apply now at

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4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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Special Opportunties

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Virtual Field Trips

Join Nebraska 4-H as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 7th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

There are also numerous field trips that have been archived to view at your convenience. Check them out. See the link below to view of all the tours available.

NEW 4-H Photography Showcase!

The 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. It is intended to help youth develop professional and technical skills as photographers while fostering creativity and encouraging self-expression. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year.

How Does It Work?

Each month, a new photo will be selected from the online submissions. Selections will be made based on creativity, timeliness, technical execution, originality, and appropriateness. The selected photo will be showcased across the Nebraska 4-H social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Youth photographers will be credited wherever and whenever their photo is shared or published.

This opportunity is open to all enrolled 4-H members. Photo recommendations, file specifications, rules, and guidelines for participation are available online at

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2021-2022. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


23 - Christmas Eve Observed, Office Closed

24 - Christmas Day Observed, Office Closed

30 - YQCA Training, Extension Office

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