4-H Four-cast

December 12-January 8

From the Educators

Hello, Jackson County 4-H Families!

Since the 4th Monday of December is the day Christmas is observed for OSU, this will be our last 4-H Four-cast for 2022. As we enter the holiday break, it's a wonderful time for 4-Hers to start honing their cooking skills in anticipation of the Food Preparation Contest on January 28-29, the kick off to the 2023 Fairs and Contests season! Pull out the kitchen supplies, forage for your chanterelles, and get to practicing your favorite recipe! See below for more details.

All returning leaders need to reenroll for 2022-23. Leaders will not have access to see their clubs until they are approved leaders and member registrations will not be approved until their clubs have two approved leaders, so please ensure to complete this! More information below under "Leader Enrollment."


Lena and Steven


Member Recognition Night

We had our member recognition night last week, run by the 4-H Ambassadors club! This was a lovely evening of recognizing our 4-H members and their hard work over 2021-22!

This Week (December 12-18)

Next Week (December 19-25)

  • Lena on Leave: December 21-January 2
  • Last Day for Returning Leader Enrollment Office Support: December 23
  • Steven on Leave: December 24-January 2

The Following Week (December 26-January 1)

  • Extension Office Closed (Christmas Day Observed): December 26
  • December 31: All returning leaders enrollment deadline
  • Lena and Steven on Leave All Week

The First Week of January (January 2-8)

  • Extension Office Closed (New Yeas Day Observed): January 2
  • Interstate Exchange Meeting: January 4 at 6:30PM in the Extension Classroom (they're still recruiting for 1 boy and 1 girl--the match is with Somerset County, New Jersey!)
  • Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Quiz Bowl (virtual): Jan. 4-6, see below for more information

Information for Everyone

SAVE THE DATE: 4-H Association Dinner & Auction

The 4-H Association's annual fundraiser is coming up on January 21 in the Olsrud! There will be amazing food, a live and silent auction, and a paddle raise for camp, fair awards, and scholarships. Stay tuned for information on how you can get tickets from the 4-H Office!

Remember that clubs are encouraged to submit baskets for a silent auction and a live auction! The association can help put together the baskets, we just need y'all to bring items for a basket to the Extension Office by January 6. If you have any cool items or baskets to donate for the auction, bring them in, too! Check out the basket example below!

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SAVE THE DATE: Foods Contest

The Foods Contest is coming up! Check out last year's fairbook for rules and information! The new rule page is coming later this week!

Registration Opens: Later this week

Registration Closes: Wed January 18

January 28-29

SAVE THE DATE: Southern Oregon Leadership and Activities Retreat!

Save the date for this amazing teen leadership opportunity! The Southern Oregon Leadership and Activities Retreat is scheduled for February 18-20th at Southern Oregon University. This event is a lot of fun for kids ages 12+, with the opportunity to learn about leadership and teambuilding, make new friends, and stay in the dorms at SOU. We'll have more information on our website soon!

Cost: $225

Scholarships: up to $100! 2 nights - 3 days!!

Support 4-H This Holiday Season

Did you know that you can support Jackson County 4-H while doing nothing but shopping for the holidays?

The Jackson County 4-H Association is a group of dedicated volunteers who raise money to provide youth with enrollment fee assistance, college scholarships, project workshops, camps, and support for national competitions and leadership experiences. They help leaders with mini-grants and continuing education experiences. They also help market the 4-H program and support Agriculture Literacy in the schools!

There are two easy ways you can give the gift of a 4-H membership, at no cost to you! All you have to do is shop like normal and our partners will give back to us.

Amazon Smile

1. Go to smile.amazon.com

2. Click Get Started

3. Type in Jackson County 4-H, then "Search"

4. Select Jackson County 4-H, Click the box to agree.

5. Make sure the logo in the upper left says Amazon Smile.

6. Start shopping! 0.5% of your purchase will go to the Association. It is easy, so sign up today! And always make your Amazon purchases at smile.amazon.com

Fred Meyer Community Rewards:

Sign up today! Fred Meyer is dedicated to give back to their community. If you have a Fred Meyer loyalty card, you can link it to the Jackson County 4-H Association. For every dollar you spend at Fred Meyer, they give a percentage back to 4-H at NO cost to you! Please take the time today to link your account to the Jackson County 4-H Assoc. These funds help provide youth scholarships for camp, enrollment and college!


Direct Donation:

If you don't do much shopping but want to support Jackson County 4-H, you can make a tax deductible contribution to the 4-H program directly by making a check out to:

Jackson County 4-H Association

569 Hanley Road

Central Point, OR 97502

LEGO Robotics and Beekeeping SPIN

If your child is interested in a Beekeeping or a LEGO Robotics Special Interest Club, please enroll them in that club in 4-H Online! That way, we can track interest and reach out to you when movement happens on these SPIN Clubs!

Recruiting Leaders for Winter 2023 STEP Classes!

Do you want more STEP Classes in 2023? We are recruiting instructors as we put together our STEP Class schedule for the new year! Classes will start at the end of January and run through March. If you or someone you know knows about sewing, art, photography, cooking, or any other project area in 4-H and is willing to do a basic, hour-long (or two-session) class, email steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu ASAP and let us know!

TO THE KIDS: If there is anything you want to learn about in a STEP class, please let us know!

Shooting Sports Clubs are Looking for Members!

Have you ever wanted to learn about gun safety and shooting? Our shooting sports clubs are recruiting new members! Here is some more information about our shooting sports clubs:

Shooting Sports Clubs:

Rogue Valley Sharp Shooters

White City Gun Range

Projects: Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Western Heritage

Meets Twice Monthly, Sundays, 9:30 am-2:00 pm. October-May

Leader: Jody Grow, 541-840-7368

Southern Oregon Shooters

RVSSA Range #7 White City

Projects: Rifle, Pistol, Muzzleloading

Meets Twice Monthly, Saturdays, 9am

Leader: Steve Tarr, 541-840-3684

Southern Oregon Young Guns

RVSSA Range #7 White City

Projects: Rifle & Pistol

Meets Every Other Sunday- 11am

Leader: Tom Maddox, 541-621-8215

Full STEAM Ahead

Medford Rifle and Pistol Club

Projects: Air Rifle (only shooting option in this club, but the club offers other non-shooting projects!)

Meeting Time TBD

Leader: Raoul Salem, 541-245-8641

Deadlines and Enrollment Policies!

Check out our latest deadlines below and our enrollment policies sheet here:

Enrollment Policies Link

Deadlines Link

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Information for Leaders

Leader Enrollment/Deadline is December 31

All returning leaders need to ensure that they have taken these four steps by December 31:

  1. Checked their email for a message from Steven about whether they need to take action on their CHC.
  2. Taken action on the CHC if required.
  3. Re-enrolled for 2022-23 in 4-H Online (using the same login as last year).
  4. Taken the annual online Child Safety training in 4-H Online.

You will not be approved as a leader unless these steps are taken.

Leaders will not have access to see their clubs until they are approved leaders and member registrations will not be approved until their clubs have two approved leaders, so please ensure to complete this!

All CHC emails have been sent to all returning leaders. Please check your spam and junk folders to ensure you didn't miss it! If you didn't receive a CHC email (make sure to check spam), please contact Steven at 541-930-8412. All returning leaders should have received an email about their CHC status, so if you cannot find one, please reach out! Please do not delay. You will not be approved as a leader if we do not have a CHC on file for you through September 2023.

Leaders Meetings

Lena is working closely with the Superintendents about reducing the number of project leaders meetings. All livestock leaders will meet on the same day at 6:30PM. Lena is awaiting feedback from superintendents on the date.

Club Charters Must be Updated

Hello all leaders! We hate to add more paperwork, but we've been instructed by Oregon 4-H that all clubs are required to update their charters for 2022-23.

Please fill out the charter form below and return it with signatures to SOREC by January 31st. One "Chartering 4-H Clubs" should be filled out for every club.

Charter Link

Also, remember that the 4-H Resume will be required for all members showing at fair this year (wristbands will be given to those who complete their 4-H Resume)!

4-H Resume

Virtual and State 4-H Opportunities

2022/23 Oregon 4-H Shooting Sports Quiz Bowl (open to all 4-H members!)

This year’s 4-H Shooting Sports Quiz Bowl is scheduled for January 4-6, 2023 and will be held virtually. Participants will receive certificates with White, Red or Blue achievement stickers. Champion and Reserve Champions for each level (Jr, Int, Sr) will receive Bi-Mart Gift Cards.

The contest is open to ALL Oregon 4-H youth, not just Shooting Sports project members. The Quiz will take about 30 minutes for Juniors and 45-60 minutes for Intermediates and Seniors. This event is for individual competitors only (this year).

The Quiz Bowl will cover the Shooting Sports disciplines of Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzleloading, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage as well as many general 4-H questions and STEM questions. (25 question for Juniors and 50 questions for Intermediate and Senior). Study resources will be emailed to you once you register for the event.

Cost: $10/participant

Compete virtually anytime over a 3 day period: Jan. 4-6, 2023

Register HERE

SAVE THE DATE: Youth Voices in Action

Youth in grades 8 through 12 are invited to Youth Voices in Action leadership conference to have fun and develop their leadership skills, practice public speaking, and work in teams to meet with state agency representatives and legislators to solve real life problems.

Check out this link for more information!

Dates for Youth Voices in Action: Tuesday March 28th to Friday March 31st.

Registration opens 1/15/2023 -- and closes 3/10/2023.

Community Classifieds

Community Classifieds (not endorsed by OSU, but provided as a service)

Figaro's in Phoenix Feeds 4-H!

Figaro’s Pizza of Phoenix, OR is Owned & Operated by Oregon Natives “Micah & Amanda Adams.” 4-H and FFA has been a Staple in our Communities throughout Southern Oregon, in which Micah and Amanda both participated. Micah graduated in 2007 from Crater High School, and was nominated Treasurer of his 4-H Club during his Junior Year and President of his 4-H Club during his Senior Year. Micah and Amanda are both looking to Support our Local 4-H Clubs looking to partner with their store with Generous Discounts. Whether it is for a Club looking to host an event for their Members, or fundraising, we hope that Club Leaders will put their Trust in our capabilities and the quality we strive to perfect!
Our activities are open to all who meet the appropriate age requirement. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five days prior to the event to Lena Hosking, 4-H Educator lena.hosking@oregonstate.edu

This publication will be made available in an accessible alternative format upon request. Please contact Steven McIntyre, Education Program Assistant at steven.mcintyre@oregonstate.edu

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