Otoe County 4-H Newsletter

January 2016


Join us in wishing Monte Vandeveer success on Monday, January 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Monte will join Kansas State Research and Extension as an area Extension Agricultural Economist. Monte is originally from Kansas. We thank him for his dedication to our Nebraska farmers and our Otoe County 4-H’ers.


Again this year, all 4-H youth will enroll and re-enroll in Otoe County 4H through 4HOnline at 4HOnline is the web-based enrollment system that allows families to enroll and re-enroll in 4-H on their personal computer or mobile device. You will complete all of the information necessary to join or re-enroll in 4-H online, including 4-H code of conduct forms.

Enclosed is the 2016 Nebraska and Otoe County 4-H Project list to help you in signing up for projects. The deadline is May 1st, 2016. A help sheet for re-enrollment is available at For more information, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301. Volunteers enroll online too this year. For more information, go to page 3.


On behalf of the Otoe County 4-H Foundation, we join Mark Easter, Foundation President, in inviting each of you to the Otoe County 4-H Foundation Banquet. The banquet is Saturday, February 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Event Center.

The banquet program will highlight the mission of the foundation and to provide a fun evening to raise funds for the future of 4-H in Otoe County. Ronnie Green, UNL Harlan Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Ag & Natural Resources and Vice President for Ag & Natural Resources for UNL, will be the featured speaker.

We hope that you will be able to join us on February 6. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 27. Tickets can be purchased at the Otoe County Extension Office or from a Foundation Director.


The Otoe County 4-H Foundation will provide mini-grants to Otoe County 4-H members and 4-H clubs to strengthen 4-H in Otoe County. Grant requests can be between $50 to $500. Contact the Extension Office for more information and for an application. Applications are due twice a year – February 28 and November 30. Apply now!


The spring rabbit show will be Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Event Center – Exhibit Hall in Lincoln. This will be a great opportunity to learn and practice your showmanship! For more information, check out the enclosed flyer or call Marty at 402-441-7180.


Do you need help getting enrolled in 4-H? Join us for one of our 4-H enrollment events:

  • March 14: Palmyra Memorial Library, Palmyra

  • March 21: Kimmel Education & Research Center,Nebraska City

  • March 22: Nebraska Extension Office in Otoe County, Syracuse

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301. Hope to see you there!


Youth ages 15-18 years are needed to help children have the best summer of their lives while camping at the three Nebraska 4-H Camps. Grant Moles served as a camp counselor last year and loved it!

Camp Counselors develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and independence! They make friendships which will last a lifetime, experience excitement, challenges, and have FUN!

You may apply to be a counselor at a variety of youth camps offered during the months of June, July, and August. Camp Counselor Training is May 31 – June 4 at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center and Nebraska State 4-H Camp at Halsey. Apply by contacting Lindsay Shearer at 402-472-2846 or


The Otoe County Ag Society requests that you please cash your premium checks by

February 1, 2016. After this date, the checks will be void.


New this year! 4-H eligibility . . . Any child may join 4-H as a Clover Kid IF they are ages 5, 6 and 7 by December 31, 2015. A young person may join 4-H as a full member IF they are 8 to 18 as of December 31, 2015. 4-H is open to everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, and marital or family status.


The photography themes for Unit II and Unit III are:

Nebraska Exhibit Print: Help us celebrate the national “4-H Grows Here” campaign. Capture photos of people and places that illustrate 4-H growing and thriving in Nebraska! Your photos should tell a story about how “4-H Grows Here” in your local community. Please print and include the 4-H Grows Here! logo in your photos. The logo can be accessed at


New this year, all 4-H leaders need to re-enroll in 4-H or new leaders need to enroll in 4-H. Last year, Melinda enrolled all Otoe County 4-H leaders in 4-H, so all 2015 leaders have been enrolled, so now you need to re-enroll! Instructions can be found on our website, under Otoe County 4-H. They include:

1) 4HOnline Steps to Enroll a Volunteer with an existing family – You have a child in 4-H and you are enrolling or re-enrolling.

2) 4HOnline Steps to Reenroll Volunteer – You are re-enrolling as a 4-H Volunteer with no child currently in 4-H.

3) 4HOnline Steps to Enroll a New Volunteer in Nebraska 4-H – You are enrolling for the first time and do not have a child currently in 4-H.

If you have questions or need help with enrollment, contact the Extension Office at



The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is pleased to again offer the Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards. Sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA), this award recognizes Nebraska 4-H clubs. Recognition is in the form of a $500 check issued to the club’s treasury to be used as described in the award application form completed by the club.

This EASY application is available at the Extension Office. Completed applications can be emailed to Lori Oberembt at the 4-H Foundation Office at and must be received by March 4, 2016. Please indicate in the subject line that it is a Governor’s Ag Excellence Application. Applications will be accepted by email only.


The following are hosting sites for the 2016 District Horse shows:

  • June 13 - Kearney
  • June 14 - Chadron
  • June 15 - McCook
  • June 16 - Leigh
  • June 17 - Bloomfield
  • June 21 - Lincoln

ALL level testing required for participation in the 2016 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 13th.

Horse ID’s for district and state entries must be submitted to the Extension Office by Friday, May 13th.