York County 4-H Blast

October 5, 2018


Our office is closed on Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day.
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4-H Award Applications

4-H Awards can be won at the local and state level through Career Portfolio completion and the Diamond Clover Program.

Career Portfolio Awards

The Career Portfolio is a record of your 4-H career. It includes a listing of your personal growth and leadership experiences related to the knowledge learned, skills gained and community service/volunteer activities experienced through 4-H. It should show a progression of all your years in 4-H.

Download your Portfolio at: http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio or visit the Extension Office for an electronic copy.

Diamond Clover Awards

This non-competitive program recognizes the accomplishments of 4-H members. It consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report age-appropriate accomplishments.

The 4-H member, parent, and 4-H leader sign off on their accomplishments and return the report to the Extension Office. The 4-H’er will then be awarded a Diamond Clover pin and certificate of completion for that level at the annual 4-H Achievement Night. Youth interested in participating in this program should stop by the Extension Office to pick up an application or download it from the following site: http://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover

Award Applications are due October 5.

Beef Detectives - Monday Oct 8

We are still meeting this month even-though the office is closed for a holiday!

New this Fall!
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the beef industry? Now is your chance to become a Beef Detective!

When: The 2nd Monday of each month

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Age: All ages welcome

Location: York County Extension Office

Topics that will be covered: Breeds and classifications, cow-calf, feeds and feeding, digestive system, feedlot tours, health care, and harvesting.

Door Decor Painting Party Cancelled!

Due to a lack of interest, the Door Decor Painting Party has been cancelled. We may look at hosting something like this in summer 2019.
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Celebrate National 4-H Week!

For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from October 7-13. This year’s theme, Inspire Kids to Do, will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career. Throughout National 4-H Week, Nebraska 4-H has the opportunity to showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H Spirit Day: Tuesday, October 9

A 4-H Spirit Day will be held on Tuesday, October 9. On 4-H Spirit Day, 4-H participants and supporters across the country are encouraged to show 4-H pride by wearing 4-H shirts/apparel or the 4-H emblem to school or to work! National 4-H will be re-sharing photos that are posted to social media using the #InspireKidsToDo hashtag and will feature those wearing 4-H shirts/apparel.

Thank a Sponsor Challenge

4-H has many local supporters that sponsor our program throughout the year. We challenge you, during National 4-H Week, to show appreciation for our York County 4-H sponsors. Personally deliver a thank you note, take a sponsor some cookies, or just simply say thanks while wearing your York County 4-H shirt. Get creative and capture the moment by posting a photo of yourself thanking a sponsor using the hashtag #YC4Hsponsors. Share your photo on the Nebraska Extension - York County Facebook Page. All participants will be entered to win $20 in Clover Cash at the end of the week!

**For a list of York County 4-H Sponsors, look in your 2018 Fairbook on page Q.

Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge

Nebraska 4-H along with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Animal Science is offering the Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge. The Fed Steer Challenge is a new opportunity for youth and is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska cattle industry.

The goal of the Fed Steer Challenge is to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate and complete record keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement by the 4-H member.

4-H Fed Steer Challenge Application Deadline is October 15. Follow this link for more information. This is a great opportunity to learn more about beef production.

Make It With Wool Competition

The 2018 State Information for the Make It With Wool Competition can be found on our website at york.unl.edu.

All entries are due October 15, 2018 because of the National wool testing requirements. PLEASE NOTE THESE CHANGES:

· Age is determined by January 1, 2018 (national rule).

· In addition to the National and State entries fees there is a $7 wool testing fee per fabric swatch and/or 36 inch length of yarn.

· Entries are mailed to Andrea Nisley, PO Box 757, Lexington NE 68850-0757 (see brochure).

· Lynda Johnson is the new National Make It With Wool Director

· The National MIWW website is http://www.nationalmakeitwithwool.com

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York County Outstanding 4-H Member Scholarship

The 4-H Council Scholarship Program offers two types of scholarships to 4-H members each year. One of these is the Outstanding 4-H member scholarship that is based on the 4-H Member’s 4-H Career Portfolio and 4-H Awards Application for the year. 4-H members may only apply for this award in their senior year of high school.

Application requirements are a completed 4-H Career Portfolio and 4-H Curriculum Story as a part of their 4-H Awards Application, plus the one-page application sheet found on our website. Applications are due October 5, 2018.

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

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 January. Applications are Due December 1.


About Us

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