Otoe County 4-H Wednesday What-Nots
September 14, 2022
State Fair Exhibitors - please pick up your items from the Extension Office, any weekday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Deb will be here tonight and tomorrow until 7 also, if that helps!!
Superintendent's Meeting - Fair Wrap-Up
4-H Superintendents - please try to make it to the Fair Wrap Up Meeting at the Fair Center - 7:00 pm. on Thursday, September 15th. Let's discuss what went well and what we can do better for next year.
Textiles & Fashion Youth Ambassadors
In late 2022-2023, we are planning on having a Textiles & Fashion Youth Ambassadors program. We are looking for youth ages 13-18 who are passionate about textiles and fashion to be a part of this group. The youth ambassadors will be responsible for determining projects they want to tackle, guided by adult leaders. Most meetings/events will occur quarterly via Zoom. To apply to be a Textiles & Fashion Youth Ambassador, please visit: https://go.unl.edu/textilefashionambassador.
Omaha Fashion Week - Spring
Nebraska 4-H partners with Omaha Fashion Week to showcase the work of 4-H members during their Spring Showcase Student Night (typically held on a week night in late February). OFW Student Night exclusively features student designers, including a 4-H collection of 10-12 garments modeled by the 4-H members who made them. We will begin accepting applications to participate in Omaha Fashion Week in November-December, and the application process will close near the first of the year. Be on the lookout for information in future newsletters for the online application process. Visit the statewide OFW 4-H Collection webpage or contact Marie Nelson or Jacie Milius for more information.
Visit the Robert Hillestad Textile Gallery
The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery on UNL's East Campus educates and increases awareness of the rich traditions of art, craft, design, and material culture expressed through the exhibition of all forms of textiles and apparel.
The current exhibition, This Woman's Work features the work of NYC Fashion Designer Kendra Benson, an UNL Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design program alumni.
The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery is open to the public without charge Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and weekends by special request.
Nebraska Make it with Wool Contest
The Make It With Wool Contest promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns; encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving of wool fabrics and yarns; and recognizes creative skills.
This year's Nebraska State contest is scheduled for November 19, 2022 in Lexington with entries due by October 15, 2022. For more information, visit the webpage, look at this year's contest flyer or contact Andrea Nisley.
Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop Offered at Nebraska City
A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Nebraska City. It will be held October 22-23 at the Otoe County Wildlife Club near Nebraska City. The early bird deadline to register for the workshop is October 12th.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Five project areas will be offered at the Nebraska City Workshop - rifle, pistol, shotgun, coordinator, and archery.
There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.
The registration fee is $85.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Apprentice Instructors. The registration fee for Apprentice Instructors (14 to 20 years of age) is $75 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
While participants might need to bring limited, if any, equipment to the in-person discipline training site, there are a series of four National 4-H Shooting Sports online modules which individuals MUST complete prior to the training to become eligible for certification. Information on the modules and how to enroll, 4-H Shooting Sports Online User Guide, can accessed by using the link found on the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports website under Calendar of 4-H Shooting Sports Events at https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports, under the Nebraska City Workshop - this provides step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for and complete the entire series of modules before the workshop.
As individuals follow each of the instructions in the Online User Guide, they will be asked to choose a payment method. Participants are responsible for the $20 (per person) registration fee. The entire series of modules will take approximately 3-4 hours, so please plan some time accordingly.
For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page. Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or they can register directly by visiting https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports.
Shooting Sports Youth needed for the above training on Sunday, October 23rd from 10 to 11 am.
In order for the new instructors to be certified, they need youth to practice with. Please let the Extension office know if you would be available for this one hour. All equipment will be on site, just need to bring themselves. Thanks for your help!!!
4-H Achievement Applications Due October 1st
The Otoe County and Nebraska 4-H Awards program begins with the 4-H members doing their best and recording their accomplishments. Now is the time of year to tell us what you have learned and to apply for a 4-H award by completing your 4-H Achievement Application.
There are MANY awards offered: medals, cash, trips, and scholarships. The deadline is Friday, October 1 for the 4-H Achievement Application to be turned into the Extension Office.
Check out the August “Tips on Tap” for the 3-page Otoe County 4-H Entry Sheet and Otoe County Awards form. These pages tell you what is necessary to apply for each award.
A good 4-H record will help you recall your many experiences in 4-H and will be an asset when applying for scholarships of any kind when you are graduating.
How to Put Together a 4-H Achievement Application
There are several ways you can learn how to complete the 4-H Achievement Application. They include:
- Read the Otoe County 2022 4-H Achievement Application Directions handout.
- Download the information from the Otoe County Extension website at www.otoe.unl.edu by clicking on Otoe County 4-H on the top and then scrolling down to 4-H Achievement Application under Awards/Reports.
- Set up an appointment to visit with Deb or Erin about the 4-H Achievement Application.
- We have new folders available in the office
Awards Due to the Extension Office
4-H members and leaders, the following are due to the Extension Office by Saturday, October 1:
- 4-H Achievement Application
- Hard Luck Award Form
- Tribute to 4-H Leader Excellence Award Form
- Character Counts! 4-H Member Award Form
- Diamond Clover Program Plan & Report Form - All Levels
- Report of Club Activities Form
- Community Pride Award Form
Senior Pictures Needed Soon
If you are going to be a senior this school year, please email a copy of your favorite vertical senior picture to the Extension Office to be used for the 2023 Senior Banners by October 26th.
In order to receive your banner, you must be enrolled in 4-H for the 2022-2023 4-H year. The banners will be revealed at Achievement Night in November.
4-H Council Elections
If you would like to place your name on the 4-H Council ballot please contact the Extension Office at 402-269-2301 or a Nominating Committee member. 4-H Council Nominating Committee includes:
- Julie Van Meter email@example.com
The 4-H Council needs one youth and one adult from each of the three districts for a two-year term. The 4-H council normally meets 10 times a year to provide guidance to the Otoe County 4-H program. Please consider placing your name on the ballot! Please let us know by Friday, October 14th if you are interested.
National 4-H Week
National 4-H Week is coming up on October 2-8, and this year, we’re celebrating Opportunity4All! Help us celebrate the remarkable 4-H youth in our community and showcase all the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people. Join the conversation on social media and show us how you’re celebrating #4HWeek!
Fall Leaf Collection Workshop
Take advantage of fall's beautiful colors to create a leaf collection. Join us on Tuesday, October 11 for the first part of this workshop being put on by Steve Karloff. It will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Nebraska City High School Community Classroom.
The cost to participate is $5 and space is limited to the first 15 registrants. Must be 10 years or older. To register, call or email the Extension Office.
Club of Excellence
It’s time to submit your annual Club of Excellence summary form! The Nebraska 4-H Club of Excellence designation recognizes and celebrates 4-H clubs for successfully engaging and empowering members. To receive and maintain the designation, clubs must meet a particular set of criteria and submit an annual summary form to their local Extension office. More information and blank summary forms are available at 4h.unl.edu/clubs-excellence. These are due to the Extension Office by October 1st.
4-H Foundation Charity Shoot
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation Charity Shoot will be on Thursday, September 29, at the Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard. Proceeds support 4-H shooting sports, camps, and leadership training programs, as well as national recognition and awards tris for youth. To learn more or register, visit ne4Hfoundation.org/charity-shoot.
4-H STEM Challenge
The 4-H STEM Challenge, Explorers of the Deep, focuses on the mysteries and adventures of ocean exploration–with robots! Young people learn how to use science, technology, engineering, and math to explore Earth’s Ocean and how it relates to all life on the planet. Explorers of the Deep consists of three activities that youth can do all at once or individually, making it highly adaptable for classrooms, after-school programs, clubs, and more! Learn more at 4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge.
4-H Foundation Trail Ride
This year’s 4-H Foundation Trail Ride will be on October 14-16. Join us for an enjoyable, guided ride through the scenic Nebraska National Forest near Halsey. Enjoy delicious meals, family activities, and great entertainment. All proceeds support the Nebraska 4-H camp programs. To learn more or register, visit ne4hfoundation.org/trailride.
August & September 4-H Calendar
- September 14th: Otoe County 4-H Council Meeting
- September 15th: Otoe County Fair 4-H Superintendents Wrap-Up meeting
- September 15th: Otoe County Outdoor Skills Club Meeting
- September 19th: Ag Society Meeting
- September 23rd-25th: AKSARBEN
Nebraska Extension in Otoe County
Deb Weitzenkamp, Unit Leader, Extension Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Steinhoff, Extension Assistant, email@example.com
Cheryl Goff, Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 620 1st Street, Syracuse, Neb, USA
Phone: (402) 269-2301