Thurston County 4-H News

November & December 2016

Upcoming Dates

Nov 11 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day

Nov 14 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

Nov 24-25 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 23 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

Jan 2 - Office Closed - Happy New Year!

Jan 9 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

Jan 16 - Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Need to Know

Out of the Office

Jennifer and Stacey have several upcoming dates they will be out of the office for meetings, conferences, and training's. If you need us Nov 8-10, Dec 1-2, Dec 5, or Jan 24-26, email or leave a voicemail and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Holiday Hours

The office will be closed November 11 for Veteran's Day, November 24-25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday, December 23-26 for the Christmas Holiday, and January 2 for New Year's.

Thanks for Another Great Year!

It has been a wonderful year for Thurston County 4-Hers! The Career Portfolios are finished and the 4-H Achievement Banquet is done. Be sure to find the time to say “thank you” to the special individuals recognized as valuable contributors to the 4-H program at the banquet. Volunteers are essential to the structure and survival of the 4-H program. The Extension Staff is honored to work with all of the volunteers “To Make the Best Better” in Thurston County!

Now is the time to start planning for the new 4-H year. It is important to remember that the evaluation process is the final step for a 4-Her to examine their knowledge and skills learned for the year, and how to apply it to the future. Just look how each “H” relates to the Career Portfolio.

Head: Goal setting, decision making, planning and organizing

Heart: Relating to others, caring about others

Hands: Giving through community service, being a responsible citizen

Health: Living with healthy lifestyle choices, showing good character

Here area few suggestions to get started for the new year:

  • Write down some goals that you might want to accomplish this year.
  • Download the next pin application with the Diamond Clover Program to review the accomplishments needed to complete the form.

Brainstorm ideas on how to expand your citizenship and leadership activities to strengthen your Career Portfolio, there are grants available for youth to apply to make a difference in their community. If you have received an award and would like to order a plaque, you can contact the extension office. The cost will be $15.

Dakota-Thurston County Fair Dates 2017

The Dakota-Thurston County Fair will be July 30-August 6, 2017. Pre-fair judging events will be July 26-31. Watch the newsletter and Facebook for more information and changes.

Member Information

4-H Online Enrollment and Re-Enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll. There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a volunteer for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themeselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good Luck!

Ideas for 4-H Workshops

Next year’s fair seems far away but we are already looking to see how we can help you accomplish the projects that you plan on completing. We are working on organizing our 4-H Workshop opportunities for 2017. Please share your ideas and possible resources with us. If you saw an exhibit at the fair this summer and think that it would be a great workshop topic, we are always open to suggestions!

Continuing Education

Companion Animal and Wildlife Career Day @ UNL

The Department of Animal Science and the School of Natural Resources will be hosting their Companion Animal and Wildlife Career Day on November 16th. It is open to students interested in learning more about careers and majors in these industries. Students can register via this link: Once they’ve registered we’ll send a detailed schedule and parking information. Space is limited to 50 participants.

Check-in: 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Overview: 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Animal Science Sessions: 9:50 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Lunch & Career Panel: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Wildlife Sessions: 12:50 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Wrap-up: 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Get The Inside Scoop On Scholarship Applications

"Get the Inside Scoop on Scholarship Applications" workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Nielsen Center, 200 Anna Stalp Avenue in West Point. Every junior and senior in high school, plus their parents, are encouraged to attend. Students presently enrolled in college and non-tradition students will benefit as well. Topics to be covered will be: how to find a scholarship, hot to put together quality applications, how to answer questions wisely, hot to write quality letters for applications, tips on completing applications, tips on following through with applications and setting up files for scholarship organization.

During the workshop Cheryl Kreikemeier, Sandy Ahlers, and Debra Schroeder will present a thorough step-by-step process of completing the scholarship process. Students are asked to sign-up with their guidance counselor or by contacting Nebraska Extension in Cuming County at 402-372-6006 if they plan to attend.

Martha & 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.

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be made by the NAFM Scholarship

Committee whose members will consider the following:

1. Each applicant must have exhibited his/her 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years.

2. Each applicant must hold a 2.5 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 system). Each applicant must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average for the first semester in

college and carry at least 12 credit hours.

3. Each applicant must agree to apply the scholarship funds for tuition or fees at a two or four year college or its equivalent, to be judged by the committee.

4. Each applicant must have demonstrated support for his/her school and community.

5. Each applicant must exhibit during the application process a desire to achieve the goals of which he/she is capable.

6. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process.

7. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by each 4-H award committee in the

Local Extension Office.

Applications are due in the applicant's local County Extension Office by December 1, 2016. For the application please go to:

Animal Science

Northeast Community College - 32nd Annual Livestock Classic

Northeast Community College's 32nd Annual Livestock Class Steer and Heifer Show is on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2016. The show will be held at the NECC Agriculture Complex and opens at 2 pm on Thursday.

Breeding Heifer check-in will be from 7-9 pm on Thursday, Nov 24 and 8-10 am on Friday, Nov 25. The show will begin at 10:30 am on Friday with showmanship, with the breed classes to follow.

Market Animal check-in will be from 7-9 pm on Friday, Nov 25 and 7:30-9:30 am on Saturday, Nov 26. The show will begin at 10 am on Saturday with showmanship, with the market heifer and steer classes to follow.

To guarantee yourself stalling please pre-register by Friday, November 18. More information and the registration form can be found here:

2017 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Applicants Wanted

A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver, Colorado. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2017 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2018 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.

Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.

4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. However, any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 4-H members may obtain applications from county UNL-Extension offices.

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2016 and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2017.

Applications are due to Amy Kelley (Cheyenne County Extension, PO Box 395, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810) postmarked no later than December 1, 2016. Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: Contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 for more information and an application regarding the 2017 Catch-A-Calf Contest.

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