September

Family Newsletter - September 23, 2021

Welcome to our Family Newsletter! The most up-to-date information about events and activities going on in Washington County 4-H! Please pass along to friends and family that might be interested in attending a 4-H event. You will also receive the monthly Clover Update highlighting regional and state events.


Remember you must re-enroll yearly to participate in 4-H! There are links at the end of this newsletter with more information about enrollment. If you have any problems with registrations or need more information on enrollment please contact our office by email at mnext-washington@umn.edu or phone at 651-430-6800. While the 4-H year is a year-round organization, you must be enrolled BEFORE May 15th to avoid any penalties. This is also the deadline that all animals must be identified in your family account (except poultry).

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Washington County Fair

Our heartfelt thank you to ALL our families who volunteered their time to help make the county fair successful! Whether you helped with the horse, llama, or livestock shows, serve on a PDC, were a judge's assistant, helped in the food stand, served on the Champion Committee, helped set up, or take down the 4-H building, worked in our fair office or in any other capacity, your time and energy were appreciated. We had a great fair and hope you all built new friendships, learned something new, and created lasting memories.

Dog Project Trainers

A heartfelt thank you to our dedicated Dog Project Trainers (Therese Stoebner, Tammy Lewis, Savannah Hervig, Karl Reimer, and Brooke Knotek) for training weekly from April - September. Their dedication to our participants goes unwavered and is evident by our State Dog Show representation, happening this weekend! Shoutout to the many parent volunteers that also make the dog project run seamlessly, while having a whole lot of fun!

Food Stand

Thank you to the Food Stand Committee who did an outstanding job raising money for the general 4-H fund! Thank you, Dan & Tammy Lewis, Mike and Laurie Saniti, Bob Hervig and Kevin Brown for your planning and execution of this important fundraiser!

Shooting Sports Trainers

A special thank you to our Certified Shooting Sports Trainers (Tim Warmka, Sean & Susan Boll, Paul Zellmer, Jack Daniels & Sarah Heuser, Greg Eian, and Jerry Kalka) who dedicate their time weekly to teach 4-H youth the various disciplines. Also, special thanks to Emily Murphy, who coordinated Wildlife training opportunities, Nicole Filler, for keeping everyone up to date on communications, and Jen Anderson, for coordinating the t-shirt order! Without these dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to offer the Shooting Sports training. THANK YOU!

State Events

State Fair, State Shoot, and the State Horse Show are completed for 2021! Next up is the State Dog Show this coming weekend. Congratulations to all of our youth who have represented Washington County so well. We often hear comments about the quality of projects coming from Washington County, we also have quality kids that make us more proud! As we wrap up the 2021 fair season, take what you have learned and follow the 4-H motto of ‘making the best better next year’!

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Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Trainers Needed!

Are you interested in becoming a Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Trainer?

The deadline is Monday, September 27! Volunteers must be active and complete steps 1-2 prior to the one-day training. This is the only scheduled training this fall.

Fall 2021 SS&W Leader Certification Training

  • October 9-10 - Scott County

Get prepared NOW to attend an in-person training by completing Steps 1 and 2!

The following steps must be completed to become fully certified in a NEW SS&W discipline:

  1. Complete the National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor online training course - This online training will fulfill many traditionally in-person instruction hours in volunteerism and positive youth development. There is no end date to complete, but will need to be completed prior to attending a one-day in-person discipline training and is good for many years. This course takes about 5 hours to complete. Registration form
  2. View recorded Minnesota 4-H SS&W Risk Management webinar - This recorded session will be 50 minutes in length and the link will be emailed to you once you have completed step 1.
  3. Attend a one day in-person training - dates are listed above. Each day is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can register for any one of the days to receive a discipline certification. Each day completed = one discipline certified.

Registration for the one day training is now available on the SS&W Leader Certification page.

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Ambassador Meeting THIS Monday!

Are you in 7th grade or above? Do you want to build your leadership skills and meet new friends? Come join our Ambassador team on Monday, September 27th at 6 PM at the Washington County Fairgrounds! We will be playing games, eating snacks, and starting to plan fall workshops and events. Fill out this quick google form to show your interest in the Washington County 4-H Ambassador program: https://forms.gle/15K1WN4mG4zq3LF3A


If you have any questions contact Megan Slater at slate187@umn.edu

Teen Teachers needed for Youth Teaching Youth!

Are you in grades 9-12 and interested in teaching your younger peers? Youth Teaching Youth is for you! Teen Teachers teach in elementary school classrooms and library settings. Training and guided curriculum options are provided. We are looking for teens in the South Washington County, Stillwater, and Forest Lake Area Schools. Don't miss this opportunity to build your resume and improve your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Megan Slater if you are interested in learning more at slate187@umn.edu.

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Winter dog training opportunity

In case you've been thinking about winter training but were on the fence, here are the official details for the winter session. We start on October 5.


Obedience/Rally 1 - for students that were in Foundations or Beginners Obedience this summer. (Tuesdays @ 7:15 / Therese) : Juniors Obedience/Rally 1 - Session 1


Obedience/Rally 2: For students that were in Pre-Novice Obedience or higher or Novice Rally or Higher this summer.(Tuesdays @ 8:00 / Therese): Juniors Obedience/Rally 2 - Session 1


Agility Sequencing: For students that were in Elementary Agility or higher this summer. (Tuesdays @ 7:15 / Savannah): Juniors Agility - Sequencing Session 1


Agility Foundations: For students that were in Beginner Obedience or higher and haven't done Agility or any Agility student that wants to re-learn foundational skills. (Starts Nov 30, Tues @ 8:00 / Savannah): Juniors Agility - Jumps and Tables and Tunnels, Oh My!


Each class is limited to 4 students. You can see the class schedule and register here: The Greater Dog Winter Youth Classes

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Washington County 4-H and Gerten’s Greenhouse and Garden Center recently formed a partnership to offer job opportunities and career planning workshops to 4-H youth. We will be sharing job opportunities throughout the year for our older youth.


Find out more:www.gertens.com/Employment

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Club Officer Training

  • Monday, Oct. 25 @ 6:00 pm. Location TBD, a google doc registration will be in the next newsletter. If you are a club officer please start by re-enrolling for the new year!
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Club Leader & Volunteer Training

Facilitating Youth Sparks (Annual Volunteer Training 2021)

Washington County volunteers and youth are invited to participate in the 2021 Fall Volunteer Training!

The topic this year is, ‘Facilitating Youth Sparks’. Youth sparks are an essential ingredient of thriving. A spark is a passion for a self-identified interest or skill or a capacity that metaphorically lights a fire in a young person's life, providing energy, joy, purpose and direction.

This training will be held ‘online.’ There is no cost. Each club should have at least one representative attending this training!

To register for the Fall Volunteer online Training, go to; https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/4-h-volunteer/train/for-all-volunteers

Training dates – choose one, register at link above.

October 26, 7:30 PM

November 4, 6:30 PM

4-H Open House

  • Saturday, Nov. 6 - Please spread the word to new families. This will take place at Hooley Hall from 1-3 pm. More details to come!
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Club Reports Needed

We understand that this past year and a half has been anything but usual, however, when your club is meeting, please share your activities with us! A picture or two is an added bonus.

New Member Information

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New Family Survey

We invite new families who have been enrolled in 4-H for less than 2 years to take a short survey.


We want to take this opportunity to gather some information on how to better serve you and make your 4-H experience a positive one like it has been for so many 4-H families before you. With all the project areas and directions that 4-Hers can explore and develop from we need your help in finding what areas we as staff need to focus on to meet the current needs of our families. Our goal is to take the results of this survey and implement future programming


This will only take a few minutes to complete and we thank you for your input.

Washington County Extension website - the place to find information!

For the most comprehensive list of county, regional and state events and activities along with these 4-H resources.


  • Current and past Family Newsletters
  • County Animal ID letters
  • News articles about our larger ongoing project areas
  • Events calendar
  • County club map with contacts
  • County Fair information as it becomes available
  • Much more
Enroll here - 4HOnline

Enrollment deadline is May 15

County membership fee update!

As you may have noticed, shortly after you enrolled online you were approved. We have been promised an online payment option is coming in October so until we learn what this will look like we are not holding enrollments until payment is received and you will most likely be invoiced once we learn more details. Please pay your membership fee, county fees are used not only for programming but also towards salaries for county personnel.


Washington County has a yearly enrollment fee of $25.00 per member (youth only) or $100 max per family for 4 or more children. We ask that you please send payment to our office address listed below.


Checks should be made out to Washington County 4-H and sent to the following address:


Washington County 4-H

14949 62nd Street North

Stillwater, MN 55082


**For those using online banking, please be sure to include Washington County 4-H as checks made out to just Washington County go directly to the property tax office**


We don't want anyone to miss out so please just let us know if you need a scholarship for enrollment. You will find the scholarship link below. Also, if you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, this can be done at any time. Scholarship requests have increased dramatically in the past few years.

4-H Event Scholarship

Need-based scholarships can be used for the county membership fee. Enrollment MUST be completed by May 15 to be eligible for scholarship funds.

Washington County 4-H

    Ann Church

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
    (651) 430-6809
    churc109@umn.edu


    Megan Slater

    Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

    (651) 430-6805
    slate187@umn.edu


    Kathy Erf

    Principal Office & Administrative Specialist

    (651) 430-6800
    eber0002@umn.edu