Jefferson County 4-H

September 2019

University of Nebraska is Celebrating 150 Years!

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!


Congratulations to all of our exhibitors at the Nebraska State Fair! Jefferson County was well represented and we are proud of all of your accomplishments this year! Results can be found at:

State Fair Exhibit Pick-Up

State fair static exhibits are available to pick-up at the Extension Office beginning Wednesday, September 4th. We are not responsible for damages to items left in the office after September 11th at 5 pm, so please try to pick them up in a timely manner. Thanks!

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

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Achievement Application & Career Portfolios Due October 1!!!

It's time again to submit your 4-H Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios as the 4-H year nears completion. Last year was the first opportunity to use the Achievement Award Application, and was met with some hesitation from our 4-H families, so at the county level for selection of county awards only, 4-H members can choose to submit a Career Portfolio or the Achievement Application.

The Achievement Application will be used at the state level to selection winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide. By having one single form that more closely resembles the kinds of questions being asked on college applications and in resumes, 4-H’ers will be better prepared to be college and job ready while keeping a record of the achievements. This form was piloted last year and will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio. This form is much shorter and easier to use than the Career Portfolio.

The Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application can be found at:

The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio form can be found at:

All Achievement Applications and Career Portfolios are due in the office by Tuesday, October 1st! Let us know as you have questions.

4-H Council Senior Scholarships & Diamond Clover Forms Due Oct 1!

Don’t forget that 4-H Council Senior Scholarships and Diamond Clover forms are all due in the office by Tuesday, October 1st. You must turn in an award application/career portfolio to be eligible for the livestock auction scholarship and county awards. More information is available online at There is a letter with the application forms as well with instructions on how to fill out the forms for certain awards. If you need a copy of your Diamond Clover form that was submitted in April, please call the office and we can send it to you. Also, if you would like to have a copy of the application forms mailed to you please contact the office.

Achievement Award Applications/Career Portfolio Judges

Volunteers will be needed to read a neighboring county’s books sometime in October. If you are interested in helping, please call the Extension Office and offer your services. Benefits include: learning how other 4-H’ers fill-out their books, finding new ideas for projects and visiting with other 4-H volunteers about the recording process.

Red Wheel Fundraiser

We will begin selling Red Wheel the first week of October as a fund raiser for those 4-H’ers that are interested in going on the Washington D.C. 4-H trip. Order forms will be mailed out the first of the week, and selling for the entire month. Please contact the office if your child is interested in selling Red Wheel so we can mail you out a packet of information.

Orders are due in the office Friday, November 1st.

Delivery will be Saturday, November 23, (presorted) in Wilber at 8 a.m.

**If a county sells 250 items they will earn delivery to their office.

4-H’ers earn 40% of their proceeds which is then applied to their WDC trip costs.

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Join Us to Celebrate National 4-H Week!

The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, when the 4-H community of over 6 million young people, 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals will celebrate America’s largest youth organization by showcasing the incredible work that they do each and every day to make a positive impact on those around them.

The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week, which takes place from October 6 – 12, is Inspire Kids to Do.


Monday, Oct. 7 - Wear your red 4-H t-shirt you received at the 2019 Jefferson County Fair!

Tuesday, Oct 8 - Root beer float social held at the Extension office from 3-5 PM. All 4-H families, volunteers, and superintendents welcome!

Wednesday, Oct 9- Share your story on social media! Use the hashtags #TrueLeaders #InspireKidstoDo and #National4HWeek. Share all your memories of 4-H.

Thursday, Oct 10- Community Involvement Day- Join us at Cedarwood Assisted Living in Fairbury for Bingo and games with the residents. We will start the games at 4 pm! Prizes will be given out!

Friday, October 11- Wear GREEN or any other 4-H t-shirt.

Animal Information

4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium 2019

The annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex on November 8 - 10. The symposium is designed to introduce youth to careers opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills.


Application Deadline: September 20th

If you're selected to participate, a $75 registration fee will be needed. This covers the cost of hotel, meals, and materials.

Special Opportunties

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in 2019. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


1 - 2 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island

7 - State Fair Dog Show, UNL East Campus, Animal Science Building


1 - 4-H Achievement Award Applications & Career Portfolios Due

1 - 4-H Senior Scholarship Applications Due

1 - Diamond Clover Award Forms Due

6 - 12 - National 4-H Week

8 - Root Beer Float Social, 3-5 pm, Extension Office

10 - Community Involvement Day at Cedarwood Assisted Living Game Time, 4-5 pm

Nebraska Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United Sates Department of Agriculture.

Nebraska Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.