Thurston County 4-H News

October 2018

Upcoming Dates

October 7-13 - National 4-H Week

October 8 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

October 10 - National Youth Science Day

October 14 - Thurston County Achievement Night

November 12 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day Observed

November 19 - Thurston County 4-H Council

November 22-23 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 24-25 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

We're Hiring!

The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for part time (15 hrs/week) position as an office assistant until October 10th. This position requires a person who is a self-starter, highly self-motivated and flexible. Qualifications are: customer service skills; a working knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Internet, and financial management; organizational and communication skills and a valid Nebraska driver’s license. Must pass a criminal background check and the 4-H volunteer screening. Additional information about this position can be found online at www.thurston.unl.edu at https://go.unl.edu/uw6n or at the Extension Office. Cover letter, resume and references may be sent to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County, 415 Main Street, PO Box 665, Pender, NE 68047. For more information please contact Nebraska Extension Educator Jennifer Hansen at 402-385-6041. Thurston County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:


  • Oct 3
  • Oct 10 am
  • Oct 12
  • Oct 16

Member Info

Achievement Night

It's hard to believe that fall is right around the corner, which means we need to prepare for Achievement Night. The banquet will be held Sunday, October 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pender Community Center. 4-H Council will be providing the meat for the meal. Each family is asked to bring two side dishes. Join 4-H families for an evening of fellowship, food, recognition, and FUN!

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will be October 7-13, 2018. Start brainstorming some ideas to increase our enrollment. Also consider adding a science experiment (Code Your World) to your October meeting to celebrate National 4-H Youth Science Day on October 10th. Or ask your teacher to bring Code Your World to your classroom. You will get to learn all about the process of coding and develop your own.

Here are a few ideas to try this year to promote 4-H.


  • Ask local businesses to put a message about 4-H on their sign.
  • Designate a "4-H Day" during 4-H Week and ask all 4-H members to wear their 4-H t-shirts to school.
  • Furnish cooks for 4-H Open House as a local business or in conjunction with a community activity. Make sure your 4-H club has a sign there so you get the publicity.
  • Make 4-H bookmarks and distribute them to school and public libraries during 4-H week.
  • Plan an anniversary party for your club. Invite former members and leaders.
  • Put a "Happy" ad in local papers during 4-H Week.
  • Fly a 4-H flag in the town Square.
  • The ideas are endless.

County Fair Info

Herdsmanship

We just wanted to remind you that herdsmanship is a very vital part of being a livestock owner at county fair. We had some areas of the barns that were not cleaned out and as livestock exhibitors that is your responsibility. We hope you take pride not only in the awards you win but in the care of your animals as well. Remember, we are guests at the fair grounds, we ask that you take care of it.

Consumer & Family Sciences

Start Food Preservation Exhibits NOW

Gardens are producing great bounties of vegetables and the fruit trees are loaded with great produce. Now is a great time to start your food preservation projects for 2019. Any canning that is process after August 8, 2018 is eligible for exhibit at the 2019 County Fair. Make sure that you are suing up-to-date USDA approved recipes for you canning. Members need to purchase a new canning book every 3 to 5 years. A great resource of approved recipes is the "Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving".

Continuing Education

Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship

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.
  8. Recipients are requested to personally accept the award at the Nebraska Fair Managers Convention.

Applications are due in the applicant’s local County Extension Office by December 1, 2018.

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