Dawes County 4-H Newsletter
Happy Fathers Day!
National 4-H Grow True Leaders Campaign
The National Grow True Leaders campaign is off to a great start with Nebraska winning the state competition. EVERYONE is encouraged to participate in this special campaign by taking time to “Shout Out” through social media the amazing and unique things that your 4-H youth are accomplishing in our community. There are MANY outstanding posts being shared through social media. However, to make your messages viewable to others, it is VERY IMPORTANT to use both the #TrueLeaders AND #NE4H hashtags.
Here are a few simple steps to follow to help you recognize youth:
1. Create social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Share in your post a photo or video of youth. Tag others pictured if possible.
2. Add Hashtags. Be sure to add the hashtags #TrueLeaders AND #NE4H (specific to Nebraska) to your post.
3. Post and Post Often!
More information can be found on the state website at:
Also check out the inspiration videos on the National site at:
Dawes County 4-H Foundation Elects New Members
The Dawes County 4-H Foundation was established in 1985 to provide financial support for members and leaders to attend a wide variety of educational events outside of Dawes County borders. With access to this funding, members and volunteers can expand their knowledge base while developing skills that can be brought back and shared within the community. Their financial support is also given for improvements to the Dawes County Fair Grounds allowing members the best opportunity to showcase their wide array of skills.
Members or leaders who wish to apply for financial support to attend a 4-H educational program are encouraged to complete a form available online at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h/ or in the Dawes County Extension Office. In 2015, financial support was given for a variety of requests including the Dawes County Jr. Leaders for their exchange trip to Michigan, purchase of new rabbit and poultry cages at the fairgrounds, and members and families who attended and competed at the Nebraska State Fair.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Babysitting Basics: July 5-7
- Age development
- Caring for babies/children
- How to handle emergencies
- Building a business
- They will also be able to take CPR/First Aid classes
Please pre-register by June 27 by calling the Extension Office at 432-3373. Cost to attend is $30 which includes meals, snacks, supplies, and CPR/First Aid Certification.
For more information, contact Leah Gremm.
INACTIVE MEMBERS - THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST NEWSLETTER!
Dawes County Fairbook and Fair Packet Available
A 4-H Fair Packet is also available online at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h/ or in our office to help you navigate the entry procedure. Dawes County Fair entries are due July 15.
Dawes County 4-H Fair Schedule Available Online!
There are many changes this year so read through it carefully and share with your friends, family, and club members!
UPDATE on Dawes County Fair Dress Code
DRESS CODE New in 2016: 4-H livestock (excluding horse), small animal, and static exhibitors are required to wear a plain white shirt (collar button only may be left undone) OR an official Dawes County 4-H T-Shirt, blue jeans (no holes), and closed toed shoes or boots. Livestock exhibitors must wear hard-soled shoes or boots. Dairy and dairy goat exhibitors may wear dark blue jeans or white pants. No club identification, hats, caps or other types of headgear are to be worn. Neckties are permissible in horse events only. Horse exhibitors are required to follow the dress code outlined in the official 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide. It is an honor and privilege to wear proper attire and is an early education to dressing appropriately for job interviews. First impressions are extremely important so dressing appropriately and being neat and clean project an image of success. Dress code violation reduces placing by one ribbon.
4-H T-Shirts Available To Purchase
Dawes County Clubs & Leaders
ACTIVE 4-H CLUBS IN CHADRON/CRAWFORD
Bordeaux Trappers - Roger Eaton, Leader (Chadron)
Corn Valley - Brooke Heine, Leader (Crawford)
Dawes County Jr. Leaders, Jodi Sellman & Robert Vahrenkamp, Advisors
Happy Hustlers - Justin & Carey Madsen, Leaders (Chadron)
Highland Huddlers - Jodi Sellman, Leader (south of Chadron)
Ponderosa Pals - Bill Cogdill, Leader (Chadron)
SPECIAL INTEREST CLUBS - All in Chadron
Small Engines - meets all year on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Roger Eaton Instructor
Hound Dog U - meets Tuesday evenings from October to November. Professor Roger Eaton Instructor
Shooting Sports - meets Saturday or Thursday evenings from November to March. Roger Eaton Instructor
4-H Club of the Month
Community Service Map
Nebraska 4-H would like all club leaders or independent members to brag about their community service accomplishments by posting to the 4-H Community map. They can connect at http://4h.unl.edu/4hcommunityserviceprojectmapsubmission
Please fill information out completely with the total number of hours worked for all volunteers and others, number of volunteers who assisted, estimated dollar value of items donated and a short description of the activity.
Let's show the state how 4-H Community Service GROWS in Western Nebraska!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR 2016
- 4-H Enrollment for Members & Volunteers—https://ne.4honline.com. The process is VERY EASY if you were enrolled last year. There is a "help document" available on our 4-H website: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h
Make Checks Payable to Dawes County 4-H Council:
($3.00 fee) October 1 - June 1;($13.00 fee) June 2 - September 30
- 4-H Project Enrollment Deadline June 1
- 4-H Animal Affidavits (ID Sheets) Deadline June 1: Includes Rabbit, Horse, Beef (Market, Breeding Heifer, Feeder Calf), Dairy, Sheep (Market, Breeding), Goat (Market, Breeding, Dairy), and Swine (Market). Be sure to check out the new large animal identification guidelines document available on the 4-H website.
- Quality Assurance for ALL Market & Breeding Animal Projects Deadline June 1
- Dog & Cat Vaccination Forms Deadline (if showing at fair) July 15
- Dawes County Fair Entry Deadline July 15 (without fee)
- Dawes County Fair LATE Entry Deadline - July 19 (with fee)
MEMBERS MUST BE ENROLLED IN 4-H AND HAVE ALL PROJECT SELECTIONS MADE BY
JUNE 1 TO BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE AT THE COUNTY & STATE FAIRS.
CAMPS & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Nebraska 4-H Camps & Centers
Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers provide unique educational opportunities that empower people of all ages to be active in the pursuit of self-improvement in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment. At each location, programs, events, and experiences are offered to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Flyers are available in the office or go online to: http://4h.unl.edu/4hcampandcenters.
Wilderness Wonders - Planetary Adventures: June 7-8
Get Your Geek On: June 10
4-H Horse Camp: June 9-11
DAWES COUNTY YOUTH WORKING TOWARDS YEAR END AWARDS IN HORSE JUDGING SHOULD PLAN TO ATTEND THE EVENING SESSION ON THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 6 PM. SCORES WILL COUNT! There is no charge to attend the horse judging session only.
BizKidz Camp: June 13-17
Quilt of Honor Service Learning Project
Erica Fisher has organized a quilt chapter known as the Nebraska Quilt of Honor which will make quilts to be given to Vietnam Veterans from Dawes County. Anyone interested in doing the quilt of honor project, youth or adult, needs to be committed to completing at least one quilt top.
- All quilts made will be patriotic in color, 60 x 70 in, and high quality fabric, as from a quilt shop or fabric store, because our veterans deserve only the best!
- All fabric and materials will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring sewing machines, scissors, and seam rippers.
- Individuals who know how to handstich the back of the binding on and are willing to help are needed.
- Adult supervision would be appreciated as well to keep sewing machines threaded, etc., and for cutting quilt strips and quilt pieces.
- For people who can't help sew, but would like to help in some way, monetary donations would be appreciated for the material, batting, backing and binding.
- LOCATION: Berean Church, 407 Shelton Street, Chadron
- CALL ERICA FOR DATES/TIMES IN JUNE!
308-207-5696 or by email email@example.com.
- More information on Quilts of Honor can be found at: http://www.quiltsofhonor.net/
***4-H Members: This can also be used in the 4-H Quilt Quest project as an entry at the Dawes County Pre-Fair on July 20 (must be enrolled in this project by June 1):***
C229042. Service Project Quilt. (SF 208D)
A quilt constructed by a 4-H member or group to be donated to a worthy cause. On a half sheet of 8 ½” x 11” paper, include an explanation answering the following questions: A) Why was the quilt constructed and who will receive the donated quilt? B) How did you select the design and fabrics used including whether or not you used a kit, jelly roll, charm squares, etc.? C) What did you do and what was done by others?
***Adults / Non-4-H: This would qualify for entry in the Open Class at the Dawes County Fair.***
The finished quilts will be presented on November 11, 2016. This will be a surprise to our courageous and honorable veterans. If families have a Vietnam veteran in the Dawes County area and would like to make a quilt for that person, this is your opportunity!
Need a Mentor - Be a Mentor
Clipping Like A Pro Poster
Quality Assurance Requirements for Animal Project Members
- Any 4-H youth, ages 8-18, who are enrolled in a livestock project including: beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine (including bottle lamb and bucket calf) are required to complete three modules in the Livestock QA Online Course by JUNE 1!
- Intermediate and Senior age youth may alternatively elect to “test-out.” Practice “test-out” exams are available through the online course, however, the actual test is only administered in the Extension Office. There is no cost to take the test in the office.
- There is a $5.00 cost for the online course. This cost was initiated to help keep the modules up to date and to defray the cost of providing the course online. The online course may be found at: http://campus.extension.org.
- Once you are on the site, just go to 4-H & Youth, then LQA (livestock quality assurance).
- More information is available on the QA website: http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassuranceprogram.
- Online support is available by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW - Animal Educational Displays
A class at the Nebraska State Fair has just been made available to counties as well. 4-H’ers exhibiting dairy, beef, sheep, swine, goat, poultry, and rabbits are invited to create a poster highlighting an educational aspect of their animal project. The poster could focus on a current livestock issue, animal industry career, animal care or health, economic impacts of the livestock industry. All educational display entries must match the specie the 4-H’er is exhibiting. For example, if a 4-H’er is exhibiting beef, their entry must be about beef.
- Posters will be displayed in the Show Barn, Event Center, and Vetter Building as a way to improve the educational experiences of both the 4-H member and the general public increasing agricultural literacy and promoting good will at the county fair.
- Posters will be judged and are eligible for the Nebraska State Fair if receiving a purple ribbon at County Fair.
- Poster display should be sturdy enough to last through the fair and no larger than 22” x 28”.
- NOTE: Please take into consideration that these exhibits will be displayed inside open air buildings and may not be returned to the exhibitor in the original condition at the time of entry. 4-H’ers are encouraged to laminate or otherwise protect their displays.
Educational displays will need to be brought to the 4-H Building for judging on Monday, August 1, between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THE 4-H SHEEP & GOAT CLINIC!
MARKET SHEEP & GOAT WEIGH IN WILL BE HELD MAY 31, 3-6 PM, FAIRGROUNDS
4-H Online Cat Club - June 9 and July 14
The lessons will all be presented LIVE via Adobe Connect
- Meeting Date: 2nd Thursday of Every Month - June 9 and July 14
- Meeting Time: 5 - 6 pm
- Meeting Location: Extension Office Conference Room
- Terri Lemmon, Contact Person
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by JUNE 6! If there is no interest, the meeting will not be held.
Dawes County 4-H'ers Are Invited!
Western Livestock Challenge (WLC): June 16
Horseback Riding Practices, June 23 & 30
"Creative Recycling" Project Camp, July 13
Cake Decorating and Pie Project - County Only
Photography Themes for 2016
2016 4-H Photography Themes:
- Unit II and Unit III - Exhibit Print. The 2016 Photography Theme is" "4-H Grows Here". The idea is to capture photos of people and places that illustrate 4-H growing and thriving in Nebraska! Your photos should tell a story about how "4-H Grows Here" in your local community. Be sure to print and include the "4-H Grows Here" logo and include the logo in your photos. The logo can be accessed at: https://unl.box.com/s/krptc9q2f2yxkxcpyc6q6flx6ni6z7mo
- Photography Exhibit Labels - Refer to the fairbook for which label or if both are needed. These labels have changed, so please do not use old labels. You can create your own labels. Just be sure to include all the necessary information stated in the fairbook. If you don't have labels, print template on paper and adhere to the back of your photography exhibit.
Part A - If printing on labels, use 4" x 5" labels (4 per page)
Part B - If printing on lables, use 4 x 5" labels (4 per page)
Sheridan County 4-H Livestock Progress Show - June 5
Dawes County 4-H & FFA Livestock Progress Show - June 12
Support the Chadron FFA Alumni Concession Stand!
Other Local 4-H Animal/Progress Shows
June 18-19 - Kimball FFA Alumni 13th Annual Lamb, Beef, & Pig Show, Kimball
June 25 - Box Butte County Progress Show, Hemingford
June 25 - Mitchell Valley 4-H Progress Show, Mitchell
June 26 - Scottsbluff Alumni FFA Progress Show, Mitchell
July 29 - Sioux County Open Animal Shows (Flyers on Dawes County 4-H Website)
4-H Horticulture Judging Contest, June 10-19
PASE / Life Challenge: June 19-21
Premier Animal Science Events is a two-day event designed to help you learn about issues related to the animal industry, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state and have FUN! The event is sponsored by Nebraska 4-H, the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.
Opportunities at PASE include livestock, meats, and poultry judging contests, as well as livestock skill-a-thon and quiz bowl. Youth can participate in more than one contest or event as their schedule allows. In addition, youth will have chances to explore East Campus, meet with faculty members and current college students, meet 4-Her's participating in the Life Challenge events and have fun with friends! Download the PASE information packet for more information.
Life Challenge is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have fun! Opportunities at Life Challenge include family and consumer science team problem solving challenges, social activities, and campus tours. Youth can participate in any or all of these activities. In addition, you will have chances to explore the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, meet with faculty members, and have time for fun with friends. Download the Life Challenge Information packet for more information.
Dawes County 4-H Presentation Contest, July 20
- Illustrated Presentation - 6 to 8 minutes individual; 8-10 minutes team
- Teaching Presentation
- 4-H FilmFest Digital Video
Take Time to Say "Thank You!"
Did you know:
- Kris Vahrenkamp organized a trash pickup for the Jr. Leaders. Katie Lewin, Hailey Watson-Huffman, Eric & Clayton Vahrenkamp, Lance Cattin, and Jake Lemmon participated. WE APPRECIATE YOU KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN!
- Jr. Leaders Beau and Drew Jersild and Jake Sellman took the initiative to mow and clean up the Highland Cemetery. Great work gentlemen!
- Brooke Heine and the Corn Valley 4-H Club sponsored the Hop 2 It Rabbit Workshop teaching showmanship, care, breeds, and nutrition. Brooke was assisted by fellow Fair Superintendent Vicki Milner. Youth volunteers, Alexys Fernandez and Dawson Reitz also helped. The information shared was EXCELLENT!
- Ryan Sellman stepped up and volunteered to facilitate the Beef Fitter's Clinic sharing his vast knowledge of fitting, grooming, and showing beef cattle. Ryan was assisted by family members Adam and Jake Sellman. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and passion with our 4-H families.
- Kenli Boeselager, Alexys Fernandez, Morgan and Roudy Schommer, Dylan and Layne Davidson, and Jake Lemmon shared their love of animals with the K-8 grades at Oehrichs School as part of their end of the year celebration. Adult volunteers Suzanne Davidson and Julie Schommer helped the members with their educational and fun presentation.
Butler Ag. Equipment donated $500 to the Dawes County 4-H Council to be used for a Special Edition Ad, three fair awards, sponsorship of the livestock progress show, and promotion during National 4-H Week and Nebraska 4-H Month. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Stay Informed by Signing up for Dawes County 4-H Remind!
Calendar of Upcoming Events
BE SURE TO CHECK OUR 4-H WEBSITE FOR A CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND FLYERS FOR ALL ACTIVITIES. Items are continually being added!
YEAR AROUND Small Engine Repair - 7 pm, Wahlstrom Ford OR Henkens Roberts Building, Fairgrounds. EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING. Contact Roger Eaton.
May 30 - OFFICE CLOSED
May 31 - Sheep & Goat Clinic, 9 am - 2 pm, Fairgrounds
May 31 - Sheep & Goat Weigh-In, 3-6 pm, Fairgrounds (Behind Event Center)
JUNE 1 - DEADLINE FOR ENROLLMENT, PROJECT SELECTION, QA, AND ID'S!
June 5 - Sheridan County 4-H Progress Show
June 7-8 - Wilderness Wonders Explorer Camp, Camp Norwesca
June 9 - Online Cat Club, Extension Office, 5-6 pm
June 10 - Get Your Geek On, 10 am - 3 pm, Sioux County High School (K-8)
June 10-19 - Horticulture Judging Contest, Extension Office
June 9-11 - 4-H Horse Camp, Ft. Robinson State Park
June 11-16 - Dawes County 4-H Jr. Leader Exchange - we are hosting Montana!
June 12 - Dawes County 4-H & FFA Livestock Progress Show, Fairgrounds
June 13 - Wyobraska Horse Judging (formerly Sioux County Horse Judging), LaGrange, WY
June 13-17 - BizKidz Camp, 5th-8th grades (Fall 2016), Chadron
June 14 - District 4-H Horse Show, Fairgrounds
June 16 - Western Livestock Challenge, Hemingford
June 19-21 - PASE/Life Challenge, East Campus, Lincoln
June 23 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, Fairgrounds, 6 pm
June 27 - General 4-H Council Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
June 30 - Horseback Riding/Roping Practice, Fairgrounds, 6 pm
July 5-7 - Babysitting Basics, Extension Office, 9 am - 3 pm
July 13 - Creative Recycling Project Camp, Fairgrounds, 9 am - 4 pm
July 14 - Online Cat Club, Extension Office, 5 - 6 pm
July 15 - DAWES COUNTY FAIR 4-H ENTRY DEADLINE!
July 20 - 4-H Clothing Day (All clothing, sewing, quilts, and fashion will be judged), Chadron High School, 9 am
July 20 - Dawes County 4-H Presentation Contest, Chadron High School Auditorium, 4:30 pm
July 20 - 4-H Public Fashion Show, Chadron High School Auditorium, 7 pm
July 28 - Dawes County Fair Ranch Horse Show, Arena, 8 am
July 29 - Dawes County Fair Dog/Cat Show, Vetter Building, 9 am
July 29 - SIoux County Open Animal Shows, Harrison - Pre-Register by July 22!
July 30 - Dawes County Fair Performance Horse Show, Arena, 8 am
Be sure to check our Facebook page and website regularly for any changes or additions to our calendar. New activities are added as a volunteer steps forward or when a need is uncovered. Don't miss out on the fun!
Sheridan County Upcoming Events
June 7: Horse Practice
June 13: DIY Day in Gordon
June 15: Bake n’ Create Day
June 21: Horse Practice
June 22-24: Babysitting Camp at the Gordon City Auditorium
June 27: Outdoor Skills at Hay Spring Schools for K-2
June 27-28: ESI Camp at the Hay Springs School
June 28: Horse Practice
June 29: Welding workshop at GR High school from 9 to noon
June 30: Electrify your summer in Gordon
June 30: Rabbit and Poultry Showmanship at the fairgrounds at 6 pm
July 5: Horse Practice 6-8 pm
July 6: Harvest Garden workshop at Lil Ladybug Greenhouse from 9 to 11
July 6-7: Tractor Safety Course in Gordon
July 7: Sewing Sleepover from 1 to 8 am
July 12: Horse Practice from 6 to 8 pm
July 14: Fitter’s Clinic in Gordon
July 22-30: Sheridan County Fair
Dawes County 4-H Executive Council
Vice President - Suzanne Davidson
Treasurer - Kerri Wild
Secretary - Maribeth Moore-Cogdill
Members at large: Adult - Jera Boeselager, Karen Lewin, Jodi Sellman; Youth - Madison Cogdill, Jake Lemmon, Cody Madsen.
These people are YOUR voice! Please contact any of them if you have an idea for a new or existing event or activity, have concerns with the program, or just want to have input in the decision making process.