Jefferson County 4-H

February 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!

Nebraska 4-H Month

Each year during the month of February we celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month. This year, we'll celebrate another very special event in February. The University of Nebraska was chartered on February 15, 1896. In 2019, we mark a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond.

This month, we ask 4-H members, families, and volunteers across the state to celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month by taking part in the Nebraska 150 Celebrations! Take Flat Herbie on a tour of your community, join a local Charter Day celebration on February 15th, bake some N150 cookies, or get a head start on an N150 Stepping Stone exhibit for county fair!

2019 Jefferson County Fair

Mark your calendars for July 11-14, 2019 for the Jefferson County Fair. The theme for next years fair will be - "Celebrating the Bounty of Our County"!!!!!!

State Fair Exhibit Pick-Up

The following 4-H'ers have exhibits at the office that need to be picked up:

  • Caleb Schultis
  • Logan Deike
  • Kailyn Paul

4-H Enrollment Now Open

Youth who are 8 years of age before January 1, current year and do not exceed the upper age limit of 19 during the current calendar year are eligible to be traditional 4-H members and can participate in all 4-H events. We welcome all youth and encourage you to invite your friends to join 4-H. 4-H Enrollment will be done online again this year. Please contact the office if you need the information about how to enroll your youth this year. Enrollment completion is due April 1st. Please contact the office with any questions!

Diamond Clover Award Applications Due April 1st!

The program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The program includes six levels and is designed for participants to progress at one level a year. Each level includes a set of goals that must be achieved before the 4-H’er can move on. Guidelines & forms: Forms are due in the office on April 1st and then will be returned to the 4-H member to fill out during the 4-H year.

2018 4-H Council Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Alexis Gerritse & Kelsay Schlichtman as they were selected as the recipients of the 2018 4-H Council Scholarship! Great work and good luck in college this fall!

Discover Washington - Now is Your Chance!

This past summer some of our 4-H members traveled to Washington DC with (Gage/Saline) and Jefferson County members. They experienced a whirlwind 10 days seeing the sights and partaking in tours, and making friends and memories to last a lifetime. If you are at least 12 years old you can begin doing fundraising to make your own trip affordable.

Please let us know if you are wanting your name on the list for a future Discover Washington trip, and an approximate year you want to attend. (Must have completed 8th grade.) This is non-binding, but gives us an approximate number for trip planning at this time.

Upcoming Workshops, Contests and Events

Flat Herbie

In February, cut out Herbie and make him a part of your community by taking him on a tour of your town. Snap a picture of him at local events, favorite landmarks or 4-H & Extension activities. Upload the pictures to your social media channels with #N150Herbie or email us at The first 12 4-H'ers to take a picture with Flat Herbie and send it to our office, will get a prize!

Participate during the month of February to win the Grand Prize! All photos submitted during Nebraska 4-H Month will be included in the N|150 Grand Prize Drawing, sponsored by Nebraska 4-H. Two winners will receive a UNL Prize Pack, filled with Husker Gear!
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2019 4-H Public Speaking Contest

Developing 4-H’ers self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the Nebraska 4-H public speaking contest. The local contest date has been set for Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. You must pre-register for the contest by Wednesday, April 3rd by calling the office or sending an email to Top three winners from each age division (except novice) will be selected to advance to the Regional Speech Contest at UNL East Campus in Lincoln in May. The top seniors in the Regional contests will advance to the State Contest held during the State Fair to compete for a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and a college scholarship. Resources to help you prepare for the Public Speaking Contest available at

We follow the same rules as the regional contest. Ages are as of January 1, 2019.

Age Divisions
Four age divisions are used in the 4-H Public Speaking Contest and are based on the

4-H member's age (the age of the youth before January 1 of the current year).

  • Novice Division: 4-H ages eight (8) and (9)
  • Junior Division: 4-H ages eight (8) to ten (10)
  • Intermediate Division: 4-H ages eleven (11) to thirteen (13)
  • Senior Division: 4-H ages fourteen (14) to eighteen (18)

    Speech Category Rules

    • Length of Speeches:
      • Novice Division: May recite a poem, read/tell a story
      • Junior Division: 1 to 3 minutes.
      • Intermediate Division: 3 to 5 minutes.
      • Senior Division: 5 to 8 minutes.

    Introducing the 2019 Special Garden Project

    The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. Last year over 1375 4-H members were enrolled in the project. This year the Special Garden Project is focused on the unique Carmine Splendor Okra. Carmine Splendor Okra is as unique as it is tasty. This plant is high yielding and produces uniform, red pods. The stout 5-pointed pods are deep red when small and at the best eating quality. The tropical-looking, pinkish flowers are also edible and have a sweet, mild flavor. The mature seed pods also give a fun twist for winter interest in a container.

    Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are then supposed to call their local office to sign up for the project (order the seeds). By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation. Please check the number of youth enrolled through 4-H online when ordering seeds.

    If you would like to order the Special Garden Project, please contact Hayden by 1-21-19. Approximate cost will be $ 0.55 per 4-H'er.

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    Career Portfolio Pick-Up

    Career Portfolios can be picked up anytime at the office.

    Congratulations to the following members that have been selected to advance to the State competition:

    Allison Engelman

    Page Nippert

    Animal Information

    4-H Cat Club

    Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, selecting a cat, at home cat setup, and showmanship.

    The Cat Club series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. The Cat Club will convene on the following dates:

    • February 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT
    • May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 PM CT

    4-H'ers Interested in Goat Project

    Kari Grider is looking for someone who is interested in the Goat project area. She is interested in someone to possibly do chores when she is gone. She is also willing to help teach and help 4-H'ers gain experience about Goats. If you would like more information, please contact Kari at 402-587-2395.

    Special Opportunties

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    State 4-H Camp

    Summer 2019 is approaching fast! No summer is complete without a Nebraska 4-H Camp experience. Summer camps are open to everyone between the ages of 6 and 18. The full color brochure is now on our 4-H page at: or you can pick one up at our office.

    Nebraska State 4-H camps offer camps at these locations: Halsey and Gretna with more than 40 day and overnight camping programs and trips. Whether your child’s interest is in animals, robotics, nature and outdoor skills, tubing and kayaking, or just plain adventure, Nebraska 4-H camps provide the opportunities for all youth and all interests.

    Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week

    To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

    The nomination form can be found on our website at

    The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

    For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

    Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.

    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.

    Calendar of Events


    12 - 4-H Council Meeting, Extension Office


    7 - Babysitting Clinic, Jefferson Community Health & Life


    1 - 4-H Enrollment Due

    19 - Youth Livestock Quality Assurance Training, Extension Office

    22 - Public Speaking Contest, First Baptist Church

    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.