Thurston County 4-H News

October 2019

Upcoming Dates

October 6-12 - National 4-H Week

Oct 6 - Achievement Night

Oct 9 - National Youth Science Day

Oct 14 - Office Closed - Columbus Day

Nov 11 - Office Closed - Veteran's Day Observed

Nov 18 - Joint 4-H Council

Nov 28-29 - Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 9 - Thurston 4-H Council

Dec 24-25 - Office Closed - Christmas Holiday

Office Assistant Position

Our part-time Office Assistant position is open at the office, which may mean that there isn't always someone in the office as Jennifer & Stacey are often out programming. But please call, email, or text us if you need something urgently and to check if someone will be in the office.

If you know anyone who might be interested in this position, please send them our way.

"The Thurston County Extension Office will be accepting applications for part time (15 hrs/week) position as an office assistant. 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 at 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 I will be out of the office are:

  • Oct 15
  • Oct 23 am
  • Oct 24

Flood Resources

For those of you effect by the recent flooding, UNL & Nebraska Extension have a variety of resources available at If you need assistance with an individual question or situation please reach out to our office for help. We are here to support you during this time.

Member Info

Congrats on Achievement Night

It has been a wonderful year for Thurston County 4-Hers! The Achievement Applications are finished and the 4-H Achievement Night is done. Be sure to find the time to say "thank you" to the special individuals recognized as valuable contributors to the 4-H program at the banquet. Volunteers are essential to the structure and survival for the 4-H program. The Extension Staff is honored to work with all the volunteers, families, and youth who make Thurston County the best! We want to thank you for learning with us as we dove into the new Achievement Application process. We'll try to make some changes to make it easier for next year!

Now is the time to start planning for the new 4-H year. It is important to remember that the evaluation process is the final step for a 4-Her to examine their knowledge and skills learned for the year, and how to apply it to the future. After October 15th you can even enroll for next year's 4-H! Get on the ball and get it done!

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Celebrate National 4-H Week with Nebraska 4-H!

Join over 6 million young people, 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals in celebrating America’s largest youth organization during National 4-H Week held October 6-12. Everyone, including youth, parents, alumni, volunteers and professionals are invited to join in on this nationwide celebration!

Monday: 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day

On Monday, October 7th, Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating our amazing volunteers! Over 12,000 caring adults volunteer their time to help grow the next generation of true leaders here in Nebraska. And we can’t thank them enough! We’re asking youth across the state to celebrate with us and show their own appreciation for the volunteers in their lives. 4-H’ers are encouraged to go above and beyond by writing thank you cards, baking treats or sharing shout-outs on social media.

Tuesday: 4-H Spirit Day

Show your 4-H pride on Spirit Day! Wear your favorite 4-H shirt and other 4-H swag on Tuesday, October 8th. This day is for everyone, from 4-H’ers and volunteers, to alumni and professionals! Show us your 4-H spirit using #NE4H!

Wednesday: 4-H Professional Appreciation Day

On Wednesday, Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating our 4-H Professionals across the state! Over 200 professionals deliver and support 4-H programming in Nebraska and not only during the summer months. These individuals are working hard throughout the year delivering school enrichment programs, planning special interest opportunities, supporting afterschool programs, and much more! 4-H’ers are encouraged to celebrate by thanking their local 4-H professionals with thank you cards, delivering gift baskets or treats to their local Extension office, or sharing shout-outs on social media.

Thursday: 4-H Throwback

On Thursday, October 10th, we’ll be celebrating with a classic throwback – Throwback Thursday that is! Join us by sharing your own throwback photos and using #NE4H! 4-H alumni of all ages are invited to share throwback of their “good ole days” in 4-H!

Friday: Give 4 for 4-H

Finally, on Friday, consider paying it forward by donating $4 for 4-H. Gifts to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation support specific 4-H programs areas, teen and adult leadership education, volunteer programs, member recognition, project clinics, camps and much more! With private support from individuals, the Nebraska 4-H Foundation is able to fund new 4-H programs and improve existing programs at the county, district, and state levels. Consider donating $4 for 4-H, and pay it forward through the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

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 2020. Any canning that is process after August 5, 2019 is eligible for exhibit at the 2020 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


(One $500 Scholarship — Fall 2020/Spring 2021—non renewable)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: postmarked by March 15, 2020

Who is Eligible? 1. Female born high school graduate (or soon to be) OR a UN-L student who has not resided at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall (LMH) OR an undergraduate transfer student from

another college or university pursing any major for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

2. Applicant must be or been a member of 4-H or FCCLA or FFA (minimum of two years) or have taken a minimum of three semesters in Family & Consumer Sciences classes and live in or

attend school in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas, Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler. (Map on page 3)

3. Must have applied (minimum) or been accepted (preferred) to University of Nebraska -Lincoln.

4. Must have requested residency in Love Memorial Hall, a cooperative residence hall on East Campus. Residents rotate responsibilities for cleaning a portion of the Hall and planning/preparing meals (around 2-4 hours per week; more time during a week when responsible for food prepara-tion). The cost of living in Love Memorial Hall is less than half of what is charged for all other tra-ditional dorms. Over a four year period this amounts to a savings around $13,000. More informa-tion about Love Memorial Hall is found at: Students may change housing preference by submitting a written request to the Housing Office. For more information:

5. Web -;

Phone - (402) 472-3561; Switchboard—800-742-8800; Email:

What is the Process?

1. Once you have determined your eligibility, complete the application form.

2. Immediately secure references from two adults, one of whom must be or has been your 4-H leader, or FFA advisor or FCS teacher. They are expected to describe their involvement with you, describe your character and why they believe you have a financial need, have the maturity required to apply themselves toward a degree, and successfully live in a co-operative residential situation. Once the individual has agreed to provide a reference, give each the form and remind them of the postmark deadline date. Provide each person writing a ref-erence for you with a stamped envelope addressed as found below.

3. Submit your application, postmarked no later than MARCH 15, 2020 to:

Attn: Jarvis Scholarship

Gloria Turnbull

711 North Maine Ave

York NE 68467-3337

Selection Process and Preference:

A complete application consists of :

1) the application submitted by the student

1) the two separate letters of references by the postmark deadline.

The student needs to help the two reference people. Provide each of them the RECOMMENDATION page in ample time for each person to complete the form AND type or write their recommendation, mail by the postmark due date—MARCH 15, 2020. Unforeseen delays can happen for the student or

either of the reference people!

Mrs. Gloria Turnbull will confirm receipt of application and references by phone or email. If you have a preferred method for me to contact you, please indicate that in some way on your application. If you do not receive confirmation by 5 days after mailing, call (402) 362-6875 or email

Preference will be given to applicants who:

1. Exhibit substantial 4-H work, leadership ability in club work and/or community betterment

2. (FFA or FCCLA or FCS).

2. Demonstrate financial need for college assistance (disclose amount of other cash awards)

3. Have an aptitude for teamwork required in a cooperative residence.

The recipient and school will be contacted by APRIL 1. Presentation will be made through the recipient’s chosen school. An alternate will be named in the event the recipient’s plans change.

How Funds are awarded and funded:

Upon proof of residency at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall, after the Fall Break, the recipient will be sent the first installment of $250; the second installment of $250 will be sent to the recipient follow-ing Spring Break if the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements. The total value of this

scholarship is $500. This scholarship cannot be renewed. It is available only to students NEW to residency in LMH.

This scholarship is supported by the Jarvis family and Gloria Turnbull. In addition to the monetary award, there is more than a 50% savings in housing costs and the family-like living environment of LMH.

Thurston County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current High School Senior.
  2. Applicant must currently be an enrolled member of the Thurston County 4-H Program. And have been enrolled in 4-H for at least the past two years.
  3. Applicant must have completed and turned in their 4-H Career Portfolio/Achievement Application for at least the past two years.
  4. Application must be completed and returned to get proper signatures to the Club Leader by April 1st of the current calendar year. Club Leaders will then turn all collected applications to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County. After submission, applications will not be returned.

Scholarship Information:

  1. One $150 will be awarded to all applicants who meet the criteria.
  2. Scholarship will be awarded after receiving written notification of scholarship recipient’s second semester enrollment. For those students enlisting with the military, notification of basic training completion will be the equivalent.
  3. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the scholarship winner.

Animal Science

Fed Steer Challenge

The application deadline for the 2020 Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge has been extended to December 1, 2019. The Fed Steer Challenge is a unique opportunity designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement. Don’t miss this opportunity:
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