4-H News & Announcements

Program Contact: Lauren Hrncirik, 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist
(509) 754-2011 ext. 4314 • lauren.hrncirik@wsu.edu

Program Contact: Randy Williams, Lincoln-Adams 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 725-4171  • randy.williams@wsu.edu

Program Contact: Karen Robertson, Lincoln-Adams WSU Extension Program Assistant
(509) 659-3209  • robertk@wsu.edu

Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News

Are you enrolled in Lincoln or (East) Adams County WA 4-H? If so, are you receiving the weekly 4-H E-News via your email? If not, check your “spam folder” and or contact Karen Robertson via email or phone 509-659-3209 and let us know! If you ARE receiving – do you have comments, feedback, or news of YOUR activities in 4-H?
Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News Archives

Questions about joining 4-H?

Visit the About 4-H Page.       Lincoln/E. Adams 4-H Contacts


Teen Activities

Scholarship information available HERE.
Click HERE for MORE Teen Activities including the upcoming Teen Summit!


4-H Horse Program

Reminders and upcoming “Horse” events and resources are on the Li-Adams 4-H Horse Announcements Page.


Livestock Updatessilhouette of steer, lamb, goat, & pig

Reminder about Market Livestock Health Certificates, Fitting & Showing Clinics, Judging Clinics, and MORE on the Livestock Page.

4-H 101 Leader Education S

Click Here for more Information and application form.

Grant, Lincoln & Adams Co. WA 4-H leaders are required to apply, pass a reference/background check and complete basic 4-H educational sessions in order to be certified and enrolled to work with youth in the 4-H program. The 4-H 101 Volunteer Training consists of 2 parts:
– 4-H 101 Part 1 – on-line Training Site is working again!
– 4-H 101 Part 2 –  face to face

Several 4-H 101 Part 2 sessions are usually scheduled at the beginning of the 4-H year.
Scheduling requires a minimum of 5 firm RSVPs for specific date, time, location.

The next 4-H 101 Part 2 Training is Saturday, March 11
at the WSU Extension Office in Ritzville
As of 2/13/17, we have 6 RSVP’s – so the Training is a “Go”!

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please RSVP as soon as possible!

Applicants must provide a completed WSU 4-H Volunteer Application at least 10 days prior to the in-person 4-H 101 Part 2 session and complete the online E-learning modules prior to attending 4-H 101 Part 2.
Application & Training Information on next training date(s)


Revised 4-H Policy and Procedure Handbook

In October 2016, the revised WA State 4-H Policy Publication was expanded into a larger “hand-book” document with many clarifications and some changes.

Age Divisions Re-Defined for 4-H
4-H is open to all youth between the ages five (5) and nineteen (19) (4-H Age). As of October 1, 2016 4-H age for youth members is determined by birth date only.

  • 4-H Age is determined by October 1st of the current 4-H year. (10/1/16 for this 4-H year.)
    (NOTE: GRADE is no longer used to determine 4-H age or eligibility)
  • Youth who have reached their 5th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year), through those who have not reached their 19th birthday (before October 1st of the current 4-H year)
    **Exception – For the 2016-2017 4-H Year those 4-H members who are in 12th grade or who have not reached their 19th birthday before (January 1, 2017) may enroll in the 4-H Program through their local County Faculty.** (That means – contact the Extension Office for this situation)
  • The following groups are identified for special programs and activity participation, including all competitive events/activities, within the WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program:
    o Cloverbuds: 5 to 7 years of age
    o Junior: 8 to 10 years of age
    o Intermediate: 11 to 13 years of age
    o Senior: 14 to less than 19 years of age
  • Cross-age division competitive events are not allowed.
  • Members must have reached their 8th birthday by October 1st of the current 4-H year to be eligible for:
    o Competitive situations, including livestock shows or sales
    o Enrollment in large animal projects including beef, dairy, goat, equine, sheep, llama, and swine
    o Enrollment in shooting sports projects
    o Enrollment in projects using motorized vehicles
    o Enrollment in food preservation projects
  • Cloverbuds may participate in age-appropriate activities and projects. Projects recommended for Cloverbuds youth may include: Dog, Cat, Poultry, Rabbit, Pygmy or Miniature Goat, Horseless Horse, Cavy, Exploring the World of Small Animals, Exploring Farm Animals, Discovery, Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Aerospace, Bicycle, Computer, Photography, Clothing, Just Outside the Door, and Exploring 4-H. Cloverbuds may not participate in competitive activities.
  • Special Education youth, older than 19 and less than 21 years of age, may enroll with the approval of the WSU Extension 4-H Faculty.
  • Youth that are married and / or youth that are parents are allowed to participate in all activities within the 4-H program.

The section defining a chartered 4-H Clubs has some important information, especially for smaller clubs or clubs that tend not to meet consistently.

6.1 4-H Club Definition

The WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program and the 4-H National Headquarters define a 4-H Club as an organized group of at least five youth from three different families who meet regularly with adult volunteers or staff for a long-term, progressive series of educational experiences.

6.2 The Club Purpose

The purpose of a 4-H club is to provide positive youth development opportunities to meet the needs of young people to experience belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity—the Essential Elements— and to foster educational opportunities tied to the Land Grant University knowledge base.

6.3 Structure of a 4-H Club

  • Enrolls at least 5 youth members from at least 3 families (households)
  • Conducts a minimum of 6 regular club meetings per year, with many holding 9-12 regular meetings throughout most or all of the year, and often supplemented by project meetings, camps, fairs, and other 4-H learning activities

Complete WA State 4-Policy & Procedure Handbook 


Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News


Welcome to the New Lincoln-(East) Adams Co. 4-H Program Coordinator!

Randy WilliamsWSU Extension hired the 4-H Program Coordinator for the (East) Adams-Lincoln County area in the FY 2016 4-H year. The purpose of this half-time position, based from the Davenport, WA, WSU Extension Office, is to focus on providing oversight, leadership and curriculum development and implementation for the 4-H Youth Development program in Lincoln and East Adams counties. This position resulted from a combination of filling the 4-H Youth Development program vacancy created when Ann Hennings’ (4-H Youth & Leadership Development Educator for Lincoln and (East) Adams Counties) retired in 2010 and the restructuring of the WA State 4-H Program that is currently in progress. Since 2004, until Ann’s retirement, Bridget Rohner assisted Ann with 4-H Program delivery in addition to Bridget’s other roles as administrative Chair for the Lincoln Co. WSU Extension Office, Lincoln-Adams Area Food $ense Coordination, and Leadership and Human Development Education. In 2010, Bridget absorbed ALL Lincoln-(East) Adams 4-H Program oversight during the vacancy created by Ann’s retirement. Oversight and management of county 4-H programs in WA State has changed to a regional model that places a 4-H Youth Development Specialist in a 3 to 4 county area, supported at the local level by a 4-H Program Coordinator in each county or bi-county. Lauren Hrncirik, M.S. was hired as the Grant, Adams, Lincoln 4-H Youth Development Specialist in December 2014. Karen Robertson continues in her WSU Extension Program Support Role, assisting Lincoln-(East) Adams WSU faculty, volunteers, and the 4-H program. And Randy Williams assumed the role of Lincoln-(East) Adams Co. 4-H Program Coordinator. Bridget Rohner and Program Assistant, Marci Dayton, continue to handle coordination of some 4-H activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Randy Williams. I am the new Lincoln/Adams 4-H Program Coordinator.

Allow me to share my background. I am originally from the Reardan/Davenport area where I was raised on a wheat and cattle operation. I graduated high school from Reardan and received my Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Education and Masters Degree in Animal Science from WSU where I conducted meat animal research, taught the Advanced Livestock Selection course and coached the Collegiate Livestock Judging team. My teaching career has spanned over 34 years at Ephrata, Mead and Medical Lake High Schools. I served as Ag teacher and FFA Advisor and am honored to have positively influenced the lives of thousands of kids during my professional career. I also have and continue to serve as Beef Cattle Judge at many county and regional shows across the northwest and California.

My 4-H Program Coordinator responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight and leadership.
  • Manage the 90+ volunteer leaders for the 12+ 4-H clubs and over 230 members with a focus on Animal Science.
  • Develop, promote and facilitate 4-H youth development education programs such as clinics, shows and competitions.

I am excited and look forward to the opportunity to serve YOU!
Randy Williams
Contact information: Phone 509-725-4171   randy.williams@wsu.edu


Message from LaurenPortrait of Lauren Hrncirik

For those of you who haven’t met me on-line or in person, I have been the 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist for Grant, Adams, and Lincoln counties since last December., 2014. Over the last two years, I have been getting to know 4-H faculty, staff and volunteers from all corners of  the 7,060 square mile area. I have also been making connections and developing relationships with school district, library, economic development council,  and community organization administrators and personnel as well as county commissioners. As a 4-H Youth Development Specialist, one of my primary roles is to enhance learning and positive life skill development opportunities for ALL youth. In various conversations with Ritzville school staff and community partners, we have been discussing youth who aren’t involved in out of school programs, and youth that aren’t involved in FFA, 4-H or sports. In partnership with Lind/Ritzville schools, 4-H is hosting youth listening sessions to get a better understanding of what middle and high school youth are looking for in afterschool activities and what barriers exist for them in participating. As a community, how can we make sure all youth are spending their free time in a positive way? How can we make our 4-H program more relevant and accessible for more youth?

Whether you are an adult or youth, if you are interested in assisting or taking part in any brainstorming, planning,  or delivery of 4-H program activities, please let me know! Call, email, or visit with me at upcoming fairs.

Lauren Hrncirik, M.S.
Assistant Professor, 4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist
Washington State University Extension- Grant/Adams/Lincoln Counties

Mailing Address: WSU Extension, 1525 E Wheeler Rd., Moses Lake, WA 98837
Office Phone: 509-754-2011 Ext. 4314