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 Lincoln-Adams 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! Please send comments, feedback, news and/or photos of YOUR activities in 4-H to Karen Robertson.
If you did not receive via email, you can find here: Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News Archives

Check out the new 4-H Events Calendar. This is a list version of dates for Lincoln-Adams 4-H folk such as Super Saturdays, Clinics, Meetings, deadlines, etc. The link is found in the menu under “4-H Youth Development.”  And check out the grid-styleCalendar” that includes a variety of WSU Extension events.

Questions about joining 4-H?

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

Alumni, Raise Your Hands!

There is great power in numbers. 4-H is calling on 4-H alumni around the world to “raise their hands” and help empower the next generation of true leaders. This Spring, millions of 4-H alumni around the world will have the opportunity to raise and join their hands to give more kids opportunities that grow skills to lead.
Beginning March 1st, visit http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to sign up as a 4-H alumni. Then, spread the word and pay it forward.
Joining is easy:
1. Raise Your Hand by completing the short form on http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/
2. Compete for Washington State – Raising your hand is a vote toward a reward for the state with the most alumni hands raised, up to $20,000!
3. Pay it forward – Tweet, post, and share your experience with the hashtag #4HGrown and tag fellow alumni, asking them to raise their hands as well!

“Incredible Wearables” Theme for 2017 National Youth Science Day

National 4-H Council and 4-H National Headquarters are pleased to announce the 2017 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge: Incredible Wearables!
Developed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Incredible Wearables is a hands-on project that challenges young people to use the engineering de-sign process to build a wearable fitness tracking device that will help people lead healthier lifestyles. Along the way, young people will learn how circuits, sensors and health data can be blended with fashion and function to create a viable wearable tech product.

National Youth Science Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Discounted Incredible Wearables kits will be available for pre-sale starting in April. Keep up to date with the latest NYSD details at: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/


Teen Activities

Scholarship information available HERE.

Please join us for
Teen Leadership Summit
on April 1-2.
This excellent event gives 6-10th graders the opportunity to develop leadership skills including goal setting, meeting facilitation, communication, planning and leading activities, youth/adult partnerships, cultural awareness, time man-agement, and public speaking.
Registration will be done through 4HOnline and will open soon! Check the Teen Leadership Summit website for details: http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/teen-leadership-summit/

Click HERE for MORE Teen Activities !


4-H Horse Program

Reminders and upcoming “Horse” events and resources are on the Li-Adams 4-H Horse Announcements Page. The Lincoln Co. 4-H Horse Program Meeting (which will discuss the Summer Sizzler Show that is also the State Fair Qualifying event for Lincoln & East Adams Co Performance & Western Games Competition) will be held March 6th. There are several horse clinics coming up! The final deadline to submit Horse ID Forms for brand new members or enrolled members with project horse changes is coming up on April 1st.


Livestock Updatessilhouette of steer, lamb, goat, & pig

Reminder about Market Livestock Health Certificates, and upcoming events such as the Youth Beef Field Day and the Youth Sheep & Goat Field Day can be found 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 Complete WA State 4-Policy & Procedure Handbook  contains much more information for 4-H club leaders, parents, and leaders.


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