4-H News & Announcements

Program Contact: Lauren Hrncirik Scanga, M.S., 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 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.

Healthy Living Summit
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spokane Co WSU Extension Office
10 am – 3 pm

In February 2017, Spokane County 4-H sent a team of four teens to the National 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Washington D.C. There they joined with other teens from around the United States to learn about and address Healthy Living in our country. From physical health to mental health, the youth spent time learning about health problems in our country and how they can help solve these issues.  The team from Spokane created an Action Plan to bring what they learned back to their community to share with others and spread the knowledge about Healthy Living in our area.  Thus, we are hosting the first ever, 4-H Healthy Living Summit in Spokane!

We would like to invite as many 12-18 year-old 4-H members and their club leaders from Spokane, Stevens, Lincoln, Adams and Whitman County.
For more information –
Healthy Living Summit Letter-Oct-2017

Healthy Living Summit Flyer Final-2017

Questions about Enrolling
or Re-Enrolling in 4-H?

The 4hOnline enrollment system opened for the new 4-H year on October 1.
To maintain the level and quality of program opportunities, WA State 4-H has implemented a new 4-H Enrollment Fee for youth members.

ALL 4-H youth members should check with your club leader or the Extension Office before enrolling in 4hOnline. Returning 4-H Volunteer should enroll ASAP!

Visit the Enrollment Page for important details.
(Note for Adams Co – parents planning to use credit/debit card to pay youth Enrollment Fee – please watch the video posted there to make sure your payment is recorded properly.)

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

International Travel with 4-H ExchangeStates 4-H International Exchange Program - with 4-H clover circled by flags

Youth, would you like to experience life in another country and culture by staying with a native host family? Sign up for an exchange programCosta Rica, Japan, South Korea, and Norway are all destinations for Washington 4-H International Exchange in the summer of 2018.  4-H teens ages 15-18 (not in college) can participate in this OutBound International Exchange. Adult Chaperones are needed too. No prior language study is required (though it can certainly be helpful).

Contact Dianna Ullery (dianna.ullery@wsu.edu) for either a delegate or chaperone application. Completed applications are due no later than December 1, 2017.

4-H Leaders’ Councils

Each county has a 4-H Leaders’ Council. All enrolled adult and teen 4-H leaders are encouraged to actively participate. The purpose of the Council is to help provide direction and support for the local 4-H program. Council’s are also the liaison to the WA State 4-H Leaders’ Council which helps provide support and direction for WA State 4-H Program as a whole.

The next (East) Adams Co. 4-H Leaders’ Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – 5:30 pm at the Ritzville WSU Extension Office. Contact Camille Nelson with agenda items and questions.

Watch for details of the next Lincoln Co. 4-H Leaders’ Council meeting. Contact Joy Wilken with agenda items and questions.

More details on 4-H Leaders’ Council

(East) Adams County 4-H Achievement Program

The date set for the annual (East) Adams Co. 4-H Achievement Program is Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 1:00 pm @ the Ritzville Grade School Cafeteria. Ritzville 4-H Clubs are the hosts again this year. Contact Erika Hennings or Camille Nelson for details.


Attention Grant, Adams, and Lincoln 4-H:

Kick Off the 4-H-Year


  • General (head) Leaders of 4-H Clubs and Family 4-H Groups
  • Any 4-H Leaders with Club or Program Financial Responsibilities
  • Potential New General Leaders of 4-H Clubs or Family 4-H Groups


  • Project, Activity, and Resource Leaders
  • Parents Interested in Knowing More About 4-H Clubs and Leadership

RSVP helpful for handouts and food estimates
Please RSVP for one of the following Kick-Off sessions
Start Time: 5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
Program Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • September 28, 2017 – Moses Lake – Location TBA
    RSVP* to Jeannie Kiehn 509-754-2011
  • October 11, 2017 – Ritzville WSU Extension Office
    RSVP* to Karen Robertson 509-659-3209
  • October 12, 2017 – Lincoln Co. Public Works Bldg., Davenport, WA
    RSVP* to Karen Robertson  509-659-3209
  • October 18, 2017 – Moses Lake – Location TBA
    RSVP* to Jeannie Kiehn 509-754-2011

4-H 101 Leader Education Sessions

Attention Grant, Adams, and Lincoln Co Adults planning to assist with a club or in the county 4-H program this year. If you are not yet “certified” to be a 4-H Volunteer (or you took a break in service and were not officially enrolled last year) there are TWO opportunities scheduled for the REQUIRED 4-H 101 Part 2 Training this fall/winter. Each of these sessions require a minimum of 5 firm RSVPs so please RSVP as soon as possible!

And current club leaders – it’s time to actively recruit new volunteers! Help them get a jump on the certification requirements!  Make sure that completed WSU 4-H Volunteer Application are on file at the Extension Office ASAP!

4-H 101 Part 1 Volunteer Leader Training (Prerequisite for 4-H 101 Part 2):
─ Completed WSU 4-H Volunteer Application on file at the Extension office.
─ Complete Online:  Volunteer E-Learning Modules.
(If possible, print & keep a copy of your certificate at the end of each module)
─ Complete Online:  “Put the Child First” WSU Child Protection Volunteer Training Video.

4-H 101 Part 2 Volunteer Leader Training 
There are TWO 2017 Fall/Winter 4-H 101 Part 2 Volunteer Leader Training Options for Grant, Adams, and Lincoln Counties.

Option ONE:
     Adams County, WSU Extension Office, 205 W Main Ave., Ritzville
     November 13, 2017 
     5:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
     RSVP required to Karen Robertson at 509-659-3209 or robertk@wsu.edu

Option TWO:                      
Grant County, WSU Extension Office, Moses Lake
November 29, 2017
5:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      RSVP required to Jeannie Kiehn at 509-754-2011 ext. 4309 or jmkiehn@wsu.edu

More info and Word and PDF versions of 4-H Volunteer Application on:

“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.  Keep up to date with the latest NYSD details at: http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/

Those in Eastern Adams Co should watch for details for Science Activities co-sponsored by the Ritzville Library and WSU Extension 4-H.

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

Livestock information and upcoming events can be found on the Livestock Page.

4-H Policy and Procedure Handbook

The WA State 4-H Policy Publication was revised and expanded in October 2016.

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)
  • 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.


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