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Last Week to Register for Teen Conference

This is the LAST week to register for 4-H  TEEN CONFERENCE! Registration closes Friday, June 24th. For information and registration go to: http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/state-4-h-teen-conference/

Don’t miss the fun and excitement…and learning at Teen Conference.  Register Today.


 

4-H Leader Council meeting set for July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building on the Fair Grounds

We are asking each 4-H Club to send an adult volunteer to represent your 4-H Club at the next 4-H Leader Council Meeting.   Please come to share your voice and to help share the workload of County-wide 4-H programming and fun.

Date: 7/21

Time: 6:30p-8p

Location: Pend Oreille County Fairgrounds – 4-H Exhibit building.


 

4-H Foundation Letter to Donors.

I am writing to you today because you are one of the closest supporters of Washington State 4-H programs through your

generous gifts to the Washington State 4-H Foundation. We want to make you aware of changes at the Washington State

4-H Foundation. Over the last two years, the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees has been analyzing the current cost of

operating the 4-H Foundation as a separate entity from WSU, and has explored how to create a more efficient, sustainable

organization. The goal of this process has been to develop a foundational structure that will maximize returns to, and grow

support for, our 4-H youth and volunteers into the future.

Our internal analysis has revealed that over 90% of our unrestricted income is going to support the operational costs of the

4-H Foundation. We have trimmed these costs where we can, but our greatest opportunity to direct more funds to the 4-H

program lies in eliminating a variety of administrative processes that are redundant with WSU’s but that are necessary if the

4-H Foundation assets are held independently outside of WSU. Other key events have influenced the evaluation of our

structure: Linda Bailey, our part-time Executive Director, has been named Interim Director of the College of Agricultural,

Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Office of Development and will no longer be serving in the Executive

Director role for the 4-H Foundation; and WSU has offered to assume responsibility for administrative processes of the 4-H

Foundation and to create a fundraising presence for 4-H within the team Linda Bailey will now lead. Collectively, these

administrative and staffing changes have prompted the 4-H Foundation to seriously consider restructuring.

Our board has been working with Rich Koenig, Extension Director; Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, Interim 4-H Program

Leader, and the CAHNRS Office of Alumni and Development to explore options to partner with WSU and to merge our

financial assets and operations with the WSU Foundation. We see this as an opportunity to increase efficiencies and reduce

expenses so we can maximize the funding available for 4-H youth and volunteers, along with funding a full time fund raiser

position dedicated to 4-H. By aligning with WSU, 4-H will be better positioned as a potential recipient of major gifts given

through the WSU Foundation. The WSU Foundation manages all gifts in accordance with the donor’s wishes. This would

be the case for all past and future gifts to the 4-H program. These changes will not diminish the quality of educational 4-H

programs and will increase support going to 4-H programs. Donors will continue to see the 4-H brand featured prominently

in marketing and communications.

In April, the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees voted to proceed with the merger of its assets with the WSU Foundation.

We are continuing to develop a transition plan and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that would guide the process and

define the structure and relationship between the WSU Foundation and the 4-H Foundation after this merger is complete.

Rest assured, the 4-H Foundation will continue, but our role will change from one focused on fiduciary oversight to one of

philanthropy and fundraising in support of the 4-H Program in Washington State.

As a valued donor, we want to inform you of these changes involving the relationship between the Washington State 4-H

Foundation and the WSU Foundation. Thank you very much for your continued support. We will keep you updated as

plans are finalized. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Christine Jackson, President

Washington State 4-H Foundation

509.952.6961


Request for Information for News and Views

news and views is a partnership!

Information presented in the News and Views is intended to keep all 4-H Families and Club Leaders in the loop of information.   Please feel free to contribute information, photos and other 4-H related information that you think could benefit other 4-H Families in Pend Oreille County.   We are part of a “Learning Organization” and Learning by doing is the best way to achieve our desired results.   Please contribute information to Beverly Sarles at beverly.sarles@wsu.edu.  We ask that information be provided by the 1st day of the month, and look for the News and Views by the end of the first week of each month.   Other (time sensitive ) information will be emailed between issues of the News and Views.   Thanks.  Mike Jensen


 

Leader Training coming in August and September

All 4-H Leaders will need to attend special training on the new 4-H Policies, Club Finances, and Conflict Management for WSU 4-H in Pend Oreille County.   Creating the best possible learning opportunities for 4-H Youth is not easy.   Protecting yourself and youth is a task that requires continual training.   Look for local dates and times for you to actively participate in required training for all continuing 4-H Volunteers.   New policies and procedures will come into effect October 1st.  This September we will be working with all 4-H Clubs to reenroll youth and members.   Again, these changes are for the protection of youth and volunteers committed to the delivery of the WSU 4-H Youth Development Program in Pend Oreille County.   In person training around the County and zoom meetings will be available to accommodate your busy schedules.   Call me with any questions or concerns.   Mike Jensen: 509-447-2401  Email: mike.jensen@wsu.edu


 

Leader Council Meeting Minutes

You may access the May 2016 Leader Council meeting minutes at this link:   Leader Council Meeting – 05-19-16


 

WSU Extension programs are offered without regard to race; sex; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental or sensory disability; marital status; sexual orientation; and/or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may call 1-509-447-2401 at least 14 days before the program.