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Don’t Miss Out on the Opportunity to Save on the New 2019 NYSD 4-H Game Changers Kit
For a limited time, receive one free 4-H National Youth Science Day Game Changers kit for every two purchased at www.Shop4-H.org/NYSD. Co-developed by West Virginia University and Google, NYSD teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about. The challenge kit activities do not require Internet access. 4-H professionals, volunteers and parents should order now to ensure you have your kits in time for the NYSD celebratory kick-off on October 1st. Coding events will continue to take place throughout the month of October. 4-H National Youth Science Day was created by National 4-H Council, USDA-NIFA and Cooperative Extension to ignite an early interest in STEM learning among young people. Visit www.4-H.org/NYSD to learn more about 4-H National Youth Science Day, download event resources and view additional training materials.


Washington State 4-H Forum Registration Now Open – Don’t Miss the Early Bird Pricing!
Washington State 4-H is following the yellow brick road to find new adventures, 4-H friends, and 4-H strategies at the Washington State 4-H Forum! Forum is being held in Sea-Tac, Washington on October 11th-13th. Engage in workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, and build relationships with other counties of the Washington State 4-H Program!  We have great workshops including one from Amazon Web Services. Our Luncheon Speaker will be Ms. Katherine Merck, 2016 Miss Rodeo America, lawyer, and owner of consulting business to teach avocation in social media.

More information can be found at
https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/for-volunteers/washington-state-4-h-forum/

Save 35 dollars with Early Bird registration is due September 23rd. Standard registration is due September 30th, with a $15 late fee for registrations past September 30th. Registrations are due by October 5th.

Questions can be sent to:  wa4hadvisoryboard@gmail.com.


Auction Items Needed for 4-H Forum
Have you started collecting things for the silent and live auctions that take place at the Washington State 4-H Forum on October 11-13?  Your donated items may be new, hand-crafted, collectibles, or antiques (please, no ‘garage sale’ items). Food items must be within their expiration date. Please submit a donation form for each item you are bringing.  The forms can be found at http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/for-volunteers/washington-state-4-h-forum, then select “Auction Information.”  The completed forms can be sent to Vicki Contini by mail, fax, or email.  Please have the donation form attached to each item when they are delivered to the auction intake desk.
The live auction takes place Saturday night and most live auction items will be selected from those from submitted by September 30.

Please get your donation forms to me as soon as possible, so I can get them into our database prior to the 4-H Forum.


Washington State 4-H Advisory Board Minutes
Would you like to know more about what happens at the State 4-H Advisory Board meetings?  You will find a summary of the minutes and the full minutes at extension.wsu.edu/4h/state-advisory-board/


WDFW National Hunting and Fishing Day
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration is a great, family-oriented way to introduce youth to target shooting, hunting and fishing. It’s also an opportunity to recognize that hunters and anglers continue to be among the most active supporters of wildlife management and conservation.

This year’s event will take place on Sept. 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Sportsmen’s Club in Puyallup.

Youth 17 years and younger who attend the event with an accompanying adult can shoot WDFW firearms, archery equipment and air rifles for free. Agency staff and WDFW hunter education instructors will be on hand to teach shooting safety and provide instruction and guidance.

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/requirements/education/hunt-fish-day


Level 2 Shooting Sports Workshop

The next level 2 shooting sports workshop is at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia 20 – 23 October 2019. Looking at the schedule, it looks like you need to fly out on 24 October. We have one level one 4-H leader who has completed the paperwork to participate. Is anyone else interested?

Remember potential level two leaders must be:

  • A minimum of 21 years old.
  • A level one 4-H leader for a minimum of two years in the discipline they wish to teach.
  • Currently enrolled in 4-H.
  • In good standing with the county and state.

Signature by your WSU Extension staff and the State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator are needed on the paperwork. If you are that interested level one leader, let your county staff know of your interest and contact me for paperwork.


Georgia Boot to Offer 4-H Discount in September
Georgia Boot is the brand known as “America’s hardest working boot” with a legacy of comfort and durability passed down from generation to generation.

As part of the #4HBestBootForward campaign, Georgia Boot is offering a bold, one-of-a-kind 50% off discount on any boots on the georgiaboot.com website (except clearance items). This offer will be available for 8-weeks only, starting August 1st and can be redeemed via a coupon code.  In addition to the 50% discount, Georgia will also donate 5% of all boot sales using the coupon code back to National 4-H Council.  To get your discount code go to https://www.georgiaboot.com/4-h/ and register today.


Eastern Washington Teen Rally
2019 Teen Rally information is here!
When: November 1-3, 2019
Where: Camp Ghormley, Naches WA
Who: Youth grades 6-12
Cost: $60/person (includes meals, lodging, t-shirt)
Register: https://2019easternwateenrally.bpt.me/ ; this is an online payment option — can do multiple people per transaction; if you’d prefer to send a check please let us know.
Online payment option will close on September 25th, at which point we’ll still accept participants but payment must be by check.
Health Forms: https://tinyurl.com/2019rallyforms ; this needs to be completed for each person (youth or adult) attending.

Election Forms for the Washington 4-H State Advisory Board Due September 1
The Washington 4-H State Advisory Board is a leadership opportunity for Teens and Adults that are enrolled leader of their county program. The 4-H SAB is committed Developing the State 4-H Program, Advise the Associate Director, and Promote the 4-H Friendship and Cooperation.

The Washington State 4-H Advisory Board is elected at the District Meetings at the Washington State 4-H Forum.  Are you interested in serving Washington State 4-H on a larger level?  Then run for office today!  FORMS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

Find out more today at: https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/state-advisory-board/

Election forms are available for adults and teens at:
https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/documents/2016/04/state-advisory-board-application-youth.pdf/
https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/documents/2016/04/state-advisory-board-application-adult.pdf/


Join the Washington State 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Task Force
The Washington State 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Taskforce is a new statewide leadership opportunity to help promote equity in 4-H. We currently have 10 active youth members and are looking for more. We meet over zoom videoconferencing and connect with youth around the state online through SLACK. We are also planning some in person meetings and events. Our primary focus right now is LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion.
Some of the projects we are currently working on include planning a workshop for state leaders forum and organizing a one day symposium on how to support diversity and inclusion in 4-H. We also have a delegation of youth attending the Ohio Diversity Dialogue in October. We have so much we are working to accomplish and we would love your help. We are open and excited about new ideas to make 4-H more equitable and would love your input!
If you are interested, applications are out on the WSU teen opportunities page and you can also email us at wa4hteenequity@gmail.com for more information on what we’re working on and our goals for the future!
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Instagram: wa_4h_teen_equity


2019 Make it With Wool Contest
The Make It With Wool Contest has been promoting the versatility, beauty and wearability of wool since 1947! Contestants of all ages, from pre-teens through adults, sew, knit, crochet, weave or felt wool garments, which are judged on quality and presentation. In Washington, contests are held at six district locations throughout the state in October. The winners advance to the Washington state competition, and those winners advance to the national contest!

Through the contests, participants enjoy sharing their creativity and skills with each other and the public. Friendships are formed, precious memories are made, and life experiences are gained.

Won’t you join us, and Make It With Wool?!  For more information go to the website: makeitwithwoolwa.com


Did You Know: Vaping is Not Allowed During 4-H Activities?
Just a reminder: the use of tobacco products (including vapor products, or e-cigarettes) is not allowed during 4-H activities, per the Youth Code of Conduct and the Adult Valuable Partnership Agreement. You can find those documents in 4HOnline under the “Authorizations” tab.

Learn more about the risks associated with “vapor products” and about the products themselves at https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/factsheet/index.html


Save the Date – National Shooting Sports Level 2 Instructor Training
Interested in becoming a Level 2 Shooting Sports Instructor? Save October 20-24 or training in Eatonton, GA. Information about the venue can be found here: https://georgia4h.org/4-h-centers/rock-eagle-4-h-centers/

Those wishing to attend this training must be Level 1 Shooting Sports instructors in good standing. Your county 4-H coordinator and Toni Gwin must approve your registration. Registration materials have not been posted yet.


Great Biosecurity Video for All Ages
Want to talk about biosecurity, but not sure where to start? This six-minute video is entertaining and perfect for a club meeting.

http://www.equinediseasecc.org/biosecurity


Updated September 17, 2019
Washington State University Extension