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Know Your Government 2020
2020’s Know Your Government Conference is called “Find Your Voice, Cast Your Vote.” Curriculum is being finalized and the website is being updated.

The conference will take place February 15-18, 2020.

For more information, visit https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/kyg/


University of Idaho Offers Level 1 Rifle and Hunting Training – Registrations Due 10/25
The University of Idaho is offering a Level 1 training in the Rifle and Hunting disciplines on November 9th and 10th. The training is near Lapwai.

Details and registration forms can be found here: https://www.uidaho.edu/extension/4h/programs/shooting-sports/instructor/certify

The deadline to register is October 25th, so don’t wait!


Nominations for the 2020 National AG Day Student Leadership Training Open Now!
Nominations for the 2020 National Ag Day Student Leadership Training are open now. The event will be held on March 22-24 in Washington D.C.

Each state may nominate up to two individuals. Nominees must submit an online application and letter of reference by Midnight, December 6th.

Thanks to Bayer, travel and lodging will be covered for the ten selected representatives.

If you are interested in applying, let your county 4-H extension office know!


Washington State 4-H Fair Patch Design Contest
The Washington State 4-H Fair is pleased to announce the 2020 Patch Design Contest! Completed entries are due by May 15, 2020.

Because there were no suitable entries that were able to be digitized in 2019, two patches will be chosen for next year.

Contest guidelines and the official entry form can be downloaded here.


2020 Washington State 4-H Fair Creative Kids Exhibits

Creative Kids projects at the Washington State 4-H Fair are open to all 4-H members, regardless of 4-H project enrollment. There is also no qualification requirements for Creative Kids projects.

The 2020 exhibits include:

  • Creative Crafts – theme of Happy Holidays
  • Creative Recycling – using plant containers or flower pots
  • Creative Culinary Project – baked cookies
  • Creative Poetry – theme of Winter Wonderland
  • Creative Photos – theme of Winter Wonderland
  • Creative Arts – 4-H Promotional Posters

Details can be downloaded here.


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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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 October 22, 2019
Washington State University Extension