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True Leaders in Service
This April 4‑H’ers across the nation will pledge their hands to larger service – leading positive change that empowers their peers and their communities.

True Leaders in Service will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the National 4‑H Day of Service on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Join the thousands of 4‑H’ers who will venture out into their communities to do what 4‑H’ers do best: lead in service to tackle community challenges and help meet the needs of others.

Sign up today to take part in True Leaders in Service: https://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/


Teen Action Fair 2019 at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center in Seattle, March 23rd
Washington state 4-H teens will be partners at this event. Come visit their display table and celebrate youth-driven change at the Teen Action Fair. Connect with youth and organizations working to make a difference in their local and global communities through volunteering, art, social justice campaigns, and more.

Learn more here.


National 4-H Youth Summit on Photography
Four Washington State 4-H teens – Alex Gustafson of Spokane county, and Lana Marshall, Lydia McCluskey and Mayyadah Zagelow of King County – attended the 1st annual National 4-H Youth Summit on Photography in Washington D.C. Feb. 28 – March 3rd. Along with other youth from around the nation they learned new photography skills, participated in a community service project, and engaged in photo shooting assignments at museums, monuments, and memorials. Congratulations!


4-H International Exchange Families Needed!
Experience the cultural richness of the world in your own home this summer.

Washington 4-H International Exchange offers families the opportunity to host a youth delegate from Japan for a 4 week homestay. Youth delegates are ages 12-17 and eager to make new friends, improve their English, share their culture, and experience real American family life in Washington.

Host families need to have a child of the same gender and within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age and provide a bed and meals. No special activities are required, and host families do not need to be members of 4-H.

Do you have room in your life this summer for an amazing cultural experience? Apply online to be a 4-H International Exchange Host Family at https://www.states4hexchange.org/

For more information contact State Coordinator, Dianna Ullery at 360-867-2153, dianna.ullery@wsu.edu


2019 State 4-H Horse Bowl
Registration forms and contest information for the 2019 State 4-H Horse Bowl Contest on Saturday, May 4, can be found here. The contest will be held at: Student Union Building of Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

The Central Washington University Equestrian Team will be assisting with the facilities and many official positions! Their support is greatly appreciated!

Check-in is at 9-9:30 am; orientation is at 9:30 am, and matches start at 10:00 am.


PNW Sheep and Goat Judges School and Show Management Conference
Mark the dates on your calendar for the 2019 Pacific Northwest Sheep and Goat Judges School and the PNW Show Management Conference scheduled for May 16-17, 2019, in Pullman, Washington.  These two combined tracks will run concurrently and provide a valuable learning opportunity for new and experienced judges, show managers, fair superintendents, livestock sale committee volunteers, 4-H Leaders, FFA Advisors, parents, and producers to learn about livestock evaluation and management of fairs and shows.  Participants can select either the Judges School or the Show Management Conference.  The registration fee of $150 per person is due by April 25.  This event is sponsored by WSU Extension, the University of Idaho Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, the U of I Department of Agriculture and Extension Education and other entities.  The registration brochure is posted on the Whitman County Extension website, https://extension.wsu.edu/whitman/.   For more information contact Janet Schmidt, 509.397.6290, schmidtj@wsu.edu or Mark Heitstuman, 509.243.2009,heitstuman@wsu.edu.


2019 Level 2 Western Heritage Training
A national level 4-H Western Heritage training is scheduled for May 20-23, 2019 in Bozeman, Montana.  This training will certify leaders to serve as statewide instructors in their home state.  Due to the newness of Western Heritage to many states, participants are not required to have previous Western Heritage experience.  Experience in some shooting sports discipline, however, is preferred.

The training begins Monday evening, May 20, with an opening session and concludes Thursday evening, May 23, with a closing session.  The registration fee of $385.00 (double occupancy)  / $525 (single occupancy) includes 4 nights lodging Monday – Thursday nights (fee based on two per room), hotel breakfast; Lunch & Dinner Tues-Thur; accident insurance and instructor materials.  All firearms and ammunition are provided.

Enrollment is limited to twenty participants. Applications are due by May 1st, and can be found here.


State Shooting Sports Needs Rangemaster for State Competition
The shooting sports state championships (May 17 – 19, 2019 Eatonville) are looking for a range master to run the air rifle competition. The potential person must be a level 1 rifle leader currently enrolled in 4-H and in good standing. They must be competent in air rifle scoring and current with the requirements of the national 4-H shooting sports competition. Please contact Gordon Corey or Toni Gwin if interested at: coreyfam5@hotmail.com or tgwin@wsu.edu or 360 875 9331.


Deadlines for Upcoming Youth Dairy Events
Whatcom County Youth Fair – online entries due March 13; Event date: April 5 & 6
Cougar Youth Weekend – applications due March 16; Event date: March 30 & 31
Evergreen Junior Dairy Show – applications due March 18; Event date: April 26 & 27

Grant County Shooting Sports Training
This training certifies 4-H volunteer leaders to be able to teach 4-H Shooting Sports to 4-H youth.  The opportunity for training was offered to Grant County for two weeks and is now open to additional counties.  We have two spots left for Shotgun discipline and eight for Rifle discipline.  Please send payments to Jeannie Kiehn, WSU Grant County Extension, 1525 E. Wheeler Rd., Moses Lake WA  98837 to hold your spot.  Checks should be made payable to “Grant-Adams 4-H Leaders Council”.  We are filling up fast!

Date:                  March 23 and 24, 2019
Time:                  9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days
Place:                 Boyd Mordhorst Memorial Shooting Range, Hwy 282, Ephrata
Cost:                   $30 per discipline
Disciplines:       Shotgun and Rifle
RSVP:                   Jeannie Kiehn (509) 754-2011 ext:4309 or jmkiehn@wsu.edu


Washington State 4-H Fair Seeks Equine Superintendents
Steve Vonderau, Equine Coordinator at the WA State 4-H Fair, retired from his position following the 2018 fair.  The WA State 4-H Fair Board reviewed the position and decided to split the position into a Pre/Post Fair Position, and Superintendent positions for each of the equine sections during the fair.  Steve has agreed to fill the Pre/Post Fair Position.  By breaking the coordinator position up into several smaller positions, we hope to see an increased interest in filling one of the shorter term positions.

The job descriptions for the positions are available, along with an application form for interested persons. The schedule for the 2019 fair is as follows:

Sept 4-9               Senior Performance/Dressage Section
Sept 10-11           Harness Section
Sept 12-15           Senior Western Games Section
Sept 15-19           Intermediate Performance/Dressage Section
Sept 19-22           Intermediate Western Games Section

Completed applications are due back to the WA State 4-H Fair office by April 1, 2019.


Advisory Board Award Deadlines Coming Soon! Learn More at Fireside Chat, March 7th
Each year at Leader’s Forum awards are presented to outstanding people who have supported 4-H. These awards are a great way to honor leaders, alumni, community partners, and Extension staff. Most deadlines are in August, but you can see all deadlines here.


2019 Daisy Scholarship Available Now!
The 2019 Daisy scholarship application is available now. Applications are due by April 30th. To qualify you must be a graduating senior with a 3.0 GPA minimum and three years of participation in 4-H shooting sports. Returned forms must be submitted to Toni Gwin (tgwin@co.pacfic.wa.us) and can be found here.


Cougar Youth Weekend, March 30-31
Washington State University’s Dairy Club is hosting their annual Cougar Youth Weekend on March 30-31. This event is designed to get kids orientated with the dairy industry and dairy showmanship. Dairy experience is not required at all! Our team would love to teach any and all kids. We will have events from interactive seminars with Animal Science Professors in feeds, reproduction, animal care and more. We will also have a period of time of training kids how to show or judge dairy cattle depending on their chosen path. We look forward to hosting this event and would love to see a large turnout for this event. The information and required forms can be found here. For more information/questions email travis.lenssen@wsu.edu


Global Citizenship Lesson Plan #2 and Balls for Burundi
We continue to receive funds for and hear about plans to raise funds for our Balls for Burundi campaign.  Our goal is to raise $1000 to be able to take 30 4-H balls and other 4-H items to Burundi when the WSU team travels there in February as well as purchase seeds and garden tools while we are there.  The youth of Burundi are so proud to be a part of the 4-H family and are thrilled to have anything with “4-H” on it.

We have already received donations from individuals and groups in Snohomish, Chelan/Douglas, and King counties.  Thank you!!  Will we hear from you?

To assist you in working with your 4-H youth to learn global citizenship skills we are creating a series of five Global Citizenship Lesson Plans. The second lesson of the series, titled “Who’s Hungry” is available now on the 4-H website at https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/global-4-h/.

The Global Citizenship Lessons Plans:

  •  Can be used by any club or group regardless of project area to learn global citizenship skills and to learn about Burundi.
  • Are only 15 – 30 minutes long so can be easily incorporated during a club business meeting
  • Are fun and interactive
  • Are for all 4-H youth from 8 – 19
  • Are customizable and Include optional ideas for extension

Sheep/Goat and Beef Field Days Coming Soon!
4-H and FFA Youth, leaders and families are invited to attend Youth Livestock Field Days scheduled for Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 8:30am – 3:00pm each day. Topics covered at the field days include: Selection of project animals, Health Care, Quality Assurance, Biosecurity, Feeding and Nutrition, Fitting and Showing Demonstration, Clipping Demonstration and other pertinent topics.

The Sheep & Goat Field day will be on Saturday, March 16, at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin, WA. Separate tracks will be provided for youth interested in sheep and goat projects. The Beef Field Day will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Lewiston Livestock Market. The cost for each field day is $8 per person and includes lunch and handout materials. Preregistration is requested at least one week before each program. Day of event registration is $10 per person and lunch cannot be guaranteed. Registration is capped at 100 participants for each event.

Speakers for the program include local Veterinarians, Extension Faculty and Staff from the University of Idaho and WSU, UI Block and Bridle Students, WSU Veterinary Students, Industry Representatives and 4-H/FFA volunteers. Whether beginner or advanced, this program is designed to provide information and skills so youth will be successful with their market livestock projects.  Registration brochures are posted at http://extension.wsu.edu/whitman and listed under upcoming events.

This program is hosted by University of Idaho Extension Nez Perce County, and WSU Extension is Asotin and Whitman Counties.  For more information contact U of I Extension in Nez Perce County, 208.799.3096; WSU Extension Asotin County, 509.243.2009; or WSU Extension Whitman County, 509.397.6290.


Interested in FairEntry?
It is not too late to add FairEntry for this summer.  FairEntry can streamline your fair entry system and help your superintendents manage their shows more effectively.  Superintendents are able to create show programs through a very adaptive report system.  Pierce County went from hand figuring premium checks and issuing them in November to FairEntry doing all the calculation and having the checks  in hands of our exhibitors before the beginning of the State Fair.  FairEntry will also allow you to manage your auction.

Any county interested in learning more about FairEntry can contact Mike Seiber, mike.seiber@wsu.edu,  to  set a time to talk one on one or with representatives of their fair.  He can also assist existing FairEntry users with their roll over for their 2019 fair season.


2019 State Hippology Contest – April 13, 2019
If you are interested in participating in the 2019 State Hippology Contest, registration forms are due by April 1st.

Registration information and forms can be downloaded here: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2050/2019/01/2019-State-Hippology-Registration.pdf


Updated March 12, 2019
Washington State University Extension