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4-H News & Announcements

Program Contact: Bridget Rohner, WSU Extension Youth Family & Community Education, Lincoln-Adams
(509) 725-4171 •

Program Contact: Randy Williams, Lincoln-Adams 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 725-4171  •

Program Contact: Karen Robertson, Lincoln-Adams WSU Extension Program Assistant
(509) 659-3209  •

Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News

Are you enrolled in Lincoln or 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-style Calendar that includes a variety of WSU Extension events.

4-H 101 Part 2 4-H Leader Training

The LAST opportunity till next Fall to complete the Lincoln-Adams 4-H 101 Part 2 Volunteer Leader Training is scheduled for May 21st IF WE GET AT LEAST 5 RSVPs!

If you are interested in completing the training to certify or re-certify after a break in service to be an enrolled 4-H volunteer, please contact Karen Robertson  at 509-659-3209 to RSVP. If you do not have a recent 4-H Volunteer Application on file, please  complete and return ASAP. Application and information on the pre-requisite 4-H 101 Part 1 on-line training available on: 

 Rabbit hemorrhagic disease

Important information for rabbit owners or anyone who finds sick or dead wild rabbits:

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a serious disease of rabbits that is easily spread, causes a high rate of infection and death, and the agent (calicivirus) is very stable in the environment. The disease has been reported in Canada near the WA State border. Since there are no vaccines currently available for RHDV-2 in United States, the best way to protect your rabbits is by enhanced biosecurity practices. Rabbit hemorrhagic disease must be reported to state or federal authorities immediately upon diagnosis or suspicion of the disease.

There are concerns that people bringing rabbits from Canada to fairs, shows or exhibitions could introduce RHDV to US. A certificate of veterinary inspection must accompany all animals entering Washington State (WAC 16-54-030). Please contact WSDA at phone 360-902-1878 or 1-800-606-3056 to report unexplained increase in death or disease in rabbits. Report wild rabbit die-offs by email to, or via the web (

Complete Article on Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

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

The 4hOnline enrollment system opened for the 4-H year on October 1. By now, most leaders and members should be enrolled. ALL 4-H youth members enrolling in clubs should check with the club leader or the Extension Office before enrolling in 4hOnline. Final deadline for Club/Family 4-H Enrollment or project/club changes for Lincoln and Adams WA members and volunteers is July 15. Visit the Enrollment Page for important details or contact Karen Robertson  at 509-659-3209 if you have questions. 

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

Washington State
Teen Summit – 2018

Our WA State Ambassadors will be hosting Teen Summit again! The dates for the 2018 summit are June 29th-July 1st and it will be hosted at Lazy F Campground in Ellensburg WA. Check out more information on the Li-Adams 4-H Teen Page

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

5/14/18   Washington 4-H International Exchange offers families statewide, the opportunity to host a youth delegate from Japan or South Korea 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.

We’re currently recruiting host families for boys ranging in age from 13 – 17. Host families of youth delegates need to have a child of the same gender and within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age. Host families provide a bed and meals, and include the delegate in their normal activities. No special activities are required, and host families do not need to be members of 4-H.

In addition we’re looking for a chaperone host family for 2 weeks, from August 5-17. Our South Korean chaperone is a 31 year old female high school Agriculture teacher. She’d love to see all kinds of agriculture in Washington. Since she’s spending 2 weeks in western Washington, it only seems fair that she should also have a 2 week stay in central or eastern Washington. Chaperones can be hosted by any type of family or individual, no children required.

Do you have room in your life this summer for an amazing cultural experience? If you’re not able, please reach out to others in your community who could be great host families. Look over the attached current list of available delegates to see who you might be able to host, and share with anyone else who may be interested.

Apply to be a host family at and please contact Dianna Ullery if you’d like more information or have questions.

Dianna E Ullery
Extension Coordinator, WSU Thurston County 4-H Youth Development
State Coordinator, WA 4-H International Exchange Program
3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98503
360 867 2153

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 Monday, March 19, 2018 – 5:00 pm at the Ritzville WSU Extension Office. Contact Camille Nelson with agenda items and questions.

The next Lincoln Co. 4-H Leaders’ Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 in The Art Room at the Harrington Opera House in Harrington, WA.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 is the next scheduled meeting for the Area 6 4-H Leaders’ Council – 7 PM at Timeout Pizza in Othello, WA.

More details on 4-H Leaders’ Council

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.


Lincoln-Adams 4-H E-News

If you need a hard copy of a specific E-News letter for someone who does not have internet access, please contact Karen Robertson – email  or 509-659-3209.


Extension is for Everyone

Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race; sex/gender; sexual orientation; gender identity/expression; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental, or sensory disability, including disability requiring the use of a trained service animal; marital status, genetic information, and/or status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military. Report concerns to, 509-335-8288, or your local Extension office. Requests for special accommodations at Lincoln-Adams Extension Events can be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 509-659-3209 or 509-725-4171.