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Advice from a Pencil

Here is an activity you, or even better your teen leaders, can work through with your 4-H club.   This is advice that a wise pencil maker gave to a pencil.   Please see how it applies to your 4-H Club.4HLeaders

  1.  You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.


Michelle’s additions/debriefing points with groups:

  • Connection with others is important.
  • Allow others to have access to your gifts.


  1.  You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.

  • Going through various problems in life, you’ll need it to become a stronger person.


  1. You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

  • The Really Big Eraser is a luxury.  Sometimes we only get the small eraser at the end of the pencil.  What might the big eraser mean to you?
  1. The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.

  • A pencil can be used for many things, but the lead inside is what is most important.  What gifts do you have that would be helpful to others?
  1.    On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark.  No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.

  • Our actions affect others.  Our interactions have an impact on everyone around us.

Advice from a pencil is a tool to use to let each person know that they are unique and that only they can fulfill the purpose to which they were born to accomplish.  Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.


We might become more useful and even write our own story of success.


How might you use this metaphor in your groups?


***Taken from Blog of: Michelle Cummings

Owner/Trainer/Big Wheel

Training Wheels

4-H Leader Council meeting set for Thursday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office, Newport WA

All 4-H Leaders in Pend Oreille County are invited to attend the next 4-H Leader Council Meeting.   The 4-H Leader Council helps to advise the WSU Extension Program on activities and programs that directly support club and other 4-H Activities in Pend Oreille County.    If you want to  “be in the know” and have a voice in the local 4-H Programing you will want to be at this meeting.    Please join in the fun of planning for our 4-H Future.




New officers for the Pend Oreille County 4-H Leader Council were nominated at the Leader Council meeting on October 20th. Jessica Simon was nominated to be President; Mandy McElfish was nominated to continue in her positon as Vice President; Scott Ellsworth was nominated to retain the position of Treasurer; and Nicole Seeber was nominated to continue to be the council Secretary. The office of Reporter is still open. The nominees will be voted into office at the upcoming Leader Council meeting on November 17th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office meeting room in Newport. Anyone wishing to nominate additional candidates should make a special effort to attend this upcoming meeting.

Thanks to all the officers that have served us so well in 2016: Daniel Troupe, Mandy McElfish, Scott Ellsworth, Nicole Seeber and Arianna Alegreto!


Leader Training – New 4-H Policy – Monday, November 14

Hi there,


Mike Jensen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 4-H Leader Policy Training  Time: Nov 14, 2016 6:30 PM (GMT-8:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,5094476452# or +16465588656,5094476452#

Or Telephone:     Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)     Meeting ID: 509 447 6452     International numbers available:

You may also participate in this training in person – at the Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave, Newport WA


After Fair Party

Almost 50 4-H’ers, Leaders and parents attended a fun-filled “After Fair Party” at the Camas Center on Saturday, October 15. Swimming, gaga ball and rock wall climbing were just a few of the activities enjoyed by all. Thanks to all the clubs who donated food for the delectable taco bar and WOW…did we ever have a fantastic looking spread of desserts. Our special thanks go out to Scott Ellsworth and Dax Percival for organizing this fun day for our 4-H community.

Would you like to earn money for your 4-H club?

The current Leader Council would like to encourage more 4-H club leaders and youth to attend the monthly council meetings, and is discussing a way for leaders to earn money for their clubs just by attending Leader Council meetings and other Leader Council sponsored events. A special committee will be meeting on Friday, November 4th at the Extension Office at 6 p.m. to discuss this and other incentives to boost participation in Leader Council activities. If you want more information or have suggestions, please plan to attend this meeting. PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED!


Know Your Government

Imagine that the police come to your home or school and tell you that they are taking you away from your family.  You have a few minutes to pack up some of your clothes and toiletries before being hauled away to a foster home or group home.  This is the experience of children all over the state and it’s scary.  So, this year the youth involved in the Know Your Government project are taking action to help bring a little bit of comfort to these displaced children.  They will be collecting stuffed animals to give to children being removed from their homes.  You can be apart of their efforts by donating a NEW SMALL stuffed animal or two.  Donations can be dropped off at the WSU Pend Oreille County Extension office or by bringing them to your club meeting (your leaders will ensure they are turned in).  If you have any questions, please contact Vickie Blanchet at (509) 671-2428 or

Babysitting Course

The Grizzly Discovery Center is offering a Safe Sitter Babysitting Course for youth ages 11-14 years on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  The cost is $20. The class will be held at the Grizzly Discovery Center, which is located in the portable by the Newport High School Fire Science Building   For more information or to register, contact Vickie Blanchet at (509) 671-2428 or



Anyone interested in taking the training to teach archery to youth, please contact Vickie Blanchet at  (509) 671-2428 or  We hope to organize a class very soon.


Tech Wizards Update  

If you are between the ages of 8 & 18 and are interested in participating in a wide variety of activities, like robots, drones, geocaching, magnetics, astronomy, cooking, Legos, archery, Ozobots, photography, roller coasters and other science, technology, engineering and math events, our Tech Wizards club is the club for you. Remember, you can be in more than one 4-H club. We are just now planning for 2017. If you want to join in and help us plan meeting times, locations and projects, please call Dixie at (509) 447-6453.


Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Program

Tuesday evenings: January 10 – February 28, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Newport WA.

This comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few acres or a large forest tract – if you have trees on your property this class is for you!

Register early, by December 1, 2016, and save $10.00. Registration fees increase to $99.00 on December 2.

For more info click:  cp-newport


Deadly Interactions

Disease transmission between domestic sheep, goats and bighorn sheep.  Fore more info click:  sheep


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  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

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.