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News and Views – January 6, 2017      Happy New Year!HeaderHD1

Advice from a Snowflake (we have many on the ground and more to come!)

Advice from a Snowflake for your 4-H Club!
  • Keep Your Cool
  • Celebrate Your Uniqueness
  • Let Your Plans Crystallize
  • Take Time to Chill
  • Appreciate Small Wonders
  • Look at What We Can Accomplish When We Stick Together!
How might you use this metaphor in your 4-H programs?

Please let us know if you use it and how.

New Staff and opportunities for 2017

Please take the opportunity to welcome and get to know Alex Laughery as the New Tribal 4-H Youth Development Coordinator.  See Alex’s info below.  We are excited to have Alex as part of the Extension Team.   He has hit the ground running and is anxious to meet and work with all of you.   We have also hired back Chris Knoefler as the Coordinator for the SNAP-Ed food and nutrition program.   This program takes the place of the Food $ense program.  When you run into Chris, please welcome her back to the Extension Team.

Alex Laughery is stepping into the position at Pend Oreille County Extension Program, working directly with the FRTEP program. He is looking forward to working with the Newport/Cusick communities and building partnerships that helps youth in these areas grow and succeed as they go through life.


Growing up with 4-H in his life, he has experienced much of what 4-H has to offer and utilizes the skills he has gained from 4-H daily. Alex has been working with 4-H over the past couple of years assisting the State Adolescent Leadership Specialist in planning events for 4-H Youth across the state, and has remained involved as a 4-H volunteer leader.  Alex graduated in 2015 from Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. While attending Whitworth, he played on the Whitworth Pirates Football Team.


In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his family and traveling – especially to the Oregon Coast. Aside from adventuring, Alex likes to attempt home improvement projects, even though he doesn’t always know what he’s doing.


In this new position, Alex hopes to give youth the same experience that he has received by being a part of 4-H to youth for years to come. One way that he hopes to accomplish this is by becoming involved in National Mentorship programs that can help today’s youth understand what skills are needed to succeed, serving as a mentor to youth, and by connecting existing entities and programs with current county initiatives.


4-H Leader Training

Thank you to the 51 participants in the 4-H Policy Update training.  This training is required for all continuing and new 4-H Adult Volunteers.   If you are a continuing volunteer and have not attended the training,  please contact the Extension Office for the next training opportunity.

We will be offering 4-H Club Financial training in February.  This will include training for leaders and youth treasurers.   Look for more details soon.

Club Financial Reports Due December 2016

The annual financial reports for 4-H Clubs were due in December. Thank you to the 4-H Clubs that completed your annual reports.     Clubs not completing and filing these reports will not be allowed to fund raise, or use the 4-H Clover for events!  If by chance you have not completed the reports, call Beverly Sarles as soon as possible.  The annual report is a great summary of your clubs diligence in using funds and teaching youth accountability for public funds.   Don’t miss the opportunity to provide sound financial management education as a part of your 4-H Youth Development Program.   Call for assistance if you need it.  That is why we are here.  Thanks



If you are interested in using the Ozobots they can be checked out by making arrangements with the Extension Office.  Click on the link for more info:  ozobots-available-for-your-club


Junior Livestock Show

To:  Club Leaders, Vo-Ag Instructors, County Agents and Exhibitors:

The Junior Livestock Show of Spokane is open to all 4-H and FFA members.  Registration/Entry forms are available at the Extension Office.  All details are online at

Positions open on the WA State 4-H Fair Board:







Archery & Riflery Course

A course to become a 4-H Archery & Riflery Instructor will be held on March 3-4, 2017.  Friday night will run for about 2 hours beginning at 6:30pm at the WSU POC Extension office, and Saturday will be hands on all day beginning at 9:00am at Stratton Elementary School in Newport.  The cost will be between $50-$75.  We need to have twelve participants.  To register, please contact Vickie Blanchet either by calling (509) 671-2428 or emailing by January 31, 2017.


Babysitting Course – January 21, 2017

Please click on the links for the student contract, registration form and Information sheet:  student-contract     student-registration-form      information-sheet-pdf


Washington State Swine Information Day

The Washington Swine Information Day will be held on February 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM until 5:15 PM at the Pillar Rock Grill (Moses Lake Golf & Country Club) in Moses Lake, Washington.  For more information click on the links:  wa-swine-day     wa-swine-info-day-registration-brochure-final


Next Leader Council – January 19, 2017 at the Extension Office at 6:30pm