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Posted by beverly.sarles | May 8, 2020
JOIN OUR PEND OREILLE COUNTY 4-H GROUPS ~ New Groups are being Added All the Time!


Pend Oreille County 4-H

Pend Oreille County 4-H Club Resources

Pend Oreille County 4-H Jr. LEGO Masters

Pend Oreille County 4-H Minecraft Build Challenge

Pend Oreille County 4-H STEM

Pend Oreille County 4-H Cooking

Pend Oreille County 4-H Arts & Crafts

Pend Oreille County 4-H Horse

Pend Oreille County 4-H Rabbits

Pend Oreille County 4-H Gardening

Pend Oreille County 4-H Dogs & Cats


Due to COVID-19, we will probably not greet each other with a handshake in the future.  Mike Jensen has issued a challenge to all clubs:  Come up with ways that we will greet each other in the future.  Take a photo or draw a picture of your creative ideas and send them to Vickie Blanchet ( or post them on the Pend Oreille County 4-H Facebook page as a comment on this post.  Mike will put them all together and share them with everyone.


At the POC Leader Council meeting it was decided to offer several All-County Virtual meetings for the end of May – beginning of June.  At each meeting we will invite a speaker to share about one aspect or one task of a 4-H project.  Youth will have an opportunity to ask questions.  At a follow-up meeting, youth will share what they worked on and receive feedback.

These meetings will be advertised as an event on Facebook, via News & Views, and through the website.  Youth will be asked to sign up to participate and a Zoom link will be sent out.

Look for dates and topics on the Pend Oreille County 4-H Facebook page and WSU POC Extension website.


There are many people who have continued to work and serve the public through the COVID-19 crisis, including truck drivers, janitors, health care workers, and grocery store staff.  We would like to encourage all the clubs to send Thank You cards to these essential service people in their communities.

Instructions for sending digital cards and templates for cards can be found here:


WHAT:  Students 11+ years of age will receive training in child development, ways of managing children, how to screen requests, what to take, what to do in an emergency, and much more!

WHEN:  Course will either be offered in-person or virtually depending upon Washington State and WSU Policies.  Participants will be notified by June 6th if the in-person option will be available and where the course will be held.

  • IN-PERSON:  June 13, 2020, from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
  • OR VIRTUALLY via Zoom:  June 15, 16 & 18, 2020, from 1:00-3:00 PM

COST:  $25.00 for the SafeSitter Babysitting Manual

REGISTRATION:  Complete the  Registration & Contract forms  and return them to Vickie Blanchet via email ( or by text (509.671.2428).


QUESTIONS:  Please contact Vickie Blanchet at or 509.671.2428


There are numerous sponsored awards for fair and not everyone is aware of them.  Each month we are going to be highlighting a few.


  • MOUNTAIN WEST BANK: $5.00 Award for the Best Vegetable Display, 6 Blue Ribbons, 4-H Division
  • USK COMMUNITY CLUB: $20.00 Award & Rosette for the Best Blue Ribbon Display in the Plant Science of the 4-H Division.
  • MELLISSA TALLANT: $5.00 Award for Best Blue Ribbon Creature Feature and $5.00 for the Best Blue Ribbon Plant Science Educational Poster
  • FLEUR DE LIS FLORAL: $5.00 Best Blue Ribbon Plant Box and $5.00 Best Arrangement from Homegrown Horticulture Items.
  • VICKIE BLANCHET: $10.00 Award for the Best Fairy Garden
  • MASTER GARDNERS: $10.00 Award for the Best Youth Pumpkin
  • MASTER GARDENERS: $10.00 Award for the Best Youth Market Basket


  • HARVEY STOLL MEMORIAL AWARD: $10.00 Award by Ray Stoll
  • PEND OREILLE ROCK & GEN CLUB AWARD: $10.00 Award & Rosette will be given to the best blue ribbon display of rocks, minerals, and/or fossils in either Division 10, Youth Arts & Crafts, or 4-H Natural Resources Geology Division 3


  • KNIGHT CONSTRUCTION: $20.00 Award for the Best General Engineering or Electrical Project


  • DEBI MacARTHUR: Trophy & Rosette for the Top Blue Ribbon 4-H Woodworking Project


  • MARY MAKI MEMORIAL AWARD: $25.00 Award for the best 4-H Blue Ribbon Exhibit of Knitting or Crocheting


  • WASHINGTON STATE HOME & COMMUNITY EDUCATORS 4-H FASHION REVUE AWARD: Each 4-H Fashion Revue model will receive a monetary award as determined by their modeling score.
    • Suzi Distad: Junior
    • Michelle Moody: Intermediate
    • Bill & Kathy Zenkert: Senior
  • MOUNTAIN WEST BANK: $5.00 Best 4-H Garment Made
  • TOP OVERALL 4-H AWARDS: $20.00 Awards for the Top Overall score consists of cumulative score including construction, modeling, and record book of blue ribbon quality.
    • Lyla Hoisington: Junior
    • Ann Dennis Hastings: Intermediate
    • In Memory of Kathy Olmstead: Senior
  • GAIL MITCHELL: $5.00 Best Sewing Poster
  • BMT PAINTING: $10.00 Award for Best Blue Ribbon Sewing for Fun
  • JESSICA DRIVER: $25.00 Award for Top Quilting

Foods and Expressive Arts Awards will be highlighted in June’s News & Views. Check out the Pend Oreille Fair Book at for more information.

Area Public Presentations Scheduled for August 6

Area Public Presentations will be scheduled for Thursday, August 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office. If you plan to present an Illustrated Talk or a Demonstration at this event, you must fill out a registration form and return it to Dixie Chichester no later than July 31, 2020. Instructions are on the registration form. Please call or e-mail Dixie at 509 671-0198, if you have questions.  Click here for the registration form:  2020 Registration (1)

Next Leader Council

Join us for the next Leader Council meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 21.  The meeting will take place via Zoom and will begin at 6:30 p.m.