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Letter from the President of POC 4-H Leader Council


The clubs in Pend Oreille County 4-H are beyond amazing. I hear how well the youth are performing all over the state and it is mind-blowing. I know these achievements cannot be accomplished without great leaders and parents. Thank you!

My goal is to bring club leaders across the county together. Each month we meet for a Leaders Council Meeting to plan things for the county. I would love to see a representative from each club. We have various ways leaders can participate. There is Zoom, (video conferencing), phone in, or meet at the Extension office. We really need people to help guide the direction of the program.  I know time is a commodity these days so maybe an email that can be added to the News and Views of the things your club is doing would be a great start of bringing all of us together. It is our job to come together and recognize the achievements and to honor the youth who work so hard to represent their club and county.

You are a vital piece to insure projects continue to grow.  As a county 4-H program we have lost some of that community. Committee members are needed to insure everyone is moving in the same direction. The committees that need to be started soon are: Horse, livestock, demonstrations, fashion, record books, and nominations. Let’s reunite!

If you made it this far, I thank you. I look forward to growing with you.

Heidi Vaughn,

President, PO County 4-H Leader Council

Wanted: Members for County Project Committees

The Leader Council wishes to re-establish periodic meetings for “Standing Committees” as recommended in the Leader Council By-laws. “All 4-H project leaders will automatically be committee members of their major project area”. The committees include but are not limited to:  Horse; Clothing – fashion revue; Livestock; Demonstration; Record Books – Awards; Nominating; Area Leader Representatives

If you are interested in participating in 1-2 meetings per year to help guide the 4-H program in Pend Oreille County, please contact Leader Council President, Heidi Vaughn at

Super Saturday is March 23

Mark your calendars for Super Saturday on March 23 at the Camas Center for Community Wellness. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and classes start at 9:00 a.m. We will have a full morning of classes followed
by a taco bar for lunch. Swimming and games will follow. Be watching for more details including a class schedule.

Attention All Club Leaders! The Leader Council requests that each club, from across the County, teach at least one class on Super Saturday. You will be receiving a call or e-mail from the Super Saturday Organizing Committee to find out what class your kids would like to teach. We respect your privacy, so if you wish to not be contacted regarding Super Saturday, please contact Dixie immediately at or 509 447-6453.

Know Your Government (KYG) – February 16 – 19, 2019

We want to wish all the KYG team, safe travels to the Olympia Center, in Olympia. So proud and cannot wait to hear about the experiences.

KYG is a hands-on learning conference focusing on a specific aspect of government. The conference topic and curriculum change yearly to keep it relevant to current events and issues.

National 4-H Conference

Willow Vaughn, member of Country Pride 4-H, has been selected to go to the National 4-H Conference.  Congratulations, Willow!!  Our County is very proud of you!


Refrigerators Wanted

The Leader Council is still needing two refrigerators to replace the two old and broken refrigerators in the Pop Stand at the Fairgrounds. If you or someone you know has a used, but functioning, refrigerator for sale or for donation, please contact the Leader Council or the Extension Office (509-447-2401) with contact information.

Next 4-H Leader Council – February 21, 2019

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting to take place on Thursday, February 21, at the WSU Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.


In February a team of your colleagues will be traveling to Burundi to visit our six 4-H sister schools there and provide professional development for the 4-H staff and teachers working in the program.  The number one request from the students in the 4-H gardening program is more 4-H soccer balls!  Please note that girls and boys play soccer in Burundi so it will be a gift used by all students.

So, please read the attached flyer.  Let’s send some balls to Burundi!  Click here for the flyer:  balls for burundi!-rev. 1719

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 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.

4-H Horse Camp – Save the Date

4-H members enrolled in the Horsemanship project enjoy a week of overnight camping, education and recreation with their horses. Camp is packed full of educational workshops, fun camping traditions, and memories that will last a lifetime. The 2019 Mason County 4-H Horse Camp runs June 22-27. Members enjoy a week of equitation, showmanship and western games classes, trail rides, creative arts projects, and fun outdoor activities. Camp is held at beautiful Panhandle Lake 4-H Camp, a 400 acre tree farm located just outside of Shelton Washington. Panhandle amenities include modern dormitories, a 38 stall barn, riding arena, miles of trails, commercial kitchen and dining hall, a rustic lodge and beautiful lakefront areas for swimming. Please consider joining us for a week of fun and learning with your horse. Camp will be limited to the first 30 paid in full registered campers. Registration will open Spring 2019. ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL BE DONE THROUGH YOUR 4HOnline PROFILE. Visit us at For additional information contact Camp Director Melissa Seals at 360-280-5458 or or the Mason County Extension Office at 360-427-9670 Ext. 681.

Information Regarding I1639 and 4-H Shooting Sports

WSU has completed an initial review of I1639 and its potential impact on 4-H shooting sports. Because this is a new law, as the law continues to develop, future changes in procedures may need to be adopted by 4-H.

Standard 4-H requirements for firearm storage already meet the requirements of I1639.

4-H shooting programs are safety and responsible use education programs. It is WSU’s assessment at this time is that the structure of the 4-H shooting programs, practices, and competitions fall within the permissible firearm possession for youth. As always, it is important for 4-H leaders to comply with all 4-H regulations, standards, and guidelines. Additional, or modified, documentation may be required authorizing 4-H leaders to supervise youth at shooting program activities. A review of the current transport of firearms procedures will also be completed to confirm standard processes and required documentation are in place.

Continue our focus on safe practices for good results!

SW Washington Shooting Sports Discipline Training for Archery and Shotgun – March 16-17

Learn more at

Location: Goldendale Primary School, Goldendale, WA 98620

March 16 @ 8:30 am – March 17 @ 5:00 pm Prices Vary

View the full registration packet: Registration Packet SW Region Training

Registration Packets must be completed and signed by local Extension Staff before submitting to the Klickitat County Extension Office.  Links for paying for Registration online will be sent to registrants once completed paperwork has been received.

Registration Open until February 28th, 2019.

4-H Cat Show in Port Townsend – March 9

Paws-N-Claws 4-H Club in Jefferson County would like to invite all 4-Hers in the WA State 4-H Cat Project to their March 9th 4-H Cat Show in the 4-H Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Port Townsend.

This is a pre-entry only show. Entries are due by March 2nd.  Doors will open at 8am.  Show will begin at 10am. The cage theme is “My Favorite Book”.

For information, please contact 4-H Leader Laurie Hampton at or 360-437-2388.

Show Rules
Entry Form

Watch WSU Women’s Basketball with 4-H Promo Code – March 3rd!

Mark your calendars for 4-H day with WSU Women’s Basketball! March 3, at 12:00pm, the WSU Women’s Basketball team will be featuring 4-H, including games for 4-H kids at half-time.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, use promo code “4HDay” and tickets will be only $3.00! It’s never been a better time to watch WSU Women’s Basketball.

Purchase tickets here:

Upcoming Idaho Level 1 Shooting Sports Instructor Trainings

University of Idaho is hosting three Level 1 Shooting Sports Instructor Training sessions.

February 22-24 in Caldwell and Emmett Idaho will see Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun. April 13-14 In Coeur d’Alene Idaho will see Archery, Hunting, Pistol Rifle, and Shotgun. April 26-27 in Rigby Idaho will see Archery, Pistol, and Rifle.

If you are interested in attending any of these trainings, you can view details and register here:

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:

WSU Veterinary Medicine 6th Annual Horse Course – March 2, 2019

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting their 6th Annual Horse Course on March 2nd, 2019 in Pullman, WA. Courses include: Overweight Horse Management, Dentistry Demonstration, Physical Exam, Parasitology and more. Tickets are $40 per individual or $35 in groups of 10 or more.

To purchase tickets, contact Analiese Wenger (



Leader Council Election Results

Welcome your new 2019 Pend Oreille County 4-H Leader Council Officers:

President – Heidi Vaughn

Vice President – Mandy McElfish

Secretary – Jessica Simon

Treasurer – Vickie Blanchet

Reporter – Vacant

Training for Club Treasurers

All club Treasurers and their adult advisors should plan to attend “Fun with Sums”, a training to help club Treasurers manage their club’s finances. The training will be held on Friday, January 18 from 4:30-7:30 at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office at 227-A South Garden Avenue in Newport. There will also be an internet Zoom link available for those who are unable to attend the training in person. All Treasurers should bring their club’s financial ledgers, check books and other club Treasurer’s supplies so you can share your club’s practices and ideas about what works best for your club. Everyone should also bring a healthy snack to share to get us through the dinner hour. Each participant will receive an updated “4-H Treasurer’s Book” to take back to their club, as well as lots of new ideas to take back to their clubs. The training is provided by Beverly Sarles and Dixie Chichester. Call 509-447-2401 to register.

Washington 4-H Club Annual Financial Summary Report

Treasurers:  Don’t forget to complete and submit your club’s annual financial summary report by January 31, 2019.  The form may be accessed here:  20181206134653577

The Reporting Year goes from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Contact the Extension Office at: 509-447-2401 if you have questions or need additional information.  Thank you!

Newport Cloverbud Meeting

All youth are invited to attend the next Newport Craft Club meeting on Wednesday, January 9 from 3-4 p.m. at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office in Newport for a painting project. Learn how to paint a beautiful sunset skyline. Old clothes or a painting shirt are recommended. Although this club is intended for 5-7 year old youth, older youth and adults are encouraged to attend to join in the fun and help the younger kids with this project. A healthy snack will be provided by Chris Knoefler, WSU/Pend Oreille County SNAP-ED Coordinator. You need not be enrolled in 4-H to attend. For additional information contact Diane Lukas,

Next Leader Council Meeting – January 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office

The 4-H Leader Council will review and update the Leader Council By-laws and continue planning for Super Saturday. Representatives from all clubs are requested to attend. A Zoom link will be emailed just prior to the meeting.

Super Saturday Slated for March 9, 2019

The Leader Council is beginning to plan for another FANTASTIC Super Saturday in 2019. The tentative date is Saturday, March 9 at the Camas Center in Cusick. Each club will be asked to organize a class or activity, so please be thinking what your club is good at and would like to share with the other clubs in the county. Details will be discussed at the next Leader Council meeting on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office in Newport. PLEASE plan to attend; the Council would love to include ideas from all clubs throughout the County.

Refrigerators Wanted

The Leader Council is still needing two refrigerators to replace the two old and broken refrigerators in the Pop Stand at the Fairgrounds. If you or someone you know has a used, but functioning, refrigerator for sale or for donation, please contact the Leader Council or the Extension Office (509-447-2401) with contact information.

New 4-H Pend Oreille County Facebook Page

Thanks to the efforts of our new Leader Council President, Heidi Vaughn, you can get up-to-date information and connect with local and regional 4-H activities by checking out the new 4-H Pend Oreille County Facebook page. The link is 

Contact Heidi at for more information.

Register for Know Your Government Now!

Don’t wait to apply for this amazing civics conference opportunity. Regular registration ends on January 14th. On that date the cost will increase from $295 to $340. Registration is through 4HOnline.

To learn more about Know Your Government and view instructions on how to register, visit

Watch WSU Women’s Basketball with 4-H Promo Code

Mark your calendars for 4-H day with WSU Women’s Basketball! March 3, at 12:00pm, the WSU Women’s Basketball team will be featuring 4-H, including games for 4-H kids at half-time.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, use promo code “4HDay” and tickets will be only $3.00! It’s never been a better time to watch WSU Women’s Basketball.

Purchase tickets here:

American Youth Horse Council Symposium – March 8-10, 2019

WSU Whitman County Extension is hosting the American Youth Horse Council Symposium on March 8-10, 2019 in Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID.  This event brings together youth and youth leaders from all facets of the equine industry for three days of live demonstrations, presentations, education, discussion, exhibits, awards, and, of course, fun for all.

This location offers participants the opportunity to visit a number of equestrian facilities in the Palouse region including the Appaloosa Horse Club and Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center, Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital, Hickman Saddlery and more.

This event presents an opportunity for adult and student leaders in the youth horse industry to come together to learn, network, share ideas and grow as an industry. The 2019 event will boast many nationally respected presenters assembled to share their keys to successful youth horse programming and horse management.

For more information on the event or to register, visit

2019 Junior Livestock Show of Spokane

The entry deadline is April 10, 2019.  Please contact the WSU Extension Office for the contest rules and the registration/entry form.  We may be reached at:  509-447-2401, or email Beverly at




4-H Leader Training – Thursday, December 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Extension Office in Newport

4-H Leader training for all new adults enrolling in 4-H will be presented on Thursday, December 13 from 5-6 p.m. at the Newport Extension Office just prior to the next 4-H Leader Council meeting. Leaders: Please make sure all your newly enrolled adults know about this training. They will not be confirmed as Leaders unless this training has been completed. The training can be completed in person or via Zoom over the internet. A Zoom link will be sent out the day before the training. Please register so I will know how many packets to put together. If you plan to Zoom in to the training, you will need to pick up a packet in advance or arrange for it to be mailed to you. Contact Dixie Chichester; ;509-447-6453.

If you need training, but are unable to attend on December 13th, please contact Dixie to arrange another training time.

4-H Leader Council Meeting – December 13, 2018

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting to take place on Thursday, December 13, at the Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  This meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Washington State 4-H Advisory Board Needs You!

The Washington State 4-H Advisory Board is looking for teen board members. 1 year appointments are available in all districts. They are only 5 teens short of a full board!

Make an impact on 4-H statewide by applying to be a board member. Information can be found at

Questions? Call Erin at 509-336-0903

4-H Volunteers Background Screenings

As you may remember, the Washington State University 4-H Youth Development Program announced the initiation of a national criminal background screening process last year. In addition to those who are newly applying as a volunteer, we are beginning to conduct the same screens on our returning volunteers. Beginning this year, we will re-screen volunteers whose last name begins with A – K in even numbered years (2018, 2020, etc.), and L – Z in odd numbered years (2019, 2021, etc.)

WSU 4-H has selected Verified Volunteers™ as the vendor to conduct our background screens. This service is an online service and sends the results of your screening to both you and the county 4-H office. Your consent to conduct the screen is collected during the online process.  When you have been notified, please complete this screen as soon as possible.  Failure to complete the screen may result in your enrollment being suspended or not approved.

Feel free to contact our office with any questions. Thank you for your cooperation as we learn these new systems together!

WSU POC Extension Office:  509-447-2401

Washington 4-H Club Annual Financial Summary Report

Has your club done any fundraisers or received any donations?  Does your club have a bank account?

Treasurers:  Don’t forget to complete and submit your club’s annual financial summary report by January 31, 2019.  The form may be accessed here:  20181206134653577

The Reporting Year goes from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Contact the Extension Office at: 509-447-2401 if you have questions or need additional information.  Thank you!


Walla Walla Shooting Sports Training – December 1st

Walla Walla County is offering a rifle and pistol shooting sports leader training on December 1, 2018. The registration deadline is November 21st. Cost to attend is $50 which includes lunch and dinner.

If you are interested in attending, contact Melanie Owens for the registration form at or call 509-524-2685.

Teens Needed for Washington State 4-H Advisory Board

The Washington State 4-H Advisory Board is looking for teens to fill positions. Terms are 1 year and are available in all districts. Find out more at

Questions? Call Erin Hightower at 509-366-0903

Financial Training Scheduled for January for New Club Treasurers and Adult Advisors

The PO County Extension Office will be offering “Financial Training” for all club treasurers and club treasurer’s adult advisors sometime during the first two weeks of January of 2019. Together, all club treasurers will learn and practice everything they need to know to run their club’s finances efficiently and according to state and county required procedures. This will be a 3 hour training and all 2017-18 club treasurers are also invited to attend the training to share their “best practices” and give advice to the new treasurers. Please send an e-mail to to help us determine location, date and time for the training. When you e-mail, please state if you prefer a week day evening for the training or if a Saturday or Sunday training would be preferable. If you choose a weekend day, what would you prefer: morning, afternoon, or evening? Also, please let me know if you would be able to meet in Cusick, since it is more centrally located for all our county clubs.

Leaders! – Scholarship Application for 4-H State enrollment fee

Scholarships for $25.00 per youth are available to assist families in paying for the 4-H State Enrollment fee.  The scholarship is offered and funded by the Pend Oreille County 4-H Leader Council.  Please see the scholarship application attached:   Enrollment Scholarship Application

4-H Leader Council Meeting – Thursday, November 15, 2018

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting to take place at the Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Equine Exhibitors and Leaders – A message from Tom Gwin, State 4-H Fair Manager

The WA State 4-H Fair Board has made several decisions regarding the equine department at the 2019 Washington State 4-H Fair.  Those changes include:


-Western Dressage will be added to the Performance/Dressage Sections.  To allow for a gradual introduction, it will not be necessary to qualify for this class prior to the 2019 fair.


-All equine exhibitors will be allowed to enter one additional riding class in each section.  Intermediate participants may ride in five classes, while senior participants will be allowed to ride in six classes.


-The performance and dressage sections will continue to be combined into one section for 2019, with minor changes as listed in the schedule below.


-Exhibitors may have two horses in the performance/dressage section if the county allocation allows.  Both horses must qualify in fit/show at the county level.  The rider will determine which horse will be used in fit/show at the State 4-H Fair.  The fit/show horse must be ridden in at least one riding class at the State 4-H Fair.  The county will determine additional qualifying requirements.


2019 Equine Schedule:

Wed, Sept 4 – Senior Dressage Arrives, 5-7 p.m.

Thurs, Sept 5 – Dressage Classes; Senior Performance Arrives, 5-7 p.m.

Fri, Sept 6 – Sr. Performance/Dressage – fit/show, performance classes

Sat, Sept 7 – Equine Judging Contest; Senior Dressage exhibitors may depart at 2 p.m.; Groom Squad; Performance Classes

Sun, Sept 8 – Sr. Performance Classes

Mon, Sept 9 – Sr Performance Classes; Sr Performance departs at 2 p.m.

Tues, Sept 10 – Harness Arrives, 5-7 p.m.

Wed, Sept 11 – Harness Classes –  Fit/Show and Harness Classes; Harness departs 2 p.m.; Senior Western Games Arrives 5-7 p.m.

Thurs, Sept 12 – Senior Western Games – Fit/Show, followed by gaming events

Fri, Sept 13 – Senior Western Games – gaming events

Sat, Sept 14 – Senior Western Games – gaming events (no classes after 1 p.m. – dog agility in arena

Sun, Sept 15 – Senior Western Games – gaming events; Senior Western Games departs at 2 p.m.; Intermediate Performance/Dressage Arrives 5-7 p.m.

Mon, Sept 16 – Int Performance/Dressage – fit/show, classes

Tues, Sept 17 – Int Performance/Dressage – classes – fair is officially closed on this day, but we will have a show

Wed, Sept 18 – Int Performance/Dressage – classes

Thurs, Sept 19 – Int Performance/Dressage – classes; Int/Performance Dressage departs at 2 p.m.; Int Western Games arrives 5-7 p.m.

Fri, Sept 20 – Int Western Games – fit/show, followed by gaming events

Sat, Sept 21 – Int Western Games – gaming events

Sun, Sept 22 – Int Western Games – gaming events – depart by zones starting at 4 p.m.


Additional information and logistics will be announced as we work out those details in preparation for the 2019 fair.



Happy New 2018/2019 4-H Year – 4HOnline Enrollment Now Open!

Enrollment in 4HOnline is now available for families and members.  Please note: The minimum age for certified adult volunteers has been reduced from 19 to 18. A youth who has reached their 18th birthday upon enrolling will have the option to enroll as a youth member or an adult volunteer. They cannot be enrolled as both and must choose. Once a member has elected to enroll as an adult volunteer, they may not revert their enrollment back to that of a memberThis change will be reflected in the new policy document that is currently in its final stages.  Adult volunteers must be screened, receive 4-H trainings, and undergo background checks.

Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.  We can be reached at: (509) 447-2401, or email Beverly at

Applications available for Enrollment Scholarships

Leader Council will again be offering scholarships to any youth associated with our County’s 4-H clubs who finds paying the 2018-19 4-H $25.00 enrollment fee a hardship. Scholarship application forms will be handed out at the next Leader Council meeting. Plans are also underway to make the form available in other ways. Watch the monthly News and Views newsletter for further information.

Letter for all 4-H Volunteers

Nancy Deringer, our State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development would like to share a letter with our volunteers.  Please access it here:  Letter from Nancy Deringer October 2018

Reminder to families who attended State Fair

Any families wishing financial assistance from the Leader Council to help pay for expenses related to attending State Fair, may submit a request, along with receipts, to the Leader Council at their next meeting on Thursday, October 18, at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office meeting room, 227-A South Garden Avenue, Newport. Please attend this meeting if you wish reimbursement.

Eastside 4-H Teen Rally – Punch your Ticket & Make Healthy Decisions – November 2 – 4

It’s that time of the year again! Teen Rally is around the corner and registration is open now for the Eastside Teen Rally!!!  Spokane County and Pend Oreille County are partnering together this year to bring you a Teen Rally about making healthy decisions. This will be a fun filled weekend with activities focusing in on healthy living, health sciences, and health science occupations. All the activities will be on the WSU Campus in Spokane, allowing all participants to experience a taste of “college life.” If you have questions please reach out to Alex Laughery at 509-901-9047 or email:

Youth/Chaperones ~

Early Registration (before October 10) – $99

Late Registration (after October 10 through October 15) – $115

Register at:

4-H Meet and Greet in Newport

There will be a 4-H “Meet and Greet” at Stratton Elementary School in Newport on Wednesday, November 7th from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in acquiring information or joining a 4-H club in the Newport area should plan to attend. We need teen volunteers to help with activities for the kids and, also, adult volunteers to be available to answer questions about 4-H and their clubs from new parents/leaders.  Please plan to attend. Contact Dixie, or Alex,  if you can help.

Attend next Leader Council meeting – October 18

Fundraising by County clubs and Leader Council has resulted in a healthy balance in the Leader Council checking account. Would you like to have a say in how these funds are spent? The Council will also be nominating new officers and voting in November. Please attend or send an adult representative to the next Leader Council meeting on Thursday, October 18 at the WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension Office meeting room, 227-A South Garden Avenue, Newport. Teen youth are always welcome to attend meetings as well.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wanted: used refrigerators

The refrigerators in the Pop Stand at the Fairgrounds need to be replaced. Please contact the Leader Council through the Extension Office if you know of a reliable refrigerator that you or someone may wish to donate or sell to the Leader Council for a reasonable price. A commercial refrigerator would be preferred, but Leader Council is willing to consider anything.

WSU POC Extension Office:  (509) 447-2401

Please log your volunteer hours

Now that the 2017-2018 4-H year is over, please log on to the WSU Volunteer database to log all the hours you have volunteered for 4-H in 2018. Hours must be entered by December 31. Logging your hours is a State requirement and insures you are eligible for all the WSU benefits you receive as WSU Extension Volunteers. As of now, only 14 4-H volunteers have logged hours in the database; that is only 41% of our certified adults. Club leaders, please talk to the adults associated with your club to verify they are logging their volunteer hours.

The link to the website is:

If you have trouble logging in or forgot your username and password, please email or call Dixie at, 509 447-6453.

Interstate Fair

LuLu Lukas participated in the Interstate Fair in Spokane.  Thanks for sharing your experience with us, LuLu!


State Fair – Pend Oreille County achievements

Congratulations to Aaron and Logan Simon of the Country Pride 4-H Club!

Aaron and Logan got the reserve champion for costumes. Aaron and Lil’ Tart were Bonnie and Clyde. Logan and Spock were Chewbacca and Han Solo.



The Extension Office would love to hear from other youth who participated at State Fair.



30 Days of Doing

30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life—and have fun along the way.

Enter the Inspire Kids to Do Contest and you could win a $10,000 scholarship for your kid – and your state 4-H program could receive $10,000! Submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Enter now and you’ll receive an “Inspire to Do” List with 30 fun, hands-on activities to do with your kid and a comprehensive 4-H “Inspire to Do” Activity Guide after the contest closes.

View details and enter the contest at

Save the Dates for Teen Rally!

Teen Rallies are a weekend get-away for 4-H members grades 7-12. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend educational workshops, build leadership skills, and expand relationships with your peers! Put the following dates and locations on your calendar! More details to follow. Keep an eye on for updates.

NE/SE Rally – Get your Ticket To Healthy Living

  • When: November 2-4
  • Where: WSU Spokane Campus
  • Cost: $99 Early Bird Registration (before 9/28); $115 Late Registration

NW/SW Rally – Fall Adventures

  • When: November 2-4
  • Where: Camp Seymour, Gig Harbor
  • Cost: $120 Early Bird Registration (before 9/30); $135 Late Registration

New 4-H Dog Agility Rule Book Available Now

The Washington State 4-H Agility Rule-book has been updated for 2018. Visit the Dog Resources page to download a copy today!

County Fair – 2018

Copy and paste the following URL into your internet browser to view a quick video and photos from the Fair.  Thanks for your participation.  We appreciate all that you do for our communities and for the youth of Pend Oreille county!

4-H Leader Council – September 20

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting that will take place on Thursday, September 20, at the WSU Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.



4-H Fairgrounds Work Day – Huge Success

Thanks to all of you who volunteered last Saturday, August 4, cleaning and preparing the 4-H building, pop stand and fairgrounds, in general, for the County Fair. We had 139 people sign the sign-in sheet. Thanks also to all the 4-H clubs that donated food to provide the spaghetti dinner. It was a fun day for all; the Fair Board was very appreciative. See you at the Fair!

4-H Recognition Event at the Fair

The 4-H Leader Council and WSU/Pend Oreille County Extension would like to invite everyone to attend “4-H Rocks”, a 4-H youth and adult recognition event at 2:00 p.m. on the last day of the fair, August 19, at the livestock arena. Leaders will be presenting 4-H membership and project pins to youth, and the Extension Office will be recognizing some of our outstanding adult volunteers. This will be a fun and entertaining way to say “Thank You” to all the hard work that goes into making our County 4-H programs such a great success. Please plan to attend.

Leaders who will be handing out pins and other awards on Sunday, please see Dixie sometime during the fair to check your pin order. (If you are a club leader that has not already arranged to participate, please contact Dixie at 509-447-6453 ASAP.)

Adults…Log Your Volunteer Hours!

You can win $25 for your club from the Leader Council and a $25 cash prize for yourself, (donated by Mike Jensen), just by logging your volunteer hours. The adult volunteer with the most (legitimate) volunteer hours logged on the database by noon on August 18 is the winner! Prizes will be awarded at the “4-H Rocks” recognition event on Sunday, August 19.  Log your volunteer hours at: If you need help with your username and password, please contact Dixie at: 509-447-6453 or

Help Wanted!

As usual, all our County 4-H clubs have been assigned to work shifts at the Pop Stand throughout the fair. Please check at the 4-H building, on the first day of the fair, to confirm that your club will be able to cover your shift, or reschedule if you need to trade shifts with another club. We also need additional help at the back gate and in the 4-H building. All sign-up sheets will be available in the 4-H building starting on Wednesday, August 15. THANKS!

4-H Leader Council

Due to the County Fair there will be no Leader Council meeting in August, 2018.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the WSU Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Washington rabbit owners – be aware of deadly rabbit virus reported in British Columbia

If you want to know more about “that new rabbit disease”, (RHDV2), please copy and paste the following link into your browser:



4-H Fair Work Day – Saturday, August 4

Hey Everyone! It is that time of year again for us to gather at the Fairgrounds in Cusick for 4-H Fair Work Day, starting at 9 a.m. Please wear work clothes and bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and gloves if you have them.

Also, we plan to provide a spaghetti dinner for all the workers.  Therefore, we need clubs to donate the food. Please see the list below and then e-mail Jessica Simon ( ) to let her know what your club will donate.

Food and Supplies Needed – Provide adequate supplies for 100 people
8 pounds, uncooked
Sauce 8 jars, 67 ounces each
Salad and Dressings

5 bags lettuce, Family size
(26 servings each)

5 bottles dressing,
various kinds (2 ranch)

Ground Beef (pre-cooked) 15 lbs.
Garlic Bread – 10 loaves
Plates/cups/forks/napkins – 100 each
Lemonade Powder – 2 Large containers
Crushed Ice – 3 large bags
Desserts – Pre-cut (Include any required plates and serving utensils.)

The Country Pride 4-H Club has signed up to bring desserts.



Fashion Revue 2018

Fashion Revue this year will be Thursday, July 26th at the Inland Grange in Elk WA; although this location is flexible if there are additional youth in the county who wish to participate. The time and all other details will be provided at a later date. If you have youth who wish to participate, please e-mail Heidi Vaughn at:

Please see the attachment for more information regarding Fashion Revue:  Fashion Revue 2018

Recognition Event at the Fair

We hope to have a recognition event on Sunday, August 19th, the last day of the fair, to recognize outstanding 4-H volunteers and youth. This is also a chance for leaders to hand out club awards and pins. Please be thinking about what 4-H pins you would like to award to your youth so we can get an order placed to Shop-4-H by the last week in July. If you have ideas or would like to help organize the event, please contact Dixie at

Club Project and Member Year Pins

These are the forms for Club Leaders to request project pins and member year pins.  See attachments:  project pin    member year pin

4-H Club Posters for Fair

Please take time with your club to make a poster to display in the 4-H building during the fair. Fair visitors love to look at photos or displays that show what your club has accomplished during the year. The theme of the fair this year is “Fun for the Whole Herd” and the colors are black and white. Let’s show everyone what 4-H is all about!

Power of Voice

The Kalispel Tribal Extension Office wants to give a big Thank You to Diane Lukas for her help in finding donations for one of the Tribal Community Gardens. In June, the garden at the Camas Wellness Center was vandalized and all of the plants were removed from the ground. This was heartbreaking as the plants that were planted were all brought up by seed from the youth in the after-school program.

After hearing about the incident, Diane went to the Plant Man in Newport WA to share what had happened and consequently, the Plant Man donated several plants to the youth. Diane wasn’t done there. She went to Facebook to let people know what happened, and secured more donations and support. From that post we have all been reminded about how giving and great the community is that we live in. For the days that followed we received emails and phone calls from people wanting to donate plants that they had left in their greenhouses.

When it was all said and done we had more than enough plants to replant the youth garden at the Camas Wellness Center. After we completed our planting in the gardens, we had so many plants leftover that we were able to donate a car load of plants to the food bank in Cusick, WA.

THANK YOU again to everyone who help get this Community Garden replanted! It meant a lot to the Youth and Staff at the Camas Center. This goes to show that it doesn’t hurt to ask for help, and that our voice is a strong tool in creating community.

Stevens County Dog Events

4-H Dog Judging Contest
It’s time to test your dog knowledge at the Stevens County 4-H Dog Judging Contest on Saturday, July 21 from 10 am to 1 pm at the NE WA Fairgrounds in Colville. The day includes 25 Breed ID (AKC dogs accepted in the last 17 years), 25 Dog Parts ID, 2 Tack Subjects, judging four dogs in an obedience class, and oral reasons. All ages are invited to attend. Blue ribbon winners in intermediate and senior class will qualify to attend the State 4-H Fair Dog Judging Contest. Registration is due by July 18. Do not bring your dog.

4-H Dog Qualifying Show
Mark your calendar for Saturday, July 28 and plan to attend the 4-H Dog Qualifying Show. The show starts at 9 am at the NE WA Fairgrounds in Colville. Showmanship, obedience, and agility classes are being offered. Register by July 25. This is a state qualifying event for juniors, intermediates, and seniors – so if you are hoping to attend State Fair with your dog plan on coming to this show.

WSU Extension Forestry upcoming events

Coached planning classes:

San Juan Forest Owners Field Day:



Forestry Weed Control Workshop:

Mt. Vernon:

Leader Council Meeting

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting  on Thursday, July 19, at the Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave, Newport WA.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.  Please see the minutes from the June meeting attached:  4H Leader Council Mtg Min – 06-21-18

Washington State Teen Summit

To kick off the month, we had five youth that participated in this year’s Teen Leadership Summit! While at Teen Summit, our youth learned the importance of Positive Youth/Adult Partnerships, Leadership Skills, and Goal Setting. Along with gaining these new skills, they were able to meet youth from around the state and learn about fun and exciting activities that different counties are doing.

In addition to the five youth that participated in Teen Summit,  we had two Pend Oreille youth serve on the planning team. Willow Vaughn and Mettea Sigfrinius both serve as Washington State Ambassadors, the highest youth leadership position in Washington State 4-H. These two girls spent many hours before the event planning and preparing all the great materials that 60 youth from this year’s Teen Summit took home.

This event is one of many that Pend Oreille County is looking to get our teens involved in! If you have teens that are interested in expanding their leadership skills, want to plan fun/educational events for the county then please come join us at our Teen Group Meetings!

For more information about events and meetings please contact Alex Laughery at 509-901-9047 or by email at



Free Day Camp!

A free day camp for youth ages 8-11 will be held at the Extension Office on June 19, and at the Elk Park on June 20.  See the flyer for additional details:  YA4-H Flyer

Help Wanted!

The Leader Council needs adults to help organize and work in the Pop Stand during the fair this year. If you are able to help, please contact Vickie Blanchet at:

Adults…Be the Hero of Your Club!

Now you can earn extra money for your club just by logging your volunteer hours. The Leader Council voted to award $25 to the Pend Oreille County 4-H club with the adult volunteer who has logged the most volunteer hours on the WSU Volunteer Database. And, to make that offer even sweeter, Mike Jensen has offered to match that offer and will personally award $25 in cash to the volunteer with the most logged hours. Awards will be presented during the County Fair in August. DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Log your hours now.  Go to   If you need assistance with logging into the database, please contact Dixie at 509-447-6453 or e-mail

WSU 4-H International Exchange still needs ONE host family


Taehwan’s interests include computer coding, 3D modeling, video editing, to name a few, and he enjoys cooking, biking, skiing and travel. His English skills are very good and he could be a great big brother for some younger host siblings. A host family just needs to have a son at home who is within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age, so between 13 and 19 years old. The delegate does not need his own room, just a bed.


This is only the second year Washington has hosted South Korean 4-H delegates, but our experience last year was wonderful. These are engaging, respectful, and delightful youth who really want to spend a month with some wonderful Washington families, practicing their English and learning about family life in the U.S.


Does this sound like a family you know?

Hosting dates are July 22 – August 17, 2018.


Apply to host at

2018 Wildland Fire Season

The 2018 Wildland Fire Season will soon be upon us in Washington and across the Pacific Northwest.  There are more than 400 Youth Camps in Washington State.  Camps house thousands of youth in fire adapted communities during the wildland fire seasons. Strategically preparing “camps” for wildland fire is a multipronged process, and must include planning for, before, during, and after fires. Please join us for an informative webinar on preparing camps for wildfires 2018.  Please register using the following link:

Flyer:  spotfire2018

Register for Junior Youth Dairy Show – July 11-13

The Pacific Northwest Dairy Youth camp is being hosted at the Yakima Valley Fairgrounds on July 11-13. Registrations for the event are due June 20th. More information and the registration form can be found at

4-H Leader Council

Please join us for the next Leader Council meeting to be held on Thursday, June 21, at the Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Minutes from the May, 2018 meeting are attached:  4H Leader Council Mtg Min – 05-16-18


The Country Pride 4-H club raised funds from a mock train robbery during the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train (SPORT) ride; June 2-3, 2018.  The funds are being held with 4-H Leader Council to help with annual 4-H membership fees.


Raise Your Hand to Support 4-H

In 4-H, we believe in the power of America’s youth to succeed in life; however, only one in three youth say they have the skills they need to handle what life throws their way.

That’s why 4-H created “Raise Your Hand.” A nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to “Raise Your Hand” to empower our nation’s youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

The three states with the most hands raised will win $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000! Stay tuned for surprise incentives along the way. State 4-H programs will also receive the contact information of those who vote for their state so that they can be further engaged as friends of 4-H locally.

Help us grow the next generation of True Leaders—because every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.

Visit to participate!

Looking for an Eastside Chaperone Host – International Exchange

Washington 4-H International Exchange is looking for a chaperone host family on the east side of the state. The South Korea chaperone is a 31 year old female high school Ag teacher who would like to see what agriculture looks like in our state. It seems only fair that she see both sides of our great state, but we need an Eastern Washington host family or individual (no children needed) able to host for two weeks, July 29 – August 17. A western Washington couple has her for the first 2 weeks, so….. let’s hear from you Eastern Washington folks! Contact Diana Ullery if you are able to fill this host slot (

Needed: Families with boys for International Exchange

We have one 16 year old girl left on our list of eligible delegates, and 8 boys ranging in age from 12 – 17. Host families just need to have a boy in their families who is within 3-4 years of the delegate’s age. If you know a great potential host family that fits this description please talk to them about this opportunity. These fella’s are counting on us!

Here’s the link for the most current delegate list

4-H Leader Council

Please join us for the next Pend Oreille County Leader Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 16.  It will take place at the WSU Extension Office, 227 S Garden Ave., Newport WA.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  The minutes to the April 19 meeting are attached:  4H Leader Council Mtg Min – 04-19-18