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Program Contact: 4-H Program
(509) 427-3932 • missy.cummins@wsu.edu
4-H Clover ReportApril 19th, 2018Dear 4-H Members, Dates to know!All local events can be viewed on our website at: extension.wsu.edu/skamania/events

  • April 20th – National Volunteer Recognition Day! Make sure you thank a volunteer in your life.
  • April 28th– National 4-H Day of Service
  • April 28– Shooting Sports Certification Training for Pistol & Rifle https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aciB7pP5YG4ObxzRS9vP8YCtYHeGVQH3/view
  • April 28 – Turkeys ready for pickup/drop-off
  • May 5th – Swine weigh in & Swine Certificates are due. Swine Breed Cards Due (for exhibitors planning on attending WA State 4-H Fair). 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Skamania County Fairgrounds.
  • May 11thor 12th – Wahkiakum WSU Extension Lambing Clinic in Cathlamet, WA https://bit.ly/2G7WlKB
  • May 15th- 2018 State 4-H Horse Bowl – May 5, 2018 at Central Washington University, Student Union Building. Check-in begins at 9:00 am and matches start at 10:00 am.  Registration and rules: http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/03/2018-State-Horse-Bowl-Packet.doc
  • June 1st – Non Swine Breed Entry Cards Due – to the Fair Office OR scan and email info@skamaniafair.com
  • June 4th – “Camping Point Person” email is due to info@skamaniafair.com with club camping registrations.
  • June 9th – Sheep/Goat Weigh In & Rabbit Tagging at the Skamania County Fairgrounds 9:00 – 11:00 am.
  • June 9th – All Goat, Sheep, Rabbit, Chicken, Cat, Dog, Dairy heifer Project Certificates Due to the Fair Office OR scan and email info@skamaniafair.com.
  • June 17th – 23rd – Mason County Horse Camp see more further down in this clover report.
  • June 23rd – Clover Classic Horse Show in Pasco, WA. http://extension.wsu.edu/benton-franklin/event/clover-classic-4-h-horse-show/  $40
  • June 23rd – Market Chickens and Ducks ready for pickup/drop-off.
  • June 29th– July 1st – Washington State 4-H Teen Summit!  Save this date, registration will be sent out soon!  Ellensburg, WA $125.

General Information

  • Leaders & Members need to Enroll in 4HOnline today!  You are not covered by insurance at 4-H events until you are “Active” in 4HOnline. Go to   Also, if you chose to pay by check, it needs to be brought into the Extension office.  4-Her’s will not be made active until their 4-H Enrollment fee has been received. wa.4honline.com 
  • Report your volunteer hours!  Your username is your email and your password is “password!” without the quotation marks.   This is a requirement for all WSU Volunteers! Login here : http://ext.wsu.edu/Volunteers/logon.aspx
  • National Day of Service is April 28th. If your club is working on a community service project or looking to do some community service you might consider scheduling it for this day.  Clubs that participate are encouraged to share their plans with the 4-H Office so we can recognize the impact that our 4-H Members have on our communities.  Most towns have Service Days already planned that clubs can join in on.  Make sure you wear your club shirts!
  •  JOANN Fabrics – 4-H members, parents, and volunteers can register for a free 4-H Reward Card to receive 15% off total in-store and online purchases.  Learn more here!

  • Washington rabbit owners – be aware of deadly rabbit virus reported in British Columbia
  • The state veterinarian has been informed that some market lamb youth have been using an unapproved product melatoninin project animals. Please share the information below widely so we can stop this ILLEGAL activity. Although melatonin is available over the counter as a sleep aid/regulator  it is classified as a dietary supplement and therefore not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA does not approve or license dietary supplements; it only tests them for safety (no contaminants, etc.). Melatonin is a hormone. It is approved for use in food animals in other countries, but “to accelerate the fur priming cycle.” For more information view our Facebook Post https://bit.ly/2DQNQRX
  • Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Costa Rica, Japan, and South Korea this summer. We’re looking for families that would like to gain a global perspective by sharing their home with an international delegate. The host family commitment is July 22 – August 17for Japan and South Korea delegates, June 26 – July 21 for Costa Rica delegates. No special activities are required or expected during the homestay, just a real Washington family experience for all. These are great kids from families much like yours. They’re excited to make friends, learn about Washington, practice their English, and be a part of your family for 4 weeks this summer.
    The delegate lists and some answers to host family questions can be found here, http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/global-4-h/international-exchanges/
    Now is the time to submit your family summer hosting application. Host families should have a designated host sibling who would be the same gender and within 3-4 years of the international delegate’s age. Screening for new host families includes 4-H background checks for all family members over 18 who will be in the home during the exchange period, and a home visit.
    Call Dianna Ullery (360-867-2153) or email ullery@wsu.edu if you have questions, and apply to be a Host Family at www.states4hexchange.org
  • Dates for the National Summit Series for 2018-2019 have been released!  Abby chaperoned a delegation last year to the Healthy Living Summit and would love to talk to an adult interested in taking a delegation from Skamania County to any of these events.  https://bit.ly/2FZu5h4 email her at brandt@wsu.edu.
  • GIDDY UP – IT’S TIME FOR 4-H HORSE CAMP Mason County 4-H is gearing up for another outstanding 4-H Horse Camp from June 17-23and all Washington State 4-H Horsemanship project members are invited! Members enjoy a week of equitation, showmanship, and western games classes, trail rides, craft 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. Cost is $160. New this year – ALL REGISTRATIONS WILL BE DONE THROUGH YOUR 4HOnline PROFILE. To register for 4-H Horse Camp visit http://wa.4honline.com. Visit our website at http://extension.wsu.edu/mason/2018/01/4-h-horse-camp/ for helpful registration instructions and additional camp information. For additional information, contact Camp Director Melissa Seals at 360-280-5458 or Mason County 4-H Program Coordinator Kathy Fuller at 360-427-9670 Ext 681 or fuller@wsu.edu.
  • Raise Your Hand For 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 4-h.org/RaiseYourHandto participate

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Leader Information

  • Having trouble viewing your club profile in 4HOnline?  Check out this video Abby made How to Manage Your 4-H Club in 4HOnline.
  • Want to talk about Biosecurity?  New learning modules (called Learning Objects) have been designed for adults and 4-H/FFA youth in grades 6-12 and are in need of piloting groups to try them out.  If your club is interested contact Abby at brandt@wsu.eduto receive simple instructions and a copy of the lessons.  Youth do not have to be enrolled in 4-H or FFA to use these materials; everyone is welcome. The modules focus on cattle (dairy and beef), sheep, goats, and pigs, but the principles are applicable to all animal species. There is no maximum or minimum number of reviewers or piloters per site. Links to the first two Learning Objects are included along with the corresponding online evaluations for everyone to complete after they have gone through the modules. Each module should take youth 30-60 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us create an effective and enjoyable way to learn about keeping animals healthy!
  • Remember- youth in your club MUST be approved in 4HOnline to participate. They are not covered by insurance until their status is Active.

 

Information for Teens

  • Dairy Community Scholarship for 4-H and FFA dairy youth. Applications are due July 15th. Let me know if you have any questions! https://wadairy.org/4h-ffa-wa-dairy-community-scholarship/
  • Sheep Producers Scholarship Available WSSP Scholarship Deadline- May 1 This Scholarship is open to both high school seniors and those currently enrolled in college. Applications can be found on the website https://www.wssp.org/scholarshipor by contacting the office, 360-999-8118.
    Submitted by Ashley Larson
    Executive Secretary Washington State Sheep Producers
  • Travel to the Teen Summit in late June to make new friends from all over the state!  More information is coming out soon but follow the Washington State Teen Ambassadors on Facebook to learn more about what they do, this event, other fun events they help put on, and how you might become an ambassador yourself.  https://www.facebook.com/wa4hsa/

 

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