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Clover Courier – September 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • Follow our Facebook Page
  • 30 Days of Doing
  • Outstanding 4-H Teen Nominations – due September 15
  • Horse Sportsmanship Award Nominations – due September 15
  • 4-H Open House – September 22 – Reserve your spot today!
  • 4-H Window Display Contest – entries due September 28
  • 4-H Teen Rally at WSU Spokane – November 2-4 – registration due September 28
  • Head, Heart, Hands, and Health Award – due September 30
  • State 4-H Forum – October 19-12 – registration due October 1
  • 4-H Record Books – due October 5
  • Fall Fuzzy Fun Horse Show – October 6-7
  • County Medal Applications – due October 15
  • New 4-H Dog Agility Rule Book Available

For a complete list of 2018 4-H Events visit here: http://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/4-h-events/

We are on Facebook!!!
WSU Stevens County Extension now has a Facebook Page. Please follow us at https://www.facebook.com/WSUStevensCo/ to keep up on 4-H and Extension events and news.

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 https://4-h.org/inspire-kids-to-do/

Outstanding 4-H Teen Nominations
Outstanding Teen Nominations due by September 15. Each year a junior and senior high school 4-H member(s) is recognized as an Outstanding 4-H Teen(s). However, they can’t win unless nominated, so nominate a teen from your club. Winners are selected through a nomination and interview process, based on their entire 4-H career. Winner(s) will be honored at the Awards Banquet in November with a plaque, gift, and $25 from the Mace Memorial Fund.

Horse Sportsmanship Award
Horse Sportsmanship Nominations due by September 15. Every year a 4-H Horse Project member is recognized for displaying a high degree of sportsmanship as a 4-H member. If throughout the year you noticed a horse project member displaying good sportsmanship then nominate them for this award. The winner will be recognized with a plaque at the 4-H Awards Banquet.

4-H Open House
Our second annual 4-H Open House is set for September 22 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Ag Trade Center on the NE WA Fairgrounds. This will be a chance for the public to learn about 4-H and to get involved as either a member or a leader. All clubs are asked to host a booth about their club and/or projects. Please email Shannon at sgordon@wsu.edu to reserve your space.

4-H Window Display Contest
Here is your chance to show the community what 4-H means to you. Stevens County 4-H Leaders’ Council is sponsoring a Window Display Contest. Each club is encouraged to design and place a window display at a public location in our county. This is a fun opportunity to teach others what 4-H is all about and the awesome things you are doing in your clubs. Displays must be up in a local business window during National 4-H Week, October 7-13. Displays will be judged and the winning club will be awarded $50 at the 4-H Awards Banquet. See Window Display Contest flyer for details on the contest. Window Display Contest Entry Form due by September 28.

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! Mark your calendar for the weekend of November 2-4 and plan to attend Teen Rally at the WSU Spokane Campus. Cost is $99 for early bird registration by September 28. It will be $115 after that. More details to follow. Keep an eye on https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/camps/ for updates.

Head, Heart, Hands and Health Award
This award can be for a leader that goes above and beyond (heart), a member with a great community service project (hands), or a community member that helped the 4-H program. Anything and anyone is eligible – you just need to nominate them and explain how it relates to head, heart, hands, or health. Nominations are due by September 30. There is not a form just email the information to Shannon at sgordon@wsu.edu.

4-H State Forum
The annual 4-H State Forum is set for October 19-21 in Spokane. This is as close as it gets to us – so take this opportunity to attend. Forum is a great chance for leaders to build friendships, skills, and knowledge with leaders across the state. Check out the workshops! There is something for everyone. Best prices are available if you register by October 1. Price varies depending on what you participate in. Registration

4-H Record Books
Turn your completed record book into the Extension office by October 5 to be judged at the county level. The top scoring record book receives a cash prize at the 4-H Awards Banquet.

Fall Fuzzy Fun Horse Show
Summit Spirits 4-H is hosting the Fall Fuzzy October 6 and 7 at the NE WA Fairgrounds. In addition to English and Western classes there are also in hand classes and many fun game classes including a costume class. Fall Fuzzy Horse Show registration is due October 1. Cost is $5 per class or $50 a day. There is a special rate of $80 if you register for both days.

County Medal Applications
4-H County Medal Applications are due to the Extension office by October 15. County medals are awarded in project areas and are based on participation, achievement, and learning in your 4-H project. Filling out a separate application for each project makes it easier for the judge to see what you’ve done in your project. Any 4-H member can apply for a county medal and be recognized for their project work. County project medals are awarded at the 4-H Awards Banquet. Medals for events like judging contests, fashion revue, and public presentations do not to be applied for—they are selected based on scores earned at contests.

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! https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/projects/stem/dog/

 

 

Clover Courier – July 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • Follow our Facebook Page
  • Jammin’ July Horse Show – July 14
  • Dog Judging Contest – July 21
  • Dog Qualifying Show – July 28
  • Outstanding 4-H Leader Nominations – due August 8
  • Washington State 4-H Forum – October 19-21
  • State 4-H Fair Creative Nature Craft Project

For a complete list of 2018 4-H Events visit here: http://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/4-h-events/

We are on Facebook!!!
WSU Stevens County Extension now has a Facebook Page. Please follow us at https://www.facebook.com/WSUStevensCo/ to keep up on 4-H and Extension events and news.

Summer Horse Show Series – July 14 and August 4
Stevens County 4-H Horse Leaders have two more shows planned for the summer. Up next is Jammin’ July on July 14. The final show Fun in the Sun is August 4 and will be a state qualifier for 4-H members. All shows will be held at the NE WA Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required. Click the links for registration forms and registration dates. Both shows are open to youth and adults. 4-H membership is not required.

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.

Outstanding 4-H Leader Nominations
Take time to nominate your leader for Outstanding 4-H Leader of the Year. Leaders will be recognized in two categories. The first is for New Leaders with one or two years of service and the second is for Experienced Leaders with 3 or more years of service. Winners will be recognized at the 4-H Awards Banquet in November with a plaque and gift. Additionally the Experienced Leader will be recognized at the State 4-H Forum in October. Nominations are due August 8 and can be found here Outstanding 4-H Leader Nomination

Washington State 4-H Forum
The annual WA Sate 4-H Forum is an awesome opportunity for adult and teen leaders to meet and share ideas, questions, information, and FUN with 4-H’ers from all over WA! This year’s event is almost in our backyard at the Red Lion Spokane at the Park from October 19-21, 2018. Registration and program information will be posted on the WA State 4-H Forum webpage as it becomes available. The WA State 4-H Leaders’ Council meeting is also held during Forum. This give 4-H volunteers an opportunity to provide input on 4-H program and policy changes via recommendations submitted through County 4-H Leaders’ Councils. The deadline for recommendations is September 1. Details available at https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/for-volunteers/washington-state-4-h-forum/state-4-h-council-meeting/

State 4-H Fair Creative Nature Craft Project
The Washington State 4-H Fair has a Creative Kids Projects Contest open to all junior, intermediate, and senior project members. No pre-qualification is necessary and items can be mailed. Seven special projects are available. One is “Nature Craft”. Projects must use natural items found in nature. The creation should be usable and/or decorative. A 3”x5” card must accompany the entry describing how it was made and its use. Maximum size is 18”x18”x18”. Other decorative items may be used in the creation, but it must be primarily made from natural items. Watch for more details on this and the other contests, but now is a great time to be crafting!!!

 

 

Clover Courier – May 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • Follow our Facebook Page
  • Camp Work Day – May 26
  • Fishing Derby – June 9
  • County Activity Day – June 21
  • 4-H Dog Fun Show – June 23
  • Summer Horse Show Series – June 23, July 14, and August 4
  • Dog Judging Contest – July 21
  • Dog Qualifying Show – July 28
  • State 4-H Fair Creative Environmental Project
  • New Club Officer Manuals Available
  • Coppertone Survey

For a complete list of 2018 4-H Events visit here: http://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/4-h-events/

We are on Facebook!!!
WSU Stevens County Extension now has a Facebook Page. Please follow us at https://www.facebook.com/WSUStevensCo/ to keep up on 4-H and Extension events and news.

Camp Princess Pine Work Day – May 26
Leaders’ Council has scheduled May 26 for a work day at Camp Princess Pine to get the camp ready for summer use. This is a great community service project for your club, especially if your club is using the camp this summer. Please bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, shop vacs, rubber gloves, tools, cleaning supplies, etc. as we prep the camp for the upcoming camping season. The day begins at 9 am and you can stay as long as you are able.

4-H Fishing Derby – June 9
Get your fishing poles ready for a morning of fishing and natural resource fun at the annual Fishing Derby set for Saturday, June 9 from 9 am – 1 pm at 4-H Camp Princess Pine on Lake Thomas. The Fishing Derby is open to all youth ages 15 and younger. The day includes a casting contest and other natural resource activities. Of course there will be lots of fishing. Prizes and snacks will be provided. The Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club will host a casting contest with prizes. Adults are encouraged to attend and help their children. The fishing derby is free to attend and will be held rain or shine, so plan on joining the fun. Make sure you bring your life jacket. Event is hosted WSU Stevens County Extension and the U.S. Forest Service (Colville National Forest). Donations supporting this event were received from Hewescraft and Walmart. For more information or to sign up contact WSU Stevens County Extension at 684.2588.

4-H County Activity Day – June 21
Stevens County 4-H is hosting 4-H County Activity Day on June 21 from 9 am – 12 pm at the NE WA Fairgrounds. The day will include 4-H judging contests and other fun activities. Watch for details.

4-H Dog Fun Show – June 23
Panorama 4-Paws 4-H club is hosting a Dog Fun Show on Saturday, June 23 at the NE WA Fairgrounds in Colville. Show starts at 9 am and includes obedience, agility, and showmanship classes. Bring your lunch and a lawn chair. Drinks will be provided. Registration is due June 18.

Summer Horse Show Series – June 23, July 14, and August 4
Stevens County 4-H Horse Leaders have three shows planned for the summer. The first show Jumpin’ Into June is set for June 23. Show two Jammin’ July will be July 14. Both shows are open to youth and adults. 4-H membership is not required. The final show Fun in the Sun is August 4 and will be a state qualifier for 4-H members, but open participants are still welcome. All shows will be held at the NE WA Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required. Click the links for registration forms and registration dates.

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.

State 4-H Fair Creative Environmental Project
The Washington State 4-H Fair has a Creative Kids Projects Contest open to all junior, intermediate, and senior project members. No pre-qualification is necessary and items can be mailed. Seven special projects are available. One is “Recycled Styrofoam”. Projects must us Styrofoam (cups, plates, trays, etc.) as the primary basis of the creation. It can be usable or decorative. A 3”x5” card must accompany the entry describing how the items was made and its use. Maximum size is 18”x18”x18”. Watch for more details on this and the other contests, but now is a great time to crafting!!!

4-H Club Officer Manuals
New club officer manuals are available!!! Manuals for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter are on the 4-H website. There is also a manual with tips for leaders to work with officers.

Coppertone Survey
4-H is nationally partnering with Coppertone to inspire kids and families to adopt healthy, sun-safe behaviors – rain or shine – for a lifetime of healthy fun in the sun. As we prepare for this partnership, please help out by taking part in this survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4235976/Coppertone-4-H-Protect-What-Matters-Most-Sun-Safety

 

 

Clover Courier – April 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • 4-H Enrollment Deadline – May 1
  • Horse Certificates Due – May 1
  • Dog Agility – May 5
  • NE WA Fair Benefit Dinner (bring desserts) – May 12
  • Camp Princess Pine Work Day – May 26
  • Fishing Derby – June 9
  • County Activity Day – June 21
  • Summer Horse Show Series – June 23, July 14, and August 4
  • State 4-H Fair Creative Gardening Project
  • International Exchange Hosting Opportunity

For a complete list of 2018 4-H Events visit here: http://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/4-h-events/

4-H Enrollment Deadline – May 1
May 1 is the last day to enroll in 4-H or add projects to be eligible to show as a 4-H member in upcoming fairs and shows. Enrollments can be completed online at https://wa.4honline.com.

Horse Certificates Due – May 1
May 1 is the deadline to turn in horse certificates for your horse project. New members and those with new horses should complete a horse certificate and get it turned into the Extension office if they haven’t already done so. Certificates can be found at http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/c0233/c0233.pdf

Dog Agility – May 5
Panorama 4-Paws is hosting a dog agility course during Pet Lovers Day, May 5, in Chewelah. Bring your dog and try out this fun event. It will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church (202 N 2nd St E) from 9 am – 1 pm. Other events include a fun run, rummage sale, low cost vaccinations and a petting zoo. This is not a WSU or 4-H sponsored event.

NE WA Fair Benefit Dinner – 4-H Help Requested
Just a reminder the NE WA Fair Benefit Dinner is May 12. Once again 4-H’ers are asked to help by bringing desserts for the dinner. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner begins at 6 pm in the Ag Trade Building on the fairgrounds.  Desserts can be brought then or dropped off earlier in the day. This is not a WSU or 4-H sponsored event.

Camp Princess Pine Work Day – May 26
Leaders’ Council has scheduled May 26 for a work day at Camp Princess Pine to get the camp ready for summer use. This is a great community service project for your club, especially if your club is using the camp this summer. Please bring rakes, shovels, tools, cleaning supplies, etc. as we prep the camp for the upcoming camping season. The day begins at 9 am and you can stay as long as you are able.

4-H Fishing Derby – June 9
Get your fishing poles ready for a morning of fishing and natural resource fun at the annual Fishing Derby set for Saturday, June 9  from 9 am – 1 pm at 4-H Camp Princess Pine on Lake Thomas. The Fishing Derby is open to all youth ages 15 and younger. The day includes a casting contest and other natural resource activities. Of course there will be lots of fishing. Prizes and snacks will be provided.  Adults are encouraged to attend and help their children. The fishing derby is free to attend and will be held rain or shine, so plan on joining the fun. Make sure you bring your life jacket. Event is hosted WSU Stevens County Extension and the U.S. Forest Service (Colville National Forest). For more information or to sign up contact WSU Stevens County Extension at 684.2588.

4-H County Activity Day – June 21
Stevens County 4-H is hosting 4-H County Activity Day on June 21  from 9 am – 12 pm at the NE WA Fairgrounds. The day will include 4-H judging contests and other fun activities. Watch for details.

Summer Horse Show Series – June 23, July 14, and August 4
Stevens County 4-H Horse Leaders have three shows planned for the summer. The first show Jumpin’ Into June is set for June 23. Show two Jammin’ July will be July 14. Both shows are open to youth and adults. 4-H membership is not required. The final show Fun in the Sun is August 4 and will be a state qualifier for 4-H members, but open participants are still welcome. All shows will be held at the NE WA Fairgrounds. Pre-registration is required. Click the links for registration forms and registration dates.

State 4-H Fair Creative Gardening Project
The Washington State 4-H Fair has a Creative Kids Projects Contest open to all junior, intermediate, and senior project members. No pre-qualification is necessary and items can be mailed. Seven special projects are available. One is “Garden Themed Gift Basket”.  Select a small basket (12’x12” max) and fill it with tools, seeds, and supplies for your garden. All items must be usable and it is preferable that at least one item be handmade. Total cost shall not exceed $10. A 3”x5” card must accompany the entry describing how the item was made and its uses. Watch for more details on this and the other contests, but now is a great time to look for garden items!!!

International Exchange
Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Japan and South Korea this summer. We’re looking for host families that would like to have cross-cultural experience by opening their home and hearts to one of these delegates. The host family commitment is July 22 – August 17. 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. Delegates from South Korea are members of the Korea 4-H program. 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/ 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 background checks for all family members over 18 who will be in the home during the exchange period, as well as a home visit and family interview. Contact Dianna Ullery (360-867-2153 dianna.ullery@wsu.edu) if you have questions, and apply to be a Host Family at www.states4hexchange.org

 

 

Clover Courier – March 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

 In this issue…

  • Meat ‘n Good Time – April 7
  • Shooting Sports Leader Training – April 14-15
  • Horse Judging and Groom Squad Clinic and Contest – April 22
  • Dog Agility – May 5
  • Washington State 4-H Teen Summit – June 29 – July 1
  • State 4-H Fair Still Life Poetry Contest Opportunity

For a complete list of 2018 4-H Events visit here: http://extension.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/4-h-events/

Meat ‘n Good Time – April 7
Meat ‘n Good Time Flyer
Haynickers II 4-H is sponsoring this annual Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest on Saturday, April 7 from 10 am -2 pm at the Burgess Ranch. This is a state-qualifying livestock judging contest for those interested. The day starts with a mini-judging clinic for those new to judging. The contest follows and then after lunch there will be demonstrations and knowledge games for all. Contact Helen Burgess at 675-4942 for more information.

Shooting Sports Leader Training – April 14-15
Registration Flyer
Kootenai County Extension is again offering Shooting Sports Training to become 4-H trained shooting sports leaders. Training will be offered in the following disciplines: archery, hunting, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Registration is now open. Training will be April 14-15 in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Horse Judging and Groom Squad Clinic and Contest – April 22
Information and Registration
Here’s your chance to try horse judging and groom squad. Judging gives you an opportunity to learn what the judge is looking for and place a class, then have it compared to official judge’s scoring. Groom squad is fun class to learn about proper grooming of the horse in a contest format. This event is a state-qualifier for those interested. Events start a 1 pm at the NE WA Fairgrounds in Colville. Pre-registration is required by April 14.

Dog Agility – May 5
Panorama 4-Paws is hosting a dog agility course during Pet Lovers Day, May 5, in Chewelah. Bring your dog and try out this fun event. Watch for more details on time and location.

Washington State 4-H Teen Summit – June 29 – July 1
Teens going into grades 7-10 this fall are invited to this great leadership opportunity June 29 – July 1 at the Lazy F Camp in Ellensburg, WA. Activities include fun and educational workshops, field games, youth-adult partnership training, and summer camp fun!!! Cost is $125 and registration can be done at wa.4honline.com.

State 4-H Fair Creative Poetry Contest
The Washington State 4-H Fair has a Creative Kids Projects Contest open to all junior, intermediate, and senior project members. No pre-qualification is necessary and items can be mailed. Seven special projects are available. One is “Creative Poetry Project: Summer Fun”. Poetry must be original and submitted on one 8 ½ and 11 inch page in 12 point or larger font. It can be illustrated. Watch for more details on this and the other contests, but you can start writing now!!!

 

Clover Courier – February 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • The Dog Daze of Winer – February 24
  • Sensational Saturday – March 3
  • Public Presentation Contests – March 20 and 24 and April 17
  • NE WA Fair Update
  • Youth Beef and Swine Field Days – March 17 and March 24
  • State 4-H Fair Still Life Photo Contest Opportunity
  • Goat Project Web Site
  • Spokane County 4-H Tack Swap – March 10

The Dog Daze of Winter – February 24
The Stevens County 4-H Dog Program presents The Dog Daze of Winter from 10 am – 3 pm at the Ag and Trade Center in Colville (311 W. Astor). Topics include showmanship, obedience, agility, therapy, and Canine Good Citizen. Bring your dog for some great hands-on practice and experience. If your dog can’t make it that’s okay you will still learn lots. Open to youth ages 5-18 and adults. No cost to attend, but donations will be accepted for the NE WA Fair end of year celebration. For more information or to register contact 4-H Dog Program Leader Jody Hoffman at (509) 684-5977 or jhoffman@plix.com

Sensational Saturday – March 3
Sensational Saturday Flyer
4-H Sensational Saturday
is nearly here again. We are still finalized a few classes, but the draft above will give you a good idea about the day. We have livestock classes, horse classes, make and take crafts, sewing, gardening, dogs, cats, big tree contest, crystal experiments, and more!!! The day starts at 9:15 am and concludes shortly after 2 pm at the Community College in Colville on March 3. The day is open to all school age youth (4-H and non 4-H). It is a day of fun workshops to learn more about your 4-H project or explore new projects. You will have the opportunity to attend five 45 minute workshops throughout the day. Stevens County 4-H Leaders’ Council will provide a complimentary lunch for attendees. Contact Shannon Rowley at (509) 684-2588 or sgordon@wsu.edu for additional information.

Public Presentations – March 20 and 24 and April 17
Two Area Public Presentation contests are scheduled…the first is March 20 in Chewelah and the second is in Colville on March 24. Area contests are open to all age divisions. Make sure you review Stevens County 4-H Public Presentation Policy for important information you need to know before giving your presentation at an Area Contest. Registration is required by calling Shannon at 684.2588. You will be assigned a presentation time. Blue ribbon winners at area contests are invited to attend the County Finals contest on April 17 where state qualifiers will be selected. Additional information on Public Presentations can be found at http://ext100.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/youth/4-h-public-presentations/.

Public Presentation Flyer

NE WA Fair Update
Mark your calendars for the annual Fair Benefit Dinner on Saturday, May 12. There are two opportunities for you to help: 1) 4-H members are asked to bring a dessert for the dinner and 2) we are looking for a 4-H club to provide table decorations and centerpieces. If your club is interested in the table decorating opportunity please let Shannon know by March 9 at sgordon@wsu.edu.

NE WA Fair Scholarship Applications are due April 10 and available here: http://www.co.stevens.wa.us/NE_WA_Fair/pdf%20docs/2017%20NEWA%20Fair%20Association%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf

Youth Beef and Swine Field Days – March 17 and March 24
All interested 4-H and FFA youth and adults are invited to participate in the Youth Beef and Swine Field Days hosted by WSU and University of Idaho Extension. The WSU/UI Youth Beef Field Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the Lewiston Livestock Market in Lewiston, ID. Topics for the day include: health care, selection, feeding and nutrition, low stress handling, calculating yield grade using an app, quality assurance, judging and fitting and clipping demonstration. The registration fee of $8 per person is due by March 9. Note that registration is capped at 100 participants so sign up soon! The registration fee includes lunch and handout materials. The WSU/UI Youth Swine Field Day will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin, WA. Topics for the swine field day include: selection and trends, low stress handling, nutrition, health care, quiz bowl, recording keeping using an app, and Fitting and Showing demonstration. The registration fee of $8 per person is due by March 16. Note that registration is capped at 100 participants so sign up soon! The registration fee includes lunch and handout materials. Both of these field days provide hands-on activities for youth so they will learn skills to experience a fun and successful market animal project. This will be one of the best opportunities for the year so register early to guarantee your participation. Enrollment forms for both field days are available on-line at: http://extension.wsu.edu/asotin. For questions contact Mark Heitstuman, WSU Asotin/Garfield County Extension Director, 509. 243.2009, heitstuman@wsu.edu; or Janet Schmidt, WSU Whitman County Extension Director, 509.397.6290, schmidtj@wsu.edu or Kathee Tifft, University of Idaho Nez Perce County Extension Director, 208.799.3096, ktifft@uidaho.edu.

State 4-H Fair Photo Contest Opportunity
The Washington State 4-H Fair has a Creative Kids Projects Contest open to all junior, intermediate, and senior project members. No pre-qualification is necessary and items can be mailed. Seven special projects are available. One is “Creative Photo Project: Agriculture and Farming”. Photos must be either 5”x7” or 8”x10” and mounted on matte board with a minimum 1” margin and maximum 2”. Must be printed on photographic paper and be representative of Ag and Farming (people, equipment, crops, animals, or anything else representative of ag). Photos must be captioned. Watch for more details on this and the other contests, but you can start taking photos now!!!

Goat Project
Here is a web site for goat project youth! http://www.goatbiology.com/index.html

 

Clover Courier – January 2018
Stevens County 4-H Newsletter
sent to 4-H leaders, members, and families

In this issue…

  • The Dog Daze of Winer – February 24
  • Sensational Saturday – March 3
  • 4-H Scholarships – deadline is March 15
  • Public Presentation Contests – March 20 and 24 and April 17
  • Shooting Sports Leader Training – April 14-15
  • International Exchange Opportunities
  • Washington Swine Information Day – February 9
  • Joann Paper Clover Promotion

The Dog Daze of Winter – February 24
The Stevens County 4-H Dog Program presents The Dog Daze of Winter from 10 am – 3 pm at the Ag and Trade Center in Colville (311 W. Astor). Topics include showmanship, obedience, agility, therapy, and Canine Good Citizen. Bring your dog for some great hands-on practice and experience. If your dog can’t make it that’s okay you will still learn lots. Open to youth ages 5-18 and adults. No cost to attend, but donations will be accepted for the NE WA Fair end of year celebration. For more information or to register contact 4-H Dog Program Leader Jody Hoffman at (509) 684-5977 or jhoffman@plix.com

Sensational Saturday – March 3
Save the Date!!! It’s almost time again for our 4-H Sensational Saturday program. It will be held from 9 am to 2 pm at the Community College in Colville on March 3. The day is open to all school age youth (4-H and non 4-H). It is a day of fun workshops to learn more about your 4-H project or explore new projects. You will have the opportunity to attend five 45 minute workshops throughout the day. Stevens County 4-H Leaders’ Council will provide a complimentary lunch for attendees. Contact Shannon Rowley at (509) 684-2588 or sgordon@wsu.edu for additional information.

4-H Scholarships — application deadline is March 15
Washington State 4-H is pleased to offer a number of different scholarships. Current and former Washington State 4-H members are eligible to apply.  Applicants must have accumulated at least two years of 4-H affiliation.  Previous Washington State 4-H scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be a senior attending an accredited two or four-year college or university in the fall. Applications will be done in the 4-H Online system (the same place you register for 4-H). Please visit http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/scholarship-opportunities/ for a complete list of available scholarships, application, instructions, and a short video on completing and uploading your application.

Public Presentations – March 20 and 24 and April 17
Two Area Public Presentation contests are scheduled…the first is March 20 in Chewelah and the second is in Colville on March 24. Area contests are open to all age divisions. Make sure you review Stevens County 4-H Public Presentation Policy for important information you need to know before giving your presentation at an Area Contest. Registration is required by calling Shannon at 684.2588. You will be assigned a presentation time. Blue ribbon winners at area contests are invited to attend the County Finals contest on April 17 where state qualifiers will be selected. Additional information on Public Presentations can be found at http://ext100.wsu.edu/stevens/youth/youth/4-h-public-presentations/.

Public Presentation Flyer

Shooting Sports Leader Training – April 14-15
Kootenai County Extension is again offering Shooting Sports Training to become 4-H trained shooting sports leaders. Training will be offered in the following disciplines: archery, hunting, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. Registration is now open. Training will be April 14-15 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Registration forms can be obtained from the Kootenai County Extension office by calling 208-446-1680 or email teresagb@uiidaho.edu

International Exchange Opportunities
Washington 4-H International Exchange is hosting youth delegates from Costa Rica (3 youth), Japan (10 youth and 1 chaperone), and South Korea (10 youth and 1 chaperone) this summer. We’re looking for families that want to gain a global perspective by hosting an international delegate. The host family commitment for Costa Rica delegates is June 26-July 21, and for Japan and South Korea delegates it’s July 21 – August 20. No special activities are required or expected, just a great 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 a few weeks this summer. The delegate list is not yet available, but this is the perfect time to submit your family hosting application. Then you’ll be the first to know who’s coming to Washington this summer. Each family should have a designated host sibling who would be the same gender and within 3-4 years of the international delegate. Call Dianna Ullery (360-867-2153) or email dianna.ullery@wsu.edu if you have questions, and apply to be a Host Family at www.states4hexchange.org 

Washington Swine Information Day – February 9
The Washington Swine Information Day will be held on February 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 5:15 PM at the Pillar Rock Grill (Moses Lake Golf & Country Club) in Moses Lake, Washington.  Swine producers of all sizes; 4-H/FFA youth producers; agency representatives; agriculture educators; and fair/show representatives are invited to participate.   The event has been organized and sponsored by Washington Pork Producers, National Pork Board Checkoff, and Washington State University Extension.

Washington Swine Information Day features an array of presentations that have been organized to meet the diverse and unique needs of Pacific Northwest Swine Producers.  This year’s program will feature a one-day shortened version of the WSU Pork 300 short-course.  WSU PORK 300 is an intense three-day, hands-on workshop held on the WSU Campus.  The class has been recognized by industry leaders and producers as a highly educational program for producers and industry stakeholders of all sizes and market types.  The condensed PORK 200 program offered during Swine Information Day on February 9th will focus on live animal evaluation, carcass estimation, economics of pork pricing, pork taste/flavor, pork quality and retail cuts.  The program will focus on teaching individuals how to produce and market quality pigs and pork products. Dr. Steve Larsen, Assistant Vice President of Science and Technology of the National Pork Board, will discuss the proposed voluntary pork grading system and consumer demands concerning pork quality and pork cuts. In addition to the WSU PORK 200 activities, the afternoon session will also include other important resource information for both adult and youth swine producers.  Dr. Paul Kuber will discuss the new national quality assurance program, “Youth for the Quality Care of Animals”, and how youth may participate in this new program.  Youth participating in Washington Swine Information Day will receive a free $12 coupon to certify in the on-line YQCA class.  YQCA will be replacing the Youth Pork Quality Assurance program.  The day will also feature an update of resources available from the National Pork Board; compliance with the sow traceability and sow tags; as well as feral swine issues in Washington and handling conflicts with wildlife on your farm.

Registration for the day’s event is $25 per person and includes seminar, handouts, lunch and break refreshments.   An all-day youth registration, $20, is also available to 4-H and FFA members.  Individuals may also attend just the afternoon session for $10.  There is a $15 per person late charge for registrations postmarked after January 31, 2018.  Please pre-register so we can ensure adequate accommodations and meals.  A complete seminar agenda and registration brochure is available at http://extension.wsu.edu/animalag/event/washington-state-swine-information-day/ or by contacting Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at smithsm@wsu.edu  or (509)754-2011, Ext 4363.  To register with a credit card, go to https://www.BrownPaperTickets.com and enter event number 3220888 (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3220888).  Additional funding for this event was made available by Pork Checkoff funding.

JOANNhearts4H Paper Clover Promotion
We are pleased to announce the Paper Clover campaign is coming to JOANN stores! During the month of February, millions of JOANN customers, 4-H members and supporters will have a chance to share their hearts and show their love by equipping local Clubs with resources to reach more kids in need. Here’s how: Support the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign by visiting your local store between February 1 and 28, 2018. Donate $1 or $4 at purchase, and you’ll receive a clover featuring a special Valentine’s Day craft from FamilyFun. With each $4 donation, you’ll get $4 off your next purchase. Join hundreds of 4-H youth February 3, 2018, from 11 am-2 pm to make and deliver custom Valentine’s Day cards to local children’s hospitals, senior citizen centers, and others in the community. Visit your local JOANN store to participate.

Current & lifetime 4‑H members, parents of members, volunteers and 4‑H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases at JOANN Fabrics every day with 4‑H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to 4‑H. Visit http://www.joann.com/4-h/ to get started.