Volunteer Screening



Thank you for being a volunteer for Cherry County 4-H.

2018 is the year for all Cherry County volunteers, Council members, Foundation members and committee members to complete the Volunteer Screening Form. This screening takes place every four years. This means filling out and submitting the form even if you just filled it out last year. All new volunteers must be screened regardless.

I want to remind you to make sure the form is filled out completely:

  • Use the new form with the bar code on the top and bottom of the form.  You can find the form at https://4h.unl.edu/resources/volunteers-screening .
  • Every form must have a signature from an employee in the extension office or be notarized.
  • In addition, quickly scan the form to make sure all boxes have been filled in.  Use N/A or None if a box is being left blank.
  • If the volunteer is under the age of 19, Section C must be completed by a legal guardian.
  • Each form must have a social security number.

All forms are returned to the volunteer that are not completely or correctly filled out. So please give the form a quick look over to make sure it is complete.

Please complete the form by March 15. When you stop at the Extension Office for a signature we can mail the form for you or you may do so on your own.

Again, thanks for taking the time to ensure the safety of our youth as well as the volunteers of Cherry County and to provide liability insurance to you as a volunteer.



Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant


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If you or your club has an idea for a program or project that would improve the 4-H experience for Cherry County members, apply for a Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant. The Cherry County 4-H Foundation offers funding to clubs, independent members or groups that would like to develop and carry out a program that would enhance 4-H programming in Cherry County.

Examples of past projects that have been funded include: Landscape project at the Cherry County Fairgrounds, CWF sponsors, horse clinics, die cut machine, fans for livestock barn at County Fair, B.B. guns, archery equipment, dog agility equipment and trap equipment.

If you would like an application, email jdexter3@unl.edu or call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Applications can be found on our website under “4-H Project Resources” at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. Grant applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on March 9, 2018.

The purpose of the 4-H Foundation is to act as an integral support system of 4-H programs and youth in Cherry County.  The goal of the foundation is to develop leadership and to stimulate interest in lifelong learning, while encouraging the betterment of Cherry County and its communities.  Funds generated by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation are to be used for adult and youth trainings, program development and acquisition of equipment to benefit 4-H and youth.

2018 Nebraska 4-H Month – Share Your Story! 


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What does being a Nebraska 4-H member look like? We want to know!

February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and we want to hear your 4-H story! Maybe it’s showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Or zooming down the zipline. Share a short video or photo that shows your 4-H experience. Videos or photos may be shared through social media using the #NE4H and #TrueLeaders hashtags. Or, if your story involves a community service project, submit your project on the 4-H Community Service Project Map at https://4h.unl.edu/community-service-map and the project will be shared through the Nebraska 4-H social media channels!

We look forward to seeing your 4-H story this February during Nebraska 4-H Month!

2018 Cherry County 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Contest


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The 2018 Communication & Expressive Arts Contest will be held on Friday, March 2 at 5:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School. The important life skill of being able to speak before a group or to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest.

Divisions include speech, public service announcements, presentations, music and talent. This year’s PSA theme is “4-H Grows True Leaders.” Age divisions include Clover Kid, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Guidelines, details and entry forms can be found at cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h under “Cherry County 4-H Events Information.” Deadline for registration is February 21. If you prefer a hard copy of these documents, stop by the Extension Office to pick them up or call us at 402-376-1850.

Luck of the Draw


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The Cherry County 4-H Council will be hosting the annual 4-H “Luck of the Draw” fundraiser during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10. Local 4-H youth and leaders will connect with the community to raise funds for the Cherry County 4-H program.  This is the only annual fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Money raised supports 4-H programming, trophies, awards, scholarships, grants, exhibitor t-shirts and project resources.

Tickets may be purchased during the Luck of the Draw event on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 4 pm at the Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Please make note of the new location!

Tickets may be pre-purchased beginning January 22 through February 5 from Tiffany Swanson at Security First Bank in Valentine or Michelle McNare at Erin Heath’s CPA office in Cody. 4-H members that have volunteered to sell tickets will also have them available.

Ticket prices are 10 tickets for $10.00 or 30 tickets for $25.00. Choose from the many items you would like to take home and place your tickets in that item’s draw pot for a chance at winning. Ticket sales close at 4 pm and winners will be announced beginning at 4:30 pm at the Veteran’s Club.

Luck of the Draw Pre-Ticket Sales


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Pre-ticket sales will be offered for the Cherry County 4-H Luck of the Draw fundraiser held during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10. 4-Hers can stop by the Extension Office to pick up the packets beginning January 22nd. Pre-sale tickets will only be sold through February 5. This is a great opportunity to sell tickets to those individuals that might be short on time the day of the Bull Bash.

The 4-Her that sells the most tickets will win their choice of $200 toward a camp at the State 4-H Camp this summer or $50 in Chamber Bucks. Stop by the Extension Office on January 22 to get your pre-ticket sale packets. Money and ticket stubs must be returned to the Extension Office by February 5.

Poultry & Rabbit Clinic


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A 4-H poultry and rabbit clinic and a rabbit show will be held on Saturday, January 20, at the Custer County Fairgrounds in the Shooting Sports Building in Broken Bow.  Michelle Garwood will be attending and has volunteered to carpool. Contact her for arrangements at 402-389-1655 or michellejeangarwood@gmail.com.

Registration 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Poultry and Rabbit Clinic 10:00 a.m. to Noon

4-H and Open Rabbit Show 1:00 p.m.

Learn about:

  • Showmanship
  • How to choose and what makes a good show animal
  • What to feed your animal
  • Type of housing you should have
  • Plus lots more

Clinic cost is $10 per person or $25 for family (includes 2 entries per person into the show).

Show cost is $3 per animal. Bring your Best Dressed Rabbit Costume. There will also be a Quiz Bowl area and Door Prizes.

Preregistration is appreciated by calling 308-870-2115. Lunch will be available on site.

2018 4-H membership enrollment is open for Cherry County


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2018 4-H enrollment for youth currently enrolled in Cherry County 4-H or for new members is now open.  The deadline to re-enroll is February 1, 2018.  New 4-H families in Cherry County may enroll until June 1.

Enrollment for both youth members and adult volunteers will be done via ne.4honline.com.

  • The Health Form part of the enrollment does NOT have to be filled out unless you are planning to attend camp, participate in a state event (Life Challege, PASE, etc) or if there is a condition/situation the Extension Office staff needs to be aware of.
  • Please make sure you properly select the “Correspondence Preference” to indicate if your family wants to receive the Cherry County 4-H Alerts newsletter by mail or e-mail.
  • Please be careful to select from the drop down menu of CloverKid projects only those shown in the Cherry County Clover Kids Curriculum list as available in Cherry County.
  • Independent Club members need to select Cherry County Independents as their club.

There is a $5 enrollment fee payable to Cherry County 4-H Foundation-Council for each 4-H member. There is not a fee for volunteer leaders.

  • The enrollment status will remain pending until the fee is received at the Extension Office. You may either drop off or mail the enrollment fee.
  • Both the online enrollment and the enrollment fee are due by February 1.  The 4-H Council late fee of $10 will be applicable.

Leader, Committee Members, and Volunteer enrollments must also be submitted no later than February 1 via ne.4honline.com .
Step by step instruction are available, if needed, to help with the enrollment process.
See our Project Resource page for information on obtaining project manuals.


Save the Date for CEA contest


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The 2018 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts contest will be held on Friday, March 2nd at 5:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School.

The CEA contest includes speeches, public service announcements, presentations, and individual and group vocals and instrumental music.

Christmas break is the perfect time to brainstorm some topics and decide what you and your group will do! Complete details and guidelines will be available in January.