Need help with the NEW Achievement Application?

4-H Record Book Keep Calm

The deadline for submitting the NEW Achievement Application to be considered for county awards is fast approaching – October 1!  See the previous Alert for details:

For anyone needing help or feedback, you can always call or e-mail Michelle at 402-376-1850 or  She will also take in-person appointments the morning of September 21 (no school at Cody-Kilgore) and on September 27, 8:00 am – 6:30 pm CT (no school at Valentine Public).  Please be sure to call ahead to set up a time so nobody has to wait!

Keep in mind that Nebraska 4-H is transitioning to the Achievement Application this year.  That means that Career Portfolios will still be accepted for 2018, especially for youth who may have several years worth of records invested in this format.




Nebraska 4-H Foundation Annual Trail Ride & Clay Shoot

06-Trail-Ride03-3Annual Nebraska 4-H Trail Ride October 6 at Nebraska National Forest near Halsey

You can access additional information at  Early Bird registration ends September 28th!

Trail Ride Schedule 

Saturday, Oct. 6

9:00am     Registration

10:00am – 12:00pm     Trail Ride (2.5 hours)

12:00 pm      Lunch on the trail

1:00pm – 4:00pm     Trail Ride (3 hours)

6:00pm     Raise Your Hand Alumni Supper (Riders and Community) followed by silent auction

8:00 pm     Bonfire (Optional)

Sunday, Oct. 7

9:00 am     Breakfast

10:00am – 12:00pm     Trail Ride (Optional)



2018 Nebraska 4-H Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot

The 2018 Nebraska 4-H Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot will be Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Oak Creek Sporting Club in Brainard, NE.  Additional information can be found at

Another Hunt Safe Class Opportunity in Valentine September 23!

Attention Valentine Parents: There will be another Hunt Safe session September 23, from 6-8 P.M. at Town and Country Insurance. Register online at and click on education to take the online class and sign up for the classroom session. It is for ages 11-15 and they have to take the online course first. The in-person class is limited to 10 students and it had a waiting list last week, so don’t delay!!! 4-H members must pass this course before participating in trap. Please share.

Quilts of Valor Planning Meeting October 2


We can never say thank you enough to the brave men and women who have fought for our freedom.  It is because of them that we can live and grow in this great country, and participate in programs like 4-H.  One small way we can show our gratitude, while using our 4-H skills, is through the Quilts of Valor program.

This national program seeks to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing hand-made quilts.  We are starting our third year of making quilts for these very special individuals and we would like to invite the entire community to get involved!

There will be a Quilt of Valor planning meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cherry County Extension Office.

This is a national program and open to quilters of all ages – you do not have to be in 4-H to participate!  Please attend this meeting if you are interested in sewing, mentoring a youth, or supporting the program in any other way.

We are always looking for donations of red, white, blue, cream or gold fabric and thread, as well as batting.  Sewing supplies can be delivered to the Cherry County Extension Office at 365 North Main Street.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or e-mail


Online Cat Club Open to All Nebraska 4-H Members!

IMG_1279Did you know that you can be part of a 4-H club that is all online??  The next meeting for the 4-H Online Cat Club will be Thursday September 13, 2018. The meeting will start at 6pm CST. This month we will be discussing Cat History and Breeds.

You can find more information about joining the meeting from home here:

The worksheets are available for download at the link on the website as well, but there are no worksheets for the first lesson. I would encourage you to fill out the registration form for the cat club if you have not already done so.

Follow the link in the green box that says join from home.

If there is interest in Cherry County to form an in-person group on this topic, please give us a call at 402-376-1850 or e-mail

NEW Cherry County Robotics Club – next steps

Robotics ClubThank you to everyone who attended the initial Cherry County 4-H Robotics Club meeting over the summer.  After more research and considering the different ages and ability levels, a plan of action has been developed for the 2018-2019 school year!

At minimum, meetings will be held twice a month.  Depending on the number of volunteers able to help, weekly meetings may be a possibility.

The next meetings will be held on September 20 and September 27, both at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry County Extension Office (upstairs).  THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY PARENT MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 20 AT 7:30 P.M. (APPROX. 30 MINUTES OR LESS). 

There will be two groups – Lego League Juniors (ages 6-10) and First Lego League (ages 9-14).  Note the overlap in ages, this will help to adjust for level of experience when it comes time to compete in the area competition.

At this time, there is a need for at least two more volunteer leaders.  No experience needed – you can learn along with the youth!

NEW Achievement Application to replace Career Portfolio – DUE OCT. 1!

Nebraska 4-H is excited to announce the new Achievement Application ( that will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio and is available to youth this fall as a pilot.  The Achievement Application will be used at the state level to select winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide.  It will also be used for awards in the county.  By having one single form that more closely resembles the kinds of questions being asked on college applications and in resumes, 4-H’ers will be better prepared to be college and job ready while keeping a record of achievements.  For the 2017-2018 reporting year (due OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 FOR CHERRY COUNTY AWARD CONSIDERATION and January 15, 2019 for state level review), youth can opt to use either this application or the Career Portfolio.


County-Level Review

Please submit the following items via email to by October 1, 2018.

  • Completed application, including:
    • About Me page
    • My Experience page
    • Additional responses required for national experience applicants only (1-page max)

State-Level Review

Following your county-level review, please make revisions as needed. Submit your completed application for state-level review no later than January 15th via email to:

If you have not previously submitted to a county, you are still eligible to submit an application by January 15th for all consideration for state-level awards and scholarships.

Valentine Farmers’ Market Invites 4-H Vendors!

Farmers Market

There is nothing better than biting into a ripe and juicy home-grown tomato… except for maybe selling one!  Have you ever thought about the opportunity to market your 4-H garden produce right here in Valentine??

The regular Valentine Farmers’ Market will begin Saturday, September 8th 9am-Noon and will run every Saturday through October at Henderson’s IGA. The Valentine Community Garden (VCG) will also host a Farmers’ Market Day on Thursday, September 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the garden on the corner of 1st and Main streets.  Depending on produce availability, they may also offer an additional Thursday market the first Thursday of October.

New this year, will be the addition of a small market at Prairie Estates to help seniors use their Nebraska Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons. This Senior Market will be held Thursdays beginning Sept 6th 5pm – 6pmThis is a great way for 4-Hers to serve the community!!!

The SFMNP coupons will once again be accepted at all the markets!

Vendors are needed!

To continue to be able to offer fresh produce and homemade baked and canned goods to the Valentine community, the public along with VCG and 4-H members are encouraged to take part and sell their produce at both the Saturday morning and Thursday evening markets.  We also welcome selling homemade crafts and goods. There are no fees or pre-registration required to set up a vendor table at these markets.  4-H members are asked to contact Michelle at 402-376-1850 if you plan to sell at Prairie Estates so we can ensure a full vendor schedule for that opportunity.  All vendors must be sure to review the guidelines on the Nebraska Department of Agriculture website at to be able to sell.

Come out to support the Farmers’ Market and enjoy local, fresh and homemade foods and goods that are available to you and your family.

Please contact Wendy Murphy 402-376-2793 or Michelle Garwood 402-376-1850 if you would like to sell produce or know anyone that would like to sell their produce or homemade goods at the farmers’ markets.

Out of County Event List

Looking to hone your skills and gain more practice in your favorite project area?  Or maybe there is a topic that we are not currently providing a workshop for.  You might want to check out opportunities from across the state.  The Extension Office regularly receives event information from other counties and we would like to pass the word along.  For a complete brochure, contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or check out the event websites.  This is not an exhaustive list.  If you receive information that we do not have, please feel free to share and we will post it for you. 


September 22-23       Aksarben Horse Show                                         Grand Island, NE

September 22             4-Hooves 4-H Club Open Horse Show              Ogallala, NE


September 7-8           Sheep & Goat Educational Meeting                  Clay Center, NE

October 13-14            4S Goat Expo                                                         North Platte, NE

Shooting Sports

September 8               Cuming Co. Sharpshooter .22 Metallic 4-H Silhouette Invite   Wisner, NE

September 9               Boone Co. Shooting Sports Triathlon Fundraiser   Albion, NE

September 16             Sharp Shooters 4-H Club Biathlon & Triathlon    Wayne, NE

September 29             Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invite   Pressey WMA (17 mi. S of Broken Bow)

Hunter Safety Training Sept. 9

Attention Shooting Sports Families!

PART_1501592685058_20170717_183716 (002)There will be a Hunt Safe session September 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Town and Country Insurance. Register online at and click on “Education” to take the online class and sign up for the classroom session. It is for ages 11-15 and they have to take the online course first.  This course must be completed before 4-H members participate in trap shooting events.