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.

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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.

Livestock Buyer Thank yous

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It has come to my attention that buyers from the 4-H Livestock Sale at county fair have not received a thank you from several 4-H Livestock Sale participants.

If Cherry County 4-Hers hope to continue to have buyers attend, purchase animals and have community support for this event, it is imperative that each and every 4-Her thank the buyers of their animals.

Thank you notes should have been written in August. This on-going lack of attention puts all of 4-H in a bad light, not just the individuals who appear to be ungrateful. If you have not thanked your buyer, get this taken care of immediately.

In the next few weeks the 4-H Council will be calling on some of the same businesses and individuals that support the livestock sale to also donate for our only 4-H fundraiser, Luck of the Draw. I sincerely hope that the negligence of a few does not affect the whole 4-H program in a potentially detrimental manner.

Hopefully the lack of gratitude by some members can still be remedied with prompt action and prevent 4-H from losing community support.

Luck-of-the-Draw Collection   

All 4-H’ers age 8 and up are needed to join in the Cherry County 4-H Council’s donation drive for the “Luck of the Draw” on Thursday, December 28.

For those of you that are new to 4-H or the area, “Luck of the Draw” is the 4-H Foundation/Council’s one and only fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H.  Items collected on the 28th are used in drawings to raise money during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10. Money raised during the Luck of the Draw supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development and project resources.

Leaders and parents are welcomed and encouraged to help. We will need at least 6 drivers for the Valentine area. If parents are willing to drive or 4-Hers can help with the collection, please contact Tiffany Swanson at tiffany.swanson81@yahoo.com or (308) 430-1643.  We will meet at 1:00 P.M., CT, at the Extension Office.  From there, we will divide up and personally visit Valentine businesses to collect their donations.

Cody, Kilgore, Nenzel and Merriman area collections will take place on the 28th as well. Contact Michelle McNare to help and for meeting time and place details at michellemcnare@outlook.com or (402) 322-1438.

 

Cherry County 4-H enrollment is open

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 will be done via ne.4honline.com. 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.

Cherry County 4-H members are encouraged to consider their areas of interest, and then determine the 4-H projects they would like to enroll in. To help in project selection, please refer to the 2018 list of projects available in Cherry County. Clover Kids (4-H age 5-7) may select only projects listed on the Clover Kids Curriculum list. More detailed information about projects may be found at Project Resource Central  (7.8 MB).

There is a $5 enrollment fee payable to Cherry County 4-H Foundation-Council for each 4-H member. 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 Febr. 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.

4-H Fall Festival

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites its 4-H members, their families and friends to a fun-filled afternoon of games, recognition and food.

The 4-H Family Fall Festival will take place on Sunday, October 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM, CT at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Join us for fun and games beginning at 3:00. Following games we will have an awards presentation based on the submitted Career Portfolios, highlight a few special projects and honor a few other awards. Premium checks from County Fair will also be available for families to pick up.

The 4-H Council will provide a nacho bar and asks that families bring either a side dish or dessert. Eve Millar will entertain us with a cakewalk and fun music so please bring a cake, cookies or your favorite dessert for that event.

Some of the fun activities will include trap shooting (bring or borrow a shot gun), archery (bring or borrow bows and arrows), wagon rides, horse rides, face painting, spider races, ghost topple, bobbing for apples and more! This is a great opportunity for families wanting to join or learn more about 4-H so please tell your non-4-H friends to join in the fun!