National & State Opportunities

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Source: National 4-H Council

Now through November 6, middle and high school students who volunteer can apply for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The program honors students in grades 5-12 who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Top honorees earn cash prizes and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C. for four days of national recognition events. Learn more at


2019 Youth in Action Awards Applications Are Open!

Source: National 4-H Council

Every 4-H’er has a story, and every story is worth telling! The 4-H Youth in Action Awards Program is a premier opportunity for your 4-H’ers to share your stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others. Learn more at


Northeast Community College Livestock Classic Steer & Heifer Show

4-H and FFA members are invited to participate in this annual show November 23-24, 2018.  Breeding heifers will show on the 23rd and market animals on the 24th.  Pre-register by November 16.  Contact the Cherry County Extension Office for a copy of the letter and form:  402-376-1850 or


Fur & Feather Fun Day

For poultry and rabbit enthusiasts!  Lots of opportunities from a “top chef” competition, to a skill-a-thon to showmanship.  This event will be held at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE, on November 3 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Contact the Cherry County Extension Office for a copy of the flyer:  402-376-1850 or



4-H Curriculum on Sale Until Oct. 31


There is a variety of resources for every 4-H project, from print material, to web resources, to video.  With enrollment opening this week, it’s a good time to think about your 4-H curriculum needs for the 4-H year.  BEFORE you order, please contact us at the Extension Office to see if we have the manual you are looking for in stock.  We are still liquidating the inventory we kept on hand for many years.  If we do not have it, we can help direct you to the correct location for placing an order. Nebraska-developed resources can be found at  But we also use manuals from other states and from national 4-H.  Now until the end of October, the national curriculum at Shop 4-H headquarters is 25% off.  This is the deepest discount on 4-H curriculum that Shop 4-H offers!

 What makes 4-H Curriculum unique?

Developed by 4-H university professionals, 4-H curriculum includes 400+ resources focused on STEM, arts, citizenship, and more. It is designed for 4-H clubs, afterschool programs, school enrichment, homeschool, camps, and other youth organization settings. All Shop 4-H materials are reviewed by the National 4-H Peer Review process, signifying excellence in providing hands-on learning experiences.  State-developed resources also go through a rigorous review process.

Thank you Betty for 22 years & welcome Kara!

Have you heard the rumors Betty Quick is retiring?  Well it is true.  Don’t panic yet because Betty is going to help in the office one day a week.  While we are sad to see her leave her full time position, we also want to wish her the best in her new adventure in life, retirement.  Betty has been the office manager in the Extension office for the last 22 years.  The Extension Office is very thankful and appreciative of all the hard work Betty has instilled into Extension and 4-H.  We want to thank her for all her organization behind the scenes and know things would not have been accomplished without her.  If you want to give Betty a thank you of your own, you can send thank you notes or cards to the Extension office and we will be sure to deliver them to her.

Nebraska Extension in Cherry County would like to introduce Kara Brashears as the new Office Manager.


Kara was born and raised in Paxton, Nebraska by her father that was a foreman on the railroad and her mother that was a music teacher.  Kara and her husband, Zac, moved to Valentine in 2008.  Zac is the Fisheries Biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks. They have two children Brooke (6) and Cam (3). As a family, they are very active outdoors people.  They love to camp, fish, hunt, and be outdoors.  They love their life in Valentine and appreciate all it has to offer.

4-H Enrollment is now open on 4-H Online!


2019 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, 2019New 4-H families in Cherry County may enroll until June 1.

Enrollment for both youth members and adult volunteers will be done via

  • 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 Challenge, 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 Clover Kid 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 be submitted no later than February 1 via .   Step by step instructions are available, if needed, to help with the enrollment process.

Please stop in to the Extension Office or give us a call to round up your project manuals and other supplies!

College Scholarship Opportunities for Cherry County 4-H Members

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Three college scholarships are currently available to Cherry County 4-H members.  The Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship (due Dec. 1, 2018) and the Kerry Bryant Memorial Scholarship (due Dec. 7, 2018) are open to high school seniors.  Cherry County 4-H Council scholarships (due Dec. 7, 2018) are awarded to high school seniors and undergraduate college students.  For more information or for an application, contact 402-376-1850 or  Applications are also being sent to Cherry County high school guidance counselor offices.

Quilts of Valor Sewing Days in November

sewing machineThe weather is getting cooler and that puts us in the mood for SEWING!!!  For those wanting to get an early start on Quilts of Valor, there will be two sewing workshops in November – the 10th and 17th.  Both sessions will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church (130 E 3rd St).

Youth need to bring the following:

  • Most important! A sewing mentor! It is critical that each youth is accompanied by an adult with sewing experience.
  • A sewing machine (If you don’t have a machine, contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or in advance to check one out and get familiar with it.)
    • Prior to the workshops, make sure you know how to thread the machine, how to put thread on the bobbin, and how to insert the bobbin.
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Red and blue thread
  • Extra bobbins
  • Other basic sewing tools
  • Any fabric you have selected
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Going out for a short lunch break is fine or bring a sack lunch

The Art of Appreciation – 4-H Thank You Supper & Achievement Night

Attention ALL Cherry County 4-H Families!!!

So Thankful

The Cherry County 4-H program receives a tremendous amount of support from the community, from Luck of the Draw donations, to livestock sales, to volunteering and so much more.  To kick off Thanksgiving week the Cherry County 4-H Council will be hosting a soup and dessert social on Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 pm CT for all area 4-H donors and volunteers.  This event will be held at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  (Holiday Preview will run in Valentine until 5:00 pm that day.)  In addition to the meal, 4-Hers will set up displays highlighting 4-H projects and achievement awards will be given.  It will be a chance for community members to see the difference that their investments are making!

4-H families can get involved many ways!

  • Donate soup ingredients for the meal, gallons of ice cream, or paper products
  • Make desserts (pies, no bake cheesecakes, cobblers, etc.)

If you would like to help with food, be watching for another Alert next week, as we will be launching an online sign-up spreadsheet. 

  • Help with set-up/decorating, serving, or clean-up
  • Make decorations using the die cut machine
    1. Tuesday, November 6 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm @ Cherry Co. Extension Office
    2. Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm @ Cherry Co. Extension Office
    3. Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Our Savior Lutheran Church (during Quilts of Valor workshop)
    4. Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Our Savior Lutheran Church (during Quilts of Valor workshop)
  • Set up a display highlighting a 4-H project (youth and clubs receiving project grant dollars are required to do this, but we would like more)

For all other volunteer opportunities, please contact Michelle at 402-376-1850 or

If you think there is a 4-H volunteer who should be invited, let us know.  We try to keep a good list at the office, but we know that some of our “behind the scenes” helpers are missed.

Thank you!!!

National Youth Science Day Event October 16

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Cherry County is excited to announce that it will be one of the state-wide sites for a LIVE hands-on learning experience on National Youth Science Day, October 16, 2018. The festivities will run from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST at the Extension Office and we will connect with other sites online. This year’s theme is “Code Your World” with a focus on Computer Science (CS). NO prior experience with coding required for youth or volunteers! Please have interested youth preregister by October 15 (it is completely FREE)! Michelle will also be available to take this experience to classrooms or group meetings during the month of October – please contact her at or 402-376-1850 to set up a session.

4-H Cherry County Fall Festival

Strike, split, spare.  Do you know everything about bowling?  We are not experts either but we do know about 4-H and what it has to offer. Join us for the Cherry County 4-H Fall Festival Recruitment Event, Sunday, October 21st from 2-4 pm CST at Brewer’s Canoers and Bowling Center.  Come get to know our 4-H members, families and leaders.  We want to share all the opportunities full of fun and positive educational programs.  Each current 4-H family is asked to bring a finger food to share, as well as some cash to purchase drinks.  The rest is free!!! Each 4-H member who brings a potential new member will be registered for a prize (1)