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.

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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!

Cat Club

Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for your cat and showing your cat in 4-H. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone interested in showing cats in 4-H whether you have one now or not! Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month and cover topics such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, selecting a cat, at home cat setup, and showmanship.

The Cat Club series is held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. Meetings are hosted via Zoom, a video and web conferencing service. Participants may join starting 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Information for joining the can be found in the Join From Home section on this page. The Cat Club will convene on the following dates:

  • September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • November 9, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • January 11, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • February 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT
  • May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 PM CT

Go to https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club to register and for handout materials.

Quilts of Valor workshop

Cherry County 4-H be offering a Quilts of Valor workshop for 4-H members on Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT at the United Methodist Church in Valentine. Quilts of Valor is a national project honoring military service personnel by donating quilts to those service members.

Those 4-H members who wish to participate must have a minimum of two years of sewing experience, a sewing machine and tools for sewing, and a sewing mentor.  There is no charge for 4-H members to participate.

4-H members need fabric donations in colors of red, white, blue, gold and tan or combinations of those colors, batting and thread. Those who wish to donate can do so at the Cherry County Extension Office at the old Courthouse on Main Street. The project also needs individuals with sewing experience to mentor 4-Hers during the workshops, as well as volunteers who are willing to quilt the finished projects.

 

See the attached flier for complete details and registration information. Quilts of Valor October 2017

4-H Family 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, archery, wagon rides, cakewalk, bobbing for apples, pumpkin bowling, antler ring toss and other fun games. 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!

Career Portfolio 

It’s the time of year for Career Portfolios!

What is a Career Portfolio?

  • It is a record of your 4-H experiences which builds year after year and shows growth in expertise and leadership in project areas.  It also keeps a record of 4-H activities and non-4-H experiences.

Why should you complete a Career Portfolio?

  • These statistics will be invaluable when you are older and applying for things such as National Honor Society and FFA positions and scholarships.  All the information you need will be readily available and organized!
  • Career Portfolios are a competitive project.  You can apply for County awards, then at the State Level as you are older, with the Grand Prize being a trip to National 4-H Congress. In order to apply at the state level you need to have a history in your portfolio. Therefore, the reason to begin when you first become a 4-H member is that you have as complete of a record as possible.  If you have been a 4-H member for a few years, is it too late to begin a portfolio?  Absolutely not.

When is the Career Portfolio due?

  • Completed portfolios are due to the Extension Office by October 4th.
  • We exchange the judging of the portfolios with another county. Results and awards from the Career Portfolio will take place during the 4-H Fall Festival on October 22.
  • Go to http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio to find instructions and a downloadable copy.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in completing your Career Portfolio, contact the Extension Office or email jdexter3@unl.edu to set up an appointment.

Shooting Sports Leader Certification in Imperial

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October in Imperial on October 14-15 at the Chase County Fairgrounds in Imperial. The deadline to register is October 4th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Six project areas will be offered at the Imperial Workshop – rifle, hunting skills, shotgun, pistol, muzzleloading, and archery. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Late registration, after October 4, is $140. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarships available for local leaders. Contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 for details.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or individuals can register directly by clicking HERE.