National Show Your Spirit Photo Contest November 5th – 16th

Even our animals can inspire us to do! Enter the Spirit Riding Free and 4-H Show Your Spirit Contest between Nov. 5-16, sharing why your animal has spirit and how it inspires you. You could win a Beaches Resorts Luxury Included Caribbean Vacation! NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Go to—20181101- for all the information.


National Youth Summit Series

The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on maker, agriscience, healthy living, and photography.  Multi-day programs designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12) focusing on giving youth real-world exposure in the fields of. Series aims to teach lessons students can use for the betterment of their personal lives and communities. Register today!

Companion Animal & Wildlife Career Day at UNL November 14

The UNL Department of Animal Science and the School of Natural Resources will be hosting their Companion Animal and Wildlife Career Day on November 14th.  It is open to students interested in learning more about careers and majors in these industries.  Students can register via this link:  Once they’ve registered we’ll send a detailed schedule and parking information.  I’ve included a rough schedule below for your information.  Space is limited to 50 participants.

Check-in: 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Overview: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Animal Science Sessions: 9:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Lunch & Career Panel: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Wildlife Sessions: 12:50 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
Wrap-up: 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

November 8th 4-H Online Cat Club

The next meeting for the 4-H Online Cat Club will be this Thursday November 8, 2018.  This month they will be discussing Stray and Feral Cats. The meeting will start at 6pm CST.  To join, go to  Miss a meeting or two?  You can catch up by downloading the meeting worksheets at this website, then logging on to watch the recorded sessions at

NRD Poster Contest by November 14th

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRD) are holding a poster contest.  This year’s theme is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”.  The contest is open to all public, private, and homeschooled students in grades K-12.  Submit posters to the Middle Niobrara NRD office by November 14th, 2018.   Rules and resources available at  Call 402-376-3241 or email with any questions.

Holidays are a Time to Give Back – Local Community Service

Local Holiday Community Service Opportunities

The Christmas season brings many ways for 4-H clubs and other groups to give back to the community.  Here are two local opportunities:

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing volunteers needed November 23-December 24. Contact Shelley at 402-322-5400 or Wendy at 307-286-6144 to sign up or get more information.
  • Purchase a wreath (or several!) for Wreaths Across America for $15 each (make checks out to Wreaths Across America). Contact Jeannie Beman by November 17.  The program and laying of the wreaths at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine will be December 15 at 11:00 am.

Holidays are a Time to Give Back – Heart of Christmas November 24

Heart of Christmas Celebration is November 24 – Sign up to help!

The Annual Heart of Christmas Celebration in Valentine was designed to help show appreciation for the local businesses that give so much to various organizations throughout the year.  There are many ways to get involved.

  • Cherry County 4-H is specifically tasked with providing hot chocolate, cups (preferably the kind with lids), and cookies for the Santa Claus station. Please contact 4-H Council Member, Beth Gourley, by November 21 to let her know what your family can donate and/or if you can be there to help.  Text Beth at 402-389-1511 or e-mail her at  If you need to drop off donations ahead of time, please have everything to the Extension Office by noon on November 21.
  • We have a Christmas tree and some decorations available if anyone wants to get creative and put up a 4-H tree in a local business for the tree competition.
  • Doing a float would be another great way to say “thank you”! Let us know if you would like to plan one and we can help invite other families across the county.  Or maybe your club wants to tackle it??

Thank You Dinner & Achievement Night RSVPs and Sign-Up for Food Donations

So Thankful

Two important things to do to prepare for the 4-H Thank You Dinner and Achievement Night on November 18 at 6:00 pm at the Cherry County Fairgrounds:

  1.  Please call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or e-mail by November 9 to RSVP for the evening!!!  All 4-H families are encouraged to attend, along with our 4-H donors and volunteers.

2.  Sign up to donate food for the meal.  You can do so on a shared Google spreadsheet            at          d21YO50tQCaks90VE24/edit?usp=sharing or give us a call.



Call for 4-H County Committee Members

meetingWhat is your passion?  You could share it with the youth of Cherry County by serving as a 4-H Committee member!  NEW this year – we are looking for youth to serve on all committees!  We are looking for youth in middle or high school to serve.  If you have an idea about a workshop, project, learning tool, event, etc., you could bring it to life with other like-minded individuals and support from the Cherry County 4-H Council.  The new 4-H year began October 1, so committee planning is gearing up NOW.  Please contact Michelle Garwood at or 402-376-1850 by November 9 if you would like your name submitted to the 4-H Council for consideration for service on one of these committees:

  • Communications & Expressive Arts
  • Dog/Small Animal (Only one member at this time!!!)
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Horse
  • Livestock
  • Science/Engineering/Technology
  • Shooting Sports
  • Scholarship
  • Awards
  • Clover Kids – NEW this year