Watch this 4-H Documentary, “Why CWF Changed Me…”

How do programs like Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) affect 4-H’ers? We asked delegates to answer this question…

Earlier this summer, we followed around delegations from Nebraska, North Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and Tennessee to see how 4-H’ers, coordinators and U.S. Senators could help tell the story of CWF. Watch the video at and see how youth are impacted by their experience at CWF.

Can you spot the Cherry County 4-Hers?

CWF is open to all area youth who will have completed 9th grade by June of 2016. Contact the Extension Office for more information or to participate.


Celebrate National 4-H Week – October 6-12, 2013 

Wear a 4-H Shirt Challenge during National 4-H Week – featuring NEW photo categories! This challenge provides a unique marketing campaign and a nice way to capture 4-H week participation.

Here’s how it works:

Adams and Fillmore Counties are challenging 4-H supporters from across the state to show their 4-H pride with this fun and easy contest. Youth and/or adults may participate by simply taking a unique picture of themselves wearing a 4-H shirt during the week of October 6-12, 2013. Then, post their picture to the Facebook event or to Twitter using the provided hash tag.

Check back throughout the week to “like” your favorite photos! Official voting ends October 13th at midnight.

Post your picture via:

* Facebook: post to the event titled: 2013 Wear a 4-H Shirt

* Twitter: tag with #weara4Hshirt

Be sure to tag your photo with the category entry.

The Picture Categories:

* Nebraska Landscape * Most People in One Photo * Fun with Food

The best picture from each category will win a prize! This contest will run for one week only. No early posts will be accepted. Questions or comments? Contact Elizabeth Janning at (402) 461-7209 or Megan Burda at (402) 759-3712.

 Sewing Classes

The after school sewing club got off to a great start in September and will meet approximately once a month.  This is for all skill levels and parents are welcome to learn right along too!  The next two meetings are scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, November 14.  Meetings are held in the basement of the Quilting Cupboard in Valentine and run from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to come a little earlier (if possible) to set up their machines and equipment so the lesson can begin promptly at 4:00.  Arrangements can be made to drop off sewing machines earlier in the day if needed.  For more information, contact Jody Wilson at or Michelle Garwood at 402-389-1655,


Nebraska Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop to be Held at Chambers

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for October 19-20 at the Holt County Fairgrounds in Chambers. Registration deadline is October 9th. Adult volunteers and junior leaders can choose one of six disciplines to become certified. Hunting Skills, Archery, Rifle, Shotgun, Muzzleloading and Pistol will be offered. Participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Team and National instructors. The registration fee is $90 per person for initial certification and $80 per person that are adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The Cherry County 4-H Council is offering scholarships to Cherry County leaders wishing to become certified. Contact the Extension Office or email

Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium   

The annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex on November 22-24.  The symposium is designed to introduce youth to career opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills.

November 22-23, 2013  Freshman/Sophomores

November 23-24, 2013  Juniors/Seniors


The first will be geared toward freshman and sophomore students, held on Friday and Saturday. They will:

  • get more of an introduction to the beef industry
  • interaction with faculty about the current research, meat science, beef quality assurance, and marketing
  • introduction to careers.
  • will have the ability to put their team and leadership skills to work by completing a project
  • will have the opportunity to do an infomercial about beef and the benefits of beef in the diet.

Sunday and Monday’s sessions will be geared toward junior and senior high school students. This will follow the traditional route of NYBLS – more in-depth information about the beef industry, meat science, marketing and the opportunity to work with a professional chef. Teams will take in presentations, but will also have the opportunity to work with the chef to create a new beef dish utilizing some of the beef value cuts. The culmination will be presentations in a “booth” atmosphere where UNL students and faculty can also interact with the groups about their projects.

Six $500 CASNR Scholarships will be awarded to junior/senior participants! Room and all meals are provided!             

To hold your spot in the Nebraska Beef Youth Leadership Symposium, complete the registration form at and send  along with a check for the $30 registration fee by October  21st.  The registration fee, after October 21st and no later than October 30th, is $50.

Career Portfolios  

The Nebraska Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth.  It is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout an individual’s 4-H career.  The Career Portfolio is required for Cherry Co. youth to be eligible for many county and state awards.  Nebraska will select youth to represent the state at the National 4-H Youth Congress based on achievements outlined in the Career Portfolio.  Information is available at the Extension Office about forms, requirements, awards, etc.  If you need help in completing your Career Portfolio, call Jody at the Extension Office.  Appointments can be made to assist your club or small group with your Career Portfolio.  The portfolios are due to the Extension Office by November 1.

Go to to find instructions and a downloadable copy.

A great video resource in helping complete the Career Portfolio can be found at



The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.  The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by each 4-H award committee in the Local Extension Office. Applications are due in the applicant’s local County Extension Office by December 1, 2013. Contact the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email Jody at for an application.


Found at County Fair

We have at the Extension Office an assortment of fitting supplies that were left at the fairgrounds after county fair. If you think they are yours, stop by.