Air Pistol Informational Meeting

4-Hers wanting to participate in Air Pistol and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting with 4-H leader, John Wilson, on Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm at the Extension Office. The purpose of this meeting is to cover equipment, cost and to determine instruction times. There are only 7 more spots available, so call the Extension Office to participate.

 Sewing Classes will meet October 24 and November 17

The goal of this program offered by Jody Wilson and Michelle Garwood is to help increase the number of youth in our community who know how and LOVE to sew!  Sewing is a very useful life skill that is also becoming a “lost art”.  By meeting monthly, we can help youth build a solid skill set and develop a sense of “community” within a close-knit circle of learners.  Regular meetings throughout the entire 4-H year will also help the youth develop high-quality projects with plenty of support and guidance – no last minute panic before county fair!  Everyone is invited – adults too.  After establishing a firm base, we will soon begin to work on multi-level skills.  Adult volunteers are welcome to help so that we can provide one-on-one assistance to the students as they branch out on projects on different levels.

October 24, 2013, 4-H Sewing Day – Meet at The Quilting Cupboard from 4:00-5:00.  Please be set up and ready to go by 4:00.

Toss Bean Bag Sewing Project

Supplies needed from home to make 1 bean bag (you may bring more fabric if making more bean bags.)

Fabric- enough to cut 2 –  5” squares

Thread to match fabric

Sewing Tool Kit including fabric shears, hand needle, seam ripper

Beans to stuff bag

Sewing machine with bobbin


Sewing a straight line


Turning a corner

Hand stitching

Even if you have these skills, you are invited to come join the fun and help others!

 November 14, 2013, Meet at Country Fabrics from 4:00-5:00.

All skill levels are invited for a tour of the store and to look at different types of fabrics. 

For more information, contact Jody Wilson at or Michelle Garwood at 402-389-1655,


Club Leaders

Organized 4-H Club Leaders will be receiving a packet of information in the mail about their club, tax exemption status and club charters. It will be mailed on 10/18/13. It is very important that you read through this information and return the requested information to the Extension Office no later than November 10. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask Jody or Betty.

November 4-H Club of the Month

Applications are being accepted for the November 4-H Club of the Month until Friday, November 8th. Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized state wide! Applications can be found at

 Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium  – deadline extended

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  31st.  The registration fee, after October 31st and no later than November 8, 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

 Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship

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 Cherry County Extension Office by December 1, 2013. Contact the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email Jody at for an application.

 Denver Catch-a-Calf Contest

4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2014 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2015 National Western Stock Show.  The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors. 4-H members from Western Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications.  Applications are due to Erin Van Peer (Adams County Extension 4-H; 9755 Henderson; Brighton, CO 80601) postmarked no later than December 1, 2013.  Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: