Luck of the Draw

Thank you to ALL that donated items, bought tickets or helped in any way with the Cherry County 4-H Luck of the Draw held during the Heart City Bull Bash. It was huge success in raising funds to support programming for Cherry County 4-H!

 Cherry County 4-H Scholarship

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the deadline! Cherry County 4-H is offering three $500 scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded to a graduating high school senior and one to an undergraduate college student. Applicants must be or have been an active member of Cherry County 4-H, including their senior year of high school. More information can be found on the 2014 application at  Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 5, 2014.

 Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant

Grant applications are being accepted now through March 10 for grants from the Cherry County 4-H Foundation. If you or your club has an idea for a program or project that would improve the 4-H experience for Cherry County 4-H members, be sure to apply for a grant. More info can be found at or by contacting our office. Applications are due, in hand, March 10. Applications will be reviewed at the Foundation’s annual meeting on March 11th.

 Sewing Classes

The next Beginner 4-H sewing session is on March 11, 2014, at 6:30 pm.  It will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Valentine.  Participants will begin making the Four Corner Apron. Jody Wilson has the adult pattern (P132 Vanilla House Designs) that can be worked from and adapt size of square to fit.  There is a child pattern (P137) if you are interested in buying.  If you have the pattern or want to buy one, we will simplify the pattern to exclude the bottom trim. The fabric amount listed is for a child size that is estimated. The fabric amount needed is for an adult size so you can determine where your child fits. Estimated the child size is a 20″ square.  The adult size is a 26″ square.  

Supplies needed: Sewing machine with bobbin, bag for thread tails, sewing basket or toolbox including hand needle and thimble, thread to match fabric, 2 buttons to accent fabric – 5/8″ to 3/4″ is a good size.  Fabric:  Front – 5/8 yd for child size,  3/4 yd for adult size; Coordinating Back/Ties Fabric – 1 yd for child size, 1 1/4 yd for adult.  If you are using a directional fabric (pictures, stripes) you may need an extra 1/4 yd.   This will take 2 sessions to complete.  Please feel free to call Jody Wilson at (402) 322-3908 if you have any questions.  

The next Intermediate 4-H sewing session will be March 13, 2014, at 6:30 pm.  It will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Valentine.  We will review skills needed to finish seams and sew a hem.  We will work with bias tape and elastic. We will continue to improve straight sewing and pressing.  If time allows, we will take a look at pattern pieces. Jody Wilson will bring fabric, bias tape, and elastic. Supplies needed: Sewing machine with bobbin and thread and sewing basket or toolbox.

 Communications & Expressive Arts Contest

The important life skills of being able to speak before a group and to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest on Saturday, April 5, at the Valentine High School at Divisions include music, talent, public service announcements, speech, presentations and the brand new job interview contest.  Complete guidelines and entry forms will be updated on the website soon or stop by the office to pick them up. Entries will be due by March 31.  Be sure to call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 if you have questions.

Giving Your Best On-line Program

Ready…Set…Go…Make plans to join a FREE, live web-based program designed for 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Three separate web-based programs are being offered to benefit 4-H volunteers and parents as they enroll in 4-H, hold 4-H club meetings and expand 4-H activities into their communities.

READY: Maximize Your Meeting Time – Making 4-H the priority for busy kids and families may be challenging. Get ready to set your club/youth group in motion by maximizing your time before, during and after each meeting. Gain time-saving tips and ideas that will keep you and group members energized throughout the year.

SET: 4-H Projects from Start to Finish – 4-H projects can set the opportunity for endless experiences all while building life skills in youth. Join us on this webinar to learn more about helping youth get the most out of a 4-H project from start to finish. We will start in the beginning with setting goals for the 4-H Project. Then move to setting the stage for a positive learning experience and round the corner with tips for making a 4-H project unique and meaningful to the 4-H’er.

GO: Beyond the 4-H Project – Help youth extend their 4-H project work through leadership activities and guide them in developing strong connections within their communities through service learning. Learn how to connect young people with the life skills they’ve learned through 4-H, career choices, and by exploring entrepreneurial possibilities.

Register online at: Once you are registered you will receive an email with the webinar link and additional information related to each program. Participate from your OWN home or anywhere you have access to the internet. Each program will meet on-line for one hour to help connect parents and volunteers to pertinent youth development knowledge.

Choose to participate in one or all of 3-different web-based programs on the following dates from Noon to 1:00 p.m. CST and 7:00 p.m. CST

March 27, 2014 READY: Maximize Your Meeting Time

April 3, 2014 SET: 4-H Projects from Start to Finish

April 17, 2014 GO: Beyond in 4-H Project!

All programs will be presented by area UNL 4-H Youth Development Extension Educators

Summer Fun doing Community Service

Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey is seeking counselors for the 2014 Summer Camps.

If you are motivated, enthusiastic, caring and love the great outdoors and are at least 15 years old by June 1st, this job is for you. Rewards of being a counselor include making lifelong friendships, being able to tell endless stories of fun, personal growth and a summer full of adventure. Plus you can help out with the camps that work best in your schedule.

Camp counselors teach and lead campers in recreational activities, as well as supervise daily life at the camp. Counselor positions are ideal for students seeking hands-on, resume-boosting experience working with children and nature. Counselors are also responsible for ensuring campers’ well-being and enforcing camp rules.

Camp activities include: Canoeing, zipline, highwires, tanking, tubing, shooting sports, water slide and much more.  On March 15th, 2014, the State 4-H Camp will be hosting a Counselor Retreat. This will give anyone that is interested in being a counselor an idea of what they would be doing. Past counselors will be there to share new ideas for the upcoming summer camps.

If interested in the summer counselor position and/or the Counselor Retreat send an email to, or call 308-880-0121.

Youth ATV Training (6-16 years)

Our children’s safety is important when they are helping on the Ranch or spending time outdoors.  Help them be safer by taking this course. The course is designed to provide youth, ages 6-16, proper rider safety and handling techniques.  Students will learn about proper safety equipment and ATV pre-ride safety checks. The correct size ATV and helmet will be provided for each youth, or they can bring their own.  Anyone under the age of 10 must have a parent present for the class.  This is a 3-hour course approved and instructed by Nebraska Safety Center on Saturday, May 24th 8:00am/11:30am/3:00pm. Space is limited so, register early by contacting Mid-Plains Community College at 402-376-8033.

 Opportunity for a Sheep Project

Are you interested in lambs? Have you ever wanted to exhibit one, but didn’t have the means to do it? You are in luck! Cordell Jeffcoat, former 4-Her of the Sandy Sheep 4-H Club, is so passionate about this project that he donated the sale of his 2013 market lamb to the Cherry County 4-H Foundation to set up a Lamb Futurity.

The object of this program is to provide new and current Cherry County 4-Hers the opportunity to start or add to an existing sheep project. It is also designed to promote the number of sheep that are shown at the Cherry County Fair, thus increasing the number of 4-Hers participating in livestock projects. A sheep project can provide those that do not have large areas to house an animal the opportunity to participate in showing livestock and all of the benefits that come from raising animals.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity all that is required is to write an essay explaining why you want a sheep project or why you would like to start a breeding program. After the essays are reviewed, top essays will be chosen for interviews. Essays need to be turned in to Jody Dexter at the Cherry County Extension Office by May 1.

Two lambs will be provided to the winning 4-Her. The lambs will be picked from a local flock at the end of May. The 4-Her will be responsible for IDing, tagging and showing it at the Cherry County Fair. The    4-Her will have assistance in care and feed management, fitting and showing, if needed. This project can either be a breeding or market project.

 Tractor Safety Training

Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses. The training in Valentine will be June 5 and 6 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds.  Complete details will be available at a later date.