Your 4-H State Fair exhibits are at the Extension Office and available for you to pick-up. Thank you to John and Jody Wilson for picking up exhibits in Grand Island! There are also exhibits, ribbons, and certificates still here from County Fair. Please stop in and get your exhibits or ribbons before Friday, September 12. Our office hours are from 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00. If you have issues getting to the office before 5 pm, I will be at the Extension Office late next Monday, September 8 for a meeting at 7 pm. Left at Clothing Day was a pair of Angels jeans (child size 8), blue shoes with flowers and sequins and a yellow “save the Niobrara” t-shirt.

Sewing Club Starts Soon

The Cherry County 4-H Sewing Club led by Jody Wilson and Michelle Garwood will resume on Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior Church in Valentine.  Meetings will be the third Tuesday of the month.  This year, the club will add community service projects, such as sewing lap quilts for the elderly, curtains for the new dog shelter and more!  Another goal this year is to explore all the different textile opportunities in 4-H from Decorate Your Duds, to quilting, to shopping, to knitting and crochet.  The first semester will entail service and project exploration and after Christmas vacation, 4-Hers will choose what they want to focus on for fair projects.  Plans are also in the works to have club meetings in Nenzel every other month.  Club members will be expected to attend meetings every month, not just the ones in their own town.  Transportation help will be available.  Please contact the Extension Office by September 10 if you plan to participate this year, especially if you live in Western Cherry County.  For more information, contact Jody Wilson at 402-322-1822 or Michelle at 402-389-1655.

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 October 13.

Go to http://4h.unl.edu/careerportfolio to find instructions and a downloadable copy.

A great video resource in helping complete the Career Portfolio can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/givingyourbestwebseminars.

Family Fall Festival & Year End Recognition

The Cherry County 4-H Council invites all 4-H families and friends to attend the Family Fall Festival & Year End Recognition for some old fashioned family fun. This will be held on October 19 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Fun and games will take place from 3 to 5 pm. A potluck dinner and short recognition program will begin at 5 pm. Cherry County 4-H has over 200 members and the Council would love to see all of them there! Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Watch future Alerts for complete details.

 Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops Offered in October

Two Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops are scheduled in October. They will be held October 11-12 in Seward and October 25-26 at Auburn. Both workshops will be held at the fairgrounds in the respective locations. Registration deadline for Seward is October 1 and the deadline to register for the Auburn session is October 15.Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Seward Workshop – shotgun, rifle, hunting skills, and archery. Three project areas will be available at Auburn – pistol rifle and archery. Participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.The registration fee is $100.00 per person for initial certification and $90.00 for any person that is adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements.  Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarships available to off-set the cost.Please share this information with potential volunteers. For more information and registration materials see the 4-H Shooting Sports web page at http://4h.unl.edu/shootingsportseventcalendar, or contact the Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691.

Free Admission to Husker Harvest Days for 4-H Club Members

4-H members and leaders will receive free admission to the show by participating in the America’s Farmers Food Drive at Husker Harvest Days, September 9-11, 2014, in Grand Island, Nebraska. To receive free entry, 4-H’ers should bring five or more cans on non-perishable food items to Gate 2 or Gate 7 of Husker Harvest Days. The three 4-H clubs that donate the highest poundage of food will each be awarded a $250 donation from Monsanto. Clubs must donate a minimum of 100 pounds of food to be eligible for the donation. All food collected will benefit local food pantries, and Monsanto will match every pound of food collected with a $1 donation, up to $10,000, to the Heartland United Way. Additionally, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation will match every pound of food collected with a $1 donation, up to $10,000, to Feeding America. At the show, you are welcome to stop by the Monsanto booth to learn how the company connects with farmers and ag youth across Nebraska and the nation. Monsanto representatives will be on-site to discuss advocacy initiatives, cutting edge technologies and careers in agriculture.   

Canning and Freezing Topics

If you have canning and freezing questions, just a reminder that the UNL FOOD Team has a Pinterest Board on this topic at: http://www.pinterest.com/nebraskacarol/unl-canning-and-freezing/ 

Also, the canning / freezing / drying section of food.unl.edu is at: http://food.unl.edu/preservation.



Be sure to check out our 4-H website for information and past Alerts at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h.

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