Shooting Sports – Air Pistol

There will be an informational meeting for 4-Hers and their parents that want to participate in the 4-H Air Pistol program. This informational meeting will be held at the Cherry County Extension Office on September 29 at 7:30 pm. 4-H leader, John Wilson, will go over needed equipment, expected cost and set practice times. This is for 4-Hers 8 years old and up. Please bring your calendars. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have questions.

Career Portfolios 

It’s the time of year for Career Portfolios!   What is a Career Portfolio?

  • It is a record of your 4-H experiences which builds year after year and shows growth in expertise and leadership in project areas.  It also keeps a record of 4-H activities and non-4-H experiences.

Why should you complete a Career Portfolio?

  • These statistics will be invaluable when you are older and applying for things such as National Honor Society and FFA positions and scholarships.  All the information you need will be readily available and organized!
  • Career Portfolios are a competitive project.  You can apply for County awards, then at the State Level as you are older, with the Grand Prize being a trip to National 4-H Congress. In order to apply at the state level you need to have a history in your portfolio. Therefore, the reason to begin when you first become a 4-H member is that you have as complete of a record as possible.  If you have been a 4-H member for a few years, is it too late to begin a portfolio?  Absolutely not.

Dates to note on your calendar:

  • If you need help in completing your Career Portfolio, call Jody at the Extension Office. Appointments can be made to assist you, your club or small group with your Career Portfolio.
  • The portfolios are due to the Extension Office by October 13.
  • Judging of the portfolios will take place October 14, beginning at 5:30. Please contact me if you can help judge.  It is great experience for parents to help with this process to see what the older youth’s portfolios should look like.
  • Go to to find instructions and a downloadable copy.
  • A great video resource in helping complete the Career Portfolio can be found at

Horse Incentive

A reminder to those involved in the horse project, the Horse Incentive calendar log sheets and award request form is due to the Extension Office by October 15. If this is your rookie year, be sure to turn this in! There are a variety of awards you can earn for the time you spent on your horse project from May 1 through September 30. Go to the horse information on our website to get the full details and find the request form and log sheets at

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. There will be horse drawn wagon rides, horse shoes, bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, cake walk, photo booth and more! 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. Awards from the Career Portfolio judging will be given. 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.

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. Currently Cherry County has no one certified in Archery. Please consider this discipline as we have 4-Hers interested in the Archery project.

Please share this information with potential volunteers. For more information and registration materials see the 4-H Shooting Sports web page at, or contact the Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691.

Registration information is not yet available, but another date to mark on your calendar is April 11-12, 2015. There will be a certification workshop in Ainsworth. Most likely the disciplines of rifle, shotgun and archery will be offered. I will keep you informed as the details become finalized.

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 7-9.  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.

Sessions will be offered in: Genetics/DNA, Ruminant Nutrition, Vet Diagnostics, Antibiotic Resistance, Genetic Markers, Reproduction and Manure Management.

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 17th. The registration fee, after October 17th is $50.

Giving Your Best (4-H Play-by-Play Series)

Make plans to join a free, live web-based program designed for 4-H volunteers, leaders, parents and youth development professionals.  Five separate web-based programs are being offered to benefit 4-H volunteers and parents as they learn through 4-H projects to create a vibrant 4-H club meeting.

4-H projects provide endless learning opportunities and help to develop life skills for youth between the ages of 5 and 18.  Learn more about getting the most out of your 4-H projects.

Are you in need of new educational fair exhibits, ways to increase the effectiveness of club meetings, and how to take the project beyond the club meeting and into your community?

Register online at:  Upon registering you will receive the webinar link and more information prior to each program.  Participate from your 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 4-H Project resources.

Connect via Adobe Connect on your mobile device, laptop or desktop computer to participate in one or more of 6-different programs on the following dates from Noon to 1:00 p.m. CST.

October 7, 2014              Seeing i2i and Junk Drawer Robotics

October 21, 2014             On Your Own & OK and Six Easy Bites

November 4, 2014           Photography and Swine

November 18, 2014         The Worth of Wild Roots and STEAM Clothing 1

December 2, 2014           Making Foods for Me and A Space for Me