Air Pistol

Shooting Sports leader and NRA instructor, John Wilson, is offering beginning classes and instruction for 4-Hers ages 8 and up in Air Pistol. If this is something that interests you, please contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email by December 1. Class offering and schedule depends on interest.

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 Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education. The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. The application and information was emailed to the 4-Hers in Cherry County who are seniors. If you missed the email, the application can be found at Applications must be submitted to the Cherry County Extension Office by December 1.

4-H Council Member Needed

I would like to recognize and thank Kris Krolikowski for her service to Cherry County 4-H and the 4-H Council. Kris has provided leadership to our annual fundraiser, “Luck of the Draw.” Kris has served on various committees and has always been willing to assist with skill days and recruitment events. As her term ends, the Council is seeking a representative from District 5. This is the Valentine South voting precinct. If you live in this area and would like to serve a three year term on the Council, please contact Jody Dexter or Council president, Angie Lincoln. The 4-H Council cooperates with Extension staff in planning and implementing the 4-H program in Cherry County.

4-H Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Cherry County 4-H Council will be January 5, 2015, at 7:00 PM,CT, at the Extension Office. All interested persons are welcome to attend. If you have suggestions or ideas for the upcoming 4-H year, please share them. The 4-H Council and project area committees are planning for 2015 and welcome your thoughts and ideas.

Luck-of-the-Draw Collection

Any 4-H’er age 8 and up is invited to join in the 4-H Council’s donation drive for the “Luck of the Draw” on Monday, December 29. For those of you that are new to 4-H or the area, this is the 4-H Council’s one and only fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Items collected on the 29th are used in drawings to raise money during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 14. We will meet at 1:00 P.M., CT, at the Extension Office. From there, we will divide up and personally visit Valentine businesses to collect their donations. We will also be telephoning individuals and business not located in Valentine. This was tons of fun last year and it will be again, snow or shine! Money raised during the Luck of the Draw supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development, and project resources. Leaders and parents are welcomed and encouraged to help. We will need drivers! If parents are willing to drive, or 4-Hers can help with the phone calling and collection, please contact Maggie Cox at or (402) 322-0180.   Snacks will be provided.

Public Speaking Workshop

4-Hers and parents, are you needing help coming up with ideas for a speech, presentation or public service announcement? Help is available! Angie Jordan will be offering a workshop to help 4-Hers get ready for the Communications & Expressive Arts Contest. This workshop will be held on December 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM, CT, at the Extension Office. Christmas break is the perfect opportunity to get ready for the CEA contest!

2015 Communication & Expressive Arts Contest

Mark your calendars! The 2015 Communication & Expressive Arts (CEA) Contest will be held earlier this year. It will be on January 24th in the auditorium of the Valentine High School. The important life skill of being able to speak before a group or to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest. Divisions include speech, public service announcement, presentation, job interview, music and talent. Guidelines and entry forms will be coming soon and will be available at

Photography Themes for 2015

October 1 marked the beginning of the new 4-H project year. This allows you to take advantage of the beautiful fall and winter scenery for your photography projects. The photography themes for Unit II and Unit III are explained below.

UNIT II: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as an editorial photographer.  Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story.  Let’s tell a story about why we love our Nebraska communities.  Capture editorial photos that tell a story about your Nebraska Community.

UNIT III: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as a commercial photographer. Commercial photographers take pictures that are used for promotional purposes. Commercial photographs are often used in print and online communication materials (advertisements, brochures, flyers, web sites, social media banners, direct email messages, etc.). Capture commercial photos that tell the story of 4-H in your Nebraska community. Photos should show the Nebraska 4-H Program in action. Photos may be used to promote the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.