Archive for the ‘Volunteer Event’ Category

UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend

Monday, March 25th, 2013
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The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County.  This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge.  For more information please go to the website, or contact Scott Olsen at scott.olsen@maine.edu or 665-2068.

2013 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st.

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the event – from planning to presenting workshops, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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Did you get to visit the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 207-832-0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Maine Innovation Convention Invites 4-H Participants!

Friday, September 21st, 2012
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The Maine Innovation Convention, hosted by the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine, announces an informational meeting for educators/volunteers on October 27, 2012, 8 AM – 4 PM at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine, Orono.   The goal of the Convention is to provide an opportunity for Maine middle school students to think creatively and practically as they explore, create, and promote innovative solutions to everyday challenges in their world and beyond. Throughout the school year, middle school participants work with their peers to identify and solve problems by using the Innovation Engineering process, developed and taught at the University of Maine.  For more information on the Maine Innovation Convention please go to the website:  http://foster.target.maine.edu/  or contact Angela Marcolini at angela.marcolini@maine.edu or by phone at (207) 581-1429.

Registration for the 2012 Northeast Region Volunteer Forum is now open

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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For the first time, we are offering a virtual forum in hopes that more participants will take advantage of this fabulous opportunity. You will gather at sites within your state (though I’m sure you’re welcome to join other sites if you wish to travel) on 3 consecutive Monday evenings to hear from experts in the field, discuss with your colleagues and peers, and interact with those in other states via video technology. Webinar topics include: How to manage a club with youth of all ages and diverse needs, how to deal with difficult people as well as how to include teen leaders, and the last will focus in on parents, specifically how to handle challenging parents and how best to include them in 4-H programming.

To register, click on this link: http://www.2012nervf.eventbrite.com/. Anyone requiring disability-related accommodations can note that in the box or contact Ellen Rowe  (802-751-8307 or via email at ellen.rowe@uvm.edu ) no later than October 8.  The first 100 volunteers and teen leaders to register will be placed into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card!

And, for those interested in taking something home with them, we’re pleased to offer a virtual auction. Bidding opens October 29—all proceeds will benefit the Vermont Food Bank and American Red Cross.  http://www.biddingforgood.com/NERVF.

Don’t delay; registration closes September 10th. More information can be found on our website at http://www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hnervf.

Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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Don’t forget to send in your paperwork for 2012 Maine 4-H Days – June 21 – 24 at the Windsor Fairgrounds!!!  Registration forms, descriptions of workshops, and animal tracks, and any other information you need can be found online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/ – please remember that at least one member of each group attending 4-H Days should sign up for a volunteer shift (there are tons of different options on the last page of the registration form).

The State 4-H Office has already received over 200 registrations for Maine 4-H Days.  Luckily, this year we have so many amazing workshops, that there are very few that are full so far!  We are keeping the registration forms online updated, with any workshops that are full crossed out, as well as any additions.  Some great workshops with plenty of room that you might want to check out are:

  •    Milk Processing and Preservation: A Taste Test – You’ll get to learn the science of processing cow’s milk – and also do some taste testing!
  •    Bike Rodeo – Learn all about bike safety, and check out different skill stations
  •    I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream – this fun workshop about how delicious science can be is all full on Friday – but has plenty of room in the Saturday session!
  •    Mainely Physics: P.S.I. – is back again this year, you may remember this as the "Physics Roadshow" – no need to sign up to check it out – you can try out all kinds of zany experiments all day on Saturday and Sunday
  •    The Creativity Tent/Area – we have a ton of supplies for really cool projects like sand art, friendship bracelets, working with air dry clay, and much more!  Come in an check it out anytime during the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. * We’re always looking for donations of materials and volunteer time to make this a really fun place to be!
  •    Descriptions of all enrichment workshops can be found at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/2012-maine-4-h-days-enrichment-programs/
  •    For those interested in Dog Camp, it has been increased to 20 youth, and the full schedule is now available online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/dog/dog-camp/

Be sure to register and pay before June 4th, and you qualify for the reduced registration fee of $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family.  After June 4th, the fee increases to $7 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family.  You can pay by mailing in a check, or online with a credit or debit card at: http://extensionpubs.umext.maine.edu/ePOS?form=item.html&item=9357&store=413

One of the biggest changes this year is that you can check in on Thursday, if you’re planning to arrive early! The office will be open from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on the 21st.  Be sure to head to the office as soon as you arrive on the grounds.  Because we anticipate such high numbers of people arriving on Thursday, there will be organized evening activities that night, as well as on Friday and Saturday!  For information about the different evening activities, including candy bar bingo, the parade, the ice cream social, and the Take-a-Chance auction, go to: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/2012-maine-4-h-days-activities-for-everyone/

If you have any trouble with the forms, feel free to call and request paper copies, or to register over the phone at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.  You can also email electronic copies of your forms to: jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or fax forms to 207-581-1387.

Thanks for helping to make 2012 Maine 4-H Days the best ever!!

Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
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Join with other 4-H Volunteers in your community to learn cutting edge information that will help you work with your 4-H members. Session topic include Dealing with Difficult People/Conflict Resolution, Behavior Management in Positive Youth Development Settings, and Working with Multi-Aged Youth in Club Settings. More information about the location and additional details will be announced soon! Stay current by liking the Facebook page – 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer Forum.

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Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7:00 – 8:30 PM
- Monday, October 29
- Monday, November 5
- Monday, November 12