Happy August Birthdays!
- Kelsea D – 8/1
- Ella F – 8/2
- Joshua L – 8/2
- Jordan McM – 8/2
- Madeleine G – 8/3
- Jarrett H – 8/13
- Quinn T – 8/15
- Bronwyn G – 8/18
- Carlene St.P - 8/18
- Zachary T – 8/23
- Evert K – 8/24
- Lilly N – 8/24
- Tristan S – 8/24
- Maryah C – 8/26
- Gavin I – 8/27
- Heather G – 8/29
August Dates to Remember
- August 5 – 2013 Morris Scholarship Forms Due
- August 6-11 – Topsham Fair!
Topsham Fair Information
EXHIBITION HALL SET UP TIMES
Friday 8/2 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 8/3 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Saturday 8/3 at noon. There must be at least one VOLT-certified Volunteer from each club who is exhibiting present for judging.
Tuesday 8/6 4p.m.-6:30 p.m., Thursday 8/8 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday 8/4 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
We are also looking for judges to help with demonstrations. Please call 207.353.5550 for more information.
August Activity Corner
Learn more about Geocaching and other fun activities using GPS/GIS!
Check out our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkit based on curriculum from Cornell University. Youth will explore geospatial sciences, from simple Geocaching (using GPS receivers to look for hidden treasure boxes all around the world), to complex community mapping projects. These activities are designed to introduce youth to the concepts behind mapping and geospatial science. Learn more about this kit and how to reserve it online!
4-H Club News
Loose Shoe 4-H Club had our June 24th meeting on horseback.
Robo Dojo is accepting new families for our next season starting in September. To learn more, please call Megan Emery or David Moorhead in the Lewiston Public Library Children’s Department at 207.513.3133. Come join in the fun!
Happy August 4-H!
It’s finally Fair time! The culmination of our hard work is shown off for everyone to see at the Topsham Fair. Horse projects, art projects, nature projects and more will be set up for judging Saturday, August 3rd. I wish you all the best of luck. On Sunday, August 11th, we will all be hosting 4-H Day at Topsham Fair. This is your chance to be on show in the parade, at the Exhibit Hall and the demonstration tables in the barn. Bring your family and friends for a great day fun on the rides, geocaching for prizes and perhaps getting some new ideas for next years projects! Oh, and speaking of demonstrations, we haven’t see a lot of members sign up for demonstration spots at the fair. Did you know you get a ribbon and a $15 premium for demonstrating at the fair?
Congratulations to all the members who tried out for the Eastern States teams. Our two counties have the largest contingent of horse members on the team this year! We have 5 of the 11 team members! It was wonderful to see the dairy members showing off their skills and heifers during Maine 4-H Days. Congratulations to all livestock club members on your efforts and Go Maine 4-H at the Big E!
For the leaders, there will be no Leaders Association meeting in August. We will meet again on September 4th at 7pm where we will take nominations for next year’s officers. Just planning ahead, we will have a Club Officers Training on October 2nd so any member who is an officer or is thinking about running for office this next year should come for the fun and learn how to run a meeting!
I’ll see you at the Fair! Be sure to wear your club shirt, jacket, or something green!
Yours in service,
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders Association
State 4-H News
2013 Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!
We would like to say a huge Thank You to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who braved the heat to come out and have a wonderful time! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great 4-H programs and events that happen through the year.
Planning for next year’s event will start in early 2014. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have questions, comments or recommendations about the event, please email Jessy, or call 207.581.3877.
Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your area, where you’ll have a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works! We have a special Celebrating 100 Years website and are encouraging everyone to consider supporting the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program. Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!
Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches!
WHAT: Several 4-H clubs around the state are already preparing for 4-H National Youth Science Day 2013 and getting 4-H families excited about the world of Geospatial technology.
HOW: Clubs in Washington and Penboscot counties have launched geocaches at the club and/or county level. They have already hidden more than 10 geocaches! There is even a 4-H geocache hidden at the University of Maine. This is a fun way for our youth to explore Geospatial science and technology, as well as experience being part of a statewide collaborative! We have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits on our website.
WHY: It would be great for Maine 4-H to create 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Maine! These could be for a one-time use with a club or designed for more frequent use. Would you like your family or 4-H club to be involved?
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Check with your county office to see what is happening at the local level or contact Sarah Sparks at email@example.com or 353.5550 or 800.287.1458.
Eastern States Exposition September 13-29, 2013
Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fair-goers at the Eastern States Exposition (ESE or The Big E) in West Springfield, MA, September 13-29, 2013.
Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two, youth demonstrate 4-H projects which will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances. All projects and demonstrations will focus on a science theme. Please contact the Oxford County UMaine Extension office, or call us at 207.743.6329 or 800.287.1482 (in Maine), for details and the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.
2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
If you are a current 4-H member, graduating high school in 2013 or 2014, and a current or past Maine ESE participant, you are eligible to apply for this year’s Morris Scholarship. The deadline to apply is August 5, 2013. Applications are available online, or contact your county Extension office.
Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group announces their annual Heifer Project. A Belted Galloway heifer calf is placed with a youth recipient, allowing for hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. Those interested can find the application online. Deadline for entry is December 31, 2013. If you have questions or need more information, contact Meghan Bickford at 603.859.2611.
Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season is in full swing! Most Maine fairs require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs, and is usually requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g., parents or volunteers). Some fairs no longer accept homeowner insurance policies, so please check your specific fair to see what they require. Most fairs do accept the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) Insurance which has a June annual renewal.
Effective 7/1/2011, the MALE insurance is a display and exhibitors policy only; therefore, the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. In addition, any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities are not covered. Details on what is covered and how to apply are available on their website.
Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps!
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to announce the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of Geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities. Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).
The experiment will test the ability of young people to:
- use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park
- become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and
- contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) through The National Map project
This annual youth science event brings together 4-H’ers from all around the nation to complete a single, innovative activity. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers. To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.
The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest
Open to all 4-H members 5-18 years of age as of January 1, 2013, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Information on entering the contest is available on their website, or contact Donna Flint or call 207.324.2814 .
The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest
Save the Date!
- Sept. 13 – 29, 2013 Eastern States Exposition
- Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 National Youth Science Day
- November 29 – December 3, 2013 National 4-H Congress