September 12 – SciGirls Professional Development Training
9:00am – 4:30pm @ University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office. Register online.
September 27 – Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
For more information and registration form click here.
September 13-29 – Eastern States Expostion, “The Big E”
More information and registration forms are online.
September 30 – 4-H Year Ends
Re-Enrollment October 1 to December 31 – Forms will go out to Clubs in October.
With the new school year starting up, and the next 4-H year right around the corner, why not explore this group 4-H activity focusing on friendship!
October 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Club Officer Training
Any 4-H member who has been elected or is interested in being elected as a club officer is encouraged to attend this interactive training. We will learn what it takes to be a club officer, define the roles of what each club officer does and strengthen our skills to best serve our club and county.
October 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Club Leader Orientation
Whether you are a new leader, or have been a leader for years, this orientation is for you! This year we are starting a mentoring program for new leaders. Be paired up with someone who has experienced all the dates, deadlines and paperwork of being a 4-H leader. In this orientation we will have a leaders panel, review paperwork and deadlines, and start setting goals for the upcoming 4-H year.
October 22 5:30-8:00 p.m. Volunteer Ongoing Learning & Training (VOLT)
To sign up for any of these training opportunities, please email KymNoelle. We would love to have representation from each club!
This month we are starting a new section of the newsletter called the 4-H Life Skills Corner. Each month we will be highlighting a life skill from the targeting life skills wheel. The goal of this section is to help 4-H members understand each life skill. This will help with preparing project records, while attending fairs, or interviewing for college, a job or national trips.
We are going to start in the HEAD quadrant. First, lets define what THINKING really means – that is, using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, or to consider.
Now let’s explore!
What do we mean by the life skill, ‘Learning to Learn’? It can be acquiring, evaluating, and using information; understanding the how you learn and what skills you need for learning. Here are some ways you might use the life skill ‘Learning to Learn’:
Challenge yourself to think about ways you use learning to learn in your everyday life. You probably use this life skill often. If anyone has a favorite example to share with us, please do. We would love to include it in our next newsletter!
A Message from Robin Beck
Welcome back to school!
I hope you’ve all had a great start to classes. Congratulations to all of our award fair demonstrators and exhibitors. I saw lots of blue, red, white, and green ribbons around. Everyone who spent the time to get a good project exhibit, showmanship, and demonstration did great!
Common Ground Fair is just around the corner and it’s not too late to sign up for poultry showmanship or to enter a project for judging. Email Robin Beck for more information.
It is now time to wrap up our 4-H year and hit those project records. Please remember that these records are proof that you spent time on what ever project you worked on. I hope to see stacks of them to help judge for your final points. Every member must do a project record, just as you had to do a demonstration, to be in good standing.
We are introducing a new section to the 4-H newsletter this month! It’s called the Life Skills Wheel Corner. We’ll be focusing on a section of our Life Skills Wheel and learning about the different skills. This way, everyone will know what these mean when it comes time for fair cards, project records, and portfolios.
Leaders and volunteers! During the September meeting on the 4th at 7pm, we’ll be nominating new officers for the upcoming year. In October, everyone who has a club or is thinking about having a club is invited to a training session. Stay tuned.
Club Officers! We’ll have training just for you! On October 2nd, at 6:30pm, join us for a great time leaning how to be a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and any other officer your club may have. Guaranteed fun and maybe food!
I can’t wait to see your project records! Have fun and enjoy the apples.
Yours in community service,
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders Association
Equine Etc. News
Hello fellow 4-Hers! Equine Etc. had a very busy month in August! Many of our members participated in the 4-H horse shows at fairs around our county and did very well! Several members also presented their demos at the Topsham Fair this month. For our meeting this month we ended up going bowling after our planned Funtown trip was rained out but we still had a lot of fun!
We’re also all looking forward to apple picking at Rocky Ridge Apple Orchard for our family day on Labor Day!
~ Courtney H, Equine Etc.
Loose Shoe News
Scholarships offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Chapter of AFUM
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Chapter of AFUM is offering three (3) three hundred dollar ($300) scholarships to full- or part-time students having successfully completed at least 15 credit hours of undergraduate course work. Applicants must be a Maine resident attending one of the seven campuses of the University of Maine System, with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. Appearance and completeness of application will be considered. Applicants who have not received this scholarship before will be given priority. Deadline for application is September 13, 2013, and selection will be made by September 30, 2013. For more information, contact Diana Hartley in the Kennebec County Extension office or call 207.622.7546.
Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 27, 2013, at 3:30 P.M. in the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland ME.
The 4-H Dog show will include Showmanship (Novice – Advanced), Obedience (Pre-Novice – Advanced Graduate Novice), and a fun obstacle course. This show is open to 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project in any Maine county. Dog show entry forms are due to the 4-H Show Representative Sara Conant by Monday September 9, 2013. More information and the registration form are available online.
The Big E Bus
Two buses going are down to the ‘Big E’ on Maine Day, Saturday, September 28, 2013. You and your family can spend the day at the Big E in W. Springfield, MA, taking in the fair and cheering on our Eastern States Animal Science teams. Please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207.581.3877 for more information and to reserve a seat. This trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees to Eastern States.
The ESE 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest
Open to all 4-H members 5 – 18 years of age, as of January 1 of the current year, who are enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training project. Visit the website for more information (page 12 has the contest rules). If unable to open this page, contact Donna Flint or call 207.324.2814.
The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest
Are you too young or otherwise unable to attend the Big E? This is your chance to promote your beef project. Rules and registration information are on the website. Look for pages 14 and 15 for complete information. If unable to open this page, contact Donna Flint or call 207.324.2814.
2013 Morris Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to Maddy G., winner of the 2013 Morris Scholarship. Maddy is a member of the Eastern States Dairy Team and the All Star Dairy Club in Cumberland County. The Morris Scholarship is awarded every other year to a member of one of the Eastern States Animal Science teams. All the best Maddy!
4-H Animal Science Committees
Maine’s Animal Science Committees are comprised of 4-H volunteers who work with UMaine Extension staff to develop an educational plan for youth in animal programs statewide. Committees plan various educational programs and events, and coordinate the teams that represent Maine at the Big E each year in September. There are seven Animal Science Committees – dairy, beef, horse, sheep, dairy goat, dog, and working steer – that are looking for volunteers to join their committees. Learn more on the website, or contact Michaele Bailey or call 207.581.3872.
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus. The event is open to any youth, ages 5-18, participating in or interested in 4-H robotics program. Prior robotics experience is not needed to attend. During the day, youth participate in a workshop and in an on-site challenge event. Pre-registration is required.
Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps – Save the Date!
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 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:
This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this 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.
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 neck of the woods, and see our special Celebrating 100 Years website. We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to 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 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 do have resources available to help in our 4-H Science Geospatial Toolkits.
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 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 connect with Sarah Sparks, or call 207.353.5550 or 1.800.287.1458.
Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. 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. If you are interested in applying for this program, download the application from the website. Application deadline is December 31, 2013.
Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year!
In early 2014, planning will start for next year’s Maine 4-H Days. If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions, comments, or recommendations about the event, please email Jessy or call 207.581.3877.
Image Description: Sportsmanship Trophy 2013
Image Description: Showmanship Bangor 2013