Welcome to the New 4-H Year!
If you are looking for meeting ideas and activities, take a look at this publication Ideas for your 4-H Club Meeting from Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension 4-H. It is designed for members who lead their own meetings, or leaders who work with 4-H’ers to plan their own meetings and activities.
Happy New Year 4-H!
Yes, October begins our new year. Clubs will be electing new officers and working on their Club Plans. New clubs are getting started, too. Now is the time to put the finishing touches on your project records and get them turned in. I hope to see lots of records at the leader’s special meeting to judge the records.
I hope you can make it to our Leader’s Training and Club Officer’s Training. Kristy and Sarah will hold the trainings. Any 4-Her who is interested in being an officer in their club should attend the Club Officer’s Training. At the same time, any leader, co-leader, or volunteer interested in starting a club should attend the 4-H Leader’s Training. Both will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm. We will feed you, too! Let’s be sure we’re offering the best of 4-H for all of members.
Our Teen Club is planning a great end of the year celebration for our members in November so stay tuned. There are two new clubs looking for members. If you are in interested in raising and showing rabbits or poultry, contact the Extension office for more information.
See you all soon!
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders’ Association
Equine Etc. News
Recently, Equine Etc. had our club family day. We were planning on going apple picking but, because of weather, decided on an ice cream social instead.
This month we will be electing new club officers, so members can choose to have a different position in the club.
We are hoping that next year’s round of shows are as good as this year’s. Equine Etc. did very well, and tried to make a presence at all of the 4-H events this year…
~ Lauren C, Equine Etc.
4-H Life Skills Corner
Hi 4-H members. This is 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 you understand each life skill. This will help you as you prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.
We are going to continue our exploration of the HEAD quadrant. First, lets define what THINKING really means: using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions, to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, to consider. Now let’s explore Decision-Making, choosing among several alternatives.
Some ways you may use the life skill decision-making:
When making sound decisions, you understand how your own personal values influence your decisions and those of others.
Here’s a challenge: to think about ways you use decision-making in your everyday lives. You probably use this life skill often. If you have a really great example please share it with us, because we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at the University of Southern Maine, 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. In the morning, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a non-competitive ‘science fair’ format. 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
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. 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 area, and please check out 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 Penobscot 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 for 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.
4-H Rabbit Show
The 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show is on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards. To learn more about the show, directions, and how to prepare your rabbit, check the 4-H Rabbit Show page on the website.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor ME. The theme is ‘Keeping Your Herd Healthy’. For more information and to register go to the UMaine Extension Livestock website.
Androscoggin Valley 4-H Poultry Club is looking for new members!
Interested in chickens? Ducks? Turkeys?
Join us for fun and learning with our feathered friends and much more! The very first meeting is October 10, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties UMaine Extension office, 24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls. See you there!