Happy December Birthdays!
Shealeigh H. 12/13
Richard C. 12/14
Victoria I. 12/16
Olivia H. 12/30
December Dates to Remember
October 1 to December 31 –4-H Member Re-Enrollment
All clubs should have their pre-printed re-enrollment forms. Please return these forms, along with communication, non-discrimination, medical and photo release forms to the Cooperative Extension Office before Dec. 31!
Hour of Code Coming to Maine
Join thousands of students from around Maine to participate in the Hour of Code campaign. The event is designed to explore computer science and provide experience with coding. Participate on your own, or organize a group to join in this unique event, the week of December 9-15, 2013. Learn more about events in Maine and visit some of the online tutorials. Be sure to let your 4-H Extension staff know if you participate!
What you need:
- Construction paper
- Epsom Salts
- Paint Brushes
What you do:
- Have everyone draw a “winter” scene (i.e., house with smoke coming out of the chimney, trees with snow on branches, etc.) on a piece of construction paper.
- Mix up a solution of equal parts water and Epsom salts.
- Paint over the entire picture with the solution.
- As it dries, the solution makes shiny crystals over the pictures making it look like a winter wonderland!
Source: University of Missouri 4-H “Clover Kids Corner Activities”
Androscoggin Valley 4-H Poultry Club News
The November meeting was called to order by Robin B and included six club members, and one visitor, Black the Hen. The club received the 4-H poultry curriculum and went over chicken anatomy, which was quite fun. Officers were also elected at this meeting. Galina F was elected President, Moira M elected Vice President and Cora C elected Secretary. The next meeting is December 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Equine Etc. News
Equine Etc. completed our plan of work during the November meeting; we, also, planned our holiday celebration for our December meeting!
Locke, Stock and Arrow News
At the November monthly meeting, Hannah L was elected Club Historian. The club voted to have a “president shadow” once a month. The club decided to call it the Vice President of the Month. The activity for November was going to Miss Betty L’s, and we helped her put hay up in her hayloft. The club decided that the December activity would be at the Montello manor. We will be bringing crafts and will be visiting with the residents while we are there. The next meeting will be held December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Loose Shoe News
Prior to the November meeting, members made Thanksgiving centerpieces from welded horseshoe frames and silk flowers. The election of officers also took place at the November meeting. Ashley W was elected president, Emma C was elected vice president, Raelyn S was elected secretary and Torrie G was elected treasurer. Hospitality is Victoria I.
On November 16th, Loose Shoe 4H went to Triple J farm in Bowdoin to meet 12-year-old Meghan Murphy of Cape Elizabeth who rescued two horses from a Washington State kill pen. The horses are named Dream Catcher and Murphy. The club gave a donation to the farm for their board.
A Message from Robin
Happy holidays to all of you! We’ve celebrated our harvest and the beginning of Hanukkah and now on to December for Christmas and Kwanzaa. I hope you all are enjoying time with your families. Our End of the Year Celebration was a blast! There had to be 30 4-H’ers skating around. That was so cool! Great job to all of you especially those who worked really hard on your records.
We have a teen leaders meeting this Wednesday, December 4th at 6 p.m., and the leaders meeting at 7 p.m. We need to vote for officers. Leaders, please get in your re-enrollment forms to KymNoelle. Don’t forget to remind your club secretaries to turn in the monthly reports, too. Oh, and time to start thinking about New Year Resolutions! How about “I will work monthly on my project records!!”
See you soon,
Robin B, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc 4-H Leaders Association
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 4-H’ers understand each life skill. This will help as you all prepare project records, attend fairs or interview for college, a job or national trips.
We are going to continue with the HEAD quadrant. First, let’s 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, to consider.
Now let’s explore: Problem Solving – clearly identifying a problem and a plan of action for resolution of the problem.
Like many of the other life skills we have highlighted, there is a process for problem solving. As you encounter problems in your own life, think about these seven steps. in the problem-solving process:
- Identify/clearly define the problem situation.
- Gather information; consider priorities, resources, needs, interests.
- Identify possible solutions.
- Compare and select the best alternative.
- Plan a strategy; set a goal, and determine ways to reach it.
- Carry out the plan—apply the solution to the problem.
- Evaluate the results: Is the problem solved?
Think about ways you use problem solving 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!
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 take some time to enjoy 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!
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in Bangor. The topics will be on Keeping Your Herd Healthy. Register and find more information on the UMaine Extension website.
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, the application and more information is available on the website. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair
4-H’ers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.
Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know of their intent to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction. Committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798; Dana Prime – 446.3570; Carol Davis – 491.7893; Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341; and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014, for market steers and June 6, 2014, for market lambs. View a complete list of rules online.
One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more…. The science behind cooking and eating spuds
Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc.).
This 4-H Science Saturday is scheduled January 25, 2014, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, in Hitchner Hall at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014). There is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.
4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the University of Maine in Orono. 4-H youth ages 9 – 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to give their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be made through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19 or call 207.667.8212. More information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, is available online or contact Lisa Reilich or call 207.598.6621.
Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207.581.3877.
If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-H’ers visited your geocache.
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!
December 31 Enrollments Due for Returning 4-H Members
March 1 Eastern States Intent to Participate Deadlines Begin
March 1 National 4-H Trip Application Deadlines Begin
April 1 Enrollments Due for New 4-H Members
April 25 4-H Fun Day (tentative date)
May 16-17 4-H@UMaine (tentative dates)
June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)
June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms
August 1 & 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Set Up
August 2 Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall Judging
August 5-10 Topsham Fair (tentative dates)
August 9 4-H Day at Topsham Fair (tentative date)