Are you interested in learning more about showing your 4-H rabbit this year? You can explore some great resources, learn more about the 4-H rabbit project, and prepare for this year’s show season online courtesy of 4-H at Michigan State University Cooperative Extension.
Topsham Fair Committee
There is still a need for volunteers to serve on the Topsham Fair Committee. This group will be in charge of coordinating activities and outreach during the Topsham Fair. The group will meet every other month. If you are interested please contact Kristy Ouellette or call 207-353-5550.
4-H Leaders’ Association Fundraiser June 14
We have been given an opportunity for another easy fundraiser! The MTM Center in Lisbon Falls hosts monthly Family Movie Nights during the summer. We have been asked to sell concessions during their movie night on Friday, June 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Do we have volunteers willing to help out with this event? We are welcome to stay for the movie (Racing Stripes).
Volunteers can help out either at the event or by donating baked goods and other concessions to sell. Please contact Kristy Ouellette for more information or to volunteer!
The Triple J Farm in Bowdoin is looking for 4-H Youth to volunteer from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. during the summer to help with their riding programs. Triple J Farm is the home of Healing Horses, an Equine Facilitated Therapy program owned and operated by Jim and Jan Marconi. Jan is a Certified Horsemanship Safety Instructor, and experienced Special Olympics coach. For more information contact Jan Marconi or call 207-666-3097.
Compost Sale a Success!
On May 11th, the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders’ Association held a “Doo-Doo Drive Thru” compost sale! They sold 4-H raised, free range, grass-fed, and aged, manure. Many 4-H youth and leaders participated, helping to load compost into customers’ vehicles. 100% of all the proceeds will directly benefit Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H scholarships, for county 4-H programs and national educational trips and camps.
4-H @ UMaine Weekend! May 17-19, 2013
During the 4-H @ UMaine weekend, 4-H youth ages 12-17 joined in the fun of becoming familiar with the UMaine campus and what it has to offer. The youth stayed in dorm rooms overnight, ate at the dining halls, and attended workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel for college.
Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18-21, 2013, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Registration materials are available online and, since workshops are assigned on a first-come first-served basis, be sure to register early. Please contact your local county office for paper forms if needed.
We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.
Along with many of your favorite returning workshops – Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, and Blacksmithing – there are plenty of awesome new workshops this year. You can choose from Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so many more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days website.
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd 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, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year. There will be cake, ice cream, 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!
Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website and consider giving financially to the Maine 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program here in Maine.
Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!
Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 pm. This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, and raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers or call 207.832.0343.
UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend
The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013, at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4-H 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. More information is available on the website, or contact Scott Olsen or call 207.665.2068.
State 4-H Dairy Program Dates
Please hold the following dates for participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:
The Dairy Packet with necessary forms is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.
Eastern States Exposition – New England Center Program
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 a group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E’s New England Center in West Springfield, MA, the 3rd weekend in September.
Youth will work in teams of two to demonstrate 4-H projects that, this year, will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed, again centered on a science theme.
Please call the UMaine Extension Office in Oxford County at 743.6329 or 800.287.1482 (in Maine) for more details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Students will stay in the dorm, and meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.
2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
This year Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Application deadline is August 5. Check the website to find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, or inquire at your local County Extension Office.
4-H Market Lamb Tagging for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
Two tagging sites have been scheduled.
Complete information is posted on the 4-H Sheep Project web page. The required Intent to Participate Forms for the 4-H Market Lamb classes at Windsor and Fryeburg Fairs were due May 1. If you have any questions, contact Donna Flint or call her at 324.2814, or 800.287.1535 (in Maine).
Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates!
4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, GA. this November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, to be held in Washington DC in April of 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!
Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance 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. Details on what is covered and how to apply are available on their website.
Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving 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, more information and the application is available online. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
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Happy 2010 to all our 4-H Families!
Dates to Remember
Weds Jan 6th at 7 p.m. – Leaders’ Meeting at the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Extension Office
Saturday, Jan 9th – VOLT, Penobscot County
Jan 26th, 27th & 28th 6:30 p.m. – Horse Camp 2010 planning meetings
Sunday, Feb 7th – Equine, Etc Sledding Party!
Feb 13th – 15th – Winter Outdoor Survival Weekend
Sophia B. – Jan 7th
Alexandra C. – Jan 17th
Christopher D. – Jan 9th
Morgaine H. – Jan 8th
Julia M. – Jan 25th
Samantha M. – Jan 6th
Chloe M. – Jan 17th
Kayla T. – Jan 23rd
Anna W. – Jan 31st
Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
Do you want to learn and practice leadership skills? Want to make your 4-H meetings feel more efficient and organized? Have you ever heard of Parliamentary Procedure? Parliamentary Procedure is a set of rules, called rules of democracy, used for keeping order when working together as a group. Try this activity to learn how to use Parliamentary Procedure.
Assign or draw names for each of the roles in the “Woodland Creatures 4-H Club”. Using this skit (provide one to each child) discuss the skit and the roles of each of the officers as a group (it may be helpful to write this down where everyone can see and use at upcoming meetings)
To learn more about this activity, or others similar to it look for Exploring the Treasures of 4-H Helper’s Guide, a National 4-H Cooperative Curriculum, page 82-83. 4-H Curriculum is available at http://www.4-hmall.org/Curriculum.aspx or your local Cooperative Extension office.
Invites you & your family to a
February 7th, 2010
(Snow date February 14th, 2010)
From 1pm to 3pm
At Bowdoin Center Baptist Church
The church is on the East Burrough Road near the intersection of Meadow and Doughty Roads. You can take the Meadow Road south from Rt. 125 in Bowdoin Center or north from Rt. 201 in Topsham.
~We will provide hot cocoa and cookies~
Please remember to dress warm and bring your sleds!
Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Suzanna @ 729-1617
1.VOLT Training Corner
Penobscot County – Saturday, January 9th, 2010 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in Bangor at 307 Maine Avenue – 4-H Office. Bring a lunch, snacks available, donation of $5 for notebook of materials – no one turned away for lack of funds. Reserve a space by contacting Theresa firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb email@example.com at 207-942-7396 or 1-800-287-1485.
2.Horse Camp 2010 Planning Meetings
Are you interested in helping to plan and organize this year’s Horse Camp? If so, please join us for one of three meetings being held at the UMaine Extension office in Lisbon Falls. Meetings are scheduled Jan 26th, 27th and 28th from 6:30-8:00p.m. You only need to attend one evening in order to participate. These planning meetings are suitable for adult volunteers. We hope to see you there!
3.Market Beef & Lamb Forms for Windsor & Fryeburg Fairs
Market Beef: In January, you will be contacted about the time and place to tag your steer. The person tagging your steer will have an approval form for you to fill out and s/he will record your tag numbers. Your approval form for your Market Beef project is due in your county Cooperative Extension office on February 26, 2010, and can be found online at: http://www.umext.maine.edu/4h/forms/beef/mktstrapp.htm. Market Lamb: “Intent to Sell” forms are available online at: http://www.umext.maine.edu/4h/forms/lambintent.htm, these forms are due to the county office by May 3, 2010.
4.Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of July 11 to 17, 2010. CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will leave on July 11 and return on July 17, 2010. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip. Contact your county 4-H office to find out how to apply for this trip. Each county will have their own selection process.
5.Time to file your 990N e-Postcard with the IRS
All 4-H clubs and affiliated organizations that raise funds or accept donations, are required to file an annual electronic notice called an e-Postcard by February 15th, 2010. Here is the link: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=169250,00.html For more information and instructions on how to file your 990N e-Postcard, go to http://extension.umaine.edu/4h/manual/partb/b19.htm or contact your local Extension office.
6.National 4-H Trips
It is time again to begin thinking about applying for National 4-H Conference and/or National 4-H Congress. These are two of the highest honor trips in Maine 4-H. Eight delegates will be selected to attend these trips. National 4-H Conference will be hosted in April 2011 at the National 4-H Conference Center near Washington D.C. National 4-H Congress will be hosted in November 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, and would like to attend one of these trips, you can apply this spring. Deadline for your application is March 19th, 2010. More details can be found at www.umext.maine.edu/4h/events/natltripsletter.htm or contact your county Extension Office.
7.Maine 4-H Days
Mark your calendars for Maine 4-H Days this year! Bring your whole family to the Windsor Fairgrounds the weekend of June 26, 27, and 28 for a weekend filled with fun, learning activities for everyone. There will be various animal tracks, exciting enrichment tracks and this year we are adding a new track just for 4-H leaders and parents. Do you want more information? Are you interested in sharing a skill by running an enrichment workshop or volunteering at the event? If so contact Corrie Hunkler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-287-1542.
8.Youth in Sheep Program
What: American Sheep Industry Association Inaugural Youth Program When: January 22nd and 23rd, 2010 Where: Nashville, Tennessee Highlights Include: * A chance to meet national leaders in the sheep industry * Discuss topics of national interest like anti-agriculture sentiment * Lamb birthing demonstration * Parasite identification workshop * Hands-on meat grading and meat cutting * Sheep jeopardy challenge * Social time to meet other youth from across the country Visit the American Sheep Industry website for registration materials: www.sheepusa.org then go to Events > Convention Brochure > Registration Form Our local contact is: Dick Brzozowski via e-mail at: email@example.com or 1-800-287-1471. Dick helped to plan this event and will be attending.
9.Horses Rescued in Waldoboro
Just two weeks passed from the time an emergency call was placed to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter to the time the last of eight horses were placed in safe homes! In that short period of time, awareness of the situation, donations of labor, hay, grain, bedding and care were given to horses that were seemingly abandoned. If it had not been for the diligence of the landowner, the quickness in response of the neighbors and the big hearts of the 4-H members located all over the state this story could have ended in tragedy. The Muddy Mustangs 4-H Club from Jefferson, It’s A Cinch from Waldoboro, Rascal Wranglers from China, and Fresh Horses from Pittston hit the ground running with donations of hay, grooming, daily care and farrier services. Johnna Scott, leader of It’s a Cinch said, “The focus is on the horses…if you know of any neglected or abused animal, don’t be afraid to speak up…we are their voices.” Cathy Thomas, leader of Fresh Horses said that although it was heart wrenching to see neglected horses, it was absolutely heart warming to see the true spirit of 4-H come alive!” Alexandria Thomas, a member of Fresh Horses commented on the overwhelming support her club received while collecting hay and the “awesome feeling of how four 4-H clubs could come together to help out these horses. It felt so good;” she added, “I think we should do it more often.” Monetary donations to help with de-worming and health care costs can be made to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 27 Atlantic Hwy, PO Box 7 Edgecomb, Maine 04556.
10.Winter Outdoor Survival Weekend
Saturday, February 13th to Monday, February 15th at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Open to youth ages 13 – 18. Cost is $30. Sponsored by Operation Military Kids and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Come and experience the beauty and thrill of the Maine woods in winter. Learn valuable winter survival skills like how to build fire without matches, build a snow shelter and sleep in it, cook over an open fire, understand what to do if you fall through the ice, animal tracking, water purification, survival kits, ice fishing and much more! Registration forms are on-line at http://extension.umaine.edu/4h/omk/winterweekend.htm.
Please mail the registration/health form, photo release form, and payment to the Kennebec County Extension Office, 125 State Street, 3rd Floor, Augusta, Maine 04330-5692. Questions? Call Karen 1-800-287-1481 or Susan 1-800-287-1482 or 655-2068.
11.4-H at UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus
Plans are underway for the 2010 4-H at UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus Weekend. Save the date for May 21-23, 2010. Please contact Kristy Ouellette firstname.lastname@example.org or 353-5550 if you are interested in serving on the planning committee for this event!
Maine 4-Hers have an opportunity to buy bulk rate tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters basketball game at the Bangor Auditorium on Monday, March 22, 2010, starting at 7:00 pm. Discount tickets for 4-H members, volunteers and staff are $16.50 each (includes handling fee).
4-H leaders and members can place an order for tickets at their County Extension office. Payment must be received when you order tickets by February 8, 2010. We are ordering early to get the best seats. You can get to the informational flyer from our ‘What’s New’ page at: http://www.umext.maine.edu/4h/whatsnew.htm
or you can learn more about the Harlem Globetrotters by visiting their website at http://harlemglobetrotters.com/.
Remember these dates:
Feb 8th – deadline for ordering Harlem Globetrotters tickets
Feb 15th – deadline for clubs to file 990N with IRS
Feb 26th – deadline for submitting Market Beef project approval forms
Mar 19th – deadline for applying for National 4-H trips
A Member of the University of Maine System
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
24 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, ME 04252
207-353-5550, 1-800-287-1458 (in Maine only)
Kristy L. Ouellette, Extension Educator
Sarah Sparks, 4-H Professional
Dana Rickman, Administrative Assistant
Resources for Leaders, Volunteers & Members
UMaine Extension’s 4-H website: www.maine4h.umaine.edu
4-H National interactive online website: www.4husa.org
Official 4-H Headquarters website: www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/
4-H Supplies, Gifts, etc: www.4-Hmall.org
* Michaele Bailey, 4-H Activities & Events Coordinator, UMaine Extension – Orono: 207-581-3872 email@example.com
* Lisa Phelps, Program Administrator, UMaine Extension:207-353-5550 firstname.lastname@example.org