Happy February Birthdays!
Caleb H. 2/2
Elizabeth R. 2/4
Sarah C. 2/14
Tara C. 2/23
Reid A. 2/25
February Dates to Remember
February 8, 2014 – First Ever Maine Regional Brain Bee
This is a neuroscience competition for students in 8th through 12th grades. FMI or to register, go to the Maine Regional Brain Bee website.
February 16, 2014 – Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts –
Dairy Quiz Bowl info. Snow date is February 17th
4-H Science Activity Set for March 5th Leaders’ Meeting
We’ve heard that volunteers and staff have questions about the roles of graduate students and what might they do with 4-H?
Charles Rodda, our 4-H PRE-VUE grad student, will join in our spring 2014 sessions with the Leaders’ Association, to talk about what he does and how he (and other students) could work with 4-Hers.
This is a 30-minute 4-H Science Activity that will engage volunteers in a science activity based on current University of Maine research, from one of our 4-H science toolkits.
All parents and volunteers are welcome, and all materials will be provided. Charles and Sarah Sparks will lead the session.
Please email KymNoelle or call 207.353.5550 to R.S.V.P.
- 6:15-6:30 Arrival and Network
- 6:30 Begin Session
- Update on what is happening with Maine 4-H Science.
- What is a graduate student and how can they help 4-H?
- Introduce activity from current toolkit.
- Complete 4-H Science Activity
- Short Q and A
Loose Shoe News
On Jan 4th, 2014 Loose Shoe 4H took a fieldtrip to Freeport Harness and Saddlery in Durham where owner Kate LeRoyer demonstrated the many tools necessary to build and repair saddles and other leather tack. Each member stamped out a heart shaped piece of leather than used various tools to trim the edges, mark the stitch location and punch a hole so it could be used as a Christmas ornament.
Back row is Raelyn, Emma, Ashley, and owner Kate LaRoyer. Front row is Gavin and Victoria. Gavin was so cute, he wasn’t heavy enough to pull down the handle to cut out his leather; he hung in mid air while someone pulled down on the handle for him. The trip continued to Freeport for lunch then to a second hand tack store in Yarmouth.
Student Essay Contest for Portland Flower Show
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the organizers of the Portland Flower Show are asking kids to create a fairy tale set in a garden or forest, for the Portland Flower Show’s eighth annual student essay contest. For a contest application and rules, contact the UMaine Extension office in Cumberland County by phone at 800.287.1471 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Applications can also be downloaded from the Portland Flower Show website or the Cumberland County Extension website. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, February 12.
Maine residents aged 6–18 are invited to participate in this contest. Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of the three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). Essays will be judged on criteria such as creativity, focus, and passion for the topic. The winning essays will be announced at the show’s opening night preview on Wednesday, March 5, and selected essays will be posted for public viewing for the duration of the show. The Portland Flower Show runs from March 6 to 9, 2014 at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore Street, Portland.
A Message from Robin Beck
Hello 4-Hers, Leaders and Volunteers!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Ground Hogs Day, and seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel.
Lot’s of great news and events coming up around the counties. Be sure to check out the poultry clinic in April. I sure hope to be there. I know the teens are busy planning the spring break event, too.
Most adults should have received a survey from Dr. Dick Brzozowski on sheep and poultry in 4-H. Please fill that out, it shouldn’t take long.
I want to take this last time in the newsletter to thank you all. I need to step down as president of the board as I’ve taken a job that will not enable me to do the work I’ve done in the past for 4-H. My hope is that someone with energy will step in and helps us grow in the counties and at the fair. Thank you all so much for your hard work and what you have taught me. I hope to see you around at Maine 4-H Days and the fair.
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties
4-H Leaders Association
4-H Life Skills Corner
Hi 4-H members. Each month I continue highlighting a life skill from the 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 with 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: Service Learning—gaining skill and experience through active participation in organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated with the school and community; learning linked with real life.
Qualities learned through service learning may include:
- Self-esteem, and
Like many of the other life skills we have highlighted, there is a process for service learning.
- Identify opportunities to meet actual community needs.
- Plan a service opportunity with school and community representatives.
- Interact with an interested adult to implement the project.
- Keep records of problem or needs; research completed; services rendered; names, addresses, and phone numbers of people involved; other documentation, such as letters, speeches, news articles, journal entries, photographs, etc.
- Learn to apply information to problem solving and to helping others.
- Demonstrate evidence of learning.
I challenge you to think about ways you use service learning in your everyday lives. I bet you use this life skill often. If you have a really great example please share it with us, we’d love to include it in our next newsletter.
4-H News February 2014
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.581.3877.
New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Milk Sanitation
Farm & Forest Exposition
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Center of New Hampshire – Radisson Hotel, Webster Room, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.
Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and bottled. This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be some discussion about transitioning from a hobby to a commercial dairy.
A schedule and additional information are available online at the UMaine Dairy Goat Seminar page.
National 4-H Trips Applications Due
National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit the National 4-H Trips website.
Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535 or email@example.com.
Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine!
Registration will be open on April 1 for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College. This year, 4-H@UMaine will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono. “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college. For more information on 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the 4-H@UMaine website or contact Barb Baker or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne or 207.622.7546.
2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1 at the 4-H ESE Horse Tryouts page. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.
Upcoming Dairy Events
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts
Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts will be held Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta at 1:00 pm. Snow date will be Monday, February 17. Quiz Bowl Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Quiz Bowl Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team.
For more information please contact coach Connie Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.625.4644.
4-H Dairy Judging
Tryouts for the Dairy Cattle Judging Team will be Saturday, April 12, 2014 and the snow date is Sunday, April 13. Dairy Cattle Judging Tryouts is open to all 4-H youth in the state. Attendance at Judging Tryouts will fulfill one of the requirements to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team. Times and locations will be announced in early March. For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at email@example.com or call at 207.581.2740.
State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the try out event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States. A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.
While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:
• Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
• Dairy Judging in April
• Clipping Contest the day before the show
For more information contact Angela Hussey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.
2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges School
April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school. Registration forms and information can be found at the 4-H Horse Judges School website.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014. 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 travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. 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, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th. For more information visit Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.
Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition
ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Your county 4-H staff person must sign intent forms before you send it to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.
Beef January 3
Goat April 15
Dairy May 1
Sheep May 1
Dog May 15
Horse See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts.
If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at email@example.com or at 207.324.2814.
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!
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 (confirmed)
June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days (confirmed)
June 30 Final Deadline for Animal Approval Forms
July 25-28 4-H Horse Camp held at Fryeburg Fairgrounds (details TBD)
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)