Happy March Birthdays!
Simeon G. 3/8
Courtney H. 3/14
Hannah L. 3/22
Sarah B. 3/23
Hannah H. 3/28
March Dates to Remember!
March 8 – 4-H Science Saturday at UMaine – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additional information and registration available online.
March 14 – KidWind Challenge at SMCC Brunswick
Info and resources are available online.
March 14 – 4-H National Trips
Application packets and information found online.
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.
Short Q and A
Locke, Stock and Arrow News
This February, Locke, Stock, and Arrow did a short study on Dog Project. Phoebe Hansen brought her Black Lab Bruce to the meeting to show us how to train dogs to do tricks and show in an arena. We also made special dog treats, led by the Monks family, to donate to the Coastal Humane Society.
Our monthly field trip brought us to The Vet Clinic in Brunswick for a tour and a demonstration on underwater treadmill therapy for dogs recovering from surgery or in need of physical training. Our kids learned that some of the same treatments used on humans were the same for dogs and other small animals.
Loose Shoe News
Loose shoe had to cancel their monthly meeting due to a snowstorm but it had to be rescheduled for Feb 27th. This month’s field trip was to a barn in Monmouth to watch Lea Hanley Farrell perform a horse massage. In no time, the horse was licking, chewing and yawning.
Equine Etc. News
At the February Equine Etc. 4-H club meeting, members discussed the Topsham Fair Exhibit Hall booth decorations. The theme was planned, and it was suggested that all members bring poster ideas, for the booth, to the March meeting. We also talked about fundraising at the farmer’s market, it was noted that there are fundraising booths available for non-profit groups.
Equine Etc. is excited for Nancy Weeks of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue, and leader of the Loose Shoe 4-H club to speak at the next meeting. After our guest speaker, we’ll make horse treats.
~Submitted by Taylor Crocker
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. But are moving into the MANAGING section of the life skills wheel. First lets define what MANAGING really means – use of resources to accomplish a purpose.
Now let’s explore: Goal Setting – deciding on the purpose or desired result, something to work toward.
There are six steps you can follow to help with achieving a goal:
Identify an appropriate goal.
Identify tasks or steps necessary to achieve the goal.
Make an action plan.
Follow the plan.
Evaluate the results.
Revise the plan if the intended goal was not met.
I challenge you to think about ways you use goal setting 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 March 2014
Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships
Many scholarships are available to participants in the 4-H program pursuing higher education. High school seniors are encouraged to learn about and apply for scholarships.
Please review descriptions of the following funding opportunities provided by the Maine 4-H Foundation. Apply for the one(s) most relevant to your project / aspirations. If you have any questions, please contact us before applying. Application forms and more information on the various scholarships offered by the Maine 4-H Foundation.
The following scholarships are available:
- Maine 4-H Foundation General Post Secondary Education Scholarships.
- Wayne S. Rich Scholarship — Maine in odd numbered years.
- Azure Dillon 4-H Memorial Scholarship — Maine 4-Her.
- Gladys E. Conant Memorial Farm Credit of Maine Scholarship ($1,000) — Students currently enrolled at University of Maine in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA). Maine 4-Her planning to continue their post-secondary education at a Maine institution whose objective is to major in a field related to commercial farming, fishing, or forest products or in another field with the intent to work in businesses related to these industries.
- Doris Roberts, H. Lawrence, and George Lawrence Humphrey 4-H Scholarship.
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 207.581.3877.
4-H Dog Fun Day
Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME 04429.
Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs! Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs. Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!)
Call 207.654.2110 , or email Lori Swenson to pre-register.
Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs. Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend. Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies. Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.
4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
For: Aroostook, 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 at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 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 present their presentation to their county’s
4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled 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 19th at 207.667.8212.
Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest – March 29, 2014
Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5). Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for serving snacks and clean up. Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year. This is a great community service project for 4-H clubs, individuals, or families.
To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 as soon as possible, no later than March 21.
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 page.
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.
Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine!
Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College which 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 taste of the college experience.
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 are available online. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age). Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.
2014 Horse Judging Clinic
May 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Hemphills, Inc., 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME 04989. Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.
This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability. Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills, this clinic will fulfill your needs!
Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance. Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014. Download the registration forms. For more information contact Sarah Chadbourne or 207.408.1309.
Upcoming Dairy Events
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.
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 tryout 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 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.
Dairy Quiz Bowl Results
The Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts were held February 17 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-Hers in the dairy program participated all together. The highest scoring youth who qualify for the Eastern States Quiz Bowl team are Alyvia Stanley, overall junior winner, Kelton Tanguay, and Megan Caruso of Cumberland County, Sadie Farrnad from Franklin County, overall senior winner, and Samantha Simpson of Penobscot County. Dairy Quiz Bowl members will practice throughout the year for a team competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.
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 the 4-H Citizen Washington Focus page. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.
2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit
Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th at Cowtown Holsteins, Derby Line, Vermont
The 2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit will start with registration, lunch and orientation from 11:30 to 12:45. The formal program will then start at 12:45 and conclude with lunch on Saturday. Your registration fee of $30 will cover all of your meals plus some supplies. As in the past we will be limited to 150 participants so early registration is important. Required forms are a registration form with the Agreement for Attendees and Picture Permission on the back. Both of these documents must be completely filled out and returned with your registration and registration fee, and are available online.
Rooms at the Derby Four Seasons Motel (802.334.1775 or 800.339.1775), 44221 Rt. 5 & Newport City Motel (802.334.6558 or 800.338.6558), 444 E. Main St., (also Rt. 5) have been blocked for Friday night. Be sure to tell them you are with the Vermont Holstein Show Summit
group. The rate is $89.99 plus taxes for two people two beds, more with extra people in the room. The Newport City Motel has a pool. To receive this rate, room reservations must be made by March 4th.
2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics
The 2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics is scheduled for March 22, 2014 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Youth ages 8-18 years old as of January 1st receive a 5% discount off the purchase price of one heifer. We also have a raffle, clinics, commercial area, and semen silent auction this year. Clinics begin at 10 a.m. and the sale at noontime. Many calves have gone on to develop into All Americans, state and national class winners plus develop into excellent scored cows. This is a good opportunity for youth to purchase their next foundation animal. All seven major dairy breeds are represented plus we have a breed info table with the junior programs offered by each.
More information at the Blue Ribbon Calf website and find us on Facebook – Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale.
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 them 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 207.324.2814.
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 on the New England 4-H Horse Judges School website.
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Dates and Deadlines!
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)