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October 2012 4-H News

Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 27, 2012, 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.

To learn more information, please visit: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/robotics-expo/ or contact Sarah Sparks, 1-800-287-1458 or sarah.sparks@maine.edu if you have any questions.

Donations of Creative Items needed for Robotics Expo
We are looking for creative items that can be used for building recycled robots on October 27th. These might be things like wrapping paper tubes, paper towel tubes, toilet paper rolls, empty tissue boxes or other recycled items. If you have any of these to donate, we would greatly appreciate them! Items can be brought to the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.


Interclub needs new members
WE WANT YOU !!!!
Would you like to be a junior leader? Interclub Junior Leaders are looking for 4-Her’s ages 12-18, to join Interclub and have a blast! We are a very active club, with both boys and girls, and do many leadership activities as well as carry out Mini forum and Winterfest. We meet one night a month and have been meeting in the Gorham area. We will decide on a meeting night that works for most when the new year starts. We are an actual club and do all the things that clubs do (election of officers, etc). If you are ages between 12-18 and enjoy “hanging out” with members of your own age then come join us. Please call Leader, Heidi Thuotte at 892-7904 or e-mail heidi.thuotte@maine.edu or Asst. Leader, Michaela Davis at 650-6395 for more information.


The Leaders Association Board of Director’s
are now holding elections for new officers and taking nominations for Board members
The Leaders Association Board of Director’s is now holding elections and taking nominations for Board members. The slate of officers for the board is President, Jenn Grant, Vice President, Kathleen Pride, Secretary, Nicole Foster and Treasurer, Stanley Moreau and will take nominations, from the floor. Anyone interested in serving on the board please contact Joan Rolfe at 688-4820.

The Leaders Association meeting will be held October 18th at Gorham Public Works, 8 Huston Road, Gorham, 7:00-9:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to come!


Changes in Association By-Laws
The Cumberland County 4-H Leaders Association is recommending the following changes to the by-laws of the organization. The full Leaders Association will vote on these recommended changes at the October 18 (7:00pm) meeting. Any comments or feedback should be directed to a Board member. Recommended changes:  add to Article V, Section V: The duties of the Board of Directors shall be:

9. To address grievances of committee members.

10. To remove committee members if necessary.

add to Article VII, Section I:

Election of Chairperson: – Each standing committee will select a chairperson at their first meeting of the 4-H year and inform the Leaders Association.

Grievances of a Committee Member: If a grievance cannot be solved among the committee members, then the grievance will be brought to an officer of the Leaders Association or the Extension Educator, Professional or Aide to be brought before the board.

Voting: In order to avoid an appearance of conflict of interest, any judge, committee member, 4-H volunteer, or other selector, must recuse his or herself, and not be physically present (in the same room) at, or otherwise involved with, any decision or selection process that could result in an award with monetary value for any 4-H participant who is a family member of such a judge, committee member, volunteer, or other selector.

For this purpose, “family members” mean spouses (or domestic partners), parents (or in-laws), grandparents (or great grandparents), legal guardians, siblings (or in-laws), children, grandchildren (or great grandchildren), aunts (or great aunts), uncles (or great uncles), and first or second cousins. Children include stepchildren or any minors residing with an adult, even if the adult is not a legal guardian.

If a potential award recipient is a family member, employee, or has any other significant, known relationship to any contributor to your organization, neither the contributor, nor any family member or other person connected with the contributor, may be physically present at, or otherwise involved with, any decision or selection process that could result in an award with monetary value for that potential recipients.


Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial Funds Are Available
The Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial Fund was established as a memorial to Paul E. Merrill who died April 1982. Mr. Merrill firmly believed in the merits of the 4-H program and in the character-building qualities of learning to care for and raise livestock. This Fund is a splendid way to carry on the beliefs of Mr. Merrill and in doing so, encourage youth to grow in character and ability as Mr. Merrill had done. It is designed to provide financial aid for projects from the interest of the account to 4-H livestock clubs or 4-H members with livestock projects.

Directions for Applying:

Any 4-H livestock club or 4-H member participating in a large livestock project is eligible to apply for money from the Paul E. Merrill Trust Fund. A steering committee reviews the applications and distributes the funds. Grants are generally given twice a year, in spring and late fall. It is recommended that the project be cost shared with the 4-H Club or member and other sources of funding, in the case of a large request. DEADLINE is November 1st, 2012. Please call the office 781-6099 for more information or an application.


Eligibility For Enrollment Requirements for 2012/2013
Renewing members and clubs are expected to re-enroll between October 1 and December 31 each year. New members may enroll at any time. However, both new and re-enrolling members must be enrolled by December 31 to participate in events and activities such as, but not limited to, state-wide market animal auctions, Eastern States Exposition competitions, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, and to be eligible for 4-H post secondary scholarships. In order to participate in county fairs, re-enrolling members are expected to meet the December 31 deadline and new members should be enrolled by April 1. Forms were included in the leaders start-up packets that were given out at the fair or that you will receive in the mail or they may be printed from the following website: http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/forms/


4-H Hall at the Cumberland Fair!
The 4-H Hall had  226 individual projects, 9 club exhibits.

Congratulations to Rosette Winners
Rosette Winners included:
Gaetana Almeida
Lucia Almeida
Abby Constantine
Maya Critchfield
Adam Dale
Sebastian Foster
Olivia Fowler
Parker Hall
Eliza McCauley
Mallory McLaughlin
Caroline Ross
Emily Ross
Anna Ruprecht
Shayne Splink
Abby Washo

Club Exhibits included:
All-Star 4-H Dairy
Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club
Forest School
Merry Makers
Paws N’ Pals
Robotica
Tails and Trails
The Outbacks
Young Farmers at Pineland Farms


Congratulations Market Baby Beef, Hog & Lamb Winners at the Cumberland Fair!
Baby Beef
Grand Champion- Sage Leblanc
Reserved Champion-Taylor Braley

Market Hog
Grand Champion-Caleb McGrath Holmquist
Reserved Champion-Corey Sullivan

Market Lamb
Grand Champion- John Hayward
Reserved Champion- Ashley Hayward
Highly Commended- Emily Taylor


Pig Raffle Update!
Thanks to everyone who helped sell pig raffle tickets this year. We had a very successful year! The lucky pig raffle winner was Joyce McKenney from Richmond, Maine. A BIG thank you also to Molly Merrifield for raising the pig.  Joe Trafford for donating the pig, Blue Seal Feeds, Windham, Maine for donating the grain and to Windham Butcher Shop, Windham, Maine for donating the processing. We appreciate your support of our 4-H programs.


4-H Activity Corner
4-H Eco-Bot Challenge
Throughout the month of October, University of Maine Cooperative Extension will join millions of young people across the nation and in Maine to become scientists for a day during the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD).

The annual event seeks to spark an early youth interest in science and future science careers, and to reclaim the nation’s position of leadership in scientific exploration. As part of 4-H NYSD, youth and volunteers may participate in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge: the 2012 National Science Experiment in which youngsters explore how robots function and could be used to help clean up hazardous materials spills.  The 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge will demonstrate that by utilizing engineering principles, youth can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.

Educators and volunteers from across the state have been invited to participate and share the science experience with youth in their communities.

In Maine, young people will enhance their engineering skills by assembling their own Eco-Bots and surface controls to manage an environmental cleanup. Youths will test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s design features and various surface-control configurations to determine the most effective cleanup solution for the simulated spill.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, and to enhance the nation’s contribution to the sciences, 4-H National Youth Science Day demonstrates that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and are fun and attainable options for college degrees and future careers. Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H STEM programs.

For more information on 4-H NYSD, visit  http://www.4-H.org/NYSD  www.4-H.org/NYSD or, to register for a local 4-H youth science day activity in Bath, Perry, Windham, Poland, Searsport, Windsor or Topsham, visit the Extension 4-H youth science day website (http://umaine.edu/4h/calendar-of-events/4-h-national-youth-science-day-experiment/) website.


4-H Project Records due from Clubs on October 24
All 4-H Project Records and Portfolios that are nominated for a county award are due to the Extension Office on October 24. If you have any questions about completing the Awards forms or how the records are judged please call Mitch, Sarah or an Awards Committee member. County Awards for projects will be announced at 2012 Winterfest which will take place December 2nd.


For New 4-H Club Volunteers:
2012 4-H Club Start-up Meeting

If you are a new 4-H club leader (or a new volunteer) and would like to know more about 4-H procedures, traditions and event for the upcoming year then come to this fun information session.  At this meeting, you will work with Extension staff to learn about the wonderful details of running a 4-H club and how to get your 4-H members involved with county and state-wide events. The meeting will be held October 25 from 7-9pm at the Regional Learning Center in Falmouth. For more information, contact Mitch at 781-6099.


State 4-H News

Important News about 2013 Maine 4-H Days Dates
Please note: If you are planning to attend Maine 4-H Days in 2013, the date has changed. Next year’s event will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581-3877.

Jolly 4-H Market
The Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors of Coopers Mills would like to invite all 4-Hers and/or 4-H groups throughout the state of Maine to join us in our first Jolly 4-H Market. Bring crafts and market items of all kinds to sell: jewelry, ornaments, flowers, pumpkins, etc. No raffles or bake/food sales allowed. All exhibitors must be active members of 4-H.

This event is on October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Windsor Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. Crafters may set up at 8:00 a.m. Cost: $10.00 for 8’ space (you provide your own tables and chairs) or $15.00 for 8’ space including 1 table and 2 chairs. The Jolly Farmers and The Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs will have a concession stand with hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and other delectable goodies. For more information contact: Darlene Newcombe, 207-549-4532, dnewcombe17304@roadrunner.com.

Military Teen Adventure Camps 2012-2013
Nearly 1600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between.

Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii. Information may be found at the following URL: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/Adventure_camps/.

Robotics Expo
You’re invited to join us for a day of fun with robotics and science on Saturday, October 27, 2012, 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.

To learn more information, please visit: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/robotics-expo/ or contact Sarah Sparks, 1-800-287-1458 or sarah.sparks@maine.edu if you have any questions.

4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment
The 2012 National Science Experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. Youth will assemble their own Eco-Bot, then discover how the robot functions. Youth will design a set of control surfaces to program the Eco-Bot to perform a simulated environmental clean-up project.

Join in the experiment at one of these sites, or host your own 4-H National Youth Science Day site!

- October 2nd, 4:00 pm, at the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine

- October 6th, Multiple sessions: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm, at the Perry Harvest Fair, at the Perry Municipal Building and Grounds, in Perry, Maine

- October 10th, 6:00 pm, at the Windham Public Library in Windham, Maine

- October 16th, 6:30 pm, at the Ricker Public Library in Poland, Maine

- October 18th, 4:30 pm, at the Searsport Elementary School Cafeteria in Searsport, Maine

- October 18th, 7:00 pm, at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, Maine

- November 6th, 6:00 pm, at the Topsham Public Library in Topsham, Maine

These activities are open to youth ages 5 – 18, youth ages 5 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate. No prior experience is needed. Registration is free, and includes materials for the experiments.

Pre-registration is requested. Register at the hosting library. For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks at (207) 353-5550, or (800) 287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 1-800-287-8957 or email sarah.sparks@maine.edu.

4-H Science Experiment Series
Come join with other youth and explore the exciting world of science! Tuesdays October 2 – November 2, at 4:00 pm at the Patten Free Library in Bath, Maine.

This series is open to youth ages 5 – 18; youth ages 5 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No prior experience is needed. Registration is free, and includes materials for the experiments.

For information on the projects being done each week, go to: http://umaine.edu/4h/calendar-of-events/4-h-science-experiment-series/.

Register at the library with Carol. For more information about the experiment, contact Sarah Sparks at 353-5550, or 800-287-1458 (in Maine), TDD: 800-287-8957, or email sarah.sparks@maine.edu.

The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program Update
The University of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Program has established an account in the MIdwayUSA Scholastic Shooting Trust. Donations to this fund are currently being matched 3:1 by the owners of MidwayUSA. We can draw up to 5% annually from this account for program support. Currently, our account balance is over $50,000.00. Additionally, UMaine 4HSS has received donations of equipment from the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance of over $3000.00, and from the NRA Foundation of over $3500.00. For more information contact Scott Olsen scott.olsen@maine.edu or visit our webpage: http://umaine.edu/bryantpond/4-h-shooting-sports/.

Maine Innovation Convention Invites 4-H Participants!
The Maine Innovation Convention, hosted by the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine, announces an informational meeting for educators/volunteers on October 27, 2012, 8 AM – 4 PM at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine, Orono. The goal of the Convention is to provide an opportunity for Maine middle school students to think creatively and practically as they explore, create, and promote innovative solutions to everyday challenges in their world and beyond. Throughout the school year, middle school participants work with their peers to identify and solve problems by using the Innovation Engineering process, developed and taught at the University of Maine. For more information on the Maine Innovation Convention please go to the website http://foster.target.maine.edu/, or contact Angela Marcolini at angela.marcolini@maine.edu or by phone at (207) 581-1429.

Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2013 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to Participate Form http://umaine.edu/4h/files/2010/08/2013-beef-intent.doc by January 3, 2013. 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


 

Club Happenings
Long Island 4-H
Long Island 4-H Club with Penny, Jordan, Zalea, and myself, we cleaned out the 4-H garden.  Our harvest was a modest variety of veggies which included kale, beets, tomatoes, squash and green tomatoes.

We will meet and begin at the Community Garden, we must harvest what might have grown and clean up.
We will then go from there to the new 4-H Club House for an official meeting.  At the meeting we will discuss fall/winter activities which includes many exciting options for youth and adults to take part.  Some examples are:
A trip to the Robotics Expo in Gorham Oct. 27th and the possibility of forming a Robotics Club lead by Ralph Sweet.
An Ecology Study lead by Kay Johnson (details pending).
A Babysitters Course (Time & Date TBA)  followed by the formation of Babysitters Club.  Archery training for adults in Gray, also on October 27th, this training is the 1st step in developing an archery program for the island.
And finally we will continue to plan our Farming & Gardening Project so that come spring we will be ready to plant.

~Alanna

 


4-H 2012 Calendar

http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/cumberland-county-4-h/2010-4-h-calendar/

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