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December 2012 4-H News

2012 4-H Club Officer Training
All youth who play a leadership role in their club are invited to attend this leadership training on December 13, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Cumberland County Extension office in Falmouth. Youth will learn about their responsibilities as a youth leader, how to carry out those responsibilities and how to work with other club members and volunteers. The workshop is fun and hands-on. Volunteer leaders are invited to participate and/or observe as well! To register, contact Lisa Waters at or 781-6099 on or before December 10.

Robotica To Hold Their 3rd Annual Fund Raising Event
Where: Tractor Supply Company in Windham Maine When: December 1st from 9 am- 2:00 pm.

The past 2 years our club has raised money to purchase Legos to donate to the Caring Community of Gray and New Gloucester. The first year our donations were from within our club only and we raised over $60. Last year we raised over $130 with the help of many other 4-H members at Winterfest, thanks to all who helped out there.
This year our hope is that we would raise even more to help out more families that are in need. If you would like to support our fundraising event, swing by Tractor Supply and give your donation or you can mail it to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105 to Attention: Lisa Waters, please make check payable to Nicole Foster or Alice McGrath, Robotics Club leaders and mark it as a donation for Robotica’s fundraiser. Please join us in giving to those in need.

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H T-shirts
2013 marks the 100th year of 4-H in Maine! One way we are celebrating this anniversary is by coordinating orders of 100 Years of 4-H T-shirts. Sizes range from youth small to Adult XXL. There are two color options, two sleeve options, and two different image sizes/locations; the price for each specific option is listed on the order form, and includes shipping.

To order the t-shirts, click on the link below and fill out the order form, which you will submit to the Extension Office. Orders need to be submitted to Lisa Waters by December 10th, and all shipments will be sent directly to the Cumberland  County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105 in early January, we will notify you once the order is in and you will need to pick up the t-shirts here at the office. If you have any questions please call Lisa Waters at 781-6099 or e-mail:

T-shirt order form (PDF)

Paws ‘N’ Pals 4-H Dog Club is Seeking New Members
Are you between the ages of 11 & 18 and looking for something fun to do with your dog? Have you always wanted to participate and learn more about dog sports like conformation, Rally-O, obedience and more? Do you want to be part of a group where everyone enjoys learning about, and having fun with their dogs? If you answered yes to any of these questions than the Paws ‘N’ Pals 4-H Dog Club from Cumberland County could be the right fit for you!  Please contact Sara at for more details

Important Date!
Eligibility For Enrollment Requirements for 2011/2012
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. Leaders received them in the mail if they were not picked up at the fair. The forms may also be printed from the following website:

Fashion Revue 2013
It’s Almost Time To Share Your Uncommon Fashion Sense
Have you been sewing, crocheting or knitting and wanting to share your abilities and sense of style? In February and March it will be Fashion Revue time, so now is the time to start thinking about a good project to enter. Fashion Revue is a 4H show of items knit, crocheted or sewn by the 4her’s. It’s a 2-part competition, with the first part being a private show for the judges and the second part being a public fashion show at Mini-Forum. Keep an eye out in the January newsletter for dates, times and places to be announced. For more information, contact Sheryl Adams via phone (749-2963) or email ( .

Cumberland County 4-H Science Day
Mark your Calendars! Annual Craft Day Coming in January!

There is limited space available. We will have room for up to 40 participants.

THEME: Introduction to Photography and Filmmaking
WHEN: January 5th, with a snow date January 12th
TIME: 8:30-3:00
WHERE: USM, Portland

December Activity Corner
Build your knowledge of intestinal anatomy and math using these simple activities from Cornell University’s “Horse Guts and Math” activity guide.  The activities are fun and use materials most folks have around their house.  The guide is available for free download at

The 4-H Leaders Association amended their by-laws in October. The following wording reflects the changes made:

Section V – Board of Directors – The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers of the Association, the retired past president, four regular members or alumni members elected for a two-year term.  The members at large shall be elected on odd years.

The duties of the Board of Directors shall be:

  1. Attendance at all regular meetings, Board meetings, and special meetings.  Failure to attend 80% of the meetings, unless excused, will result in replacement.
  2. To consider the yearly Plan of Work.
  3. To authorize the expenditures of all monies as determined by an annual budget approved by the Association.
  4. To initiate and cooperate in county-wide 4-H events.
  5. To assist the President in appointing all committees needed to carry out the Association’s programs.
  6. To advise the county Extension Educators on matters pertaining to 4-H work.
  7. To transact business for the Association between meetings except on matters which the powers of the Board shall have been limited.
  8. To fill vacancies as they occur during the year(s) in any office or committee.
  9. To address grievances of committee members.
  10. To remove committee members if necessary.

ARTICLE VII – Committees

Section I – Committees – Except where specified, committees and special committees shall be appointed by the president to serve for a period of one year or until the completion of its assigned duties, whichever period of time is the shorter

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 Ex22222tension 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 recipient. 

State 4-H News

Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days
Maine 4-H Days 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 or 581-3877.

 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 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.

Invention Convention
The Invention Convention is a statewide competition that promotes important life and work skills for Maine middle school students. Throughout the school year, students work to identify and solve problems by using a systematic approach to innovation. After competing against their peers at a local level, top students will be invited to attend the state conference where they compete for the top invention awards. The competition is open to any school offering grades 6, 7, and/or 8, as well as children who are homeschooled. For more information about the Maine Invention Convention, visit or call Angela Marcolini at the UMaine Foster Center for Student Innovation at 207-581-1454 or email

The curriculum will teach and lead students through four steps:

1) Identify a Problem. Students begin the project by identifying a real-world problem through the use of a variety of methods including traditional research and insight mining. They are encouraged to draw from their experiences and learnings to identify the largest and most frequent problems people experience. The problem they choose should not only be meaningful to others, it should also be one they are passionate about solving.

2) Generate Ideas for Solutions. Using the reliable Innovation Engineering® tools and system for idea generation, students create “meaningfully unique” ideas for solutions the problem they identified. A meaningfully unique idea is one that solves a problem in a better, more efficient way. Through the use of the Innovation Engineering® ideation tools, students will have the chance to leverage the diversity of their peers and generate ideas they can get excited about creating.

3) Make it Real. Once students choose the solution they are most excited about, they must begin the process of making it reality. As part of this stage, they make the idea real by articulating it through written concept pitches and creating a prototype. The most important part of this is the documentation of the invention process, which is achieved through an inventor’s notebook and a mock provisional patent application. Rapid cycles of learning should be stressed so students may process their learnings as they happen and make continuous improvements to their idea. Students are encouraged to learn through research, surveying, and prototyping, and to adapt accordingly as they progress.

4) Present the 3 Ps. Once the student has created their invention, the final step is to present the “three Ps” – Problem, Promise, and Proof. Students must provide answers to the following questions: What problem is being solved? What is the promise the invention can make? Why should customers believe this promise? They prepare to present these answers in oral, written, and visual formats.

 4-H Club Happenings

The Iron Giants
The Iron Giants met only once this month due to Thanksgiving. The older kids broke into groups and had a competition of who could build/program the fastest robot. The cloverbuds learned about balance by using a K’Nex Education kit.

Robotica November Meetings 
Reporter Sebastian
At our meeting we finished taking inventory of the VEX kit we’ve borrowed from Cape Elizabeth Middle School.   We also completed building two of the missions on the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Body Forward Challenge Mat.  The younger kids worked on a recycled robots craft. Our club also discussed our upcoming fundraiser at Tractor Supply in Windham on December 1st and we elected officers for the year.  Our new club officers are: Sam Holmquist, President;  Anna Foster, Vice-President; Caleb Mcgrath- Holmquist, Secretary and Thomas Peterlien, Treasurer.

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