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January 2013 4-H News

Fashion Revue 2013
“Happy 100th Birthday 4-H; Come Celebrate With Us!”
If you enjoy designing and making your own sewn, crocheted or knit projects, join us in this year’s Fashion Revue. Our theme is “Happy 100th Birthday 4-H; Come Celebrate With Us!”, and we are encouraging all participants to get their creative juices flowing with great materials, yarns, and patterns, resulting in some great projects.

Fashion Revue is open to all ages, with categories for cloverbuds (ages 5-8 years), beginner, intermediate and advanced sewers, knitters and crocheters. Items crafted could include garments, accessories, stuffed animals, livestock blankets or any other item your creative mind could imagine and your talented hands could produce by sewing, knitting or crocheting. Then all you have to do is fill out the paper work and email or mail it to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office by January 25th. (Questions? – Call Sheryl Adams at 749-2963 or email her at You will be sent a participant packet with all the details. You will need to have your completed project turned in at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office by 4 pm on Thursday, February 21st or make other arrangements with Jenn Grant, 839-4334 or  Deadline with date and time of project drop off are non-negotiable.

Judging for Fashion Revue will take place on Saturday, February 23rd at the First Congregational Church of Gray Parish House (behind McDonalds). Your creation will first be judged off-person, then you will either wear or bring your entry before the judges. At 1:30 p.m. there is a how-to class on ways to showcase your item before the judges. The on-person judging begins at 2 p.m. The snow date for judging is March 2nd at the same time and place.

Presentation of awards and an actual fashion show will complete the project and will take place at Mini-Forum, on March 9th, at Bailey Hall at USM in Gorham. The snow date for Mini-Forum is March 16th at the same place. Come on out and strut your stuff!

Intent to Participate (Word)

Fashion Revue Rules (Word)

Suggested Projects, Skills and Knowledge (Word)

Cumberland County Craft Day
Introduction to Photography and Filmmaking Day
There is limited space available. We will have room for up to 30 participants.

THEME: Introduction to Photography and Filmmaking

WHEN: January 5th, with a snow date January 12th

TIME: 8:30-3:00

WHERE: USM, Portland Campus, Luther Bonney Hall- Hampton Auditorium

To register call 781-6099 or e-mail

New 4-H Club with a focus on raising and showing Dairy Goats is starting in North Yarmouth
If you are interested in all things and everything related to goats, as well as participating in fun, hands-on life skills and leadership training, then join youth and adult volunteers as they start a 4-H Goat Club for Cumberland County.

Meetings will be the second Monday of each month beginning on January 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Skyline Farm Visitor’s Center, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Maine. (Directions at In June, meetings may be weekly as 4-Hers prepare their projects for demonstration and/or the Cumberland County Fair.

Youth ages 9 to 18 are welcome. (This club also will have goat-related programming for children younger than 9, who are called 4-H Cloverbuds.) Size is limited only by the number of Extension-trained adult volunteers. At this time, the club has 10 openings. (With potential for more as more adults become trained volunteers.) For more information please contact Kristi Wright, 207-522-2607 or

Participants will learn about the care, raising and showing of dairy goats, in addition to exploring the role of goats and their agricultural products in society. Those who own goats ultimately hope to show them at the Cumberland County Fair. Those who do not own goats also are invited to participate, with the goal of demonstrating what they have learned at the Fair. The club is an excellent way to have fun, serve the community and make new friends while learning valuable life and leadership skills.

The first few meetings participants will select a name for the new club, get to know one another, determine the goals for the year e.g. what we specifically want to learn about, and roles we can play within the 4-H system.

The 4-H program, whose motto is “To Make the Best Better” emphasizes a learning by doing educational model and adult volunteer leaders act as facilitators and partners in working with youth. To learn more about the 4-H program, please see the Cumberland County 4-H website.

4-H Public Presentation Day and Workshop

Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:00 – 8:00pm
USM Gorham, Bailey Hall, Room 113
Call  Lisa Waters at 781-6099 to register or e-mail:

Learn how to give a demonstration, a speech or present a poem!  All 4-H’ers are invited to attend this workshop.  The workshop is for beginning, intermediate or experienced public speakers.  Members will learn how to prepare and present.  This workshop is great for 4-H’ers who will have to give a presentation through school!  All 4-H members are encouraged to participate. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 1:30pm
Inn at Village Square, Route 114, Gorham

4-H Teens – Be part of the action: Interclub Teen Leadership Group
Now is the time to join Interclub – a special 4-H group just for older youth.  You can help plan the fantastic Mini-Forum event in March. The 4-H Interclub includes 4-H’ers ages 13 and older.  They are responsible for planning major 4-H events such as Winterfest and Mini-Forum.  The teens in Interclub focus on developing important leadership skills, social networking and making a difference in younger members.  For more information, contact Heidi Thuotte at or 892-7904.

January 4-H Activity Corner
Winter is officially upon us. During the cold winter months, learning about birds in our community can be a fun activity to do as a 4-H project or with your family. Visit Cornell University’s “Birds in Your Backyard (PDF).” This project guide includes tips for identifying birds and tracking them, as well as pattern for building a bird house.

Adult Volunteer opportunity with Children’s Water Festival
The planning committee for the 2013 Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival is looking for a 4-H volunteer who has an interest in water quality and is available during the week day once a month. The Southern Maine Water Festival takes place May 17th in Portland. The event brings together 4-6th graders from southern Maine to learn about the importance of water. If you would like more information about this opportunity, contact Mitch at the Extension Office, or visit the Children’s Water Festival.

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.

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 home schooled. For more information about the Maine Invention Convention, 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.

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 (Word) 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.

4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed
Did you get to visit the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 832-0343,

Eastern States Exposition
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 the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered around a science theme. Please call the UMaine Extension Office in Oxford at 743-6329 or 800-287-1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students stay in the dorm, meals and transportation are provided.

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar
New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy. This seminar is being held during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the ADGA District meeting at 10:00 followed by “Transitioning to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30. At 12:00 noon the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester NH. Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per Family. For a complete brochure, see New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition.

Apply Now for National Trips
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. Learn more about the National 4-H Trips.

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 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 1-800-287-1535 or

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2013. 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 29 to July 6, 2013. 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 27th. For more information, see Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

Eastern States Exposition (ESE) Beef Intent
Enrolled 4-H youth between the ages of 12-18 (as of December 31, 2012) who are interested in exhibiting an animal in the 4-H Beef Show at the 2013 Eastern States Exposition, must submit an Intent to Participate Form, which can be downloaded at: This form must be submitted to Donna Flint by January 3, 2013.

4-H Club Happenings

4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility
Leader and Reporter: Sherry Dietrich
Two members of 4 Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club, Shoshanna and Lexi, entered their dogs at the AC-Me agility club’s Fun Runs in Portland at Happy Tails training center on December 8th. Fun Runs are great oppurtunities to practice handling skills with ones dogs.  More of these Fun Runs are scheduled in the coming months.  FMI call Sherry Dietrich at 688-4826.

Merry Makers
Reporter: Noah
Members at meeting 15.
For our December meeting we made Christmas ornaments. We made paper snowflakes, toilet paper role snowflakes, bird feeders using bird seed on pine cones, peppermint candy ornaments, and paintbrush Santa ornaments.

December Meetings
Reporter: Thomas
On December 1st we had our fund raiser at tractor Supply and we made $246.36 which is the highest we’ve made in a fundraiser! We used that money to buy LEGO sets to donate to the Caring Communities of Gray/New Gloucester and they will distribute them to families in need. We also raked leaves at our meeting place to thank the people for letting us meet there. At our December meeting we shared special snacks and played games with your members.

2013 4-H Calendar

Image Description: 4-H'ers making ornaments

Image Description: 4-H'ers at the Lego fundraiser


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