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Educational Programs - December 2013 4-H News

Cumberland County 4-H presents Winterfest!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saint Joseph’s College, Standish Maine
12:00-3:00 pm

Winterfest is a fun filled celebration and an opportunity to recognize 4-H youth who will receive county awards. 4-H has reserved the the swimming pool and rock climbing wall for 4-H’ers to use. A brief program at 2:30 pm will recognize county award recipients and volunteer leaders. If you submitted record books, this event is where achievement pins are awarded. Play time will be 12:00-2:15 pm. Interclub 4-H will have some snacks and pizza in the community room. Fun 4-H Science experiments will also be held. There should be plenty of activities for everyone.

There are some important rules we need to follow as a group using the Saint Joseph’s facilities:
Please remember that if you would like to swim at Winterfest, you cannot wear cut-off shorts or T-shirts. We recommend that people plan on doing different things throughout the afternoon so everyone gets a chance to swim and climb the rock wall if they want to. We will help organize this on the day of the event.

We do not have a snow date. If the weather is bad or if you need directions please call 781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471.


Fashion Revue 2014
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 4-H show of items knit, crocheted or sewn by the 4-her’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 nannyhoofer@gmail.com.


The Leaders Association Board of Director’s are now holding elections for board members.
The Leaders Association Board of Director’s is now holding elections and taking nominations for Board members. The slate for the board is Connie Wood, Ralph Clark, Tina Constantine, and Julie Martin. There can be nominations from the floor. Anyone interested in serving on the board please contact Joan Rolfe at 207.688.4820.

The next Leaders Association meeting will be held January 16th at Gorham Public Works, 8 Huston Road, Gorham, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to come!


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 in Windham could be the right fit for you! Please contact Sara at pawsnpalsdogclub@yahoo.com or 207-892-5855 for more details.


Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/2014-windsor-fair-youth-baby-beef-and-market-lamb-show-and-sale/.


Interclub is taking new members. WE WANT YOU !!!!
Would you like to be a junior leader? Interclub 4-H Junior Leaders are looking for youth 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 events. We meet one night a month 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 207.892.7904 or e-mail heidi.thuotte@maine.edu or Asst. Leaders, Michaela Davis at 207.650.6395, Katie Thuotte 207.615.2086 or Allison Moon 207.865.3397, for more information.


Hour of Code
Join thousands of students from around Maine to participate in the Hour of Code campaign. The event is designed to explore computer science and provide experience with coding. Participate on your own, or organize a group to join in this unique event, the week of December 9-15, 2013. Learn more about events in Maine and visit some of the online tutorials. Be sure to let your 4-H Extension staff know if you participate.


Save the Date-Exploration of Food Science Day 2014
(formally known as Craft Day)
Coming January 4, 2014
More Information coming in early December!


Club Officer and Leadership Training 2013
All youth who are 4-H club officers or chairpersons (or any youth who wants to learn 4-H leadership skills) should attend the annual 4-H Club Officer Training on December 12, 6-8pm at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME. The evening will be fun and educational. Young attendees will learn their role as a club officer and how to effectively influence and guide their 4-H peers. Please RSVP by December 9 by calling 781-6099 if you plan on attending.


Possible 4-H Exchange to Wisconsin
My name is Nancy Lee and I am one of the volunteer coordinators of our out of state program. We are looking for a county to exchange with for 2014-2015. We would prefer to travel first but are flexible. We are looking at June 14-21 and July 10-17. These are the best weeks but we are willing to look at other dates as well.

We presently have 7 girls and 3 boys with a possibility of 2 or 3 more. We are located in SE Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Chicago IL.

We take our guests to Madison, Milwaukee, and Monroe depending on where they would like to go. We visit farms, historical sights, boat rides, and offer a family day. We have evening activities such as bowling, Snapper game (baseball), cookouts, watershows, etc.

Hoping to hear from someone interested in visiting the Dairy State.

Thanks,
Nancy Lee
Walworth County WI coordinator
262-724-5330


Eligibility For Enrollment Requirements for 2013/2014
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/.


Note to Club Leaders
If you need extra forms or you are missing forms in your start up packet, please call the office at 207.781.6099 or e-mail Lisa Waters at lisa.waters@maine.edu


Interested in flowers? Opportunities available for 2014 Portland Flower Show
If you are an adult or older teen (16 or older) and have a passion for flowers and plants there is a volunteer opportunity for you. The committee to plan the children’s area of the annual Portland Flower Show is looking for new committee members to help plan the 2014 theme. Hundreds of area children visit the event each March. If you would like more information contact Amy Witt at UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099 or amy.witt@maine.edu.


December Activity Corner
Frosty Pictures
What you need

  • Construction paper
  • Epsom Salts
  • Water
  • Paint Brushes
  • Bowls
  • Crayons

What you do:

Have everyone draw a “winter” scene (i.e., snowman, holiday pictures, etc.) on a piece of
construction paper. Mix up a solution of equal parts water and Epsom salts. Paint over the entire picture with the solution.
As it dries, the solution makes shiny crystals over the pictures making it look like a winter
wonderland!


State 4-H News

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us! Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the woods. Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website at http://umaine.edu/4h/celebrating-100-years-in-maine/ - we are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!


Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/new-england-galloway-group-heifer-project/; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.


Beef Conference
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is co-sponsoring the 24th Annual Maine Beef Conference on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Bangor. The topics will be on Keeping Your Herd Healthy. For more information and to register go to the Cooperative Extension Livestock page at http://umaine.edu/livestock/beef/beef-conference/.


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 jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 581.3877.


Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form http://umaine.edu/4h/files/2013/11/2014-beef-intent.doc by January 3, 2014. 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.


Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair
Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/2014-windsor-fair-youth-baby-beef-and-market-lamb-show-and-sale/.


One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch! We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).

This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator will host this event.

Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.


4-H Geocaches!
If you participated in the hiding 100 geocaches to celebrate 100 years of 4-H, cold weather is upon us. We hope everyone enjoyed participating in this celebration of 4-H. If you didn’t register with a public site for your geocache, a friendly reminder that you may want to remove any hidden geocaches for the upcoming season. Be sure to let your county office know how many 4-Hers visit


4-H Calendar 2013-2014

Calendar


 4-H Club Happenings

Brass Knobs Working Steer Club
Leader: Mark Winslow

We got together and had our first meeting of the year on 10/26/13. We had 5
new members there in attendance. The meeting was opened with the 4-H pledge
and the pledge of allegiance. There was a call to order for the meeting. Old
business was discussed and our new business consisted of filling out enrollment
forms, discussing club dues, the annual Christmas party, record sheets, planning
upcoming and community service events. Election of officers was also held and
the results were: President-Mikayla; Vice-President-Michael; Secretary-Hunter;
Treasurer-Shyloe; Rollcaller-Madison; Flag Person-Jeremy and
Photographer- Adam.
We want to welcome our five new members: Hunter, Madison, Shyloe,
Jeremy and Adam.

Our next meeting will be held on December 7, 2013 if anyone is interested in
joining us to see what we are all about. Please contact Mark Winslow at 756-2854.


White Pine Caprines
Club Leader: Kristi Wright
Reporter: Lucia

At the November White Pine Caprines Goat Club meeting we did introductions since we had a new member. We talked about fundraising ideas for the club and deciding what we would do with the money afterwards. We talked about field trips and maybe buying supplies for the club. We then talked about goals and what our club goal would be this year. We wrote personal goals and club goals. Our club goals were:

Milk a goat/ Cheese making class

Fit a goat for show/ Clinic

Go to multiple fairs/ Plow day

Goat appreciation day

Kidding/Farm tour

The club then did an activity on goat breeds. Don presented a poster about 8 goat breeds, characteristics of each breed and their milk production. Then members talked about what breed of goat would be best for them to raise and why.

Photo by Gaetana

Photo by Gaetana

 

 

 

 


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