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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2012

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

November 5    Session 1 of Northeast Region Volunteer Forum, 7-9pm, various locations

November 12  Session 2 of Northeast Region Volunteer Forum, 7-9pm, various locations

November 19  Session 3 of Northeast Region Volunteer Forum, 7-9pm, various locations

November 20  Newsletter articles due

November 26  KLLA Meeting, 6pm, KL Extension Office (rescheduled due to NRVF)

December 15   Member and Volunteer Re-enrollment forms due at Extension Office

December 17   KLLA Meeting, 6pm

December 25   Newsletter articles due

Birthdays

Alexis B., Brent B., Nathan B., Paige G., Matthew G., Clara G., Lily G., Aidan H., Madyx K., Faith K., Katherine N., Olive P., Jacob S., Caitlyn S., Natasha V.,
Damian W.

4-H Enrollment forms due December 15

4-H Enrollment packets for the 2012-2013 4-H year have been sent to leaders. These forms are to be completed by all returning and new 4-H members and volunteers by December 15, 2012.

4-H Achievement Awards Banquet Was Well Attended

Over 120 Knox-Lincoln 4-H members, volunteers, staff and families attended the KL 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on October 19 at St. Denis Parish Center in Whitefield. That has to be a record! Thank you to all who came out and shared a lasagna dinner, complete with bread donated by Borealis Breads, salad and a slice of a cake fit for the “Ellies” made by the sister of Darlene Newcombe. A special thanks to all of the cooks who contributed to that delicious dinner!

The evening was all about the awards and there were plenty to distribute! We received 19 Cloverbud Activity Records and 30 Regular Records and Portfolios. The top awards by Project Area went to: Emma A. (Horse), Madison A. (Shooting Sports), Nicole J. (Dairy), Faith K. (Photography and Film), Sam N. (Technology and Engineering), Anna P. (Rabbit), Erin R. (Beef), Zach S. (Woodworking), Alessandro S. (Sheep) and Caitlyn S. (Dairy Goat). Special awards included: Jordan F. (Secretary Report ), Emma A. (Top Junior Record), Sam N. (Team Player and Top Intermediate Record), Alan-Dee Dairy 4-H (Community Service), Kat N. (Leadership and Top Senior Portfolio), Francis P. (Top Intermediate Portfolio) and Erin Rollins (Top Senior Record/Portfolio).

Two KL 4-H Volunteers were recognized for reaching milestone years of service to our program. They were Vonnie Drown (25 years) and Jan Macdonald
(30 years).

4-H members "graduating"

The evening ended with a graduation ceremony for four attending members graduating from Cloverbud to full-fledged 4-H Member status: Arianna C., Reanna H., Josie H. and Hugo S.. We also honored one 18-year-old member who has completed her final year as a 4-H member: Erin R.

Congratulations to all! Check out the Knox Lincoln 4-H Facebook page for photos!

About Club and Officer Awards

At the Achievement Awards Banquet, you saw 4-H members and clubs receive special awards for their record keeping, community service projects and achievement of goals. You may be unclear as to how those awards are earned. Although we realize that many members and clubs in Knox and Lincoln Counties qualify for these awards through the work that they do throughout the year, the Leaders’ Association and Extension staff can only give these awards based on information and nominations submitted by club leaders. This is something we would like to see more of from you.

Club Standards Records are included in your club’s enrollment packet. This is so that your club can set goals for the coming year. In order for your club to be considered a Gold Seal or Blue Ribbon Club in the 2012/2013 4-H year, these forms must be completed by the club leader and submitted to this office by September 30.

Nominations for awards such as Secretary, Treasurer, Leadership, Team Player, Citizenship, Community Service and the Katherine Watier Green Award (for a member or club’s commitment to the environment) are also to be submitted by leaders on an Awards Nomination form which is sent out toward the end of the 4-H year. We encourage leaders to submit the nominations so that members and clubs who deserve the recognition will be considered for these awards. Also keep in mind that nominations for Secretary and Treasurer require the submission of records that the member kept throughout the year at club meetings. These submissions are also due by September 30.

Why not make is a club goal to earn these awards!

4-H Photography Contest Winners!

At the Achievement Awards Banquet, the winners of the KL 4-H Photography Calendar Contest were announced. They are: Aspen D. (3 photos), Lyla C., Zoe G., Nicole J., Hanna B., Eve C. and Colby R. (4 photos). Congratulations to all of you! Winning photos will be featured each month as the cover of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Facebook page! They will also be displayed for the coming year as the new 4-H Gallery, located in the front hall of the KL UMaine Cooperative Extension office. Come see them!

Can you host a KLLA meeting?

In an effort to include more of our 4-H leaders at meetings of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association, meeting locations will move each month to different “host sites”. Leaders: if you would like to host a meeting at some point from November 2012 through April 2013, please notify Cindy Rogers 832-0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu. The meeting dates needing locations are December 17, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29.

Hunting Season Alert

Please keep in mind that during hunting season, clubs should not plan hikes or other outdoor activities away from their regular meeting place. Wearing blaze orange is a must when you are outside this time of year, but it is not enough to protect you in wooded areas. It is best to put off such activities until the season has passed. For a complete list of hunting season dates in Maine, go to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Hunting webpage, http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/index.htm.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

  1. Important News about 2013 Maine 4-H Days Dates – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/09/21/important-news-about-2013-maine-4-h-days-dates/
  2. Military Teen Adventure Camps – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/05/23/military-teen-adventure-camps-2012-2013-2/
  3. Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg – http://umaine.edu/4h/2012/09/21/market-steers-for-windsor-and-fryeburg/

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