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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2013

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

November 18 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November 30 Enrollment forms due at UMaine Extension

December 16  Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm

December 16  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November Birthdays

Nicholas A., Alexis B., Abigail B., Natalie F., Paige G., Clara G., Lily G., Madyx K., Katherine N., Olive P., Caitlyn S., Lily T.

4-H Enrollment Forms Due November 30

4-H Enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 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 November 30, 2013.

Darlene Newcombe Named Volunteer or the Year

Darlene Newcombe, Leader of the Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs, and president of KLLA, was honored on Monday, November 4, at the Knox and Lincoln Counties Extension Association annual meeting as the group’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Darlene’s continued enthusiasm and willingness to help at Leaders’ Association events has not gone unnoticed. 4-H Community Education Assistant, Cindy Rogers, presented the award, and cited Darlene’s practical approach to achieving goals for the group, as well as her reliability as a volunteer. Congratulations, Darlene. This award is well-deserved!

Do You Have News? Send It Here!

We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy: cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Leaders: Join Us for Science Night!

KL Leaders and Junior Leaders, plan to attend a hands-on science training at 5:30pm on December 16, just before our regular KLLA meeting. This will take place at the KL UMaine Extension office and will be lead via teleconference by Jennifer Lobley, UMaine Extension Educator for Volunteer Development. You will receive a kit to take with you and try the activity with your club! Plan to arrive a few minutes before 5:30 so we can start on time. See you there!

KL Achievement Awards Celebration a Success!

Thanks to all who attended the 2013 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on October 19. Special thanks to those who helped with preparations, decorations and food donations. The food was wonderful, complete with a 100 Years of 4-H birthday cake! Thank you to St. Denis and the Knights of Columbus for once again allowing us to use the parish center for our event.

We received 16 Cloverbud Activity Records, 30 Project Records and 4 Portfolios this year. The top awards by Project Area went to: Lauren G. and Tyler L. (tie for Beef), Zack S. (Community Service), Hugo S. (Computer Technology), Caitlyn S. (Dairy), Arianna C. (Gardening and Horticulture), Jordan F. and Olivia R. (tie for Horse), Sam. N. (Poultry), Samantha L (Rabbit), and Alessandro S. (Sheep). Special awards included: Jordan F. (Secretary), Sam N. (Team Player) Zack S. (Community Service and Katherine Watier Green Award), Caitlyn S. (Leadership), Saoirse B. (Citizenship), Hugo S. (Outstanding Project Record-Junior), Frances P. (Outstanding Project Record-Intermediate), and Lauren G. (Outstanding Project Record-Senior and Outstanding Portfolio).

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

Winners of the KL Penny Challenge

The winning club in the KL Penny Challenge was Muddy Mustangs! They collected a large jar of pennies, which will be added to the treasury of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association for counties-wide events for all. They will be thanked for their efforts with an ice cream party at a future meeting. Thank you!

Photography Contest Winners

There was a wonderful selection of photographs entered in the 2013 KL 4-H Photography Contest this year. The judges, who are a photography professor and a photography and art lecturer at University of Maine in Augusta, enjoyed seeing the work of our talented 4-H members! There were no entries received at the senior level (age 15-18), so the top six scoring photos from each of the junior and intermediate levels will have their photos displayed for the coming year in the 4-H Photo Gallery at the KL UMaine Extension office. Come see them! You will also see these photos in rotation at the top of the KL 4-H Facebook page starting in January.

Junior Division:
Nathan D., age 10    Camo Frog
Hermes the Rooster
Aspen D., age 11      Golden Polish Chicken
Day of the Daylily
Who? Me?
Messy Boy

Intermediate Division:
Emma A., age 12       Horse Tail
Bantam Chick
Jordan F., age 13       Honey Bee & Flower
Butterfly
Daisy Garden
Savannah D., age 12  Mossy Achorn

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 http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/pdfs/2013HuntingSeasonsChart.pdf.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

  1. 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.
  2. 4-H Rabbit Show
    There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in the 4-H rabbit curriculum book “What’s Hoppening?” Info: http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/09/24/4-h-rabbit-show/.
  3. 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/.
  4. 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 207.581.3877.
  5. Market Steers for Windsor and Fryeburg
    4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer shows at Windsor or Fryeburg Fairs need to send in an Intent to Participate Form (Word) 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.

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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-November 2012

Notify Pam or Cindy if you or your club has an event or announcement that you wish to post, or just tell us what your club has been doing! We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well.

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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).

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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