Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-April 2014
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
April 12 KL 4-H Photography Workshop, Aldermere Farm, Rockport, 10am-2pm (registration closed)
April 22 Earth Day
April 23-May 4 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply stores
April 28 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
May 1 ESE Dairy, Sheep and Working Steer Intent to Participate forms due
May 16-18 Northeast Livestock Exposition, Windsor Fairgrounds
May 16-17 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono
May 19 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
May 31 (rain day June 1) Community Service Day and Cookout at Union Fairgrounds-More information to come!
May 31-June 1 Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds
Happy birthday to Madeleine Archer, Lyla Corbett, Jeremy Dube, Julia Gallace, Isabelle Gilbert, Lucy Heal, Sean Krejsa, Lillian McCormick, Evie McKenzie, Samuel Newcombe, Andrea Richardson, Nicholle Risch, and Alessandro Smith!
Knox-Lincoln Members Participate in Regional Public Speaking
Four Knox-Lincoln 4-H members competed in the Maine Regional Public Speaking Tournament at the University of Maine in Orono on March 29. Sean Krejsa of the Jolly Farmers presented his illustrated talk “Genetically Modified Organisms”, Kennedy Scheimreif, independent member, spoke about “Dancing on Point Shoes”, and the team of Baylee Flynn and Ariel Stillman, both of the Jolly Farmers, showed everyone “How to Make a Popsicle.”
In all, eleven 4-H youth representing Aroostook, Hancock, Knox-Lincoln, and Washington Counties participated. There were 5 junior demonstrations, 3 junior team demonstrations, 1 senior demonstration, 2 junior illustrated talks, and 1 senior illustrated talk. For the entire tournament, three blue ribbons were awarded — they went to Mikaila Loughlin, Washington County, who also took Overall Demonstration, Courtney MacDonald, Aroostook County, top Senior Demonstration, and Baylee and Ariel with their Team Demonstration! All other youth received red ribbons and sincere kudos from event organizers. Sean, Kennedy, Baylee and Ariel have all done Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H proud!
Your Club Can Help with the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign
National 4-H Council announced the launch of the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC), April 23-May 4, 2014. Shoppers at the Thomaston Tractor Supply store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities on the county, state and national levels, with 70% of the Maine-raised funds staying in Maine. There is even a Sweepstakes run by Tractor Supply Stores for participants to enter!
We encourage clubs and independents to participate in this event at the Thomaston TSC store. It’s been proven that in-store participation with 4-Hers increases the amount of donations! Here are some ways you can participate:
- Give demonstrations about animal health focused on the spring/summer months.
- Perform a carryout service for TSC customers if possible. When customers check out at the register or purchase a Paper Clover, 4-H’ers can bag their items and carry them to their car as a thank you for their support.
- Contact a local animal shelter about having an adoption drive at the store location. 4-H’ers involved in pet projects could do demonstrations about pet care, nutrition, or grooming. If the shelter does not do adoption drives, create posters with pictures and information about the animals up for adoption. Another option would be to have an animal food drive and customers shopping in TSC can buy food to put in a receptacle to be donated to the shelter.
Let this office know of your plans so we can contact local radio stations/newspapers and ask them to announce the promotion and make them aware. We can also supply you with informational materials about 4-H to have available to anyone interested in joining 4-H.
Funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and by store. Visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H, for more information on the spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign and to view the donation tracker.
Can Your Club Adopt a Barn for 4-H Farm-to-Fair?
Believe it or not, planning for Union Fair has begun! The 4-H Farm-to-Fair barns were packed with their display materials for the winter and it is time to make sure that each of them is ready for Union Fair 2014.We are once again asking clubs to consider “adopting” one of the barns to make sure it is clean, in good repair and stocked with everything needed for fair time. This will require checking the barn in spring or early summer to inventory its contents, allowing time to make repairs or order supplies needed before the fair. (the cost of supplies can be covered by KLLA). Then on 4-H Fair Prep Day on August 11, your club will set up the display as it will be for fair week. You can even check on the barn once or twice during fair week to make sure everything is in order.
If your club would like to adopt a 4-H Farm-to-Fair barn, contact Cindy Rogers 207.832.0343, email@example.com.
Youth Steer and Lamb Auction at Union Fair
A new youth show and auction for market steer and lamb projects is coming to the Union Fair! The show will be on August 17th at 4pm. Prior to the sale there will be a Buyer’s Reception, August 19th at 6pm and the actual auction will be August 19th at 7pm. If you are interested in participating you can contact Heidi Baker at 207-975-4415 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are hoping to have intent forms in by May 1st, but are flexible as this is a new program for us all! Some exciting pieces that are coming together include; restaurant sponsorships and a buyer program, marketing and show clinic at Aldermere Farm for all participants, summer long marketing at all the local Farmers’ Markets, logo contest, and direct youth support from Aldermere Interns throughout the summer! This auction is not affiliated with the 4-H program.
Calf Unveiling Day Celebrates Farms
Calf Unveiling Day (CUD) Saturday May 10th, from 10am to 3pm. Aldermere Farm not only holds this event to show off the baby Belties to the community, but also works to highlight other local farms and agricultural programs in the area to help keep farming and local foods in the forefront of people’s minds. Many local farms will be on site with their goods and animals as will other farm related programs. Also, the Uproot Pie Company will be making homemade pizzas with local ingredients, the 4-H club will cook up some good burgers, and there will be music by the Rusty Hinges. For more information call 236-2739 or email email@example.com.
KL Member Attends National 4-H Congress in Georgia
This past November, Ellie Pendleton of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club attended the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia as one of four 4-H representatives of Maine. After an application process and a four member interview panel, Ellie was selected for this opportunity. The National 4-H Congress program is a way to engage youth with others around the United States in understanding the needs of other young people, how to be a caring citizen, and issues and trends in agriculture and cultural diversity. “I met a lot of kids from all across America,” Ellie said when asked about her experience.
Many speakers presented at the weekend long program including Miss America and a number of comedians who worked at children’s hospitals. Participants learned from these speakers and others about different ways to affect change and how to be leaders in their communities. Ellie also assisted in a few community service projects while in Atlanta as part of the program, which included assisting a school prepare for more students and by making holiday cards for U.S. troops overseas. “There were at least 3000 cards shipped out that day. This was my absolute favorite. To be able to send cards out for troops that might have needed a warm thought during the holidays.”
Register Now for 4-H@UMaine
Registration is open for 4-H@UMaine, to be held May 16 & 17, 2014. Ask someone who has attended; this is a FUN weekend and a fantastic opportunity to experience a little bit of college life. For 4-H and non-4-H youth ages of 12 and 18. Adult VOLT-certified chaperones are also needed. Info and registration materials at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/.
Start Your Project Records Now
You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 207.832.0343.
4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested
The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 for all enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders, covering them at 4-H events and meeting activities for the year. We are asking clubs and individual members who are able to reimburse the cost of this insurance (which is $1 per member or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.
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: email@example.com.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts
- Volunteers Needed for Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/volunteers-needed-for-2014-maine-4-h-days/
- Save the Date! Come join us for 4-H@UMaine! – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/save-the-date-join-us-for-4-humaine/
- Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/save-the-date-for-positive-youth-development-conference-presentations-needed/
- Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
- 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
- 2014 Horse Judging Clinic – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/25/2014-horse-judging-clinic/
- Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
- Horse Study Sessions – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/horse-study-sessions/
- 4-H Dog Fun Day – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/26/2014-4-h-dog-fun-day/
- 4-H Dairy Judging and Upcoming Dairy Events – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
- 4-H Rabbit Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/4-h-rabbit-show-3/
- Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show & Sale - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/fryeburg-fair-4-h-market-hog-show-and-sale/