Upcoming Events and Important Dates
December 16 Science Activity for Leaders at 5:30pm
December 16 KLLA Meeting, 6pm (after Science Activity at 5:30)
December 30 Deadline to register for Ice Skating (Jan. 4)
January 3 Fryeburg Market Steer Intent form due
NOTE: Important changes to Young Beef and Lamb shows at Windsor Fair. See item # 6 in the State News below.
January 4 ESE Beef Intent to Participate Form Due
January 4 Ice Skating at Midcoast Recreation Center – Noon-2 pm
January 20 Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 27 KLLA Meeting, 6 pm
Kaylee A., Chancellor B., Hamish B., Caleigh C., Gavin L., Anna P., Eric R., Lorna W., Ambrosia Y.
ALERT! 4-H Enrollment Forms are Overdue!
4-H Enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 4-H year were to be completed by all returning 4-H members and volunteers by November 30, 2013. If you have not already given your completed packet to your club leader, or sent it in yourself, you are late! Please get them in!
Sign Up by Dec. 30 for KL 4-H Ice Skating Event
Be sure to join your fellow Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport for our annual Ice Skating event. We will join the public skate at the center from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday, January 5. Cost is $5 per person, $20 family max), plus at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to an area food pantry. Cost includes skate rental. Please pre-register for this event by Monday, December 30. Call 207.832.0343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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!
In the coming year, 4-H Community Education Assistant Cindy Rogers plans to visit clubs in Knox and Lincoln Counties to get to know the members and see what clubs are doing! Does your club want help preparing for Public Speaking, Project Record assistance? She can help with that too. If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings or events, contact her at email@example.com, 207.832.0343.
2014 KLLA Officers Elected
The membership of the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association has elected officers for the 2013-2014 4-H year: President-Darlene Newcombe, Vice President-Deirdre Jewett, Secretary-Cindy Rogers, Treasurer-Heidi Baker.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter
- 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 email@example.com or 207.581.3877.
- 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 – 207.256.7798 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Dana Prime – 207.446.3570, Carol Davis – 207.491.7893 or email@example.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 207.242.3341, 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/.
- 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament
For: Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office. To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit http://umaine.edu/hancock/programs/hancock-county-4-h/ or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 visited your geocache.