Upcoming Events and Important Dates
June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds
June 23 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
June 30 Animal Approval Forms due…NO EXCEPTIONS
July 1 Apply for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insurance
July 11-13 ESE Horse Tryouts, Skowhegan Fairgrounds
July 14 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
July 28 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
August 1 Union Fair Livestock Entry Forms due at the Extension office
August 1 Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibition Yurt entry forms due
Happy birthday to Hannah Basham, Katelynn Colbry, Lauren Fougner, Isaiah Havey, Samantha Leighton, Maya Martz, Olivia Richmond, Emily Sabattis, Kane Scheimreif!
Thank You for Community Service Day!
On May 31, 4-H members, families and leaders, alongside Union Fair Board members, turned up and pitched in at the Union Fairgrounds Community Service Day. Fences were painted, built-up sod was removed in the lower barn areas, staples, nails and screws were removed from upper barn walls, the restaurant and Race Steward’s office windows were washed, and more! Union Fair Board members provided a barbecue lunch. At the end of the morning, hard-working 4-Hers turned in stars that they found at their jobsites for cash prizes! Cash donated by Barley Joe Farms Greenhouse and the Jackson family farm. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this very successful collaboration!
Congratulations to KL 4-H High School Grads!
Best of luck to KL 4-Hers and graduating high school seniors Elly Baubonis, Lauren Guptill, Ellie Pendleton and Ambrosia Yankowski. We look forward to welcoming you as 4-H Leaders some day!
Two Knox-Lincoln 4-H Scholarship Recipients Honored
Lauren Guptill, Independent KL 4-H member, Waldoboro, has been awarded a 2014 Maine 4-H Foundation Post-Secondary Education Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to several Maine 4-H youth based on a combination of demonstrated academic and 4-H excellence. Ellie Pendleton, member of Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club in Rockport, has been awarded the 2014 Oxton Trust Post-Secondary Scholarship from the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association.
Lauren and Ellie were both officially presented their scholarships at the Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting on May 15 at the University of Maine in Orono. Congratulations, Lauren and Ellie!
Paper Clover at Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Store in Thomaston participated in the 4-H Paper Clover Fundraising Campaign April 23-May 4. Twice a year, the campaign raises funds for 4-H youth development program activities statewide and in communities where stores are located. We would like to thank 4-H volunteers and parents Trina Havey, Billie Joe Flynn, Kim Krejsa and Michelle Seaman, and 4-H members Skye Havey, Isaiah Havey, Baylee Flynn, Isabel Flynn, Kaleb Flynn, Sean Krejsa, Gloria Seaman and Gabriel Seaman of the Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs for representing 4-H at the Tractor Supply store in Thomaston on Saturday, May 3. The group showed their rabbits to the public and offered face painting and a bake sale. With the money they raised, they purchased paper clovers to help the campaign. Results from this spring’s campaign will be published when they become available.
During the prior three years, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H nationwide; 70 percent of funds are returned to state and local 4-H programs for camps, after-school programs and scholarships that afford youth opportunities to explore interests in topics ranging from animal science to robotics. This is the first time that 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties has been able to participate locally.
Union Fair Information Booklet and Entry Forms Online
The general information booklet, including livestock and exhibition yurt entry forms, for Union Fair 2014 are available on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/blog/2014/06/10/2014-union-fair-4-h-information-booklet-entry-forms/. Entry forms are due at this office by August 1.
Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair
This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will once again feature themed baskets filled with quality items donated or made by KL 4-H clubs. Each club is asked to come up with and notify Cindy Rogers (207.832.0343, email@example.com) of a theme for their basket by July 11. Then the club should fill a large basket or other container with items relating to the theme as a prize for the raffle. We ask that these items be new and high-quality or handmade by 4-H club members, with a total basket value of at least $50. Ideas for a theme basket might be a dog, rabbit or horse care basket, a craft basket, a scrapbooking basket, a spa basket…the list goes on and on!
Independent members: please contribute to a Cooking Basket, which will be located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office. Look for an email containing details.
Club Posters Requested
Several years ago clubs and independents from Knox-Lincoln 4-H created photo posters representing their club activities or independent projects. These were hung in the restaurant dining hall at Union Fair and were greatly admired by restaurant staff and patrons. We would like to revive this practice with new posters from our clubs and independents! Show everyone what your clubs is about! Attach photos securely as you would for a yurt entry and make your lettering large and clear. Just a standard poster board is easiest to hang on the latticework in the restaurant, no tri-folds or foam board please. You can bring your poster to the office any time before the fair or to the yurt when you bring your project entries. Thanks!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Approval & Rental/Lease Forms Due June 30
These forms are available at the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension office and on the Maine 4-H website: http://umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/forms/
Rabbits, poultry and small pets (with the exception of dogs) do NOT need to be listed on animal approval forms. Members must follow all fair rules concerning the number of animals permitted in shows and will be required to present to fair officials any licenses, registration papers, or certificates of health required by fairs or the state of Maine.
Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors Membership Requirement
Nobody may show livestock without this important document of protection. Find the 2013-2014 MALE membership form at http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/membership.html. A hardship scholarship may be available upon request for enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4Hers. Please contact the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension to request an application. Be sure to apply for membership by July 1 so you will receive your membership card in time for Union Fair.
Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest
It’s almost time to get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2014! Be sure to look back at photos you took in the winter and fall so that we have a variety of seasons and subjects represented.
Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up who brings one or more single photographs (not photo stories/collages) to be entered into the Exhibition Yurt at Union Fair will be asked if they wish to also be entered into the photography contest. Entries (whether entered in Union Fair or not) will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2014. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 832-0342 or email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts
1. Maine 4-H Days - http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/early-registration-for-maine-4-h-days-ends-june-2nd/
2. 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/
3. Come to Camp this Summer – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/come-to-camp-this-summer/
4. Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
5. 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
6. State 4-H Dairy Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
7. 4-H National Trips and CWF Trip Winners – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/4-h-national-trips-cwf-trip-winners/
8. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014 – umaine.edu/4h/2014/05/27/save-the-date-tscs-fall-paper-clover-event-oct-8-19-2014/