Agent Letter

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Hello 4-H Family,

 

This Summer sure has flown by and I’d like to welcome everyone to a new 4-H year! As it will look different this year, please know that we are working hard to bring you activities online- for now-and to move events that we are trying to still hold in-person to later in the 4-H year. We will do our best to communicate all changes as soon as we get them and appreciate everyone’s flexibility.

Some of the upcoming events: Judging Contests, State Archery Contest and Lawn Tractor Driving Contest will complete the Fair contests and will be held safely in person (social distancing practices in place) during September. Please make sure to sign up for the Archery contest and Tractor Driving. Record books and Diamond Clover forms are due September 18th, you can either Dropbox, email or drop them off in person to the physical drop box on the side door of the Extension office. Please also hold the date for the Achievement Banquet on Sunday October 4th starting at 2pm, this will be held via Zoom.

This September, we will be migrating to an upgraded version of our membership system, 4-H Online.  In order to ensure all re-enrollments take place in the upgraded system, Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 year will start on October 1, 2020.  More information and re-enrollment guidelines will be shared with members soon.

We love to hear all of the great things you are doing with your club members; club reporters don’t forget to submit your club news to Serena by the 25th of each month to be included in the newsletter.

Be sure to look at our online newsletter, emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates, news and challenges- we realize we’re working in a world of information overload, but things are constantly changing and we are trying our best to keep you informed. Please make sure to sign up for events, both county and statewide. Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the lookout for changes.

If you need anything, please reach out, I am always here for my 4-H families and happy to help with anything you need during this time.

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

Tips for submitting Record Books and Diamond Clover via DropBox

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This year, 4-H’ers are encouraged to submit their Record Books and Diamond Clover via Dropbox. All are due on September 18.

Please see instructions and Record and Project Book forms below and contact Kaitlin with questions.

If you are unable to submit via Dropbox, Kaitlin will be setting up office hours so that you can drop off directly to her. Please contact her to make arrangements.

Delaware 4-H Record Book Form

Delaware 4-H Project Book Form

Info on Diamond Clover Final Reports

NCC dropbox tip sheet

2020 Virtual State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase

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As you are aware, the State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase event was not able to take place during the recent Delaware State Fair.  As we continue to plan various state 4-H events, we have made the decision to coordinate and conduct the 2020 State 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase through a “Virtual Showcase.”

The major components of this event will take the following format:

  1. Participants will be asked to complete the 4-H Clothing & Textiles Showcase application. This application can be found on the State 4-H Website under the section:  Contest and Event Information (and then under Clothing and Textiles Showcase).  The information is currently being updated on the website and will be available to retrieve shortly.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to develop a script (as they would do each year) that will be read when they wear and model their garment in a video that each participant will be asked to produce. Guidelines on how to develop a script can be found in the application document.   In is expected that scripts for younger youth will be shorter than those for older youth.   In developing this script, participants should limit the length to a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 60 seconds.

 

NOTE:  Since we plan to upload these on our website and to use on social media, we ask that you introduce yourself using your FIRST NAME ONLY.  Please do not use your full name in your script.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to produce a video of them wearing and modeling their garment. While they are doing their modeling, participants should have someone read their script.  NOTE:  All videos should be done in a HORIZONTAL mode (not vertical).  The completed video should be uploaded to UD Dropbox using the following directions:
  • Send videos via UD Dropbox
  • Click the “Drop-off” button.
  • Enter your information in Box 1.
  • In Box 2 for recipient email, enter: de4h
  • Upload your file in Box 3 and then hit the “Drop-off the file(s)” box.

 

  1. Participants will be asked to bring their completed Clothing Showcase garment along with their completed application to their respective County 4-H Office on September 30th. Specific times for drop-off of these items will be shared by your County 4-H Office.

 

  1. The State 4-H office will coordinate the judging of the garments with designated judges.

 

  1. The State 4-H Office will coordinate all videos submitted into a combined video. This combined video will be shown on a Zoom session that will be scheduled on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm.  The Zoom link connection will be provided prior to the event to all participants.  We hope that all participants as well as their families can join to participate in this Zoom session, but attendance is not mandatory.    Awards will be announced at the end of the session.  The combined video will also be shared later on our State 4-H website as well as on our social media pages for additional audiences to view.

 

  1. Awards will be presented based on the 4-H Danish system with each entry receiving a ribbon. Each blue ribbon will entry receive a $15.00 monetary premium.  Any monetary premiums awarded will be mailed out to participants by the Delaware State Fair at a future date.  Please be aware that we will not utilize an Honor Court system for the 2020 Clothing Showcase event.

 

  1. Garments will be returned to your respective 4-H Club Leader for further distribution to the 4-H members.

 

2020-Information-on-County-Clothing-and-Textile-Showcase

 

4-H Contact for Questions:

Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader

dcrouse@udel.edu

(302) 233-1750 (Cell)

Yard Sign Contest

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Design, create, and display a yard sign promoting 4-H to our community during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

Signs will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Message creativity
  • Artistic design
  • Adherence to contest rules

 

Entries:

E-mail 1 high quality photos or PDF to County Agent by September 28th.

Photo 1 – Close up picture of sign only

Winners will be announced on during national 4-H week.

 

Recognition:

  • 1st & 2nd place winners in each division will move to the state fair
  • All 4-H’ers that submit entries will receive 4-H ribbons

 

Divisions:

  • Division 1

Individual 4-H yard sign

  • Division 2

Club or Group 4-H yard sign

 

Contest Rules:

  • Signs must be 18 X 24 inches.
  • Signs may be horizontal only.
  • Signs may be made by any 4-H’er or by a team of members
  • 4-H Clover must be on front of board – do not place text or other images over or on top of it. No photo, drawing, symbol, word or other figure or object may be placed on or obscure the 4-H Emblem.
  • Well known cartoon figures such as Sponge Bob, superheroes, etc. cannot be used because they are copyrighted.
  • *Late entry photos will not be accepted.

4-H in Action

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A special suppliment to the Delmarva Farmer by 4-H’ers for 4-H’ers

 

While the coronavirus has changed so much of our lives, we know
4-H youth are still active and have stories to tell.
Share those stories in 4-H in Action!

What is 4-H in Action?

4-H in Action is an annual newspaper written by 4-H members from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, showcasing the diversity of the program. 4-H members can write stories, columns, and take and submit photos for the supplement.
In support of 4-H Youth Development, a portion of the advertising revenue will be donated to the 4-H Programs in each of the states.

What is the format of stories to be included?

News Story:

This is an article about an event/happening/experience/person written in the 3rd person point
of view. Length is about 500 words.
Example: A reporter interviewing 4-Hers about the impact of their County Fair having to cancel.

Opinion/Editorial :

The author’s opinion on a topic or issue supported with facts. Example: A 4-Her’s opinion on the power of 4-H on youth.

Column :

A story told from the first person point of view, with opinion, reflection. Example: What Virtual 4-H Camp meant to me this summer.

News Brief :

Short article announcing small news. Covers the basics — who, what, where, when and why. 100-200 words. Example: A new 4-H club forms in your county.

Feature photo:

A picture with a longer caption. Caption has 2 or more sentences explaining the photo and giving context. Example: Photo of projects you completed during the year.

How do you participate? Where do I submit my article?

When articles are complete, email them as a Word document to Sean Clougherty, sean@americanfarm.com
Attach high-resolution photos separately in the e-mail. Include your County, 4-H Club name and age in the message. You can also reach Sean with questions at 410-822-3965 or sean@americanfarm.com.

When is the Deadline?
Articles and photos are to be submitted by Monday, September 23, 2020
Scheduled publication date is October 6, during National 4-H Week.

Club Spotlight

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Phillip C. Showell Afterschool Club

4-H afterschool program at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School has been an integral part of the Indian River School District for the last four years. Federally funded by the Nita. M Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, this afterschool program is not your traditional 4-H.

With our 21st CCLC programs, we strive to improve academic performance and school attendance, improve the connection between the school and i’s families, and increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults.

The program meets every Monday-Thursday during the school year, from 2:35 until 5:45. Each day at the program, participants are provided with opportunities for physical activity, extensive homework help and remediation, a free meal, and all kinds of STEM and Art’s activities.

We also offer a full day program for eight weeks each summer. The summer program includes all the fun of the afterschool program, while also adding in a big day at the Delaware State Fair, field trips to places like Assateague Island, Jungle Jim’s, and Killens Pond State Park.

To cap it all off, each year, about ten of our students who best exemplify Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, are chosen to go on a three day trip to the 4-H National Conference Center in Washington D.C.

Although COVID has forced us to close our program for the last few months, each Friday throughout the summer, we have been delivering STEM kits, 4-H goodies, and other fun things to our students. We have enjoyed making the best of an unfortunate situation this summer, but we are looking forward to getting back to school this fall and being all together once again!

Delaware Virtual Dance Challenge

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Delaware Youth Dance Challenge

When: Friday, September 18, 2020

Where: Join The Stream @HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/DEDANCE

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Video Requirements:

Video Submission Awards (winners announced day of event, September 18th)

 

1.      Elementary

2.      Middle School

3.      High School

4.      Family

 

All Amazon gift cards emailed directly to participants.

1st 2nd 3rd
$50 $35 $20
$50 $35 $20
$50 $35 $20

$20

(each family member up to 5 people)

 

$50 (total) $25 (total)

First 10 4-Hers to submit their videos will receive a $100.00 gift card. Please email Lindsay Hughes (lgooden@udel.edu) to verify your submission or for more information.      

 

 

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

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The application period is now open through September 25, 2020.

There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/20) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site www.delawarestatefair.com (click on General Info / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269.

DE 4-H Foundation Club/Group Financial Aid

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This is just a friendly reminder that the next deadline for requests to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for Club/Group financial aid is October 1, 2020.  

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year:  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  The attached form must be submitted electronically to de4h@udel.edu.  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request.  Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

This information can also be found on our website here:  https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/cooperative-extension/personal-economic-development/4H-youth-development/about-4h/de-4h-foundation/

Agent Letter

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Hello 4-H Friends and Family,

I cannot believe it is already August- this summer has flown by even with the situation we are in. It was not a typical Summer with 4-H, but we made it work and I hope you participated when you could! We appreciate all of our families being flexible and patient as we navigate these new waters!

Congratulations to the following, who took on leadership roles this summer at the following camps. They all did a great job converting camps to a virtual platform:

4-H State Camp –

Matthew Trunfio, 1st week Turtle Echo

Jordan Harmon, 1st week Bear Echo

Hunter Willoughby, 1st week Thunderbird Voice

Jenna Harmon, 1st week Thunderbird Echo

Clara Watson, 1st & 2nd week Big Feet Voice

Day Camp Counselors –

Grace Ferry, Ava Ferry, Sydney Pyle, Cole Simpson, Matt Trunfio, Angelo Sisofo, Zeke Dichicrio, Chase Beck, Liam Jones, Katerina Kourpas, Brandon Tang, Savannah McMullen, Nicholas Ruggeri, Noah McDerby, Scott Lockard, Matthew Guariano and Sydney Phipps

 

4-H Activity Restrictions:

  • As we review the current COVID-19 situation, we need to update all clubs that current 4-H programming restrictions will remain in place until further notice.  This decision is made out of an abundance of care and with the priority of protecting the health and safety of our 4-H participants, families, volunteers and staff.  We will continue to monitor the current situation and advise club leaders as soon as any 4-H programming can begin again with our youth.
  • Please be aware that virtual programming is still acceptable.  We are all in this together and want to provide as many activities as possible to continue to make a positive impact on our youth members!

This September we will be migrating to an upgraded version of our membership system, 4-H Online.  In order to ensure all re-enrollments take place in the upgraded system, Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 year will be pushed back and start on October 1, 2020.  More information and re-enrollment guidelines will be shared with members by early September.

Be sure to look at Delaware 4-H Facebook for news and updates. Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the look out for changes and upcoming dates. We know you are constantly inundated with emails lately, but please make sure to open emails from us as we will continue to email you with updates as they happen. If you are not receiving emails, please let Serena know and she can check your permissions in 4honline.

If you have suggestions, concerns and new ideas please reach out to me via email or call. I am here to listen and hear about what you want to talk about!

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

🐴Equine Art Contest Results

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Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Winners

Delaware 4-H members of all ages recently participated in a statewide Equine Art Contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer 4-H Equine Project Leaders.   Entries from budding artists from across the state were submitted for the contest in the following categories:

  • Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil (Abstract or Realistic)
  • Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon (Abstract or Realistic)
  • Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor (Abstract or Realistic)
  • Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film
  • Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film
  • Cartoon- Single Frame or Strip
  • Mixed Media

Entries were divided into age groups for judging.  Awards were given to the top six entries in each category and age group.  A Best in Show Champion and Best in Show Reserve Champion overall were also chosen from all of the entries.  The annual art contest went virtual this year due to coronavirus concerns.

 

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Abstract- Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Abby Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Jocelyn Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Jordanne Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Jordanne Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil- Abstract- Intermediate Ages 12-14

  1. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program

 

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil- Realistic- Cloverbud- Ages 5-7

  • Josiah Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  • Greta Worden, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

 

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Realistic- Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Jordanne Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  3. Jordanne Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Abby Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Jack Handlin, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  6. Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

 

Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil Realistic- Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Clara Gulick, Tails n’ Trails 4-H Club, New Castle County
  2. Natalie Abbott, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County
  4. Natalie Abbott, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Club, Sussex County

 

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Abstract-Cloverbud Participants Ages 5-7

  • Shane Dury, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
  • Caleb Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  • Sophia Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Abstract- Junior-Ages 8-11

  1. Brooklyn Larimore, Vernon Creek 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Drawing –Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers-Abstract- Intermediate- Agues 12-14

  1. Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

 

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Realistic- Cloverbud Participants Ages 5-7

  • Sophia Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  • Josiah Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Realistic- Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Jordanne Retkowski, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Brooke Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  3. Juliette Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

 

Drawing- Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers- Realistic- Intermediate Ages 12-14

  1. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County

 

Painting- Abstract- Junior-Ages 8-11

  1. Kaitlyn Grant, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  2. Maggie Wieber, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Painting- Abstract- Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

 

Painting- Realistic- Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Sedona Ashman, Sunset Branch 4-H Club, Sussex County

Color Photography- Digital or 35 MM – Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Lydia Kavanagh, Porter Gang 4-H Cub, New Castle County
  2. Brooklynn Larimore, Vernon Creek 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Brooke Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  4. Brooklynn Larimore, Vernon Creek 4-H Club, Kent County
  5. Brooke Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  6. Miley Flood, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County

 

Color Photography- Digital or 35 MM – Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County
  2. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County

 

Color Photography- Digital or 35MM- Senior- Ages 15-19

  1. Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs, Sussex County
  2. Weston Williams, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Weston Williams, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

 

Black and White Photography- Digital or 35 MM- Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Miley Flood, Cozy Corner 4-H Afterschool Program, Sussex County
  2. Brooklynn Larimore, Vernon Creek 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Brooklynn Larimore, Vernon Creek 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Black and White Photography- Digital or 35 MM- Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County
  2. Kaitlyn Wingate, Cozy Corner Afterschool 4-H Program, Sussex County

 

Black and White Photography- Digital or 35 MM-Senior- Ages 15-19

  1. Weston Williams, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Weston Williams, Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County
  4. Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County

 

Mixed Media- Cloverbud- Ages 5-7

  • Caleb Mast, On Target 4-H Club Kent County
  • Sophia Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Mixed Media- Junior- Ages 8-11

  1. Savannah Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Blayne Tucker, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  3. Avalon Davis, Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County
  4. Abby Mast, On Target 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Mixed Media- Intermediate- Ages 12-14

  1. Ethan Stafford, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County
  2. Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

 

Best In Show Champion AwardWeston Williams – Age 15- Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club, Kent County –Black and White Photography

 

Best In Show Reserve Champion Award-Clara Gulick- Age 13- Tails and Trails 4-H Club, New Castle County –Realistic Drawing

 

 

 

Opportunities for members who farm

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Attention Project Leaders:

Want to help 4-H members test their investigative skills and help 4-H adapt to this pandemic? Interested in epidemiology (how we can track and prevent the spread of germs and diseases)? Consider leading the 4-H Virtual Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak Project! The Virtual 4-H Disease Detectives Project will help youth learn about disease outbreaks, virus transmissions, public health investigations and how protective actions like hand washing, wearing masks, vaccinations, and herd immunity help manage negative public health outcomes. This project is designed for virtual delivery to 4-H members that are at least 12 years old.

For more information and training on leading this project, please join the UC 4-H Healthy Living Leadership Team for a webinar on August 13, 2020 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm PST.

The training will also be recorded if this time doesn’t work for you. Register here: https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=31737

If you click the link below you will find that local farm families can donate to New Castle County or Delaware 4-H through the Bayer give back fund. Please pass along to those who you think would do this.

Montly Online Newsletter From New Castle County, Delaware 4-H!