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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

Congratulations to all our wonderful 4-Hers and volunteers who were honored at the October 6 Achievement Event.  A special congratulations to Kim Klair, the prestigious Joy Sparks Award winner pictured here with Don Sparks and her daughters, Alex Swan and Kaitlin Klair.


A huge THANK YOU to the New Castle County Links who sponsored a Ramsey Farms hayride and bonfire for 4-Hers and their families on October 11.  A great time was had by all!

Congratulations to clubs participating in the Window Display Contest. All entries are eligible to compete at the Delaware State Fair!

Congratulations to Cole Simpson for being selected to attend the National 4-H STEM Summit. Special thanks to Cheryl Simpson for chaperoning the Delaware delegation.

Kudos to the wonderful 4-Hers who participated in the Public Speaking Contest on October 29. See results in the blog post and congratulations to all! Thank you to Sarah Berninger and her team of judges!

Now is the time to register for Winter Fun Day on December 7 and to consider a donation to the 4-H mitten tree. See blog posts for more info.

Finally, be sure you are registered on 4-H online. You can re-enroll by visiting . If you cannot remember which email you use to log in, please DO NOT create a new profile! Call the office at 302-831-8965 or email Serena at and she will be happy to let you know.

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

Achievement Event Recap

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The NCC 4-H Achievement Event on October 6 was well attended. A huge thank you to everyone who came to honor your fellow 4-H’ers! Click below for links to the photos.

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Below are award highlights:

Best Exploring 4-H Project Awards: 

Claire Schaedler, Eric Patrick, Elijah Roberts


Best 4-H Story Awards:

Beginner Division: Eric Patrick

Junior Division: Brandon Tang

Senior Division: Carly Mekulski


Best Overall Record Book Awards:

Beginner Division: Brogan Raughley

Junior Division: Ava Raughley

Senior Division: Cole Simpson


Individual Community Service Award:

Jade Wasgatt


Club Community Service Award:

Summit Bridge


Spirit of 4-H Awards: 

Head – Daisy Timney

Heart – Matt Trunfio

Hands – Alexis Martin

Health – Grace Ferry


Joy Sparks “Spirit of 4-H” Award: Kim Klair


Links Inductees: Laura Emerson, Robbie Emerson, Kate Schaedler, Alex Swan, Larry Trunfio

🎉Window Display/Banner/Public Speaking Results🎉

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Here are the 2019 Window Display Results:


1st Place – St. Ann’s

2nd Place – Flock of Friends

Window Display:

1st Place – Summit Bridge

2nd Place – Stump Corner

3rd Place – Porter Gang

Public Speaking Contest Results

Public Speaking Contest – October 29, 2019 – Brandywine Library

4-Hers kept things lively by engaging the judges with a variety of interesting topics. A 4-Her standing at a podium, presenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Effective communication and public speaking skills are vital to tomorrow’s leaders. Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, can start with something as simple as leading the pledge or reciting a poem. Seniors are required to do a 5-7 minute speech.

The results:


Anastasis Gallaher – Bear

Cecilia Gallaher – Bear

Moira Jones – Flock of Friends

Beginner I

1st- Evelyn Witte – “Sharks”

Beginner II

1st- Alexis Wolff – “Save the Pangolins” – St. Ann’s

2nd – Liam Aber – “PB29” – Holy Angels

3rd -Sarah Siegel – “Halloween” – Bear


1st- Melanie Witte – “Gender Discrimination-Gender Equality” – Porter Gang

2nd– Micaela Pennachi – “The History of Women in FFA” – Summit Bridge

3rd –   Elijah Roberts – “Plastics-How to Make a Difference with Straws” – Summit Bridge

4th – Tobi Tang – “My Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls Trip” – Meado Larks


1st- Eason Li – “Leonardo da Vinci” – Meado-Larks

2nd- Brandon Tang – “Ocean Pollution” – Meado- Larks


Club Reports 📝

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Summit Bridge Club

First meeting of 2019-2020 : New officers elected

September 11, 2019 was the Summit Bridge chapter’s first meeting of the new year. Today we discussed upcoming events, new and old business, and elected a new panel of officers for the new year. The new 2019-2020 officers are the following:

President: Nicholas Ruggeri

Co-Vice Presidents: Emerson Hickey and Jacob Green

Secretary: Gianna Ruggeri

Treasurer: Elijah Roberts

Reporter: Micaela Pennachi

Community service officers: Chase Pugh and Owen Hickey

Healthy living officers: Stacy Robinson and Benjamin Carter

Summit Bridge 4-H Chapter Window display

A handful of members gathered at Mrs. Brenda’s house to collaborate and design our window display which was displayed at Southern States. The saying the group decided on was “Fall in to 4-H”.

With this theme we had a hayride that moved around in a circle on a track. We also had a tree with fall colored leaves and the branches had different examples of opportunities that are available with  4-H.

October 9 Campfire and Second Meeting at the Hickey’s 

Today’s meeting was led by the new officers for 2019-2020. We discussed new and old business, shared about past events such as awards, window display, and the Light the Night Walk at A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital. We then talked about fundraising ideas, including creating a veterans and 4-H design to put on magnets and/or stickers and sell them at local stores. This would benefit both our Summit Bridge 4-H chapter and the soldiers in the military by splitting the profit. After the meeting was adjourned, we roasted marshmallows, played games, and had a pumpkin relay race.

Micaela Pennachi (Reporter)


Porter Gang


New officers were elected at the September meeting. They are:

  • President– Alexis Martin
  • Vice President–Melanie Witte
  • Secretary–Alyssa Arscotte
  • Treasurer–Noah McDerby
  • Song Leaders–Gabe Martin, Sydney Pyle, and Brogan Raughley
  • Reporters-Ava Raughley, Stella Vasko, Max Lewandowski, and Evelyn Witte

Porter Gang would like to thank First State Montessori Academy for hosting the club’s window display during National 4-H Week. The theme was, “Something to Crow About.”

Our club is proud to support the quarter auction to benefit the New Castle County 4H Leaders Association and Exchange Group.  The club donated a coffee basket and a family fun basket.

— Submitted by Max Lewandowski, Reporter

Holy Angels Club

For our fall meetings, we have taken pictures of falling marbles, made fall wreaths, and are working on a wooden game.

Clover Quest

The Clover Quest club was called to order by president Katrice Wasgatt on Friday,
October 15 for a fun and fulfilling meeting. Clubbers began by saying the Pledge of Allegiance
and the 4-H Pledge and observing the moment of silence. Secretary Jade Wasgatt took roll and
read the September minutes. Ms. Blaky, club leader, announced new business, and the club got
to work!
The club was working to donate to an organization called Stockings for Soldiers, which
sends Christmas stockings to deployed soldiers overseas. Clubbers formed two assembly lines to
make 60 packs of Snowman Soup. The packs were filled with hot cocoa packets, candy canes,
Hershey kisses, marshmallows, and an encouraging note. Next, clubbers worked together to
make cards for service members, using the fronts of old Christmas cards on red and green paper.

After this wintery activity, the club enjoyed a healthy fall snack of pumpkin muffins, while
watching a presentation on the anatomy of a pumpkin. The cross-section of a pumpkin was
displayed, while Jade demonstrated the various parts of this autumnal fruit. The science proved
to be very interesting!

Then Clover Quest played a hilarious game called “Elephant Walk”. Each clubber had
an apple in a stocking, which was then put on their head. Participants had to swing their
“trunks” to knock another apple off of an overturned cup on the floor. This fun game had
everyone cracking up!

To finish the meeting, clubbers filled out the “4-H O’Meter”, filling in head, heart, hands,
and health. Another successful meeting for Clover Quest 4-H!

Clover Quest and Meado-Larks Stuff Stockings for Soldiers

On the evening of October 24th, Clover Quest partnered with the Meado-Larks to
volunteer at Stockings for Soldiers. The Newark Post Office generously donated stocking
stuffers that filled two shopping carts. Blaky, Katrice, and Jade Wasgatt from Clover Quest,
along with Lisa, Ryan, and Natalie Davis, Jenn and Avery Ruebush and a friend, and Stephanie
and Tobi Tang from the Meado-Larks club, arrived at Stockings for Soldiers on the 24th to drop
off their donations, and help prepare the stockings and stocking stuffers. At one station,
stockings that had been sewn by volunteers were unpacked from bags and laid out on a table.
Another station was dedicated to carefully writing the soldiers’ names in glue and glitter. Some
volunteers folded blankets and tied bows on them, and others made cards. The regular
volunteers excitedly told the 4-H members about the loud, bustling atmosphere during the nights
that the stockings are stuffed. Last year, they sent stockings to 10,000 soldiers. The Clover
Quest and Meado-Larks clubs enjoyed participating in such a lively endeavor to show gratitude
to soldiers on Christmas.

Club Spotlight- Rossakatum Club, Sussex County

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Rossakatum is a general 4-H club that meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Sunday is family day and we try not to have club activities.
Our members are involved in the following areas. Citizenship, Leadership, Cooking, Sewing, Photography, Gardening, Beef, Poultry, Goats, Rabbits, Swine, and Arts and Crafts.
We have an annual luncheon for the older individuals in our community. We entertain the residents of our local nursing home with caroling during the Christmas season. We also adopt and shop for residents at Christmastime. We also make seasonal decorations for the nursing home.
We enter a float in the Christmas parade, alternating between Delmar and Laurel. We plan to work at the Operation Christmas Child distribution center as well as collecting items for the shoe boxes.
Gail Tipton – 302-228-2874
Kara Short – 302-875-9479

Animal Science Updates

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Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity- 1st Entry Deadline November 11

The first entry deadline for the 2020 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity is November 11.  The futurity is open to all breed summer calves born between June 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2020. The entry form and official rules can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage


Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 11, 2019

Have you ever wished that you could have a model of your own favorite horse or pony to cherish forever? Here’s your chance!

Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses ( has volunteered to create a model horse to honor the great horse or pony selected as Delaware’s “4-H Horse of the Year”. The winning 4-H member will be announced at the Horse Bowl contest and awarded their horse/pony model horse at the winning member’s county achievement banquet in fall of 2019.

Any currently enrolled traditional Delaware 4-H member (Cloverbuds are not eligible), can nominate their beloved horse/pony by completing these steps:

  1. Complete the Nomination Form 2020.
  2. Provide Four (4) 4×6” full color photos of your horse/pony in natural light (not in the barn): front, back, left side and right side. Attach to the provided page. These photos will not be returned so make sure you have copies.
  3. Add an essay of 500 to 1000 words written by the 4-H’er (age of 4-H’er will be considered in writing quality). The award will be chosen based on how well the 4-H member can answer the following topic:

“The Outside of a Horse is Good for the Inside of a 4-H’er…”

    1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.
    2. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.
    3. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.
    4. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.
    5. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 11, 2019.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage and/or from your county office.


State 4-H Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Contest December 7

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Heartland Equestrian Center in Frederica on December 7 from 9:00am -1:30 pm. What is Hippology?  Hippology is an activity that can enhance learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting. The term “Hippology” comes from the Greek “hippo”, meaning horse, and “ology”, meaning “the study of”. Participants will be able to demonstrate their experience and knowledge gained in their horse projects, horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations, and practical horse management.  Contests are typically set up in a station format where participants are asked to complete tasks such as identifying feeds, judging hay, matching body parts with the correct names, putting together a bridle, bandaging a leg, etc.  The contest guide and entry form can be found at

Entries are due November 11th. We are always looking for adult volunteers to help facilitate the contest as station monitors, timers, and scoring.  Please contact Susan Garey for more information.


Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1500


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a Delaware resident or Delaware Equine Council member. ($10.00 to become an individual member)
  • Must be enrolled and in good standing in an agriculture, equine, veterinary or vet tech program in the United States.
  • Must submit a typewritten 400-word essay :

“How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine or agriculture industry.”

  • Must complete a typed application and include a transcript of a minimum of one full semester’s grades from an accredited college or university.

All awards are given without discrimination as to race, sex, or creed.

Application postmark deadline is January 31, 2020. Winners will be notified in February and awarded at the scholarship dinner on the evening of March 14, 2020 at the Harrington Moose Lodge.  To download the application or for more details please visit:


Adult National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training Offered November 16th

What: Beef Quality Assurance Training

When:  Saturday, November 16, 2019

Where: UD Kent County Cooperative Extension Office

69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch: Lunch will be served

Join your fellow producers and the Delaware Extension team for Beef Quality Assurance training.  Following the workshop, producers will have the opportunity to take the National Beef Quality Assurance exam and become BQA certified.  This is one option for parents of Cloverbud age (5-7 years old as of January 1) to fulfill the requirement for a current Quality Assurance/YQCA certification for their child to exhibit a market animal at the 2020 Delaware State Fair.

We will wrap up with lunch that is sponsored by the Delaware Beef Advisory Board.

The meeting is free and everyone interested in attending is welcome.  If you have special needs in accessing this program, please call the office two weeks in advance.

To register or request more information, please call the extension office at (302)831-2506.  For questions related to Delaware State Fair Quality Assurance certification requirements, please call Susan Garey 730-4000 or

Diamond Clover Intent Forms Due

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Diamond Clover Award – 2019-2020 Intent Forms DUE November 25, 2019

Delaware 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Diamond Clover Award program. Delaware 4-H adopted the Diamond Clover Award in 2011 from a program used in Maryland and Nebraska. This award will be the highest level of recognition that a Delaware 4-H member can achieve. It is similar to the Boy Scout Eagle Award or the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Diamond Clover Award consists of six levels, each steadily advancing in intensity and achievement over the last. It is intended to take a 4-H member six years to complete. The nice thing about this award is that many 4-H members are already doing the work, so all you need to do is fill out the forms and submit them. For other 4-H members, this award can provide you with a long-term challenge for your 4-H career. Either way, when you have finished the process you have completed an amazing journey that will benefit you forever. To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4-H webpage at:

2020 National 4-H Conference

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Applications are now being accepted to the 2020 National 4-H Conference being held March 28-April 2, 2020.

National 4-H Conference is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. Conference is a hands-on, working conference in which delegates participate in a variety of programs and activities.  Participants have the opportunity to practice and apply in a real world setting their newly developed and refined skills.

Delaware 4-H’ers in good standing, currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school are encouraged to apply. Applications are due to the State office by 4:00 pm on Monday, December 2nd.


Upcoming National 4-H Summits**

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National Youth Summit on Agri-Science

January 9-12, 2020

The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. At the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science high school students interested in becoming Champions for Agriculture in their communities will gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber, especially in the rapidly emerging areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies, learn about challenges facing agriculture, interact with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates, and increase awareness of career opportunities and pathways in agriculture. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

**All Summits are open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2019.

**Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend the conference.

The application for the Agri-Science Summit is due to the State 4-H Office by Friday, November 1, 2019.
Mail or Fax application to:
State 4-H Office
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Fax: 302-831-6758


National Youth Summit on Healthy Living February 13-16, 2020

The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Conference Center have partnered with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living.
Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

This application is due to the State 4-H Office by December 15, 2019.
Mail or Fax application to:

State 4-H Office

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall Newark, DE 19716

Fax: 302-831-6758


National Youth Photography Summit
February 26- March 1, 2020

The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Photography Summit. The National Youth Photography Summit brings high school students together to engage in a timeless artform in a setting filled with historical architecture, beautiful landscapes, and more.
The National Youth Photography Summit will take place February 26 – March 1, 2020. Summit fees include accommodations at the National 4‑H Conference Center, meals, educational programming, and tours including a guided night time tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. Buffet-style meals are served in the Clover Dining Room at National 4‑H Conference Center.

This application is due to Doug Crouse by December 15, 2019.
Mail or Fax application to:
Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader
531 S. College Avenue
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Fax: 302-831-6758


Agent Letter

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

October 6-11, 2019 marks National 4-H Week and a great chance to promote 4-H! Join us at the following events:

  • Kick off the week with the Achievement Event on October 6.  This GREEN out event (wear green or the clover) will be held at the Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark from 2-4 pm. Awards, honors and recognition followed by refreshments! Miss Delaware, Hillary May will be our guest speaker. Please RSVP by calling the office at 302-831-8965!
  • October 8 is 4-H Spirit Day. Wear your 4-H shirt, green or a clover to show support!
  • The New Castle County 4-H Links is sponsoring a Hayride at Ramsey Farms on October 11. See blog post and RSVP by October 7!

4-H National Youth Science Day/Month is the world’s largest youth led science experiment. This year’s activity called Game Changers helps kids discover computer science through hands on doing. We will be doing the Game Changers activities at 6:30 pm on October 21 led by Hunter Willoughby, Computer Science Ambassador. All 4-Hers are invited to attend. Pizza will be served! RSVP by October 18.

We are now into the 2019-2020 4-H year. Please be sure you are enrolled as a member in 4-H Online. All members need to register before participating in 4-H events.  You can re-enroll by visiting . It will only take seconds if you don’t have any updates to personal information- we promise! If you cannot remember which email you use to log in, please DO NOT create a new profile! Call the office at 302-831-8965 or email Serena at and she will be happy to let you know the correct email.

Please note the posts regarding Delaware Goes Purple and World Food Day.  Delaware Goes Purple is a Drug Free Awareness Campaign taking place this month. World Food Day is October 16. The Summit Bridge and Stump Corner 4-H Clubs will be serving lunch at Our Daily Bread, a food pantry in Middletown on October 11 in honor of National 4-H Week and World Food Day.

It’s time to register for the Public Speaking Contest on October 29 at the Brandywine Library.  This contest is not just for older members, Cloverbuds can also participate by reciting a poem or pledge and start to gain valuable public speaking experience.

Finally, plan to join us for the Quarter Auction on November 1 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa. A fun event is being planned with lots of great auction items and homemade food. We still need donations and vendors. Reserve your paddle now at the pre-event price of $20 which includes a roll of quarters! Please invite friends and share widely!

Now is the time to plan your 4-H year.  If you are new, why not attend the Achievement Event to see and congratulate your fellow 4-H’ers on their accomplishments and meet members from other clubs? Also plan to participate in new events, make new friends, volunteer, plan community service activities and tell others the 4-H story. 4-H has something for everyone!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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