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Delaware 4-H Interview Skills Workshop

Dear Delaware 4-H Teen,

 Join fellow Delaware 4-H teens in learning important skills and techniques preparing you not just for mandatory interviews to National 4-H events but also scholarship, college and other opportunities that are beneficial to your growth and success.   Please see attached flyer for additional information.

Attendance is required at either one of the November or December workshops (you may choose one) but all are required to attend the January 5, 2017 workshop which will include mock interviews and specific recommendations tailored for each participant to take home and continue to practice. 

Please click on the link below

Interview Skills Workshop Registration 

or

call Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585 x544 to register or email at tammys@udel.edu

Questions about the workshops may be sent directly to Ernie Lopez at elopez@udel.edu

We hope to see 4-H teens from all counties take advantage of this learning opportunity.

 

Ernesto B. Lopez
State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Delaware
302-856-2585 x561 

 

Animal Science Updates

Saddle up with 4-H- Register Now!

The annual State 4-H Trail Ride, sponsored by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, will be held at Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract this year on November 6, 2016 with ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences.  Non 4-H member horsey friends are welcome!  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.  ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21095815/2016-4-H-Fall-Trail-Ride.pdf  To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu no later than November 1st.

 

Staying Safe on the Roads and Trails While Riding Your Horse

It’s that time of the year when horseback riders are most frequently trail riding.  Here is a great recorded webinar from our friends at eXtension that you can view from the comfort of your home or meeting space.  This would even make a good project group or club meeting topic!

https://learn.extension.org/events/2074

 

Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1000

 Eligibillity:

  •  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 250-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, 2017. Winners will be awarded in March 4, 2017.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

http://www.delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html

 

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 14, 2016

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 (www.stonehorses.com) 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 2017.

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 2017.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 Important Thing My Horse Has Taught Me…”

    1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.  Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.
    2. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.

You are not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.

The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 14, 2016.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21094743/2017-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

The entry form for the 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28080154/2017-Delaware-Youth-Dairy-Futurity-Entry-Form.pdf and the first entry deadline is November 14, 2016.

To participate in the 2017 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2017.  All calves, born June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. 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, 2017.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 14, 2016

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2017

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 2017

Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 2, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 2.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

 

NEW! Hippology Contest for 4-H Horse Project Members- December 3rd!

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a 4-H Hippology contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Golden Locket Farm in Harrington Delaware on December 3 from 9:00am -12:00 pm. Preregistration is required. Youth may participate as an individual and/or as part of a team.

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 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.

For more specific information, please review the contest guidelines and entry form here:

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/28102114/Delaware-4-H-Hippology-Contest-DRAFT.pdf

Entries are due to the Kent County office by November 21, 2016.

Club News

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Service Project Opportunity

Last winter, UD Extension was able to give out several thousand children’s books to facilities and outreach programs in need. Unfortunately, that was a one time donation. The need for children’s books for lower income families never ends. Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries has reached out again to make a request for donations. If any of our clubs is looking for a service project, this would be a wonderfully rewarding one. Please contact Serena in the 4-H office at 302-831-8965 or serenac@udel.edu and she can put you in touch with the contact person.

 

Sewing Club leader wanted!4h-sewing-clipart-1

Due to other obligations, Monique will no longer be able to lead the NCC Sewing Club. We would love to keep this club going! She said it would probably best be served by 2 people, but it absolutely needs at least one leader! Obviously, some sewing experience is a must. NCC 4-H already has sewing machines and supplies, we just need a creative leader to thread those machines and use those supplies to help our 4-Hers make some wonderful fabric projects!

If you know anyone who may be interested in heading up this club, please have them contact Kaitlin at 302-831-8965 or kklair@udel.edu. They do not have to be an existing 4-H volunteer, but will have to go through the volunteer process to become one if they are interested. The office can assist with that process.

 

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Looking for club photos!

To share in a slideshow at the Achievement Banquet!

If you have any photos of your club doing a fun activity or just being “4-H Proud”, please share them with Serena ASAP (Remember, the Achievement Banquet is on the 18th. Register now!!! ) by emailing them to serenac@udel.edu.

 

Calling anyone who wants to travel!

ATTENTION youth 13 and over: If you are interested in traveling and seeing how 4-Her’s in a different state are active, this is the group for you. Monday, October 24 at 8pm (after the Jr. Council meeting) we will be have a meeting for the upcoming Exchange program! Please come if interested or let Kaitlin know if you can not make it but still interested.

Statewide Volunteer Training Summit

 

Dear Delaware 4-H Volunteers,

 

I want to bring to your attention an opportunity that will benefit all Delaware 4-H volunteers.  The State 4-H Office will be hosting a volunteer training summit for all Delaware 4-H volunteers on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the University of Delaware, Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown.  The summit will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run till 3:00 p.m. with lunch included. Click here for more info.

 

While this summit is geared towards and will be particularly helpful to new volunteer leaders, the day will surely be a benefit to any Delaware 4-H leader looking for a “tune up” on the basics of 4-H and more importantly, on how all of us together can improve our knowledge to have a more meaningful impact in the lives of our Delaware 4-H youth.  Please join me and other Delaware 4-H staff and volunteers for what is sure to be a rich day of learning and sharing!

 

While I have your attention, please mark your calendar for our annual state wide Delaware 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum to be held Saturday, February 4, 2017.   The event will be held at Polytech High School in Woodside.  More information on this event will be available closer to Thanksgiving.

 

Thank you again for all you do for our 4-H youth.  As we gear up for National 4-H week, the first full week in October, all of us on the 4-H staff send you our best wishes and hope to see you in Georgetown on October 22, 2016 for what is sure to be a fun day of training!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Ernie Lopez

State 4-H Volunteer Specialist

University of Delaware

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Calling all Makers to the National Youth Maker Summit!

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Get creative, get innovative at the  National Youth Maker Summit, November 10-13, 2016.

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 Maker Summit in Washington, DC. The National Youth Maker Summit caters to high school aged students who are curious and industrious. To be a Maker is to build, experiment and tinker with a variety of mediums. Participants will spend three days learning about engineering, invention and creativity through innovative workshops. They will have the opportunity to make what they can with a variety of materials from a range of fields, utilizing their resourcefulness and creativity, and learn how they can take back and share this information with other youth in Delaware. This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2016.

Delaware 4-H members must complete an application to be considered to attend this conference.

Applications and info can be found here

Application deadline extended! 

This application is due to Doug Crouse by Monday, October 17, 2016. Mail of Fax application to: Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader 531 S. College Avenue 113 Townsend Hall Newark, DE 19716

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Science Updates

Delaware 4-H Members Attend National 4-H Dairy Conference

4-H‘er Oliver Menard of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club in Kent County is currently attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.  While there, Oliver is participating in dairy science workshops and field trips along with approximately 200 other dairy project members from across the United States and Canada.  Exploration of dairy related careers, dairy production, marketing, genetics and production and processing of dairy products are a few of the subjects they will be exposed to.  In addition, he will also have the opportunity to spend a day at the World Dairy Expo.  Oliver is being chaperoned by New Castle County Agriculture Agent Dan Severson.  Special thanks to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for funding this leadership and dairy science experience for our 4-H members!  If you are interested in attending National 4-H Dairy Conference next year and have three years of dairy project experience, applications will be due May 1, 2017!

 

Saddle up with 4-H!

 The annual State 4-H Trail Ride, sponsored by the State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, will be held at Redden State Forest Headquarters Tract this year on November 6, 2016 with ride off occurring at 10 am.  This is a fun family event with riders of all ages and levels of experiences.  Non 4-H member horsey friends are welcome!  There will be some volunteer walkers as well to assist our less experienced riders if needed.  Following the trail ride there will be a picnic in the pavilion beginning at 11:30 am.  ASTM/SEI hard hats are required for all riders.  For more information please see the flyer posted on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21095815/2016-4-H-Fall-Trail-Ride.pdf  To RSVP, please contact Susan Garey at (302)730-4000 or truehart@udel.edu no later than November 1st.

 

Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year- Deadline November 14, 2016

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 (www.stonehorses.com) 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 2017.

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 2017.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 Important Thing My Horse Has Taught Me…”

  1. Should be a horse or pony you have owned or worked with in some way.
    1. Do NOT include your name or the horse/pony’s registered name in the essay.
    1. Use the horse’s unregistered nick name or pet name in the essay.
    1. Not required to own the horse or pony being nominated.
  1. The nomination with the essay must be postmarked by November 14, 2016.

Nomination forms, the scoring rubric used by judges, and more details are available on the state 4-H animal science webpage

https://cdn.extension.udel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/21094743/2017-Horse-of-the-Year-Application.pdf

 

Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1000

Eligibillity:

  • 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 250-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 deadline is January 31, 2017. Winners will be awarded at the Scholarship Dinner on March 4, 2017.  To download the application or for more details please visit:

http://www.delawareequinecouncil.org/ScholarshipPAGE.html

 

NEW! Hippology Contest for Horse Project Members- Hold the Date!

The State 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will be holding a Hippology Contest for statewide 4-H Horse Project Members at Golden Locket Farm in Harrington Delaware on December 3 from 9:00am -12:00 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.  More information and a study guide to follow!

 

Diamond Clover

 

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The Diamond Clover Award is a program in Delaware 4-H, designed to recognize 4-H members for their achievements. The full name of this award is the Diamond Clover 4-H Award Program, available for the first time in 2003. Delaware 4-H has adopted this award from the University of Maryland 4-H Program.

This award consists of six different levels that require a 4-Her to plan and accomplish a broad range of age-appropriate tasks, acquiring valuable life skills as they progress.

4-H members are strongly encouraged to submit for this award at their appropriate level this year! Members submitting an appropriate application will be recognized for their efforts at the achievement banquet.

For more information on the 4-H Diamond Clover Award, please visit the website below:

http://extension.udel.edu/4h/about-delaware-4-h/feature-awards/diamond-clover/

 

In order to be eligible for this award, you must have been registered for the 2015-2016   4-H program year.  All completed documentation MUST be submitted by the deadline.

Applications due: Monday, September 26, 2016.

**You may not enter at the Diamond Level without prior approval from your county 4-H Extension Educator.

 

Welcoming our newest 4-H member!

Please join us in welcoming Julianna Noel Voegele!

Many of you know Michelle Voegele better under her maiden name,  Michelle Ernst. The entire Ernst family is very active in 4-H and Michelle has taught Health Rocks, in Delaware schools for a number of years now.  Michelle and Jimmy are  thrilled to welcome their newest pre-Cloverbud to the 4-H family and we are so happy to have her. Congratulations to the Voegeles!

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Club Reminders for the 2016-2017 Year

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LEADERS MEETINGS

Please remember that there is a monthly Leaders meeting at the NCC office on the 4th Monday of each month  at 7:00 pm, from August through May. If you are a club leader, please plan on attending at least some of these meetings, or have an adult volunteer attend. 4-H is collaborative. Let your voice be heard!

The Junior Council meetings will be held on the same dates and times starting in September.

EXCHANGE PROGRAM

ATTENTION youth 13 and over: If you are interested in traveling and seeing how 4-Her’s in a different state are active, this is the group for you. Monday, September 26 at 8pm (after the Jr. Council meeting) we will be have an interest meeting for the upcoming Exchange program! Please come if interested or let Kaitlin know if you can not make it but still interested.

DE 4-H FOUNDATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY

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. For more information, please click here.

LINKS GRANT OPPORTUNITY

The NCC 4-H Links is a service organization supporting the 4-H program. We are proud to present grant opportunities of up to $50.00 for an individual and $100.00 for a club. These grants will be offered twice this year, once in January and once in September, to assist with special 4-H projects. A grant could be used for a club project, for a community service project, supplies for an Ag Day booth, or much more. We encourage you to be creative!

Applications for the second set of grants are due Tuesday, September 13, 2016. They will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the NCC 4-H Links. You will be notified once a decision has been made.

Please submit all applications to the 4-H Office.

Links Grant Application

Mail applications to:

NCC 4-H Links

461 Wyoming Road Room 131

Newark, DE 19716

**DEADLINE – September 13, 2016 (No late entries accepted)

 

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**Please also encourage your club reporter to submit updates on what’s been happening in your club monthly.  Email reports to serenac@udel.edu by the 20th of the month so they can be included in the next month’s blog. We love hearing what you’ve been up to and want to share it with your fellow 4-Hers!

LEADER’S TRAINING

This training is for all leaders: new, existing, experiences, and those considering becoming a new 4-H leader. Come out and learn the basics of the 4-H program, gather ideas for the upcoming year, and talk with other leaders about their 4-H program.

Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm at NCC Extension Office

Register with Serena at the 4-H Office or by email at serenac@udel.edu by Friday, September 16.

 

Delaware State Fair Jr. Board Now Accepting Applications

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2016 for 6 positions on the 12 member DSF Jr. Board. This opportunity is available to youth age 16-21 (as of 10/31/16). There are usually two members selected from each county. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Jr. 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 mid-October may be required.

Junior Board Member Application 2016
If you have any questions please call the Delaware State Fair office at    302-398-3629.

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Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Please join the Delaware 4-H Family and many others on Saturday October 1, 2016, for the induction of the third class of laureates into the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame. This event will be held at the Modern Maturity Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and will include dinner, entertainment, and a visual history of Delaware 4-H. This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation to honor people who were active and influential in Delaware 4-H. The legacy that these laureates have left, and in some cases continue to leave, is what makes Delaware 4-H a premier positive youth development program. On this evening, 21 of the pillars of Delaware 4-H will be honored. Please come out and honor their achievements.  Nominations for this important honor came in from across the state.

2016 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates

Mary Frances Argo

Dean Belt

Helen Blessing

Margaret Carey

Patricia Mae Correll

C. Fred Grampp

Dan Hudson

Leona Hudson

Betty Jestice

Jim Kemble

Sue Ann Clendaniel McClements

Virginia Melson

Franklin E. Melson, Sr.

Evelyn Messick

Leroy Messick

Betty Niblett

Richard Niblett

T. Harold Palmer

Joyce Simpson

Mary Thomas

Barbara Tatman Warren

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mail in Registration Form