Category Archives: Adult Volunteer Leaders

DE 4-H Foundation Club/Group Financial Aid

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/

Looking forward- April 4-H True Leaders in Service

Community Service Activities Entire month of April

National Day of Service April 25

This April, as part of True Leaders in Service and National Volunteer Appreciation Month, 4-H’ers
across the nation will pledge their hands to larger service – leading positive change that empowers their peers and their communities.

True Leaders in Service will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the
National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

Join the movement!

To learn more about True Leaders in Service visit:

True Leaders in Service

Club Financial Aid Requests Due March 1

Just a reminder that the next deadline for requests to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for Club/Group financial aid is March 1st.    Please make sure your club leaders are aware of the upcoming deadline.

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 below 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.

DE 4-H Foundation Financial Request Form

Leader’s Forum

2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum
Polytech High School, Woodside, Kent County
Saturday, February 1, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

We want to invite you to join us in bringing fellow and potential leaders together for the 2020 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum…you won’t want to miss this special day!

We are pleased and excited to be having the event back at Polytech High School in Kent County. So many of you responded to the evaluations last year
saying that the mid-state location in Kent County worked well for you, so we decided to go ahead and make it happen again!

Due to your feedback, we have also changed the schedule which we hope will bring a richer experience to your time with us! Following the first two
workshops and before lunch, we will be offering a third, shorter session that will include topics relating to challenges many of you have shared where you
felt you needed more skills. These are our “Jackpot” sessions.

After our “Jackpot” sessions, we will be enjoying lunch and fellowship as we recognize our 2020 Salute to Excellence award winners. We plan to end our
day at 2:30 p.m. so you’ll have time to get home early and start putting all of the new ideas you learned into action!

Below are the registration form, workshop descriptions, and schedule for the day. Please be sure to select two choices for each workshop in order of your preference. Registration will be available online beginning Friday, January 3, 2020. This is the preferred method. The link is:

http://www.udel.edu/006766

Please note that the workshops will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, so the earlier you register the better chance you will have of getting your first choice. The cost of the Forum will be covered by each county’s Leaders’ Association or a staff purpose code.

Deadline to register is Monday, January 27. We look forward to seeing you at Polytech on February 1!

2020 DE 4H State Leader Forum Workshop Packet

Re-enrollment opens September 1

4honline is rolling over for the 2019-2020 year. This means everyone will go to “inactive” on August 31 (and you won’t get emails about the blog or other upcoming events until you re-enroll!).  We ask each member to go into their profile on September 1 at www.4honline.com and review their info and make any updates and changes for the new 4-H year. We need to make sure we have up to date health information on each youth member. Once you have done so, don’t forget to click “Submit Enrollment for 2019-2020”.

Please remember that members will NOT be allowed to participate in events until they have re-enrolled for the 2019-2020 year.

If you have any trouble re-enrolling or have questions, please call the NCC 4-H office at 302-831-8965.

**Please note: we cannot recover passwords for you, but can verify which email address is linked to your 4-H profile. You can then change your password if you have forgotten it. Please contact us if you don’t remember your email. DO NOT create a new profile because this will cause problems within the system. Thanks! 

NCC 4-H Quarter Auction

Feeling Lucky?

Join us for a Quarter Auction!

 

When: November 1, 2019

Where: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main St. Odessa DE

Benefits: New Castle County 4-H Leaders Assn. and Exchange Group

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

What is a Quarter Auction?
A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and ALL fun! It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you’ll receive a numbered paddle with a corresponding numbered ball that’s put into the drawing basket. Auction items will be on display from a variety of donors and vendors with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters.

Once the auction begins, a 4-H member will display the item that’s currently up for bid and will announce whether it’s a “1, 2, 3 or 4 quarter” bid. If you’re interested in bidding, you will put designated number of quarters in a bowl and raise your paddle. A 4-Her will walk from table to table with a bucket to collect bids.

The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If they draw your number and you bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If they draw your number and you did NOT bid, just call out “no bid!” and they’ll continue to draw numbers until a winner is declared.
Paddles are $20.00 in advance and includes paddle and roll of quarters to get the bidding started. On the day of the event, paddles will be $25.00 at the door with a roll of quarters. Additional paddles can be purchased for $5.00.
All In Paddles are $50.00. This means you automatically bid on every item without putting any quarters in.
Stay tuned for more info and a list of the amazing items we will be offering!

For more info or to donate please contact: Kaitlin Klair kklair@udel.edu or Betsy Morris betsym@udel.edu or 831-8965.

4-H Foundation Aid and NCC Links Grant Opportunities

Delaware 4-H Foundation – Club/Group Financial Aid Form

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.  This 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.

NCC 4-H Links Grant

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 quarterly this year, in February, May, August and November, to assist with special 4-H projects. A grant could be used for a club project or a community service project, supplies for an Ag Day booth or much more. We encourage you to be creative!
Applications for the first set of grants are due Friday, February 1, 2019. The 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.

2019 Links Grant November Info

Links Grant Application Nov 2019

Spotlight Leader

Our next Delaware 4-H Spotlight Leader is Mrs. Blaky Wasgatt!

Mrs. Wasgatt has been the organizational leader of the Clover Quest 4-H club in New Castle County since 2013 after being a club project leader for 2 years. She received the Volunteer of the Year award for New Castle County in 2016 for her exceptional efforts as a 4-H leader.

While Mrs. Wasgatt was not a 4-Her herself as a youth, she was quick to learn about the various aspects of 4-H. She has much enthusiasm for youth development in her club and for encouraging participation in county and state events. Her 4-Hers participate in favorite foods, consumer bowl, poultry bowl, public speaking and demonstration contest to name a few. In fact, in addition to the traditional pledges and business meeting each month, there is also a presentation by a youth and adult partner on a topic of their choice. They have explored autism, karate, wildlife judging, theatre arts, ice cream, caring for a goat, and reptiles just to name a few topics. 4-Hers also participate in age appropriate games, activities and crafts each month. Mrs. Wasgatt updates club members each and every month to participate in 4-H county offerings and most club members participate as campers, camp counselors, or in county contests.

Mrs. Wasgatt also features numerous opportunities to engage in community service including serving at Family Promise events, collecting and packaging supplies for the homeless, and Stockings for Soldiers.

Her favorite part about being a leader is providing an opportunity for the youth to practice their public speaking skills on a topic of their choosing as well as developing the club leadership skills of her officers.

New Castle County 4-H Spotlight Leaders

Organizational Leader: Janice Melson and Richard Melson

Club: Meado-Larks

Janice and Richard Melson are the organizational leaders of the Meado-Larks 4-H Club in New Castle County. Mrs. Melson has been a 4-H leader for 36 years and Mr. Melson has been a leader for 32 years! They are both active in the New Castle County Leaders Association and New Castle County Order of the Links.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Melson were 4-Hers in Sussex County in the Dublin Hill Yellow Jackets 4-H Club. They were both active at the club, county, and collegiate level. Richard was involved in the Foods and Food Preservation, Gardening, and Field Crops projects. Janice was involved in the Foods, Foods Preservation, Clothing, Home Improvement, Gardening, and pet projects. Their involvement earned them both two trips to National 4-H Congress. Richard also attended National 4-H Conference and the National Cherry Pie Cooking Contest. Some their fondest 4-H memories circle around Camp Barnes as campers and counselors.

Mrs. Melson says that when her oldest son joined 4-H, she felt it was natural to become a leader. Just four years later, her and her husband took over the Meado-Larks 4-H club. Their youth take whatever projects they wish and they train in as many of those areas as they can. The current club still has a multitude of interests, but they are also putting an emphasis on community service. Mrs. Melson mentions that it has been fun setting up activities they can do together.  It doesn’t matter what age they are; they all participate together.

Mr. and Mrs. Melson are starting to see an increase in membership and interests within the club. They look forward to continuing the fun and excitement, not to mention the rewards and satisfaction.

New Castle County 4-H Spotlight Leaders

Organizational Leader: Jenny Trunfio

Club: Stump Corner

Mrs. Trunfio has been the organizational leader of the Stump Corner 4-H Club in New Castle County for 8 years. She is the project leader for Outdoor Adventures and Forestry. She was inducted into the New Castle Order of the Links several years ago for her service as a leader. At the county level, Mrs. Trunfio has helped with Ag Day and the Achievement Banquet and is an advisor with the Exchange group.

She was a 4-H’er in Huntingdon and Centre counties in Pennsylvania for 11 years. Her mom was the organizational leader and her older brothers were already members, so she was attending 4-H meetings long before she was able to join the club. She was also a member of the county Rec Club, which  prepared to compete at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg every year.

Mrs. Trunfio was very involved in foods, clothing, outdoor cooking, photography, and vegetable gardening.  She also dabbled in rabbits, wildlife, dairy, and beef. She participated in demonstrations, fashion review, livestock judging, consumer bowl, and competed at PA State Achievement Days.

As an adult, she started working with 4-H after searching for a club for her eldest child to join. She decided to re-start a club that had been dormant for some years – Stump Corner 4-H Club in Townsend.  She had always planned on working in 4-H as an adult, but got side tracked as a young adult after college. She is so glad she got back to the organization.

Mrs. Trunfio loves being a 4-H leader. The best part, she says, is seeing the youth grow into themselves.  There’s nothing like seeing the light bulb come on, whether it’s through project work, public speaking, being an officer, or just working with other members on something of mutual interest. She looks forward to making many more memories and helping many more youth develop into the citizens and leaders they are meant to be.

Her advice to other leaders (both new and experienced) is to always be open to trying new things.  Try to let the members of your club or project group lead the way.  Ask for their suggestions and try to use them in the planning process.  Her other tip is to reach out to other club leaders for advice, suggestions and ideas.  Leader’s meetings and the Leader’s Forum are great places to meet other leaders and network for ideas of the great things other clubs are doing.  And don’t be afraid to reach out to the county office for help.

4-H Foundation Club/Group Financial Aid

Just a reminder that the next deadline for requests to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for Club/Group financial aid is March 1st 

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 below 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.

DE 4-H Foundation Financial Request Form

2019 State Leaders Forum

2019 Delaware 4-H State Leader Forum
Polytech High School, Woodside, Kent County
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Making the Best Better 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Registration will be available online beginning Friday,
January 4, 2019. This is the preferred method. Please note that the workshops will be filled on a “first come, first serve” basis, so the earlier you register the better chance you will have of getting your first choice.
The cost of the Forum will be covered by each county’s Leaders’ Association or a staff purpose code. Deadline to register is Monday, January 28.

Register HERE

2019 DE 4H State Leader Forum Workshop Packet

😺 Volunteer Opportunity 🐶

Brandywine SPCA Mega-adoption event at DE State Fairgrounds

The event is Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.

They will be on site from Thursday, Dec. 6 through Monday, Dec. 10 setting up and tearing down after the event.

The SPCA will most likely need help every day they are there.

If your club or members are interested, please contact Adam Lamb, CEO of the Brandywine Valley SPCA via email or at 484-302-0025.

Leader Training

Whether you are a new 4-H volunteer or a seasoned leader at the club level, please join fellow members of the Delaware 4-H family for a day of training and education on the ins and outs of the Delaware 4-H program.  State 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Ernie López will lead a training focused on understanding the fundamentals and expectations of being a Delaware 4-H volunteer and outline the unique relationship that 4-H has as a unit of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Program.   Please contact Tammy Schirmer to register by calling 856-2585 ext. 544 or email tammys@udel.edu.    Deadline Noon, Wednesday, October 17.

 

DATE:              Saturday, October 20, 2018

TIME:               10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:          Kent County Extension Office

Paradee Center,

69 Transportation Circle, Dover

 

Lunch will be provided.

 

Links Grant Opportunity

New Castle County 4-H Links Grant Program

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 quarterly in February, May, September and November
to assist with special 4-H projects. A grant could be used for a club project, a community service
project, supplies for an Ag Day booth or other outreach opportunities. We encourage you to be
creative!

Applications for a grant can be submitted four times per year. 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:

Mail applications to— NCC 4-H Links
461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE 19716

Fax to—
Maureen Hoffman Ernst: (302) 831-8934

E-mail—
Mauren Hoffman Ernst:
cmmcmk@udel.edu

Deadlines for submissions:
September 1, November 1,
February 1, May 1

Links Grant Application