Category Archives: Adult Volunteer Leaders

Club Reports/Service Opportunities

Meado-Larks Club

Service Opportunity

As you know, much of coastal Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Please consider raising funds or spearheading other relief efforts for your fellow 4-Hers in the affected areas. If your club needs assistance with coordinating with Texas 4-H, please contact our office at 302-831-8965 and we will assist you any way we can.


Important State Fair Info on entries and passes

State Fair Entries:

The NCC office will take down fair entries for those who are unable to do so themselves. This, of course, has to be within reason. We are unable to transport very large entries such as table settings, large woodworking items or large potted plants.

Non-perishable entries are due to the office for transportation by 3:00 on Friday, July 14.

Perishable entries are due to the office for transportation by 3:00 on Wednesday, July 19.

Clubs and members are responsible for picking up their exhibits at the Fair on Sunday, July 30 between 8:00 am- 12:00 noon. We are suggesting that each club appoint someone to pick up club entries in the event they cannot personally pick them up.

Exhibits that the NCC office transported to the Fair will be brought back up for pick up the week of July 31.  We, again, are unable to transport large exhibits like table settings, large woodworking items or large potted plants back to the office. Please pick these up or arrange to have a club member pick them up for you. We will contact members when the exhibits have arrived at the office and been sorted.

**Please note: we try very hard to make sure all exhibits are returned. However, with the sheer volume of 4-H exhibits, every year exhibits do get misplaced. If your exhibit is very important to you, please arrange to pick it up yourself or have someone from your club pick it up to ensure you get it back. Please do not assume exhibits left behind will find their way back to the office. 


Fair Passes:

Each 4-H’er who enters an exhibit in the fair will receive a fair pass. We will not have these in the office for pick up until after all the exhibits are delivered to the Fair. We will send an email to announce when these passes are available for pick up.

Active organizational and club project leaders will also receive a fair pass. Again, the office will send an email when these passes are available for pick up.

To lessen confusion, if you are picking up a pass for someone other than yourself or are having someone else pick up your pass for you, please make these arrangements with that person and then call the office to let us know before the pass is picked up. As you may imagine, it is frustrating to make the trip to the office to pick up your pass, only to find out that it has already been picked up by someone else.

If you have any questions about Fair entries or passes, please feel free to call the office at 302-831-8965 and we’d be happy to assist you!


4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors Zoom Check-In Meeting

4-HAM Zoom Check-in Meeting
May 1     6pm
Monthly Zoom check-in call meeting with all Healthy Living Ambassadors. The call will cover all upcoming HLA news and events and will be an opportunity for asking questions and connecting with other HLA from across the state. This month we will be discussing upcoming Train-the-Trainers and planning out future projects. Participants may call in using a phone or they may download the Zoom app and use the video chat feature.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):
+16465588656, 511801997# or +14086380968, 511801997#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 511 801 997

4-HAM is the title for our 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors and Mentors Program that is just kicking off as of last month.

For more information on the Healthy Living Ambassadors, please contact Breanna Banks at

Agent’s Letter

Dear 4-H Families, Leaders and Friends,

2017 is off to a great start!

Our New Castle County 4-Hers showed their creative skills with wonderful place settings and delicious recipes at the Favorite Foods Contest.  See 4-H Flickr account for all the photos.

Also on Jan. 21, the prestigious 2016 Joy Sparks Award was given to Brenda Ebling, a longtime volunteer leader.  State 4-H Program Leader, Mr. Doug Crouse presented the award to a very surprised winner. It was a memorable moment indeed. Congratulations Brenda!

Kaitlin and I had the pleasure of chaperoning the State Teen Conference held at the UD campus recently. State Teen Council Officers led awesome workshops. Teens enjoyed a UD basketball game, dance, and a variety of physical activity opportunities at the “Little Bob” gymnasium.

Registration is now open for New Castle County Jr. Leader Weekend, March 3-5. 4-Hers age 13 and up, are invited to join us at Cape Henlopen Youth Camp for leadership training, workshops, planning younger member overnighter and day camps, recreation and healthy food.

The demonstration contest is March 23- but it is not too early to start thinking about a topic. A successful 4-H demonstration does not have to be complicated or difficult; instead, it can be a lot of fun! Demonstrations are a great opportunity to show your 4-H knowledge and skills to others.

Upcoming important deadlines:

Feb. 3: State 4-H Camp Scholarship and Mark Manno Day Camp Scholarship applications due

Feb. 6: Winter Workshops registrations due

Feb. 8: Link grant application due

Feb. 20: Jr. Leader Weekend registration due

March 1: Club Audits Due


Let us know if you have questions. We are here to help!


Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

Winter Workshops Are Filling Up! (Don’t miss out!)

The start of February’s 4-H Winter Workshops is a little over a week away and workshops are filling up quickly!

We also have a couple of workshops that could use a few more people.

Workshop descriptions and a registration form can be found HERE. Scroll down the page to 2017 Winter Workshops.

Please sign up ASAP. The instructors need a final head count so that they can gather the necessary supplies for the workshop in a timely fashion.

If you have further questions, please contact Serena at                     302-831-8965 or

Animal Science Updates

New FDA VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) Rules to Impact Youth Livestock Producers Starting Jan 1, 2017! 

  • What is a VFD?

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian that authorizes the use of an approved VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (owner of the animal) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). (1) The client (youth producer) must establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) to be able to get a VFD. This is true whether the 4-H member has one food-producing animal or several.

  • When must the VFD be implemented?

January 1, 2017. Starting January 1, 2017, you can no longer stop by a feed store and buy a bag of medicated feed containing certain types of antibiotics that were previously classified as over-the counter (OTC) drugs. As of January 1, 2017, the FDA requires that clients have a VFD to be able to purchase animal feeds containing these antibiotics.

  • What is a VFD drug?

Antibiotic drugs required to have a VFD order to be added on or in the feed are those deemed by the FDA to be medically important for human medicine. The FDA is concerned that improper or overuse of these antibiotics may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria making it harder to treat human illnesses. Examples include Aureomycin®, Lincomix®, Neo-Terramycin®, penicillin, and tylosin.  These antibiotics are no longer allowed to be used for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. They are still allowed for therapeutic uses under veterinary supervision to (1) treat animals diagnosed with an illness; (2) control the spread of illness in a herd; and (3) prevent illness in healthy animals when exposure is likely. Drugs that do not require a VFD are those that are not deemed medically important to humans. Examples include Rumensin®, Bovatec®, Medacox®, monensin, amprolium, and dewormers. These types of medications can still be used over-the-counter (OTC) for production uses to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency, as well as for therapeutic uses (treatment, control and prevention).

  • What species of animals require a VFD?

Cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, honey bees and fish, as well as other food-producing species, even if they are not intended for food production. For example, backyard chickens kept as pets still require a VFD for certain antibiotics to be legally added to their feed, and a prescription for certain antibiotics to be added to water.

For more information on the new FDA VFD requirements please visit:


Delaware 4-H’ers Compete at First Hippology Contest

The Delaware 4-H program held their first statewide 4-H Hippology contest on Saturday, December 3 at the Little Family’s Golden Locket Farm in Harrington, Delaware.  Hippology meaning “study of the horse” is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting.  36 youth ages 7-19 from across the state participated in the inaugural offering.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the event.

4-H members competed in both individual and team categories.  The individual portion of the contest had competitors complete five different station based activities focused on equine anatomy, tack, grooming equipment, horse coat color and marking identification and horse breed identification.  In the team portion of the contest youth competed on teams of up to four individuals to complete more difficult and comprehensive team problem solving activities.  The two team problem solving activities involved feeds and feeding; requiring youth to identify feed samples and perform calculations related to feeding horses, and identification of horses; requiring youth to measure and identify horses in different ways and answer some further process questions about the subject.

4-H volunteer adult leaders coached young people in the month leading up to the competition to prepare them using specified resource materials.  Special thanks to the Little Family for providing the location for the event.

The High Individuals in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds)

Clara Gulick- Tails and Trails 4-H Club New Castle County

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Sydney Messick- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Nicole Cannavo- Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

The High Teams in each age division were:

  • Beginner (8-10 year olds)

Camo and Cowgirls- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members; Miranda Garey, Savannah Messick, Carley Rebuck, Ethan Stafford

  • Intermediate (11-13 year olds)

Yellow Snowflakes- Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Rachel Adkins, Sydni Brown, Sydney Messick

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Appaloosa’s- Holler-N-Hooves 4-H Club, Kent County

Members: Nicole Cannavo, Grant Kidner, Jessica Knowles, Maddy Lester


Delaware Ag Week

Delaware Ag Week programs along with an agricultural trade show and exhibits by the First State Antique Tractor Club, are being held January 9-13, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.  Sessions focused on beef cattle production, small ruminant production, equine pasture management and hay and pasture are among the variety of programs being held.  For the complete schedule of events and individual session schedules please visit     


Delaware Equine Council Scholarship- $1000


  • 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:


DPI Offers College Scholarships

DPI is accepting applications for its 2017 College Scholarship Program.  Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States.  Individuals must have an academic major in a subject matter relevant to Delmarva’s chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry.  An official transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applications must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency.  In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that positively could benefit Delmarva’s chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member of a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI would be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched.  Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 pm on April 3, 2017:  DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Applications and additional scholarship information are available from the DPI website at or by sending inquiries to


Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Second Entry Deadline 

The second entry deadline for the 2017 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is February 1, 2017.  The entry form can be found here

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 2, 2016.

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 1, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 1.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chairs John Hickey or Charmayne Busker


Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl- Entry Deadline February 10, 2017

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 11, 2017 at Lake Forest North Elementary.  Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2017 4-H year. This year we are switching to using the newly updated 2015 4-H Horse Manuals as resource material.  These new versions have the same titles but are the manuals with the blue covers.  We are discontinuing use of the old tan cover versions of the 4-H Horse Manuals.

Complete rules and the entry form can be found here:

Horse Bowl entries are due to the State 4-H Office by February 10, 2017.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals(blue cover 2015 version):

“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,

“Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”

and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at

  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:

Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill

Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).

Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!

Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).

Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!


2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl Interest???

The Avian Bowl is a knowledge based quiz bowl style competition that focuses on poultry and eggs and poultry industry topics.  The State 4-H Office is trying to gage the level of interest in holding a 2017 State 4-H Avian Bowl during the 2017 Delaware State Fair.  If you think that your club will have interest in submitting a team for a 2017 contest, please call or email Susan Garey or (302)730-4000 by February 1, 2017.


Delaware Pork Producers Annual Dinner- March 18th

The Delaware Pork Producers Association will be holding their annual dinner and banquet on Saturday, March 18th at the Felton Fire Hall.  Dinner will be served family style beginning at 6:30pm.  The menu will consist of Felton’s famous fried oysters, delicious pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, dumplings, green beans, dessert and beverages.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Please call Karen Tigner at (302)632-4250 for more information or to purchase dinner tickets.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has graciously provided support to Delaware 4-H Livestock programs for many years.

Adult Dessert Contest & Grant Opportunities


Link’s Dessert Contest Rules & Application

Grant opportunity for individual members and 4-H clubs

Each year, the NCC Order of the Links provides 4-H members and club with a chance to submit for a grant. Individual grants up to $50 and club grants up to $100 are available. In the past, clubs have used these funds in a variety of ways including to support a specific club project, purchase supplies for Ag Day booth, and for community service opportunities, just to name a few. To apply, please submit the application form to the 4-H office by Wednesday, January 13.

2017 Link’s Grant Information

2017 Link’s Grant Application

Up for the Challenge Training

Up for the Challenge Training on January 17th from 12:00-3:00pm in room 144


For Ages 13 & up

Have an interest in nutrition, fitness or general health and wellness? Come join us for a short training session for 4-H Healthy Living Program: Up for the Challenge to learn how you can educate and empower youth in the state of Delaware how to eat healthy and exercise the right way!


Save the Dates!!

Foods Judging and Favorite Foods Training – Thursday, January 5, 2017 – New Castle County Extension Office

Come out and learn all about the foods judging and what to study for before you compete in the foods judging contest at Favorite Foods! We will have a mock test and go over each section.

State Teen Conference – Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, January 29   Location:  UD Campus, Newark

State 4-H Leader’s Forum – Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Polytech High School 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, DE

Registration Opens – January 4, 2017

County News

Paper Clover Campaign with Tractor Supply

The annual fall fundraiser will take place October 5-16, 2016.  Please encourage family and friends to go to Tractor Supply and support 4-H.  Proceeds from this fundraiser helps deter costs of many state and county events.


Delaware 4-H Judging Survey

In an effort to improve our current Delaware 4-H Judging Contests, we are asking members and leaders to complete a short survey.  Your input will help with the planning of future Judging Contests.  Please click the link below and complete the survey by October 28, 2016.  Thank you for your input!

Click 4-H Judging Survey or use the Judging Contest Survey Paper Version and return by October 28.


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Thank you to everyone who has registered or re-registered in the 4-H Online system!  We are receiving.  If you have not already done so, please register as soon as possible.  All members need to be registered before participating in any events. 4-H Online Registration can be found on the DE 4-H website homepage.


Diamond Clover Award- 2016-2017 Intent forms DUE November 7

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.

To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4-H webpage at:

Club News


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 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 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.



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


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!




Dr. Ernie Lopez

State 4-H Volunteer Specialist

University of Delaware

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Club Reminders for the 2016-2017 Year



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.


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.


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.


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)



**Please also encourage your club reporter to submit updates on what’s been happening in your club monthly.  Email reports to 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!