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Happy October!

 

Fall is here and we have a busy month ahead with lots to look forward too! We kick off this month with re-enrollment on our new system, 4-H Online 2.0. If you have any questions please reach out to Serena- serenac@udel.edu or me at kklair@udel.edu and we will do our best to answer them-we are learning with you!

Make sure to join us this Sunday at 2pm for our Achievement Event to see all the “Opportunities 4 All” with 4-H! If you have not signed up for the Achievement Event, there is still time!

Here is the link: https://udel.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UsNIBKlTQvKR-7F2viv9Yg

We will be celebrating all the accomplishments YOU have done over the last year!

We would like to welcome Mrs. Jenny Trunfio to our New Castle County Team! She has accepted the New Castle 4-H Program Coordinator position and starts October 1st. She comes to us from Kent County 4-H with a wealth of knowledge and blood that runs green! Jenny grew up in Pennsylvania 4-H and her three boys have been involved on the County, State and National level. We are excited to add Jenny to our 4-H team and be on the look out for her to welcome her to New Castle County 4-H in her new role! If you need to reach out to her you can do so by email at jtrunfio@udel.edu

Some of the upcoming events in October that you get to look forward to are: Pumpkin Contest, World Food Day, National 4-H Week- (October 4-10), STEM events and more! Diamond Clover intent forms are due November 30th. Be sure to read through the whole newsletter and mark your calendars to make sure you did not miss a 4-H Event!  

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

Be sure to look at our online newsletter, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates, news and challenges. Leaders- with the new 4-H system and rollover of enrollment, it is always challenging to reach everyone via broadcast emails when members go inactive. We would appreciate it if you could forward emails and updates out to club members to be sure they are in the know.

If you need anything, please reach out, I cannot wait to see you at the next 4-H event!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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Hello 4-H Family,

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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Hello 4-H Friends and Family,

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

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

4-H State Camp –

Matthew Trunfio, 1st week Turtle Echo

Jordan Harmon, 1st week Bear Echo

Hunter Willoughby, 1st week Thunderbird Voice

Jenna Harmon, 1st week Thunderbird Echo

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

Day Camp Counselors –

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

 

4-H Activity Restrictions:

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

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

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

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

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

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Happy June 4-H Friends,

With so many changes happening I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and doing what is best for them. We will all be together soon hopefully, I miss seeing you all! There has been a lot of information that has come out this past week that has been heart breaking, but I appreciate everyone’s understanding.

First, some good news! Congratulations to Alexis Doron on being selected to participate in the 2020 National 4-H Shooting Sports youth leadership academy!

Sadly, although there are things starting to open back up with restrictions, we are still not having face-to-face programming for June and July.

However, today is your last chance to get your fair entries in, so don’t delay any longer!

We have some great things happening this Summer, please look below for the events, trainings and more:

~ Horticulture Judging Training – June 4th at 3pm (registration required)

~ State Camp Week 1 – June 8-12 (for those who were already registered)

~ State Camp Week 2 – June 15-19 (for those who were already registered)

~ Demonstration Contest – June 16 & 18 via Zoom

~ Newark & CIT Day Camp – June 22-25 (accepting registrations!)

~ Cloverbud Day Camp – June 31 & July 2 (accepting registrations!)

~ Delaware State Fair – Fair entries close June 1st, continue to enter entries

~ Animal Science Day Camp – August 3-7 (accepting registrations!)

Be sure to look at Delaware 4-H Facebook for exciting challenges we have going on over the next month! Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the look out for changes and upcoming dates.

If you need anything please reach out to any of us as we are all here and happy to help with anything you need during this time.

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and home as much as you can, soon enough we will all be back together again. There has been a lot of information that has come out this past week that has been heart breaking, but I appreciate everyone’s understanding. We (4-H staff) are working fast to make changes to ensure that activities can be achieved throughout the rest of this 4-H year and start strong in the fall!

Congratulations to Brandon Tang, Tobi Tang and Ava Ferry for creating some awesome Food Art entries and placing in the top three for the State! A job well done also goes to Melanie Witte, Matthew Trunfio and Cole Simpson for creating short clips educating others about effects of drugs, tobacco and vaping. Great job everyone!

Looking ahead at this month and the next, many face-to-face events have been postponed or canceled. If you have a 4-H meeting, you can still meet with your club via Zoom. The 4-H staff as a state is actively working to make sure we continue to have you involved via social media, Zoom meetings and workshops or trainings. Take note of some of the following events, trainings and more below:

~ Cloverbud Show and Tell – May 7th at 12pm (registration required)

~ Horticulture Judging Training – May 21st, 28th and June 4th at 3pm (registration required)

~ Photography Training – May 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th from 6-7pm (registration required)

~ Exchange Spaghetti Dinner – Canceled

~ Demonstration Contest – information coming this month

~ Judging Contest – information coming this month

~ State Camp – canceled for those two week, but looking into options

~ Day Camp – Virtual camps are being planned and more information to come

~ Exchange – postponed until 2021

~ Delaware State Fair – Fair entries close June 1st, continue to enter entries as we are looking at options. Based on current restrictions there will be no contests, but only time will tell.

 

Be sure to look at Delaware 4-H Facebook for exciting challenges we have going on over the next month! Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the look out for changes and upcoming dates.

 

I will be offering office hours for anyone who has questions about events, 4-H or anything you need answered on Thursday, May 7th from 3-5pm. I cannot wait to see you all in person and give you big hugs! If you need anything please reach out, we are happy to help with anything you need during this time.

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

I hope everyone is staying safe and staying home if you can. During this difficult time, it is good to take a step back and be thankful for the things we have in our life. I know I am thankful to have an amazing job where I get to work with all of you and a supportive family, both at work and home.

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself for those of you who may not know me. My name is Kaitlin Klair and I have accepted the position of New Castle County 4-H Educator. I had previously held the 4-H Program Coordinator position for the county. I grew up in New Castle County 4-H and have had many mentors over the years. I know I will miss Betsy Morris in the office and working with her to bring a number of different and exciting projects to our 4-H’ers. I am excited to step into this new role and ready to help the 4-H’ers, leaders and volunteers throughout the county and state. We are currently working on filling the Program Coordinator position and hope to have a full 4-H staff come June.

Looking ahead at this month and the next, we have cancelled or postponed most 4-H events through the end of March, April and until May 15th. If you have a 4-H meeting, you can still meet with your club via Zoom. The 4-H staff as a state is actively working to make sure we continue to keep you involved via social media and zoom meetings. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Be sure to look at Delaware 4-H Facebook for exciting challenges we have going on over the next month! Please be patient and be on the look out for changes and upcoming dates. This is definitely a difficult time, but we are all finding new and innovative ways to stay connected.

Here are a few as of now:

~ Exchange Spaghetti Dinner – March 21st rescheduled to May 30th

~ Younger Member Overnighter – Cancelled

~ AG Day – Cancelled

~ Demonstration Contest – Rescheduled TBA

~ Legislative Day – Cancelled

~ Clothing Showcase – Rescheduled TBA

~ Judging Contest – Rescheduled TBA

 

I cannot wait to work with you all in the future! If you need anything – especially now-please reach out, we are happy to help! As part of DE Cooperative Extension, we have  resources  that may help you navigate this difficult time- from healthy recipes, managing stress, financial planning and fun activities to do. We also partner with many other non-profit and government agencies in Delaware. If you need assistance and aren’t sure where to look, we may be able to connect you with the resources you need. We are here for you. Please reach out to me at kklair@udel.edu or Serena at serenac@udel.edu.

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Greetings 4-H Families and Friends,

Congratulations to our 2020 National 4-H Summit Delegates from New Castle County:

  • Daisy Timney of the Heavenly Hooves Club attended the Agri-Science Summit in January.
  • Tyrell Ferguson, Camp FRESH Club and Shaniya Lewis, Healthy Living Ambassador attended the Healthy Living Summit in February. Chaperones were Karen Johnston, Betsy Morris and UD intern Aleah Church.
  • Richard Melson, Meado-Larks Club Leader, chaperoned the Photography Summit.

Looking ahead, there are many events to read about and register for in the March blog including:

~State Camps, Environmental Camp and Day Camps begin registering on March 2.  Please help us spread the word about our great summer camp program.

~The first demonstration contest is March 26 followed by the second date of May 9. Do not miss this great opportunity to share your 4-H knowledge and skills. For more info: https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/cooperative-extension/personal-economic-development/4H-youth-development/events/

~Come out and support our Exchange Group at their Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend on March 21 from 5-7 pm. The funds raised help to cover expenses to host the 4-H group from Minnesota in June. If you cannot attend the dinner and would like to contribute to their effort, donations would be greatly appreciated.

~An exciting Younger Member Overnighter is planned for March 28-29 at Ashland Nature Center. This opportunity is for 8-12 yr. olds.  Please register by March 13.

~Ag Day is April 25 and a great opportunity for 4-H Clubs to highlight their activities.  Please submit the registration form by March 13 to the NCC Office. All participants will receive special Ag Day t-shirt to wear. Our 4-H Leaders will have a food booth and help is welcomed throughout the day. The funds raised help support many New Castle County 4-H programs.

From Betsy: Thank you to everyone for the kind words, emails and cards as I move on to “retirement”. It has been truly a pleasure to have this opportunity to work in Delaware 4-H. Let us all keep making the best better!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Congrats to the participants in the January 25  Favorite Foods and Foods Judging Contest! This year, we had a really large number of youth and adults gathered at Kirk Middle School to see a great showing of creative place settings and delicious recipes. We were so pleased to see so many come out and share their talent! Photography Contest entries were also on display during the event, and members also participated in the Foods Judging Contest. See results in posting.

Congratulations to our Salute to Excellence Winners! Angela Brown, leader of the Heavenly Hooves Club was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Statewide Leader Forum on February 1.  Sarah Berninger, who leads the St. Ann’s Club and assists with the Porter Gang Club and Camp Counselor Club, was honored with the Lifetime Volunteer Award. In addition, Sarah was named the State Winner and will go on to regional competition. Thank you for your service!

Winter Workshops on Ozobots, Wool Basics-Spinning and Felting, Photography, Cupcake Decorating and Flower Arranging will be held on Feb. 15, 22 and 29. Enroll now to guarantee a spot. Registration link is posted in the blog.

The first demonstration contest is March 26. A successful 4-H demonstration does not have to be complicated; instead, it can be a lot of fun! Demonstrations are a great opportunity to show your 4-H knowledge and skills to others. 4-Her’s can compete as an individual or work with another 4-Her for a team demonstration. See registration info and contact us if you need help!

Reminders** All 4-H Members must enroll with 4-H Online by March 1, 2020 to be eligible to participate in any summer statewide events such as State Camp and State Fair**

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.

Farewell from Betsy – I will be leaving my position as the New Castle County 4-H Educator in mid-March. I have spent over twenty years in Cooperative Extension in various part-time and full-time roles. It has been a pleasure to work with 4-H families and youth. I am from a lifelong 4-H family and this amazing program will always be a huge part of our life as we continue to make the best better!

As always, please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or need assistance!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Happy New Year 4-H Friends and Families!

We ended 2019 with some great community service activities. 4-Hers were ringing the bell for Salvation Army, participating in Wreathes across America, preparing Adopt-A-Family gifts and even filled our office tree with cold weather gear for needy families. Thank you for serving others!

We have a variety of 4-H activities planned to kick off 2020. First and foremost is the Favorite Food Contest on Jan. 25.  We hope many 4-Hers will participate. Not only can you enter Favorite Foods but you can also participate in the Foods Judging Contest and submit your photos in the Photography Contest. Parents, leaders and friends can enter the Adult Appetizer Competition sponsored by the New Castle County Links (4-H members will judge adults). All entries are due Friday, Jan. 10 by 4:30 pm.

Registration is due Wed., Jan. 8 for Kent/New Castle Jr. Leader Weekend – Jan.  17-19 at Cape Henlopen Youth Camp. See posting and sign up today!

February Winter Workshop enrollment is now open.  Please see the posting for all the important information and reserve your spot now!

State Camp and Day Camp planning is underway. The dates are set, and scholarship applications are posted(due 2/7). Day Camp Counselors applications are now being accepted. If you are age 13-19 (as of 6/1/19) and have an interest in this great service experience, please complete the Camp Counselor Application (see posting) and plan to attend the Camp Counselor Club meeting on Jan. 21 at 6:30.

Online registration is now open for two statewide events. On Feb. 1, the Leader Forum will be held at Polytech High School in Woodside, DE. This is a great opportunity for all 4-H volunteers. Registration fee will be paid by the county office. State Teen Weekend will be Feb. 8/9 at the University of Delaware Campus. See posted info and register!

Reminders** All 4-H Members must enroll with 4-H Online by March 1, 2019 to be eligible to participate in any summer statewide events such as State Camp and State Fair**
http://extension.udel.edu/4h/4h-online-information-for-families-and-leaders/

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Tis the season of giving and many 4-Hers are taking part in community service activities. Thank you to everyone who sent donations for Operation Shoebox.  Several NCC 4-Hers went to Baltimore on 11/27 to participate in the packing event.  It was a great experience and plans are underway to participate next year!

The tree is up in the county office for donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. These are donated to the Adopt-a-Family Store where approved families can select the items they need. Thank you for serving others and be sure to share photos of your service projects and club activities with us!

In 2020, we will start the year with the Favorite Foods Contest on Jan. 25 at Kirk Middle School. See the news blog for details as well as the Links Appetizer Competition (for adults) and Photography Contest. Plan to participate in this favorite 4-H event! Training is available on Jan. 7 or by appointment.

­­­4-H families can look forward to interesting Winter Workshops in February. Details will be in the January blog and registration will begin January 6.

Dates have been set for the Statewide Ice Skating Party (12/27), Junior Leader Weekend (1/17-19),Statewide Leader Forum (2/1) and State Teen Weekend (2/8-2/9).  Some registration forms are posted.

With winter activities come winter weather and the possibility of cancellations. If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.  In addition, the 4-H office will be closed from 12-23-2019 thru 1-01-2020 for the holiday break.

Have a wonderful holiday season! We hope to see everyone at a 4-H event in the New Year!

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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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 www.4honline.com . 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 serenac@udel.edu and she will be happy to let you know.

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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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 www.4honline.com . 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 serenac@udel.edu 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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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Welcome to a new 4-H year! We are excited to welcome new members and families and to see our 4-Her members grow, learn and achieve! Below are some important updates.

~Please be sure you are enrolled or re-enrolled as a member in 4-H Online beginning Sept. 1. All members need to register before participating in 4-H events.  4-H Online Registration can be found on the DE 4-H website homepage. https://extension.udel.edu/4h/

~We are planning a 4-H booth at Newark Community Day on Sept. 15 and the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Sept. 22. Youth and adult volunteers are needed. Please let Betsy know if you can help for an hour or more. (betsym@udel.edu)

~Record books will be due Sept. 23. Completing a record book is the best way to document your 4-H accomplishments. An online fillable form is now available. Record book training is available on Sept. 9 at 6 pm at the Extension Office. Please RSVP with serenac@udel.edu or 831-8965 by Sept. 6. Other times are available by appointment. All 4-Hers completing a record book will be honored at the October 6 Achievement Event.

~Many 4-Hers will be honored at the County Achievement Event on October 6 at 2 p.m. at the Extension office.  Please plan to attend what promises to be a great celebration. This event kicks off National 4-H Week, so we are asking everyone to join us in a GREEN OUT. Please wear green or your 4-H clover. We are especially excited to announce that Miss Delaware, Hillary May will be the guest speaker. She is a PHD student at the Univ. of Delaware. Her platform is Let’s Talk, Breaking the Stigma around Mental Health. She may even share her vocal talents!

~Lastly, we are planning a Quarter Auction on November 1 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa. Funds raised will benefit the 4-H Leaders Association and the Exchange Group. We are asking each club to donate one or two items. If you would like to help by donating items, soliciting donations, supplying food/snacks, or volunteering at the event please let us know. This promises to be a fun-filled event. We hope many families and friends will attend! (See blog posting for more details.)

 

Looking forward to a great year in New Castle County 4-H!
Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

This summer has been filled with lots of 4-H activities including State 4-H Camp, Day Camps, Environmental Camp, Cow Camp, Exchange Group trip to Minnesota and the Centennial State Fair! Lots of learning, growing and many 4-H memories were made!

A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers that helped make the fair 4-H Building happen!  Volunteers helped in many ways including set up day, judging, judges luncheon, display helpers, host and hostesses and clean up day. It was a great example of TEAMWORK and very much appreciated!

Congratulations to recent high school graduates, Matthew Johnston and Hunter Willoughby. They were presented with a Delaware 4-H Foundation Scholarship at the annual foundation brunch on July 20. Matthew is attending DeSales University and Hunter is attending the University of Delaware. Best wishes to both! They are pictured below with Susan Eliason, 4-H Foundation President and Laina Herbert, Vice President.

 

With the new 4-H year starting September 1, our monthly meetings resume. On September 3, 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment will begin. Enrollment help will be available on Sept. 23 prior to the Leaders/Jr. Council and Exchange meeting in the NCC office. Record books will also be due on Sept. 23. Record book training workshop will be held on Sept. 9 at 6 pm at the NCC office. Please RSVP to Serena (serenac@udel.edu) or 831-8965 if you plan to attend.

Our County Achievement Event will be held on October 6 at 2 pm.in the NCC Extension Office. Plan to attend this celebration of our 4-Hers accomplishments! This event will kick off National 4-H Week, October 6-12 with the theme of “Inspire Kids to Do”!

Looking ahead, we are planning a Quarter Auction to benefit NCC 4-H on Nov. 1. Stay tuned for more details. In case you are wondering:

What is a Quarter Auction?
Upon arrival, you will receive a numbered paddle. Auction items will be on display with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters. As the items are presented, if you want to bid, you place the bid amount in the bowl provided and hold your paddle in the air. If the auctioneer picks your paddle number from the bucket of numbered balls, you WIN the item, walking away with an AMAZING product for only .25, .50, .75 or $1.00.

Hope to see you at many 4-H events in the 2019-2020 4-H year!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

New Castle County 4-H is gearing up for NCC Livestock show, state and day camps, Minnesota exchange trip and the Delaware State Fair. In addition, the NCC Livestock Judging Contest will be held Friday, June 7 at 6:30 pm in the Kent Building at the state fairgrounds.  This will be the qualifier for the state contest. Bonus – the Livestock Committee is offering cash prizes!

THANK YOU to the Meado-Larks, Summit Bridge and Porter Gang clubs who participated in the April Canned Good Challenge, resulting in a large donation to the Food Bank. Thank you for your commitment to serving others!

CONGRATULATIONS to demonstration and judging contest participants who are heading to  state fair competitions (see results in the news blog)!

WELCOME to our summer interns! Shannon Murray is a UD Extension Scholar and will be the Newark Day Camp Director and Alyson Melson will be the Cloverbud Camp Director. Both just completed their freshman year of college and have assisted at camp in the past.

STATE FAIR HELPERS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The Fair is not possible without the talented 4-Hers and adult volunteers that make it all happen. Consider volunteering to help set-up the building (July 1), check-in exhibits, and assist judges (July 16-19).  Help is always needed, especially adult volunteers!  We ask that all helpers be age 8 or older. Any questions or to sign up please contact Maureen Ernst (831-4973 or cmmcmk@udel.edu).

Wanted: New Castle County 4-H is looking for a volunteer to participate in the Pig Kissin’ Contest at the Delaware State Fair on July 25 at 3 pm. Contestants raise money for the Delaware State Fair Jr. Exhibitor Scholarship. Let us know if you would like to be our representative in this unforgettable experience!

Looking ahead, 4-H Project Record Books will be due September 23. These are a great opportunity for 4-H members to detail their activities and experiences during the past 4-H year. Take the time now to start completing your record book. The forms can be found on the county and state 4-H webpages. Be sure to ask your leader, an older 4-H member or your county agents for help. Then, plan to attend the Achievement Celebration on October 6! It promises to be a fun filled event recognizing our wonderful and active 4-Hers!

There will not be a News Flash Blog in July or August. Important news, updates and reminders will be sent as needed.

Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

What a fabulous Ag Day 2019 and National 4-H Day of Service! Enthusiastic 4-Hers were everywhere helping out and explaining about their club work. We would like to thank everyone involved, whether it be with club exhibits, promoting 4-H or staffing booths. It was a great day of service from many dedicated individuals.

Special thanks to Brenda and Denis Shaffer for leading and anchoring the Leaders Association Food Booth. Thank you to those who donated supplies and hands to ensure a profitable day. The funds raised support 4-H activities throughout the year as well as camp scholarships.

As of April 25, 2019 National 4-H announced that Delaware 4-H is holding on to third place in a national 4-H “Raise Your Hand” call-to-action initiative. The three states or territories with the most hands raised will receive $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively toward local 4-H programming and events. From now until May 15, Delaware 4-H invites the local community to show its support for 4-H outreach and education in the First State by voting for Delaware on the Raise Your Hand website. Please share widely!

I’m sounding the last call for Demonstration Contest participants. Please enter by May 6 for the May 11 event.

Looking ahead, there is much to be excited about in the coming months. Check the calendars and blog posts to make sure you do not miss events and deadlines.

Important dates:

  • May 10 – NCC Livestock Show Entries Due, postmark date
  • May 11 – Demonstration Contest (Register by May 6)
  • May 14 – NCC Links Meeting at NCC office
  • May 19 – State 4-H Alumni Social, Mispillion River Brewing, Milford, DE
  • May 20 – Leader’s, Jr. Council, Exchange Group Meetings
  • May 23 – Dairy Judging Training, Cook Farm
  • May 29 – NCC Youth Quality Control Assurance Training
  • June 1 – Delaware State Fair entries close

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

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

We ended March with a bang hosting twenty four 4-H members from ten clubs to Younger Member Overnight at Ashland Nature Center.  Lots of education, fun and new 4-H friends! Thank you to our teen counselors and Mr. Dave Simpson, chaperone and pancake maker extraordinaire!

The Exchange Group recently held their fourth annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards traveling to stay with 4-H families in Minnesota in June. A big thank you to everyone who came and to the parent volunteers who helped with the execution. The last fundraisers will be a pretzel sale at Ag Day and a Buffalo Wild Wings in Middletown on April 29.

Delaware State Fair registration opens April 1.  The 2019 Delaware State Fair Newsletter  (to which a quick link has been added here for convenience) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 100th Annual Delaware State Fair. Yes, that is right the Centennial Edition!

Registration is due by April 5 for Junior Leader Weekend which is a lock-in at the 4-H-Office on April 13-14. More info in blog.

Fishing Club kicks off on April 13 with a meeting at the 4-H office from 10-12. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this group by contacting Serena at serenac@udel.edu or 302-831-8965.

Registration is due April 22 for Legislative Day on May 8. New Castle County 4-H Leaders Association will pay the registration fee for New Castle 4-Hers.

Do not miss Ag Day on April 27 at the University of Delaware College of Ag and Natural Resources from 10-4. Clubs are preparing educational displays- featuring recycling, origami and more. If your club is not participating, there are opportunities to volunteer at the 4-H table or assist the 4-H Leaders at their food booth. Funds raised support youth scholarships and programs throughout the year.  Let us know if you can lend a hand!

Plan to participate in the second demonstration contest on May 11, as there are many open categories. (Closed are: Individual: Entomology, Goats, Other Science Related, Recreational Sports, Arts and Crafts).

With spring comes a wealth of opportunities to learn and grow in 4-H! Please read the news blog. It contains quick info and registration links for the above events (and many others). Make sure to also check the calendars for activities and deadlines. The blog is here to help you stay informed and easily find the info and forms you need.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Greetings 4-H Families and Friends,

Congratulations to our Salute to Excellence winners who were recently honored at the Leader Forum.

 

Volunteer of the Year was Tricia Clifton of the Tails n’ Trails Club. The Lifetime Volunteer was Joyce VanStan, Holy Angels Club.

Congratulations to our National 4-H Photography Summit delegation of Logan Aber and Hunter Willoughby. They will be traveling to Washington D.C. Feb. 28-March 3 with three other DE 4-Hers and chaperone, Richard Melson.

Looking ahead, there are many events to read about and register for in the March blog including:

~State Camps, Environmental Camp and Day Camps are now registering.  Please help us spread the word about our great summer camp program.

~The first demonstration contest is March 21 followed by the second date of May 11. Do not miss this great opportunity to share your 4-H knowledge and skills.

~Come out and support our Exchange Group at their 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend on March 23 from 5-7 pm. The funds raised help to cover expenses for the group to travel to Minnesota in June. If you cannot attend the dinner and would like to contribute to their effort, donations would be greatly appreciated.

~An exciting Younger Member Overnighter is planned for March 30-31 at Ashland Nature Center. This opportunity is for 8-12 yr. olds.  Please register by March 15.

~Ag Day is April 27 and a great opportunity for 4-H Clubs to highlight their activities.  Please submit the registration form by March 22. Our 4-H Leaders will have a food booth and help is welcomed throughout the day. The funds raised help support many New Castle County 4-H programs.

As always, please let us know if you have any comments, suggestions, questions or concerns.

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Congratulations are in order!

~Hunter Willoughby, Summit Bridge 4-H Club member, Jr. Council President and State Teen Council Officer was selected to be a member of the National 4-H Congress Design Team. He recently returned from the first team meeting and is excited to be a part of planning the 2019 National 4-H Congress to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Atlanta.

~Congrats to the participants in the Jan. 26 – Favorite Foods and Foods Judging Contest. A large number of youth and adults gathered at Kirk Middle School with a great showing of creative place settings and delicious recipes. Foods and Nutrition Judging as well as a Photography Contest Display were also held. See results in posting.

Winter Workshops on Food Science, Robotics, Livestock Judging, Sewing and Glass Art will be held on Feb. 16 and 23. Enroll now to guarantee a spot.

The first demonstration contest is March 21. A successful 4-H demonstration does not have to be complicated; instead, it can be a lot of fun! Demonstrations are a great opportunity to show your 4-H knowledge and skills to others. 4-Her’s can compete as an individual or work with another 4-Her for a team demonstration. Contact us if you need help!

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

 Are you interested in learning more about any of the below? – Contact the office now to let us know!

~We have a volunteer willing to do “Let’s Go Fishin!!!” workshops. These would be for youth 8 and up. The purpose would be to help youth develop the enjoyment and potential lifetime hobby of fishing.

~NJHA stands for National Jr. Horticulture Association. This organization promotes the knowledge of horticulture and seeks to develop horticulture leaders. It offers the opportunity to attend the 2019 convention which takes place October 11-14 in Lincoln, Nebraska. See njha.org for additional info.

~Rabbit Showmanship Workshop. We have a volunteer interested in teaching a Sat. morning workshop in Kent County. Let us know if you would attend!

~New Castle County would like to enter a Consumer Bowl team in the State Contest on Sunday, July 21 at the Delaware State Fair. We need 2-4 team members with an interest in financial literacy and consumer best practices.

~ We need a few more counselors for Newark 4-H Day Camp -June 24-28 at Townsend Hall on the College of Ag and Natural Resources Campus. Must be a 4-Her, age 13 and up.  We are also hiring two Asst. Day Camp Directors. Must be 18 and up. Contact Betsy @ betsym@udel.edu for more info.

The Sheep Club is in need of a new location to raise market sheep this year. Please contact Liz Piazza or the office if you have an idea.

As always, please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or need assistance!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen

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Happy New Year 4-H Friends and Families!

We ended 2018 with some great community service activities. 4-Hers were ringing the bell for Salvation Army, participating in Wreathes across America, making nursing home favors and filling our office tree with cold weather gear for needy families. Thank you for serving others!

We have a variety of 4-H activities planned to kick off 2019. First and foremost is the Favorite Food Contest on Jan. 26.  We hope many 4-Hers will participate. Not only can you enter Favorite Foods but also participate in the Foods Judging Contest and submit your photos in the Photography Contest. Parents, leaders and friends can enter the Adult Dessert Competition sponsored by the New Castle County Links. (4-H members will judge adults.) Training for Favorite Foods and Foods Judging is available the evening of Tues., Jan. 8 at the county office (RSVP by 1/7 to serenac@udel.edu or 302-831-8965). Favorite Foods Contest entries are due Friday, Jan. 11 by 4:30 pm.

February Winter Workshop enrollment is now open.  Please see the flyer for all the important information and to reserve your spot now!

State Camp and Day Camp planning is underway. The dates are set and scholarship applications are posted. Day Camp Counselors are needed. If you are age 13-19 (as of 6/1/19) and have an interest in this great service experience please complete the Camp Counselor Application (see posting) and plan to attend the Camp Counselor Club meeting on Jan. 15 at 6:30.

Online registration is now open for two statewide events. On Feb. 2, the Leader Forum will be at Polytech High School in Woodside, DE. This is a great opportunity for all 4-H volunteers. State Teen Weekend will be Feb. 9 & 10 at the University of Delaware Campus. See posted info.

Important Reminders:

** All 4-H Members must enroll with 4-H Online by March 1, 2019 to be eligible to participate in any summer statewide events such as State Camp and State Fair**
http://extension.udel.edu/4h/4h-online-information-for-families-and-leaders/

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then NCC 4-H events are cancelled.  Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin, Serena and Maureen