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Happy June!

Summer planning is coming together and it is shaping up to be another great 4-H Summer! Be sure to read through all of the newsletter, you don’t want to miss anything going on!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the judging contests, demonstration contest, archery shoots, horse bowl, and litter barrel contest. We can’t wait to see you represent New Castle County at the State level. Once again, we would like to congratulate all our 4-H seniors this year, we are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

We have been busy planning away for all the summer camps coming up over the next three months! This year we will be back at Townsend Hall for Newark, CIT and Cloverbud (June 20-24) and Animal Science Day (August 1-4). At Camp Barnes this year will be Environmental Camp June 10-12 and State Camp June 13-18 and June 20-25. If you have not signed up yet please do so HERE

Delaware State Fair entries close Tuesday, June 1 at 11:59pm for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section–not the Children’s department. We know you all have been working hard on your entries so be sure to get them in on time so we can see all your hard work! Be sure to check out all of the volunteer opportunities that come with the fair-you can help with building set up on Monday, July 11th, be a host or hostess during the week, help with entry processing, judging and displaying and help with fair clean up. Be sure to look in the Fair newsletter for all of these opportunities. The Fair newsletter is in a below post.

**Please note fair tags will not be mailed to your house; they will be picked up by your leader at the 4-H office.

If you are interested in helping at the Farm Bureau booth and you are 12 and older please reach out to me, we are looking for help for the evening shift, 3-close, during the first Saturday of the fair.

It’s never too early to start working on your record book! Be on the lookout for the updated record book formats. I know it seems far off but unfortunately the Summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350

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Happy May!

🍀🍀🌺🌼🌻🌷🍀🍀

The flowers are in full bloom, the bees are buzzing, and the pollen is on everything. Sorry to all of you who have allergies. With the spring weather in full swing, we are gearing up for some exciting 4-H opportunities for you! Be sure to read through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing in the coming month.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to all of our 4-H seniors this year! We are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

4-H Paper Clover began last Wednesday at all Tractor Supply stores- be sure to stop into the Middletown Tractor Supply and support New Castle 4-H. Donations from the Paper Clover go back to the county 4-H program to benefit you!

Important activities and events coming up:

· Archery training May 22nd 2pm

· State Fair tagging dates May 7th, 15th, and 24th

· YQCA training, May 11th

· Demonstration contest May 12th starting at 6pm

· Final Judging contest May 17th

Delaware State Fair registration closes on June 1st at 11:59pm for all exhibitors, enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section- not the Children’s Department. The 4-H building set up is scheduled for Monday, July 11th. Please be sure to sign up if you are available to help!

It’s never too early to start working on your record book. I know it seems far off but unfortunately the summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Happy Spring!

We have a lot to look forward to over the next couple of months. This newsletter is packed full with new opportunities, contests, events, camp, scholarship and Fair information. Be sure to take the time to go through it all so you don’t miss any opportunities!

(Scroll until you hit March’s Agent Letter- then you know you’ve seen everything that’s listed for this month!)

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and we here at the office would like to say a big THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours. We also encourage  4-H members to personally thank your leaders during the month of April (or any month, really). Send them a personal hand-written note or a quick text to let them know you appreciate everything they do for you!

Delaware State Fair registration opens, TOMORROW, April 1st for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department.

State Camp registration also opens TOMORROW, April 1.

Links to both can be found in this newsletter.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H kklair@udel.edu

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Happy March 4-H Family,

I am not sure about you, but I am so happy to see March 1st is finally here! In the next three months we have a lot of exciting and fun things going on. This month the newsletter is packed with all of the information you need for up-and-coming contests, events, and programs!

 

Here is a snapshot of everything in the newsletter:

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4-H Calendars (March – May)

4th H for Health

Club Reports

Delaware State Fair information

Favorite Foods Contest

Judging Kits information

State Teen Conference registration – March 26th

Litter Barrel registration

Egg my Yard registration

Day Camp Information

Camp Clean up

State & Environmental Camp Information

Arbor Day poster contest

Calling All Seniors

Antique Tractor Scholarship

Drug Facts Contest

Healthy Living Ambassador Information

NCC Livestock Show Save the Date

AG Day

County Shoots save the date

GOLO

Walk Across DE

4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest

2022 YQCA Certification Dates

4-H Avian Bowl Contest

4-H Equine Art Contest

Virtual 4-H Horse Bowl

 

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 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 and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

 

  • Facebook:facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist):udel.edu/008350
  • Website:udel.edu/4-H

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Hello 4-Hers,

As January comes and goes, we begin to pick up with 4-H events, opportunities and contest so please continue to check your email and the newsletter to make sure that you have the most updated information.

As February begins, we have several items coming up which include:

Camp Scholarships Due –  February 4th

C-3 Meeting  via Zoom– February 14th

Junior Leader Weekend – March 4-6

 

Favorite Foods has been pushed back to Saturday, April 2nd. Please mark your calendars. Entries will be due Friday, March 18th to Serena. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me.

 

Up and coming items to be aware of (in addition to the ones above): Start studying for Judging contests (March 28th Wildlife and Horticulture and April 2nd Foods) and finding topics for demonstrations (May 12th) . There are lots of events listed in the calendars, so please check them out. They have been changing monthly as of late, so the most recent will be the most accurate.

Teens, please keep an eye out for State Teen Conference information and hold the date of March 26th !

 

Reminder all 4-H members must reenroll in 4-H Online by March 1 to be eligible to participate in any summer county and statewide events and contests. You can register HERE.

 

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

 

I just wanted to remind everyone that Jenny and I are here if you need anything. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have questions or concerns about something 4-H related. We hope to see you soon at the next 4-H event whether if be virtual or in person.

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

 

  • Facebook:facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist):udel.edu/008350
  • Website:udel.edu/4-H

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I hope you got to enjoy some time off-however you decided to spend it! We are excited to be coming into 2022 ready to try new things, make new commitments, meet new friends in person and embrace everything that comes our way! We are ready to kick off the 2022 year with 4-H events, leadership growth opportunities, contests and more planned for you and your 4-H member!

 

While we have been busy planning Junior Leader weekend, Favorite Foods, workshops, and more there are some things that have been moved around schedule wise. Please be on the lookout for updates and mark your calendar for the following dates:

 

Camp Counselor Meeting – January 10th

Junior Leader Weekend – January 14 – 16th

Favorite Foods, Foods Judging and Photography contest – January 29th

Camp Scholarships (State camp AND Day Camp) due – February 4th

4-H Winter Workshops – February 19th

State Teen Conference – February 26th- details coming soon!

 

**Reminder all 4-H members must re-enroll through 4-H Online by March 1, 2022 to be eligible to participate in any county and statewide events- especially the State Fair!

 

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 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 and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350

Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Happy Holidays!

As we head into December and 2021 begins to come to an end, we slow down in the 4-H community for a short time before we hit the ground running again in the New Year. As we take a moment and reflect on all that has gone on the past eleven months, I want to thank each one of you for having grace and rolling with it as we adapted and changed to ensure that we were able to participate in 4-H activities. As we continue to push ahead to make sure we can offer the best programming to our youth, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

The University of Delaware offices (and therefore, the 4-H office) will be closed Thursday, December 23rd – Sunday, January 2nd. We will re-open on Monday, January 3rd.

This past month we celebrated Public Speaking and National 4-H Congress. In December we are looking forward to:

Jr. Council and Leaders Meetings

Conference, Healthy Living and Agri-Science Summit Applications Due

Holiday Fun Day

Back in the beginning of October we celebrated seven volunteers who were inducted to the Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame.  If you see them out in the community, please be sure to thank them for everything they have done. They are great advocates for Delaware 4-H along with all of you. They were Marian Harvey, Richard and Janice Melson, Brenda and Chuck Ebling, and Brenda and Denis Shaffer. Thank you all for everything you have done for past, present and future 4-H members in Delaware!

 

Things you can start preparing for that will be happening in January are the following:

Photography Contest

Foods Judging

Camp Counselor Meetings

…and get those recipes out as we will also have Favorite Foods!

Favorite Foods and Photo entries are due to Serena  by Friday, January 14th.

 

We love to hear all 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, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates and news. If you aren’t receiving the Friday emails, please let us know.

 

I hope you enjoy the Holidays with your family and loved ones! Remember to take a few seconds to embrace the moment, relax and enjoy!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Happy Turkey Month!

November means Fall is in full swing and the colors outside are beautiful. It’s a great time to be with family and remember everything you are thankful for. This month brings Election Day, Veteran day, Native American Heritage Day, and Thanksgiving!

“Grow with 4-H” was the themes for this Achievement Banquet held on Sunday, October 10. Jenny Trunfio was surprised to be presented with the Joy Sparks Spirit of 4-H Award. We honored everyone’s achievements over the last year and our three candidates heading to National 4-H Congress: Cole Simpson, Matthew Trunfio and Sydney Pyle. Congratulations to all 4-H members, volunteers, and parents on a great year!

This year for the pumpkin contest, we had a great turn out of pumpkins, and you all did a great job on craving, painting, and decorating them. Congratulations to our winners (see the post in the newsletter for a list of the winners) and thank you to the 4-H Link members on supporting the event. Way to go!

We had two Window Displays this past month and the judges enjoyed going around to them to look at the job well done. For those of you who didn’t have a chance to see them, please check below. They turned out great!

1st Place – Summit Bridge

2nd Place – Stump Corner

 

Be sure to read all those posts so you don’t miss anything! We have community service opportunities coming up as well as Public Speaking at the end of November. The application for the 2022 National 4-H Conference is also included.

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, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates, news and challenges. Leaders- please make sure to check your club enrollment to make sure your club members are able to participate in all things 4-H!

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones! Remember to take a few second to embrace the moment, we have so much to be thankful for!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

  • Facebook:facebook.com/Delaware4H

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Welcome New and Returning 4-Her’s,

 

We are so excited for everything we have planned for you this fall and to celebrate all your accomplishments from the 2020-2021 4-H year this month. With 4-H, the opportunities are endless!

Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 year started on September 1, 2021. Please make sure that you are re-enrolled/ enrolled so that you can participate in the upcoming events and activities we have planned this fall. More information is below in the newsletter, so please make sure to read it through and let Serena know if you have any questions or concerns.

National 4-H week starts on Sunday, October 3rd! Please be sure to share your 4-H experience through social media. Be on the look out for club window displays that will be displayed in the Middletown area. During National 4-H week, we kick off the Fall Tractor Supply Paper Clover. The proceeds from this will go to support leadership activities throughout Delaware. Paper Clover will be from Wednesday, October 6th – Monday, October 18th.

Come and join us Sunday, October 10th at 2pm at the Extension office to celebrate all of our 4-H member and volunteer accomplishments over the 2020-2021 year. We will be “Growing With 4-H” as our theme to celebrate your growth over the last year and look forward to how we will continue to grow as a county. Sign up below to let us know you are ready to Grow With Us!

Please hold the following dates for the following events. More information will be provided as we learn it. Please look below for the events, trainings and more!

~ C-3 Meeting – Monday, October 11th

~ Club Officer Training – Tuesday, October 12th

~ Pumpkin Contest Entries due to Serena – Friday October 22nd

 

We love to hear all the great things you are doing with your club members and over the summer-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 the Delaware 4-H Facebook for news and updates. Plan to participate in new events, make new friends, volunteer for something new, plan a community service event and tell others your 4-H story. If you need anything, please reach out to us, we are here and happy to help with anything you need. 4-H has something for everyone!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Hi 4-H Friends and Families,

We are ready to kick off the 2021-2022 4-H year with many things planned for you! The summer has gone by so fast and now it is time to start laying out the year with new accomplishments for you to conquer! I hope you were able to enjoy the end of August before school starts back up.

Make sure to check back on the August newsletter for updates on everything that happened over the summer.

Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 year will start on September 1, 2021.  More information is below in the newsletter, please make sure to read it through and let Serena know if you have any questions or concerns.

🎉🎉Congratulations to Daisy Timney for representing New Castle County on the Northeast 4-H Public Presentation fest! We wish you the best of luck! 🎉🎉

Please hold the following dates for the following events. More information will be provided as we learn it. Please look below for the events, trainings and more!

~ Record Book Training, Extension Office @ 6:30- registration link in post

~ General and Project Books Due to county office – September 27th

~ Diamond Clover Due to county office – September 27th

~ Window and Banner Forms due – September 27th

~ Achievement Banquet – October 10th at 2pm

We love to hear all of the great things you are doing with your club members and over the summer! Club reporters, don’t forget to submit your club news to Serena by the 25th of each month to be included in the newsletter. Email them to serenac@udel.edu.

Be sure to look at Delaware 4-H Facebook for news and updates. Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the lookout for changes and upcoming dates as we move forward. If you need anything, please reach out to us, we are here and happy to help with anything you need.

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350

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Happy August 4-Her’s,

Wow, where did the summer go? I cannot believe it is already August and we are starting to get ready for the new 4-H year. I hope you were able to participate in all the fun we had over the last two and half months!

Just an FYI- I have a new cell phone number- 302-383-9100. Please use this number if you need to get ahold of me, not the old number. If you still use the old number, I will not be able to reply as I’m no longer using that number.

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

Cole Simpson, 1st week Thunderbird Voice

Jenna Harmon, 1st week Thunderbird Echo

Day Camp Counselors –

Grace Ferry, Ava Ferry, Cole Simpson, Matt Trunfio, Gabe Trunfio, Angelo Sisofo, Liam Jones, Brandon Tang, Noah McDerby, Chad Lawrence, Brooke Lawrence, Matthew Guariano, Payton Harter, Gavin Jones, Kenny Askin, Melanie Witte and Eason Li.

 

Please hold the following dates for the following tentative contests/ events. More information will be provided as we learn it. Please look below for the events, trainings and more!

~ Record Book Training, Extension Office @ 6:30 (sign up coming soon)

~ General and Project Books Due to county office – September 27th

~ Diamond Clover Due to county office – September 27th

 

Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 year will start on September 1, 2021. More information and re-enrollment guidelines will be shared with members within the next couple weeks.

 

I would like to share that Maureen Ernst, 4-H Program Assistant, will be leaving us this week to start an exciting new adventure with Habitat for Humanity. We will miss her here at the office, but know she is not far away and she will continue as a 4-H Volunteer and occasionally help when her schedule suits. We wish her all the best in her next adventure!

 

Be sure to look at the Delaware 4-H Facebook for news and updates. Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the lookout for changes and upcoming dates as we move forward. If you need anything, please reach out to us, we are here and happy to help with anything you need.

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

302-383-9100

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4

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Happy June!

 

 

Summer planning has been in full swing on both the county and state level and we are planning for a great summer! Be sure to read through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing in the coming month.

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the judging contests, demonstration contest, archery shoots, horse bowl, litter barrel contest and window display. Once again, we would like to congratulate all our 4-H seniors this year; we are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

 

All 4-H Summer camps have been approved and we are looking forward to spending those weeks with you as we have been busy planning away! New this year at the county office will be Newark, CIT and Cloverbud camps from June 21-26 and Animal Science Day camp August 2-5. At Camp Barnes this year will be Environmental Camp June 11-13 and State Camp June 14-19 and June 21-26. If you have not signed up yet please do so HERE

 

Delaware State Fair entries close TONIGHT at 11:59 pm for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. We know you all have been working hard on your entries so be sure to get them in on time so we can see all your hard work! Be sure to check out all of the volunteer opportunities that come with the fair: you can help with building set up on Wednesday, June 30th, be a host or hostess during the week, help with entry processing, judging and displaying and help with fair clean up. Be sure to look for the Fair newsletter for all of these opportunities.

Please note fair tags will not be mailed to your house; they will be picked up by your leader at the 4-H office.

 

It’s never too early to start working on your record book! Be on the lookout for the new and updated record book formats. I know it seems far off, but unfortunately the Summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H
  • Twitter: @Delaware4H
  • Instagram:@Delaware4H
  • Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350

 

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Happy May!

The flowers are in full bloom, the bees are buzzing, and the pollen is on everything. Sorry, all my allergy friends out there. With the spring weather in full swing, we are gearing up for some exciting 4-H opportunities for you! Be sure to read through the whole newsletter to make sure you don’t miss a thing in the coming month.

 

A big Congratulations to all of our 4-H seniors this year, we are excited to follow along and watch all the incredible things you will do in the next chapter of life!

 

4-H Paper Clover beings in May at all Tractor Supply stores. Be sure to stop into the Middletown Tractor supply and support New Castle 4-H. Donations from the Paper Clover go back to the county 4-H program to benefit you!

 

Every little bit that we can do to help others in need goes a long way. Here are some Community Service opportunities for your club:

1. The Hope Center (shelter facility in hotel off 95) is in need of instant Oatmeal. Your 4-H club can do an Oatmeal drive! Bring oatmeal to your next meeting and we can drop it off to the Hope center for you.

2. Andrew’s Place and Epiphany House both have meal openings in the coming months. If your club is interested in putting together a meal for either location, please reach out to me and I will put you in contact with the representative.

 

Important activities and events coming up (listed in this Newsletter):

· Delaware 4-H Foundation scholarship due May 1st

· Archery training May 7th 5:30-7:30, May 16th 2-4pm and May 23rd 2-4pm

· State Fair tagging dates May 8th

· Demonstration contest May 15th starting at 9am

· 1st State Jackpot show May 15th at State Fair grounds

· Dairy Leases due May 17th to county office

· Final Judging contest May 18th

· Virtual Legislative Day series – be on the lookout for more information

· Food Art Challenge due May 28

 

Delaware State Fair registration closes on June 1st at 11:59pm for all exhibitors. Enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are registering in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. A tentative date for the 4-H building set up is set for Wednesday, June 30th.

 

It’s never too early to start working on your record book! Be on the lookout for the new and updated record book formats. I know it seems far off but unfortunately, the summer will fly by and September will be here before we know it!

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook: www.facebook.com/Delaware4H

· Twitter: @Delaware4H

· Instagram:@Delaware4H

· Youtube (Playlist): www.udel.edu/008350 · Website: www.udel.edu/4-H

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Hello 4-H Friends,

Well… who would have thought that going home for two weeks would have turned into a year?? Although we are still working from home, we are finally starting to see light at the end of this long tunnel. (YAY)

I am so thankful for all of you sticking it through with us- and for being so flexible and adaptive to the changes that have been made along the way to provide a safe environment for everyone.

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and we here at the NCC office would like to say a BIG Thank You! to our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours. We are also encouraging 4-H members to personally thank your leaders during the month of April. Send them a personal hand-written note or a phone call to let them know you appreciate everything they do for you!

As more and more information continues to come out in the newsletter (sometimes on a weekly basis), I encourage you to read through all of this message to make sure you are aware of everything posted. I also encourage everyone to subscribe to the newsletter if you have not done so yet.

 

Some exciting things that are coming up are:

litter barrels will be on display at the end of this month, clubs are also working on banners and window displays to be displayed in May.

Other important items are recognition of 4-H Seniors, Earth Day activities, $4 for 4-H, Horse Bowl, Equine Art, Jr. Leader day, Demonstration registration, judging contests and more!

With the nice weather finally arriving, outside activities will begin very soon. Stump Corner 4-H Club is hosting a few Archery days, more information will be coming on that so stay tuned. Kent County Jackpot Show and New Castle County Livestock show entries will be coming out soon, keep an eye out for those plus a new Summer Sizzle for market sheep and goat exhibitors.

 

Summer camps are fast approaching, and we are hoping to hold both overnight and day camps in person this year, depending on approval from the University. Staff is planning for in person events in the hopes that approval will be granted. We are working as hard and fast as we can on this, but we ask for your patience.

Everyone who applied for a day camp, state camp or environmental camp scholarship please note these are to be used this year.

Camp registration opens on April 1st for Environmental and State Camp.

Day camp registration will open shortly- please keep an eye out for an announcement.

 

Delaware State Fair registration opens, April 1st for all exhibitors, enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. There is a new class this year:

Class 240 Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment when needed. Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it. Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office (via email)with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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Hello 4-H Friends,

We have had an interesting February when it comes to weather with snow, rain and everything in between. Who else is ready for daylight savings time coming up this month?  Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead on March 14th!

We are gearing up for many things coming your way in the next couple months and this newsletter is on the long side, so please read through it all and check those calendar dates. Restrictions are still held at 25 people or less indoors and 10 or less in homes. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the county office. Foods, Horticulture and Wildlife Judging contest signups are in the newsletter. Times will be assigned. Clothing, wood science and photography will be in April. Younger Member Day will be held on March 27th at the county office. The State 4-H Indoor Archery Championship will be held March 26-28 in Harrington.  Be sure look up those demonstration topics as we look forward to our contest in April and May!

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 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 the 4-H office (via email or by calling 302-831-2506 between 8:30- 4:30 on weekdays as we are still working remotely) with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

 

Yours in 4-H,

 

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

 

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Hello 4-H Friends,

As January comes and goes, we begin to pick up with 4-H events, opportunities and contest- so please continue to check your email and the newsletter to make sure that you have the most updated information.

As February begins, we have several items coming up which include:

C-3 Meeting – February 8th

Photography Entries Due – February 12th

Virtual State Teen Conference – February 13th

Skill building workshops – 13th

Skill building workshops – 20th

Camp Scholarships Due – 26th

Skill building workshops – 27th

Foods Judging Training – March 2nd

Favorite Foods has been postponed to a later date, you can still submit entries to Serena by Friday, February 12th. We will be opening entries back up once we determine when we are going to be holding the event for those who would like to change their entry, can now attend or are no longer able to attend. If you have questions, please reach out to me. Photography contest is still going to be held, please submit entries to Ms. Jenny. If you have questions, please contact her at jtrunfio@udel.edu. Results will be shared online.

The Leaders Forum will not be taking place this year; there will be other volunteer development opportunities that you can take advantage of throughout the year. State Teen Conference will be virtual on Saturday, February 13. Those who signed up- be ready for some fun and new leadership opportunities.

Up and coming items to be aware of: start studying for the Horse Bowl (which will be virtual), prepping for Judging contests (March 22nd Foods, Wildlife and Horticulture) and finding topics for demonstrations(April 15th & May 15th). Summer camp scholarship applications will be due on Feb. 26, get ready for the clothing showcase and more spring events.

Teens, please consider submitting a State Record Book to win a trip to National 4-H Congress. I am more than willing to meet with you and set up check ins with you to stay on track to get your book completed in time.

Reminder: all 4-H members must enroll or re-enroll in 4-H Online by March 1, 2021 to be eligible to participate in any summer county and statewide events. You can register HERE.

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 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 the 4-H office with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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Happy New Year!

We are excited to be coming into 2021 ready to try new things, make new commitments and embrace everything that comes our way! We are ready to kick off the 2021 year with 4-H events, leadership growth opportunities, contests and more planned for you!

While we have been busy planning workshops and more, there are some things that have been moved around schedule wise, so be on the lookout for updates. Please mark your calendar for the following dates:

Camp Counselor Meeting – January 11th

Virtual Leaders Forum – February 6th

Virtual State Teen Conference – February 13th

4-H Project Skill-building Workshops – February 13th, 20th & 27th

**Favorite Foods, Photography contest & Foods Judging – March 6th

 

**Reminder all 4-H members must enroll with 4-H Online by March 1, 2021 to be eligible to participate in any summer statewide events.

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 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 and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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As we head into the end of 2020, we begin to slow down in the 4-H community so we can hit the ground running in the New Year. As we take a moment and reflect on all that has gone on the past eleven months, I want to thank each and every one of you for having grace and rolling with it as we adapted to each new hurdle that came our way in work and personal lives.  We have learned a lot, struggled, and still pushed ahead to keep the 4-H Program going to the best of our ability.  Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

The University of Delaware offices ( and therefore, the NCC 4-H office) will be closed Monday, December 21st  – Friday, January 1st .  We will “re-open” on Monday, January 4th (still working remotely).

This past month we celebrated Health month, Public Speaking and National STEM Summit. In December we must look forward to the following events:

  • Jr. Council Meeting
  • Code Week
  • Conference and Healthy Living Summit Applications Due

Here are some upcoming things to look forward to in January: Photography Contest, Foods Judging, Camp Counselor Meetings, AG Summit Applications will be due– and get those recipes out as we start thinking about Favorite Foods!

We are thrilled that clubs can now meet in person, but that means that it is your responsibility to make sure you are wearing your mask and continuing to follow all safety requirements when attending 4-H club events!

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, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates and news. If you aren’t receiving the Friday emails, please let us know. As you know, we’re using a new 4-H Online system and we’re still working out the kinks. Serena has reported that it doesn’t always accurately display who has received our broadcast emails and who has not.  Feel free to reach out to her at serenac@udel.edu.

I hope you enjoy the Holidays with your family and loved ones! Remember to take a few second to embrace the moment, relax and enjoy!

 

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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Happy Turkey Month!

November means fall is in full swing and the colors outside are beautiful. It’s a great time to be with family and remember everything you are thankful for. This month brings Election day, Veteran day and Thanksgiving!

New Castle 4-H was a busy this past month with the following events:

Achievement Banquet

Canned Food Drive

STEM Challenge

Paper Clover

Virtual Pumpkin Contest

This month events will include Health Month, Public Speaking, Dairy Judging training, Diamond Clover intent forms due and the virtual Leadership Weekend. We are excited that clubs can now meet in person, while continuing to follow all safety requirements when attending 4-H club events!

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, Friday emails and Delaware 4-H Facebook for updates, news and challenges. Leaders- please make sure to check your club enrollment and add a “yes” to approved members to make sure your club members are able to participate in all things 4-H!

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones! Remember to take a few second to embrace the moment, we have so much to be thankful for!

Yours in 4-H,

Kaitlin Klair

Extension Educator, 4-H

kklair@udel.edu

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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