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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

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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. 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!

Congratulations to our National Congress Delegates! Logan Aber (Environmental Club) and Hunter Willoughby (Summit Bridge Club), along with delegates from Kent and Sussex County, recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia. They had an amazing once in a lifetime experience!

Cole Simpson (Meado-Larks Club) and Matthew Trunfio (Stump Corner Club) attended the Maker’s Summit in November and are planning to share at the upcoming Leader Forum as well as other 4-H events. We look forward to learning from them!

In November, we held the Achievement Event as well as the Public Speaking Contest. Scroll down for the blog posts about each.

Dec. 5 is the deadline to register for the Holiday Workshop on December 8 from 10-12 at the office. Participants will make a holiday basket using fresh greens. Register with Serena at 302-831-8965 or by email. The Statewide 4-H Ice Skating Party is  December 29 from 5:45-7:30 pm at the State Fairgrounds. You can find more info in the blog post.

In 2019, we will start the year with the Favorite Foods Contest on Jan. 26. See the news blog for details on this as well as the Links Adult Dessert Competition and Photography Contest. Plan to participate in this favorite 4-H event!

­­­4-H families can look forward to interesting Winter Workshops in February. Details will be in the January blog and registration will begin January 7. The Statewide Leader Forum will be on Feb. 2 and State Teen Weekend on Feb. 9-10.

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 12-22-2018 thru 1-01-2019 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 and Serena

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

October brought opportunities to recognize our wonderful 4-H volunteers. The October 6 Delaware 4-H Hall of Fame Banquet honored 20 laureates including from New Castle County:  Mrs. Clara Feucht, Dr. George Haenlein as well as Mark Manno and Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Reynolds who were honored posthumously.

On October 19, approximately fifty staff, volunteers and former 4-Hers traveled to The National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD as we celebrated former State Program Director, Mark Manno being inducted posthumously into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

Pictured is Mark’s daughter, Nikki accepting the award and his family at the 4-H Center.

 

A huge THANK YOU to the New Castle County Links who sponsored an evening of bowling fun for 4-Hers and their families on October 12.  A great time was had by all!

We hope to see many of you at the Achievement Event this Sunday, November 4. The event will be held at the Cooperative Extension office from 2-4 pm. “4-H-The Greatest Show on Earth!” will feature special entertainment, awards, recognition, games, a silent auction and refreshments including ice cream donated by Somerset Farms.  Don’t forget to “Fall Back” for daylights savings time on Saturday so you will arrive at the correct time! Registration encouraged but walk ins are welcomed!

Now is the time to register for November 28 Public Speaking Contest, December 8 Winter Fun Day 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 help you.

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

The 2018-19 4-H year is off to a great start. Many opportunities for fun and learning are planned.

Congratulations to our newly elected Jr. Council officers: President: Hunter Willoughby VP: Cole Simpson Sec. Matthew Trunfio Treas. Tyler Melson.

Congratulations and thank you to Maureen Ernst, 4-H Program Assistant and Stephanie Tang, 4-H volunteer for recently completing Shooting Sports Archery Instructor training.

October 7-13 marks National 4-H Week! It is a great chance to promote 4-H to family and friends. In honor of 4-H Week, the New Castle County Links are sponsoring a Bowling Night on October 12 for 4-Hers and families. See blog post and plan to attend!

4-H National Youth Science Day is the world’s largest youth led science experiment. This year’s challenge is “Code Your World”. This activity helps kids discover computer science through hands on doing. 4-H Afterschool clubs will be participating on October 25 and all 4-Hers are invited to participate at Shue-Medill Middle School from 6-8 pm. Adult helpers are needed. RSVP to 4-H office.

The annual fall Paper Clover campaign kicks off this month. From October 3-14, please encourage family and friends to go to Tractor Supply and support 4-H.  Proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to Delaware 4-H.

The next 4-H Leader Training will be held on October 20 at the Paradee Center in Dover. New 4-H volunteers as well as current leaders will benefit from this training. See the blog post for more info.

We are now into the 2018-19 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.

All 4-Hers should plan to attend the November 4th Achievement Event.  The event will be held at the Cooperative Extension office in Newark from 2-4 pm. The theme is “4-H-The Greatest Show on Earth”. We will present awards, honors and recognition in celebration of the 2017-2018 4-H year. There will be games, silent auction, door prizes and refreshments.  Please RSVP by Friday, October 26 at https://goo.gl/forms/PZVK0KuGX5R9m9i12  or by calling the office at 302-831-8965.

Finally, it’s not too early to start thinking about the Public Speaking Contest on Nov. 28. Cloverbuds can even participate by reciting a poem or pledge.

Now is the time to plan your 4-H year.  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 and Serena

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

This summer was filled with many 4-H activities and events: State 4-H Camp, Exchange Group trip, Environmental Camp, State Fair and Day Camps all provided fun, education and learning opportunities.

~We are now officially entering the 2018-19 4-H year. Please be sure you are 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/

~Record books will be due Sept. 28. 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. 11 at 6 pm at the Extension Office. To attend please register with Serena at serenac@udel.edu or 302-831-8965. Other times available by appointment.

~Many 4-Hers will be honored at the County Achievement Event on November 4 at 2 p.m. at the Extension office.  Please plan to attend what promises to be a great celebration!

~The Science Team has planned six science workshops focusing on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The first one featuring Food Science will be held at the New Castle County office on Sept. 29. These workshops are limited to active 4-H members only, so this is another great reason to make sure you re-enroll early!

~We have a great opportunity to attend a UD Football Game on Sept. 15 as a 4-H Group. A fun day is planned. $10 includes game ticket (for good seats!) and UDairy Ice Cream. Please submit your payment and RSVP to the NCC 4-H Office by Sept. 7.

~New Castle County is planning a booth at Newark Community Day on Sept. 16 and Blackbird Fall Fest on October 20. Volunteers are needed. Please let Betsy or Kaitlin know if you can help for an hour or more.

Please feel free to call, email, or visit the office if you have any ideas, suggestions, or concerns about New Castle County 4-H programming.

Looking forward to a great year in New Castle County 4-H!

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

Summer is fast approaching and New Castle County 4-H is gearing up for the NCC Livestock Show, State 4-H and Day camps, a visit from the Montana Exchange trip and the Delaware State Fair (entries due TODAY, June 1 by 11:59 PM).

Speaking of the exchange group and the fair, now is the time to get your Delaware State Fair coupon book at the cost of $10. (over $2400 of savings) Contact the 4-H office or any exchange group member. Sales end June 29.

Congratulations to the following 4-H Jr. Council members who are graduating this month. Thank you for your leadership and best wishes as you start the next chapter.

  • Alyson Melson- Meado Larks 4-H Club – St. Georges HS – Washington College
  • Shannon Murray – Camp Counselor Club – Padua Academy – Univ. of Delaware
  • Andrew Shaffer- Summit Bridge 4-H Club – St. Marks HS – Univ. of Delaware
  • Patrick Trunfio – Stump Corner 4-H Club – Middletown HS – Univ. of Southern California

Congratulations to demonstration and judging contest participants who are heading to the state competitions.  (See results in the news blog)

Important reminders –

  • NC Livestock Judging Contest will be held Friday, June 8 at 6:30 pm in the Kent Building at the state fairgrounds.  This will be the final qualifier for the state contest. In addition, the NCC Livestock Committee is offering a cash prize!
  • Cow camp registration is due June 8. No late registrations will be accepted!

STATE FAIR HELPERS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
The fair is not possible without talented 4-Hers and adult volunteers that make it all happen. Consider volunteering to help set-up the building (July 9), check-in exhibits, and assist judges (July16-19).  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).

Looking ahead, 4-H Project Record Books will be due September 24. 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 Fall Achievement Celebration! It promises to be a fun filled event recognizing our wonderful 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. We hope to see you at a 4-H event!

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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Hello 4-H Families and Friends,

What a fabulous Ag Day 2018 and National 4-H Day of Service! The 4-H Tent was bustling with wonderful educational activities. Many enthusiastic 4-Hers assisted patrons and explained about their club work. Projects featured were animal science, embryology, entomology, horticulture, birds, backyard explorers, nutrition, healthy living, health prevention, virtual reality goggles, day camp and 4-H Afterschool. 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 food booth. Thank you to those who donated supplies and labor to ensure a profitable day. The funds raised support 4-H activities throughout the year as well as several camp scholarships.

Some other highlights this month:

  • Hunter Willoughby, Summit Bridge, attended National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. along with nine other Delaware 4-H teens.
  • Stump Corner 4-Hers, Elle Vandervort and Katie Campbell participated in the Kent County Clothing Showcase. See photo under club news.
  • April 20-22 was a combined Jr. Leader Weekend and Younger Member overnight at Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, DE. Great leadership training, canoeing, a woodworking project and a campfire made for an educational and fun filled weekend.
  • Several 4-H members attended the 14th Annual 4-H Legislative Day on April 25. This educational event was a great way for 4-Hers to learn about state government. Summit Bridge 4-Her,  Andrew Shaffer who is the current State Teen Council President, spoke on the House of Representative Floor on behalf of Delaware 4-H.
  • The 4-H Exchange Group is now selling Delaware State Fair Coupons book thru mid-June. The $10 book contains over $2400 worth of coupons for use at the 2018 Fair. Call the office or see an Exchange Group member to get one (or more) now!

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 7 – NCC Livestock Show Entries Due
  • May 8 – NCC Links Meeting at NCC office
  • May 12 – Demonstration Contest (Register by May 9)
  • May 14 – Classroom Judging Training – Dairy, Horse and Poultry
  • May 21 – Leader’s, Jr. Council, Exchange Group Meetings
  • 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 and Serena

 

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Happy Spring (we hope!) to you all!

Congratulations to the first place Senior Horse Bowl Team from the Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club! Ann Blackmore served as coach to Daisy Timney, Sarah Brown and Jessica Knowles.

 

The Exchange Group held their third annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The funds raised will go towards hosting the 4-Hers arriving from Big Fork, Montana in June. A big thank you to everyone who came and to the parent volunteers who helped with the execution.

Delaware State Fair registration opens April 2.

The 2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter   http://extension.udel.edu/4h/delaware-state-fair/  (can be opened by either clicking on “2018 4-H Delaware State Fair Newsletter or the link above) is full of information to help you navigate the many contests and activities at the 99th Annual Delaware State Fair.

**Please note that the fair is not using 4-H Online this year as a way to submit entries.  Click HERE for detailed instructions provided by the fair.

Registration is due April 9 for Legislative Day on April 25. New Castle County 4-H Leaders Association will provide transportation and pay the registration fee for New Castle 4-Hers. Register at: https://udapps.nss.udel.edu/casforms/ag/4H/legday/index.jsp

Do not miss Ag Day on April 28 at the University of Delaware College of Ag and Natural Resources from 10-4. Clubs are preparing educational displays- featuring ladybugs to virtual reality goggles. 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.  Let us know if you can lend a hand!

Plan to participate in the second demonstration contest on May 12, as there are many open categories.

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 and Serena

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Congratulations are in order…

To our Salute to Excellence Winners!

Volunteer of the Year, Monique Merritt, Clover Quest Club and Lifetime Volunteer, Wally Gott, Bear Club and Livestock Show Committee. They were recently honored at the Statewide 4-H Leader’s Forum.

 

To our Healthy Living Summit delegation who recently returned from Washington D.C.  Shaniya Lewis, a Healthy Living Ambassador from Newark, presented her “Sleep Deprivation” workshop to her peers from across the country with rave reviews.

 

To our National 4-H Conference Delegate – Hunter Willoughby from the Summit Bridge 4-H Club. He will be traveling along with nine other Delaware 4-Hers to Washington, D. C. in April.

 

 

 

Looking ahead, there are many important upcoming events to read about 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 camping programs!

~The first demonstration contest is March 15 followed by the second date of May 12. Do not miss this great opportunity to share your 4-H knowledge and skills.

~Come out and support our Exchange Group at their 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Townsend on March 24. The funds raised cover expenses in hosting the group arriving from Montana this summer. If you cannot attend the dinner and would like to contribute to their effort, donations would be greatly appreciated.  A bake sale will be featured as well.

~An exciting Jr. Council Weekend is planned for April 20-22 at Mallard Lodge in Smyrna, DE. Younger Members are invited to join the fun April 21-22 for a fun filled overnighter. Please register by March 26.

~Ag Day is April 28 and a great opportunity for 4-H clubs to highlight their activities and promote 4-H.  Please submit the registration form by March 23. 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, and Serena

 

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Dear 4-H Families and Friends,

New Castle 4-Hers did not waste any time getting involved as we kicked off the year with the Public Speaking contest. Speech topics covered everything from Legos and Chocolate to Decision Making. Congratulations to all the participants!

The Favorite Foods Contest followed with a great showing of creative place settings and delicious recipes. The room was full of excitement. Many volunteers served as judges and event assistants to make this event possible. Congratulations to our 4-Hers and many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers.

The Foods Judging and Photography Contests were held in conjunction with Favorite Foods. See results in the blog. Great job to all participants!

The first demonstration contest is March 15- but it is not too early to start thinking about a topic. A successful 4-H demonstration does not have to be complicated or difficult; instead, it can be a lot of fun! Demonstrations are a great opportunity to show your 4-H knowledge and skills to others. 4-Her’s can do an individual or work with another 4-Her for a team demonstration.

Many county judging contests will take place starting March 26 thru June 8. Practice kits are available for clubs or individuals to use. Contact the office to reserve one.

Delaware 4-H is constantly working to improve. A survey was sent out about the Delaware 4-H website.  Please take a few minutes to provide feedback as we strive to make our state website more user friendly.

Important Upcoming Dates and Deadlines:

Feb. 5 –Winter Workshops Enrollment deadline for Feb. 10 workshops (we need more participants for the wood snowman craft workshop! Please share with friends!

*March 1 – Club Audits Due, Deadline to be enrolled in 4-H online for State Fair Entries

March 15 – Demonstration Contest

March 26 – Judging Contests – Horticulture and Wildlife

April 20-22-Jr. Leader Weekend-Mallard Lodge, Smyrna, DE

April 21-22-Younger Member Overnighter-Mallard Lodge, Smyrna, DE

April 25 – Legislative Day –Transportation provided.

April 28 – Ag Day and National Day of Service

 

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

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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Dear 4-H families and friends,

As we finish out 2017, and enter into 2018 as a new year, the Delaware 4-H Program would like to offer the following Top Ten Resolutions for 2018 to help every 4-H youth to be active and engaged in the 4-H program.  We encourage you to try them ALL!!

 

Top Ten 4-H Resolutions for 2018

  • Be an active participant in your local club
    • Serve on committees, give reports, attend project group meetings, attend club activities, help with fundraisers, and more.
  • Be active in a minimum of one (1) 4-H Project Area
    • 4-H has over 100 project areas to choose from. Every member should be actively involved in at least one (but can do more).
  • Participate in several County 4-H events/activities
    • 4-H has many competitive, educational and fun events for members to take part in during the year including Public Speaking, Favorite Foods, Demonstrations, Clothing Showcase, Legislative Day, Livestock Events, County Judging Contests and more!
  • Participate in at least 1 (or more) County Judging Contests
    • 10 different Judging Contests are held throughout the year. Members are strongly encouraged to participate in at least 1 (or more).
  • Attend one or more County training events
    • Training is provided for many 4-H contests and events – be sure to attend to learn more and help you to prepare.
  • Be a volunteer in your community
    • Help to make a difference by volunteering for different community service activities in your club/county/state.
  • Serve in a 4-H Leadership role
    • Serve in a leadership role in your club to help your leader and to work with younger 4-H members; participate in your County Junior Council or serve as a counselor for various 4-H camps.
  • Attend a 4-H Camp event
    • 4-H has various day camps, weekend camps and State Camp available to all.
  • Prepare projects to exhibit in the Delaware State Fair
    • Work on exhibits to showcase your 4-H project work at the state fair.
  • Invite your friends to join 4-H
    • 4-H is available to everyone; be sure to tell all your friends about the 4-H Program!

We thank each and every one of you for being a part of this wonderful organization. 4-H couldn’t happen without you!

We look forward to a great New Year

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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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. 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!

Congratulations to our National Congress Delegates! Matthew Johnston and Shannon Murray recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia for what was certain to have been a once in a lifetime experience. New Castle County volunteer, Marian Harvey, accompanied them as a chaperone.

Looking forward to 2018, we will start the year with the Public Speaking Contest on January 9, followed by the Favorite Foods Contest on Jan. 20. See the news blog for details and plan now to participate in these events.

­­­4-H families can look forward to a full slate of fun and interesting Winter Workshops in February. Workshop details will be posted in the January blog. Registration will begin January 8.

With winter activities comes 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 12-23-2017 thru 1-1-2018 for the holiday break.

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

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena

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Happy November, 4-H Family!

November is full of change- leaves, cooler weather and daylight savings time. Be sure to turn your clocks back on Sunday, November 5 and enjoy the extra hour of sleep. This month we also have Veterans Day, World Kindness Day and of course, Thanksgiving!

New Castle County 4-H was busy in October with the following events:

  • National 4-H Week
  • National Youth Science Day
  • Window Display & Banner Contest
  • Paper Clover Fundraiser
  • Blackbird Community Fall Fest
  • 4-H Achievement Banquet- which was very well received. Stay tuned for a recap to come soon!

And there’s no slowing down either! The events coming up in November:

  • Youth- Adult Partnership conference Nov 10-12, Atlantic Sands, Rehoboth DE
  • Delaware 4-H will send a delegation of teens to Atlanta, GA to participate in National Club Congress from November 25-November 29. The New Castle County delegates are:  Shannon Murray and Matthew Johnston. We can’t wait to hear what they take away from this event.
  • New Castle County Link’s Meeting, November 14
  • Laeder/Jr. Council, C-3 and Exchange Meetings, November 27.

Please make sure you scroll through the entire blog. It is full of important registration deadlines for upcoming events , an announcement on Winter Fun Day and a Save the Date for the Favorite Foods Competition- along with other service opportunities  and announcements.

We hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family, both 4-H and otherwise.

 

Yours in 4-H,

Betsy, Kaitlin and Serena