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Club Spotlight: Summit Bridge

There is something for everyone and every interest in the Summit Bridge 4-H Club.

The club is considered a “general interest” 4-H club and because of that, our members have many different interests and participate in all sorts of 4-H projects ranging from Arts and Crafts, to animal projects such as Sheep, Swine and Dairy, shooting sports like Archery, Foods and Nutrition, Leadership, Robotics and Photography.  Our monthly club meetings always include some type of program whether it is a guest speaker or some hands-on fun.

We have approximately 25 members, ranging from 5 to 18 years old.  Our 4-H’ers are involved in a wide variety of 4-H competitions and events each year, which keeps us all very busy in 4-H between meetings.  Some of the events and competitions we participate in are Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Favorite Foods, Archery Competitions, Photography judging, Livestock Shows, county and state camping programs, Delaware State Fair, National 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress, and National 4-H Summits- just to name a few.

In addition, we are very involved in our community through various service projects.  Last year, we collected canned food for Neighborhood House as well as the Food Bank of Delaware, volunteered for Wreaths Across America (and the Travis Mansion Foundation), rang the Salvation Army Christmas bell, sponsored a family for Adopt-a-family, volunteered at the Delaware SPCA, hosted a booth at Ag Day at the University of Delaware, hosted a booth at May Day in Odessa and organized a “work night” at Summit United Methodist Church to mulch the church property.

Our club members have also traveled to Kansas, Colorado, Montana and Minnesota with the NCC 4-H Exchange Group.  This group is for any teen in NCC 4-H who is interested in travelling to other states to experience what 4-H is like there. The following year, we invite those 4-Hers to come see all of what Delaware has to offer.

We have had members interviewed by local radio stations, serve on National 4-H planning committees and even spent a day with Delaware native and actress, Aubrey Plaza! As you might imagine, we stay busy year-round with all of our activities.

Our club welcomes new members between the ages of 5 and 18 to any of our meetings, which are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Summit United Methodist Church.

4-H is an excellent way to meet new people, participate in new adventures and have fun learning along the way!

If you are interested or would like to learn more about the Summit Bridge Club, please contact Brenda Shaffer by e-mailing her at

Scholarship Opportunities

There are ten $10,000 scholarships available now!

The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is giving away ten scholarshipseach worth $10,000 to local students planning to pursue a career in agriculture.That’s right – we’re giving away $100,000 directly to ag students in our community!

Our scholarship program is open to all high school seniors or currently enrolled college students residing in MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s territory who are planning to work in the agriculture industry.

This could mean you’re planning to be a farmer, food scientist, veterinarian, ag educator, engineer, or even a Farm Credit employee!

The deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 10, 2020.

Good luck, and we’ll see you on the #OtherSideofAg!

Apply now!


DE Goes Purple Campaign

Delaware Goes Purple is a Drug Free Awareness campaign that started out in Seaford, DE and now has expanded throughout the entire state. This campaign is in conjunction with the Chris Herren Project and will join forces with the State of Delaware in this important initiative. THP (The Herring Project) Project Purple Initiative is an anti-substance use campaign of The Herren Project, a non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. The THP Project Purple initiative was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges. This campaign runs now through the end of October.

How can you club support this campaign?

Inform your community and club members about the Drug Free Awareness by going purple!

Plant purple flowers

Wear Purple shirts

Hang Purple lights

Wear Purple bracelets

Print Meeting Agendas on Purple

Wear Purple socks

Be creative and show your support!

Take a picture of your 4-H club members supporting the purple campaign and post on your Instagram or Facebook account using the hashtags    #DEGoesPurple  and   #de4h

If you know of other organizations that want to help promote the Purple Project in their schools, churches, etc., the Sussex County Health Coalition can provide them with pledge materials. Please contact Cheryl Doucette at or 302-423-1119 for additional information.

NCC 4-H Quarter Auction

Feeling Lucky?

Join us for a Quarter Auction!


When: November 1, 2019

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

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

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

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

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

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

For more info or to donate please contact: Kaitlin Klair or Betsy Morris or 831-8965.

Operation Christmas Child Field Trip & September Donations

Operation Christmas Child

Shoebox Distribution Field Trip


As part of the Civic Engagement Initiative to collect donated items for Operation Christmas Child, we want to know how many members and adults are strongly interested in attending the Operation Shoebox event at a Distribution Center outside of Baltimore/DC.

Delaware 4-H will be providing transportation, so we need to know how many members/adults from each county are interested!

If interested, please respond by Friday, September 27 to Jill Jackson –


Event Details:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – 4 hour shift (we are going to request the 10am-2pm shift)

$10 per person

Must be at least 13 years old to participate

Participants who sign up will receive a waiver to complete via email from Samaritans Purse. Once all members of the group complete waivers, the group will receive a Fast Pass and avoid waiting for check in upon arrival.

Upon arrival, all participants will go through an orientation and then proceed to their processing line. There are several jobs on a processing line so everyone can experience different roles. You will get a 30 minute lunch break.

Participants may pack a lunch, snacks and drinks. Chick-Fil-A has also been on site in past years for purchase of food.

Let’s show the world how much Delaware 4-H cares!


Ducklings in need of home

(sample duck photo, not actual ducks in question)

Someone from the community had their daughter bring two ducklings home. Due to deed restrictions in their neighborhood, they cannot keep them. She is looking to rehome them with a family that can provide them a permanent home. If you, or someone you know are interested*, please contact Karen Price at 302-740-6983.

*If not an active 4-H family, property must have 1 acre of land in order to own ducks per New Castle County Code. Deed restrictions also trump 4-H membership in regards to owning livestock or wildlife.


Craft Corner

DIY Suncatchers


Here is a craft that can be done by all members.  The basic steps are the same; however, the project can be made age appropriate by using different materials.

Use glass gems for younger members and glass pieces for members who are old enough to handle sharp glass pieces.  Complete details can be found on several sites.  A few I recommend are DYI Glass Gem Suncatcher,, (source of below picture at left margin.)

Materials needed:

Glass gems, glass stones (in floral section of craft stores) or cut glass pieces

Clear glue

A plastic lid


Please keep in mind the following tips to help create a successful project:

Tip 1:  Be sure to use clear glue (Elmer’s, Super Tacky, etc.) for a clear and more attractive suncatcher.   Using white glue makes for a cloudy piece.

Tip 2:  Trace the outline of the lid on a piece of scrap paper.  Place the glass gems or glass pieces inside the outline.  Move the pieces around until satisfied with the design.  Then transfer each gem or piece from the paper to the lid that has been coated with clear glue.

Tip 3:  If using glass gems, make sure they are touching each other.  This makes the project sturdier.

Tip 4:  Once all the pieces are beautifully placed in the lid, pour some more glue onto the lid and glass gems or pieces to be sure all spaces are filled.

Tip 5:  Leave the suncatcher dry for 4 or more days.  If you start to remove the project from the lid and it is not completely dry, place the suncatcher securely back on the lid and be patient while it thoroughly dries for another day.  It will pay off.

You can make a more advanced suncatcher buy gluing the glass pieces onto the glass from a picture frame.  First, trace the inside edges of the frame onto the glass.  Securely glue the back of the pieces to the glass leaving a narrow (1/8 inch) space between the pieces.  After fully dried, fill in the spaces with black liquid lead.  Let dried completely.  Place the glass back into the frame and secure with the frame tabs.


DSF Junior Board Applications Now Being Accepted

This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/19) and once appointed, the term of office is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. The application period is now open through September 27, 2019. In mid-October, the Junior Board Committee will interview applicants. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site (click on About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling the Administration office of the Fair at 302-398-3269.

Spotlight Leader

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

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

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

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

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

Results: Judging Contests/Clothing Showcase

A big congratulations goes out to the following who will be headed to the State Fair to represent New Castle County in the Judging Contests!

Study up and get ready for the State Fair!


Wood Science:

Cole Simpson

Tyler Melson



Eason Li

Tyler Melson

Michela Davis



Eason Li

Matthew Trunfio



Matthew Trunfio


And congratulations to Clothing & Textile Showcase Participants from the Stump Corner 4-H Club.

Katie Campbell

Bruce Patrick

Emma Patrick


YMO recap

We had a successful Younger Member Overnight at Ashland Nature Center on March 30. We welcomed twenty four 4-Hers from ten different clubs in New Castle County- a really great turn out!

They enjoyed the Nocturnal Animals Program as well as a night hike, morning hike and eco hike! …yes, that was a lot of hiking. Thank you to our volunteer counselors and chaperone Mr. Dave!

New Castle County 4-H Spotlight Leaders

Organizational Leader: Janice Melson and Richard Melson

Club: Meado-Larks

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

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

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

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