Congratulations Public Speaking Winners

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On November 18, 10 great speakers gathered together at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington to compete in the New Castle County 4-H Public Speaking Contest. From forensic entomology, to the Revolutionary War, several topics were covered during this exciting event.

Congratulations to our four division champions that will be representing New Castle County at the Delaware State Fair.


Liam Aber

Mason Merritt

The Delorean

Why do I have to clean my room?




Melanie Witte Two events that led up to the Revolutionary War Champion, Blue


Maya Merritt

Eason Li


One Man, One Computer: Tree Evolution

Champion, Blue



Emma Apps

Kyle Merritt

Endangered Cats – We need to save them!

Dangerous Jobs

Champion, Blue



Shannon Murray

Caitlin Aber

Logan Aber

Everyone’s a Winner

Forensic Entomology

What has the horseshoe crab done for YOU?

Champion, Blue




2016 Favorite Foods & Foods Judging Contests

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Favorite FoodsThe Favorite Foods Contest is open to all 4-H members currently taking a 4-H project.  Participants select a category to enter:

  • Breads, Meat or Main Dish, Fruits or Vegetables, Dessert, Small Appliances, Appetizers, Hors d’oeuvres, or Soups (Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior)
  • Cookies or Cupcakes (Cloverbuds Only)

Contestants (8-19 years old) will also plan a menu to complement their selected dish.

Entry Forms for this contest are due to the 4-H Office by Friday, January 8, 2016.

You can use either the Word registration form or the PDF registration form.

Rules and Information  are where you can find rules, recipe and menu tips, and more!

On Saturday, January 23, participants will bring their prepared food item, place setting, centerpiece, etc. to the contest. The extension office will schedule a time for each 4-H participant to meet with a contest judge.  Judges will ask questions about the recipe, menu, and prepared dish and then sample a taste of the foods entry.

After meeting with a judge, participants my test their knowledge in the Foods and Nutrition Judging Contest. There will also be opportunities for members to watch a foods demonstration and participate in a craft! This is always a fun-filled and educational event! Visit the State 4-H website for the foods judging guidelines.

Exciting Winter Workshops…Coming in February 2016

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Every February, New Castle County 4-H features a Winter Workshop series. This series provides 4-Hers with an opportunity to participate in hands-on, fun activities in a variety of topics.

Winter Workshops 2016

We are still looking for individuals or clubs that are interested in teaching a workshop. Please contact Serena Conner if you would like to request a specific workshop topic or if you would like to teach.

Healthy Living Updates

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National Youth Summit on Healthy Living
February 12-15, 2016

 National 4-H Council has allotted monies to send 3 Delaware 4-H and Healthy Living Ambassadors to the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues such as nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and the National 4-H Conference Center have partnered with professionals in Family Consumer Science and Healthy Living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2015.

Delaware 4-H members and Healthy Living Ambassadors must fill out an application (see below) to be considered to attend the conference.

Healthy Living Summit 2016 Application

This application is due to Jill Jackson by Monday, January 4, 2016.

Mail or fax application to:

 Jill Jackson                                                                                                                  16483 County Seat Hwy.                                                                    Georgetown, DE 19947                                                                                            Fax: 302-856-1845


Healthy Living on the Fly-    Grab n’ Go for December

Stretch your flexibility and strength with these fun exercises at your next club meeting. Bonus points for whoever makes the best “lobster” face!

Grab-N-Go StrengthandFllexibility

Updated Poses 1

Updated Poses 2

Updated Poses 3

Agent Letter – November 2015

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Hello 4-H Family, fall

As we “Fall into November”,  beautiful autumn colors and cooler weather surrounds us. The 4-H office wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I challenge you to take a moment this month to make a list of five things for which you are thankful.

New Castle 4-H had quite a busy October with the following events:

  • 4-H National Youth Science Day – October 7 at Tutor Time School in Newark
  • 4-H Achievement Banquet – October 15 at Kirk Middle School
  • Window Display & Banner Contests – Participation by four 4-H clubs
  • Paper Clover Fundraiser – Various 4-H clubs promoted 4-H at Tractor Supply in Middletown

There are several upcoming 4-H events in November including the Public Speaking Contest, Science Saturdays, and National 4-H Congress. A calendar for the next three months has been included in one of the postings below. Please be sure the review the calendar for detailed information about these events and more!

Thank you so much for embracing our new 4-H News Flash blog. I understand that this is a transition from our traditional PDF form, and I appreciate that everyone has been optimistic about the switch. Be sure to read all of the blog posts and mark your calendar with all of the exciting 4-H activities!subscribe2We don’t want you to miss out on any important 4-H information, update or photograph that we post to our new blog. To subscribe, please enter your e-mail in the text box on the left hand side of the screen. The 4-H News Flash blog is our new way to provide updated information to our 4-H families and will serve as our main form of communication. You do not want to miss a post! To make this transition easier, we are offering the option to subscribe to our blog.

Yours in 4-H,
Mallory Vogl
4-H Extension Agent

2015 NCC 4-H Public Speaking Contest

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The 2015 Public Speaking Contest for NCC 4-H will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00pm. This event serves as a qualified for the Delaware State Fair contest and will return to the Brandywine Hundred Library.

This contest helps develop public speaking skills and is a great experience for 4-H members of all ages. Cloverbud members are encouraged to participate in this contest. Additionally, the contest is broken down into 4 divisions:

  • Beginner I (Ages 8-9)
  • Beginner II (Ages 10-11)
  • Junior (Ages 12-13)
  • Senior (Ages 14-19)

Please contact Mallory Vogl if you would like a public speaking training during an upcoming club meeting. To register, please submit your registration form to Lisa Bishop by Wednesday, November 11.

Registration Form
Public Speaking Resources


Support NCC Exchange Group – Yankee Candle Fundraiser

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Yankee Candle

In July, the NCC 4-H Exchange Group will be hosting 10 4-H members from Routt County, Colorado. To help support the cost, the exchange members are currently hosting a Yankee Candle fundraiser.

To support the group, you can purchase items including candles, wrapping paper and magazines until Monday, November 16. To make a purchase, you can contact a 4-H Exchange member or visit the Yankee Candle fundraising website.

Stewards of Children – Training opportunity for 4-H Leaders and Volunteers

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Stewards of Children Training

Stewards of Children postcard


4-H Leaders and Volunteers:

You are invited to attend the Stewards for Children training on Monday, November 23. This training will be held in conjunction with the November Leader’s Association meeting. In order to accommodate this training, we will be switching our schedule slightly. The leader’s meeting will be held at the Extension Office from 6:00-6:30pm. Following the brief meeting, our 4-H Volunteer Specialist, Dr. Ernie Lopez, will be conducting the Stewards of Children Training. Dinner will be provided for all training participants.

Stewards of Children is a sexual abuse training that is required by all UD Extension Staff and is strongly encouraged to all of our 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Although this training is not required, it is highly recommended.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lisa Bishop by Friday, November 20. You can reach e-mail Lisa or call (302) 831-8965.

For more information, please review the Stewards of Children Training letter from Dr. Lopez.

Stewards of Children – Postcard

County 4-H Club Meetings for November

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November County Club Meetings

Wednesday, November 11

Garden Club – 6:30pm at Fischer Greenhouse (located behind Townsend Hall) Contact Robyn Hunter for more details.

Tuesday, November 17

Camp Counselor – 7:00 pm at NCC Extension Office. For more details, e-mail Kaitlin Klair.

Thursday, November 19

Updated JDS flyer

  • Sewing Club – 6:30pm – For more information, contact Monique Merritt, Club Leader

Monday, November 23

  • Leaders – 6:00-6:30pm ** Special Stewards of Children training from 6:30-8:30pm – Dinner provided! (See training flyer)
  • Jr. Council – 7:00 pm
  • Exchange Group – 8:30 pm


Healthy living activity on the fly – Grab and Go!

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Fitness can be fun! Here is the second Grab and Go healthy living activity that can be used at your 4-H club meetings or other activities.

Grab and Go - November

Look below for the PDF version of this activity and the pictures for the fitness dice. If you have any questions regarding the Healthy Living grab-and-go activities, e-mail Karen Johnston or call (302) 831-8965.

November Grab-and-Go

Grab-and-Go Fitness Dice



County Updates for November

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National 4-H Conference 2016
The 2016 National 4-H Conference will take place April 9-14, 2016 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.  This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation. A completed application is due to the NCC office by Tuesday, December 1. Finalists will be selected for an interview to be conducted prior to December 23, 2015.  The application can be found at the State 4-H web site

Click link that follows for more information about the National 4-H Conference:

Please e-mail Mallory if you have any questions or need assistance with your application.

Scholarship Opportunities
Please note below the academic scholarships with a fall deadline.  Information for all these scholarships may be found at:


Mark your calendar now for these important upcoming activities!

  • State 4-H Ice Skating Party – Saturday December 26 – 6:00-7:30 pm, Centre Ice Rink, Harrington, DE. Cost: $4/person and a canned good.
  • Favorite Foods Competition & Food Judging Contest, Saturday January 23 – Location TBD
  • State Teen Conference – Saturday January 30 – Sunday January 31, UD Campus, Newark. This event is for youth 13 and up. – Details coming soon!
  • State 4-H Leader’s Forum – Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Location:  Del Tech in Georgetown.

NEEDED: workshop topics and instructors

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November is upon us and before we know it, we will be ringing in the 2016! With the New Year knocking at our door, it is time to begin preparing for both the 2016 Leader’s Forum and NCC Winter Workshops.  We are currently looking for workshop suggestions for both programs.Leaders Forum 2015 The 2016 Leader’s Forum will be held on Saturday, February 6, at Del-Tech in Georgetown. If there are any topic areas in which you would like to see covered, or if you would like to teach or workshop, please e-mail Mallory at your earliest convenience.

Winter WorkshopsWinter Workshops will be held every Saturday in February, with the exception of the date of the Leader’s Forum. We are in the process of establishing the schedule, but we still need more workshop ideas and instructors. Current workshops include Junior Duck Stamp, Wildlife 4-H Fun and Build-your-own-Terrarium. If you have any ideas for workshops, or you are interested in teaching, please e-mail Kaitlin by Friday, November 20. We would like to have all workshops in place by the end of this month so we can include the information on the December blog.

Animal Science Updates – November

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4-H Animal Science Updates

Provided by Susan Garey, Extension Agent in Animal Science

Small Ruminant Health Workshop November 5th

As part of a larger small ruminant health grant, please join us on the evening of November 5, 2015 at the Paradee Center in Dover, Delaware for our initial workshop in a series of health related workshops. This workshop will focus on vital signs and health assessments and recognizing the signs and symptoms of pre-parturient diseases (diseases of pregnant ewes/does) and diseases in lambs and kids.  Our featured guest speaker for the evening will be nationally recognized expert on small ruminant veterinary care, Dr. Wendy Freeman, VMD.

Dr. Freeman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1985.  After graduation, Dr. Freeman completed an internship and residency in Field Service at the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center in 1988.  Following her residency, Wendy joined the faculty at New Bolton Center and became Assistant Professor of Medicine and Field Service in 1992, where she worked on developing and directing the small ruminant program.  Dr. Freeman directed the reproductive program and implemented total health care and clinical studies of the teaching flock.  Wendy is one of the most experienced small ruminant specialists in the United States and sees both large and small animal patients at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on a full-time basis.

The Small Ruminant Health Program is a project developed by University of Delaware extension professionals Susan Garey and Dan Severson in response to a deficiency of veterinarians in the region with the desire to treat small ruminants. As a result, producers need to further develop their skills in assessing animal health and treating common diseases.  A Risk Management Grant Proposal was funded by the Northeast Extension for Risk Management Education Center to develop the project. A needs assessment was completed to determine needs for technical training and skill development. If producers can develop knowledge and skills in assessing animal health, recognizing disease symptoms, determining treatment and performing treatment skills, producers can ultimately reduce mortality rates increase productivity of their flocks and herds.

For questions or to register for this free workshop, please contact Susan Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, University of Delaware (302)730-4000 or Dan Severson, NCC Agricultural Agent, (302)831-8860 by November 2. If you have any special needs in accessing this program, please let us know two weeks in advance.

Program Brochure

Holler-n Hooves 2nd 4-H Horse Clean and Groom Contest

What could be more fun than intentionally giving your horse a mud spa treatment? Please join us on November 21 and see what the fun is all about!

Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Club is sponsoring this fun event that lets youth demonstrate horse knowledge, grooming skills, showmanship skills, team work, communication and sportsmanship in a competitive yet relaxed and friendly setting. No show experience is required but participants should be familiar with horses and basic horse handling and grooming skills.

Each team provides: 3 kids, 1 horse and 1 handler (preferably an adult)

Cost: $10 per participant/$30 per team

Contest limited to the first 12 teams so enter early!

November 21st– Apex Arabians Indoor Arena, Williamsville Rd. Houston, DE

  • Horses register at 7:00 am to be “mudded” by adults
  • Teams register at 8:00 am
  • Awards presented at noon

Great prizes and fun! Food available on site but please bring your own chairs!

For more information, please contact Christie Little at (302)270-2083 or visit the Holler-n-Hooves 4-H Facebook page. Please e-mail Sharon Little  for a list of complete rules.


2016 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year

The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee in conjunction with Peter Stone of Stone Model Horses is pleased to offer the Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year contest. The contest is open to all traditional age 4-H members and you don’t necessarily have to own your own horse to participate. The winner receives a custom painted model of their special horse. For complete rules and entry information, please click on the link below. Postmark deadline is November 16, 2015.


Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

The entry form for the 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity has been posted to the State 4-H Animal Science webpage and the first entry deadline is Monday, November 16, 2015.

To participate in the 2016 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2016.  All calves, born June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.

1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 16, 2015

2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before February 1, 2016

3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 2, 2016


Late entries are permitted but if you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the payment will be doubled.  If your first entry is made on February 1, your entry fee will be $30.00.  If you do not enter until May 2, your entry fee is $70.00 on May 2.

Entry questions can be directed to volunteer Dairy Futurity co-chair, Charmayne Busker.

 Horse Bowl Already??

It’s never too early to begin preparing and studying for the State 4-H Horse Bowl! Study materials for 2016 are:

Divisions are available for Ages 9-10, 11-13, and 14-19 as of January 1 of the 2016 4-H year.

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals: “Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,”
  • 4-H Horse curriculum corrections are available here!

Project Manuals:

  • Age 8-10: Your Pony, Your Horse, by Cherry Hill
  • Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple, AND Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!! (and age 8-10 material)
  • Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material) AND Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council- NEW!!

The Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl will be held on March 12, 2016. Entries are due to the State 4-H office postmarked by February 12, 2016 and pre-entry is required.

State Teen Council Meet & Greet – Bowl with us on November 10!

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Join the Delaware 4-H State Teen Council officer team for a meet & greet event on Tuesday, November 10. The officers would like to invite you to Brunswick Doverama Bowling Alley to meet the team and find out more about the group. This is a FREE event from 6-8pm.

State Teen Council

State Teen Council is the statewide junior leader group for 4-H members, ages 13 and above.  Come to this FREE event to mingle, have a blast and find out more about how you can be involved throughout the year.

For more information, e-mail Mallory Vogl or call (302) 831-8965.


Reporters Corner – Keepin’ up with the clubs

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Clover Quest 4-H ClubClover Quest 4

By: Kyle Merritt,                         Club Reporter

Our October meeting was a blast! Maya Merritt and Miriam Kogut led us in the 4-H pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Wasgat, our club leader, talked about national 4-H week and explained what we were going to do that day. We then split up into three groups and played games. The Wallace family prepared English muffin pizzas for a snack.

Clover Quest 2This fall, Clover Quest will work with the Stockings for Soldiers organization. During our meeting we packed Snowman Soup in baggies for soldiers in need. One candy cane, one bag of hot cocoa mix, three Hershey kisses, a few small marshmallows are the ingredients for Snowman Soup. We also made Christmas cards for them.

For additional pictures visit: Clover Quest – news flash

Summit Bridge 4-H Club Report

By: Brenda Shaffer, Club LeaderSummit Bridge

The Summit Bridge 4-H club is off and running for the 2015-16 4-H year! We are all very excited about the great things we have planned for our upcoming year! Here is a list of our officers:

President: Andrew Shaffer

Vice-President: Emma Apps

Secretary: Emerson Hickey

Treasurer: Parker Hickey

Community Service: Jacob Green

Reporter: Kiersten O’Hop

We all “flocked” together at our last meeting for a fun and interesting presentation from Dr. Bridgid McCrea. We played Avian Bowl and enjoyed an evening of learning about poultry, food and lots of other tidbits.

We placed 2nd this year in the Window Display Contest. A big thank you to Courtney and Mrs. Capotrio for helping us!



Welcome to the online News Flash!

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Dear 4-Hers,

Kaitlin and I are very excited to finally roll out the new and improved 4-H News Flash. We hope you are able to navigate the page with ease.

This e-version is now replaces the PDF version you have been used to.  By being online,  our 4-H news is immediately available to you! This will be helpful on getting a heads up on date-sensitive events and deadlines. No long upload times-and you can easily print the 4-H posts that interest you the most. However, unlike the PDF version which was published after all the news is reported and collected, the e-version is a fluid, live version which publishes the stories as they come into the 4-H office. So, please check back often to read the updates!

Look to the left and right sidebars for the latest posts, breaking news or announcements!

Another advantage to the newsletter blog are the active hyperlinks to forms and pictures!

And guess what? Now you can share a particular blog post or article on the social network of your choice! 4-H members, leaders and parents can now help the 4-H office promote our individual and group 4-H accomplishments! So, if you are connected on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, or any other social network platform, please feel free to share a The News Flash post, article or photo. This is a terrific opportunity to let others outside our 4-H community see the great things we do and also recruit new families to join 4-H!

Assisting you with reading this newsletter are general categories shown on the right sidebar. Use the drop down to narrow your search. Underneath these are newsletter topics or “tags” which will help readers find more specific searches. At the end of every month, all posts published will be archived under that same month. Please use the search bar to search for something very specific, like a member name, club name or specific project area.

Best of all is the Search box! As we grow content, try searching for your name and see all the events you have participated in. Type in any keyword, and any article that mentions that name or keyword will appear! It is so easy to find anything!

Thank you for reading The News Flash and for your interest and participation in New Castle County 4-H Youth Development program!

Yours in 4-H,
Mallory Vogl
4-H Extension Agent

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