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									 FREMONT COUNTY
  4-H HANDBOOK




A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR 4-H FAMILIES

         Fremont County Extension Office
         Anne Chambers, Office Assistant
      Susan Harris, County Youth Coordinator
         Heidi Lowthorp, Parent Educator
               Phone: 712/374-2351
                Fax: 712/374-3286


                                                            Rev. Oct. 2011
                                                              Susan Harris
                                               Original by Rhesa R. Leiding




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                                        4-H MOTTO

                                       “To Make the Best Better”


                      4-H SLOGAN

                      “To win without bragging and to lose without squealing”



                                        4-H PLEDGE

                                      “I pledge:
       My Head to clearer thinking,            (raise right hand to forehead)
       My Heart to greater loyalty,            (lower hand to heart)
       My Hands to larger service and          (extend hands, palms upward)
       My Health to better living              (stand at attention, hands at sides)
                 For my club, my community, my country, and my world.”

                                        4-H COLORS
The white background of the 4-H flag symbolizes purity. The green 4-H emblem is nature’s most
              common color and it represents springtime, life, youth, and growth.

                               4-H NATIONAL EMBLEM
         The national 4-H emblem is a four-leaf clover with the letter “H” on each leaf.
    Each leaf (H) is vital to every individual. Together they represent four-fold development.

Head: Thinking-mental development: deeper knowledge, reasoning, and decision making
Heart: Feeling-emotional development: developing appreciation, interest, wholesome
       attitudes and values
Hands: Doing-skill development: ability to do, skill in doing, and habit of doing
Health: physical and personal development



                                       4-H MISSION

ISU Extension to Youth and 4-H creates supportive environments for culturally diverse youth
and adults to reach their full potential.

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                                     LIFE SKILLS

                             Developing life skills and personal growth are the real rewards
                             of being involved in 4-H. The Iowa Youth and 4-H Program
                             focuses on seven life skills:
              Citizenship
              Communication
              Coping with change
              Decision making
              Leadership
              Learning to learn
              Self-esteem


                                 BRIEF 4-H HISTORY

Early schoolteachers, O.H. Benson in Wright County and Jessie Field Shambaugh in Page
County, taught farm topics in schools. Both became superintendents in their counties in 1902 and
vigorously promoted “club” work. County Superintendent Cap E. Miller in Keokuk County also
pioneered. In 1904, he urged his teachers to promote clubs and teach farm subjects. He
sponsored a county organization of boys and girls with officers and educational programs.
Miller’s plans fostered many of the teaching tools of today’s 4-H program, including life skills
and learning-by-doing through projects, group meetings and exhibits. Community service
projects also provide active learning interaction of youth and adults and encourage youth to set
and accomplish goals.

The programs for boys were called “Boys’ Agricultural Clubs.” They had exhibits of corn and
garden products, and held livestock judging contests. The programs for girls were called “Girls’
Home Culture Clubs.” The girls had exhibits of sewing and cooking, and held contests in which
they judged “articles of sewing, handwork, and cooking.”

The emblem of the four-leaf clover started out in1906 at a one-room country school near Clarion,
Iowa. O.H. Benson observed the 11 pupils looking for four-leaf clovers. He used the four leaves
to stand for the school’s 4-Square Development of Education, Physical, Moral, and Fellowship.
The three-leaf clover was used in 1906-1911 to stand for head, heart, and hand. The fourth H for
health was added in 1911. County Extension staffing patterns established between 1914 and
1919 increased the growth and effectiveness of volunteer leadership. The programs gradually
became part of the Extension Service and not the public school system.




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                          A Guide to Understanding 4-H in Fremont County

                    Every organization has its own terms or “lingo” which has special
                    meaning to its members. It can be frustrating when you are new in the
                    group and feel as if you are the only one who doesn’t know what
                    everyone else is talking about. This guide is meant to be a partial listing
                    of some of the terms that are used in the 4-H organization.

Enrollment
   o Any youth that is in 4th-12th grade is eligible to enroll in 4-H. An eligible 4-H
       member completes an enrollment form and selects the projects he/she would like to
       enroll in at that time. These forms are due to the Extension Office by November 1st.
       As of 2011-2012, re-enrollment is completed online at
       https://ia.4honline.com/Login.aspx?532B280F5E40413E4D38390D

              Juniors – youth in grades 4–6 by September 15th.

              Intermediates – youth in grades 7–8 by September 15th.

              Seniors – youth in grades 9–12 by September 15th.

           A 4-H member should:
                participate in local club meetings regularly
                give presentations as planned in the club program
                enroll in and complete at least one 4-H project
                serve on committees
                keep a 4-H record book
                attend county-wide 4-H activities such as camps, fair, etc
                serve as a club officer when elected
                host club meetings as planned in club program

           A 4-H parent/guardian should:
                be aware of your child’s project goals and requirements and encourage
                  completion without doing the work for the 4-H’er
                host 4-H meetings
                help members select, finance, and manage their projects
                encourage record keeping
                attend club meetings and events
                share special talents with members
                help leaders conduct project work
                help secure other qualified adults
                encourage and praise your child
                serve as chaperone when called upon
                help provide transportation
                serve as a leader
                make others in the community more aware of 4-H
                be an example of a good sport so the 4-H’er learns to appreciate the successes
                  of others


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                              Medical Info/Release Form
                              o Each member is required to fill out these forms annually. The
                                  release form includes medical and other information that can
                                  help the 4-H program better serve the needs of the members.
                                  These forms are due to the Extension Office by November 1.
                                  They need to be filled out completely and signed as requested
                                 on the forms! (The release information will be kept by
club leader and Extension Office and will not be made public or shared with anyone.)

4-H Meetings
   o All 4-H clubs are expected to hold regular meetings. These are usually monthly, often on
     a set day (for example, on the second Sunday of the month). 4-H meetings can have
     several parts such as: Business (when you plan ahead and make big decisions); Education
     (where members and leaders show how to do something or tell about a subject);
     Recreation/Snack; etc.
   o Attendance at these meetings is very important. A 4-H’er is responsible for contacting
     his/her leader to find out any information he/she will miss if unable to attend. Clubs may
     also decide on a wide range of recreational, educational, and community service activities
     such as parties, campouts, field trips, caroling, cleanups, etc. Well planned meetings give
     members an opportunity to make new friends, share ideas, acquire new knowledge, enjoy
     recreational activities, develop self-confidence, and participate in decision making.
          Fremont County Youth Committee Attendance Policy
               As of Sept. 7, 2011, the Youth Committee passed a motion regarding
           attendance for 4-H members at club meetings and eligibility to show at the
           County Fair. Each club in Fremont County will follow the same rule . The
           countywide policy is as follows: A countywide two-meeting attendance
           policy is required at regular club meetings, excluding family nights or
           awards nights, to be able to show at County Fair.
               In order to give youth a chance to meet these guidelines, the committee
           also approved a motion that all club attendance sheets be reviewed by
           March 30 at the Extension Office. Attendance will be reviewed from the
           club’s secretary book. This will allow youth not meeting the attendance policy
           to have a few more chances to attend meetings before Fair. If you have
           questions, please call the Extension Office!

   o   Community Service Project – Many clubs carry out community service projects. They may
       select a special project each year or it may be an ongoing type of project. The variety of projects
       is endless, but may include such things as working with the handicapped, painting a public
       building, having foster grandparents in a nursing home, or planting trees.

4-H Leaders
   o A 4-H leader is an adult who works voluntarily with a group of 4-H members. Leaders
       help members, parents, and the community understand the ideals of the 4-H program.
       They serve as teachers, counselors, and advisors. They encourage and challenge
       members to grow and develop by providing meaningful experiences both individually
       and as a group member. Leaders are strongly urged to attend leader training sessions
       regularly.

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                             Organizational and Assistant Leaders – help get club together and
                             assist members and officers; handle enrollment forms, county fair entries,
                             paperwork, and other forms; the go-between people for the Extension
                             Office and the local club; help members learn to keep and evaluate project
                             records; help members develop club’s yearly program; work with members
                             on educational presentations; help organize special club tours, speakers,
                             programs

       Project Leader – teaches subject matter and helps members enrolled in a specific project; helps
       locate resources for members enrolled in the project; helps members learn to keep and evaluate
       project records

       County Project Leader – assists members from all over the county in one specific project area


4-H Club Officers
    o 4-H clubs elect officers annually. 4-H offices include President, Vice-President,
       Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Historian, and Recreation Leader. Individual clubs may
       elect other officers as the club finds necessary or helpful to the individual club such as
       photographer, flag bearer, etc. Countywide officer training may be offered to all 4-H
       officers annually. Officers provide leadership in the club and help plan and conduct the
       meetings.

Parliamentary Procedure
    o 4-H meetings are conducted using parliamentary procedure, a tool that allows each
       member to participate in the decision-making process. Parliamentary procedure is a
       skill that 4-H’ers will find useful throughout life.

Leadership
   o 4-H leadership opportunities for a member can involve the 4-H’er in teaching others or
      taking responsibility for organizing events and activities in which skills may overlap.
      For example, a 4-H’er might organize his/her club (leadership) in planning a Valentine’s
      Day party for local nursing home residents (citizenship). Citizenship activities are also
      recorded in the 4-H record-keeping book.

4-H Projects
   o A project is an area of study each member may participate in and, by doing so: learn about
      a project; develop the pride of ownership; learn the joy of accomplishment; explore
      future career possibilities; enjoy the fun of working with a group. Projects are fun to do
      alone or with friends.
   o Some projects you might like to do: make after-school snacks; care for a pet; learn
      photography; plant a garden. It is best to start with a few projects and do them well.
      Carrying out a project will help to “learn by doing.” A 4-H’er can complete work in a
      project without exhibiting at the county fair.
   o As members gain knowledge and experience, they are encouraged to increase the size,
      scope, and number of projects. When choosing projects, the member and parents should
      consider the special interests, resources, and abilities of the member as well as the
      family. Plan your project goals. Talk about your ideas with your leader, parent, or friend.

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                                          o Write your goals down. Find resources that will help you.
                                            Your leaders, Extension staff, teachers, librarian, family, and
                                            friends are all human resources. Things such as 4-H
                                            manuals, videos, magazines and books can be resources, too.


GUIDELINES for 4-H Member:
 Will this project help you learn something that will interest you?
 Will this project challenge you with new learning experiences?
 Do you feel you can handle the work involved?
 Do your parents support your desire for this 4-H project?

GUIDELINES for Member’s Family:
 Is this project practical in your family situation? Is the cost of this project reasonable for your family?
 Will the necessary materials and facilities be available?

Project Areas
 Animals                   Agriculture & Natural Resources            Personal Development
 Beef                      Crop Production                            Citizenship
 Dairy Cattle              Environment & Sustainability               Communication
 Dairy Goats               Horticulture                               Leadership
 Dogs                      Outdoor Adventure                          Self Determined
 Horse & Pony              Safety & Education in Shooting Sports      Science, Engineering, & Technology
 Meat Goats                Family & Consumer Sciences                 Mechanics
 Pets                      Child Development                          Woodworking
 Poultry                   Clothing                                   Science, Engineering & Technology
 Rabbit                    Consumer Management                                 Aerospace
 Sheep                     Food & Nutrition                                     Biological & Chemical Sciences
 Swine                     Health                                              Computers & Networking
 Veterinary Science        Home Improvement                                    Digital Storytelling
 Creative Arts             Sewing                                               Earth & Climate
 Music                                                                         Geospatial Mapping (GPS/GSI)
 Photography                                                                    Robotics
 Visual Art                                                                     Science in our Everyday Lives


   After you have selected your projects, determine which level is best suited for you and desired
  outcomes. The project “Hot Sheet” or “Tip Sheet” will be helpful in this decision. Ask your
  Club Leader for this information.

  Livestock/Animal Projects –
     o The following livestock must be weighed in on the date(s) specified for each project
         (market beef, swine, sheep). These dates are set by the Extension Office.
     o The following livestock/animal projects must be identified on proper forms:
                    breeding beef            Junior Cattle Feeder projects
                    dairy                    dog, cats and other pets
                    goats                    horse

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                                                  poultry                  rabbits
                          ID Sheets
                          Usually referred to as “Livestock ID sheet,” this is how the 4-H’er
                          identifies all of his/her livestock or animal projects. This includes
                          everything that breathes! This sheet is not a fair entry, but its purpose
                          is to ensure that the animal has been the 4-H’ers project during the
                          year and not just an animal purchased two weeks before the fair.
 (Due to Extension Office by May 15 – no exceptions!) This will be required in paper form;
however, 4-H’ers can also completed at 4-H Online.

4-H Exhibits
An exhibit is one way for a 4-H’er to share what they have learned in a project area. A 4-H
exhibit is an item resulting from project work that the 4-H’er has chosen to be exhibited at the
fair and evaluated by a judge. It may be a display, poster, folder, the actual item, etc. In order to
exhibit at the county fair, the 4-H’er needs to be enrolled in the corresponding project area by
May 15th and have attended at least 2 regular club meetings!

Achievement Show
 Some 4-H clubs have local achievement shows shortly before the county fair. These events are
an opportunity for 4-H’ers to bring their exhibits together to be evaluated by a knowledgeable
adult who can give suggestions on how the exhibit could be improved or be better prepared to be
judged at the county fair. It also gives the 4-H’er “practice” in the conference judging procedure
used at the fair.

Club Tour – A club may schedule a tour of all the members’ homes before the county fair. The
purpose is for each 4-H’er to show the rest of the group his/her projects that may be exhibited at
the fair. This works especially well for clubs that have a lot of livestock, garden, or other large
projects. This is usually held in June or July and can include a picnic or other social activity.

County Fair
A fair is an annual countywide event at which 4-H’ers have the opportunity to be evaluated on
their exhibits and to receive recognition for what they have accomplished.

Fair Books and Fair Entry Forms
These will be distributed in late spring, either through the mail or through club leaders. The fair
book should be read carefully in order to learn the general rules and regulations, as well as those
specific to certain divisions and classes. Fair Books are also available on the Extension website.

Conference Judging
This method of judging is used for the majority of all classes at the county fair, with the
exception of some livestock classes. The 4-H’er brings his/her exhibit to the judge and discusses
the work with the judge. The judge uses this information, any written information required by the
class rules, and the exhibit itself in determining the award to be received. Parents are encouraged
to observe, but the conference is to be between the member and the judge only!



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                            Clothing Selection Contest
                            Open to all 4-H members enrolled in Clothing project. Members
                            model purchased garments they themselves have selected for their
                            wardrobe. Garments include casual as well as dressy outfits.

Fashion Revue Contest
Open to all 4-H members enrolled in the Clothing project. Members model garments they have
constructed, knitted, or crocheted themselves. This contest is usually held in conjunction with the
Clothing Selection Contest.

Communications
There are various categories of 4-H Communication:
   o Educational Presentations are talks or demonstrations, given in front of an audience,
       about some topic that interests the 4-H’er. They should contain three parts: an
       introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Presentations may use many types of visual aids
       to convey the message and may be any length. They should be interesting and
       informative. Can be done by one or more 4-H’ers.

   o Working Exhibits are less formal than educational presentations. These involve a one-on-
     one type demonstration technique. 4-H’ers usually work from a table in an area where
     people walk through and stop to see what the 4-H’er is showing. Sometimes 4-H’ers may
     choose to work in pairs when doing working exhibits. These provide an opportunity for
     youth to communicate and interact with an audience in an informal way. The best
     subjects involve action by the youth or involve the audience in doing, feeling, tasting,
     smelling, or judging. Members use props, posters, and examples to illustrate.

   o Extemporaneous Speaking is an on-the-spot presentations. Youth are encouraged in the
     development of communication skills by providing an opportunity to think, organize
     thoughts, prepare a speech, and respond to questions when given a limited amount of
     preparation time.

   o Posters provide an opportunity for 4-H’ers to communicate with and tell a story or idea
     visually about 4-H to the general public using the non-verbal form of communication on
     a poster.

   o Share the Fun is entertainment acts (similar to a talent show) and can include such things
     as music, dance, interpretive speech, or skits. These acts can involve any number of
     youth, from one 4-H’er to a whole club.

       All types of 4-H Communications are judged at the county level where some are
       selected to advance to the state level.

State Fair
This is held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines from mid to late August. Any 4-H’er
that is in 5th grade may participate unless show regulations are more restrictive in specific
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                           departments. Livestock projects may go if they comply with health
                           and county/state regulations. Most other projects are selected at the
                           county fair to advance to the state level.

                          Ak-Sar-Ben
                          Livestock show held in Omaha in late September. Exhibitors must be
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10 by January 1 prior to the event. (Note: Horse exhibitors must be 12 by January 1st.)

4-H Camps
Going to camp can be a high point in a 4-H’ers year. There is a Fremont/Mills County winter
camp for Juniors. There are area and state wide camping opportunities for 4-H’ers of all ages.
Financial assistance is available so that all youth can have the opportunity to participate in 4-H
camp.

4-H Newsletter
A 4-H newsletter is emailed or mailed to each 4-H family in the county (usually on a monthly
basis). Read your newsletter carefully for information and deadlines that pertain to you. This is
your source of information and notification for 4-H activities and deadlines. Post it where
everyone can read it!

4-H Record Keeping
Each 4-H member is expected to record a summary and evaluation of his/her 4-H experiences
each year. This is done in the form of a “Record Book.” There are required elements that must
be included in the record books. More information and details will be included in various
newsletters and are available on the county website regarding record books. This record keeping
may be a basis for awards and recognition throughout the 4-H years. Record book awards may
be given to intermediate and senior 4-H’ers who have been in a project area at least two years.

Awards
Awards are one form of recognition given to 4-H members. Most are based on the information
recorded in the 4-H’ers record book. Awards are to recognize young people for a job well done,
but should not be the goal of the 4-H’er. Personal development is the real goal with continuous
benefit and personal satisfaction the real reward.

                          SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR 4-H MEMBER
                                            4-H Member

   4-H County Council       Community Club/Leader County Extension Staff        Youth Committee

                     Extension Council             Region 17 Extension Office

                                          State 4-H Office
                                         State 4-H Council
                                       Iowa State University

                             United States Department of Agriculture
                                      National 4-H Council

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                              Extension Office – Each county has an Extension Office, which
                              provides research-based information from Iowa State University to
                              the general public. This is called the Iowa State University
                              Extension Service and it is funded with county, state, and federal
                              taxes. The four basic program areas are Agriculture, Families, 4-H
                              and Youth, and Communities. If you have questions about almost
                              anything, the Extension Office is a good place to begin looking!

Extension Staff – Each Extension Office has a staff specially qualified and trained to meet the
needs of that county. The first person you’ll hear on the telephone or speak to when you come in
the door is the Extension Office Assistant (OA). If he/she doesn’t know the answer to your
question, he/ she will put you in touch with the person who does. Another person in the office is
the County Youth Coordinator (CYC). That person works with the Region 17 Regional
Extension Education Director (REED) and Regional 4-H Program Specialist to offer 4-H and
Youth Development programs in the county. Office staff also has access to Field Specialists who
can answer questions and help prepare and present programs. Extension staff provides overall
program leadership and implements programs as directed by the Extension Council and
committees.

Extension Council – The Extension Office is directed by the County Extension Council and
Iowa State University. They work as a partnership in directing the Extension Service. The
Council is made up of nine people elected at a general election from throughout the county.
Council members are elected for a four-year term.

4-H Youth Committee – The Youth Committee coordinates the county youth program,
develops policies, interprets rules, determines eligibility, and assists in planning and conducting
events. They study the needs of young people, program to meet those needs, and evaluate
programs. The Youth Committee sees that all youth have the opportunity to participate in the
youth program. Members understand the Iowa Youth and 4-H Mission, Vision, and Values
Statement. Members are adult volunteers from each club in the county, selected representation
from the Fair Board and Extension Council, as well as high school 4-H youth from each club.

4-H County Council – This group of Senior 4-H’ers (9-12 grade) helps plan and carry out
countywide events and serves as a liaison between the local club and the county program.
Members are chosen by personal application to the Extension Office.

Fair Board - The Fremont County Fair Board is responsible for planning, conducting, and
administering the Fremont County Fair program during the week of the fair in July.

          Following is a list of opportunities available beyond Fremont County.
   Deadlines vary. Information is available from the Fremont County Extension Office.

State 4-H Council
Six representatives from each 4-H Extension area are selected in March through an area
application and interview process open to members in grades 10-11. This group meets three or
four times a year at the State 4-H Education and Natural Resources Center near Madrid to plan
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                            the Iowa Youth Conference, and promote 4-H as an ambassador at
                            the county, area, and state level. It is an opportunity to learn and
                            practice leadership skills. This is a good way to meet and work
                            closely with 4-H members from all over the state to promote 4-H.

                            Iowa Youth Conference
                            Each June Iowa teens, not just 4-H’ers, can attend a three-day
                            conference on the ISU campus planned by the State 4-H Council for
high school teens. Activities include speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and
community service opportunities. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone completing 8th
grade and older! Those who have attended say they learned a lot, were inspired and motivated
by the guest speakers, made lots of new friends, and had a fantastic time! NOTE: Fremont
County Youth Committee gives outs annual scholarships for youth to attend this event.
(The amount can change each year, but normally has been $100.)

Iowa Youth Technology Team
 Tech team members will gain leadership skills, learn marketable technology skills, develop a
community service project using technology, experience cutting edge technology at Iowa State
University including virtual reality, help develop technology training, and be a delegate to the
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. Members are selected at the same time as State Council and cannot
serve on both at the same time.

Animal Science Roundup
This event is held each June in conjunction with the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference. ISU animal
science faculty provides hands-on workshops in beef, sheep, swine, horse, dairy, and dairy goat.
Activities include making sausage, exploring rumens, balancing rations, and much more!

Summer and Winter Camps
A wide variety of camps, including horse camp and outdoor adventures, are offered at the 4-H
Education and Natural Resources Center near Madrid. Camps are held throughout the year and
are open to every age level. Paid counselor positions also are available during the summer
months for 17 year olds and up. The Extension Office has scholarships available to help pay for
these camps.

Citizenship-Washington Focus (CWF)
Take a summer trip to the Washington, D.C., area with a group of youth from various states. You
will attend workshops, go on field trips, see historical places, and participate in other fun
activities at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. You learn about and practice the
importance of good citizenship. Meeting with Iowa legislators on Capitol Hill expands your
understanding of government issues. Fremont County takes a group of sophomores, juniors, and
seniors every three years. Thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Fremont County (who
support the cherry pie auction at the county fair and other fundraisers) this trip is affordable for
all 4-H’ers who want to go!

4-H Scholarships


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College scholarships from $500 to full tuition are available to graduating high school seniors and
former 4-H’ers. Applications are due in the State 4-H Office February 1. Information is available
at the Fremont County Extension Office. Fremont County offers an endowment grant to all
graduating senior 4-H’ers who are going to college or a trade school. Information regarding this
grant is available in March or April.

National 4-H Conference
The purpose of this conference is to give 4-H’ers a meaningful involvement in program
development. Through discussions and sharing of ideas, delegates develop recommendations on
pre-selected topics. It is held during the spring at the National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase,
Maryland. From our state, four youth and two adults go each year. They are selected from an
area application and interview process held in March. Anyone in grades 9-11 may apply.

National 4-H Congress
Participants have an opportunity to interact with 4-H’ers from other states and develop
leadership skills. Recreational, social, and cultural activities add to the fun trip. 22-26 Iowa
delegates are selected from an area application and interview process held in March. Anyone in
grades 10-11 at the time of application may participate. A person may attend only once.


RECORD BOOKS

   The hardest part about 4-H record keeping is to “get going.”
    Once you get started it will become easier for you.

   The key to 4-H record keeping is to start at the beginning of the
    year. Write things down as they happen. If you work on it
    gradually, it’s not such a big job at the end of the year!

   Why keep records? 4-H records help us see how we have grown and changed while in 4-H.
    Record books also help tell a story about you and your 4-H work. They also help us make
    decisions. By looking back on the other experiences we have had, we can make better
    decisions for the future. We also can learn record keeping skills that we’ll use later in life.

   It is best if your records are recorded in pen rather than pencil. Using a pen will make your
    records more permanent. There are erasable pens available. Many forms are now available
    online. This makes the process much easier and preferred if possible.

   People who look at record books are looking at you, what you did and what you learned, but
    unless it is written down, they have no way of knowing just what you did do. If you did
    some extra work, include that. This is especially valuable when your leaders and the youth
    committee evaluate your records in the fall. Many people will enjoy looking at your record
    book and will be able to see what 4-H has done for you.




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   Record books are due by a certain date – usually (Sept. 14). Books not in by that date will not
    be considered for awards.

       Record Keeping –
        Goal Setting Process
               Plan – decide what things you want to do in
                       4-H (learn to plant a garden, train a
                       pet, ride a bike, have fun, meet new
                       people)
               Do – keep a record of all you do (collect
                       rocks, make a new friend, go to
                       camp, build a birdhouse)
               Evaluate – what you did and did not do – explain why – what would you do
                       differently next time?

        Why 4-H Records?
              To help members set goals and see accomplishments while growing, learning and
                     developing to reach those goals
              To use decision-making skills
              To practice communication skills in recording, systematically and accurately,
                     work done in connection with each project
              To learn to keep financial records
              Makes a good record of activities for scholarship and award applications

       Record Book Forms –
            Green Record Book Cover – can be purchased through Extension Office
            Cover Page - include a photo, name, club, year in 4-H, etc
            Table of Contents - optional
            Yearly Summary – summarizes 4-H, church, community, and home activities for
              the year
            Personal Goal Record – goals for your life and 4-H – form available on-line yet
              and can be obtained from Extension Office.
            Project Record – need to complete one for each project area!
            Animal Projects – use Project Record
            Livestock Worksheets – use appropriate forms for your livestock project areas
            Project Worksheets – horticulture, photography, etc. Ask at the office.
            Supporting Materials – include pictures and clippings – your record book is not a
              scrapbook so do not include receipts, ribbons, letters, etc
            4-H Story – Sum up the year’s accomplishments, but not a repeat of Yearly
              Summary. It should be a narrative telling some of the following: self, age,
              interests, school, family, and why involved with 4-H projects, and what you
              enjoyed.

 ALL THINGS UNDERLINED ARE REQUIRED!!!!!! Watch for this information
throughout the year. If you have any questions or need help, contact the Extension Office.

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         FREMONT COUNTY EXTENSION – STAFF E-MAIL ADDRESSES

                           Susan Harris – sharris@iastate.edu
                          Anne Chambers – amorr@iastate.edu
                         Heidi Lowthorp – hlowtho@iastate.edu

          OFFICE PHONE: 712/374-2351            OFFICE FAX: 712/374-3286


                           2011-2012 FREMONT COUNTY
                              4-H CLUBS & LEADERS
Riverside Rockets
     Kris Wood & Lori Severn
W.M.P.
     James and Linda Rost, LeAnne Lewis, and Brenda MacDonald
Fremont County Fletchings (SESS)
     Scott Lowthorp
Waubonsie Trail Blazers
     Mable Nenneman & Courtney Sweeny
Washington P.E.P.
     Wendy Stenzel, Beth Phillips, Lora Lea Owen
Silver Skylarks
     Kathy Hemphill, Tracy Schroeder & Monica Whitehead




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