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					The Clover Connection
March 2009
4-H Achievement Program Bladen County Bits District, State & National Events Dates to Remember Community Service & Activity Log
From left to right - Victoria Evans - Sr. Eager Beaver, Sarah Willis - Jr. Eager Beaver, Laura Willis & Leighanne Kelly (not pictured) - Outstanding Jr. Girls, Meranda Dennis - Outstanding Sr. Girl, and Allen Monk - Outstanding Sr. Boy.

A fun-filled evening was had by all at the annual 4-H Achievement Program on Monday, February 16th. 4-H’ers, volunteers, parents and guests enjoyed our celebration of 4-H’s 100th birthday and the recognition of our 4-H’ers hard work in 2008. Here are a few highlights of the event…

NC Cooperative Extension
Bladen County Center 450 Smith Circle Drive Post Office Box 249 Elizabethtown, NC 28337 Phone: 910-862-4591 Fax: 910-862-6939 Email: Email: Email: Email: Email: Email: Web:

From left to right - Green Acres 4-H Club - Outstanding 4-H Club & Scrapbook and the Super Clover 4-H Club Jane Ross Community Service award.

Roots & Shoots and Outlook 4-H Clubs

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March Club Meetings Dates
• Green Acres – March 12th, 6:30 pm Extension

Roots & Shoots Club
Have you ever considered how insects eat? Did you know that you can identify insects affecting your plants just by the way they munch on your cabbage? Mr. Eddie Walters showed us how to eat like insects. On grasshoppers, there are finger-like appendages called labrum outside their mouth that push food into the insect’s mouth. We used our “labrum” to grasp and eat M&M’s. Next, we drank the juice out of the boxes, much like a butterfly siphons nectar out of a flower. You don’t even WANT to know what a housefly does! Submitted by Luke Hill Your brand-spanking new officers for the Awesomeness that is the Roots ‘n’ Shoots are as follows: President: Dillion Dennis, Vice President: Luke Hill, Secretary/Treasurer: Meranda Dennis, Reporter: Yours truly, It is I: Josh Snodgrass. Congratulations to all our new officers. Submitted by Josh Snodgrass

• Super Clover – March 9th, 3:30 pm
Wesley’s Chapel UMC

• The Outlook – March 19th, 6:00 pm • Roots & Shoots – March 17th, 5:00
pm Extension Office

• Four Leaf Friends Club - March
19th, 4:00 pm Club Leader’s Home

• Colly Kids Club - March 18th, Call Club Leader
for location and time.

Summer Academy Planning Meeting
Bladen County 4-H will hold a Summer Academy planning meeting on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office. All interested 4H’ers, volunteers and parents are invited to attend. We are seeking your assistance in planning this year’s activities, so please bring your ideas with you to this meeting!

The Outlook 4-H Club
We had two of our Volunteer Leaders go to Raleigh on Feb. 7th to the Annual Volunteer Leaders Workshop. The Outlook 4-H members attended a workshop at Lowe’s in Whiteville on Feb 14th. They were able to make jewelry boxes for Valentine’s. On the 19th, we had our monthly meeting, for which Angela Shaver was able to come out and show us how to make soap. Everyone seemed to enjoy this project. We are planning to attend other workshops in the future. Submitted by Angeline Powell

Green Acres News
Our meeting was on February 8. Our program was on Civics and Allen Monk led the program. Mrs. Autry came and spoke with us about Teen Court. Everyone wrote two thank you letters to Senator Tony Rand and Representative William Brisson. We all had a fabulous time writing thank you letters and visiting with each other. The meeting ended with the motto and we hope to ‘make the best better’ in everything we do. Submitted by Meranda Dennis

This event/activity is operating under the 4-H Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Procedure. The NC 4-H Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Procedure ( is a condition of participation in 4-H events and activities. Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Dalton Dockery, County Extension Director at 910-862-4591 or email or fax 910-862-6939 or in person at the County Extension Office at least (7) days prior to the event.

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4-H Talent Showcase
The 4-H Talent Showcase will be held in Lumberton on Saturday, April 4th. The showcase will feature both performing and non-performing talent. 4-H’ers may participate in each category with only one entry per category. Performing talent (4-H Entertains) includes such talents as acting, dance, singing, musical instruments, etc. Non-performing talent consists of candle making, jewelry, leather crafts, mechanical crafts, mosaics, pottery, stained or leaded glass, wood crafts, recycled crafts, painting, drawing, scrap booking and photography. The deadline to register is Monday, March 23rd. Non-performing talent entries are due in the 4-H Office by 5:00 pm on March 23rd and will be on display at the talent showcase. For more information, contact the 4-H Office.

Corn & Tomatoes
As NC 4-H was founded on corn and tomato clubs, we thought that this would be a great year to learn more about growing our own vegetable gardens! Master Gardener, Eddie Walters, has agreed to demonstrate what we need to know to prepare our garden for planting and how to plant seeds and tomato plants. Please join us for this training on Tuesday, March 31st from 9 11:30 am. Additionally, Scott Shaver, Master Gardener, has planted some vegetable seeds so that 4-H’ers will have plants to go in their gardens. Details on this gardening project will be sent to those 4-H’ers that express interest. You do not have to have space for a garden at your house to take part in this project. Contact Angela to sign up and for more information.

4-H Art Classes
New this year to 4-H are art classes. 4 -H Volunteer Peggy Monk will be offering a series of these classes over the next several months and invites all 4-H’ers to come. The first of these classes will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd and is entitled “The Artists Hand: 5 Techniques of Painting” and will discuss color and light in painting. On Friday, March 20th, the topic will be “The Artists Eye: Pictorial Composition & Pottery from the Index of American Design”. Information for both sessions is courtesy of the National Gallery of Art. Sessions will begin at 3:00 pm and last until 5:00 pm and will be held in the small auditorium at the Extension Office. For more information or to sign up for these classes, please contact the 4-H Office.

County Council Meeting
There will be a County Council Meeting on Monday, March 16th at 5:00 pm at the Extension Office. The program for the evening will be on Simple Marketing Ideas that you can use to promote 4-H and your club. We look forward to seeing every club represented at this meeting.

4-H Leadership Training
4-H’ers interested in learning more about Parliamentary Procedure, Public Speaking, Flag Etiquette and 4-H Fundamentals, should make plans to attend the 4-H Leadership Training on Tuesday, March 31st.. The training will be held at the Extension Office from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

County Council Officers’ Meeting
County Council Officers will be meeting on Friday, March 13th at 3:30 pm. They will also meet on Monday, March 16th at 4:30 pm to assist with set-up for the County Council meeting. The officers will meet again on Friday, March 27th at 3:30 pm. All meetings will be held at the Extension Office.

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Small Farms Essay Contest
In recognition of Small Farms Week, Columbus County 4-H is having an essay and public speaking contest. The theme is “Food Safety on the Farm”. The rules for the contest are as follows: Juniors 9-12 as of January 1, 2009, must have a minimum of 200 words, and at least one reference cited, Seniors 13-19 as of January 1, 2009, must have a minimum of 500 words and at least two references cited. All essays must be typed double spaced and entrants must be present to read their essay on Monday, March 23rd at the Columbus County Center at 6:00 pm. Monetary awards will be given on each level for first, second and third place. The deadline for all entries is March 16th. Further guidelines can be found at SmallFarmsEssay09.pdf

Youth Livestock Judging Practice
A Youth Livestock Judging Practice has been scheduled for Thursday, March 5th at 4:30 pm at the Bladen County Extension Office. This training will focus on giving reasons for livestock, poultry and horse judging contests. At the end of the training, 4-H’ers should be able to know how to give a set of reasons and the terminology associated with their area of interest. Brent Jennings, Extension 4-H Youth Livestock Technician, will discuss how to give reasons, note taking and preparing for reasons. James Parsons, Area Specialized Agent, Agriculture – Poultry, will be present to instruct poultry participants. Participants will have the opportunity to form teams according to their area of interest. Included in the instruction will be terminology, judging a class and giving a set of reasons for practice. Please contact the 4-H office if you have further questions about this training.

Record Book Judging
District Cumulative and Project Record Book judging will take place March 27 - April 1 at the State 4-H Office. Adult and high school age 4-H'ers are needed to serve as judges to assist with this task. If you would like to travel with a group from Bladen County to Raleigh for project record judging on Friday or Saturday March 27th or 28th or for cumulative record judging on Monday, March 30th, please contact Angela Shaver by Friday, March 6th. Judging record books is a great way to learn how to work with youth to make their record books more competitive and to get ideas for some great club activities! Your assistance with judging is greatly appreciated!

Operation: Military Kids Visual Arts Contest
NC 4-H’s Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program is proud to announce the 1st OMK Photography and Arts Contest. This contest is designed to introduce youth to Visual Arts as a part of the 4-H Expressive Arts Curriculum. Youth will use their skill and artistry to capture their view of America and patriotism. Submission deadline is April 30th. Contest guidelines can be found at OMK Visual Arts Contest Guidelines.pdf

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29th Annual Dixie Deer Classic Youth Day
Do you know the number one reason most species become endangered? Have you ever built a turkey call? Would you like to meet some falcons and the people who care for them? You can learn about these things and much more at the 29th Annual Dixie Deer Classic to be held March 6th through March 8th at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Each year the Dixie Deer Classic is sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association in order for people of all ages to learn about wildlife conservation, the environment, and safe hunting practices. This year, youth 18 and younger who attend the Dixie Deer Classic on Friday, March 6th, will have their hands stamped upon departure so they can receive free admission the next two days of the Classic. Attendance by school groups and youth groups is highly encouraged as most activities are geared to the N.C. Standard Course of Study objectives. Additional details can be found on the web at http:// You may also call (919) 552-9449.

Bladen County Solid Waste Needs Your Help
If you think the landfill is the answer to all your disposal needs, think again! Laws have been passed to actually ban more items from our county landfills. Beginning October 1st, oil filters will join the list of items banned from landfill disposal in NC. Oil filters are considered a valuable resource for recycling due to the fact they are made from steel. Steel provided from these oil filters can be reused in the making of new products, including automobiles, appliances, construction materials and cans. As a result of this ban, receptacles for oil filters will be placed at the 17 collection centers in Bladen County. If you are interested in learning more about our county recycling programs in general, or the location of the center nearest you, call Gloria Dove Allen or Brandon Smith at Solid Waste at 645-4279.

2009 NC 4-H Photography Contest
Okay, you shutterbugs! It is time once again to take photos for the NC 4-H Photography Contest! Categories this year include "4-H in Action" and "Nature's Beauty" categories, with a new category this year of "4-H Centennial”. Each category will be divided into Junior (ages 9-12) and Senior (ages 13-19) divisions. The new category of “4-H Centennial” is to include any images from events or celebrations related to 4-H Centennial activities. Interested 4-H’ers may submit entries through Tuesday, June 9th. Entries should be original images created by the entering 4-H’er from June 2008 to June 2009. Winning entries will be displayed at 4-H Congress and at 4-H events throughout the year. All original materials will be returned to entrants by September 2009. For more information, including rules, submission address, entry forms and winning entries from previous years, please visit the following link: agcomm/4-HPhoto/index.html.

NC 4-H Hall of Fame
Big things are happening this year in 4-H! As part of the 4-H Centennial celebration, 4-H plans to induct its first members of the North Carolina 4-H Hall of Fame during Centennial 4-H Congress in July. It’s time to aim your hearts and minds toward those adult 4-H’ers who have made a significant impact on your life as a 4-H’er and on the North Carolina 4-H program in general. Nomination forms will be due to the North Carolina 4-H Alumni and Friends Association by April 1, 2009. 4-H plans to honor its first group of 4-H Hall of Fame honorees on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 during the 4-H Centennial Homecoming to be celebrated during 4-H Congress week. You may access further information and a nomination form by visiting our web page at http:// or by contacting the 4-H Office.

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SCD Teen Retreat
Those 4-H’ers interested in attending the South Central District Teen retreat should contact Angela by Thursday, March 5th. Teen Retreat will be held on Saturday & Sunday March 21-22. Location, time and cost are yet to be determined.

Nickelodeon’s Online Game!!
National 4-H Council has partnered with Nickelodeon’s “Big Green Help” to create a brand-new, interactive online game “Flip N’ Flow”, featuring the network’s animated boy-genius Jimmy Neutron. The game is in support of 4-H’s Science, Engineering and Technology communication campaign to spark youth interest in science and prepare one million new young people for America’s technology workforce. Nickelodeon’s “The Big Green Help” is a kid-led movement that provides information and tools to help explain climate change to young people, and connects them to energy-saving and earth-friendly activities in their everyday lives. The “Flip N’ Flow” game is available online at Youth can play the game and access materials to share with friends. Check out this fun activity which gives youth and mentors the opportunity to learn about water conservation and challenges them to think about steps they can take to participate in going green!

4-H History - UNC-TV
The NC 4-H Program had 2 features aired on UNC-TV in February during the North Carolina NOW program. The first episode was on the history of 4-H in NC while the second episode focused on 4-H today. Both episodes can be viewed on the 4-H homepage at http:// This is a fun and informative look at NC 4-H as we celebrate our centennial!

NC Blueberry Essay Scholarship Contest
The 2009 NC Blueberry Festival Association Essay Scholarship Contest will be awarding $20,000 in scholarships during the upcoming NC Blueberry Festival, to be held on June 20, 2009, in Burgaw, NC. Topics for this year’s contest are: “Why Blueberries Are The Perfect Food,” and “Why Blueberries Are The Perfect Plant.” Participants in this contest must reside in Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender or Sampson counties. Participants must be either a senior in secondary education, must have already been accepted into an accredited two or four year college or university, or must be a current full-time college student carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Entries should be interesting as well as informative. Deadline for entry is March 15, 2009. Additional requirements and instructions may be found at 2008EssayScholarship.pdf

4-H Lifetime Achievement Awards
NC 4-H will host its annual fund raising event on Thursday, April 23rd in Concord. Formerly known as the 4-H Gala, the Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrates the accomplishments of 4-H alumni and donors to the NC 4-H program. As part of the fund raising efforts, we will hold silent and live auctions. We need your assistance in soliciting items for these auctions. During the Centennial year, we would like for each county to be represented with at least one item. Value of donated auction items should be worth at least $50 (or a combined worth of $50 for baskets). If you have something that you would like to donate, please contact Angela Shaver before April 3rd.

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March 2009

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3 4-H Art Class 3 pm Extension Office




5 Youth Livestock Judg- 6 County Council ing Practice 4:30 pm Officers Meeting 3:30 pm Extension Extension Office Office Deadline to register for Deadline to sign up Teen Retreat for Record Book Judging 12 Green Acres Club Meeting 6:30 pm Extension Office 13 County Council Officers Meeting 3:30 pm Extension Office 20 4-H Art Class 3pm Extension Office


9 Super Clover Club Meeting 3:30 pm Wesley’s Chapel UMC

10 Summer Academy Planning Meeting 6 pm Extension Office



15 NC Blueberry Essay Contest Deadline 22 South Central District Teen Retreat

16 County Council 17 Roots & Meeting 5:00 pm Shoots Club Meeting 5:00 pm Extension Office Extension Office Small Farms Essay Contest Deadline 24 23 Talent Showcase (Performing & Non-performing) Entries Due by 5:00 pm

18 Colly Kids Club Meeting

19 Four Leaf Friends Club Meeting 4:00 pm Outlook Club Meeting 6:00 pm

21 South Central District Teen Retreat



27 County Council Officers Meeting 3:30 pm Extension Office




31 Leadership Training 1 pm Extension Office

Planting Demonstration 9 am Extension Office

North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. NC State University, NC A&T State University, US Department of Agriculture and local governments cooperating. Sincerely, Angela R. Shaver Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Johnice Autry 4-H Teen Court, Restitution & Community Service Coordinator

Jordan Allen 4-H Friends Of Youth Director

Elizabeth Hackstall 4-H Life Skills Coordinator

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