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									                                                                                              CARING FOR THE

                                                                                              OF MONROE COUNTY

                                                                           APRIL 2010
                                                                                              April is National Volunteer Month!
                                                                                          Celebrate our Monroe County 4-H Volunteers!

                                                                           April is National Volunteer Month, and the week of April 18-24 is National Volun-
                                                                           teer Week. Don’t forget that volunteers are the heart of 4-H. Within your 4-H ex-
                                                                           periences, think of all the volunteers you see, and the ones you don’t see that are
                               THE NEWSLETTER FOR 4-H FAMILIES & FRIENDS

                                                                           working behind the scenes. Here are a few facts about the impact of volunteers ac-
                                                                           cording to Volunteering in America:

                                                                           -In 2009 in the United States, 63.4 million people volunteered, which is about 26.8
                                                                           percent of the population!

                                                                           -Over the course of the year, those volunteers spent an average of 50-52 hours on
                                                                           volunteer activities.

                                                                           -Educational and youth service organizations generated about 26.1 percent of the
                                                                           hours that volunteers donated.

                                                                           -In Wisconsin alone, there are 1.5 million volunteers, which is about 33 percent of
                                                                           our population, ranking us 12th of the 50 states and Washington, DC.

                                                                           -162.4 million hours are served, and about 3.3 billion dollars worth of service is con-
                                                                           tributed in Wisconsin.

                                                                           Please take a few minutes to thank the 4-H volunteers around you for their time,
                                                                           knowledge, and compassion for our wonderful program. We are an organization
                                                                           that empowers volunteers to make lasting impacts on youth and others. There are
                                                                           many ways to say thank you, and for the 4-H volunteer, a thank you is all they need
                                                                           to hear for the work they have done, especially when it comes from those they have

                                                                           Thank you Monroe County 4-H volunteers for making my first three months mean-
                                                                           ingful and productive as your new 4-H Youth Development Agent. You truly are
                                                                           ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

                                                                           4-H Youth Development Agent

                                                                                             Monroe County Extension Office
                                                                                       14345 Co. Hwy. B, Rm. 1, Sparta, WI 54656
                                                                                    Phone: (608) 269/372-8722; Fax (608) 269/372-8767
                                                                                           E-Mail: sara.novotny@ces.uwex.edu
Monroe County Cloverlink/April 2010                                                        Page 2

                              Calendar of Events
     1 - CWF Registration forms and health papers due
     5 - Dog Project Training, 7 pm, AEC, Sparta
     5 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club, REQUIRED SAFETY TRAINING
     7 - Fair Advisory Meeting, 7pm, Tomah High School Ag Rm
     10 - Barron County Tack Swap & Horse Expo, 9am-3pm, Barron, WI
     10 - In-Store Event, 10 am - 2 pm, TSC, Tomah
     10 - Horse Project Jumping Clinic, 10:00 am, Tomah Fairgrounds
     12 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club
     13 - Application Due for beginning camp counselor training at Upham Woods
     13 - Jr. Livestock Meeting, 8pm, Cashton High School
     14 - WI State Fair MANDATORY Parents Meeting, 7:30 pm, Rolling Hills Activity Room, Sparta
     16-17 - Middle School Adventure Camp, Lanesboro, MN
     17 - Fur, Fin, and Feather Show, Barney Center, Sparta
     18 - Dog Project Training, 6:30 pm, Guest Speaker, AEC, Sparta
     19 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club
     24-25 - IW2K!, Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI
     24-25 - Beginning Camp Counselor Training, Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI
     26 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club
     30 - POP TABS DUE

     1 - Horse Project Horsemanship Clinic, 10:00 am, Tomah Fairgrounds
     3 - Dog Project Training, 7 pm, Tomah Fairgrounds
     3 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club
     4 - Norwalk Community Learning Centers 4-H Enrichment, 4:30pm, NOW School
     4 - Executive Board Meeting, 2nd Interviews, 7:30pm, Cashton High School
     10 - .22 and Shotgun, 6:00pm, Cataract Sportsmen’s Club
     13 - Horse Project Meeting, 6:30 pm, Rolling Hills
     16 - Dog Project Training, 6:30 pm, Guest Speaker, Tomah Fairgrounds
     16 - Ambassador/Jr. Leader Meeting, 1:00 pm, Centennial Park, Sparta
     17 - SHEEP & SWINE ID SHEETS DUE by 4:30pm, Ex. Office
     17 - HORSE PROJECT ID SHEETS DUE by 4:30pm, Ex. Office
     17 - Leaders Association Meeting, Cashton High School
     24 - 4-H Agent Mandatory Furlough Day

                               Forms, newsletters, and information available online at
Monroe County Cloverlink/April 2010                                                                      Page 3

  1 - State 4-H Youth Conference payments due
  5 - Monroe County Dairy Breakfast
  13 - Butterfest Parade
  13-15 Badger Dairy Camp, Madison, WI
  17 - 4-H Family Picnic, 6:00 pm games, 7:00 pm meal, WCC Park, Wilton
  21 - Clothing Preview, 8:30am registration, Rolling Hills Auditorium
  21-24 - WI State 4-H Youth Conference, Madison
  24-27 - Tomah Grand National Tractor Pull
  27-30 - 4-H Summer Camp

  14 - Foods Revue, 6:00 pm, Warrens Lions Log Cabin

                       ATTENTION                             AMBASSADORS & JR. LEADERS

  The NOW Community Learning Centers would             The next Junior Leader & Ambassador meeting will
  like to include 4-H enrichment in its after school   be on Sunday, May 16th at 1:00 pm at Centennial
  programming. NOW students grades K-8 will be         Park in Sparta. Please bring your gardening tools
  in attendance. The first event will take place on    to this meeting.
  Tuesday, May 4th, from 4:30-6:00 pm. If you          Upcoming Events:
  have any topics, ideas, or would like to help at     April 10th, TSC promotion, Tomah
  this 4-H program or future after school 4-H          April 17th, FFF, Barney Center
  programs, please contact Sara Novotny at
                                                                  Attention Junior Leader
             MUST BE HANDS-ON FUN!                                District Representatives:
                                                       You MUST pick up your cookbooks from the Monroe
                                                       County Extension Office to sell at a location in your
                                                       district. It is required by the Junior Leader bylaws

               CONGRATULATIONS                         that each district representative will find a location
                                                       to sell the cookbooks. Cost is $15/book. Please con-
                                                       tact Sara Novotny at the office to get your cook-

They are the winners of the WI State 4-H20 Replen-
ish Grant! They will be making a rain barrel for the
fairgrounds and planting a memorial garden.
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                SHOOTING SPORTS                                            OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

                   .22 AND SHOTGUN                            Warrens Cranberry Festival Button Contest
   .22 and Shotgun training will                              New this year! The festival has decided to reveal the
   be held in Cataract at the Rod and                         2011 at the 2010 Cranfest. Because the winning design
   Gun Club April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3, 10.                will be revealed at Cranfest, the winner must be pre-
   Rain dates to be determined. Beginning at                  sent at the revealing, which will take place on Sunday
                                                              of the festival before the parade.
   6:00 pm. A permission form will be mailed to all
   4-H members enrolled in .22 and shotgun. The               All designs must be for the appropriate year. For this
   first night is a REQUIRED SAFETY TRAINING.                 year’s contest, design buttons for the 39th Annual
                                                              Cranfest, September 23-25, 2011.
   Bring $5.00 fee and permission forms to the
   first meeting.                                             Deadline for entries is June 1, 2010. Please contact
                                                              the Extension Office for a complete set of rules.

                                                                   Warrens Cranberry Festival Parade
                  ANY youth participating in shotgun
                                                              •   The 2010 parade will take place on Sunday, Sep-
                  or .22 Rifle MUST attend and com-               tember 26th at 12:00 noon. Arrival time is 9:00 am.
                  plete a Hunter Safety Course. This          •   There is no fee to participate in the nonprofit
                  must be done prior to the start of              category.
                  meetings in the spring. Individuals         •   There are 2 nonprofit categories: kid and adult.
   should bring their hunter safety course comple-                Any entry including one or more adult will be classi-
   tion certificate/card with them to the first shot-             fied as an adult entry.
   gun and .22 meeting. Contact your local DNR for            •   All units must be decorated and a theme is strongly
   a schedule of classes. Thank you for your                      recommended.
   cooperation.                                               •   First prize in each category will win $150.00, and
                                                                  second place will earn $50.00. All winners will re-
                                                                  ceive certificates.
            1st Annual Lafayette County                       •   Entries are due by June 15, 2010.
                Archery Invitational                          •   Contact the Extension Office for entry forms and
                 Saturday, April 17th, 2010                       more information.
                Belmont Community Schools
                    Belmont, Wisconsin                         WISCONSIN 4-H FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC
  *This is a 4-H Nat’l Invitational qualifying opportunity.          AND SILENT AUCTION TOUR
  *Registration due by April 9, 2010
                                                              8th Annual Southern Golf Classic
  Go to http://4h.uwex.edu/onlinpro/
                                                              Monday, June 28, 2010
  shooting/2010competitiveshoots.cpf or contact the
                                                              Kettle Moraine Golf Club, Dousman
  Extension Office for rules and registration.
                                                              3rd Annual Northern Golf Classic
                                                              Monday, June 14, 2010
         Clark County 4-H Invitational Shoot                  Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, River Falls
                  Saturday, April 24th, 2010                  Registration is $80 per person/$320 per foursome
         Neillsville Gun Club - Highway 10, Neillsville       and includes cart, range balls, team prizes, hole prizes
   *National Qualifying Opportunity                           and meal. Golf at both events, and your registration
   *Registration due by April 9, 2010                         will be reduced to $75 per person/$300 per foursome
   Go to http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/clark/4h/                for each event.
   registrationsforeventsandactivities.html or contact        Silent Auction will also be held at both locations.
   the Extension Office for rules and registration.           Go to www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/foundation or contact
                                                              Donna Faulkner at donna.faulkner@uwex.edu for more
Monroe County Cloverlink/April2010                                                                          Page 5

             ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS                                              FUNDRAISER

 4-H Arts Camp: October 2-3, 2010

 If you're in Middle School, grades 6-8, don't miss 4-H
 Arts Camp! Where else can you go to one place to learn
 about music, drama, visual arts, photography, communica-
 tions, and juggling!

 You'll rotate through the different arts tracks each day,
 participate in a group arts experience Saturday evening,
 and close with a ceremony for parents and families, cele-
 brating the results of your group Arts Camp experiences.
 You'll also meet new friends, participate in camp games,
 and enjoy the great natural
 setting of Upham Woods, a
 300-acre environmental
 education center on the
 Wisconsin River near Wis-
 consin Dells.

 If you haven't been a part
 of the Arts Camp experience, come and see what you've
 been missing! Space is limited. Call your county 4-H Youth
 Development Agent for more information about camper,
 counselor, and/or chaperone opportunities now!

 Cost: Campers, $60.00 which includes a camp T-shirt;
 Adult Chaperones, $30.00

 Registration Deadlines:
 Youth Staff - May 1st                                         THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS
 Campers - September 1st                                                   FUNDRAISER:
                                                              •   Tomah Tractor Supply Co. is participating in this
     MONROE COUNTY FAIR REMINDER                              • Clovers will be sold from March 26th through April
                              The fair board is encouraging   • 100% of all proceeds go to 4-H programs.
                              clubs to create signs for the   • 60% of all proceeds go to MONROE COUNTY 4-H
                              2010 Monroe County Fair.            LEADERS ASSOCIATION.
                              They will need to include the   MONROE COUNTY 4-H will be holding an in-store
                              fair dates, location, and can   event on Saturday, April 10th from 10 am - 2 pm.
                              include the fair logo or this   We need as many club members, leaders, and volun-
                              year’s theme of “Race to the    teers present (in 4-H apparel of course) to help with
                              Fair”.                          this huge event.
                                                              Information on this fundraiser and in-store event was
  See the March Cloverlink Newsletter for full details.       sent to all General Club Leaders. Contact your Club
                                                              Leader or the Extension Office for more information.
 Monroe County Cloverlink/April2010                                                                                 Page 6

                                                ANIMAL SCIENCES
Anyone selling livestock, including poultry or rabbits, at       AGRICULTURAL SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST
the Monroe County Fair, must attend at least one junior
livestock meeting.
                                                             •   Entries must contain at least 3 members from a
                                                                 non-profit, Wisconsin recognized youth organiza-
Upcoming meeting:                                                tion. Individuals should be members in good
• April 13 - Cashton High School                                 standing of their organization and a Wisconsin
Remember swine and sheep ID sheets are due to                    resident.
the Extension Office by Monday, May 17 at                    • Videos must be at least 60 seconds in length and
4:30 pm.                                                         no more than 2 minutes.
                                                             • Videos can be submitted in one of two subject
                                                                     • General agricultural safety - These videos
           JULY 1, 2010 GRANT COUNTY                                     feature a safety message including but
   Objectives                                                            not limited to tractors, machinery, animal
   *To increase the availability of educational opportu-                 handling, chemicals, and farm structures.
   nities in the 4-H Animal Science Projects.                        • Safety when operating on public roads -
   *To increase decision-making skills through judging                   These safety messages can be intended
   and grading experiences.                                              for the general motorist or for the agri-
   *To increase the knowledge of animals through                         cultural operator.
   breeding and market evaluation and management in-         • All entries and necessary forms must be post-
   formation.                                                    marked by June 1, 2010.
   Areas offered include:                                    • Videos will be judged at WI Farm Technology
                                                                 Days in Pierce County on July 20-22, 2010.
*Dairy Cattle Evaluation
*Dairy Showmanship                                           • Please go to
*Dairy Poster                                                http://fyi.uwex.edu/ftd2010youth/
*Meat Animal Evaluation                                      or contact the Extension Office for full details.
*Meat Evaluation
*Horse Evaluation                                                WISCONSIN LIVESTOCK BREEDERS
*Hippology                                                       ASSOCIATION 2010 YOUTH EVENTS
*Horse Poster
                                                             •    The Wisconsin Livestock Breeders Association’s
For more information go to: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/              30th Annual Spring Preview Show will be held on
animalscience/youthlivestock/AASD.cfm                             June 12-13th at the Jefferson Fair Park, Jeffer-
                                                                  son, WI.
  Wisconsin Livestock Breeder’s Association                  •    14th Wisconsin Junior Livestock Camp is sched-
           T-Shirt Design Contest                                 uled for June 18-20th at Wisconsin Fair Park.
                                                             •    Wisconsin Summer Spectacular will be held in
The WLBA’s 1st Annual T-Shirt Design Contest
                                                                  Wausau on August 20-21st at the Marathon
Each year the WLBA prints a new t-shirt design with
                                                                  County Fairgrounds.
the WLBA logo on the front and a new theme related to
                                                             •    2010 Master Stockman Award Applications will
showing livestock on the back. This year the WLBA is
                                                                  be accepted at both the Spring Preview and Sum-
asking for your help to come up with the 2010 theme
                                                                  mer Spectacular Shows.
and design for the back of the t-shirt. The winning de-
signer will receive a $25 cash award and of course a         Entry information and applications for all events as
free t-shirt! Entry forms and more details can be found      well as 2010 Master Stockman Award applications
on the WLBA website at:                                      can be found on the WLBA website at
www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com                           www.wisconsinlivestockbreeders.com
Entry deadline is May 1st.
 Monroe County Cloverlink/April2010                                                                            Page 7

                          SHEEP                              2010 Wisconsin Shropshire Association
                                                                     Starter Flock Award
     IDENTIFICATION SITES ANNOUNCED                        The Wisconsin Shropshire Association is accepting
                                                           applications for their 2010 Wisconsin Shropshire As-
Youth interested in participating in the 2010 Wisconsin    sociation Starter Flock Award. The starter flock is
State Fair Market Lamb and Performance Classes must        designed to introduce young people (ages 9-16) to the
identify their market lambs at one of the upcoming of-     joys of raising sheep. The winner will receive two
ficial sites. Lambs will be individually identified, re-   $150 certificates to be used for the purchase of two
ceive an official Wisconsin State Fair ear tag and be      Shropshire ewes. Ewes can be purchased from the
required to have a DNA sample collected. A $10.00          Wisconsin Spring Invitational, the Wisconsin Sheep
fee per animal will be collected at the check-in sites.    Breeders’ Fall Bred Ewe Sale, or from the farm of
Market lamb identification enables Wisconsin State         any Wisconsin Shropshire Association member. The
Fair to maintain a higher level of quality control.        winner will also receive a ewe lamb, donated by Dou-
2010 Sheep Identification Sites:                           ble Doc Farms. Those interested are required to fill
                                                           out an application, an essay, and provide three letters
Monroe County Fairgrounds - Tomah                          of support. Contact Maura Wieners at (262) 210-
Wednesday, April 28, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm                    9437 or mwieners@wisc.edu for more information
Contact Person: Jill Helming - 608.378.4162                and applications. Applications must be received by
Dane County Fairgrounds - Madison                          April 12,2010.
Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Contact Person: Romaine Ace - 608.835.5264                                       DAIRY
Youth interested in participating in the 2010 Wisconsin         BADGER DAIRY CAMP
State Fair must contact their local UW Extension of-                   JUNE 13-15, 2010
fice for more information and entry deadlines. Entry                     UW-MADISON
information is available online at www.wistatefair.com     This camp is open to all dairy youth between the ages
                                                           of 12 and 18 and provides an excellent opportunity
       2010 BADGER BONANZA LAMB SHOW                       for youth to get hands on experience learning how to
        This year the 2010 Badger Bonanza Lamb Show        fit and show animals.
will conduct its second year as a double-header show in    Spots are filling fast so go to:
Arlington, WI at the Public Events Center on May 2,        http://www.uwex.edu/ces/dairyyouth/camp.php
2010.                                                      today to register.
        For more information contact Tawny Chandler at
tchandler@wisc.edu or 715.651.9038. Please visit the            SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
UW Saddle & Sirloin website at:
www.uwsaddlesirloin.com for frequently updated infor-       2010 Wisconsin State Fair Blue Ribbon
mation.                                                    Sale of Champions Foundation Scholarship
                                                           The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation is
 INDIANHEAD SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION                     sponsoring five $1000 scholarships and five $500
 SPRING SHOW LAMB SALE AND YOUTH CLINIC                    scholarships. These scholarships recognize the
               SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010                      achievements of Wisconsin State Fair Junior Live-
    UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS                    stock exhibitors and assist them with their educa-
                    LAB FARM #2                            tional expenses.
              12:00 PM -YOUTH CLINIC                       Ten recipients will be chosen from the applications
                    1:00 PM-SALE                           received by the scholarship committee. The top ten
Contact Linda Mullendore at (715)268-9190 or               finalists will interview for the awards.
mully@amerytel.net for more information.                   Applications must be postmarked no later than June
                                                           15, 2010.
                                                           Please contact the Extension Office for full details.
 Monroe County Cloverlink/April 2010                                                                      Page 8

                                                              (Required for swine State Fair exhibitors)
All junior market barrow and open jackpot show barrow
exhibitors wishing to exhibit during the 2010 Wiscon-
                                                          •    Youth PQA certification is not needed to show pigs
                                                               at the Monroe County Fair.
sin State Fair, August 5th - August 15th are required
to attend one of the regionally located identification    •    Those youth exhibiting swine at the state fair are
sites. DNA identification will be conducted at these           still required to have Youth MAQA certification.
sites and will cost $10.00 per animal.                    In Monroe County, you may obtain Youth Certification
2010 Swine Identification Sites:                          by testing out with one of the county FFA advisors/
                                                          agriculture instructors or by making an appointment at
Saturday, April 17th 9:00 am until 12:00 pm
                                                          the Monroe County Extension Office to take the test.
LaCrosse County Fairgrounds - West Salem, WI
                                                          You may also test out at any of the three workshops
Contact person: Steve Nuttleman - 608.386.8803
                                                          listed below. All three workshops will offer the test
Saturday, April 24th 9:00 am until 12:00 pm               out option at 6pm.
Arlington Agriculture Research Station - Arlington, WI    • Thursday, March 25th - 7-9pm-Hamiltion Town Hall
Contact Person: Zak Krebs - 608.669.1855                  • Monday, April 19th - 7-9pm-Holmen High School Ag
**Junior exhibitors interested in participating in the         Room, Holmen
Wisconsin State Fair must contact their local UW Ex-
                                                          • Tuesday, June 22nd - 7-9pm-Melrose/Mindoro High
tension office for entry deadlines and information.
                                                               School Ag Room, Melrose
Entry information is available at www.wistatefair.com
                                                          Make sure you check your certification card to see
WI Pork Association Offers Connections for                when it expires to see if you need to test out or attend
                                                          a certification workshop.
            Swine Exhibitors
                                                          Study materials can be obtained from the Ag instruc-
The Wisconsin Pork Association is offering two oppor-     tors or from the Monroe County Extension Office.
tunities for youth involved in a 4-H or FFA swine pro-
                                                          You have to pass the test once when you are in grades 6
ject to make connections with Wisconsin pork produc-
                                                          -8, and once from grades 9-12.
ers. The first is the “Buy Wisconsin First” Swine Di-
rectory, which features Wisconsin seedstock and show      It is your responsibility as a swine exhibitor to
pig producers. Copies can be received by calling 1-800-   schedule your certification either through test out or
822-7675 or emailing wppa@wppa.org. The directory         workshop attendance. If you do not meet the PQA/
can also be viewed online at www.wppa.org.                MAQA requirements, you will not be able show at
WPA is teaming together with the Wisconsin Show Pig       the State Fair!
Association to offer a show pig sale on Saturday, April
10 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson.        Saddle and Sirloin Club Swine Project Awards
This event will be held in conjunction with the Wiscon-   • Up to five awards of $100 each will be awarded to
sin Club Lamb Association’s sale. The sale will be held        first or second year swine project members.
at 3:30 pm; a skillathon will be offered. The lamb sale   •    The Swine Project Awards were introduced to help
will begin at 2 pm. For details, call 1-800-822-7675.          beginning 4-H or FFA members get started in the
                                                               swine industry.
                 Bucky’s Spectacular                      •    First and second year swine project members be-
      Wisconsin Show Pig Association Sanctioned                tween the ages of nine and eighteen that are Wis-
                     May 22, 2010                              consin residents are eligible.
        Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe WI               •    The completed application is due Friday, April 23,
*Entry Fee - $20.00 - No pre-entry required                    2010.
Contact Devan Brugger - dbrugger@wisc.edu , (608)558
                                                          •    Applications can be found online at:
-2646 or Rebecca Keel rbkeel@wisc.edu with questions.
   Monroe County Cloverlink/April2010                                                                                 Page 9

                            GOATS                                       SMALL ANIMALS & DOGS
     GREEN COUNTY 4-H YOUTH GOAT SHOW                                WASHINGTON CO 4-H FUN MATCH
                 Green County Fairgrounds                                      Sunday, April 18, 2010
                  Saturday, May 8, 2010                                       Washington Co. Fair Park
                 Show Starts at 9:30 a.m.                                    300 Hwy PV, West Bend, WI

  Registration Fees: $2.00 per goat                           •   Obedience: Entries close on Sunday at 7:30 am,
                $1.00 per child for showmanship                   judging starts at 8:00 am.

  Pen Fees: $5.00 per pen. Entrants will be responsible
                                                              •   Rally: Entries close on Sunday at 7:30 am, judging
                                                                  starts at 8:00 am.
  for bringing their own bedding and will be asked to clean
  out the pens prior to leaving in order to receive a $3.00   •   Conformation: Entries close on Sunday at 11:45 am,
  refund on the pen fee.                                          judging starts at 12:30 pm.
                                                              •   Canine Good Citizen: Starting at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm,
  **Please be at the fairgrounds and checked in by 9am.
                                                                  limited to 25 dogs.
  Contact the Extension Office for entry forms and class
                                                              Advance entries close Monday, April 5, 2010.
                                                              Entry forms are available at the Extension Office or

                          HORSES                              you can contact Michelle Rost at 262-375-7371 for
                                                              more information.

    MONROE COUNTY 4-H HORSE & PONY                                             20TH ANNUAL
            MONROE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS                                 MONROE COUNTY
            SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH, 10:00 AM
 Participants must be a current Monroe County Horse &
 Pony Project Member in good standing.                               FUR, FIN & FEATHER
 Registration is required. Forms available at the
 Extension Office or contact Sara Swiatly at:                               SHOW
 valleysendfarm@yahoo.com or 608-387-2947.                                 APRIL 17, 2010
                                                                        BARNEY CENTER, SPARTA
               BARRON COUNTY                                        For registration and schedule information go to
           TACK SWAP & HORSE EXPO                                 http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/monroe/4h/forms.html
             Barron Area Community Center                                  or contact the Extension Office.
         800 Memorial Drive, Barron, WI 54812
        Saturday, April 10, 2010 9:00 am-3:00 pm
                     Free admission
                                                                       RICHLAND COUNTY 4-H
                                                                     RABBITS R US RABBIT SHOW
 For further information, please contact Sheila Kisling
                                                                            Sunday, April 25, 2010
 at xhairinc@centurytel.net or (715)234-2826.
                                                                      Richland Center Community Center
                                                                         REGISTRATION: 8:00 a.m.
     VERNON COUNTY HORSE & PONY                                              JUDGING: 9:00 a.m.
                                                                      SHOW IS OPEN TO ALL YOUTH
                                                                              GRADES 3 thru 13
                                                                    DO NOT HAVE TO BE A 4-H MEMBER
           SUNDAY, APRIL 25TH, 11:00 AM
    COST - $10 ALL DAY SINGLE OR $20 ALL DAY                  Entries are due by April 20, 2010.
              FAMILY OR $2 PER CLASS                          Please contact the Extension Office for more
Contact the Extension Office for show bill and more           information.
   Monroe County Cloverlink/April 2010                                                                          Page 10

             Opportunities for You at the Wisconsin State Fair Youth Expo!
Activity Stations • Demonstrations • Clothing Revue • Music & Drama • Mini Performances • Exhibits
You are invited to join us at this year’s Wisconsin State Fair! Join other youth from around Wisconsin and participate
in one of our Youth Expo Programs. These programs allow youth to grow in many ways by gaining leadership and com-
munication skills while promoting Wisconsin’s youth organizations. The Youth Expo represents youth from our state’s
FFA, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4-H programs. You could represent any of these organizations by helping fairgoers
at the Activity Stations, performing on stage, participating in a style revue, or giving a demonstration to fairgoers.

Opportunities are available for all ages. Youth must be ages 12-18 to participate in
our overnight programs (Activity Stations, Clothing Revue, and Demonstrations).

Contact your county agent or organizational leader today! You may also visit our website or contact Lisa Talen, Youth
Expo Coordinator at lisa.talen@wisconsin.gov or 414.750.0872.



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 PHOTOGRAPHY                                                 Star Gazers members:
 Bonita Hanley              Nikki Nauman                     Tatiana Briggs       Duke Backhaus
                                                             Peter Schroeder      Ethan Johnson
 MARKETING                                                   Amanda Backhaus      Evan Johnson
 Ryan Osuski                Stacey Ebert                     Thor Lass            Max Lass
 Ethan Johnson                                               Nikki Johnson        Christa Backhaus
                                      2010 MONROE COUNTY FAIR FOOD STAND SCHEDULE

                                                                                     Club Name________________________
          DATES                              TIMES                    MINIMUM WORKERS                            INDICATE CLUB NAME
                                                                    NEEDED (extras are encouraged)             1 CHOICE      2ND CHOICE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28                    3:00 p.m.-closing                  6A/JL—8Y—2CB/E

                                    6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.                   3A—2JL—3Y
THURSDAY, JULY 29                   11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                10A/JL—10Y—2CB/E
                                      4:30 p.m.-closing                 10A/JL—10Y—2CB/E

                                   6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.                    4A—2JL—3Y
   FRIDAY, JULY 30                 10:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                 10A/JL—10Y—2CB/E
                                   3:25 p.m.-7:30 p.m.                  10A/JL—12Y—2CB/E
                                     7:15 p.m.-closing                  10A/JL—12Y—2CB/E

                                   6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.                     4A—2JL—3Y
 SATURDAY, AUG 31                  10:55 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                 10A/JL—10Y—2CB/E
                                   3:25 p.m.-7:30 p.m.                  10A/JL—12Y—2CB/E
                                    7:15p.m. – closing                   10A/JL-– 12 Y-–2C/E

                                   6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.                     4A—4JL—3Y
   SUNDAY, AUG 1                   10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.                10A/JL—10Y—2CB/E
                                     2:30 – 5:00 p.m.                    7A/JL—10Y—2CB/E

 If you have any questions, call SARA at 269/372-8722. Please return to the Monroe County Extension Office, 14345 Co. Hwy. B, Rm. 1, Sparta, WI 54656 by
                                                               April 30, 2010. Thank you.
 Monroe County Cloverlink/April 2010                                                                          Page 12

                                       4-H CLUB NEWS
                                       - GIVING YOU THE 4-H HIGHLIGHTS -

STAR GAZERS - The February meeting of the Star Gaz-           from. Congratulations to Alex Erickson for coming up with
ers 4-H Club was held Sunday, February 14th at the Town       the winning theme. Sam Erickson and Denise Osuski will be
of Lincoln Fire Station beginning at 2:05 pm. The meeting     looking into decorations and cost etc. Sam Erickson and
was called to order by President Courtney Pearson. Roll       Kori Trescher will be looking into information on our sum-
call was to bring valentines for our grandparents and each    mer trip ideas. Denise Osuski will be calling Mabel’s on
other. We also wore pink or red. Committee reports were       Main to order Easter Lilies again this year. Thank you to
given. Katelyn talked about teeth health for Safety and       Lori Olson for coordinating the sun catcher craft for Clo-
Health. In Conservation, Courtney reported on feeding the     verbuds and Explorers. Be sure to check with Kori Tre-
birds. In Recreation, the club decided to go to Cranberry     scher if you are unsure of how many meetings you have at-
Country Lodge to swim on the 27th of February. For Pro-       tended. All members must attend 4 meetings in order to
motion, we had a craft table at the Festival of Arts. Nikki   show at the fair. Reminders: Monday, March 15, 2010
and Mr. Pearson will take our cards to our adopted grand-     Leaders meeting at 7:30 at Rolling Hills activity room. Any
parents. We performed our play for Music and Drama. In        parent is welcome to attend. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at
Old Business, we made cookies and delivered them to the       8:00 pm is the Junior Livestock meeting in Cashton. If you
Care Center. In New Business, we decided to bring one         are showing a market animal at the fair and want to try to
table for crafts at the Festival of Arts. Mrs. Johnson        get into the auction, you must attend at least one meeting.
suggested that we make crafts out of our old club t-shirts    Bonita Hanley and Betsy Schreier had birthdays in March.
and donate the rest to charity. Clover College will be on     The next meeting will be on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 1:30
January 16th at the Wilton Community Center. The              pm in the Cashton High School cafeteria. Meeting ad-
leader’s meeting will be at the Tomah F & M Bank on the       journed at 3:00 pm.
18th of January. The next meeting will be Sunday, March       Respectfully submitted by, Ryan Osuski, Club Reporter
14th at the fire station at 2 pm. For roll call, club mem-
                                                             WEST BEAVER CREEK - The monthly meeting of the
bers will wear green and bring a fact about Ireland. The
                                                             West Beaver Creek 4-H Club was called to order at 7:00
Olsen family will host.
                                                             pm on February 25, 2010 by president Ben Stowell. Roll
Respectfully submitted by, Christa Backhaus, Club Re-
                                                             call was to name a former President of the United States.
                                                             Pledges were led by Claire Puck and Meredith Fabrick. For
JOLLY JOINERS - The Jolly Joiners 4-H club had their         Sunshine activities, Elizabeth Puck reported that she sent
last meeting on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the Cashton High a condolence card to the Bea Morgan family, and a “thank
School. The meeting was called to order at 1:40 with         you” card was sent to Steve Schauf for his presentation on
pledges lead by Taylor Hanley. Roll call was something       parliamentary procedure. There were no Cloverbud activi-
green. Congratulations to all who displayed or performed     ties due to our Valentines Day activities. Morgan Leis-
at the Festival of Arts. Ann Klinkner mentioned that there Haugen, Austin Nauman, Abigail Stowell, Ben Stowell, Rem-
will be play practice for the kids in “A Flock of Fables” on ington Mueller, Nikki Nauman, and Claire Puck all have
Tuesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 18, 2010. At this items going onto further competition at the Area Festival
time, we do not know what time we will be performing. Be of Arts in Holmen, WI on March 20, 2010. West Beaver
sure to bring your pop tabs to the April meeting as these    Creek’s table display earned first place at the Festival of
need to be to the extension office by April 30, 2010. If     Arts. Dori Stowell discussed the rain garden project that
interested, Thursday, March 18,2010 meet at 5:30 at          4-H members have the opportunity to help build at the
22966 Kasota Rd., Sparta for the Maple Syrup making tour Monroe County Fairgrounds as an activity for our May
that Annette set up for us. Tammy Schreier will look into meeting. Other items of business included discussion on
different options for our t-shirts. If you have a design     the possibilities of a memorial for Bea Morgan. Members
idea, please bring your example to the April meeting. We     were also reminded that project record book pages are
voted on fair board ideas and we had 7 or 8 to choose        now available. Talks were given by Isaac and Caleb
                                                                       CLUB NAME________________________
       DATES                      TIMES                 MINIMUM WORKERS                  INDICATE CLUB NAME WITH
                                                      NEEDED (extras are encouraged!)        1ST          2ND

                       4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E
                       7:30 p.m. - closing           9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E
                       10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.        9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E

FRIDAY, JUNE 25        3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E
                       7:45 p.m. - closing           9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E - 4 grandstand

                       Breakfast 6:30 - 10:00 a.m.   3A & 2JL and 3-4 others

                       9:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E
SATURDAY, JUNE 26      1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E - 4 grandstand
                       4:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E - 4 grandstand
                       7:55 p.m. - closing           9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E - 4 grandstand

                       Breakfast 6:30 - 10:00 a.m.   3A & 2JL and 3-4 others

SUNDAY, JUNE 27        9:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E -
                       1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.         9A/JL - 8Y - 2CB/E - 4 grandstand

                    14345 CO. HWY. B, RM. 1, SPARTA, WI 54656 BY APRIL 30, 2010. THANK YOU.
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Pokorny, and Nikki Nauman. Demonstrations were given by        Koltermann. Before the meeting we had a game day that
Rylan Schauf, and Abigail Stowell. The next monthly            started at 2:00 pm.
meeting is to be held at 7:00 pm on March 25, 2010 at the      Respectfully submitted by, Brittany Nusse
Gospel Baptist Church in Sparta with Roll Call identifying a
National Park or Monument.                                     STAR GAZERS - The March meeting of the Star Gazers 4
Respectfully submitted by, Rylan Schauf, Club Reporter         -H Club was held Sunday, March 14th at the Town of Lin-
                                                               coln Fire Station beginning at 2:05 pm. The meeting was
NORWALK CLOVERS - The Norwalk Clovers March meet-              called to order by President Courtney Pearson. Roll call
ing was called to order at the Norwalk Methodist Church.       was to wear green and bring a green food and a fact about
Pledges were said and roll call was taken. Secretaries and     Ireland. Committee reports were given. Katelyn talked
Treasurer’s reports were done. New business: Our club          about kite safety in Safety and Health. In Conservation,
decided what days we want to work at for the Tractor Pull      Peter reported on eco-friendly pet supplies. In Recrea-
and the Fair. Kamie asked who would be interested in           tion, Courtney talked about maybe going to Noah’s Ark in
helping with the Paper Clover at Tractor Supply in Tomah.      June. For Promotion, we are performing our play for the
We decided that we would hold off till the next meeting        library and at District Festival of Arts. Nikki talked
to decide on whether we would have a meeting at the Mu-        about taking our cards to the adopted grandparents. We
seum in Sparta. For the April meeting we will be having a      are performing our play for Music and Drama. In Old busi-
judging contest. Photography members are to bring one          ness, we decided to go to Noah’s Ark on the 16th of June.
photo. The boys that are in Foods and Nutrition are to         In new business, we talked about Festival of Arts. On
bring Baking Powder Biscuits and the girls are to bring        April 10th, we are going to help with the Petting Farm at
quick bread. The sewing project members are to bring           the Tractor Supply. We will think of a project to share.
something they have made in the project. A committee           We are going to get higher insurance for Mikayla’s horse.
was set up to build the fair sign. For buddy time, we          On March 15th, the Leader’s Association Meeting is from
played rock, paper, scissors. Ambassador meeting at 1:30       6-9pm at the fairgrounds in Tomah. March 20th is Area
pm with the Junior Leader meeting following at the Wilton      Festival of Arts in Holmen. Mr. Pearson reminded mem-
Community Center on Sunday, March 21st at 2:00 pm.             bers that we need to attend four meetings to go to the
Happy Birthday to Kamie Ebert and Belinda Blasing. Meet-       fair in his leader’s report. We will be helping with the
ing Adjourned. Next meeting will be on Sunday, April 18th      food stand for the fair and tractor pull. The leaders are
at 6:00 pm at the Norwalk Methodist Church. The girl           still working on our plat books. The next meeting will be
members of foods make subs and the boys make sundaes.          Sunday, April 11th at 2 pm at the fire station. For roll
Alan Neumann did a demo on how to de-horn cattle. Eliza        call, club members will bring canned food and pop tabs.
Blasing showed what she took to Festival of Arts. Demos        Respectfully submitted by, Christa Backhaus, Club Re-
next month are Brayden Leis, Elyas DeWitt, and Nick            porter

          Activity Scholarships Available to                                  HELP PROMOTE 4-H
               Youth of All Ages......                                       IN MONROE COUNTY
        Money is tight these days all through the                 The Monroe County 4-H Executive Board has made
community. The Monroe County 4-H Leaders Association              money available to clubs to promote Monroe County 4-
Executive Board wants 4-H families to know that money             H. All your club needs to do is create a plan on how
should not keep youth from participating in 4-H activi-           you would like to promote 4-H, along with costs, loca-
ties that they will enjoy and benefit from. If your fam-          tions, ideas, etc. and present the plan to the board or
ily cannot afford the fee for an educational opportunity          an executive board member. Money will be reimbursed
for the youth, contact Sara Novotny to learn more                 to clubs or club leaders after the event has taken
about how the Parents & Leaders can help. Requests will           place. Please note: Money cannot be used for purchas-
be kept confidential.                                             ing supplies for the window displays. Please contact
                                                                  Sara Novotny at the extension office with questions.
                                                                  608-269/372-8722 or sara.novotny@ces.uwex.edu
Happy Spring horse people!

The weather is finally cooperating for us horse lovers! It’s time to get out and do some riding if
you have been cooped up all winter. The horses love being brushed and getting rid of those winter
coats. It is a sure sign warm weather is here!

The start of spring means the start of some great opportunities for Horse and Pony Project mem-
bers. We have a variety of clinics offered throughout the remainder of the year:

   April 10 ~ Horse jumping clinic – Registration was due April 1
   April 24 ~ Horse fun days at the Fairgrounds
   May 1 ~ Basic Horsemanship clinic and safety exams - Registration due April 26
   May 15 ~ Speed clinic – Registration due May 1
   May 22 ~ Dan Grunewald Clinic – Registration was due April 1
   June 13 ~ Grooming & Photography Clinic

If you need registration forms, please let Sara know. For the ones with no registrations due, also
let Sara know if you will be attending. We need to have at least 6 members signed up or the event
may be canceled.

Don’t forget to mark the following dates on your calendars:
   April 16-18 ~ Midwest Horse Fair
   May 13 ~ Horse Project business meeting @ 6:30pm, Rolling Hills
   May 15 ~ ID sheets must be turned in by this date! Coggins test results are required
with the ID sheets. Make your vet appointments soon!

We had some good discussion at our last business meeting. Awards for the fair were discussed
and this will be addressed at the next business meeting, also. We voted on and approved to do
the Tanger Outlet Mall coupon books for one of our fundraisers. We also approved another com-
munity service project. We will be making a donation to the Monroe County Humane Society.
Please bring an item to donate to the next business meeting. If anyone did not get a copy of the
meeting minutes from our previous business meeting and would like one, please let a board member
know and we will get you a copy.

Enjoy spring and enjoy your horse!

Kris Bauer Van Kirk
                       2010 STATE FAIR
                         April 14, 2010
                           7:30 P.M.

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