The Newsletter for the 4-H Family
Clover Country 2008
This newsletter is online along with Record Book forms, scholarship applications, event registration forms and more!
Visit http://cecalaveras.ucdavis.edu for information.
4-H Is Going Green…….er July 4-H Council Meeting
This will be the final edition of the 4-H The next 4-H Council meeting will be
newsletter to be sent through the US held on Wednesday, July 16th at the
Postal Service. Because of budget CCWD Board Room in San Andreas.
cuts and the costs associated with It begins at 7 pm. Council elections
printing the newsletter, it is finally time will be held and Record Books are
to make the change. And we will be due for County judging. All 4-H
saving lots of paper from going into families are welcome to attend! You
the landfills too! do not need to be a 4-H leader to
attend. Parents and 4-H members
Those who choose to receive an email may also represent your club.
reminder will continue to receive a
reminder when the latest newsletter is
posted online. Each 4-H community club will also 4-H Council Officer Nominations
receive a small number of the newsletters, to give to
those 4-H families who do not have a computer and The current nominations for Council officers are:
President: Liane Roberts
Returning Member & Leaders! Vice-President: Elizabeth Byrns
Secretary: Patricia Boyes
The close of the 4-H year is right around the corner. Treasurer: Tawnya Hernandez
In mid-July, all registered 4-H members and leaders
will be receiving re-enrollment packets for the next If you would like to be nominated for one of the
4-H year. There will be a self-addressed envelope above offices, please contact the 4-H office. The
included with the enrollment forms. Early birds save election will take place at the July 4-H Council
money! If you do not receive your re-enrollment meeting.
packet by the end of July, please call Jennifer at the
4-H office, 754-6477.
• Returning member enrollments will be mailed
• They should be returned by September 15th.
Buyers’ Dinner A Real Success 2
• Those returned after September 15th will need to
Our Newest All Star
pay an additional $5.00 fee.
Clover Safe Notes
• Those returned after September 30th will need to
County Record Book Judging Volunteers Needed
pay an additional $5.00 fee and go through the
Attention Club Treasurers!!!
appeals process which will include filing a
California State Fair 3
written appeal AND attending the October or
Farm Service Agency Loans
November Calaveras 4-H Council meeting.
4-H Hat Etiquette
• No returning members or appeals will be
Pork Fun Facts 4
accepted after the November 4-H Council
meeting. Give A Presentation At the Ironstone Concours! 5
Buyers’ Dinner A Real Success
Thank you to everyone who came and helped at the County Record Book Judging Day will be held on
4-H Buyers’ Dinner! The food was delicious and we Saturday, July 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the 4-H
could not have done this event without all of the help Office in San Andreas. Lunch will be served free of
that we had that evening. A huge ‘THANK YOU’ charge. REMEMBER you do not need previous
goes to the event chairpersons, Debbie Santillanes record book judging experience to judge at the
and Susan Middleton, who were instrumental in county level.
organizing the dinner.
ATTENTION CLUB TREASURERS!!!
Our Newest All Star
It’s Club Audit Time! The following auditing
Congratulations to Caitlin Melenchek who is guidelines are to be used by each
now a Calaveras County 4-H All Star community club:
Pledge! Caitlin’s All Star Plan involves a
countywide recycling project. Caitlin will be For each 4-H Community Club in
contacting each 4-H club and sharing her Calaveras County, the guidelines set forth
great ideas about the importance of in the 4-H Treasurer’s Manual are to be
recycling in our community. used. Each club is to keep documentation
of income, expenses, and equipment
Caitlin is a 15 year old member of the using the Treasurer’s Manual forms. Audit
Murphys 4-H Club, and has been a 4-H Committee shall follow procedures set for
member for eleven years. Way to go Caitlin! in the Treasurer’s Manual.
Copies of the following documentation are to be
Club Achievement Night turned over to the 4-H office by September 15th:
Each 4-H club will be hosting their own Achievement
1. Annual Financial Report
Night. Achievement Night is an evening where the
2. Annual Inventory Report
4-H members receive their year pins and medals as
well as their stars and club awards. It is suggested
Each club has been sent a copy of the required
that the clubs hold the awards meeting during a
forms. Please contact your community club leader to
Dime or Quarter Dip meal, where family and friends
help you organize your club’s audit.
can attend and enjoy a nice meal together.
Clover Safe Notes Spend Your Summer In The
Ten new Clover Safe notes and associated activity
have been posted on the ANR EH&S web site at: This summer, the Student Conservation Association
http://groups.ucanr.org/ehs/4H/. is looking for students to help maintain trails, restore
wilderness campsites and protect wilderness
ecosystems all throughout the Sierra Nevada.
County Record Book Judging
Volunteers Needed As an SCA Conservation Crew member, you will
spend about a month with 6-8 other high school
Each club MUST send one judge for every ten students living and working in the environment
books submitted for County level judging. It is you’re helping to protect. Under the guidance of two
perfectly fine for those of you who have never experienced leaders, you will gain new skills, friends
judged to come and learn. Please do not depend on and experiences that will last a lifetime.
your community club leader to ask you. Call them
instead or volunteer at your next community club For more information contact 510-832-1966 or email
meeting. Books submitted with no club CASW@thesca.org.
representation will not be judged. Please help!
California State Fair When a member reaches 9th grade and begins
wearing a white hat he/she will receive new service
The California State Fair is fast approaching (Aug stripes at Achievement Night to put on the 4-H hat.
15 - Sept 1) and The California 4-H Foundation is The service stripes from the green 4-H hat should
recruiting 4-H members and leaders to help staff the not be transferred to the white hat as the member
4-H booth. This is a great opportunity to share with will receive stripes to represent past years for the
the public your 4-H experiences, projects new hat.
(community service projects included), and
leadership opportunities. Bring small 4-H projects to 4-H HAT ETIQUETTE
share and give the public a "feel" for 4-H. Bring
photo albums or record books. Parking passes and A 4-H member wears a green hat through the 8th
fair admission tickets will be provided to 4-H grade and a white hat beginning with the 9th grade.
members and adults who sign up for a 2-hour shift.
A maximum of 4 youth and 2 adults per shift will be Service stripes (year stripes) are worn directly
allowed (each shift must have an adult or older teen behind the clover on the right side of the hat.
in the booth at all times). To sign-up, please visit: Achievement pins (year pins) are fastened to the hat
http://www.ca4h.org/wrp/statefair/. just above the stripes for the corresponding year,
starting with the first year pin next to the 4-H clover.
Farm Service Agency Loans
Star rank emblems are worn in front on the left side;
Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans only the highest star earned is worn. The all star
to individual rural youth to finance income- replaces the gold star. The All Star pin should be
producing, agriculture-related projects of modest fastened to the center of the all star emblem.
size in connection with their participation in 4-H
clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar Medals are usually worn on the left side of the hat
organizations. Each project must be part of an behind the emblems but may be worn on either side
organized and supervised program of work. The of the hat. The cap should reflect the dignity of the
project must be planned and operated with the help 4-H club work and should be kept clean. Only pins
of the organization advisor, produce sufficient and emblems earned while representing 4-H should
income to repay the loan, and provide the youth with be worn on the hat.
practical business and educational experience in
agriculture-related skills. The maximum amount for The junior/teen leader emblem is place behind the
loans is $5,000. More information is available at: star 3/8 to 1/2 inch and is worn only while serving as
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home& a junior or teen leader. If you don't have a star rank
subject=fmlp&topic=dfl-yl. emblem the jr./teen leader emblem is worn about
1/2 inch from the front fold of the cap on the left
side. Only one jr./teen leader emblem should be on
THE 4-H FELT HAT EXPLAINED the hat. The Hi 4-H emblem is worn behind that.
Green hat - through 8th grade
Always write your name in your hat!!!
White hat - 9th grade and above
Service Stripes for 4-H Hat:
White bar on green - worn on green hat, one bar for
each year of 4-H completed.
Gold bar on green - worn on green hat, one bar for
each year of junior leadership completed (7th and
8th grade only).
Green bar on white - worn on white hat, one bar for
each year of 4-H completed.
Gold bar on white - worn on white hat, one bar for
each year of junior or teen leadership completed
(9th grade on).
Give A Presentation At The Ironstone Concours!
Saturday, September 27th
The Ironstone Concours Foundation has requested 4-H members come to the 4-H Concours d’Elegance to
perform presentations and show their displays between 10 am – 2 pm. This is an excellent opportunity for 4-H
members to talk about their projects, show off their animals and receive credit in their record books! The event will
be held on September 27th at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, and will include over 300 classic automobiles,
vintage motorcycles and classic trailers.
Admission and lunch is free for 4-H members giving presentations. Each participating 4-H member will receive a
free lunch ticket at the 4-H check-in tent. Siblings, parents, and other volunteers will be able to purchase lunch at
three different areas. No coolers, please (this is an Ironstone request). If you are bringing a display or large items
for your demonstration, please be set up & in place by 9:30 am. Please no large animals (dogs in a 4-H dog
obedience or guide dog project are okay). Presentations will be held between 11 am – 2 pm. One parent or adult
escort driver from each family will receive a free entry wristband at the 4-H check-in tent. All other adults can
purchase a wristband at the main gate for $20. Children 19 and under are free.
If your child is bringing a display, please bring a card table or appropriate set up as table space is not
guaranteed and may be limited! You may also bring a chair.
If you would like to give a presentation at the Concours, please fill out the form below and either drop by, fax or
mail to the 4-H office by September 8th.
Our address is:
891 Mtn. Ranch Rd.
San Andreas, CA 95249
4-H Member Name: ____________________________________________________________
Name of Parent or Guardian Attending: ____________________________________________
Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________
Phone Number: _______________________________________________
TYPE OF PRESENTATION
( ) Demonstration/ Illustrated Talk ( ) Display ( ) Impromptu Speech (1 – 2 minutes)
Give approximate length of non-display presentation: ____________________ minutes. Impromptu
speakers will receive an unusual dictionary word to speak on.
Are you bringing a live animal? If so, what? _________________________________________
Preferred time of presentation (must be between the hours of 11 am and 2 pm):
___________ (please note that schedule may change or you may be asked to give your presentation more than
once). We cannot guarantee the exact starting time of your presentation, but will do our best to schedule you at
your preferred time.
The Ironstone Foundation is requesting 4-H members to be in 4-H uniform. No shorts!
Please wear your 4-H cap, white shirt or club t-shirt and jeans or white pants. If
wearing a button-up shirt, please wear your 4-H tie or scarf.
Due by September 8th!