COOPERATIVE EXTENSION•UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA•STANISLAUS COUNTY
State Web Site: http://ca4h.org FEBRUARY 2009
Stanislaus County Web Site:
http://stanislaus4h.ucdavis.edu/ SUMMER CAMP NEWS
4-H CLUB COUNCIL Camp plans are underway and
the camp committee chose
February 2, 2009 “Dining Fine in 2009” for the
7 pm (Exec. Committee, 6 pm) theme to celebrate the
4-H Office Conference Room completion of the new dining
Refreshments provided by hall at Camp Sylvester. Hi 4-H
Turlock H-n-H and Wood Colony 4-H. Snow Camp was one of the first
groups to use the new facilities
MORE ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS: and they are fantastic.
SCHOLARSHIPS....................................Page 2 Counselor Applications: High school 4-H members
LIVESTOCK PROFICIENCY DAY & entering 9th grade may apply for counselor positions.
KNOWLEDGE BOWL....................Page 3 Applications are available on the County 4-H web
PRESENTATION DAY..........................Page 5 site or can be picked up at the 4-H office. They will
also be available at Hi 4-H meetings. These are due in
the 4-H office no later than March 16th. Don’t forget
to include your 2 reference forms and have your club
LEADERS DINNER leader sign your application. Cost for counselors is
February 13, 2009 covered by the Biedenweg Memorial Trust.
SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto Adult Cabin Leaders : Chaperone positions are
Social Hour 6:00 pm Dinner 7:00 pm available and an application form is available on the
“4-H Rocks!” County 4-H web site or can be picked up at the 4-H
office . These are due March 16th. Club camp
Reminder: Bring your club’s gift basket or reservations will not be accepted without adult cabin
silent auction items to the 4-H office by leader names. Male leaders are always the most
February 9th. Your club leader should challenging to recruit so start now! Leaders over 21
have r.eceived your reservation by January are encouraged to apply.
Summer camp dates: Saturday, June 20th through
Come to enjoy the company of your peers, Thursday, June 25th
and share in the pleasure of honoring our
leaders and their years of service. See Primary Camp News on Page 6
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Vernalis 4-H Linguica & Bean Dinner EMERALD STAR REMINDER
The Emerald Star Committee meeting
February 7, 2009, 4-7:30 pm
will be on February 24, 2009, 6:30 pm.
(New Emerald Star applications should
650 N 6th Street, Patterson
be received by the 4-H Office prior to
Eat-in or take-out, $10
February 2, 2009. At this meeting,
Tickets are available at the door or in advance depending on where you are in your project, you
from the club. For more information, contact will present your plan, update the committee, or
Audrey at 209-585-5032. present your final report.
If you are planning on doing a display at the
CERES 4-H OMELET BREAKFAST Farmyard Experience, you will need to present your
project either at this meeting or the May meeting.
Sunday, February 15, 2009 May is a busy time for most members so we
7 am to Noon, Modesto Ag Center Harvest Hall recommend you present your project at the February
Breakfast includes omelets, biscuits and gravy. meeting.
Tickets: $5 adults, (5 years & older) Please RSVP at 525-6801 (4-H office). Application
There will be a Silent Auction and projects on and final report forms are available online or at the
display. 4-H Office.
HUGHSON 4-H 25th ANNUAL EMPIRE 4-H TRI-TIP DINNER
COUNTRY BREAKFAST AND SILENT AUCTION
When: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 7 am to 1 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Where: Hughson Elementary School
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cafeteria, 7210 Whitmore Avenue
Teel Middle School - 1st Street in Empire
Take Out Available, Adults - $8.00, Children - $7.00
$6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets will be
available at the door. For more information please
contact Gail at 667-4087. HURRY!
MARCH 1st DEADLINE
California Farm Bureau Federation offers scholar-
ships to high school seniors entering or attending a
four year accredited institution who plan a career in
the agricultural industry. Apply on line at
www.cfbf.com/programs/scholar . DUE March 1st.
SACRED HEART 4-H
ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
When: Sunday, March 1, 2009, 7:30 am to noon
Where: Sacred Heart School Cafeteria Leaders Council, Hi 4-H and Steven Ellery
Scholarship applications will be due in the
1225 Cooper Avenue, Turlock, CA 4-H office no later than 5 pm on March 16,
Breakfast includes pancakes, ham, eggs, fruit and 2009. South Central Section Leaders Council
beverages. $7 for adults and $4 for children. Scholarship application due April 1, 2009
Tickets will be available at the door. Applications are available on our county web
site, stanislaus4H.ucdavis.edu or the 4-H office.
All proceeds benefit members’ projects and
activities. Thank you for your support.
FORECAST Page 3
SMALL ANIMAL PROFICIENCY
Save the date… Livestock Proficiency Day
MJC West Campus
May 16, 2009 Saturday, March 21, 2009
County Ag Center 8 am Registration, 8:30 am Start
Harvest Hall Entries limited to 2 species, single level. Must be present
Modesto at Level I Showmanship to complete the level. If
The event is for all Stanislaus County Rabbit, planning on doing 2 species, arrive before 8:30 am. You
Poultry, and Cavy Project members. must have passed the previous level to take any level
above level one. Leaders may sign an authorization
for members to begin testing at Level II instead of
CHANGES AT THE FAIR Level I, however this is not recommended.
• Beef weight increased to 1000 pounds NEW FOR 2009:
• True Novice category added to all species. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
• NEW: Boar Goat Show to be held morning Livestock leader and parent signatures required.
of the first Friday of the Fair. Available at the 4-H office or download from
• NEW: Carry in Cavy event to be held on the stanislaus4h.ucdavis.edu DUE: March 10th
“free kids day.”
• Changes to judging times for several species. Plan to attend the next Livestock Meeting, February
• This is a partial list. Please look for 19th, 7:00 pm and volunteer to help with some of the
additional changes when the Fair’s handbook many tasks that make this day work well. You can help
is released. to make the livestock proficiency event successful.
Livestock Proficiency is a plan for helping members to
HORSE EVENTS learn the essential knowledge and skills of a well-
Mark you calendars for these
upcoming events. More LIVESTOCK
information is found on the KNOWLEDGE BOWL
“Horse page” of the County Saturday, February 7, 2009
4-H web site. Registration: 8:00 am
• Horse Verification Forms — Due March 20th Begins Orientation: 8:30 am
Start Time: 9:00 am
• March 28-29, 2009 - The State 4-H Horse
Classic Equine Educational Contests, Reedley All members are invited to attend the 2009 Livestock
College, Reedley, CA (near Fresno). Entries due Knowledge Bowl to learn how it works and think
to the State Coordinator before March 1st. about joining a team next year. The competition will
consist of questions regarding the following projects:
• Stanislaus County 4-H Horse Achievement Day, Beef, Dairy, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats, Sheep, and
April 25th, Waterford Horseman's Club. Swine. Leaders received the rules at the January
Registration due by April 9, 2009. Livestock meeting. Anyone needing additional
copies can contact Karlene Hanf (or download from
• Stanislaus County 4-H Benefit Horse Show, the website). Also, anyone (member or adult) willing
May 30– 31, 2009 Diamond Bar to help with being a runner or registration, please
contact Karlene at Khanfgtn@aol.com or (209) 401-
Check out the 4-H Horse web page at: 0346.
Horse_Program.htm See complete details on the County 4-H website:
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SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS HAT AND SCARF ORDERS
For the best price on hats, scarves,
DON HAGLUND 8th ANNUAL
ties, and record book covers, order
MEMORIAL AIR RIFLE MATCH through Leslie Carman Supplies
• Saturday, March 7, 2009 online. A price list is available at
• Sheriff’s K-9 Training Unit the 4-H office or
• Hackett Road off Crows Landing Road http://www.4hsupplies.com
8 am Registration Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery for online orders.
9 am Match begins
Bring your lunch & picnic chairs
3 pm Estimated completion
3 Position Match: Air rifle target, NRA AR-5/10,
and 5 meter B-B gun target. STATE AMBASSADOR
Registration papers, shirt order forms and $10.00 APPLICATIONS
fee due to Project Leaders prior to February 8th.
Leaders by February 9th: 1) call Jim Atherstone The 2009-2010 4-H State Ambassador applications
with number of competitors in each class so are available online. State Ambassadors are selected to
trophies can be ordered (521-5096); 2) Call Dave represent the California 4-H Youth Development
and Lori Stacy with shirt orders (578-1976). Program, plan the State Leadership Conference, and
25th ANNUAL complete a service project. More information is
POSTAL SHOOT available at ca4h.org/leadership/ambassador/index.asp
Deadline for registration to or contact Steven Worker at email@example.com
be to the 4-H Office is
March 5th. Contact your Applications are due to the State 4-H Office by
Shooting Sports Leader if March 31, 2009.
you have questions.
Shooting Sports Leader Meetings
February 16th at Jim Atherstone’s home 6:30 pm
until done. Forms and entry fees will be collected.
Listing & classifying participants, ordering shirts
& trophies. At this meeting: Post participants,
make score cards & targets in relays, and finalize
details for the match.
If your club has a website please contact the
STANISLAUS COUNTY 4-H office to ensure you are meeting the State 4-H
FAIR THEME FOR 2009 office guidelines. If you are interested in creating a
club website we can now allow you to use the same
web builder site as the office uses. Please read the
“Renewable Fun” following guidelines http://ca4h.org/compcorps/
July 31– August 9, 2009 policies/4-HYDPWebsiteProcess-Guidelines.doc
FORECAST PRESENTATION DAY Page 5
Saturday, March 28, 2009 What is a 4-H presentation?
Denair High School A presentation is a method used to communicate an
Schedule: idea by showing and/or telling. These
8:00 a.m. Set up & Orientations presentations can be in one of six categories. (See the
9:00 a.m. Presentations Begin complete descriptions in the Presentation Day Manual
12:30 p.m. Awards Assembly available at the 4-H Office or online on the
Presentation Day link.)
NEW CATAGORY: SHARE THE FUN—see
January Forecast or the website for details. 1. A Demonstration in which
something will be made or
Watch for the introduction of the built.
DISPLAY BOARD CATEGORY for 2. An Illustrated Talk in which
NEXT YEAR to be held during the event. a topic is discussed using
Presentation Day is enjoyable by its very nature. visual aides.
It’s carefully planned but we must all do our part 3. An Impromptu
for members to gain maximum benefit. (Extemporaneous) Speech in
Encourage and assist them to participate. Then which members have 30
help us stage it. Here are some cues: minutes to prepare a presentation on a current
Rooms are assigned by age rather than category, 4. A Prepared Speech in which a topic is discussed
so that the audience and judges can see a range of without visual aides.
presentation types. 5. An Interpretive Reading in which the member will
Outstanding presentations in each room will be read and give their interpretation of a select book.
nominated for a command performance at the 6. Audio-Visual which the member produces a
assembly. Selections will be made to showcase multimedia presentation (Recommended for older
the different categories of presentations and members.)
variety of stylistic interpretation. Members so 7. NEW FOR 2009! Share the Fun is a
nominated, whether they showcase or not, can presentation where a group performs acts such as
note this recognition in their 4-H stories. skits and other presentations that focus on health,
safety, community pride, recreation, citizenship, or
Power Point will be permitted as a tool for any of other 4-H project or activity.
the existing presentation types currently offered. Entry forms and manual are available at this
Members are required to follow the State website:
Guidelines for time requirements. Members are http://groups.ucanr.org/Stanislaus4H/4-H_Events/
also required to provide their own equipment. Presentation_Day.htm
Registration and help forms are in last month’s
Forecast. If you need more, download them from REGIONAL PRESENTATION DAY
our web site or pick up from the 4-H office.
Please return completed forms to the 4-H office Mariposa County will host Regional Presentation
no later than March 11th. Day on Saturday, April 18th, at Mariposa High
School. 4-H members who earn a gold medal at
Late registrations will be accepted as space County Presentation Day are eligible to participate.
allows. However late registrants will not be
eligible for awards. Help is needed as Judges, Room Chairmen and
Reminder: Members may j udg ons MC’s. Judges must have experience judging at the
ed 1 tati county level. (March 28th is the perfect opportunity
give more than one W e ne presen lub.
presentation, but each must each 3 your c to gain the required experience!) Contact the 4-H
be in a different category. from Office at 525-6801 to offer your assistance at
Regional Presentation Day.
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Become a part of the Stanislaus PRIMARY CAMP DATES SET
County 4-H Yahoo group. This May 16 & 17, 2009
group is for real-time, online La Grange County Park
communications within the $10 per individual
Stanislaus County 4-H community. All 4-H
participants are encouraged to sign-up. Ask Primary camp is designed for 4-Hers
questions, get answers, access the calendar, through 9 years old. Families are welcome
announce club events, etc. The more interaction to accompany the campers. Tents will be
we have the better! Group members can add provided for campers. Parents, you may
dates to the calendar (and set-up automatic want to throw in a tent for yourselves just
reminders!). Leaders can create file folders and in case. Food is included. All you need to
store info here that other members in their clubs bring is a sleeping bag and clothes. Come
can access 24/7. Link to join is on the County ready to have a great time! Registration
web page. forms available from your club leader, the
4-H office or the County 4-H website.
April 17th – Registrations due from
Do we have your email address? If you have not been clubs to 4-H office from your club
receiving email from us, chances are we do not have a leader. Late registration will be
current email address. Please send corrections to accepted if space is available.
firstname.lastname@example.org PRIMARY CAMP COUNSELORS
Any 7th or 8th grade 4-H member can apply
Dairy Judging Clinic to be a counselor at Primary Camp.
and Contest Members must complete an application
and be interviewed for the position. Those
Presented by Justin Bopp selected will receive an on-site orientation
Emerald Star Project on May 15th. The cost for counselors is
$10 to cover food and other expenses.
February 28th, 10 am to 12 pm
Old Midland Dairy (Carpenter at Service) Applications are available at our county
There will be 4 classes, Jersey and Holstein web site or the 4-H office. These are due
Surrounding county 4-H and FFA members are back by March 16th. Interview date will
invited to attend. be included in the March Forecast.
PRIMARY CAMP STAFF
Contact Jen Hill if you are a high school
Creed Competition Results age member and would like to be
Congratulations to the following members considered for Primary Camp staff. No
who were medalists at the Creed application needed.
Competition held January 10, 2009 Phone: 537-0977
Category 1 (Read) Novice: Primary Camp Counselor dates:
Mark Borges, Hughson 4-H March 16th—Counselor applications
Category 2 (Memorized) Novice: due
Caitlyn Wherry, Kiernan Klovers Counselor Interviews—mid April
Category 2 (Memorized) Senior: (TBA)
Brad Borges, Hughson 4-H
FORECAST Page 7
THE 4-H RECORD BOOK: Personal Development Form:
Part 5, Leadership Development*
* Required for a Star Rank
Purpose: This category records citizenship and community service activities undertaken by the 4-H
Report participation where the 4-H member takes an active part in a planned, publicized, and approved
citizenship, service-learning or community service activity. Count credits by activity or event.
Optional: The member may include the number of hours participated for informational purposes.
Count a re-occurring activity or event each time the activity occurs (e.g. monthly visit to a convalescent home may
count each visit).
Members conducting fundraising activities for personal benefit cannot count the activity under Citizenship/
Community Service Project - encompasses any humane act serving the common good; in the interest of the
Examples: Canned food drive, visit to convalescent home, beach clean-up, warm coat drives, toy drives,
volunteering at a homeless shelter, Project Linus, giving blood.
Service Learning Project – an authentic activity that combines service and learning to address a real community
need; allows one to apply learning to a community problem in collaboration with others. It includes structured
time for reflection on the service experience.
Examples: storm drain painting where students learn about water issues, a disability awareness program where
students raise money for March of Dimes, an environmental field studies program that involves working to protect
Citizenship Activities may include the following, provided they are planned, publicized, and approved.
Personal Development and Self-Esteem – Acquire life skills to become an active responsible member of one’s family,
community, state, and nation.
Examples: conduct a community safety program, participate in a youth group exchange, help to establish year-
long goals for a citizenship project.
History and Cultural Heritage – Develop awareness and understanding of cultures and heritage of one’s family and
Examples: prepare an exhibit on local history/artifacts, organize an international heritage or foods festival,
participate in historic event, tour historic sites, and participate in an international exchange.
Government Studies – Develop knowledge of the principles, processes and structures of government.
Examples: attend a Citizenship Focus conference, write a letter to a Congressperson about
4-H, attend City Council or Board of Supervisors meetings to talk about 4-H, assist with voter registration drives,
assist with elections, participate in a mock trial, lead a flag salute at a 4-H event.
Environmental Issues – Develop awareness and understanding of environmental issues and the human impact.
Examples: work on a community or beach clean-up, develop an exhibit on conservation, build wildlife habitats,
and participate in environmental public hearings.
Societal Concerns and the Citizen’s Role – Develop awareness of societal issues and respond to the needs and rights
of others through responsible social action.
Examples: study local issues and share ideas about solutions, hold a community forum, work with food share
programs, visiting convalescent homes and hospitals, identify hunger, land use, pollution or energy issues, help
disseminate information and help develop solutions.
JoAnn Ratto Mary Currie
4-H Program Representative 4-H Secretary
Cooperative Extension NONPROFIT ORG.
University of California US POSTAGE
3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite A MODESTO, CA
Modesto, CA 95358 PERMIT NO. 400
CURRENT RESIDENT OR :
FEBRUARY 2009 MARCH 2009
2 Emerald Star Applications Due 1 Hughson 4-H Country Breakfast
Council Exec Board Mtg, 6 pm Sacred Heart 4-H Breakfast
Hi 4-H Meeting, 7:00 pm 2 Council Exec Board Mtg, 6 pm
Leaders Council Mtg, 7:00 pm Hi 4-H Meeting, 7:00 pm
5 Horse Project Leaders Mtg, 7 pm Leaders Council Mtg, 7:00 pm
Postal Shoot Entries to 4-H Office 5 Horse Project Leaders Mtg, 7 pm
8 Registration due to leaders for Don Haglund 7 Don Haglund Memorial Match
Memorial Match 10 Proficiency Day Forms due
7 Livestock Knowledge Bowl, 8 am 11 Presentation Day Forms due
Vernalis 4-H Linguica & Bean Dinner, Masonic Hall, 14 Empire Tri-Tip Dinner and Silent Auction, 5-7:30 pm
Patterson, 4-7:30 pm, $10 17 Camp Committee Mtg, 6:30 pm
13 Leaders Recognition Dinner 16 FORECAST Articles Due
FORECAST Articles Due Scholarship Applications Due
15 Ceres Omelet Breakfast, Ag Center, 7 am—1 pm Camp Counselor Applications Due-Primary and
16 President’s Day—Office Closed Summer Camp, and Adult Cabin Leaders
16 Shooting Sports Leaders Mtg @ Jim 19 Small Animal Livestock Leaders Meeting, 6 pm
Atherstone's, 6:30 pm Livestock Leaders Meeting, 7 pm
17 Camp Committee Mtg, 6:30 pm 20 Horse Verification Forms Due
19 Small Animal Livestock Leaders Meeting, 6 pm __ Farm Yard Experience Meeting, 6:00 pm
Livestock Leaders Meeting, 7 pm 21 Livestock Proficiency Day, MJC, 8 am
23 County Cavy Project, 6pm; Rabbit Leadership, 7pm Kiernan Klovers Barn Dance, Ag Center, Harvest Hall
24 Emerald Star Meeting, 6:30 pm 23 County Cavy Project, 6pm; Rabbit Leadership, 7pm
25-Mar 1 Western Regional Leaders’ Forum, Denver, CO 28 County Presentation Day--Denair High School
28 Dairy Judging Clinic and Contest, 10-noon, Midland 22 Shiloh Pancake Breakfast
Dairy, Carpenter at Service 27 Office Open--UC Staff Holiday
30 State Ambassador Application Deadline