ConnectioN The Sussex “M A K I N G T H E B E S T B E T T E R” Complimentary 4‐H Newsletter 2010/2011 N O V E M B E R ‐ J A N U A R Y NOTE FROM THE AGENT Dear 4-H Member, Leader, and Parent: November, December and January are very busy months for Sussex 4‐H! Many community service, family and leadership activities have been planned during this busy season of caring and sharing. Be sure to check the calendar, select the events you want to participate and contact the 4‐H office to sign up. The Nov.21st Archery Shoot, Caroling on the Circle with Junior Council, Breyer Horse Painting Event, Computer Holiday Workshop, Leader Christmas Party, State 4‐H Skating Party, Winter Fun Day and Public Speaking Contest Read about the officer training for new club officers, horse tour, Four Little Clovers Dinner Theater, Photography Contest, Graphic Arts Contest, and Computer Arts winners, Bike Club activities, and archery shoots, Pumpkin Con‐ test, Haunted Mental Hospital, Teen Retreat and Younger Member Overnighter. 4‐H Delaware leaders planned, organized and implemented a fabulous Northeast Regional Leaders’ Forum November 4‐7 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth. Special thanks to all Sussex leaders, members and parents that volunteered in this two‐year project or helped with the last‐minute preparations. Two hundred fifty atten‐ dees gave positive reviews to the experience! 4‐H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Recently Sussex Club Leaders gave their top reasons for being a leader: Love of working with young people, giving back to 4‐H, mentoring youth, providing positive learning environment and community service. Hats off to all 4‐H leaders! “Come Be a Kid Again” is the 2011 theme for the Delaware State Fair. Sussex 4‐H got a head start on the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 13, 2010. Two hundred twenty attendees enjoyed the great international foods and 4‐H family recipes at the Four Little Clovers Dinner Theater! On November 25, as you celebrate Thanksgiving with your immediate families, take time to give thanks for all your blessings, country and freedom. Remember those who put themselves in harm’s way each day to provide a safe environment for you. Be safe in your travels! December brings parades, holidays and fun! Rest, relaxation, healthy eating, and planning will help eliminate holiday stress. I look forward to seeing you at the next 4‐H event! Happy Holidays from the Sussex 4‐H staff! Yours in 4-H, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development email@example.com 4‐H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4‐H is a part of the Cooperative Extension System. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age or national 1 Page origin. If you require special needs that need to be accommodated, please let us know two weeks in advance of the event. 4‐H Newsletter NOVEMBER 2010 All events at the Carvel Facility unless otherwise noted! Deadlines will be strictly enforced! Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 4‐H Northeast Regional Volunteer Forum 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Leaders’ Mtg. International International Dinner Theatre Dinner Theatre 7‐9 p.m. Set –up North Georgetown Elementary NERVF 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Robotics Club Livestock Mtg. Robotics Club Bunny Busters 2‐4 p.m. 7 p.m. 6‐8 p.m. 6:30 –8 p.m. REC 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Archery Shoot National 4‐H Club Congress 2 p.m. REC Atlanta, Ga. Thanksgiving Holiday Office closed 28 29 30 Friends, Finz & The October 2010 Newsletter has incorrect information regarding Furz & the Anna B. Tucker Award winners from the 2009‐2010 Achieve‐ Feathers ment Award listings. The correct listing is: Younger Member‐ National 4‐H Club Congress 6:30 p.m. Garrett Smith, Banneker Club ; Older Member‐Connor Vincent, Atlanta, Ga. Rossakatum. 2 Page 4‐H Newsletter DECEMBER 2010 All events at the Carvel Facility unless otherwise noted! Deadlines will be strictly enforced! Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 National Conference Application due. Sign up deadline for Breyer Horse Event 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hollymount 4‐H Jr. Council Caroling Breyer Horse 6:30 p.m. on the Circle. Bring Painting event. Canned good. REC @ 6 p.m. Meeting follows. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Computer Club Leaders’ Christmas Holiday Workshop. Party. 7 p.m. Brief See details inside meeting follows. 2‐4 p.m. $2.50 includes materials and snack! 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Office Closed for holidays 26 27 28 29 30 31 State 4‐H Skating Party. New Time 7‐9 p.m. $3 Office Closed for holidays 3 Page 4‐H Newsletter JANUARY 2011 All events at the Carvel Facility unless otherwise noted! ‐ Deadlines will be strictly enforced! Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Register for the 1 Public Speaking easily online. Visit our website. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Jr. Council at Winter Fun Day 7:30 p.m. Registration due. Visit the website Links &Exchange to register online! Mtgs. 6:30 p.m. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Leaders’ Mtg. Winter Fun Day 7 P.m. 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Public Speaking Registration due 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Office Closed Livestock Mtg. State Salute to NEWSLETTER 7 p.m. Excellence & SUBMISSION Luncheon. TBA. DEADLINE! 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Project Book Public Speaking Training February Contest 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Newsletter goes to print! 30 31 4 Page 4‐H Newsletter Upcoming Sussex County Events DIAMOND CLOVER AWARD IS READY TO GO! Delaware 4‐H members are eligible for a new level of recognition beginning now. Delaware 4‐H has adopted the Diamond Clover Award that is already used in Maryland and Nebraska. This new award will be the highest level of recognition that a Delaware 4‐H member can achieve. It is similar to the Boy Scout Eagle Award or the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Diamond Clover Award consists of six levels, each steadily advancing in intensity and achievement over the last. It is intended to take a 4‐H member six years to complete, although since it is just starting in Delaware older 4‐H members can start at level 4 with the permission of their leader and 4‐H agent. The nice thing about this award is that many 4‐H members are already doing the work, so all you need to do is fill out the forms and submit them. For other 4‐H members, this award can provide you with a long‐term chal‐ lenge for your 4‐H career. Either way, when you have completed the process, you have completed an amazing journey that will benefit you forever. And a Diamond Clover Award will look pretty good on your college applica‐ tion too! To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4‐H webpage at: http://ag.udel.edu/extension/4h/volunteers/index.html TWO NEW SPECIALTY CLUBS COMING SOON – BICYCLE & LAWN TRACTOR CLUBS Stay tuned by checking future newsletters for more information about the Lawn Tractor Club. 4‐H SHIRT SALE The Sussex 4‐H exchange group is selling really nice long and short sleeve shirts in either forest green or navy blue. The long sleeve shirts are $18.00 and the short sleeve shirts are $12. Please contact Carla Killmon at 349‐4944. BABYSITTING TRAINING IN FEBRUARY OMK Sussex County Babysitter Training, REC building on Friday, Feb.11, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Caroline Romeo will do the CPR/FA in order to get certified). Saturday Feb. 12, Babysitter Training and Certification 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Babysitting will once again be taught by Michelle Willard. (Staff will need to be there a minimum of 1/2 hour early). Class is free and open to military and non military youth age 12 and up who are willing to volunteer at least an hour at one of the military family events during the year by doing a craft activity with military youth who have a parent deployed. Class size maximum of 25. Participants will be required to bring a packed dinner for Friday and a bagged lunch and a snack for Saturday practicing Healthy Eating Techniques. If this is a re‐ fresher course for you, you must bring your CPR First Aid Book and the Babysitter Manual. Participants are also required to bring a self addressed stamped envelope to have their CPR/FA Card mailed to them. To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org COMPUTER CLUB HOLIDAY WORKSHOP Sunday, Dec. 12, Carvel from 2‐4 p.m. Use the computer to make cards, placemats, placecards, decorations, etc. The workshop will cost $2.50 and will include instructions, snack and games! Please register early because space is limited. If you have questions call Bob or Jean Davis at 410‐883‐3407 5 Page 4‐H Newsletter County Event Results and Reviews TEEN RETREAT‐OCTOBER 22, 2010 Nineteen Junior Leaders met with Junior Council advisor, Aaron Jackson, and chaperone/nurse, Lindsay Hughes at the rustic Redden Lodge on Oct. 22. Mission: To set‐up the game/entertainment area, finalize the Haunted Mental Hospital and decorate for the Pumpkin Contest. Pizza and healthy snacks kept the group energized and a night hike tested their navigation skills. Twelve youth spent the night at the lodge and in the morning other youth joined the group to complete the set‐up tasks. At 3 p.m. the Haunted Mental Hospital cast donned cos‐ tumes, makeup and last minute preparations for the evening performance. Special thanks to the cast: Holly Anderson, Joe Anderson, Jackie Arpie, Nathan Bradley, Shannon Bradley, Maggie Durig, Kaitlyn Emmett, Sydney James, Bethany Killmon, Amanda Kucharzyk, Angela Lagano, Stephen Mervine, Hunter Murray, Macy Reynolds, Kaleb Scott, Kimberlyn Scott, Nino Susi, Jonah Vincent, Dustin Waller, Travis Waller and Isabel Wharton, Pro‐ ducer: Aaron Jackson and Directors: Emily Eskridge & Tiffany Gravenor. My! 126 brave attendees traveled through the Haunted Mental Hospital! PUMPKIN CONTEST‐OCTOBER 23, 2010 One hundred fifty‐two Sussex 4‐H members designed a special pumpkin work of art. The pumpkins were brought to Department of Agriculture Forestry Headquarters Redden Lodge on Oct. 23 for the annual 4‐H Pumpkin Contest. About 200 4‐H members and families traveled by hay ride to the Lodge. 4‐H’ers displayed their pumpkin exhibit, partici‐ pated in games, inflatable entertainment stations ( moon bounce, basketball), maze, enjoyed a delicious hot dog, chips, bottled water and brownie dinner, toured the Haunted Mental Hospital and socialized with family and 4‐H friends. While everyone participated in all the fun activities, judges critiqued each pumpkin and awarded ribbons. The division winners received five dollars for their great efforts! Prizes were do‐ nated by Carole and Tom Vincent. Door prize drawing winners were: Collin Handy, Garry Ebling, Courtney Eskridge, Brittany Carpenter, Maida Graves, Neil Anger, Leah Green, Jacalyn Bradley, Roxane Hense, Kayla Beth, Kathy Carlisle, Barbara Taylor, Kate Cunningham and Sara Cunningham. Aaron Jackson announced the Division winners and everyone viewed all the outstanding pumpkin exhibits. 4‐H’ers’ pumpkins will be donated to a nurs‐ ing home, school, library, shut‐in, hospital or business to brighten someone’s day! Attendees enjoyed a second scenic hay ride back to the parking lot on the beautiful fall evening! 2010 Pumpkin Contest Participants and Winners Cloverbuds: Character: Rachel Carey, Emma Moore, Mallory Cummings, Leah Green, Chase Handy, Gerald Carroll,Ayden Vanderwende, Tori Lingo, Kaylabeth Lubiniecki, Jamar Deshields, Marly Perez, Enrique Garcia, Elmer Perez, Edwin Diaz Perez, Moises Lopez, Avery Kerrick, Brian Perez, Richard Garcia Cloverbuds, Artistic: Howard Argo, Rosy Morales, Yarenzi Navarro‐Ventura, Jason Morales, Brianna Davis, Isai Miguel, Elmer Gonzalez‐Lopez, Vivian Gonzlaez‐Soto, Debora Dionicio, Jennifer Lopez, Alexandra Roblero, Marcos Vasquez, Fabian Vasquez, Maria Espinoza, Yaneira Vail‐Velasquez, Kenya Hernandez, Kenny Gonzalez, Jordy Ortiz, Kate Alonzo, Andrea Escalante. Creative: Zoe Cunningham, Mallory O’Bier, Layne Smith, Brynn Hovatter, Cassie VanBuskirk, Wesley DeFord, Sundene Lodge, Alma Perez. Animal: Erin Carey, Grace Hopkins, Evan Peterson, Alexa Carroll. 6 Page 4‐H Newsletter County Event Results and Reviews Beginners, Creative Winner, Tanner LeCates, Bridgeville Mustangs Participants, Dylan Carpenter, Dylan Murphy, Daniel Tull, Abby Brown, Keith Stevenson, Alana Vanderwende, Kyle Morris, Adrianna Blake, Abner Bartollon Berduo, Esther DeLeon, Daniel Vicente, Collin Cunningham. Beginners, Character Winner: Jenna Anger, Bridgeville Mustangs Participants, Hannah Henderson, Hailey Moore, Alexis Short, Marvin Santizo, Sarizha Bivens, Gabriel Morales, Alexander Mendez, Jayron Sanikez Sanchez, Jala Risper, Denilson Zunun, Marvin Leper, Denilson Garcia Lopez, Christian Ramirez, Angel Castellanos, Alex Nechay, Barion Perez, Hlunmong Juarez, Mackenna Kerrick, Beginners, Artistic Winner: Alden Partyka, Seaford BlueJays Participants, Brittany Carpenter, Ryan Cummings, Jocelyn Argo, Gabriela Rodriguez, Selena Chilel, Yazmin Moralez, Cassie Maldonado, Mariela Lopez‐DeLeon, Andrea Escalante, Mary Garcia, Jessica Lopez‐Perez, Kimberly Riverqa, Citlaly Macedo, Abner Lopez‐Deleon, Jerry Vincente, Raymundo Diaz Perez Beginners, Animal Winner: Taylor Wroten, Dublin Hill Participants, Meredith Carey, Garrett Smith, Conner Christie Younger 4‐H’er, Creative Winner: Rebecca Arpie, Country Clovers Participants: Shawn Mitchell, Lauren Williams, Collin Handy, Jimmy Kucharzyk, Shannon Layton, Andrea Collins, Kaitlynn Collins, Taniya Vessels, Terrique Riddick, Kristin Risper Younger 4‐H’er, Character Winner: Hannah Henderson, Blue Jays Participants: Jorny Delem, Anelyn Navuni, Elizabeth Holt, Jany Miguel, Jaycie Kerrick, Brittany Carpenter, Courtney Eskridge Younger 4‐H’er, Artistic Winner: Taye Poulson, Hickory Tree Participants: Jacob Hopkins, Dondrae Flowers, Alma Miguel, Carmen Velasquez Younger 4‐H’er, Animal Winner: Hope Miller, Lord Baltimore Participants: Mia Brown, Brooke Joseph, Delaney VanBuskirk, Reagan Little Older 4‐H’er, Creative Winner: Evan Ahtes, Mt. Pleasant Participants: Jackie Arpie, Ike Wharton, Jerry Surez, Jeffery Voll 7 Page 4‐H Newsletter County Event Results and Reviews Older 4‐H’er, Character Winner: Izzy Wharton, Buttonwood Participants: Paige Vincent, Hunter Murray, Holly Anderson, Elise Santizo, Stephenie Gomez Older 4‐H’er, Artistic Winner: Amanda Kucharzyk, Banneker Bulldogs Participants: Carter Williamson, Michael Hopkins, Carly Poole Older 4‐H’er, Animal Winner: Branagh James, Bridgeville Mustangs Participant: Colleen Anderson The Pumpkin Contest is sponsored by the Sussex County 4‐H Order of Links. This year 4‐H acknowledges the following businesses for their support and donations to the 4‐H event: Rehoboth Grand Rental Station, The Family Butcher, Laurel, Lowe’s of Seaford, Utz Quality Foods, Flowers Bakery and Rommel’s Ace, Seaford. Special thanks & Kudos to: Links President: Aaron Jackson; Registration: Barbara Taylor, Kathy Carlisle, Kelsey Johnson, Anthony Lagano, Jenna Hitchens, Mary Lagano; Placement of Pumpkins: Jacalyn Bradlely, Marian Carey, Carla Killmon; Judges: Christine English, Pam Eskridge, Maida Graves, Donya Kucharzyk, Debbie Lagano, Donna Mowbray, Rachel and Matt Dufour, Meredith Tipton, Door prizes: Pam Eskridge, Food Booth: Jean Ellen Hitchens, Evelyn Messick, Jean Wilson, Wilmer T. Wilson, Gail Tipton Parking: Dave Mitchell, William Campbell; Hayride: Clay Vincent, Ricky Carlisle, Games: Judy Ebling, Garry Ebling, Katie Scott, Krista Scott, Melissa Mitchell, Roxane Hense; Haunted Mental Hospital: Junior leaders; Behind the scenes: Jill Jackson, Mary Argo, Kim Lewis, and Rita Lofland. Bats, Cats, Ghosts, and Pumpkins Spend the Night at Redden Lodge! Thirty‐two enthusiastic 4‐H campers spent Saturday night at Redden Lodge! Bats, Cats, Ghosts and Pumpkins gathered after the Pumpkin Contest for fun ice‐breakers and bonfire at the council circle. Great Pumpkin, Hunter Murray and Jenna Hitchens led the group in 4‐H campfire songs and stories. Campers roasted marsh‐ mallows and made yummy s’mores and enjoyed popcorn by firelight. What a treat! Bats, Cats, Ghosts, and Pumpkins then retired to the lodge for an evening of rest! Sleeping bags and gear in place, nightly routine com‐ plete, lights out! After a good night’s sleep, campers awoke to a beautiful, warm sunny Sunday! Chaperones prepared a delicious breakfast that was enjoyed by all. After breakfast the Great Pumpkin instructed all campers to organize sleeping bags and gear and report to class I. Anthony Lagano and Hunter Murray instructed Cats and Bats on building a football goal post game, and Travis Waller instructed the Ghosts and Pumpkins on building a school bus desk caddy. This will be a perfect 2011 State Fair entry! Mary Lagano and group leaders led the groups on competi‐ tive nature scavenger hunts in Class II. Participants also got to practice team building skills and 4‐H games. Campers gave a helping hand with clean up of the grounds and moving pumpkins. Parents arrived and all Bats, Cats, Ghosts and Pumpkins exited the camp! Hats off to: Chairperson: Debbie Lagano; Nurse: Sharon Anderson; Chaperones: Paul Anderson and Mary Argo, Counselors; Maggie Durig, Dustin Waller, Holly Anderson, Angela Lagano, Travis Waller, Bethany Killmon, Kaleb Scott, Mary Lagano; Council Circle Song Leader: Jenna Hitchens. The Fall Younger Member Overnighter is sponsored and planned by the Sussex Leaders Association. Special thanks to Home Depot for providing the wood science projects. 8 Page 4‐H Newsletter County Event Results and Reviews ‐ International Dinner Theatre & Contests International Foods Event Participants: Colleen Anderson, Holly Anderson, Jackie Arpie, Rebecca Arpie, Erin Carey, Meredith Carey, Morgan Carey, Trent Carey, Kelly Culver, Mallary Cummings, Ryan Cummings, Destiny Foreman, Natalie Gano, Daniel Harkness, Jesse Harkness, Hannah Henderson, Avery Kerrick, Jaycie Kerrick, Mackenna Kerrick, Abigail Krams, Elizabeth Krams, Amanda Kucharzyk, Jimmy Kucharzyk, Victoria Lingo, Sundene Lodge, Hannah Mayhorn, Rachel Mayhorn, Stephen Mervine, Shawn Mitchell, Kyle Morris, Hunter Murray, Mallory O’Bier, Alden Partyka, Morganne Partyka, Kaitlin Philcox, Stephanie Philcox, Karin Pusey, Trevor Pusey, Katelyn Records, Whitney Records, Garrett Smith, Layne Smith, Daniel Tull, Lauren Williams, Carson Williamson, Laurie Wroten, Taylor Wroten Photography Contest Winners: Action: Hunter Baynard; Landscape/Scenic: Whitney Records; Creature: Shannon Layton; Live Subject/ People: Mikayla Ockels, Delaware Scene with Title: Jenna Anger; Plants/Flowers: Shannon Layton; Creative: Hailey Moore. Other Participants: Colleen Anderson, Alexandra Ash, Hayley Bender, Mackenzie Bender, Zach Cannon, Collin Cunningham, Maggie Durig, Christian Handy, Collin Handy, Mackenzie Heinrichs, Ryan Johnson, Bethany Killmon, Lily Koster, Emily Lester, Sarah Lester, Cody O’Callaghan, Natalie Oldham, Carly Poole, Katelyn Records, Emma Rider, Alexis Short, Alana Vanderwende, Lauren Williams, Carson Williamson. Cloverbuds: Zoe Cunningham, Leah Green, Chase Handy, Emma Moore Graphic Arts Contest Winners & Honorable Mentions: Open Art 8‐10 Yr. Old Division: Jenna Anger‐Winner; Meredith Carey‐ Honorable Mention; Open Art 11‐13 Yr. Old Division: Emily Lester‐Winner; Micah Magee‐Honorable Mention; Open Art 14‐18 Yr. Old Division: Isabel Wharton‐Winner; Taylor Magee‐Honorable Mention. Other Participants: Collin Cunningham, Aileen Goehringer, Debra Mae Goehringer, Elise Goehringer, Louisa Goehringer, Mackenzie Heinrichs, Lily Koster, Sarah Lester, David Magee, Stephen Magee, Ryan O’Callaghan, Mikayla Ockels, Natalie Oldham, Ike Wharton. Cloverbuds: Zoe Cunningham, Olivia Goehringer, Leah Green, Makayla Heinrichs, Ben Ockels Computer Art Contest Winner: Greeting Card: Ashley Conroe; Flyer: Ashley Conroe Special thanks to Chairpersons—International Dinner: Evelyn Messick; Photography: Gail Tipton and Carole Vincent; Graphic Arts: Annmarie Conroe and René Pusey; Computer Art: Annmarie Conroe and René Pusey; Talent Show: Sharon Anderson. Greeters: Holly Anderson, Joe Anderson; Moderator: Kaleb Scott; Emcees: Joe Anderson, Stephen Mervine; Stage Crew: Jackie Arpie, Kaitlyn Emmett, Amanda Kucharzyk, Angela Lagano, Mary Lagano, Macy Reynolds, Kimberlyn Scott 9 Page 4‐H Newsletter State 4‐H Events STATE 4‐H SKATING PARTY Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010,at The Centre‐Ice Rink, Delaware State Fairgrounds. New Time 7‐9 p.m. Bring a canned food item to donate to the Delaware Food Bank. Cost is $3 per person (includes skate rental). 4‐H POULTRY AND AVIAN BOWL TRAINING Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at U.S. Washington Building, Delaware State University. 6:30 p.m. Interested in learning about poultry? Dr. Brigid McCrea from Delaware State University is offering a training to help you prepare for the Avian Bowl and learn more about poultry. Training begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts two hours. Hour 1: Poultry Showmanship (bring your chicken) and Hour 2: Poultry Demonstration. For more informa‐ tion contact Dr. McCrea at email@example.com. STATE 4‐H VOLUNTEER UPDATE –By Ernie López It’s an amazing feeling to be writing this article as it is the first time since I was hired for this job four years ago that I am writing a “post‐NERVF” volunteer update! Thanks to all of you for your help and support in making the 2010 4‐H Northeast Regional Volunteer Leader Forum the best ever! Rehoboth was decked out in green for the more than 250 leaders who attended from all over the Northeast region! Special thanks to Brenda Shaffer, our conference chairperson whose marvelous organizational skills made this conference the success that it was! Brenda and her planning committee of close to 40 leaders from around the state did an amazing job and I am so proud and humbled by the amount of time put into making sure our guests felt warm and wel‐ come here in Delaware. Thanks for all you do as volunteers in 4‐H. I am so blessed to be in the position and grateful for all of the wonderful things you do with our kids and fellow volunteers. You are what makes this organization run smoothly! THANKS! Please mark January 22 on your calendars as we will be having a special State Leader Forum this year. Due to the NERVF and all of the hard work and planning involved in such a major training event, we decided to scale back our state forum and make it an appreciation luncheon for all of you in addition to our annual Salute to Excellence program. So please hold this date to join us for this special day of fellowship and thanks as we recognize all of you for the great work you do day in and day out with our youth! DELAWARE 4‐H STATE TEEN COUNCIL‐ By Ernie López The Delaware 4‐H State Teen Council started off with a great turnout of more than 20 teens at our October meeting held at the Delaware Farm Bureau in Camden. The teens hashed out ideas for the State Teen Conference to be held in Newark in early February and as in past years are looking forward to wonderful event! The State Teen Council was honored in October with an award from the board of Sussex County Health Promotion recog‐ nizing there volunteer spirit and dedication for summer camps held for Sussex county children. From the inaugural Sussex County Burn Camp to the Fun Shore Camp, 4‐H teen leaders shared their time and talent with kids of various ages and backgrounds. Officers of the State Teen Council will be meeting in Wilmington on Nov.17, to plan the upcoming Holiday party being held on Dec. 14 at the Farm Bureau. Their meeting will come on the heels of their annual meet and greet with Governor Jack Markell which is being held at the Carvel State Office Building in downtown Wilmington. We appreciate the support the Governor and all of our federal, state and local officials give our 4‐H kids! 10 Page 4‐H Newsletter Club News ‐ Please send reports (200 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org LA CASITA I ‐ Reported by Mary Argo La Casita 4‐H began Oct.8! The 46 La Casita 4‐H members meet on Friday and have been very busy this fall. Members decorated pumpkins and entered the county Pumpkin Contest. Eve‐ ryone was so excited to receive a ribbon for their artistic efforts! The group celebrated with a group photo! Check out the photo gallery at the county website. Decorated pumpkins were shared with classrooms, families and many pumpkin desserts were enjoyed by 4‐H families. 4‐H’ers made thank you pictures for the pumpkin donors, entered a coloring contest, learned and played 4‐H Bingo, practiced public speaking skills, math skills, listening skills and active games! “The Little Old Woman Who is Not Afraid” and “Thadwick the Moose” were the favorite stories to date. Members will choose a community service activity and make a family gift for the holidays. Many of the group attended the Returns Day Parade and shared their rainy, but memorable experiences. EAST COAST 4‐H RIDING CLUB ‐ Reported by Mikayla Ockels East Coast 4‐H Riding Club hosted a tour of the Harrington Raceway Jack Walls Training Center on Tuesday, Nov.2. Forty‐nine excited 4‐H’ers and family members watched a trainer lead a standardbred racehorse into a 9 foot pool to swim for therapy. 4‐H’ers then visited the train‐ ing stables, seeing race horses being harnessed, groomed and prepared for training. Members walked to the 7/8 mile practice track, where they watched 8 race horses warm up and practice racing. Our tour finished at the training center, as several horses were put in the equine walker for exercise. Many thanks to Karen Craft, raceway manager, for allowing us to visit. East Coast’s next activity will be the Breyer Horse painting event on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the REC. See the newsletter for sign up information. HARBOR LIGHTS CLUB ‐ Reported by Stephen Magee Harbor Lights is rolling on with the 4‐H year! The last meeting was held on October 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., at the Goehringer’s. When the sufficient amount of members arrived, we began ac‐ tivities. The older members made leaf scrapings and used them to create poster artwork, while the younger kids made fall “trees” out of candy wrappers. The artwork will be posted at the Art and Photo Contest. For the meeting, six people with October birthdays led the pledges. Go October! The club also learned that the Window Display, the Coastal Cleanup, and the Achievement Banquet were a success. Many of the members will also be participating in the Fantasy Trail at Cape Henlopen. It will be held in Cape Henlopen State Park, 5‐9 p.m., on Oct. 22 and 23. The meeting was followed by an excellent demonstra‐ tion about Tai‐Qwan‐Do by our own Cody and Ryan O’Callaghan. We are excited about seeing some more dem‐ onstrations from younger members next meeting. It will be held on Nov.22 at 6:30 p.m., at the Oldham’s. See you there! 11 Page 4‐H Newsletter Club News ‐ Please send reports (200 words or less) to email@example.com STATELINE ‐ Reported by Garrett Barnes WOW!!! Talk about a close one! We held our summer club picnic on Sunday, Aug.22 and had time to eat and time to swim ‐ ‐ ‐ just in TIME ‐ ‐ ‐ for the storm to land. We were packed up and headed home after a great afternoon of fun when the rain began. Just in time! The rain didn’t mess up our day together. This month’s meeting included a presentation by Neil Ebling. He showed us how to preserve, pin and display insects for a Fair project. We also worked on painting ornaments for the residents of the Manor House. We will hand these out when we go and sing at there for Christmas. We had our election for our officers. They are president : Amber Russell; vice president: Sarah Bell; secretary: Megan O’Day; treasurer: Christian Handy; reporter: Garrett Barnes: phone tree: Wyatt Barnes. Several of the members will take turns bringing games and doing the health and safety presentations through‐ out the year. We were very excited to hear that we were awarded Second Place in the Window Display Contest. Great job to all who participated. Our upcoming events are Oct. 29 helping residents of the Manor House hand out candy and trick or treating. Stateline’s next meeting is Nov.10. JUNIOR COUNCIL ‐ Reported by Amanda Kucharzyk Fall weather brings crisp, chilly autumn air, trees adorned with multicolored leaves, frosty, clear nights, the promise of winter, and of course, the Pumpkin Contest. The October Junior Council Meeting was called to order by President Kaleb Scott. Taylor Lucas led the American pledge and Angela Lagano, the 4‐H pledge. Afterwards, an icebreaker organized by Bethany Killmon took place. New officers were congratulated once again and the Achievement Banquet was a success, as Emily Passwaters re‐ ported. Connor Vincent reported on the Drama and Choral group’s undertakings. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the Haunted Trail, which took place at the Pumpkin Con‐ test. Junior Council members met later, on Oct. 22 and 23 for additional planning. Thanks to all volunteers who made this event a success! Additional old business included Photo and Graphic Arts Contest, the International Foods registration, and the New Officer Training. New business consisted of the Delaware Livestock Expo, the State Teen Council Meeting, and the National 4‐H Congress. Though wintry snowstorms are in our near future, for now, let’s just enjoy the delightful crunch of dehydrated leaves under our boots and the delectable scent of warm pumpkin pie baking in our ovens! HOLLYMOUNT ‐ Submitted by Sharon Anderson Hollymount held its November meeting at the bandstand in Rehoboth Beach and then attended the Veterans Day ceremony together. We practiced our "4‐H Superheroes" skit, too. Our costumes were the talk of the town at the Talent Show! Check out the pictures at our blogspot: http://hollymount4h.blogspot.com. Some of us participated at the Walk for Joy event at the NERVF on Friday evening, Nov. 5. It was very meaningful. Next up: Food Drive, Hospice Festival of Trees, Lewes Christmas Parade, Meals on Wheels tray favors and our Foods Project members are making plans for a progressive dinner. Our next meeting will be Dec. 9 at Carvel at 6:30 p.m. Don’t forget to post your club reports in your new club blogs! Don’t have a club blog yet? See the 4‐H office to find out how you can join the 4‐H blogosphere! 12 Page 4‐H Newsletter Club News ‐ Please send reports (200 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org LA CASITA II ‐ Submitted by Ernie López What a wonderful start to the year as our 4‐H youth at La Casita are busier then ever partici‐ pating in the Sussex County Pumpkin contest and active each and every Friday doing 4‐H project work. More than 35 kids each week arrive at La Casita ready to learn and get their hands working on Agilent kits and other 4‐H projects. We are looking forward to more good programming here and congratulate both Ernie López and Mary Argo for receiving the regional Diversity Award from the National Association of Extension 4‐H Agents at their 2010 conference for the work being done at La Casita I and La Casita II! LIVESTOCK CLUB ‐ Reported by Maggie Lee Our club got Honorable Mention for the window display. Of course the next very important thing to do was to elect officers. Rodney Wilson was re‐elected president. Joe Anderson: vice president; Maggie Lee: reporter; Colleen Anderson; photographer; Holly Anderson: refresh‐ ment coordinator. In addition we will be going on two farm tours, an aquaculture farm in Mil‐ ford and the second one to the First State Creamery, a goat dairy, in Marydel. We discussed what we wanted to do in 4‐H this coming year. Last year we did a poultry project and while that was fun we wanted to do something different this year. So we decided to do livestock judging. In November we went to a fish farm and learned about how the farm operates. This farm operates all by com‐ puters that control when the fish get feed and the temperature of the water. If something goes wrong the com‐ puter will automatically contact the farm so they can fix the problem. They have to fix any problem that occurs within a few hours or the fish will start to die. Our second farm tour was to a USDA butcher shop and learned about the different cuts of meat. We started the tour by grading goats according to their muscling and how we thought they would dress out. The Livestock Club will be participating in a skit for the International Dinner Theatre and will be doing the Georgetown Christmas parade. LORD BALTIMORE HELPING HANDS ‐ Reported by Nicole Miller Lord Baltimore Helping Hands held their October meeting at Lord Baltimore Elementary. We are very happy to be the First Place winners with our window display! Now, on to the 2011 Delaware State Fair representing Sussex County. During the meeting, we made really cute recyclable snowmen from sidewalk pavers with the idea coming from Renee and Karin Pusey. The snowmen were decorated with hats, scarves, faces, and coat buttons, and they are eligible for 2011 State Fair entries. Karin reported that our 2010 community service project is “Beanies for Boo‐Boos.” Lord Baltimore Helping Hands will be collecting new or gently used Ty Beanie Babies for donation to local emergency services to com‐ fort children in emergencies. Karin can be contacted at email@example.com with questions or donations. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at LBE. 13 Page 4‐H Newsletter Club News ‐ Please send reports(200 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org BRIDGEVILLE MUSTANGS ‐ Reported by Jaycie Kerrick The Bridgeville Mustangs held their meeting on Oct. 21. Mackenna Kerrick led the American Pledge and Erin Carey led the 4‐H Pledge. Leader Marian Carey announced that we won a Blue Ribbon on our window display. We were also asked to bring our display to the International Foods event. Way to go Mustangs! Erin Carey told us about her adventure to clean‐up the beach on Coastal Clean‐up Day. Tanner LeCates reported that club members participated in cleaning up the town of Bridgeville after Apple Scrapple for community service. Alexis Short reported that the Archery Safety Training and practice shoot was fun and had a large number of 4‐H’ers turnout. Sydney James went to the Junior Council Meeting. Carson Williamson attended the Robotics Club meeting. He shared that they got their new robot and won a Blue Ribbon on their window display. We dis‐ cussed the many events and our Family Fun Night on Nov. 18. There will be dinner and an auction. Mustang members will each bring a centerpiece related to their 4‐H project(s). Mrs. Carey introduced our new officers: Erik Peterson ‐ president, Sydney James ‐ vice president, Morgan Carey – secretary, Katlin Willin ‐ treasurer, Jaycie Kerrick – club reporter, Paige Vincent – news reporter, Connor Vincent – blogger, Meredith Carey – health & safety reporter, Trent Carey & Daniel Jones – recreation leaders, Alexis Short, Rachel Jones and Branagh James – song leaders. Lastly, we welcomed Mickey Stant, a skilled craftsman in broom making. Mr. Stant showed us various types of broom and explained how he learned the trade. Mr. Stant and his daughter, Susan, showed each of us how to make a “cat tease.” DUBLIN HILL ‐ Reported by Laurie Wroten The October 2010 meeting of the Dublin Hill 4‐H club was fantastic! It was called to order by Hunter Murray. After pledges, roll call, September meeting minutes, and the treasurer’s report, our song leaders Shawn Mitchell and Delaney Vanbuskirk led us in a song. We talked about the petting zoo that we had at Apple Scrapple where we raised about $200 for the Bridgeville Library. Four of our members participated in the Livestock Expo and did an awesome job! We talked about the Pumpkin Contest and the petting zoo we were providing and working at the Ross Mansion on Oct. 23 and 24. The money will benefit the needy fund at Union United Methodist Church (UUMC) in Bridgeville. We decided to do a skit as a club for the International Dinner Theatre. We are holding a trash pickup on Nov.2 and a Bowl‐a‐thon on Veterans Day to benefit the needy fund at UUMC. We are asking each member to raise at least $20 dollars for this event. We went over our club photos in preparation for the contest at the International Dinner Theatre. The winners in each category receive a prize. We will be decorating a tree and wreath for the Hospice Festival of Trees on Nov. 23 and 24. After the meeting we had refreshments and we made soup in a jar to give to needy residents to be delivered by the Cheer Center at Christmas. COUNTRY CLOVERS ‐ Reported by Angela Lagano Wow guys that's great! All of our officers attended the officers training and learned a lot about how to do bet‐ ter. We are all looking forward to helping the Ocean City Police Station hand out gifts to the less fortunate in a time of need. We will hand out gifts for their kids and give them food. We will be having our first club Christmas party and have a day to relax and get to know everyone better. Also, many of our members plan to paint the Breyer Wind Dancers on Dec. 8, and many of our junior leaders are planning to help the kids dry their horses. On Dec. 6, we will go to the Georgetown Circle and carol with Jr. Council. The holiday season is going to be a lot of fun! 14 Page 4‐H Newsletter 2011 Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity All Breed Summer Calves Co‐Chairs: John Hickey & Heather Gregoire To participate in the 2011 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2011. All calves, born June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2010 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1, 2011. 1st payment of $5.00 due on or before November 15, 2010 2nd payment of $10.00 due on or before January 31, 2011 3rd payment of $15.00 due on or before May 1, 20011 (last one) Late Entries: If you do not enter the animal on the first due date, the entry fee will be doubled. If your first entry is made on January 31, you will pay $30 on January 31. If you do not enter until May 1, your fee is $70 on May 1. Purses in this event shall consist of all moneys received by this association in connection therewith by any of nomination fees, grants, and donations from any person or persons or sponsors of this show. The premium schedule for this class is as follows: 1st place: $500; 2nd place $400; 3rd place $300, 4th place $200, 5th place $100. The remaining entries will receive no less than $50. Best Bred and Owned will receive $100 in memory of Sam Dixon, Jr. Each exhibitor will receive a Futurity Shirt that must be worn during the show with white show pants. Sizes must be given on the May entry. The premium schedule is subject to change. Name and Registration numbers must be supplied with each entry. No “papers pending” entries are eligible. A copy of the registration papers must be sent with the final entry. A copy of the signed lease papers must be submitted with the final entry along with a copy of the registration papers. Animals shown in the futurity are not eligible to be shown in the Junior Dairy Show at the Delaware State Fair. How‐ ever, the top placing animal for each breed may compete for Junior Champion of the Junior Dairy Show. Exhibitors may use this animal for Showmanship and Fitting. The Futurity is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Saturday July 23, 2011 at the Delaware State Fair. All entrants must agree to be amendable to all rules and regulations of the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity and the Show Ring Code of Ethics. ENTER ALL OF YOUR SUMMER CALVES! The one you omit might prove to be the Best in 2011 15 Page 4‐H Newsletter OFFICIAL ENTRY BLANK 2011 DELAWARE YOUTH DAIRY FUTURITY A show for Summer Calves in 2011 born between June 1, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2010 Name of Entry Birthdate Entry Reg # Bred & Owned? Sire Reg # Dam Reg # Breeder Owner Junior Exhibitor Shirt size: Youth Adult ************************************************************************ Name: Address: Phone: Email Address: Signature Make checks payable and mail to: Delaware Holstein Association c/o Charmayne Busker 1676 Drapers Corners RD Harrington, DE 19952 Questions?? John Hickey ‐ email@example.com 410‐708‐3054 Heather Gregoire ‐ firstname.lastname@example.org 540‐230‐0047 Charmayne Busker – email@example.com 302‐398‐4764 Entry fee is $15.00 per head if it is the 2nd or 3rd payment and $70 if this is the first payment. Final entry must include a copy of the registration paper and completed lease papers if applicable. 16 Page 4‐H Newsletter Save paper and postage and register online! It’s quick and easy. Just visit our 4‐H website at http://www.rec.udel.edu/Extension/4h_index.html (underscore after the h) 17 Page 4‐H Newsletter PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST The Public Speaking Contest gives 4‐H’ers the opportunity to write and speak about a subject of interest. It can be about a 4‐H project, hobby, event, community, family or trip. This year’s contest is on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carvel Research and Education Center. First, select a topic. Collect information on your topic. Write your speech. Remember a speech has three parts—an introduction, body and conclusion or closing. Practice your speech to gain confidence and to keep within your time limit. The contest is open to 4‐H’ers 8‐19 years of age. Each age division is judged separately. Practice forms and guidelines are available online. What do judges look for? Download a sample score sheet judges use at www.rec.udel.edu Ages 8‐9 speech length: One‐and‐a‐half to three minutes. Ages 10‐11 speech length: One‐and‐a‐half to three minutes. Ages 12‐13 speech length: Three to five minutes. Ages 14 & over speech length: Five to seven minutes. Entries are due to the county office by Monday, January 10, 2011. Age divisions 8‐9 and 12‐13 are asked to bring a food or baked good dish. Ages 10‐11 and 14+ are asked to bring a beverage. While the judges take their time with their usually hard task, families enjoy the break, 4‐H slide show and refreshments that everyone brings. Thank you! PUBLIC SPEAKING FORM (Save paper and stamps! You can also sign up directly on our website.) Return to: Kim Lewis FAX: 856‐1845 4‐H Office Research and Education Center 16483 County Seat Highway Georgetown, DE 19947 DEADLINE: January 10, 2011 Name ____________________________________________ Phone # _____________________ Club ___________________________________ E‐mail: ________________________________ Age _______________________________ Division ____________________________________ Title of Speech __________________________________________________________________ 18 Page 4‐H Newsletter Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 Sponsored by the East Coast 6:00 p.m. 4‐H Riding Club REC Building (old Meeting Rooms) Create your own Breyer Dream Horse! Paint a Breyer Wind Dancer! $5.00 per person at the door includes materials, dinner with hot dog, macaroni & cheese, chips, drink and dessert! Wow! This event fills up fast! Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Dec. 1st. Call or leave message to: Rita Lofland@856‐2585 ext 560. Leave your name, club, phone and the number of people who will be attending. 19 Page 4‐H Newsletter 4‐H Newsletter Page 20 Georgetown, Del. 19947 16483 County Seat Highway University of Delaware Sussex County 4‐H See you in February! Visit our website http://www.rec.udel.edu/Extension/4h_index.html and live calendar for any updates, announcements, additions or postponements!