Agent Letter: February 2019

Dear 4-H Families,

February is full of important events:  Black History Month, American Heart Month, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.  It is important to remember and honor those who have had an impact on our Nation and to show our love and appreciation for others.

4-H February events include:  State 4-H Leader’s Forum and our 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction.  Special Meetings taking place at the 4-H Office and REC will be Horse Bowl Training, Dairy Club, Robotics Club and Wild Clovers Club.

A Friendly Reminder – Please be sure to submit your club news to Tammy or myself by the 25th of each month.  Include a fun activity, projects completed, and photos of your club in actions.  We love to see and share what each club is doing!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next 4-H event!

Jill Jackson
Extension Educator, 4-H

Sussex County 4-H Spotlight Leader

Organizational Leader: Jacalyn Bradley
Club: Seaford Blue Jays

Mrs. Bradley’s 4-H years began when she was very young. Her mom started Seaford Blue Jays when she was just one. As a 4-Her, her main projects were Food Preservation, Foods, Clothing, and Gardening.   She submitted her state project book for National 4-H Congress in the Food Preservation project and was selected as one of the six National winners in her project.  She also attended National 4-H Conference.

The highlights of her 4-H years were making so many lifelong friends, attending State 4-H camp, participating in exchange trips, and attending National 4-H Congress and Conference.

This will be her 15th year as Organizational leader of the Seaford Blue Jays, and she also serves as the foods leader. On the county level, she has been the secretary of the leader’s association, and has helped with Junior Council.  She has been the chairperson of several events and also helps as a link member.

She never planned to become an organizational leader, however she did not want to see the club dissolve when the previous leader was ready to give up the position.  Although the club is small, all members are very active. She is happy to help 4-Hers gain knowledge and skills in project areas, community service and leadership. Mrs. Bradley finds it very rewarding to see them grow over the years as active members both in the club, county and state and community. Her favorite parts are some of our club activity either projects such as making food for homeless shelter, preparing thanksgiving meals and delivering them to elderly shut-ins.  She loves the opportunity that members have for such a variety county and state events whether project related, STEM or fun activity.

Her advice to a parent or someone interested in being a leader, is to just show up to club meetings and county activities and just do it!  Find an area that interests you, there is certainly a project related to the topic and you can share with other members. As an adult, she has made even more 4-H friends being a parent and leader. There is always something to do and learn.


County Updates: February 2019

** All 4-H Members must enroll with 4-H Online by March 1, 2019 to be eligible to participate in any summer statewide events such as State Camp and State Fair **

Sussex 4-H Order of Links Meeting Dates
Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm *Discussing Spring Fair

Robotics Club
The Robotics Club will meet the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at the REC at 6:00 pm.  The REC address is 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown.  Please drive to the back of the building to enter the meeting room.

Dairy Club
The Dairy Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Carvel Center at 6:30 pm.

Lower Delaware Archers – This group meets most Sundays at 2:00 pm at Bay Shore Community Church in Millsboro.  Please contact Elliott or Eddie for more information:

Sussex Small Engines Workshops – Are held the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Workshops are located in Bridgeville at the Del-Tech ITPC Building.  This building is located behind Woodbridge Middle School (307 Laws St., Bridgeville).  Contact Tom Molnar, 609-947-5313, for more information.

Wild Clovers Outdoors ClubWill meet on Wednesday, February 20 at the REC at 6:30 pm.  The REC address is 16686 County Seat Hwy., Georgetown.  Please drive to the back of the building to enter the meeting room.

Scholarship Opportunities 

All forms and applications can be found on the Delaware 4-H website:

Delaware 4-H Foundation – Club/Group Financial Aid Form
The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year.  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  This form must be submitted electronically to  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request. Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

Judging Training Packets for all county/state contests can be found at the following link:

Judging Competitions

Weather Alert
With winter activities come winter weather and the possibility of cancellations.  The following are ways we notify the public of weather-related cancellations and postponements:

  • Notify WMDT and WBOC.  We distinguish ourselves as Carvel Research and Education Center.  UD announcements that do not mention Carvel, such as Del Tech Campus, do not include our facility.
  • A message will be left on 302-856-7303
  • A message will be posted on our main Carvel website
  • Notice will be posted on the Delaware 4-H Facebook page.





DE 4-H Interview Skills Workshop

interview-people-300x149Join fellow Delaware 4-H teens in learning important skills and techniques preparing you not just for mandatory interviews to National 4-H events, but also scholarship, college and other opportunities that are beneficial to your growth and success.


Open to all Delaware 4-H Teens:
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Mandatory
All workshops will be held 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader and Ernie Lopez, State 4-H Volunteer Coordinator
Kent County 4-H Office/State Meeting Room
Dinner will be provided

Everyone is required to attend the February 26 workshop which will include mock interviews and specific recommendations tailored for each participant to take home and continue to practice.

Please click on Interview Skills Workshop or call Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585 Ext. 544 to register or email at

Questions about the workshops may be sent directly to Ernie Lopez at

We hope to see 4-H teens from all counties take advantage of this learning opportunity!

Demonstration Contest 2019

The Demonstration Contest is for the 4-H’er 8 –19 years of age. It gives 4-H’ers the opportunity to share what they have learned from their projects. The demonstration should not be more than 15 minutes in length. 4-H’ers must compete in the county contest to advance to the state contest at the Delaware State Fair.

The Sussex 4-H Demonstration Contest is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 and Thursday, March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Carvel Center. Participants will receive a letter prior to the event with more information. Score sheets are available for practice.

Register Online or print out the 2019 Demonstration Contest Registration Form which is due to Tammy Schirmer by March 4.
PowerPoint presentations need to be in the 4-H office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

General Rules and Guidelines as well has Helpful hints for Demonstrations can be found on the DE 4-H Website.

Spring Archery Shoots

Sussex County 4-H ArcheryThe first spring archery shoot will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. at the REC

* Please register for this event by Thursday, March 7
* March 10 is mandatory safety training for any archer who did not take the safety training in the fall and is  planning on shooting in the 2018-19 4-H year.
* You must be on time and parents must attend

Other fall archery shoots at the REC include:
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm

The County Archery Contest will take place on Saturday, May 18 during the Links Spring Fair!

Registration is required for all shoots! Walk-ins not accepted.

Please call the 4-H Office to sign up 856-2585 ext. 544 or email:

Jr. Leader Weekend: March 22-24, 2019

Members of Jr. Council will be planning an exciting weekend for 4-H members 13 and older at the 2019 Junior Leader Weekend!  Space is limited so register early.  Cost: $50.00.  Come, help plan Younger Member Weekend, gain new leadership skills, be on the community service team, and have fun and work with Sussex County 4-H teens.  Be sure to turn in your counselor application forms by February 4 and sign up with Kaleb Scott or Jill Jackson for a counselor interview before the March 4 meeting!

2019 Jr. Leader Weekend Registration Form Due March 11
Camp Counselor Application Form due ASAP


2019 DE 4-H Indoor Archery State Championship: March 30, 2019

As we work to grow the Shooting Sports throughout the State we are proud to announce that Sussex County in coordination with the State and hosted by Lower Delaware Archers will be hosting the 1st Annual Delaware 4-H Indoor Archery State Championship to be held on March 30, 2019.

Click on flyer below for event information!











Event Rules and Regulations

Event Schedule

Online Registration Form

Paper Registration Form