Agent Letter: November 2017

Hello 4-H Family,
November brings beautiful fall colors and cooler weather. Daylight savings time ends on November 5, so be sure to turn your clocks back! This month also brings Veterans Day, World Kindness Day, The Great American Smoke Out, and Thanksgiving.

Sussex 4-H was very busy in October with the following events:

  • Jr. Leader Fall Retreat – 16 teens spent the weekend learning leadership and teamwork skills.  They also volunteered at the Evans Farms Fall Fest in Bridgeville
  • Window Displays – 12 Clubs participated in this annual contest. Check out the winners and photos in this newsletter!
  • Archery Shoot
  • Paper Clover Fundraiser – 4-H members, friends, and families were encouraged to participate
  • Pumpkin Contest/Haunted Trail – 115 4-H’ers decorated pumpkins and over 150 attended the event
  • Fall Retreat – 22 campers and 10 counselors enjoyed games, a campfire, smores, crafts, and more!

November 4-H events include:

  • Holiday Card Party for Heroes on Friday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
  • International Foods and the Talent Show will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.
  • Delaware 4-H will send a delegation of teens to Atlanta, GA to participate in National Club Congress from November 25-November 29.
    The Sussex delegates are:  Jill Koski, Matison Smith and Taylor Wroten.

Please be sure to read all the posts in our newsletter/blog and be sure to mark your calendars with all of the exciting 4-H activities!

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. Take a few moments to think of all your blessings. We have so much to be thankful for!

Yours in 4-H,
Jill Jackson
Extension Educator, 4-H
jackson@udel.edu

 

County Updates: November 2017

National 4-H Conference 2018 – Applications Due December 1, 2017
The 2018 National 4-H Conference will take place April 7-12 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD.  This event is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.  Applications from teens that are 10th and 11th graders will be accepted until December 1.
The application can be found on the State 4-H web site

The National 4-H Conference is the annual premiere national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members (15-19 years old) across the country.  Conference is a hands-on, working conference in which delegates participate in a variety of programs and activities.  Participants have the opportunity to practice and apply in a real world setting their newly-developed and refined skills.

Participation in the National 4-H Conference is sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Foundation.

Diamond Clover Award Intent Forms DUE November 22
Delaware 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Diamond Clover Award program. It is intended to take a 4-H member six years to complete. 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 challenge for your 4-H career. Either way, when you have finished the process you have completed an amazing journey that will benefit you forever. A Diamond Clover Award will look pretty good on your college application too!

To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4-H webpage at:  http://extension.udel.edu/4h/about-delaware-4-h/feature-awards/diamond-clover

Scholarship Opportunities
All forms and applications can be found on the Delaware 4-H website: http://extension.udel.edu/4h/academic-scholarships/

Delaware 4-H Foundation and United Way
The Delaware 4-H Foundation is not a United Way agency but is eligible to receive write-in contributions as a non-profit.  If you and other 4-H friends and supporters would like to designate your United Way contribution to 4-H, go to the write-in account section of the United Way form.  Use the number 9020 and Delaware 4-H Foundation to designate your donation to 4-H.  The address is 113 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19716-2210.  Funds received in this manner become part of the contributions to 4-H.  All contributions are acknowledged by the Delaware 4-H Foundation when United Way notifies us of the pledge.  We appreciate your continued support of 4-H!

SAVE THE DATES!!
State 4-H Ice Skating Party – December 2018 (during Winter Break)
 DATE TBA
Location:  Centre Ice Skating Center on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Cost will be $4.00 per person, which includes admission and skate rental.  The Centre would like to continue to hold a food drive at this event so all participants are requested to bring in a canned or boxed item of food that can be donated to the local food pantry.  All 4-H members are invited, and they may bring a friend who is not a 4-H member, but they are responsible for this friend while at this event.

State 4-H Leaders Forum – Saturday, February 3, 2018
Location:  Townsend Hall, Newark (UD Campus)

National 4-H Youth Summits

National 4-H offers a variety of youth summits.  Delaware 4-H is able to send at least two youth to each summit.  Sussex County may offer other funds, if needed for other participants.
Please review the following flyer.  Information and Applications for the Ag-Science and Healthy Living Summits can be found on the Delaware 4-H website.

Agri-Science Application is due November 17, 2017

Healthy Living Application is due December 15, 2017

National Youth Summit on Agri-Science:  January 12-15, 2018
The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. At the National Youth Summit on AgriScience high school students interested in becoming Champions for Agriculture in their communities will gain knowledge and skills in agri-science related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber, especially in the rapidly emerging areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies, learn about challenges facing agriculture, interact with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates, and increase awareness of career opportunities and pathways in agriculture.

Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes. This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2017. Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend the conference.

National Youth Summit on Healthy Living:  February 16-19, 2018
The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Conference Center have partnered with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living.

Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes. This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2017.  Delaware 4-H members must complete an application to be considered to attend the conference.

International Dinner and Talent Show: November 18, 2017

REGISTER ONLINE HERE by by MONDAY, November 6, 2017

International Dinner and Talent Show– Printable Form

Fax: 302-856-1845 * Email: tammys@udel.edu ** Use age as of 1-1-2018

**Please remember to bring place settings and utensils for your family.  4-H will provide cups, napkins, and beverages.

INTERNATIONAL DINNER – Saturday, November 18, 2017

Location: North Georgetown Elementary School Cafeteria
Time:  6:00 pm

The International Foods is a non-competitive event for 4-H’ers enrolled in the Foods & Nutrition or Exploring 4-H projects.  The 4-H’er chooses a recipe representative of a foreign country or different culture, prepares the food, and brings it to the covered dish dinner part of our dinner theater.  Each participant is encouraged to dress in the clothing that depicts the nation or culture of their recipe.  The food is displayed and each 4-H’er tells their name, what they made, and the country they represent.  The food is then sampled by all in attendance.  Please label your banquet serving ware for easy return that evening.  Pre-entry required.

TALENT SHOW (Pre-entry required)

The 4-H Talent Show is the theater portion of the evening.  Each club may choose to do a skit, song, or dance.  Members may also share their talent at the show – solos, duets, dance, and instrumental selections.  This is the time to share your talent with fellow 4-H families.  You provide the entertainment for the evening!

Card Party for Heroes: November 17, 2017

flagYou are invited to a Holiday Card Party for Heroes.

Who: Sussex County 4-H members

What: Writing Holiday cards for those who have served our country.

When: November 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Where: Carvel Center

Why: To show our heroes we are thinking about them.

*Kindly accepting donations of cardstock, holiday stickers, and cookies.*

RSVP: tammys@udel.edu or 856-2585 Ext. 544

Sponsored by Colleen Anderson, Hollymount 4-H Member

Final Fall Archery Shoot 2017

Sussex County 4-H ArcheryThe final fall archery shoot will take place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. at the REC

* Please register for this event by Thursday, November 16
* You must be on time and parents must attend

Be on the lookout for our Spring Archery Shoot dates!

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: tammys@udel.edu

Santa Calls December 11, 2017

santa callsWe have a special treat for our younger members and their siblings! Sussex County 4-H will give youth ages 4 through 8 the chance to speak directly to Santa Claus.  On Monday, December 11, Santa, with help from his elves, will make calls at designated times:

  • 4 and 5 year olds will be called between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • 6, 7, and 8 year olds will be called between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm,

Please see the Santa Calls Flyer to register your child by Wednesday, December 6

4-H Grows: Connecting to 4-H Alumni

Do you know any Delaware 4-H Alumni?

As part of the 4-H Grows Marketing campaign, Delaware 4-H is very interested in connecting with and receiving contact information from any Delaware 4-H Alumni member.  An Alumni member can be any individual who was a youth or adult member of Delaware 4-H for at least one year.

A challenge has been issued to see which County Junior Council can get the most 4-H Alumni individuals to check in and provide their current contact information by December 1, 2017.  This can easily be accomplished by providing any 4-H Alumni an Alumni Card (provided to you by your county office) for them to complete and hand in OR by having them visit the ONLINE LINK to easily provide this information electronically.

The County Junior Council that has the most 4-H Alumni checked in by December 1st  will receive an incentive party.  Who will be the winning County Junior Council — New Castle? Kent? or Sussex?

Thank you for your assistance in helping us to connect to our Delaware 4-H Alumni.  Please contact your County Office with any questions you may have related to this project.

ONLINE LINK:

Connecting to DE 4-H Alumni

Delaware 4-H Citizenship Corner

This is the time of year when we reflect on how thankful and appreciative we are.  We also need to keep in mind those less fortunate and the holidays are a great time to help those in need.  Delaware 4-H is challenging all clubs to give back to their community, whether it is an individual, family or local organization.  Let’s show our love for our community!  The handout below shows a few places to consider this holiday season.

Let us know how you are helping others by using #4Hgivesback and don’t forget to make your posts public.

 

National 4-H Congress Participants 2017

National 4-H Congress is one of the premiere experiences for 4-H members across the country to participate in.  For over 95 years, members of the 4-H program have been gathering to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of 4-H.  National 4-H Congress provides a life changing experience for youth to meet other members across the United States, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team development, and of course having fun!  Congratulations to Jill Koski, Matison Smith and Taylor Wroten on being selected to represent Sussex County in the Delaware 4-H Congress delegation.  Here is a little more about her project work areas!

Jill Koski:  Jill is a nine year member of the Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club.  She is currently a senior at Saints Peter and Paul High School. Jill’s main 4-H projects are Foods & Nutrition, Dog, Leadership and Citizenship. Other projects that she has been involved in include Arts and Crafts and Gardening.  She has been actively involved in several 4-H activities including Public Speaking, Favorite Foods, Delaware State Fair and National 4-H Conference.

When asked to write about her most memorable 4-H experience, Jill recognized her grandmother for being her role model and the number one person to encourage her to take advantage of every opportunity she could in 4-H.  Jill attributes her grandmother for helping her overcome her shyness and for her participation in the Public Speaking Contests every year.  Speech writing was their “thing” and she loved spending time with her grandmother brainstorming ideas and writing drafts. Jill says 4-H is always the place she can turn to for encouragement, memories, skills and relationships.

Matison Smith:  Matison is an eight year member of the Dublin Hill 4-H Club.  She is a sophomore at Sussex Central High School.  Matty’s main 4-H projects are Performing Arts, Goats, Citizenship and Leadership.  Other projects that she has been involved in include:  Photography, Horticulture and Arts and Crafts.  She has been actively involved in several 4-H activities including Junior Leader Weekend, State Teen Conference, Day Camp Counselor, State 4-H Camp and the Delaware State Fair.

Matty’s most memorable experience was not one single event, but many.  She says that 4-H is much more than helping others in your community. “It is a place to meet good friends and always be accepted for who you are.”  4-H has been a safe place for her to grow and find herself.

Taylor Wroten:  Taylor is an eight year member of the Dublin Hill 4-H Club.  She is a junior at Sussex Technical High School.  Taylor’s main 4-H projects are Foods and Nutrition, Arts and Crafts, Citizenship and Leadership.  Other projects that she has been involved in include:  Horticulture, Photography and Sheep.  She has been an active member of the Sussex County Jr. Council involved in many events including Demonstration Contests, State 4-H Camp and the Delaware State Fair.

Taylor’s most memorable 4-H experience has been attending State 4-H Camp.  She says this is the place she has had the most fun but also learned the most from her camp experiences.  Taylor says there’s something about the closeness of every person that makes camp special.  Taylor said, “The friendships formed and lessons learned are something I will carry with me forever.”  4-H has showed her how to be a leader and a friend.