Agent Letter: September 2018

Dear 4-H Families,

With the new 4-H year starting, there are lots of exciting activities and events to look forward to.  Coming up in September our regular monthly meetings begin again.  We also have the Archery Safety Training/Shoot, Coastal Cleanup, Dairy Club and Robotics Club Meetings and our County Achievement Event.  Our county program is growing and we are excited to meet new members, leaders, clubs and families!

Congratulations to the Sussex 4-H Officers for the 2018-2019 year!
Leaders’ Association:  Ron Krajewski, President, Pam Cummings, Vice President, Gina Anger & Marian Carey, Co-Secretaries and Heather Smith, Treasurer
Jr. Council:  Matison Smith, President, Jenna Anger, Vice President, Jacob Maske, Secretary, Kyle Morris, Treasurer,  Daniel Tull, Reporter and Gianna Joella, Social Media

Thank you to the clubs who submit a club reports each month, please keep them coming!  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!

During this busy time and throughout the year, please remember to check your email and the online newsletter regularly for news and updates.  Be sure to sign up for events (county and statewide) by the posted deadlines.  Thanks for your help!

Please feel free to call, email, or visit my office if you have any new ideas, suggestions, or concerns about Sussex 4-H programming. My door is always open and I love hearing new ideas for our members and clubs!

Yours in 4-H,
Jill Jackson
Extension Educator, 4-H


County Updates: September 2018

National 4-H Summit dates

Maker – 11/1-11/4, 2018 – Application Deadline:  Monday, October 1

Agri-Science – 1/10-1/13, 2019 – Application Deadline:  Friday, November 16

Healthy Living – 2/15-2/18, 2019 – Application Deadline:  Friday, December 14

Photography – 2/28-3/3, 2019

Applications can be found on the Delaware 4-H website in the yellow tab under State and National 4-H events and competitions.  These trips are sponsored by the DE 4-H Foundation.  Funds may also be offered through Sussex County 4-H.

2017-2018 Diamond Clover Final Reports – Due September 10
Diamond Clover Final Reports for the 2017-2018 4-H year are due to the 4-H office by Monday, September 10.
These forms can also be found on the State 4-H Website:

Re-Enrollment for the 2018-2019 4-H Year

Re-Enroll in 4-H for the 2018-19 year with beginning September 1.  Please remember that members will not be able to participate in events until they have re-enrolled and updated their health forms.

September 10 Meetings at the 4-H Office

  • Links – 6:00 pm
  • Exchange Trip – 6:00 pm
  • Jr. Council – 7:00 pm
  • Leaders – 7:00 pm

Dairy Club – will resume in September (2nd Wednesday of each month) at the Carvel Center at 6:30 pm

Robotics Club meetings will resume in September at the REC at 6:00pm

Robotics meetings are usually held the second and fourth Fridays of each month, unless otherwise noted.

Sussex Small Engines Workshops – Will resume on Wednesday, September 19 from 7:00-9:00 pm.  This year’s workshops are located in Bridgeville at the Del-Tech ITPC Building.  This building is located behind Woodbridge Middle School (307 Laws St. Bridgeville).

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.

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

The application period is now open through September 28, 2018. There are six (6) open positions on the 12 member board. This opportunity to serve is available to youth ages 16-21 (as of 10/31/18) and once appointed, the term is for two (2) years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of 30 volunteer hours before and during the Fair. The purpose of the Junior Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as expose youth to the many facets of The Delaware State Fair. A brief interview to take place in mid-October will be required. The application form can be obtained on the Delaware State Fair’s web site (click on INFO / About Us / Jr. Board) or by calling Rebekkah at the Fair Administration Office – 302-398-3269 Ext. 203

Questions? Contact Betsy Morris at or 302-831-8864

Achievement Recognition Event – September 30, 2018
Elbert N. & Ann V. Carvel Research & Education Center
Awards Presentation:  2:00 pm

The Achievement Recognition Event is an opportunity to applaud 4-H members who excelled in project work, leadership, citizenship, judging, and achievement. On Sunday, September 30, Sussex 4-H will present awards and scholarships to these outstanding youth!  Please plan to attend!

The awards presentation will begin at 2:00 pm in Rooms 1 & 2.  Families attending the awards are asked to bring a dessert (to serve at least 10 people).  Please RSVP the family and number of people attending the dinner to Tammy Schirmer at 856-2585 ext. 544 or email:

Mark your calendar for this year’s Coastal Cleanup September 15, 2018
You can help make a difference in Delaware by joining volunteers of all ages at the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 15, 2018. In case of severe weather, the rain date will be the following Saturday, September 22.

Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties are targeted. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to pre-register to help ensure that each site has enough supplies.

For more information about your preferred site in the 2018 Coastal Cleanup, please contact the zone captain in your area:

  • State Parks Statewide Zone Captain – Alison Romano, 302.900.1423
  • State Wildlife Areas Zone Captain – Lynne Pusey, 302.422.1329
  • Sussex Beach Sites Zone Captain – Jennifer Luoma  Pongratz, 302.739.9921
  • Kent County Bay Beach Sites Zone Captain – Colleen Holstein, 302.739.6377

To learn more about the coastal cleanup, please visit:

Diamond Clover Award – 2018-2019 Intent Forms DUE November 21, 2018
Delaware 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Diamond Clover Award program. Delaware 4-H adopted the Diamond Clover Award in 2011 from a program used in Maryland and Nebraska. This 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. 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. To find out more, visit the Diamond Clover site on the State 4-H webpage at:

National 4-H 30 Days of Doing

Inspire Kids to Do

We believe in empowering kids with the skills they need to succeed. In 4-H, mentors inspire kids to be True Leaders through hands-on doing—empowering them to pursue their passions and chart their own course.  Help us inspire 1,000,000 kids to do.


30 Days of Doing is a chance for kids across the nation to do with purpose through hands-on learning. Through activities in agriculture, STEM, community service, healthy living and more, 30 Days of Doing will help kids gain the skills they need to be successful in life—and have fun along the way.

Enter the Inspire Kids to Do Contest and you could win a $10,000 scholarship for your kid – and your state 4-H program could receive $10,000! Submit a photo that shows how your child inspires themselves or others to do with purpose for themselves, their family, their community, their country or the world. Enter now and youll receive an “Inspire to Do” List with 30 fun, hands-on activities to do with your kid and a comprehensive 4-H “Inspire to Do” Activity Guide after the contest closes.

Click here for full Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open to legal guardians of children aged between 5 and 17. Entrants must be legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., age 21+. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Contest entry starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on 9/1/18 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 9/30/18.   Limit:  One (1) entry per entrant every twelve (12) hours.  Full Official Rules will be available here on 9/1/18.  Sponsor: National 4-H Council. 

2018 Fall Archery Shoots

Sussex County 4-H ArcheryThe first fall archery shoot will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2018 – 2:00 p.m. at the REC

* Please register for this event by Thursday, September 13
* September 16 is mandatory safety training for this Fall series & for any archer 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, October 7 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm

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:

New Countywide Specialty Club: Wild Clovers Outdoor Adventures Club

The Wild Clovers is a new Outdoor Adventures specialty club.  This means any current member can be a part of his/her current club and also participate in this specialty club.  Come to the first meeting of the year and learn more about this new and exciting club!  Click on the flyer below for more information!

Lower DE Archers

Are you interested in learning more about the sport of archery?  Want to learn new techniques and apply them?  The Lower DE Archers is a new Specialty Club.  They will have an open house on Sunday, September 23.  Click on the flyer below for more information.

Please be aware that you must still take the archery safety training and attend the county shoots with Dr. Campbell.

Quarter Auction to benefit the Sussex 4-H Exchange Trip Group

When:  Saturday, September 22, 2018
Where: Georgetown Fire Hall 100 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, DE

Doors open at 6:00 PM

Auction Starts at 7:00 PM

Paddles are $20.00 in advance and includes paddle and roll of quarters to get the bidding started.  Day of the event, paddles will be $25.00 at the door.

All in Paddles are $65.00.  This means you automatically bid on every item without putting any quarters in.

What is a Quarter Auction?
Upon arrival, you will receive a numbered paddle. Auction items will be on display from a variety of vendors with a bid price of 1,2,3, or 4 quarters. As the items are presented, if you want to bid, you place the bid amount in the bowl provided and hold your paddle in the air. If the auctioneer picks your paddle number from the bucket of numbered balls, you WIN the item, walking away with an AMAZING product for only .25, .50, .75 or $1.00.

To reserve your paddle today, Contact: Gina Anger
email: or call:  302‐542‐7717

Checks can be made payable to:  Sussex County 4-H

All proceeds benefit the Sussex County 4‐H Exchange Group for their trip to Stillwater, Montana next summer!


4-H Friends Challenge!

Calling all 4-H Members!

Do you want to promote our 4-H program to others? Show your love for 4-H by bringing a friend to a club meeting during the months of September, October and November.
Let them know what 4-H is all about!

If your friend joins 4-H, you both will receive a Delaware 4-H t-shirt designed by one of our members!

When your friend joins, please fill out the following form and return the 4-H Friends Challenge Form to your county 4-H office.  Prizes limited to first 100 new members!