It’s finally starting to feel like winter around here. It might be getting cold outside but things are starting to heat up in 4-H over the next few months. Please take note of all the things we have coming your way.
COUNTY 4-H NEWS
FAIR ASSOCIATION NEWS
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th at in the 4-H room at 6:30pm. All Windham County 4-H members are also members of the 4-H fair association. We want to hear your input on how to make this year’s fair the best one yet. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of each month. We are also looking for dedication nominations for this year’s fair book. Do you know a person or organization that has helped make 4-H successful in Windham County? If so please consider nominating them for this year’s fair book dedication. See the attached form for full details. Completed nomination forms due at the March fair association meeting.
4-H SATURDAY SCIENCE CLUB
The next Saturday Science club meeting will take place Saturday, January 19th. We will be meeting at our regular time of 10:00-11:30 am in the meeting room at the Extension Center. Starting in January, club members will be given a packet with a host of other activities around that month’s theme that they can complete on their own. This will hopefully expand the fun and learning from just the one day a month. If you are interested in becoming part of the club or know someone else who might be interested invite them to our January meeting. This month we will be exploring the science of sound and music with our activity LEGO Jam Session. Join us and help turn up the volume.
It’s time for annual re-enrollment. Each year, 4-H members need to enroll to remain active 4-H members in the county. You can complete your enrollment at www.4honline.com. If you were enrolled last year all you need to do is go in and update your enrollment. If you have not been enrolled in the past, you just need to create a new account to enroll your family. Anyone not enrolled by the end of this month is in danger of being removed from the email list and will no longer receive information and program updates. If you have already completed your enrollment for this year we thank you. If not, please do so TODAY!
4-H FOOD SHOW
Thanks for the members of the Happy Herdsmen, Krafty Kids and Whiplash Teamster 4-H clubs for making this year’s county 4-H food show such a success. Thanks also to our judges who volunteered their time, as well as, our volunteer leaders and parents who always go above and beyond for our 4-H members.
Congratulations to the Happy Herdsmen for being chosen as this year’s food show winner. As always the competition was close. We hope to have more clubs join us next year.
4-H PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
Our next public speaking contest will take place on Friday, February 15, 2019. We are currently looking for judges for this event. If you know of a teacher, community leader or other individual that you think would make a good judge please let us know and we will be happy to reach out to them. The full packet with registration details and forms is attached. Thanks to Carolyn Stearns for securing the EASTCONN conference center in Hampton to serve as our event site again this year.
EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 5 & 6 YEAR OLDS
Windham County is looking to set up an Explorers 4-H Club for youth ages 5 and 6. Curriculum and training is provided. If you know of anyone that might be a good fit to be an adult Explorers leader please have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-774-9600. We have a new parent that is potentially interested in starting an Explorer’s club. We will be sure to keep you updated as things develop.
WINDHAM COUNTY 4-H IS ONLINE (AGAIN)
The new county 4-H website is officially up and running. This will be the place to keep up with all things 4-H in Windham County. To access the site just go to http://www.4-h.uconn.edu/WindCo/. Here you can find all the dates of the upcoming events along with an registration forms, etc. We also have a page specifically for the fair where you can find links to verification forms, entry slips, the fair schedule and the fair book when it becomes available later this spring.
If there is anything specific you would like to see on the site let us know and we will see if it is something we can add or adjust. Also be sure to keep up with us on social media through our county 4-H Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/windhamcountyct4h/.
WINDHAM-TOLLAND 4-H CAMP EVENTS
There are many events coming up at the 4-H camp in the coming months. We have listed some of them in our calendar above. If you are interested in any of these events please be sure to check out the events page on the camp website at https://www.4hcampct.org/.
STATE 4-H AND BEYOND EVENTS
2019 MA 4-H RABBIT WORKSHOP
You are invited to join Massachusetts 4-H on Saturday, January 26th at Smith Vocational High School in North Hampton, MA for this daylong event. Allen Mesick of Tollhouse, CA will be joining this year to present workshops and answer questions.
Allen has won the Best of Breed at the ARBA Conventions with Netherland Dwarf, Britannia Petite, American Fuzzy Lop and Tan and twice as won the prestigious Best in Show. He organizes the educational symposium Rabbitcon at each convention, chairs the ARBA International Liaison Committee, and he has helped to charter clubs in five Asian countries. He wrote and donated the “Registrar Study Guide for Rabbits” to the ARBA in 2006 with the intention to help members gain the necessary and large information required to passing the exam. His favorite moments are when someone says that the Registrar Study Guide helped him or her become a Registrar. In 2018, he, with collaboration with David Moll, launched “The Rabbit Show”, an online broadcast to spread knowledge, understanding, and current event with rabbit and cavy breeders worldwide. Allen has judged ARBA shows in 6 Asian countries and across the US and Canada.
See attached flyer for full details.
2019 ESE 4-H BEEF PROGRAM
Are you hoping to enter a beef animal project at the Big E this year? If so then this message applies to you. Please see the attached notice from Laura Marek with important registration and verification information that is due by Friday, February 1st.
NH DAIRY GOAT SEMINAR
New Hampshire Extension is hosting the NH Dairy Goat Seminar on Saturday, February 2nd at the Double Tree Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, NH. This daylong event will focus on maintaining herd health. While you are there, also check out the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition. See attached flyer for full details.
STATE 4-H TEEN LEADERSHIP EVENT
Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 2. This one day program will be a UConn student led leadership workshop open to all teens. More information to become available later this month.
UCONN 4-H DAIRY/BEEF DAY
4-H Dairy/Beef Day will take place at the UConn campus on Saturday, March 16th. This always popular event explores animal health and trends and gives 4-Hers a hands-on exposure to the many things UConn animal science is involved in. More details and registration materials will be made available in late January or early February.
STATE 4-H EXPRESSIVE ARTS DAY
Do you have a talent that you would like to share? Have to completed a fashion project, or enjoy art or photography? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this event is for you. Join us a the Eversource headquarters in Berlin, CT on Saturday, March 23rd for this annual daylong event. There will be workshops, as well as, talent, art and a fashion shows. The full registration packet will be available later this month.
That’s it for now. With so many events coming in the next few months we are hoping to send out updates weekly.
Marc L. Cournoyer
4-H Youth Development
Windham County Extension Center Coordinator
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