Wednesday, May 13
I am very hopeful that you are all staying safe and healthy right now. I just wanted to make sure you remain up to date on some of the deadlines that are quickly approaching within the next few weeks. Please take a few minutes to read through everything below. There is lots of useful information.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENT DATE
Wednesday, April 29 – May 27
4-H Virtual Trivia Challenge
Wednesday, May 13
UConn 4-H Citizenship Virtual Town Hall
Friday, May 15
§ New deadline for Dairy, Beef and Equine Verification and Lease Forms due to county 4-H office
Deadline for UConn 4-H Operation: Learn By Teaching video contest entries
Saturday, May 16
UConn 4-H Dairy/Beef Day – CANCELLED
Those who registered will receive their t-shirts at the 4-H fair this July
Tuesday, May 19
4-H Fair Association – Virtual meeting
Tuesday, June 2
4-H Fair Association – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT (possibly subject to change)
Monday, June 15
New deadline for all other 4-H Verification and Lease forms to be due to county 4-H office
COUNTY 4-H NEWS
FAIR ASSOCIATION NEWS
Our next Fair Association meeting will take place Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30pm by way of virtual meeting room. Meeting room log-in information will be made available a few days before the meeting.
§ As I am sure most of you know by now, we will not be able to hold our fair as we have traditionally done due to the Brooklyn Fairgrounds being unavailable this year. At our meeting this past week, we began potential alternatives that would allow us to have some type of event in a manner that is safe and beneficial for everyone. We encourage everyone’s input as we explore potential alternate options. All ideas are being accepted and explored at this time.
At the May meeting we are scheduled to vote on our Fair Book Cover and T-Shirt designs. Please see the attached flyer for full details on both contests. All completed art work must be either scanned and emailed or sent to me before Friday, May 15th so that we have time to format them for everyone to see at the meeting.
Our fair sponsorship campaign is still ongoing though I know it is difficult to participate at this time with so many businesses being closed and so many out of work. We will extend the sponsorship campaign to hopefully be able to continue once our state returns to some sort of more normal status. If you do have or get any sponsorships in the coming months you can mail them to the office. The mail is being held for us at the post office and we do get it regularly so it is safe to address mail to the office.
WINDHAM COUNTY 4-H SATURDAY SCIENCE CLUB
Being unable to meet in person has meant that, like so many 4-H clubs, the Saturday Science Club has been unable to meet the last few months. Please be sure to check out all the wonderful online STEM activities we have been making available over the last month. You can find a link to all of them at https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/covid-19-resources/#youth.
STATE 4-H AND BEYOND
CT 4-H CITIZENSHIP VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
There is still time to register for our Citizenship Virtual Town Hall. Join us from 1:00-2:45pm onWednesday, May 13 as we come together to explore living as young citizens in service and how we can still have a voice in our world as it exists today. See the attached flyer and registration form for full details.
4-H VIRTUAL TRIVIA CHALLENGE
Join us every Wednesday night to test your 4-H trivia knowledge against other 4-Hers from around Connecticut. We still have 3 weeks to go and if you are not playing already you should join us this coming Wednesday starting at 7pm. We currently have 4 divisions that participate.
Novice - 5 & 6 years old (play at 7:00pm)
Junior – 7-12 years old (play at 7:20pm)
Senior – 13-18 years old (play at 7:40pm)
Adult – 19+ years old (play at 8:00pm)
To play you just need to create an account at www.quizizz.com and then register athttps://blog.extension.uconn.edu/4-h-trivia/. Each week we will email you the code to play that week’s game. Each game takes less than 10 minutes and there are prizes for the top scorers at the end of the 8 weeks.
UCONN 4-H VIDEO CONTEST
UConn 4-H wants you to share your knowledge by making an educational video and sharing it with others. Operation: Learn By Teaching video contest invites you to share a skill you have learned through your participation in 4-H. Izzy Ford is a 4-Her from Litchfield County who came up with the idea and she wants to you share your knowledge. Izzy tells you how to enter athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIwWhBDQIT0&feature=youtu.be All entries are due byMay 15th. Prizes at the county and state level. Go to https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/4-h-video/ for full details.
4-H PARTICIPATION FOR 19 YEAR OLDS
Due to COVID-19, enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year will allow youth age 19 on 1/1/21 to continue to be eligible for county and state 4-H programs. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your local 4-H educator.
4-H VERIFICATION GUIDELINES
In recognition of the increased challenges associated with completing verification and lease forms during this social distancing period, UConn 4-H has revised the guidelines for the 2020 4-H Fair Season.
Dairy, Beef and Horse Deadline for submission is now May 15 (grace period with late fee until May 30)
All other Animals – deadline June 15 (grace period with late fee until June 30)
*4-H members will be eligible for ESE 4-H Dog, Sheep and Goats provided their animals are verified by June 30th.
In lieu of a wet signature on a verification form a 4-H leader can send an email to the county office confirming the project verification.
In lieu of wet signature on the lease form, the owners of project animals to be leased must agree to lease terms with the 4-H member (and parent/guardian), and a copy of the lease terms, including animal information must be sent to the county office to go on file.
All parent and Youth signatures MUST appear on the 2020 verification forms and lease (if applicable).
Scanned forms, photos of forms and hard copy forms will be accepted for 2020.
You can find all verification, lease and other necessary forms at the UConn 4-H website athttp://www.4h.uconn.edu/.
UCONN 4-H CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
We are creating a UConn 4-H calendar that will run from October 2020 through December 2021. We are looking for photos to accompany each month. The highest scoring entry will become the calendar cover. I know we have several amazing photographers here in Windham County. This is an opportunity to share your skills with a large audience. For full contest details go tohttps://blog.extension.uconn.edu/4-h-photo-contest/. Entry deadline is June 1st.
4-H STEM CALENDAR
Are you looking for things to keep you busy while you are stuck at home. If so check out our 4-H STEM calendar for the month of May. Each day is a different opportunity to get active while learning something new all month long. See the calendar attached above.
VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE
During this time of covid-19, UConn Extension has been working hard to provide everyone in CT with resources to help make life just a bit easier and provide everyone with knowledge and something to pass the time. Check out the full list of available resources while keeping up to date on UConn’s response to the current crisis. Go to https://blog.extension.uconn.edu/covid-19-resources/ to link to all we have been making available for you.
I will be continuing to work from home until at least May 20th. Though I am at home I have been keeping quite busy with 4-H business and am available to you at any time. Please drop me a line and let me know what you and your club have been up to right now. It is my greatest hope that we will be able to come together in person once again soon.
Please stay safe and healthy until we can meet again,
Marc L. Cournoyer
4-H Youth Development
Windham County Extension Center Coordinator
139 Wolf Den Rd.
Brooklyn, CT 06234
(860)774-9600 ext. 18