News & Events

4-H Teen Leadership Event - March 2 - 8:45 AM - 3 PM UConn Campus Storrs, CT

4-H Fair Association Meeting - March 5 - 6:30 PM - Windham County Extension Center

State Public Speaking Finals - March 9 - UConn Campus Storrs, CT

State 4-H Dairy & Beef Day - March 16 - UConn Campus, Storrs, CT

Saturday Science 4-H Club - March 16 - 10 -11:30 AM - Windham County Extension Center

State 4-H Expressive Arts Day - March 23 - Eversource, Berlin, CT

UConn 4-H Sheep Day - March 30 - UConn Campus, Storrs, CT





 

 

 


 

Hey everyone,
It’s that time again. Here is everything you need to know for the coming week’s 4-H news.  Please note that there are two upcoming events that have tomorrow as the registration deadline.  They are the UConn 4-H Teen Leadership Conference on March 2 and 4-H Expressive Arts Day on March 23.
 
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENT DATE
Tuesday, February 26
CT 4-H Citizenship Day planning meeting – New London County Extension Center, Norwich, CT
Saturday, March 2
UConn 4-H Teen Leadership Conference – UConn campus, Storrs, CT
Tuesday, March 5
4-H Fair Association – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
Saturday, March 9
State 4-H Public Speaking Finals – UConn campus, Storrs, CT
Saturday, March 16
State 4-H Dairy & Beef Day – UConn campus, Storrs, CT
Saturday Science 4-H club – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
Saturday, March 23
State 4-H Expressive Arts Day – Eversource, Berlin, CT
MA Blue Ribbon Calf Sale – Big E Fairgrounds, West Springfield, MA
Saturday, March 30
UConn 4-H Sheep Day – UConn campus, Storrs, CT
Tuesday, April 2
4-H Fair Association – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
Saturday, April 13
Saturday Science 4-H Club – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
Dairy Judging at Cones, River Plain Farm, Lebanon, CT
Wednesday, April 17
State 4-H Citizenship Day – State Capital, Hartford, CT
Saturday, April 27
Camper Scamper 5K Race/Walk & Kids Fun Run – Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, Pomfret Center, CT
Tuesday, May 7
4-H Fair Association – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
Saturday, May 18
Saturday Science 4-H Club – Windham County Extension Center, Brooklyn, CT
 
COUNTY 4-H NEWS
 
FAIR ASSOCIATION NEWS
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th at in the 4-H room at 6:30pm. We will officially kick off this year’s sponsorship campaign at the March meeting.  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. 
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, March 16th. We will be meeting at our regular time of 10:00-11:30 am in the meeting room at the Extension Center.  At our March meeting, we will be engineering design to harness the power of wind. Club members will design their own wind power vehicle and test its efficiency, durability and design application.
If you are interested in becoming part of the club or know someone else who might be interested invite them to our next meeting.  The club is open to anyone between the ages of 7-15 years old.
 
4-H ENROLLMENT
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 PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
A great big thank you to members from the Krafty Kids, Happy Herdsmen and Windham Heights 4-H clubs for participating in our annual county public speaking contest.  Everyone did an amazing job.  You should all be very proud of yourselves.  Thanks also to the parents, grandparents and volunteer judges who made up our audience, evaluated and supported our 4-H members. 
Congratulations to the following individuals who were the high scorers in their respective divisions and earned the opportunity to represent Windham County at the state public speaking finals at UConn on Saturday, March 9th.
Junior Speech – Emma Perez, Windham Heights Afterschool 4-H Club
Junior Visual Presentation – Willow Deary, Happy Herdsmen 4-H Club
Senior Speech – Daeni Cabrera, Windham Heights Afterschool 4-H Club
Senior Visual Presentation – Bailey Hirschboeck, Happy Herdsmen 4-H Club
 
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 marc.cournoyer@uconn.edu 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
 
4-H DAIRY JUDGING
There are a number of dairy judging events coming up over the next few months.  See the information above in the calendar for dates and locations.
 
UCONN 4-H TEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Interested in developing your leadership skills? UConn HOLDUP!, a student lead leadership organization is offering a day filled with workshops, panels and discussions geared toward personal growth and college preparation.  Join them on Saturday, March 2.  The event runs from 8:45am-3:00pm at the UConn Storrs campus.  See the attached registration form for full details and to register.  
 
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.  See the attached registration form for full details.
 
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 is attached.TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!!
 
MA BLUE RIBBON CALF SALE
This year’s Blue Ribbon Calf sale will take place on Saturday, March 23 at the Big E.  Click on the this link for full details:  http://blueribboncalfsale.com/?fbclid=IwAR2DT-tATg37z2jNuhGY_7YWEJVX5qM4INDzNoJUkDo82RRQOR5hKtLT1o4
 
CT 4-H CITIZENSHIP DAY
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 17 for our annual gathering at the State Capital in Hartford as we explore what it means to be a young citizen in today’s world.  Meet legislators, see the Capital, learn about CT history and be part of democracy in action.  This year we will focus on the theme of Respect & Civility in an ever more uncivil society.  This event is open to any 4-Her who is 12 years or older.  More details and registration materials will be available in early March.
We are also still looking for 4-Hers who have participated in past years to serve on the planning team for this year’s event.  We want your input and contributions.  Windham County’s very own Caleb Peckham is serving as this year’s youth chair for Citizenship Day.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 26 at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich, CT.  If you are interested in being part of the planning team please just drop me an email and I will add you to the list. If you want to participate but can’t make meetings in person we also have video and phone conference options for you to participate in the discussion.
 
EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION AGRI-SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
Eastern States Exposition has an exciting new program called Agri-Science Experience. Open to all youth in New England, ages 13-15, that are interested in agriculture. Participants will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals, attend events at Eastern States Exposition, meet new friends from all over New England, and have fun while learning. The program consists of 8 different seminars from March – November. The seminars will cover topics such as animal science, food production, veterinary practices, sustainability, and several aspects of agricultural management.  See the attached packet for more information and to register.
 
That’s it for now.  With so many events coming in the next few months we are hoping to send out updates weekly. 
Marc
 
 
 
Marc L. Cournoyer
Program Coordinator
4-H Youth Development
Windham County Extension Center Coordinator
UConn Extension
 
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