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2015 August

2015 August


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Letter from the Editor 

Summer is flying by!

We have made it through Sonoma-Marin Fair, an extremely successful Camp I and Camp II at Las Posadas, State Leadership Conference and we’re just about through Sonoma County Fair!  I hope everyone was able to do a little bit of showing, a little bit of learning, and above all had a LOT of fun!  Thank you so much to the Camp Committee, chaperones and staff for all of your hard work and preparation into these beloved camps that the kids look forward to year after year.

Before you know it our new 4-H year will start.  The annual leader training will be held on August 22nd and we’re looking forward to getting all leaders – old and new – off and running.  Committee signups will be available and we hope that you’ll all take the chance to put your ideas and creativity into action!  The first CCC meeting will be Tuesday, September 1st so please sure to save the date for that!

Record books and officer books (Treasurer, Secretary and Editor) are also due August 22nd as well as the community leader submissions for club awards, stripes, stars, year pins, white hate and program planning guides. Please be sure this is on your calendar!  Enrollment will also be starting up soon, so members please think about which exciting projects you’d like to enroll and re-enroll in and also talk to your project leaders about maybe taking up a leadership position within your project!  It’s a win-win situation in which you’ll get a chance to show off and expand your leadership skills as well as inspiring younger members to follow in your footsteps.

We also have a wonderful new team of All Stars that are ready to shine brightly for the 2015/2016 year.  Please join me in congratulating Melanie Hanlon, Savannah Schell and Blake Mae Southard for being selected and it will be exciting to see them bring life to the fantastic ideas they’ve brought to the table.  Congratulations are also in order for Bella Patt, Missy Pendleton and Francesca Pharo for making the Rising Star team.  Together these girls will help to make this a fantastic year and we’re all so proud of them!  They’ve already started thinking about Achievement Night, so stay tuned for more information about that!  Congratulations to Matt Schafer for being selected by the All Stars to be their advisor, and thank you Matt for taking the time to work with them!  And last but not least is a huge thank you to Tony Ghisla, Stephanie Larson, Judy Ludovise and Diana Stornetta for putting together a wonderful and successful All Star Selection Day!

I hope you all continue to have a fun-filled and successful summer, and I look forward to seeing you in September!


Thriving is “a forward, purposeful motion towards achieving one’s full
potential.” In our view, thriving is based on achieving the optimum rather than on the avoidance of negative outcomes. And, at its core the relationship between caring adults and young people are critical to youth realizing their full potential or thriving.  

In 4-H we build communities by intentionally creating environments which research has proven to be both positive and successful in developing youth into healthy, thriving young adults.  Thriving focuses on building core youth development practices (from our framework) in all areas of 4-H. This is best done through developing staff and adult volunteers’ knowledge and skills in the thriving principles. 

As the launch of projects for the 2015-16 4-H program year begins, I’m sharing with all of you how 4-H Thrive will be operating this year and how project leaders can order 4-H Thrive Educational Materials and gain access to online resources. For more information about the THRIVE Initiative click HERE

Please share this information sheet with your volunteers as well. 


CLUB LEADERS and Volunteer Enrollment Coordinators (VEC’s)


Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 Annual Leader Training
9:00 am – noon at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park

Let me know if you have topics that you would like discussed. For example: tips on selling ChickenQue tickets, recruiting parents to help, how to do more outreach, fun ideas for club meetings, parent contracts, etc. etc.! 

This training is for club leaders and Volunteer Enrollment Coordinators, new or with experience from each club. Please RSVP by contacting the 4-H Office. 


Our next CCC meeting will be on September 1st at 7pm at the 4-H Office’s Conference Room. Please remember the meetings for September, October and November will be held at the 4-H Office. January through May will be held at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.

Please plan on attending the meeting and meeting the newCCC officers. 



End of the year forms…All record books, officer books, club financial forms, club application award forms, stars and stripe form, program planning guide and proficiency forms are due at Leader Training on August 22nd 2015.

Click Here for the Program Planning Guide 

Click Here for the Full List of Due Materials  



For a list of upcoming events, activities and deadlines, visit our 4-H Calendar on the County Website. Please send any requests to have events added to the calendar to Diego at the 4-H Office. 

Click Here To See Upcoming Events 

Via telephone 707-565-2681 or via email Diego Mariscal 


Join us for the implementation roll-out meeting to learn about the new state level Volunteer Management Organization. This will also be an opportunity to ask questions and help contribute to the communication and continuous improvement plan.

Meeting Date: October 24, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Where: UC ANR Building, San Joaquin Room, California State 4-H Office, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618

Register by Oct. 16

Click here for more information on the FTF


The Healthy Living officer will serve as the club’s ambassador for health! By choosing to elect a Healthy Living officer your club is taking an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles. The Healthy Living officer will be the leader-ship for all health activities including: Providing ideas on how to incorporate physical activities and healthy eating into each club meeting, write Healthy Living articles for the club newsletter, and adopting and promoting a club Wellness Plan. Please help ensure that the health “H” of 4-H is at the forefront of all our meetings, consider electing a Healthy Living officer! The Choose Health Officer Guide was developed by Cornell University Extension.

To receive your Healthy Living Officer pin please email the name of your Officer and club to Judy Ludovise 

Better living



The  4-H Program has increased its outreach efforts over the last year through the hiring of Diego Mariscal. The program has reached new audiences through school visits, community engagements and word of mouth. Thanks to those efforts, the Latino enrollment in 4-H nearly doubled from the previous year.

The 4-H program in Sonoma County developed an afterschool club in Monroe Elementary in Santa Rosa. The school student body is composed of a 94% Latino enrollment and many of those students are of low income. Families in that school embraced 4-H and helped develop summer programs, which took place over June and July.

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The 4-H Summer Program helped children 5-19 engage in organized educational activities in Biella Elementary in Santa Rosa and Mattie Washburn Elementary in Windsor. The program had nearly 50 children and teens participate. Through those six weeks, children enjoyed various educational projects like art: art, avionics, nutrition and leadership. Children also enjoyed sports programs that worked on building fundamental skills in soccer, basketball, baseball and flag football among others. Next year, these programs will be more widely available thanks to the success of this year’s pilot programs.

Children and parents have become more involved in 4-H and are helping with the creation of four more 4-H afterschool clubs: Brooks 4-H, Cali-Calmecac 4-H, Mattie Washburn 4-H and Biella 4-H. The 4-H program in Sonoma County has demonstrated unprecedented growth and its success has already caught the attention of State and National Leadership. In September, the National 4-H Council, along with State 4-H leaders, will visit Sonoma County After School Programs and meet with the 4-H staff to discuss the implementation of after school programs at a larger scale.

If you wish to learn how you can help set up some afterschool projects in your school or would like to participate in the existing programs contact the 4-H office at 707-565-2681 or email Diego Mariscal



National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop
Camp San Luis Obispo - CA
September 29 – October 2, 2015

Thank you for considering taking part in the 2015 National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop. Your state shooting sports program coordinator and I are pleased that you wish to attend this certification course. This training is strictly for adult (21 years of age or older) 4-H volunteers and staff. The delegates who complete this training will be certified as Level 2 State Instructors, Click Here 

Before you take part in this unique learning experience there are some things of which you should be aware. This program is geared toward developing your shooting skills, knowledge of youth development, and teaching methods. It will involve hands-on practical experience and working in teams to give presentations. Our goal is to prepare you to return to your home state/county and serve as a resource person and instructor that will help the 4-H Shooting Sports Program grow. You will need to sign the University of California waiver of liability as well as the Camp San Luis Obispo Army
National Guard waiver to participate. 

Shooting 2


The cost for this course:$195 per person if paid and registered by August 31, 2015

$245 per person if paying and registering after September 1, 2015

No refunds will be given after August 31, 2015

To receive registration information and a registration packet, contact you State 4-H Coordinator. Your coordinator is listed at this link. 


Would you like to take your project to the next level? As our new year begins we are always looking for new Countywide Projects.
Are you a leader who would like to expand your club project and provide knowledge to a larger group?
Are you a volunteer who would like to start up something new?

In the past few years we have had a wide variety of Countywide projects start up: financial literacy, lapidary, EMS, just to name a few.

Contact the County Office, 565-2681, if you have an idea and we will get you started! 
Sonoma County 4-H has awesome volunteers!

County wide


New project/club leaders: Mark your calendar and attend ONE New Leader Orientation.
ALL ORIENTATIONS ARE 6:30-8:00 pm at 4-H Office
133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA 95403

August 11, 2015—10 people minimum 

Please call or email Diego at the 4-H Office to confirm and leave your contact info including name of project. I will call you a few days before, if I need to cancel due to low sign-ups.

Orientations will be held monthly in the fall, no minimum:

September 22 (Tuesday)

October 19 (Monday)

November 18 (Wednesday)

January TBA

Volunteers….Please do not start working with youth until you are fully enrolled you need to complete all steps: fingerprints, orientation, online enrollment and fees paid. See your club leader for more information.

(Fall dates are subject to change if the SF Giants go to the World Series.)

ALL orientations are held at the 4-H Office in Santa Rosa



11…                  New Volunteer Orientation—6:30pm - 4-H Office (10 Minimum)
22…                  Annual Club Leader Training… Required 9:00am 4-H Center
25…                  Exec CCC Meeting–7:00pm - 4-H Center in Rohnert Park
29…                  Foundation BBQ


1…                    CCC Meeting—7:00pm - 4-H Office in Santa Rosa
17…                  Countywide Office Installation Event - 4-H Center in Rohnert Park
22…                  New Volunteer Orientation—6:30pm - 4-H Office in Santa Rosa 
29…                  Exec CCC Meeting—7:00pm - 4-H Center in Rohnert Park
TBD…                Record Book Judging



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