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2015 November


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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The President's Letter

We are heading into the holiday season and with that comes a time to remember that so many people are in need of a little extra help and love at this time of year and we hope that all clubs seek out ways to support their communities through community service
activities.  By helping others, we help ourselves learn more about the spirit of giving and we create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

We are looking forward to seeing all of your excited, smiling faces at Achievement Night on Saturday, November 14th, 7pm, at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.  The All Stars and Rising Stars are working hard to put together a fantastic event for all of you cowboys and cowgirls with their Wild West theme.  Don’t forget about the contests for best cowboy/cowgirl costume and best cowboy cookies!  Feel free to bring cowbells and be sure to bring your club pride!

We hope that everything is coming together and running smoothly with your club enrollments, and that your first project meetings have been successful!  Thank you to Matt and Stefanie for helping us all get enrolled quickly and answering all of our questions.  If you are a returning project leader please remember that you must be enrolled before December 1st in order to avoid having to attend another leader
orientation and being re-fingerprinted. You must complete those steps prior to holding a project meeting.

Our next CCC meeting will be Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm at the Santa Rosa office.  I hope to see you there!  There will be no CCC meeting in December, so the following meeting will be Tuesday, January 5th at 7pm at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Achievement Night 

Happy November ya’ll!

Remember that this month, the 4-H All Stars are planning an event you won’t want to miss. I urge you to bring your cowboy hats and cowbells for Achievement Night is right around the corner!

The All Stars and I have been working really hard to put on an event you won’t forget! In case you haven’t saved the date, Achievement Night will take place on November 14th, 7:00 PM at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park. There are two contests going on, the cowboy cookie contest (2 entries per club) and the best dressed cowboy/cowgirl. There are also going to be games after the program and time set aside for clubs to socialize. We are looking for an ENTHUSIASTIC group and plan to have a sizable
attendance from the 25 clubs in our county. We look forward to seeing you all there,

Your fellow cowgirl,

Savannah Schell
All Star HQ

2015 Youth Rabbit Challenge 

Hosted by the Liberty 4-H Rabbit Leadership Project

For more information follow this link

November 21, 2015 - **Check-In will Start 8:30 am** - Competition will start promptly at 9:00 am

Location: Sonoma County 4-H Center, 6445 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Youth will compete in:


1. Showmanship (You can bring your own showmanship rabbit or we will have a few loaner rabbits)
2. Breed ID
3. Judging
4. Written test

The age groups are (Age as of January 1st)

Junior: (9-11)
Intermediate: (12-13)
Senior: (14+)

***The Entry Fee is $20.00 (This includes Lunch for Participants)***

You must have your entry/payment postmarked by: November 9, 2015

Your entry will only be considered confirmed once application AND payment are received by the 4-H office

There will be a NSF Fee of $20.00, if your check is returned.

If you have any questions please call Matt Schafer 707-246-1234

4-H New Uniform Policies

The State 4-H Office will be sending a letter out to all fairs to notify them that the UC ANR 4-H Youth Development Program adopted new 4-H uniform guidelines. The State Office will be asking fairs to modify their existing uniform requirements to include the following garments: 

Hat Display

1 Official green 4-H hat branded with the UC ANR and the 4-H clover logo mark.
View the new 4-H hat guidelines. 

2.   A plain white shirt with a collar. Any length of sleeve, including sleeveless is acceptable.

3.   Dark blue, black, or white pants (all fabric types are acceptable). Alternative Casual Uniform: Shorts may be worn for casual, non-livestock activities (e.g., still exhibits). Alternative Business Uniform: Dress slacks or skirts may be worn for business events and activities (e.g., interviews or formal presentations)

  • 4.    OPTIONAL: A traditional 4-H tie or scarf worn with the collared white shirt.  The tie and scarf are both worn under the collar.  Any member can wear either the scarf or the tie, whichever the member is most comfortable wearing. 

Youth may continue to use the current green hat with only the 4-H clover logo mark for the remainder of their 4-H career. Youth who are currently senior level members may continue to use their white hat for the remainder of their 4-H career. Senior members may also convert to the green hat as they choose.
For additional information regarding the new guidelines, as outlined by the State 4-H Office  

Youth In Action Awards

National 4-H Council is now accepting applications for the annual Youth in Action Awards to be presented at the seventh annual Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2016.
As one of the highest honors achieved, the 2016 awards have expanded to honor one remarkable 4-H'er within each pillar area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences; Citizenship; Healthy Living; and STEM.
As part of this great honor, each of the four Youth in Action Award pillar winners will receive:

  • Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship for higher education.
  • Public Recognition: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at Council's Legacy Awards on April 12, 2016.
  • Spokesperson Opportunities: Serve as the National Youth Spokesperson for their recognized pillar area.

County Recognition: An additional $5,000 grant will be made to each of the awardees' 4-H County.

In addition, one overall national Youth in Action Award 2016 honoree will be selected from the four pillar winners and will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.
All applications must be submitted by 12:00 PM ET on Monday, November 30, 2015.
For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honors, please visit the Youth in Action Award website.

Officer Training 

A big thank you to Christine Rodgers and Charlotte LeGallee for chairing Officer’s Training this year. A fun time was had by all.

web 4h CLub officers

For an optimal leadership experience, it is important that youth officers start the year with knowledge and team bonding

The purpose of the 4-H Officer Training is to introduce youth to the importance of responsible leadership, how to organize a club meeting or activity, and how to practice their leadership skills in 4-H. Through leadership training, 4-H Officers learn about parliamentary procedure, facilitating group work, and the connection between citizenship and leadership.

New Presentation Manual 


The NEW Presentation Manual is here! The 4-H Presentation Manual (2015) is the
consistent and standard guide for all 4-H presentations and will be adopted by all County, Sectional/Regional, and State 4-H Presentation Days. To view the new manual visit the state website  
In addition, example films for almost every category have been posted at in a Youtube Page

Countywide Dog Care and Training 

This project is open to 4-Hers of all ages enrolled in the county wide project. The project will mainly focus on dog showmanship and obedience practice to allow members to be ready to compete in the show ring. An emphasis will be placed on health and care for dogs as well.

Members (or immediate family) must own the dog that will be used for meetings and shows. Dogs that attend meetings must be at least four months of age or older and be up to date on all vaccinations. Please bring a current vaccination record showing that your dog has had vaccines for DHLPP series (mandatory), Rabies (mandatory), and Bordatella (highly recommended).

All dogs are welcome (after proof of vaccination). Your dog does not need to be purebred to attend or compete! Dogs should be well socialized and not show aggression towards other dogs or humans.   

Contact Dani Foster for more information:
(707) 360-7107 or email her at foster4h@yahoo.com

4-H Teen Event 

4-H Teens! We want to hear from you and have your ideas help us plan projects and events for you.

Join us on Friday November 20th at 6:00pm at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park for a fun evening of games, dinner, movie and the sharing of ideas and opinions you have about projects and events you would like to see as part of your 4-H experience.

Please arrive at 6:00pm for dinner, an ice breaker
after dinner we’ll spend some time having group discussions where everyone will be encouraged to share ideas

At 7:00pm the movie will begin.

Please email Eileen Pharo to share ideas about dinner and the movie that will be played at the event!

We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Teen Night Flyer


New project/club leaders: Mark your calendar and attend ONE New Leader Orientation.

6:30-8:00 pm at 4-H Office in Santa Rosa.
133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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.

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

If you need to be fingerprinted, please arrive between 6:00 -6:15pm with your driver’s license. The opportunity to be fingerprinted is not guaranteed but we hope that “TruScan Fingerprint Services” will be able to continue to donate their time

Certification Workshops 

If you have an interest in sharing your Shooting skills with youth, how about becoming a 4-H adult volunteer or teen leader. The Merced County 4-H Program has several certification programs for aspiring leaders. You must complete both days to receive the certification for each specific field.

There will be a 4-H Archery leader certification training offered on
Saturday, November 14th, 9 AM-4PM, and Sunday, November 15th, 9AM- 2PM

There will be a 4-H Shotgun leader certification training offered on
Saturday, November 21st, 9 AM-4PM, and Sunday, November 22nd, 9AM-2PM

There will be a 4-H Muzzle Loading leader certification training offered on
Saturday, December 12th, 9AM-4PM, and Sunday, December 13th, 9 AM-2PM.

There will be a 4-H Pistol leader certification training offered on
Saturday, December 12th, 9AM-4PM, and Sunday, December 13th, 9AM-2PM  

All of the programs will be held at 
Safety First Shooting Association, River Oaks Range 
11584 Shaffer Rd, Winton 95388, in Merced County.  

These classes are being hosted by Merced County 4-H. You must become a 4-H leader or member and attend both days to receive certification to teach Shotgun at the project, club and camp levels. The course will include a PowerPoint lecture, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching, and a written test. EACH program costs $35 per person and  includes a resource binder, with Saturday and Sunday light breakfast refreshments.

Junior and teen leaders are invited but must attend with an adult or have a certified Shotgun adult leader they will be helping back home.

Driving directions to the range 
Tent or Dry RV camping is an option.

To register, please complete and mail the “CA  4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form” and an adult or youth 4-H medical release form and a $35 check payable to “Merced  County 4-H Council” and mail to UCCE, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced, 95341.  Registration is due Friday, November 13th.  Space is limited to 25 attendees per class. 

For more information call or email Darlene McIntyre at 209-385-7418. 

4-H Community Service Learning Award 

For more than 70 years, Community Service has been an important part of 4-H.  So has hands on, learning-by-doing, that we now call experiential learning.  When you put those ideas together appropriately, the result goes beyond a “feel good” experience: service activities tied closely to what youth are learning positively impact learning, and genuinely help the community.

4-H Community Service Learning Award

C.A.L. Conference Information

If you would like to attend C.A.L. Conference, please download the needed forms from the 4-H County website. (They will be posted this week)

Turn them in to the office with a check for $165.00 (or $175.00) if you want a tee-shirt.

CCC will be refunding a set amount (to be determined later) to the first 10 attendees who follow proper procedure during registration (this means notifying our 4-H office). First come first served. Incomplete applications will be returned to the sender

C.A.L. Conference Information

November Events


3…               CCC Mtg. - 4-H Office Santa Rosa 7:00pm

11…             Veterans Day - (Office Closed)

14…             Achievement Night - 4-H Center 7:00pm

18…             New Leader Orientation - 4-H Office Santa Rosa Office 6:30pm
                   (6:15pm if you need to be fingerprinted)

26-27…        Thanksgiving (Office Closed)


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