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2015 October


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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The President's Letter

A. Schell
The 4-H year has started and it’s shaping up to be fun and fantastic!  The  4-H Foundation BBQ was hugely successful, with another record-breaking year, and has again proven to be a community favorite!  Thank you to all the 4-H members, parents and leaders that volunteered to help make this all happen!

The Officer Installation event organized by the All-Star team and Rising Stars and their advisor, Matt Schafer, was also a great success!  Thank you to all of the club officers for being a part of this and we hope you are excited to step into your positions!  Officer Training will be up next, be sure your calendars are marked for October 4th!  This event will be for Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, Editors, Reporters and Song & Rec. Leaders.  More details to come!


A big round of applause goes to Sara Glashan and her committee and all of our volunteer record book judges for taking on all of this year’s record books and getting through it so smoothly!  As always we hope to see more record books submitted this year. Sonoma County 4-Hers are so talented and work so hard and we would like to see more of them recognized at the State level for their efforts.

Show your 4-H pride and help us celebrate National 4-H Week October 4th through 10th! More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week!  In Sonoma County more than 1,100 4-H youth and 400 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

Research has proven that participation in 4-H clubs and projects has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their non 4-H peers, young people in 4-H are:

  • Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time

Our next CCC meeting is October 6th at 7pm at the 4-H Office in Santa Rosa.  Please be sure to send representative of your club to each CCC meeting as they are generally packed full of important events and programs throughout the county.

I look forward to seeing you then!

National 4-H Week

Show your 4-H pride and help us celebrate National 4-H Week October 4th through 10th!  More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week! 


Follow 4-H on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Caption your photos with “4-H is growing [what kids are doing] in [your location] #4HGrowsHere
Be sure to use the hashtag #4HGrowsHere so www.4-H.org can feature your photos.


Support the Paper Clover fundraiser October 7th through 18th.  Tractor Supply Company (TSC) invites you to support 4-H by donating a $1 Paper Clover at check out.  100% of each dollar supports 4-H, with 70% of all funds directly supporting local and state 4-H programs in our community.  Local Tractor Supply stores in Petaluma and Windsor.


On October 7th millions of kids will celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day and complete the world’s largest
youth-led science experiment, Motion Commotion, to learn about physics, speed and safety.

Register your 4-H NYSD event. Buy the official 4-H NYSD science kit from www.4-hmall.org (rush shipping available)

On October 7th tag photos of your 4-H NYSD event with #4HNYSD

National 4-H Conference 

National Conference dates are April 09-14, 2016. The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults develop recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities.
Learn more about National Conference. http://www.4-h.org/4-h-conference/about/

Applications information at:http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/N4-HC/

DUE NOVEMBER 2nd. Please note that California delegates must apply through the State 4-H Website to attend.


Provide an opportunity for 4-H members to:

  1. Engage 4-H youth in personal development experiences that will increase knowledge, resources, and skills;
  2. Discuss topics affecting youth and 4-H programming nationwide; and
  3. Empower and mobilize 4-H youth to create positive social change in their communities in a meaningful and genuine way. 

Important Info! 



All Leaders

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Poultry Census

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Cooperative Extension have created a short survey designed for backyard poultry enthusiasts.  Results will help them get an idea of the number of backyard poultry farms in California, the trends among them, and more importantly help bridge the communication gap between poultry experts and backyard poultry enthusiasts.

The data in the survey is strictly for outreach purposes and compiled reports will be by county, not individual addresses.

For this reason, we sincerely hope you consider participating in the Backyard Poultry Survey. 

What's Your Focus? 

What does it mean to be a good citizen or a leader? Are you being a strong civic leader for your community, country and world?

For more than 50 years, thousands of high school youth from all across the country have travelled to Washington, DC each summer to partake in the preeminent 4-H citizenship and leadership experience—Citizenship Washington Focus. And in summer 2014 we will introduce the precursor to CWF, the first national 4-H event designed exclusively for middle school 4-H’ers, Leadership Washington Focus.

We have welcomed high school 4-H’ers to put their leadership skills to work in their communities and now we are looking build more 4-H leaders with LWF so they can return as a delegate to CWF.

CWF and LWF are more than just another DC field trip – 4-H'ers learn essential civic leadership skills and leave with the tools that will allow them to bring about real change in their communities.

CWF and LWF are the only national summer citizenship and leadership programs offered exclusively to 4-H members. For more information go to the Click Here.

Horse Day

The UC Davis Animal Science Department introduces a new approach to Horse Day to be held at our Animal Science Horse Barn facility. Horse Day will take place on October 24th, 2015. It will be a day filled with hands-on workshops dedicated to continuing education for the horse owner and enthusiast. 
Tired of sitting in lecture halls?  Our new “Round Robin” venue will allow YOU, the attendee, to pick and choose those workshops that are of interest to YOU! A whole group presentation will occur both at lunch time and at the end of the day.  Whether your interests lie with reproduction, conformation or nutrition, there is sure to be something to attract you to our NEW Horse Day venue!  This day gives you the chance to interact with the animals, talk to the experts and be more involved with the material.  Come and join us for a day filled with new and exciting interactive information.

Visit the Horse Day Page for more information

Horse Day


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 in Santa Rosa. 133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Volunteer Banner

October 19 (Monday)
November 18 (Wednesday)

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.

Marin Shooting Club Info

If you know a young man or young lady age 9-18 who might enjoy learning about firearm safety and shooting clay targets in a controlled, supportive and fun setting, please tell them about 4H Shooting Sports! Enrollment will be at our first meetings on Saturday September 19th and Saturday October 17th at 9:00 AM sharp at the Valley of the Moon Trap Club. Directions can be found HERE 

To save time, please enroll online beforehand by visiting our website.

Bring a completed Medical form for each club member to the first meeting. Please note new club members will need to successfully complete the required safety training on at least one of these two days. Any questions please contact Martin or 415-309-1563.  

Countywide Projects

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!


Message From The State 4-H Office 

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is a statewide program delivered locally. Young people participate in a variety of delivery modes including 4-H clubs, camps and afterschool programs in their local communities. A component of the 4-H program includes sectional and state 4-H events, activities and programs. These are a critical component of the 4-H youth development model, and are particularly appropriate as methods to support efficacy and mattering of teenagers.

The vision for statewide programming in the next 100 years is:

  • A dynamic statewide 4-H Youth Development Program with opportunities for 4-H staff, volunteers and young people to be engaged in strategic visioning and program planning, delivery, management and evaluation.
  • An integrated and cohesive fund development plan to support the growth of the 4-H program.
  • Increased youth and volunteer participation in the organization and attendance of sectional and state activities, events, committees and programs.
  • Attract new volunteers to 4-H to support growth and expansion of the program.
  • Expand the reach of 4-H – touching the lives of more young people.

Steps to Success in 4-H

October Events

4…               Officer’s Training 4-H Center in Rohnert Park 10:00am-1:00pm

6…               New Club Leader Chat - 4-H Office Santa Rosa 6:00pm(before CCC Mtg.)

6…               CCC Mtg. 4-H OFFICE SANTA ROSA 7:00pm

19...            New Leader Training - 4-H Office in Santa Rosa 6:30pm

24…             North Bay Area Science Day - Sonoma County Fairgrounds

24…             State Mtg. at UC Davis

27…             Ex CCC Mtg. 4-H Center



University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
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