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2016 April


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Letter

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Happy Spring everyone, and we’re hoping that everyone is staying warm and dry and enjoying our occasional bursts of sunshine! While the much needed rain is a blessing, nothing beats watching our kids and animals frolic in the warmth of the day. With so many activities on the horizon, we’ll be sure to see lots of frolicking!

One of the most exciting, important and fun events for Sonoma County 4-H will soon be upon us! The 55th Annual Open House and Chickenque will be May 1st, 2016, as well as our first Chicken Run…which is a new addition we’re all looking forward to! Please help us show the public how great the 4-H program is by setting up 2 booths for every club showing your activities, projects, or community involvement! Thanks to our terrific CQ committee for working so hard to create a wonderful event for everyone. The enrollment system for signing up for jobs is up and running!  Thank you to all of you that attended Fair Appreciation Day and for working so hard to make this event the best and show the Sonoma County Fairgrounds how much we appreciate their support.  Chickenque is our major fundraiser so selling those tickets is very, very important.   

All of you will soon be very busy with camp, fair and other summer activities so there’s no better time than the present to catch up on those record books before time gets away from you.  Don’t wait till the last minute – start working on those books as your events happen!   Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need help!

We have two more CCC meetings this year and we will be electing a new corresponding secretary this year.  If you are interested in this position, please email me at tonyamanda@hotmail.com and we can make sure to get you on the ballot! Our board is fun, creative and is always looking for fresh faces and new ideas so please consider joining us!

-Amanda Schell

Our next CCC meeting is Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 7 pm at the 4-H Center. Hope to see you there!

4-H Administrative Aide

Hello All!

I am Jesenia Mendoza; I am the new 4-H Administrative Aide in the office. I will be at the 4-H desk 5 days a week ready to help with your needs. You can reach me at (707) 565-2681 or Jesenia.mendoza@sonoma-county.org

I graduated from Sonoma State University with a Masters in Organization Development and a Bachelors in Psychology. One of my passions is to help people reach their full potential in organizations and life. I am happy to be a part of an organization whose mission is to “to help the youth develop to their full potential!” Stop by and say hello!

Fair Appreciation

Once again, 4-H members and their parents came together to help spruce up the fair. Many thanks to the 100 volunteers who showed up in the rain on Saturday March 5 for” Fair Appreciation Day!”  17 clubs were represented plus 4-H Camp!  This is an opportunity for 4H to give back to the Fair who continues to provide the venue for the Chicken Que Fundraiser.  We spread bark, pulled weeds, cleaned barns and Fur and Feathers, swept bleachers, pulled staples, washed water dishes, and then enjoyed a hot dog lunch provided by the Fair Board including Annette O'Kelley, Bev Palm, Rob Muelrath and CEO Rebecca Bartling.  We appreciated everyone's great attitudes and willingness to help out... See you at the 55th Annual Chicken Que, Sunday, May 1st!


FairAppreciation Group

Livestock Judging

The Livestock Judging Contest was held on February 27th at the SRJC Shone Farm. We had a great turnout – 9 4-H teams and 5 FFA teams. 9 classes of livestock – 3 beef, 3 sheep, 1 meat goat and 2 swine – were judged and three sets of reasons were given. We had a minor computer glitch and 4 members were not recognized at the event. Special congratulations (and apologies for the computer glitch) to: Analise Scholten, Gold Ridge 4-H– Under 10 – High Beef Junior, 2nd High Sheep Junior, and 1st overall Under 10 Junior: Isabella Molina – Steuben 4-H – Under 10 Junior High Swine, Olivia Williams, Green Valley 4-H - 2nd High Sheep Intermediate Junior and Kylee Johnson, Green Valley 4-H – 3rd high Junior Intermediate Swine.


Highlights of the awards are:

  • Under 10 year old high individual: Analise Scholten – Gold Ridge 4-H
  • 11-13 year old high individual: Austin Maners – Steuben 4-H
  • Overall High Jr. Individual: Austin Maners – Steuben 4-H
  • Overall High Sr. Individual: Adrianna Poore – Liberty 4-H
  • Bud Johnson Memorial Award – High Beef Team – Liberty 4-H
  • Ward Kinder Memorial Award – High Swine Team – Liberty 4-H
  • Steve Dorfman Memorial Award – High Sheep Team – Liberty 4-H
  • High Reasons Team – Liberty 4-H
  • Overall High Point Team – Liberty 4-H

A Word About the Fair

As part of the 4-H program we encourage members to enroll in animal projects for the purpose of learning about animal science and the relationships between humans and animals. In addition, participating in a livestock auction can be a wonderful experience for a child but it should never be the sole reason for enrollment in a 4-H animal project. Prices received from selling Market animals are often above the public auction price. Often the community members give higher than average prices for Market animals as a way to support our program. 4-H does not guarantee prices and it is not our job to “police” the prices. If you have any further questions about the 4-H role as a liaison to the fairs, please give us a call at 565-2681

Earth Day Creek Restoration Celebration!!! 

Location & Time:

 April 16 - Windsor Creek directly across from Hiram Lewis Park on Brooks Road, Windsor. 9:00am-1:00pm

Event Details:

 The AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program and Russian Riverkeeper invite volunteers to help restore Windsor Creek by removing invasive species and planting native plants! Learn about the importance of native species along a stream bank and connect to your local environment and community! 



Invasive Species Removal, sheet mulching, planting  


Bring weather appropriate clothing, a water bottle, long pants, and close-toed shoes. Equipment is provided.   

Other info:

 Snacks & refreshments provided. All ages are welcome. Windsor Creek is located directly across from Windsor Middle School on Brooks Road. Volunteers should plan to meet at Hiram Lewis Park, which borders the middle school. We ask that everyone please arrive on time so that the AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators can debrief the volunteers on the tasks, safety, and the significance of the event. 

Please RSVP to Emily.McClintock@ccc.ca.gov

We hope to see you there! 

Got questions? Call Emily at (707) 576-2609 or Nick at (707) 576-2655 or email Emily.McClintock@ccc.ca.gov

FREE: Every Kid in a Park Pass

A new White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country's natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! The “Every Kid in a Park” pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016.Information on obtaining the pass visit every kid in a park.

State Leaders Forum

November 11-13, 2016

Registration opens on April 1

Mark your calendars to attend the final State Leaders' Forum for a couple of years. Come to Sonoma County and the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa to expand your tool box when working with young people. The committee is motivated to create an enlightening experience for you. Scintillating speakers, first class workshops, and clever activities

highlight the never-ending quest to ensure you will have monumental memories. We are searching for workshop presenters who are willing to share their out-of-seats delivery.

Please contact Education Chair - Linnaea Knisely linnaeak@gmail.com. In the mean time visit the State Leadership Forum website for updates.

The Animal Science symposium

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The Animal Science Symposium is scheduled for May 23-25 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development approach on important topics and skills related to animal welfare and animal health. The Symposium is geared towards 4-H staff, 4-H adult volunteers, and FFA teachers. 

The theme for this year's symposium is Animal Welfare, as this year's symposium will provide foundational training on the new Animal Welfare Proficiencies which will be rolled out later this spring! 


The total symposium cost per individual is $110 which covers most meals, materials, educational sessions, and other program expenses; this excludes travel, lodging, and Thursday dinner. Registration closes on May 15th so make sure to register today

Youth Career Exploration and Interact Session

As part of the Animal Science Symposium, a Youth Career Fair will also take place at the event on Monday, May 23 from 5-7 pm. Youth will have the opportunity to interact with  researchers, educators, industry, government organizations to explore possible career opportunities in animal science and agriculture! Youth are asked to RSVP by May 18th at.

Please pass this information along to those who may be interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alyssa Sankey, ajsankey@ucanr.edu.  

2016 Camping Conference

The State 4-H Camping Advisory Committee invites you to attend the 2016 Camping Conference. Filled with enlightening workshops, engaging activities, and new ideas, this 3-day getaway is a great opportunity to improve your camping programs and meet others who are just as passionate about camp as you are!

Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jim Cain, is an industry leader in team building and adventure education. Plus, experienced 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth from around the state will be facilitating workshops such as “Nature Activities the Rock,” “When Stuff Hits the Fan,” “Astronomy, ” “Compliance Made Easy,” and much more!


WHEN: April 1-3, 2016

WHERE: Nevada 4-H Camp, 1 4-H Road, Stateline, NV 89449

WHO: Teen camp staff, adult volunteers, & 4-H staff

COST: $175 (by Mar 15th), $35 (additional archery cost)

Learn more at 2016 Camping Conference.

Announcing a special event

Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration 2017

January 17-21, 2017
Ages 14-19 (at time of conference)

Join other 4-H youth and volunteers from around the nation at CWF Presidential Inauguration 2017. This is the first time that 4-H has held a Citizenship Washington Focus event during the presidential inauguration.

$1799 per person 

What the package price includes:

  • Round trip Airline Tickets
  • Airport transportation
  • 4 nights  lodging at the National 4-H Conference Center
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • Inaugural Ball dinner cruise
  • Ground transportation during the program
  • Conference shirt and accessories

What you will learn and participate in:

  •  Learn the meaning and importance of the Democratic process
  •  Explore the history of the Presidency, the election process, and the role of the press
  •  Discover the intricacies of the Executive Branch and careers in politics
  •  Practice your role in citizenship through service, civic education, and engagement
  •  Attend the Inauguration ceremony
  •  Watch the Inauguration parade

What you will see and do:

  •  Participate in workshops, sessions, and speakers
  •  Visit national memorials, historical sites, and museums
  •  Experience Inauguration Day events
  •  Dance the night away on an Inaugural Ball dinner and dance cruise

Tentative Conference schedule

Conference Registration page

Time line for registration and chaperon selection for this event:

Due to National 4-H council's time line for registration and payment schedule for this event we are on a very short time line to complete registration and collect payments . All Deposits are non- refundable.

February 26 – April 30, 2016         

  • Regular Registration open
  • Fees $1799 (deposit $225)

May 1-June 16, 2016                      

  • Late Registration
  • Fees $1849 (deposit $925)

June 16, 2016                                

  • Final Payments are due to the State 4-H Office

Applications to be a chaperon are due at midnight March 31, 2016

*If you are applying to be a chaperon do not register until you have been notified you are selected

View the Chaperon Selection Process and timeline.

Because this is a very special event, we will make every attempt to increase the ratio of chaperons to youth so that parents who may want to attend can do so. All adults who accompany youth must be registered 4-H volunteers at the time of the trip. Families traveling together will be expected to follow the trip procedures, itinerary and time lines.

For questions regarding this event please contact Jenna Colburn –State 4-H Office (530) 750-1336 jcolburn@ucanr.edu

Did you know?

National 4-H is hosting a series of webinars on new 4-H curriculum. If you're interested in learning more about our 4-H curriculum, sign up for our Webinars.

Glenn County Horse Show

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The Glenn County 4-H Horse Projects would like to invite all of our young horse lovers and their families to come and join us at the Glenn County 4-H Horse Show!  The show is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Horse Arena at the Glenn County Fairgrounds.

For more information or to obtain an entry form, please contact Show Chair Melinda Tuma at (530) 519-4870 or visit their Glenn County 4-H Horse Show

Now Open

New State 4-H Management Board Director positions!

Please consider using your time and talents as a Management Board Director.

All youth (aged 16 by July 1) and adults are encouraged to apply! Positions available:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Resource Development Director
  • Marketing and Public Relations Director
  • Four (4) Area Directors representing different areas of our state.

board of directors
Apply online or download the application and mail it to the State 4-H Office. Encourage your 4-H'ers, adult volunteers,   4-H parents and program partners to apply too. For job descriptions, selection process and much more visit 4-H Management Board Director Positions.

Applications are due March 31st.

We are also recruiting for youth and adults to join the Management Board Committees and our Statewide 4-H Advisory Committees. We encourage youth members ages 14-19, 4-H adult volunteers, and program partners to apply. Applications for these committees are due May 31, 2016. Through participating on these committees you can help shape the 4-H Youth Development Program and make the best better!

Articles for the May Newsletter are due April 10th

Email to Judy at Jludovis@sonoma-county.org

Upcoming events in May 


1– 55th Annual Chicken-que event! Santa Rosa Fairgrounds

3– CCC Mtg. 4-H Center Rohnert Park 7:00PM

26– CQ Turn-in date for clubs

28– State Field Day UC Davis

30- Memorial Day office Closed

31– Executive CCC Mtg. 4-H Center Rohnert Park 7:00PM

Check out our full calendar of events!


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