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2016 February


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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The President's Letter

Happy New Year to all 4-H members, parents, leaders and staff! There is so much going on in the coming months and we encourage all of you to take part in one or more of the exciting events that 4-H has to offer.

Presentation Day coming on Saturday, February 6th. This is one of the most important events our county has to offer! Public speaking and communication will touch every part of your life moving forward and what better way to learn than through a Presentation. Sara Glashan and her team has worked very hard to bring us a fantastic Presentation Day and we encourage everyone to participate. If you’ve missed the entry deadline to present, please consider visiting the event and sit in on a couple of presentations or a “Share The Fun” skit! There is still a need for adult and teen evaluators (formerly referred to as judges) so please consider taking on one of those important roles.  Applications for these positions are on the county website.

Our Teen Sleepover Event will be held Saturday, February 20th at 7:30pm at the 4-H Center.  This event is for teens ages 13 and up, and adult chaperones are also needed – two male and two female. Please RSVP with Eileen Pharo by Feb. 16th at gpharofamily@comcast.net

Our Livestock Judging Contest is on Saturday, February 27th at the Santa Rosa Jr. College Shone Farm. Please make sure your entries are in by February 20th.  Team
entry forms are on the county website.

Cloverdale Citrus Fair takes place February 12th through the 15th. Please check the fair entry book for all the different ways you can showcase your projects. All Star Selection will be coming later in the year.   We have a wonderful All Star Team and a very supportive Rising Star Team this year.  The Rising Star team is a great way to test the waters and find out if you want to be an All Star. 

Stay tuned for more information and dates, and don’t hesitate to talk to an All Star or Rising Star if you have the opportunity and ask them about their experiences.

Fashion Revue and Chickenque are closer than you think, and present additional opportunities to participate in the 4-H program and showcase your talents!

Our next CCC meeting is Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 7 pm at the 4-H Center. 

Hope to see you there!

Chickenque Poster Contest Flyer

Chickenque Important Dates

Fashion Revue Application

Sonoma County Presentation Day 

FEBRUARY 6, 2016
4-H Center in Rohnert Park 

Have you ever heard of 4-H? Well if you haven’t, 4-H is a national organization that has many separate clubs within many different counties. 4-H does many things including teaching kids life skills and community service. Inside each club, there are many different projects. From learning about animals like chickens, pigs, goats, etc..., to learning about how to garden, baking, arts and crafts, rocketry, etc... One of many projects is presentation skills or also called public speaking. This is where kids put together a
presentation about anything they want to talk about. It can be on one of there projects they are in or even something they do outside of 4-H.

There are many kinds of presentations. For instance, demonstrations, illustrated talks, interpreted reading, power points, and many more. Then they learn how to present their presentations in a room full of people, with evaluators, at county presentation day. This skill can help them in life with either school work or a job. So come on down to the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park, 6445 Commerce Blvd behind 24 Hour fitness.

Its going to be a fantastic event. Come and learn about 4-H!

Fashion Revue Information 

Did you know that you do NOT need to sew to be in the Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue?

Fashion Revue
- You can paint or tie-dye existing clothing and enter it in the Embellished category.

- You can craft two pieces of jewelry or tool a matching leather belt and bracelet and enter them in the Accessories category.

- You can purchase an outfit for less than $40 and enter it in the Purchased category.

- You can knit or crochet a scarf and enter it in the Needle Arts category.

There are many other non-sewing options. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination!

Please check the Fashion Revue website for more details about the qualifications for the various categories.

Join us at the Fashion Revue Workshop this Saturday, January 30, at 10 AM at the 4-H Office to learn more about the Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue.

If you have any Fashion Revue related questions, please contact the Fashion Revue committee:

Naomi:    weloveusa@comcast.net (event chair)
Heidi:      hmlavell@gmail.com
Diana:     hamptond@mac.com

Livestock Judging Contest 2016

The annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging contest will be held at the SRJC Shone Farm-Warren Dutton Pavilion on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm. Check in will begin at 8:30. Pre-registration will again be required for the contest. We will be using our computerized program again for scoring and will want to begin data entry before the contest.  Entries should be submitted to Diana Stornetta via mail, fax or email (address information on entry form). 


The entries must be received no later than February 20, 2016.  The contest will feature classes of Beef, Swine, Sheep, and Meat goats. In addition there will be 3 sets of reasons. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your judging skills to help you with project animal selection and also provide you with a positive experience to improve your public speaking skills.  

Members may wear their 4-H uniforms or appropriate attire (blazer, slacks) for reasons.  Reasons will be required to receive individual and team awards.  This event is open to all 4-H clubs members in California.  Individual awards will be sponsored for 4-H 8 and under, 9-10, 11-13, and 14 and over, as well as team awards for beef, sheep, swine, reasons and overall.  

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Stornetta 823-7516.  Feel free to email Diana Stornetta or visit the event page additional information, questions or to submit entries

4-H Livestock Project Responsibilities

Learn To Make Origami

The Wild Oak club invites you to join their Origami project with Master Origami Teacher Henry Kaku on Fridays 2/12, 2/26, 3/4, and 3/18, from 6:30 to 8pm, at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.

Limited to 10 students – please email Ann Schott to reserve your space. Recommended for ages 9 and above, but younger children are welcome with adult/teen helper. Materials are provided.

Teen Event at the 4-H Center

4H flyer
Hello Sonoma County 4-H Teens!

Please join us for a sleepover at the Rohnert Park 4H Event Center on Saturday Feb. 20th, 2016. Dinner, and an activity filled evening on Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday morning. The event starts at 7:30pm on Saturday with a Sunday 9:00 am pick up. Email Eileen Pharo to RSVP.

Policy Updates 

The only change to the document is under Article VII on Quorum. The previous template outlined a percentage that would be filled in. However, establishing a percentage in order for the club to conduct business and reach a quorum would conflict with the Steps to Success in 4-H under Club Participation. The new language allows for greater flexibility and for the clubs to easily reach their quorum to conduct meetings and business as needed. *Please note: It is okay for additional language to be added to the bylaws which further clarifies that certain roles, e.g., serving as a club officer, would have requirements that they attend a majority of the club's meetings.

Shooting Sports - 4-H Shooting Sports policy has been updated in the Shooting Sports - Programs, Policies and Procedures to clarify that 4-H events and activities are prohibited from using reactive targets. Reactive targets are targets which make use of or are composed of 1) live ammunition, 2) explosives, chemicals or flammable substances, or 3) pressurized containers.

Camping Conference

The California 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!

4-H camp sign - Cute
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: $150 (before Feb 15th), $175 (before Mar 15th), $35 (additional archery cost)

Find Out More By Visiting the Event Page
The webinar on Training Youth Camp Staff can be found HERE

State Leader's Forum

State Leaders’ Forum takes place on November 11-13, 2016

Registration opens on April 1

CA 4-H
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 Kinsley. In the mean time visit the website for updates.

Welcome New 4-H Advisor


We are pleased to be able to introduce our new Youth Development Advisor, Steven Worker. He will begin his job in May and will be the Advisor for Napa, Sonoma and Marin. Many of you know Steven and have worked with him while he was in his State job position of Program Rep and S.E.T. coordinator.


We are very happy to have him join our team!

Cloverdale Citrus Fair 


Join us in representing 4H at the Cloverdale Citrus fair from February 12th-15th. Help us staff the booth by registering for a 2 hour shift during which you will represent Sonoma County 4-H and answer visitor questions. A short training will be available to all those interested in staffing the booth as you begin your shift. In
return for your time you will receive a free pass for the day at the fair.

The Cloverdale Citrus fair includes a carnival, shows, exhibits and activities for all the family! Email Hannah Bird or call (707) 744-1424 ext 105 to schedule your time assisting the booth.

Shooting Sports Workshop 

shooting sports
Date: March 13-16, 2016
Location: Safety First Shooting Association in Winton, CA

Plans are underway to host a 4-H Shooting Sports Western Heritage Workshop in California. It will be held at the Safety First Shooting Association in Winton, CA (Merced County).  Those who pass the certification training will be certified to lead a 4-H Western Heritage project. There are pre-requisites for the course listed on the application. For more information about the
project visit the event page

For a copy of the application and information sheet contact John Borba.

Youth Art Contest 

Sonoma County Grange Credit Union invites area youth to participate in its Youth Art Contest.  The theme of the contest is “Inspired by Farm Life”. Applications and art submissions are due by February 15, 2016.

The contest will be judged in four age categories, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Winners in each category will receive $100, the second-place winners $50 and all participants will receive prizes in kind. The winners will be announced during the Grand Opening of the credit union’s Healdsburg branch on February 20th, 2016.
First-place winners will have their art framed and
permanently featured on the walls of the Healdsburg branch. The other entrants art will be displayed in both Santa Rosa and Healdsburg branches and on the credit
union’s web and Facebook pages upon reception.

Whether painting, writing, photography or video inspired by farm life, young artists are allowed total creative
freedom. The only requirement is that they include,
somewhere in their art the Grange symbol: a barn

Contest deadline is Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  For contest guidelines visit the Grange CU website for contest information.  

Grange Art Contest Flyer

How to describe 4-H? 


Check out all of the cool words 4-Hers from across the country used to describe 4-H.
Are there any you think are missing?

Advice from a Snowflake

  • Keep Your Cool
  • Celebrate Your Uniqueness
  • Let Your Plans Crystallize
  • Take Time to Chill
  • Appreciate Small Wonders
  • Appreciate What We Can Accomplish When We Stick Together

World Ag Expo 

World Ag Expo Invitiation 

AgDiscovery 2016

Look at the great new USDA opportunity that might be of interest to middle and high school students. You definitely don't want to miss this! And it would look so good on that college application…

AgDiscovery Brochure

Upcoming Events


2                    CCC Meeting in Rohnert Park 4-H Center 7:00pm

6                    Presentation Day  at 4-H Center in Rohnert Park

12                  Office Closed - Lincoln’s Birthday Day

15                  Office Closed - President’s Day

20                  Teen Sleepover Event at Rohnert Park 4-H Center

23                  Exec CCC Board Meeting 7:00pm

25                  CQ Rep Mtg. 7:00 pm at 4-H Center

27                  Livestock Judging Contest


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