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2016 May

Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Letter

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It’s crunch time and it’s especially important to watch your calendars at this time of year being as so many important deadlines are coming up. Please be aware of due dates for fair entries and pre-registrations and camp reservations. It’s also definitely not too early to make sure your record books are up to date. This will make it so much easier for you to complete them before it’s time to turn them in!

The 55th Annual 4-H Open House and Chickenque took place on May 1st, and we can’t thank you all enough for coming together to make this event a huge success.  Chickenque is our major fundraiser for our 4-H program so selling those tickets and getting the word out there was very, very important. A special thank you to Fred Frey and the whole Chickenque committee for working to put on this wonderful event.  Our new Chicken Run 5K also took place on that day and much fun was had by all! Many thanks to Lisa Jack and the rest of the Chicken Run 5K committee for pulling this new event together and we look forward to continued growth of this in the future. It’s another great opportunity to bring the public and 4-H together.  Congratulations to all the members who submitted Chickenque posters for competition! They were unbelievable and very hard to choose winners! 

We also need to acknowledge Naomi Edwards and the Fashion Revue committee for a fantastic job done on the Fashion Revue that took place on April 9th. The contestants and entries were amazing and creative, and congratulations to all the winners! Thank you for showing yet again how your skills can grow through our program!

Fair time is coming up and will be here sooner than you think!  Don’t forget that fairs are not only an opportunity to showcase the animals you’ve raised, but to enter all the wonderful things you have made during your 4-H project meetings! It is wonderful to see the exhibit building filled with all the creative items you make and the fantastic educational displays! When you share your projects with the general public and educate them about 4-H by entering your project work at the fair or giving a demonstration it’s a win-win for all involved!  

Our final CCC meeting of the 2015-2016 year is Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 7 pm at the 4-H Center. Hope to see you there!

4-H Member Letter (Conan Skiafe)

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This year of 4-H is coming to an end. I am definitely looking forward to next year. My family and I have even decided what projects we will host next year. The project I am most excited about is “Stop Motion”! This is because I recently got a stop motion kit and I have been finding it very fun. Another project I am anticipating is the “Raspberry Pi Media Center” project. In it we will be building a fully functional media center. Our other projects are, Coding HTML and CSS, Crock Pot Cooking, as well as Sewing and Textiles. For next year I am looking forward to seeing what position I get. I am hoping to get Vice President or President. Conan Skaife, 12 Wild Oak 4-H

Kids Summer Movie Series


Wild Oak is offering the Kids Summer Movie Series tickets again.  It is only $15 per person for 9 movies, one each week.  All theater information and times are shown on the order form.  The deadline to send in your tickets is May 31st.  If you would like the tickets mailed back to you, I will need a self addressed stamped envelope and your order on the early side so that you will have your tickets before the first movie on June 14th.  If you have any questions, you can call or text Shari Skaife at 707-978-9444 or you can email Shari@ShariSkaife.com.  

Sonoma County 4-H Camp

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Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Las Posadas forest, 4-H Camp is the perfect environment for campers, teen staff and adult chaperones to get away for a week in nature. This historic camp is located just east of St. Helena in a wooded setting that has been used for 4-H since 1929. For one week out of the summer, campers ages 9-18 are invited to take part in classic summer camp activities, including hiking, swimming, archery, arts & crafts, and skits and songs around the campfire. We hope you will come and join us!

For more information and pictures

please visit our website:

Sonoma 4H Camp

2016 Camp Dates:

Camp 1: June 27 – July 2 (Monday – Saturday)

Camp 2: July 3 – 8 (Sunday – Friday)

4-H members $245.00/Non 4-H members $300.00

We still need chaperones at both camps. Please contact our coordinators for more information:

Camp 1: Lisa: 707-484-5374 & Gabby: 707-696-3796

Camp 2: Michelle: 707-529-1511

Email: Sonomacounty4hcamp@gmail.com

Free : Every Kid in a Park Pass

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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.

From the state...

We are 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!

4-H Management Board Director Positions.

Calling all 4H Teens!

Please join us for our last teen event of the 4H year! If you are 13 or older, we would love to see you! We will have a bowling and pizza evening, but you must reserve your space by May 7th, 2016.

When: Monday, May 9th, 2016

Time: 4:30-6:30

Where: Boulevard Lanes 1100 Petaluma Blvd. South

Please R.S.V.P. to Eileen at gpharofamily@comcast.net

Congratulations to our ChickenQue Poster winners!

Thank you to all the members who submitted a ChickenQue poster. They all looked great! It was hard to choose the winners.

The winning posters were displayed in the 4H office for the public to view.

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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.  

Fashion Revue Success!!!

Fashion Revue was a success. Members had great time showing off their latest creations. Thank you for all the entries, there is a lot of talent in our 4h community.

A BIG thank you to Naomi Edwards and the Fashion Revue committee. You all did a fantastic job organizing this event for the members and the public.

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State Leaders forum  

November 11-13, 2016

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.

Registration opens on April 1

Rising Star  

The Rising Star Team for this coming year is opening back up and taking applications we are changing the format to become a countywide project. If you are interested in becoming a rising star check out our county Rising Star page on our website.

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

Timeline for registration and chaperone selection for this event:

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

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 chaperone 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.

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

 Upcoming events in June/July


No CCC Meeting; we will resume in September at the 4h office in Santa Rosa

22 - 26 Sonoma Marin Fair

27– 2 Sonoma County 4-H Camp 1


3 – 8 Sonoma County 4-H Camp 2

22-8 Sonoma County Fair

28-31 State leadership conference at Humboldt State

Check out our full calendar of events!

Articles for the June/July Newsletter are due May 10th Email to Judy at jludovis@sonoma-county.org



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