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2015 December /2016 January


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The President's Letter

Thank you to all who attended Achievement Night on November 14th!  A huge thank you and round of applause to All-Stars Melanie Hanlon, Savannah Schell and Blake Southard, Rising Stars Bella Patt, Missy Pendleton and Francesca Pharo, and their tireless advisor Matt Schafer!  They truly put on a night to remember! Congratulations to all the award winners for your hard work and dedication to the 4-H program.  We hope to see all of your smiling faces at Achievement Night next year, as well as many new ones!

I would like to encourage you to share your experiences at Presentation Day. A great venue to share interests, experiences and knowledge with your fellow 4-Hers. The event takes place on February 6th at the 4-H Center. We encourage all members to try and complete one of the presentation areas this year and to work toward their bronze, silver, gold or platinum star. Presentations are an outstanding way to share your knowledge with other members and leaders. It will help develop public speaking skills. Let's take some extra time and talk it up at our club meetings.

C.A.L. (Create a Leader) Conference is January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. It will be another incredible leadership weekend for our young teens. If you are planning on attending, let us know. We would love to have you report on your experiences at our February CCC meeting.

The County Livestock Judging Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd at the Santa Rosa JC Shone Farm from 9am–12pm. Each member will receive the judging booklet with tips and terminology to help develop their livestock judging skills. This is a great event for all livestock members – even if you aren’t judging – you can develop skills to help select your market and/or breeding animals for the upcoming fairs. 

As we prepare to bring in the New Year, 2016, please keep your hearts open to those less fortunate and offer help during the holiday season.  In a season filled with so much hustle and bustle, try to slow down and take the time to savor the beauty in the season and the people around you.  Offer kind words, patience and understanding to strangers you meet out in your shopping adventures, you’d be surprised at how many need only that to make their season bright. Share old holiday memories with your family/friends and fill your homes with love and happiness.

“I hope that in this year to come you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.  You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly you’re doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

We hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Our next CCC meeting is Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 7 pm at the 4-H Center
Please note the location!

55th Annual Chickenque

What is ChickenQue?

ChickenQue is a fundraiser and open house for the Sonoma County 4-H Program. 4-H members and their families from all over the county come together to host the largest single day chicken BBQ west of the Mississippi! They have been doing this for the last 54 years without fail. Our 4-H members host interactive booths featuring the many projects they are involved with as 4-Her’s. This is a great family event and an opportunity to learn about 4-H. Please come out and be part of this wonderful event and enjoy a good meal rain or shine! Fun for the whole family!


Chickenque 2016 T-shirt Contest Rules - All youth members are encouraged to submit a design for the t-shirt contest!

Sunday May 1st, 2016
Meal Tickets $10
Tickets will be sold early 2016!  

Attention 2016 Chickenque Reps

As a committee, we are busily planning for the 55th Annual 4-H Open House
and Chicken BBQ on May 1, 2016. We are eager to share some positive changes and are always open for suggestions. The t-shirt drawing contest flyer is available on the website. Please encourage your members to participate. The other flyers will be available soon and a packet will be give at the January CQ Rep meeting.

Mark your calendars as the rep meetings are quickly approaching! Each club is required to send a rep to these meetings. Our goal is to make them quick and informative:

January 28, 7pm at the 4-H Center

February 25, 7pm at the 4-H Center

March 24, 7pm at the 4-H Center

April 28, 7pm at the 4-H Center

2016 Chickenque Important Dates

If you have any questions, please contact: Fred Frey or Cheryl Mohrman 

4-H Shooting Sports Workshop 

Rifle Training
Lake County will host a Rifle Trainer course Saturday and Sunday January 23rd and 24th  from 8:00AM to 5:00PM  at the Konocti Rod and Gun Club. To receive certification you must attend both days. Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will be certified as Rifle Trainers and will to be able to conduct Rifle Leader Trainings as well as lead rifle projects. Cost for the course is $35 and includes meals and class materials. Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided Saturday and Sunday. 

You must be an appointed 4-H volunteer to attend. Teen Leaders are encouraged to attend, with an adult volunteer. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Please send the “Training Request and Registration Form” found on the County Site and fees payable to “Lake County 4-H Council”

UCCE Lake County
883 Lakeport Blvd, Lakeport CA  95453

For additional registration information contact Julie Frazell at (707) 263-6838 ex 119.
If you have any questions about the course, contact the instructor, Rick Walker or via phone at (707) 994-7531.

Enjoy Healthy and Safe Holidays

Strive to maintain your well being this holiday season by making smart choices. Here are some helpful tips for you and your loved ones to get the most out of this joyous time of year:

- Minimize stress, continue to exercise, and do your best to stick to other healthy practices.

- Sample holiday treats, but focus on eating healthfully.

- If going to a party, bring a nutritious and well-balanced dish for all to enjoy.

- Spend time with friends and family, but take care not to overbook your schedule.

- Offer others the gift of wellness by giving subscriptions to health magazines, gym memberships, or gift certificates for                                                         yoga classes.

Food Smarts
Stretch out the sweets of the season into the next year. If someone gives you cookies, freeze most of them to enjoy at a later time instead of overindulging all at once.

Healthcare Consumer Smarts
Invest in fitness equipment and commit yourself to an exercise routine in 2016. The investment will pay off. Improving your fitness can lower your healthcare cost.

Presentation Day Information 

Hello from the Presentation Day Committee!  We are working hard to get Presentation Day up and running this year, it will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park.  

Please note the latest version of the Presentation Day Manual is dated September 30, 2015 and this is the manual we will be following. There are changes, so it's a good idea to check it before getting started on preparing your presentations, if you haven't already.  

The application is on the county website, please print, complete and mail it to Sara Glashan, Committee Chair.  The address is on the form.  Entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2016 and NO LATE APPLICATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED, so please plan accordingly.  

As always, we will need adult (and teen) evaluators, so please use the application form to make your volunteerism known!  We appreciate your participation, we can't do it without you!  So THANK YOU!  

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call Sara Glashan 707-480-1446 or

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

County Fashion Revue 

Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue is a fun opportunity for Sonoma County 4-H members to show off the knowledge, skills and creativity they have used to create and present their various clothing or textile related projects. 

Members may enter multiple County and State Categories at the Sonoma County Fashion Revue, but a member may only have one entry per category.

For more information visit the 4-H Fashion Revue Page.

Entry forms are due MARCH 18th at the 4-H Office in Santa Rosa
You must turn in a complete paper entry form packet. No on-line or email entry forms will be accepted. Download and turn in application packet.

The Fashion Revue Takes place On Saturday April 9th 2016 at the 4-H Center.


Fashion Revue Workshop # 2: “Sewing Skills & Fashion Revue Tips”

The Sonoma County Fashion Revue committee will host Workshop # 2: “Sewing Skills & Fashion Revue Tips” on Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:00 AM to Noon at the 4-H Office. This workshop will help members prepare for the Sonoma County 4-H Fashion Revue by explaining and presenting various educational topics such as:

Basic Sewing Skills
Fashion Revue Entry Forms
Overview of Fashion Revue Day
Tips and Tricks for Fashion Revue
Writing Fashion Revue Commentaries
Questions Fashion Revue Judges May Ask
Explanation of the Fashion Revue Scorecards
Information Needed for Knowledge & Judging Contest

Fashion Revue Workshop #2 Flyer

Learn more at 4-H Fashion Revue.

If you have any questions about the 4-H Fashion Revue, please email the committee:


Attention Clothing & Textile members (and anyone else who wants to do a County level presentation)

Are you looking for a topic for your presentation for Presentation Day?

Do you want to be able to practice it at the County level the week before Presentation Day?

The Fashion Revue committee is looking for members to present topics at their Workshop #2 on January 30. We are looking for presentations on the following topics:

Types of Fabrics & Fibers and their Usage & Care 
Types of Hand Sewing / Embroidery Stitches
How to Read / Use a Sewing Pattern
Basic Sewing Tools and their Usage
Washing Instructions and Symbols
Parts of a Sewing Machine
Color Wheel / Theory
…and more!!

If you are interested or need more information, please contact Naomi at weloveusa@comcast.net and Mary at lleval2yarm@gmail.com before December 31. Presentation topics will be available “first come, first served.”

Livestock Clinic

The annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging clinic will be held January 23rd, 2016 at the SRJC Shone Farm – Warren Dutton Pavilion.  We will begin instruction at 9 am with experts in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Meat Goats and Reasons. 

There will be at least four classes to practice your judging techniques on as well as an opportunity to present reasons.  Workbooks will be provided to all participants.  This is a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your judging skills or introduce new members to this activity. 

If you have any questions, please contact Diana Stornetta 707-823-7516.  Feel free to email Diana Stornetta for additional information, questions or to submit entries.

Livestock Judging Contest

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 experience to improve your public speaking skills.  

4-H 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.  

2016 Livestock Judging Entry Form

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

Paulin Creek Preservation Party

MLK Day of Service
A Community Service opportunity for everyone!
Date: MLK Day of Service – Monday, January 18th, 2016
Time: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: On Chanate Road at Beverly Way.
Directions and parking information 

Celebrate a National Day of Service on MLK Day by volunteering with the Watershed Stewards Program and California Sea Grant! Help us remove invasive plants and reduce erosion on Paulin Creek. Plant removal and erosion reduction will help restore native plant habitat and decrease sedimentation into the creek, improving wildlife habitat and stream health.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Food and refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP via email to Jenna Dohman at with the subject line “Paulin Creek Preservation” or call 707-565-2199. Looking forward to seeing you out there!

4-H Afterschool Clubs

In November, the 4-H Afterschool Clubs finished their first cycle of projects. The clubs are: Monroe 4-H Afterschool Club, Biella 4-H Afterschool Club, Brooks Elementary 4-H Afterschool Club and the Cali Calmecac 4-H Afterschool Club.

The programs offered four projects at each school. The projects included Public Speaking, Art, Flag Football, Soccer and Basketball. Nearly 50 children and teens participated in the projects over the fall. Programs are expected to grow over the winter & spring programs thanks to partnerships created between 4-H, community organizations and High Schools that will have more teens spending time as volunteer 4-H mentors for the programs around their communities. Teens will gain  community service hours, leadership training and fulfill their senior project requirements.

The Afterschool Clubs are open to all 4-H members in Community Clubs who attend those schools. Please inquire with Diego Mariscal for availability as some school sites are at capacity.

If you would like to know how 4-H can bring programs to your school or how to volunteer as an adult or teen mentor, contact the 4-H Outreach Coordinator at 707-565-2681 or email


Upcoming 4-H Events

Articles for the February Newsletter are Due January 15th

Email to Judy Ludovise


25…               Office Closed
29…               Exec CCC Meeting - 7:00pm at the 4-H Center


1…                 New Year’s Day (Office Closed)
5…                 CCC Meeting–7:00pm at the 4-H Center (NEW LOCATION)
18…               MLK Day (Office Closed)
23…               Livestock Clinic at Shone Farm
22-24…          C.A.L. Conference in Walker Creek
26…               Exec. CCC Meeting–7:00pm at the 4-H Center
28…               Chickenque Rep Meeting–7:00pm at the 4-H Center


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