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2012 October

Sonoma County 4-H Reporter

Link to PDF version of October Reporter

President’s Corner

Diana Stornetta
The New Year is off to a roaring start!  The 4-H Foundation BBQ was a great event – many 4-H members and 4-H parents and leaders were volunteering to help make the day very successful.  Enrollment is in full swing and we are sure it will be a much smoother process this year.  
The All-Star team and their Advisors have been working hard and meeting weekly to organize the big event of the year – ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT!!! They are putting the finishing touches on event now and it promises to be a spectacular event.  We hope everyone attends and helps cheer on your fellow members, leaders and clubs for the outstanding work you did in 2011-2012!  
Join the “Revolution of Responsibility” and help celebrate National 4-H Week October 2-8th.  Each year the Sonoma County Grange Credit Union works with Sonoma County 4-H to help promote our National 4-H week display contest.  Good luck and congratulations to all the 4-H clubs that participated and created a display for the public to see.   National 4-H week provides a great opportunity to put your local 4-H club, members or leaders in the spotlight! Celebrate your clubs success by sharing their stories and recognizing their commitment to making positive impacts in their communities.  
Our first CCC meeting is behind us and I would like to thank everyone for attending and I encourage you to share the information you receive at the meetings with your clubs.  Our next meeting is October 2nd at 7 pm at the 4-H office.  
~Diana Stornetta

California State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Meeting

December 8 & 9, 2012 Visalia, CA 
All California 4-H shooting sports leaders are invited to attend a state meeting to be held on the following dates:
  Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  Sunday, December 9, 2012  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The meetings will be held in Visalia, CA at the Visalia Police Association Range Facility. There is no fee to attend. Camping will be allowed on site. Hotel/motel arrangements are available in Visalia which is approximately 5 miles from the meeting site.
There will be presentations of information regarding the project, guest speakers, and hands-on activities for all participants.  The point of contact is John Borba at: jaborba@ucdavis.edu
4-H Shooting Sports project leaders, teen leaders (high school aged 4-H members), and 4-H staff to register for the meeting, please access the following link: https://ucanr.org/survey2/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7810 

A Military Community Service Opportunity.....

Our son John Mohrman III, is currently serving in the United States Navy and is aboard the USS John C. Stennis sailing to the Persian Gulf.  They will be maintaining a US presence for the next 8 months.  This is his first deployment and as a new Navy family we are so proud.  He is a Machinist Mate/Fire Apprentice.  John was a member of Liberty 4-H for 13 years and a Sonoma County 4-H All Star.  
Being the volunteer that can't say no, I stepped up to make sure his division has a wonderful Christmas.  There are 20 men and 2 women in Division "A" Hydraulics and I hope to make them smile this holiday season.  
I will be collecting items at the Oct. and Nov. CCC meetings.  Our wish list contains non-perishable foods and snacks  (no chocolate), toiletries for men and women, magazines, books, Ship to Shore calling cards, navy blue t-shirts, white and black socks (mid length), fun things for the ladies, and donations towards the shipping of these packages.  
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you in advance.  We are so proud, but it's difficult.  He is very happy and proud.   

Archery Leader Certification Training

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14
Humboldt County UCCE Office 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503
Attendees must attend both Saturday (9AM - 5 PM) and Sunday (8:30 - 12 noon) to be certified as a 4-H adult, teen or junior leader.  The cost will be $30 for training and a binder of resources.  There will be a lecture, hands on practice and a test.  To register, complete the "Request for Training Form" at http://www.ca4h.org/files/2123.pdf  and mail with your payment to Sandy Sathrum at 5630 South Broadway, Eureka, CA 95503.  Make checks payable to Humboldt County 4-H.  Participants are responsible for all transportation, overnight lodging and meals.  If you have any questions, call Sandy at 707-445-7351.

Fashion Revue Planning Meeting…

It is time once again to start thinking about what you want to be sewing for the next 4H County Fashion Revue that will be taking place in the springtime of 2013. This meeting is for us to get inspired and excited about Fashion, so bring your questions, ideas, or just come and listen.  We will be meeting on October 5th, 2012 at 7pm at the 4H Office. There will be information regarding the different Fashion Revue categories, the starting of a Community Service project,  ideas for sewing projects and also what next year's Theme will be. Please RSVP us if you will be attending.  dvangerpen@gmail.com We hope to see you there. Chenoa & Denise Van Gerpen

From your Sonoma County 4-H All Stars.....

As a team, we are all very excited about Achievement Night!  This is our main event and we have put a lot of time and energy into making this night fun.  Please join us on October 20, 7pm at the 4-H Center for an "Evening in the Amazon" and help us celebrate the successes of our county.  We will be honoring six outstanding leaders for their constant and continual support of the 4-H program.  It's a secret, so you'll have to come and find see who we feel is deserving of these thoughtful awards.  
We are also available for club installations.  Contact Cheryl (mohrmanjr@aol.com) if you would like us to attend your meeting and install your officers, or if you have any questions or thoughts.  


The North Valley Dairy Goat Association presents the 4th Annual Goat Education Day, Saturday, November 3, 2012.  Held at the Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, California, this day-long symposium provides something for every goat owner.  Over 600 attendees from all goat industries enjoyed last year’s classes on dairy management, meat goat production, reproduction,  novice and advanced goat health issues, ranch management and youth classes.  Rounding out the rich selection are artisan classes on soap, lotion and a variety of cheese making.
Presenters consist of representatives from California Animal Health and Food Safety, UC Davis and Chico State University, local veterinarians and well-known industry professionals from all over the United States.  On-site will be vendors, a raffle, breakfast and lunch offerings and breed displays.
Immediately following the event, the Northern California Meat Goat Association will host its 2nd Annual Special Reserve Meat and Milker Auction.  This portion of the event is a rare opportunity to buy some of the best Boer goat and dairy goat genetics in the West.
While similar events can cost hundreds of dollars for the instructors and educational opportunities offered, Goat Education Day is only $20.00 per adult or $5.00 per youth (9-18).  Age 8 and under is free.  Pre-registration by October 27th is encourage to avoid a $5.00 late fee.  Online registrations will open October 1st at http://www.bookeo.com/.
For information, pre-registration forms or online registration check out http://www.nvdga.org/ or contact Beth Nicholson at 530-347-7376. 
Don’t miss THE goat event of the season!  
Contact: Beth Nicholson (530) 347-7376 Or info@nvdga.org

Orientations for New Volunteers

6:30-8:00pm at 4H Office
133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109 Santa Rosa,CA
October 16 (Tuesday)
November 14 (Wednesday)
January TBA
These are the scheduled dates for the upcoming orientations this fall. Every leader must attend this one-time orientation before you hold project meetings, sign Fair forms or work with youth. This is a University of California requirement in order to be appointed as an agent of the University and to receive liability insurance coverage when performing as a 4H leader.
Please call or email Bonnie at the 4H office  (707) 565-2681 or bstritze@sonoma-county.org to make a reservation.

Attention all members!  Annual Poster Promotion

We would like to get the word out about 4-H in your community, so we are asking those of you who are interested, to design a poster about “Why One Should Join 4-H.” The poster should include a number to call, and something you think would be of interest to kids and adults in your community.  The poster can be designed to promote your club or for the county as a whole.  This is what you will need to do if you would like to participate.
1) Design a poster to recruit members and adults to join 4-H. 
2) Posters should be 14” by 22”
3) Find an approved place to put your poster in the community. Post it by September 30th, 2012
4) Have your club leader verify your poster information and sign the form Poster Promo Form (Word) or Poster Promo Form (PDF)
5) Mail or FAX the Verification Form to the county 4-H office postmarked by Friday, October 5th (see below)
6) Receive a pin at Achievement Night

Fax form to 565-2623, or mail it to: 4-H Office133 Aviation Blvd Suite 109 Santa Rosa, Ca 95403      
FORM due by Friday October 5th, 2012


Dairy Heifer Application (Word) or Dairy Heifer Application (PDF)
The deadline for the 4-H Dairy Replacement Heifer Application is NOVEMBER 30, 2012.  Please mail application to Katie Lundy, 3422 Gravenstein Hwy, So., Sebastopol, CA  95472.  Since 1958 the 4-H Dairy Replacement Heifer Project has been popular.  Heifers will be placed from January to April.  These heifers will be from one week to two months old (usually three weeks of age).  Members enrolled in this program raise the heifers, show them at fairs, have them bred, and sell them two and one half years later as heavy springers at a special 4-H Dairy Replacement Heifer sale.  The process for securing a heifer is:

  1. The 4-H member and parents should understand that this is a commitment to a two and one-half year project.  The applicant must be currently enrolled in a 4-H Club.
  2. Once a decision has been made to apply, the member should fill out the above application and contact the local dairy leader for a recommendation and signature.
  3. The dairy leader will make a recommendation to the Replacement Heifer Committee by the application deadline.  When making a recommendation, the leader should note interest, dependability, and parental support.  These criteria are very important!!  In the past, some members have been very negligent in turning in required information such as vaccination, breeding dates, Bill of Sale, and contact.
  4. The Dairy Replacement Heifer Advisory Committee will review all applications and select the members who will receive heifers.
  5. Applicants will be notified in December, by mail, whether or not they will be receiving a heifer.
  6. Only in rare cases do first-year members receive heifers.  Primary membership does not apply. 4-H members residing on dairy ranches can apply.
  7. Members are not eligible after they are 16 years of age or reached their junior year in high school.

Science and Health Field Day for Primary Members 

Saturday OCTOBER 27, 2012 
12:00-4:00pm at the 4-H Center
The Sonoma County Children’s Museum will provide  Museum-on-the Go science activities. 
Experience Hauntingly Healthy Halloween Snacks
****Join our Kick-the-Can Campaign****
Looking for 4-H teens and adults to assist at the event
Limited to 50 youth ages 5-8. Bring a friend!  Call Bonnie at the 4-H office to sign up primary youth or to volunteer
Many ways to participate: 

  1. Work at the event-set up, clean up
  2. Assist primary youth in preparing their Halloween healthy snack activity 
  3. Volunteer to take photos

Announcing “Taste the Difference; A Revolution of Responsibility Funded Countywide Project” 

Project Goals: To raise awareness of the taste of locally grown agricultural products and to help create a marketplace advantage for Sonoma County, when possible.  To accomplish this, we will teach scientific based sensory and consumer research skills to members .  Techniques will be similar to methods taught at the University level (Davis, Cal Poly, Cornell, University of Illinois, etc.) in their food science programs.  We will set up four competitive product sets using local and national producers of things like apple juice, cheese, jam, yogurt, honey, etc.,  Participates will be given an orientation on the scientific nature of sensory research and why it can be important for producers and consumers. Then, project members will help select the categories to study.  They will then create a research experiment and conduct a taste test with our 4-H community.  Each product will be taste unbranded and rated by volunteer respondents. The resulting data will be analyzed statistically to determine liking/preference and specific taste characteristics.  A brief discussion of the types of programs offered at Universities and in companies (not just food and beverage, but all consumer goods), will be provided.  We have a variety of committees within the project that need members, as follows.  

  1. Product category selection (everyone) 
  2. Purchase and code supplies 
  3. Scorecard development and printing 
  4. Research fielding (everyone)
    • Product preparation
    • Product serving
    • Decode scorecards 
  5. Data entry and analysis 
  6. Report preparation 
  7. Marketing and promotion (everyone) 
  8. Presentations to the community

Our first meeting will be held on October 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Round Table Pizza, 550 Montecito, Santa Rosa.  Please RSVP so we know how many to expect.  If you would like more information on this program or just want to come and check it out, please contact Becky Bleibaum, 707.545.6770, rnbleibaum@yahoo.com or Charles Hampton mchampton@mac.com

Get Wild!!  Wildlife Project Meeting on Oct 24

Want to learn about wildlife and habitats here in Sonoma County and do some amazing activities? Plus make new friends from throughout the County. Join the Sonoma County Wildlife Project. Come to the meeting on Wednesday, October 24, 4pm to 5:30 at the 4-H Office in Santa Rosa. Come check it out!
To sign up, when enrolling online, add Countywide as a club and add Wildlife Project as the project.
For more information, contact Mary Engebreth at maryengebreth@comcast.net or Karen Giovannini at kgiovannini@ucdavis.edu


133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone:  (707) 565-2681
Fax:  (707) 565-2623
Judy Ludovise, 4-H Program Assistant  jludovis@sonoma-county.org
Bonnie Stritzel, 4-H Secretary   bstritze@sonoma-county.org


University of California Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
133 Aviation Blvd Suite 109, Santa Rosa, CA 95403  Phone: 707.565.2621  Fax: 707.565.2623
Office Hours:  M-F, 8am-Noon & 1pm-4pm

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