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2013 December/January 2014

Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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Are you interested in becoming a Sonoma County 4-H All Stars? Do you know of someone that fits the part? Visit the county web site and review the application. Applications are due January 10 and selection day is February 2, 2014. This is a great opportunity for our teens to develop further leadership skills, expand our 4-H story to our community, help build relationships with community organizations and serve as our outreach ambassadors. All Stars build lasting leadership and communications skills, while developing friendships with their team and Community Partners. We encourage you to apply and help tell the 4-H Story!

Enrollment has been moving right along! A huge thank you to Matt Schafer and Stefanie Stornetta for working out the bugs and getting us up and running quickly this year. A huge thank you to the VEC 1 in each of the 4-H clubs! This task could not have been accomplished without the hard work and dedication of our club leaders and VEC 1’s!

Diana Stornetta
Do you have an unusual project or interest you would like to share with your fellow 4-H members and leaders? Did you learn something new at a project meeting? I would like to encourage you to share your experience at Presentation Day. The event takes place on February 1st at the 4-H Center. You will find the details you need in this newsletter. Let's take some extra time and talk it up at our club meetings.

CAL (Create a Leader) Conference is January 24th, 25th and 26th; another incredible leadership weekend for our young teens. If you are planning on attending, let me know. I would love to have your report on your experience at our February CCC meeting.

As we quickly approach 2014, please be reminded of those less fortunate and share during the holiday season. Share old holiday memories with your family/friends and fill your homes with happiness. I hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the 4-H Center.

~Diana Stornetta


Starting in January, the CCC meetings will be held at the 4-H Center. They will still be at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the month. See you there!


Bonnie Stritzel’s last day here will be Dec 31. We would like to thank her for all of her time and dedication to the 4-H program and wish her the very best as she begins her new full time job!


Hi my name is Wyatt Gersley, I am the Community Service Officer in Sequoia 4H club. Our club is doing a canned food drive with Redwood Empire Food Bank. I had a food drive barrel placed at the 4H Center so other clubs and other people could help donate if they want to. It will be there till Christmas. I am hoping that it will fill up. Maybe more than one time. Please help others that need food and donate.

Thank you
Wyatt Gersley
Community Service Officer

*** MARCH HARE 2014 ***

March 8, 2014
Attention all rabbit and cavy leaders and 4her’s. March Hare is on! We hope to see you and your rabbits and cavy’s on March 8, 2014. This will be a multi-county event with all the wonderful awards and event callenges as last year. We will have a guest speaker, followed by a single rabbit and cavy show as well as rabbit and cavy showmanship. We would like to include this year possibly, a 4H food booth. This booth does NOT need to be limited to rabbit or cavy projects, so if you are interested please be sure to contact me for details.

More details and a catalog will go out in January. Can not wait to see you all!!
Debra Mills littlemfarms@sbcglobal.net  
County Rabbit Project Leader/Forestville Rabbit Project Leader


Believe it or not it’s not too soon to be thinking about Sonoma County Presentation Day! Sonoma County’s Presentation Day is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014. All members are encouraged to participate!

Presentation w 4H logo
What is a 4-H presentation?
A presentation is a method used to communicate an idea by showing and/or telling. It can be a demonstration or a talk that uses posters and other visual aids. A 4-H Presentation helps you learn to:
• Research a subject
• Organize ideas in a logical order
• Be a teacher and practice public speaking skills

Why do a 4-H presentation?
As you participate in projects, you collect information and ideas that can be shared with others. This sharing of information is part of the process of learning. Teaching project skills in a presentation takes advanced skills and a deeper understanding of what you have learned.

By giving presentations you learn more, gain recognition and obtain important communication skills activities for your record book! You have the opportunity to do presentations at project meetings, club meetings and at County Presentation Day.

Presentations are required for you to earn your Stars in the 4-H Program.

What do I do?
Speakers prepare for presentations by giving talks to project groups and community club meetings, practicing skills learned in a project, and observing other people giving presentations. You can get ideas for presentations from many different sources. The first place to start is with your project leaders. They know what you have learned in your project and what you might enjoy presenting. Your community club leader also can be a source of ideas.

Presentations are not just demonstrations. You have many options ranging from traditional demonstrations to problem solving for senior members. All of the various presentation styles require similar skills, but are designed to meet the interests and age-appropriate levels of the member. No style of presentation is better than any other. Choose the style that best fits you for your first presentation and then try other styles as you advance in 4-H.

Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. Show what you've learned; give a presentation!

Visit Sonoma County Presentation Day and  4-H Public Speaking to learn more and to find the 4-H Presentation Manual.


California 4-H $1,000 for 1,000 Service Learning Projects
Get connected with 4-H!

2013/2014 Revolution of Responsibility Application Deadlines

November 15, 2013
January 15, 2014
March 15, 2014
May 15, 2014
July 15, 2014
September 15, 2014
November 15, 2014


The National 4-H Youth Conference Center has announced the dates of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF). The CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14 through 19. The program differs this year in that there are six different available sessions. For additional information and to register go to CWF.
• Week # 1 – June 1 – 7, 2014
• Week # 2 – June 8 – 14, 2014
• Week # 3 – June 15 – 21, 2014
• Week # 4 – June 22 – 28, 2014
• Week # 5 – June 29 – July 5, 2014
• Week # 6 – July 6 – 12, 2014

*** 2014 Leadership Washington Focus New! New! ***

The National 4-H Youth Conference Center has announced the dates of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), a new 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. This is formatted after their high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus. There is only one session offered this year on July 15-19, 2014. Visit Leadership Washington Focus for additional information and to register

*** 2014 California Focus ***

Visit California Focus for the current information on the citizenship educational experience for youth ages 13 through 19. Dates for 2014 have yet not been released by the State 4-H Office.


Save the Date! California Camping Conference March 21-23, 2014 The next California Camping Conference will be held March 21 – 23, 2014, at the YMCA's Camp Campbell the in Santa Cruz Mountains. The Camping Conference provides 4-H teen leaders and adult camp administrators the opportunity to network and attend sessions to develop their local camp program. The early bird registration fee will be $140 by February 1st and $150 after that date. More information will follow.


Vine Pruning
Youth Pruning Contest and Viticulture Challenge, Saturday, January 18th 10am at SRJC Shone Farm Open to ALL Sonoma County Youth, including 4-H, FFA and High School Agriculture Students.

The contest will be judged on skill, speed and safety. Pruning shears or loppers can be used.

Registration forms are due January 16, 2014, available online or contact Pat Stornetta at 707-481-4308 or email patstornetta@comcast.net.  

The contests are open to ages 10 to 19 Individual and team prizes will be awarded for both the Pruning Contest and the Viticulture Challenge The contests are open to the public and admission is free Refreshments and lunch will be provided Practice pruning dates and places TBD Viticulture Challenge Questions available by contacting Christine Neles at 707-938-0730 or email chrismneles@aol.com 


by Gianna Lovell, Junior Leader

Gianna collecting hermit crabs - that were returned to the pools.
Gianna collecting hermit crabs - that were returned to the pools.
Have you ever met a colony of hermit crabs? Emily, Mary and I did (see picture)! On a beautiful fall day, the Wildlife project visited Shell Beach with Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods docents, Molly and Cindy. We found loads of hermit crabs, snails, harbor seals and more. We looked in various tide pools and found mostly hermit crabs crawling around. The docents said that was the most hermit crabs they have seen at Shell Beach. There were also green sea anemones; the ones that were above the water line would squirt water when you touched them.

When the tide started coming in, we ate lunch, then went on a scavenger hunt on the beach where we found many interesting things and also some trash. We took the trash out and left the rest. The docents explained about how the trash looks like food to the creatures of the ocean and that sea birds will eat it and feed it to their young. So it's real important to pick up trash where ever you find it because it eventually ends up in the waterways and eventually the ocean.

We had a great time and I want to go back to that beach during a negative tide so we can find even more creatures.

Note to parents: Low tide was 1.5', we visited about an hour before that and found the tide pools to be really safe and protected, this beach is just south of Goat Rock.


Enjoy A Healthy And Safe Holiday Season
Strive to maintain your well being this holiday season by making smart choices. Minimize stress, continue to exercise, and do your best to stick to other healthy practices. This will ensure that you and your loved ones get the most out of this joyous time of year.

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 2015. The investment will pay off. Improving your fitness can lower your healthcare cost.


Lead Team Success circle
New Leadership Resource!
I am pleased to introduce Phyllis Knobelauch as our new countywide leadership resource volunteer! You may remember her from her years of participation with Canfield 4-H Club. She has completed the state “Thrive” training and is available as a resource to help enhance or start club level leadership projects. ~Judy~

From Phyllis:
This program is called "Thrive" based on the main objective of providing our youth the opportunity to develop the skills to "thrive" well into adulthood and their future jobs.

Because it is so well developed and designed to be delivered in a specific way, it requires Master Trainers to roll it out at the county level. Master Trainers train the club Leadership Project leaders who then work with the youth at the club level.

I attended the Master Trainer training earlier this year so that we can enhance the opportunities for leadership skills in our county. We have 3 or 4 clubs who have their own programs, but that really touches a small percentage of the youth that this program is designed to reach.

Over the next few weeks, I will be contacting each of the Club Leaders to figure out the best way to get this successfully set up for as many of the clubs as possible. I will offer a 2 hour training which I will work out with the leaders individually. The developers of the Thrive program at the State level have committed to help me any way they can to get Sonoma County off to a great start.

I look forward to working with each of the club leaders or Leadership project leaders to get a Thrive project started in each of your clubs.
Phyllis Knobelauch
pknobelauch@sbcglobal.net / 707-280-3571


Are you a new Project Leader or thinking about becoming one? You don’t have to have had teaching experience, only a willingness to jump in and share your time with youth. The most common way our 4-H volunteers become Project Leaders, is that a child or adult approaches them and tells them that there is a need to fill. Maybe an existing leader has left or maybe the youth in the club have a particular desire to learn about something.

What resources are available to help me?
4-H Project Literature (also called curriculum)—you can get project literature in a variety of ways: your club might have some, you can borrow it from the Lending Library at the 4-H office, you can purchase it from the State 4-H Office or you can find it on the Internet. Our county 4-H Office also has “learning labs”- kits containing posters, videos, and other activities to aid learning. We have the following learning labs: beef, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine, small engines, and plant identification. Only leaders are permitted to check them out.

Other people in your Club and County—There are a number of people in your county who would be willing to share project ideas and tips with you: project leaders from other clubs, 4-H Office staff, and older youth in the project, just to name a few. Also visit For Project Leaders.

ANR Catalog and Public Libraries—Additional resources can be obtained from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog. You can shop for items here:
http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/InOrder/Shop/Shop.asp. Also, check with your local public library to find out what resources they may have or that you can acquire through inter-library loan.
Websites—California 4-H is continually adding more information and activities to their website. Visit this site at www.ca4h.org. You may also wish to check out website from other states’ 4-H programs. We recommend using a search engine to find project resources- just type in “4-H” and the project you are doing- you will be surprised at all there is out there!

Volunteer Leaders Conferences—Review each issue of your county’s newsletter to learn about training sessions for project leaders offered at the State 4-H Volunteer Leader Conference held every other year. Periodically statewide conferences focusing on specific project areas are offered in addition to sessions at the volunteer conferences. You can also exchange ideas with other leaders at statewide events, such as Presentation Day or the State Livestock Judging Contest.

Field Trips—Youth always enjoy the opportunity to see firsthand how things are done and how they work. Consider taking your project group on a field trip or tour of a local business or company to enhance their project experience. An example would be taking your diary members to a cheese factory or your foods group to a local bakery.
Local experts—Bring in a local “expert” to share their ideas and experiences with your group. One example would be asking a Master Gardner to share information on choosing perennials or trimming shrubs at one of your project meetings.

Proficiencies—Our County started a proficiency program to encourage youth in their projects. Proficiencies are checklists you should be able to complete during the course of a project- they show youth’s understanding of the project material. Projects have up to 3 levels of proficiencies, and youth make complete up to 2 proficiencies each year. Please see your club leader, your club’s proficiency chairperson, the 4-H Office or visit Project Proficiencies for more information on this program.

Internet—many project leaders volunteer because of a special interest in a project area, and they are looking for more guidance on working with youth. Many States’ 4-H websites have information on this: California 4-H Volunteer Resources, and another good one is Missouri 4-H Volunteer Resources. The sites offer “lessons” how kids develop, learning through experience, and managing groups.
So…jump right in and remember, the most valuable thing you can give to a child is time!

*** ARCHERY ***

4H Shooting Sports
The State 4-H Office has announced an Archery, Shooting Sports Leader Training. To register, complete the Training Request and Registration Form. For additional information contact John Borba at: jaborba@ucanr.edu or 661-868-6216.
•  Archery – Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, 2014 hosted by Santa Cruz County 4-H Council in Corralitos.
If there are volunteers in your club who would like to have an archery training here this Spring, please contact Judy at the office. We need a minimum of 10 people


“Make it a habit”
Citizenship can be, and usually is, a part of every 4-H Project, Club and activity in one form or another. Some ideas are listed below which will undoubtedly spark many more for your group. Work with your 4-H staff, club officers, parents, and youth to begin now.
• Health and Safety Presentations, Speakers, Activities
• Community service, Community Pride, flag presentations,
• Simulations which teach awareness of difference and/or values.
• Community awareness
• International Night: Displays, costumes, food, slides, pictures – with each participant sharing their own positive cultural background.
• Local issues: How to question and take a stand.
• Model cooperation between projects, individuals, etc.
• Research historical stores of local area.
• Visit county museums and learn why city was established.
• Learn about and share information for safe practice of insecticides, etc.
• Study relationship of natural resources, wildlife and humans in local eco-systems.
• Write letters to county, state and federal legislators voicing your opinion on local issues.
• Identify educational problems and help propose solutions.
• Mock Trial – Use nursery rhyme as themes.

PROJECT - Any of above activities, plus
• Every good project has both leadership opportunities and service to the community.
• Relate your project to possible careers and college majors
• Record keeping as a skill and the long-term benefits.

• Many counties have county-wide citizenship groups which draw from all youth throughout the county.
• Leadership and Citizenship Conferences are available on regional and state level including State Leadership Conference, California Focus, Washington Focus.
• Citizenship sessions could always be included at the sectional conferences and other leadership weekends.

4-H CAMP - This is a wonderful opportunity to stress:
• Flag respect – educate each day during opening/closing ceremonies. Explain the flag content and meaning, provide as model to others.
• Environmental awareness – can be shared through actions workshops, posters, etc.
• Self-esteem – train teen counselors about ages and stages and management tools so they can provide a positive atmosphere. Provide a book of activities which teen counselors can use with campers. (Define the values to be modeled)
• Brainstorm other ideas with your camp staff based on the 5 areas of Citizenship.


Youth Adult Partnerships
This article is the second in a series to increase awareness of and promote diversity and inclusion in the 4-H Youth Development Program. This article centers on youth adult partnerships as a way to empower youth, with an opportunity to promote and encourage the diversity of the program and community. Included are some examples of recent county activities that demonstrate successful partnerships.
Studies show that youth adult partnerships promote positive youth development, increase civic engagement, and support community change. Elements that contribute to best practices include: authentic decision-making, mutuality, and connecting to the community. This approach, particularly authentic decision-making, attracts and retains low-income, vulnerable, and minority youth. To connect to the community, youth need meaningful roles to hold power and exercise influence. The feeling of being a part of something larger can also increase the awareness of differences among diverse people…sharing cultures and perspectives while having a common cause. As a result of partnerships, youth perception is more positive, and relationships, organizations and communities are strengthened.

*** 4-H Helps Create the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers at the Bay Area Science Festival ***

4-H youth, (when compared with youth not in 4-H):
~ Are 1.7 times as likely to plan to take courses or pursue a career in science, engineering or technology

~ Are 2.3 times as likely to participate in afterschool science, engineering, or computer technology programs
From 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, Wave 8 (2012)

About 10,000 adults and children, mostly elementary and pre-school aged, attended the third annual Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day – North Bay, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on October 26, 2013. It was sponsored by a host of businesses and organizations and aimed at inspiring students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Among the hundreds of activities, participants could choose to enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, extract DNA from a strawberry, build a marble machine and climb into an F-4 Phantom cockpit simulator.

Our 4-H program had three tables at the event: Sonoma County 4-H, the Countywide Wildlife Project and Two Rock Robotics. The Sonoma County 4-H table activities included Tornado in a Bottle and Junk Drawer Robotics. Judy Ludovise, 4-H Program Representative for our County, set this table up and talked to parents about the program, while entertaining little ones with the amazing Tornado in a Bottle.

The Wildlife Project tables included lots of bones, shells and the like with a Metamorphosis Plate activity for the younger set. Members of the Wildlife project, aged 9-14, prepared the materials for the day, including creating their own shirts for the occasion, and worked at the booth answering questions and helping with the activity and generally showing what 4-Hers do (besides raising and showing livestock!).

Discovery Day SC4H table
Discovery Day SC4H table
Discovery Day Wildlife table
Discovery Day Wildlife table
Discovery Day Robotics table
Discovery Day Robotics table

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