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May 2013 Reporter

State 4-H E-News Updates, May 2013

Presidents Corner

It’s the time of year where everything flies by and it’s easy to miss deadlines if we don’t watch carefully. Seniors – don’t forget scholarships – there are lots of them available. Fair entries, camp reservations and State Leadership Conference will be due in the near future. Watch for deadlines!

Our biggest one day event is May 5th! The 52nd Anniversary of the 4-H ChickenQue is just days away and we are hoping for the biggest one ever! Thank you all for working as a team to make this event the best. Chickenque is our major fundraiser for our 4-H program so selling those tickets is very, very important. Can’t wait to see the Best Cake Contest and Cake Eating Contest again – a huge hit at ChickenQue last year. Congratulations to all the members and adults who submitted posters for competition! They were unbelievable and very hard to choose winners!

Diana Stornetta
Our All-Stars have been doing a wonderful job for us at several of our events and they all have a full schedule for ChickenQue. I would like to personally thank them for the outstanding job they did at the joint UCCE/Foundation/4-H Cultural Diversity Workshop. I was very proud of each one of them as they shared their experiences with the group and engaged them in a critical thinking project! Great work!

It is once again time to start getting geared up for the fairs. Don’t forget to enter all the wonderful things you have made during your 4-H project meetings! I love walking through the exhibit building and seeing all the creative items you make and the fantastic educational displays! Our 4-H membership has some pretty remarkable project to showcase – share your projects with the general public by entering your project work at the fair or giving a demonstration!

Hope everyone has been making time to get onto the online record book system and keeping your book current! It’s a new process to many of us but we have a County “expert” with Kelly Hinde. If you have any questions, I am sure Kelly would love to help you.

March Hare 2013

What a great show. 98 Exhibitors and over 240 animals! We were so happy to have over 9 Counties represented at this event. It was a beautiful day and there we tons of great kids and terrific rabbits. I want to thank my County Rabbit team-Melanie Hanlon, Taylor Mills and Blaine Mills.

I want to thank Peri Hanlon for sitting side saddle with me for this event. Thanks go out to my Judges, Allen Mesick, Justin Ambrosino, and Tamara Whitten! Our great showmanship judges; Kasey Peterson, Keelyn Hanlon, Taylor Mills, and Tamara Whitten. Bass, Pat and Carol our local cage company. Our photo crew, Brenda Hawk and friends who took pictures of all the kids rabbits. A thank you to Stephanie Turner, who has helped me through the crazy job of the secretary work. Then there were those loyal 4Her's and parents who helped in the beginning to end; the Schafer family, Frey family, Morones family and the rest of those who made this show successful!
Congratulations to all of our 4H kids, you were great!!!

If you took any pictures, I would love to have a copy for the county and state cooperative. I also want to hear from you how was the show, comments or suggestions? The only way a show gets better is by feedback. I hope everyone had a good time.

We hope to see you at the 2014 March Hare!

Leadership & Speaking

Anyone can be a leader, and 4-H aims to develop each member into a positive, competent leader. Leaders use their personal knowledge, skills, and influence to establish relationships with people and help others meet goals. Leaders become effective by modeling the skills and characteristics they seek to pass on to others. They acquire trust by being a person of good character, and they achieve power by empowering others. Leaders need to understand the importance of diversity and possess a variety of leadership styles along with the knowledge of how to apply each.

4-H leadership experiences help members:
• Achieve a broad understanding of the meaning of leadership and the qualities of a leader while practicing leadership skills
• Identify problems and develop action plans to solve them
• Acquire teamwork and group building skills
• Assume responsibility for actions and follow through on goals
• Improve written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
• Gain self-confidence and practice self-reflection
So how can you get involved with 4-H leadership?
• Be a youth mentor or tutor
• Join club, county, or state committees
• Organize, implement, and evaluate community service projects
• Be active in 4-H clubs as a junior or teen leader
• Serve as a camp counselor
• Lead your club as an officer
• Attend leadership conferences and trainings
• And many more!

Multi-Talented 4Her Gianna Pendleton

Gianna Pendleton receiving the San Francisco 49ers Community Quarterback Award from Steve Bono, former quarterback of the Niners.
Gianna Pendleton receiving the San Francisco 49ers Community Quarterback Award from Steve Bono, former quarterback of the Niners.
“Variety is the spice of life” is how CBS 5′s reporter Sharon Chin described Gianna Pendleton during an interview honoring her for her dedication and commitment to community service and presenting her with the Jefferson Award. The Jefferson Award is a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. Gianna Pendleton is a member of the Gold Ridge 4-H club in Sebastopol; she is one of the 2013-2014 Sonoma County 4-H All-Star’s, President for Sebastopol FFA and the Sonoma FFA Section Secretary. In between all these other busy commitments, Gianna finds time to volunteer and coordinate service activities.

Being in the 4-H has taught Gianna many life skills such as leadership, citizenship, communication, and community service. She was eager to jump into the many activities that her club participated in, then she began expanding from there and started creating and coordinating many activities for other club members, which then led into branching out to the county level. Gianna continuously works on new and different projects; she organizes more than 300 teenagers to do service projects. Gianna partnered with service agencies, and invited 4-H members to participate in; ringing bells for Salvation Army, gathering toiletries & socks for the homeless, bringing hands on educational animal displays to the underrepresented, creating gift packs for military personnel, and more. Through the ringing of bells for Salvation Army, over $28,000 was raised for the local organization. She initialized a breast cancer awareness football game at her school, and had FFA members in the section contribute arts / crafts items to fill 50 back packs for the homeless children to enjoy during the summer.

Gianna stated “4-H is very self-fulfilling I have been able to partake in so many different activities and each community service act I perform is no more important than the next one.” Gianna has been honored by the San Francisco 49ers with the Community quarterback award and they granted the Sonoma County 4-H $1,000 on her behalf, she has been selected as the local & division level Soroptimist winner; the local club granted $250 to the Sonoma County 4-H on her behalf. In addition Gianna was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama.

Congratulations go out to Gianna for all of her enthusiasm towards helping those in need.

Healdsburg 4H Yard Sale - May 11!

Healdsburg 4H is having their 2nd Annual Yard Sale! Clean out your closets and give up a call, we will even come and pick it up!
Yard Sale Facts:
For: Healdsburg 4H Club
Where: Hoof Beat Park, Healdsburg ..corner of Dry Creek Rd and Kinley Dr. Take Dry Creek exit and turn left, turn at first street on your left.
When: May 11, 2013
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Contact Persons - Kim Remillard - 239.3677 or Roxy Patin 838.4830

4-H Archery Certification Training

A 4-H Archery Certification Training for volunteers and junior/teen leaders will be offered Saturday, June 1st , 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 2nd, 9 a.m.- 12 noon, at the Mt. Shasta City Park, Lower Lodge, 1315 Nixon Street, Mt. Shasta, CA in Siskiyou County.

You must be an enrolled 4-H leader or member and attend both days to receive certification to teach archery at the project, club and camp levels. The course will include a PowerPoint lecture, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching, and a written test. The cost is $25 per person to include a resource binder, range fees, and Saturday lunch.

For current 4-H certified archery leaders, if you would like to become a trainer and provide certification at the county level, please contact Jeanne for more details. You would attend this training and assist with the teaching of this class.

To register, please complete and mail the CA 4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form, and an adult or youth 4-H medical release form and a $25 check payable to “Siskiyou County 4-H Council” and mail to:

Leland & Jeanne George
8504 N. Old Stage Road
Weed, CA 96094.

Registration is due Friday, May 24th and space is limited. For more information call Jeanne at530-524-7278 or email her at mtlassenlover@gmail.com.

Sonoma County Fair Clean-up Day

On March 23rd, a very sunny morning, 132 volunteers from the Sonoma County 4-H program, ranging in age from 5-75, assembled at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Families had gloves, shovels, brooms and paintbrushes in hand. Over the next 3 hours everyone worked together, to clean, sweep, paint, and spruce up the Sonoma County Fair. This was all done in appreciation of the enormous support the fair has given and continues to give to the 4-H program. To the delight of the volunteers, when they had finished, members of the Fair Board served the volunteers a much appreciated BBQ lunch.

Katie Fonsen Young, the deputy Manager, had this to say: "We were amazed at how many 4-Hers, parents and club leaders came out to help us clean up the Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 23rd . 4-H helps our youth to develop responsibility and leadership skills through positive learning programs. The impact 4-H has on these kids was clearly demonstrated at the clean-up day. It was a great group of volunteers. On behalf of Sonoma County Fairgrounds, thank you for your help and hard work!

Families from the following 4-H clubs attended the work day. Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Forestville, Gateway, Golden Hills, Gold Ridge, Harvest, Healdsburg, Independence, Liberty, Live Oak, Madrone, Sequoia, Penngrove, Sea Squids, Sonoma Valley, Steuben, Two Rock and Wild Oak. Thank you to all for contributing to the success of the day.

A special thank you to the Schafer family who showed up early and organized the registration. Everything went very smoothly!

State Leadership Conference

July 25-28 at UC Davis

What is the 4-H State Leadership Conference?

The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. The conference provides advanced leadership training and is an opportunity for 4-H members to network and share ideas with other 4-Hers from across the state. The conference focuses on providing high school youth with experiential education on leadership development, civic engagement, college admissions and other 4-H project areas.

Youth delegates gain exposure to the campus by living in the residence halls, eating in the dining commons, and participating in educational sessions, many of which are taught by UC faculty and staff.

The conference is planned by a team of high school 4-H members and adult advisors. Working in strong youth-adult partnership, the team designs the educational, recreational and logistical components of the conference.

Participants must have graduated 8th grade in order to attend (ages 13-19).


The 2013 registration will be available in May 2013.

Youth Financial Aid Applications

2013 youth financial aid applications will be available May 2013.

4-H Camp Coordinators Update!

This Year’s 4-H Camp dates are:
Camp I – Monday, July 1 to Sat July 6, 2013
Camp II – Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 12, 2013
Staffers go to Camp one day earlier for each week
CAMP STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!: It takes many adult volunteers to make camp happen!
Currently we are in need of volunteers for:
~ Camp I & II Adult Chaperones PLEASE!!! (Without enough we will have to turn away campers!)
Our chaperones need to have a background screening, and be certified in First Aid and CPR. Additionally, anyone helping with food preparation or food service must be food safety certified. All of these certifications can be easily obtained online in an hour or so, but the entire process does take time. So PLEASE! Consider signing up to be a chaperone as soon as possible!
Luggage Haulers! This requires someone who has a trailer, to meet the buses at the 4-H centers, load kids luggage, and deliver it to/from 4-H camp.
Assistant Lifeguard: We currently are in need of a assistant lifeguard! Hours & Days that we need help will vary between the two camps. Please call a coordinator to discuss the dates & times that are needed. Teens! This is a paid position!
CAMPER APPLICATIONS are out now!  Make sure to get yours turned in promptly as camp can fill up quickly!

If you have questions about camp or the volunteer positions, please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us! We are looking forward to another great 4-H camp year! 



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