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2013 October

Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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October 2013 – President’s Article

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. Leaders Training was awesome – lots of good questions and our new online enrollment coordinators were trained and should be in full swing getting all the members and leaders enrolled.
The All-Star team and their Advisors worked extremely hard to organize the big event of the year – ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT!!! Outstanding job to our All Stars – Jennifer Gamba, Gianna Pendleton, Holly LeGallee, Erica Larsen and William Hamilton. Big kudos to their advisors – Karyn Pulley and Cheryl Mohrman. Congratulations to all of our winners throughout the county – your clubs are doing an awesome job!
Join the “Revolution of Responsibility” and help celebrate National 4-H Week October 6th-12th. 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 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.
We invite you to attend the County Club Council meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month except December, June, July and August. We will be meeting at 7 pm at the 4-H office on Tuesday, October 1st and Tuesday, November 5th. Starting in January 2014 we will be meeting at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park! We encourage you to attend!
~Diana Stornetta

** National 4-H Week **

4-H Week 2013 graphic
Don't miss out on the chance to celebrate your 4-H pride this year with National 4-H Week, and put your club in the spotlight! National 4-H Week, October 6 – 12th, will be celebrated across the nation and I hope each of your counties and 4-H clubs are planning festive activities!
This year's theme, Make a Lasting Impact, is especially fitting as we celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

National 4-H Council has developed a toolkit for your use to encourage new 4-H youth, volunteers, alumni, and supporters to get involved. 
Spreading the word is simple!
1. Visit all the retailers on your Main Street and ask to put a poster in their window.
2. Hand out these promotional materials at community events and on neighborhood bulletin boards.
3. Contact your local newspaper to place an ad free of charge.

Also, during National 4-H Week we hope you will participate in the 4-H National Youth Science Day, on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

** 4-H Day at the Raiders **

Please join us for 4-H Day at the Raiders
Celebrating 100 years of 4-H in California

Raiders game
The California 4-H Foundation is partnering with the Oakland Raiders to host 4-H Day at the Raiders on Sunday, November 3. Tickets are offered at a discount from the regular rate and $20 of every ticket sold will be donated back to 4-H. If 100 or more tickets are sold through 4-H, we will be eligible for an outreach table on the concourse, photo ops and 4-H centennial messaging on the Raider’s jumbo-tron. We are well over half way toward that goal with tickets sold to ANR staff, volunteers, 4-H families, alumni and friends. We expect a great turn out for what promises to be an exciting game and fun family event! Please read below for instructions to purchase discounted tickets and support 4-H in the process.

When: Sunday, November 3rd 1:05 pm
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA
What: 4-H Day * at the Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles game!

$20.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to 4-H!
Please click on this link to download the form. 
The linked form must be used so that California 4-H will get credit for tickets sold.
You cannot designate a seat, only a section.
You may call the number on the flyer, mail, email or fax information to pay for/reserve tickets.
Any questions call Amy McGuire at (530) 754-1523 almcguire@ucanr.edu


  • CVS Caremark Community Grants Deadline: October 31 - Provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health. Qualifying organizations are eligible for grants of up to $5,000.  
  • Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program Deadline: October 31 - Provides support to K-12 schools and nonprofit that are developing or currently maintaining a school garden project that will help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Grants of $2,000 are provided for garden projects at any stage of development - planning, construction, or operation. 
  • California 4-H $1,000 for 1,000 Service Learning Projects 2013 Revolution of Responsibility -  2013 Application Deadline: November 15, 2013
  • 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Deadline: November 5 Students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past 12 months are invited to apply. Applications must be submitted to a middle level or high school principal or the head of a local Girl Scout council, county 4-H group, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or HandsOn Network affiliate. State Honorees will each receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to the nation's capital. Ten National Honorees will receive $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for display at their schools or service organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. 


What Inspires You?
The 2013 California State 4-H Leaders’ Forum, November 8 – 10, 2013, is on track to be your ‘go to’ place to acquire information and involve yourself in activities chosen to inspire and motivate. Registration is open for the whole Forum, or for specific parts of it. The registration fee increase is effective on Oct. 1. See the SLF website for the forms needed. Also, on the website is the description of the workshops.

Centennial Pin
Please remember that SLF is self-supporting and we request that you bring items for the Silent Auction to help us cover costs. Each county is asked to donate a basket of local goodies. 4-H members are encouraged to donate something they have made. Please bring your county banner from State Field Day to participate in the County Banner Parade. We will hang them for display throughout the Forum.

If you are inspired by mementos from the past, you will be impressed with the collections that will be on display. If you have historic items that you would like to exhibit please contact Stephanie mom4a2g@yahoo.com. Project displays or other sharing items are also welcome but we need to know so there is room for yours.

The Centennial Gala is a not-to-be-missed celebration. Wear your glad rags and join your 4-H friends for an evening of reminisces, festivities, fine food. Enjoy the display booths with their historical artifacts. Sip flavored CA milk products. Absorb the information and techniques shared in the educational workshops. Share your own best practices. If you are looking for 4-H centennial items, that includes pins, blankets, shirts, magnets, check out the order form on the website.  


NOTE: All New Leader Orientations this year will be held at the 4-H office in Santa Rosa
Mark Your Calendar for 2013
6:30 – 7:30pm at 4H Office, 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA
Come at 6:00 if you need fingerprinting
September 18 (Wednesday)
October 10 (Thursday)
November 19 (Tuesday)
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.


As many of you would agree, Officer's Training has not been as effective as one would like. Our hope was to find someone to revise it, update the training materials and create a new and exciting event for our members. Unfortunately, that did happen. As of this message, there is not definite date for the training. However, there is a possibility that the All Stars, with the help of some of our fellow FFA Officers, may plan a date in October. We realize this is a little to late, but it's a start. Please keep an open mind and if you are willing to help, let me know.
Cheryl Mohrman


4-H Projects graphic

The Sonoma County 4-H Camp Steering Committee is looking for YOU! Anyone interested in 4-H Camp is welcome to join. The Steering Committee is a subcommittee of our County Club Council and advises the CCC on matters of policy and guidelines for Camp. They review the Camp program each year and make recommendations when needed and mediate grievances related to Camp if necessary. They also help to coordinate volunteers and recommend the Camp Coordinators to the CCC for their approval.
Anyone interested in Camp is welcome to attend any meeting and share their input. Anyone who wishes to be a voting member must make a commitment no later than the November meeting and make every effort to attend all meetings. This assures that only those who are fully informed may vote.

All meetings will begin at 7:00pm
The meeting schedule for the year is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-H Office, Santa Rosa
Wednesday, January 15, 4-H Center, Rohnert Park
Wednesday, March 19, 4-H Office in Santa Rosa
Wednesday, May 21, 4-H Center in Rohnert Park


Gianna Giovannini Lovell, Wildlife Junior Leader
Did you know that if a Sea Star loses an arm, it will grow back?! Yep, it takes about a year. Did you know that a Red Sea Urchin that is found on our coast can live over 200 years?! They are among the oldest living creatures on earth! Learn more about these and other interesting coastal creatures in the Countywide Wildlife Project.
Each year, the project concentrates on a specific area of flora and fauna in Sonoma County, this year, we will learn all about the Sonoma Coast. We have monthly meetings and go on at least one field trip. Meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 4pm at the 4-H Office in Santa Rosa (133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109). Our first meeting is September 25. Hope to see YOU there.
If you have questions about the project, contact Mary Engebreth maryengebreth@comcast.net
Be sure to check out our project page at: http://cesonoma.ucanr.edu/Youth_Development/4-H_Projects/Wildlife_Project/


This project is open to 4-Hers of all ages enrolled in the county wide project. The project will mainly focus on dog showmanship and obedience practice to allow members to be ready to compete in the show ring. An emphasis will be placed on health and care for dogs as well.

Dog Care
Members (or immediate family) must own the dog that will be used for meetings and shows. Dogs that attend meetings must be at least four months of age or older and be up to date on all vaccinations. Please bring a current vaccination record showing that your dog has had vaccines for DHLPP series (mandatory), Rabies (mandatory), and Bordatella (highly recommended).
All dogs are welcome (after proof of vaccination). Your dog does not need to be purebred to attend or compete! Dogs should be well socialized and not show aggression towards other dogs or humans.
The first meeting will be October 13th at 1:00PM at the 4-H Center.
Meeting dates for the rest of the year will be given out at the first meeting
Contact Dani Foster for more information: (707) 542-6945 foster4h@yahoo.com

** Cake Decorating-Open to Cross Clubbers **

Cake w cherry on top
Golden Hills 4-H has as a great cake decorating project that has some room for a few cross clubbers. Our first meeting is in October so cross clubbers would have a chance to have a spot with out missing the first meeting. We plan to meet the 3rd Friday evening of each month at one of the leaders house in Petaluma.

Our first meeting will be held October 18th at 6pm. Pizza dinner will be served. Bring a side to share and $10 for your decorating kit. Other costs to be determined after the first meeting when the kids share what they want to learn. Please contact Wendi Olmstead 707-658-0145 or wendiolmstead@comcast.net should you like to join.

** Creative Digital Photography-Open to Cross Clubbers **

Golden Hills 4-H has a Digital Photography project that has openings for cross clubbers. Our first meeting will be on Sunday, October 13th time TBD pending members availability. You must have access to a digital camera to participate. The first meeting you will need to bring your camera charged or fresh batteries and the manual for your camera. If you have lost your manual, you can usually find a copy on line to print and bring with you. We will learn about our individual camera, how to do some creative shots as well as a couple field trips. If you are interested contact Wendi Olmstead 707-658-0145 or wendiolmstead@comcast.net.

** Scrapbooking Project-Open to Cross Clubbers **

Golden Hills 4-H has a scrapbooking project that would like some additional members. Our club owns some tools to share so all you need is the basics. At the first meeting we will go over all your options and plan a shopping day if needed. The first meeting will be Sunday, October 20th. Time TBD pending members availability. Contact Wendi Olmstead if you are interested or have questions 707-658-0145 or wendiolmstead@comcast.net.
Wendi Olmstead


From your 2013-2014 All Star Team,

Thank you for coming to our fabulous Achievement Night. We just want to say that the countless hours and incredible effort that we have put into this year event has definitely paid off. You have no idea how happy we were to see everyone that evening. We felt so proud when we were on stage.
Being an All Star and working as a team, has helped us feel like a family. We have made some lifelong friends.
As of this article, we have installed the officers of 6 clubs and we love doing this. It gives us the opportunity to meet the community club leaders and their members. We look forward to meeting more club families in October.
If you have any questions about being an All Star, please feel free to contact one of us.
Gianna, Erica, Holly, Jennifer and William


Come Judge at Applications Now Being Accepted for State Record Book Competition
Have you judged Record Books at the County level? Do you really enjoy reading about how young people are growing through their 4-H involvement? If you answered “Yes!” to both questions, then consider applying to be a judge for State Record Book Competition. State Competition will be held on December 6-8 at the San Joaquin UCCE Offices. Applications are available at: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Members/RecordBook/RBCompetition/


We are currently beginning to advertise the fact that we will be looking for a temporary, part-time 4-H secretary to begin work in January 2014. This will be a University of California position.
Applications will be available later in the fall. If you think you might be interested, please contact the 4-H Program Assistant, Judy Ludovise, to find out additional information. Unfortunately, the University has limited terms for part time employees and Bonnie will not be able to continue her employment with the UC after December.


This article is the first in a series to increase awareness of and promote diversity and inclusion in the 4-H Youth Development Program. The university is committed to diversity, and to having programs and participants represent the diversity of the community. Links to University of California information regarding outreach and diversity are at the end of this article.
The following highlights are taken from an introductory presentation given at the May county council meeting. The concepts focus on valuing every group’s contributions, and offers suggestions for active steps to create inclusion.

  • Diversity picture
    Connecting to diverse communities is built on developing relationships and trust. Lean about the community, its people and culture.
  • Look at other ways of doing things.
  • The most successful way to recruit is by personal invitation. 
  • Create a welcoming environment for newcomers. 
  • Some characteristics that may be common to cultures include: family is all important, the needs of the group are more important than the needs of the individual, communication may likely be direct rather than indirect, and emphasis may be more on the present than the future.
  • Language and literacy can affect information needs of volunteers.
  • Start small, and build upon success. Build up to longer-term participation in the future.
  • Outreach efforts can take a lot of time.

Examples: In Marin County, several teen leaders promoted the National Youth Science Day robotics demonstration at various sites. In Napa County, seven clubs created storefront displays during National 4-H Week. What can your club or council do to extend its reach to those not currently represented in the program? Activities and ideas by the membership are welcome and encouraged to be shared in future articles in this series.
State 4-H website - Chapter 3: Affirmative Action and Civil Rights 

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