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2014 August 4-H Reporter


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Presidents Corner

It’s hard to believe it’s August already!
Sonoma County Fair is in full swing and the new 4-H year is right around the corner! Our annual leader training is August 23rd – get it on your calendars now. We will have all the committee signups available at the meeting and hope we can get some new faces to join in the fun! Camps are over for the year and I heard from all the kids how wonderful and fun each camp was! Thank you to all the leadership of the Camp committee that keep providing such a wonderful fun, learning experience to our youth.

Diana Stornetta
With enrollment just around the corner – it’s time to think about what wonderful projects to enroll in or better yet be adventurous and try leading or being a Jr/Teen leader of a project. Lots of young members to help inspire and what a wonderful opportunity for you teens to expand your leadership and communication skills
Hope everyone is enjoying the fair season. It gives us all an opportunity to see what a great group of 4-H members we have and how well they do with all the projects they have. It also allows our Teens to expand their leadership roles by helping the younger exhibitors become successful in their endeavors. It is always a very proud moment for me to witness our teens becoming productive young adults.

CCC meetings will be starting again on September 2nd. Please remember the meetings for September, October and November will be held at the 4-H office. January through May will be held at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park. Please plan on attending the meeting.

On behalf of the CCC Board we hope you have a wonderful summer filled with project fun and fair blue ribbons!

See you in September!

Diana Stornetta

Save the Date…

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Annual Leader Training
9:00 am – noon
4-H Center in Rohnert Park.

Let me know if you have topics that you would like discussed. For example: tips on selling ChickenQue tickets, recruiting parents tohelp, how to do more outreach, fun ideas for club meetings, parent contracts, etc. etc.!

This training is for club leaders and enrollment leaders from each club. Please RSVP with jludovis@sonoma-county.org

Record Book

August 23, 2014 at Annual Leader Training.
Contact Judy Ludovise with questions jludovis@sonoma-county.org  

CCC Meetings to resume September 2 at 7 pm

Our next County Club Council meeting will be on September 2nd at 7pm at the 4-H office conference room. Please remember the meetings for September, October and November will be held at the 4-H office. January through May will be held at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park. Please plan on attending the meeting and meeting the new CCC officers:

  • President-Diana Stornetta
  • Vice President-Program – Rebecca Nystrom
  • Vice President-Membership – Matt Schaefer
  • Secretary – Sara Glashan
  • Treasurer-Stefanie Stornetta
  • Special Accounts Treasurer-Lisa Jack
  • Corresponding Secretary-Dodie Peterson
  • Historian-Patrick Hinde
  • Past President-Cheryl Mohrman
  • At Large members-Kris Cover, Janet Cipriano, Theresa Bartlett and Kelly Hinde.

On behalf of the CCC Board we hope you have a wonderful summer filled with project fun and fair blue ribbons! See you in September!

One time Leader Orientation REQUIRED for all NEW Leaders

New project/club leaders: Mark your calendar and attend ONE New Leader Orientation.
ALL ORIENTATIONS ARE 6:30-8:00 pm at 4H Office in Santa Rosa. 133 Aviation Blvd Santa Rosa

  • August 20, 2014 -10 people minimum ONLY if there are a minimum of 10 people willing to attend.  Please call or email Judy at the 4-H Office to confirm and leave your contact info. I will call you a few days before, if I need to cancel due to low sign-ups.

Orientations will be held monthly in the fall, no minimum:

  • September 23 (Tuesday)
  • October 9 (Thursday)
  • November 12 (Wednesday)
  • January TBA

Volunteers….Please do not start working with youth until you are fully enrolled…fingerprints, orientation, online enrollment and fees paid. See your club leader for more information. Fall dates are subject to change if the SF Giants go to the World Series.

Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop

4H Shooting Sports
October 4, 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 5, 2014, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Safety First Shooting Association
River Oaks Range
11584 Shaffer Rd
Winton, CA (Merced County)

If you have an interest in sharing your archery skills with youth, how about becoming a 4-H Archery adult volunteer or teen leader. There will be a 4-H archery leader certification training offered in October 2014.

This class is being hosted by Merced County 4-H. You must be a 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 $35 per person to include a resource binder, and Saturday breakfast & lunch and Sunday breakfast.

Junior and teen leaders are invited but must attend with an adult or have a certified archery adult leader they will be helping back home. If you are already a certified volunteer archery leader and would like to become a trainer, contact Jeanne at 530-524-7278 or email mtlassenlover@gmail.com to discuss options.

Driving directions to the range. Dry RV camping is an option.

To register, please complete and mail the CA 4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form (pdf), and an adult or youth 4-H medical release form and a $35 check payable to “Merced County 4-H Council” and mail to UCCE, 2145 Wardrobe Ave, Merced, 95341. Registration is due Friday, September 22nd and space is limited. For more information call Darlene McIntyre at 209-385-7418 or email her at dlmcintyre@ucanr.edu or contact Jeanne at the contact information above.

Shooting Sports Workshop - Muzzle Loading Discipline

Shooting gun
Safety First Shooting Association - Atwater, CA
Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Upon successful completion of this course, 4-H leaders will be certified in the shooting sports discipline of muzzle loading. They will be certified as leader trainers and are eligible to serve as shooting sports leaders for clubs or counties and they may also instruct and certify volunteers in muzzle loading. Class size is limited. There is no fee for the course.

To get more information or register for the class contact Jim Atherstone at: jima@clearwire.net or 209-993-7971. Directions to the facility.

4-H Shooting Sports Workshop - Pistol Discipline

Safety First Shooting Association - Atwater, CA
Saturday, September 6, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Upon successful completion of this course, 4-H leaders will be certified in the shooting sports discipline of pistol. They will be certified as leader trainers and are eligible to serve as shooting sports leaders for clubs or counties and they may also instruct and certify volunteers. There is no fee for the course. Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification.

To register for the course or receive more information, contact Jim Atherstone at: jima@clearwire.net or 209-993-7971. Directions to the facility.

Shooting Sports Leaders – Mark Your Calendar!

A State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Meeting will be held October 18 & 19, 2014 at the River Oaks Range (Safety First Shooting Association) in Merced County. This event is open to teen leaders and adult volunteers involved with the shooting sports program. It will include training tips, policy, information sharing, hands-on activities and more. Save the dates on your calendar; more information will be provided at a later date.

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Calling for New Countywide Projects

Would you like to take your project to the next level? As our new year begins we are always looking for new Countywide Projects.

Are you a leader who would like to expand your club project and provide knowledge to a larger group?

Are you a volunteer who would like o start up something new?

In the past few years we have had a wide variety of projects start up: financial literacy, lapidary, EMS, just to name a few.

Contact the County Office, 565-2681, if you have an idea and we will get you started!

Sonoma County 4-H has awesome volunteers!

Wildlife Project - Countywide

Check out this fantastic project.  This year the topic is "Wisdom of the Plants." 

Join us at our first project meeting on Wednesday, September 24 at the 4-H Office, 133 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa.  4pm to 5:30, the project meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month except in Nov/Dec.  

For more information about this fun and educational project visit Wildlife Project.

Congratulations to all our newly elected Healthy Living Officers!

The Healthy Living officer will serve as the club’s ambassador for health! By choosing to elect a Healthy Living officer your club is taking an active role in promoting healthy lifestyles.

The Healthy Living officer will be the leadership for all health activities including: Providing ideas on how to incorporate physical activities and healthy eating into each club meeting, write Healthy Living articles for the club newsletter, and adopting and promoting a club Wellness Plan.

Please help ensure that the health “H” of 4-H is at the forefront of all our meetings, consider electing a Healthy Living officer!

The Choose Health Officer Guide was developed by Cornell University Extension.

To receive your Healthy Living Officer pin please email the name of your Officer and club to Judy at jludovis@sonoma-county.org 

Get your Events on the Event Calendar

For a list of upcoming events, activities and deadlines, visit our 4-H Calendar

Please send any requests to have events added to the calendar to kgiovannini@ucdavis.edu 

A note or two about ORB

Over the past year we have seen an explosion of growth in the number of people using the 4-H Online Record Book (over ¼ of all 4-H youth across the state). As a result, the need to provide a clear and efficient path to ask a question, report a problem or make a suggestion has become necessary. The following represent the procedures for getting help navigating your 4-H Online Record Book.

  1. Check out the 4-H Online Record Book Help Website. This site has both text and video helps on how to use different features of the 4-H Online Record Book and is a good place to start to learn how to use the system.
  2. Record Book
    Also available is the opportunity to bring the 4-H ORB Internet Café workshop to your county. The ORB Internet Café is provided to give staff and volunteers both individualized and group instruction on using California 4-H’s Online Record Book System. The café is designed as a 3-hour workshop that combines resentation, hands-on practice and group discussion. Participants will need to bring a laptop or tablet with them to the café. To find out more about the training and it’s cost.

  3. If you feel that ORB is not functioning correctly, you have a question that wasn’t addressed from the help website or have a cool idea that you think would improve the 4-H Online Record Book System, please fill out an ORB Request Form. This allows everyone who is working on the 4-H Online Record Book to get the same information at the same time so that the issue can be addressed in the quickest amount of time. When reporting an issue, it is important to be as detailed as possible so that we can get a good idea of the challenge that you are facing. Upon receiving a request for help, a personal response will be sent within 5 business days of the submission to give an update on the request.

As ORB continues to grow and expand, we are working hard to expand our help resources to provide a high quality customer service experience for those using this system.

We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate these growing opportunities.

Scott Mautte
4-H State Office

State Field Day Presentation Results are in!!

There were 419 participants at State Field Day at UC Davis this year! Of those 419 youth participants, the following Sonoma County Youth returned home with the following Presentation awards for their hard work:

Cassia Bermender, Gold
Caitlin booth, Gold

Ella Bratton, Gold
Alexis Fischer, Gold
Shelby Giannamore, Gold
Bailey Glashan, Gold
Melanie Hanlon, Blue
Cole Schafer, Gold
Amy Schafer, Blue
Anna Schmidt, Gold
Kaynen Schuldt, Gold
Kaia Stites, Gold
Ashley Talbot, Blue
Brittney Talbot, Blue
Nick Uebel, Blue


Sonoma County 4-H Makes the
Best Better Every Day!!


North Central Sectional Skills Day

North Central Sectional Skills Day will be held on November 8, 2014 at the San Joaquin Robert J. Cabral Agriculture Center, 2101 East Earhart Avenue Suite 200, Stockton, CA 95206. The event will start at 9:30 a.m. sharp and continue until 2:10 p.m.

Registration forms must be filled out and there is a $10 fee. Lunch will be included with the $10 fee. The registration forms will be available soon. Lynette J. Ward, a past Diamond Star from Sacramento County, will share how she capitalized on her skills, knowledge and experience from 4-H activities to achieve success in college and in her career as the key note speaker. She will be talking about career consulting and coaching & training. 4-H Opportunities Springboard You to Success - 4-H provides countless opportunities to build skills, achieve results and build relationships. As you take steps forward in your education and career, how do you use your 4-H life to springboard to success?

North Central Sectional Skills Day will be a fun event for everyone. There will be 5 sessions, 30 minutes each. A separate room will have life skills stations, judging contests and fun activities for primary members. This year we would like to challenge each county to contribute and put on at least one workshop. 

Calling for NCS Skills Day Sub-Chairs

NCS Skills Day committee are hunting for sub-chairs both adult & Youth for the sub-committees - Clean-up, Presenters gifts, community service or Service Learning. I have attached the application please fill out and email or mail to me. 2014 NC Skills Day sub-chair Application (pdf) 

Next Committee Meeting—Wednesday September 3. 2014 at 6:30pm in Stockton

Next North Central Sectional Meeting—September 20, 2014 at 8:30am - there will be a Committee Meeting that day also.

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