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2014 February



Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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And so the New Year begins with the normal flurry of events! February is very busy and everyone will be trying to juggle many different activities and events! I encourage parents, project leaders, resource leaders and club leaders to help at the many different events and see what a wonderful program your kids are participating in. There are always plenty of events that need volunteers and/or chaperones and I encourage you all to participate so we can continue to offer the many wonderful activities 4-H has to offer. Without the help of our 4-H community volunteers many events would not be able to happen. It takes all of us working together as a team to make this program so successful and offer our members the greatest opportunities of success.

Presentation Day is coming on Feb 1st. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase your 4-H talent and I hope to see many of you there. Can’t think of a better way to improve your confidence and speaking ability than Presentation Day! 

Diana pic
Livestock Judging Contest is on February 15th at the Santa Rosa Jr. College Farm. We will again be hosting a statewide contest and I encourage teams to send in your entries for the contest. Entries are due by February 10th. The State qualifier for the National Judging contest is March 8th at UC Davis.

Cloverdale Citrus Fair is February 14th-17th and will have many opportunities for our 4-H members! Please check the fair entry book for all the different ways you can showcase your projects.

We are also looking for a few volunteers for a couple of new committees we are adding. In past years the I&R committee has been overloaded with tasks and we are lightening the load and at the same time opening up some great opportunities to our volunteer leaders to get involved. We will have sign-ups at the February CCC meeting for a Scholarship Committee (organizing, judging our 4-H scholarship applications), a Friend of 4-H Committee (will coordinate special awards for our community). There will be others being opened up in the near future and we encourage new leaders and volunteers to participate. In order for our program to continue to grow, we need new and inventive ideas and active participation. We hope you will sign up for one of these new committees. 

We are excited to select this year’s All Stars! We have a new program lined up for our All Stars this year and hope to really showcase their talents and promote our wonderful program!  A huge thank you to our 2013-14 All Stars – Jennifer Gamba, Gianna Pendleton, Erica Larsen, Holly LeGallee and William Hamilton for the outstanding job you did with the 4-H program! 

 ~ Diana Stornetta

Note: The All Star Application due date has been extended to March 14, 2014. Please share this information with the eligible youth in your clubs.  All Star Selection Day will be March 30, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Mohrman at mohrmanjr@aol.com.  



Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:00 am — 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held near Auburn, CA, official location TBD. Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a volunteer and can lead a rifle project at the club level. The cost for this course is $30.00 to cover the instruction binder that each participant will receive as well as lunch on Saturday. Teen leaders are invited but must attend with an adult. Participants should bring their own eye and ear protection of desired. To register for the course or receive more information, contact Eric Vander Linden at evl@cebridge.net or 916-257-4796 (This course is not open to 4-H leaders from Santa Cruz County). Please fill out and bring the documents listed below (also available in the Sonoma County 4-H Office). The training request form will need to be signed by your county staff prior to participating in the training.

Medical release and health history form

Youth treatment authorization and health history form

Training request and registration form

Registration is due Friday, February 22nd and space is limited.



The annual 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging contest will be held at the SRJC Shone Farm-Warren Dutton Pavilion on  Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm.  Check in will begin at 8:30. Pre-registration will again be required for the contest.  We will be using our computerized program again for scoring and will want to begin data entry before the contest.  Entries should be submitted to Diana Stornetta via mail or email (address information on entry form).  The entries must be received no later than February 10th, 2014. Entry forms are available on the 4-H website. The

livestock circle
National contest has added Meat Goats to the contest so our contest will feature classes of Beef, Swine, Sheep, and Meat Goats. In addition, there will be 3 sets of reasons. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your judging skills to help you with project animal selection and also provide you with a positive experience to improve your public speaking skills.  4-H members may wear their 4-H uniforms or appropriate attire (blazer, slacks) for reasons. Reasons will be required to receive individual and team awards.  This event is open to all 4-H clubs members in California.  Individual awards will be sponsored for 4-H 9-10, 11-13, and 14 and over, as well as team awards for beef, sheep, swine, reasons and overall.  FFA individual and team awards will be provided by SRJC. A food booth will be available provided by Santa Rosa FFA. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Stornetta at 823-7516 or email Diana Stornetta at sprcrk@comcast.net for additional information, questions or to submit entries.

Click here for entry form.



poster painting

We hope all 4-H’ers will sign up for the Chickenque Poster Contest!  Making a poster is a great way to promote Chickenque to the community.

Click here for details.




Deadline: Rolling

The Everyday Young Hero program highlights one outstanding youth a week that is making extraordinary contributions and commitments to service. Nominations must come from a parent, teacher, or other adult mentor.

young hero
The Everyday Young Hero award is open to those between the ages of 5-25. Winners receive an announcement in Youth Service America's (YSA) weekly National Serving e-Briefing, a certificate and letter from YSA's President and CEO, a customized press release, and publicity on the YSA's website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

More info: http://www.ysa.org/eyh_nomination



Deadline: February 15

Each year the Foundation sponsors an essay writing contest for active (fees paid)
members of 4-H clubs across the country. There are cash prizes for the national winners: 1st Place - $750.00; 2nd Place - $500.00; 3rd Place - $250.00.

National and state winners receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.  All essays must be submitted electronically to Eric Mussen, ecmussen@ucdavis.edu, and are due on or before February 15, 2014.

Click for more information.



The 2nd Annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match Rules and Entry Form is now available on the State 4-H Shooting Sports website. Entry due date is April 1, 2014.  Targets and scorecards will be mailed upon receipt.

Individuals may enter traditional and/or compound and three shooting distances.  The age categories are junior, intermediate and senior. Completed scorecards must be returned by June 16, 2014.  If you have questions, contact Linda Edgington at 707-463-4495 or email lgedgington@ucanr.edu.

Click here for categories and rules.



The California 4-H Youth Development Program creates supportive
environments utilizing experiential educational experiences for culturally
diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential.  4-H councils support these efforts.  Through these 4-H structures, adult volunteers, members, and the 4-H YDP staff work together to extend the California 4-H YDP to youth and to set and achieve the goals of 4-H.

4-h council
What does a County Council do?

4-H county councils are organized to assist the University of California Cooperative Extension in planning, promoting, and carrying out 4-H youth development work.  County councils are chartered by the UCCE and operate in compliance with UC policies and the core values of the 4-H YDP.

The specific purposes for which the county councils are organized shall be to: 

  1. Help implement programs and projects based upon the educational framework of the 4-H YDP and the educational goals and standards as identified by the county and state
    4-H YDP staff.
  2. Help ensure that all county 4-H YDP programming is consistent with the 4-H YDP mission and direction, guiding principles, core values and 4-H program criteria checklist.
  3. Build mechanisms to achieve affirmative action goals and develop a management body whose membership is representative of the diversity of the community.
  4. Include involvement of members in county council operations and decision-making.
  5. Set limitations on term length and succession of adult volunteers to distribute more service opportunities.
  6. Develop mechanisms to recommend solutions to problems and disputes within the county 4-H YDP.
  7. Facilitate mechanisms for providing training and support of adult volunteers and youth.
  8. Facilitate community involvement to contribute to program focus and direction.
  9. Facilitate the expansion of programs into new communities.


*** ODE TO 4-H ***

by Patty House

Hats off to 4-H volunteers, teens and adults, committees too – you are the greatest!
Expect the unexpected in order to BEST prepare for what is expected.
Accomplish goals, acquire skills, and achieve rewards to attain 4-H successes.
Decide to be a part of the future – join a 4-H Committee, be a Camp Counselor!

Hear those praises for your 4-H volunteer service, heartfelt thanks from a smiling child.
Enthusiastic members + Energetic Volunteers = Excellent 4-H Experiences.
Attract new members and assist new volunteers in joining the 4-H FUN!
Reach for the Stars – apply to be a 4-H Club of Distinction.
Try attending a training workshop and ask someone to join the volunteer TEAM!

Help 4-H cloverbuds sprout into project members… what better way to grow!
Allow members to lead meetings and make decisions to build leadership skills.
Never give up working towards achieving your 4-H volunteer dreams.
Develop lasting friendships by attending Ohio Volunteer or Teen Conference.
Satisfaction comes from knowing you gave it your all and did your 4-H best!

Happiness lies not with the final 4-H project, but on the road to get there!
Express thanks to 4-H members, teens, parents, volunteers and Extension staff.
Accept differences and applaud 4-H committees that work to make a difference.
Lead by example, be a good sport inside and outside the 4-H judging ring.
Take time to help with 4-H – you will reap the benefits for years to come.
Hurry not to the end of another 4-H year, but to the beginning of a new one!



Treating your heart well is worth the rewards.  A strong heart reduces your risk for heart disease, plus gives you more energy and vitality.  Commit to caring for your

heart with exercise and a heart-friendly diet.

Food Smarts

Eat fish with omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, herring, and trout, at least twice a week.  Eating fish is associated with decrease risk of heart disease.

Healthcare Consumer Smarts

Buy items you use often in bulk. While you spend more up front, you’ll save money in the long run.  Plus, bulk packaging means less trash – making you more Earth-friendly as well.

Safety Smarts

Take care to not overexert yourself while shoveling or performing other outdoor chores.  These activities have been linked to heart attacks as well as injuries to the back, wrist, and hips.  As little as two minutes of shoveling can push your heart rate above its recommended limit.

*** MARCH HARE ***

March Hare is approaching! Entries must be postmarked by February 24. 

Click here for details and entry form.

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