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2014 November


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Corner 

 Hope everyone’s club enrollment is running smoothly and you have had the opportunity to get those project meetings started! A huge thank you to Matt and Stefanie for your expertise with the online enrollment system and helping clubs get through the process with their many questions and answers.

I would like to thank the wonderful All Star – Emily Eakins and her  Rising Star Team: Francesca Pharo from Sonoma Valley, Talia Morones from Forestville, Ellie Slick and Melanie Hanlan from Liberty,  Missy Pendleton from Gold Ridge, Shelby Gersley from Sequoia and Maria Bartlett from Steuben for the outstanding job they did at the Achievement Night Awards recognition. It was great to see everyone having a good time and enjoying getting to know each other at the social after the awards. So great to see lots of wonderful costumes and some great cupcakes! Congratulations to all of the winners on their hard work! Huge thank you to everyone for helping transform the center into the Jungle Party!

With the holiday season quickly approaching I hope your club, leaders and members find ways to reach out to your communities through community service activities.  There are so many people in need of a little extra help at this time of year and we all learn a little more about ourselves and how precious life truly is. Always be willing to lend a helping hand… it’s one of the most wonderful rewarding experiences our members can ever have.

I want to wish everyone a very wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy family, friends and traditions. Also, a reminder there will be NO CCC MEETING IN DECEMBER 2014.  

We will see everyone January 6th, 2015 at the 4-H Center in Rohnert Park. 

2014 State 4-H Leader’s Forum

It takes place on November 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sacramento and the theme is “101 WAYS 4-H THRIVES." 

101 ways

The 2014 California State Leaders' Forum aims to rekindle our capacity for inspiration and innovation. 4-H volunteers and staff from throughout the state, involved in all parts of   4-H, are invited to be inspired and strengthen our vision for the future of 4-H.

The State Leaders' Forum is a networking opportunity and a fun weekend too! Come join us and refresh your 4-H commitment!


Partial County Funds Available

2015 National 4-H Conference

DC National Conference
Past youth attendees have described it as the “Trip of a Lifetime”

2015 National 4-H Conference

National Conference dates are April 11-18, 2015 The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults develop recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. 



National Conference Applications are available starting August 1, 2014


Application Deadline will be November 3, 2014 

4-H Shotgun Certification Training 

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  


Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club

Centerville Road (County Road 54), near Alturas

There will be a 4-H Shotgun Leader Certification Training on December 6th & 7th, 2014 in Alturas, California. The Class will be held at the Alturas Rifle and Pistol Club, Centerville Road (County Road 54), near Alturas from 8 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday December 6th and from 8 am – Noon on Sunday December 7th. The class is being hosted by Modoc County 4-H.

To teach shotgun at the project, club and camp level you must be an appointed 4-H club adult volunteer (leader) and attend both days to receive certification. The course will include a Power Point presentation, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching, and a written test. The cost is $40 per person and includes a resource binder and lunch on Saturday. 

Registration is limited to a maximum of ten individuals. To register, please mail the following to the Modoc County 4-H Program, 202 West 4th Street, Alturas, California 96101:

A completed “CA 4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form” (available at HERE)

A completed Adult 4-H Medical Release Form

  • A $40.00 check payable to:“Modoc County 4-H Council”

Registration will be on a first come-first serve basis (you will not be considered registered until all of the above documents have been received). 

Please plan to register on or before Thursday November 6, 2014.  For more information call Heather or Cheryl at (530) 233-6400 (Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm) or email Heather.

4-H Rifle Certification Training  

Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Bakersfield, CA

A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held at UC Cooperative Extension Office, 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a rifle trainer and can lead a rifle project at the club level or serve as county trainer to certify other leaders. There is no cost for the course.

To register for the course or receive more information, contact John Borba at: jaborba@ucanr.edu 

Youth Rabbit Challenge 

Welcome to the Youth Rabbit Challenge
Hosted by the Liberty Leadership Rabbit Project    


November 22, 2014

The Event Check in will Start 8:30 am
Event Start Promptly at 9:00 am

Location: Sonoma County 4-H Center
6445 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

You will compete in:

1. Showmanship
(Bring your own showmanship rabbit or loaner rabbits available)
2. Breed ID
3. Judging
4. Written test

The age groups are:
(Age as of January 1st)

Junior: (9-11)
Intermediate: (12-13)
Senior: (14+)

To enter the event, visit our website's Rabbit Challenge Page

Upcoming New Leader Orientations 

NOTE: All New Leader Orientations this year will be held at the 4-H office in Santa Rosa

Mark Your Calendar for 2014

Come at 6:15 if you need fingerprints
6:30 – 8:00pm at 4-H Office, 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA

November 12 (Wednesday) ; NO December Training; January training 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 4-H leader.

Please call or email Judy at the 4-H office (707) 565-2681 or jludovis@sonoma-county.org to make a reservation.

Volunteer Banner

Window Display Contest Results 

A big thank you to the participating clubs in the 4-H Window Display contest. Hopefully you saw some of the windows during National 4-H week, the first week in October.

Thanks to Grange Credit Union for again sponsoring and judging this activity! This is the highest number of clubs participating since we began the contest 7 years ago!
The results for the contest are as follows:

First Place goes to Liberty 4-H 
Second Place goes to Alexander Valley 4-H
Third Place goes to Penngrove 4-H

A special THANK YOU to all of the participating clubs: Canfield, Gold Ridge, Golden Hills, Lytton Springs, Sonoma Valley, Steuben, Two Rock and Wild Oak!!!

We look forward to next year to make the contest even bigger!

Window Displays

Poster Contest

Congratulations to all of the 4-H members who made a poster to be put on display in their community. All of the posters were creative, informational and everyone did a great job!
All of the participants will receive a pin for their hats. Keep up the great work I would like to see more posters and a bigger event next year!

Officer Installation Meeting

Leader Meeting

Free Backyard Poultry Necropsy Program

The California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory System offers a program for a free examination. Veterinarians and owners of backyard poultry are encouraged to submit sick or recently dead birds for necropsy (postmortem) examination

Standard diagnostic work for one or two birds per submission is performed at no charge, other than your own shipping charges. 

For more information and submission forms CLICK HERE


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