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2014 September


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Message

Diana Stornetta
Once again, summer has flown by and it’s time to start a new year again. I am sure everyone put everything they had into the fairs this year and are exhausted! Where did the summer go?  I hope everyone had successful shows and the kids walked away with a ton of ribbons, awards and memories.  I am sure our club leaders are working hard to organize our new year and get the enrollment started.  We are confident the enrollment will run much smoother this year with a better understanding of the new state enrollment system and our two great Enrollment Coordinators – Matt Schafer and Stefanie Stornetta!  Emily Eakins, our 2014-15 All Stars just returned from State Leadership Conference and is full of great ideas and ready to meet your club membership and install officers.   The Annual leader training was held August 23rd at the 4-H Center so club leaders should have all the tools you need to make it a very successful year. 

Our first CCC meeting is September 2nd at 7 pm at the 4-H office in Santa Rosa.  It’s important that you send a club representative to each of our meetings so they can bring back the vital information regarding upcoming events and programs. 

The next big event for us is the Sonoma County 4-H Foundation BBQ on September 13th.  Hope all the clubs are taking advantage of their auction item fundraising opportunity!  What a great way to put some money into your club treasury.  Please call Susan Hansen at 584-9284 for ticket information. 

Do you know a special leader or community group/business who has given above and beyond to the 4-H program?  Think about nominating them for a Friend of 4-H award. There are 2 Friend of 4-H awards given every year: one for a business and one for a leader:  Community business persons and/or companies that demonstrate consistent support of the 4-H program are eligible.  4-H Leaders who have been actively involved in 4-H for at least 10 years are also eligible for this award.  Nominations need to be 100 words or less, describing how the nominee meets the above criteria and should be send to Diana Stornetta or Judy Ludovise.  Awards will be presented at Achievement Night in October.

Look forward to seeing you at the September CCC meeting.


Does Your Club Have a Healthy Living Officer?

Healthy Living Officer guide cover
It’s not too late! 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 

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. Learn more about National Conference. Applications are due November 3, 2014.

4-H Foundation BBQ

Saturday, September 13, Kendall Jackson Event Center, Fulton Road, Santa Rosa

The next Annual 4-H Foundation Fundraiser BBQ will be Saturday, September 13th, at the Kendall Jackson Event Center located on Fulton Rd.

4-H Foundation logo
We are asking for 4-H members to help us serve and work our event. Youth volunteer check in time is 4:30pm for servers. Please wear your whites. It is a great event and is fun to work. We will need servers for our full service tables and also to help us get our Screamin Mimis dessert out to all our guests. If you have a 4H display you have agreed to bring please be there and set up by 2:45pm. This is a great way to spotlight your projects and show what 4H is all about. If you have a 4H project you would like to display or would like to volunteer please email me as soon as possible at susan@4hfoundtionofsoco.org .

We also offer all clubs and or projects to donate a live or silent auction item and get half back. If your club or project is interested please email me as soon as possible.

This amazing event brings families and 4-H alumni together for a wonderful evening of food, drink and fun. Come early to enjoy 4-H demonstrations and a tent full of great silent auction items. The live auction will follow dinner.

The theme this year is “Making the Best Better”. The 4-H program makes a big difference in the lives of our children, and the communities they live in. Our continued support of the 4-H program in Sonoma County helps prepare the next generation that will be the leaders of our community.

You can also join us on September 13th for a truly special night of celebration and support of Sonoma County 4-H.

You can purchase tickets online or call the Foundation office at 707-584-9284. 

Susan Hansen Executive Director 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County susan@4hfoundationofsoco.org 707-542-0640

New Leader Orientations

All New Leader Orientations this year will be held at the 4-H office in Santa Rosa
Mark Your Calendar for 2014
6:30 – 8:00pm at 4H Office, 133 Aviation Blvd, Suite 109 Santa Rosa, CA 

Save the Date

September 23 (Tuesday)
October 09 (Thursday)
November 12 (Wednesday)
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 Judy at the 4H office (707) 565-2681 or jludovis@sonoma-county.org to make a reservation.

North Central Section 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 2:00 p.m. All 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. 

Lynnette and will be sent to each county in the Section. 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. By Elisabeth Watkins

CCC Meetings at the 4-H Office - Sept, Oct & Nov

Our next CCC 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 Schafer
  • 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.

Water Policy

Water Cooler
As of July 1, 2014 drinkable water, without anything added, must be available at all 4-H meetings, activities and events. In addition, any 4-H fundraisers that include the sale of beverages must include water as a option.

The health and safety of 4-Hers is a priority at all activities and events. Drinking water is crucial for good health and will help prevent dehydration and heat illness. Having water available ensures a healthy beverage choice.


2014 Window Display Contest Information

National 4-H week is around the corner so it is time to let everyone know what 4-H has to offer. So lets get creative and put together a window display. 

Join the Club

THEME: “4-H Join The Ride”

What you need to do:

Submit Entry Form to the 4-H office by October 2nd,2014 (available on County Website)

Window display Guidelines

Contact business and arrange to set up display. Multiple entries from clubs are allowed, but a club can win only one prize.

In order to be eligible for an award, display MUST be contained in an actual WINDOW of a store or business.

Display must be made by club members. Leaders and parents can assist, but members need to come up with the plan and design.

Display should promote the current theme and the activities of the club designing it.

Display must be set up for judging, by 5pm, Saturday October 4th, 2014 and remain thru October 11th, 2014, 5 pm.

National 4-H week right around the corner. Let's show the community what 4-H has to offer!!

Why Join 4-H? Tell the Community with a Poster!!

Attention all members!
We would like to get the word out about 4-H in your community, so we are asking those of you who are interested, to design a poster about “Why One Should Join 4-H.” The poster should include a number to call, and something you think would be of interest to kids and adults in your community. The poster can be designed to promote your club or for the county as a whole. This is what you will need to do if you would like to participate. 

Keep Calm & Join 4-H

1) Design a poster to recruit members and adults to join 4-H.
2) Posters should be 14” by 22”
3) Find an approved place to put your poster in the community. Post it by October 5th, 2014
4) Have your club leader verify your poster information and sign the form
5) Mail or FAX the Verification Form to the county 4-H office postmarked by Friday,October 10th
6) Receive a pin at your November Club Meeting

This is a simple concept, but a fun and creative opportunity to build publicity about 4-H and use your creative imagination. We hope many of you will participate! Forms will be available online.

Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop

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.

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)

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 to 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!

Current Countywide Projects

Did you know that besides all the wonderful projects your club offers, there are also Countywide projects that are open to all 4-H members?  Check out the Projects page on the website for complete details.  NOTE: to sign up for these projects, a cross club application will be required. Here is a partial list of cross club opportunities:

4-H w projects in letter

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