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2015 April


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Message

Diana Stornetta
Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful spring weather and getting ready for the busiest time of the year! During this time of the year, we get so busy that we quickly forget those that help make this program so great. I would like to personally thank the many wonderful leaders and parents that help make this the best youth program around!  From the All Star/Rising Stars to all of the incredible adult volunteers and everyone in between. Together we continue to keep our 4-H program strong. With only two more council meetings left, I wanted to share my gratitude for all the hard work and dedication to our program. 

We have two more CCC meetings this year and we will elect some new officers this year.  We are looking for nominations for President, 2 Vice Presidents, and 4 Members at Large.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please email me at sprcrk@comcast.net and we can make sure to get you on the ballot! We have a great board and would look forward to new officers who can bring fresh  ideas for the new year!

The biggest one day event for Sonoma County 4-H is fast approaching! Chickenque – May 3rd, 2015! We will see lots of exciting changes at Chickenque this year as we “showcase” our wonderful programs.  Please help us show the public how great the 4-H program is by setting up 2 booths for every club showing your activities, projects, or community involvement! Thanks to our terrific CQ committee for working so hard to create a wonderful event for everyone. The enrollment system for signing up for jobs is computerized and it is working great – lots of sign ups!  We had a great group of volunteers for our Sonoma County Fair work day to thank them for allowing us to have our Chickenque event.  Thank you all for working as a team to make this event the best.  Chickenque is our major fundraiser so selling those tickets is very, very important.     

Time will start flying with all of the activities – good time to catch up on those record books before everyone gets too busy.  We have several leaders willing to help members catch up on their PDR’s for the stars and record books so please take advantage of this opportunity and contact Cheryl Mohrman, Charlotte LeGallee or myself, Diana Stornetta.  We have worked with a few already and helped them achieve their stars so they know what their next goals are.   Don’t wait till the last minute – start working on those books as your events happen!   Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need help!

From the Chickenque Committee 

The 54th Annual 4-H Chickenque and Open House is 30 days away. May 3rd will be here in a blink. The committee has been fine tuning the details. We would like to encourage your club and project leaders to organize at least two booths. This year, we are promoting the event as an open house and it's vital that our visitors see all that we offer. Plus, there is a $50 per booth incentive (up to two booths) per club!  

If you have the opportunity, please share our open house flyer. You are welcome put it out while selling tickets or ask if your local school will include it in their newsletter or family folders.  

The volunteer positions are filling fast and we are very thankful. A quick note from the cake booth, please do not bring pies or cakes that require refrigeration.  Below are the links to important Chickenque Forms:

Chickenque Poster Contest Flyer

Chickenque Booth Information

Chickenque Booth Application

Chickenque Open House Flyer 2015

If you have any questions or great ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Matt Schafer                        matt@firetriangle.com

Cheryl Mohrman                  mohrmanjr@aol.com

Ryan Petersen                     ryan@petersenlandmanagement.com

Fred Frey                            vintagetreecare@aol.com

Dairy Day Recap 

kids with cow
On March 7th, the 4-H program held a new event for primary aged youth, 5-8 year olds. Dairy Day included hands-on activities such  as making butter, assembling a dairy cow book, and participating in dairy art activities. The youth examined
different types of cow food, alfalfa, cracked corn and cotton seeds and learned that it was all processed through the cow’s four stomachs!

There was also a comparative tasting opportunity that included goat, cow and sheep cheese. Thank you to Sonoma County Fairgrounds who lent us a model Holstein that could actually be milked!

Dairy Day included an engaging virtual farm tour, from a teacher in Hanford, who led us through the process of how milk gets from the dairy to our door. The youth were amazed that the teacher could see them, through video conference technology and could answer their questions.

The day ended with what was voted the best activity of all…eating Goat Ice Cream! This was a great introduction to the dairy cow and has undoubtedly sown the seeds of interest in these kids. Once they turn 9 years old, they will be able to enroll in a 4-H Dairy project and be on their way to becoming our future Sonoma County Dairy Farmers!

4-H Leadership Opportunities for Teens

Sonoma County 4-H has developed new programs for underserved population in Sonoma County. The first of those programs, Monroe 4-H Afterschool Club, will serve the students from Monroe, Biella and Lehman Elementary Schools. The schools are located in the northwest side of Santa Rosa. Many of these afters chool projects can be led by teen leaders from other 4-H clubs under the supervision of adult volunteers and 4-H staff members. 

The projects will last 6 weeks and will take place after school. They are slated to begin in mid-April and there will also be opportunities to lead projects during the summer. If you are interested in working with youth in Sonoma County who are eager to learn new skills and are new to 4-H, contact the Sonoma County 4-H office at 565-2681 or email Diego Mariscal  


Steuben 4-H is Hosting a 4-H Dance! 

“Neon” Dance Party  


Saturday May 16th -  6 to 9 pm 

4-H Center: 6445 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park 

All Sonoma County 4-H members are welcome to come and dance.

Pay at the door!!! $10 gets you in with a ticket for door prizes.

All primaries MUST be accompanied by an adult. Come take pictures in our photo booth and have a root beer float from our snack bar. Come and dance and have fun with your 4-H friends!!! Glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets will be sold and awarded for spirited dancing.


Join the event at SRJC's beautiful Shone Farm Campus 
7450 Steve Olson Lane
Forestville, CA 95436
Sunday April 19th from 10am to 2pm

This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to come learn and share the joy of chickens. 

Chicken-stravaganza Flyer 

State 4-H Animal Science Symposium

Registration continues for the State 4-H Animal Science Symposium, May 27-30, 2015 at UC Davis. We currently have 12 county teams registered and space for 8 more! While the Symposium itself is designed for staff and key volunteers, we are planning an Interactive Session and Youth Career Fair during the first evening. 4-H and FFA youth are invited to participate in this activity!

State 4-H Animal Science Symposium


Interact Session & Youth Career Fair
May 27, 2015, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
RSVP due May 11, 2015 at the Symposium Website 

Meet agricultural researchers, educators, industry and government organizations at the University of California, Davis Veterinary School of Medicine. Interact and learn about animal science and agriculture, available careers, educational opportunities, and top industry issues.

  • Interactive Session – Purpose is to allow researchers, educators, industry, government organizations to share work they have done/are doing related to agricultural topics, innovations, and issues.
  • Youth Career Fair – Purpose is to provide youth with the opportunity to interact with researchers, educators, industry, government organizations to explore possible career opportunities in animal science

If you have additional questions, contact: Steven Worker, 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Coordinator, State 4-H Office, UC ANR, (530) 750-1341. 

Independence 4-H Book Drive

We need your help!

African Library Project
Do you have extra children’s books at home? If you do and would like to help start a library in Malawi, then please donate your books to our book drive. We are collecting 1000 books and are raising $500 to ship those books to Africa. You can help by giving any member of Independence 4-H gently used books by May 13th. Thank you for your help!

To learn more and to see our book drive progress, visit our webpage

If you have any questions on how you can help Independence 4-H start a school library in Malawi, please email us.


Wild Oak 4-H Movie Fundraiser 

Our club, Wild Oak 4-H is doing a fundraiser and it offers a great deal to everyone who participates. The Santa Rosa Entertainment Group offers the Kids Summer Movie Series. If you are interested, please mail your check and order form to the address on the form and I will pick up the tickets from the movie series contact. The order form is attached at the back of the newsletter.

By the end of May we can either call for a pick up or you can include a S.A.S.E. (self addressed stamped envelope) with your form and everything will be mailed to you. You’ll receive a phone call once the tickets are mailed.

If you have any questions, please contact Shari Skaife with Wild Oak 4-H at 707-515-8156 or you can e-mail.

Movie Fundraiser Application Form

Upcoming 4-H Events 


7                                                   CCC Mtg at 7:00pm - 4-H Center Rohnert Park

10-12                                            Camp Staff Weekend

14                                                 Wells Fargo Center Promotional

23                                                 CQ Rep meeting at 7:00pm - 4-H Center Rohnert Park

28                                                 Wells Fargo Center Promotional

28                                                 Exec CCC Mtg at 7:00pm - 4-H Center Rohnert Park


3                                                   Chickenque - Sonoma County Fairgrounds


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