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2015 May


Sonoma County 4-H Events & Activities

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President's Message 

Diana Stornetta
It’s the time of year where everything flies by and it’s easy to miss deadlines if we don’t watch carefully.  Fair entries, camp reservations and record books due in the near future.  Watch for deadlines!

Our biggest one day event took place on May 3rd! The 54th Anniversary of the 4-H Open House and ChickenQue!  Thank you all for working as a team to make this event the best.  Chickenque is our major fundraiser for our 4-H program so selling those tickets was very, very important. A special thank you to the whole Chickenque committee for working to put on this wonderful event.  Huge thank you to Fred Frey for finding all sorts of ways to get our event on everyone’s schedule or at least hearing about it.  Great read in the Press Democrat by Chris Smith!  It was great to see the Best Cake Contest – a huge hit at ChickenQue last year.  Congratulations to all the members who submitted posters for competition! They were unbelievable and very hard to choose winners! 

May 4th marked the close of our survey.  We hope you all took a few minutes to share your thoughts.  The information will be used to help develop new and inventive ideas to help 4-H continue to move forward with the many changes.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful program in our county for all the youth and I look forward to the terrific leaders our program continues to nurture and grow.  

It is once again time to start getting geared up for the fairs.  Don’t forget to enter all the wonderful things you have made during your 4-H project meetings! I love walking through the exhibit building and seeing all the creative items you make and the fantastic educational displays!  Our 4-H membership has some pretty remarkable projects to showcase – share your projects with the general public by entering your project work at the fair or giving a demonstration!  

Hope everyone has been making time to get onto the on-line record book system and keeping your book current! 

ChickenQue Poster Winners

CQ winners

County Fashion Revue Winners

CFR Winners

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. 

State Field Day

Saturday, May 30, 2015 
8:00am - 6:00pm

State Field Day
The State 4-H Field Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of May at the UC Davis Campus.
The event is open to all 4-H members, volunteers, staff, and parents. Between 1,000 and 1,400 people attend this great event. People bring chairs and socialize for the day on the Wellman Hall east lawn and enjoy a “picnic” atmosphere throughout the day.

The State 4-H Office provides coordination and facility support. Each contest and activity is coordinated by a group of 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth. During the event, 4-H members may participate in a
variety of contests.

Some contests require pre-qualification and/or pre-registration. Some are open to all during the event.

State 4-H Field Day

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. 

Movie Fundraiser Application Form

Golden Clover Awards

Calling all youth, volunteers, leaders and friends! The I&R Committee would like to ask for nominations from our county for the Sate golden Clover Awards. The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff, and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program. As I mentioned at the CCC Meeting, our committee is small with a limited knowledge of the accolades of every member and volunteer, and would appreciate your help with nominations for this great honor. Below is the link for the Golden Clover categories and a deeper explanation of the award. Please consider nominating someone from our county, we have so many generous volunteers and dedicated youth, let's get them recognized at this higher level!

Eligibility: 4-H members who are at least 9 years old and currently enrolled, 4-H volunteers who are currently enrolled, 4-H groups, 4-H program staff (academics are not eligible)

Groups are two or more 4-H members, volunteers, or 4-H program staff working together on a project, activity or event.

Award: $500 award check, Medallion, Lapel pin, recognition on the State 4-H website, Recognition at the 4-H State Leadership Conference and State 4-H Leaders' Forum.

Group recipients receive one $500 award, one Medallion and each member of the team receives a lapel pin.

Learn More by visiting the Golden Clover Website or email Sara Glashan

Neon 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.

Summer Internship Opportunities

The Sonoma County 4-H program will be partnering with Social Advocates for Youth and The Youth Ecology Corps to offer summer jobs and opportunities to make a difference in the community. 

Four-H will be in need of members, 16 to 24, who are able to lead projects for elementary school children in Santa Rosa and Windsor for up to 20 hours per week. These will be PAID positions for which you need to apply and interview through the SCYEC. There are additional opportunities to work for SCYEC all over Sonoma County. Visit their website for more information.
If interested, you must fill out the SCYEC Interest Form, complete it and fax it to 707-703-5401 or fill it out online.

If you have any questions call the 4-H office at 707-565-2681 or email Diego Mariscal

Message from the 4-H State Director

To help make the 4-H experience fair for every member regardless of which club or county they participate in, the 4-H Policy Advisory Committee which includes 4-H members, adult volunteers, and 4-H YDP staff underwent the task of not only defining many key terms but also documenting the Steps to Success in 4-H. This document outlines: What member in good standing means, What is required for project completion, How members earn a year stripe and pin, Club participation standards, Requirements to exhibit at fair, Participation in 4-H events, And ways to earn recognition in 4-H.

As a state wide program delivered locally, we set out to standardize some key aspects of the program while allowing some flexibility at the local level. For example, six hours of project instruction is required but project leaders may require more based on the project and goals. Please review this document for more information so you know the steps to your success in 4-H. The new Steps to Success in 4-Hand associated policy changes are effective July 1. We hope you find the Steps to Success in 4-H helps make your 4-H experience the best it can be.


Shannon Horrillo
Associate Director of 4-H Program and Policy

State Newsletter 

Don't miss out on important CA 4-H news. In these updates you will find information about upcoming scholarships and awards, event dates and deadlines, program and research updates and stories from the field.

California State 4-H Newsletter

Upcoming 4-H Events 


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

16                                            Steuben 4-H Dance - 4-H Center, Rohnert Park 

25                                            Office Closed - Memorial Day 

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

30                                            State Field Day at UC Davis


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