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2013 April

State 4-H Newsletter for April

President’s Corner

With spring quickly approaching and a little more light during the day, it's time to say Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers we have in our program. During this time of the year, we get so busy that we quickly forget those that help make this program so great. From the All Stars to all of the incredible adult volunteers and everyone in between, together we continue to keep our 4-H program stronger. With only two more council meetings left, I wanted to share my gratitude for all the hard work and dedication to our program.

Diana Stornetta
The biggest one day event for Sonoma County 4-H is fast approaching! Chickenque – May 5th, 2013! We will also be celebrating 100 years of our great 4-H program! Thanks to our chair Matt Schaffer and his terrific CQ committee for working so hard to create a wonderful event for everyone. The enrollment system for signing up for jobs have been computerized and it is working great – lots of sign-ups! We had over 100 volunteers for our Sonoma County Fair workday 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. . We are looking for ChickenQue memorabilia from years past. If you have anything from past CQ's, please let us know. Our goal is to put together a slide show or a scrapbook to share that day.
Time will start flying with all of the activities – good time to catch up on those record books before everyone gets too busy. If you have questions about record books please remember that the I & R committee chaired by Karyn Pulley and Cheryl Mohrman have lots of expertise and will be happy to answer questions. We even have an online record book expert – Kelly Hinde! Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need help!
~Diana Stornetta


Our team has had a busy beginning. Together, we have selected our team colors and clothing, helped at Presentation Day and the 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast, held our first dinner meeting, and attended the Diversity Committee Event. As a team, we are off to a great start.
We will begin planning for club installations, so keep us in mind as you wrap up your year and begin a new. Club installations are fun and we look forward to meeting everyone. Let us know if you need anything else.
Please contact our advisers if you have any questions, comments or a good word.
Thank you for all your support! Gianna, Jennifer, William, Holly and Erica


The California 4-H centennial marks our 100 years as an innovative, research-based youth development program. The centennial offers us the opportunity to celebrate our past and create our future. For 100 years, 4-H youth have brought information and innovation solutions to their families and communities that has served to strengthen agricultural technology and that tradition continues today. For the next 100 years, 4-H youth will be the ones to solve our most complex societal challenges – such as obesity, poverty, depletion of natural resources, climate change, unemployment and food insecurity. 4-H youth will be the leaders for change – this is our Revolution of Responsibility!
To assist you in celebrating the centennial, a California 4-H Centennial Party Pack has been developed. Just go to www.ca4h.org and click on the Centennial Logo to access the resource page. You will find logos in different file formats for use on flyers, banners, t-shirts and other merchandise and a sample flyer, fundraising letter, invitation to an event, press release, alumni outreach letter and proclamation. The Tips for Using the Centennial Templates will help answer specific questions you have regarding use of logos and other template materials.
We are also developing a 4-H Centennial Pin for 4-H hats that will be available shortly. There are also a number of statewide events being planned and these include a visible centennial presence at the State Fair and a 4-H Day of Service. I will share more about the events planned as details are firmed up.
In order to increase the impact and power of the centennial across the state, please use the official logos and marketing materials included in the party pack to create consistent and powerful outcomes in all your events and communication. The Guidelines and Protocols for Recognizing the California 4-H Centennial (in the Centennial Party Pack) will help you do this. This document contains the purpose and key messages that will guide our centennial celebration.
Let’s take this opportunity to create a highly visible 4-H Centennial Celebration. Two ideas to get you started are: 1) Work with your local county government to get the Centennial Proclamation approved and recognized in your community and 2) Develop a press release for distribution to your media outlets.
I look forward to a year of celebration!

From the ChickenQue Committee

CQ t-shirt winning art
The 52nd Annual ChickenQue is just one month away. We are busily ordering and organizing for the big day. Please send positive thoughts for good weather.

Thank you for the incredible response to the online volunteer sign ups! It's so much easier and our families can truly make it work for their schedules. We will have one check in booth, and we will be a little more organized there, too.

We are asking that every family bring a delicious home made cake. Like last year, we will have the cake eating and cake tasting contests. All the necessary forms are available on the county web site.

If your club members ordered CQ t-shirts, they will be available at the April CQ meeting. We will have a few for sale day of.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Matt or Cheryl.

4-H Camp Coordinators Update!

This Year’s 4-H Camp dates are:
Camp I – Monday, July 1 to Sat July 6, 2013
Camp II – Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 12, 2013
Staffers go to Camp one day earlier for each week
CAMP STILL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!: It takes many adult volunteers to make camp happen!
Currently we are in need of volunteers for:
~ Camp I & II Adult Chaperones PLEASE!!! (Without enough we will have to turn away campers!)
Our chaperones need to have a background screening, and be certified in First Aid and CPR. Additionally, anyone helping with food preparation or food service must be food safety certified. All of these certifications can be easily obtained online in an hour or so, but the entire process does take time. So PLEASE! Consider signing up to be a chaperone as soon as possible!
~ Luggage Haulers! This requires someone who has a trailer, to meet the buses at the 4-H centers, load kids luggage, and deliver it to/from 4-H camp.
~Adult Chicken-Q rep: This person would organize staffing the work shifts that camp is responsible for, and organizing our camp information booth for Chicken-Q.
~ Adults to help with a maintenance day at Las Posadas, date TBD.
Please contact any one of the camp coordinators listed below if you are able to help with any of these jobs.
CAMPER APPLICATIONS are out now!  Make sure to get yours turned in promptly as camp can fill up quickly!
STAFFER UPDATE: This year’s teen staff is hard at work , planning another fun year at 4-H camp! The teens learned their camp staff positions at our February meeting, and they will be working hard over the next four months to get everything organized. They are very excited, and motivated to make the camp experience, the very best that it can be!
If you have questions about camp or the volunteer positions, please don’t hesitate to contact any one of us! We are looking forward to another great 4-H camp year! 

Happy Camper!

Gianna Giovannini Lovell, 10yrs old, Gateway 4-H

Camp Activities drawing
Hi, my name is Gianna and this is going to be my third year at 4-H camp and I am really looking forward to it! 4-H Camp is held at Los Posadas National Forest and you stay there for five glorious days! There are different “tribes” and the staff (teen leaders) decide what tribe each camper is in. There is also a theme every year. There is a girls side of camp and a boys side and you sleep outside on platforms called bunks.
There are many things you can do at free time like swimming, crafts, archery, hanging out at the mess hall or staying at your bunk. There are also tribe meetings, adventure time and many more activities. The food is excellent and all the meals are served at the mess hall.
There is a campfire each night with skits and songs and on the last night, after campfire there is a dance that is a ton of fun for everyone. Each night, after campfire, there is a different activity such as the bean carnival, scare hike and more!
There are so many other good things about 4-H camp it would take forever to write them. I recommend 4-H Camp; it’s a lot of fun!


Do Something Awards

Deadline: April 15
Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation's best young world-changers, 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause, or issue. In 2013 five finalists will appear on the Do Something Awards on Vh1 and be rewarded a minimum of $10,000 in community grants, media coverage and continued support from DoSomething.org. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 during the broadcast. 

State Fashion Revue

May 25 as part of State Field Day at UC Davis. Information is online. Recently posted documents include Guide for Judges, Rubric Scorecards and Information Forms. Adults interested in volunteering as Judges or Room Monitors register here. We hope all counties are actively engaged in the SFR service projects: Drawstring bags, A Zoo of Hugs (softy animals), and Little Dresses & Shorts for Africa. See the flyers on the website for details. SFR is still accepting monetary donations to sponsor garment bag awards, as well as small items for welcome bags; contact Lorita Sutton at loritas@sbcglobal.net. Counties, please let Jillian Milam Barden know the names of your qualifying members, jmmilambarden@ucanr.edu.Registration of youth participants opens April 1 to May 12. Contact Sue Moore, Registrar with questions about categories, qualifying or entering, 2moores@mlode.com.

Special Recognition at 2013 State Presentation Day

A special recognition pin will be awarded for youth who participate in State Presentation Day and focus their presentations on healthy living. This year’s focus area is physical activity. Potential topics may include potential topics may include muscle strengthening, heart rate importance, workout wear, Zumba, activity log, exercise trends, fitness apps, stretching, benefits of exercise, fun ways to workout, exergaming, recreational sports, types of activity, making time for fitness, safe places in your community to be active, and more.  

4-H MyPlate Challenge at 2013 State Field Day

In 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. 4-H is challenging YOU to show how you’re making YOUR plate MyPlate. We invite you to submit a photograph illustrating how you’re creating healthy meals using MyPlate as a guide. 4-H members do not need to pre-qualify at a county event. More details about this contest.

4-H Advisory Committee

We are now accepting statewide 4-H Advisory Committee applications for the 2013-14 program year. The statewide 4-H Youth Development Program (YDP) Advisory Committees are a representative group of 4-H members, adult volunteers and county and state 4-H YDP staff. The committees offer insight, review and input for the operation and management of the statewide 4-H YDP. Please note that there is now an online option to apply. We advise applicants to read the advisory committee descriptions for additional materials that may be required depending on the committee. Applications are due to the CA State 4-H Office postmarked by May 31, 2013 or online by 11:59pm on May 31, 2013. 

The California 4-H Horse Classic

Save the Date: June 26-30, 2013 at Brookside Equestrian Park in Elk Grove (20mins south of Sacramento)
We are offering Tenderfoot classes and Miniature Horse Classes this year. Tenderfoot classes are for those whom were unable to participate in a qualifying horse show. Also don’t forget about our educational contests: Hippology, Horse Bowl, Horse Judging, Public Speaking, and demonstrations.
Hosting a Qualifying show for the 2013 California Horse Classic?
Register your show here for it to be considered a qualifying show for the 2013 California Horse Classic.
Criteria for a Qualifying Show:
• Show verified by County
• Up to 3 shows per county
• If your county has 3 horse shows 1 show must be associated with a county fair
• Each horse show must be registered
• The Horse Show must offer the same classes that are offered at the State 4-H Classic (they may offer more if they choose too)
• Show must be before June 3rd, 2013
• Management of each show is required to send show results to Sarah Watkins at the State 4-H Office
Results can be sent via email to spwatkins@ucanr.edu or faxed to (530) 754-8541 or mailed to:
Sarah Watkins, CA State 4-H Office, 1 Shields Ave, DANR Building, Davis, CA 95616
Looking for a Qualifying Horse show for the 2013 California 4-H Horse Classic?
New Horse Classic Blog for updates on 2013 California 4-H Horse Classic!
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4-H State Leadership Conference 2013 – July 25-28, 2013 at UC Davis

Celebrating 100 years of California 4-H. This year’s theme: There’s no place like 4-H
The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. 

State Leadership Forum - Awesome Time

Awe! When was the last time you felt awe over anything? Awe is a hard thing to revive. Things become so familiar, even a lightning bolt, or a sunset, or a 4-H project meeting. Which is why in this Centennial Year of 4-H in California – “100 Years and Thriving,” we aim to rekindle our capacity for awe, for experiencing the awe of what we do in 4-H, for relishing the awe-inspiring people we know in 4-H, for the awe of strengthening our vision of the future for 4-H. Join your fellow 4-H leaders and staff for an awesome experience, a networking opportunity, and a celebration of your 4-H commitment. Come to the State Leaders Forum in Sacramento on Nov. 8 – 10, 2013. 

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Sonoma County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Results

Was held on February 9th at the SRJC Shone Farm. We had a wonderful day with great participation. The winners in the 4-H Division were:
Overall High Teams:
1st - Liberty Blue - Adriana Poore, Amanda King, MacKenzie Floyd, Shelby Cover
2nd - Steuben Gold - Jaylee Edwards, Maria Bartlett, Caroline Naiman, Shavanna Sousa
3rd - Liberty Gold - Ariel Scholten, Courtney King, Jessie Peterson, Matt Vossler
4th - Sonoma Valley - Francesca Pharo, Kayla Minehan, Sarah Kiser, Savanah Schell
5th - Two Rock Gold - Cole Schafer, Emma Baswell, Lizzie Sonnichsen, Erin Martin
6th - Steuben Blue - Alex Justus, Austin Manners, Shane Brandon
7th - Gold Ridge - Missy Pendleton, Kiley Anderson, Jackson Parks
8th - Two Rock Blue - Amy Schafer, Hayden Baswell, Sydney Martin, Logan Baswell
Other Awards:
High Beef Team: Steuben Gold
High Senior Beef Individual : Caroline Naiman-Steuben Gold
High Intermediate Beef Individual: Maria Bartlett-Steuben Gold
High Jr. Beef Individual: Jaylee Edwards-Steuben Gold
High Sheep Team: Liberty Gold
High Senior Sheep Individual: Matt Vossler - Liberty Gold
High Intermediate Sheep Individual: Adrianna Poore - Liberty Blue
High Jr Sheep Individual: Alex Justus - Steuben Blue
High Swine Team: Liberty Gold
High Senior Swine Individual: Caroline Naiman - Steuben-Gold
High Intermediate Swine Individual: Adrianna Poore - Liberty Blue
High Jr Swine Individual: Kiley Anderson - Gold Ridge 4-H
High Reasons Team: Liberty Gold
High Senior Reasons Individual: MacKenzie Floyd - Liberty Blue
High Intermediate Reasons Individual: Courtney King - Liberty Gold
High Jr. Reasons Individual: Jaylee Edwards - Steuben Gold
High Individuals-Senior
1st - Caroline Naiman- Steuben Gold
2nd - Shelby Cover - Liberty Blue
3rd - Jessie Peterson - Liberty Gold
4th - Matt Vossler - Liberty Gold
5th - Erin Martin - Two Rock Gold
High Individuals - Intermediate
1st - Adriana Poore - Liberty Gold
2nd - Courtney King - Liberty Gold
3rd - Francesa Pharo - Sonoma Valley
4th - Maria Bartlett - Steuben - Gold
5th - Cole Schafer - Two Rock Gold
High Individuals - Juniors
1st - Jaylee Edwards - Steuben Gold
2nd - Kiley Anderson - Gold Ridge
3rd - Amy Schaffer - Two Rock Blue
4th - Austin Manners - Steuben Blue
5th Alex Justus - Steuben Blue
Overall High Senior - Caroline Naiman
Overall High Junior and Overall High Individual - Adrianna Poore - Liberty Blue

Sonoma County Fair updates

SCF 2013 logo
Make plans now to join us for the 2013 Sonoma County Fair! The Fair will open on Thursday, July 25 and run through Sunday, August 11. Exhibitor Guidebooks will be available on May 1st and the deadline to submit your paper entry forms is Friday June 7 (online entries accepted until Friday June 28).
This year’s fair theme is “Home Spun Fun” and there are many different ways to participate. Make sure you “like” us on Facebook in order to get the most up to date information on shows and attractions at this year’s fair.
If you have any questions about how to enter the fair, just call us at the entry Office at (707) 545-4203 for more information or check out our website

Sonoma County Fair Market Lamb & Market Goat Pre-registration

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – FFA Market Lambs/Goats
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – 4-H & Independent Juniors
Location: Wilford Ring, Sonoma County Fairgrounds (Enter through Gate 7- Aston Ave.)
This pre-registration is mandatory for all market lambs and market goats that will be entered into the 2013 Sonoma County Fair. A health inspection, official ear tagging and breed determination will be conducted at the pre-registration.

  • All sheep/goats are required to be identified with an official USDA scrapie premise tag. (It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to obtain scrapie premise tag–if one is needed–and register with the USDA 1-877-741-3690)
  • Exhibitors should remove any unnecessary ear tags or be prepared to do do – Fair staff will not be removing any existing tags (Note: only the Sonoma County Fair ear tag and scrapie tag can remain on the animal at the fair.)
  • Market lambs showing active signs of club lamb fungus please arrive at the fairgrounds no earlier then 11::45 a.m. (4-H, FFA or independent juniors). Any animal presenting signs of fungus arriving any earlier will be asked to reload and wait until the end.
  • Market lambs/goat DNA samples and entry forms are due by June 7, however Entry Office staff will accept these at the Pre-registration.

Sonoma County Fair Rodeo Queen Contest

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Chris Beck Arena & Showcase Café - Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Age Eligibility 18 to 25 year olds
If you are interested in entering this competition, please contact the Entry Office or see our website for details. 




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