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*** PRESIDENT'S CORNER ***
Wow – how the days are just flying by with all these activities and events! We are so fortunate to have such a great group of volunteers to help organize and run the events that are so beneficial to the youth in our program. HUGE thank you for all of your enthusiasm and hard work! Special thanks to Kelly Hinde for another outstanding Presentation Day – lots of winners to represent us at the next level! HUGE thank you to Charlotte LeGallee for heading up the organization of the Sectional meeting at the 4-H center.
There will be several offices opening on the CCC Executive Board this year. We will be electing a new Treasurer, Special Accounts Treasurer, Secretary and Historian. We will also be looking for new Sectional Reps – both adults and youth. Think about becoming involved in the CCC Board. If you would like more information or are interested in running for office, please email me at email@example.com or Judy Ludovise at Judy.Ludovise@sonoma-county.org.
Keep your activities and events on your calendar so you can update your online record book… don’t want to forget an event or activity toward your star ranks!
*** WHY I LIKE THE COUNTY WILDLIFE PROJECT ***
Hi, my name is Conan and I am a member of Wild Oak 4-H. I am a part of the County wildlife project with Mary. I'm enjoying the project. We're learning about lots of different things. This year we are learning about the Sonoma County coast.
At first, I was thinking it wouldn't be a very interesting animal. Then, as I did research I was fascinated about several things. For example, a 4-inch abalone can clamp down with about 400 pounds of pressure.
I am very happy that I chose to be in the wildlife project this year. You should talk to Mary about it next year. You might enjoy it as much as I have.
- Conan, age 9
*** CHICKENQUE T-SHIRT CONTEST WINNER ***
Congratulations to Megan Groverman of Liberty 4-H for winning the ChickenQue T-Shirt contest for the second year in a row! Order t-shirts with her design using this order form.
*** ALL STAR APPLICATION ***
*** SHOOTING SPORTS MATCH ***
The 2014 Annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Match rules and entry forms are now available on the State 4-H Shooting Sports website. Entry due date is March 10, 2014. Targets and will be mailed upon receipt. The age categories are junior, intermediate and senior. Completed targets must be returned by June 23, 2014. If you have questions, contact Jacki Zedier in Siskiyou County at 530-842-2711 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT ***
Volunteers! If you are handing out a one page flyer to the public, regarding 4-H, this statement needs to be included:
Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Linda Marie Manton, Affirmative Action Contact, University of California, Davis, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1318.”
Click here for our Non-Discrimination Policy brochure.
*** POLICY CLARIFICATION FROM STATE 4-H OFFICE ***
The 4-H Policy Handbook, Chapter 11, Health and Safety, Section IV, Youth Protection, prohibits all one-on-one (private) interactions between youth members and adult volunteers. This policy is in effect at all times (not just during 4-H events). (See http://4h.ucanr.edu/Administration/Policies/Chapter11/.)
Obviously UC can only monitor and enforce this policy during 4-H events. However, all adult volunteers should know that at no time may they have private one-on-one interactions with youth members. This policy was established because the single most effective way to prevent child abuse is to prevent private, one-on-one interactions. Volunteers who fail to abide by this policy must be dismissed as volunteers.
In the near future the State 4-H Office will revise Chapter 11 to be even more clear that the “no privacy” policy is effective at all times and is not limited to 4-H events.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Shannon J. Horrillo, MS, PhD
Youth, Families, & Communities Statewide Program
*** 4-H LIVESTOCK PROJECTS: A MEMBER'S RESPONSIBILITIES ***
1.) Take care of your animal
- Feed, house, and handle it properly
- Treat it humanely. Be conscious of its comfort and needs
- Observe it carefully and be able to tell when it is ill or in distress
2.) Carry out your project responsibilities
- Feed and care for your animal yourself, regularly (don’t expect Mom, Dad or your little brother to do all the work)
- Plan to pay all your project expenses. If you borrowed money to buy your animal, arrange to pay it back after you sell it (even to your parents)
- Keep your 4-H records up to date to keep track of your progress and your animal’s progress
3.) Be a good neighbor
- Keep manure and wet straw cleaned up. Practice good fly control.
- Keep corrals and pens clean and neat
- Keep the dust and noise down
- If you have neighbors who might object to your keeping an animal, visit them to introduce yourself and tell them about your 4-H project.
4.) Learn something from your project, don’t just pour feed and water into it and hope that it will make weight.
- Read and study about breeds and management
- Attend project meetings
- Plan, prepare, and present a demonstration
- Use your animal as the subject for a science project at school
- Talk to older members, breeders, leaders, judges, etc.
5.) Have fun with your animal.
- Get to know your animal; give it a name
- Talk to other members; share experiences
- Take pictures
- Exhibit at a fair
6.) Your responsibilities at the fair.
- You and your animal should be clean and well-groomed
- Keep pens, alleys and equipment clean
- Be courteous to everyone, especially the visiting public. Help your fellow members
- Do your own work
- If you plan to sell a market animal, invite people to come and watch the Junior Livestock Auction or Rate of Gain Sale
- Show your own animal in the sales ring
- Be neat and clean and groom your animal
- Care for your animal after the sale
- Thank your buyer in person and by letter
7.) If you take a market animal project and like it, plan to feed more than one animal next year, or get started in a breeding project
8.) Take other 4-H projects that will compliment your livestock project such as: animal science or veterinary science, electricity or woodworking, entomology, marketing, photography, field crops, self-determined study, or junior leadership.
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