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An Award Winning Achievement Celebration is planned for
You are cordially invited to join us on Sunday November 6th for the Annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Hosted by your local 4-H Academy of Fine Work (4-H Council) The event will be held in the beautiful Panhandle Research & Extension Center Auditorium from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Recognition of the fine members and their great performances and hard work will be the order of the day. There will be an After Party directly following the awards event in the Blue Stem Room. Please plan to attend this gala event with your whole family and all of the finest members of the 4-H Academy of Scotts Bluff County. Attire for the event is red carpet casual or your best showmanship attire.
Volunteer and Heart of 4-H Awards
The 4-H Council honors several individuals and businesses each year for their support of our youth program. Please contact our office (308-632-1480) with names of people you think deserve to be nominated.
4-H Council Nominations
Executive Council Members (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) are elected at the Achievement Night. By October 14th please contact a Council Member or the Nebraska Extension Office if you have nominations. The 4-H Council meets every other month. The President of the Council is also required to represent 4-H at six Extension Board Meetings each year.
I Dare You Award and Outstanding 4-H Member Awards
The “I Dare You” Award and Outstanding 4-H Member Award are two of the highest honors given on the county level. Both awards are based on a 4-Her’s activities and accomplishments. Each of these awards is given out every year. 4-H leaders, parents, the 4-Hers themselves, or a friend can submit an application for the 4-Her of their choice. Members who are 16–18 years of age as of January 1, 2016 are eligible.
Outstanding Leader Award
4-Hers and 4-H families, here is your chance to recognize your 4-H leader and all of the hard work they do. We are now accepting nominations for the Outstanding 4-H Leader Award. Our leaders are vital people in 4-H. Anyone who belongs to our 4-H family can nominate a leader. Just submit their names along with a short story about why you think they should be chosen.
National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf
The National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Program is designed to promote youth development and understanding of the cattle industry. Youth who choose to participate in the contest may have a range of experiences raising, feeding and showing beef cattle, all are encouraged to apply. To apply applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2016 and be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Successful catchers must have adequate facilities available to house their steer as they are responsible for the care, feeding, and handling of their animal. The applications to participate in this year’s Catch-a-Calf program at the NWSS are now available on line at http://nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2016!
Martha and Don Romeo Scholarships
The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.
Each applicant must have exhibited his/her 4-H projects in a County Fair or at the State Fair within the last four years. Applicants must hold a 2.5 high school grade point average (based on a 4.0 system). Applicants must also maintain a 2.5 grade point average for the first semester in college and carry at least 12 credit hours. Applicants must agree to apply the scholarship funds for tuition or fees at a two or four year college or its equivalent, to be judged by the committee. Applicants must have demonstrated support for his/her school and community. Applicants must exhibit during the application process a desire to achieve the goals of which he/she is capable. Financial need will not be considered in the selection process.
One male and/or female finalist will be selected from each county and submitted to the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers for the final selection process. Applications are due in the Extension Office by December 1, 2016.
The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January.
For more information and/or forms, contact the Extension Office at 308-632-1480.
Market Livestock Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H members showing RABBITS, POULTRY, BEEF, GOATS, SWINE OR SHEEP at County or State Fair. Members have three options for receiving training.
ONLINE: Complete three modules in the Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course. Course instructions can be found at this website: http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance. To enroll in the self-directed online course, Internet access and an email address are required. (Each 4-H youth will need their own unique email address to register.) If you do not have access to the internet, you may complete the course at the UNL Extension Office. Please call ahead to make sure the computers are available. The course can also be completed on many mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. NOTE: The Online QA system is now charging a $5 fee to complete the course online. Thanks to the Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau, the 4-H Council will reimburse you the $5. More reimbursement info will be in next month's newsletter.
CLUB TRAINING: Attend a club training. If your club is not conducting any trainings or you are an Independent, you may attend another club’s training.
TEST: If you are an intermediate or senior (12 or older), you may be able to test out. If you pass the test, you do not have to attend training. This is not difficult! Contact the UNL Extension office to take the test.
Members must be Quality Assurance certified by June 15 to be eligible to compete at the County Fair. No trainings will be held after June 15.
The UNL Project Resource Central web page helps youth, parents, and leaders select projects. It identifies project areas, career choices and exhibits and includes related, additional curricula resources. The 2016 Project Resource Central Publication (pdf) lists project resources (printed manuals, CD, DVD, or online) available for Nebraska 4-H members, families, and volunteers.
Hello 4-H Families! As we embark on a new 4-H programming year, we are excited to continue using the 4-H Online enrollment system. All 4-H families will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline at ne.4honline.com .
If you are a returning member, go to ne.4honline.com. Choose "I have a profile" and log in with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, choose "I forgot my password" and the system will send you an email to reset your password. Once logged in as a family, you can update and add members and member information along with projects and clubs. Remember from last year that the system can record LOTS of information, but not all is required. Required fields are marked with red asterisk. If you are new to 4-H, you will need to create a new family account and profiles for each 4-H member at ne.4honline.com to participate in the 2016 program year.
4HOnline is a web-based enrollment system that will allow families to enroll in 4-H on your personal computer or mobile device. If you do not have internet access at home, feel free to stop by the Nebraska Extension office and use our computers. You'll be able to complete all of the information necessary to join 4-H online, including 4-H code of conduct forms and health forms. There will be no paper forms to submit for enrollment. Coming soon, you'll also be able to register for events, pay enrollment fees on-line and more!
Members may enroll at any time during the year, but to be eligible for County Fair and State Contests these enrollment deadlines need to be met:
Re-Enrollment - If you were enrolled in 4-H in 2015, enroll online and pay the $5 fee to the Extension Office by February 1. You may have until May 1 to add or drop 4-H projects for County Fair.
New Enrollment - Youth who are joining 4-H for the first time are encouraged to enroll online and pay the $5 as soon as possible and no later than May 1 to be eligible for County Fair.
For more information contact the Nebraska Extension office at 632-1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have questions as you enroll, please let us help you!
Shooting Sports Parental Release Form (pdf 1 pg)
Adult Volunteers - NEW! Volunteers will enroll electronically. Returning leaders: If you have children in 4-H, log into your family account at ne.4honline.com and update your information. Volunteers with out children in 4-H should go to ne.4honline.com, enter the email you have used in the past with 4-H and choose, "I forgot my password". A new password will be emailed to you. If you have any questions or concerns, let the Extension office help you!
Re-enrollment forms for adult volunteer leaders are to be entered by February 1. Volunteers must re-enroll each year to retain status in years of service and for UNL insurance. Contact the UNL Extension office for more info.
4-H Club Year End Reporting
Nebraska 4-H policy requires all 4-H clubs to submit an End of the Year Financial Report to account for the dollars received and expended in the name of 4-H.
Most 4-H clubs raise money to support club activities through the collection of dues or by holding specific fundraisers. Because 4-H is an educational organization authorized through the USDA, several procedures must be followed when working with a club treasury. The key point to remember is the ability to show and prove proper accountability of how club funds have been received and expended. 4-H money is public money and we are responsible for its appropriate use. Year End Club Reports Due – February 1.
Year end reports letter (pdf)
The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth; it is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout the individual's 4-H career.
The 4-H Career Portfolio includes a:
- pre-printed tab dividers
- application and curriculum Forms
- 4-H career portfolio
- 4-H curriculum story
- supporting material (4 photo pages, 2 non-photo pages)
You can take a look at the instructions and print the pages from the State 4-H Website, or pick up copies at the Extension Office.
Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program
Encourages Youth to Engage in a Variety of Projects and Activities
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. Participation in this program is optional.
Anyone with Adobe Reader can fill-in, save and print the pdf files. Check out Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program for more information, or contact the Nebraska Extension Office at 308-632-1480.
Program Benefits (pdf)
Accomplishments from Which to Choose:
Level 1 - Amethyst Plan & Report
Level 2 - Aquamarine Plan & Report
Level 3 - Ruby Plan & Report
Level 4 - Sapphire Plan & Report
Level 5 - Emerald Plan & Report
Level 6 - Diamond Part 1
Level 6 - Diamond Part 2
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The Scotts Bluff County September Newsletter (6pgs) is now available!