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Club of the Month - October

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 09:52

This month we would like to congratulate the County Liners 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for October 2017. This Club from Meadow Grove, in Antelope County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The County Liners 4’H Club currently has over 30 members age 5-18 years old and have helped Antelope County 4-H grow considerably in the last four years. There was only one member left in this club in 2013. When a group of kids decided they wanted to become more involved in 4-H, a vote was taken to continue the tradition of County Liner excellence in Antelope County as opposed to starting a new Club.

The County Liners host meetings multiple times a year and vote on officers annually promoting the involvement of multiple club members. Since 2013, the County Liners have adopted 2 miles of highway 275, hold meetings approximately 8 times per year, hosted multiple project dates (quilting, welding, shooting sports, cookie baking, photography, and poultry information), held the Herdsmanship award for large or small breeds during the Antelope County Fair each year and donated to a boy and girl on the Angel Tree at Christmas. The club also started an annual horse show at the Antelope County fairgrounds in 2016, assisted with community fund-raising for families in need, donated award/trophy money to the County Fair board, produced multiple members and actively participate in the Antelope County Fair Committee and participated in Horse Bowl.

Additionally, one County Liners member received the Outstanding Boy of the Year for his hard work. The club was awarded Club of the Year for Antelope County in 2015. This Club continues to look for ways to be involved in the community and promote 4-H. The members have enjoyed learning about 4-H, their motto, beliefs and the promotion of youth. They look forward to continuing to be active in Antelope County.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail us at ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.

Nebraska 4-H Featured on Husker Vision

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:01

Did you attend the Husker football game against Ohio State on October 14th? If so, you probably saw Nebraska 4-H featured on Husker Vision during half time. As the band exited the field, the NU for NE: Shaping Future Nebraska Leaders video was shown to thousands of Husker fans. The one-minute video shows how Nebraska 4-H is shaping future Nebraska leaders.

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4-H Enrollment is Now Open!

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:40

Enrollment is now open for the 2018 program year! Enrollment is not required for many 4-H programs and events. However, club and independent members are required to officially enroll through 4-H Online each year to maintain membership. By enrolling youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, and additional statewide programs. Club and project leaders must also enroll through 4-H Online each year. There is no state-level fee for officially enrolling. However, some counties or clubs may implement their own annual fees. Additionally, each county implements their own enrollment deadlines. Please contact your local 4-H office for more information.

Enrollment instructions are available for new club members, returning club members, new club leaders, and returning club leaders.

Enrollment Instructions Nebraska 4-H Online Enrollment System

Club of the Month

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:56

This month we would like to congratulate the Coal Chute Kids 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for September 2017. This Club from Kearney, in Buffalo County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The eleven-member club focuses on learning about and practicing citizenship. They elected a full slate of officers to conduct their meetings and to form committees to carry out the club’s work. Parliamentary procedure is used in each meeting. This year they focused on motions and using proper wording when making a motion. The members say the 4-H Pledge and the Pledge to the Flag at each meeting. Two members act as flag bearers.

This year the club did projects that served others and also did a project to thank local policemen and women and firefighters for their service to the community. In March members made plates of delicious cookies to take to the police station and fire department. They also made door decorations and took them to residents of St. Luke’s care center. While we were decorating the care center staff brought the residents to the community room where they watched us conduct our meeting.

A project quickly organized by a member and her mother was to help the community’s new Help Care Clinic collect shoes for a recycling fundraiser. A total of 6,649 pounds of shoes were collected from donations by citizens of Buffalo and Kearney Counties. The Help Care Clinic provides health services to uninsured individuals who are at poverty level in the two counties.

The club takes its turn working in the 4-H Snack Shack at the fair and it hosts the static exhibit building. Two club members and their families helped pick up and store the flags displayed at the cemetery on Memorial Day. Another member is making three quilt tops for a community Quilts of Valor project. The goal is to make 150 completed quilts that will be presented to veterans experiencing medical problems due to their military service.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.

National 4-H Week

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 08:43

National 4-H Week is October 1-7. This week we celebrate the true leaders in Nebraska and across the country. Join us on social media using #TrueLeaders and #NE4H. For more ways to get involved or to find celebration events in your community, contact your local Extension office.

Club of the Month

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:24

This month we would like to congratulate the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for August 2017. This Club from Chadron, NE, in Dawes County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The Happy Hustlers presented the annual 4th of July flag raising on Flag Butte, remembering milestones in history as the club is celebrating its 60th year right along with Nebraska’s 150th. This was the 55th year that the club has presented a patriot program on the 4th of July.

The club also put together a booth at the Dawes County Fair showcasing its 60 years of members, leaders, projects and activities. The club was started 60 years ago by Ray & Phyllis Grantham and Robert & Nellie Hawthorne. Ray still resides in the Deadhorse community along with three generations of his family who have all been members of the Happy Hustlers.

Happy Hustlers also completed their third event for the “Keep Chadron Beautiful” grant. The first event was this spring during the Earth Day celebration. The club took part in cleaning up trash in a portion of Chadron. The second event included cleaning 10+ miles of rural Deadhorse Road and the third event involved cleaning the Dawes County Fairgrounds on Tuesday night of the county fair.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information please visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com

State Fair 4-H Results Now Available

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 10:49

Nebraska State Fair 4-H results are now available online and on the mobile app. More results will be posted as they become available.

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Club of the Month

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:26

This month we would like to congratulate the Middle Loup 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for July 2017. This Club from Sargent, NE, in Custer County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The Middle Loup 4-H Club is very active in almost every area of 4-H. Its current membership is one-third of the local school system. At many meetings, the club tries to visit a business in the area. Members have visited a cattle feedlot, a club member’s swine operation, the school greenhouse, and a dairy farm.

The Middle Loup 4-H Club sold the most premium book ads in Custer County this year with a total of 71 ads with 17 of them being new ads. To thank their sponsors, the club has always given them a plate of cookies. This year, in order to raise money for the Custer County Fairgrounds, the club voted to have a pancake feed with an auction to follow. Premium book sponsors were each given tickets to get in free. The rest of the community was invited and were asked to give a free will donation to eat. The auction items were provided by generous donors from businesses in Custer County. The event was a huge success, and the club raised over $4,500 for the fairgrounds.

Another project that was started to help with the fairgrounds is aluminum can recycling. Donated cans can be left in a horse trailer parked in town. 4-H families take turns hauling the cans to be traded in for money. Around $200 dollars was collected to add to the fairground donation and this will be an ongoing fundraising opportunity.

The club gives back to the community in several ways. In the spring, businesses have the opportunity to purchase planters made especially for them by club members. Members learn about picking out plants, plant care, and plant arrangement. At the Chokecherry Fair in the summer, the club has a food booth allowing them to encourage people to come to the park to eat and visit with others. The club is also able to raise the money needed to keep club activities going. One of the most educational items the club was able to buy is an archery target with a resealable screen and a software program that gives members a chance to shoot at wildlife and different sizes of targets. The funds they have raised have also made it possible for us to give a donation for shrubs to be put around a Veteran’s Memorial project being completed in downtown Sargent.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information please visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com

Club of the Month

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:03

Congratulations to the Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club from Sheridan County for being selected at the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month! This Club from Hay Springs, NE, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club has only been in existence for only two years but has been up and running from the start and rapidly growing! This club has made it their top priority to help the community they live in. In November, they finished creating books for the local nursing home and delivered them to the residents. In October, they picked up trash around town and created tie blankets for the local hospital. Its members are well informed and very active in the sewing group, horse camps, rabbit project, cooking projects, swine project, and rockets.

Since the club’s existence, it has invited a presenter to help members prepare a 4-H Speech for the County Speech Contest and had members attend classes to learn about chickens and rabbits. Through the classes, the members completed Quality Assurance, made rabbit hutches, learned how to care for their animals, and practiced showmanship. The club members continually set up to help at the county-wide events. This club has grown from seven members to almost 35 in only two years! It will be exciting to see what this club conquers next.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or at ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.

Club of the Month

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:29

Congratulations to the Gold Standard 4-H Club from Garfield County for being selected as your May 2017 Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!

The club had a dream of starting an archery program for all the youth of the county and neighboring counties to enjoy. They knew it wouldn’t be easy, but they set their sights on some grant funds to make it happen. The Gold Standard Club’s actions were rewarded when they were recognized with the Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Award in 2016 and the corresponding grant. They also found funds locally through the Calamus Area Community Foundation and through local connections with the National Rifle Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

The Gold Standard members knew that money wasn’t the only thing needed to accomplish their goal, so they planned Archery Fun Day. This event allowed the youth of Garfield, Loup, Wheeler and Valley Counties to learn just how fun archery is. They featured several archery stations with different challenges, a delicious lunch and raffles. Aside from earning more money for archery equipment, the Gold Standard Club created a lot of interest for archery and 4-H in the area. As a result, their club has experienced growth in numbers that has also created growth in the overall number of 4-Her’s in Garfield County.

Aside from their accomplishments in establishing archery as a premier project in Garfield County, the Gold Standard Club has continued to set the “gold standard” for excellence as a 4-H club through their regular meetings, leadership development and annual community service projects.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for the next Club of the Month. All clubs are encouraged to apply to be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

Nebraska 4-H and FFA License Plate

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:44

Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.

Application Form

Club of the Month

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 08:58

Congratulations to the Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club of Cedar County for being selected as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!

The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club has 43 members and continued its club learning experiences through the community by making first aid kits at their February meeting. Working with the 3 Laurel EMTs, members learned about CPR and first aid at the meeting and then went on to create first aid kits. EMT Melissa Graham took members onto one of the Laurel ambulances and showed them around the ambulance and discussed what information they would need to tell the 911 operator in an emergency. They also discussed what to do if an adult tooth was knocked out, and what to do in case they or someone they knew came in contact with poisons.

EMT Jodi Thompson showed 4-Hers how to do CPR and had them practice proper chest compressions and informed them how to treat burns, bites and stings and how to care for someone that is suffering from heat exhaustion. EMT Steph Urwiler talked to 4-Hers about fractures and what they could do if they ever had a situation where someone had broken an arm or leg. She reviewed treatment for bleeding and shock and talked to members about items in the first aid kit and the purpose of each item.

The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club decided to cover the cost of supplies for the first aid kits so that each member would have a first aid kit that they could have on hand. After entering their first aid kit in the fair, members plan to keep the kit in their vehicle that goes to 4-H activities so that it would be available to use if anything ever happened at club meetings, horse practices or the County Fair.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for Club of the Month. Clubs are encouraged to apply for next month and be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

Quilts of Valor

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 14:53

Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to the service men and women who are protecting our country and who are "touched by war." The quilts will be collected and given through the Quilts of Valor Foundation

4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Donations of fabric, batting or machine-quilting may be located in order to complete the project. Service organizations or other donors in the community may help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. The quilts may then be entered in county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair in the citizenship, quilt quest, or design decisions project areas. 

If you are interested in participating in this project, please review the Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Statewide Guidelines.

The Quilts of Valor Presentation will be held at the Nebraska State Fair. For times and locations, please see the 4-H State Fair schedule.

Thank you for your support of the United States military!

Statewide Community Service Map

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 13:13

Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.

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2016 Nebraska 4-H Impact Report

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:56

4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1-in-3 age-eligible youth and engages youth and families in all 93 counites. As positive development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engage them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits that will ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.

Data included in the 2016 Impact Report represents youth responses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences, more than 4,000 responses were collected. 4-H reaches youth in clubs, afterschool, school enrichment, special interest and camp programming.

2016 Impact Report