November 4-H Newsletter


1)      2019 4-H Achievement Day
2)      4-H Healthy Habits Teen Ambassadors
3)      $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2020 Camps
4)      Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship
5)      4-H Citizen Washington Focus Trip
6)      4-H Fundraising Clay Shoot
7)      Donations for Shooting Sports Equipment Metal Storage Container
8)      Frontier County Always Need More 4-H Shooting Sports NEW Certified Leaders! 
9)      Sharp Shooters 4-H Club Facebook Page
10)  2020 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Youth Livestock Judging Contest
11)  2020 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Applicants Wanted
12)  NE 4-H Fed Steer Challenge
13)  2020 Frontier County Catch-A-Lamb
14)  A Special Thank You
15)  Next 4-H Council Meeting
16)  4-H School Enrichment Programs
17)  Grant Opportunity -The Farm Credit Services of America’s Working Here Fund
18)  4-H Youth Workshop Ideas
19)  Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth Volunteer
20)  Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week Sponsored by Midwest Messenger
21)  Happy Helpers 4-H Club22)  Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
23)  Toll-free number for the Extension Office

1) 2019 4-H Achievement Day - Congratulations to 2019 4-H King Donald Rohr from Eustis and 4-H Queen Paige Wood from Maywood. Senior attendants were Nickolas Rohr of Eustis and Grace Brennemann of Curtis.  Junior attendants were Ethan Oberg of Farnam and Aniston Peterson of Johnson Lake. The 2019 4-H Achievement was held Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Maywood.  Thank you to the Wild West 4-H Livestock Club of Maywood for hosting the event. There were over ninety people in attendance. 

Best Record Book Cash Awards & Cash Drawing for $25.00 were sponsored by the First Central Bank in Curtis with Byron Brown presenting the awards. Tallee Jo Brown was the winner of the $25 Cash Drawing. Congratulations to all the award winners: Ella Lenz Memorial Award -Aretta Brennemann ;  Donnie Farr Memorial Trophy - Janae Oberg; Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award- Carol Hanes of Curtis; Dedicated Leader Award went to Keith and Sharon Portenier of Farnam; and Outstanding 4-H Leader Award- Donnie Woodring of Moorefield.

The 2019 Project Award Winners were:  Beef – Tallee Jo Brown; Cat – Connor Oberg; Clothing – Aretta Brennemann; Community Service – Ethan Oberg; Food & Nutrition – Elisa Oberg; Goat – Ella Brennemann; Home Environment – Donald Rohr; Judging – Madison Woehrle; Leadership – Skyler Oberg; Photography – Janae Oberg; Poultry – Grace Brennemann; Rabbit – Ryan Oberg; Sheep – Eidos Klein; Shooting Sports – Jon Oberg; Swine – Spencer Snyder

 2) 4-H Healthy Habits Teen Ambassadors - Nebraska Extension in Frontier County is looking for three or four Teen Ambassadors to help with the 4-H Healthy Habits program this next year. Teens aged 13 to 18 will help deliver program along with Extension Staff at 4 different sites across southwest Nebraska. This is a great opportunity for teens, who like to interact with younger youth, lead games and activities, make and eat healthy snacks, help others learn, practice leadership skills, and make a difference. Frontier County 5th & 6th graders will be attending the January 30, 2020 Healthy Habits session at the Curtis Memorial Community Center in Curtis, NE. If interested, see the application in this mailing. Deadline is December 2, 2019. (If you are only able to help with 1 or 2 sites still apply!) Any questions contact Kathy ASAP.

3) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2020 Camps - Applications for camp scholarships are due in the extension office by March 1st.  These scholarships are given by the Frontier County 4-H Council.  Youth can apply by writing the 4-H Council a letter stating why you want to attend camp and which camp you want to attend.  For 2020 NE State 4-H Camps at Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center and Nebraska State 4-H Camp go to:

4) Martha and Don Romeo Scholarship - 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.  The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. Applications can be picked up and are due in the Extension Office by December 2, 2019.  Contact Extension office for more information.  

 5) 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus - Surrounding counties offer the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) trip. CWF is an experience of a lifetime offered to high school students!  See the sights of Washington DC, attend a youth leadership conference at our National 4-H Center and experience historical sites on your travel to and from the conference. The trip is around 13-15 days. Sites might include: Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York City, Philadelphia and Ohio.

Trips are offered by surrounding extension offices and allow Frontier County 4-H’ers to attend if there is room. If interested or for more information, contact the various offices ASAP to get on a waiting list.

*Red Willow/ Hitchcock/ Dundy/Hayes Counties - Summer 2020- Contact Donna Kircher at 308-345-3390 or  Kimberly Cook at 308-334-5333. (Must be 14 by June 1, 2020 and finished 9th grade. 2017 trip cost $2800.00/person plus 15-18 meals at own expense.)

*Lincoln/Logan/McPherson Counties - Summer 2022- Contact Brenda Aufdenkamp or Kate Marshall at 308-532-2683.

*Phelps Gosper/Franklin Counties- Contact Phelps County office at 308-995-4222.


6)  4-H Fundraising Clay Shoot - on Saturday November 20 at Curtis Gun Club. Open to youth & adults. The goal is to raise enough money for every youth participating in 4-H Shotgun to have a shooting vest with “Frontier Sharpshooters” embroidered on the back. See flyer and promote event to others!

 7) Donations for Shooting Sports Equipment Metal Storage Container - Anyone interested in donating money to the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club to help them purchase a permanent metal container for all the club’s 4-H shooting equipment can write checks to: Sharp Shooters 4-H Club and drop them off at Extension Office or give to leaders Donnie Woodring, Chad Stengel, Cory & Nichole Johnston, Chad Schimmels, or Alan Taylor.

 8) Frontier County Always Need More 4-H Shooting Sports NEW Certified Leaders! - Upcoming Certification Workshops Offered – Lincoln - Jan. 18, 2020 – Jan. 19, 2020 Time: 8:00 am–4:00 pm Location: Nebraska Game & Parks Outdoor Education Center. (Rifle, archery, pistol)  Registration deadline is January 8, 5 pm. $110/person.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page ( Or contact the Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402) 395-2158 or (308) 536-2691. **NOTE: Frontier County 4-H Council will reimburse training fee.  Contact Kathy or any certified leader for more information.

 9) Sharp Shooters 4-H Club Facebook Page - for latest club news and any schedule changes join the club's Facebook page: Frontier County Sharpshooters.  Share this with others!! Have fun learning a LIFE SKILL!


10) 2020 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Youth Livestock Judging Contest - Major changes for this contest including new date- February 15, 2020, a top notch banquet the night of the contest, thousands of dollars worth of awards & a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department $1,000 scholarship for the high individual of the senior division. Go to: https://cattlemens.orgSee flyer for more information.

11) 2020 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf Applicants Wanted - 4-H’ers interested in the cattle industry need to apply for the National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program.  It is an educational opportunity that develops skills that will be used throughout their careers.  Applications are online at with a signature form that must be completed and sent to NWSS no later than December 1, 2019. 

12) NE 4-H Fed Steer Challenge - see flyer for details. Deadline extended to December 1, 2019. For more information contact: Ashley Benes: or 402-480-3392 or Dr. Bryan Reiling: or 402-472-8690

 13) 2020 Frontier County Catch-A-Lamb - Must be 8, 9, or 10 years old by January 1, 2020.

  1. Must enroll or be enrolled in 4-H in Frontier County by April 15, 2020.
  2. Must make arrangements for boarding or have a place to keep the animal before application deadline.  Lambs will be picked up at the end of March/1st of April.  More information to come.
  3. Must be a new participant in the 4-H Sheep project (excluding Clover Kid experience).
  4. Must send TWO letters to the sponsor.  See Judging Criteria below.
  5. Must complete the Catch-A-Lamb record book.
  6. Must show the lamb at either the Frontier County Fair at Stockville or the Eustis Fair & Corn Show in 2020 in showmanship and the Catch-A-Lamb classes.
  7. Must sell the market lamb and return 25% of the sale price to the Frontier County 4-H Council to further the project.
  8. May keep ownership of breeding Catch-A-Lamb but must pay 25% of market price of weight at time of fair to the Frontier County 4-H Council to further the project.
  9. Application form (available at extension office) needs returned by March 1, 2020.

Judging Criteria: 20% - record book submitted on entry day; 20% - two letters to program sponsor – one at the beginning thanking the sponsor, and a progress letter to the sponsor (include a story about your project and what you have learned this year about sheep from this lamb); 20% - rate of gain; 20% - class placing and/or ribbon; 20% - Showmanship ribbon.


14) A Special Thank You - As these council members step down, we want to give a special “thank you” to Katy Snyder for serving on the 4-H Council for 3 years, Aretta Brennemann & Hudson Stout for serving as youth council members. Your service & dedication is much appreciated!!

 15) Next 4-H Council Meeting - The next council meeting will be November 18 at 7:30 pm in Curtis.  Please contact a 4-H Council member with concerns or suggestions.


16) 4-H School Enrichment Programs - 4-H offers educational experiences across several delivery methods in Frontier County to be able to involve our youth in cutting-edge programs. Educational experiences are being conducted this year in our county schools and include Connect the Dots, 4-H Healthy Habits & Embryology. Let Kathy know how we can help your school.

 17) Grant Opportunity -The Farm Credit Services of America’s Working Here Fund  provides opportunities for organizations to apply for community grants to fund projects that make a positive, long-term impact in the areas of Ag Education, Rural Disaster Relief, Young and Beginning Producer Programs, and Hunger and Nutrition. Grant recipients have included the following organizations and project types:  Community Gardens and Greenhouses; FFA Chapters; 4H Groups; and Ag in the Classroom; Food-to-Fork Programs and Ag Literacy programs for children; Women in Agriculture and Agriculture Education curriculums; and Fairground Upgrades.

The next grant application period for the $2,000 grants will run October 1 through December 31, 2019. The $10,000 grant application period runs June 1 through December 31, 2019.

 18) 4-H Youth Workshop Ideas - Do you have 4-H youth workshop ideas you would like to see taught in Frontier County?  Any club or independent 4-H member/parent/leader have a fun educational topic you would like to teach youth next spring or summer?  We’ll help promote your youth workshop. Please contact the extension office now as we plan for 2020!

19) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth Volunteer – Volunteer today and create life-changing experiences for youth! Thank you to all our Frontier County volunteers! You play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of those in the 4-H Youth Development program. Consider sharing more of your unique talents with Frontier County 4-H. You may be a volunteer for a single event/workshop/fair or for a club.  Many volunteers are needed, so contact the Nebraska Extension Frontier County Office today as we plan 2020 events.

20) Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week Sponsored by Midwest Messenger - To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. The nomination form can be found on at:  For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

4-H CLUB NEWS - Leaders can use this newsletter as a way to get information out to your members.  You need to submit any news to the Extension Office by the 15th of the month in order to have it appear in the next newsletter.

21) Happy Helpers 4-H Club – will meet Tuesday November 5 at 4:30 pm at the Berean Church in Curtis.

22) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates


18    - 4-H Council Meeting @ 7:30 pm in Curtis

23) The toll-free number for the Extension Office has been deactivated.  Please use 308-367-4424.

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