Sunday, February 7, 2016

The 4-H Tip Sheet provides timely advice for 4-H members.

Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines
State and Area 4-H deadlines for local Extension staff, 4-H members and volunteers.

From the 4-H Program Leader

Intent to Retire
I want to express my thanks to K-State Research and Extension and Kansas State University for the opportunity to serve as Assistant Director, State Program Leader and Department Head of the Department of 4-H Youth Development.

Upcoming Events

Willie and the Beanstalk Competition
Willie and the Beanstalk is a contest open to high school, middle school, 4-H, and/or FFA teams interested in the scientific principals surrounding plant growth.
Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day
The 2016 Kansas Junior Sheep Producer Day will be March 19, 2016 in Weber Hall on the K-State campus. Youth, parents, and project leaders interested in youth sheep projects are encouraged to attend. The early registration deadline is February 24, 2016.
Kansas Junior Beef Producer Day
The 2016 Kansas Junior Beef Producer Day will be March 5, 2016 in Weber Arena on the K-State campus. Youth, parents, and project leaders interested in youth beef projects are encouraged to attend. The early registration deadline is February 10, 2016.
Photography Events
The Photography Action Team will be hosting sessions at Discovery Days and two Shutterbug Events this spring in lieu of Photography Adventure Camp.
State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest, August 20, 2016
The State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest will be held August 20th.
Northwest Area 4-H Day in Hays
All 4-H youth and adults across Kansas are invited to participate in a full day of 4-H learning experiences, Saturday, March 5th in Hays on the Fort Hays State University campus.
2016 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training Registration Continues
The 2016 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training will be February 19-20 at the Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.
Instructors Needed for Discovery Days Classes
Sign up today to teach a class at Discovery Days!
4-H Day with the Wildcat Women
The deadline for the 4-H Day with the Wildcat Women on February 27, 2016 has been extended to January 20 at midnight.

Volunteer Development

4-H Volunteer Online Orientation Re-Launched
The 4-H Volunteer Online Orientation has been re-launched through the 4HOnline system. An instructional brochure has been developed to help individuals navigate the process.

Project Information

2016 District Horse Show Schedule
4-H District Horse Show schedule
Kansas 4-H Horseless Horse
Kansas 4-H Horseless Horse information
Kansas 4-H Communication Fact Sheets Helpful for 4-H Day Presentations
The complete Kansas 4-H communication fact sheet series is listed below. These may be helpful to Kansas 4-H families as they begin to prepare for county 4-H day presentations.
FAA Began UAS (Drone) Registry Dec. 21
The Federal Aviation Administration began requiring everyone to register UAS’s, unmanned aerial systems beginning on December 21, 2015.

Scholarships

Kansas 4-H Scholarship Information
Kansas 4-H Scholarships are due to the State 4-H Office by 5PM (CST) on February 1, 2016

Professional Development

FREE Kansas Leadership Center Training
Extension Agents are highly encouraged to attend the FREE Kansas Leadership Center Trainings that will be offered through the assistance of the Kansas 4-H Foundation. This professional development opportunity is valued at $300!
E-Academy Professional Development Series
The Role of Learning in Positive Youth Development will be a 10 session online professional development series taking place from March 30 April 27, 2016. The e-academy is free and requires pre-registration.

Program Information

4-H Horse Changes
4-H Horse changes
Wanted: Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Committee Members
Recruiting Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports Committee members
Grants Available for Foster Children
Kansas 4-H Youth Development, the Kansas 4-H Foundation and Saint Francis Community Services are working together to provide funding opportunities for children and families involved with foster care.
4-H Shooting Sports – Youth Must be 8 before January 1
Kansas 4-H Shooting Sports must be age 8 before January 1.
Kansas 4-H FCS Judging Local Unit Resources NOW Available
Local unit 4-H FCS Judging resources are now available. Local units are invited to utilize these resources to assist youth in preparing for a state 4-H FCS judging experience.
Registered Volunteers Should Enroll in 4HOnline
Please help ensure your registered 4-H volunteers and those going through the process of becoming registered are enrolling in Kansas 4HOnline.

Job Opportunities

Discovery Days Floor Counselor Applications
Applications are now being accepted for Discovery Days Floor Counselors - please share this opportunity with any mature, dependable and responsible young adult that you know would be interested!

Other News

2016 Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council
The 2016 Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council has kicked off the new year. Elections were held at the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum.
48 Hours of 4-H Wrap
Please save these dates on your calendar so you will be ready for the 2016 48 Hours of 4-H Service Challenge, October 8-9.

Global Citizenship Opportunities

Academic Year Hosts Should Apply Now
To host a Japanese or Korean high school student for the 2016-17 academic year, families should contact Mary Kay Munson, State Academic Year Coordinator, with questions and for help with the application process.
Applications for Hosting Finnish 4H Members Due February 15
Finnish 4H members, ages 15-18 will be coming to the U.S. June 27 to July 24, and need host families.