The 4H Tip Sheet
IN THIS ISSUE...
Jan 10 Shooting Sports Action Team Meeting
Jan 15 Registration due for Kansas 4-H Dog Judges' Certification Training
Jan 15 Citizenship in Action Registration Due
Jan 15 Horse Panorama Registration Due
Jan 17 Southwest 4-H Volunteer Forum, Dodge City, KS
Jan 30-Feb 1 Kansas 4-H Dog Judges' Certification Training, Kinsley, KS
Feb 1 2015 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training Registrations Due
Feb 1 Academic Year Exchange Applications Due
Feb 15-16 Citizenship in Action, Topeka, KS
Feb 20-21 Kansas 4-H Ambassador Training, Rock Springs 4-H Center
Apr 24-26 Shooting Sports Training, Rock Springs
May 26-29 Discovery Days, Manhattan, KS
ROD BUCHELE’S RETIREMENT RECOGNITION
Southwest Area 4-H Specialist was honored recently at the Kansas 4-H Program
Rally at Rock Springs 4-H Center for his more than 42 years in Cooperative
Extension work in Kansas, Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado and Iowa. It is a rare 4-H professional who gets the
pleasure and the challenges of working in five uniquely different 4-H systems
across the USA. Kansas 4-H will miss
Rod’s calm and reflective perspective to any conversation or decision while weaving
in his decades of 4-H experiences to help find the best solution for the task
at hand. Kansas 4-H is in gratitude for
this service. As a friend and colleague
who will be greatly missed in Kansas 4-H and K-State Research and Extension, we
thank you and honor you for your 40 plus years of service to the Cooperative
Extension System and to Kansas 4-H Youth Development and 4-H across the United
GARY GERHARD CAREER RECOGNITION
Gary Gerhard, 4-H Specialist and former State Leader, was honored for his service at the Kansas 4-H Program Rally, held in December at Rock Springs 4-H Center. Gary has recently resigned for medical reasons. Gary came to Kansas via the American Southwest, Nebraska, Ohio and Hawaii. Few people know as much about Extension law and policy as Gary. He knows how and why much of Kansas Extension lore came to be. Always willing to serve the department, Gary stepped in and gave leadership to a variety of disciplines from grants and evaluation, to science and subject matter. He encouraged all of us to be life-long learners. He inspired us to dig deeper and do our research, expand past our comfort zones, and to stretch our minds and hearts. Our department is stronger because of Gary’s leadership and we will miss his wit, wisdom and smile. We thank Gary for his 32 ½ years of service to the Cooperative Extension System and Kansas 4-H Youth Development.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION COLLECTION
Does your county or district have a Facebook Page or Twitter? We are trying to gather a list of where 4-H information is being posted and tweeted. Part of the power of social media is being connected. If you have not already done so, please fill out this quick survey
about what you are using to promote K-State Research and Extension or 4-H locally.
GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
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. The purpose of the
Kansas 4-H Resource Family Project and Camp Grant Programs is to
provide financial assistance for foster youth and their resource
families who want to participate in learning opportunities available
Kansas 4-H is open to all youth ages 7 through
18 wanting to expand their learning opportunities. 4-H focuses on
developing confident, capable, caring, responsible citizens. 4-H offers a
wide range of project areas that youth may learn from, ranging from
agriculture to food and nutrition to aerospace and photography. Although
being involved in the local club can provide an opportunity for youth
to learn from each other and contribute to others through community
service projects, volunteers and family support are also important
elements of 4-H as volunteers and parents serve as club and project
leaders that guide and mentor youth. Through the Kansas 4-H Foundation,
$5,000 in grant funds are available to support foster care families and the
children in their care who are current or potential 4-H members.
Grants due May 1!Family Project Grants
- Children must enroll as 4-H members through their local extension office.
- Eligible 4-H member can only apply for one 4-H project and one 4-H camp grant per year.
- Grant funds are for the purpose of starting or enhancing a 4-H project
during the 4-H year such as purchasing a camera, craft supplies,
clothing, feed, equipment, etc.
- Eligible 4-H member may request
funds for supplies and equipment needed for participating in a pet or
livestock project; however, funds are not available for the purchase of
pets or livestock.
- Grant funding cannot include meal expenses.
- Items and supplies purchased from grant funding for 4-H project become the property of the eligible 4-H member.
- Liability, maintenance and warranty of the items and supplies purchased become the responsibility of the eligible 4-H member.
- Grant application and instructions available on the Kansas 4-H Web site, http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=434.
SUPPORT FOR LOCAL VOLUNTEER FORUMS
The Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers in cooperation with the Department of 4-H Youth Development are sponsoring grants for local Extension Units to conduct local volunteer training similar to the state Volunteer Forum. The support will be up to $500 per group, for up to four groups. A group is defined as two or more local Extension Units. The application is on the Kansas 4-H website
This money is provided by the Kansas Association of 4-H volunteers in accordance with their mission to support Kansas 4-H Volunteers. The application is very simple. Applications will be reviewed monthly and accepted until June 1 or all the money has been allocated, whichever comes first. The final review will be held in June. The event must be completed in 2015.
Local units are encouraged to be creative and try something new, something they have been thinking about and/or have wanted to try or some time. This support is intended to let us try out some things that we would not ordinarily try by reducing the monetary risk.
If you have any questions, please contact Rod Buchele, firstname.lastname@example.org. Buchele
48 HOURS OF 4-H
Thanks to everyone that took part in the 48 hours of 4-H Service Challenge in October. Please save these dates on your calendar so you will be ready for the 2015 challenge, October 10-11. This Kansas 4-H Service Challenge is brought to you by the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council in conjunction with the K-State Research and Extension Department of 4-H Youth Development with generous support from the Kansas 4-H Foundation. More information will be shared with local offices this winter.
Blake Foraker, 2014 Youth Council President/Hinshaw/Maass/Muir
2015 4-H KANSAS 4-H AMBASSADOR TRAINING DETAILS
The 2015 Kansas 4-H
Ambassador Training will be February 20-21 at the Rock Springs 4-H Center. It is open to all county/district 4-H
Ambassadors, ambassador advisors and Extension staff. The theme is “Ambassadors Spotlight 4-H.”
There will be workshops, speakers, fun and
fellowship. Full details will be posted
on the Kansas 4-H web site
by December 15th. Registration on the CVent system will be
due Monday, February 1st. For more
information, please call Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281, or e-mail him
. The Kansas 4-H Ambassador Action Team is a
group of 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and Extension staff enthusiasts who
give leadership and guidance to presenting the annual Kansas 4-H Ambassador
APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED FOR ACADEMIC YEAR EXCHANGE HOSTS
interested in hosting a Japanese or Korean student for the school year through
4-H may apply now to get to choose from a larger pool. Student applications will be available around
February 1. Approved families may
request country, gender, as well as interests and hobbies before the pool is
opened up nationally. These students
stay with one family from August until June.
Contact Mary Kay Munson, State Academic Year Exchange Coordinator, with
questions and applications at 785-238-3631 or email@example.com.
SHORT-TERM EXCHANGE HOSTING APPLICATIONS
15-18 from Argentina and Norway for one month through States’ 4-H International
Exchange Programs will be an option in 2015 for families with teens. These exchanges require a host sibling within
two years of the age and the same gender as their exchangee. Applications for hosting through States’ 4-H
are completed on line. A link is
available on the Kansas 4-H web site.
Under the IFYE exchange incoming exchangees come from a number of
countries including many in Europe, Asia and perhaps others. These exchangees stay with several families,
2-3 weeks each during summer and fall.
There are no host sibling requirements, and many families with younger children
have hosted successfully. Farm hosts are
always needed. Most IFYE’s will be over
19, but a few countries now send exchangees who are younger. Any family applying for States’ 4-H hosting
may be considered to host an IFYE if no States’ 4-H match is available. Hosting information will be updated by
January 1. Go to www.kansas4-H .org. Look
for the link to Host Families on the What’s Hot list. For more information, contact Mary Kay Munson
at 785-238-3631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KANSAS 4-H’ERS AND ALUMNA APPROVED FOR 2015 OUTBOUND EXCHANGES
Youth Development expects to partner with States’ 4-H International Exchange
Programs (States’ 4-H), IFYE Association of the USA (IFYE) as well as conduct state-country exchanges in 2015,
though final details are still being negotiated with IFYE. It’s a pleasure to announce that Kansas has
outbound participants approved for each of these partnerships. Six 4-H age delegates were approved December
6 for States’ 4-H exchanges to Japan, Costa Rica and Finland. These prospective delegates’ applications
have been submitted to the States’ 4-H headquarters, and we expect to hear
around the first of the year if they are accepted for the programs of their choice. These teens, their home Extension Units,
choice of exchange program, and dates of their exchanges are:
Barb, Grant County, Japan 8-Week Exchange, June 10-August 6
Heather Chaney, Southwind-Neosho County, Japan 8-Week Exchange, June 10-August
Hannah Horinek, Haskell County , Japan 8-Week Exchange, June 10-August 6
Dylan Smith, Leavenworth, Japan 8-Week Exchange, June 10-August 6
Mardi Traskowsky, Dickinson, Costa Rica Exchange, June 18-July 17
Mikey Hughes, Barton, Finland Exchange, June 29-August 1
one 4-H alumna delegate was approved for an IFYE Exchange to Germany. She is Amy Keas, a Phillips-Rooks Extension
District 4-H’er, now at K-State. Amy
plans a two-month exchange from about June 17-August 17.
2015 KANSAS 4-H DOG JUDGES’ CERTIFICATION TRAINING DETAILS
The Kansas 4-H Dog Judges’
Certification, Re-certification and Dog Project Training will be held January 30
– February 1, 2015, in Kinsley, Kansas, at the Edwards County Fair Building,
1305 South Niles (U.S. Hwy. 183), Kinsley, KS.
The training begins on Friday evening and runs through late Sunday
afternoon. By beginning on Friday evening all four phases of the Dog Care and Training Project can
be covered in one weekend. It is also a good opportunity for local project
leaders and older 4-H members (16 and older) to observe the training and better
understand how they will be judged at invitationals and the Kansas State Fair
4-H Dog Show. Details about the training are available online. To register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/20154-HDogJudgesCertification.
Registration is due January 15, 2015, along with a completed Kansas 4-H
Participation form. For more
information, contact Deryl Waldren, 785-462-6281, or e-mail: email@example.com.
2015 STATE 4-H HORTICULTURE JUDGING CONTEST INFO
The State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 on the campus of Kansas State University.
The study material for the years 2015 & 2016 is taken from The Kansas Garden Guide, KSRE publication S-51 (Rev.) March 2010. This publication is available for purchase at local Extension offices or can be downloaded TheKansas Garden Guide.
The written exam selections from The Kansas Garden Guide include pp. 5-23 (Introduction, Planning a Garden, Composting, Soil Improvement,Seeding and Planting and pp 71-74 (Herbs). Be sure to use the 2010 version of the garden guide. This information will be available on the Kansas 4-H Website on the Horticulture Judging Contest page.
Effective January 1, 2015, contestants who have judged as an official team member at the National Junior Horticulture Association Judging Contest are not eligible to compete as a team or as an individual at the State Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest.
HORSE PANORAMA REGISTRATION IS UP!
Registration for Horse Panorama is up and available online. Please let your 4-H members know to fill out their paper applications and bring them into the office for you to fill out the CVent application. Please send the paper copies in with your checks by January 15th. Because of the short time between the registration due date and event date, no applications will be accepted after the 15th.
4-H HORSELESS HORSE
Questions have come concerning the Horesless Horse project below are clarifications intended based on learning and risk management.
4-H Horseless Horse
· 4-H member does not own or lease a horse
· Project intended to offer a 4-H member
opportunity to learn about horses
· 4-H member may participate in judging
contests, quiz bowl, hippology and give presentations
· 4-H member may volunteer to assist another
4-H member at horse show and trails rides
· Project member may exhibit at local fair with
a borrowed 4-H Identified horse in the showmanship class only. No riding.
SOUTHWEST 4-H VOLUNTEER FORUM
Be the Spark that Inspires the Next Generation
2nd Annual Southwest Volunteer Forum (SWVLF) in partnership with the Southwest Youth Leadership Forum (SWYLF)
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, Nazarene Church – 1700 Ross Road, Dodge City, KS 9:30-3:00 p.m.
10:00-12:00 SWYLF Keynote Speaker
12:00-12:45 Working Lunch
12:45-2:00 Workshop 2
2:00-3:00 Workshop 3
3:00-3:30 Wrap-Up and Goodbyes
* Exploring Resources available to Volunteer Leaders
* What’s New in 4-H and Youth Development
* New 4-H Family Mentors
* State Volunteer Association/State-Level Involvement
* 4-H Alumni and Volunteer Recruiting
Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers
K-State Department of 4-H and Youth Development
For registration form and information follow the link under "What's Hot" on Kansas 4-H.org