The 4H Tip Sheet
IN THIS ISSUE...
May 15 Centennial Delegate Nominations Due
June 15 State Horse Judging Contest Registration Deadline
July 1 Neuway/Adams 4-H Dog Care & Training Project Scholarship Deadline
July 31 Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo Pre-registration due
Nov 1 4-H Shooting Sports Liability Insurance Due
Jan 16 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator/Instructor Renewal Deadline
GOOD NEWS! 4-H ENROLLMENT IS UP!
News! 4-H Enrollment is Up! Comparing 2013 (16,932) to 2014 (18,568) community
club enrollment data, Kansas 4-H had an increase of 1,636
members or about 9.5%.
Units had an increase in enrollment when comparing 2013 data to 2014.
interested in 4-H continue to use the JoinKansas4-H.org website. In
2014 there were 333 inquiries made as
compared to 239 in 2013. The back-to-school time in August continues
to be one of the highest times inquiries are made.
67% percent of the inquiries are made during non-office hours, so it shows the importance of
a web based system.
look to summer to highlight and market 4-H, be sure to utilize the
Life's Little Questions recruitment campaign.
Thanks to everyone for growing 4-H and making a difference in the lives of
HOW DO WE GROW 4-H?
How do we grow 4-H when we already have so much on our plates? How
do we actually reach new families and volunteers? How to we expand the program
while keeping the traditions and values essential for positive youth
development? How can every child that wants to, be a part of 4-H?
I have recently come on-board as a 4-H Extension Specialist and am
excited about the potential to grow the program. Together, we can expand our
efforts in reaching new youth and families which will encourage our youth to
find new ways to connect and engage with their community and their world.
I look forward to getting out in the field and meeting all of you.
If I have not met you, I sincerely hope I will have the opportunity to do so in
the upcoming months. Please feel free to call or email me to set up a time to
share your vision for our outreach and expansion. I want to work with you to
make this happen, and I am a strong believer in teamwork.
Thank you for welcoming me to KSRE. It is both an honor and a
privilege to work with all of you and call 4-H home.
Aliah Mestrovich Seay
2016 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS CHANGES
Liability Insurance for 4-H Shooting Sports is vitally important for local and state 4-H Shooting Sports programs; however, getting the annual renewal forms completed and sent to the Kansas 4-H State Office has been challenging. The annual renewal form notices will be available early October with a November 1, 2015 deadline the following was voted upon by the 4-H Shooting Sports Action Team. As of January 15, 2016 if the coordinator and instructor renewal forms and fees from local programs are not received at the Kansas 4-H State Office the local program will be suspended. The Suspension will include:
· No 4-H Shooting Sports meetings and/or practices can be scheduled or conducted
· 4-H members cannot participate in shooting sports matches or exhibit at the fair
· Local program is not recognized by State nor will have liability insurance
Although, once the renewal forms and fees are received by State, the local program may continue; however, if renewal forms and fees are not received the second year the local program will be canceled.
4-H CAMP PAYMENT AT ROCK SPRINGS
1. By February 1, the camp chair will submit to Rock Spring a list of extension units with address and e-mail and indicate if the invoice should be mailed to the 4-H Council or Extension Council.
2. Twelve working days prior to camp, the camp chair notifies the assigned Rock Springs Administrator on Duty of individual extension units’ numbers of campers, counselors and agents/adults. (Scenic County: 112 campers, 15 counselors, 4 agents/adults for counselor training and 12 additional agents/adults). Plus, provide Rock Springs with the number of campers housed in the Stoneybrook living area.
3. Upon receiving the number of campers by extension unit from the camp chair, Rock Springs will invoice individual extension units within the camp group within two business days and return invoices to the camp chair. Rock Springs will adjust for available discounts based on camper numbers and Stoneybrook campers.
4. The camp chair then will forward the invoices to the respective camp group members. Extension Units will verify the statement for accuracy and report changes immediately. If adjustments are needed those changes will be reflected in a new invoice sent by Rock Springs.
5. Individual extension units will pay Rock Springs by the start of camp based on the numbers given to Rock Springs. No refunds after the two week (or 10 working days)prior to camp. Rock Springs has requested that the invoice be paid as billed.
6. Additional campers may be added past the invoiced date but refunds will not be given. During 4-H camp, financial changes can be adjusted for additional fees and must be submitted within two weeks following camp participation.
7. A $100.00 administration fee plus 1.25% monthly interest will be charged for late payment of the invoice starting on the third day of camp.
Extension 4-H Camp Incidental Fees
1. Camp groups’ financial account managed within either an extension unit’s 4-H Council or Extension Council as a sub-account.
a. Extension unit manages the account under KSRE recommendations.
b. Preference of KSRE Administration would be individual agents/adult volunteers purchase needed for supplies/equipment on personal account and submit expenses to camp group treasurer for reimbursement.
c. All financial transactions must be accounted for.
4-H CLOVERBUDS AND EXTENSION POLICIES - PREPARTION FOR SPRING SHOWS
When 4-H and/or Extension plans, organizes and facilitates a livestock, small animal, horse or pre-fair activity please double check that 4-H Policies are being followed. An area of concern is 4-H Cloverbuds-this includes PeeWees. The program was designed for 5-and 6-year-olds. Cloverbuds is activity-focused, rather than project –focused. Furthermore, 4-H Cloverbuds members many not participate in any competitive 4-H event. 4-H Cloverbuds members many showcase their exhibits at fairs and public events. 4-H Cloverbuds may not have 4-H livestock projects that require long-term, ongoing care or weigh-ins, nor can the member participate as a competitive 4-H exhibitor within livestock divisions.
For more information referring to 4-H Cloverbuds, please check the Kansas Department of 4-H Youth Development Policy Guide, http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=588, section D3 4-H Cloverbuds, page 8.
4-H RECRUITMENT EFFORTS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
Continue to use the LLQ recruitment campaign that gives 4H a modern, approachable face by asking intriguing questions related to projects and benefits of 4H. All campaign resources are available to help communicate two key messages:
• 4H is a network of families that grows great kids.
• It's for town/city families too.
Take a minute to review the many items that are available through the K-State Research and Extension Bookstore: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/Category.aspx?id=1&catId=1004
During County Fair season - help newspaper photographers find photos of kids and projects other than a kid and their livestock. Encourage 4-H families to wear the “Join the Club Ask Me How” buttons. Help them develop a short “elevator speech” including skills they have learned and positive experiences they have had as a family. PSA’s and news releases are available on the Kansas 4-H Marketing page at: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=484
2015 KANSAS 4-H WHEAT EXPO IN HAYS
The Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo is a wheat fun day showcasing all things wheat. Join us for the annual event on Thursday, August 6th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the K-State Ag Research Center Auditorium, 1232 240 Avenue, Hays, KS 67601. It is open to all 4-H family members, 4-H leaders and Extension staff. There will be eight contests open to youth members with cash prizes and ribbons awarded. There will be tours. There is a $5.00 per person registration cost. Pre-registration will be required by Friday, July 31st to ensure an accurate meal count and tour divisions. For more information about the wheat expo and to register beginning June 15, visit: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=432.
For additional questions or to get involved with the wheat expo planning committee, contact Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281 or e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 KANSAS 4-H AND FFA WHEAT VARIETY PLOT ENROLLMENT OPEN
As wheat harvest approaches it is time to remind members to re-enroll or ask new members to enroll for the 2016 Kansas 4-H and FFA Wheat Variety Plot program. The program begins fall of 2015 and goes through September 2016. The enrollment form and program details are currently available. Visit: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=297.
Members are asked to contact their local Extension Office by July 10 for information with enrollments due to the Northwest Area Extension Office by July 24, 2015. Cost for 2015-16 will again be $30.00 to receive the five varieties of wheat. This fee is now needed to contribute to the cost of the wheat varieties.
It is very important that we know the number of participants early, so we can have enough seed and metal signs available for Extension agents and leaders to pick up at the Kansas State Fair. New participants will receive a free large plot sign, and five free individual variety signs. These will be distributed on Friday, September 11th
at the 2015 Kansas State Fair.
Don’t forget to pull your wheat samples for the Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo on Thursday, August 6th at Hays, and also for wheat samples at your county fair, that may be eligible for the Kansas State Fair 4-H Crops Division. This year's participants who are getting ready to harvest their plots should be planning their county fair display for possible qualifying for the Kansas State Fair entry in the Showcase Building. For more information, contact Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281 or e-mail email@example.com.
COUNTY FIRE BANS AND ROCKET LAUNCHES
This is a reminder about Kansas 4-H rocketry rules as they relate to fire bans in Kansas. While much of Kansas has received recent rains, many parts of Kansas are still in a severe/extreme drought situation. The 2015 Kansas State Fair rules state “if a fire burn ban is in effect for any county in Kansas, exhibitors in any Kansas county are not required to launch their rocket(s). All requirements for the launching of rockets for the state fair and the documenting of the launching are suspended for the duration of the ban.”
We advise all counties to be cautious and use good judgment in planning and conducting county rocket launches, and consider cancelling them if dry conditions warrant. If you have comments or questions, please contact Deryl Waldren, firstname.lastname@example.org,or 785-462-6281.
OPPORTUNITY TO HOST YOUNG ADULTS THIS SUMMER
Kansas 4-H has committed to host three young farmers from Europe who in their 20's as part of Kansas International Exchange Programs (IFYE). At the time of this writing seven short-term host families are still needed. These young men would like to experience a variety of Kansas farms during their stay, so each family hosts for three weeks or less. They are placed as individuals and just do what the family is doing at the time of their stay. They enjoy helping with farm work, seeing agricultural practices and innovations, and discussing agricultural issues and practice decisions. There is no requirement that they attend specific events or expectation that they be entertained. They hope to become a member of your family. But we hope you will involve them in your local 4-H and county activities.
They also bring their culture and perspective to enrich your family. Young people and children gain an international perspective as well as learn about a specific country and its culture. There is no requirement that hosts have children or that children be a specific age, but families with teens and young adults often help provide social outlets and engage in contemporary discussions. Families often introduce them to 4-H members and neighbors during their stay. 4-H members are introduced to the opportunity to travel abroad by getting to know an inbound IFYE.
Kansas is seeking hosts for the period of June 21-September 11, when two of them go to Kansas State Fair. The third is on a shorter exchange July 7- August 11. Following is a brief description of the young men and the dates when they still need hosts:
HOME 200- COW DAIRY, 2200 AC. WORKS ON FATHER’S FARM & HAS ALSO WORKED ON A CATTLE RANCH, BS & MS SCIENCE & AGRICULTURE STUDENT, INTEREST IN AG. TECH, ECONOMICS, STRUCTURE OF BIG FARMS, LIKES SOCCER, WOULD LIKE TO BE ON CATTLE DRIVE.
HOME OVER 600 AC. DAIRY, CORN AND VEGETABLES. WORKS FOR MASSEY FERGURSON DEALER, INTERESTED IN CROPS, LIVE-STOCK, & LEARNING TO SHEAR, YOUNG FARMERS CLUB OFFICER & LIVESTOCK JUDGING
FAMILY FARM 125 AC. 20 DAIRY COWS, CORN, & VEGETABLES; GRASS, FOREST. EDUCATION IN CARPENTRY, AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY; CURRENTLY FARMING. INTERESTS CROPS, FORESTRY AND DAIRY & MILK PROCESSING. ENJOYS CYCLING, SWIMMING, MTN. CLIMBING, SKIING, READING
Placements for other IFYE’s and dates not listed for these individuals are already committed to families. An updated chart and application for IFYE hosting is posted on the Exchange Host Family webpage: http://www.kansas4-h.org/p.aspx?tabid=586. For more information or to apply as a host family, contact Mary Kay Munson, Kansas 4-H International Exchange Coordinator, 785-238-3631 or email@example.com. Since they will be leaving their homes soon, your response is needed today.
ACADEMIC YEAR EXCHANGE WINDS DOWN FOR FAMILY AND BEGINS FOR TWO MORE
The Alan and Tanya VanWey family will be concluding ten months as hosts for Nanami Jikuya, from Japan whom they have hosted in their rural Clay County home. Nanami has been part of Clay County (River Valley District) 4-H and has participated in KYLF and Discovery Days where she helped teach workshops. Nanami is dreading June 20 when she departs for home. We want to thank local coordinators Deanna Turner and Karen Langvardt who have supported Nanami and the VanWeys this year.
They have agreed to support Yuriko Takeki and the Mike and Donna Taphorn family, her hosts for the 2015-16 school year. Yuriko will arrive August 1 in the Taphorn home in Clay County. Shota Wada will arrive that date to spend the year with Randy and Becky McVey in Garden City. Tayla Cannella, Finney County 4-H Youth Agent, has agreed to support the McVeys and Shota as local coordinator.
4-H DOG CARE AND TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DUE JULY 1
Are you a senior heading off to college this fall who has been in the Kansas 4-H Dog Project for three years or more? If so,consider applying for the Keith Neuway and Jim Adams Kansas 4-H Dog Care and Training Project Scholarship. This 4-H Scholarship is a one-time payment of $500.00. Applicants must be a current 4-H member, a high school graduate and have been enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training Project for a minimum of three years.
All applicants will be judged by a panel with criteria including Dog Care and Training Project participation, a story and any additional 4-H project participation. Applications must be received on or before July 1. Send the completed application to the Kansas State 4-H Office, ATTN: Neuway and Adams Dog Care and Training Scholarship Committee, 201 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-3404, 785-532-5800.
The application may be found on the Kansas 4-H web site: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/doc15480.ashx. Each application must include:
-Maximum one-sided page summary of your involvement with the 4-H Dog Care and Training Project
-Maximum one-sided page store of your favorite memory of the Kansas 4-H Dog Project
-Maximum one-sided page summarizing your participation in other 4-H events and activities (A photo is optional, but it must be included as part of one of the above pages. No additional pages or information will be accepted.
For more information, contact Deryl Waldren, 785-462-6281, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (Submitted by Cindy Williams, Meadowlark Extension District Agent on behalf of the Kansas 4-H Dog Care and Training Action Team.)
KANSAS 4-H DOG SHOWS HEALTH ADVISORY
You may have read about the current outbreaks of canine influenza that are an H3N3 strain. The previous strain was H3N8. This has not previously been a problem in the Midwest, so most dogs have not been vaccinated. At this point there is no evidence of any protection against the current outbreak strain by vaccinating with the available vaccine. Current best management practices would encourage avoiding dog parks and doggy daycare especially, because co-mingling of dogs allows for the rapid spread of disease. Dogs under one-year-old and older dogs (especially those with concurrent health issues) seem to be most at risk.
Families at this point should not be afraid to attend shows, but it is recommended to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with other dogs. Keep dogs crated when they are not being shown. Also remember that human hand hygiene is an important factor as the virus could also be transmitted between dogs by humans. (These comments and best management practices are from a practicing DVM in the State of Kansas). For questions or comments, contact DerylWaldren, 785-462-6281, email@example.com.
2015 48 HOURS OF 4-H
The Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council is excited to host 48 Hours of 4H again this year. Its a weekend to plan some kind of service project to join with 4-H members, volunteers and alumni across the state to see how much service we can do! Your project may take 2 hours or 20. it does not matter. Mark your calendars now for October 10-11, 2015. Lots more information coming in the next two months.
If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE HORTICULTURE JUDGING CONTEST
The State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 on the campus of Kansas State University, Manhattan.
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 The Kansas 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.
Registration materials will be available later this summer.