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CLOVERLINE Inside this Edition Program Announcements.......... 1-2 4-H Happenings .......................... 3-4 Upcoming Events & Opps ......... 4-7 Volunteer Opportunities ............ 7

Upcoming Dates January 14 ........ Chester County 4-H Teen Council Meeting 18 ........ Chester County 4-H Science Saturday, Game Changers 20 ........ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Extension Office Closed 31 ........ Camp Counselor Applications Due 31-2 ..... State 4-H Leadership Conference, State College February 11 ........ Chester County 4-H Teen Council Meeting 15 ........ Chester County 4-H Science Saturday 17 ........ President’s Day - Extension Office Closed 21 ........ Chester County 4-H Livestock Banquet 21-23 ... PA Junior Holstein Association Convention, State College

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-H Enrollment October 2019 officially marked the start of a new 4-H year and the Pennsylvania State 4-H Office has released statewide 4-H enrollment deadlines. All volunteers are asked to enroll/re-enroll by January 31st and members by March 31st. We know that many of our 4-H clubs reorganize in the Fall and many others do not organize until the new calendar year. For those clubs that have been meeting, all 4-H members and leaders should be currently enrolled. If not, please do so immediately. For clubs that will begin meeting this Winter and Spring, parents/ guardians should login to and update your member’s 4-H enrollment for the 2019-2020 program year. We can always add projects and clubs to a 4-H record throughout the year. Pennsylvania 4-H policy requires you to be enrolled to participate in the 4-H program. Your family 4-H enrollment is associated with your family email; if you have forgotten your password there is an option to have it resent from the enrollment site. Please do not create new accounts, if you need help logging in please contact Charlotte Tompkins, Administrative Support, in our office for help. Members will need to submit membership fees of $25 for annual membership or $50 for horse membership. Checks should be made payable to Penn State Extension and sent to Penn State Extension— Chester County, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 370, West Chester, PA 19382. If you have questions about enrolling or using 4Honline, please contact Charlotte Tompkins at the Chester County Extension office at 610-696-3500 or You must have completed your registration and paid your membership fee to be considered in good standing to be eligible to participate in club meetings and other 4-H events.

PROGRAM ANNOUCEMENTS 4-H Club Treasury Attention club officers and leaders…All Pennsylvania 4-H clubs are under Penn State University’s tax-exempt umbrella to assure continued tax free operation and charitable standing. 4-H club financial reports are collected on a calendar year basis. The report form must be completed by the organizational leader/or designated volunteer or by the treasurer for the 4-H club. It must be audited by the club, or arrangements may be made for it to be audited by the Extension staff, and then be returned to the local Penn State Extension Office by January 31. No other action is required to file taxes for your 4-H club. All 4-H club bank accounts must have the 4-H educator or a representative from the Extension office on the account. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Logan Hall or Toni Stuetz. New treasurer’s books were distributed at the Leader and Volunteer update Event in November.

Quality Animal Management/Good Production Practices All 4-H animal science members taking large or small animal project are required to participate in 4-H Quality Animal Management/Good Production, Ethics and Quality Assurance Training. This is an annual requirement for all Pennsylvania 4-H animal science members and must be completed prior to June 30th. Club leaders will be working with 4-H Staff to schedule the training your club. The mandatory QAM training for ALL livestock members carrying a beef, sheep, market hog, and/or market goat project is scheduled for Friday, April 3, beginning at 7 PM at the Romano 4-H Center. If you miss your club meeting when this training is taught you MUST attend a make-up session. Dairy, Dairy Goat, and Pet Goat Training dates are TBD. Contact Toni Stuetz or Logan Hall in the Extension office if you have questions.

Embryology The 2020 Embryology program is up and running! Any 4-H family, homeschool or traditional school is welcome to participate. The program guides youth through the 21 day incubation of a chick embryo concluding with a hatch and a few days of chick care (you do not need to keep the chicks but are welcome to). In total the program takes four weeks and we can provide all of the equipment and materials needed including curriculum. You can find scheduling information on our website as well as more details about the program, please contact the Extension office for 4-H member prices. If you are interested in this program or have any questions please feel free to contact Abby Bramm at the Extension office or by email

Enrichment Programs Chester County 4-H offers a variety of additional school enrichment programs with topics including computer science, engineering, rocketry, invasive species, and more. Contact the Extension office at 610-696-3500 or for more information on topics or to request an enrichment program.

Social Media Follow us on social media to keep up with events and 4-H Happenings. We are active on Facebook and Instagram.


4-H HAPPENINGS Robotics Accomplishments Congratulations to the DigiMinds 4-H Robotics Club who presented their "Boomtown Build" challenge in December. The challenge had the youth imagine and create a safe, healthy, and happy community and develop what FIRST City means to them. The team did a great job! Thank you to the club volunteers that support the program.

Congratulations to the Clover Rovers 4-H Robotics Team who have qualified to compete at the Eastern PA State Championships in February, and also won the Design Excellence qualifying them for US Open Create in Iowa this March. They continue to work hard as a team and problem solve through many challenges. The group will be looking to expand in the Spring and mentor a second 4-H team. Congratulations to the team and coaches!

Kaitlin Bell and Family make History at the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show

Kaitlin Bell and Family at PA Farm Show

Kaitlin Bell, along with Dave, Tiffany, and David of the Bell Family, made history at the 2020 PA Farm Show as the first individual to be named Beef Cattle Supreme in both the heifer and the bull categories at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Kaitlin also had the honor of both the heifer and bull winner to be bred and owned on her own family farm. Earlier in the week, Kaitlin Bell’s heifer received the title of “Supreme Champion Beef Heifer” of the junior show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Congratulations to Kaitlin and her family!


4-H HAPPENINGS Local 4-H Members Receive Awards at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

Congratulations to Olivia Prince for her Best of Show Cheesemaking Poster at the Pennsylvania Farm Show!

Congratulations to Julianna Johnson for receiving third place in Dairy Goat Fitting and Showmanship!

Chester County 4-H Youth Compete at the 2020 PA Farm Show The Chester County 4-H program had a number of youth that competed in a several areas of the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show – including junior market livestock, breeding livestock, diary goat, dairy cattle, and 4-H opportunities. Top placing individuals in the junior market livestock show included: Kaitlin Bell – 2nd place – Lightweight Junior Market Angus Steer Melinda Stoltzfus – 1st place and Angus Reserve Champion – Heavyweight Junior Market Angus Steer Sarah Ulhman – 1st place and Yorkshire Reserve Champion – Lightweight Junior Market Yorkshire Hog Top placing individuals in the junior breeding beef show include: Kaitlin Bell – 4th place – Angus Junior Heifer Calf Melinda Stoltzfus – 2nd place – Angus Late Summer Yearling Heifer Kaitlin Bell – 1st place and Best Bred & Owned and Supreme Junior Breeding Beef Heifer – March Junior Yearling Heifer David Bell – 1st place – Angus Early Junior Yearling Heifer Top placing individuals in the junior breeding sheep show included: Jason Mazepink – 2nd place – Hampshire Yearling Ram Jason Mazepink – 1st place – Hampshire Yearling Ewe Jason Mazepink – 3rd place – Hampshire Yearling Ewe Jason Mazepink – 4th place – Hampshire Yearling Ewe Jason Mazepink – 1st place – Hampshire Fall Ewe Lamb Jason Mazepink – 3rd place – Hampshire Early Spring Ewe Lamb Jason Mazepink – 1st place – Hampshire Late Spring Ewe Lamb Sawyer Lease – 3rd place – Hampshire Late Spring Ewe Lamb River Lease – 1st place – Shropshire Yearling Ewe River Lease – 5th place – Shropshire Early Spring Ewe Lamb Jason Mazepink – 2nd place – AOB Meat Late Spring Ewe Lamb Amanda Gunn – 3rd place – AOB Meat Late Spring Ewe Lamb Jason Mazepink – 4th place – AOB Meat Late Spring Ewe Lamb The individuals named above competed in a junior show at the 2020 PA Farm Show and placed within the top five of their class. There were several other Chester County 4-H members that competed in both the junior and open classes throughout the eight-day show. Congratulations to all that competed! 4

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS Chester County 4-H Fair: SAVE THE DATE Mark your 2020 calendars for the Chester County 4-H Fair, scheduled from August 3-8, 2020 at the Romano 4-H Center. Be sure to the follow the Chester County 4-H social media outlets as well as the checking the Chester County 4-H webpage for additional information in the upcoming months. For all general exhibit, dairy cattle, dairy goat, or pet goat questions, contact Toni Stuetz. For all livestock and horse questions, contact Logan Hall.

Capitol Days Registration Mark your calendars for the 2020 Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days. This year, the conference will be taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in Harrisburg from March 21-23, 2020. There is a new program planned for this year’s conference – so you will want to check it out again, even if you have attended in past years! Be sure to check your email inboxes within the next few weeks for more information and the registration materials.

Chester County 4-H Livestock Banquet The annual Chester County 4-H Livestock Dinner and Awards’ Banquet is scheduled for Friday, February 21, with the doors opening at 6:30 PM and dinner being served at 7:00 PM. This event is FREE of charge for all Chester County 4-H members, whom participated in the 2018-2019 Chester County 4-H Livestock program, as well as their families. Invitations are being mailed the week of January 13. If you did not receive an invitation or have any questions, please contact Logan Hall at or by calling 610.696.3500.

PA 4-H Awareness Week – March 15- 22, 2020 Help us Celebrate Pennsylvania 4-H Awareness Week March 15- 22, 2020 by promoting 4-H and YOUR 4-H Club. We will be holding our annual 4-H Window Display Contest during Pennsylvania 4-H Awareness week. Clubs will have the opportunity to create displays promoting the 4-H program and their club activities in the community. See the enclosed flyer for contest details and to register your club. 5

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS Southeast Regional Teen Retreat The Southeast 4-H Teen Leader Retreat will be held Friday, April 3, until Sunday, April 5. This event is for 4-H youth ages 13-18 (as of January 1, 2020), and limited to 40 participants. The Southeast 4-H Teen Leader Retreat is a leadership building weekend that will help you enhance your life skills through numerous workshops, as well as provide you with the opportunity to meet new teens from all over Southeast Pennsylvania. The full registration cost is $125 to attend. The Chester County Program Development Committee will provide a scholarship of $50 for any teen interested in attending – resulting in the final cost being $75 for a Chester County 4-H teen to attend. For registration materials or additional information, please contact Logan Hall at or by calling 610.696.3500.

SAVE THE DATE: Camp Abenaqua Make memories that will last a lifetime! 4-H Camp Abenaqua June 22-26, 2020 at Deer Park Camp in New Hope, PA. Registration details will be released Spring 2020 Counselor applications for teens 15 and older are due Jan. 31. Contact the Penn State Extension office for a copy.

4-H Clover Award The Chester County 4-H Program Development Committee has adopted the Pennsylvania State 4-H Clover Award program. The purpose of the award program is to encourage 4-H members to engage in a variety of projects and activities, in addition to enabling members to acquire the seven Leadership Life Skills: Communicating; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; Managing; Understanding Self; and Working in Groups. The award program consists of different levels, each challenging 4-H members to participate in another aspect of 4-H, giving them a full experience of our program. Each level builds up to the Diamond Clover, where the 4-H'er will develop and execute a service project of their choice. Stay tuned for a separate email with the guidelines and award applications. For additional questions, please contact Logan Hall at or by calling 610.696.3500.


UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS Upcoming Science Saturdays January 18th: Game Changers Coding- Computer Science Code is the very beginning of some of our favorite things. Learn how we can use computer coding to create statements to advertise topics we are passionate about. Explore creating games to navigate agriculture topics and how to use simple code directions to play the game. February 15th: Light it up with Electric We count on electric every day, but do we know how it works, where it comes from, where its going? Explore circuits, conductivity and how stuff works with hands on experiments. Use your knowledge to design a lighting system that could power your “mini house”! March 21st: Let’s get Cooking Time to make some messes in the kitchen and find out what it takes to make some of your favorite foods. Discover the purpose of different ingredients and how they have changed over the years while you are experimenting with edible research. April 18th: Sun, soil and, salad Spring is here and its time to get gardening! Dig into what it takes to grow your own food from seed to stem. Discover what has changed about the seeds we plant today vs the seeds of our past. Create your own future salad to take home and care for using the knowledge you acquired.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 4-H Volunteers Needed We are looking for two volunteers to lead a 4-day gardening program in the Downingtown Area this summer. The program would be a hands-on introduction to plant science and gardening for children in grades 3-6 from 9 AM to noon Monday through Thursday for one week. You would have indoor and outdoor workspace, 4-H would help with the club plan and all supplies will be provided. The specific week TBD based on volunteer and facility availability. This would be a Penn State Extension led program held in conjunction with the Downingtown Area Recreation Consortium. Contact Toni Stuetz for more details or to volunteer.

Attention 4-H Sewing Leaders: Registration is now open for the PA 4-H Sewing Retreat for Clothing Leaders-"Working with Specialty Fabrics"-to be held in State College, April 24 and 25. This is a terrific opportunity for leaders to boost their skills and confidence, learning from fellow club leaders who have a wealth of knowledge and experience with specialty fabrics. Registration and event details can be found at: Chester County 4-H is willing to help with registration fees. Contact Toni Stuetz for details.


Chester County Penn State Extension 4-H Team Toni Stuetz, 4-H Extension Educator

Logan Hall, 4-H Extension Educator

Abby Bramm, 4-H Program Assistant

Charlotte Tompkins, Administrative Support

Kim Myers, Office Manager

Stephanie Shirk, Client Relations Manager

Greg Gnatt, Business Operations Manager

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WEBSITES TO REMEMBER Chester County Penn State Extension

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Building a Safe Penn State - Reporting Child Abuse Training

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E-Learning for 4-H Volunteers resources/e-learning-for-4-h-volunteers

4-H Mall Catalog Club Officer Training Modules

Reserve 4-H Romano Center

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