December 2020 4-H Saskatchewan Monthly Update

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December 2020

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4-H’ers of all ages joined together virtually on November 21 for Club Executive Training, to learn more about the positions they were elected to in their clubs.

COVID-19 Update Regarding Programming

We know there are a lot of questions around 4-H and the new public health orders from the Government of Saskatchewan. These new public health orders will be in place until December 17, at which time the Government will access the situation and either extend or relax restrictions. In order to make it easier to understand what it means for 4-H clubs, we have created a November 27 memo, which is available at – please read this memo, as it outlines the impact this has on 4-H clubs, what activities can be done under these new restrictions and has ideas/suggestions for how to work within them. Please be sure to follow the most up to date Public Health Orders. The main points are: • The recommendation is to limit all non-essential gatherings. If your event or activity can be held virtually or postponed, consider making this change. • The public health order suspending team/group activities does affect several types of 4-H activities. Please see the “Project and Activity Specific Information” appendix in the memo for complete details. • No food or drink may be present or served during any gathering • Indoor gatherings in private homes are limited to five people. To clarify, if five people or more live at that location, there can be no additional visitors. • In-person meetings can be held, but no hands-on activities are allowed at this time. There are some hands-off activities, including working on your record book or a classroom-style presentation from a leader or guest, which can be done. We know these restrictions may seem daunting, but don’t forget, the provincial office staff is here to support you! Call your regional 4-H specialist to get help implementing these in your club, to help you come up with new ideas to keep your club active at a distance or to help you with moving meetings and activities virtual. No matter your gathering size or location – stay safe and take precautions. Practice physical distancing from those outside your household, wash your hands, and wear a mask. We ask all 4-H’ers follow government restrictions and guidelines. If you have concerns with the government guidelines, please contact their hotline at 1-855-559-5502.


4-H Saskatchewan Events & Opportunities Please note: All planned in-person 4-H events could be changed to virtual events, depending on public health orders and the number of COVID-19 cases in the province. Please remember to continue to check the COVID-19 Preparedness page, as there may be changes made to these programs in the future.

4-H Lottery Draw Date Coming Up This Month Please note: When doing fundraising, 4-H’ers are asked to take precautions when selling. Clubs must still follow all the requirements and restrictions for allowable activities laid out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Government of Saskatchewan, 4-H Saskatchewan and 4-H Canada. Since selling tickets in person would also be considered a club activity, please make sure to fill out the COVID-19 waiver, found at www.4-h. Lottery books were to be returned to the office by December 1, 2020. If you still have ticket books, please contact the office to have them returned ASAP. Your club can get involved by selling tickets for the annual Saskatchewan 4-H Lottery! Participating clubs or districts receive 60 per cent of sales value of their completely sold books. All of the proceeds from the lottery support 4-H. The remaining 40 per cent of sales is invested into regional and provincial 4-H programs! Thank you to our Grand Prize Supporters, Yara Belle Plaine Inc. with A.E. Peacock students! Other prizes will include: • 1 – iPad Pro 128GB – donated by Cooperative Hail Insurance • 2 – $500 Advertising Vouchers – donated by The Western Producer • 1 – $1,000 CAA Travel Gift Card – donated by CAA Saskatchewan • 1 – iPad 6th Generation 32GB – donated by Staples • 1 – Patio Set and Table – donated by Lowe’s • 1 – $500 VIA Rail gift card – donated by VIA Rail

Garden Shed or Gazebo Made by the students at A.E. Peacock School, with material donated by Yara Belle Plaine Inc.

Tickets are $5 each and the 50/50 add-on is $2. Please note: you must buy a lottery ticket to purchase a 50/50 add-on. The draw will be made on December 17, 2020. Contact the 4-H Office to order your ticket books. Prizes may not be exactly as pictured. Lottery pending approved license. To learn more about the lottery, please visit or contact the 4-H office at 306-933-7727. A huge thank you goes out to all of our lottery supporters, including Grand Prize supporters Yara Belle Plaine and the students/teachers at A.E. Peacock Collegiate and other supporters, Cooperative Hail Insurance, Western Producer, CAA Saskatchewan, Staples, Lowe’s and VIA Rail.


AGM 2020 Date: March 20, 2020 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations: • North West: North Battleford • North East: Melfort • South West: Swift Current • South East: Regina The 4-H Saskatchewan AGM is coming to you! This year, AGM will be a little bit different. Instead of delegates coming to Saskatoon, they will be staying in their own regions, but still coming together in one location. AGM will be held in four regional locations for district delegates, which will be joined through video conferencing. This will give the district delegates an opportunity to have an in-person regional meeting, before coming together, virtually, for a provincial council meeting. Delegate registration forms are available at

Journey to the Future Sustainability Grant Complete the Journey 2050, Farmers 2050, Watershed Detective, and/or Watershed Explorer games and then tell us how you could apply what you’ve learned from these games to better your club, your community, your country, or the world. You could win $2,000 to make it happen! A total of $5,000 is available: Step One: Complete Journey 2050, Farmers 2050, Watershed Detective and/or Watershed Explorer. Journey 2050 An educational taking students virtual simulation explores world sustainability.

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Farmers 2050 An educational game to learn about growing crops, raising livestock, selling goods, and engaging partners to feed a growing population.

Watershed Detective An educational game which explores various problems watersheds may face and how to solve these problems.

Watershed Explorer An education game which explores what may be found in a Canadian watershed and the important role biodiversity plays.

Step Two: Create your own Sustainability Intiative – Explore your local watershed. Brainstorm ideas on how you can implement what you have learned from the above programs into your own community. Step Three: Apply for the Journey to the Future Sustainability Grant – Proposals can be submitted in writing with accompanying pictures/drawings, or as a video. Written proposals should be no more than 2,000 words and videos should be a maximum of five minutes long. For more information and how to apply, visit and go to the grants section on the page. Thank you to Nutrien for making this grant possible! Deadline to apply February 2021


2020/21 Photo Contest The 4-H Saskatchewan Photo Contest is back. Make sure that you take lots of pictures this year to enter in the contest! There are five photo categories:

Entries will be judged based on lighting, composition, and creativity. Photos must be taken by the 4-H entrant between April 30, 2020 and April 30, 2021.


Submit your photos electronically through DropBox before April 30, 2021 to enter. For more information on how to enter see the 4-H Photo Contest webpage under Opportunities on the 4-H website.

Capture a naturally beautiful scene, whether it’s a Saskatchewan sunset, an ocean view, or a Prairie Lily in bloom - this is the category for your nature photos.


Do you like taking pictures of your friends or family? This is the category for you! It doesn’t need to be a formal portrait, as long as it captures a human moment.


Domestic or wild, it doesn’t matter! This is the category for all of those photos of your project animal, or that special shot of a wild bird or deer!

Action Shot

Photos of sports scenes, animals in motion, or a funny event about to happen are perfect for this category!

STEM It (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

This year, our 4-H theme is STEMing into the Beyond! In this photo category, show us your best photo to showcase STEM!​ All Saskatchewan 4-H members are eligible to enter (you do not have to be in the Photography project). Entries will be judged in three age categories 1: Cloverbuds and Juniors (6 - 12 as of Dec. 31, 2020) 2: Intermediates/Seniors (13-21 as of Dec. 31, 2020) 3: Adult

Record Book Competition Don’t forget to send your book in for the Regional Record Book Competitions! Clubs are invited to submit two members’ record books from each age category to their regional competition and only one book from each member may be submitted. Books must be from the previous 4-H year and all competitors must have been a registered member in the 2019/20 4-H year. Books can be dropped off or mailed to your Regional 4-H Specialist. Please indicate if your book should be mailed back to you or if you will pick it up when submitting it. Deadline to submit record books is December 12, 2020. Late entries may not be accepted. The top record books in each regional competition will be sent and will be displayed at AGM. Any questions about the competition can be directed to your Regional 4-H Specialist!


Staff Challenges This year, we will have social media challenges every two months for 4-H members to take part in! Make sure to pay attention to the 4-H Saskatchewan Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as some days there might be random challenges popping up. Make sure to compete, as there will be prizes for individuals and clubs! January/February Healthy Living

March/April The Polls Are Open

May/June My Year in Photos

As a region, see if you can walk around the province (2,300 km). The region who walks the furthest distance has bragging rights and the person who walks the furthest distance wins a prize! Send in your kilometres to your regional specialists and share photos on social media using #4hskwalkchallenge

We want to learn about YOU! The challenge in these months is simple - check out Facebook and Instagram for fun polls and answer our questions! Everyone who answers will be entered to win a prize.

It’s spring and with the new season comes Achievement Days! We want to see what your highlights were this year. Share a photo from the beginning, the middle and the end of your year! Share it on social media using #4hskyearinphotos

Don’t forget to check the Monthly Update and social media for other special challenges! Some months may have some exciting opportunities for your club to get involved, such as Ag Month in October.

Recognize Your Outstanding 4-H Leader! 4-H Saskatchewan Hall of Fame

National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award

The 4-H Saskatchewan Hall of Fame was created in 1985, to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the 4-H program in Saskatchewan in a volunteer capacity.

Everyday heroes like our volunteer leaders can and do change the world! 4-H Canada wants you recognize a hero by nominating your 4-H leader for the National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.

Hall of Fame inductees will be invited to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council Annual General Meeting banquet in March 2021 in Saskatoon (if it can be held) and be formally inducted.

This is an opportunity for 4-H members to show their appreciation for our outstanding leaders across the country.

To be eligible for this recognition, recipients must have made an outstanding volunteer contribution to 4-H (not including in the capacity of a paid staff person); served the 4-H movement for at least 15 years for past leaders and 30 years for current leaders. Preference is given to those who have served beyond the club level. Nominations may originate with a club, District 4-H Council or the Saskatchewan 4-H Council or 4-H individual and must be approved by the district. Nomination forms can be downloaded on the 4-H website under Resources or call the Provincial 4-H Office at 306-933-7727 to have one mailed or ask your regional specialist at your district meeting. The nomination form must be received by the Provincial 4-H Office by December 31, 2020.

Deadline to nominate: December 30, 2020 The selection of provincial winners and an overall national winner are based on two 4-H member references, club involvement, community involvement, length of involvement, and how much the members have learned and developed as a result of the leader’s efforts. The winning leader from every province will receive a $100 cash prize, as well as $100 towards a pizza party for their club. They will also have the opportunity to be chosen as 4-H Canada’s National Volunteer Leader of the Year. The winning national volunteer will receive a prize package of a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the 2021 4-H Canada Leadership Summit in Ottawa in January 2021. Visit for more information.


Leaderama Webinar Series Leaderama has changed from an in-person event into a series of evening webinars this year, in order to be more accessible by everyone! The series will be free and run through GoToMeeting. All the sessions are ones you would have enjoyed at the in-person event, just presented to you all in the comfort of your own home! Check out the following graphics to learn more about each of the upcoming webinars! To register for them, head to the events calendar ( and click on the ones you are interested in. Registration is online, through Eventbrite.



Regional Updates North West Region

North East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

North West Ambassadors

North East Ambassadors

Message to the North West

New Members and Leaders

• Cameron Choquette, District #22, Toon Town 4-H Club • Mike Kirzinger, District #21, Viscount 4-H Beef Club • Becky Huber, District #24, Handel Multiple 4-H Club • Michell Heidecker, District #28, Three Lakes 4-H Beef Club • Louise Sroka, District#35, Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club • Trena Hoffus-Preston, District #32, RRRR 4-H Multiple Club • Vacant

• Leaders: Niki Panter, Clint Panter • Members: Brooklyn Trask, Cole Reid and Tiara Thiessen

• Becca Fitzsimmons, District #21, Viscount 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Miranda Heidecker • Members: Danica Kiefer, Ruby Kinash and Jessica Runn

Hey North Westers!

The North East would like to welcome all the new members and leaders in the region! If any of the new members or Welcome to the last month of 2020! Can you believe we are leaders have any questions, or would like some more already here? I feel like we were in the midst of Summer just resources, please contact the 4-H Saskatchewan office for last week! more details. All the recent changes are causing all of us to change plans but that is okay! Pivoting and accommodating the changes make us stronger people. We have now had nine months to practice these changes and now we can use these tools to our advantage! Don’t forget that connection and community can happen in the smallest of ways! The 4-H staff team is here to help if you’ve got any tech questions or would like some socially distant programming ideas.

District Meetings Each club should send two adult and two member representatives to their fall meeting. AGM delegates are chosen and district business is discussed at fall meetings. Please report your district meeting date to your Regional 4-H Specialist. If you need help setting up a virtual meeting, please contact me and I can set everything up for you

I challenge all of you to take a moment to speak with someone or send someone a holiday card letting them know you are grateful for them. Ending 2020 with gratitude will help you begin the new year with fresh eyes that will look for the silver linings in new situations. • NE Regional Public Speaking- hosted by District 26 • NE Regional Curling- hosted by District 18/19 Happy Holiday Season to all of you! Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Merry.

Regional Rotations


Awards Elgin Bracken Memorial 4-H Light Horse Award

Meet the 4-H Saskatchewan delegate to the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Council (YAC): Brett Rumpel, District #37, Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club 8

This award will provide $750 to a deserving 4-H light horse member from the North East region who best exemplifies a commitment to, and a passion for, horses as well as shows leadership in the 4-H club and community. This award is open to any light horse member aged 13-21 in the North East Region.

South West Region

South East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

South West Ambassadors

South East Ambassadors

Provincial Host Bids

Regional Events

Are you interested in hosting a provincial level event?

• Curling - January 16, Lampman • Public Speaking - March 27, Melville

• Stan Figley, District #40, Kyle Multiple 4-H Club • Alvin Pawlitza, District #11, Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club • Nora Schock, District #10, Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club • Kennedy MacNeil, District #8, Missouri Coteau 4-H Multiple Club • Leaders: Stacey Hawkins and Robyn MacNeil • Members: Avery Bayda, Hanna Leipert and Makaila Peutert

Bids are now open to host the 2022 Provinicial Curling Competition. Please prepare your bid and submit it to Kaitlyn to put in the AGM package. This will be voted on during your South West Regional Meeting at AGM.

• Glenn Gress, District #1, Browning Multiple Club • Jason Frey, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club • Brittany Stepp, District #7, Radville 4-H Beef Club •

Grace Christensen, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Susan Avramenko, Paula Beattie and Tannis MacFarlane Kelly • Members: Jana Rumpel, Madeline Christensen and Jesse Procyk

Message to the South East Hello South East 4-H’ers! I hope you have had as good an Autumn as possible, considering the ever-changing world we are living in right now. As you and your club manage new COVID restrictions, please be sure to let me know if any questions or concerns arise. One of the big things your club may want to embrace over the next few months (if you haven’t already) is “Going Virtual”. I found “going virtual” very daunting when we first went into lockdown. But as we do in 4-H, I learned to do by doing, and now feel a lot more comfortable in running a virtual meeting – and even making those meetings fun! “Going Virtual” doesn’t have to represent staring at a computer screen, bored to tears: There are many ways you can still keep things interesting for your members, and I can help you. If “Going virtual” sounds daunting to you, please give me a shout.

Meet the 18-year-old Member Delegates to the Board of Directors: Kati Culbertson, District #41, Alida and Area 4-H Beef Club Dylan Watt, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club

I would also like to take a moment to welcome these new 4-H clubs to the South East Region for the 2020-2021 4-H Year! • Soo Line Light Horse 4-H Club - District 7 • Twin Valley 4-H Multi Club - District 13 • Ellisboro Light Horse 4-H Club - District 39 In closing, I wish you and your clubs a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season, and Santa is good to you all! See you in 2021! Melodi


4-H Canada Opportunities 4-H Canada Science Fair Bring your ideas to life with the 4-H Canada Science Fair! Do you have a great idea that you’re excited to explore? Turn your idea into a scientific discovery and help the world around you! With the support of 4-H Canada, you can explore any topic of your choice, for your chance to present your project at the 4-H Canada Science Fair in Saskatoon in March. Winners receive the ultimate prize of competing at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in May.The 4-H Canada Science Fair is open to 4-H’ers in grade 7 to 12 or CÉGEP programs. Don’t miss out on the fun and register your science fair project by January 11 at

4-H Canada Healthy Living Initiatives

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to properly care for their bodies and make choices that improve their overall health. In this resource, you will find tip sheets for both yourself as a 4-H leader, and for your 4-H members. You will find that these tip sheets complement each other and share important information that connect to all aspects of healthy living! Some of the resources include tip sheets for members and leaders, an activity guide and more! Learn more at

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to reach their own potential and make positive contributions to their community. Ten tip sheets with important and usable information related to this focus area are available for downloading and printing. Five tip sheets are geared towards volunteer leaders and five are geared towards youth members. Learn more at


4-H Saskatchewan is a project-based youth organization dedicated to the growth and development of our members, leaders, volunteers, and staff through our motto:

Learn To Do By Doing

Board of Directors The role of the Board of Directors is to set direction and policy of the 4-H program. They contribute to defining the organization’s Mission, Vision and Core Values and governing their fulfillment.


Glenn Gress Stan Figley Cameron Choquette

NORTH WEST LEADER DELEGATES Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Louise Sroka


Provincial 4-H Office The provincial office is made up of a dynamic staff team ready to serve our new and existing members, leaders and clubs throughout the province. The provincial office staff is happy to be of assistance, so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Phone: (306) 933-7727 Fax: (306) 933-7730 E-mail:


Address: 3830 Thatcher Avenue Saskatoon, SK. S7R 1A5 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Closed on holidays


(306) 933-7729

Cera Youngson

COMMUNICATIONS Jodi Schellenberg

(306) 933-6961


(306) 933-7728

Karrie Watson


(306) 933-7727

Shirley Wensley


(306) 933-7731

Sandi Sirois


Shelby Corey

(306) 933-7348

REGIONAL 4-H SPECIALISTS Each region has a regional 4-H specialist available to support the members, leaders, and clubs in that region. Contact your regional 4-H specialist with questions, or if you require support. They are also happy to help with club start-ups, and offer workshops for clubs. NORTH WEST

Kalynne Martin

Office: 306-933-6723 Cell: 306-280-3755 Email:


Kaitlyn Keller

Office: 306-964-1545 Cell: 306-229-2064 Email:

306-327-8460 (C) 306-948-7506 306-895-3117

Mike Kirzinger Michell Heidecker Trena Hoffus-Preston

306-944-4244 (H) 306-231-8783 306-930-2525

Stan Figley Alvin Pawlitza Nora Schock

306-375-2775 (H) 306-689-2597 (H) 306-662-2951 (H)

Glenn Gress Jason Frey Brittany Stepp

306-487-3279 (H) 306-486-7230 306-861-4179 (H)

Dylan Watt Kati Culbertson

306-859-7830 306-452-7234 (H)





Alvin Pawlitza

306-689-2597 (H)

Nora Schock

306-662-2951 (H)


Youth Advisory Council The Youth Advisory Council brings the opinions, ideas, and voice of youth 4-H members to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.

REGIONAL MEMBER ADVISORS NW Summer summer.norman58@ NE



Shelby Longworth


Office: 306-964-1544 Cell: 306-220-6315 Email:


Melodi Hawkesford-Lee

Office: 306-787-1958 Cell: 306-529-5446 Email:

306-946-3237 (W)


Norman Becca Fitzsimmons Kennedy MacNeil Grace Christensen blueblanket037@ glchristensen.34@



Dylan Watt Kati Culbertson

306-859-7830 306-452-7234 (H)


Contact your Regional Representatives if you would like to share your opinions, suggestions, or concerns relating to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council’s policy, programming or direction.


Calendar of 4-H Events Leaderama Webinar: Mental Health

Dec. 8


Leaderama Webinar: 4-H 101

Dec. 9


Leaderama Webinar: Peer Mentoring

Dec. 10


Leaderama Webinar: Fundraising

Dec. 14


Leaderama Webinar: Virtual Sharing

Dec. 16


Lottery Draw Date

Dec. 17


SE Regional Curling

Jan. 16, 2021


Ski Day

Feb. 27, 2021

Four locations

Provincial Curling

Feb. 19-21, 2021



Mar. 20, 2021

Four locations

SE Regional Public Speaking

Mar. 27, 2021


SW Regional Public Speaking

Apr. 3, 2021

Maple Creek

Provincial Public Speaking

Apr. 17, 2021

Middle Lake

Citizenship Day

April 2021


Equine Symposium

May 2021


Vanscoy MailMatch Archery Competition

until April 2020


Deadlines Leaderama Webinar: Mental Health Register

Dec. 8

Leaderama Webinar: 4-H 101 Register

Dec. 9

Leaderama Webinar: Peer Mentoring Register

Dec. 10

Leaderama Webinar: Fundraising Register

Dec. 14

Leaderama Webinar: Virtual Sharing Register

Dec. 16

Journey to the Future Grant Applications

Feb. 2020

The National Volunteer Leader of the Year Award recognizes the volunteer leaders who are the biggest champions of the 4-H program! With their support and guidance, 4-H members receive outstanding experiences and skills that help them continue to be responsible, caring and contributing youth who are positively impacting the world around them. Visit to nominate your leader today! 12

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