November 2020 4-H Saskatchewan Monthly Update

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November 2020

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4-H members show off some of their experiments during the Virtual 4-H Science Day on October 10. submitted photos

Volunteer Leader Training - Deadline Extended

We want to ensure that 4-H leaders are familiar with the new Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada policies, and they understand their role and specific responsibilities in delivering safe programming that meets youth industry best standards. This training was created in collaboration between 4-H Canada and 4-H provinces. This training is now available through a pre-recorded video. The deadline to complete training has been extended to November 15. ​ fter completing the training, 4-H volunteers should be able to: A • Identify the policies outlined in the Youth Safety at 4-H in Canada document • Apply the Rule of Two to club settings and events • Recognize the steps in planning safe activities and events • Recognize when to report concerns of abuse, misconduct, and safety issues • Know how to access 4-H Canada policy and resources • Know how to access provincial procedures and resources Youth Safety Training is new in 2020-21. To roll in this requirement, each club will require at least two leaders to complete it. All new and renewing volunteers will be required to complete it this year. Next year, in 2021-22 it will be mandatory to register as a 4-H leader. There is a pre-recorded video available for training. After watching the training video, you will be required to complete a quick quiz. The link to the quiz is in the description of the YouTube video. To find out more information please visit and scroll down to the Volunteer Training section. A link to the training webinar is on this page. 1

4-H Saskatchewan Events & Opportunities 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 is a Great Club Fundraiser! Please note: Although the lottery tickets are still for sale, 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 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. Lottery books must now be returned to the office by December 1, 2020. This gives you more time to sell lottery tickets in person. 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. A selling pledge form is available for clubs selling tickets. This is a great tool to allow 4-H clubs to continue selling their tickets without meeting people in person. On the form, write down the buyer’s name, contact information and how many tickets they want. After receiving payment by mailed cheque, you can mail them their tickets.


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:


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.

1: Cloverbuds and Juniors (6 - 12 as of Dec. 31, 2020) 2: Intermediates/Seniors (13-21 as of Dec. 31, 2020) 3: Adult Entries will be judged based on lighting, composition, and creativity. Photos must be taken by the 4-H member 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.


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

Leaderama Date: December 12, 2020 Location: North - Melfort and South - Swift Current Cost: $20 Gain new ideas, new motivation and new inspiration to take back to your 4-H club and kick off your 4-H year! This year, we are coming to you! Instead of having one big conference in Regina, we will be hosting two smaller conferences – one in the South West region and the other in the North East. We are excited to come to your communities to give you the opportunity to learn, share and network with fellow 4-H leaders and members.

Our theme this year is Science & Technology, so be ready for some themed activities and ice breakers. Share Fair will be back - both for members and leaders - where you will have the opportunity to speak and share with others about topics important to you! More information available at haroldthehare/detail/142/1607752800000 Thank you to title sponsor:

This one-day event will give leaders new motivation and skills to take back to their clubs and prepare them for their roles as positive community leaders in their local 4-H clubs.


Join the 4-H Saskatchewan Sustainability Initiative! What is the Sustainability Initiative? Each year, 4-H clubs from across Saskatchewan work together to give back to our communities through our Annual Sustainability Initiative, which begins during Club Week. Club Week takes place November 2-8, 2020. Every year, we have had a different Sustainability Initiative for 4-H members to participate in. The first year, we decided to donate to the local food banks across the province. We donated a collective 2,042 pounds of food! It was exciting to see so many 4-H families participating. In 2018, the Sustainability Initiative was a clothing drive, to help support the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living and we surpassed our goal! This year, we are doing electronics recycling! Our theme is “STEMing to the Beyond” under the Science & Technology Pillar. Electronics ties into the technology side of this pillar and gives clubs the opportunity to help their community. Please note: Your electronics recycling drive can be held any time in November! How do we participate? It is really easy to participate! The first step is to gather electronics recycling from your 4-H members or in your community. Please fill out the online form on the 4-H website in order to receive a collection tote from Recycle My Electronics. How do you put on an electronics recycling drive? ​ There are a couple of ways to host an electronics drive! 1. Set up a drop off location within your community Find a centralized location where people can drop off their electronics. This should be outside, where a forklift will be able to pick up the tote on the pallets. Please take the weather into consideration and cover your collection tote with a tarp, to keep snow and rain out of it. ​ 2. Tell people in your community about a collection day You can plan a collection day, where you drive out to local farms and agreages and pick up their recyclable electronics. Ask them to put them at the end of their driveway on a specific day at a specific time, to ensure you are following social distancing! You can then bring them back to your tote and pallet drop off location What is our goal? Our goal is to collectively recycle 3,000 pounds in the province! This is approximately one pound per 4-H member. Learn more about the Electronics Drive and Club Week by visiting On the website, there is a form to fill out, so we can get a collection tote sent to you.


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! November/December Giving Back

January/February Healthy Living

With the holidays fast approaching, these months are the time of giving! Show us how your club gives back to your community. You can volunteer for those in need, make a donation to the food bank and more. Share on social media using the hashtag #4hskholidayspirit.

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

March/April The Polls Are Open

May/June My Year in Photos

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.

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!


Club Executive Training Webinars Date: November 28 Time 1-4 p.m. Location: Online, through GoToMeeting Are you a 4-H member in one of the executive positions in your club or district? Are you considering running for a position? This is a dynamic learning event wherein you can learn your respective duties with 4-H’ers who hold the same position as you, but in a different club. This webinar will go through the basics of each position, from the President to the Club Reporter. – plus there is even a section for General and Assistant General Leaders! This webinar will take place on through the GoToMeeting platform. Please register 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


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

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. 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.

Nominations open: Fall 2020 Deadline to nominate: November 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.

Seniors’ Weekend Date: November 21-22, 2020 Location: Online through GoToMeeting Cost: $10 Are you a senior 4-H member, who would like to join others in a fun and educational virtual event? This event will focus on life skills for 4-H members who are beginning to prepare to leave home. There will be sessions are budgeting, cooking, job preparation, mentorship, managing mental health and a panel with some post-secondary students to learn from them. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a mock job interview and give a peer reference. A mailed out package with handouts and/or supplies will be send out before the event and a list of needed supplies will also be emailed out. Register at


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 • Summer Norman, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club

• 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 West’ers!

The North East would like to welcome all the new members and leaders in the region! If any of the new members or It’s that time of year again! Registration deadline for the leaders have any questions, or would like some more 2020/21 year is November 15th. resources, please contact the 4-H Saskatchewan office for more details. Here are some suggestions for this unique registration season.

District Meetings

Fill out your forms and bring them to your registration night to eliminate high touch surfaces (like pens) and make a come and go registration faster. Each club should send two adult and two member representatives to their fall meeting. AGM delegates are chosen and If you are not attending an in person registration can also scan district business is discussed at fall meetings. Please report registration forms to a PDF and email them to your general your district meeting date to your Regional 4-H Specialist. If leader. (you still have to print them as they need to be signed). you need help setting up a virtual meeting, please contact These links can be found on the registration page on the web- me and I can set everything up for you site and don’t forget to sign the COVID waiver forms for each household, they must accompany your registration this year!

Regional Rotations

If you need help on how to scan to PDF on your smartphone, send me an email to and I can send • NE Regional Public Speaking- hosted by District 26 instructions. • NE Regional Curling- hosted by District 18/19 Kalynne

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

District Meetings

Message to the South East

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!

Hello South East 4-H’ers!

Upcoming meetings: • District 16 - Conference Call 7 p.m. • District 40 - Fiske Hall, 7 p.m.

In the meantime, I would like to invite all your club executive members, as well as General and Assistant Leaders, to the Club Executive Webinar on November 28! This is a dynamic learning event wherein you can learn your respective duties with 4-H’ers who hold the same position as you, but in a different club. Please register at detail/146/1606543200000

• 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

• 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

I hope you are all doing well despite the continual challenges we are being met with. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, please let me know and I will do my best to help you.

Lastly, the following District will be holding virtual District 4-H Council Meetings: • District 7 (Nov. 12 @ 7 p.m.) • District 5 (Nov. 17 @ 7 p.m.) • District 12 (Nov. 18 @ 7 p.m.) Please contact your district president or the South East Office for further virtual information to join these meetings.

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

As always, I hope you have a great 4-H year! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Melodi

Dylan Watt, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club 9

4-H Canada Opportunities What could your club do with $500? The FCC 4-H Club Fund is back! Through the generosity of Farm Credit Canada, $100,000 is available in grants of up to $500 for eligible 4-H clubs, districts and regions across Canada. You can use those funds towards programs, activities, and more. Visit to learn more and apply today! Applications are open from Sept. 1 to Nov. 28, 2020.

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 Club Executive Training Webinars


Held Virtually

Show Your 4-H Colours Day

November 4


Club Week

Nov. 2-8

Across Saskatchewan

4-H Month



Seniors’ Weekend

Nov. 21-22



Dec. 12

Melfort & Swift Current

Lottery Draw Date

Dec. 17


Deadlines Communications Competition Submissions

Nov. 5

Seniors’ Weekend Registration

Nov. 6

Club Registration

Nov. 15

Leaderama Registration

Nov. 27

On Wednesday, November 4, join us for Show Your 4-H Colours Day and wear your best green in celebration of 4-H. But celebrations don’t stop there – with initiatives and opportunities to celebrate all things 4-H happening the entire month of November, we’re excited for you to join us. This year, there is also a special, limited edition T-shirt you can still order from 4-H Canada for $20. Visit to place your order and support our youth - $4 from each shirt sold is donated to provincial 4-H organizations across Canada! Orders will be accepted until the end of November. More information on the celebration and all the ways you can get involved is available at 12

4-H Saskatchewan