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Re-Enroll in 4-H Now! 4-H Club Yearly Plan Record Books Due October 28th Beef Carcass Data Union County Clover Kids 3 Mile Sharp Shooters Living History Farms Citizenship Washington Focus Youth & Adult Volunteer Opportunity Iowa State Fair Static Exhibits Union County Youth Council New Volunteer Training Highland Highlights Beef Checkoff Program Free 4-H Clover Stickers Volunteer & Leader’s Training Monsanto DuPont National 4-H Week EXTENSION COUNCIL Dan Waigand, Afton Larry Bailey, Creston Randy Ehm, Afton

Calendar of Events October 6-12 October 8 October 9 October 10 October 15 October 16 October 20 October 26 October 28 November 12 November 30 December 7 February 4 Club Meetings October 3

Candace Ripperger, Afton

October 5

Jennifer Seals, Lorimor

October 6

Amber Vicker, Creston Al Pokorny, Creston

October 17

Kim Baker, Creston

October 20

Mark Ide, Creston

November 11

National 4-H Week Carcass Data Meeting—Begins at 5:30 Afton Community Center National Youth Science Day Creston Clover Kids Begins DuPont Pioneer Seed Grants Due East Union Clover Kids Begins Youth County Council Meeting - TBD Bright Eyes in the Park - Begins at 5:00 p.m. McKinley Park , Creston Record Books Due Friends of 4-H Meeting—Begins at 6:30 p.m. Union County Extension Office Monsanto Grants Due Beef Weigh-In—Begins at 12:30 p.m. Union County Fairgrounds Volunteer and Leader’s Training (required) — Begins at 6:30 p.m. Location TBD Robotics 4-H Club Meeting—Begins at 6:00 p.m. Clarke County Fairgrounds Horse & Riders New Member & Trail Ride—Begins at 6:00 p.m. Jamie Travis’ Farm Pleasant Valley Explorers 4-H Club Meeting—Begins at 10:00 a.m. Afton Community Center Robotics 4-H Club Meeting—Begins at 6:00 p.m. Afton Methodist Church 3 Mile Sharp Shooters—Begins at 2:00 p.m. 3 Mile Shooting Alliance Range at 3 Mile Lake Horse & Riders 4-H Club Meeting—Begins at 7:00 p.m. Travis Hometown Ins.., Creston

811 N. SUMNER AVENUE, CRESTON, IOWA 50801 | 641-782-8426 | MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:00AM-4:30PM LEARN MORE AT WWW.EXTENSION.IASTATE.EDU/UNION Iowa State University Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

“Like” us on Facebook and enter a chance to win an Amazon Kindle! The contest begins now and will end on October 12th to celebrate National 4-H Week! The Facebook page will keep Union County 4-H families and supporters current on what’s going in Union County. The page will also be a place for families to post pictures of their 4-H families and clubs in action!

Re-Enroll in 4-H Now! All 4-H enrollments and dues (to your 4-H club) must be completed by December 15th. If you happen to have a 4H member who just entered 4th grade there is special instructions for new 4-H members that you will find at our website. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Extension Office or e-mail me at

4-H Clubs Yearly Program Due Dec. 1st We ask that all 4-H clubs create a yearly program that gives a timeline on what they will be looking forward to in the next year. The plans do not have to be concrete but we ask that you include the date, time, location and

club activity of each month’s meeting. the club officers. The yearly program should be completed by the club officers and e-mailed to by December 1st.

Record Books & Nomination Forms Due Oct. 28th Record books are an opportunity to gather everything you have worked hard on in the past year into one book and get credit for it! What your record book should include is: 1. Title Page 2. Table of Contents 3. 4-H Story (optional) 4. 4-H Yearly Summary 5. General Photos & Clippings 6. 4-H Project Area Records continued...

7. 4-H Project Workshops 8. Project Photos & Clippings Once you have completed your record book, you are eligible for Union County’s record book awards. You can find these awards at our website. The nomination forms are due along with your record book. If you need any guidance in completing your record book or nomination forms please contact the Extension Office or ask your 4-H Club Leader.

Carcass Data Meeting on Oct. 8th Joe Sellers from Iowa State University Extension will be here to go over the carcass data of the beef that were shipped this year from the county fair livestock sale. If you could like to learn about your carcass data, or if you are just interested in learning about carcass data. The meeting will be October 8th at 5:30 p.m. at the Afton Community Center in Afton, Iowa.

Union County Clover Kids The 2013-2014 Clover Kids program will be starting in October. Watch for flyers in your folders at school. If you did not receive a registration form, please contact our office. The Creston Clover Kids begin October 10th. The East Union Clover Kids will begin October 16th. There is also the Sand Creek Pioneer Clover Kids and new this year the Highland Highlights will be starting their own Clover Kids. Please contact the club leader’s for dates, times, and registration.

3 Mile Sharp Shooters Club Meets 3rd Sunday The 3 Mile Sharp Shooters will be meeting on October 20th beginning at 2:00 p.m. They meet at the new range at 3 Mile Lake. You will get the opportunity to learn how to safely handle and use air rifles, compact bows, and shotgun.

Did you know? You can belong to more than one 4-H club with no extra charge! You must be enrolled in 4hOnline to attend the 3 Mile Sharp Shooters 4-H club meeting.

Living History Farms 4-H Appreciation Day Living History Farms celebrates the dedication and hard work of 4-H youth and their efforts to further the work of head, heart, hands, and health! Present proof of 4-H membership (such as a signed letter or e-mail from your club leader) and receive free admission on Sunday, October 6. Sunday hours are Noon to 4 PM.

Citizenship Washington Focus Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a nine-day trip for 4 -H youth in grades 10, 11 and 12. The trip provides a setting to experience leadership and citizenship in a whole different way at the National 4-H Conference Center. Youth who have participated in previous trips have returned to report that it has been a highlight of their 4-H career. Participants can select either June 6 – 14, or June 13 – 21, 2014 to attend the trip. 4-H’ers and adult chaperones travel by chartered bus from Iowa to Washington D.C. Some highlights of the trip are: Flight 93 Memorial, Gettysburg Battlefield, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian Museums, and Mount Vernon. Beside tours and workshops, time is built in for socializing and meeting new friends.

Cost of the trip is $1,535. This includes lodging, transportation, tour site admissions, and most meals. Registration and a $475.00 deposit will be required to secure a spot. Space is limited. Registration deadline is December 15, 2013. To learn more about the trip and get registration information visit:

Youth & Adult Volunteer Opportunity Family Storyteller is an early literacy program designed to increase the amount and quality of time parents and young children spend together in literacy activities. During six workshops, families:

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receive a free book to take home and read together discuss key parent/child reading techniques watch a video showing parents how to read the book with children practice reading the book learn about activities that enhance the value of the reading receive materials for additional activities to do at home

This is an opportunity to utilize your babysitting skills under close watch of an adult volunteer. Dates have not been set but the program is projected to start in the beginning of November. If you have any interest in volunteering for this program, contact Melanie McAndrews at or 641-782-8426.

Parents are taught key skills such as: previewing a book, using expression as they read, pointing to pictures and labeling, reviewing and retelling, having children predict, and linking the book to life. We are needing youth and adult volunteers to be available for one hour during each session to watch/babysit the 3 to 5 year olds while their parent/guardian is participating in the Family Storyteller program.

Iowa State Fair Static Exhibits are here! Pick them up today at the Extension Office!

Union County Youth Council Union County 4-H Council is comprised of members who are excited to expand their leadership and 4-H participation. Usually, two members for each club are elected to serve on the council, however, there isn’t a limit on the number of members, so this invitation is open to any 4-Hers in the county. What does council do? Council does a variety of activities including participating in National 4-H Week, organizing the Awards Ceremony, and conducting several events during county fair. If you are interested, or parents, if you are interested in helping DJ lead youth council, please contact DJ Christensen or our office at 641-782-8426.

New Volunteer Training . Dates have been set and registration has opened for new volunteers. It is required for all new leaders to take this training. If you have any questions or if you don’t know

if you should take this training, please call Melanie at 641-782-8426.

Highland Highlights at Power in the Pasture Highland Highlights had their 1st meeting of the new year on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Power in the Pasture sale held at SWCC. The club members brought baked goods for a bake sale and made over $700. Three pies were auctioned off which brought $450! We had a phenomenal turn -out of members, new and old. Written by April Evans, 4-H Club Leader

Beef Checkoff Program The Beef Checkoff Program is mandatory and requires that any time there is a change of ownership of a bovine animal, $1-per-head must be remitted to the Iowa Beef Industry Council. The beef checkoff applies to ALL bovine animals, including but not limited to, breeding stock, dairy animals and club calves (including new 4-H projects). These dollars fund Beef It’s What’s For Dinner promotions. If you have any additional questions or would like more information about the Beef Checkoff Program, please contact the Iowa Beef Industry Council at 515-296-2305,, or at Please send all investments directly to: Iowa Beef Industry Council, PO Box 451, Ames, IA 50010.

Free 4-H Clover Stickers We have received small and large 4-H clover stickers that we want to share with you! I have (4) large stickers that measure 18”x18”, (3) medium stickers that measure 8”x8” and (360) 1/2”x1/2” stickers. They would be great to use at an upcoming National 4-H Week event or any other events that you’d like to properly display the 4-H clover. To quickly reserve your 4-H sticker(s), email Melanie McAndrews at

Volunteer & Leader’s Training (Required) Save the date! The next required volunteer and leader’s training has been set and is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All active 4-H club leaders are required to attend. There are additional ways to participate if the above date does not work with your schedule. Location and agenda is TBD.

The Monsanto Fund Monsanto is once again offering $2,500 grants to rural communities in the United States. Eligible farmers have the opportunity to win the grant for their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner will be selected in each eligible county. There are 1,289 counties in all! The deadline is November 30, 2013 and any eligible farmer can enroll online at:

2013 DuPont Pioneer Grant The objective of these grants is to stimulate local 4-H clubs in Iowa to plan and carry out community improvement activities by providing “seed money” needed to make the projects successful. Pioneer will provide up to $10,000, with grants amounts ranging from a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $500, to the selected 4-H clubs in Iowa. Awards will be made directly to the clubs through the Iowa 4-H foundation from Pioneer as soon as selections are made. Local clubs should fill out the application using the Information & Tips sheets. All application materials should be submitted to the county Extension office by, or before, October 15. We will review applications as they arrive, making sure they are complete, the budget is correct, and a support letter from the benefitting entity is included.

Don’t forget to send Melanie pictures and a description of what your club did for National 4-H Week!

Union County 4-H Newsletter: October 2013  
Union County 4-H Newsletter: October 2013