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Warren County Extension Office

Cooperative Extension Service Warren County 5162 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101 (270) 842-1681

Our office is open each Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (With the exception of Holidays.)

I N SI DE T H IS ISSUE Night of Champions


Piggy Bank Contest


Area Poster Art Results


District Horse Banquet


KY Volunteer Forum


Career Shadowing


KVF Registration Form


Holiday Budgeting


Country Ham Project


Country Ham Registration 7 Calendar


The Warren Co. 4-H Newsletter is brought to you by your County Extension Agents for 4-H Youth Development

Janet Turley

Julie R. Brown

Operation shoebox is an excellent way for 4-H members and families to help a child in need. At the extension office we have shoeboxes for families to pick-up and fill with items. The shoeboxes have to be filled and returned by Friday, November 22nd. Here is how you can pack a shoebox:  Decide Boy or Girl  Pick an age range 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, or 10-14 year old  Then each box needs a “Wow” item such as doll, stuff animal, toy truck/car, or musical instrument  Next pack full of other fun toys, personal care items, clothing & accessories, school supplies, and crafts & activities  Last add a personal note from your family There is a list of items that you cannot include in your shoebox: candy, toothpaste, gum, used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, seeds, fruit rolls or other fruit snacks, drink mixes (powdered or liquid), liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, or aerosol cans. If you have any questions about this project you can contact Julie at 270-842-1681. Julie is the contact for Operation shoebox.


Thank you to everyone who sold mums for the John Swack 4-H Scholarship Fund! Warren County sold over 800 mums and raised over $2300 for the scholarship fund. Makenna Emmitt from the Rough Riders 4-H Club was the top seller by selling 57 mums!! Nena Howard from the Woodburn Rich Pond/Sewing 4-H Club came in 2nd place selling 41 mums. The following clubs will receive a pizza party for selling over 30 mums: Afterschool Shamrock, Cloverbud, Cloverbud Alpaca, Livestock, Poultry, Rabbit, Rough Riders Horse, SET, Sewing, Shooting Sports and Woodburn Rich Pond. Julie and Janet both serve as contacts for the mum sells.

The 2019 Piggy Bank Design Contest is a creative way for youth to learn the importance of saving money and reducing debt. Students will create a piggy bank of their own design with the following rules:      

Any K-12th grader Banks do not have to be in a shape of a pig Banks must be created or decorated by contestant Banks must hold coins Banks cannot be larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches (1 foot square) You may use or re-purpose other containers


Once again youth from across the 10 counties that comprise the Mammoth Cave multi-county groups will come together on November 19th for a night of celebration. The event is scheduled to be held at the National Corvette Museum and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meal. Local youth and volunteers who will be recognized should have received a personal invitation. Julie and Janet both serve as contacts for the Achievement Banquet.

The county winner will advance on to the district contest. District winners will have their name, grade, county and winning piggy bank displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort during the months of February and March 2020. For more information contact Julie at the Warren County Extension Office. Julie is the contact agent for the Piggy Bank Design Contest.

Deadline to enter your bank is Monday, December 9th.

The Warren County 4-H Program would like to express a hearty welcome to four volunteers who received or will soon receive certification in their project area. Congratulations to Darrell Sweets who just completed certification for Shooting Sports- Black Powder. In addition, congratulations to Diane Cole and Amanda Kohnen, certified Horse Leaders. Our newest club that will be offered in 2020 is Dog Club and Amanda Shaff is the newest certified dog leader. We are excited to have all on our team of certified volunteers! Janet is the contact agent for 4-H Shooting Sports, Horse, and Dog Certifications.


The results are in from the Area Poster contest and our 4-H members did an excellent job at the area level. The poster art contest is designed for 4-H members to come up with creative ways to promote 4-H on a ½ sheet of poster board. The mediums used could be markers, clippings from magazines, pencil, or even using a cricket machine. All posters for the county poster art contest are due on March 31st to the Warren County Extension Office.

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9 year old 10 year old 11 year old 12 year old 14 year old 16 year old 17 year old

Samuel Mberabagabo Blue & Champion Kellie Morgan Blue & Champion Jonas Hosay Red London Bergner Blue & Champion Cricket Bergner Blue & Champion Nena Howard Blue & Champion Anna Sweets Blue & Champion

Julie serves as contact agent for the poster art contest.

Upcoming The Warren County 4-H Officers’ Training was held on October 29th at the Warren County Extension Office. During the evening, 4-H Club members learned their responsibilities for the office of President, VicePresident, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, Recreation Leader and other officer roles. After the instructional session, the officers came back together to participate in a mock 4-H Club Meeting and the 2019-20 4-H Officer Installation Ceremony.

Both Julie and Janet serve as contact agents for the club officer training.

Leadership Meetings Below is a list of Leadership Meetings scheduled through January. All meetings are held at the Warren County Extension Office unless noted! Mammoth Cave 4-H Teen Council Meeting November 11 • 5:30 p.m. • Hourglass Escape Games on Scottsville Road Warren County Extension District Board November 15 • 9:30 a.m. John Swack 4-H Scholarship Board November 20 • 11:30 a.m. • Chaney’s Dairy Barn Warren County 4-H Council November 21 • 6:00 p.m. Warren County 4-H Council January 23 • 6:00 p.m.

The District 6 4-H Horse Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warren County Extension Office. Over 70 youth from our 17 county district will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments on the district and state levels. Twenty-four 4-H members from Warren County will be recognized for their achievements. Let’s congratulate the following 4-H members for outstanding accomplishments: Anne Walther, Audrey Cowan, Autumn Hawkins, Avenley Cole, Avery Cole, Breanna Hardin, Callie Pitcock, Clare Walther, Cole Compton, Danielle White, Hannah Tabor, Harrison Shaff, Hayden Shaff, Jayden Cook, Jessica Payne, Kiley Simmons, Madelyn Moore, Magaily Moore, Makenna Emmitt, Molly Duke, Olivia Lewis, Paige Burckhard, Shelby Weckerly, and Zoe Millan.

Janet is the contact agent for district horse banquet.



Volunteers and parents wishing to learn more about the 4-H program need to hold the date of February 13-15, 2020 for the KY Volunteer Forum. This is a statewide forum for all extension volunteers in the state. Over 1,000 volunteers are expected to attend the forum which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington, KY. Seventeen different tracks focusing on: Club Management, Livestock, Horse, Shooting Sports, Leadership, Natural Resources, International, Camp, Other Animal, Performing Arts, FCS, Horticulture, Photography, Communications, SET, Cloverbuds, Health & Physical Activity, Fine Arts and Crafts will feature 184 workshop sessions. This comprehensive conference will feature something for everyone. All interested adults and teens are invited to attend. In addition to workshops which will take place on Friday and Saturday there will be Seminars on Wheels on Thursday. New this year, volunteers can receive 4-H Volunteer Accreditation or Master 4-H Volunteer Accreditation by attending specialized workshops at the forum. Registration forms are due December 6th to the Warren County Extension Office. For a complete list of the Workshop Schedule, Seminar on Wheels, to learn more about Volunteer Accreditation, or a registration form you can visit our website at or contact the extension office for the Volunteer Forum Packet. Both Janet and Julie are contact agents for the Kentucky Volunteer Forum.

Work force preparation is the buzz word for making sure students are career ready when they graduate from high school. The Warren County 4-H program coordinates a shadowing program in which students are matched up with a career host for one day. More hosts are needed to reach our expanding audience for those who complete the career project guidelines. If you would like to volunteer to host a child (5th grade and higher) for one day or more on the following dates: March 18th, 24th or 27th, please contact Julie Brown. All hosts must be screened and complete the youth protection application process. Potential hosts should contact Julie Brown by January 24th. Julie is the contact agent for the careers project.

Still thinking about what you want to be when you grow up? If so, take advantage of the 4-H Career Shadowing Project. 4-H members who start this project in the fifth grade can shadow eight different careers by the time they graduate high school. Fall is the time to start the 4-H Careers Project. This is a short term project for youth in the 5th-12th grade. Youth must complete a project book according to grade level and turn in the completed project book January 6-10, 2020. During the month of January, youth will be matched with a business host. All youth will be required to attend a career shadowing orientation on Feb. 27th at 6 p.m. at the Extension Office. Shadowing dates will be March 18, 24, and 27. 4-H members will get to shadow on one of these dates. Any youth 5th grade and up is eligible to participate in the 4-H Careers Project. Julie is the contact agent for the careers project.


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When you reflect on past holiday gatherings, what comes to mind? Sharing stories, making memories, laughter, and probably enjoying food. Often food can become a focal point for our celebrations but this is also a time of year when money can be tight. Here are some tips for planning a budget-conscious gathering with your family this holiday season:  Plan your menu. Check your cupboards, pantry, and freezer for items that you have on hand that can make a special dish. Look for items such as nuts, dried cranberries, or frozen appetizers you already have that can be easily included in your menu. If you are including a more expensive dish, balance it with less costly recipes and side dishes.  Research ways to save. Next look at what stores are advertising on sale and plan your menu around those best buys. Often staple items used in holiday cooking will be on special pricing to entice customers to shop. Take advantage of online and paper coupons to save even more.  Make a list. Write out the ingredients you need after checking what you already have on hand. A list can help you stay focused on the items you need and avoid impulse purchases that can make your grocery trip costly. This can also help you get everything you need in one trip and save you from making additional trips which will cost you in gas and time.  Shake up tradition. If your budget is tighter than normal this holiday season, it might be a good idea to create a new family tradition. Suggest a potluck menu that would allow everyone to contribute and reduce the financial burden falling on one person. Instead of a full meal, have family enjoy other activities together to celebrate along with a snack or refreshment. For example, you could host a card-writing party, cookie-decorating event, or giftwrapping session with hot chocolate. Source: Amy Singleton, Regional Extension Agent for Kentucky Nutrition Education Program

Are you looking for the perfect gift? The gift that will put a smile on a child’s face? Memories to last a lifetime? A gift that will improve social skills as well as develop hands-on skills? A gift that provides a break from hand-held technology? Give the gift of summer 4-H Camp. Warren County will be going to 4-H Camp July 21-24, 2020. Inquire at the Extension Office how you can “gift” a child 4-H Camp. Both Janet and Julie are contact agents for 4-H Camp.

To participate in the country ham project, youth must cure two hams over the course of the year. In March or April, youth receive their hams and are responsible for washing, trimming and applying a curing mixture to each ham. Made of salt, sugar and spices, most cure mixes are pre-made by Clifty Farms in Scottsville. A second washing and curing application is completed in May or June, with final preparations for the State Fair made in July. The curing process will be completed at Clifty Farms in Scottsville, KY. In addition to the curing process, youth must complete six hours of training in the livestock certification program to be eligible to submit their ham at the State Fair. This training provides 4-H’ers with insight about the history of country ham production and the current country ham industry. The deadline for youth interested in participating in the 4-H country ham contest at the 2020 Kentucky State Fair is Friday, December 13th. An entry fee of $60 per youth is required, which includes the purchase of two hams and the ham contract that is included in this newsletter. Adults and Cloverbuds can participate as well with a $40 fee and they will receive one ham. Julie serves as contact agent for the country ham project.






The following is a listing of upcoming 4 -H events and activities. Anyone needing additional information concerning any of these events prior to our next mailing can contact our office: By Phone: (270) 842-1681 By Email: Janet Turley ~ Julie Brown ~ By Mail: 5162 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101

November 11 November 15 November 16 November 19 November 21 November 22 November 28-29

December 9 December 13 December 23-Jan 1

5:30pm 9:30am 6:00pm 6:30pm 6:00pm

Mammoth Cave 4-H Teen Council ● Hourglass Escape Games  Scottsville Rd. Warren County District Board Meeting District Horse Banquet  WCEO Mammoth Cave 4-H Night of Champion Banquet  National Corvette Museum Warren County 4-H Council Meeting Deadline for Operation Shoebox WCEO CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Deadline to enter Piggy Bank Contest Deadline to enter County Ham Contest WCEO CLOSED for Christmas Break

Do not forget that the Warren County Extension Service will join all other Cooperative Extension Offices across the state of Kentucky in closing for Thanksgiving:

Thursday & Friday November 28-29

Warren County 4-H is on Facebook!! Just “like” our page to stay updated with photos from our events as well as for a look at what is coming up on the schedule.

The Warren County 4-H Program follows the same schedule as the Warren County School System. If school is cancelled for the day due to inclement weather, all 4-H events and activities for that day and night conducted under the direction of your Extension Agents for 4-H Youth Development will be cancelled. Our best advice for you is, if you are in doubt, contact our office at (270) 842-1681 or your volunteer leader before risking injury due to traveling in unsafe conditions.

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Warren Co. 4-H Newsletter: November 2019  

Warren Co. 4-H Newsletter: November 2019