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York Fair Special Award-pg 1 Hello from our Summer Interns-pg 1 Small Animal Essay Contest-pg 2 4-H State Photography Contest-pg 2 4-H Poster Art Contest-pg 2 Don’t Spend That Dime-pg 2 Criteria for Outstanding Club Portfolio Available-pg 2 4-H Clover Award Program-pg 3 County Award Forms Available-pg 3 Cleaning Out Your Closets-pg 3 Host An Exchange Student With AYUSA-pg 3 It’s Time to Start Thinking about the 2019 4-H Fair-pg 4 New Fall County-Wide 4-H Fundraiser-pg 4 Volunteer Reminders-pg 4 Club News-pgs 4 & 5 4-H Fair Family Ad Letter - (white paper) 4-H Fair Ad Receipt Page - (white paper) 4-H Fair Ad Size Page - (on back of page 5)
YORK FAIR SPECIAL AWARD The York Fair Special Award is open to any 4-H member who has exhibited at the York Fair for at least 2 years. 4-H members must be at least 16 years of age. Members should complete the 4-H Keystone Recognition Form for senior members, a story, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. Applications and all supporting documents can be emailed or mailed to Linda Spahr at the office no later than August 13, 2019. Clearly mark “York Fair Special Award” on the front page of your form. Please contact Linda for more important details or any questions. This year the scholarship amount has been increased to $1,000. Penn State Extension-York Co. 112 Pleasant Acres Rd., York PA 17402 Phone—717-840-7408 FAX—717-755-5968 M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm YorkExt@psu.edu 4-H Website: http://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/york Newsletter in cooperation with the 4-H Staff: Lisa Witmer, 4-H Horse & Ag Literacy firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Spahr, 4-H Youth Dev. Educator email@example.com Pam Tracey, 4-H Youth Dev. Educator firstname.lastname@example.org Pam Broady, Assist. 4-H Urban Educator PXB444@psu.edu
June 2019 3 4-H Fair Bd Meeting, 6:30 pm, 4-H Center 8 Project Saturday (Must RSVP by 5/31) 14 State Judging Contests 16 Father’s Day 17-20 Survivor Camp 24 4-H PDC Mtg, Extension Office 26 Clover Press Articles Due July 2019 1 4-H Fair Bd Meeting, 6:30 pm, 4-H Center 4
INDEPENDENCE DAY– (4-H Office Closed)
10 Mason-Dixon Livestock Judging Contest 15 Dairy Roundup 20 4-H Horse Show, 4-H Center 22 4-H Center Board of Directors Mtg. 27-28 State Jr. Horse Show August 2019 7 Clover Press Articles Due 7 4-H Fair Bd Setup/Mtg, 6:30 pm 9-12 4-H Fair 12 4-H Fair Livestock Sale 24 District 6 Horse Show 26 4-H PDC, 4-H Center
SUMMER INTERNS My name is Melodie and I am from Montour Co. I am a Senior at Messiah College and I am studying Sustainability. I grew up on a small farm, we raised beef cows, market goats and some pigs. I was very active in the Livestock club as well as in shooting sports and have been involved in 4-H since I was born. My favorite animal is a cow, and my favorite thing to do is to play outside with my dog, Tolby. I am extremely excited to get to know you all this summer! My name is Alexis and I am from Fairfield, PA. I am currently a senior at West Virginia University going to school for Agriculture & Extension Education. After college I hope to get a job as an extension agent and continue school to get my Master's degree. I was not in 4-H growing up, but I was heavily involved in my FFA chapter. I have shown goats, sheep, and cattle! My favorite animal is a cow and my favorite things to do are hunting and spending time with my family and animals.
4-H SMALL ANIMAL ESSAY CONTEST Are you currently enrolled in a dog, rabbit, pet care or poultry project? Do you enjoy writing? The PA 4-H State Sm. Animal Essay Contest is for you! This contest is open to all 4-H members who are ages 8-18 as of Jan. 1, and are currently taking a small animal project. Entries will be judged in 3 divisions: ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18. Essays should be entitled “What I Have Learned in My 4-H Small Animal Project.” Essay is limited to 500 words. Essays can be typed or handwritten. The 4-H member’s name, age, county, and complete mailing address must be clearly written on each essay. Essays are due June 24 to Lisa Witmer at the York Co. 4-H Office. For a complete list of rules, visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/ pdfs/small-animal-essay-state-contest.
4-H STATE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Are you into photography or did you take a really cool picture this year? Enter the PA 4-H State Photography Contest! This contest is open to all 4-H members who are ages 8-18 as of Jan. 1st. Each member is limited to one entry. An entry is one photograph or a picture story. A picture story is defined as a series of photographs, less than 10, about a related topic (photo essay). Entries may be black & white or color. Submitted prints must be 8”x10”. Exhibitors’ name, age, county, address, and short identifying caption must be attached to the entry. Entries should be submitted to Amy Gregor, 115 Ag. Sciences & Industries Bldg, University Park, PA 16802. Entries are due July 1, 2019. For a complete list of rules, visit https:// extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/pdfs/photography-contest.
4-H POSTER ART CONTEST A PA 4-H State Poster Art Contest is being held! This contest is open to all 4-H members (including Cloverbuds). Posters must reflect a 4-H theme. Entries must be 22” x 14”. Do not submit a poster containing copyrighted material, and do not trace existing artwork. However use of stickers or items with the official 4-H emblem is permitted. No three-dimensional posters. Exhibitors’ name, age, county, address, and short identifying caption must be attached to the entry. Entries should be sent to Amy Gregor, 115 Ag. Sciences & Industries Bldg, University Park, PA 16802. Entry deadline is July 1, 2019. For a complete list of rules, visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/pdfs/poster-art-contest.
DON’T SPEND THAT DIME! The York Co 4-H Program Dev. Committee is again asking 4-H clubs to be collecting dimes in the 16 oz. water bottles. Have your club decorate bottles, being sure to put your 4-H club name on the label, and you’re ready to start collecting those dimes! Bottles must be turned in at the 4-H Fair in August. The club that brings in the most bottles with the most money will receive 10% of what they collected for their own club’s treasury. That’s a pretty easy way to earn money for your club and 4-H all at the same time! All proceeds will be used to provide educational materials, projects, and scholarships to our 4-H members. Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences research & Ideas on how to collect dimes: • Challenge your club members to bring dimes to every meeting to fill a bottle! • Headed out to promote your club? Maybe to TSC for the Paper Clover Campaign or out for a promotional petting zoo? Take your bottle along and collect dime donations for 4-H!
We do ask that you don’t leave the bottles collecting dimes unattended. A 4-H’er, parent, or volunteer should always be present with the collection bottles. If you have questions, please contact Lisa at email@example.com or 717-840-7408. CRITERIA FOR OUTSTANDING CLUB PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE Think your club is the best 4-H club in York Co? Start working on your club portfolio now to be considered an Outstanding 4-H Club in York Co! The 3 divisions will be Animal Club, Community Club, and Special Interest Club. The winning club’s Historian in each division will also be named Outstanding Historian. Each division will name an Out. Club, Out. Promotion, and Out. Community Service winner. Clubs who are named as the Out. Club in their division will receive $100 for their club’s treasury. Clubs who are named as the Outstanding Promotion or Outstanding Community Service will receive $50 for their club’s treasury. You may choose to complete and submit your portfolio the traditional way (scrapbook style) or the digital way (using PowerPoint). Be sure to follow the criteria posted on our York Co. 4-H Website, http:// extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/york/4-h-forms/4-h-club-resources/4-h-clubportfolio-requirements-1, or you can request a copy from the 4-H Office. Portfolios are due Dec. 31, 2019 to Lisa Witmer in the 4-H Office. 2
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4-H CLOVER AWARD PROGRAM The Pennsylvania 4-H program just relaunched its 4-H Clover Award program. All members, ages 8-18, are encouraged to begin this great leadership program and work towards achieving the Diamond Level award. The PA State 4-H Clover Award is comprised of six levels: Green Award; White Award; Bronze Award; Silver Award; Gold Award; and Diamond Award. Pennsylvania 4-H members will gain new leadership skills as they complete each level throughout their 4-H career and will be recognized at the state-level for their hard work when they complete the Diamond Award level. Prerequisites for all Levels: 1. Member must attend a minimum of 60% of club meetings for the program year. 2. Member must demonstrate knowledge of the 4-H Pledge and 4-H Motto. 3. Member must complete at least one 4-H project each year. 4. Member can only complete one level per program year. ** **Exempt for 2018 & 2019 during the pilot years of the State Clover Award Program. For questions about modifications of the program during the pilot period, new form, and for more information about the program, please contact Lisa at the Extension Office at Lhj5007@psu.edu. You can also visit this link for more info, an FAQ, and fillable PDF forms - https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/members/awards-and-scholarships/clover-award. All Clover Award forms are due to Lisa in the Extension Office by December 31, 2019.
COUNTY AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE Each year we name two Outstanding Sr. Members, Outstanding Jr. Members, and Outstanding Rookie Members for the York Co. 4-H Program. Recognition happens at our Co. Achievement Day in February. To be considered for these awards, you need to complete a Junior or Senior Recognition Form. Forms will be available on our website soon, at the 4-H Office, or you can pick up one at the 4-H Center in the metal file boxes in the main hallway. Instructions and requirements can be found there too. There is also a Cloverbud Recognition Form for our Cloverbud members! Did you know you can also apply for Outstanding Officer Awards too? All you need to do is turn in your officer books and you can be recognized as the best in the county at what you do. Categories are: Pres., V. Pres., Sec., Treas., News Rep. and Social Chairperson. The Outstanding Historian is the historian who enters the Outstanding Club Portfolio. All Outstanding Member Forms, Outstanding Officers Books, and Outstanding Club Portfolios should be submitted to Lisa at the office by Dec. 31, 2019. Have more questions? Call or email any York Co. 4-H Educator. Don’t miss out on this great chance to be recognized for your outstanding work. Don’t forget, these awards look great on college and scholarship applications!
CLEANING OUT YOUR CLOSETS Don’t throw out those well worn and holey things when you are cleaning out your kids closets. The 4-H Senior Exchange Club is collecting used jeans/pants/overalls and long sleeve shirts, sizes 18 months to youth size 8 for a scarecrow making fundraiser. We would love to take them off your hands and make adorable scarecrows out of them. Drop them in the box at the 4-H Center marked Sr. Exchange. Thank You!
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IT’S TIME TO START GETTING READY FOR THE 2019 4-H FAIR! Dates you need to know: Thursday, August 8 – Accept Project Entries, closed to public Friday, August 9 – Judging of Projects, closed to public; Goat Show is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11 – York Co. 4-H Fair, open to the public Monday, August 12 - Swine Show & Livestock Sale, open to the public Project Judging Note: If you are not sure of the requirements for your 4-H project, please check with your leader. All projects will be judged according to the info in the 4-H Fair Project Completion Requirements. Leaders will need to see your projects so that they can complete a scoresheet for each one. Yard Signs Available for 4-H Fair: Yard signs are available to put in your yard. Ask 4-H Staff or Fair Board member if you’re interested in a sign for your yard. Sign Up To Help At 4-H Fair: There are many areas that could use your assistance including the kitchen, project monitors, set up, entering projects, and judging day. Please consider volunteering during 4-H Fair. An online registration sign up site will be available soon and advertised in the “Pink Flyer”.
Look for the 4-H Fair Pink Flyer coming in the mail around the middle of June. All projects are to be pre-registered! We have a schedule that’s full of activities for the weekend. NEW FALL COUNTY-WIDE 4-H FUNDRAISER! We are excited to announce that we will be trying a new Fall county-wide 4-H fundraiser this year – Brown’s Bakery! Instead of coffee cakes, we will be selling things like Apple Dumplings, Sugar Cakes, Whoopie Pies, Pies, Cherry Pudding, Brownies & Blondies, and Fudge. This fundraiser will kick off at our York Co. 4-H Fair, where club leaders or fundraising chairpersons will pick up packets for their club. We then ask that all 4-H families sell until orders are due in October. Items will be available for pick up mid-November. Exact dates will be announced closer to the time. We hope you are as excited as we are to be partnering with this local business for our annual fundraiser! Just a reminder that a portion of the money raised from this county-wide fundraiser stays with your 4-H club and the rest goes to fund member scholarships to camps and conferences, county achievement night, and volunteer training. Thanks!
VOLUNTEER REMINDERS: New volunteers must have completed the 4-H volunteer screening process before they can work with 4-H members. If you need to schedule a VIP 4-H Policies & Procedures training and/or an interview, please contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-840-7408 to set up an interview time. All volunteers must complete the Building a Safe Penn State: Reporting Suspected Child Abuse training annually on their anniversary date of the previous year’s training. Don’t forget! Two screened volunteers must be present at all 4-H functions. If your club splits up into multiple rooms to work on projects, you must have two screened volunteers in each room.
The CANINE CLOVERS 4-H CLUB met on April 11 at 7:00 pm at the 4-H Center. During the business meeting, project books were discussed. Next, the club members and leaders talked about how to properly take care of dogs. Then the club members practiced agility with their dogs. On May 9 at 7 pm, the CANINE CLOVERS 4-H CLUB met at the 4-H Center’s barn. Club members practiced dog obedience with their dogs and began teaching them new tricks for the 4-H Fair. The members also learned about a dog’s different body postures and what they mean. Chrisalyn Mitchell The KIDDIN’ AROUND 4-H GOAT CLUB held a meeting on May 7. We held the meeting at the Margaret Moul Home. Members brought some goats to show the residents. The residents really enjoyed seeing the goats. There was a brief meeting afterwards outside. We discussed the club picnic, which is our next meeting at 6:30 pm. Survivor Camp is June 17-20, Overnight Camp is June 29-July 2 at Camp Eder. We were reminded to write buyer letters for the Round-Up. Allie Houser The LOGANVILLE 4-H CLUB met on May 14. We completed our collection of canned goods for a local food bank. We collected 60 pounds of food! We discussed summer camps, an ad for the 4-H Fair book, and Don’t Spend that Dime collections. After our meeting, we continued to work on our hiking projects. We learned some lightning facts – such as a lightning bolt is only the size of a quarter or a half-dollar! We also learned about storm safety and some tips for seeking shelter. The Cloverbuds talked about feelings and did a craft and an activity with Play-Doh. Our next meeting is June 11, at 7:00 pm. Brynn Gundel 4
“Club News Continued” Happy Spring, fellow 4-H members! Darla, the Seeing Eye Pup here from the LOVING EYES SEEING EYE PUPPY CLUB! I have some big news for you! I turned 6 months old last month! That’s a big deal for a Seeing Eye puppy like me. It’s what my mom calls a “milestone” because I have the chance to earn my Seeing Eye vest. Up until now, whenever we go out to public places, I have a scarf that shows that I am a Seeing Eye Puppy. It’s green and has the Seeing Eye logo on it. At six months, all of us Seeing Eye puppies can earn our Seeing Eye vest. Let me tell you all about it! Well, my mom took me on our club outing to the York Revolution baseball game in April. It was pretty cool! Mr. Mentzer, from the Revs, took us on a tour of the stadium! We got to go in the dugout, in the press box, and lots of cool places. He told us a lot about the history of the stadium and the Revs. We all loved getting attention from some of the players. Then we got to watch the game, and we even saw Downtown! After the game, I had to show off my skills for one of our leaders. Six-month-old puppies have to show that we can behave in a public place. We have to do our sit, down, and rest commands. I did pretty well, I guess, because I received my vest! Now, whenever mom takes me out, as long as I am behaving, I can wear my vest. It helps me get used to wearing something on my back. Someday, I will wear a harness, so this is good practice. My mom was really proud of me! Because it’s spring and mom and I are outside a lot more, I have noticed a lot of new things! When we go walking, I often hear these really scary, loud machines that people walk around with on their lawns. My mom says that they are lawnmowers and weedwhackers. Mom usually stops to let me watch and listen to them. I found out that they aren’t so scary, and they won’t hurt me. There are also lots of birds and squirrels running around. I’d really like to play chase with them, but my mom says, “Ignore” and makes me keep walking. Sometimes I don’t like that. The hardest part of being a 6 month old puppy for me is that it’s hard to focus on what mom wants me to do because the world is so full of interesting things like little kids running around yelling, babies in strollers, kids on bikes and skateboards, kids playing basketball… all kinds of fun things! I am lucky, though, because my mom is pretty patient with me. She gives me lots of reminders and praises me when I do a good job! Until next month… enjoy the Spring and playing outside!! The THOMASVILLE 4-H CLUB painted Easter eggs for the Spring Grove Lions Club egg hunt April 19. We painted 110 dozen eggs for the egg hunt that was held the following day. April we also picked up trash for Paradise township. The THOMASVILLE 4-H CLUB meeting was on April 23. We started off with our game leaders doing a get to know me game. We had to go around the room collecting signatures from people who matched one of the descriptions on our paper. The meeting was called to order by the president and we went over treasurer and secretaries' reports. We then went over the old and new business. After that we had a member share 5 items that they brought that told something about themselves. At the end of the meeting we made cards for military families. Our next club meeting will be May 22. It'll start at 6:45 pm at the 4-H Center. Julia Zumbrum On April 29, the WHITE ROSE HORSE AND PONY CLUB met at York Alliance Church. The club talked about the basket auction, and shared thoughts on our Tractor Supply fundraiser. We also shared ideas and plans for future fundraisers. The activity held was a paint night. A guest came and showed the members how to paint a horse picture step by step. Our next meeting will be held on Wed, May 15. We will be touring the Preakness Race Track. Eliana Fetters. The YORK CO. 4-H POULTRY CLUB held a meeting on May 13 at 7 pm. We talked about where to go on our August field trip. Our choices are visiting a power plant, turkey or meat bird barn, butcher shop, or a museum. We discussed ideas for the roundup, which is held Aug. 9-11th, and some of them were about the demo table, birds, posters, projects, and advertisements. We now have an opening for the news reporter position. We also talked about getting a thank you card for our basket auction buyer, John Sellers. Our next meeting will be held June 10th at 7 pm. Emmye Schuman The YORK CO 4-H RABBIT AND SMALL ANIMAL CLUB meeting was held on April 23 at 7 pm at the York Co. 4-H Center. We discussed old business and some reports were given. A report on the community outreach at Flinchbaugh's Easter Apple Hunt held on April 20 was given by Greenlee. We discussed communication such as Facebook and email to make sure we have a current or active account. A report was given by Kayla on 4-H Capital Days. We discussed changing our meeting date/time. We voted to move the meeting to the barn classroom to allow another club to use the room we are currently in. We brought up the idea of a field trip to Lake Tobias. We talked about upcoming events such as Speak-Out Night on April 24, 6 pm at the 4-H Center. Also, Project Saturday held on May 18 and June 8 at the 4-H Center from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. We talked about Survivor Camp from June 17-20. A report was given by Kayla Henry. The last upcoming event was 4-H Overnight Camp at Camp Eder from June 29-July 2. This year’s camp theme will be "Superhero". Information was given on this event by Katie and Kayla. An announcement was made on animals for sale. Another announcement was made about a current member who has recently lost a Guinea pig. We signed a card for her. The meeting was then adjourned. The program for the evening was Feed Tag Project Book Activity & Quality Assurance Questions. We were assigned a project to read the label on a cereal box and record what we found to complete by the next meeting which will be held on Tues, May 28, at 7 pm at the 4-H Center. Kayla Henry The YORK CO. 4-H SWINE CLUB met on May 1, at Godfrey Bros. Meats. Mr. Godfrey showed us the cuts of pork and told us how he makes some pork products such as pudding. He also let us taste several pork products. Thank you, Mr. Godfrey! We had a brief business meeting. Our next meeting is June 6, at 6:30 pm. We will have a showing and fitting clinic. Brynn Gundel