- Author: Darlene McIntyre
New 4-H Club
I am happy to announce that we have a new 4-H club in Santa Nella. It is called Forebay 4-H. Todd Leonard and Regina Chavez are the club leaders. Welcome to our 4-H family.
Communications Day will be held March 8, 2014 at Plainsburg School. Registration is now open. You may register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3370 or by paper application. I have attached a copy of the application. Registration is due by Monday March 3rd. Presentation categories are as follows:
1. Demonstrations – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters (visual aids). Overhead transparencies, computer generated slides, or visual aids produced and other mediums are equally acceptable. Topic must be 4-H project or activity related. Team demonstrations are limited to two team members. Age divisions are determined by highest grade of the two members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels as long as they do not detract from the presentation. Note cards are not allowed at the state level. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.
2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Topic are encouraged to be 4-H project or activity related. It also uses visual aids and should include a minimum of three posters, slides, or other visuals. The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary. Visual aids need to be readable from all parts of the room. A team of two members may present an illustrated talk. A talk should not exceed 15 minutes. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels, but not state level.
*A Scientific Presentation uses the steps used by scientists to answer questions and solve problems. The scientific process includes the following steps:
1. Ask a question.
2. Form a hypothesis of what you expect the answer to your question to be.
3. Test the hypothesis by conducting an experiment.
4. Analyze the results of the tests and information you have gathered.
5. Draw conclusions regarding the hypothesis from the tests.
6. Communicate the results.
The speaker will use posters or equivalent visual aids to enhance the teaching process. The visual aids will include a title, question, hypothesis, test, and an analysis card. This presentation style will have a minimum of 5 poster cards or equivalent multimedia presentation. Can be either Demonstration or Illustrated Talk style)
3. Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. A speech is either informative or persuasive. There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Note cards may be used at county and sectional levels, but not at state level. Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.
4. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children’s stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience’s understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. At the state level, the introduction and conclusion together are limited to no more than 5 minutes and the reading is limited to 5 minutes. This is limited to individual participants.
5.Impromptu– This category is open to intermediate and senior division members. In the Impromptu category at the county, sectional and state level general topics are announced ahead. Basic research is done prior to the event by the youth. For each topic, the youth is allowed to bring 1 5x7 card of their research on the topic. The member randomly draws one with three minutes to prepare.
2014 Impromptu Topics
Science, Engineering and Technology
Geospatial Science: the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and the global positioning system (GPS) to help people make decisions that improve lives, respect our natural resources, and make a positive impact in our world.
The dangers of tobacco use (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless, chew), media’s role, and cessation programs.
Public visibility of 4-H thru Service learning including Revolution of Responsibility.
Global Competency- The Process of preparing individuals to live, work and lead in a globally interdependent world.
Positive Youth Development
Describe and discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.
Science, Engineering and Technology?
Agriculture - The origin and production of food in the U.S. as well as environmental considerations of agriculture.
Hydration: the importance, benefits, and access to water in schools, public spaces, and youth events.
Key components of Service Learning and Community Service.
Personal Roles and Responsibilities – Taking responsibility for your actions, accepting consequences that come from those actions and understanding that what you do impacts those around you.
Positive Youth Development
Sparks – Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to youth development and
2014 Special Recognition: Awarded to 4-H members who relate their presentations (all categories are eligible) to one of the following four focus areas:
- Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Geospatial Science
- Citizenship: Civic Education
- Healthy Living: Hydration
- Thrive: The Path to Thriving
Positive Youth Development: Sparks-Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to youth development and strategies for identifying your spark.
6. Share the Fun – This is a skit category that focuses on health, safety, community pride, recreation, or citizenship. This is a group presentation. It should have an introduction which states its purpose. Costumes, props, decorations, and visual aids are encouraged. Audience participation is allowed. Judges may ask questions to clarify judging, but the members are not tested on their answers. At the state level judging is on the American System and the presentation is limited to 15 minutes.
7. Cultural Arts – This is an individual or group performance presentation such as a dramatic reading, music, dance, or other performing arts. The introduction includes its purpose. Costumes, props, and visual aids are encouraged.
8. Educational Display – This is a visual presentation either set up with a tri-fold board approximately 30x30” on a table top or a larger, up to 48x48” board, set on an easel. Either format will contain the title, member’s name, 4-H club, and a visual depiction of the concept or program featured. It should be readable from at least four feet away. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges’ questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level.
9. Audio visual – This is an individual presentation consisting of slides, video or digital productions. The presentation takes advantage of the format. It is not just using PowerPoint slides in an illustrated talk. The length is appropriate to the subject and format. A slide presentation is supplemented with a verbal commentary, tape recording, or audio track. No costumes or props are used. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges’ questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level. The member is responsible for the complete production process and for furnishing all equipment needed. Some equipment is available at the county level.
10. Problem Solving – This category is offered at the state level for senior division members. The member does not need to qualify at the county or sectional levels to enter. Notes are not allowed at sectional or state level. Member is judged on the overall effectiveness of the presentation and not the solution presented. Member can support presentation with posters, overhead slides, or computer generated slides. Presentation should be 5 – 10 minutes. A list of state topic “problems” is available at the 4-H office.
Chowchilla Fair Beef Weigh in
NOTICE FOR THE
2014 CHOWCHILLA-MADERA COUNTY FAIR
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014
10 AM – 12 PM
PRODUCERS LIVESTOCK IN MADERA
If you have any questions, please contact the Chowchilla Fair 559.665.3728
See you there!
4-H Archery Leader Certification February 1, 2014 – 9am-5pm February 2, 2014 – 9am-12pm 33 Browns Valley Road Corralitos, CA If you have an interest in sharing your archery skills with youth, how about becoming a 4-H Archery adult volunteer or teen leader. There will be a 4-H archery leader certification training held February 1st & 2nd in Corralitos, CA (near Watsonville). The class will be offered Saturday, February 1st, 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, February 2nd , 9 AM- 12 noon, at the Corralitos Community Center, 33 Browns Valley Road, Corralitos, in Santa Cruz County. This class is being hosted by Santa Cruz County 4-H. You must become a 4-H adult volunteer or member and attend both days to receive certification to teach archery at the project, club and camp levels. The course will include a PowerPoint lecture, review of equipment, practice shooting and teaching and a written test. The cost is $35 per person to include a resource binder, and Saturday breakfast & lunch and Sunday breakfast. Junior and teen leaders are invited but must attend with an adult. If you are already a certified volunteer archery leader and would like to become a trainer, contact Jeanne at 530-524-7278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options.
To register, please complete and mail the “CA 4-H Shooting Sports Training Request and Registration Form” available at http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/2123.pdf and an adult or youth 4-H medical release form and a $35 check payable to “Santa Cruz County 4-H Council” and mail to UCCE, 1432 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville, CA 95076. Registration is due Friday, January 17th and space is limited. For more information call Stephanie at 831-763-8015 (Mondays & Wednesdays only) or email her at email@example.com or contact Jeanne at the contact information above.
California State Fashion Revue is May 31, 2014 at Olson Hall on the UC Davis campus. This year our SFR community service projects are Drawstring Bags for Foster Kids and Walker Bags for Seniors. We are working on these projects all year and look forward to having a lot of support from all of our counties.
Drawstring Bag Pattern: Free Online Pattern at
Walker Bag Patterns: Free Online Pattern at http://www.bucketsgonewild.com/free-walker-tote.htm. There are also commercially produced patterns available for purchase at fabric stores including Simplicity 2822 and 2382.
Check out the State 4-H website for information about the State Fashion Revue categories and get an early start on your projects for your county fashion revue submissions: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Programs/Events/SFD/SFR/
State Fashion Revue Cover Contest
The State Fashion Revue committee is seeking entries to design the program cover for the event. Your design should reflect the theme: California Grown, California Sewn. Contest rules are:
o One design per member. Any 4-H youth member may participate, regardless of projects.
o The design can be digital or hand drawn.
o It should be no larger than 4.5” wide x 7.5” tall, to fit on a folded letter size page.
o You may use any medium (colored pencil, marker, paint, digital) you wish.
o Be sure to include the words "2014 State Fashion Revue" and the date "May 31, 2014".
o Use the 4-H clover appropriately in your design.
o Please keep your original artwork and go to this link to submit your entry.
Entries are due by January 15, 2014. http://ucanr.edu/sfrcovercontest For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your designs! Have fun and good luck!
Save the date! California Focus is June 13-17, 2014
California Focus is a unique citizenship educational experience that combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates and simulations with speakers, tours, fun activities and new friends from across California.
Citizenship Washington Focus
June 22-28, 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.
Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:
o Strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
o Understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
o Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
o Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.
For more Information http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/citizenship-washington-focus/about/
Additional optional travel dates:
June 29-July 3, 2014 –Destinations to include Historical Gettysburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA and more! Registration will be open December 1, 2013.
New for 2014- Leadership Washington Focus Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and now we are happy to introduce its precursor for middle school 4-H'ers. For more information visit http://www.4hcenter.org/youth-conference-center-overview/educational-programs/leadership-washington-focus/about/. If your county has members interested in participating contact Jenna Colburn at email@example.com.
State Leadership Conference August 14-17, 2014 U.C. Santa Cruz “Raiders of the Lost Leadership”
The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-day leadership training, networking, and learning experience. Check our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for updates and exciting announcements!
There will be several countywide projects starting this fall.
County Wide Gardening Project
We will be coordinating again this year with the Master Gardeners for the county wide gardening project. The meetings will be:
January 11, February 8, March 15, April 12 and May 10. The January meeting will be held in the 4-H classroom at 2145 Wardrobe Ave from 9-10.
Countywide Lego Project
The Lego project will be held January 28, February 25, March 25, April 1, May 27 and June 3. The meetings will be held in the 4-H classroom at 5:00. Please see attached flyer.
If you have legos that you would like to donate to the project please bring them to the 4-H office.
Pathways to Your Future
Pathways to Your Future is a project designed to help youth 7th grade-11th grade identify what they need to know to go to college. We will be talking about careers, how to apply, cost, and much more. The first meeting will be November 12 in the 4-H classroom at 2145 Wardrobe Ave from 6-8.
Save the Date! California Camping Conference
March 21-23, 2014
The next California Camping Conference will be held March 21 – 23, 2014, at the YMCA's Camp Campbell the in Santa Cruz Mountains. The Camping Conference provides 4-H teen leaders and adult camp administrators the opportunity to network and attend sessions to develop their local camp program. The early bird registration fee will be $140 by February 1st and $150 after that date. Registration opens November 1. Please go to http://4h.ucanr.edu/Programs/Camps/
Presentation Manual Task Force Wants YOU!
Keep your eyes open for the upcoming Task Force. In October registration opens for the Presentation Manual Task Force. The Task force will be responsible for reviewing and editing the manual. The changes will go into effect for the 2014-2015 program year. Contact Sarah Watkins, firstname.lastname@example.org if you interested in joining the team or would like more details.
4-H Volunteer Café
Are you a club or project leader who is tired of doing the same old activities month after month? Maybe you need something designed just for you to be encouraged and encourage your own personal growth. The 4-H Volunteer Café is a place designed just for you providing encouraging and thought-provoking articles of how the principles of positive youth development translate into your 4-H experience and it offers tons of resources for you as a 4-H volunteer that you can use immediately in your meetings and gives you a place where you can contribute your own experiences and challenges. To check out the 4-H Volunteer Café, use the following link: http://4hvolunteercafe.wordpress.com/.
4-H Online Record Book (ORB) Opportunities
v Overview of the Features & Functions in the Online Record Book (Record Book, Social Media, Evaluation)
v Navigating the forms in the Online Record Book (PDR, APR, 4-H Story)
v Project & Club Leader Functions and Approving Forms
v Maximizing your ORB experience—How to use ORB to be efficient and save time (Print Feature, Expression Pages, Collection of 4-H Works etc.)
To bring this training to your county, please fill out the following request form.
http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=9591. Counties are responsible for covering the travel and lodging cost of the trainer for this event.
National 4-H Conference
April 5 -10, 2014
Applications will be available August 31, 2013. Deadline for Applications will be October 31, 2013. For more information on National 4-H Conference http://4h.ucanr.edu/Programs/Conferences/N4-HC/
Revolution of Responsibility
2013/2014 Revolution of Responsibility Application Deadlines:
January 15, 2014
March 15, 2014
May 15, 2014
July 15, 2014
September 15, 2014
November 15, 2014