- Author: Darlene McIntyre
Snelling 4-H Dinner & Auction
March 29th, 2014
Snelling School Gym
5:30 pm – 8pm
Tickets - $8 contact Jennifer Puckett at 581-2442
Pathways to your future project will be meeting Tuesdsay February 25, in the 4-H Library.
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 which is on our website. Registration is due by Monday March 3rd. Please check out our photography judging. We will be following the State judging guidelines this year. Please see the attached sheets for judging guidelines and criteria. 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.
11. Photography- Each member may enter up to 3 pictures. They must by 8X10 and mounted on a photograph mount/mat board or foam board. The following information is required on the back of the photo:
Title of the Photograph
Date and Location the photo taken
4-H members name, age and club
Merced County Food Fashion and Fun Festival 2014
Let the Games Begin
March 29, 2014
9 AM Registration
Site to be Announced
Register here: http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=6263
or print forms have been attached or are available on the 4-H website.
All Star Candidate Shaelyn Pugliese invites you to come join us as we celebrate creativity in the home arts at our annual Food Fashion and Fun Festival.
For more information contact the 4-H office at 209-385-7418.
Fashion Revue- Enter your Traditional, Purchased, Upcycled, Denim Challenge, or the Apron Challenge to be judged by our panel of experts. Then model your garment in our fashion show.
Arts and crafts-come join us for Band Bracelets, make simple no-loom bracelets using a variety of bands.
What's on My Plate-UDSA My Plate materials will be used for this judging event on making healthy food choices.
Service Learning Projects:Drawstring Bags for Foster Children-Sew fabric bags using state guidelines, add decorative iron on appliques.
Cake Boss: Decorate 9" cake, cake and frosting will be provided, bring your own decorations and tools.
Top Chef: Bring (2 dozen) of your favorite cookies with the recipe to be judged.
Next Design Star:Using a theme, design a table setting for a cafeteria sized table. Include menu, centerpiece, utensils, tablecloth, napkins, and cups, serving for 6-8.
Project Runway: Create a fashion project. Bring your choice of wrapping paper and duct tape.
America's Got Talent: Members will showcase their talent during Lunch.
All DAY: Enrichment activities: Crafts, Judging Contests, Demonstrations, and Talent Show
9:30 Opening Ceremony
10:00 Judging of Fashion Revue, Workshops and Judging Events
12:30 Award Ceremony
1:00 Fashion Show
Entry Deadline: March 24, 2014
Stanislaus County Youth Poultry Show--New location--MJC Ag Pavilion on the West Campus (Briggsmore/Carpenter Exit)
Sunday, March 16, 2014--Doors open at 7 am, Announcements and Activities Begin (see attached flyer and registration form).
Entry forms must be postmarked by March 3, 2014
Mail to Anthony Rose, 6219 Griffin Rd. Turlock, CA 95382 (Questions: 209-988-7762)
Open to you 5 to 18 years old.
Hosted by Stanislaus County 4-H Poultry
Sponsored by JS West Feed
Youth Activities Hosted by MJC Poultry Department
Poultry Obstacle Course
See attached catalog for Activity Rules
Snack Bar will be available all day
Chowchilla Fair Exhibitor Books
Chowchilla Fair Exhibitor Books are now available on line. If you would like a printed copy I have some available in the 4-H office. Entry forms are due by April 11th and the Horse show forms are due by March 14th.
California 4-H Uniform Contest
Proposals due April 18, 2014, 9pm.
If you've always complained about the uniform, now is your chance to have a voice in changing it!
In response to 4-H members' and volunteers' input and desire to explore options for a new uniform, the State 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee is facilitating the process to adopt a new uniform. It is important to all that the new uniform maintains 4-H tradition but is an updated, comfortable, and easy uniform for today's youth. The new uniform should make 4-Hers recognizable. The new uniform must continue to allow 4-Hers to exhibit their recognition pins and emblems. The uniform must meet the needs of certain projects. For instance, certain animal projects require boots, long pants, and/or long sleeves. Uniforms should also be affordable for all members.
The policy on 4-H attire will remain the same and states that, “There is no uniform requirement in the 4-H YDP and a uniform cannot be required for participation in any 4-H YDP sponsored activity, event, meeting or occasion. 4-H YDP staff will inform other sponsoring organizations that the 4-H YDP does not require uniforms.”
4-H Uniform Contest Rules
1) Currently enrolled 4-H members may enter the contest.
2) Proposals are due by April 18, 2014, 9 pm.
3) Multiple entries from one member are allowed.
4) Submissions will be evaluated by an ad hoc sub committee appointed by the State 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory (I & R) Committee. This committee will be comprised of three youth members, one adult volunteer and one staff member. The ad hoc group will make recommendations to the I & R Committee who will then prepare multiple uniform options for voting by all registered members and adults.
5) You do not need to be present at State Field Day for your uniform idea to be selected.
6) The evaluation committee and the I & R Committee reserve the right to take features of one uniform submission and combine it with features from another submission.
Members will be recognized for their selected and winning contributions in the Updates Newsletter, on the State 4-H Website and through our social media networking platforms.
How to Enter
1) Submit your proposal electronically by 9 pm, April 18, 2014. A proposal must include a written description of the proposed uniform and may also include sketches and/or photos of the proposed uniform that can be uploaded onto the contest survey site. Submit your proposal here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=12195
2) Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
o Affordability and Availability. Uniforms have to be affordable to all members. The uniform pieces must be generally available or easily produced.
o Serviceability and Comfortableness. Uniforms need to be comfortable and functional for all 4-H activities, from showing livestock to giving presentations.
o Adaptability. Uniforms should be adaptable for weather and project needs. For instance, there could be long and short sleeve options. There could be different options for younger members (e.g., green hat) and older members (e.g., no hat, but need something else that displays pins and emblems).
o Professional Appearance. Uniforms should be easily recognizable and easy to keep clean.
o Ability to Exhibit Recognition/Awards. Uniforms should allow for the display of pins, emblems, etc.
o Traditionalism. Uniforms should incorporate the 4-H colors and the 4-H emblem. The 4-H colors are white, to symbolize purity, and green, to represent growth. The 4-H emblem is the green clover with four white Hs.
1) Voting will begin at State Field Day, May 31, 2014 and will end on June 15, 2014 at 9 pm.
2) Photos or sketches of the uniform options will be displayed at State Field Day and also posted on the State 4-H Website on May 31, 2014.
3) Voting will be by survey in the 4-H Online Record Book (ORB). This will ensure that there is only one vote by registered youth member or adult volunteer.
4) At State Field Day, you can vote by going to the computer lab to log into your ORB page. It will be important for you to know your log-in and password to ORB. If you do not know this information, please follow the instructions on the ORB Login Help reference: http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/121045.pdf. If you still need assistance, contact your county UCCE office for support.
5) If you will not be attending State Field Day, you can still vote by log-in to your ORB page from any computer, until June 15 at 9 pm.
6) If you also take your ORB surveys in the computer lab, you will receive a $10 gift card for completing your surveys that day. (All other ORB survey incentives still apply).
UC, ANR and 4-H Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy
On January 1, 2014, all UC campuses and facilities, including ANR, are completely smoke & tobacco-free, and the use of cigarettes and all tobacco products is no longer be permitted on any UC ANR property. This includes buildings and structures, grounds, parking structures, enclosed bridges and walkways, sidewalks, parking lots, and all property that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by ANR. As well, smoking is prohibited in parked and moving vehicles while on grounds owned, leased, or under the control of ANR.
4-H had an existing policy prohibiting the use of tobacco for 4-H adult volunteers and youth members. The policy has been updated to include parents/guardians and other participants and to explicitly mention smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and unregulated nicotine products.
Below is the current 4-H Policy on Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco (Chapter 11, IX).
The following policy applies when youth, adult volunteers, parents/guardians and participants are participating in the 4-H YDP and while performing 4-H YDP duties at non-4-H events.
- Participation in 4-H Activities and Non 4-H Events
- Adult volunteers shall not consume or be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco while performing their 4-H YDP duties.
- Adult volunteers shall not be impaired by legal drugs while performing their 4-H YDP duties.
- Adult volunteers and 4-H YDP staff will not allow alcohol, illegal drugs or tobacco use.
- The use of alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes and unregulated nicotine products is prohibited.
For the ANR Policy and associated FAQ go to: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/181051.pdf
For the 4-H Policy and associate FAQ go to: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Administration/Policies/Chapter11/
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:
March 15, April 12 and May 10. The February meeting will be at Darlene McIntyre's house at 5728 Lora Court, Atwater.
Countywide Lego Project
The Lego project will be held February 25, March 25, April 1, May 27 and June 3. The meetings will be held in the 4-H classroom at 5:00. 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 next meeting will be February 25th at 6:00 in the library.
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 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!
Revolution of Responsibility
2013/2014 Revolution of Responsibility Application Deadlines:
March 15, 2014
May 15, 2014
July 15, 2014
September 15, 2014
November 15, 2014