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- Fashion Revue Workshop #2 February 11th
9-11am at the 4-H Center Rohnert Park
We will have fun exploring a variety of fibers close up with a microscope.
Free fiberfill stuffing will be offered to all attendees for their Stuffed Item County Challenge entries.
Fabrics with a variety of different fibers will be available to see, touch, and learn. We will discover their source, how they are made and how they are used.
The various sections of this year's Knowledge & Judging Contest will be summarized.
We will discuss new ideas for this year's Fashion Revue and answer any questions.
Members may bring their own sewing machine to work on a State Community Service Project after the workshop.
From the ChickenQue Committee - February updates
We are busily planning for the big event on May 7th! We've listened to your feedback. There will be exciting changes to the venue, hands on activities for the kids, 4-H Club and community organization booths, and the Chicken Run is back!
Promoting the event is our top priority. Please share your love for 4-H while selling tickets to family, friends and the public. Encourage them to attend and learn about 4-H programs and the leadership opportunities available. Online ticket sales will be available this year. Online ticket purchases can be credited to your 4-H Club.
If you have other media connections that ChickenQue might utilize, please contact Fred Frey, Event Chair Visit http://www.sonomacountychickenque.com to learn more about this great event!
T-SHIRTS: The CQ T-shirt winner will be chosen at the February CCC meeting, please watch for the official announcement and the T-Shirt order form. T-shirt orders must be in by March 23. Shirts ordered through your club will be given to Club ChickenQue Reps on April 27th.
POSTER CONTEST: The committee is now taking entries for the poster contest, we encourage all members to participate and create unique posters that spread the word about our event.
FAIR APPRECIATION DAY: Come to Fair Appreciation Day on April 9th at the fairgrounds! A link to online registration will be emailed to you February 15th. This is our way of thanking the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for allowing us to hold the ChickenQue at their facility for free. We are the only non-profit they do this for. The Sonoma County Fairgrounds has long been a supporter of the 4-H experience here in Sonoma County. In appreciation and recognition of this special 56-year relationship, we want to give back to the Fairgrounds by holding a workday. There will be organized projects for all ages. Our workday will start at 9:00AM and conclude at 12:00PM with BBQ provided by the fair board from 12-1PM.
Chicken Run Details are attached.
The next Chickeque Rep meeting is February 23, 7pm at the 4-H Center. We will be distributing CQ tickets to the clubs.
IMPORTANT DATES FLYER
If you have any questions, please contact Fred Frey OR Nell Western
Save the date! Las Posadas Sonoma County 4-H Camp Dates for this year:
Camp 1: June 26 - July 1
Camp 2: July 2 - July 7This year we have an online camp application
Check out our website for more information.
- Livestock Judging Contest
Be sure to submit your entry form by February 18th. Check out the Livestock Judging Page for more information. Livestock Judging day is February 25, 2017
- Grow 4-H Meeting - RESCHEDULED
March 7th from 6-7:30pm at the 4-H Center Rohnert Park.
Purpose: Bring together the 4-H community to brainstorm ideas to help grow the 4-H program.
Process: Gather ideas and strategies at the idea meeting. These ideas will be put into a survey and sent out to the broader 4-H community to rank.
Participants: 4-H Volunteer Leaders, Members, and Parents, and community members interested and willing to help grow 4-H! Register for 4-H Grow!
- What will it take to grow Sonoma 4-H to reach at least 3% of the county's K-12 youth population (approximately 3,000 youth)? Including everything from additional funding and better marketing to finding administrative efficiencies or making program adaptations.
- What will it take to grow Sonoma 4-H to recruit more 4-H volunteer leaders?
- Register for 4-H Clover Day; for 4-H Volunteer Leaders
February 25, 2017 @ the 4-H Center
Register here. Program focused on skill and relationship building for 4-H volunteer leaders to MEET fellow leaders, SHARE ideas and strategies, and LEARN from one
another. Lunch keynote is Temple Grandin.
Antibiotic Feed Use Legislation – Veterinary Feeding Directives
4-H Animal Sciences, U.C. Davis Veterinary School, and the CDFA have been hosting webinars to teach volunteers and staff about the new FDA legislation around the use of medicated animal feed.
Under the new legislation which went into effect January 1, 2017, the use of certain antibiotics in feed and water must now take place only under that supervision of a veterinarian. Animal owners and breeders will need:
- A Veterinary Food Directive (VFD), a prescription like document which they receive from their vet and take to the feed store in order to purchase the feed.
- To keep a copy of the VFD in the records for two years. It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to keep these documents and present them upon inspection, if any.
- To discontinue the use of any feed on hand.
It is highly recommended that 4-H members establish a vet/client relationship. To issue a VFD, the vet should have a personal acquaintance with the animal and be treating the animal knowledgeably.
Members are encouraged to share contact information and recommendations of vets with each other.
To view the entire presentation, and find out more, please visit the California state 4-H website, Animal Science page here: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Projects/STEM/SET_Projects/Animal/
2017 UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Field Day
March 3-4, 2017 at UC Davis with Registration due February 3, 2017
The UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Field Day will take place March 3-4, 2017 at UC Davis. This field day is open to both FFA and 4-H members. 4-H members may compete in any of the contests offered. Please note that the Livestock Judging, the Poultry Judging and the Dairy Judging contests are considered State qualifiers to attend the National events. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/connect/events/field-day
How to Create a 4-H Resumé
A resumé is an opportunity to show your strengths, skills, talents and creativity. You want to stand out and be remembered and at the same time present yourself professionally. If you want to be creative in the style and design, try to follow these tips
- Homeless Survival Pack drive - Items needed!
Goal is to have 1,000 items.
Here's a list of some items that will be useful but not limited to:
Warm socks all sizes, hats, knit caps, shoes bandannas gloves/mittens, scarves,
washcloths, blankets, sleeping bags, rain boots, umbrellas. Toiletries travel size; toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, hand sanitizer, handy-wipes, bar of soap, disposable razors, nail clippers, toilet paper, facial tissue, lip balm, band-aids, gauze, hair ties, combs/brushes Water bottle, tiny flashlight, glow-sticks, lighters/matches, string/thread, rubber bands, hand-warmers, tarps/liners, Ziploc/sandwich bags, zipties / wire twisties. Missy Pendleton: (707) 849-8810 missymoocow88@yaho
- Volunteers needed - 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast "Celebrate the Center"
Dear 4-H clubs,
Its that time of year again! We need volunteers for our upcoming "Celebrate the Center" 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast March 11th. We need all ages from either 8am-9:30am or 9:30am-11am. Even if you can only come for part of the morning or to just come and help clean at the end we would love your help. It is great community service for your record book and you get a free breakfast! Bring your family and friends to support the 4H Center for only $7/person! We are requesting each 4H member wear their whites and bring a smile! Please RSVP to Mikela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to volunteer or if you need tickets.
New at the Sonoma County Library: Lynda.com!
If you are unfamiliar with Lynda.com, it's a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, technology and creative skills through award-winning video tutorials that are available online anytime, anywhere. I share this new service with you because, first, it's free, and second, is a resource you can use personally or use professionally with your staff, volunteers, and even with those you serve. Lynda.com features thousands of courses ranging from 3 minutes in time to more extensive series in a variety of different topics and skill areas. These videos also offer the flexibility to get a quick answer or dive deeper and undergo an entire training series.
To use Lynda.com all you need is a Library Card! I'm sure you have one, but if you don't, you can get one by visiting any of the Sonoma County Library's 15 branches throughout the county with current identification or get an eCard online and immediately start using our online resource.
I invite you to visit the Sonoma County Library's website to discover Lynda.com and see how you and/or your organize can use this free resource! Check it out here: https://sonomalibrary.org/lynda.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or your local Library Branch Manager.
- From the 4-H Youth Development Advisor, Steven Worker
A mission of 4-H is to prepare young people to have a positive impact on communities related to significant environmental, economic, and social issues. Youth need to understand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts and practices and know how to use scientific and engineering thinking to address these issues.
Presidents letter - Amanda Schell
Happy February!! Activities, events and opportunities are going to be coming at us one right after the other, so buckle your safety belts and let's get rolling!
Thank you so much to Sara Glashan, her I&R committee and all of the leaders and members for bringing us another fun and amazing Presentation Day! Many hours and much work was put into this event, and as a result so many members get their moment in the public speaking spotlight and get to wow us with their creativity, poise and articulation!
All-Star and Rising Star applications and requirements are online and the deadline for getting those completed is March 6, 2017! These positions are held in high regard within our program and give members an opportunity to not only expand upon their leadership skills but to also be role models to younger and/or newer members within the program. There is a lot of work to do, a lot of fun to be had, and many smiles along the way!
Fashion Revue applications will be available soon and will be due in the county office by March 17th. We look forward to seeing your creativity flow on April 8th! A big thank you to Naomi Edwards and her committee for working so hard to put all of this together!
Chickenque is right around the corner! Chickenque rep meetings are underway, and thank you so much to those reps for bringing the valuable information back to your clubs. Please encourage your projects to bring a booth to the Chickenque and have the opportunity to showcase all the many things we do in our great program. ChickenQue Poster contest reminder– everyone should be holding their club contests in March and make sure the winners get to Council meeting in April!
Please be sure to keep all of the upcoming events and due dates on your calendar. Time flies by so quickly and we'd hate for anyone to miss out!
January Volunteer Spotlight is Mary Engebreth!