- Author: Darlene McIntyre
OPERATION CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
It's the holidays and everyone is shopping for those special gifts to give. Please include at least one more gift on your shopping list.
This year many families are experiencing a loss of income. Like all families they want Christmas to be special for their children, but are finding it hard this year. We can help.
We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 – 16.
We'll have a collection barrel here in our office next week. Please bring your gifts of toys.
PLEASE HELP US FILL OUR BARREL TO OVERFLOWING!
4-H IS AWESOME! THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN!
PASS IT ON!
7th, 8th and 9th grade members that are wanting to attend LCORT this year; the applications are available on line on the Merced County 4-H website at and in the 4-H office. There is also a copy of the application attached to this email. The cost for members is $75, the price includes a T-Shirt. LCORT will be held January 27-29th at Wonder Valley in Sanger. Applications turned in after December 8th will be charged a $10 late fee.
WEB DESIGN PROJECT
Lander 4-H is offering a county wide web design project. Members will focus on individual projects while learning about real world applications in graphic and web design. The project will be scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10-11:30 AM. The next meeting will be December 10, 2011 in the cafeteria at Merquin School in Stevinson. If you have any questions email Mike Magboo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next countywide robotics project meeting will be November 10th from 6:30-8:30 in the classroom at the 4-H office. Future meetings are scheduled on December 1st, December 15th, January 5th and January 19th from 6:30-8:80 in the 4-H classroom.
Emerald and All Star Projects
If any member is interested in doing an Emerald or All Star project please fill out an application and turn it into the 4-H office. The applications can be found on the Merced County 4-H website or picked up in our office. Ideas for All Star projects are planning a county event such as 4-H Expo, Food Fashion and Fun Day, Communications Day, Mechanical Skills Day, Merced Focus. If you have other ideas for an All Star Project please let me know. All Star applications are due by January 1, 2012. Emerald Star project applications can be turned in anytime as long as there is time to complete the project. It is not too early to be getting started on a project.
Student Rocketeers Wanted!
Registration for the 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge is open.
Now in its tenth year, the world’s largest rocket competition can accept 1,000 student teams in grades 7-12 from any U.S. school, home school, or non-profit youth organization. Registration forms can be found at http://www.rocketcontest.org/pdf/application_2012.pdf .
The annual rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), challenges teams of three to ten students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 800 feet with two raw eggs as the payload and stay aloft for 43 to 47 seconds. The eggs must then return to earth unbroken. The complete 2012 contest rules and information are available at www.rocketcontest.org.
TARC is a vital part of the aerospace industry’s outreach to young people. NAR is the organization of rocket enthusiasts who can assist you and your students on rocket projects, answer rocket questions and support your launches so you can have fun and fly safely and successfully. You can connect to the rocketeer network through your nearest NAR section that can be found at http://www.nar.org/NARseclist.php
The top 100 TARC teams will be invited to compete at the National Finals on May 12 competition just outside of Washington, DC. Student participants compete for $60,000 in prizes, scholarships and a trip to the 2012 international air show in Farnborough for an international fly-off. Last year nine 4-H teams attending the Finals and the Bond County 4-H team from Mulberry Grove, IL finished fifth in the nation.
California 4-H Revolution of Responsibility $1,000 for 1,000 Service Learning Projects
Funding up to $1,000
Review dates of October 15, 2011, January 15, 2012, and April 15, 2012
In support of this community development work, the CA State 4-H Office will consolidate the Requests for Funding (RFP) for Service-Learning, Healthy Living, SET, and Legacy into one application. Chartered 4-H clubs/units can apply for funding up to $1,000 to support service-learning projects related to their club or project activities by submitting the proposal linked above.
you have questions please call me at 385-7418.
We would like every club to participate.
Online Record Books
The new online record books have been launched. Once you are re enrolled you will have access this site. Enrollments will be completed in November.
Highlights of the 4-H Online Record Book
- Uses 21st century learning technology to help youth learn recording keeping within a social media learning community.
Online learning is the wave of the future!
- Provides opportunities for volunteers to mentor youth on a daily basis in a protected social networking site.
Only enrolled 4-H members and volunteers have access to ORB.
- Ability to export forms and print to include in Record Book reviews and competitions.
4-H members can fill in forms in ORB and then print the forms at the end of the year for county judging!
- Built-in reporting systems that will improve staff and volunteer efficiencies.
For example, the system will calculate total number of community service hours!
- Intentional, standardized measures of success that will demonstrate the impact that 4-H youth and adults make locally and statewide.
The system collects indicators of youth thriving through "sparkle" surveys. County staff will be able to access this data upon request!
- System is secure
To learn more about security protocols of ORB, please visit http://www.ca4h.org/files/121078.pdf
Information You Should Know About ORB in relation to 4-H Members and Volunteers
Only those enrolled in the 4hOnline enrollment system have access to log into ORB. Those that are 'pending' may access ORB, but are prevented from the social connection and will only see their own information. Those that are 'active' have access to the full social sharing feature.
- Every youth and adult entered in 4hOnline in a Community Club will receive a Welcome Email from ORB with instructions on accessing ORB.
- Parent consent and youth assent are collected to determine whether parents and/or youth will allow their information to be used for research (to help improve the 4-H program and field of youth development). Parental consent is collected primarily in 4hOnline (though sometimes in ORB) and youth assent is collected when the young person logs into ORB for the first time.
- The social sharing feature only shows information for members/volunteers in the same club, the county admin, and state admin. For example, Laura and Johnny, who are in different 4-H Clubs, will not be able to view each other's information.
- Members (and parents of members) and volunteers may elect to turn off their own social sharing feature.
- All users must agree to the community expectations (ground rules) before being allowed to use the system.
- The Record Book support group continues to be quite active. Anyone may access archives or join the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ca4hrb/ (note: posts are moderated)
For those in geographic areas with limited Internet connectivity, the hardcopy paper Record Book forms are still available. The 4-H Record Book Manual has been updated which includes minor modifications to the Personal Development Report (PDR), Annual Project Report (APR), and the Junior and Teen Leadership Development Report (JTLDR). You can find the new forms at http://www.ca4h.org/Resources/Members/RecordBook/. The major revisions include:
- Asking for the number of hours for all activities in the PDR and APR. Instructions about hours are outlined on page 8 of the manual.
- Modifications to the prompts on the JTLDR.
- Revisions to the opening text; for example, including language about 4-H Thrive.