Mechanical Skills Day
Please join us for Mechanical Skills Day on April 25th, 2015
at Merced County Agricultural Center, U.C. Cooperative Extension
2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced
Registration Starts at 8:30. The event is from 9:00-2:00.
Open to ALL 4-H members, Mini Members and Non 4-H friends
Various Sessions to attend with topics in Robotics, Solar Power, Wood Working, Quad Copters, Rocketry, Tractor GPS/GIS, Welding
Mechanical Skill Team Olympics
Lunch is Provided for all attendees
Truck Tours - see what is in those trucks! Up close and personal with a Tool Truck, a HAZMAT/ EMT vehicle, a Tow Truck, a tractor service Truck, a Cement Mixer Truck, a car that runs on "french fry" oil, and others. Visit them all...
Morning Session 1-3 -select something to learn in one of the hands on workshops on woodworking, Rocketry, Robotics, Welding, GPS, or others. Sessions are repeated - indicate your first choice in each option, availability of workshops may vary - some are participant limited for safety.
Mechanical Olympics / Challenges – Everyone will be placed into teams to compete in fun activities. Each team will have representatives in each contest. Share your interest in the following areas, then be part of your teams efforts in the overall Olympics!
To Register go to http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=15028
24 Hours of Community Service
All Star Candidate James Petanan is organizing a weekend of community service for this all star project. The event will take place on May 16-17. He would like clubs around the county to organize a community service activity for that weekend. He will advertise where the projects are and 4-H members can choose to attend any one they would like. We would like to get at least 5-6 clubs doing a project. The projects can be organized as an emerald star project. Please let myself or James know if your club would like to host a community service project that weekend. Call the office or James at 209-777-7807.
Fair Live Stock Entry Forms
Please make sure your members are getting their fair forms turned in. It would help the fair office if they could get them in as soon as possible and not wait until the last minute.
The Livestock Office Staff will be available in the Administration Building on the following days to assist with the completing of entries:
Tuesday April 28th 2-6 pm
Thursday April 30th 2-6 pm
Monday May 4th 2-6 pm
Wednesday May 6th 2-6 pm
Questions may also be emailed to email@example.com
COVE “Paws for a Cause”
Dog Walk & Run
Saturday,April 18, 2015
Applegate Park, Merced
2 mile/5 mile Walk & Run
with or without a dog
Event to Support the Programs & Services of COVE,
A Resource Center for People in Our Area Living with Blindness
or Low Vision Striving to Attain Independence.
Race Day Registration 7:30 AM - Walk & Run Starts at 9:00 AM
Award Ceremony (Medals & Trophies) following end of Race
Contact COVE at 722-8118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See attached registration form.
4-H State Leadership Conference
July 23-26, 2015
The 4-H State Leadership Conference brings together high school youth from across California in a four-dayleadership training, networking, and learning experience. The conference provides advanced leadership training and is an opportunity for 4-H members to network and share ideas with other 4-Hers from across the state. The conference focuses on providing high school youth with experiential education onleadership development, civic engagement, college admissions and other 4-H project areas.
Youth delegates gain exposure to the campus by living in the residence halls, eating in the dining commons, and participating in educational sessions, many of which are taught by UC faculty and staff.
The conference is planned by a team of high school 4-H members, key leaders and adult advisors. Working in strong youth-adult partnership, the team designs the educational, recreational and logistical components of the conference.
Deadline is April 30,2015
Legends and Lore: Thursday July 23-26, 2015 $499
Fairytales & Fables:July 24-26, 2015 $419
The Merced County 4-H Leadership Development Project consists of learning the concepts of iThrive 2 and leadership development for club officers and jr/ teen leaders.
Expectations and Goals:
Members will be expected to do the following to complete their project:
- Attend a minimum of 80% of all project meetings.
- Complete a 4-H Annual Project Report at the end of the project year.
- Have necessary means of transportation to and from meetings.
- Lead one session with a team.
- Plan and complete a Community Service Project as a group.
Meetings: Dates may change due to scheduling and availability.
Meetings will be held in various locations throughout Merced County on the fourth Monday of each month.
Hosting Clubs: Provide location for meetings. Some activities will require movement and internet access. If internet is not available, please let me know and I will work around it. Water and snacks are not required but very welcomed.
Location/ Hosting Club
April 27, 2015
May 26, 2015 (Tuesday)
Evaluation/ Final report on Community Service Project
4-H Classroom, Merced
This Holiday season Weaver 4-H partnered with the Merced Police department in the Toys for Tots Drive. The club collected 261 toys in which 211 went to Sargent Chapmen at the Merced Police Department. 40 toys went to help families at Pioneer School and Weaver Pre-School. Ten toys went to 2 families that were adopted by Weaver 4-H for the Christmas Holidays. They will be working with Sargent Chapman again next year and hope to collect 400 toys.
Westside 4-H members have been busy both in the community and within their own specific projects.
The months of November and December were filled with both community service projects and holiday activities. Club members donated items to both our Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and shopped for and delivered the baskets to families in need. Members also helped serve at Breakfast with Santa, hosted a petting zoo, worked the club bake sale and decorated and rode on the 4-H float during Gustine's Downtown Christmas festivities. Members volunteered to ring the Salvation Army bell one afternoon and then Christmas caroled at the convalescent hospital in Newman. The residents were happy to listen to and participate in the caroling and were thrilled to receive the socks that the club members donated to them. Members also participated in the Westside 4-H Club's Christmas party and a Record Book Workshop.
Moving forward, the club members are now focusing on their individual projects. We are looking forward to participating in fairs and other county events. We are preparing for Club and County Communications Day, where members will present and demonstrate and be judged on their knowledge, content, and presentation. Members are also looking forward to competing at the Gustine Stock Show, May Day Fair, Chowchilla Fair, and Merced Fair. Our next few months should be busy and successful.
The next Westside 4-H Club meeting will be Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 7 pm in the Gustine Middle School cafeteria. Please contact a leader if you have any questions.
Westside 4-H Reporter
Ballico-Cressey 4-H Revolution of Responsibility Grant
By: Grant Dunford
For a second year, the Ballico Cressey 4-H club received the Revolution of Responsibility grant for $1000. The club contacted Superintendent Bryan Ballenger of the Ballico – Cressey School District to see if there were any projects that could benefit students in their community. Mr. Ballenger gave several ideas and the club voted on helping to add to the school garden. Currently the garden has 2 four foot by six foot planter beds with no irrigation system. With the expansion of the garden, more students can learn about agriculture, nutrition, life cycle, and expand their writing and vocabulary skills. The school is also trying to promote a healthy lifestyle and the fruits and vegetables grown in the garden will be used in their lunch salad bar. When the project is completed, 4-H members will learn important life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, planning, and budgeting. In May, the club added two new four foot by twelve foot redwood planter boxes, an irrigation system with automatic timer, and six new fruit trees.
We would like to thank all of the clubs who did a window display. They were all great and everyone put a lot of hard work into them. The 1st to 5th place winners are: 1st place OLF 4-H, 2nd place Los Banos Community, 3rd Place Lander 4-H, 4th place Lancers and 5th place goes to Snelling 4-H. Congratulations to every club that did a display, you are all winners for supporting 4-H.
Camp Staff Applications
Camp staff applications will be available at the end of next week. They can be picked up at the 4-H office or printed off our website. Camp Staff interviews are scheduled for December 8th from 8:30-2:00. Make-up interviews are Monday December 10th from 5-7. They will be held at the 4-H office. Camp Staff applications are due November 30th.
All Star and Emerald Star Projects
It is that time of year to start planning All Star and Emerald Star projects. If you are in 8th grade or older you may do an Emerald Star project, if you are in 9th grade or older you may do an All Star Project. If you have an idea or know you want to do a project but are not sure what to do please call me at 385-7418.
4-H Dinner Auction
I would like to thank all of the members who helped put on our dinner Auction. Everyone worked hard to make it a great event. Thank you.
7th, 8th and 9th graders start thinking about attending LCORT January 25-27 2013 in Wonder Valley. LCORT is a Leadership Conference of Regional Teens. It is held every year with counties from our section. If you like to meet other 4-H members from other areas and learn some fun leadership skills come to LCORT. The cost for Merced County youth is $80 which includes lodging, meals and a t-shirt. Talk to your club leader or come to the 4-H office to get a registration form. If you have any questions about LCORT please call me at 385-7418.
Countywide Robotics Project
The countywide Robotics Project will be meeting Nov 1st, 8th and 15th at 6:00 in the 4-H classroom. Anyone interested in doing Robotics may attend.
JOIN The Revolution of Responsibility! $1,000 is available to 4-H Clubs and Groups
Due November 15
To JOIN the revolution, 4-H members, with the help of an adult 4-H volunteer mentor, should follow these steps to plan a project.
- Identify an issue or problem in your community.
- Find community organizations to collaborate with.
- Plan the project: form goals, outline tasks, list needed resources, and prepare a budget
- Prepare ways to document and record your project to share with others.
- JOIN the revolution at http://ucanr.org/join/
A toolkit of tips, templates, links, and suggested guidelines has been developed to support your projects. From the initial work to identify a compelling community issue to the final celebration of its completion, use this toolkit to help you carry out the important steps necessary to ensure success. http://www.ca4h.org/Support/RofR/Toolkit/
California State 4-H Shooting Sports
- Leader Meeting, December 8 & 9, 2012, Visalia, CA
- All California 4-H shooting sports leaders are invited to attend a state meeting to be held on:
- Saturday, December 8, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
- The meetings will be held in Visalia, CA at the Visalia Police Association Range Facility. There is no fee to attend. Camping will be allowed on site. Hotel/motel arrangements are available in Visalia which is approximately 5 miles from the meeting site. There will be presentations of information regarding the project, guest speakers, and hands-on activities for all participants. More details will follow regarding registration and the agenda. The point of contact is John Borba at: email@example.com
The State 4-H Fashion Revue committee announces categories and service projects for 2013 SFR! Entry categories will be Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased, Wearable Art-Embellished, 2 Yard Wonder, and Duct Tape Challenge.
- Traditional: new this year, the entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing and Textile project.
- Consumer Science Purchased has a $19.99 limit, shoes and sales tax not included. Receipts for all items showing except shoes are required, with purchases made during the 2012-2013 4-H year. The $100 CS Purchased category will not be offered.
- The Wearable Art – Embellished entry must start with a purchased garment. Duct tape entries are not eligible for WA-Embellished.
- 2 Yard Wonder is a Challenge category: using 2 yards of 100% cotton fabric, sew a garment and an accessory. Additional garments to complete the outfit may be sewn or purchased. There is no specific pattern requirement. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project.
- Duct Tape Challenge: Create a wearable garment out of duct tape such as a jacket, shirt, pants, skirt or dress. The member may choose to begin with a purchased garment or not. Additional garments, accessories, fabric and materials may be added.
- For all entries, the outfit must be produced and modeled by the individual member. The outfit must meet SFR modesty guidelines.
- A member may only qualify to enter one outfit at SFR. To reduce confusion, counties are encouraged to adopt this policy: At county fashion revues where a member may enter more than one outfit, the garments, accessories, and shoes for each outfit must be distinctly different. An item in one outfit may not also be used as part of another outfit.
- Counties may offer additional categories that do not advance to SFR.
State Fashion Revue is coordinating two service projects. he first is a sewn teddy bear or doll. The second is a drawstring bag. Patterns and instructions will be posted on the SFR website. SFR will continue to accept quilts for troops to pass on. If you, your project, or your county would like more information about SFR, these categories and service projects, or would like to join the committee, please visit http://www.ca4h.org/Programs/Events/SFR/
I am attaching a flyer about the drawstring bag challenge.
Announcing the New Highest California 4-H Youth Award!
The Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the California 4-H Diamond Clover Award. The Diamond Clover is awarded to the highest achieving 4-H youth members through an application and essay process. All youth who achieve the qualifications are eligible for this award. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year and while a young person is between 17 and 19 years of age. Each quarter, applications are reviewed by the Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awards are given. Awardees are announced annually at the State Leadership Conference. Applications are available now for submission beginning July 1, 2012 at http://www.ca4h.org/Administration/Advisory_Committees/IR/
Rationale: Most youth serving organizations have a highest honor—Boy Scouts have Eagle Scouts, Girl Scouts have the Gold Award, Camp Fire USA has the WoHeLo Award. While the 4-H State Ambassador Program is a very high honor, it is a working honor and is prohibitive to many who may be deserving of a highest youth award.