4-H Events and Activities

Tuesday, December 14, 2010



Time: The lock –in will run from 7:00 p.m., January 14, 2011 until 6:00 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011.  Youth must be picked up no later than 6:20 am.

Place:  Amazing Jakes at Collin Creek Mall, Plano, TX.

Who: All district IV 4-Hers age 11 and up are invited for a night of workshops and fun!

Cost: The cost will be $32 Youth/Adult (includes workshop materials, unlimited food & games), or Youth/Adult $11 (includes all of the above without games).

Registration on 4-H Connect begins on December 1st, 2010 and runs through January 6th, 2011. 

 To find out just how fun this night can be just talk to last years attendees!! Kelvin Word and Catlyn Word!!  They can totally fill you in.  

(By the way your fearless 4-H Agent would like to extend the invitation to any fearless adults that would like to join in on the "action" )

: )

Share the Fun Ideas

4-H Leaders, Club Managers and Parents
If you have youth who are looking for ideas for Share The Fun, check out some of these videos on YouTube for some creative and FUN performances!  County Roundup is March 12th with District competition following on April 30th.  Look to see what fun you all can have with the Share the Fun Competition.

Vegetable Orchestra (Group Performance/Band) -- http://www.tvkim.com/watch/597/kims-picks-making-music-with-vegetables

Turkey Baster Serenade (Musical or Group Performance/Band) -- http://www.tvkim.com/watch/588/kims-picks-a-turkey-baster-serenade

Percussion using various objects (Group Performance/Band) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26vMityeCFQ

Basketball Dribbling Exhibition (choreographed routine) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQIPsfiO_yA

Jump Rope Routine (choreographed Routine) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqI7cGM9mWs

Singing/Beatboxing (Group Performance/Band) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq6Vdkyc_64&feature=related

A capella vocal performance (all voices -- no instruments!) I've seen this group in Branson! -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb4DOJ5-WXw

Looking for some ideas for Celebrate 4-H Skits? Here are a few ideas that I've been able to come up with! You might add to the list!

* Disney Characters Explore 4-H
* showcase your one day 4-H project and how SERVICE made an impact
* Use a current sit-com, movie, cartoon, soap opera or television show to play off of the story line! Keep it CURRENT!
* Use a current game show like "Deal or No Deal" to create a skit
* Use a popular children's story and re-write the story to be 4-H related
* And the list could be endless!

If you want to be blessed during this holiday season, cut and paste the link below and watch the viral video!

Good luck as you work on developing theater and performance arts in youth!!!

State 4-H Council Community Service Projects

It is with great pleasure that I share with you one of the Community Service programs that your State 4-H Council has selected to support and promote: Breedlove Foods Inc.

Breedlove Foods Inc. is a Texas based 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization that is dedicated to feeding the hungry...the malnourished...the poor...the sick...the underprivileged...the destitute...the famished...the starved...the needy...the impoverished...the deprived...
Did you know that:
Well over 1,000,000,000 people will go to bed hungry tonight. 1 man, woman, or child dies every 2.9 seconds from hunger-related causes.

Worldwide, more than 1.2 billion people currently live on less than $1.00 per day.
Your Texas 4-H Council is challenging you to help!
The number one thing you can do to help Breedlove Inc. help others is to give a monetary donation.

However, the Texas 4-H Council encourages each district / county to raise money by doing something good for your community.

The Council has put together just a few ideas to get you started thinking:
● Pick up cans on a highway and take cans to a recycling plant. Use the money as your donation.
● Mow neighborhoods yards for donations only.
● Set a goal, and have your county extension agent do something crazy as a reward for reaching it! (Kiss a pig)
● Host a Donkey Basketball Game
● Have a Bake Sale
● Hold a Car Wash
● Start a Penny War between counties or clubs
● Have a County wide bingo tournament

Turn in your money and the order form to your district office by May 6th. Your district office will then turn in the amount to the State by May 13th.

The district that raises the most money will be recognized at Texas-H Roundup!
The promotional flyer is attached and was designed for in a color format that copies well for duplication purposes.
For more information about the Breedlove Community Service project contact:
State Community Service Committee Chair Micala Michaud at texaschic94@gmail.comor your district council officers.

For Christmas!!! NEW Drawstring Bags

 New for Kaufman County 4-H'ers!! The perfect gift... A new drawstring bag that features Kaufman County 4-H on it.  It even has reflector strips for saftey!! 
We only have 80 to sell.  They are $10 each.  Contact Carrie for getting some at cl-sharp@tamu.edu.

Monday, November 22, 2010



The Ruminants Unlimited 4-h meeting on Monday 25, 2010 was on artificial insemination. Mr. David Crawford came to talk to us about reproduction. He demonstrate how to AI a goat. All of the members got a very hands on experience and a life time memory. We learned the importance of animal reproduction and how it impacts our food chain.

And a big thank you to Mr. David Crawford for coming and teaching us how to AI a goat and the importance of doing so!

Hannah Wallace

4-h reporter

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Photography Project Meeting this Friday Night

Photography Project meeting will be reviewing the pictures we took at the arboretum. Also, bring whatever pictures you would like to put on a holiday card and we will be printing those out at this meeting as well. Any questions give me a call on my cell. The meeting will be at the Extention Office, see you then!
Debbie Wold  If you have questions call 469-595-1752 cell

Peanut Sales are in Full Swing!!!

Peanut Sales are HERE!!

Once again the council is hosting Peanut Sales for the clubs to help raise money.  Last year the 4-H Council was the high seller of over $300 for the council. Contact your council representative or go online to download the form.  The form is a 8.5x14 sheet.  Deadline for peanut orders is December 6th, 2010.  We have put the form on the County Website listed above.  Remember when printed off the sheet it is on 8.5 X 14.  This is a great fundraiser for your club!!

District IV 4-H Lock-In January 14 & 15, 2011


Time: The lock –in will run from 7:00 p.m., January 14, 2011 until 6:00 am on Saturday, January 15, 2011.  Youth must be picked up no later than 6:20 am.

Place:  Amazing Jakes at Collin Creek Mall, Plano, TX.

Who: All district IV 4-Hers age 11 and up are invited for a night of workshops and fun!

Cost: The cost will be $32 Youth/Adult (includes workshop materials, unlimited food & games), or Youth/Adult $11 (includes all of the above without games).

Registration on 4-H Connect begins on December 1st, 2010 and runs through January 6th, 2011. 

 To find out just how fun this night can be just talk to last years attendees!! Kelvin Word and Catlyn Word!!  They can totally fill you in.  

(By the way your fearless 4-H Agent would like to extend the invitation to any fearless adults that would like to join in on the "action" )

: )

Good Luck to the Beef Quiz Bowl Team this weekend!!

Good Luck to the Kaufman County Beef Quiz bowl team in the District Competition this weekend in Poetry.  Hope you all make it to state!!!

Kaufman 4-H to Start Sending Care Packages - Come join in!!!

Kaufman 4-H has adopted three people who are Serving Our Country in the military to send care packages to.  We will be sending items and letters thru out the year.  Our first package will be going out December 7th.  Please drop donations by the extension office or call Judy 214)499-2997 to pick up.  When dropping off at extension office please let Jackie know the items are for the Care Packages.

Include a card or letter, telling alittle about yourself and thank them for the contribution to our Country.

Food Items
  • Individual size snacks or cans of Pringles, pretzels, cookies, crackers, nuts, trail mix, peanut butter or cheese crackers, sunflower seeds
  • Hard Candy (Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, Tootsie Pops) and Mints
  • Gummy bears, chewing gum
  • Individual servings of powdered drinks for water bottles such as Lemonade, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Tang, Lipton To Go Tea, Crystal Light On The Go, energy drinks, Propel
  • Individual coffee, tea bags
  • Beef Jerky, Slim Jims (no pork allowed)
  • Pop Tarts, Nutri-Grain, Granola, Cereal Bars, trail mix
  • Small flip top canned fruit
  • Pudding cups
  • Peanut Butter (small plastic container)  
  • Chocolate between the months of October and April only (M&Ms are acceptable)
Other Items
  • White socks (calf or boot height)
  • Hand/Toe Warmers
  • Black knitted caps
  • Footballs, baseballs, gloves
  • Crossword Puzzles, Word Search, Sudoku 
  • Playing Cards, board games, card games 
  • Stationery & Envelopes
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Assorted Greeting Cards for Soldiers to send to family & friends
  • Batteries (AA)
  • Glade Stick-ups or room deodorizers
  • Bug Repellent in lotions & pump-spray bottles-- NO AEROSOL

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

2011 State Photography Contest New Exciting classes

We are excited that some major changes have been made in both the submission process and photography categories for the year. These changes will add a new dimension as well as provide greater opportunity for our 4-H members to demonstrate their skills in both photography and photography development. All submissions for the STATE contest will be done electronically and will not require the expense of printing, mounting, and mailing photos for the contest.
Because of these changes we ask that you please take some time from your schedule to read and review the rules so all questions you may receive can be answered correctly. This information will be posted on the 4-H and Youth Development Photography contest.

Kaufman 4-H to host a fish fry on sunday

Kaufman 4-H will be hosting a fish fry November 7th noon to 3:00pm at Wings in Kaufman. Fish basket and drink $6.00. Get your tickets from any Kaufman 4-h member or purchase at the door. Proceeds will benifit our community service project - Working with the Rainbow Room, Foster children of Kaufman.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2011 Consumer Decision Making Contest

Making consumer decisions can be confusing. We are overwhelmed by the sheer number of consumer choices available to us in the real and the electronic marketplace. In the supermarket alone, there are thousands of goods to choose from. This guide will help you become an informed consumer and a smarter shopper. In the 4-H Consumer Decision Making contest you will learn how to decide which goods and services best meet your needs. And you will learn a fail-proof process for making wise consumer decisions.

In preparation for the 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest at State Roundup 2011, please use the Study Guides and other materials posted in PDF format at this website. Please check back periodically for updates to the materials. Additional Study Guides will be posted when they become available.

Houston Livestock Show Public Speaking and Quality Counts Multi Media contest

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is once again offering 4-H and FFA members the chance to win cash awards through Public Speaking and the Quality Counts Multi Media Contest.
Public speaking is divided into two age divisions and provides both Sr, and Jr 4-Hers the opportunity to win cash for a skill they are already developing in 4-H.
The Quality Counts Multi-Media contest offers technology oriented youth the opportunity to participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, even if they can't travel to Houston.
Both of these contests are excellent opportunities supporting valuable programs our youth are already engaged in.
Note the entry deadline for both of these contests is the same as livestock entries, December 1, 2010.

Fall District IV Contests have a new Deadline Date!!

The District 4-H Specialist has made a correction on the registration deadline for the CDM and Quiz Bowl contests.  The new deadline is midnight October 29.  This should give families a few more days to get registered (than the deadline formerly published).  Typically, district event deadlines are 3 weeks prior to the event.  This date puts us back in consistency with that.
Registration is already open on 4-H Connect, so your teams/individuals can go ahead and register at any time.  Before you certify an individual's entry on the county level, please make sure all members of his/her team have registered.  

Lets see if we have anyone in Kaufman County interested in competing in the Consumer Decision Making, Horse Quiz bowl, Beef Quiz Bowl or Nutrition Quiz.  : )  Reach out and try something new.

Working CowHorse Clinic - December 27-29, 2010

East Texas Horse Show Committee is hosting a Working Cow Horse Clinic and 3 yr old Futurity Clinic for 4-Her's and Adults on December 27-29, 2010. The event will be held in Athens at the Henderson County Fair Park arena.

This year instructors will be -
Dr. Matt McMillian from Sam Houston State University for the Reined Horse Part, along with his Stock Horse Team members for individual work.

Cody Maxwell, Coach for SHSU Stock Horse Team and Ralph Davis will be on the Cow Work.

Dr. Matt McMillian also be assisting with the 3 yr old Futurity Project training along with Lisa Roberts, Kaufman County Alumni Stock Horse team member

Kaufman County Horse Committee Leaders will also be on hand to help with individual work

For more information or questions please contact Carrie Sharp at the Texas AgriLife Extension, Kaufman County 4-H.

NEW!! Food and Nutrition curriculum available!!

The Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program is pleased to announce that Winning with Nutrition - a 4-H sports nutrition curriculum - is now available! Targeting 7th - 9th grade athletes, the goal of implementing the Winning with Nutrition curriculum is to provide youth athletes an opportunity to learn about proper nutrition, dietary needs, supplements, hydration and healthy methods to increase physical performance.
In addition to the curriculum, various resources to support its implementation have been made available. A summary of the items available include:

- Media Presentations to support each curriculum lesson;
- Student Evaluation - scannable form that can be sent to Organizational Development for processing, with a summary of the results then sent to you;
- Teacher Evaluation - form that can be used to seek feedback from teachers implementing the curriculum; and
- Teacher In-Service Resources - including a training agenda, training powerpoint (with notes) and a training evaluation instrument - to be used by agents when training teachers.
All of the resources, including the curriculum, is located on the Texas 4-H Website. From the home page, click on "publications," then "enrichment curriculum." The direct link is: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/publications/enrichment/index.php. The curriculum and all of the resources mentioned above are located under the healthy lifestyles section. The curriculum is also available in the AgriLife Bookstore. BUT I have a copy in the office if you would like to take a look : )

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TONIGHT!!! Scurry Rosser 4-H to Host a REALLY good Speaker.

ALL 4-H MEMBERS INVITED!! Oct 12th Everyone is welcome!! Open invitation! We would love to have other  clubs represented that night. The meeting is Oct. 12th Tuesday 6:30pm at the Scurry Rosser Middle School. The guest speaker is a family friend of Dianna Sutton, Retired New York Firefighter Lt. Kevin Shea.... here is some background info on Kevin. 1) He was one of the key rescue firefighters involved in a famous rope  rescue which aired on an episode of Rescue 911... you can watch it on You Tube- Rescue 911 Episode 311  "N.Y. Double Rope Rescue" (its in 3 parts on you tube) 2) He sustained injuries during the first World Trade  Center bombing in 1993, which forced him into early retirement. 3) His Engine Company was one that was  involved in the World Trade Center 9/11 attacks... All of his friends on duty that day were killed. (including  some that are in the Rescue 911 episode with him). He spent countless hours searching for his friends and  co-workers after the attacks. 4) Kevin today lives in Montana and is an avid traditional bow hunter, small and  Big game and is an experienced fly-fisherman. He does speaking engagements across the USA , involved  in making hunting/fishing videos for a company, and does some firefighting instructing. He has graciously said  he would be the guest speaker at our club on October 12th. This will be a question and answer format. And  he has said the questions can be about anything and will even answer questions about his experience at the world trade center as well as 9/11 questions. Everyone is welcome, and anyone, even parents, are welcome  to ask questions. Please bring your questions with you that night.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kaufman Square Garden Spot Grows with Help from the 4-H Garden Club

Isaac Stecher and Reuben Stecher from the 4H Gardening Club designed a bed on the square in the city of Kaufman. Along with younger siblings and some little friends, the boys planted a crape myrtle, yellow daylilies, and 20 pots of groundcover.  All plants were donated by Walls Family Farm for the Gardening Club to use in their project.

Monday, September 27, 2010

4-H Nutrition Project Training - October 7th, 6:30 pm

Attention all Adult Leaders and Parents :

Dee Lee Smith has scheduled an adult leader training for all those interested in teaching/leading any part of the 4-H Nutrition Project components - Food Challenge, Nutrition Quiz Bowl, or Food Show.  The training will be held in conjunction with Kaufman County and held at the Kaufman County Office (they have a meeting room and kitchen facilities).

Date:  Thursday, October 7, 2010

Location:  Kaufman County Office - Hwy 34, Kaufman

Directions:  Take Hwy 243 from Canton, to Kaufman, turn Right onto Hwy 34 just before you get into downtown Kaufman.  If you pass Sonic on your Left, you have gone too far.  The Kaufman County office is approximately 2 miles on Hwy 34 and will be on your Left.  It is in the office building with Farm Bureau. 

Time:  6:15 p.m.  - set up and sign in  Start Time:  6:30 p.m.  (You will need to register, prior to attending) 

Registration:  Deadline - Monday, October 4th - before 5:00 p.m. by calling the Van Zandt County Office at 903-567-4149 and having Eva put you on the list.  We need you to do this so that we have enough supplies and materials for everyone.  Please bring $5.00 with you to help offset costs for food, if we get enough sponsors you will not have to pay.  Drinks will be provided:  Regular Coca~Cola, Regular Dr. Pepper, Tea, and Bottled Water - if you have a preference for something else, please bring it with you.

We will be concentrating on Food Challenge - especially, but will go over Nutrition Quiz Bowl and Food Show.  We do not have guidelines for Food Show, but I can provide you with information from discussions as it pertains to food show. 

Expectations from this training:  Adult Leaders will be able to teach and train 4-H youth on Food Challenge, Nutrition Quiz Bowl, and Food Show guidelines.  Adult Leaders will learn concepts and activities to use in training youth.  Adult Leaders will gain knowledge in basic food safety principles and nutrition information consistent with what is taught to youth at the junior, intermediate, and senior levels.  Examples of activities, forms, and other available information will be provided. 

Who should attend:  All 4-H community clubs should have at least one or two leaders assigned to the nutrition project.  These leaders and/or club managers should plan on attending.  This workshop is for adults only - no youth will be trained at this workshop/training.  If youth are attending, they need to have clearance from Carrie Sharp, for Kaufman County and Dee Lee Smith for Van Zandt County, and be approved as a 4-H Teen Nutrition Leaders.  I have not given any clearances this year 2010/2011. 

I expect this workshop to last at least 2 hours, but not more than 3 hours.  I know this is long, but if we can't get everything covered we will have another workshop.  

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2011 Share the Fun Rules and Guidelines

Please find attached the updated 2011 State Share The Fun Rules & Guidelines.  Please note the following changes for 2011:

Clarification of two categories have been made:
* Musical--Instrumental -- This category will allow for 1 to 9 performers who play instruments only.  Last year this category was individuals only.
* Solo/Band Performance -- This category will allow for 1 to 9 performers who sing and play instruments.  Last year this category was called Band and required 2 to 9 performers.  This category will now allow individuals to sing and play and groups of 2 to 9 to sing and/or play.

The Share The Fun contest will be held on Thursday, June 16 at State Roundup!  There will be no categories on Wednesday.  We will have 3 contest locations with 2 categories in each room.  All contests should be able to finish up between 12-1:00 pm with awards at approximately 3:00.  Unloading of props and a contestant/coach orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoon!

Attachments:  Share the Fun Rules and Guidelines

Monday, September 20, 2010

The 4-H Photography Project is Clicking Off to a Great Start

The 4-H Photography Project members met at the 4-H Extension Office to start exploring new ways to take pictures.  The photography project encourages self-expression and teaches proper use of photographic equipment and developing processes. In addition, Photography provides opportunities for career exploration and promoting 4-H.  Teen Project Leader Catlyn Wold of Terrell (3rd from left) works with junior 4-H members on special effects done with easy at home props.
Next project meeting will be going to the Dallas Arboretum for fall foliage pictures.

Textile 4-H Group Learning new ideas.

The 4-H Textile project led by Pandora Bonner of Kaufman is learning new sewing ideas with material not normally worked with in the textile project and then how to market their ideas.  The 4-H'ers are learning to sew bags and totes from plastic feed sacks that are collected from local supporters.  Then the 4-H'ers design a bag using the logos from the feed sack to make handy re-usable items.
The youth learn alot about choosing their materials, cutting them to a free hand design, putting in a zipper, to finding ways to market them to raise money for their textile project.
Picture 1 - Kaitlyn Lumpkin, Chloe Costello and Project Leader Laurie Celella learn how to set the tension on the sewing machine for different types of materials.

Picture 2 - Senior 4-H'ers Caroline Costello and Cassie Boyd help cut designs and start the sewing process for the younger 4-H'ers.

Rabbit Project Members Prepare for the State Fair

Kaufman County 4-H Rabbit Project Members Abby Celella of Poetry, Kaitlyn Pagel of Forney, and Kaitlyn Lumpkin of Kaufman work with 4-H Project Leader Angela Pagel to prepare for the State Fair of Texas Rabbit Show held on October 1st to the 3rd in Dallas. Also showing in Dallas will be Hannah Celella of Poetry and Kevin Pagel of Forney.  Good Luck 4-H'ers!!

Texas Rabbit Extravaganza Time is Here!!!

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November 20, 2010
Coryell County Activity Complex,
303 Veterans Memorial Loop Gatesville, TX.


People who do not own rabbits can still compete in
Rabbit breed identification, Rabbit hands-on judging, Rabbit educational poster, Rabbit photo contests, Rabbit art (graphic/handicrafts) contests, Rabbit t-shirt design.

   Other contests include Rabbit showmanship, Best dressed rabbit costume & THE RABBIT SHOW!!

   Volunteers are always needed.  The show could not go on without you!!


For more information or to volunteer contact Kathy Brase at 254-216-9199 or Eddie Bruton at 254-223-0284 or e-mail the Rabbit Extravaganza Booster Club at rabbitevents@yahoo.com.

Please NOTE:   NEW email address for the Extravaganza for all future correspondence is:
Please use this new email for all future correspondence relating to the event. 
Catalog and Waiver form can be found on the State 4-H website .
State website will also have special events score sheets (no changes from last year) and the Showmanship Guide and score sheet that is used for the Extravaganza.
Contact numbers for show officials are listed in the catalog.
This email will not be monitored on a regular basis, so again, please direct all e-communications to the new email address as noted above.
Good luck!

News from the Gardening Club 4-H Project Leader

Hello to all you who are interested in the 4H Gardening Club!
The Gardening Club is a project club and will meet 4x this fall semester.
Our meeting dates are:
September 25th
October 9th
October 30th
November 13th
We will be meeting from 9AM to 12PM at Walls Family Farm. If you need directions, please drop me a line/call me and I'll get directions to you.
Younger siblings are welcome to come as long as a parent is with them at all times to help with noise and motion. If they are able to join in, the more the merrier!
Our meeting on September 25th will be all about composting, specifically vermi-composting...which is composting with worms! Yes, there will be worms on site for you to touch and do experiments with.
We will be preparing our garden beds with compost and topping everything off with hay to insulate and compost into our beds.
If you are interested in doing a gardening/horticulture project, you will find enough learning experiences just at our meetings this year to fill out an entire project. Remember! 4H is not just about animals! You can have a great year and fill an entire record book with projects without ever touching anything that eats, drinks, or has hair!
Things to bring if you have it:
A pitch fork or shovel for spreading hay and compost.
A plastic tub with lid if you want to take some worms home with you for fishing or for your own garden.
Wear clothes and shoes appropriate for dirt and fun!
See you at 9!
Vicki Stecher

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sam Houston State University Youth Horse Judging contest

Sam Houston State University is hosting a horse judging clinic and contest Saturday November 6, 2010.  The event will be held on the campus of SHSU and will include instruction on Reining, Western Riding, Hunter Hack, Trail, Western Horsemanship, and Hunt Seat Equitation.  The clinic and contest is open to youth as well as adults.  The clinic will be held from 8:30 to 1pm with lunch provided.  The contest will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Registration forms will soon be available at http://www.shsu.edu/agr.  Please pass along to whomever you may think would be interested.  For more information see attached flyer or contact Dr. Matt McMillan at mlm018@shsu.edu.  Thanks for your interest.

New Tractor Supply Partnership - See What's in Store for your 4-H

National 4-H Council is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) on a multi-year, multi-faceted cause marketing and sponsorship program! TSC will provide support to 4-H nationally and locally through various retail fundraising events, such as Paper Clover Promotions, and offer special discounts and other opportunities to 4-H’ers. Following are some of the exciting components of this program:

4-H Memory Contest – Win a TSC gift card by submitting your favorite 4-H memory, visit the TSC website to learn more.
Out Here with Animals Event (Oct. 2, 2010) - Kick off National 4-H Week at your local TSC by participating in Out Here with Animals!  See FAQ for more information.
Fall Paper Clover Promotion (November 5-14, 2010) – Save-the-date, more information coming soon!
TSC Reusable Bags (In-stores now!) – See FAQ for more information.

Texas 4-H News

There are six new blog items for this week.  


1.  The Child-Driven Education - by Sugata Mitra - Video from TED - A video that could revolutionize the way we teach youth.  WOW!
2.  one day 4-H less than one month away!
3.  News Release - Stripes Mobile Campaign
4.  4-H Natural Resource Programs (including Shooting Sports)
5.  Now Premiering at a Computer Near You: The 4-H Blitz Video
6.  4-H Robotics Report

To view the blog, please click below:


Have a great week!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

District IV 4-H Fall Focus - September 18th

The District IV 4-H Program is kicking off the 2010-2011 4-H year with a Fall Focus on September 18th.
We will begin with our Regular Business Meeting at 1:00 P.M. followed by educational workshops between 2 and 6 P.M. for both youth and adult participants.
Youth topics will include; Writing & Publicity, Service Learning, Team Building, Etiquette, and Recreation Ideas.
Adult workshops will cover New Parent / Leader 101, 4‐H Scholarship Program, Recordbook Tips, Educational Presentations, and Club Resources (Club Ed & the Recreation Handbook).
Dinner, carnival games, and a dance will round off the night. Activities will end at 9:30 P.M.
Youth ages 13 to 19, District Delegates and Adult Leaders are encouraged to attend. Registration is available on 4-H Connect (https://texas.4honline.com/) until September 11th. Full registration (workshops, meals, and evening activities) is $12 and those who do not wish to stay for the evening activities and dinner can register for $4.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

one day 4-H: How are you going to Make a Difference for Life?

On Saturday, October 9, 2010 4-H members all across Texas will once again give back to the the communities and counties that have provided support to our program for more than 103 years. 

one day 4-H, is our programs way of making a difference in the lives of Texas.  Each 4-H member is encouraged on a individual, club, and/or county level to step forward and participate in a community service project on this day.  In 2009, we had over 9,000 4-H members and adults go out and serve - we challenge each of you to get our participation over 15,000!  You can do it!

Resources are available on the one day 4-H website to help groups plan, organize, and implement their community service project.  Each group is ask to start signing their project up on-line so we can be see the great and awesome projects being planned.

Awards will be given to groups throughout Texas who have significant success and accomplishment in their project.  These awards are being generosity sponsored by the current state-wide sponsors of:  Blue Bell Creameries, Dr. Martha Couch, Mr. & Mrs. Preston Sides, and Mr Bill Jerman.


Order your one day 4-H T-Shirts Now!
News from the Texas 4-H Store
Show your pride on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in the second edition of the one day 4-H t-shirt.  Each shirt is only $5.75 per shirt and can be ordered up until September 19, 2010 for guaranteed delivery by the 9th.  Shirts can be ordered on-line through the Texas 4-H Store.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

2011 Texas 4-H Roundup Logo and Theme Contest - DEADLINE EXTENDED Sept 13th

The Texas 4-H Roundup Logo and Theme Contest is Back!!!

It seems like the 2010 Texas 4-H Roundup just ended, and Summer just began, but moving into August planning is already underway to make the 2011 Texas 4-H Roundup even bigger and better. The first step in making the 2011 Texas 4-H Roundup a memorable one is getting the logo and theme that will help provide the groundwork for the rest of the year. Last year's theme, "The Road Goes on Forever and 4-H Never Ends" help set the stage for the 2010 Roundup and truly provide a road of new opportunities that youth explored. It is the hopes of Texas 4-H faculty and staff that this year will be no different. We highly encourage individuals, groups, and even counties to take advantage of this opportunity to put their mark on the 2011 Texas 4-H Roundup. Below are a few items that are important if you are interested in submitting an entry.

- Deadline for all entries are due September 13, 2010
- Entries may be hand drawn or submitted in a .jpg format
- More information may be found at the following website http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/library/files/youth_roundup_logo.pdf

For more information, please contact Kyle Merten at kjmerten@ag.tamu.edu
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

4H Archery Team Scores Well at Ellis County 4-H Archery Tournament

Kaufman County 4H Archery Team traveled to Waxahachie, Texas to compete in the 4-H Archery Competition hosted by the Ellis County 4-H.  Senior 4-H member Dacota Taylor won the Senior II Mens Recurve Aided Division. 
Junior 4-H members also excelled in the competition with Chloe Costello winning the Intermediate Ladies Compound Unaided Division, Ashley Murrey placed 2nd in the  Int. Ladies Compound Unaided Division and Blain Murrey placing 7th in the Jr. Boys Compound Unaided Division.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kaufman County 4-H Swine Project show their stuff at the Fort Worth Junior Swine Show

Kaufman County 4-H Swine Project members Jacob and Jordan Reznicek showed off their hard work at the Fort Worth Junior Breeding Swine Show.

Jacob competed with his Yorkshire which he placed 6th (pictured top with his dad Brian Reznicek) and his two Berkshire gilts that received a 6th and an 8th.

Jordan exhibited his two Duroc gilts and received a 2nd and a 6th (pictured below with Jacob his brother helping show).

The Reznicek family will be competing next in February at the San Antonio Junior and Open Breeding Swine show. For more information on the 4-H Swine project, contact the Kaufman County Extension office at (972) 932-9069 or email at cl-sharp@tamu.edu.

Kaufman County 4-H’ers Exhibit at the Fort Worth Junior Heifer Show

Kaufman County Hooves and Horn 4-H Beef Club members did very well the first week of the Fort Worth Livestock Show. Kaufman County 4-H had 13 exhibitors competing in the Fort Worth Livestock Show competing in the Junior Heifer Show.

In the Junior Shorthorn Heifer Show, Hailey Hawes of Crandall placed 1st with her September 2008 Junior Heifer. Justin Jenkins also of Crandall placed 2nd with his July 2008 heifer.

In the Junior Angus Heifer Show, Clarrisa Perez (pictured) of Forney placed 5th with her January Jr Heifer Calf, Bailey Buchanan of Crandall placed 4th with her May 2008 Yearling Heifer, Micah Stahlman of Kaufman placed 10th with her Early Senior Heifer Calf and Hannah Stahlman of Kaufman placed 4th with her Late Senior Heifer Calf.

In the Junior Maine Anjou Heifer show, Brock Rademacher of Mabank placed 5th with his August of 2009 Heifer Calf and Brogan Rademacher placed 10th with her March of 2009 heifer.

In the Junior Polled Hereford Heifer show, Brooke Jones of Wills Point placed 2nd with her January 2009 Heifer and Brooke Adams of Wills Point placed 1st with her yearling Heifer.

In the Junior Hereford Heifer show, Klee Walker of the Terrell, placed 2nd with his March 2009 Heifer Calf and Micheal Hawes (pictured) of Crandall was the Senior Heifer Calf Division Reserve Champion.

In the Junior Charolais Heifer show, Taylor Rademacher from Mabank was 4th with her April Jr Yearling Heifer.

The 6 of the Beef Club members will be competing next week during Fort Worth Stock Show Market Steer show. For more information on the 4-H Beef Project, contact the Kaufman County Extension office at (972) 932-9069 or email at cl-sharp@tamu.edu.

Junior Horse Judging Team Competes at the Johnson Co Open Invitational

The Kaufman County 4-H Horse Judging team competed against 27 other Intermediate teams at the Johnson County Junior Open Invitational in Alvarado, Texas. Hannah and Abby Celella, Marly St Clair, Kaitlyn Lumpkin, Kaitlyn Pagel and TJ Graham made up the two teams. With Hannah and Abby Celella, and Marly St Clair placing 14th overall and first in the halter division. And Kaitlyn Lumpkin, Kaitlyn Pagel and TJ Graham placed 17th.
For the Individual placings - Abby Celella placed 10th overall and Marly St Clair was third overall in the intermediate division. The next contest for the junior team will be at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

District IV 4-H Lock In a BIG success!!

176 4-H'ers from across the 22 county area converged on Crazy Jakes in Plano for a leadership LockIn. The nights activities included leadership workshops, rock climbing, teamwork activities and paint ball, plus all the other fun activities Crazy Jakes had to offer.
The 4-H members also made a memory quilt with old 4-H camp t-shirts. Council Officers Catlyn Wold and Kelvin Word attended the Lock In for the County Council in Kaufman County, with County Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth Development Carrie Sharp and Renee Word, Program Assistant for 4-H in the Classroom acting as chaperons.

8th Annual Working Cowhorse Clinic a Big Success

32 youth and adults participated in the 8th Annual Working Cow Horse in Athens Texas. Matt McMillian from Sam Houston State University and his Horsemanship Instructor Team did a great job working with the participants.
Participants learned how to work a cow, how to use a "flag" to help train their horses to follow a cow and also basic reining maneuvers.
Participants came all across the northeast Texas area from Denton County to Rains down to Houston County.
Pictured is 4-H Horse Teen Leaders Catlyn Wold (left) and Lisa Roberts (right) demonstrating how to position your horse to the cow down the fence.