4-H Events and Activities

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hold the Date!! Food and Nutrition Workshops in the Making!

Hold the Date!!  Food and Nutrition Workshops in the Making!

Hold the dates for December 19th and January 9th for Food and Nutrition Workshop. Katie Phillips, CEA-FCS is cooking up some tasty fun is just a few months away!!  More Info to come.

Hold the Date!!!Clothing and Textile Workshop – Nov 21st

Hold the Date!!!Clothing and Textile Workshop – Nov 21st
Come join the council members and 4-H Clothing leaders for some fun with the Clothing and Textile Workshop on November 21st from 1-5 pm at the extension office. More Information will come but I hear that there may be some Towel Animals, Quilting Blocks, some trash bag fun and some sewing to boot!!  Save the date for some sewing fun!!

Fall Dog Project Workshop and Show

Fall Dog Project Workshop and Show
Kaufman County 4-H Dog Project Leaders and Teen Leaders will be hosting a Fall Show Series.  Entry fee is $5.00 per class. (Late entries $10.00 per class.  This dog show is open to youth 8 and in 3rd grade to 18 years of age.  One does not need to be a member of 4-H to participate; however classes are aligned with the Texas 4-H Dog show and AKC rules.  Youth may exhibit one dog (mixed breed or purebred) in each class which is owned by the youth or the immediate family.  No viscous dogs allowed. Management reserves the right to excuse any Dog or person showing unsafe or objectionable behavior in the arena or on the grounds.
Dates for the shows are –
September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th

Held at the Kaufman County Showgrounds with registration at 8 am and the workshops starting at 9 am.

Kaufman County 4-H Shooting Sports Project

Kaufman County 4-H Shooting Sports Project
It is starting to cool off and so the Rifle and Archery projects are getting ready to kick back off.  If you are new to the Shooting Sports Project please call the extension office.  Below is the schedule for the Practices for this fall.

After the first meeting on September 20th we will divide up the groups into shooting crews to stagger the youth coming in.

September 20th – 1-5 PM  at the showgrounds
October 25th – 1-5 pm at the showgrounds
November 8th and 22nd – 1-5 pm at the showgrounds
December 13th – 1-5 pm at the showgrounds

For a fun weekend activity we will have a “camp out” at my place in Scurry on October 23-24th. You will need a tent and a sleeping bag and maybe some snacks. More Info to come.

NEW!! and IMPORTANT!! 2016 Spring Heifer Verification

2016 Spring Heifer Verification
Spring Show Heifer Verification is for the 2016 Spring Major Stock Shows (Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Star of Texas, and San Angelo) junior heifer shows.

Important Dates:
 · *NEW  Deadline to order a UIN September 11th, 2015 Texas Heifer Validation UIN Order Period. $10.00 per UIN you pay just like ordering a tag for markets now so don’t guess how many heifers you might have you will pay for how many you will ACTUALLY validate in.
 · A Color copy set of papers MUST be turned in WITH the tag order.

 * Heifers validated last fall or this summer will not be validated unless there has been a change in breed or ownership.



Are you interested in learning about golf or learning to play golf?  Ralph Davis, CEA-Ag and NR is looking for some young people to give this new project a go.  We are setting up for our first meeting September 29th at 6:30 pm at the Extension Office.  So if you are interested please call in to get on the list.  The first meeting will be Golf 101 so you will not even need clubs for the first meeting.  Just come in to see what it is all about.

NEW SPIN Club!! Guitar Spin Club


4-H council member Kristen Woods is looking for some fun 4-H members that would like to get together and learn playing the guitar.  We are looking at the 2nd Monday of September the 14th  at 4:30 pm here at the Extension.  Come on in for some fun!!!

Council News

Council News

Council Meeting

The next 4-H Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 15th, 6:30 pm at the Extension Office.
The New Year Begins
Club Meeting Schedule for the 2015-2016 4-H Year

·   STEM Club – September 3, 2015, (1st Thursday of Month), first meeting will be at the Kaufman County Show Grounds at 6:30 pm but the regular monthly meetings will be at the Extension Office. The Short Term Project Club focuses only on the STEM and Robotics projects.  Club Manager – Angela Pagel
·   Crandall 4-H – September 8th (2nd Tuesday of Month), Crandall Community Room, 6:30 pm Community Club focusing on the total 4-H program.  Club Manager – Jennifer Hiser
·   Council – September 15th, (3rd Tuesday of Month) Extension Office, 6:30 pm For all 4-H Teen Leaders that are 13 – 18 years old.  This Youth Board teaches leadership and team building to teen leaders.  And assists with bringing all of the clubs together and keeping everyone in touch with the Kaufman County 4-H Program
·   Livestock Project Club – September 17th (3rd Thursday of Month), Showgrounds. 6:30 pm ALL animal projects (rabbit, cattle, swine, lambs, goats, dairy and horses.) meet during this time.  The meetings start with team building for the youth and the adults meeting to get dates and information about up coming deadlines.  The youth then have a short meeting by dividing out to their specific projects for fun.
·   County Liners 4-H – September 22nd, (4th Tuesday of Month) Extension Office. 6:30 pm  Community Club focusing on the total 4-H Program. Club Managers – Vicki Stecher and Steve Rattan

Instructions for 4H Connect
Attached to the newsletter is the Instructions on navigating through the 4-H website to re-enroll or if you are a 1st time member.  Remember that if you have any questions call the extension office to get some help and if you competed in the recordbook be looking for your award for completion when you check out.  Members that completed a record book to a score of 80 received $10.00 off their membership.  Those that qualified for District Competition will received $20.00 for their efforts in the Record Book program.

Council Fund Raiser!!!
The County Council drawing has STARTED on Wednesday 19th.  Keep watch on the Facebook and the Blog for the winning numbers!!
Prizes Available are….
Week 1 – Marlin Lever Action 30-30 Cal
                Congratulations to Mrs Horton first winner!!
Week 2 – 2 Mountain Bikes
                Congratulations to Ms Hilliard second week winner
Week 3 – Winchester SXP 12 ga Wood stock
Week 4 – Sony Alpha A3000 Digital Camera
Week 5 – Remington 700 30-06 cal Synthetic Stock
Week 6 – 42: LED Television
Week 7 – Glock 17/9mm pistol
Week 8 – 16 Gigabyte iPad Air
Week 9 – Night Vision Scope Photon XT
Week 10 – A Day at the Wall Family Christmas Tree Farm for Christmas.

Proceeds will go to benefit the Kaufman County 4-H Council Scholarship Fund.
Flyer of the weeks prizes is attached to this newsletter.

One Day 4H
One day 4-H is one day for all the 4-H members, parents, leaders, and volunteers to step out into their communities and county and say “thank you” by giving back for them more than 103 years of support to 4-H in Texas. This day of community service is whatever each 4-H members, club, or county 4-H Program wants it to be. It could be as simple as picking up trash and mowing the lawn for senior citizens to elaborate as hosting a 5K Walk/Run and raising money for a cause. Get your club together and register just how you are going to make a difference in your community!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Council Raffle August 19th Winner!!

Congratulations to Marsha Horton!! She was holding the winning ticket number 132 for the Wednesday night Texas Pick 3 10 pm drawing.  Thank you for supporting the 4-H Youth Council!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Win a POA Texas 4-H Essay Contest

Win a POA Texas 4-H Essay Contest
Texas Pony of Americas Club is pleased announce the 2015 Win A POA 4-H Essay Contest. This is a statewide 4-H contest open to registered Texas 4-H club members between the ages of 9 (or entered in the third grade) and 16 as of August 31. The purpose of this contest is to acquaint 4-H members with the Pony of the Americas breed, horse ownership and care in general. The winner will receive a registered POA, halter and lead rope, a Junior Membership for a year in the Texas POA Club, and various other donated prizes.

“Texas POA is very excited and pleased to offer this contest to Texas 4-H members. It’s a great opportunity to connect a youth who desires to train and compete with their own horse with a quality pony and youth oriented breed organization,” said contest coordinator and Texas POA Vice President Julie Hinz.

Pat Burton, a National POAC Director, Texas POA Director, and professional farrier, will personally choose the young pony to be given through the contest.

In order to enter the contest, 4-Hers must complete an essay, questionnaire and something creative, as well as provide a letter of recommendation from their 4-H leader. Deadline to enter the competition is October 15,2015. Please log onto the club’s website at www.texaspoa.com/4hessay.html or email 4-H Essay Coordinator Julie Hinz hinzjulie@hotmail.com for a complete set of rules and entry form. The pony will be awarded during the Texas Pony of the Americas Club Turkey Trot IBC Show to be held at Navarro County Exposition Center in Corsicana, Texas, November 21-22, 2015.

Monday, August 17, 2015

National Youth Science Day - September 3rd

Kaufman County 4-H youth will conduct the two-part “Motion Commotion” experiment on September 3rd, at 6:30 pm at the Kaufman County Show Grounds in Kaufman, TX, where they will use every day materials – including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator and cell phone – to explore physics in the real-world. In the first phase, youth will construct a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and will explore the science behind the car’s collisions. In the second phase, they will lead an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving.

Come Join the fun!  Contact the Carrie Sharp, 4-H County Extension Agent at the Extension Office to get on the list so that we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone.  (972) 932-9069.

Friday, August 07, 2015

One Day 4-H

Shoot Like a Pro Workshop sign up deadline August 20th!!

Award winning Dallas County 4-H’er, Michael Apodaca, is hosting the Shoot Like a Pro Photography Workshop on Saturday, August 29th at the Biodiversity Education Center in Coppell, Texas. This workshop is designed to have participants work directly with pro photographers. Acclaimed photographers Mike Morgan (lifestyle portrait) and Dick Patrick (food) are confirmed, with more to come! Registration is limited to the first thirty youth. See attached flyer and registration form to enter.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Congratulations to Our Senior Record Books

Congratulations to our Senior 4-H'ers Katlin Lumpkin, Kaitlyn Pagel and Hannah Celella.  Their books qualified for State 4-H Judging going up against the best of the 12 districts in their respective project areas.

Katlin Lumpkin placed 3rd with her Companion Animal Record book, Hannah Celella placed 5th out of 12 in the Sheep Record Books and Kaitlyn Pagel was 1st with her Leadership Record book.  Congratulations to our seniors!!! and all of their hard work.