September 2011 Clover Leaf

Kayla Segura, Grote, Sheena  |  8/15/2011 7:57:11 PM

4-H is for Everyone
4-H represents groups of young people in all parts of Acadia Parish having fun together and "Learning By Doing." 4-H clubs offer a world of opportunities for boys and girls to learn new things, go new places and meet new people. A 4-H club is an organized group of boys and girls; the members elect their own officers and operate as a democracy in action. Most 4-H clubs hold monthly meetings in their local school.

Who May Join?
Any boy or girl who is 9 years old by January 1st of the current school year through the 12th grade and is willing to follow the 4-H ideals and standards is eligible for membership.

What are the Goals of 4-H?
4-H helps youth become strong citizens through club and community activities, congenial neighbors through wholesome companionship in club and community, skilled and responsible adults through project work, well-trained individuals through wise guidance in varied experiences, and cooperative family members through 4-H family events.

What is a 4-H Project?
It is a unit of 4-H work which is the basis of "Learning By Doing" experiences which involves skills such as planting shade trees, repairing a bicycle, collecting insects, planting flowers, making a shirt, making projects for your home, sewing a pillow, taking pictures, wiring a lamp, woodworking, fishing, hunting, etc. The series of learning experiences built into every 4-H project are the tools used to help shape the character of 4-H youth. 4-H members may select one or two projects to work on and complete and are expected to submit their completed books in the records competition in the spring.

What Does it Cost to Join?
You will pay $5.00 for the entire year to the Acadia Parish 4-H office. This is collected in your club by the treasurer and your local leaders. Some clubs choose to collect extra money for their own treasury. The dues you pay to the Parish 4-H office assist with programs and awards and expenses for both parish and state 4-H programs.

What are Some Other 4-H Programs?
Camping, dress revues, recreation, demonstrations, trips, fairs, parish contests, 4-H University, project workshops, Achievement Day and many other programs are offered through 4-H. Going places and doing things in 4-H helps to teach boys and girls to enjoy working together. These programs add interest to the 4-H project by offering additional fun-type educational opportunities that promote the ideals of 4-H.

Mandatory Outdoor Skills Meeting
The annual sign up meeting for 4-H'ers interested in outdoor skills will be held at the 4-H office on September 22 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to compete in shooting sports this year must come to the sign up meeting. All new and old shooting sports club members must attend the sign up meeting each year. At the sign up meeting 4-H’ers will receive required sign up forms. Bring a copy of your hunter safety card to the meeting. This meeting is mandatory; every participant needs an adult present.

Join the Junior Leadership Club!
This club is open to all 7th-12th grade 4-H members. Junior Leaders have fun helping younger 4-H’ers with their project work and assisting the less fortunate in their communities. This club also participates in numerous activities where members meet and make friends with other teenagers throughout the state. This month’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at the 4-H office. Dues are $15.00 to become a Junior Leader. To join just show up!

Ambassadors Needed to Promote Acadia Parish 4-H
We are looking for dedicated 4-H members in grades 8-12 to promote 4-H in Acadia Parish. The ambassadors will be expected to promote 4-H by attending civic organization meetings, presenting radio spots, encouraging others to join 4-H and completing community service activities. To apply, you will need to fill out an application and complete an interview. Applications are available at the 4-H office or online. Applications are due on September 19 - no exceptions! Interviews will be held at the 4-H office on September 26th.

Parish Food and Fitness Board
We are looking for dedicated 4-H members in grades 7-12 to promote healthy living in Acadia Parish. To apply, you will need to fill out an application and complete an interview. Applications are available at the 4-H office or online. Applications are due on September 19 - no exceptions! Interviews will be held at the 4-H office on September 26.

Back to School Dance
The Junior Leadership Club will be sponsoring a dance at the 4-H office on Saturday, September 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a $5.00 entry fee. Keep in mind that only youth in 4th –8th grades are able to attend. Bring money for the concession stand.

“Circle of 4-H”
The Circle of 4-H will be held during National 4-H week. This event is open to all youth. Some of the activities that will be going on will be exploring 4-H, a pet show, stick horse rodeo and much more. This event will be held at Redemptorist Catholic located in South Crowley on Saturday, October 8, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information and to receive a pet show entry form, please see your 4-H club leader.

Pet Show
Open to all 4-H members.

Held at Circle of 4-H Day. One (1) pet per participant (may choose to take part in 2 categories).

Contest description: registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the show starts at 9 a.m. There will be three divisions: dogs, cats, and any other pets. No large farm animals, rabbits or wild animals are allowed to enter. All pets must be owned by the
4-H’er entering the animal. All animals must remain on a leash or in a cage during the show. Pet show categories: largest snout, best dressed sports theme, longest hair, most creative haircut, most obedient and owner and pet look alike.

Please note that categories and characteristics to be judged in the pet show will vary. We may add or delete categories depending on the number of pets registered.

4-H Camp Grant Walker Needs Your Ideas!
What’s a good theme for 2012 summer camp? Send us your most creative idea for a slogan in 7 words or less. Make sure it is a "catchy" phrase that captures the spirit of 4-H Camp Grant Walker. Your phrase should contain the following: a picture that expresses your phrase, full name, age, parish, 4-H club, mailing address and telephone number. You may email, fax or mail your entries by 4 p.m. on October 25 to the 4-H office in Crowley. The winner’s slogan will be used for the 2012 4-H camp theme and T-Shirts. The winner will also get a monetary award.

National 4-H Week, October 2-8, 2011
National 4-H Week is October 2-8! We would like to see all clubs participate in activities such as making treats for teachers, hanging signs or banners around school, have green and white dress up day, etc. Take the time to celebrate your wonderful club organization. Remember we are having a School Display Picture Club Contest! Must be an outside school display and is due via email to the agents on October 7.

Achievement Day Themes
Do you enjoy drawing and expressing yourself artistically? If yes, then the Achievement Day Theme Contest is for you! All you need to do is come up with a catchy slogan and a colorful picture. Draw your creation on regular 8 1/2" X 11" typing paper and turn it into your leader. Entries relating to the advertisement of cigarettes or alcohol will not be accepted. All entries must be turned in to the 4-H office by 4 p.m. on October 18. No computer generated themes will be accepted! If you have any questions, please call the office at 337-788-8821.

Alice Lancon Cooking Contest – Louisiana Cattle Festival
The Alice Lancon Memorial Cooking Contest will be held October 14, 2011, at the LSU AgCenter Extension Service office in Abbeville. Exhibits must be entered between 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. Please arrive in enough time to enter dishes. Rules for the contest can be found at the Acadia Parish 4-H office or call the office for more information.

4-H Day at the LSU Game
The Annual 4-H Day with the Tigers game will be November 12 against Western Kentucky. The tickets are discount priced at $25 and all seats are located in the east upper deck; there will be 2,000 tickets available to 4-H. The tailgate program will also be held in Parker Coliseum with food, games for 4-H members, door prizes, and appearances by the LSU Golden Girls, Tiger Girls, LSU Cheerleaders, and Mike the Tiger. Free parking will also be provided around Parker Coliseum. If you are interested in participating, please contact the 4-H office by September 15.

Challenge Camp
4-H Challenge Camp is a regional event that is geared toward teenagers learning the concepts of working together as a team with emphasis on communication skills. The event is held in Pollock, Louisiana, at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center. Challenge Camp is open to all 7th and 8th graders. Camp will be held November 17-19, 2011. If you have attended as a camper before, you are ineligible to attend again. Applications, along with a check payable to the "Acadia 4-H Foundation" are due by October 18, 2011. The cost of camp is $75.00. This includes all meals, a T-shirt, and transportation to and from camp. Money is non-refundable after October 13. Contact Kayla Haydel or the 4-H office for an application form.

Boater Safety Course
Did you know that all persons born after January 1, 1984, must complete a boating safety course in order to operate a boat? Come take this safe boating course lead by Wildlife and Fisheries on Saturday, December 17, 8 a.m., at the 4-H office in Crowley. You must preregister by calling the 4-H office, by November 18, at 337-788-8821. All parents are invited to stay; a $5.00 lunch fee will be collected upon arrival.

Horse Club Meeting
If you like horses, then we have the club for you! Join the Horse Club by attending the upcoming meeting on September 19 at the 4-H office in Crowley at 5:30p.m. You do not need a horse to join and parents and Cloverbuds are invited to attend.

First Year Livestock Exhibitors
If this is your first year to show livestock in Acadia Parish or you have not shown for a while, please contact the 4-H office as soon as possible and let us know you are interested.

Livestock Possession Dates

Animals must be in exhibitor’s possession and validated by the following dates:

Steers August 15
Market, Breeding, and Commercial Sheep November 7
Market, Breeding, and Commercial Goats November 7
Beef Breeding and Commercial Heifers November 7
Dairy Breeding and Commercial Dairy November 7
Exhibition Poultry November 7
Rabbit December 1
Market and Breeding Swine December 4


Parish Livestock Validation
Commercial heifer, commercial doe, commercial ewe, market goat and market lamb validation is November 2-4 at the 4-H office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Animals must be validated in order to be exhibited at the parish, district and state livestock shows. The cost to validate each animal is $4.00

Livestock Shows

September 16-17 Allen Parish Fair Open Livestock Show, Oberlin at the Parish Fair Grounds
September 22-24 Sugarcane Festival Livestock Show, New Iberia
October 14 Louisiana Cattle Festival, Abbeville
November 5 Harry Laws Classic Livestock Show, Port Allen
November 18-19 Jim Bowie Livestock Show

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