February 2013

Casey Beavers, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  2/6/2013 2:09:44 AM

Clubs of the Month
Congratulations to the Jan. Clubs of the Month!
1st place  UCES 5
2nd place  OBCA 6-7
3rd place  CPHS    
4th place  OBCA 4-5
5th place  UCES 4

Leaf Identification Contest
Ninety entries were submitted in Oct. for the Leaf ID Contest which was sponsored by the Caldwell 4-H Foundation. Cash prizes were awarded to first through fifth place winners in all three divisions of this contest. All participants received ribbons.
Grades 4-5 
1st place  Kylee Hillestad
2nd place  Kade Hillestad
3rd place  Brady May
4th place  Rowdy James Michaud
5th place  Victoria Ellerbe
Grades 6-8
1st place  Jake Rollins
2nd place  Jackson McCann
3rd place  Abby Rowland
3rd place  Maura Roberts
Grades 9-12
1st place  Nealy McCoy
2nd place  Krista Weems
3rd place  Bailey Coates

Photography Contest
Nineteen photography contest entries were submitted by 4-H'ers in Dec. 2012. This contest is divided into 3 categories, Story or Series, Plants or Animals and People, Structures or Buildings. Sponsors for this contest are Clerk of Court Eugene Dunn, Assessor Scott Meredith and the Caldwell 4-H Foundation.

Story or Series

Grades 4-5
1st place  Abbie McCann          2nd place  Brady May            3rd place  Victoria Ellerbe
Grades 6-8
1st place   Jake Rollins            2nd place  Jackson McCann
Grades 9-12
1st place  Alicia Foy

People, Structures, Buildings
Grades 4-5
1st place  Dalton Meredith

Plants or Animals
Grades 4-5
1st place Kade Hillestad           2nd place  Gabe LaVigne           3rd place Georgia Orr
Blue ribbon group: Abigayle Hatten, Victoria Ellerbe, Taylor Snow, Kylee Hillestad, Hadley Smith and Lindsey Coates
Grades 6-8
1st place Tracer Houston           2nd place Cari Scott
Grades 9-12
1st place  Krista Weems           2nd place  Erin Scott                 3rd place  Bailey Coates             3rd place  Nealy McCoy

Communication and Career Day
The 4-H Communication and Career Day will take place on Monday, Feb. 4 at Union Central Elementary School. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. 4-H'ers can enter the Career Preparation Interview, Demonstration and/or Ambassador Talk Contests. Please pre-register for this event by Wednesday, Jan. 30 by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663.

4-H Summer Camp - "Let's Have a Ball at 4-H Camp!"
4-H Camp registration has begun! Caldwell 4-H'ers will camp this year from July 1-5. To be eligible to attend, a 4-H'er must be in 4th, 5th or 6th grade and be 12 years of age or younger on Jan. 1, 2013. Camp fee is $175 and includes food, lodging, a t-shirt, picture and transportation. If you are on free or reduced lunch and would like to go to camp, ask about the Chancellor's Scholarship Program. A non-refundable $50 deposit for summer camp must be paid by Friday, March 15 to reserve your spot for camp. Payment is by check or money order only, made payable to Caldwell 4-H. All remaining camp fees must be paid and forms completed and turned in to the 4-H office by Friday, June 14. Registration must be completed at the Caldwell Parish LSU AgCenter office, 106 Jackson Street in Columbia, Louisiana. Do not send camp forms or money to your child's school. There will be a $25 charge for returned checks. Camp Grant Walker is an 80-acre campsite located near Pollock, Louisiana, about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. 4-H Camp is a valuable learning experience that helps boys and girls learn independence, appreciate the outdoors, live together as a group, get along with others and meet people with different interests and backgrounds. The camp week is 4½ days. Campers will participate in activity tracks each morning and have recreational time in the afternoons with free time for swimming, arts and crafts and/or dancing in the evening after the assembly. Campers will select one activity track to participate in including dramatic arts, outdoor adventures, food and fitness, wetlands, science, engineering and technology or hunter education for campers 10 and older. Campers can also participate in a talent show to be held during evening assembly. If you are interested in going to Camp, please come by our office as soon as possible to sign-up. Our camp numbers are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-pay basis.

Junior Leadership Conference 2013 - "There's No Place Like JLC"
4-H Junior Leader Conference will be held March 8-10 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, Louisiana. JLC increases the leadership skills and knowledge of youth across Louisiana through a variety of workshops focused on leadership development, communication, teamwork, service learning, youth-adult partnerships and time mangement. The conference is open to all 4-H members 14 years and older that are considered to be potential leaders in the parish. Deadline to register for the conference is Friday, February 8.  Registration fee for food, lodging and a t-shirt is $80. Please register at the 4-H office at 106 Jackson Street in Columbia. Tracks for JLC 2013 are Service Learning, Teamwork, Leadership, Life Skills, Outdoors, SET and Healthy Living.

Meet the Grayson 4-H Officers
4th Grade
President - Karlie Townsend
Vice President - Jaron Townsend
Secretary - Charity McKeithen
Reporter - Jayna Carter

5th Grade
President - Lindsey Coates
Vice President - Jacey Smith
Secretary - Phynix O'Neal
Reporter - Mallory Westbrooks

Get "Pulled" Into This Service Project!
Three blocks from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana is the Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Louisiana. Renovations changed a church into a home-away-from-home for family members of hospitalized patients in the northeast Louisiana, south Arkansas area. This is not just a place to stay, but a home like environment where families can give each other emotional support and understanding. There are more than 150 Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States, Canada and overseas.

Since the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe opened in 1985, it has hosted more than 8,000 families from 30 states and 9 foreign countries. Primarily they have served trauma, heart disease, cancer, serious childhood diseases and families of premature babies who need to be close to area hospitals. Each 4-H club can help the Ronald McDonald House with no expense and very little effort by collecting pop tabs. Please bring your collections to the 4-H office on Friday, April 5, where we will decide which club has collected the most tabs. The winning club will get a prize! Why not recycle the whole can? Because we do not have room to store them and sanitation is a problem with sticky soda cans. How many tabs make a pound? 763. A gallon milk jug will hold 5 pounds of tabs. A 5-gallon water bottle will hold approximately 25 pounds.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 4  Communication and Career Day - Union Central Elementary School
Feb. 9-16  LSU State Livestock Show - Gonzalez, La.
Feb. 18  Northeast Region Area Cookery Contest - Rayville, La.
Feb. 26-27  Ag Adventures - Delhi, La.
Feb. 28  Beef Poster Contest entries due

March 8-10  Junior Leader Conference - Camp Grant Walker, Pollock, La.
March 15  4-H Camp deposit deadline
March 16-17  Food and Fitness Camp - Camp grant Walker, Pollock, La.
March 18  4-H Pet Show - Caldwell Parish High School
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