October 2014

Jana Bennett, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  10/9/2014 12:14:09 AM

Caldwell 4-H leaders attended the 2014 Northeast Region Leader Forum.

Find Caldwell 4-H on the Web
Caldwell 4-H is on Facebook. For up-to-date Caldwell 4-H news, "Like" the page at www.facebook.com/caldwell4h. For 4-H contest rules, information and forms, visit the Contest page of this website. Remember to take your newsletter home and share it with your parents or guardian!

National 4-H Week
October 5-11 has been set as National 4-H Week! This event is designed to promote and celebrate 4-H throughout the country. It reminds us to pledge our heads to clearer thinking, our hearts to greater loyalty, our hands to larger service and our health to better living for our club, our community, our country and our world. Celebrate the uncommon commitment of 4-H'ers during National 4-H Week and recognize the confidence, passion and practical skills that prepare them to step up to the challenges of our complex, changing world.

Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
The 59th annual Louisiana Art and Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 in downtown Columbia. Make plans to visit the 4-H mini-farm and the Children's Tent located on the Riverwalk. Members of the Junior Leader Club will be assisting with activities in the children's area.
 
Area Leader Forum
The Northeast Region Area Leader Forum was held on Sept. 24 at the Rayville Civic Center. Leaders Patricia Russell, Charlotte Michaud, Denise Kelly, Katie Hillestad, Hannah Springer along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann represented Caldwell Parish. This year's meeting was a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Cooperative Extension Service in Louisiana. Participants attended professional development sessions focusing on science, wetlands and club meetings.

Junior Leader Club
The Junior Leader Club is an afterschool project club for members in grades 7-12. Junior Leaders are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H events, serve as camp counselors and have fun! Enrollment is open. If you missed the first meeting last month, you can still join. Club dues are $20 for an individual membership or $35 for a family membership (2 members) and includes a 4-H t-shirt. The next meeting will be held from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Prekindergarten Center. We will be recruiting volunteers to work the Children's Tent at the Art and Folk Festival. 

Outdoor Skills Club
The Outdoor Skills Club focuses on the different disciplines in the 4-H Shooting Sports program including Rifle, Shotgun and Archery. The Shooting Sports program strives to teach 4-H'ers safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment including sound decision making, self-discipline and concentration and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. If you are a 4-H member and are interested in the Outdoor Skills Club, please call our office at (318) 649-2663 and leave your name, mailing address, telephone number, school and grade. We are planning to have an Outdoor Skills Club meeting at a later date and need to compile a list of members who would like to participate in this club. If you are a parent or adult who is interested in volunteering some of your time to help with this club or would be interested in training to become a Certified Instructor for one of the Shooting Sports disciplines, please contact Jana Bennett or Jim McCann at 649-2663.

Leaf ID Contest
Entries for the 4-H Leaf ID Contest are due to the 4-H office on Friday, Oct. 31. Submit a binder with 15 pages of leaves, one leaf per page. Leaves must be collected during the current school year. When identifying leaves, be specific. If a leaf is from a Southern Red Oak tree, write Southern Red Oak, not just oak leaf. If the leaf is from a Longleaf Pine tree, write Longleaf Pine, not just pine tree. Write your name, school and grade on the front cover of your book. Contest divisions are Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Entries will be judged on variety of leaves, correct number of pages and neatness of work. Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners.

Fall Foods Festival
The 4-H Fall Foods Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at Union Central Elementary School. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. with judging beginning at 10:00 a.m. Dish setup must be completed by 9:45 a.m. You must pre-register for this contest by calling the 4-H office at 649-2663 stating your name, dish category, school and grade and/or Consumer Foods Judging Contest by Wednesday, Nov. 5. Dish categories are Quick-N-Easy Ground Beef, Heart Healthy Ground Beef, Chicken, Egg, Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan and Sweet Potato. Dishes that won first place in last year's contest (Nov. 2013) cannot be entered in this year's contest. All dishes must be chilled (cold to the touch) and transported in an insulated ice chest with ice. No insulated totes or bags will be allowed. Dishes not properly chilled or transported will be disqualified. Serving dish size can be no larger than 11x16 or 12-inch round. Recipes used should not serve more than 12 servings. Recipes should be submitted on the recipe form available at the 4-H office or from the Fall Foods Festival Contest page of this website. Bring two copies of your recipe to the contest.

Members who do not want to enter a dish can still participate in this event by entering the Consumer Foods Judging Contest. Participants will rank classes of food items from restaurants, grocery stores and/or vending machines based on factors such as health, money, lifestyle or other requirements in the given situation and give written reasons.

For complete contest rules, dish category requirements and contest forms contact the 4-H office, your 4-H leader or visit the Fall Foods Festival Contest page of this website. 


4-H Fashion Revue
Handmade garments, shirts, and data forms for the 2015 4-H Fashion Revue are due to the 4-H office on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Appearance Judging is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12 at Grayson Elementary school. The 4-H Fashion Revue consists of the Clothing Construction, Decorated Shirt, Ready-to-Wear and Consumer Decision Making contests. Remember to submit a data form if you are planning to enter the Ready-to-Wear contest.

Photography Contest
Entries for the 4-H Photography Contest are due to the 4-H office by Friday, Dec. 19. Contest categories are A Story or Series; People, Structures or Buildings; Plants or Animals. Photos must have been taken by the 4-H club member during the 2014 calendar year. Each category consists of 5-6 photos equally spaced on a 22"x 28" sheet of poster paper. Write a short caption under each photo. Include your mane, school, grade and category on the back of the poster in the upper left hand corner. 4-H'ers may enter 1-3 categories. Entries will be judged on appropriateness of photos, clarity of photos (able to see picture clearly) and neatness of work. Cash awards will be given for first, second and third place winners in each category.

Character Corner
This month's pillar of character is Trustworthiness.
  • Be reliable - do what you say you will do.
  • Be honest.
  • Don't deceive, cheat or steal.
  • Have the courage to do the right thing.
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country.

Club Meeting Schedule for November
Nov. 4   Columbia Elementary   1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Nov. 5   CPHS   9:29 - 10:14 a.m.
Nov. 5   OBCA  12:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 6   Grayson Elementary   1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Nov. 7   Union Central Elementary  10:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nov. 12   CPJHS  10:15 - 11:08 a.m.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 2-4   Challenge Camp
Oct. 5-11  National 4-H Week
Oct. 8     4-H National Youth Science Day
Oct. 11   Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
Oct. 18   4-H Night with the Tigers, Parker Coliseum, LSU
Oct. 29 - Nov. 3   Louisiana State Fair, Shreveport
Oct. 31   Leaf ID Contest entries due

Nov. 5    Preregistration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 10  Fall Foods Festival, Union Central Elementary
Nov. 12  Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center

Dec. 3    Garments, shirts, data forms due for Fashion Revue
Dec. 10  Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Dec. 12  Hamburger lunch fundraiser
Dec. 12-14   Citizenship Camp (grades 7-10), Camp Grant Walker
Dec. 19  Photography Contest entries due

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