January 2014 4-H Clovertalk

Shawn Zeringue, Greenbaum, Abby  |  1/7/2014 3:16:49 AM

Wishing You a Great 2014!

Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had an amazing break filled with lots of joy shared with family and friends! We are kicking off 2014 with lots of exciting opportunities for East Baton Rouge Parish 4-H’ers, including livestock shows, our parish cookery, workshops, and contests for all! Also included in this Clovertalk is information about our summer opportunities – Camp and 4-H University. The EBRP 4-H Staff is looking forward to sharing a wonderful 2014 year with all of you and making the best better!

There’s Still Room for You at WHACKY WORKSHOPS!

Don’t forget about the two free workshops EBRP 4-H will be hosting on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the EBR Parish Office. Both workshops will be open to all 4-H’ers. The Tie Dye workshop will be held from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. and the Cat and Dog Care workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All supplies will be provided. You may attend either or both workshops, but please contact the Ms. Abby or Mr. Shawn to reserve your spot as soon as possible. A head count is necessary to provide supplies.

Senior Scholarships

Although going off to college is an exciting time in life, it can also be very expensive. 4-H is here to help with your financial needs through parish and state scholarship opportunities. All high school seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish must complete their 4-H Scholarship forms and turn them into the Parish Office by Friday, February 28, 2014. Scholarship forms may be found and downloaded at http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/4H/4h_foundation/scholarships/. All questions may be directed to Ms. Abby.

We encourage senior 4-H members to take advantage of the scholarships available. This is your opportunity to showcase your involvement and get rewarded for it!

Beef Poster Contest

All EBRP Beef Poster entries are due to the Parish Office by February 28, 2014. All entries must be on an 11” x 14” white poster board. Place your name, address, age, grade in school and parish on the upper right corner on the back of your poster. Posters should generate positive images of beef and beef products and not portray negative image of other food products (i.e. chicken, pork, etc). Copy written images are prohibited. Please be sure to contact Mr. Shawn for more information.

Dairy Poster Contest

All EBRP Dairy Poster entries are due to the Parish Office by February 28, 2014. All entries must be on a 22” x 28” poster board. Place your name, address, age, grade in school and parish on the upper right corner on the back of your poster. Posters should generate positive images of the dairy industry and dairy products and not portray negative image of other food products (i.e. chicken, pork, beef, etc). Copy written images are prohibited. Please be sure to contact Mr. Shawn for more information. You can contact him by email at: EBR@agcenter.lsu.edu

Catch the Honey Bee Essay Buzz

4-H’ers, please don’t forget about this great opportunity! The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. will once again host its annual Honey Bee Essay Contest open to all 4-H youth. This year’s essay will be:

“Beekeeping in Colonial Times”

1. Contest is only open to active 4-H Members.

2. Essay must be 750-1,000 words in length and written on the designated topic with factual statements.

3. A biographical sketch must accompany each essay. Sketches should include the essayist’s date of birth, age, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number.

4. Essays will be judged on (1) research– 40% (2) accuracy– 30% (3) creativity– 10% (4) logical development–10%

5. National winners will be announce by May 1, 2013

ALL ESSAYS ARE DUE TO THE EBRP 4-H OFFICE BY JAN. 31, 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

National Winners will be awarded:

1st Place -- $750.00, 2nd Place -- $500.00, 3rd Place -- $250.00

Summer is just around the corner, so plan yours now!

4-H University

For those of you who are unfamiliar with 4-H U, it is a 3 day experience on LSU’s campus for any 4-H’ers between the ages of 13-18. Participants will choose one contest out of over 30 possibilities to train for during the spring and compete in at the event. 4-H’ers also have the opportunity to stay in the dorms with participants from all over Louisiana, tour campus facilities, and get their groove on at the dance each night! This year, 4-H U is scheduled for June 17-20, 2014. If you are interested in learning more information, please contact Ms. Abby.

Summer Camp

What is a summer without going to camp? It is a truly memorable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. East Baton Rouge Parish will be attending 2014 Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, Louisiana July 7-11, 2013. Camp is open to any 9-12 year old 4-H’ers in East Baton Rouge Parish. Camp cost this year is $225.00. This includes camp fees, a parish picture, a camp t-shirt, $20.00 to be spent at the Camp Store, transportation and food costs.

Junior Leadership Conference

JLC – Where Dreams Come True will take place March 7-9, 2014 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA. This is open to all 4-H’ers aged 14-18 who have a desire to bring their leadership skills to the next level, but there are a limited number of spaces available so reserve your spots as soon as possible. Please contact Mr. Shawn to register.

Jr. Leader Meeting

Congratulations to newly elected officers:

Omer Wolff – President

Alante Jackson – Vice President

Josie Jolibois – Secretary

We look forward to our officers leading fellow Jr. Leaders into a great year, beginning with the first meeting of 2014, on Tuesday, January 21st. Details concerning the meeting location and activities will be emailed before the meeting. If you are interested in joining EBR 4-H Jr. Leaders please contact Ms. Abby.

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