November 2014 4-H Clovertalk

Shawn Zeringue  |  11/6/2014 3:10:15 AM

What CAN You Give?

Attention 4-H'ers: The EBR Parish canned food drive is at full speed! The drive will end Friday, November 21st and all you have to do is collect canned goods. The agents will come to your school and pick up your collection. If you have not made arrangements at your school, take the leadership role and speak with your leader and school administration to arrange a school-wide collection.

Members at large can bring their collections to the EBR Parish office no later than November 21st. All canned goods collected will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for those in need this holiday season. Use your head, heart, hands, and health to do your part and give back.

Mess Fest Was a Huge Success

On October 21, the East Baton Rouge Junior Leader’s Club kicked off the year with the first annual Mess Fest. Members got down and dirty with fun games that challenged them to work together and helped build leadership skills within each other. We would like to thank the Burden Center and Dr. Jeff Kuehny for helping us coordinate the event and providing the location. We’d also like to thank all of the members, both new and old, that showed up to take part in the night’s events. We have lots of exciting and fun events planned and look forward to the upcoming year!

Junior Leader Club

The Junior Leader Club is a service-based club where members become more involved in their communities through fun, interactive programs. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 18 at 6 PM held at the EBR 4-H office.

Shooting Sports News

The East Baton Rouge Shooting Sports Program is off to a great start! We’d like to thank all of our new members for deciding to join and take part in this group. We would also like to welcome back our returning members. We are all looking forward to a successful year!

Please be sure to complete your membership form and return to Katie Strecker as soon as possible. These are important for recording practice hours for competition eligibility. If you did not receive a form, please be sure to let us know! Practices will be held this month on Saturday, November 8 from 9-11 am, and on Saturday, November 22 from 9-11 am.

Livestock Club News

The East Baton Rouge Parish Livestock Club will not meet during the month of November due to scheduling conflicts. All correspondence will be done via e-mail using the Livestock Club E-mail List. If you are not receiving these e-mails, please contact Shawn Zeringue.

Important Dates to Remember

December 15 All entry forms due to 4-H office
January 23-24 Parish Livestock Show, Baton Rouge
February 4-7 District Livestock Show, Gonzales
February 14-21 State Livestock Show, Gonzales

Backyard Buddies

The Backyard Buddies Program kicked off in October with a great group of new members. If you are still interested in taking part in this program, please contact Shawn Zeringue or Katie Strecker. More information regarding the program, caring for your new animal, and show information will be provided as we progress. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact one of the agents, they are happy to help!

Horse Club

The Tri-Parish Trotters will meet again on Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 PM at the Elm Park Arena in St. Francisville, LA.

This meeting will focus on the Trail competition held at the 4-H Summer Shows. Be sure to bring your horse to take part in this interactive session. Never competed in Trail before? No problem! We’ll have a local expert available to help you through the pattern and teach you the in’s and out’s of the competition.

Upcoming Meetings

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our meetings this year!

November 20 Trail at Elm Park
December 18 Roping at 5-D Arena
January 15 Hunter/Pleasure at Elm Park
February 19 Barrels & Poles at Shady Park
March 19 Cattle Events at 5-D Arena
April 16 Showmanship at 5-D Arena

Outdoor Skills Club

The Outdoor Skills Club is off to a great start. Special thanks to everyone that came out and took part in our first meeting. It was a lot of fun learning about wildlife animals. If you were unable to attend, please contact one of the 4-H agents to get you signed up and placed on the contact list for more detailed information.

The next Outdoor Skills Club meeting will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the EBR 4-H office. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and the focus will be First Aid and CPR. Members will learn basic CPR and First Aid techniques and will put together a basic camp first aid kit. Be sure to come check out the fun we have in store this month!

ATV Safety Training

The East Baton Rouge 4-H Program will host an ATV Safety Training on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Pre-registration is required to participate in this event and space is extremely limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To register, please contact one of the 4-H agents.

The training is for any and all 4-H’ers, from beginners to “experts.” This training will be full hands-on and interactive, with participants actually riding an appropriate ATV. All participants will receive a FREE helmet and certification card upon completion. For more info, please contact us!

The Buzz on the Honey Bee Essay Contest

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. The topic: “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up.

Cash Prizes to Top 3 Winners:

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

Each state winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

*** Winners on the state level will also receive cash awards and prizes.***

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