December 2014 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Boyd, Dasia  |  12/9/2014 10:30:53 PM

Challenge Camp 2014

4-H Challenge Camp

Six Jefferson Parish 4-H members participated in the recently held 4-H Challenge Camp at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, LA. 4-H members from sixteen parishes enjoyed the beautiful outdoor setting while learning environmental education and healthy living choices. They also participated in numerous challenge and teambuilding activities. 4-H Challenge Camp is held each November and is open to 7th and 8th grade 4-H members. Jefferson Parish participants included Julian Simmons, Bobby Diaz, Blake  Bonnette from Patrick Taylor Academy, Hope Hebert, Bailey Ledet from Concordia Lutheran and Katie Maise, Mailbox Member. LSU AgCenter 4-H Agents Julie Boyd and Chantel Williams also accompanied the group.

Hoops and Clovers

Join in the fun as 4-H members, friends, and family from across the state converge in the New Orleans Arena to see the New Orleans Pelicans battle the Miami Heat. This “Hoops and Clovers” event will take place on Friday, February 27 at 7:00 PM. This game is dedicated as Louisiana 4-H Night! All 4-H members, their families and friends are invited to attend. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the tickets will be $26.00 Balcony and $63.00 lower area. See attached order form for more information.

Project Christmas!!!

Attention 4-H Members! Our next parish-wide community service event will be "Project Christmas. " We are asking 4-Hers to collect new toys for our annual toy drive. Toys should be new, unwrapped, and target youth ages 9 and older. Gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) in $10, $20, $30 amounts are always welcome! These items will be distributed to needy youth in the area. All items are needed no later than December 12, 2014 . Call the 4-H Office at 736-6519 to arrange for pick up or drop off of toys.
During the month of December, Jefferson Parish 4-H members will continue giving food items to our local food bank. We are collecting non-perishable food items in boxes, bags, and pouches (examples include rice, pasta, fruit cups, juice, dinner mixes). Due to transportation and storage, we will only be able to accept food items which are in boxes, bags, and pouches—no canned goods can be accepted at this time! Thanks for helping those less fortunate in our community!

4-H Foundation Awards Announced

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation sponsors three special awards to recognize outstanding individual project work. These awards are the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Award of Excellence for Junior 4-H Members, 4-H Key Club Award for Senior members, and the 4-H Honor Cord for graduating 4-H members. The Louisiana 4-H Foundation Award of Excellence has the following requirements: Must be under 14 years of age by January 1, 2014. Must have at least two years of 4-H club work, including award year. Must score at least 100 points on the application and scorecard. 4-H Key Club Award requirements include: Must be 16 years of age by January 1, 2014. Must have 3 years of 4-H Club work and at least one year of active Junior Leadership work. · Must score at least 140 points on the application and scorecard. The 4-H Honor Cord has the following requirements: · Must be a graduating senior. · Must have three years of 4-H club work in high school. Must have participated in at least one state sponsored 4-H Program within the last 3 years. Must complete required application form. The 4-H Honor Cord has the following requirements: Must be a graduating senior. Must have three years of 4-H club work in high school. Must have participated in at least one state sponsored 4-H Program within the last 3 years. ·Must complete required application form. The deadline for application submission for these awards is January 10, 2015. All applications are available in the 4-H Office. Call 504- 736-6519. The deadline for application submission for these awards is January 10, 2015. All applications are available in the 4-H Office. Call 504- 736-6519.

4-H Commodity Cookery Contests

Calling all 4-H Chefs! It’s time for the Jefferson Parish 4-H Commodity Cookery Contest. Divisions include:Egg Cookery, Seafood Cookery, Ground Beef Cookery, Poultry Cookery, Sugar Cookery. The first contest will be held within your 4-H Club. Your club leader will announce the contest date and time. Blue Award winners from the club contests and Mail-Box Member will be eligible to participate in the Parish Commodity Cookery Contest in early 2015. This is a great time to try your hand at cooking! You will also learn about nutrition and safe food handling. There is an Ambassador (Public Speaking) component at the parish level. Rules will be provided at your club meeting. Mail-Box Members will receive contest rules with their monthly newsletter.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a day set aside to commemorate trees and their importance in our lives. In Louisiana, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. This year Arbor Day will be held on January 16. Trees have thousands of uses such as recreation, wildlife habitat, landscaping, energy, medicine, chemicals, packaging, lumber (to build houses, barns, and furniture), and food. Wherever you live you are in contact with products made from trees each day. Forests have many environmental benefits such as providing food and homes for birds and animals. They protect our water supply by keeping soil from washing away. They clean the air by removing pollutants and giving off oxygen for us to breathe. Individuals and groups celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees and shrubs. You can also share information about trees with your club, school, or neighbors.  Plan your Arbor Day celebration today!

Honey Bee Essay Contest

All 4-H members are invited to participate in the upcoming 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest . Essays are DUE in the 4-H Office by Monday, February 2, 2015. Entries must address the designated topic: “Beekeeping in Colonial Times”. The essay should be 750—1000 words. The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, or the essayist’s biographical sketch. All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes. Complete contest rules, scoresheet, and essay cover sheet are available from the 4-H Office. Call 736-6519 if you need a rules packet or have questions.

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