December 2013 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  11/21/2013 9:53:19 PM

Jefferson Parish participants included Betty Reyes, Marilyn Pati, Jake LeBlanc, and Mahree Houston from Patrick Taylor Academy and Brynna Robert from Haynes Academy. LSU Ag Center 4-H Agents Ann Gauthier 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 Timberwolves. This “Hoops and Clovers” event will take place on Friday, February 7 at 8:30 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 $22.00. Please see attached newsletter for more information.

4-H Challenge Camp

Five 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 Betty Reyes, Marilyn Pati, Jake LeBlanc, and Mahree Houston from Patrick Taylor Academy and Brynna Robert from Haynes Academy. LSU Ag Center 4-H Agents Ann Gauthier and Chantel Williams also accompanied the group.

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 deadline for application submission for these awards is January 10, 2014. All applications are available in the 4-H Office. Please see attached newsletter for more information.

Arbor Day—January 17

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 17. 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!

4-H Commodity Cookery/ Ambassador Contests

The club level of the 4-H Commodity Cookery Contests is being conducted now! Check with your 4-H Club Leader for the date and time. First Place Blue Award Winners from the club contests and any Mailbox Member will be eligible to participate in the Parish-wide Commodity Cookery Contest in the spring of 2014. Ambassador presentations will be part of the Parish-wide competition. Additional information will be provided to Blue Award Winners shortly. Each 4-H member can enter one dish in any of the 5 contest divisions: Egg Cookery, Seafood Cookery, Ground Beef Cookery, Poultry Cookery, and Sugar Cookery. Dishes must be prepared at home and brought to the contest following good food safety practices listed in the rules packet provided at your club meeting.  The dish must be accompanied by a typed copy of the recipe in correct recipe format. This information is provided in the contest rules packet..

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 3, 2014. 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. Please see attached newsletter for more information.

Jefferson Parish 4-H Shirts are Still Available

Shirts are $10 for regular sizes ( Youth Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult Extra Large) Larger sizes available for $13 (2X, 3X)  Contact Ann Gauthier at  (504) 736–6519. Checks should be made payable to Jefferson Parish 4-H Clubs and mailed to: Jefferson Parish 4-H Office, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 300, Jefferson, LA 70123. Be sure to indicate size requested and include contact information.

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