January 2014 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  1/7/2014 9:33:48 PM

4-H Junior Leadership Conference Announced

Junior Leadership Conference is open to all 4-H Junior Leaders 14 years old and older. It will be held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, LA from Friday, March 7—Sunday, March 9, 2014. Registration fee is $125.00 if received by January 27. Late registration deadline is February 10th with $135.00 fee. Registration fee includes transportation to and from the conference from a central location. Space is limited! If you are interested in participating in Junior Leadership Conference, call the 4-H Office at (504) 736-6519 for an application.

4-H Geauxing Green Poster Contest Announced

Announcing the 4-H Geauxing Green Poster Contest! All 4-H members are encouraged to participate in this contest as part of our ongoing service learning emphasis for the 2013-2014 club year. Awards will be presented to all participants. Winning posters will be displayed at the Spring Garden Show in City Park as part of our local celebration. Posters should address the need to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”, save energy, and/or preserve our environment. See attached newsletter for more details.

Commodity Cookery/Ambassador Contests

Mailbox Members are invited to participate in the parish-wide 4-H Commodity Cookery/ Ambassador Contest. Contest will be held Saturday, February 15th at Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie. In addition to brining your prepared dish, you will also be invited to participate in the Commodity Ambassador Illustrated Talk Presentation. Complete details will be provided to Club Blue Award Winners in January. Because recipes will be scored prior to the contest, all participants are required to submit a  typed copy of their recipe along with the Contest Entry Form by Friday, January 31, 2014. We must receive this information in order for you to participate in the parish Contest! See attached newsletter for more details.

Attention Graduating Seniors

Seniors are eligible to apply for Louisiana 4-H Scholarships. Applicants for scholarships must be 2014 graduating seniors and entering college or technical school in the Fall of 2014. All information and scholarship applications are available on the Louisiana 4-H Website: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/4H/4h_foundation/scholarships/. You can also get a copy of the scholarship application by calling the 4-H Office at (504) 736-6519. Scholarship applications must be in the Jefferson 4-H Office by 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2014. See attached newsletter for more details.

Thanks!

Thanks to the clubs who participated in our Gently Used Blanket Drive, Food Drive, and Project Christmas. Food, toys, and/or blankets were received from Audubon Elementary, Chateau Estates School; Kerner Elementary, Alice Birney Elementary, Airline Park Academy, Patrick Taylor Academy, Grace King High School, Word of Life Academy, Terrytown Elementary, Lincoln Academy, St. Cletus School, and West Bank Teen Leaders. Your generosity is appreciated!

4-H Summer Camp 2014 Announced

How would you like to spend a fun-filled week playing soft-ball, basketball, and volleyball? Maybe you would enjoy swimming in an Olympic-sized pool, canoeing, making handicrafts, and learning to shoot a bow and arrow. Maybe you would like to meet and get to know other 4-H members like yourself in a beautiful outdoor setting. If this sounds like fun, plan on spending a week at 4-H Camp this summer! Camp will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, 2014. Camp is open to boys and girls in 4th—6th grades. Jefferson Parish campers will join boys and girls from other surrounding parishes at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, LA for a fun-filled week of adventures and good friends. (Pollock is located near Alexandria, LA in the central part of the state.) Campers will travel by bus to the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center. Transportation is included in camp fees. The camp brochure has additional information, including fees and application. Space is limited! See attached newsletter for more details.

Arbor Day—January 17

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!

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 subject: “Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community”. 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. Complete contest rules, score sheet, and essay cover sheet are available from the 4-H Office. Call (504) 736-6519 if you need a rules packet or have questions.

Hoops and Clovers 2014

The New Orleans Pelicans organization has dedicated their Friday, February 7, 2014 game with the Timberwolves as 4-H Game Night in the New Orleans Arena. We’re hoping for a large group from this area to show our support! Be a part of the action! Join in the fun! Tickets are $22.00 each. Deadline to order is 12:00 Noon Friday, January 24, 2014. See attached order form for more details.

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