October 2013 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  10/8/2013 12:42:04 AM

Officer/Leader Training

4-H Officer/Leader Training will be held on October 19, 2013 at Belle Chasse Primary School in Belle Chasse. All newly elected 4-H club officers are encouraged to participate. 4-H Volunteer Leaders are also encouraged to attend the special sessions designed for you. Participants will receive specific instructions on how to perform officer responsibilities and learn ideas to help make your club the BEST that it can be. Club Officers will also participate in special leadership activities with members from surrounding parishes. Transportation and lunch, will be provided. Contact your 4-H Leader for more information. Together we can “Make the Best Better!

4-H Summer Camp Theme Contest

What’s a good theme for 4-H Summer Camp? Send us your most creative ideas for a slogan -- in 7 words or less. Illustrations must accompany the phrase and will be part of the contest. The contest is open to all 4-H Club members. The winning slogan will be one that is brief and “catchy”, capturing the spirit of 4-H Camp Grant Walker. The slogan will be used on all publicity for camp and on the camp T-shirt. Winner will receive a monetary award. Think fast – the deadline is October 25th. See attached newsletter for more information.

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, and 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 2014. This is a great time to try your hand at cooking! You will also learn about nutrition and safe food handling. There is also an Ambassador (Public Speaking) part to the contest at the parish level. Rules will be provided at your club meeting. Mail-Box Members will receive contest rules with their regular monthly newsletter.

Project Christmas

Attention 4-H Members! Our next parish-wide community service event will be "Project Christmas. " Throughout the entire month of November, 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, Dollar Tree, Target, etc.) in $10 and $20.00 amounts are always welcome! We are also collecting other Christmas items such as: Christmas Socks Christmas Books Santa Hats Christmas Puzzles Christmas Coloring Books and Crayons These items will be distributed to needy youth in the area. All items are needed no later than December 6. Call the 4-H Office at 736-6519 to arrange for pick up or drop off of toys

4-H Challenge Camp

On November 4-6, the 4-H Southeast Region will conduct the annual Challenge Camp Overnight Experience for 7th Grade 4-H members at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, LA. Jefferson Parish can take up to eight of its 4-H members this year. Challenge Camp offers opportunities in working together in groups, decision making, improving self-esteem, participating in wetlands activities, and having fun! Tickfaw State Park offers beautiful cabins and a staff of wildlife biologists who will be teaching some of the Challenge Camp programs along with the 4-H Agents. We will leave the afternoon of Monday, November 4 and return late morning on Wednesday, November 6. The Challenge Camp fee is $50.00 and includes lodging, transportation, meals, and a t-shirt. For more information, please contact the 4-H Office at 736-6519.

Support Our Area Food Bank

During the months of October, November, and December, Jefferson Parish 4-H members will be supporting 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!

Recycling Drive

As part of our parish wide Service Learning Project, Jefferson Parish 4-H members will have the opportunity to participate in activities and contests to help “reduce, reuse, and recycle” in the upcoming months. ¨ Our first recycling drive will consist of gently used blankets. All donated items should be clean with no holes. We will collect these items through the end of November. This drive can be club-wide or school-wide. All donations will be brought to area shelters to help the needy of our community. 4-H club members are encouraged to give reports and demonstrations at their club meetings on the importance of “Geauxing Green”. Help us learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling! Encourage your friends and family to participate in curbside recycling which is now available in Jefferson Parish. Be on the lookout for our “Geauxing Green” poster contest and Container Gardening Contest in the spring.

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