Avoyelles Parish December 2018 CLOVER PARLE

Sheena Grote  |  12/18/2018 3:25:55 PM



3 Market and Commercial Swine Validation Kits and Fees due to 4-H Office

3 Possession of breeding and Market Swine

4 Jr Leadership Club Mtg, 5:30 p.m.

7 Deadline to turn in livestock entry forms for all species


3 Livestock Vet Clinic

5 Barn Cleanup Day, 9:00-11:00

8 Jr Leadership Club Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

11 Honor Cord, Award Of Excel-lence and Key Award Applica-tions Due to 4-H Office

18 State Livestock Premier Exhibi-tor applications due

18-19 Avoyelles Parish Livestock Show

18-20 State Fashion Camp-Camp Grant Walker


31-2 District Livestock Show

5 Jr Leadership Club Mtg, 5:30 p.m.

9-16 LSU Livestock Show

22-24 Challenge Camp-Camp Grant Walker


The Premier Exhibitor Contest is open to exhibitors in grades 4-12. Premier Exhibitor Contests are available for beef, poultry, dairy cow, swine, sheep, goat and rabbit projects. An exhibitor may com-pete in one or more Premier Exhibitor Contests provided they exhibit a qualified animal at the parish livestock show. Contest will be held at the barn in Marksville during the livestock show. Written exam questions will be taken from project books, LSU Livestock Show Manual and any other resources. To place in any contests, exhibitor must participate in barn clean up day, showmanship and skillathon.

District Premier Exhibitor contest is now open to all livestock exhibitors to participate. In grades 4th 12th.

If interested in participating in the State Premier Exhibitor Contest, please contact the 4-H office and let me Sheena know. State contest is open to youth in grades 9th –12th.


Attending college can be expensive!!! There are many opportunities

for you to start saving money to attend. One way is

through scholarships. There are several scholarships for which

you may apply that will be awarded this year. Scholarships

available are: Scott Tractor, Avoyelles 4-H Foundation and

several through the State 4-H Foundation. If you are interested

in learning about these scholarships, please contact the 4-H

office. Deadlines will soon be approaching, so act fast.


Mark your calendars for March 18th at 1:00 pm for the Central Region Commodity Ambassador

Talk Contest! It will be held at the Evac Shelter. Illustrated talks must be pre-registered.

For an entry sheet, please contact the 4-H office. Deadline to enter is January 25.

The 4-H Commodity Ambassador Program is designed for education and enhancement of 4-

H members in the various areas of agricultural commodities. Each ambassador program area

will emphasize a specific Louisiana agricultural commodity.

Commodity program areas consist of egg, chicken, turkey, seafood sugar and soybean.

Contestants may only enter one illustrated talk. Illustrated talks are presented by only one

person. Not a team.

Division I (Grades 4-6) Prior to the contest, the contestant must design one standard

poster sized 22” X 28” relating to one of the five following categories: (1) Production,

(2) Food preparation and nutritive value (3) Food safety, (4) Processing, (5)

Marketing. For the contest judging they must present a 3-5 minute explanation of

the subject using their poster and respond to questions from judges. No dish is required.

Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than

wording on the poster are to be used while giving the presentation.

Division II – (Grades 7-9) The contestant designs (a) standar d poster 22” X 28”

relating to one of the five categories (1) production, (2) food preparation and nutritive

value (3) food safety, (4) processing, (5) marketing; (b) prepares an essay not to

exceed 500 words or three typed pages, (12-14 spaces per inch) double spaced,

about the selected subject; (c) presents a two-three minute explanation of subject;

(d) responds to questions from judges. No dish required. Costumes based on theme

are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than wording on the poster are to be used

while giving the presentation.

Division III – (Grades 10-12) The contestant will pr esent a five-eight minute

oral presentation following current guidelines of the national commodity illustrated

talk contests. (Only Egg Illustrated Talk requires a dish). No PowerPoint presentations

will be allowed in any division. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No

notes or outlines, other than wording on the poster are to be used while giving the



Congratulations to the following clubs for reaching outstanding club meeting performance

for the month of November by reaching a club score of 90% or higher!!

APCS Senior Club Lafarge Elementary

LASAS Marksville Elementary



The Avoyelles Homeschool Club will be hosting a movie night on December 15 at the 4-H Office from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. The cost to attend is $7.00 per person which includes a movie, popcorn and water. There will be a concession to purchase more refreshments. No need to pre-register, just show up and enjoy a movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be playing!


The holiday season is approaching fast. Remember as a 4-H member that character does count. During this holiday season, show your caring character, have concern for others, be compassionate and empathetic, be kind, loving, considerate, be thankful and express gratitude for what people do for you, forgive others for their shortcomings, don’t be mean, cruel or insensitive, be charitable and altruistic - give money, time, support and comfort just for the sake of making someone else’s life better, not for praise or gratitude, and help people in need.


(formerly known as Key Club Award)

This award recognizes 4-H Club members who have shown outstanding leadership ability in their club and in their parish. The purpose of this award is to encourage project growth and to recognize a broad program of 4-H club members who have shown outstanding leadership ability in their club and parish. A club member may win the award only one time. Award Requirements: 1. Must be 15 years of age by January 1 of the year application is made, 2. Must have three years of 4-H club work, including award year, 3. Must have completed one year of active Junior Leadership work excluding award year, 4. Must score at least 360 points on the application and scorecard. If you need more information or would like an application, please contact the 4-H Office. Applications are due to the 4-H office by Jan. 15, 2018.


(formerly known as Award of Excellence)

The 4-H Golden Clover Award is for 4-H members who are under the age of 14 and have at least two years of 4-H club work. There is an application that must be filled out in order to be considered. This is a state award and is an honor to receive. A club member may win the award only one time. If you need more information or would like an application, please contact the 4-H Office. Applications are due to the 4-H office by Jan. 15, 2018.


This clinic will be held in conjunction with barn clean up day. Clinic will be a the barn from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Rabbits will be tattooed and checked for health problems.


There will be a rabbit club meeting on Wednesday, December 19 beginning at 5:30p.m. at the 4-H Office. All those showing rabbits are encouraged to attend.


All exhibitors are asked to assist in setting up and cleaning the barn in preparations for the parish livestock show. Please bring shovels, rakes, brooms, cleaning supplies and trash cans. Will be cleaning the barn between 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. Points to go towards the premier exhibitor contest will be awarded.


A livestock clinic for beef, goat, sheep, and poultry has been scheduled at the Avoyelles Animal Clinic in Mansura (Dr. Troy Spencer’s office) from 8 a.m.. – 11 a.m. Hoof trimming, vaccinating, tattooing, health papers, etc. will be offered at this clinic.


January 18-19– Avoyelles Parish Livestock Show, Marksville,

January 31– February 2– Central District Livestock Show, Alexandria

February 9-16-State Livestock Show, Gonzales

March 2-State Rabbit Show, Alexandria


The Avoyelles Parish Dairy Club will be hosting two workshops for dairy exhibitors.

Getting to know parts of your cow and dairy judging-December 19 at 5:00p.m.

Dairy Grooming Clinic on Saturday, January 5 at noon right after barn cleanup


4-H Challenge Camp is a regional event that is geared toward teen-agers learning the concepts of working together as a team with emphasis on communication skills. The event is held in Pollock, Louisiana at the Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center. Challenge Camp is open to all 7th & 8th graders. Camp will be held February 22-24. Application can be found below. If you have attended as a camper before, you are ineligible to attend again. Applications, along with a check payable to the “Avoyelles 4-H Foundation” are due January 15, 2019. The cost of camp is $85.00. This includes all meals, a T-shirt, and transportation to and from camp. Money is non-refundable after January 20.

Challenge Camp Application

Return by January 15, 2019

To: Challenge Camp, 8592 Hwy 1, Suite 1, LA 71350

Camper’s Name__________________________________________________Boy_______Girl ________

Address ______________________________________________________________________________

P.O. Box/Street City State ZIP



T Shirt Size S M L XL XXL (adult sizes)

FEE: $85-Checks made payable to Avoyelles 4-H Foundation


Having a sense of belonging is a common experience. Belonging means acceptance as a member or part. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. Some find belonging through a church, club, sports, friends, social media , etc.

Some seek belonging through excluding others. That reflects the idea that there must be those who don't belong in order for there to be those who do. Yet a single instance of being excluded can undermine self-control and well being and often creates pain and conflict.

A sense of belonging to a greater community improves your motivation, health, and happiness. When you see your connection to others, you know that all people struggle and have difficult times. You are not alone. There is comfort in that knowledge.

To build a sense of belonging requires active effort and practice. One way to work on increasing your sense of belonging is to look for ways you are similar with others instead of focusing on ways you are dif-ferent. Another way to build your own sense of belonging is to work on acceptance of others. To accept others and views that are not the same as yours may require that you open your thoughts to the idea that there is value in everyone's thinking.

Try saying yes to opportunities to be with others and then throw yourself in to whatever the activity is.

By: Karyn Hall

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