Ascension 4-H Clover Colum - September 2022

Calendar of Events:

1- 4-H Enrollment System Opens

12-Jr. Leader Ice Cream Social; 6pm @ 4-H Office

22- Home & Style Meeting- 6pm-

27- Wiggles & Wags Info Meeting; 6pm @ 4-H Office

28- New Member Shooting Sports Info Mtg; 6pm @ L. Dixon Vendor Rms

Sweet Potato & Pecan Fundraiser

2-8National 4-H Week

4- Decorated Pumpkin Contest & Pet Show; 6pm @ LD Trademart Bldg.

17- Jr. Leader Ag Olympics; 6pm @ Lamar Dixon Barns 7/8

18- Wiggles & Wags Meeting; 6pm @ 4-H Office

20- Home & Style Meeting; 6pm @
4-H Office

24- Egg Cookery Contest

21- Challenge Camp Registration Due

25- Sweet Potato & Pecan Order Due

Opportunity 4 All!

4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. Engaging, enabling, and empowering over 6 million youth every day. Here, in Ascension 4-H, we average 1,500 members annually. We hope to offer many opportunities to ALL 4-H members in areas like leadership, teamwork, community involvement, service, responsibility, and more! Members will work on their personal development by using their Heads, Hands, and Hearts to “Make the Best, Better!”

4-H is getting kicked off this month! School club leaders are going to be disseminating 4-H information to interested members at school. We will continue to use the NEW 4-H Online Enrollment System! If your school has not already given out 4-H information, contact the 4-H office to find out who is the club leader at your school and if your school has a 4-H program! Read on to find out how to sign up. If your school doesn’t have a school club, you can join 4-H as a Member at Large. Fill out your online enrollment TODAY to begin your 4-H adventure! More information on Ascension 4-H can be found at

Ascension 4-H Website Updates

Visit to check out our website to stay up-to-date! We will continue to post updates, contest rules and information, event registrations, and more on the website as the year progresses!

4-H BINGO Contest!

Enrolled Ascension 4-H members are eligible to participate in the 4-H BINGO contest! The first 10 students to receive BINGO by December 16 will receive a prize. Cards will be handed out at club meetings, can be picked up at our office, or will be available for download in the “contest” section of our website. Full rules can also be found on our website. Good Luck!

Ascension 4-H Online Enrollment

Scan the code or visit to join 4-H TODAY! Through this online system, you can create a family and/or member profile, register for events, and much more! Your member profile will help track your 4-H experiences from year to year!

A few notes when registering…

  • If joining through a school: Please select your school club first, then add any project clubs you are planning to join. Regular 4-H Dues will be paid to the school. Project Club fees will be paid through the 4-H office.
  • If joining as a member-at-large: Please, select member at large then select any project clubs you are planning to join. All Members-at-Large and project club fees will be paid to the parish office. Member-at-large club dues can be paid at
  • Your Project Selection in 4-H Online will determine which project book or leaflet is brought to your school or, for members at large, can be picked up at the office. Please only select one (1).

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

Fall Paper Clover in all Tractor Supply Co stores & online with a purchase from 10/5/2022 - 10/16/2022. You may see some of our 4-H members in the stores assisting. Please don’t forget to donate at checkout! Money raised from paper clover sales goes directly to our program to assist with camp scholarships and programming.

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will take place October 2-8.Join in the fun by helping to spread 4-H awareness and encouraging your friends to join! The Theme for Louisiana 4-H is Opportunity 4 All. 4-H provides opportunities for community development, friendships, citizenship, and developing leaders! We challenge each 4-H member to take advantage of the opportunities in their community by participating in 1-2 hours of service during 4-H week. Please share service stories with us- email a brief description and pictures to Check social media for daily trivia, videos, stories, and challenges throughout the week. The daily themes will highlight different opportunities in 4-H:

Monday- Main Project Monday Thursday- Thankful Thursday

Tuesday- Travel Tuesday Friday- Friendship Friday

Wednesday- We Build Leaders Wednesday Saturday- Service Saturday

Become more involved with a Project Club!

Shooting Sports New Member Registration

Our Ascension Shooting Sports program is excited to get kicked off for the upcoming 2022-2023 Season! Our New Member Informational meeting will be held at 6 pm on September 28th at the Lamar Dixon Vendor Rooms. This is a mandatory meeting to join this project club due to the club’s fast pace starting deadlines and scheduled trainings, if your family is interested, please make every effort to attend.

Home & Style Project Club

The Home & Style Club will include cooking and sewing this year! Each month a cooking project will be completed in coordination with the cookery contests. The club is open to all Ascension 4-H’ers, meets monthly and its membership fee is $10.00 to join. This helps to pay for supplies used for project materials. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 6 pm at the 4-H Office.

Scan the QR code to register for the Home & Style project club.

Wiggles & Wags Project Club

Wiggles & Wags is a project club that focuses on everything DOG! It helps members learn more about caring for, training, and working with their beloved canines all while doing service and growing in leadership. The Wiggles & Wags project club is open to all Ascension 4-H members and meets monthly. The membership fee is $10.00 to join for the year. The first meeting will be at 6 pm, Tuesday, September 27 at the 4-H Office. Scan the QR code to register for Wiggles & Wags.

Jr. Leader Project Club- 7th - 12th Grades

The Ascension 4-H Jr. Leader Project Club is open to all 7th-12th grade Ascension 4-H members. Jr. Leaders focus on leadership, citizenship, and teamwork. The service-learning theme chosen by the members will be Youth Literacy. The cost to join the Jr. Leader Club is $10.00. Come Get the “Scoop” on Junior Leaders at the Ice Cream Social on September 12th, at 6 pm at the office! Bring a Friend to be entered in a prize drawing! Sign up for Jr. Leaders by scanning the QR code.

Livestock News

If you are planning to participate in the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows and have not contacted the Ascension Parish Office to let them know your intentions of showing, please do so ASAP as important forms and information will be sent out to livestock exhibitors very soon.

Important Livestock Dates:

October 15th- Deadline to contact the office to express intent to show

October 23rd- Livestock Family Day and educational species clinics

November 7th- Possession deadline and market/commercial validations due for beef, dairy, sheep, exhibition poultry & goat

November 15th- Mini Beef possession deadline

November 30th- Possession Deadline and market/commercial validations due for swine

November 30th- Entry Forms and Fees due for rabbits, poultry, sheep, swine, goats, beef, & dairy

Monthly Cookery Contests

We are super excited to get our cookery contest kicked off again this year in October and we have some awesome new updates to these contests!! For each of your monthly contest entries, you will have the option of earning extra points for pictures submitted highlighting the before (ingredients), during (action shots), and after (finished product) you have completed your dish. You can also earn extra points for writing a short summary of your experience of cooking the dish. You will need to submit your recipe and 1-2 servings of your completed dish to the 4-H office on the contest date from 8 am to 5:30 pm. Pictures and summaries can be emailed to Mrs. Stephanie in the format described in the contest guidelines. From there, your entries will be judged by our volunteers. The first monthly contest will be the egg cookery. More detailed guidelines and explanations will be available soon on our website at in the contest section!

Decorated Pumpkin Contest and Pet Show

Come have a spookatacular time at the Ascension 4-H Pet Show & Pumpkin Contest on Tuesday, October 4, 6 pm, Lamar Dixon Trademart Building. To participate in the pet show, pets must be up to date on vaccinations, in a cage, or restrained! The cost is $2.00 to participate in the pet show. Only one pet per 4-Her. There will be a costume contest (for people and pets), tricks for treats, and many other categories for your pets to be judged! You can bring and enter your decorated pumpkins in the following categories for judging: Carved, 4- H Spirit, Character, Prettiest, or Any Other!

State Fashion Camp- “Spice it Up! ...with 4-H Fashion”

All 10-13-year-olds interested in fashion, may want to attend the LA State 4-H Fashion Camp- “Spice it Up!...with 4-H Fashion” to be held January 20-22, 2022 at Camp Grant Walker. This camp is put on by the Louisiana State Fashion Leadership Board members. The Fashion Board chose this theme to reflect their excitement about fashion and the attitude that the campers will adopt as they travel through the experiences at camp. In addition to basic sewing fundamentals, a few of the educational activities for campers include a sewing caddy, tote bag, a reading pillow, a community service project and more. You will return home with completed projects and ideas to host your own fashion workshop! Each parish is allowed to send a maximum of 2 youth and one Ascension adult leader is required. Transportation is not provided. Adult leaders will need to be screened and oriented before attending. Attendees will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis as space for camp is limited. For more information, please contact the office.

The deadline to register will be Wednesday, November 30th.

4-H Day with the Tigers

Hey, Fighting Tiger Fans! Join us for the LA 4-H, FFA, & LSU COA Bayou Bash Tiger Tailgate and watch the Tigers take on MS State. The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th.Limited seating and pre-tailgate registration is required. Visit our website under Events for the registration link, shirt sales, ticket orders, and details.

Challenge Camp

Are you up for the Challenge of making new friends, working as a team, growing as a leader, and accomplishing a goal? If so, you may enjoy the Southeast Regional Challenge Camp for 7th & 8th Grade members. Challenge Camp will take place at Lion King Retreat Center from November 8-9.Registration is through 4-H Online and the deadline is October 21st.There is a $20 fee that includes a shirt, transportation, meals, and all activities.

Limited spots are available on a first-some-first-serve basis. Priority is given to 7th graders.

Drone Operations Camp

The Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center is pleased to announce the 2022 Drone Safety & Operation Camp! This 7-8 grade 2-day overnight camp features, experiential learning through a series of engaging activities and lessons. We are proud to offer this great opportunity for students to learn safe and responsible drone operation, including important laws and regulations, best practices, and an introduction to block coding. Students will partner up to pilot DJI Educational Tello Mini-Drones through a series of fun and engaging flight missions, practice using the Tello Edu Coding App, and compete in an obstacle course against other teams on our 90+ acre campground! Transportation is not provided. Cost is $75.

Drone Camp will be 9/30-10/1. Registration is due September 16th.Contact the office for more details.

Become a 4-H Volunteer

Looking for a way to make a difference? Become a 4-H Volunteer! Volunteers are the heart of the Ascension Parish 4-H program. There are many roles and positions that provide important functions to help make 4-H programming successful on the school and parish levels. Individuals can volunteer to serve project leaders, provide transportation to 4-H events, assist with the parish or school 4-H programs, help with event setup/take down, clerical work, contest judges, and more. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please call the 4-H office. As a volunteer, you are supported by the insurance carried by LSU AgCenter for AgCenter events. You can enroll as a volunteer through the 4-H Online system mentioned previously in the newsletter.

4-H Remind Updates

Stay connected with Ascension 4-H by joining the Ascension 4-H Remind by Texting “@ascp4h” to 81010 or join online at

Last year’s participants have been archived, so please be sure to sign up!

Summer 2022 Events and Participation

Garden Contest Winners

1st Place Small Garden:John Patrick Flannagan

1st Place Large Garden: William and Lily Kinberger

1st Place School Garden- Lakeside Primary

State Board Members

Aiden Cole- Shooting Sports Ambassador

4-H University Participants

Dominic DeBenedetto- Fishing Sports- 1st Place

Hayden Daigle- Livestock Judging Ind.- 5th Place
Brody Babin, Hayden Daigle, Desiree Falgout & Brody Babin- Livestock Team- 4th Place
Joey Zeringue – Automotive- 1st Place
Quinden Thodile- ATV Safety- 1st Place
Aiden Cole- ATV Safety- 2nd Place
Milain Marcel- Public Speaking- 5th Place

Shooting Sports Nationals

Louisiana Air Rifle Team – First Place Overall Louisiana BB Team – 1st Place State Champions Asc.’s Team Member – Aidan Cole – 1st Place Overall Ind. Qualified to attend Daisy’s National BB Competition LA Air Rifle Team Coach – Greg Cole, Ascension Instructor Asc LA BB Coaches – Don DeBenedetto & Jodi Daigle BB Gun Team Members: Jaci Daigle, Dominic DeBenedetto, Nathan DeBenedetto, Luke Anthony, Leighton Whiddon Brandon Smith, & Matthew Boudreaux.

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