October Newsletter

4-H Broiler Project

Interested in raising chickens for 4-H?

Join the 4-H Broiler Project!

Raising young meat-type chickens (broilers) is one of the most interesting and fun-filled activities a 4-H’er can experience. Even though the 4-H Broiler Project is one of the most competitive projects among parish and state poultry contests, more and more Terrebonne Parish youth are discovering how easy it is – while learning the meaning of responsibility – the backbone of the 4-H program.

The project lasts for only 42 days.The chicks will arrive in January with the birds being ready for contests and market in February.The chicks are brought to Houma at one day of age.Once you have the chicks, all that is needed is space, feed, water, and care.Other expenses include feed, housing, and other equipment (heating and lighting).Broiler project order forms will be distributed at the October club meetings, or you can email Mr. Reed rhimel@agcenter.lsu.edu.The deadline to order broilers is November 17, 2023.

Information about the Broiler Project and workshop dates will be given to those 4-H members who order 4-H chicks.

4-H Meeting Lessons

This year, our 4-H Club Meeting lessons will focus on Teamwork and the skills that we need to be successful when working as a team or individually. We will cover 7 topics:

Cooperative Communication

Communication is listed as one of the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century Workplace. Additionally, it is an important life skill that will benefit children and teens as they grow into competent, caring adults.

Many people think of communication as just speaking; however, it works best when it is a two-way street. Listening and asking questions are also important in the communication process.

At our club meetings this month, we will practice sending and receiving messages and learn the importance of cooperative communication.

4-H Pet Show

Saturday, November 11, 2023

Evergreen Junior High

Registration Time:

9:00 a.m.—9:30 a.m.

Show Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


1. Each 4-H’er may bring (2) pets

2. You may enter your pets in as many classes as you like in its division

3. One pet per class

4. NO LARGE ANIMALS (horse, calf, goat, sheep etc.)


6. Parents can bring lawn chairs


No pens, cages, etc. will be provided. Bring your own.

Pets are NOT ALLOWED in the school building. You will not be allowed to participate in the pet show if your pet is seen in the building.



Best groomed

Best Dressed

Best Costumed Pair

(4-H’er and pet)


Best Pet Trick

Best Groomed

Best Costumed Pair

(4-H’er and pet)

Any Other Pet

Most Colorful

Most Unusual

Best Costumed Pair

(4-H’er and pet)

I Wish Pet

This category is for those4-H members who would love to have their own pet but for some reason, they can’t. You are allowed to enter one stuffed animal or toy animal. If you enter a “real’ pet, you cannot enter this class.

Most Unusual

Best Costumed Pair

(4-H’er and pet)

We will select an overall best of show for each class and an Overall Best of Show of the entire show.

4-H Poultry and Egg Cookery


November 11, 2023

Evergreen Junior High School

5000 W Main St, Houma, Registration:

In Cafeteria

9:00—9:30 a.m.


Parents or Members are not allowed to stay in the judging area.

9:30-11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

All dishes must be covered and chilled prior to arrival and arrive at registration COLD. Your dish will be disqualified if it is not completely cold at the time of inspection. NO EXCEPTIONS! Microwaves will be available for judges to heat samples before tasting dishes.

*A sample of 4-6 servings (in one dish) is requested for judging. Place name and school name under the dish/container. All samples should be placed in a covered container. Do not bring any dishes uncovered. Dishes will remain covered until judging. If you do not plan to attend the awards and will not pick up your dish, make sure submit your dish in a disposable container. We will throw away what’s left out and bring your ribbon to the next club meeting.

You must provide a copy of the recipe (recipe should have the 4-H’ers name and school name on the back). The recipe should be typed or handwritten neatly on paper 8.5 by 11 in. The recipe should include the name of the dish, ingredients, how much of the commodity it contains and clear preparation instructions.

Previous year grand champion dishes may not receive 2023-2024 Grand Champion awards. 4-Her’s will not be allowed to win grand champion in more than one category.

All dishes receive ribbon awards. Grand Champion dishes selected in each category will receive awards.

1 point will be given to each member for entering the cookery regardless of the number of dishes entered. Cloverbuds receive participation ribbons.

Poultry Cookery


Three Categories

*Chicken – Chicken includes fryer, broiler, baking hen, Cornish hen or game hen, roaster, or capon. The dish should contain at least 2 pounds bone-in chicken or 1-pound de-boned chicken.

*Turkey & Turkey Products – Dishes should contain at least 12 ounces of turkey or turkey products. These products may include turkey (whole, de-boned or parts), ground turkey, turkey bacon, turkey ham, turkey franks, turkey sausage or smoked turkey.

*Other Poultry & Wild Game – This includes duck, quail, pheasant, pigeon, goose, emu, dove, and other game birds. The dish should contain at least 2 pounds bone-in or 1-pound de-boned other poultry meat or wild game.

The cooked poultry dish may be any type of appetizer, soup, main dish, salad, or snack in any of the above categories.

Egg Cookery


1. The cooked egg dish must use a minimum of 4 eggs. This can be 4 egg whites, 4 egg yolks or 4 whole eggs or a combination of these.

2. Three Categories:

*Appetizer or Salad *Main Dish *Dessert

3. No raw eggs will be allowed in the final product. Dishes must be prepared the night before warm/hot dishes will not be judged.

4-H Projects and Participation

The more a 4-H member participates, the more they will benefit from 4-H. 4-H members participate in events/activities that their schedule allows.

There will be some events that will have specific age requirements, pre-registration and there will be some that the 4-H member will simply show up to participate. The monthly newsletter will explain all information about events/contests/activities.

4-H members can select a project focus by selecting a project book (one) or project leaflets (two).

Project Books: Each member is allowed one project book per year. These books are worked on by the 4-H members at their own pace. 4-H members that would like a project book must visit the 4-H office (8026 Main Street, suite 402) to select the project book of their choice. Project book selection will be available October 4-October 31, Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00 p.m.

The project books or leaflets will be collected in March. 4-H agents and volunteers will score the completed project books/leaflets. Members will receive certificates based on completion. Members with outstanding project books will be encouraged to complete a record book for the state contest.

Throughout the year, 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in various parish, regional, and state events and activities. Throughout the year, 4-H members will earn points (1 per each event). The 4-H office will keep track of these points. The points will be tallied at the end of the year for Outstanding 4-H member recognition. The 4-H members’ participation will also help their club win awards at the end of the year. 4-H Achievement Day is our year end awards program. Additional information about Achievement Day will be shared soon.

4-H Week

The 2023 4-H Week theme is

“I 💚 4‑H”, which celebrates everything we love about 4-H.

The positive environment provided by 4-H volunteers ensures that kids from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities, are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.

4-H believes that young people, in partnership with adults, can play a key role in creating a more promising and equitable future for youth, families and communities across the country. In 4-H, all members are given equal opportunity to succeed and are equipped with the skills they need to make a difference in the world.

We all LOVE 4-H and 4-H Week is a great time to promote all the opportunities 4-H has to offer! Terrebonne 4-H Week will be celebrated November 6-11, 2023.

Let’s show Terrebonne Parish why we LOVE 4-H! We hope that your schools allow your 4-H Club to hold a few celebrations throughout the week…...just in case, we have a few parish activities for you to take part in.

Member 4-H Week Activities. Please read the rules carefully.

Rules: 1 entry per member, per day.

4-H Display Contest – Show your 4-H Pride by creating a display at home. Tie a green ribbon on your mailbox, decorate a yard sign, decorate your parent’s car…. these are just a few examples. Bring a picture to the 4-H office or email a picture to Mrs. Cherie. Your name, school/club name, and grade should be written on the back of the picture or in the email sent. If sending an email, the subject of the email MUST read 2023 4-H Week Display, if not, your entry will not count. Mrs. Cherie will reply to your email when received. If you do not receive a reply, please call the 4-H office. Pictures are due to the 4-H office by November 3, 2023. Do not send through your school leader or through Facebook. NOTE: Encourage businesses in the parish to promote 4-H this week. Have them tie green balloons, display 4-H week on their business signs, or make a sign for them to display.

WEAR it Wednesday - Nothing says 4‑H pride like a 4‑H tee! Dress yourself (or the entire family in 4‑H green and clover gear. 4-H members, families, friends, and the community of Terrebonne Parish are challenged to Go Green. Wear as much green or 4-H items as possible.

4-H Clover Hunt – Join us on November 8, 2023, for the Terrebonne Parish 4-H Clover Hunt. 4-H members will search for clover clues to learn more about 4-H. We will meet on the steps of the Courthouse Square (downtown Houma) at 4:30 p.m. 4-H prizes will be given. An adult must stay with the 4-H member.

Service Saturday -Hands to Larger Service- service is defined as the action of helping or doing work for someone. Service is volunteering to help someone in need. We are asking 4-H members to donate items for the animal shelter on November 11, 2023, at the Poultry and Egg Cookery and Pet Show (at Evergreen Junior High). Here is a link to their amazon wish list. Use this link to purchase items or to get an idea of what to donate. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/NX39LRSWA7AM?ref_=wl_share. We will also have a service activity for you to participate in on that day.

Share your LOVE for 4-H. 4-H members, help us share how awesome 4-H is by creating a short video related to one of the following topics:

1) discuss your favorite 4-H project

2) share a 4-H success story.

Videos may be filmed using a smartphone and recording with the phone in a horizontal position.

Favorite 4-H Project:

Introduce yourself by stating your first name only and school club. In 30 seconds, explain what your favorite 4-H project is and why. Pictures or project items may be included in the video. Example: Livestock project participants may want to include an animal, or a Healthy Living participant could be filmed in a kitchen.

4-H Success Story:

Introduce yourself by stating your first name only and school club. In 30 seconds, explain how 4-H has helped you succeed. Possible examples: National Shooting Sports participants, 4-H Univer¬sity blue ribbon winners, Livestock Show winners, growing as a Leader, Learning new things, etc.

Entry Guidelines:

1. One entry per 4-H member.

2. Entries should be emailed to Mrs. Cherie at croger@agcenter.lsu.edu no later than October 30, 2023. The subject line of your email should read: 2023 Share your LOVE for 4-H Entry. In the body of the email, include your first and last name, grade, and school name.

3. We will select a winning video from each division elementary (4th-6th grade), middle (7th – 8th grade), high school (9th – 12th grade). We will select one overall grand champion winner.

Change Challenge

4-H is a service organization. This year, 4-H youth will be encouraged to participate in many service projects (at school or on the parish/state levels). Change Challenge will be an ongoing service, beginning at the October cookery and ending at the December cookery. At each cookery, we will have a jar near the registration table for you to donate any amount of change you feel comfortable donating. We will create a survey and have members vote on an organization to donate the money to.

Christmas Card Contest

Help us design a Christmas Card for the Terrebonne 4-H Office. Design a Christmas Card to represent Terrebonne 4-H.

1. Only one entry per 4-H member.

2. Cards should be a white 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper (or construction paper) folded over.

3. May use crayons, color pencils, markers, paint, etc., but NO GLITTER, please.

4. Must have the 4-H clover on the card.

5. Must portray a positive image of Terrebonne 4-H.

6. Be creative and have fun.

7. Entries are due October 31, 2023.

Ribbons will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in elementary (4-6), middle (7-8), and high school (9-12) divisions. An overall winner will be selected for the office Christmas Card.

Submit your entry to your school club leader or the 4-H office (8026 Main Street, suite 402). You will not get your cards back. They will be donated to local nursing homes.

Clovers Explore Terrebonne

We are getting ready for our second Clovers Explore Terrebonne. If you can’t make the October event, join us on November 20, 2023. Space is limited and parents will have to provide transportation. We encourage members to carpool to save parking space.

Our second stop is scheduled for November 20, 2023. We will begin at the Terrebonne Parish Government Building and explore the downtown area with a walking tour. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at noon. This visit will be opened to 4th -12th grade members. If you would like to attend, please click the following link to secure your spot: https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vrY5iOEIeUhJyK

Registration closes on November 6, 2023. Please only register if you know you will attend, as we mentioned space is limited.

Hooked on Fishing

Join us for a fun-filled day of fishing and more at the Terrebonne 4-H Wetland and Fishing Day.

November 21, 2023

8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Bayou Country Sports Park

Please bring your rod, reel, and tackle.

Please register by November 6, by clicking on the link: https://lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Wjv5wrFo1eU...

Livestock Meeting

There will be a livestock meeting for all 4-H members interested in showing livestock this year.

October 19, 2023

6:00 p.m.

at Dumas Auditorium

Please contact Mr. Reed at rhimel@agcenter.lsu.edu if you are interested in showing livestock (cows, goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens) in 4-H during this school year.

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