February 4-H Newsletter

4-H Achievement Day

Achievement Day is our Final Contest Day of the 4-H Year and Awards Program. 4-H members compete in individual and team contests as well as club contests. We will hold a traditional Achievement Day this year on May 4, 2024, at Evergreen Junior High School. What does a traditional Achievement Day look like? It’s all in one day….. contests in the morning and awards in the afternoon.

Achievement Day Schedule:

9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 4-H Contests

12:45 p.m. Fashion Show

1:00 p.m. Song Contest (school clubs)

2:00 p.m. Awards

Congratulations to Alex Danos for winning the Achievement Day Slogan Contest.

Our theme this year is “Get Connected with 4-H!”

There are many ways to interpret this theme. We can think of social media, highways, electricity, puzzle pieces, etc. One thing is for sure, 4-H has a way of connecting you to new experiences, friendships, and so much more.

Contest information and other details will be posted to our web page soon under events and in the March newsletter.

Duct Tape Contest

It’s time for one of our favorite contest….. the Duct Tape Contest! Design something made of Duct Tape. There are a variety of colors and prints of duct tape to begin your masterpiece. Please follow the rules below. Have fun!

Rules:

1. All entries are due to the 4-H office by March 12, 2024.

2. Projects should be student created. You CAN NOT duct tape over a preexisting item. You may use cardboard, wire, clips, fabric, buckles, etc.

3. Only one entry per 4-H member. Categories:

• Clothing—belts, vest, hats, shoes, etc.

• Accessories—wallets, purses, hair bows, key chains, etc.

• School and Office Supplies—pencil bags, pencil toppers, desk accessories, etc.

• The Great Outdoors – chairs, hammock, baskets, anything you would use in the outdoors, camping, etc.

• Other - designs that do not fall in any of the above categories.

All items will be returned. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Division 1 (4th—6th grade) and Division II (7th—12th grade) divisions. Clover buds will receive participation ribbons. An overall Grand and Reserve Champion will be selected.

Members should label their duct tape art with the following information:

First and Last Name

School

Grade

Category

Horse Exhibitors

Any 4th– 12th grade 4-H member wanting to participate in the 4-H Horse Project must contact Mrs. Cherie at 985-873-6495 or croger@agcenter.lsu.edu by March 20, 2024. The possession date for horses is April 1, 2024. The 4-H member should own or lease a horse to participate.

Meeting Lesson Topic – Nonverbal Communication

Many people believe what they say is all they are saying. In actuality, your body language can say more than the words that are being spoken. According to www.businessdictonary.com the definition of nonverbal behavior is, “Behavior and elements of speech aside from the words themselves that transmit meaning.” Non-verbal communication includes pitch, speed, tone and volume of voice, gestures, facial expressions, body posture, stance, and proximity to the listener, eye movement and contact, and dress and appearance. Research suggests that only 5 percent effect is produced by the spoken word, 45 percent by the tone, inflexion, and other elements of voice, and 50 percent by body language, movements, eye contact, etc.

At this month’s club meetings, we will put this theory to the test as members will experiment with different nonverbal communication cues and reflect on the reactions they get.

Poster Contest

Let’s Get Creative! We are offering 2 poster contests this month. The Dairy Poster Contest and the Beef Poster Contest.

First place parish winning posters will go on to the state contest and they become the property of the Extension Service and may be displayed at statewide events to promote the beef and dairy industry.

General Poster Guidelines:

  • Posters must be made on 22” x 28” poster.
  • DO NOT ATTACH anything to the poster that is more than ½ inch thick.
  • Place name, grade, and school on back of poster in upper right-hand corner.
  • Divisions are:
    • Division I – 4th -6th Grade
    • Division II – 7th -8th Grade
    • Division III – 9th -12th Grade
    Dairy and Beef Posters are due March 12, 2024, by 4:30 p.m. to the 4-H Office (8026 Main Street, suite 402).
  • Dairy Poster Contest: The purpose of the Dairy Poster Contest is to: Learn more about milk and milk products and their importance to healthy bodies; demonstrate communication skills by drawing a billboard encouraging or promoting the consumption of milk and/or milk products; Share knowledge with others.
  • Beef Poster Contest
    2024 LBIC Beef Poster Contest Theme: Bite into Beef The purpose of the Louisiana 4-H Beef Poster Contest is to learn more about beef and/or beef products and its importance to human health. Make a poster telling a story of beef and/or beef products using a catchy title. Specific guidelines for the beef poster can be found using the following link: https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/kids_teens/events/contests/lbic-beef-poster-contest

Project Books

4-H Record books are due to the 4-H office April 8, 2024.

A record book is your 4-H project book, leaflet, or project subject and 4-H portfolio. You can place this in a binder or folder to turn them in together.

· You should have started working on your 4-H project book already. Take pictures and document your work to include in your 4-H record book.

· You can find the 4-H Portfolio at https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/kids_teens/projects/4h-agent-resources/4-h-portfolio/4h-portfolio

· Place pictures, ribbons, and any other supporting material from the 4-H year.

· Keeping track of your 4-H participation , especially with community service work, can make filling out applications and awards easy as you get older.

· If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cherie at 985-873-6495 or croger@agcenter.lsu.edu.

2/9/2024 1:51:39 PM
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