November 2014

Jana Bennett, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  12/5/2014 3:32:21 AM

Twelve Caldwell 4-H members attended the 2014 Northeast Region Challenge Camp.

Clubs of the Month
Congratulations to the October Clubs of the Month!
1st place   UCES 4
2nd place   Columbia 4
3rd place   UCES 5
4th place   OBCA 9-12
5th place   OBCA 7-8

Louisiana Art and Folk Festival
We send a big "Thank You" to the 4-H Junior Leaders who volunteered their time at the Children's Tent during the Louisiana Art and Folk Festival held in October. They assisted youth with crafts and the mini-farm. Youth visiting the festival were able to participate in several activities free of charge.

4-H Junior Leader Club
This after-school club for 4-H'ers in grades 7-12 met on Oct. 8. During the meeting the group made goodie bags for 4-H volunteers. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 12. The election for Junior Leader Club president and vice president will be held. Make plans to attend. Please bring two cans of food to donate to the food drive. If you are not a member but would like to join, it's not too late! Club dues are $20 which includes a 4-H t-shirt.

Outdoor Skills Club
Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Caldwell Parish Library in Columbia. This will be an informational meeting for 4-H members and their parents/guardians. 4-H Shooting Sports is an active program that strives to teach 4-H'ers safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. If you are interested in participating in Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports, you must attend this meeting with a parent or guardian. If you have questions, please contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at (318) 649-2663.

Challenge Camp
Twelve Caldwell Parish 4-H'ers along with agents Jana Bennett and Jim McCann traveled to Camp Grant Walker to attend the Northeast Region Challenge Camp held Oct. 2 - 4. 4-H'ers attending were Jenna Beckley, Kaitlyn Beckley, Elizabeth Jolly, Abbie McCann, Dalton Meredith, Rachel Meredith, Rowdy James Michaud, Stormy Prough, Maura Roberts, Cari Scott, Mia Claire Volentine and Erin Finley who served as a camp counselor. While at Challenge Camp, 6th-8th grade 4-H members from the Northeast Region participated in a variety of pirate themed challenges that promoted team building, leadership skills and a sense of belonging.

4-H Hamburger Lunch Fundraiser
A hamburger lunch fundraiser will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbia. Plates include a hamburger, chips and dessert and may be picked up from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Plates are $6.00 with proceeds going to the Caldwell 4-H Foundation. Make checks payable to Caldwell 4-H. Delivery can be arranged for orders of 10 or more. If you are interested in donating a dessert (cake, cookies, brownies), please contact the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663. Desserts should be delivered to the 4-H office by noon, Thursday, Dec. 11. Orders may be placed by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663 or by fax at (318) 649-2118.

Fall Foods Festival
The 4-H Fall Foods Festival will be held on Monday, Nov. 10 at Union Central Elementary School. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m., with judging beginning at 10:00 a.m. Dish setup must be completed by 9:45 a.m. You must pre-register for this contest by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663 stating your name, dish category, school and grade and/or Consumer Foods Judging Contest by Wednesday, Nov. 5. Dish categories are Quick-N-Easy Ground Beef, Heart Healthy Ground Beef, Chicken, Egg, Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan and Sweet Potato. Dishes that won first place in last year's contest (Nov. 2013) cannot be entered in this year's contest. All dishes must be chilled (cold to the touch) and transported in an insulated ice chest with ice. No insulated totes or bags will be allowed. Dishes not properly chilled or transported will be disqualified. Serving dish size can be no larger than 11x16 or 12-inch round. Recipes used should not serve more than 12 servings. Recipes should be submitted on the recipe form available at the 4-H office or from the Contest page of this website. Bring two copies of your recipe to the contest. 

Members who do not want to enter a dish can still participate in this event by entering the Consumer Foods Judging Contest. Participants will rank classes of food items from restaurants, grocery stores and/or vending machines based on factors such as health, money, lifestyle or other requirements in the given situation and give written reasons. 

For complete contest rules, dish category requirements and contest forms contact the 4-H office, your 4-H leader or visit the Contest page of this website. Please bring at least two canned food items to be donated to a local food pantry. Donated items will be accepted at the 4-H office during preregistration or at the contest site.

4-H Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making Contest
Handmade garments, shirts and data forms for the 2015 4-H Fashion Revue are due to the 4-H office on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Appearance Judging and the Consumer Decision Making Contest are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12 at Grayson Elementary School. The 4-H Fashion Revue consists of the Clothing Construction, Decorated Shirt and Ready-to-Wear contests. Remember to submit a data form if you are planning to enter the Ready-to-Wear contest. Contestants in the Consumer Decision Making Contest will judge and rank classes of consumer products or services and give written reasons for rankings. For complete contest rules, contact the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663, your 4-H leader or visit the Contest page of this website.

Photography Contest 

Entries for the 4-H Photography Contest are due to the 4-H office by Friday, Dec. 19. Contest categories are "A Story or Series," "People, Structures or Buildings," "Plants or Animals." Photos must have been taken by the 4-H club member during the 2014 calendar year. Each category consists of 5-6 photos equally spaced on a 22" x 28" sheet of poster paper. Write a short caption under each photo. Include your name, school, grade and category on the back of the poster in the upper left hand corner. 4-H'ers may enter 1-3 categories. Entries will be judged on appropriateness of photos, clarity of photos (able to see picture clearly) and neatness of work. Cash awards will be given for first, second and third place winners in each category.

Honey Bee Essay Contest
Entries for the 2015 Honey Bee Essay Contest are due to the 4-H office in Columbia on Friday, Jan. 23. The topic for the 2015 contest is "Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up." Beekeeping has become difficult due to a lack of native plants for forage. In this essay, you will be required to discuss ways that habitats can be modified to become "bee friendly." Essays must be 750-1000 words in length, typed, double-spaced using 12-point Times or similar font following standard manuscript format and must be submitted as a Microsoft Word compatible document. This is a state contest. Entries for this contest must be submitted electronically and will be forwarded to Baton Rouge for judging. Scanned, faxed, mailed, PDF/JPEG or any format other than a Microsoft Word compatible document will not be accepted. Essays will be judged on scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logical development of the topic. 4-H'ers who have previously placed first on the state level or first, second or third at the national level in this contest are not eligible. State contest awards are $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Beekeeping Association. For complete contest rules and forms, contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at the Caldwell 4-H office in Columbia.

Character Corner
This month's pillar of character is Respect. Respect consists of four components: courtesy, the Golden Rule, tolerance and acceptance.
Courtesy: Use good manners; be polite and civil to everyone. Do not use insults, put-downs, yelling or ridicule to embarrass or hurt another person. Take good care of property you are allowed to use and don't take or use property without permission.
The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Respect the dignity, privacy and freedom of all individuals. Value and honor all people, no matter what they can do for you or to you. Do not manipulate, abuse or mistreat anyone.
Tolerance and Acceptance: Judge others on their character, abilities and conduct without regard to race, religion, gender, where they live, how they dress or the amount of money they have. Listen to others and try to understand their points of view. Resolve disagreements, respond to insults and deal with anger peacefully and without violence. Do not use threats or physical force to get what you want or to express anger.

Club Meeting Schedule for January
Jan. 7   CPHS  9:29 - 10:14 a.m.
              OBCA 12:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 8   Grayson Elementary  1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Jan. 9   Union Central Elementary 10:10 a.m. - noon
Jan. 13  Columbia Elementary 1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Jan. 14  CPJHS  10:15 - 11:08 a.m.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 5   Preregistration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 10   Fall Foods Festival, Union Central Elementary School
Nov. 12   Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Nov. 18   Shooting Sports meeting, Caldwell Parish Public Library

Dec. 3   Garments, shirts, data forms due for Fashion Revue
Dec. 10   Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Dec. 12   Hamburger lunch fundraiser, First Methodist Church in Columbia
Dec. 19   Photography Contest entries due

Jan. 7   Junior Leader meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Jan. 12   Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making Contest, Grayson Elementary School
Jan. 14-17   Ag Alley / Ag Expo, Ike Hamilton Expo Center, West Monroe, La.
Jan. 23   Honey Bee Essay contest entries due
Jan. 30   Dairy Billboard Contest entries due

Feb. 4-6   Northeast District Livestock Show in Delhi
Feb. 4   Preregistration deadline for Communication and Career Day
Feb. 9   Communication and Career Day, Union Central Elementary School
Feb. 14-21   LSU State Livestock Show, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales, La.
Feb. 27   Beef Poster Contest entries due
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