November 2015

Jana Bennett, McCann, Jimmy D.  |  11/5/2015 9:32:32 PM

Caldwell 4-H'er Leslee Bennett participated in the State Fair Livestock Show.

Caldwell 4-H'ers Lane Linton, Jake Rollins and Hadley Smith participated in the State Fair Livestock Show.

Jake Rollins placed first in Poultry Showmanship at the 2015 Louisiana State Fair livestock show in Shreveport.

October Clubs of the Month!
Union Central 5
2nd  Columbia 4
3rd  OBCA 4-6
4th  OBCA 7-8
5th  Grayson 5

Shooting Sports Sign-up Has Begun
If you are a Caldwell 4-H member interested in participating in the Shooting Sports program, now is the time to join. The Shooting Sports program is an active program that strives to teach 4-H'ers the safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment and promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Disciplines offered to Caldwell 4-H'ers are rifle, shotgun and archery. Dues are $20 for one discipline and $10 for each additional discipline. Members practice at a range located in the parish and will be notified of practice dates and times . A mandatory safety meeting for Shooting Sports members will be held in Dec. The meeting location and times will be announced at a later date. Shooting Sports signup will close after the Dec. safety meeting. If you are interested in joining, please come by our office located at 106 Jackson Street in Columbia to complete an enrollment form. For more information on the Caldwell 4-H Shooting Sports program contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at (318) 649-2663.

Junior Leader Club
The first meeting of the Caldwell 4-H Junior Leader Club for the 2015-2016 club year was held on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Members completed enrollment forms, paid dues and discussed service learning projects for this year. The next Junior Leader meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Prekindergarten Center from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Remember to bring tooth paste and tooth brushes to donate for the foster care service learning activity. If you are interested in joining, it's not too late. Member dues are $20 for an individual or $35 for a family membership of two 4-H'ers. Members of the Junior Leader Club are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H and community activities, serve as camp counselors and have lots of fun!

State Fair Livestock Show
Four Caldwell 4-H'ers participated in the Louisiana State Fair Livestock Show held in Shreveport. The 109th State Fair began on Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 8. Lane Linton, Jake Rollins and Hadley Smith with their livestock projects competed in the poultry show and Leslee Bennett competed in the goat show. Jake Rollins placed first in Poultry Showmanship. Hadley and Lane placed in the top ten in Showmanship. Each member did a great job representing Caldwell 4-H!

4-H Hamburger Lunch Fundraiser
A hamburger lunch fundraiser will be held on Friday, Dec. 11 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 each with proceeds going to the Caldwell 4-H Foundation which sponsors Caldwell 4-H contests, provides funding for Caldwell 4-H members to attend 4-H camps and 4-H University and provides funding for 4-H scholarships. 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 or brownies), please contact the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663. Desserts should be delivered to the 4-H office by noon, Thursday, Dec. 10. 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. 16 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 preregister for this contest by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663 stating your name, school, grade, dish category and/or Consumer Foods Judging Contest by Wednesday, Nov. 11 Dish categories are Quick-N-Easy Ground Beef, Heart Healthy Ground Beef, Chicken, Egg, Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan and Sweet Potato. Each 4-H'er may enter one dish per category. Dishes that won first place in last year's contest (Nov. 2014) cannot be entered in this year's contest. Dishes must be already prepared and ready to serve. All dishes must be chilled (cold to the touch) and transported in an insulated hard case ice chest with ice. No insulated totes or bags will be allowed. Styrofoam is allowed. Dishes not properly chilled or transported will be disqualified. Dish must be covered with a lid or foil in ice chest. 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 Caldwell 4-H website. Bring two copies of your recipe to the contest. No alcohol is allowed in any recipe.

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.

4-H Fashion Revue and Consumer Decision Making Contest
Handmade garments, shirts and data forms for the 2015 - 2016 4-H Fashion Revue are due to the 4-H office on Monday, Nov. 30. Appearance Judging is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7 at Grayson Elementary. The 4-H Fashion Revue consists of the Clothing Construction, Decorated Shirt, Ready-to-Wear and Consumer Decision Making contests. Clothing Construction categories are Apron, Tops or Bottoms and Complete Outfit. Decorated Shirt categories are Shirts Promoting 4-H and Other. Remember to submit a data form if you are planning to enter the Ready-To-Wear contest. Ready-To-Wear contestants will also be required to participate in a judging test in which they will judge 3 classes of garments, rank each class and give written reasons for rankings. The Best of Show Cotton Award will be given to the best garment made of 100% cotton regardless of category entered. Entries submitted after Nov. 30 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes.

Members not interested in creating a garment can still participate in this event by entering the Consumer Decision Making Contest. Contestants will judge classes of consumer products or services, rank each class by choice and give written reasons for rankings. Rankings will be based on product labels, warranties, cost, durability, environmental impact, workmanship, maintenance, etc. For complete rules and contest forms, contact the 4-H office, your 4-H leader or visit the Contest page of this website.

Photography Contest
Entries for the 4-H Photography Contest are  due in the 4-H office on Friday, Dec. 18. Contest categories are A Story or Series; People, Structures or Buildings; Plants or Animals. Each category will consist of 5 photographs, equally spaced on a 22"x28" sheet of poster paper. Write a short caption under each photograph. Photographs must be taken by the 4-H club member during the 2015 calendar year. 4-H'ers may enter 1 to 3 categories. Include your name, school, grade and category on the back of the entry in the upper left corner. Entries will be judged on appropriateness of photographs, clarity of photographs (able to see picture clearly) and neatness of work. Entries submitted after Dec. 18 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes.

Communication and Career Day
The 4-H Communication and Career Day will be held at Union Central Elementary on Monday, Jan. 25. Communication and Career Day consists of demonstrations, commodity ambassador illustrated talks and career preparation interview. Demonstrations will have a time limit of 10 minutes and can be individual or a team of two. Career preparation interview divisions are Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Ambassador Talk categories are egg, chicken, turkey, seafood and sugar. Ambassador Talk contestants will present a talk or presentation on one of five topics for their chosen category: production of commodity, food preparation and nutritive value, food safety practices, processing, marketing. Parish winners in the Ambassador Talk contest will be eligible to compete in the state contest to be held at LSU in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, April 19. Please pre-register for this contest by calling the 4-H office at (318) 649-2663. The preregistration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 20. For complete contest information contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett or the 4-H office.

Honey Bee Essay Contest
Entries for the 2016 Honey Bee Essay Contest are due to the 4-H office in Columbia on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The topic for the 2016 contest is "Bees and Pollination. How Important Is It?" 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." Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow wildflowers and encourage native planting of bee friendly plants? Survey your community to see what is being done to help honeybees. Include your state in your survey to see if there is a wildflower planting program available or any other program that could aid the honey bee. 

This is a state contest and is open to active 4-H members only. Participants will write on the designated subject matter only. Essay must be 750-1000 words in length, typed, double-spaced, using 12-point Times or similar font following standard manuscript format and must be a Microsoft Word compatible document. A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address and telephone number must accompany the essay. All entries for this contest must be submitted electronically to 4-H agent Jana Bennett 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 and will not be judged. Essays will be judged on scope of research (40%), accuracy (30%), creativity (10%), conciseness (10%) and logical development of the topic (10%). All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes. 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. Complete contest rules and forms are attached at the bottom of this page. For more information contact 4-H agent Jana Bennett at the Caldwell 4-H office in Columbia. 

Dairy Billboard Contest
Entries for the 2016 4-H Dairy Billboard Contest are due to the office on Friday, Jan. 29. Members entering the contest will demonstrate their communication skills by drawing and creating a billboard encouraging or promoting the consumption of milk and/or milk products. Billboard design must be on a 22"x28" poster board, any color. Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than 1/2" thick and do not use glitter. Do not use commercial brand names on the poster. Do not use jingles, slogans, signs or pictures that are trademark or copyright protected. Using a pencil, print your name, address, grade and parish on the back of your poster in  the upper right corner. First place billboards will be sent to LSU to be judged in a statewide contest. Entries submitted after Jan. 29 will not be eligible to place first, second or third or win cash prizes.

Upcoming Events
Nov. 4   Junior Leader Club, Prekindergarten Center
Nov. 5-7   Challenge Camp, Camp Grant Walker
Nov. 11  Preregistration deadline for Fall Foods Festival
Nov. 16  Fall Foods Festival and Consumer Foods Judging Contest, Union Central Elementary
Nov. 30  Garments and Data Forms due for Fashion Revue

Dec. TBA  Shooting Sports safety meeting
Dec. 2  Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Dec. 7  Fashion Revue Appearance Judging and Consumer Decision Making Contest, Grayson Elementary
Dec. 11   4-H Hamburger Lunch fundraiser
Dec. 18   Photography Contest entries due 

Jan. 6   Junior Leader Club meeting, Prekindergarten Center
Jan. 13-16   Ag Expo / Ag Alley, Ike Hamilton Expo Center
Jan. 20  Preregistration deadline for Communication and Career Day
Jan. 25  Communication and Career Day, Union Central Elementary
Jan. 26   Honey Bee Essay Contest entries due
Jan. 29  Dairy Billboard Contest entries due

Club Meeting Schedule for January
Jan. 6  CPHS         9:47 - 10:17 a.m.
Jan. 6  CPJH          10:15 - 11:08 a.m.
Jan. 6  OBCA        12:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 7  Caldwell Homeschool     10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Jan. 7  Grayson Elementary        1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Jan. 8  Union Central Elementary  9:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Jan. 12  Columbia Elementary    1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Jan. 12  Columbia Clover Buds  3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
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