4-H Clover Blog-September 2011

Joe P. Bairnsfather  |  9/1/2011 7:30:32 PM

4-H Dateline

September 2011
TBA Officer Training Workshops
12 Junior Leader Meeting
19 Shooting Sports-5:00p.m.(Sheriff’s Firing Range, Hwy 15)

October  2011
2-8 National 4-H Week
3 Junior Leader Meeting
8 Pet Show/Cookery Contests
17 Shooting Sports-Sheriff’s Firing Range, Hwy 15, 5:00 p.m.
17-23 National “CHARACTER COUNTS!”Week
21 “Get the Picture” Contest Entries due“Catch Phrase” for 4-H Camp due

New 4-H Year About to Begin

The 2011-2012 4-H year is about to kick off and we want YOU to be a part of all the exciting things that will be taking place this year. To get involved, complete your 4-H enrollment card and pay your dues to your 4-H Club Leader.

We have something for everyone! Watch for all of the 4-H Happenings in the 4-H Clover Blog each month.

4-H Livestock Projects

The parish 4-H livestock program is searching for new exhibitors to show animals at the upcoming 2012 Spring Show in Delhi and Gonzales. Any 4-H’er interested in showing animals at these shows should contact the 4-H office immediately at 318-336-7084. There are possession dates for these shows that you must meet for your animal to be eligible to show.


Celebrate National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will be Oct. 2-8, 2011. Each club needs to select a committee to plan activities for National 4-H Week at school and their communities to showcase 4-H. Some examples are: have a green and white day; treats for teachers; cafeteria; leading pledges over intercom at school; cleanups; posters, etc.

Pennant Contest due Oct. 5, 2011. 

Be a 4-H Junior Leader

Do you like working with younger 4-Hers, doing community service projects, learning at meetings, or helping at 4-H activities? If so, sign up for the Junior Leader program at your club meeting or call the 4-H office and we will send you a meeting reminder!

The Concordia Junior Leader program is open to 7th-12th grade students. Dues for the club are $5. Hope you will come and join us at our next meeting.


"Catch Phrase" for 4-H Camp Contest (5 points)

Can you come up with a “catchy” theme for 4-H Summer Camp? Then plan to enter the “Catch Phrase for Camp” Contest!! The deadline for all entries is at your October 2011 club meeting. Parish awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The state winner will receive a $50 cash award. All you have to do is think of a brief and “catchy” slogan that captures the spirit of 4-H Camp and provide a drawing to go along with your phrase.

Rules and Regulations:
1. Phrase must be seven words or less. Also, you must provide a drawing to go along with your phrase.
2. Include the following information on the back of your entry: your name, age, name of 4-H club, your parish, your complete mailing address and telephone number.
3. Submit your entries by Oct. 21st to your 4-H leader.

Good luck!


4-H Cookery Contest: Concordia 4-H Food Festival

Deadline to register: Oct. 5, 2011; call the 4-H office at 318-336-7084.

Contest: Oct. 8, 2011; Old Courthouse Building, first floor.
Registration: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Judging: begins at 9:45 a.m.

Sweet Potato
Prepared dish must contain at least 1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen sweet potatoes.
        1. Dessert 
        2. Other

At least 1 cup of pecans must be used in recipe.
        1. Dessert 
        2. Candy 
        3. Other

Ground Beef
Must contain at least 1 pound of ground beef.

Any Other Beef
Must contain 1 pound of boneless beef (not ground) or 2 pounds bone-in beef.

Set up at the contest: A handwritten or typed copy of the recipe must accompany the dish. 
Do not put your name on the recipe; numbers will be given.

On the recipe list:
1. Division: Sweet Potato, Pecan or Beef
2. Category
3. Name of recipe
4. Ingredients
5. Instructions
6. Yield

Place a copy of the recipe on the table during set up. Only 4-H'ers will be allowed to set up their dishes.

Safety: Dishes should be cooked the night before and refrigerated. Transport the dish to the contest in an insulated cooler with ice; must be a cooler, not a plastic box. Dishes should be cool to the touch. A microwave will be available for warming dishes for judges. Overall winners in each division will represent Concordia Parish at the Area Cookery Contest.


Louisiana State Fair Livestock

Several Concordia Parish 4-H'ers will be exhibiting their animals at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport, Oct. 20-Nov. 6, 2011. Exhibitors participating will be Kristin Russell, Hunter Randall, Reagan Tiffee, Billy Wallace, Brittany Guillot and Isabella Smith .

Best of luch with your projects at the show!


State 4-H Portfolio Winners

Brittany Stanley’s Wildlife portfolio was selected as a State Winner in the State 4-H Wildlife Tour competition and placed Blue Ribbon in the State 6th Grade Achievement Traditional records competition. State Winner (4-H Alumni Recognition)- Cecilia Stevens. Ms. Cecilia will be awarded a plaque for her accomplishment at the 2012 4-H Recognition Banquet held during 4-H University.


Get the Picture Contest (5 Points)

Each month 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to enter one picture in the category for that month. The picture must be submitted by the due date and must have been taken by the 4-H’ers themselves within the past year.

Photos must be either 3 1/2 inches x 5 inches or 4 inches x 6 inches. 

Printed pictures from digital cameras will also be accepted.

Divisions: 4th-6th grades and 7th-12th grades.

Photos will be displayed at various locations in Concordia Parish.

Do not mount the photos.

Complete and attach the entry form located in the attached newslettter and turn in to your 4-H leader or to the 4-H office by the due date.

October category: Your favorite picture taken in summer 2011.
Due: At your October 4-H Club meeting

4-H Pet Show

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at the Old Courthouse Vidalia, La.
Check in: 9:30 a.m. 

Open to all 4-H'ers in 4th-12th grades. 

Pets must be on a leash or in a cage!! You may enter only one pet in the show and you must call the 4-H office at 318-336-7084 by October 5, 2011, to pre-register your pet in a division listed below.You may enter any or all categories in a division. You will make your category choices as they are announced at the contest. Categories for your selection at the show are listed under each division and are as follows:

Large Dog – Over 15” tall     Best Personality            Fastest Recall
Small Dog –Under 15” tall     Best Personality            Most Adorable
Long Hair Cats                       Most Unusual Feature   Best Personality
Short Hair Cats                      Most Unusual Feature    Best Personality
Large/Small Dogs                  Wagiest Tail                   Best Costume-Dog/Owner   Most Handsome/Gorgeous Girl
Long Hair/Short Hair Cats    Longest Tail                   Best Costume-Cat/Owner    Most Handsome/Gorgeous Girl
Other Small Pets                   Most Unusual                 Most Active
All Pets                                  Tricks Most                   4-H Spirited


4-H Hidden Word Game (1 Point)

Try your luck at finding the hidden word in our online version of the September 2011 newsletter. The word or words will be hidden in one of the articles in the newsletter for you to find. The official date that you can go online to find the words is Sept. 29, 2011.

Clue: Word related to fall activities.

Starting on Sept. 29, 2011, the first person to email the correct word or words to Mr. Joe will be the winner. Make sure to list your name, club, title of article and answer within the email.

A winner will be selected in 4th-6th grades and in 7th-12th grades each month. Winners will receive a $5.00 Sonic Card.

Each 4-H’er who submits an email with an answer will receive 1 point towards Achievement Day.


4-H Shooting Sports Event

The Concordia 4-H Shooting Sports Program will hold its first meeting of 2011 on Sept. 19th at the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Firing Range on Hwy. 15, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

4-H’ers will be given an overview of the Shooting Sports Program, participate in a short educational program and have the opportunity to shoot a BB Gun, Pellet Gun, Rifle (22) and Shotgun (20 gauge) on the range.

Cost for this event will be $5 per student/per meeting. Any student in 4th-12th gradse is eligible to participate. All youth participating must have a parent complete a release form! This will allow the youth to go onto the firing range.

Adults who are interested in becoming instructors can talk with Mr. Joe.


LA Character Lifestyles

Show good character by taking the students' pledge: 

Respect: I will listen when the teacher is talking and follow all rules in school handbook.

Responsibility: I will complete assignments on time and will attend class prepared to learn.

Caring: I will assist teachers and classmates with school projects.

Fairness: I will include all my classmates and others in all activities.

Trustworthiness: I will be honest with myself and others.

Citizenship: I will not litter and encourage others to keep school campus clean.

Your character really counts!

National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week is October 17-21, 2011.


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