December 2011 and January 2012 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletters

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann

Hoops and Clovers 2012

Join in the fun as 4-H members, friends, and family from across the state converge in the New Orleans Arena to see the New Orleans Hornets battle the Indiana Pacers . This “Hoops and Clovers” event will take place on Friday, February 10, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. This game is dedicated as Louisiana 4-H Night! All 4-H members, their families and friends are invited to attend. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the tickets will be $25.00.  Please see attached form to order tickets.

4-H Challenge Camp

Six Jefferson Parish 4-H members along with two counselors participated in the recently held 4-H Challenge Camp at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, LA. 4-H members from eleven parishes enjoyed the beautiful outdoor setting while learning environmental education and healthy living choices, as well as participating in numerous challenge and teambuilding activities.  Jefferson Parish participants included: Dominique Reese, Kaleo’ okalani Kaohu, and Selena Rodriguez from Roosevelt Middle School; Chelsey Miller, Richard Hood, and Heather Austin from Word of Life Academy; and Counselors Laura Melancon from Fisher High School and Cecilia Borne from Word of Life Academy. LSU Ag Center 4-H Agents Ann Gauthier and Chantel Williams also accompanied the group.  Challenge Camp is held each year and is open to 7th grade 4-H members.

4-H Foundation Awards

The Louisiana 4-H Foundation sponsors three special awards to recognize outstanding individual project work. These awards are the Louisiana 4-H Foundation Award of Excellence for Junior 4-H Members, 4-H Key Club Award for Senior members, and the 4-H Honor Cord for graduating 4-H members. Contact the  4-H Office for more information.  

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a day set aside to commemorate trees and their importance in our lives. In Louisiana, Arbor Day is celebrated on the third Friday in January. This year Arbor Day will be held on January 20, 2012. Trees have thousands of uses such as recreation, wildlife habitat, landscaping, energy, medicine, chemicals, packaging, lumber (to build houses, barns, and furniture), and food. Wherever you live you are in contact with products made from trees each day. Forests have many environmental benefits such as providing food and homes for birds and animals. They protect our water supply by keeping soil from washing away. They clean the air by removing pollutants and giving off oxygen for us to breathe.  Individuals and groups celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees and shrubs. You can also share information about trees with your club, school, or neighbors.  Plan your Arbor Day celebration today!

4-H Junior Leadership Conference

State 4-H Junior Leadership Conference is open to all 4-H Junior Leaders 14 years old and older. It will be held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, La. from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11, 2012. Registration fee is $100.00 if received by January 31. Late registration deadline is February 11 with $110.00. Registration fee includes transportation to and from the conference from a central location. Contact the 4-H office for more information.

Geaux Green Poster Contest

Announcing the 4-H Geauxing Green Poster Contest! All 4-H members are encouraged to participate in this contest as part of our ongoing service learning emphasis for the 2011-2012 club year. Awards will be presented to all participants. Winning posters will be displayed at the Spring Garden Show in City Park as part of our local celebration. See attached newsletter for more information.

Jefferson Parish 4-H Shirts

Jefferson Parish 4-H shirts are still available for sale. Shirts are $10.00. Contact the 4-H office to place an order.

4-H Commodity/Ambassador Parish Contests

Club Blue Award Winners and Mailbox Members are invited to participate in the parish-wide 4-H Commodity Cookery/Ambassador Contest on Saturday, March 3 (tentative) at Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, with your prepared dish and Commodity Ambassador Illustrated Presentation. Complete details will be provided to Club Blue Award Winners and mailbox members in January.

4-H Scholarships Avaliable

All registered 4-H Graduating Seniors are eligible to apply for Louisiana 4-H Scholarships. Applicants for scholarships must be 2012 graduating seniors and entering college or technical school in the Fall of 2012. All information and scholarship applications are available on the Louisiana 4-H Website: Contact the 4-H office for more information.

Honey Bee Essay Contest

All 4-H members are invited to participate in the upcoming 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest. Essays are DUE in the 4-H Office by Monday, January 30, 2012. Entries must address the designated subject: “The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in my Community”. The essay should be 750-1000 words. The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, or the essayist’s biographical sketch. Contact the 4-H office for more information.

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