November 2020

Originally Published November 6, 2020.

November 2020

Brooke LaFargue, 4-H Agent,

Allen Parish


117 N 5th Street

Oberlin La 70655

Phone 337-639-4376 Fax:337-639-2985


Sweet Potato Forms Due 9

Junior Leader Meeting 15

Pre-Registration for Workshop/Pet Show 17

Sweet Potato’s Ready to be picked up 16

Workshop 21

Pet Show 23


Swine DNA/Validation Due 4

Livestock Entry Form 4

Toys for Toy Drive 4

Junior Leader Fundraiser Orders Due 15

Welcome to Allen Parish 4-H!

This year is going to be very different from our normal club year. During this time of social distancing, it is hard to not be meeting in person with our 4-H club members. It is our goal to still reach members virtually. We are hoping to have some in person workshops and project club meetings. Most club leaders have created a google classroom for members. Parents and Members will be able to access information on programs, lessons, workshops and project clubs through their leader’s classroom and on our website Allen Parish 4-H page.

You may also find up to date information on the Allen Parish 4-H Facebook Page.

Our office has a new location:117 N 5th St. Oberlin La 70655

If at any time you have questions please email your 4-H Agent, Brooke

Due to Covid-19 there is always a possibility that an event maybe canceled. Please check our Facebook Page (Allen Parish 4-H) for announcements regarding all our 4-H Events.

How do I Join Allen Parish 4-H?

Parent Volunteers and You may join Allen Parish 4-H by using the 4-H Enrollment page.

Once you have enrolled online your leaders will be notified. The club leader will let you know the cost of dues. Dues are to be paid to the leaders.

4-H Pledge

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Junior Leaders Club

Our next meeting will be held on Sunday November 15, 2020 at 3:00pm.We will meet at the office.

Most of our activities will be done outside. lease wear a jacket and a mask.

This year our Service-Learning Project is Health Rocks! Prevention of tobacco, alcohol and drug use

among youth.

There is still time to join! Please join the club by using the QR Code below.

Shooting Sports

We are in the process of getting locations set up for practices. We will have a parent/participant meeting to be announced via email and Face Book.

If you have registered for Shooting Sports, you can pay dues by mail or at the upcoming meeting. Please make check payable to Allen Parish 4-H.Our mailing address is P.O. Box 188 Oberlin La 70655.

Dates for 2021 Regional, State and National Matches

Southern Regional Match March 15-21, 2021 – West Baton Rouge/Ascension Parish

State Match April 12-18, 2021 – West Baton Rouge/Ascension Parish

National Championships June 19-June 26, 2021 – Grand Island, Nebraska

Note: 4-H University is the same week as National Championships in Nebraska this year


4-H/FFA Livestock Show Dates

Allen Parish Show January 15-16, 2021

Allen Parish Livestock Sale January 21, 2021

SW District Livestock Show January 25-February 2, 2021

State Livestock Show February 13-20, 2021

Please join our Allen Parish Livestock Group on Facebook

If you have questions, please email

******Validation of animals will be the responsibility of the exhibitor. Pick up kits at 4-H Office. There are times that we are working remotely so please contact us to schedule a time for pick-up appointment. Return by Nov. 6th for Beef, Sheep Goat & Dairy, Dec. 4th for Swine.

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID19 there is no guarantee that the Allen Parish Livestock Show will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.

Allen Parish 4-H Pet Show

Please join us at the Allen Parish Fair Grounds in Oberlin on Monday November 23, 2020!The Pet Show will begin at 10:30a.m. Registration Fee is $1 per animal being entered.

4-H Members, Cloverbuds and Non 4-H Members are invited to Participate!

Types of pets that may be entered are: Dogs, Birds, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, Reptiles, Any Other

(Ex. Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, and Gerbils) Birds, fish, hamsters, cats, etc. need to be accompanied by their own cages. Dogs must be on a leash. Please do not bring dogs that may bite or any type of animal that may cause injury to a person. Bring only healthy animals that are up to date on vaccinations.

Bring your pet dressed to impress! We will have an overall best dressed category.

We ask that you Pre-Register by November 17, 2020

Use QR Code to Pre-Register


Christmas in November workshop will be held at the 4-H office on November 21, 2020, 10 am to noon. 4-Hers will be able to complete four different gifts for their family. Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible. Come wearing a homemade Christmas shirt, there will be a contest for most creative. We will also provide a fun educational activity for the kids while they are there. This workshop is NOT open to Clover buds. Masks are required.

Please register using the QR Code below. Must Pre-Register by November 17, 2020!

Allen Parish 4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser!

Forms and Money must be turned into the 4-H Office by November 9, 2020.Sweet Potatoes sold by 4-H’ers will be available for pick up at the 4-H Office November 15th.The 4-H office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed for lunch.

Christmas Toy Collection

This community service project is a joint effort with the District Attorney’s Office Toy Drive. Toys will be donated to families in need throughout the parish. Toys need to be brand new. There is no price limit. This is a wonderful community service project for 4-H Clubs. Leaders if you need assistance with getting the donated toys to the 4-H office, please email blafargue@agcenter.lsu.eduPlease deliver toys to the 4-H Office by 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 4,2020 .

4-H Honor Cords

The 4-H Honor Cord Award recognizes 4-H members who are graduating seniors.

For 4-H youth to receive the 4-H Honor Cord, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a currently enrolled 4-H member and in good standing
  • Must be a graduating senior
  • Must have been enrolled in 4-H for at least 3 years of their high school career
  • Must have participated in at least one state sponsored 4-H program in the past 3 years, or demonstrated exemplary parish-level program involvement

Must complete the application form by January 24th!

2020 4-H Honor Cord qualification information and application is here on our 4-H Honor Cord page.

The Commodity Ambassador Contest

This State Contest is a unique state-level opportunity that exposes and prepares our younger 4-H members to public speaking. The BBQ Chicken, BBQ Turkey, and Egg Demonstration contests are events with advancement to the National 4-H contest held in Louisville, KY. Traditionally, division III winners would all be rewarded a spot on the State Educational Trip. We are transitioning this award system to monetary awards, except for those contests with national advancement opportunities. Our goal is to assist youth in advancing their public speaking skills, potentially awarding them in multiple ways for their hard work.

2021 ONLY – Virtual contest format

  • Division I and II entries for all categories will be submitted for entry as pre-recorded demonstrations speeches. Division III entries will be live speeches via Microsoft Teams on the following dates and tentative time frames:
  • Pre-recorded videos and all deliverables due: February 22nd,2021
  • Chicken BBQ, Turkey BBQ, and Egg Demo – March 2nd, 4:00-7:30 PM
  • Beef and Seafood Demo – March 3rd, 4:00 – 7:30 PM
  • A Commodity Crops – March 4th, 4:00-7:30 PM

Winners will be announced LIVE on the Louisiana 4-H Facebook and YouTube page on Friday, March 5th, at 6:30 PM. If your 4-H member is interested in competing now is the time to start preparing. Please contact Mrs. Brooke if you are

Allen Parish 4-H Junior Leader T-Shirt and Mask Fundraiser!

The 2020-2021 4-H Club T-Shirt’s are now available to order! The T-Shirts will be available in short sleeve sizes Youth Small—Adult 3X and T-shirt will be Purple with a white and green design. The mask is a Multifunctional Neck Gator. It will be black with a green 4-H clover. The design sample is shown below. You can make an order by speaking to a Junior Leader or click on the QR Code. We will contact you when your order is ready. Payment can be made when you receive your item.

Deadlines to Order: December 15,2020

$15 for youth sizes and Adult S-XL$18 for Adult 2X and up $10 Multifunctional Neck Gator

design of neck gator and Jr leader t-shirt

Please allow 2-3 weeks after deadline date to receive your order.

As always thank you for your continued support


"It's not only what you say. It's also how you say it."

Tone and body language speak volumes, but sometimes people don't know how their words are coming across.

Your words matter and have a remarkable impact on others. However, only when your words, tone, and body language work together do you truly tell a compelling story. Communication is so important. Have you ever seen a person that you could tell was really interested in a conversation, even though you couldn’t hear the conversation? They might have been sitting forward in their seats or leaning toward the speaker if standing. They also might have been watching the speaker’s face and nodding their heard. On the other hand, if the listener is not very interested in what the speaker has to say, they might cross their arms, look around the room, or speak to someone else instead of listening.

Sometimes, our actions speak louder than our words. For good communication to happen, we need to think about how we use our voice, our bodies and our words. When our non-verbal communication do not match up or agree with the words we are saying , that is what is referred to mixed messages.

Some Examples of non-verbal communications include:

  • Our tone of voice which shows if a person is happy, angry, or sad
  • Our volume or how loudly we talk
  • Our body language including gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, posture, etc.

Activity: Which Emotion Am I? Exploring Emotions Guessing Game

You will need:

A loop of elastic to fit around each player’s head (or use the Headbanz bands if you have the game), if you don’t have these items you can tape the card to the back of members shirts.

A set of emotions cards (see below), printed onto photo paper or cardstock and laminated for durability (optional)

To play:

Shuffle the emotions cards and place them on a stack face down in the middle of the table.

Each player selects a card from the stack and tucks it into their elastic headband (facing out) without looking at it. Now everyone can see which emotion each player has, except their own

Starting with the youngest player and proceeding clockwise around the table, take turns to ask one question about the card on your head as you try to figure out which emotion you have, you must not however use the actual emotion word. For example you might ask, “Would I feel like this if I won a game of soccer?” “Would I have tears if I felt this way? “Did I feel like this when I fell out of bed?” The other players answer yes or no.

When a player feels confident that they can identify their emotion, they may take a guess on their turn. The first person to identify their emotion is the winner of that round. The other players can then keep taking turns to ask questions about their emotions card until all emotions have been identified.

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