4-H Clover Talk

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4-H Ball Caps are Available

$15.00 each. Choice of soft bill with netted back in green and white or hard or soft bill solid in khaki, black or pink or your school color.

Hard bill with netted back is $20.00 each. Choice of Safety Green and Charcoal, Turquoise and Charcoal or Orange and Charcoal.Order yours today!

4-H Beef Poster Contest

This contest requires participants to create a poster with a theme for Better with Beef (with a nutrition focus).

Rules

  • Any 4-H member can participate in the contest.
  • Poster and Billboards must be on 22’X28” white poster that is more than 1/8 inch thick. No Glitter or foam boards. Posters entered on any other size will be ineligible for judging.
  • Do not attach anything to the poster that is no more than 1/8 inch thick.
  • Include name, age, address, grade in school and club on the back of the poster in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Do Not use copyrighted materials.
  • Due to the 4-H office by February 5, 2020.

There are Three divisions.Division one is 4th through 6th grades, division 2 is 7th through 9th grades, division three poster and digital is 10th through 12th grades.

Parish awards will be ribbons and first place will receive $15.00, second place will receive $10.00 and third place will receive $5.00.

More information can be found on the Vernon Parish LSU AgCenter website under forms and applications.

4-H Parents!

Is your child losing their Clover Talk? Do you want to know more about what goes on in 4-H? Do you want to be current on due dates, contest dates, service projects and more?

Sign-up to be added to our e-mail list to receive Clover Talk and other significant information in your in box. To sign up e-mail us at Vernon@agcenter.lsu.edu with your name, phone number and email address and we will add you to the list.

4-H Record Book Reminder

As you get your project books, we remind you to get started.There are actual words and great activities to complete in each project.And yes, records books are not fun to complete, but often lead to trips and scholarships.

Here are a few tips:

  • Complete books in pencil or one color of ink.
  • Add action photos to your books.Keep in mind you are proving that you are actually completing the project workbook.
  • Due in the 4-H office on Monday, March 2, 2020.
  • CRD Reports, Secretary Handbooks and Scrap books are also due on March 2, 2020.

Backpack Project

Vernon Parish Backpack Project Providing Nutrition for Needy Kids.

According to a study by Feeding America, an estimated 13 million American children under the age of five are at risk of hunger. The U.S. Census estimated that 18.3% of Vernon Parish residents were considered below poverty level in 2018. Going hungry will have a severe impact on a child’s ability to learn. Behavioral problems have also been linked to hunger in children. Hungry children can’t learn and can’t concentrate.

When students are not in school, they may not get the nutrition they need for proper growth and development. By sending these students home with a backpack filled with nutritious, non-perishable foods and snacks, the students are getting some of their dietary needs met when school is out for the holidays. Any non-perishable food that the child can open and eat directly from the container, such as: peanut butter, cheese crackers, snack size bags of cookies/ crackers, fruit cups, raisins, pudding, juice boxes, dried fruit, granola bars, service size boxes or cereal. Small Ziploc bags and plastic spoons would also be welcome. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!! The Vernon Parish 4-H Teen Leaders have taken on this backpack project to assist Mrs. Leslie Ortiz in this very worthwhile endeavor and are hoping to provide these backpacks to children in need at each of the schools in Vernon Parish. Donations of food, backpacks or money can be brought to Mrs. Leslie at the Special Education Center across from the School Board Office, or to the 4-H office in the Old Courthouse. Checks can be made out to Vernon Parish 4-H for the purchase of items to complete these backpacks. Help us provide nutrition to our needy children today! For more information, contact Mrs. Leslie at 239-9041 or Mrs. Kem at 239-3231.

Can Tabs

Ronald McDonald House Tab Challenge

Wow! We have collected over 1,200 pounds of tabs for Ronald McDonald House!

We kick off our fall collection with tabs due on Monday, December 2.A Pizza or ice cream party of on the line!

Ronald McDonald House

Attention Leaders!!

Remember that 1st-5th place will receive points for the “Club of the Year” award for the collection on December 2.

Demonstration Day

Demonstration Day will be split again this year with 4–6 grades on Wednesday, February 19 and 7-12 grades on Thursday, February 20.Both will be held at the Fairgrounds. We will begin at 9:30 a.m.Yes, these are school days, so it is important that all participants work hard and be prepared for their contest(s). That means practice, practice, practice! Leaders: the preregistration deadline is Wednesday, February 12. All demonstrations must be registered with leaders prior to this date.Below is the list of demonstration contests:

Elementary Only (4-6)

  • Agriculture
  • Conservation
  • General Foods- Demonstration Team & Individual
  • General Demonstration- Team & Individual
  • Good Grooming- Boys & Girls
  • Home Economics Demonstration- Team & Individual
  • Horse Demonstration- Team
  • Horse Demonstration- Individual
  • Pet Demonstration
  • Public speaking- General
  • Public speaking- Horse
  • 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contest
  • Agriculture Demonstration
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Foods Judging
  • Agriculture Products Demonstration
  • Dog Care
  • Entomology Demonstration
  • Environmental Issues Illustrated Talk
  • Good Grooming- Boys & Girls
  • Home Economics Demonstration
  • Horse Demonstration-Team & Individual
  • Public Speaking Co-Op
  • Public Speaking General
  • Soybean Illustrated Talk
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contest
  • Horticulture Use Demonstration
  • Horticulture General Demonstration
  • Ready to Wear
  • Talent Competition

Junior (7-8) and Senior (9-12)

  • Agriculture Demonstration
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Foods Judging
  • Agriculture Products Demonstration
  • Dog Care
  • Entomology Demonstration
  • Environmental Issues Illustrated Talk
  • Good Grooming- Boys & Girls
  • Home Economics Demonstration
  • Horse Demonstration-Team & Individual
  • Public Speaking Co-Op
  • Public Speaking General
  • Soybean Illustrated Talk
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • 4-H Commodity Ambassador Contest
  • Horticulture Use Demonstration
  • Horticulture General Demonstration
  • Ready to Wear
  • Talent Competition

Draw a Dairy Billboard Contest

This contest requires participants to create a billboard to promote milk using a short, concise message.You should be able to read a billboard in 15 seconds or less.

Rules

  • Any 4-H member can participate in the contest.
  • Poster and Billboards must be on 22’X28” white poster that is more than 1/8 inch thick.No Glitter or foam boards.Posters entered on any other size will be ineligible for judging.
  • Do not attach anything to the poster that is no more than 1/8 inch thick.
  • Include name, address, grade in school and club on the back of the poster in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Do Not use copyrighted materials.
  • Due to the 4-H office by February 5, 2020.

There are three divisions.Division one is 4 through 6 grades, division two is 7 through 8 grades and division three is 9 through 12 grades.

Parish awards will be ribbons and first place will receive $15.00, second place will receive $10.00 and third place will receive $5.00.

Honor Cords

Attention Graduation Seniors: It is Honor Cord time!

You must have your application turned in by January 29! If State Woodsman Skills is your state event, then please mark Outdoor Skills. You can find the application at the LSU AgCenter website.

Livestock program

Did you ever want to how and animal? Now is the time of year to start thinking about showing Livestock for next year.

There are projects available for many types of animals: rabbits, poultry, horses, cattle, goats, sheep and swine.

Talk to your parents and contact Mr. Chad for more information at (337) 239-3231

Mardi Gras Beads

Donate your beads to a good cause!!

Bring your Mardi Gras beads to the Vernon 4-H office. All beads collected will be donated to the Autism Society of SWLA .All money raised will help send these awesome kids to Summer Camp.

Miss Vernon 4-H Pageant

Ladies, it’s that time of year!We are looking for our next Miss Vernon 4-H Queens.This year’s pageant is to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Fairgrounds in Leesville. Entry fee is $50.00 per contestant with proceeds going to the 4-H Teen Leader service and leadership projects.

There are three divisions: Elementary, Junior, and Senior.

Daisy Jeane, Madeline Hagan and Ashley Gorrell did an awesome job as Miss Vernon 4-H 2019.These Queens will be saying goodbye as they crown Miss Vernon 4-H 2020. Check with your leaders or the 4-H office for an application.

NRCS Tree Sale

The Calcasieu Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct their annual tree seedling sale starting on Wednesday, January 22 and will continue through Friday, January 24 or until all trees are sold.The sale will be held at 205 North 5th Street in Leesville at the USDA Service Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Trees will be distributed on a first-come/first-serve basis. In the event of rain, the sale will be held inside the USDA building. All seedlings are bare root from 12 inches to 24 inches tall.

Contact the NRCS field office at 337-239-2193.

Penny Contest

  • 4-H contestants elected by the 4-H club in January.
  • Maximum of 4 contestants for each 4-H club.
  • The Contestant turning in the most money to their club leader will be declared the club winner.
  • Each contestant must bring the money by the day before Demonstration Day February 19 (Elem.) and February 20 (Jr. & Sr. High). Money not brought in that day will not be considered in the club contest: however, it will be used toward the parish contestant from that club. The club winner has one additional month to add to their club total and that final money will be due in the 4-H office no later than Tuesday, March 31!
  • The money is to be counted by the contestants and the club leaders before being turned in to the 4-H office. No combining of money collected by contestants allowed before the club representative is announced.
  • Please have the money to be turned into 4-H office in the form of paper currency or checks (payable to Vernon 4-H). Rather than coins.
  • A receipt will be given to the club representatives for the total amount collected by all club’s contestants.
  • If you are NOT selected as the club winner for your 4-H club but still collect more than $500, you can become a member of the 500 club and will receive a special recognition the night of the 4-H banquet.
  • Any contestant raising $100 will receive a 4-H t-shirt.

Check with your parents/guardians and let your leader know if you are

interested!!

Service learning/community service

Vernon Parish is well known for its Service Learning and Community Service efforts!We want to applaud several of our clubs that are off to a great start with projects and activities!Over the coming months, we will share some of these great ideas!

To begin, we would like to share the four parish-wide Service-Learning projects and hope that you will choose (as a club or an individual) to get involved:

  • Soft drink tabs for Ronald McDonald House.Share this with your schools, churches, youth groups, etc. We will collect for years to come!
  • Relay for Life. We plan to create a Parish 4-H Team.So, get your thinking caps on!
  • Backpack Project. This project will collect “kid friendly” foods to send home with needy children during the long school holidays.
  • Stuffed Animals for the Louisiana Lion’s Camp.Collecting new and gently used stuffed animals of any size.
  • Mardi Gras Beads for Autism Awareness. Collecting new, gently used beads of all sizes and colors.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals for the Louisiana Lion’s Camp Summer Camp Carnival.

These stuffed animals will be used as prizes for the children attending summer camp. Bring your donation to the 4-H office or Teen Leader Meetings.

Teen Leader Christmas Social

Monday, December 16th from

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Rodeo Arena at the Fairgrounds.

We will have food, music, games and more!

  • Please Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to CASA Christmas.
  • Bring a friend.
  • Bring a finger food to share.

Membership is still open.

Dues are $5.

Teen Leader Club Raffle

Over $500.00 in total value. A variety of Gift Cards to Olive Garden, Regal Cinema, Chili’s, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Sonic, Burger King, Subway, Visa, Wal-Mart, Academy, Dairy Queen, K.F.C., and more!Given as one prize.Contact a Vernon Parish 4-H Teen Leader or the 4-H office to purchase.

Vernon Parish Shooting Sport Schedule

Practices are set for the rest of the season!

All practices will be held at the Leesville City Shooting Range from 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • December 7
  • December 214-H Shooting Sports Logo
  • January 18
  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 22
  • February 29
  • March 21
  • April 4

Be sure to check our shooting sports Facebook page the Friday evening before practice to make sure there are no changes.

Vernon Parish 4-H Shooting Sports is a club for 4-H Members ages 9-18. We teach the fundamentals and responsibilities of gun safety in archery and shotgun.

We Need Your Help!

Please help us collect items and monetary donations for the Christmas backpacks. Our students are out for two weeks and we truly don’t want any child to be hungry. We need donations by Monday, December 9th.

Please consider donating any of the following:

  • Peanut butter (18-ounce jar)
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Ramen Soup
  • Fruit Cups
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Juice
  • Cookie Packs
  • Snack Crackers
  • Oatmeal Packets
  • Mac & Cheese Cups

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