Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, November 2020

The Clover Chat banner. November 2020.Happy Thanksgiving.

4-H Camp Grant Walker Hurricane Damage

The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA, sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura. If you are able to make a monetary donation to support repairs & restoration of Grant Walker, please consider contributing to the Grant Walker 4-H Education Center Support Fund. You can donate online at lsufoundation.org/grantwalker. You can also donate via check by mailing donations to Dr. Patrick Tuck, Louisiana 4-H Foundation, 104 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Beef Poster Contest

The 2021 Louisiana Beef Industry Council Beef Poster Contest Theme is “Green Beef”. Posters must be on “22 x 28” poster board only. Place your name, address, age, grade in school & parish/chapter on back, upper right corner of poster. The posters are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by Monday, March 1, 2021. Contest is open to 4-H members in 4th-12th grades. See the flyer on our Facebook page for details/rules!


  • Division I: 4th – 6th grades
  • Division II: 7th – 9th grades
  • Division III: 10th – 12th grades
  • Division DIGITAL: Open division. All ages compete together

AWARDS (sponsor Louisiana Beef Industry Council):

  • First Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $200
  • Second Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $100
  • Third Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $50

Google Classroom

Members at Large: The Monthly Newsletter, Lesson, & other information will be available on Google Classroom at the beginning of each month. The classroom code is: yyhg7qt or you may use the link:https://classroom.google.com/c/MTk0MjIxMDQxMDM1?cj.... Please Note: If you are part of a school club, please be sure to follow your leader’s guidelines. School Club Leaders may post added information on their School Club 4-H Google Classroom. Please contact Tara Garlington if you have any questions.

Join 4-H Shooting Sports!

If you are 9 years old or older & like shooting bows, shotguns, or rifles then our 4-H Shooting Sports Program is for you! We will have 3 disciplines this year: Archery, Rifle & Shotgun.

  • If you are interested in joining the Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports Program, please contact Tara Garlington at 323-2251.The deadline to register is Friday, November 6.
  • Important detailed information for New Shooters has been posted on both Ouachita 4-H Facebook pages, “Ouachita4-H” & “Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports”. (you must request to join the Shooting Sports page)
  • Enrollment Information: If there is an existing 4-H club at your school, you may sign up to become a 4-H member at that school, if you choose to do so. If there isn’t a club at your school, that does not stop you from signing up to be part of our Shooting Sports Program! You have the option of enrolling in our 4-H program as a Member-At-Large, whether or not you have a club at your school. In order to be enrolled in our Shooting Sports Program, youth must be enrolled as a regular 4-H member as well. There is a separate form & fee for each.
  • Visit our website at LSUAgCenter.com/Ouachita for the regular enrollment forms as well as the shooting sports form. Scroll down to 4-H Youth Development to locate the forms. The 2021 Handbook is located there as well.
  • Fees: The fee for regular 4-H enrollment is $5 this year. The Shooting Sports fee is $10. A Shooting Sports Member must be enrolled in 4-H. Checks are payable to Ouachita 4-H. Checks & completed forms may be mailed or placed in our drop box in the front of the building at 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291.
  • The extended deadline for New Shooters is Friday, November 6.
  • Practices for New Shooters will begin November 15 or after, depending on the discipline.
  • Practice information will be posted by each discipline on the Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports Facebook page – “Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports”
  • Note: You must be registered as a 4-H Shooting Sports member before attending practice.

Join the 4-H Junior Leader Club!

If you are in 7th grade or above, you may join the Ouachita 4-H Jr. Leader Club! The November meeting will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 19 at West Monroe City Hall, 2305 North 7th Street. We will be participating in the 2020 West Monroe Christmas Tree Decorating Program! Join us to decorate our tree & have some fun! Please sign up by emailing tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Wednesday, November 18. For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

Name the Newsletter Winner!

Congratulations to Kennedy P., from Claiborne Christian School! Her newsletter name, The Clover Chat, will appear on each monthly issue of the Ouachita 4-H newsletter for 2020-2021. Aaaaaaannnndddd…. She will receive a check for $20.00!!! Thanks to all who submitted their ideas for a newsletter name!

Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest!

Although we are not certain there will be an Area/Regional Cookery Contest this year, we will continue with our Virtual Ouachita Parish Cookery Contest. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category! If we are able to continue with the Area Cookery, parish winners in each category will go on to compete. More information will be available at a later date. Categories include: Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Egg, Chicken, Quick-n-Easy Ground Beef, & Beef Main Dish, which is a new category! A flyer with cookery rules & details will be available soon on our Facebook page, “Ouachita 4-H” & our website.

How to Enter:

  • Email a video or ‘picture story’ of you (the 4-H member) cooking a dish along with a recipe to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu
    • What is a ‘Picture Story’? A picture story is multiple pictures that tell the ‘story’ of how you made your dish.
    • Videos & ‘Picture Stories’ should include ingredients, cooking process, & finished products. Videos should be 5-10 minutes long.
  • Include the following in the subject line: “Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest”
  • Include the following within the email: 4-H member’s name, school/4-H club & grade, judging category, recipe (submit recipe on the recipe form available soon on our website at www.lsuagcenter.com/ouachita)
  • Recipes used should not serve more than 12 servings.

Entries via email are due Friday, January 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

Recycled Winter Craft Workshop

Where: 4-H Office Auditorium. When: Tuesday, November 24. Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Cost: No Fee!!! To Register, please email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by November 17. The workshop is open to all 4-H’ers. We will make winter/Christmas crafts made from recycled materials. For your safety, we will be wearing masks & practicing social distancing guidelines. Extra masks will be available if needed.

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

Our 4-H 2020-2021 Programming Focus will be on Recycling & Environmental Stewardship. The West Monroe Recycling Center is a free drop-off facility for the general public, despite where they may live. The Recycling Center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. & is located directly behind the Police Department at 409 Lincoln Street in West Monroe. Accepted items include: Plastics No. 1 & No. 2, cardboard, paper (newspaper & copy paper), aluminum & metal cans. Please rinse all cans & plastic jugs. No glass or Styrofoam! For more information visit www.westmonroe.com or call (318) 397-3290.

Ronald McDonald Pull Tab Program

Save those tabs!!! The tabs can come from energy drinks, soup cans, or anything with a metallic tab. Donations may be dropped off at the 4-H office, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe.

Virtual Northeast Region Ag 4-H Photography Contest!

Showcase your love for agriculture though this contest! There are 3 categories: 1.Farm Animal 2.Horticulture/Plants/Crops3.Any Other Agriculture. Entries are due Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Photos do not need to mounted this year! They will be sent virtually. Entries must include: 4-H’er name, parish, school & grade; category; & a one-line title for each paragraph.

Rules & Regulations:

  • All photographs must relate to agriculture
  • Open to all 4-H youth 4th-12th grades
  • Divisions: 4th-6th & 7th-12th
  • Photos must be taken by individual listed on entry
  • Photographs entered must have been taken during 2020 & in Louisiana
  • Only one photograph may be submitted in each of the categories
  • Entries may not be duplicated
  • All photographs will be displayed during the Virtual Ag Expo

Welcome Back to 4-H!

Four-H is a club for boys & girls ages 9 to 19. Ouachita 4-H enrollment forms for 2020-2021 are now available on our website! New this year is an online enrollment, or you can print & fill out your enrollment form & mail it to us or drop it off at the 4-H office. The online enrollment & the printable forms can be found here. If a 4-H club is available at your school, follow the school’s enrollment guidelines. If there isn’t a club at your school, you may still join 4-H as a Member-At-Large & participate in all 4-H activities. Just call the 4-H office for details.

Who’s Into Photography??

The Ouachita 4-H Photography Club will be participating in the 2020 West Monroe City Hall Christmas Tree Decorating Program! The November meeting will be held from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19 in front of West Monroe City Hall to decorate our tree & have some fun! For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines. To sign up please email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Wednesday, November 18. The regular Photography Club meeting time & place for November will be announced on our Facebook page.

Ouachita Parish 4-H, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291

Phone: (318) 323-2251Fax: (318) 387-9376

Made Available By: Tara Garlington, Assistant Extension Agent

Email: tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

Visit our website: www.LSUAgCenter.com

William B. Richardson, LSU Vice President for Agriculture

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center;

Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station;

Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service; LSU College of Agriculture

The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU system & provides equal opportunities in programs & employment.

Louisiana State University is an equal opportunity/access university.

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