Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, December 2020

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Beef Poster Contest

CowThe 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. The flyer will be available soon on our Facebook page!


  • 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

Community Service-ARCO Book Drive & Children’s Coalition

Stack of booksWe will be accepting new & used books for ARCO through December 16 to go along with our special needs focus. ARCO is a community resource that seeks to empower persons with developmental disabilities, along with their families, to have quality lives through instruction, support, & opportunity. All types of books are needed for all ages. Some donations may even be used as Christmas gifts.

We will also be taking donations for the Children’sCrawling babyCoalition’s Early Head Start Program.They are in critical need of diapers of any brand & size, unscented wipes, & new children’s socks.

Donations may be dropped off at our office at 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe between 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Since we are closed to the public at this time, please knock on our door to leave your donations. Thank you in advance for your generosity! If you have questions, please contact Tara Garlington at (318) 323-2251.

Golden Clover & Emerald Achievement Awards

The 4-H Golden Clover Award & the 4-H Emerald Achievement Award applications (found on our Facebook page) are due to the 4-H office by January 15, 2021. In an effort to incentivize local programming & recognition, both awards have been transitioned to parish awards.

4-H Golden Clover Award (a club member may win this award only once):
1) Must be 14 years of age or under by January 1 of the club year application is made
2) Must have at least two (2) years of 4-H club work, including award year
3) Must score at least 250 points on the application & scorecard

4-H Emerald Achievement Award (a club member may win this award only once):
1) Must be 15 years of age by January 1 of the year application is made
2) Must have three years of 4-H club work, including award year
3) Must have completed one year of active Junior Leadership work excluding award year
4) Must score at least 360 points on the application & scorecard

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 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 December meeting will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m., December 14 in the 4-H Auditorium, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe. We will be working on a community service project. Please email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Friday, December 11 to sign up for the meeting. For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest!

Although we are not certain there will be an Area/RegionalGirl chefCookery 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.

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

Our 4-H 2020-2021 Programming Focus will be on RecyclingRecycle logo& 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.

Virtual Agriculture 4-H Photography Contest!

Showcase your love for agriculture though this contest!

The 3 categories are: 1.Farm Animal 2.Horticulture/Plants/Crops3.Any Other Agriculture.

Photos do not need to mounted this year! Entries must include: 4-H’er name, parish, school & grade; category; & a one-line title for each paragraph. Email entries to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu with “Ag Photo Contest” in the subject line. Due date is January 5, 2021.

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

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??

PhotographerThe 4-H Photography Club December meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., December 10 on the corner of Pine Street & Cotton Street - "Where the Lights Are" in downtown West Monroe! For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

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Ouachita Parish 4-H, 704 Cypress Street,
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: (318) 323-2251 Fax: (318) 387-9376
Made Available By:
Tara Garlington, Assistant Extension Agent
Email: tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

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