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4-H Newsletter September 2020

Plan to enroll for the 2020-2021 4-H year after October 1st as 4-H Online is under going updates.

General Project Expo and Livestock Show Awards Pick Up
 4-H award ribbon

Ford County: September 16, 4:30pm-6:30pm @ North Park in Gibson City

Vermilion County: September 16, 2pm-7pm @ Vermilion Extension Office

Champaign County: September 17, 2pm-7pm @ Champagin Extension Office

Iroquois County: September 21, 2pm-7pm @ Ford-Iroquois Extension Office

If you are unable to pick up your awards during the scheduled time and would like a fellow club member or leader to pick up your awards for you, please let us know 48 hours before your pickup day.  Champaign clubs please contact: mgmunro@illinois.edu, Ford and Iroquois clubs please contact: cthiems2@illinois.edu and Vermilion clubs please contact: brynt@illinois.edu.

Awards & Records Information

There are many award areas in which 4-H members and clubs can receive recognition for all of their hard work. County award applications are due by September 14th, 2020. All winners will be announced after all awards have been reviewed. Cloverbuds are not eligible for awards, but will receive a participation certificate. For more infomation please vist our website or the documnet linked below.

Website Awards Page: https://extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/awards-recognition

Awards Infomational Document: https://uofi.app.box.com/v/CFIVCountyAwards

Our staff has made an informational how-to video to help with the awards process. You can find that recording here: https://uofi.box.com/s/douoddsmjmfpiot583jttan8fo9syipy

The Illinois 4-H Experience Award Application focuses on all of those events and activities that you have experienced during the 4-H year in four areas: Participation, Community Service, Leadership, and Project Learning. Depending upon the type and number of experiences you can report on, members can receive recognition on the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond or Emerald Clover Award level. Your family calendar, 4-H notes or county summary, checkmarks, and a few written details are all that’s needed for even the youngest members to submit this application. This application can be found @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/awards.

The Illinois 4-H Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship to award outstanding work in project areas. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in each of the following categories: Animal Science, Civic Engagement/Global Living, Creative Performing Arts & Communication, Food Systems,  Healthy Living/ Nutrition, Leadership, Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Personal Growth and STEM/Robotics. The deadline to apply is November 1. Apply online @ go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships .

Each 4-H member has a story to tell and are eligible for our 4-H awards program – tell YOUR stories and see where they take you!

Club Recognition Award

Is your 4-H Club doing outstanding work in the areas of Community Service, Leadership or Project Mastery?. If so, you should apply for the Illinois 4-H Club Award! Clubs receiving this award will receive a $75 cash incentive and an award certificate. This is also a great tool to set goals and plan for the upcoming 4-H year. This application can be found @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/awards

COVID-19 Guidelines for Club Meetings

Face to Face events (club meetings): Social distancing required; gathering size limited to the lesser of 25 people indoors/50 people outdoors or 50% of space capacity. Participants must register on a sign-in sheet, which will only be referenced if the public health department requests information for contact tracing. A sign in sheet is attached to this email.

Volunteers must wear a mask at all times at an in-person events. For indoor events face coverings are required for all participants. For outdoor events face coverings are encouraged for all participants.

Leaders are required to fill out a 4-H Club Event Safety Management Plan for all events, in person or virtual, for the 2020-2021 4-H Year. The 4-H Club Event Safety Management Plan should include essential details and will be approved by staff before the events take place. 

Social Media Survey for Parent

Staff would like to bring information to where you already are daily. Please help us out by filling out the survey and telling us what social medias you and your youth are already using.

Here is the link for the survey: https://illinoisaces.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KGHAM2zHbxrA1f

From the State Office

National 4-H Week – October 4-10, 2020
Theme:  Opportunity4ALL

National 4-H Week is our time to tell the world about 4-H. This year’s theme, Opportunity4ALL. We are lifting up youth voices and helping kids get equal access to the resources they need to thrive. You are encouraged to find ways to celebrate October 4 – 10. 4-H Spirit Day will be held Wednesday, October 7.  Encourage your clubs to show their 4-H pride and wear a clover! Use the hashtag #Opportunity4All or #National4HWeek as you share your 4-H activities on social media. We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks.

Other dates to consider for October 2020

  • October 1-31 – STEM Challenge Month
  • October 7-18 – Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Promotion

4-H Shooting Sports Fall Update

After a survey of shooting sports discipline instructors; key volunteers; and state shooting sports venues - the decision has been made to move all in-person state shoots to a virtual tournament format for health and safety reasons.   This will allow for smaller, local competitions to be conducted and supervised by certified Level I 4-H discipline instructors who will then report the youth scores centrally through an on-line system.    Only Level I certified instructors may enter scores from 4-H members.

Also, we are happy to announce that our 2020 Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports team members who were scheduled to attend the National 4-H Shoot last June (cancelled due to COVID-19) will be invited to shoot at the same national event in 2021 if they are still age eligible.    Our 2020 virtual shoot results and the data from 2019 State Shoots will then be used to fill any gaps in the 2021 Illinois team.

The virtual shoot will run for the months of September – December, 2020.    Registration will be free and have both a Junior (11-13 years) and Senior (14-18 years) division!   Disciplines offered will be compound archery; recurve archery; shotgun (trap); and air rifle.  The rules, registration link, and score submittal link are attached to this email and also posted on the Illinois 4-H website at:   https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/illinois-4-h-virtual-shoot-fall-2020

Virtual Shoot registration opens Sept. 1st

There are no current plans to conduct an in-person 4-H Shooting Sports adult certification training in the fall of 2020 at this time. This situation is still pending and is dependent on pandemic management guidelines.

 Progress in a New Sustainable Ag Project

In collaboration with the Illinois 4-H Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau, and the FarmBot company we are beginning to roll out several pilot sites for the implementation of STEM programming in Ag Education.  This educational program is aimed at developing the critical thinking and STEM-related skills of Illinois youth by bringing them into contact with precision agriculture technology and promoting design-thinking approaches to agriculture’s greatest challenges. See this link for a short interview with Illinois Farm Bureau to learn more about the progress we've made. 


True Leaders in Service – SHARE YOUR STORY!

4-H members and clubs have continued to demonstrate they are True Leaders in Service, as they have worked independently to support both their personal and club goals of making a difference in their community by focusing their energies on the 4th “H” and pledge their HANDS to larger service! Illinois 4-H members and clubs have demonstrated how to Make the Best Better, during the COVID-19 crisis by developing plans and taking action collecting and donating food to stock shelves at local food pantries; reaching out vulnerable populations who may not have family members close to pick up needed supplies; and by making hundreds of face masks face masks to distribute to medical facilities; local businesses; and in communities.

If you did not register your plan for serve outreach, please use this link to share what your plan https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/clubs. Be sure to also follow-up and report what you accomplished on through your service project. The accomplishments of both individual members and clubs will be highlighted on the Illinois 4-H Website so make sure you go use the reporting link located in the middle of the page where it says, CLICK HERE to report your 4-H Community Service Activity to provide your club update!

Upcoming Events

Illinois 4-H Superior Young Dairy Producer Contest

September 19th from 2 PM to 6 PM

South Show Ring Illinois State Fairgrounds

Eligibility: Any Illinois 4-H member who is a current dairy project member in their local 4-H club and 14 years or older, as of January 1, 2020 is eligible to participate.

Register at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationlD=22494 or in person at the time of the event

Awards: The top three youth with the highest point scores in the total contest will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Contest Format: Participants will be able to complete the contest anytime between 2 PM and 6 PM. The contest should take approximately 1 hour to complete. The contest will have three phases:

Phase 1: Dairy test relating to dairy management and facts

Phase 2: Skillathon: series of three learning stations with specific tasks and questions - Station 1) Feed ID; Station 2) Pedigrees; Station 3) Equipment ID.

Phase 3: Dairy Management Scoring: body condition score and locomotion score dairy cattle videos. Scoring guides can be found at:

Locomotion Scoring:


Body Condition Scoring:

http://cdrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/13_1 _Body_condition_scoring.pdf

Contact Derek Nolan with any question: dtnolan@illinois.edu

Illinois 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest 

September 3 and 4, Register by August 28

Participants - Register at: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID-22493

Contest Details:

  • Contest will be held virtually
  • Participants will have two days to judge all classes and submit reasons
  • Juniors 8 to 14, Seniors 15 to 18 years of age as of January 1st
  • 5 classes of cattle to judge
  • 2 sets of reasons for Sr. division

Held virtually thanks to LivestockJudging.com

Send questions to Derek Nolan: dtnolan@illinois.edu

4-H Superior Young Livestock Producer Contest 

Who: 4-H members ages 14-18 as of January 1st. On-site walk-up registration

What: 2020 4-H Livestock Skillathon. Compete for one of nine $1,000 scholarships.

When: Saturday, September 19th. You can start any time between 9:00am - 2:00pm

Where: South show ring of the Junior cattle barn, Illinois State Fairgrounds

Test your knowledge on:

  • Breeds of cattle, swine and sheep
  • Multiple choice quiz
  • Marketing
  • Equipment identification
  • Quality assurance

Send questions to Dan Jennings (815-218-4358)

Illinois Department of Agriculture Junior Livestock Expo

Sept 11-13, 2020 (beef / sheep / dairy goats / pygmy goats / rabbits / poultry)

Sept 18-20, 2020 (swine / dairy cattle / meat goats)

Open to ages 8-21. Held at Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL.

This is not a 4-H sponsored activity but may be of interest to you enrolled in related 4-H project areas. For more information: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Documents/20%20JrLivestock.pdf

State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest 

The State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest has been cancelled. It was scheduled to take place at the state fairgrounds September 12th in conjunction with the IDOA poultry show. Due to time and facility restrictions of this short in-and-out show, combined with the uncertainty of having a National 4-H contest this year, Dr. Ken Koelkebeck regretfully has had to cancel this contest.

Staff Contact Information

All 4-H staff are (still) working from home. We have been working from home since March 18. This means we are not in the office to answer the phone. If you need us, the best way to reach us is via email, or by calling the Champaign Extension office at 217-333-7672 (this is the only one of the three office phones that can be answered remotely), or our direct Skype numbers.

You can follow our unit on Facebook here.

Just the Help You Need for Your 4-H Club

The Illinois 4-H Website has all of the resources and forms needed to guide 4-H club officers, committees, and members as they plan for the new 4-H program year.

  • Go to illinois.edu/IL4H
  • Click on the Clubs
  • Scroll to Meeting Resources near the bottom of the page
  • Find these helpful documents:
    • Club Meeting Agenda – this fillable form is a useful fill-in-the-blank form your club officers can use as they plan each section of the meeting. This useful from provides them with the meeting structure they can use to identify who from the club should be in charge of each potential item that may be included in a meeting.
    • Club Committee Planning Worksheet – the Committee Planning Worksheet is an excellent tool to give to committee members as they plan club events and activities.
    • Club Yearly Program Plan – this helpful tool guides the club officers and club members as they identify club goals to work toward during the year and brainstorm what programs, events and/or activities to plan for the club to engage members in fun, hands-on learning experiences throughout the program year.
    • More – Don’t forget to download your new secretary book, treasurer book, tips for good club meetings, tips for using the 4-H name, and more other important resources.

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