Welcome to the 4-H Friday Blast 10/22/21
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Welcome to the 4-H Friday Blast!  If you are a new or returning family, this email should keep you up-to-date and put some handy links at your fingertips. Subscribe or Unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the email.  

  4-H Online Enrollment
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Happy Friday 4-H Families!

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Did you receive an invitation to the 2020-2021 Awards Recognition? Check out the 2020-2021 Awards program to see who will be receiving awards! 

2020-2021 Awards Recognition members 


Upcoming Events 

All activity/event guidelines may be subject to change at any time pending reevaluation by the University or Extension. 

Click each link for more information or to register...


COVID Meeting Resources: 

  Recognition Awards

2020-2021 McHenry County 4-H Recognition Awards

On Saturday, October 23 from 10am - 1pm

1102 McConnell Rd, Woodstock
McHenry County Farm Bureau/Extension office

Those receiving an invitation should join us in recognizing our 4-H youth for the 2020-2021 McHenry County 4-H Recognition Awards ...

Despite the obstacles this year, we could NOT let all the AMAZING achievements of our 4-H youth go by without celebrating! We hope to get a few pictures with families and clubs to post on Facebook celebrating 4-H Youth! 

 2020-2021 Award Recognition Program 

4-H Recognition Awards include: 4-H Experience, Alumni, Project records, and more

Volunteer Leaders reaching milestone anniversaries will also be recognized for their dedication and service to the 4-H program.

If you are unsure if you will be receiving an award, please contact your leader or the Extension office.

Register to receive 2020-2021 Recognition Awards

Please register or call the Extension office by 9am Saturday, October 23 to:

  • Verify preferred pick-up time AND Family members that will be participating in the awards pick-up 
  • OR You will be making an appointment to pick up your awards at a later date 
  • OR You would prefer your club leader pick up your awards. 


  free seeds

Master Gardeners are giving away FREE SEEDS! 

Master Gardeners have been blessed by a massive donation of left over seeds to put in their "Seed Library" for next year!  Please stop in Saturday from 10am to 1pm if you and your 4-Her would like to pick up some free seeds to plant in your next year's garden.  These seeds would make a great 4-H club activity in the spring.  Thank you Master Gardeners! 

Have questions or want more Information about the Master Gardener program? contact Brenda Dahlfors at dahlfors@illinois.edu 

McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation  

McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation

Do you want to do something that is fulfilling and of great service to your 4-H community?

The McHenry County 4-H Youth Foundation seeks new members to join us! No experience necessary. Just a willingness to work alongside other like minded individuals that believe in supporting their local 4-H program. Foundation fundraising proceeds are used in a variety of ways to help the McHenry County 4-H organization.

The Foundation's Annual meeting followed by quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19 at 7 pm at the Extension office. You are invited to come and see what we’re all about! 

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to call Jenn Loiacano at 847-606-0249 or reach out by email at loiacano4Hfoundation@gmail.com 

We would love to have you join us!
Jenn Loiacano
MC4-HYF President

  Horse Sense

Join "Horse Sense" Horse Bowl and Hippology Team

4-H members & parents interested in learning more about HORSES should contact Lisa Kunzie!

HORSE SENSE is the study group that gathers to study for Horse Bowl and Hippology.

  • Anyone is welcome to drop in to study or give horse bowl and hippology a try.
  • Study groups will be split between junior (ages 8-13) and senior (14-19).
  • Topics covered may include: horse anatomy and physiology, diseases, evolution, behavior, nutrition, breeds, tack and equine activities.
  • Teaching may include hands-on, question and answer, multiple choice tests, slide identification, etc.
  • Study sessions will help prepare youth for horse bowl and hippology competition.
  • Independent study will also be recommended. 

You DO NOT need a horse to participate!

NEW to 4-H members are welcome to JOIN!

Please contact the Extension office for any questions or the Horse Bowl Coach, Lisa Kunzie at lisa.kunzie13@gmail.com


  Virtual 4-H Club Experience

Virtual 4-H Club Experience

Join the Lake and McHenry County 4-H staff and volunteers for a 6-week “Virtual 4-H Club Experience.”  This virtual 4-H club will introduce new members to the 4-H program and provide an opportunity to explore a variety of 4-H projects including but not limited to: Cooking, Health & Nutrition, Food Science, Horticulture/Vegetable Gardening, Leadership, and more.  Learn about other club opportunities in your local area.

Members of the “Virtual 4-H Club Experience” will enjoy the benefits of the Illinois 4-H membership including additional club opportunities such as joining a local Community Club, any Special Interest (SPIN) Club offered in Lake or McHenry County, and Illinois 4-H State events/activities requiring Illinois 4-H membership. Membership also qualifies youth to participate in 4-H judging events such as the county 4-H Fair/Shows and public speaking contests.

Virtual 4-H Club Experience

  • WHO:  McHenry & Lake County youth
  • WHAT: 6 week 4-H program introducing a new project area each week
  • WHERE:  Attend virtual meetings via ZOOM from your own home!
  • AGES: Recommended for youth 5-12 years of age as of September 1, 2021 
  • COST: $20 Enrollment fee per youth ($60 max per family)
  • WHEN:
    • October 30 through December 11
    • 10:00am to 11:00am
  • WHY: Youth build life skills by leading hands-on projects independently in areas like science, health, agriculture and, civic engagement – helping them to grow confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion. see Illinois 4-H Website: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members
Register - Virtual 4-H Club Experience
Volunteers are the Heart of 4-H  
McHenry County 4-H VOLUNTEERS are the HEART of our program!
We thank each and every one that dedicates their time, patience, knowledge and compassion to the 4-H youth! Whether you give 5, 50, or 500 hours, it's YOU who "Make It Happen" in McHenry County!  We appreciate all YOU do!
Want to get involved? No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved!
10 Ways to Volunteer

Ready to take the next step?  Get your Volunteer Screening started TODAY!  Contact Michele Aavang at  maavang@illinois.edu for questions or to schedule a virtual or in-person conference. 

Volunteer Resources


Illinois 4-H Spark Sheets Now Available! 

Illinois 4-H Spark sheets: Nurture your spark and be inspired to keep learning or explore a career opportunity with these new project resources! Each of the 91 project areas has a guide that was created with input from 4-H staff and alumni. 


Question? Contact your 4-H Staff!

    Michele Aavang 
    4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator
    maavang@illinois.edu | (815) 338-3737 | Woodstock Office 


    Michelle Cox
    4-H and Youth Development Educator
    mcx@illinois.edu | (847) 223-8627 | Grayslake Office

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