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4-H "September" Newsletter 2019
Welcome to 4-H Year 2019/2020!

Dear 4-H Families,

Welcome to the new 4-H year! It’s been a busy month trying to close out the previous 4-H year and start the new one, but we are excited about what the new year holds. I'm calling this the "September" newsletter even though it's pretty much over. Catching up! 

  • Our website is getting a hefty remodel. Pay close attention to links and documents I send out directly because a lot of items aren't up yet!
  • 4-H week is almost here! The week of October 6-12 is when nation-wide, 4-H members and supporters take some time to celebrate and promote all the great things this organization offers. I’m attaching a link to a list of promotional ideas your club might consider implementing – during 4-H week or another time of the year!
  • It’s time to re-enroll as 4-H members! Links are in this newsletter!

I am excited to work with each club this year to strengthen the programs we have here in Iroquois County. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions or ideas. Happy 4-H New Year!


Calendar of Events


1          Start of our new 4-H year


6-12       National 4-H Week

12-13     State 4-H Rifle & Pistol Shoot, Bloomington

14            Youth and Safer Beauty Products Workshop, Champaign Ext. Office 9-11:30

28            4-H Ambassador Info Night, 6:30-8


17         Ford/Iroquois Foundation Auction, St. Paul's School Woodworth, 1:30pm      

Start of a New 4-H Year

It’s the new 4-H year, and we’ve got lots of things to get the new year started! We’ve added four new projects:

  • Child Development
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Family Heritage
  • Visual Arts Leather!

Get this year's Project Guide from your leader at the next meeting or download it @ go.illinois.edu/4Hprojectguide   

4-H Online is open for enrollment/re-enrollment. If you are comfortable with the enrollment process, head straight to the link. 

If you could use some guidance, we have a document and/or a video that can help!

4-H Week Oct. 6-12

National 4-H Week is our time to tell the world about 4-H. This year’s theme, INSPIRED to LEAD | CALLED to SERVE, captures what it means to be a 4-H member. You are encouraged to find ways to celebrate October 6 – 12. Use the hashtag #inspiredby4H and #inspiredtoLEAD as you share your 4-H activities on social media. 


In partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, University of Illinois 4-H hosts Makeup Monday:Youth and Safer Beauty Products Workshop

Monday, October 14, 2019 from 9:00am -11:30am

University of Illinois Extension Champaign County Office Auditorium

Megan Sieg has combined her passion of science and her love of makeup for this important educational event on beauty products. Come learn about chemicals that may be in the products you use, why they may be harmful, and how you can make better choices for yourself. You will also have opportunities to check out and test some of the better brands and learn a few nail art tricks from Megan!  We will raffle off some healthy choice beauty options at the end of the program.

You do not need to be in the 4-H program to attend - all are welcome. Open to middle-schoolers through adults.

Megan Sieg was a former 4-Her from Dekalb County and participated in the Esmond Echoes. She is an Environmental Toxicology Scholar in the Neuroscience Program at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 


4-H Shooting Sports

Sharpshooters, the summer season is upon us.  Below is a list of all dates and times for upcoming events.

Oct 5        Rifle 9:00-11:00am and Shotgun 11:30am-2:00pm
Oct 6      Archery 2:00-4:00pm

Please note that all above dates and times are subject to change or cancellation if volunteers and instructors are not available.  Cost of each event is $5.00 payable upon arrival at the range.  The location of each shoot will be the Iroquois County Law Enforcement Association Range located in the north-east corner of the Iroquois County Fairgrounds north of Crescent City. If you have any questions or would like to join the Sharpshooters club please contact Jen at the Extension office 815-268-4051 or jodle@illinois.edu 

Looking for Shooting Sports Instructors, Training Oct. 19
Help ensure young people are exposed to everything the outdoors and shooting sports has to offer by becoming a certified 4-H shooting sports volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Contact the Extension office for more information about the upcoming training on October 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Additional training will be completed online. Registration is due Oct. 9.

Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program at: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/programs/shooting-sports


Our county 4-H site is under construction! Please be patient as it is a work in progress and we continue to update it. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look! The short url is go.illinois.edu/iroquois4-H and it should pop up if you google "Iroquois 4-H."

The Illinois 4-H continues to have many great resources for members, families, and leaders on their site - check them out at  https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/


Every 4‑H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Share how your child is making a difference in 4-H and it could earn them a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. to be featured at National 4‑H Council’s Legacy Awards. Apply by October 21. Click here for more information and to apply.


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