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Club Spotlight: Vermilion County 4-H Federation
Federation collects donations

The Vermilion County 4-H Federation normally sponsors a county-wide community service opportunity each year. With the stay at home order in place, they were tasked with coming up with a way to give back to their community safely. They decided they would request face masks and puzzle books to be donated and dropped off in a collection box at the Vermilion Extension office. Through June and July, they collected these items and they will be donated to a local nursing home.

Orange box labeled for donation collection 

Does your club have a project to highlight? Tell us about it and get featured in a future issue!

Updates and events
2020 STEM Challenge 4-H CS Pathway Teen Leader Registration

Would you like to receive free STEM Challenge 2020 (formerly NYSD) kits? National 4-H Council is inviting all 4-H CS Pathway teens, which includes all IL 4-H teens, to register for a free kit.

They encourage teams of at least two teens and an adult adviser to receive training, plan, and host their own STEM Challenge events in their community in the month October. In exchange for free kits and training, teens will share a report on the impact of their events.

The top three groups who makes the biggest impact in their community will be awarded a $1000 grant to further their local CS program. Impact can be defined as the largest number of STEM Challenge events implemented, total number of youths reached, or most innovative or creative partnerships. This year registration will be capped at 200 registrants. To get kits shipped in time for a Teen STEM Challenge Unboxing, registration must be complete by August 14th, 2020. Register your group here


4-H projects with ribbons 
Results from Virtual Shows

Results from all four counties' virtual shows are now available. Results for all counties are posted on our website and Facebook page.

Virtual Show T-Shirts Available

Even though the 2020 show season looked different, we would still like to commemorate it. Virtual Show t-shirts are available for members, leaders, and parents to order. The order must be placed by August 14. Please select your county and shirt sizes via the webistration. You can view your county's shirt here

State Fair Information

The Illinois 4-H State General Project Show is an opportunity for youth to be virtually judged on project work, as well as receive valuable feedback from experts which allow them to increase their knowledge and gain mastery in a project area. This year youth will be virtually judged during one of three weeks in August.

Assigned County Virtual Judging Dates

Week 1: Aug. 3-9  Ford and Vermilion

Week 2: Aug. 10-16 Iroquois

Week 3: Aug. 19-23 Champaign

Illinois 4-H State General Project Show Selection and Recognition
-All entries will be judged through FairEntry.
-Only youth selected in their county competition advance to the state competition. County delegates have been assigned to one of three show weeks (as described above).
-All qualifying youth will be judged, receive feedback, and be recognized for their accomplishment as a state fair delegate.
-Each week, a champion and reserve champion medallion will be awarded in each project class using a common scoresheet. Note: the 10-point scale and numerical scoring system used in 2019 will not be applied to the FairEntry version of this event in 2020.
-Judges are given discretion to identify additional “Inspire” awards for work they wish to highlight or acknowledge.
-All state general project show medallions and ribbons will be sent to counties in the fall for distribution to youth.

Ideas for Virtual Club Meetings

Even though restrictions on club meetings are slowly being lifted, many of you may still wish to meet with your members virtually. We would like to provide you with some resources to help with some new ideas.

Quality Youth Engagement during Virtual 4-H Meetings - https://youtu.be/3jM1hrq1osQ

Resources Included:

Vermilion County 4-H Federation also participated in a virtual escape room during their last meeting. We used this one and found it to be somewhat challenging but entertaining for a group of high school-age members. There are plenty of other free escape rooms you can find through a Google search. We recommend trying them out before using them in a meeting to gauge the length of time needed and the difficulty.

Awards, Records, and More!

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.


Important Change to Record Books

Our unit will be utilizing the Experience Award application to replace record books this year. Unfortunately, the changes we asked for from Zingbooks weren’t made due to all of the issues they faced during the migration from a normal work setting. The coders and staff at Zingbooks are working on those changes, but it won’t be ready for us to use in the 2019-2020 records/awards season. 4-H members who have adopted Zingbooks can continue to put items there, just know that is not the way we are going to go for this year.


4-H Award Training Opportunities

Illinois 4-H State Awards Training Webinar

The State 4-H Office will be hosting a Zoom call to go over how to fill out the state 4-H awards at 7 PM on September 2. You can register for this webinar here

County 4-H Award Q & A Webinar

Our unit will be hosting a Q & A session about county awards at 6 PM on Monday, August 17. We will be going over changes and updates as well as where to find information on our website. Add the Zoom call to your calendar (this link will connect you to the call when it is live).


Secretary & Treasurer Books

The secretary book and treasurer book are both very important documents for your club. These must be turned in at the end of the 4-H year.

4-H Volunteer Cafe Conversations

Register to participate in the first 4-H Volunteer Café Conversation on Thursday, August 20; at 7 PM We are so excited to be launching this new Illinois 4-H opportunity creating a platform for 4-H Volunteers from across Illinois to meet virtually and discuss topics of interest, share both ideas and challenges. Volunteers will gain access to tools & techniques to support their volunteer efforts, strengthening 4-H club and member learning experiences. We will address two topics during each Café Conversation so come with your ideas, questions, and since this is a Café Conversation, feel free to bring a snack as well! This is what we have planned for our first Illinois 4-H Volunteer Café Conversation.

Here are the Specials of the Day:

  • Welcome to our Volunteer Cafe - A Few Appetizers to Get Us Started (10 minutes)
  • Special of the Day #1 - Successful Member Recruitment Strategies (15 minutes)
  • Special of the Day #2 - Club Programming to Energize Meetings (15 minutes)
  • Wrap Up - Tips & Tools for your Pantry; AND What's on the Menu for Next Time! (10-15 minutes)

Use this registration link to indicate your intent to participate in this new opportunity. Everyone who signs up will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom Call registration link and additional instructions We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Return of Leader Lunches

With the start of the new 4-H year just around the corner, leader lunches will be returning. Our first call will be at 12:30 PM on September 17. 4-H Online has gotten an upgrade! Join us as we go over the new changes and updates you will need to know about to help your club get enrolled for the year. There will be a link sent out later to register.


We are still finalizing topics and dates, so please be on the lookout for more information to come!

Find us on Social Media!

Please join our 4-H Leader group on Facebook:

4-H Leaders of Champaign-Ford-Iroquois-Vermilion Counties Facebook Group

You can also follow the unit and state pages:

Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion County 4-H
Illinois 4-H Facebook Page
University of Illinois Extension: Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Facebook Page

Plus, we are now on Instagram - follow us at @cfiv4h

Are you following the Illinois 4-H Social Media Guidelines when posting and interacting? Read them here.