December 2017 Big Stone County Clover Update
Here's what's new on the Big Stone County 4-H website this month!
Jingle all the way to Unity Square!

The annual 4-H Federation Christmas Party will be held on December 9th at Unity Square.


Warmth and Cuddles Service Project

A county wide service project will be held on December 15th from 5:30 pm-10 pm at the Clinton Memorial Building.


Robotics meets rube Goldberg!

Robotics and Rube Goldberg sessions will begin in January for youth at the Ortonville Library.


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Mad Hatter Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Mad Hatter Halloween Event held on October 28th in Clinton.



Escape to Leadership

Looking for a boost in leadership & problem solving skills? Youth in grades 6-9th are encouraged to sign up for the 2018 Escape to Leadership for January 6th in Morris. Are you up to the challenge?


More 4-H news this month
Youth in grades 7+ are encouraged to apply to become a 4-H Camp Counselor for the 2018 Regional 4-H Camp scheduled for June 19th-21st in Morris.

An exciting day is being planned for all 4-H screened adult volunteers to network with fellow volunteers while gaining new ideas for working with clubs and youth. It will be held Saturday, February 24th from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at SMSU in Marshall.
 
It's time to start thinking about 4-H Summer Internships that will be available in Big Stone, Lac qui Parle, Pope, Stevens and Swift Counties!
 
Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman shares a story about 12 year old Mela. Because of generous 4-H volunteers, Mela has grown into a confident leader.
 
2018 project bowl information is now available! Form a team and participate in one of the four regional Minnesota 4-H Project Bowls across the state. Check out the website for rules, resources and more to get your team started!
 
Find college scholarships for engineering careers
High school students pursuing engineering as a post-secondary option - check out this giant list of scholarships, curated by the American Society for Engineering Education.
 
Connecting with new 4-H families is an important part of enrollment. Club and project leaders are reminded that they can use 4HOnline to obtain updated member lists and contact information. User guides and video tutorials are available.
 
The 2018 Southwest Animal Science Challenge will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Wabasso, Minnesota. This event will include horse and livestock project bowl competitions, hands-on skill-a-thon stations, and workshops on a variety of topics. 4-H'ers can attend as a project bowl team, or as an individual.
 
Minnesota 4-H youth in grades 9-13 are invited to strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills at a national level by attending Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C. from June 23-30, 2018. Registration will open Feb. 1, and close when all spaces have been filled, or by Feb. 28, whichever comes first.
 
The 2017-18 Clovermart winter sale is still open! We are accepting orders until Jan. 5. Clovermart is the place to find all of your Minnesota 4-H apparel and merchandise for everyone in the family.
 
Register now for the BLU leadership workshops for youth in 6th grade on up! Five BLUs will be held at locations across the state - registration deadlines vary by location. This is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and meet other youth from the area!
Calendar

Check out all of the upcoming events in Big Stone County on our website.  The events are in chronological order and can be filtered by subtopic at the top of the web page.

Suzanne Souza | 4-H Program Coordinator | 320-839-6380 | souza004@umn.edu | 
http://www.extension.umn.edu/county/ big-stone

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