November 2017
Handbook for New Families
Now available on our Member Resources page . This handbook was created to help new families get to know the resources and activities available in 4-H in California. A County Contact Sheet is also part of the resources available, so you can keep your local 4-H contact information handy. This handbook will be updated regularly; please share any comments and suggestions for improvement with your county 4-H Advisor or Program Representative.
Save the Date for #GivingTuesday
After you can’t eat another bite on Thanksgiving, you’ve shopped til you dropped on Black Friday, surfed the web until your fingers were numb on Cyber Monday…you’ll be ready for the day that will make your heart feel good as you support programs you love on # GivingTuesday ! Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this very special day of giving --Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
 Last year #GivingTuesday generated all kinds of enthusiasm as donors contributed approximately $56,000 for California 4-H Youth Development Programs across the state. Thirty-four counties and many state programs watched their donations grow as the gifts were matched by generous donors through the California 4-H Foundation.
1:1 Matching Donations
CA 4-H Foundation Board Members are working hard to raise even more funds for this year’s match. For every dollar that is donated to a CA 4-H program, a 1:1 match will be provided until we run out of matching funds!

Be sure and make your donation early on Nov. 28th so you don’t miss out on the opportunity to double your gift with the match. Donations must be made to the California 4-H Foundation site to count towards the match.

Spread the word!
Share on social media to encourage friends and family to join in #GivingTuesday for 4-H. Get graphics, UnSelfie signs and more on our
Why Science Matters to Me photo contest
Share your passion for science and the role it plays in your everyday life!

You could have the chance to win a trip for three to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, in Washington, D.C., January 12-15, 2018.
Share a photo showing how life science is behind the food you eat, benefits your health or helps your animals and write a caption telling us why science matters to you.

There are two ways to enter:
  1. Submit your photo and caption at
  2. Share your photo and caption on Instagram and be sure to tag it with #ScienceMattersContest

Hurry! You only have until 11:59PM ET on November 26 th , 2017 to submit your photo.
You must be between 14 and 18 to enter.
See it, Sew it Challenge - New Guidelines
In the See It, Sew It Challenge , you make a copycat of an outfit that you have found in a magazine or online.

Please note that entries should only be modified for fit, type of fabric, or color/print of fabric and that the garment should be as close to the original as possible.

For a full description of the challenge and guidelines, please see the State 4-H Fashion Revue webpage.
STEM Activity: PhET Interactive Simulations
Want a fun way to learn scientific concepts through animated games? Visit the PhET interactive Simulations project page . These are free math and science simulations where 4-H members can learn through exploration and discovery. In each simulation, you can change the variables and instantly see the results!  
Stay informed on upcoming STEM events in California.
California 4-H team takes 3 rd Place

Congratulations to the California Horticulture Judging Team! They just returned from the National Junior Horticultural Association Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The team finished in third place with 7 th , 9 th , and 10 th  place high individuals.

Pictured is our team at the Indy 500 Museum: L-R Alyssa McCullough, Ryan Chi, Coach Terry Berke, Jonathan Berke, Lucy Henneker

The team qualified to represent California 4-H at this national competition by placing at the Horticulture Contest at the CA 4-H State Field Day last year.
Yolo County 4-H team wins Livestock Quiz Bowl

Congratulations to the Livestock Quiz Bowl Team from Yolo County 4-H! They took first place at the Quiz Bowl on Saturday, October 14 th  at the Grand National Livestock Exposition.

Team members Georgia Eastham, Sophie Brennan, Justice Borchard, James Bimson, Nathan Faber, along with coach Katie Eslick are eligible to compete at the Western National Roundup in Denver, CO in January 2018. Great job!
Join our team
Our wonderful Administrative Assistant, Darlene Ruiz, has moved on to her new role as a 4-H Program Representative in Monterey County. We are now looking for an awesome person to fill this position. This key position is the first contact in the state 4-H office and supports the state 4-H meetings, events and 4-H Management Board & Advisory Committees. Learn more about this position and apply by 11/06/17 at  

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