Canadian County 4-H Newsletter
This Guideline applies to event and activity registrations only! 4-H enrollment in the 4-H online system is open September thru August, in order for new members to enroll year around.
No late registrations or entries will be accepted from this point forward. This ensures all registrations and entries will be turned in to the destined location on time. It is not fair to the office staff or those that turned in their registrations on time. It used to be okay until we ran into several problems this past year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause anyone, but we hope everyone will still be able to participate and enjoy all that 4-H has to offer in our wonderful county. We ask that any questions or concerns regarding this new guideline be addressed to Liz via email at

Our goal has always been to provide the best possible programming to the youth of Canadian County, and we believe this new guideline will aid us in doing so. Thank you for your kind understanding and we are all looking forward to what 2019 will bring us.

Liz Nicholson and Canadian County Office Staff
Check out the side bar below to be sure you and your club are up to date, and feel free to bring questions to the next meeting.

2019 Meeting Dates
April 15th, 2019
July 1st, 2019
October 14th, 2019
All meetings will be at 6:30pm at the Canadian County OSU Extension Office located at
218 N. Country Club Rd.
El Reno, OK 73036

Training topic is "Trainings"

Parents and members are encouraged to attend this meeting because your input is very important to the growth and quality of this program.
2019 Teen Leader Meetings

April 22nd, 2019
(May, June, and July no meeting)
August 26th, 2019
September 23rd, 2019
October 28th, 2019
November 25th, 2019
December TBD Christmas Party
All meetings will be held at 6:30pm at the Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno Campus.
6505 E. Hwy 66, El Reno, OK 73036

April 9th- Will Rogers Classic

April 12th-14th- Outdoor Adventure Shakedown

April 12th-13th- State 4-H
Zoo Snooze

April 13th- Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest

April 27th- Red Dirt Rabbit Show

April 27th- State 4-H Meat Judging Contest

April 27th- State 4-H Qualifying Livestock Judging Contest

May 11th- Be The Best In Oklahoma 4-H Public Speaking Contest

May 28th-31st- Tri-County 4-H Camp

June 7th- 4-H Day at Flying Cow Genetics

June 26th-27th- West District Contest Days - Weatherford

July 6th- 14th- Outdoor Adventure Trip *Must be 14 to attend this State Wide Trip*

July 23rd-26th- State 4-H Round Up

August 8th- Canadian County 4-H Achievement Banquet

November 7th- Cash for Clovers Annual Fundraiser

April 5th- Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest Registration Due

April 19th- Be The Best In Oklahoma 4-H Public Speaking Contest

April 25th- Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Ron & Linda Sholar Essay Contest

April 25th- Early Bird Registration Due for Tri-County 4-H Summer Camp ($100)

May 1st- Tri-County 4-H Summer Camp Registration Due

May 6th- Registration Deadline for Tri-County 4-H Summer Camp ($125)

May 15th- 4-H has Talent submissions are due!!!

June 28th- State 4-H Leadership Council Applications Due


***Volunteer Enrollment Reminders will be going out soon as well.***

April 12th-14th- Outdoor Adventure Shakedown

April 5th- Registration due
Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest

April 12th-13th- State 4-H
Zoo Snooze

April 27th- Red Dirt Rabbit Show

May 28th-31st- 4-H Camp

June 7th- 4-H Day at Flying Cow Genetics

June 26th-27th- West District Contest Days - Weatherford

July 6th- 14th- Outdoor Adventure Trip *Must be 14 to attend this State Wide Trip*

July 23rd-26th- State 4-H Round Up

August 8th- Canadian County 4-H Achievement Banquet

November 7th- Cash for Clovers Annual Fundraiser

More Information will be sent out as it is received for these events!
Canadian County
Extension Office

218 North Country Club Road
El Reno OK, 73036

P.O. Box 519
El Reno, OK 73036

Office (405)262-0155
Fax (405)262-2267

Remember to pull your aluminum tabs off your beverage cans, cat or dog food cans, and other canned goods. Please turn them into the Canadian County OSU Extension Office with your club's name on the bag or container. This will ensure that your club benefits from the donation.
Money raised from the donations will go to the Ronald McDonald House to help provide lodging and meals to families with children in hospitals.
We are still collecting
for hospitalized children with serious illnesses. These books will be delivered to the Children's Hospital after being turned in at the State 4-H Round-Up.
Reminder for those in the Oklahoma 4-H Shotgun Program

The 4-H member must be 10 years old as of December 31, 2018 to be eligible to participate in the shotgun shooting discipline. The 4-H member must have their Oklahoma Hunter Education Safety Card before they can be a certified shotgun participant in contests at any level. For more details on how to become a certified shotgun member you may call or email
Liz Nicholson at
Free to 4-H Dog Project Enrollees, any County

Piedmont Area
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Instructor is a Rally & Obedience Judge and has titled numerous dogs in Rally and Obedience
And Certified 4-H Leader

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New 4-H activity helps members learn about veterans

Oklahoma 4-H’ers will soon have an opportunity to learn more about the military veterans in their communities.

The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Honors Campaign will help club members gain a greater appreciation of local veterans, said Cathleen Taylor, state leadership and citizenship specialist with the State 4-H Office at Oklahoma State University.

The Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Honors Campaign is a special community based effort to recognize local military veterans. This is a new joint effort between the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development Program.

“It’s important for us to understand the stories of our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for all of us. This campaign helps bring the power of citizenship to life,” Taylor said. “We’re in the early planning stages of this new opportunity, but by getting the word out early, counties can begin thinking about the veterans they can get involved with our youth. We especially want to recognize our former 4-H’ers who are veterans.”

A special in-service for Extension educators will take place Dec. 5 in Cleveland County, so this gives clubs from across the state plenty of time to develop a list of local veterans. At the in-service, educators will learn how to train 4-H members to do the interviews with veterans to get information about their service.

“Oftentimes, veterans may find it painful to talk about some of their experiences because the memories can be difficult. We’ll help participants craft a list of questions that will help the 4-H’er get to know the veteran as a person and help them understand the veteran’s perspective of military service to our nation. We want to show them our appreciation for everything they’ve done for our country.”

Major General (retired) Douglas Dollar founded the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation in 1999 and has worked to recognize Oklahoma veterans, both living and deceased, who serve or have served in the military, with records of extraordinary service to the country.

Taylor said the organization inducts 10 Oklahoma veterans into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Gen. Dollar sponsored two tables for 4-H’ers at this event late last year as a way to introduce them to this great service project.

Since 1999, the OKMHF has recognized nearly 200 local heroes and groups from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, NASA and Frontiersmen.

“This is a wonderful project for our club members and a great opportunity for media coverage for your club,” she said. “Your local newspapers, as well as radio and TV stations, may be interested in doing a story on your efforts due to the human-interest angle. This also is an opportunity to highlight your club’s activities on social media.”

For more information about getting involved in the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Honors Campaign, or to submit names of local veterans, contact Taylor at 405-744-8888 or email at
Running for Oklahoma 4-H

Ryan Witt's story
"In October, I entered a lottery selection held by John Hancock to participate in the 2019 Boston Marathon as a charity runner. Over 450 Hancock employees entered the lottery to fill 150 spots. Originally, I was not selected to run, but placed on the wait list. On November 20th, 2018, I was officially activated off the wait list and am now an member of the team. This is an incredible opportunity and will require a great deal of sacrifice, discipline, dedication, and financial obligation for me and my family. To run the 2019 Boston Marathon, I have to pay my own travel, lodging, registration fees and raise $5,000 for a
non-profit organization.
I will be running the Boston Marathon for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. By donating to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, my efforts will be directly benefiting the youth of the Oklahoma 4-H Program. Please join me on this incredible journey. If you can't contribute monetarily, please help spread the word to get as many people involved as possible. Prayers and words of encouragement are welcomed as I will be struggling through a brutal training program over the next four months. My goal is $5,000, but let's not stop there. Thank You and God Bless!"
-W. Ryan Witt

If you would like to donate please do so by selecting the button below or though the shared link on the Canadian County 4-H Facebook Page.
Leadership Council sets example for being True Leaders in Service

The State 4-H Leadership Council has its hands full planning the 2019 State 4-H Roundup, visiting clubs all around the state and honing their leadership skills. Despite all of these things on their plate, the group also continues making progress on their service projects.

Cathleen Taylor, state leadership and citizenship specialist with the State 4-H Office at Oklahoma State University, said as part of True Leaders in Service and National Volunteer Appreciation Month, Oklahoma 4-H'ers, together with club members around the country, will pledge their hands to larger service.

"Community service and service learning have long been mainstays in 4-H programming. Leading positive change that empowers their peers is how our state's leadership team is helping make the best better every day," Taylor said. "True Leaders in Service officially kicks off April 1 and will culminate with National 4-H Day of Service on April 27. Our club members will venture out into the community to lead in service to take on community challenges and help meet the needs of others."

This is the third year for National 4-H Day of Service and Oklahoma's goal is to have all 77 counties participate.

Something that sets 4-H apart from other groups is community service and helping others occurs all year long, not simply in a given month or a specific day.

Taylor said the state leadership team works all year on the Change for Change campaign, which is designed to benefit the Children's Hospital Foundation.

"State council is doing monthly challenges on Facebook to help encourage counties to participate. They've set a lofty goal of collecting $20,000 this year and this culminates at State 4-H Roundup in July," she said. "If each county could raise 4260, we can easily meet the goal/ Also, keep in mind the money raised goes toward the spirit contest during 4-H Roundup."

Counties are encouraged to come up with fun and innovative ways in which to raise money. Some counties already have hosted activities. Washita and McCurtain Counties both hosted Kiss the Pig contest to raise funds. Payne County implemented a People's Choice Award to their annual Share-the-Fun event. Attendees dropped donations into the bucket for their favorite Share-the-Fun act and all proceeds benefited Change for Change. The winning act received a special award.

Be looking for more information soon on the upcoming Clover-Thon, a family friendly event at the Grady County Fairgrounds slated May 25. This event will feature Disney princesses, a petting zoo and much more.

'We're focusing on a carnival atmosphere and it also will be a great time to highlight 4-H projects," Taylor said. "This event is open to everyone who wants to participate."

Another activity for the State Leadership Council, District Officers, and the State 4-H Ambassadors was helping serve at the family dinner put on by the Children's Hospital Foundation. The 4-H youth also did craft activities with the children. They also went to the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City, along with the Disney princesses, to do crafts with the young family members of children receiving care at the hospital.

The leadership Council also spent time in December at OK Kids Korral, which is a project of the Toby Keith Foundation. OK Kids Korral provides a cost-free home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at the Children's Hospital, Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and other nearby facilities in the Oklahoma City area.

Taylor said 4-H'ers helped decorate the facility for the Christmas holidays last December. Ventriloquist Darci Lynn's Christmas special was filmed there, so all of the Christmas decorations you saw were put up by Oklahoma 4-H'ers.

"Sometimes in 4-H we raise money for something, but we don't always get a first-hand look at where the money goes. These activities put our leaders right in the midst of those who benefit from our efforts," Taylor said. "This really gives them a chance to see where the money is going, who it's benefiting and the impact it has on these families. It truly gives all their hard work, and the work of club members around the state, a purpose."

For more information, please click button below
April is National 4-H Volunteer Month. 4-H is celebrating and recognizing the dedication of our organization's volunteers by kicking off a social media campaign focused on saying "thank you" to volunteers and promoting volunteer opportunities within 4-H.

National 4-H is focusing their celebration during #NationalVolunteerWeek, which is April 7-13, 2019. They have provided marketing tools to use during this special week, including social media graphics and a promotional/recruitment video.

Note: you must create a free account with National 4-H to access these materials. National 4-H volunteer resources can be found here: click here
Will Rogers Classic
Contest Day
Claremore Expo Center
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
For information, please click on the flyer button below
Midwest Invitational Meat Judging Contest
Oklahoma State
Register ANSI 123
Judge FAPC
April 13, 2019

9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Contest begins
Awards to follow at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Open to all youth and will include both Sr. 4-H and FFA divisions and a Jr. division. Teams can consist of up to four students but alternates are eligible for individual awards. There is no limit to the number of teams a 4-H club or FFA chapter may enter.

The Sr. 4-H division (14 and over as of Jan. 1) will include 30 ID, six classes and three sets of reasons. The FFA contest will include six classes, 30 retail ID, two sets of questions, and six carcasses for yield and quality grading. The Jr. division will consist of 30 ID (specie and retail cut only), six classes and 3 sets of questions. Additional classes and cuts for practice if available.

Registration is due April 5th. Send entry fee of $15/student plus names and team contact to Dr. Gretchen Mafi, 104 ANSI, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. 74078. Please make checks payable to OSU Meat Science. For questions, contact

Oklahoma 4-H Foundation
Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest

The Oklahoma 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Dr. Ron and Linda Sholar Essay Contest. Ron and Linda Sholar are sponsoring this annual writing contest for Oklahoma 4-H members age 13 and older as of
January 1,2019.

The theme for the essay is:
"How can Oklahoma 4-H Change a Community?"

Essays must be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 1,200 words, typed, and double-spaced, 12 pt. font. Make certain to attach the essay entry form to the front of your essay, including signatures from a parent or guardian and you 4-H Educator. The main selection criteria will be creativity and presentation of thought.

All Essay Entries are due to the Canadian County Extension Office April 25th, 2019 No Later than 4:00pm. Liz will sign and mail them to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Office.

Click below for Information and Entry Form

State 4-H Meat Judging Contest
Will be held on April 27, 2019.
*Remember to dress for being in a COLD COOLER FOR TWO(2) HOURS. Warm clothes and warm footwear. NO open toed shoes or sandals.
For more information, please click the button below.
McClain County OSU Cooperative Extension Office & the McClain County 4-H Red Dirt Rabbit Club presents:

Red Dirt Rabbit Show
Saturday April 27, 2019
8:30 a.m. Check-In
9:30-Noon Workshops
Noon-1:00 p.m. Registration for Show Only
1:00 p.m. Showmanship Contest & Show

Open to all 4-H, FFA & Youth
Held at the Newcastle Fair Barn
Located at 400 N. Main, Newcastle, OK. 73065
Workshops are FREE!!
Show Entry fee $3.00 per rabbit. This is not an ARBA sanctioned show.
No rabbits under 8 weeks old allowed in Barns.
No other animals allowed in Barns.

More info will be posted as available on Red Dirt Rabbit Club Facebook page or contact the McClain County OSU Cooperative Extension Office
1721 Hardcastle Blvd.
Purcell, Ok 73080
Phone: 405-527-2174
Fax : 405-527-0855
Email :
State 4-H Qualifying Livestock Judging Contest
April 27, 2019
A pre-registration for the state 4-H contest is now required.

Registration forms and information listed below.

Agriculture Youth Council Applications Available

Applications for the first Oklahoma Agriculture Youth Council are now available for students entering their senior year in the fall of 2019.

Contact Morgan Vance, 405-522-5479
Be The Best In Oklahoma 4-H Public Speaking Contest

May 11, 2019

The Registration Fee is $10.00/competitor

All entries and registration fees must be received in the PONTOTOC COUNTY OSU EXTENSION OFFICE, 1700 N. BROADWAY, ADA, OK 74820,

Questions? Please Contact:
Becky Walker
Pontotoc County Extension Educator
(580) 332-2153

Participants must use the Be The BEST In Oklahoma 4-H Public Speaking Contest Entry Form/Score Sheet for contest entry located in the link below. Please complete an entry form/score sheet for each type of presentation you will be giving. Please identify the respective age category, presentation type, subject category, and title of presentation on each form.
You're Invited to Tri-County
4-H Summer Camp!!!

May 28th-31st
Saints Grove Campground (Glencoe, OK)
Early Bird Registration is $100 and Due in Office by April 25th no later than 4:00pm
If mailing please have postmarked by April 22, 2019

Registration DEADLINE is May 6th
All Registrations received between April 26th and May 6th will be $125
If Mailing late registrations please have postmarked by May 1, 2019

All Money is due with Registration form and checks may be made to Canadian County OSU Extension
4-H Day at the Flying Cow
June 7, 2019
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Event attendance is limited to first 30 4-H members applications accepted, on a first come, first serve basis and are due no later than May 17, 2019.

Please click below for application and information.

The 4-H Video Contest
We are looking for videos that make in impression, that tell a story, that cause the audience to stop and think.
Videos can be your story, the story of how 4-H made a difference in your community, a story about the past, the present, or the future. Videos can bring issues to life, food insecurity, water conservation, health crises, safety concerns, or environmental topic. The best stories are your stories, the topics you believe in and are passionate about.
  1. Videos are due in the State 4-H Office June 14, 2019
  2. Videos are limited to 2 minutes
  3. Music should be royalty free, no copyrighted material (No current or pop music. Music can be used from, or similar royalty free websites)
  4. Videos must clearly highlight and represent 4-H
  5. Submissions must include; The 4-H Video form
  1. Videos will be reviewed by professional videographers and you will receive feedback on your video submission based on:
  • Video Quality
  • Story content
  • Story Impression
  • Audience Impact
  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  1. Videos may be shared through 4-H Social Media outlets (we will need your permission to do that)
  2. Selected videos will be showcased at State 4-H Roundup

State 4-H Leadership Council

It is almost time to elect a new state 4-H Leadership Council. We are looking for dedicated 4-H members who have leadership skills they want to sharpen. Qualified candidates also show a desire to help others grow into great leaders.

Applications are due to Cathleen Taylor, 205 4-H Youth Development, Stillwater, OK. 74078 by June 28th. This is not a postmark date, this is a due in the office date!!

Please click button below for information.
Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; Phone 405-744-5371; email: has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies. Any person who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.