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

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
February 25th, 2019
March 25th, 2019
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

Meeting Announcements:
February is Potluck!! Bring your favorite dish or snack! :)


11th- Sacred Heart Parent Meeting 3:30pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

11th- Yukon 4-H Meeting
6:30pm at South Yukon Church of Christ

13th-16th - SWD Livestock Show

15th-16th- 4-H Science Night at the Museum

18th- YQCA Certification Class

23rd- 4-H Day 10:00am

25th - Teen Leaders Meeting at CVTECH 6:30pm


8th-13th - Spring Livestock Show and Sale

13th-22nd - OYE

18th- OYE Skillathon Test

30th- Ag Innovate Summit

Feb. 15th - OYE Entries due to the Extension Office by 4:00pm and Must be postmarked by Monday Feb. 11th.

Feb. 15th- MIO Coalition 4-H Recipe Contest 2019. All completed contest submission forms and photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 15, 2019 . The entries must be emailed to .

Feb. 19th- 4-H Day Registration Due (link in Newsletter)

March 1st- Ambassador Applications Due

March 1st- Certification and Registration must be complete for Skillathon (No exceptions)

March 15th- Ag Innovate Summit Registration Due (Google Form In Link)

March 18th- Zoo Snooze Registration Due

March 27th - Outdoor Adventure Applications Due to County Office


***Volunteer Enrollment Reminders will be going out soon as well. ***
April 12th-14th- Outdoor Adventure Shakedown

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

May 28th-31st- 4-H Camp

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
Find us on Facebook  
Oklahoma 4-H Dog Program

Call for more Info 

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

When you #StartWithaSmile , Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Canadian County
4-H Foundation. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.
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.
Oklahoma Youth Expo Entry Information

OYE Entries and payment will be due to the Canadian County OSU Extension Office by February 15th, 2019 NO LATER than 4:00pm, entries MUST be postmarked by Monday February 11, 2019. You may pay in the form of a check or bring cash by the office. If paying with a check please make the check out to OSU Extension and mail them to
P.O. Box 519 El Reno, Oklahoma 73036.
DO NOT MAIL CASH, PLEASE. If you choose to pay in cash please bring cash and entry form to our office located at
218 N. Country Club Rd. El Reno, Oklahoma 73036.

Entry Fees are listed below:
Heifers $40.00
Steers $30.00
Goats $20.00
Sheep $20.00
Purebred Ewes $35.00
Swine $20.00

The entry form can be found below
Event Reminder!!!

4-H Science Night at the Museum (Bright Nights)

Save the Date:  February 15-16th, 2019

Print, fill out, and bring additional forms with you to the event. Forms are located at the bottom of the information page in the link below.
YQCA Training

All youth interested or curious about livestock are encouraged to attend YQCA training February 18th, 2019 10:00am at the Canadian County OSU Extension Office (next to the fairgrounds). If you wish to participate in the OYE Skill-A-Thon, you must be YQCA Certified. We will go through the training, and you will be sent home with instructions for your quiz. You must register through the YQCA website in the link below, select Canadian County training and pay $3.00. This must be completed before the training. The training is open to any youth that would like to participate even if you do not wish to compete in the
Skill-A-Thon at OYE.
4-H Day

When: February 23rd, 2019
Where: Piedmont First United Methodist Church
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

To register and access the rules and guidelines please use the links below.

The link will close Feb. 19 by 4:00pm.
Youth Leadership Summit

March 30, 2019 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Oklahoma State University

Innovate change in your 4-H Program.

Challenge yourself to learn leadership skills to teach workshops in agriculture and computer science.

Learn how to present fun and exciting programs to promote 4-H, agriculture or STEM to other youth.

Workshops include:
Scratch Coding
Ag in the Classroom
Sphero Balls
Honeybee Challenge

For more information, please access the web page by clicking the link below.
Registration is Due March 15th.

To register please click the link below.
Oklahoma 4-H State Wide Zoo Snooze

April 12-13, 2019

Youth: $35.00
Adults: $20.00

Registration and Payment are due to the Canadian County OSU Extension Office March 18th, 2019 NO LATER THAN 4:00PM
Mailed Registrations must be postmarked by March 14th. No late registrations will be accepted.

All youth registered must have a chaperone, as Liz is unable to attend due to prior commitments.
OYE Skillathon

Students will be competing for $10,000 in scholarship money for the top 5 individuals in 3 age categories- Jr, Intermediate and Sr. Ages are the same as for OYE showmanship. 4-H and FFA members do not have to exhibit at OYE to be eligible for the Skillathon.

The OYE Skillathon will be a written exam based on cumulative knowledge over the 4 livestock species shown at OYE. To qualify to take the test, ALL students must have completed certification in YQCA or PQA.

The test will be given March 18 from 2-5 p.m. The top 10 for each age group will participate in the practicum contest.

Certification and registration must be complete by March 1st to participate-NO Exceptions. Go to the OYE website and click on Livestock and a tab for Skillathon is where you enter. You must have your YQCA training number to enter.
2019 Oklahoma 4-H Outdoor Adventure
Boundary Water Canoe Area

If you want an ADVENTURE…Think 4-H!
If you want a CHALLENGE…Think 4-H!
If you want the ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE… Think 4-H Outdoor Adventure!

Interested in a challenge…one that requires outdoor skills in backpacking, camping, compass/map reading, outdoor cookery, safety, leadership and working with other people? A challenge demanding physical conditioning to canoe and hike? The 2019 4-H Outdoor Adventure Boundary Water Canoe Program can offer you those challenges. Crews made up of 4-H youth and adult volunteers from across Oklahoma will have the opportunity to experience this unique and challenging program.

The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Program is an outdoor leadership program designed for teens with guidance from adults. The purpose is to develop character and integrity in young people through teaching teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills; and allows them to share their knowledge and skills with others. It provides participants the opportunity to see themselves from an entirely new perspective. Experiencing the challenge of the out-of-doors, participants grow personally, developing an understanding of themselves and their limitations. By being a member of a crew, they learn to understand and appreciate the needs of others and their team.

When: July 13-21, 2019
Where: Boundary Water Canoe Area (BCWA)

Applications AND Deposit Payment are due to the Canadian County OSU Extension Office Wednesday, March 27th No Later than 4:00pm. If mailing application and payment, it must be postmarked by Friday, March 22nd.

For more information and to access the application please use the links below.
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.
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

Oklahoma 4-H State Ambassador Application Information Packet

The Ambassador Application Form should be completed by the use of computer. 

Applications must be submitted both electronically and hard copy through the mail. 

Electronic applications must be submitted by 11:59pm Friday, March 15, 2019 and the hard copy must be in the office no later than March 1, 2019 by 4pm.  An electronic copy and one hard copy of the application must be both received. Liz must sign the Certification Form and Application Form, and fill out a Reference Sheet and type a letter of Recommendation Letter. Liz will mail all turned in paperwork to the State Office for applicants.

Please use the link below for the Application and Instructions.


Made In Oklahoma Coalition 4-H Recipe Contest 2019

Two $500 Prizes To Be Awarded

In March 2000, seven Oklahoma food manufacturers began meeting to discuss ways they could collectively work together to increase sales of their products. The group embraced the goal of pooling resources to create a substantial marketing campaign.  The companies realized the greater the number of Made In Oklahoma products, the greater the impact, and the greater the impact, the greater the sales. As a result, the Made In Oklahoma (MIO) Coalition was formed.
Today, 70+ member companies match public dollars with private funds to create marketing campaigns supported by retail advertisements, point-of-sale materials, billboards, radio commercials, social media, recipe contests, food service sales promotions, television segments and special appearances.
The purpose of the MIO Coalition is to promote brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food and agricultural products through collective marketing for the purpose of increasing sales, maintaining business retention and expanding Oklahoma's food processing sector.
In 2015, the MIO Coalition membership employed more than 28,000 people. The MIO Coalition membership generated more than $4.1 billion in sales, 85 percent of which were sales exported to other states and/or countries. By purchasing MIO products, Oklahomans are supporting their neighbors, generating income for the state and enjoying everything from mouth-watering entrees to tasty desserts.

Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) partners regularly with the MIO Coalition to help and assist local food processors. FAPC’s mission is to discover, develop and deliver technical and business information that stimulates and supports the growth of value-added food and agricultural products and processing in Oklahoma.
FAPC has programs, projects and activities that support innovation and growth of the food and agricultural business sectors of Oklahoma, increase food safety for consumers,assist in the development of students for careers in the Oklahoma food industry, and support and enhance the impact of the center on the state, region and nation.
4-H members across the state are encouraged to create recipes and products made with locally produced MIO Coalition products, while completing the steps of service learning: preparation, action, reflection and celebration.

Contest Description and Rules:

1.     This contest is open to Oklahoma 4-H members and clubs with an active status in 4-H online.
2.     This contest consists of two parts: creating and preparing a unique recipe and answering two short essay questions.
3.     The recipe must contain at least three MIO Coalition ingredients. Only MIO Coalition member items will qualify. See attached list of eligible company products. It is still encouraged to use any other MIO products, such as local fresh eggs from your neighbor; however, a minimum of three MIO Coalition products must be used to qualify. 
a.     The recipe must be unique and not copied off the Internet or from a cookbook. 
b.     The recipe can be any type of food item, an entrée, dessert, beverage, side dish, etc. For examples, please go to .
4.     Four high-quality, clear digital photos must be submitted with the understanding that these photos, including recipes and essay question answers submitted, may be used by the MIO Coalition, 4-H or FAPC on social media or for other marketing purposes to promote the event. 
a.     Photo #1: a photo of the member(s) preparing the recipe.
b.     Photo #2: a photo of the finished and prepared recipe.
c.     Photo #3: a photo of the finished and prepared recipe with packaging of the MIO food items used.
d.     Photo #4: a group photo of the individual(s) wearing a 4-H shirt or jacket responsible and the prepared recipe.
5.     The photos must be submitted with the contest entry form, which contains the following information:
a.     City and county of the 4-H club or individual, name of the 4-H leader/volunteer, email address and phone number of volunteer, and names and ages of participant(s).
b.     The title of the recipe.
c.     A brief description of the recipe, such as a sweet desert, a savory and spicy soup, etc.
d.     A list of the MIO products used, including the Oklahoma brand name.
e.     The recipe, including measurements of ingredients used.
f.      Preparation and cooking directions to make the food recipe.
1.     The team/individual must answer the two essay questions: 
a.     In 50 words or less, describe what you (your team) like(s) best about made in Oklahoma products?
b.     In 50 words or less, why do you think it is important to use made in Oklahoma products?

All completed contest submission forms and photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 15, 2019 . The entries must be emailed to .

1.     Two prizes of $500 will be awarded, one for each junior and senior category. Both individual and club entries will be judged together. A group consists of 2-5 people. There can be no more than two groups, two individual entries or a combination of group and individual per club.
a.     Junior – Grades 3-7 as of September 1, 2018
b.     Senior – Grades 8-12 as of September 1, 2018
c.     If the group has a combination of both age groups the submission will automatically default to the senior category.
2.     Applicants of the winning recipe entries for both the junior and senior categories will receive:
a.     $500 total for the group or individual for each category, sponsored by the MIO Coalition.
b.     A MIO Coalition swag bag.
3.     The awards will be presented to the winners by the Governor of Oklahoma at the 2019 MIO Coalition Governor’s Mansion Dinner in April 2019 in Oklahoma City. At least one team member must be present at the event to receive the award. The award winner will forfeit their award if they cannot attend.
4.     ALL contest applicants, including one volunteer, will be invited to attend the MIO Coalition Expo held at the Southwind Hills Event Center in Goldsby, just south of Norman and Oklahoma City on February 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This exclusive by invitation only private event is only open to top leaders of the food industry to network with more than 60 MIO Coalition members and taste their locally produced products. The MIO Coalition also would like to invite contest applicants to attend this come-and-go event. Attending the expo is optional and not mandatory to win the recipe contest. 
Contest entries will be judged on: use of MIO Coalition products, creativity, technique and neatness.

For questions, please contact Andrea Graves, FAPC marketing specialist, by
 e-mailing or calling 405-744-6071.
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.