Canadian County 4-H Newsletter

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
January 7th, 2019
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.

Training Topic:
January's Meeting will be especially important as we will have guest speakers joining us, Carisa Finnigan and Kyle Worthington, to assist me in explaining OSU's Financial Policies. This is important as it will cover how you can obtain money from your club account.
2019 Teen Leader Meetings
January 28th, 2019
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:
January is Potluck!! Bring your favorite dish or snack! :)
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


7th- 6:30 pm Leader's Meeting

12th- 6:30-8:30pm 4-H Has Talent

11th- Special Clover Buddy Application Due to
19th - Jackson County Rockin Rabbit Show

26th - West District 4-H Has Talent

26th- 4-H Night "Get Fit 4 Life"

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.
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.
Friday Jan. 11th- Clover Buddy Applications Due

Friday Jan. 18th -West District 4-H Has Talent
Completed entry forms and entry fee will be due to the West District Office
Friday Jan. 18th- 2019 4-H Night Deadline to order tickets

January 21st- Horse Communication Contest Registrations Due to State Office

January 21st- Volunteer Conference Registration Due to office No Later than 4:00pm

Wednesday Jan. 23rd- Southwest District Entries DUE to Office no later than 4:00pm

Friday Feb. 1st- 4-H Science Night at the Museum Registrations Due

Friday Feb. 1st- National Beekeeping Essay Competition Submission Deadline to State Office

Friday Feb. 15th - OYE Entries due to the Extension Office by 4:00pm

Friday 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 .


***Volunteer Enrollment Reminders will be going out soon as well. ***
May 28th-31st- 4-H Camp

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

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!
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.

Clover Buddy Applications!!!

What is a Clover Buddy?
  • A Clover Buddy is a current freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior 4-H members in active status on 4HOnline.
  • If selected you will attend Special Clovers Camp and be paired with a 4-H member that has special needs that is attending Special Clovers Camp.

Will there be trained adults there to help the Clover Buddies?
  • YES, there will be trained staff to assist all youth attending.

When will the camp take place?
  • The camp will take place March 22-24, 2019

How much does this cost?
  • The cost for Clover Buddies is $25. This covers a small portion of the camp cost including: 2 nights lodging, 6 meals and snacks, and a camp t-shirt. This fee is due March 1, 2019

If selected, you MUST attend a webinar training on March 3, 2019 from 7:00-9:00pm

Youth in the 7th and 8th grade may apply but MUST have a letter of support from their Educator, Liz Nicholson. Younger members will only be considered if all slots are not full.

The application is due to the Canadian County Extension Office January 11, 2019 no later than 4pm!

Canadian County 4-H Has Talent and New Years Social!

Where: South Yukon Church of Christ
11700 NW 10th St, Yukon, OK 73099
When: January 12th, 2018
Time: 6:30pm

Come watch the submitted acts for 4-H Has Talent!!! Please bring your favorite snack to share as we fellowship in celebrating the New Year! Good luck to all of our contestants!
Jackson Co Rockin' Rabbit Show

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Where: Jackson Co Expo Center
300 N Todd Lane Altus, OK. 73521
Open to all Youth - Ages 4 to 18

Please click link below for printable flyer

Volunteer Conference In Weatherford

Another Volunteer Conference will be offered for West District Volunteers, this time the conference will be closer in Weatherford. The conference will take place on Saturday February 2nd, 2019. Registrations are due to the Canadian County Extension Office on January 21st, 2019 no later than 4:00pm. You may mail a check made out to OSU Extension with your registration form or bring by cash with your form. The cost of the conference will be $15.00.

The conference will take place at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, and directions to the Church will be on the Registration form you can access in the link below.

Horse Communication Contest

The Horse Communication Contest is coming up February 2nd, 2019! Be sure you do not miss the Registration deadline of January 21st, 2019, registrations are due to the State Office. All registration information, rules, study materials, and locations are located in the link below.

Southwest District Livestock Show Entries

Southwest District Livestock Show Entries are due to the Canadian County OSU Extension Office NO Later than January 23rd, 2019 by 4:00pm. Please see the link below for the entry form, who to make the check out to, and address of where to send the entry form. If you will be dropping off your entry form in person please deliver to our office at 218 N. Country Club Rd. El Reno, Oklahoma 73036.

West District
4-H Has Talent
District Talent Contest
(different from County Contest listed above)

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Fairview Arts & Education Center
(school auditorium), Fairview, OK

It will be held at the Fairview Arts & Education Center (school auditorium, at the school complex), just east of the intersection of 12 th & Elm, Fairview, Oklahoma.

  • Completed entry forms and entry fee will be due to the West District Office by January 18, 2019. (Don't forget to note any special needs regarding lighting or effects – we will do our best.)

  • In order to make the event financially sound, a non-refundable entry fee must be submitted with the entry form.

  • The cost is $15 for each act. 

Entry Forms, a Map, and a Complete set of Rules and Guidelines will be available at the County Contest on January 12th.
Payment is due at time of entry.
If payment is not received your entry form will not be sent on for the district contest.
You're Invited!!!!

Cleveland County 4-H Trailblazers have invited fellow 4-H members to ride at the Shelly Smith Memorial Wooly Fun Show! For more details please see the flyer in the link below.

In the links at the bottom you will find registration material for Special Clovers Camp (Camper and Caregiver). The camp will be open to the first 15 paid 4-H members active in 4HOnline. Special Clovers Camp will be held Saturday, March 23 and 24 at Saints Grove Campground, near Glencoe.

We are once again excited about the opportunity to reach 4-H members who might not have attended camp in the past or could not fully participate in camp activities. The cost of the camp is $15 per camper and checks should be made payable to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. Youth who require assistance with bathing, restroom, or lifting must provide a caregiver to provide these duties. The caregiver can be a parent or person designated by the member’s family. Lodging and meals will be provided to one caregiver at no additional cost. This requirement is in accordance to Oklahoma State University Division of Institutional Diversity. 

All materials are DUE IN THE STATE OFFICE FEB. 1, 2019 (COMPLETE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT). The address is located at the bottom of the registration packet. Due to campus mailing the packet needs to be mailed by January 21st, 2019.

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

Save the Date:  February 15-16th, 2019

Registration Due:  February 1st, 2019

Price:  $45 for kids 5 and up, $30 per adult.  Please make checks payable to 4-H Conferences

Theme:  Grossology (Biology)

Example Activities:
Get ready to study the wild world of the Gross and Repulsive!
Grossology, the science of really gross things — we will combine solid science with disgusting fun! This icky, sticky hands-on experience teaches us how much snot our body makes a day, how diapers DOO what they DOO, what you are made of, and how you perceive things!

  1. Poop on a Stick
  2. Edible Insect Treats
  3. Human Physiology Experiments
  4. Make your own Snot
  5. Science of Diaper Goo
  6. Blood Typing
Come if you dare. Be prepared to be GROSSED OUT!
Includes the new exhibit CurioCity, Planetarium, Science Live show, Science Activity Tables and fun filled evening exploring the Science Museum.

Who can attend?
Everyone! The science museum program is perfect for 8-12 year old youth, but every age seems to enjoy the evening. Since this is a non-competitive event, feel free to bring younger or older youth, brothers, sisters, cousins, even those really big kids (parents and chaperones) to enjoy an evening filled with science and fun. Families are always welcome to participate.

Each county/club/family group is responsible for the youth that attend with them. We do not provide chaperones.

For more information and registration materials please see the link below

2019 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

Submission Deadline to State Office: February 1, 2019

The State Office will submit the winning essay to National Level by March 1, 2019, National winners will be announced May 6, 2019

Official flyer and rules on link below

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. 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

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.
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