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
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

(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 6:30 pm at the Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno Campus.
6505 E. Hwy 66, El Reno, OK 73036

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

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.***

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
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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

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
Ace the Waste

As part of Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month , the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is launching Ace the Waste! A student competition for food waste reduction ideas. This first-ever competition calls on students to come up with creative solutions to reduce food loss and waste in the United States.
Students may submit 1-2 page proposals or 1-2 minute videos. Proposals will be judged on impact potential; originality and creativity; clarity of expression; and adherence/appropriateness to theme. Judges will include representatives from USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One winner will be selected from each of two categories – ages 11-14 and ages 15-18. The winner of the challenge will be honored with recognition on USDA’s social media accounts and website, receive a certificate of appreciation, and will have the opportunity to discuss their proposals with USDA leadership.
The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 24, 2019. Submit your ideas to the Ace the Waste! competition (PDF, 238 KB) today.
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

West District 4-H Communications Contest Days
June 26 & 27, 2019

West District Contest Days are June 26 & 27 at the Weatherford Performing Arts Center at the high school. 

$10.00 Entry Fee per person per day
Speech Contests Registration Form
Due June 10, 2019
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.
Roundup 2019

4-H Roundup registration information is posted on the State 4-H website. The fee for 2019 Roundup is again $135 and will include the 2019 Roundup t-shirt with each registration, at no additional cost. 
Click on the orange text boxes for Roundup Information and event details.
Be sure and check out the Roundup Flyer, video and graphics under the Marketing Materials section of the website.
Each county will receive two pre-paid chaperones. This can be any combination of Extension educators and or certified volunteers. On the Transmittal Form the last line, place a 2 in the line Paid Chaperones (Educator or Certified Volunteer, Male or Female) and the formula will subtract $270.00 from your total.  
The deadline for Roundup registration is  June 6th. If mailing, must be postmarked June 3rd.
 There will be NO refunds for cancellations unless it is an extreme circumstance.
Summer Workshops - Details to Come!!!!
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