Arapahoe County offices, including the Extension Office, are open via appointment only. Please email staff members to set up appointments for meetings or if you have questions.
Ethan Cahill – ecahill@arapahoegov.com
Shaylen Florez – sflorez@arapahoegov.com
Claudia Meeks – cmeeks@arapahoegov.com
Jean Walton – jwalton@arapahoegov.com
Updated Club Chartering Information
 
Your club or committee’s chartering documents must be emailed to Jean at jwalton@arapahoegov.com by August 31st. We will then upload your documents into 4HOnline for you.  Leaders need to completely fill out the chartering packet and send it to us. Electronic signatures are acceptable. All document signers must be enrolled and activated in 4HOnline! You do not have to upload the documents in 4HOnline.
 
Please note that ALL clubs MUST use the template the State has provided. No Exceptions. Articles I, IX and X in the club bylaws must match the template word for word or your bylaws will not be accepted. You cannot change, delete or add anything to those articles. For the 2021 - 2022 4-H year, you will not have to resubmit the bylaws if nothing has changed.
 
If your club dissolves, please note that we have to have a statement from the bank showing your club account has been closed and has a zero balance. If your club doesn't have a bank account, just include a note that there was no previous bank account.
We would love to get the ball rolling early so this is not a last-minute project come August. Please engage your club members (virtually) in developing and updating your Annual Plan, Budget, and Financial Review. This is an IRS requirement of all 4-H clubs, committees and other entities. All of us at the county and state level are doing our best to make the process as easy and painless as possible. Thank you for your continued effort and work towards building a strong 4-H program in Arapahoe County. We hope this reminder allows you some time to start to prepare to get this accomplished. Click on the button above to access the chartering documents. We are here to support you, so please let us know if we can help in any way.
Achievement Awards
The deadline for achievement specific awards is Friday, August 28. Please check the website for applications for Danforth Award, Learn By Doing and Make the Best Better. Click on the image to the left to go to the website.
Christmas In August/September! Not July!

The Arapahoe County 4-H Foundation is preparing for the annual Holiday Evergreen sale.

The 4-H Foundation’s annual budget is $36,900.00. In order to meet this budget, it depends upon the Holiday Evergreen sale, donations from Friends of 4-H and other gifts.

Four college scholarships in the amount of $4,000 are given each year. The
4-H Foundation also sponsors the leader/member awards, Tools of the Project for county fair champions and reserve champions and the meal for the Achievement Awards program. It supports training for 4-H members and leaders and picks up contest fees at State 4-H Conference and State Fair and helps promote 4-H.

In order to provide funding for these activities, it relies heavily on the Holiday Evergreen sale and is asking for the support of 4-H clubs and families. The Foundation also reaches out to the public to sell holiday evergreens.
Sale materials will go out to 4-H Club leaders the last week of September. The deadline for orders this year has been extended to Friday, October 30. 4-H Clubs are also asked to send the name of their wreath sale chairperson to Kathy McDaniel, 303-919-2177 or Larrykathy4@aol.com.

We are asking that all 4-H leaders and members help with this fund raiser.
Explore Your World

Are you a youth who likes to be outside? Do you like watching for different animals and exploring? Do you like taking photos? Click on the button below to check out the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Youth Adventure Workbook! You can fill out the workbook to help Arapahoe County Open Spaces be the best they can be!
Jr. Leaders' Council Meeting
Our next Jr. Leaders' Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5 at 7 pm. This meeting will be via Zoom.

We are looking for members 12-18 that want to experience more leadership opportunities and get more involved at the county level. Please email Shaylen Florez @ sflorez@arapahoegov.com for Zoom information.
Annual Organizational Leader Meeting
Our Organizational Leader Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm. This year the mandatory meeting will be via Zoom.

Please email Shaylen Florez @ sflorez@arapahoegov.com for the Zoom information. If you can’t make the meeting for some reason, please arrange for one of your other leaders within the club to be in attendance. 
4-H Achievement Program
We know that many of you are eager to learn more about and/or make reservations for our annual 4-H Achievement Program that is scheduled for Thursday, October 8.

Please be patient as our 4-H team makes a final decision on plans due to COVID-19 and the restrictions that need be followed. When a decision is made we will have information in a separate e-mail or in our next e-newsletter. Pay attention to your emails.

Please note: we are not accepting reservations at this time.
New 4-H Year Enrollment Update
We want to make 4-H families aware that enrollment for the 2020 - 2021
4-H year will not be available until November 1. Our 4-H team just learned this information this week.

Our 4HOnline system is being updated at the State level to 4HOnline v2.0, so that process will take some time.

Please be patient as we get familiar with the new system. Again, enrollment will not be available until November 1
Face to Face Programming Request Policy

We appreciate your patience as we work to continue to offer high quality 4-H programming in Arapahoe County. As of May 16, 2020, CSU Extension has directed that we will continue virtual delivery for a vast majority of our programming. For those activities that are not able to be completed virtually, such as shooting sports practices (with certified shooting sports leaders), horse levels testing, horse practices, dog practices, and livestock clinics, CSU Extension will permit in-person activities that comply with all federal, state, and local regulations and public health guidance. At this time, this does NOT include 4-H club meetings, those will still need to be held virtually at this time. Please email our 4-H staff if you have questions about specific activities.

If you are interested in hosting an event, you must contact Arapahoe County Extension Staff at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event. This will allow for the office to develop a program plan request to be submitted to CSU Extension Administration and State 4-H. All activities must be submitted to CSU Extension administration prior to the event, 4-H staff will work with leaders on the required documentation for these programs. These activities will also adhere to CSU policies in support of public health and safety. Our ultimate goal is to remain relevant, strong partners within our Colorado communities, while also supporting their health and safety.

As part of Arapahoe County Government’s gradual facilities reopening plan, the Arapahoe County CSU Extension Office is now open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. We will not be able to accept walk-in clients at this time. Please email individual 4-H staff members to set up an appointment. Thank you!
4-H Achievement Program Awards Applications
Friday, August 28, 2020

Club Chartering Paperwork DUE
Monday, August 31, 2020
Jr. Leaders' Council Meeting
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 7 p.m.

Organizational Leaders' Meeting
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

4HOnline v2.0 Open
Sunday, November 1, 2020
(303) 730-1920
CSU-Extension@ArapahoeGov.com
6934 S. Lima St., Suite B
Centennial, CO 80112

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