January 27
Buckle Series

January 28
Horse Steering

January 31
Sheep and Market Goat Information Session

February 2
Swine Training

February 4
Youth and Leader Council Meetings

February 6
Ambassador Training

February 7
Horse Member Meeting

February 8
Livestock Judging Chilli and Dessert Dinner;
Creative Cooks Deadline

February 8-10
Youth Fest

February 12
Time to Honor Mary Baldwin

February 12
Shooting Sports Advisory Committee

February 15
Exchange Spaghetti Dinner

March 2
Beef Weigh-in

Inspire the 4-H members – We Need Leaders
We have several dates held for project workshops. We would love to have a workshop or two on record books, computers, rocketry, public speaking, leather-craft or any other projects that members show an interest. We can plan more than one project a night.

If you are a leader that is interested in hosting a project workshop, please contact the Extension Office.
Webpage updates
Project and Club Lists have been updated on the Douglas County Extension Webpage.
Enrollment Information
Youth Council
Poultry Bulk Order
Douglas County Youth Council will be facilitating a bulk order for Market Turkeys, Market Chickens and Peking Ducks for our members.
Deadline is February 8, 2019 for orders and money to be received at the Extension Office.
Douglas County Show Chick Order
This spring several poultry families are coming together to bulk order show chicks from a high quality hatchery. You are invited to partake in this order of chicks so that you can buy fewer, higher quality chicks at a reduced price. This is not just for 4-H show birds. If you are interested in buying replacement hens or even heritage turkeys or know someone who is interested, you might think about participating. 
Sheep and Market Goat Info Session
Thursday, January 31st 6:00 PM
CSU Extension Office basement
Come learn about the sheep and market goat projects!

RSVP by January 28 to Claudia (claudia.meeks@colostate.edu)
4-H 102
Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 PM at Kirk Hall.
The meeting we will cover various 4-H projects.

We are in need of volunteers, parents, and/or older 4-H members who can talk to families about our 4-H projects. Our plan is to set up tables throughout Kirk Hall where leaders/4-H members can talk to families and answer project related questions. We would like to have as many projects represented as possible and to have example record books and project boards available for families to look over. This session will be very informal, we want to encourage families to visit each table to find out more about what each project entails.  If you are interested in assisting us with this meeting, please email Claudia ( claudia.meeks@colostate.edu ) with which project(s) you would be willing to represent.
Douglas County 4-H/Open Buckle Series Horse Shows
To any interested horse program members and leaders.
Show Dates: January 27 (indoor); February 24 (indoor), April 28 (outdoor), June 1 (indoor), June 16 (outdoor)
All shows are held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104
2019 Creative Cooks Contest
Saturday, March 16th
8:00 am (contest will begin at 9 am)
Douglas County Fairgrounds
Kirk Hall
Registration forms due to Douglas County Extension Office by February 8th
(late entries will not be accepted)
Any 4-H’er may participate, including Cloverbuds, in the Creative Cooks Contest. You do not have to be enrolled in a foods’ unit to participate. You may enter as an individual, club, or a team (a team consists of 2). The contest is just what it says- “Creative.” Think of a creative theme and carry it throughout your entry. You’ll need to prepare one of the foods in your menu, two foods for a team, and multiple foods for a club. Champions in each age division are eligible for competition at the state fair, except in the club division.
If you have any questions please contact Tina at the Extension Office.
Horse Member Meeting
February 7th - 6:30 PM Kirk Hall
Required for all new horse members and leaders to attend. We strongly encourage ALL horse members and leaders to attend as we will cover important horse program updates. 
Horse Steering Committee Meetings

Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 PM at the CSU Extension basement. All parents and members are welcome.
The Horse Steering Committee does
exactly what the name suggests: “steers” the 4-H horse program in Douglas County as we seek to improve the program and provide more opportunities to our horse kids. There are no qualifications or nominations; you simply show up and
provide your input. If you have ideas, suggestions or changes you would like to
see, please plan to join us this year.
On this snowy day, think and ponder about the Douglas County Youth Awards!
Please nominate a student and pass along to others!  The Youth Award recognizes teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 who have overcome personal adversity and created positive change in their lives. The Youth Awards focus on teenagers who have triumphed over great odds and serve as inspirations and role models. If you know young people who would be good candidates for the Youth Award, please help us identify them by completing the nomination form, link is below.
Dr. Tucker, DCSD Superintendent will be on hand as our featured speaker and to congratulate our 10 Outstanding Youth!
Nomination forms are due by: March 29, 2019
The reception honoring our award winners is: April 29, 2019

Two More 4-H Projects (full of life skills) to Consider
Please call our office for an appointment if you have special needs that our staff needs to help you with. Oftentimes our staff is involved in meetings or workshops and are unavailable. Making an appointment may save you a trip to our office. Thanks for your consideration.
Claudia Meeks - 4-H Agent
Tina O'Bryan - 4-H Program Coordinator
MEMBER ACCOMMODATIONS: If your child is a member who will need accommodations at any 4-H event, please make an appointment with our office to discuss his/her individual needs. Any accommodation must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the event. A verifying letter from a
parent or guardian may be required before any accommodation is provided.
Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.