Anson County 4-H
Newsletter
April 2021
NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference
On February 5th through February 6th, 4-H Volunteers from across North Carolina participated in the Annual Volunteer Leaders Conference where volunteers had the opportunity to learn at workshops, share ideas, and be recognized for their efforts toward 4-H programming.
The 2021 theme for the conference was: 4-H Volunteers: Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges and was held virtually over Zoom. Anson County had eight Volunteer Leaders to attend, along with the Anson County 4-H Agent. Anson County Volunteer Leaders who attended were Pearl Blount, Ashley Cole, Hannah Dunlap, Betty Garris, Carrissima Martin, Ada Moore, Debra Ratliff, ad Leslie Smith. Throughout the conference, volunteers had the opportunity to attend workshops on youth development, 4-H curriculum, stress, cooking/healthy living, and much more. On Saturday, the conference concluded after an awards ceremony, the business meeting, and officer installations.
Achievement Night
On Tuesday, March 23rd, Anson County 4-H hosted its 4-H Achievement Night and Volunteer Leaders Appreciation Ceremony. The event was hosted virtually. The purpose of Achievement Night is to honor and recognize Anson County 4-H’ers, 4-H Volunteer Leaders for their accomplishments from the previous year. The event also recognizes Volunteer Leaders who have given their time and efforts to assist with 4-H programs. Youth and adults were recognized and received certificates and ribbons for their accomplishments.
Several, well deserving 4-H’ers earned scholarships for the effort and hard work they put into their club project work. These scholarships are funded through program fundraising efforts and will be used toward 4-H trips, camps, and 4-H project area supplies.
The 2020 Cloverbud (5-7) project participant was Zoë Martin. The Junior Division (8-10) project winner was Andrew Martin. The Senior Division (14-18) project winners were LaMaia Smith-Maxwell and Cameron Tillman. Quenton Cromartie and Keyshawn Tillman submitted portfolios which are three years of project work in one specific project area. The 2020 Junior Division (8-10) presentation winner was Amelia Poplin. The Senior Division (14-18) presentation winners were Quenton Cromartie and Keyshawn Tillman. The 2020 Cloverbud (5-7) livestock presentation participant was EB Carpenter. The Intermediate Division (11-13) livestock presentation winner was Maddie Carpenter. The Senior Division (14-18) livestock presentation winner was Lynlee Martin. NC 4-H hosted a Virtual Craft Fair and Amelia Poplin placed in two separate categories.
The Anson County 4-H Volunteer Leaders were recognized for their years of devoted service to the 4-H program. They were: 1st year Volunteer Leaders D’ette Maxwell and Raven Spencer, Ashley Cole and Justin Jones 2 years, Leslie Smith 5 years, Natasha Duncan 11 years, Carrissima Martin 11 years, Debra Ratliff 15 years, Addie Richardson 15 years, Hannah Dunlap 20 years, Kim Bennett 29 years, Ada Moore 33 years, Betty Garris 37 years, and Pearl Blount 38 years. Each Leader was given a certificate.  Three community clubs were recognized for renewing all of their paperwork to receive their charter seals. Those clubs receiving charter seals were Eager Beavers 4-H Club, RoboWolves 4-H Club, and Busy Bees 4-H Club.
The evening was capped off with the recognition of the 2020 4-H Leaders Association Officers: Ashley Cole- President, Leslie Smith- Vice President, Pearl Blount-Secretary, and Hannah Dunlap- Treasurer. All of the officers were gracious enough to resume another term in their current officer roles.
Clover Crawl is a highly anticipated event that mixes socialization, good food, and good music to accompany the annual Anson County 4-H fundraiser. Unfortunately, a social gathering was not feasible this year. To preserve the festivity and spirit associated with Clover Crawl, the 4-H Clover Crawl Social was postponed until 2022. This year's event was replaced with a 4-H Fundraising Campaign and auction. Items being auctioned included a basket of local wines, a Four Branches Shooting Preserve gift certificate, and two tickets for the 2022 4-H Clover Crawl Social! Funds raised during our 2021 4-H Fundraiser Campaign will be used to support on-going 4-H programs in the county.
 
If you would like to support the 4-H Fundraiser Campaign, checks can be made payable to Anson County 4-H, PO Box 633, Wadesboro, NC 28170. 
 2021 Talent, Creative Talent and Fashion Show

Please mark your calendars for the 2021 Fashion Revue, Talent and Creative Talent Show. The deadline for submissions for this event is Tuesday, April 27th. For the more information please see the attached letter and links to the entry forms.


County Presentation Night

County Presentations will be held on Tuesday, April 27th. This event will, again, consist of video submissions due to precautions concerning COVID-19. Youth will be required to submit a pre-recorded video that is recorded in one take. This is to ensure there in no editing or slicing to combine only the best parts. For the letter and more information please go to the link below.

District Activity Day
This day is an opportunity for youth to showcase their presentation skills in front of a group of judges. Youth who win gold or silver medal at District Activity Day will advance to compete at the state level at NC State University. Rowan County is hosting this year and the date will be Friday, May 28th. I will send out more information as I get more details.
Summer Programs
Anson County 4-H is tentatively offering a Summer Day Camp June 8-10; July 6-8; July 13-15 and Aug. 2-6. These are tentative dates. 4-H Summer Camp will reflect federal, state, and local government safety protocol, guidelines, and best practices concerning COVID. As a result, youth ages, cost, program delivery, and the total number of participants may vary from previous years. Youth can use their scholarship to attend. Flyers and brochures will go out soon with more details.
NC 4-H Citizenship Focus
During Citizenship Focus, NC 4-H’ers learn about youth voice and citizenship in action. This event will take place June 14-16. As I receive more details I will send out
NC 4-H Electric Congress
This is an informal hands-on youth program where youth learn about the fundamentals of electricity, renewable energy technologies, and energy conservation. This event will be on July 13-15. Forms will go out as soon as I receive them.
NC 4-H Congress
4-H Congress is an educational opportunity for youth to learn about current issues through educational experiences with speakers, discussion groups, and workshops. Youth are also provided the opportunity to develop and exercise leadership skills, and enjoy recreational and social experiences with other 4-H youth.  NC 4-H Congress will be on July 19-20. As I receive more details I will send out.
Anson County 4-H’s Response to the COVID 19 Pandemic
Anson County 4-H will continue to adhere to the executive orders and instructions of the federal, state, and local government in response to COVID 19 pandemic. As restrictions ease and we are able to resume traditional and in-person 4-H programming we will do so with caution. As a result, all on-going dates are tentative and subject to change.
Staying Engaged and Safe
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to follow Anson County 4-H on Facebook where updates and educational opportunities will be posted regularly. I will further encourage you to practice all safety precautions as advised by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at cdc.gov.
Calendar of Events

April 27 - County Presentation, Fashion Revue
     Talent and Creative Talent Shows at 6pm
Apr. 29-May 10 -    Spring Paper Clover Campaign
May 28 -       District Activity Day, Virtual
June 14-16 -  NC 4-H Citizenship Focus, Virtual
July 13-15 - NC 4-H Electric Congress
July 19-20 - NC 4-H Congress
For more information on the 4-H program in Anson County, contact Samuel Cole, 4-H Agent with the Cooperative Extension Service at 704-694-2915.