Big Stone County 4-H Clover Update
January 2019 
Here's what's new on the Big Stone County 4-H website this month!
Make plans to attend the January Federation meeting

The next 4-H Federation meeting will be held on January 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Clinton Memorial Building.

Save the Date for Cabela's Fishing on Ice/Fishing Derby

Fishing on Ice will be held on February 9, 2019 at Bonanza Education Center.

Join us for the 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner!

Join us to honor our 4-H adult volunteers on February 2, 2019 at the Clinton Memorial Building.

4-H Ski Day scheduled at Andes Tower Hills

Join us for 4-H Day at Andes Tower Hills - February 3, 2019.

Watch for information coming soon about 2019 Fruit Sales

Our annual fruit sale fundraiser is just around the corner!

Have you applied to be a Regional 4-H Camp Counselor?

Youth in grades 7+ are encouraged to apply to become a 4-H Camp Counselor for the 2019 Regional 4-H Camp scheduled for June 18-20 in Morris.


Check out the new 4-H Agronomy Project Kits!

Do you want help getting started on a fair project related to Agronomy? Sign up for a 4-H Agronomy Kit between January 1 to February 15, 2019!

Mark your calendars for a 4-H Agronomy Day on March 9th!

4-H members in the SW Region: make plans to attend a 4-H Agronomy Day to be held at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN on March 9, 2019!

More 4-H news this month
Plan to join fellow 4-H adult volunteers to network and gain new ideas for helping youth learn through projects. One of our overarching 4-H program goals is that "Youth will learn by developing a passion in their area of interest". To support this goal, we need volunteers to share their interests and lead project learning opportunities to help youth identify and pursue areas of interest. It will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at SMSU in Marshall.

Dairy, general livestock, and horse enthusiasts - mark your calendar! The eighth annual Southwest Animal Science Challenge will be held on Saturday, February 16, at the Wabasso Public School.
 
Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza reflects on our commitment to the safety and engagement of all youth in our state.

Danielle Holmes of Moorhead has received the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than ten years and selected from nominees across the state.

Bob and Laurie Balgeman of Mower County have been chosen as Minnesota's 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteers. The award recognizes volunteers who have spent ten or more years as a 4-H volunteer. They were chosen by a panel of judges from an outstanding list of nominees.

Project bowl season is underway and before a team practices, a couple of items must be in place to provide a safe and supportive environment for youth and adults. These user guides for club leaders and project leaders will help you verify volunteer and youth enrollment.

Winter activities and outings require planning ahead to avoid risk. Ensure 4-H members and volunteers stay safe by following the "keeping youth safe" guidelines and policies.

Volunteers are invited to participate in a project bowl coaches training. Join us on a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 7 - 8:15 p.m. and learn how to work with a bowl team!

Livestock volunteers and youth leaders from across the state are invited to this networking event aimed at enhancing cross-county networks, sharing strategies, improving programming and building relationships. Please join us at the Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River on Jan. 26. Register by Jan. 18.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) regional leadership workshops. BLU is open to youth in grades six and up. Five BLUs will be held at locations across the state - registration deadlines vary by location. Meet youth from across the region and build leadership skills at this event!

Registration for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge is now open! Youth in grades 6 - 12 should register by Friday, Feb. 1. The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a great way to develop communication and problem solving skills and explore careers related to agriculture.

Be a 4-H Scientist! is a new curriculum for adults to engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science exploration. It is available via a free download at  www.4hpolymers.org. Volunteer training will be offered around the state in 2019.
Calendar

Check out all of the  upcoming events in Big Stone County on our website.  The events are in chronological order and can be filtered by subtopic at the top of the web page.

Suzanne Souza | 4-H Program Coordinator | 320-839-6380 | souza004@umn.edu | 
http://www.extension.umn.edu/county/ big-stone

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