July 2019
California 4-H Monthly Newsletter
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2019-2020 4-H Program Fees
Starting July 1, 2019
Starting July 1, 2019, the state enrollment fees will be as follows:

$58 Youth
$24 Adult Volunteers

Counties and clubs may also have a separate fee. 

We believe that 4-H should be accessible to everyone and, therefore, fee waivers are available for qualifying families (contact the local County 4-H Office for more information).
4-H is still relatively inexpensive compared to other youth activities such as youth football or soccer (which start at several hundred dollars a season). And, youth who participate in 4-H are more likely to excel in school, participate and be interested in science, make more healthy choices, contribute to their communities and thrive today and in the future.

For more information on how to enroll, click here for the youth and ad ult volunteer information.  
You don’t have to leave behind your friends and experiences of 4-H when you graduate. Join the #4HGrown alumni community!

Alumni and Friends Night Out
Friday, July 19, 2019
4:45 pm  Networking and dinner at Osteria Fasulo, Davis, CA
7:00 pm-9:00 pm  State Leadership Conference kick-off and Ice Cream Social

Join us for 3-courses of gourmet Italian cuisine and relax with a beverage as we reminisce and share stories with fellow 4-H alumni and friends. After dinner, we will move over to UC Davis campus and join 4-H youth from all over California as they kick off this year’s State Leadership Conference. Cap the evening off with a frosty scoop of ice cream as you mix and mingle with 4-H SLC participants.

RSVP by July 12 at ucanr.edu/nightout

Dinner & Registration $35*
  • includes complimentary parking passes for UC Davis campus

*This cost is generously subsidized by the California 4-H Foundation
We need more Chaperones and Program Assistants
We had an influx of registrations come in on the last day and we have almost 300 people signed up for SLC!

We need 5 more Program Assistants and 6 more chaperones to make this a great event for everyone. Please spread the word to your friends and contacts to help at this awesome event!

2019 State Leadership Conference
July 18-21, 2019
UC Davis
PAs and chaperones
PAs and Chaperones do not pay for lodging and meals.
Travel to and from the conference and any incidentals are the responsibility of the individual.
California 4-H Grown blog
Persistence in California Fire Recovery

Author: Donovan Hill Author: Kathleen Mowdy Published on: June 11, 2019 Disturbance. In ecological terms, when a wildfire rages across wild lands, there is a disturbance - a change in the environmental conditions that disrupts the functioning of...

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eXtension Online Course Updates
eXtension is a national learning management system which is accessible to all people associated with Cooperative Extension. Users can access online course created by 4-H, Master Food Preservers, Master Gardeners, and other Extension departments. Some courses are free, and others are offered for a fee. 

Courses created by the California 4-H Youth Development Program are offered at no cost to 4-H members, volunteers, and staff and may be accessed from our Learning and Development webpage.

Below are some of the new courses that are being offered through the eXtension system:
The Overnight Chaperone Essentials course highlights key aspects of the role of every overnight chaperone in their work with youth. This course is meant to compliment event specific trainings held by the County Extension office or the Event Leader/Director
The Civic Engagement Officer Training will explore the roles and responsibilities of a 4-H Civic Engagement Officer
2019-20 Appointment/Re-Appointment 
Online Courses Are Open
To meet the requirements of USDA, University of California, and the 4-H Youth Development Program, volunteers are required to participate in yearly trainings related to positive youth development, cultural competency, and 4-H policy. 

The required trainings can be completed in one of three ways:

1. eXtension LMS - Create or login to your eXtension account and take the course at your own pace.

2. Statewide Webinar - Register and participate in one of the statewide webinars offered between July and December 2019. Schedule of Statewide Webinars

3. Countywide In-person - Contact your county office to see if they will be offering an in-person training for the new or returning volunteer courses.  
e4: The Volunteer Retreat
e4: The Volunteer Retreat
November 8-10, 2019
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA

The retreat for Volunteers!

Sign up today and:

  1. ENGAGE – connect with other volunteers who work with youth
  2. ENERGIZE – strengthen your positive youth development skills
  3. EQUIP – gain resources from booth exhibits and the Project Skills Showcase
  4. EMPOWER – share and learn new skills and ways to work with youth
Join the Volunteer Retreat mailing list to stay updated on this new conference!
Reserve your space
Book your stay at Asilomar by September 9th to get the discounted package, which includes lodging, parking, and all meals (starting with dinner the day you arrive through lunch on the day of departure).
Submit a proposal
EMPOWER attendees with new skills to work with youth

The Volunteer Retreat education team is now accepting proposals for innovative, timely and dynamic educational sessions.

The goal is to provide quality education sessions with take-home strategies which will ENGAGE, ENERGIZE,EQUIP and EMPOWER participant in their volunteer roles.

EQUIP attendees with new resources and skills at the Project Skills Showcase!

The Showcase is designed to share project ideas and resources with all of the attendees at the retreat, not just those who sign up for their workshop.

You can stop at different booths to for hands-on learning so you can share it with the youth you work with. 

State Fashion Revue
The State Fashion Revue committee congratulates all 2019 participants in county and state fashion revues. 
Thank you for making hundreds and hundreds of the braided pet toys for dogs and cats in your local animal shelters. 

The contributions of handmade Fidget Mats for Alzheimer's patients were labors of love and will be much appreciated by their caretakers and families. 
Braiding a dog toy
Vintage style
Making dog toys
After reviewing all the suggestions, we are excited to announce the
2020 Fashion Revue categories and service projects! 
The returning categories with no changes are:
  • Traditional (open to sewing project members) 
  • Consumer Science Purchased $40 limit (open to all 4-H members)

  • The Retro/Historical has been renamed the Vintage Challenge, open to sewing project members. Did you know there was recently a huge release online of free vintage patterns? 

  • The Box Challenge returns with different fabric and items in the Box, open to sewing project members. 

  • The fifth category is a nod to all those who wanted a costume category, The Cosplay Challenge. It is open to all 4-H members.
2020 Service Projects
The 2020 service projects are:
  • Adult bibs for care home patients
  • A simple-to-sew pouch for personal care items made from a small towel, to distribute to homeless shelters.

These were selected from all the suggestions based on cost of materials, construction suitable for beginning sewers, and meeting local needs. 

For all the details about the 2020 SFR categories and service projects, go to the State Fashion Revue event page .

You can also view the 2019 SFR and Skillathon results.

If you would like to join the 2020 SFR Committee, please contact maryengebreth@comcast.net or 2moores.sue@gmail.com .

Happy Sewing!
National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Invitational Shoot
July 30-August 1, 2019
Winton, Ca
The 2019 National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Invitational Shoot will be held July 30 - August 1, 2019.

The event will take place in Winton, California in Merced County which is located in the center of the state. The facility hosting the event is the Safety First Shooting Association/River Oaks Firearms Training Center.

Information about the conference and agenda is at the 4-H Western Heritage Project website.

Registration ends July 17, Don't miss out!
Read more about what this event is like from this California 4-H Grown blog post from 2017:
California 4-H Western Heritage team goes to Montana

This year, for the first time ever, a 4-H Western Heritage team from California attended the National 4-H Western Heritage Conference and Championship Shoot, ...

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National 4-H Shooting Sports logo
4-H Shooting Sports National Championships
June 21-26, 2020
Grand Island, Nebraska
Online applications are now being accepted for the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Applications are due online by October 1, 2019. See the application and a list of expectations of potential California 4-H members wishing to participate in the event.

After October 1, a panel composed of members from the State 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Committee reviews the applications and makes the selections of those who will attend the event.

Applicants are notified if they have been selected by the end of October.

Applications are due months in advance of the event to allow individuals or teams the opportunity to fundraise to help defray travel costs.

Scholarships and Awards
2019 Golden Clover Awards

Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff and groups within the 4-H Youth Development Program. Now accepting nominations for awards. Applications are due on August 11 th  !

Find more information, please see the Golden Clover Awards page  
2019 4-H Higher Education Scholarships
Applications for 2019 Higher Education Scholarships administered by the state 4-H office are now available!
Applications are due August 11 th . Make sure you get your application in!

Diamond Clover Awards
The California Diamond Clover is the highest achievement for which a 4-H youth member and young adult volunteers are recognized. 
All youth members and young adult volunteer who achieve the requirements are eligible to receive this award. 

Awardees receive the California Diamond Clover Pin or Necklace Charm, a certificate and a recognition letter from the 4-H Statewide Director. 

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications are reviewed by the 4-H Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee and awarded quarterly. 

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