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January 2018
Happy New Year to you and your family! We have a LOT of news to start out the new year with a bang!
Volunteers can get help completing online training
All 4-H adult volunteers are required to complete online training courses in order to volunteer with 4-H youth. To further assist volunteers to complete the required trainings by February 28, 2018 we are offering webinars using Zoom, an online system that allows video conferencing. We will offer multiple Zoom-based courses in mid/late January and February that will be delivered and administered from the State 4-H Office. 

Participants need to INDIVIDUALLY pre-register online at least 1 day prior to the desired training date using the links for the session. Participants must stay on the webinar for the entire session in order to complete the training.

Save 15% at JOANN and support 4-H at the same time
JOANN is supporting 4-H with a rewards "card" that gives holders 15% off their total in-store and online purchases!

A minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction is donated to 4-H.

Two ways to sign up:
1.    Sign up online at
2.    Download the free JOANN app on your mobile device. Go to "More" and select "Loyalty Programs".
Ready, Set, Go! Plan your Color Me Green 5K runs!
If you haven’t already started, NOW is the time to plan your Color Me Green 5K Runs for March. Planning resources available on our Color Me Green 5K Run page :

If you have your event scheduled, please submit the information. We can support you in promoting your event:
  • Add your event to the state 4-H Events calendar
  • Promote your event on the State 4-H social media accounts for you.
CALLING ALL YOUTH AND ADULT VOLUNTEER LEADERS: Don't miss the Western Region Leaders' Forum
It's our turn to host the Western Region Leaders' Forum (WRLF). This hosting opportunity only comes around once every 13 years!

This is your chance to meet, share, and learn with volunteer youth and adult leaders from the entire Western Region: 12 states, plus Alberta, Canada!

Registration is now open - don't miss the Early Bird pricing, only available until January 15.
2018 Western Region Leaders' Forum (WRLF)
March 1 - 4, 2018
San Diego Mission Valley Crown Plaza, San Diego, CA
Deadline extended for Washington Focus trips
Because of delays in opening the registration, we have extended the deadlines for the Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus trips, as well as for chaperone applications.

State Field Day Updates
State Field Day is our largest event that involves the whole family! Start planning to attend this full day of competitions and hands-on activities.

New Competitions!
We have 3 new contests this year:
  1. STEM Egg Drop Challenge (see below)
  2. STEM Robotics
  3. Promotional Advertising

Contest Updates
State Presentation Day

Interview Contest - 2018 Job Descriptions
2018 State Field Day
June 2, 2018
UC Davis campus
State Field Day Planning Team
WE NEED YOU! Join the State Field Day Planning Team! Applications are now open and will close January 31, 2018. The selected team will be notified in early February.

What will the team do?
  • Assist with coordinating the many contests that take place at State Field Day – Presentation Day, Entomology Contest, Judging Contest, Interview Contest, Plant Science Contest, and much more!
  • Help with logistics, communication, set up, and coordinating new exhibit booths and activities!
  • Become an expert on the event and share what’s going on with your local programs.
  • Work with a team to plan a statewide event
  • Meet new friends and connect with others from across the state

  • Currently enrolled in 4-H as a Teen Leader or Adult Volunteer
  • Available for virtual monthly planning meetings (February-May)
  • Participation in all planning team conference calls, once a month Feb-May (more conference calls may be scheduled)
  • Attendance at State Field Day on June 2, 2018

Apply now at:
Survey closes January 31, 2018

Questions? Contact DeAnn Tenhunfeld at
STEM Activity: Practice for the Egg Drop Challenge
Start practicing for the Egg Drop Challenge at State Field Day ! In this activity, youth will have the chance to design and engineer a structure to hold and protect the egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height. Using limited materials, such as straws, tape and other household objects, youth will learn about physics and engineering. 
For more information, please see the site.
STEM events from January to March 2018
For a list of family Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) events in California for the months of January, February, and March, please click here . These are great opportunities for 4-H parents, volunteers, and youth to participate and get excited about STEM! They can be an opportunity for STEM field trips for STEM-based projects and programs. You can also find this list on the CA 4-H STEM home page .
Growing the Maker Movement in California 4-H
Read the post by the teen leaders of the Computer Science Pathway project (sponsored by Google). They recently attended the National Youth Maker Summit and look forward to sharing what they learned!

Infographic: Animal Science IS STEM Education
This infographic was created by the 2016-17 California 4-H Animal Science Advisory Committee. You can also see a copy of this on our Animal Science page .
Get certified as a 4-H Shooting Sports Rifle Trainer
4-H Shooting Sports Workshop-Rifle Discipline
Bakersfield, CA
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held at the UC Cooperative Extension Office, 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield. Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a rifle trainer and can lead a rifle project at the club level or serve as county trainer to certify other leaders. There is no cost for the course. Teen leaders (high school aged youth) are eligible to participate in this course as well. To register for the course or receive more information, contact John Borba at    
Hey-Hay! Save the date for 4-H Equine Field Day
California 4-H Equine Field Day
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Modesto Junior College, ACE Pavilion, Modesto

The California 4-H Equine Field Day is for all horse lovers - even if you don't own a horse! Workshop sessions include gymkhana, showmanship, lameness, mini horses, driving, horsemanship, and educational contests.

Download and share our Save the Date flyer below and mark it on your calendars! Registration will be open soon.
JOANN Paper Clover Campaign
The whole month of February , $1 and $4 clovers will be sold at the register in JOANN stores nationwide.

  • The $4 clovers include a coupon for $4 off their next purchase.

  • Clovers will not be displayed in-store but include a craft idea for customers to take home.

  • California will receive 70% of the funds raised! The California 4-H Foundation will distribute the funds to local counties. More information coming soon on how the funds will be distributed.

Marketing images and a social media toolkit will be on our Branding Toolkit page soon.
JOANN / 4-H In-store Service Project
Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11am - 2pm

Local 4-H programs will partner with their JOANN's store to hand-make Valentine's Day cards. Supplies and space will be provided by each JOANN store.

Role of 4-H clubs and members:
  1. Choose a recipient organization to receive the cards (e.g., nursing home, children's hospital, veterans home, etc.)
  2. Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors to join in on February 3rd to make cards for the recipient organization.
  3. Participate in the card making on February 3rd in the store.
  4. Deliver the finished cards to the recipient organization.
  5. Share photos of your event and delivery on social media, and tag us at California 4-H!

Save the date and start planning your project to spread caring with those in need!
Shop 4-H for California!
Thanks to the California 4-H Foundation, we are now signed up for an affiliate program with Shop 4-H, the National 4-H shopping site. Items include t-shirts, curriculum, incentive items and more.

When you purchase anything using our link , 5% of your purchase will be returned to California 4-H!
We will be adding this logo with the link to our state website and will also share it on social media. Please inform members and volunteers to use our link when ordering from Shop 4-H.
Job Openings:
State 4-H Office: 4-H Data Systems Analyst
Under the general supervision of the Statewide 4-H Director, provides professional database concepts, resolves procedural and technical issues of the 4hOnline enrollment system, working in collaboration with the 4-H program staff in 57 counties and the statewide office as well as with volunteers in leadership roles across the state. Provides research and applies IT procedures and practices to the CA 4-H enrollment system in the context of UC 4-H policies and procedures. 
To apply for this position, go to:
Ventura County: 4-H Education Specialist II
Percentage of Time: 50% (20 hours/week)
The Community Education Specialist II will perform a full range of 4-H program implementation duties. Incumbent will work with local and state ANR staff, 4-H volunteers and 4-H Council to facilitate delivery of the program county-wide through a combination of direct education and adult volunteer management. This includes training, guiding, and supporting volunteers with education information and resources. Additionally, includes program evaluation, data collection and report writing.
Give to Grow 4-H

100% of your donation to the California 4-H Foundation goes toward strengthening 4-H youth development programs in local counties.