• 20: Martin Luther King Day (Holiday; UCCE closed)
  • 23: ChickenQue Representative Mtg. 6:30 (YAL)

  • 1: County 4-H Presentation Day (YAL)
  • 4 @ 7pm: County Council Meeting (YAL) - All 4-H volunteer leaders & 4-H members 9th grade and older are eligible to attend and vote
  • 8: Youth Ag. and Animal Science Day
  • 15: YAL grants Due
  • 17: Presidents’ Day (Holiday; UCCE closed)
  • 21: "Cash For College Night", YAL Center
  • 22: "Career Success Workshop", YAL Center
  • 27: ChickenQue Representative Mtg. 6:30 (YAL)

  • 3 @ 7pm: County Council Meeting (YAL) - All 4-H volunteer leaders & 4-H members 9th grade and older are eligible to attend and vote
  • 6-7: UC Davis Field Day
  • 9: Fashion Revue Online Participant form Due
  • 13: YAL Scholarship Application Due  
  • 26: ChickenQue Representative Mtg. 6:30pm (YAL)
From the 4-H Office & 4-H Council
4-H Council President
Hello Sonoma County 4-H,
Can I just say, 4-H is amazing! Thanks for being a part of an amazing group of youth and adult volunteers. Our youth continue to push the boundaries of creativity, leadership and community service. In the last month our youth gave over 1000 lbs of food, made 450 sandwiches for the homeless, delivered over 200 items to the local animal shelters, provided over 100 gifts to local people, volunteered to feed at over 200 people at local shelters that serve hot meals and a group sewed pockets for suffering animals in Australia due to the fires. That is just a few of the ways that I have seen or heard about. Our youth are changing our community, our country and our world. Have you shared with others why our youth are so amazing? brag a little and bring new youth to the best organization! On to a great 2020,
Naomi Edwards  
Recruiting a 4-H Administrative Aide, due January 27
University of California Cooperative Extension is looking for an energetic and detail-oriented 4-H Administrative Aide to support Sonoma County 4-H Youth Programs!

Starting salary up to $31.98/hour ($66,746/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, plus an additional $1.15/Hour bilingual premium, and a competitive total compensation package!

This position provides administrative support for a variety of programs, including the 4-H youth development and University of California Master Gardener programs.

4-H All Star Ambassadors
Redwood Empire Food Bank
When: Saturday, February 15th from 9am-12pm
Where: 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Use the above link to complete a profile for each volunteer. Use same link to register
If under 18: Bring Liability waiver signed by guardian (can be found on website)
Questions? Email Bailey Glashan at:
4-H ChickenQue and Open House
Chicken Que is an open house to introduce the 4-H program to members of our community, as well as a significant fundraiser for the Sonoma County 4-H. In the past 5 years, the event has raised over $90,000 that goes directly to programs and projects. For 58 years, 4-H members and their families from all over the county have come together, rain or shine, to host the largest single day chicken BBQ west of the Mississippi! Our 4-H Clubs host interactive booths featuring the many projects their members are involved with. Please come out and be part of this wonderful event, enjoy good company and a good meal! Fun for the whole family!

Date: Sunday May 3rd, 2020
Meal Tickets $15
Tickets will be sold starting February 1st. ONLINE CREDIT CARD PURCHASE AVAILABLE

All youth and adult members are encouraged to submit a poster for the poster contest!
Attention 2020 ChickenQue Reps
First, thank you to everyone who has stepped up to be a ChickenQue Rep for their club. We couldn’t do it without you! The ChickenQue committee is busily planning for the 59th Annual 4-H Open House and Chicken BBQ on May 3, 2020. We are excited and eager to share some positive changes and always welcome your suggestions. The t-shirt drawing contest flyer and poster contest flyer are available on the website. Please encourage your members to participate. The other flyers will be available soon and a packet will be given at the January CQ Rep meeting. Mark your calendars as the rep meetings are quickly approaching! Each club is required to send a rep to these meetings. Our goal is to make them quick and informative:
  • January 23, 6:30pm at the YAL Center
  • February 27, 6:30pm at the YAL Center
  • March 26, 6:30pm at the YAL Center
  • April 23, 6:30pm at the YAL Center

If you have any questions, please contact Leah Maus OR Nell Western
Poultry News
Cloverdale Citrus Fair UPDATE
Due to the current outbreak of virulent Newcastle disease in California, there will not be a live bird show at the Citrus Fair this year. However, poultry showmanship and egg classes will continue on Saturday, February 15th along with poultry proficiency demonstrations. Showmanship exhibitors will be eligible to qualify for Round Robin and State Fair.  Make sure to get your entries in soon! All small animal entries are due Friday, January 24th. Rules and entry forms can be found at .
Get your YQCA Certification completed!  A YQCA Certification course will be held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm in the Tea Room. Sign up at
We hope to see you at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, Februa ry 14-17, 2020!
State & National 4-H Updates
4-H Leadership Summit, January 25, Davis
Join your fellow 4-H volunteers (including teens 14+), parents & staff in a day of learning, training and engagement. There will be sessions on the following topics:
  • Finding your SPARK in service
  • Engaging & Organized Club Meetings
  • Connecting with your local Veterinarian
  • Effective Teamwork w/Different Leadership Styles
  • Connecting with Special Needs 4-H Youth
  • Fun Project Meetings
State 4-H Field Day: May 30
The California 4-H State Field Day is the largest educational event for California 4-H youth members and adult 4-H volunteers. The event is intended to provide a culminating experience in public speaking, textiles, plant sciences, photography, interview skills, and entomology. This family-friendly event is for all ages to participate.  Link here.
State Community Service Project
Fashion Revue Workshop

Everyone created 35 kits on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the YAL Center. These kits were Personal Care Kits for homeless and displaced persons. For more information about this service project see .

Did you know that Fashion Revue is not only for members that sew?
The Sonoma County Fashion Revue has many categories that do not require sewing! Do you create cosplay outfits? Do you like to make things out of duct tape ? Do you crochet or knit ? Do you create jewelry ? Do you like to shop for good deals on an outfit? Can you create with leather ? Do you like to personalize and embellish the clothing you buy? There is probably a category in Fashion Revue where you can show off your style and creativity!
The 2020 Fashion Revue will be April 4 . The entry categories are: Accessories, Bag Challenge, Embellished, Textile, Box Challenge, Consumer Science Purchased ($40 Limit), Cosplay Challenge, Traditional, and Vintage Challenge. The only categories that require membership in a Sewing Project are Traditional, Box, and Vintage. All other categories are open to all 4-H members.
For a full description of the categories and more information about Fashion Revue, see the County & State websites:
Sonoma County Fashion Revue:
California State Fashion Revue:

Pouch Makers and their Extraordinary Animal Pouches that are being mailed to Australia
We made Flannel pouches to help baby and recovering animals displaced from the wild fires in Australia. I love marsupials and was so excited to help. I have learned to sew in 4-H and I am happy I get to help another continent! I am also making bat wraps for bats. They are little blankets with pillows that keep the bats warm and safe. Liberty E. Wild Oak 4-h
Save the Date: Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration, January 17-21, 2021
National 4-H will be hosting a Citizenship Washington Focus: Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. The California 4-H State office is responsible for organizing the California 4-H delegation. Costs, space available and other details will be announced once we secure our reservation. Please contact Jenna Colburn if you have any questions.
Registration open for the
Youth Agriculture and Animal Science Field Day 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8:30am - 12:00pm
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center, Petaluma
$5 per person, register by February 1
For youth (aged 9 and older) and adults
Learn about the client-veterinarian relationship, promoting agriculture, backyard poultry, career opportunities, working landscapes, science of wildland fire, and animal welfare practices.
Keynote address by Temple Grandin
Washington Focus 2020 Registrations are now open!
Registrations for the 2020 Washington Focus trips are now open. Dates, costs, and links to more information and registration are listed below. 
Taking applications for Washington Focus Chaperones
Want to make a difference in the life of a CA 4-H'er? Apply to be a chaperone for either the Citizenship or Leadership Washington Focus Trip. For more information on the requirements and how to apply please see the Chaperone Information page under Events
 (AGES 15-19*)
Citizenship Washington Focus 
(Conference Only)
** June 25-July 4, 2020
Citizenship Washington Focus
(Conference + Extended Trip)
** June 25-July 7, 2020
Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, Citizenship Washington Focus gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders. The extended trip includes more educational opportunities in Gettysburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD. 
* Delegates must be at least 15 years of age by time of travel.

**This trip will begin at the California 4-H State Office in Davis, CA.
 (AGES 12-14*)
July 26-July 31, 2020
Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, Leadership Washington Focus is a 5-day trip is packed with educational adventure as participants tour our nation’s Capital and learn life-changing leadership skills in a conference setting. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.
* Delegates must be at least 12 years of age by time of travel.
National Youth Science Day
You can still do the National Youth Science Day project, Game Changers , throughout the year. And don't forget to log your event on our map!
Think Outside...No Box Required!
2020 California 4-H Camping Conference
April 3 - 5, 2020
Sly Park Environmental Center
Registration for the 2020 California 4-H Camping Conference— Think Outside…No Box Required — is now open! The weekend event takes place April 3-5 at Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines, about an hour east of Sacramento. The conference is designed for teens and adults who plan and run camp programs and are eager to learn and connect with others who share a passion for outdoor living and learning.
The conference fee is $190 and includes workshops and all program materials, lodging, and meals. Archery Certification is an additional $35. Register by February 14 and receive the early bird discount rate of $160.
Questions? Contact Nate Caeton at or Marianne Bird at .  
National Youth Summit Series - Registrations Open
National 4-H Conference Center brings together inspired 9-12th graders for our National Youth Summits, where they'll participate in STEM, Agri-Science, Healthy Living, or Photography programs! 
Healthy Living - February 13-16, 2020 
Photography - February 26 - March 1, 2020
Save the Date
Horse/Equine Events
State Horse Education Clinic
February 8, 2020
Modesto Junior College, 9am to 3:30 pm
State Equine Education Contests
April 25-26, 2020
Modesto Junior College
State 4-H Horse Classic
June 25-30, 2020
Brookside Equestrian Center, Elk Grove
Community Requests
A SANTA ROSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR 4-H STUDENTS who are interested in sharing their love for their farm animals, and can explain ways they help earn money. Lincoln Elementary School has 300+ students that will be participating in a ‘Read to Feed’ fundraiser for the Heifer Project; an organization that purchases farm animals to help feed and train families in poverty throughout the world. Since many of our students are also from low income families and have never seen live farm animals, we are very interested in making this project more real to them, with a visit or presentation from 4H students, who would be willing to their animals, and explain ways the animals can help families earn needed income. Students in each of our classes will attempt to raise enough money to donate chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats, and calves. If you would be interested in hearing more about our plans, and your students would be available to share during school hours, we would love to hear from you. Please call or text Vicki Fenske, the organizing teacher, at (707) 799-3887. For more information Heifer Foundation and our fundraiser, see their website at . We all look forward to hearing more about why your animal(s) are so important to you. 
Vicki Fenske
Education Specialist
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
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