March 2019...New Events & Information
This e-News contains lots of useful information for YOU!
Please be sure to read the newsletter
and contact the 4-H Office with any questions
about upcoming events or paperwork!

4-H Staff need the help of
to get all meeting minutes, advisory minutes, and independent member reports in by the 10th of the following month
Need another copy of the form? Find it here!


Youth Model Horse Show TOMORROW!
Saturday, March 2 nd at FHC
Doors open at 8am for set up
Show starts promptly at 9am

Entry fee (for unlimited classes):
$15 due February 28th ($20 day of show entries)
4-H membership is not required to show! 

For more information, please check out the
2019 Public Presentation Events
NO Presentation, NO 4-H Fair Participation or Tickets
Sign up today - time is running out!

Saturday, March 9th: Event FULL
Saturday, April 13th: Spots Available

Due to popular demand, the last presentation opportunity on Saturday, April 13th (Spring Food Festival at the FHC) will now be open for both food demonstrations AND public presentations!

If you are planning to do a food presentation, please check out the Spring Food Fest Rules, Evaluation Guidelines, and Entry Form that will be due to the 4-H Office on April 8th .
For more information about public presentations, please visit the 4-H Public Presentations page or contact Meghan .
The deadline to sign up for the final presentation event is:
APRIL 8th!!
More Evaluators for Public Presentations on...
March 9th from 9am to 2:30pm
April 13th from 9am to 2pm
(Both events are held at FHC)
Please email Meghan if interested!
Permission to Fundraise
As clubs and advisories start to make plans for spring, don't forget to fill out and submit a PERMISSION TO FUNDRAISE Form to the 4-H Office before the planned fundraiser!

4-H Clubs CANNOT fundraise without permission from the 4-H Office! Need another copy of the form? Find it here
United Way - Financial Literacy Workshop
March 13th - 5pm
at the Family Partnership Center Auditorium in Poughkeepsie
Featuring a speaker from Rhinebeck Bank who will engage topics such as: 
  • How to use a checking account v. a savings account.  
  • What interest is and how it works
  • How student and auto loans work.  
  • How to budget money  
  • Smartphone applications which can help track expenses and save. 
This is a free event. 
There will be snacks and drinks provided.
2019 DCF Life Size 4-H Scrapbook
2019 4-H Fairbook Cover Competition
Dutchess County Teen Ambassadors - Join Us!
Next Meeting: March 13 at FHC - Join the FUN!
Trips to conferences in 2019
Kentucky 2020 study tour
World Record attempt 2020
Contact Faith for more information
2019 NY Agricultural Literacy Week
This program would not be possible without the generous donations covering the purchase of the books from:
Dutchess County Dairy Committee
Dutchess Putnam Westchester Farm Bureau
2019 NYS4-H STEM Camp - June 14 th to 16 th
What is the 4-H STEM Program? 4-H aims to grow the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem-solvers by giving youth plenty of opportunities to try their hands at real world SCIENCE!

Registration (including forms and fee)
by May 31st

Early Registration
by May 1st for a FREE t-shirt!

For more information,
see the full camp brochure here !
Found some T-shirts!
New Dutchess County T-shirts
for Sale at the 4-H Office!

11 Regular Small
t-shirts for sale at $5/t-Shirt!
Buy them and add your club name!

Please contact Meghan if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt!
Fun, Rewarding Community Service Opportunity
The Relatives As Parents Program(RAPP) is looking for 4H group Volunteers to sign up for * one of our monthly meetings as Community Mentors for the Youth RAPP group. The Community Mentors will facilitate simple crafts for the RAPP youth, engage with the youth, and talk about their club activities. RAPP programs are from 5:30pm-7:00pm.
 For more details please contact :
Maureen R Callamari
Family and Consumer Education
mc2524@cornell.edu or (845)677-8223, ext.122
  * A Club can sign up for more than one if they would like to!
Young Writers Showcase
Millbrook Literary Festival's Young Writers Showcase! Original short stories (250 words) due by April 15. Submit entries to fountain1press@yahoo.com and c/c cschmidt@sdutchessnews.com.
Host an International Student this Summer
Interested in hosting?
New York State 4-H has a long standing relationship with States’ 4-H International Exchange. Currently the program is overseen by the State 4-H Office. The State 4-H office works with counties to recruit and screen families to host a Japanese delegate for a period of 4 weeks during the summer, usually from Mid July thru Mid August. Every year New York requests a certain number of delegates to host and works to find Host families for those delegates within the 4-H population. Families may participate in any number of 4-H programs at any level to be eligible to host a delegate. Delegates range in age from 12-18 (most are 12-14).
Interested in traveling abroad?
States’ 4-H Summer Outbound programs provide American 4-H youth with the opportunity to travel to foreign countries for a cultural immersion experience. Outbound delegates live with volunteer host families and engage in experiential learning about a new way of life. Delegates experience aspects of daily life that allow them to more deeply understand both their host culture and their own culture. Our network of like-minded international partners recruit host families and plan enrichment activities for the delegation.
All States’ 4-H Outbound delegates participate in pre-departure orientations held in the US. Delegations are accompanied by adult chaperones who remain in-country to provide support during the exchange. Delegates attend an in-country orientation upon arrival and prior to departing for their host families. Some programs include a summer camp element as well.
For more information Contact Autumn Lavine or Andy Turner .

Leaders & Parents, have you thought about...
  • Saving money on your heating costs?
  • Accessing clean energy for your home?
  • Speaking with a Community Energy Advisor to learn about programs available to help you heat your home more efficiently?

To learn more about these opportunities, please check out this article about the energy program , visit midhudsonenergychoices.org ,
or call CCEDC at 845-677-8223 - ask for Collin!
Fairgrounds Scholarship Opportunities Announced
Please visit the
for more scholarship opportunities...
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds announces that up to ten $1,000 scholarships may be awarded to current New York State high school seniors and also students enrolled in college. The New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and the New York State Showpeople’s Association sponsor the scholarships. The qualifying students must be active at the Dutchess County Fair or with the New York State Showpeople’s Association. All applicants from Dutchess County must submit their applications through the Dutchess County Fair no later than Friday, April 5.
Information is available at the Dutchess County Fair’s website www.dutchessfair.com , through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County, and from local high school offices. Applications must be printed and completed from the web at www.nyfairs.org . If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Vicki at 845-876-4000 or e-mail vimperati@dutchessfair.com
For Your Calendar...
Friday 1          JoAnn's "Clovers for Kids" begins (Paper Clover)
Saturday 2 Youth Model Horse Show, 8am Setup/9am Show
Saturday 9         Public Presentation Event #3, 9am-2:30pm at FHC 
Week 18-22      Ag Literacy Week - readers needed!
Mar 27-April 7  Tractor Supply Co Paper Clover Fundraiser
Saturday 6        District Horse Communications, CCE Sullivan
Saturday 13       Spring Food Festival & Presentations, 9am-2pm, FHC
Tuesday 23       Sewing Evaluations, time tbd FHC
Thursday 25       Fashion Review, time tbd, FHC
Saturday 27 National 4-H Day of Service
Saturday 27     District Public Presentations, 9am onward, DCC
Tuesday 30 JoAnn's "Clovers for Kids" ends (Paper Clover)
Saturday 4        Spring Leader Forum, 9am at FHC
Thursday 9 Spring Leader Forum, 7pm at FHC
Dutchess County 4-H Social Media
Contact Jane Rodd             Contact Meghan                         Contact Angela
jr825@cornell.edu                   met222@cornell.edu                          acs26@cornell.edu
(845) 677-8223, ext. 105              ext. 108                                    ext. 114