Butte County 4-H
Cloverleaves Newsletter
September 2019
"I pledge ... My Head to clearer thinking, My Heart to greater loyalty, My Hands to larger service and My Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world."
Welcome to the New and Improved Cloverleaves!
Communication in 4-H is imperative, and as our community grows into the 21st century, we feel it right that our newsletter does too. We are now using Constant Contact for all of our Cloverleaves. This software will make your monthly news more engaging with things like polls, RSVP's, pictures, videos, and links to other websites. A major part of this decision is to reduce cost, so we will no longer send paper copies. We will use the email address in the "Family" profile from 4hOnline, but if other family members want to receive an Interactive PDF version, they can sign up by clicking the button in this section. And copies will continue to be posted on the website so you can print them out - If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (530) 538-7201!

Important Notice
Dear 4-H Family,

Some may be aware that the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) funds 50% of the 4-H Community Education Specialist (CES, also known as Program Representative) position for Butte County. The Butte County 4-H Council contributed an additional 25% last year, and can do so again this year. However, they cannot continue to do so beginning in Program Year 2020-2021. If the position becomes 50% or less, the county program will suffer, reducing the amount of time the CES is able to help clubs and projects be successful. Furthermore, reducing the CES position to 50% or less will result in the position not paying benefits, which makes it less attractive for future CES’s.

To strengthen the funding of the 4-H CES position, beginning next year, part of the 4-H fees paid by members and volunteers will be returned to the County program to sustain the CES position. However, this would not be enough to maintain the position at 75%. I am working closely with Development Services in the State Office to develop a fundraising strategy. One idea is to start a small business fundraising campaign. 

Help us by providing potential donors whether they are businesses, private individuals, organizations, or charitable foundations. Think of parties who support 4-H. Also, consider ones that are not affiliated with agriculture or 4-H, but would appreciate the leadership, service, life skills, and overall value our program instills in young people and the community. Tap or click the button below to suggest possible donors.  

I am confident that we will come together and overcome this hurdle. If anyone has fundraising ideas or would like to discuss the matter in general, I would love to speak with you!

Thank you,

Ryan Cleland

Program Representative
(530) 521-9306
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Table of Contents
  • Enrollment
  • Record Book Resources
  • New Family and Volunteer Orientation
  • Northern Youth Summit
  • National 4-H Conference
  • National 4-H Week
  • County Robotics Project
  • Facebook Page & Facebook Group
  • Oroville Foothill Fire Recovery Project
  • Shooting Sports Leader Training
  • SFREC Beef and Range Field Day
  • Volunteer Retreat
  • Western National Roundup
  • Camp News
  • County Wide Archery Project
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Council Corner
  • Club News
  • Calendar
It's enrollment Time!

This section is for Enrollment information, and any FAQ's I have gotten over the last few months. We will start with Youth.

Here is a link to a brief "How To" guide on enrollment for new & returning youth and volunteers. It condenses the process down to a single sheet to make it seem a little more clear.

These are the questions our office is often asked, so below are answers to help anyone who might have the same questions!

Q: Do I have to do the Training Videos even though I had to do them last year?
A: Yes you do, per State Regulation.

Q: What is the Key that I need to log into the videos?
A: Butte (note it is space and case sensitive)

Q: If I like one Club and join it, but there is a project at another club that I like that my current club doesn't offer, do I have to change clubs?
A: No, you can just Cross Club. We have a form on our website you can check out.

Q: I enrolled my family, and got an email that said our enrollment is still pending. Did I do something wrong?
A: Nope! You did everything right! You will be pending online until the Club pays for your family. Once that is done, your family will be activated in the system.

Q: I saw somewhere that fees can be waived, how do I sign up for that?
A: In the instance of fee waiving, you always want to start with your club. If the club is not able to meet the needs of the members, it will get moved to County level, presented to the Council for approval, and you will need to fill out this brief form .

Q: If I have any questions in general, where can I go?
A: You can always reach out to your CCL, or you can contact the 4-H Office at 538-7201.
Record Book Resources
Record Book season is here and with it comes many questions!

The best resource for answering Record Book questions are the most recent Record Book Manuals created for youth and adult helpers.

County Competition:
Members who want to compete on the County Level must turn in completed books to the 4-H Office by 5:00pm on Friday September 27th.
Books at the County Level MUST include the Butte County 4-H County Competition Check Sheet and it MUST be signed by your Community Club Leader.

State Competition:
The deadline to enter State Record Book Competition has been extended to September 30th. You must fill out the Intent to Submit Form linked here.

State competition is open to Senior 4-H members (members who will be 14 by 12/31/19) and you do not need to enter your book at the County Level to compete at the State Level. For more information about the State Record Book Competition you can visit their website here.
New Family and Volunteer Orientation
The Office received feedback last year about a desire to have a new family and volunteer orientation, and we want to deliver! On September 25th at 6:00pm Program Representative Ryan Cleland will host an orientation for new (or newish) families and volunteers. This orientation will cover a variety of topics from Record Books to Butte County's management structure, and a large portion of the meeting will be free-time for folks to ask questions, offer feedback, and to present ideas for making our County 4-H more accessible and generally better!

We will also have a public notary available to fingerprint new volunteers. We will have the paperwork you need to fill out, collect forms to reimburse you for the cost of the LiveScan ($35, exact cash or check preferred), and $5 of LiveScan will be donated back to the Butte County 4-H Program.
Northern Youth Summit
The California 4-H Youth Summits are three-day leadership development conferences hosted in four locations across the state. Youth summit programs are designed to grow the leadership abilities of intermediate 4-H members (ages 11-13).  4-H'ers can attend any of the Summits, regardless of Area, but the nearest one is the Northern Youth Summit. For more information about the Summits in general, click or tap here.

The NYS will take place from November 15-17th at Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines, and the registration fee is $137. The Butte County Council offers scholarship for leadership events such as the Summit. The registration deadline is October 4th . Click or tap this here to register!
National Conference Applications
The National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The event takes place from March 28- April 4, 2020.

This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. territories, and the Canadian provinces in our nation's capital. Applications are due on November 5th. For more information click or tap here.
National 4-H Week
From October 6 – 12, 6 million young people, 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals will celebrate America’s largest youth organization during National 4-H Week! The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do!

All Clubs are encouraged to make a display at local businesses or heavily trafficked areas highlighting the theme, your club's 4-H members, and advertise our wonderful program.
County Robotics Project
Join Oroville Foothill for a county wide Robotics project. Meetings will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month starting October 10th, from 6:30 - 8pm at the Farm Bureau in Oroville. The group will be using 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum and plans to go to State Field Day in Davis to compete in a robotics competition. Extra optional meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month starting October 14th from 5-6pm at the Calvary Lutheran Church at 10 Concordia Lane in Oroville. Using Lego Mindstorm robotics kits.
Facebook Page and Group
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults, in a hands-on environment. With that mission statement in mind, we want to make sure that all 4-H Families are able to receive news and information, regardless of any situation. So we have created a Butte County 4-H Facebook Page where we will post pictures and information about our events. We have also created a Butte County 4-H Facebook Group Page which will be a place for Members and Volunteers to ask questions about the program, make suggestions, and give voice to our program's needs. We hope you will request membership to both pages and assist in our 4-H Program's growth!
Oroville Foothill Fire Recovery Project
 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 an ecosystem. The process by which an ecosystem changes over time following a disruption is known as ecological succession, and it takes a very long time. Too long.

Restoration is something we can do to assist and speed up the process of ecological succession. Restoration is the goal of the Fire Recovery Project started by Oroville Foothill 4-H Club after the La Porte, Wall and Ponderosa wildfires in Butte County in
Last year, I wrote an article about our fire recovery efforts in Butte County. We worked hard and accomplished a lot in three fire zones, but restoration is not “one and done.” It takes persistence. Many of the “wildlings” (small wild seedlings) that we transplanted in the Ponderosa Fire zone did not survive the hot summer months. We knew we would need to go back the following spring and plant again, and we were determined.

Then, in November 2018, the Camp Fire raged through 153,000 acres in Butte County. After the most destructive wildfire in California history, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of recovery work, knowing it would be a long time before the Camp Fire zone would even be ready for replanting. But we had our plan to follow up on our work in the Ponderosa Fire zone. This time, we had fir, pine and cedar seedlings donated by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI). We knew these seedlings would have a better chance of survival.

On March 31, 2019, we planted 2000 trees on 12 properties in the foothills east of Oroville that burned in Ponderosa Fire. We had a crew of over fifty people, including volunteers from Oroville Foothill 4-H, Durham 4-H, and Prospect High School. The Prospect High crew included students, teachers and family members from 5 to 50 years old.

Two foresters from SPI delivered the seedlings, provided instruction on optimal planting techniques, and worked with our crews. Many Feather Falls residents also helped with the planting, including members of the Concow-Maidu of Mooretown Rancheria whose lands were burned in the Ponderosa Fire.

After the planting was completed, we gathered for a tasty picnic lunch provided by Mooretown Rancheria. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful spring weather and feeling of accomplishment.

Since we completed the planting, we have had frequent rain that will give the seedlings a good chance to survive. Building on this success, Oroville Foothill 4-H Fire Recovery Project is already making plans for next year. We hope to arrange for donations of fruit, nut, and ornamental trees for the families who are rebuilding in the Camp Fire communities of Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and Pulga.

As we wrap up our Fire Recovery Project this year and enter another fire season, we are hoping there will be no more “disturbances” to our wild lands. But we will be here with the help of our community, persisting in the best kind of collaboration - caring for our world! 
Eighteen months after the Ponderosa Fire, some
shrubs and grasses have re-grown, but it will take
many years to regrow the forest.
Incense cedar, Douglas fir, and Ponderosa pine seedlings donated were by Sierra Pacific Industries
An Oroville Foothill 4-H family crew on March 31, 2019 in Ponderosa Fire Area, Feather Falls, CA
Two youngsters help carry the seedlings donated by SPI to planted in the Ponderosa Fire Area.
Feather Falls residents, Butte County 4-H members and family, and SPI foresters gather for a group photo at tree planting event on March 31, 2019 in Ponderosa Fire Area, Feather Falls, CA.
Shooting Sports
Leader Trainings
Listed below is the schedule for 4-H trainer and project leader certification classes this fall in Merced County. Please share with anyone who may be interested. All training will be held at the River Oaks Range, 11584 N. Shaffer Road in Winton, CA Visit this webpage for directions, a map, and more information. Camping is available on site, no hookups. You can only be certified in one discipline per each weekend training.

14 & 15  Archery Certification
21 & 22  Shotgun Certification
21 & 22  Rifle Certification

12 & 13  Pistol Certification

9 & 10  Archery Certification
9 & 10  Shotgun Certification
9 & 10  Rifle Certification

14 & 15  Western Heritage Certification
For more information please contact Dave Givens at (209) 614-1718, or email dave@hammerstryke.com 
SFREC Beef and Range Field Day
Volunteer Retreat
The price has been reduced and registration has been extended! The California 4-H Annual Leader Retreat will be on November 8-10, 2019, at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA. For more information, please click or tap this link . For registration information click or tap this link. The State 4 H Leaders’ Forum provides a weekend retreat for 4 H volunteers across California to gather for networking, education, relaxation, and fun. T he 2019 theme is "ENGAGE, ENERGIZE, EQUIP and EMPOWER". Payment is by check or credit card. The online registration survey can be found by clicking or tapping here .
Western National
Round Up
Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship. See their website for full details! The State 4-H Office must be informed if a team wishes to compete by August 14th, if you are interested, please call the County Office prior to that date. You can contact the Western National Roundup at (970) 213-0899 .
Camp News
Video Credit: Nico Donati & Jordan O'Neal
2020 Camp Rockin’ U Teen Camp Counselors
Monthly meetings will begin in October! Meetings will be held at either the Durham Butte County Library, (2545 Durham-Dayton Hwy), Butte County Farm Bureau ( 2580 Feather River Blvd. Oroville CA 95965), or Durham Park. For more information, please contact Camp Director, Bill Anderson at 530-864-5572 (after 6:00 pm).

Please mark your calendars to remind you of these meetings.
  • Oct. 23, 2019 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • Nov. 20, 2019 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • Dec. 11, 2019 – Farm Bureau, 6:30pm
  • Jan. 15, 2020 - Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • Feb. 19, 2020 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • Mar. 18, 2020 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • Apr. 22, 2020 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • May 13, 2020 – Durham Library, 7:00pm
  • CAMP June 28 - July 2, 2020

Camp is a countywide project. Teens, if you choose to participate, 4-H camp can be your project for the year. 
2020 dates finalized!

2020 Camp Rockin’ U Adult Camp Counselors
Every year, we have our Butte County 4-H Camp. It is always an amazing time! The Camper's get immersed in activities that promote the Camper's full potential as 4-H Members. It also assists the Teen Camp Counselor's with Leadership Skills that they will go on to use as potential Adult Leaders. That being said, the youth CANNOT do this alone! We need adult volunteers! There is no fee to be an Adult Counselor, you get to spend 4 days enjoying the great outdoors with 4-Her's, how great is that!
If you are interested in being an Adult Camp Counselor, please contact the 4-H Office at 538-7201.
Counselor Application

We have overhauled the Camp Counselor Application so that it is shorter, easier to reach, and makes more sense to counselor's and their families. Most of the process for counselors is the same this year, but the application got a much needed facelift. You can find it by clicking or tapping here.
County Wide
Archery Project
This project is opened to all youth 9 years old and in the fourth grade or older. Members will learn archery safety, shoot two types of bows, and will make their own leather gear and arrow. Two sessions of 15 youth each are offered. The "Fall" session is Oct 26, Nov 9 and 23, Dec 7 and the "Winter" session is Feb 8 and 22, Mar 7 and 21. Meetings will be Saturdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and all Archery equipment and supplies are provided. The project cost will be $15.00. The youth will be able to compete in the State 4-H Archery Tournament and as well as a 3-D shoot in Red Bluff. This project is taught by Archery Leader Bill Anderson who has 15 years’ experience as 4-H Archery Leader, and is also a National Archery Trainer for NFAA and USA Archery. Call or e-mail NOW to sign up at billbow4h@aol.com or 864-5572 after 6:00 pm.
Food Safety Certification
Annual training is required for adult volunteers who are involved with food service and preparation where the general public is involved. This includes all fundraising and community service activities. Any club anticipating involvement in food service and preparation activities must have at least one member complete this training. Please note that any food related fundraisers submitted to the 4-H Office will be reviewed for club compliance with this policy. This training is also highly recommended for any project leaders running a food related project. The University’s “Make It Safe, Keep It Safe” Food Safety Education is available in an online format, and can be accessed at this link . The training consists of six learning modules, as well as a pre and post-test. The post-test must have a passing score of 80% in order to receive credit and certification. Even if you have been certified in other Food Safety Programs, to participate 4-H food related events, you MUST take this training! If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara at (530) 538-7201.
Council Corner
The first Butte 4-H County Council Meeting of the new Program Year is on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the Farm Bureau; (2580 Feather River Blvd. Oroville CA 95965) , at 7:00 pm. This is where all the decisions about your 4-H program are made and put into action. Your 4-H Club should have at least one youth or adult in attendance. If you do not attend, others will be making decisions for you! Every Butte County 4-H affiliated individual is invited. Come and let your voice be heard! This is a very important meeting as we would like all our clubs to start on the same page!  
Club News
Shasta 4-H held their first meeting of the year on Monday, September 9, 2019. Incoming officers were installed. Shasta will be offering the following projects this year: Beef, Swine, Lambs, Goats, Rabbits, Small Animals, Advanced Horses, Beginning Horses, Public Speaking, Int/Adv Archery, Arts and Crafts , Cloverbuds and Cooking. There will be a Dog "Tricks" project offered in the winter. Mark your calendars, Shasta's big fundraiser, the Drive-Thru dinner will be Thursday, December 5th at Shasta Elementary. - Submitted by Tori Collins, Club Reporter
2019-2020 Officers pictured below: (Back Row)-Ryley Vanella, Emery Doornbos, Hannah Waggoner, Emma Schneider (Front Row)- Luciana Bianchi, Holly Schneider, Josie Landon, Audrey Doornbos (Not Pictured - Jack MacNally- Vanella)
Chico 4-H is had their first meeting on September 9, 2019. Their new officers this year are excited to kick off our 4-H year. Over the summer, there were many Chico 4-H kids that went to 4-H camp, and took their animals to the Butte County Fair. Be on the lookout for more details about their famous drive thru dinner in March!-Submitted by Ryley Vanella, Club Reporter
Cloverleaves Submission Schedule
To get the Cloverleaves edited and e-mailed by the first of the month, articles need to be received by the office no later than the first week of the month preceding the month of the edition that we are working on. Please use the table below as reference and we thank you for your cooperation.

For this Cloverleaves Articles need to be in by:
Oct. 09/16/19
Nov. 10/07/19
Dec. 11/08/19
Jan. 12/06/19
The Butte County 4-H 2019-2020 Calendar is complete! Please tap or click here to view the document in its entirety.

Tap or click here to visit the State 4-H calendar page which includes dates, deadlines, email lists you can sign up for, and archived State newsletter.
Thanks for reading!