Read Me!
  1. Please read these e-News mailings - they are the main way the 4-H office can communicate with YOU.
  2. Leaders - forward this to families and members, and anyone in the community who likes to know what is going on.
  3. If this is forwarded to you, check your spam to be sure you didn't get it; email Angela to be added to our database.

Volunteers for Exhibit Hall Wrap Up
4-5 Strong Bodies needed - Thursday September 27 at 6.00pm on
All 4-H equipment, display units, chairs and tables, etc. must be stored upstairs in the dorms for the winter. Get your workout this week by helping Jane get it done! Pizza and laughs provided - email Jane
4-H Record Books
Apologies!!!! I

t has been brought to my attention that some record books state that they must be in by October 1stwhile others say October 15th. I have revised the date below to be fair to all. We will standardize this for 2019.

Completed record books MUST be handed in to the 4-H office no later than October 15th .  Youth who do not hand in record books will be deemed not to have completed their 4-H year :( The books will be evaluated by a team of volunteers during October before being returned. The best Cloverbud (5-7), Junior (8-12) and Senior (13-19) will receive awards!

Why is this important?
Funding from the County is provided to support the 4-H program. To secure funding we need to meet outcomes. Record Books are evidence of 4-H'ers communication and record keeping skills, financial literacy, community service and achievements. No outcomes - no funding!
So, Leaders and parents, please encourage your youth to get them completed and to the office on time.
Missing Items
A few items that came back from the DCF and/or State fair are missing! Please check the items you picked up to be sure you did not grab someone else's by mistake. Return to FHC asap. Especially looking for 2 Cloverbud record books!
Temple Grandin Talk
Read More Here - She is amazing!
CHAZY, N.Y. -- Dr. Temple Grandin will give an agriculture talk on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 pm at the Beekmantown High School gymnasium. Dr. Grandin’s talk will be geared toward animal behavior, but the talk is free and open to the public. The event is co-hosted by Beekmantown High School.
Rhinebeck Farmers Market 2019
Promote Your Club
The Rhinebeck Farmers' Market (RFM) is booking their community booth for 2019 dates. Please contact Andrea Bartolomeo via email at info@rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com .   The RFM offers non-profit and community groups a space in the market free of charge for one date per season, schedule permitting. The booth is to be used to inform the public about your organization and about upcoming events. Raffles and sales are prohibited, however you may provide information and direct people to where they may purchase items related to your organization. A donation box is also allowed.
Community Activity
LaGrange Fall Harvest Festival: Promote agriculture, and 4-H
This is a very well attended event and is a great opportunity to promote what you do and recruit members. Some of you were there last year as part of the Farm Fun Zone. Contact Sandy to participate - see below....
Sandy Washburn
Director of Parks & Recreation
Town of LaGrange, 120 Stringham Rd., LaGrangeville, NY 12540
Phone: 845-452-1972  Email: Sandy
Volunteers Needed to Support Agriculture
Have fun, learn and do a good thing!
Winnakee Land Trust is working on it’s 12 th annual Tour of Historic Barns and Working Farms program. This event provides participants with a map that takes them to 8 (mostly private) properties in northern Dutchess County. We welcome motorcyclists, cyclists, and those in cars on the tour, which takes about 5 hours to complete. 
I’m writing to ask if you may have some 4H participants who would be interested in volunteering at this event: 5-10 helpers to be at each farm/barn to welcome visitors and distribute information on the property, as well as offer refreshments. All volunteers are welcome to attend the after-party for dinner and live music.
The event is Saturday, October 13. The tour begins at 11:00 am and the after-party begins at 4:30 (immediately follows the tour).
 I’ve attached a flyer about the event. Here is a link for more information. 
Sara Capozzoli: sara@winnakee.org | (845) 876-4213 ext. 5
Fall Leader Forums - sign up below
Club Leaders and Co-Leaders are required to attend a fall meeting and a spring meeting so as to stay up-to-date and play an active part in how 4-H is run. We will have a volunteer thank you event at a different time - more to follow.

Choose one of these two fall dates :

Saturday 6th October 9-10.30am or Wednesday 10th October 7-8.30pm

New leaders - please be prepared to stay behind for a 30 minute induction

Sign Up Online CLICK HERE

At CCEDC Farm and Home Center, Section A
Tentative Agenda
  • Introductions and welcome new leaders
  • Updates from Jane to include financial report
  • Review of Club operation policies
  • Record Books - design, use and completion
  • How to handle kids in multiple clubs
  • Fair feedback
  • Questions from the floor and discussion

Note: Project Leaders/Instructors are welcome but not required to attend

Member and Leader Enrollment
Enrollment Due September 30th
Completed youth membership forms, with $25 fee, must be to the 4-H Office by September 30th for youth to be enrolled and insured to participate in activities.
2018-19 Enrollment Form for 4-H members

Leaders, Co-Leaders and Project Leaders/Instructors
Volunteer agreement/code of contact forms must be signed annually - leaders who enrolled in the last 2 months are exempt.

Change of Leader Contact Details
If any of your contact details have changed in the last year, please complete this form and return it to the 4-H office

NOTE: New Leaders - you will need to complete the 'long triplicate form' on which you list all members of your club so you and the office have an easy-to-reference list. Please contact Angela to arrange to collect these or have them mailed.
Harvest Food Festival
Saturday November 17th commencing at 1pm at CCEDC

This is a little later in the month to allow everyone, especially new members, to plan and get the help they need to prepare. Some things you may not know:
The Fall Harvest Food Festival
  • Counts as a Public Presentation
  • Is open to all 4-H members to enter
  • Presentations can be repeated at the Fair to earn premiums
  • Is delicious, nutritious and fun!

To find out more go to the CCEDC Website after October 1st

Registration Opens October 1st and closes November 9th
Teen Ambassadors - Reach out to Jane to Join
Teens - be part of this youth leadership group. Learn lots and have fun while promoting your 4-H program and supporting the community.
Leaders - please encourage the teens in your club to sign up. 
Contact Jane to find out what exciting activities are on offer for 2018-19
Please Participate
Voluntary Confidential Survey
to collect data on 4-H family demographics.
Should you be willing to complete this survey, we will use the data to leverage funding for our programs!

To be completed by the 'head' of each household
Takes no more than 5 minutes
All information is 100% confidential
Huge potential benefits to you and the program

Opportunities in the Community
To find out more, click on the links and contact the organizers:-
Strengthening Families is a 7 week program aimed at helping parents/guardians with youth ages 10-14 communicate better, and build a stronger relationship. Starting on Oct 3, it is free to qualified applicants.
College Planning Seminar on 'How to Pay For College without Going Broke' on Wed. Sept. 26, 6pm, CCEDC - free
Suicide Prevention Awareness for Teens (QPR) on Wed. Oct. 3rd, 6pm, Beekman Road Library - free
College Planning Seminar on 'Creating Your Path to College on Mon. Oct. 22, 6pm, East Fishkill - free 
Oct 15. : Records books to 4-H Office
Oct 1: New 4-H Year starts
Oct 6: Leader Forum 1
Oct : 10 Leader Forum 2

Nov. 17: Harvest Food Festival
Nov. 22: Happy Thanksgiving
Contact Jane Rodd                                      Contact Angela
jr825@cornell.edu                                           acs26@cornell.edu
(845) 677-8223, ext. 105                               ext. 114