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    Sign-up for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge!

    Registration for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge is now open! Youth in grades 6 - 12 should register by Friday, Feb. 1. The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a great way to develop communication and problem solving skills and explore careers related to agriculture.

    4-H enrollment - it's that time again!

    4-H enrollment is required for 4-H participation and is easy to do. Has your family enrolled yet? If not, please take a few minutes to enroll and/or update your family's information.

    Invigorate your club meetings

    Adult and teen leaders - are you looking for new activities to kick off your club meetings? Check out this new resource on our website to engage your members in problem solving activities! These activities will not only build teamwork and problem solving skills, but will energize your members, setting the stage for productive meetings!

    Plan now for winter weather cancellations

    Plan ahead for winter weather cancellations of 4-H programs, activities and outings. Proper plan communication will help to ensure the safety of 4-H members and Minnesota 4-H volunteers during the winter months.

    Utilize the sales tax exemption for purchases appropriately

    Minnesota 4-H is an approved nonprofit organization. This provides 4-H exemption on paying Minnesota sales tax on most purchases. Purchases MUST be paid for directly by a 4-H organization check in order to utilize the sales tax exemption.

    Follow the 4-H policy when generating funds

    Fall is a great time to plan for fundraising activities for 4-H programs to generate dollars to use throughout the year. Utilize the information sheets linked in this article and work with your 4-H program coordinator when you have questions or are seeking advice about carrying out local fundraising efforts.

    Create a 4-H video to win a $50 gift card!

    The First Generation Initiative team is excited to announce a video contest to highlight the great work being done by 4-H'ers to recruit and orient folks new to 4-H! Submit your video by Dec. 15 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

    Online enrollment for 4-H families

    Online Enrollment for 4-H Families for 2018-2019 is open!

    Club chartering

    Club Charters are due by October 31, 2018

    Ambassador kick-off on Monday, October 29

    The Martin County 4-H Ambassador Program is ready to begin for the 2018-2019 4-H year! Interested youth in grades 7 and up and their parents are invited to attend the Ambassador Kick-Off

    Performing Arts Club kick-off on Monday, October 29

    The Martin County 4-H Performing Arts Club is ready to begin for the 2018-2019 4-H year! Interested youth in grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to attend the Performing Arts Club Kick-Off!

    Next Council and Federation meeting scheduled for October 29 (Annual Meeting)

    Council & Federation Meeting is October 29.

    Recognition Banquet save the date!

    The Annual Recognition Banquet will be (tentatively) held on Sunday, November 18, 2018.

    Fall Volunteer Training - SAVE THE DATE!

    Annual Fall Volunteer Training will take place on Monday, October 29 - IMMEDIATELY after the Federation Meeting - at the Martin County Courthouse. This year's theme is 4-H Grows Relationships.

    MN 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational

    Congratulations to those 4-H’ers who participated in the MN 4-H State Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational! You were all great representatives for Martin County 4-H!

    MN 4-H State Horse Show Results

    Congratulations to those 4-H’ers who participated in the MN 4-H State Horse Show!

    Fab 5 and Terrific 10 score sheets

    The 2018 Fab 5 and Terrific 10 Score Sheets are Available NOW on the Martin County 4-H website under the “Downloads” section.

    Email address updates

    Please take the time to check your email to get all pertinent information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and 4-H updates. We utilize email to continue to use 4-H and Extension dollars wisely

    Project Development Committees

    Interested in joining a PDC let us know.

    Martin County 4-H is on Facebook

    There is a Martin County 4-H Facebook page has been created to keep 4-H members, families, and volunteers with Facebook profiles up-to-date on 4-H activities and events in Martin County. Find the and “like” the page on Facebook to receive notifications on Martin County 4-H!

    Message from Jennifer: It’s a new season of doing in 4-H

    Interim Minnesota 4-H state leader Jennifer Skuza celebrates all the ways youth and adults can take action in 4-H. As the new program year begins, set your intentions for a year full of doing.

    Plan and develop your club’s budget

    It’s time for 4-H clubs to develop their annual budgets. Budgets provide a written plan for raising and spending money to accomplish club goals. Sharing budget reports with your club throughout the year is a great way to help all 4-H members understand where and how funds are being used.

    Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

    Now is the time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events. Use our online planning tool and risk management materials to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities.

    Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Dates and locations are planned across the state this fall. Be sure to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    Online enrollment for 4-H families

    Online Enrollment for 4-H Families for 2018-2019 opens on September 14!

    Club chartering

    Club Charters are due by October 31, 2018

    Message from Jennifer: It is my honor to serve

    Interim 4-H State Leader Jennifer A. Skuza reflects on her long history with 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension. She invites 4-H youth, families and volunteers to connect with her at the Minnesota State Fair.

    Learn about changes to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

    Registration for Citizenship Washington Focus, a week-long trip to Washington, DC, will open in fall 2018 for the summer 2019 experience. Youth gain civic engagement skills while touring DC with youth from across the US! Complete a short survey to receive a reminder email when registration material is posted.

    Message from Dorothy: Be fearlessly committed to growing more true leaders

    In her last article as Minnesota 4-H state leader, Dorothy Freeman encourages all youth, volunteers and families to be fearless in growing true leaders.

    Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!

    These scholarships are available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H and agriculture: Preparing youth for a lifetime of impact

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages youth and the adults who support them to explore an agrisciece project this year. It's a great way to build skills, connect with mentors and find real solutions to challenges in your community!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H is all about animals, right?

    Many people say that 4-H is all about animals. Is that true? Read why Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman is glad there's a strong connection between animals and Minnesota 4-H.

    Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.

    Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.

    Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.

    Message from Dorothy: Young people: Release your potential

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites young people to join her in pursuing bold and courageous dreams. Start with "yes, we can!"

    Message from Dorothy: When youth partner with adults, they become better leaders

    Meet Evan, a 4-H'er who's using his voice to impact youth across Minnesota. Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman reflects on the importance of youth getting to lead alongside caring adults.

    Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.

    Horse Canopy Project at the Martin County Fair

    A request of a donation over $2,000 from Martin County 4-H has been made to help with the costs of purchasing and installing a canopy that will be on the south side of Kietzer Arena. This donation request will be discussed and possibly voted on at the March 19th Federation Meeting.

    Message from Dorothy: Citizenship is all about service

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman talks about citizenship - 4-H is about growing local and global citizens. People who are skilled, competent and committed to lives of service.

    Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!

    4-H Afterschool STEM Adventures

    Come and join the fun at 4-H Aftershool STEM Adventures!

    Message from Dorothy: Teenagers: Your self-confidence is key!

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages young people to be bold and build their self-confidence.

    Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

    Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Martin County 4-H On Facebook

    A Martin County 4-H Facebook page has been created to keep 4-H members, families, and volunteers with Facebook profiles up-to-date on 4-H activities and events in Martin County. Find the and “like” the page on Facebook to receive notifications on Martin County 4-H!

    Martin County 4-H Online Events Calendar

    Martin County 4-H now has an online events calendar! This is to help you keep up-to-date on upcoming county-wide, regional, and state events as well as give you a heads-up on our important deadlines. Check it out! You can find the calendar under "Related Links" on our Martin County 4-H webpage or at this link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…

    Cloverbud Information and Rules

    The University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Cloverbud Program is to support the positive development of youth grades Kindergarten - second grade. This article contains important information regarding rules that are in the Cloverbud program to ensure the safety of its K-2 participants. This information is pulled from the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Cloverbud Fact Sheet for Parents, Guardians, and Mentors.
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