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  • Message from Dorothy: Volunteering is a gift we give ourselves

    During a month we often spend expressing gratitude for good things in our lives, associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages adults to add the gift of volunteering to your list.

  • Apply for National 4-H Conference!

    Nov. 10 is the deadline for MInnesota 4-H youth to apply for the National 4-H Conference to be held in Washington D.C. April 7-12, 2018. You must be 15 years old by Jan. 1 and not older than 19 by June 1 (in the year of conference attendance).
  • Plan ahead for Citizenship Washington Focus 2018!

    Minnesota 4-H youth in grades 9-13 are invited to strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills at a national level by attending Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C. from June 23-30, 2018. Pre-application materials will be available online Jan. 10, 2018.
  • Sign up for the BLU regional youth leadership workshops!

    Register for a regional youth leadership workshop for youth in grades 6-12 at one of five locations across the state. Activities are planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors!
  • Clovermart winter sale now open!

    Did you miss your favorite Minnesota 4-H styles at the state fair? Are you thinking of holiday gifts for 4-H loving people in your life? Good news - Minnesota 4-H Clovermart is open for a winter sale through Dec. 14.
  • It’s time to re-enroll!

    Re-enrollment for 4-H members and adult volunteers is open. The volunteer re-enrollment period is Sept. 16 - Oct. 31. And remember, starting this fall, 4-H volunteer enrollment will last for three years.
  • Consider applying for an AMC 4-H Community Leadership Award

    The Extension Committee of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) will select two 4-H club projects that will each receive awards of $500 in recognition for their contributions and service to their communities. The application deadline is Jan. 22.
  • Wanted: Volunteer to Help Build Mannequins

    We are looking for someone to help make 6-8 PVC pipe mannequins to display 4-H clothing projects during county fair. Contact Darcy Cole, 4-H Program Coordinator, for more information or if willing to help.
  • 4-H Horse Project Development Committee Meeting Monday, October 16th

    Please join us for the next 4-H Horse Project Development Committee Meeting on Monday, October 16th at 5:30 p.m.
  • 4-H Ambassador Co-Advisor

    We are looking for someone to serve as an Ambassador Co-Advisor. There will be another volunteer who will also co-advise with you. Main duties include: working with 4-H Staff to plan and lead Ambassador meetings, planning and attending Ambassador activities, mentoring members, and serving as a liaison between the group and 4-H Staff. Contact Darcy, 4-H Program Coordinator, if you’re willing to serve in this very important role.
  • Have you considered being a 4-H Camp Counselor?

    Plans are already underway for the 2018 Regional 4-H Camp in Morris and we will be looking for camp counselor applicants starting in November.
  • McLeod County’s 4-H Fall Volunteer Training Date

    McLeod’s training date is Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 McLeod County Fairgrounds – Commercial Building Meeting Room 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Attention Clubs

    We are once again asking each 4-H club to donate one door prize for the Recognition Banquet. You could do a gift basket of some sort, a gift certificate, a club shirt or donate the services of 4-H members in your club. Use your imagination and please do not spend more the $25 on your door prize(s). Bring them the night of the banquet labeled with your club name on them.
  • Recognition Banquet Power Point Pictures Wanted

    If you would like to see your club, judging team, bowl team, shooting sports, etc. represented in the Recognition Banquet PowerPoint, please turn your pictures in to the Extension Office by Friday, October 13th. Please email scanned and/or digital pictures to dacole@umn.edu or drop them off at the Extension Office.
  • National 4-H Week

    National 4-H Week is October 1st – 7th. Please join McLeod County 4-H in celebrating! Prizes will be awarded for participating!
  • 4-H Recognition Banquet

    Mark your calendars for this year’s 4-H Recognition Banquet on Sunday, November 12th at Christ the King Church in Hutchinson.
  • Have you considered being a 4-H camp counselor?

    Plans are already underway for the 2018 Regional 4-H Camp in Morris and we will be looking for camp counselor applicants starting in November.
  • Message from Dorothy: Let’s celebrate the impact of 4-H

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites you to celebrate your 4-H story during National 4-H Week, Oct. 1 - 7, 2017.
  • Learn about the Science of Agriculture Challenge with this new video!

    The newest in the Discover Minnesota 4-H video series is ready just in time to start recruiting participants for the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
  • Mark your calendars for 4-H BLU 2018!

    February, 2018 BLU regional leadership workshops dates and locations have been posted. These Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador hosted workshops include hands-on activities, games, small group discussions, and social activities. All youth grade 6 - one year past high school are encouraged to attend!
  • Sign up to attend 2017 Fall Volunteer Training!

    Volunteers are encouraged to sign up to attend an area training for 2017 Fall Volunteer Training. This favorite annual networking opportunity will be held at county and regional locations throughout Minnesota. Find your site!
  • State Fair Press Releases

    Please see the State Fair Press Releases below that were submitted to local media.
  • 4-H Week Resources

    If your club would like some 4-H week resources (PSAs, Brochures, Stickers, etc.) to use in your community, please let Darcy know.
  • County Fair Premium Checks!!!

    Be sure to cash your premium check as soon as possible so that the books can be closed on the 2016 fair.
  • Apply for National 4-H Conference!

    Minnesota 4-H youth are encouraged to apply by Nov. 10 for the National 4-H Conference to be held in Washington D.C. April 7 - 12, 2018. You must be 15 years old by Jan. 1 and not older than 19 by June 1 (in the year of conference attendance).

  • 4-H Recognition Banquet Date Set

    Mark your calendars for this year’s 4-H Recognition Banquet on Sunday, November 12th at Christ the King Church in Hutchinson.
  • 4-H Award Applications

    McLeod County 4-H Awards • All awards recipients are selected based applications and/or nominations submitted by 4-H members or 4-H adult volunteers. • 4-H members are encouraged to challenge themselves by working toward different awards as they advance in their 4-H career. • The number of awards presented in each category is based on the number of applications or nominations submitted. • Paper copies of applications and nomination forms are also available at the Extension Office. • All awards will be presented at Recognition Banquet. • All application and nomination forms are due third Monday in September. Late applications will not be accepted!
  • Message from Dorothy: Volunteering is a gift. Who will you share it with?

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages caring adults to share the joy of volunteering with others. When more adults volunteer, more Minnesota youth can build the skills they need to lead for a lifetime.
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team

    Through citizenship education and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities. Welcome the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team.

  • Discover Minnesota 4-H!

    Check out the new Discover Minnesota 4-H video series on YouTube! This collection of short videos is designed to help new 4-H families better understand our program, and to recruit new members!
  • Congratulations scholarship recipients!

    The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce 2017 scholarship recipients. Find out which youth and alumni from across Minnesota received this special honor.
  • New Family Videos of Common Questions

    Videos have been created to help answer common questions that new families have as they join 4-H.
  • Horse Arena Etiquette

    Using the Fairgrounds arena for 4-H horse practices is a privilege. We want everyone to be safe, learn new skills, and have fun! Please be sure to review our 4-H arena expectations and etiquette before coming to your first practice. As a reminder, scheduled 4-H horse practices are the only times that the arena is open for 4-H use.
  • Horsin' Around

    Earn prizes for spending time with your horse(s)! We encourage you to participate in our 4-H Horsin’ Around Program. The more time you spend with each horse/rider combination, the bigger the prizes you will receive. See below for more details, the forms needed, and to get started!
  • “Expanding Our Roots - Growing New Opportunities” is the 2017 fall volunteer training topic!

    “Expanding Our Roots - Growing New Opportunities” is the 2017 fall volunteer training topic for youth and adult volunteers to explore our roots and gain resources for a welcoming and supportive 4-H program. Watch for local details about this favorite fall networking opportunity to be held at county and regional locations throughout Minnesota!
  • New support for the 2017 Engineering Design Challenge: Rube Goldberg

    New curriculum is available online now to help volunteers guide teams through understanding and building Rube Goldberg contraptions for the Engineering Design Challenge.
  • Interested in Attending 4-H Project Learning Activities Offered Outside of McLeod County?

    Check out 4-H Project Learning Activities Offered Outside of McLeod County
  • State Animal Science Project Development Committee Webinar Recording Available

    Check out the April 6 90-minute webinar recording for all livestock PDC's (except horse and dog) presented by the statewide core animal science team.
  • 4-H Dog Project rally materials have been revised

    Make sure you are using the updated materials!
  • County Meeting Agendas

    Please review county meeting agendas that are applicable to your family. All agendas are tentative and subject to change by 4-H Staff.
  • Opportunities Outside of McLeod County

    Check here to find information on 4-H workshops being offered in other counties!
  • McLeod County 4-H Events Calendar

    Check out our upcoming 4-H events!
  • Attention Minnesota 4-H Dairy Families!

    Four reminders Minnesota 4-H dairy project members will want to keep in mind:
  • County Meeting Minutes

    County Meeting Minutes can be found at http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/mcleod/4-h/article/meeting-minutes
  • 4-H Event Scholarships

    McLeod County 4-H Event Scholarship Process Purpose: For 4-H members and adults to share knowledge and experiences; to experience making presentations; to provide additional challenges for youth gained by attending 4-H sponsored events.
  • New Member Newsletters

    We realize that joining 4-H can be overwhelming, so six different issues of this special “Spotlight for New Members” have been created to help you learn about 4-H throughout your first year of involvement. I hope that this publication will help answer some basic questions for you and your family. Please remember that at any time, feel free to contact your club leader or the Extension Office. All of us are happy to answer your questions and help you navigate through 4-H. We're all here to help your family succeed in 4-H!
  • Changes in Policy and Practice To Ensure Safety of Minors

    Important training for adult volunteers, to be completed by July 1, 2015.
  • 4-H Records

    Click above to access McLeod County 4-H Records. This includes the General Project record, Small Animal record, Large Animal record, Participation record and Cloverbud record.
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