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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!

    McLeod County 4-H Events Calendar

    Check out our 4-H calendar for upcoming 4-H opportunities!

    Wanted: 4-H Ambassador Co-Advisor

    We are looking for someone to serve as an Ambassador Co-Advisor with Samantha Dahlke.

    4-H Horse Bowl Kick Off Meeting – Monday, October 22

    Want to meet new friends and learn about horses? If so, please join us for our 4-H Horse Bowl Kick Off on Monday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m.

    4-H Horse Project Development Committee Meeting on Monday, October 22

    Please join us for the next 4-H Horse Project Development Committee Meeting on Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.

    McLeod County’s 4-H Fall Volunteer Training Date

    McLeod’s training date is Thursday, November 8 Commercial Building Meeting Room – McLeod County Fairgrounds 6:30 p.m.

    Attention Clubs

    We are once again asking each 4-H club to donate one door prize for the Recognition Banquet.

    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.

    4-H Awards Celebration

    Mark your calendars for this year’s 4-H Recognition Banquet on Sunday, November 18th at Riverside Church in Hutchinson.

    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.

    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!

    County Meeting Minutes

    County Meeting Minutes can be viewed here.

    4-H Press Releases

    Here are some press releases that were submitted to local media.

    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!

    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.

    McLeod County 4-H Events Calendar

    Check out our 4-H calendar for upcoming 4-H opportunities!

    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!
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