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    SE Invitational Project Bowl

    Here’s a chance for you to practice and learn about 4-H Project Bowls. The SE Invitational Project Bowl will be held Saturday, February 16 in Byron. This will be a double-elimination contest following MN 4-H Project Bowl rules (www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/events/project-bowl).

    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!

    2018 Regional Officer Training

    All youth who have been elected to an officer position are highly encouraged to attend this event. Adults are also welcome as we'll have a special session just for you!

    2018-19 Cloverbud Saturdays

    Calling all Cloverbuds! Youth in kindergarten - 2nd grade are invited to join us on the second Saturday of the month for a morning of fun activities!

    Careers in Ag Tour

    Are you considering a career in agriculture? Or maybe you are not sure what careers are available or what to choose? Or maybe you are looking for something fun to do over MEA Break?

    Rice County Finances

    If you are looking for different pieces of information that pertain to Rice County 4-H finances, please look here.

    2018-19 Rice County 4-H Bonus Funding

    An opportunity for youth to earn extra dollars towards 4-H events.

    2018 NYSD Experiment

    Join us for the 2018 National Youth Science Day Experiment! Youth ages 8-14 can learn how to get involved in computer science through hands-on doing.

    2018 Annual Volunteer Training

    Youth and adults are encouraged to join us for our annual volunteer training. This is a great opportunity to work with others from around the county and gather tools that can strengthen your 4-H club.

    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.

    Rice County 4-H Records

    You will find the Summary, General & Livestock Record along with a Recordkeeping Tip Sheet.

    Rice County Ambassadors

    Are you a youth leader who is in at least 8th grade and looking to develop your leadership skills? Consider joining the Rice County ambassador group.

    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.

    2018 Rice County 4-H Parade of Champions

    List of Champion and Reserve Champion fair winners.

    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.

    4-H Food stand Improvements

    Rice County 4-H is working towards replacing some of our kitchen equipment to make for a more safe and successful food stand.

    2018 Rice County 4-H Fair Information!

    Check here for all of the fair information!

    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!"

    RICE COUNTY AWARD SPOTLIGHT

    It's not too early to start thinking about individuals who are deserving of special recognition.

    4-H Auction

    One way to financially support the Rice County 4-H program is through our annual livestock auction held the Saturday morning of fair week. This is our main fundraiser for the year and supports all 4-H programming for our youth and adults.

    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.

    4-H Lock-in

    Attention all youth! We have a fun night planned for you and your friends! The night will start with our younger members and when they leave, older youth will come for their turn!

    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!

    2018 4-H Camp

    Join us at 4-H camp this summer! Youth who have completed grades 3-6 have the chance to attend Camp Patterson in June and youth who completed grades 6 & 7 will attend Camp Omega in July.

    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.

    Cloverbud Winter Wonders

    Calling all cloverbuds! Join us for our January gathering which includes some winter fun!

    2018 Project Bowl

    Project bowl is right around the corner and open to youth in 3rd grade and above. This is a great experience to about different areas that you may or may not show in.

    Photography Workshop

    Attention all 4-H members who enjoy taking pictures! We have a workshop coming in January that will help you learn what makes a good photo as well as teach you about the manual settings on your camera.

    2017 Regional Winter Outing

    Our annual regional winter outing is just right around the corner! Join 4-H families from Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca and Rice Counties as we gather for a play at the Old Log Theater, lunch at the Burnsville Center, and them some outdoor fun in Rice County.

    2017 Regional Officer Training

    Have you recently been elected to an officer position at the club or county level? We have a great opportunity for you to learn the expectations of your role and how to go about them.

    PDCs and Federation...Check them out!

    Looking for another way to get involved? Perhaps you are interested in enhancing educational opportunities for our youth at the county level. Here is a great way to get involved!

    2017 Enrollment Excitement

    Are you one of the 310 youth or adults who have enrolled for the 2017-2018 4-H year? If so, way to go and welcome! If not, you still have time!

    4-H Promotional Display Contest

    Check out the 4-H displays around Rice County during this National 4-H week!

    Membership contest

    Help spread the word as to how awesome 4-H is and what it has to offer. As you spread the word, encourage them to join a club in Rice County!

    Cloverbud fall fun!

    Calling all cloverbuds...yes, youth in kindergarten - 2nd grade! We have a pretty fun event planned for you at the end of October that will include lots of fall fun!

    2017 Fall Volunteer Training Expanding Our Roots - Growing New Opportunities

    Let’s grow 4-H! But how can we bring in new youth and keep current 4-H’ers?

    2017 NYSD Experiment

    Join millions of youth as they take part in the National Youth Science Day Experiment, "Incredible Wearable".

    2017 Regional Fall Outing

    Join youth 7th grade and above from Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele and Waseca Counties for the annual regional fall outing! New this year - an optional overnight portion!

    Award Recognition

    Think about all the youth, adults and friends of 4-H within our community that support our program. How many of them deserve to be recognizes on a larger scale?

    2017 Regional Summer Outing

    Join families from Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele, & Waseca Counties for a summer outing.

    Horse Kick-off Meeting

    All youth who would like to participate in the horse project this year should plan to attend this informational meeting.

    Risk Management Training

    All volunteers are encouraged to join us for this meeting to be updated on the latest risk management practices within our organization.

    2017 Easter Egg Hunt

    Youth ages 2-5th grade can join us for our annual 4-H Easter Egg Hunt on April 8! You do not have to be a 4-H member!

    Share the Fun skits wanted!

    Do you enjoy performing? Or maybe leading a group? Want a chance to take your act to the state fair? Consider being a part of Share the Fun!

    Dog Informational Meeting

    For those interested in the dog project, no matter what your grade is, plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, March 28!

    Certified Shooting Sports & Wildlife Trainers Wanted!

    Is shooting sports and wildlife an interest of yours? If so and you have an interest in being a trainer with the county program, check out the information about upcoming trainings.

    Camp Counselor Applications

    Continue reading if you are 9th grade or above and have interest in applying to be a camp counselor.

    Family Fun Night!

    Let January be the time when you come out of hibernation from the cold to join other 4-H families for a night of fun! We'll be holding our annual family fun night January 28!

    4-H Exchange wants your shoes!

    Do you have some gently used shoes that you're no longer using, consider bringing them to the 4-H building for a great cause!

    2016 Regional Winter Outing

    Looking for something to do over Christmas break? Join families from Rice, Steele, Waseca, Freeborn and Mower Counties for the annual regional winter outing!

    2015-16 Family Banquet

    Join us to celebrate all of the awesome accomplishments of youth and adults over the past year(s)!

    2016 Regional Officer Training

    All club and county officers are invited to attend the annual officer training to help you with your new role. A session will also be offered for adults!

    2016 Fall 4-H Volunteer Training Vibrant Youth, Vibrant Clubs - Leadership Takes a Village

    Join other volunteers from around the county for our annual fall volunteer training! This will be a great opportunity that will focus on creating a healthy, vibrant club with an emphasis on engaging more volunteers and sharing leadership.

    NYSD Experiement - "Drone Discovery"

    4-H members in 4th grade and above can join us for the 2016 National Youth Science Day Experiment taking place in Rice County Tuesday, October 25.

    Online re-enrollment - members & Leaders

    All youth and screened adults need to re-enroll for the 2016-2017 4-H year! New enrollments are also accepted.

    2016-2017 Bonus Funding Form

    Apply for 2016-2017 Bonus Funding by Monday, November 28, 2016!

    2016 Regional Fall Outing

    Join our 5 county region for the annual fall outing! This is for Rice County 4-H members who are in 7th grade or older.

    2016-2017 Ambassadors

    Ambassador information is now available!

    2016 Regional Summer Outing

    Join 4-H Families from Rice, Steele, Waseca, Freeborn, and Mower Counties on our regional summer outing. Our day will include stops at the Old Log Theatre for the production of "The Jungle Book" and spending our afternoon at Cascade Bay Waterpark in Eagan. For all details, download the registration flyer and sign up by June 15!

    Rice County 4-H Award & Scholarship Applications

    Applications are due to the Extension Office at the September Federation Meeting.

    Learn to Rope Clinic

    Are you interested in learning to rope for Western Heritage or other reasons? Here is a great opportunity to get some instruction. Participants don’t have to be registered in Western Heritage and horses are not required for this event. Participants can still gain a lot even without your horse.

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Rice County community youth ages 2 through 5th grades are invited to attend the 4-H Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19, hosted by our 4-H Ambassadors.

    Camp Patterson 2016

    Youth in 3-8 grades are invited to attend 4-H camp this summer. If you are in 3-6, you can join others from Waseca, Steele, Freeborn, & Mower June 15-17. Grades 6-8 can attend Teen Camp June 22-24 and join even more counties! You can find details on the appropriate registration form which can be downloaded.

    Rice County 4-H Clover Update - March, 2016

    The county 4-H Clover Update monthly newsletter contains the latest news and information about 4-H events, deadlines, training, scholarship opportunities, projects and other activities for members, families, and volunteers in your county.

    Camp Patterson 4-H Counselor Application 2016

    9th graders and above, consider being a camp counselor and apply today!

    Rice County Membership Guide

    This guide is in addition to the 4-H Youth Development Family Handbook. The information in this guide relates specifically to the Rice County 4-H Program.

    2015-2016 Ambassadors Wanted!

    Looking for another way to build your leadership skills? Consider the ambassador program!

    Bonus Funding

    Get rewarded for participating in 4-H sponsored events throughout the past year!
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