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Upcoming Opportunities

Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Amber Johnson, Wadena County 4-H member and recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from the MLBA.  The Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association Scholarship is presented each year to 4-H and FFA youth who are active members and exhibitors during the year of application.  The participants are selected based on leadership experience and personal growth achievements.  Additionally, the scholarships reward academic excellence and outstanding livestock production.
Committing to exceptional youth as an investment to further the agricultural industry, the MLBA is proudly awarding $65,000 in scholarships to 41 outstanding youth.  This year, 3 of the scholarships are $4,000, 15 are $2,000, and 23 are $1,000.  ‘The support from the greater livestock community is phenomenal and much appreciated,’ says Steve Pooch MLBA Secretary.  Since the inception of the scholarship program there have been 307 scholarships given totaling $399,000.   
Funding for the scholarships comes from a combination of donations from livestock industry leaders and supporters, matched by MLBA purple auction proceeds.  Each year during the Minnesota State Fair, a 4-H purple ribbon auction is conducted selling the premiums of outstanding youth livestock exhibits with 78% of the funds going directly to the youth and remaining invested in the scholarship fund and expenses related to the auction.  For a list of all Minnesota youth receiving scholarships visit MLBA Scholarships

County 4-H Officer Elections Coming Soon!

Interested in the decision making process at the county level of want to have your voice heard?  Here is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!  New Leader’s Council Officers will be elected at this month’s meeting.  This opportunity is open to youth in grades 7+ who would like to help lead Wadena County 4-H through the 2017-2018 4-H year. 
If you are interested in becoming a County 4-H Officer, please email or call the Extension Office by Friday, September 8 with your name and indicate your first and second choices for offices you would like to hold.  Then, be sure to attend the September 11 Leader’s Council meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. at the 4-H Building.  At the Leader’s Council meeting, be prepared to introduce yourself and give a brief (1-2 minute) overview of your 4-H experiences, activities, and accomplishments. 

Interested in Becoming a Wadena County 4-H Ambassador?

Youth in grades 7+ who are looking to expand their 4-H experience and encouraged to apply!  4-H Ambassadors are youth leaders that are willing to share their 4-H experiences, serve as role models and work with younger 4-H members.  Becoming an ambassador allows youth to network with their 4-H peers while helping taking on a leadership role above the club level.  Often, our ambassadors help with 4-H afterschool programs, day camps, project days, and assist with other 4-H events, but this group also have lots of fun!
If you have questions on the ambassador program, please contact Virginia, Sarah Collins, or a current ambassador—we’d all be happy to help!

Fall Volunteer Training

The theme for the 2017-2018 Fall Volunteer Training is ‘Expanding our roots—growing new opportunities’.  The training activities are designed to help youth and adult volunteers explore our roots and gain resources for a welcoming and supportive 4-H program. 
Fall Volunteer Training will take place in Wadena on Sunday, October 1 at 3:30 p.m. at the 4-H Building.
• It is mandatory for AT LEAST one volunteer from each club to participate!
• Feel free to bring the kids along, if they don’t want to participate we will have some fun games and activities for them to do with some older kids while the adults are completing the training!

Fall Awards/Kick Off Night

Sunday, October 1st will be our annual year-end awards program (based on County Fair achievements and record judging).  We will begin with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. (after Fall Volunteer Training) with the awards program beginning at 6 at the 4-H Building.
In order to ensure a variety of foods, we have opted to split out our potluck assignments as follows (these rotate yearly so if you really love to bake, some year you will have a chance to bring dessert!):

  • 4-Corners—entrees or sides
  • Ambitious—Desserts
  • Blowers Rockwood—Desserts
  • Hoppin Hares—salads or appetizers
  • Independent Families—salads or appetizers
  • Leaf River Builders—salads or appetizers
  • Pine Cone—Salads or appetizers
  • Wadena County Horse PDC—entrees or sides
  • Wadena Juniors—entrees or sides
  •  West Jolly Jets—entrees or sides

The council will provide punch and coffee.  This is also a great time to kick off the new 4-H year (which begins October 1) and National 4-H Week (October 1-7).  We hope to see a lot of you there supporting youth and volunteers and celebrating their accomplishments!

Club Charters
Club leaders will be receiving information on Club Charters this month.  You won’t be able to finalize them until October 1 as they require the bank balance as of September 30, but let’s try to get them completed and turned in in a timely fashion this year!  There is a half hour of time built in between Fall Volunteer Training and the awards potluck that we can discuss them.  Otherwise, Virginia is available to answer questions and provide support and assistance as needed.

Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action

In August, Wadena County 4-H began the Growing 4-H Opportunities Together: Volunteers in Vision and Action (GOT: VIVA) process as we had discussed at Leader’s Council meetings in May and July.  GOT: VIVA intentionally aligns two processes that are central to delivering meaningful youth development programs: program development and volunteer systems development.  This process relies on a team approach that engages local 4-H program staff and Extension Educators working within the region. 
Wadena County was the first county in the state to try out this program in a summer format and we were able to condense the timeline because of it.  During the month of August, we held our first Steering Committee meeting where we went over the process and our Steering Committee (comprised of Jim Hofer, County Commissioner; Ryan Odden, County Engineer; Raina Connor, Sebeka Community Ed; Lee Kantonen, Pastor at the Wadena UMC; Joshua Kukowski, Extension Educator; and Virginia) selected individuals to invite to serve on a focus group.  There were four focus groups: youth in 4-H, youth not in 4-H, adults involved with 4-H, and adults not involved with 4-H; Focus Group discussions took place mid-August. 
We compiled the data that was gained from Focus Groups and coupled it with demographic and county specific data to create our final report.  This report was presented to our Steering Committee in a second meeting toward the end of the month and was used to come up with some goals to group our 4-H program here in Wadena County.  These goals were ranked by priority and will be presented at our September 11 Leader’s Council meeting to see who would like to volunteer to put this vision into action! 
It’s an interested presentation and list, I encourage you to attend this Council meeting just to learn about this GOT: VIVA process if you have any interest!

Contacts

Virginia Hendrickx
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(218) 631-7623
carrl002@umn.edu
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