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    Message from Jennifer: Together, we can ensure Minnesota youth thrive.

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza challenges 4-H adults to help youth pursue a thriving life –filled with happiness, success and connection.

    Complete your 2018-2019 4-H enrollment

    4-H enrollment ensures that 4-H families receive critical 4-H communications - it 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.

    Check out Minnesota 4-H branded items for sale!

    It’s that time of year again - the Clovermart Winter Sale is here! Order Minnesota 4-H branded merchandise by Dec. 14.

    Are you looking for work experience in the youth development field?

    County-based 4-H youth development summer intern positions will soon be available throughout the state of Minnesota. Candidates must have a high school diploma, and at least two years of undergraduate study is preferred. Submit your application by Jan. 4, 2019.

    Volunteers: Join us for the "Keeping Youth Safe" webinar on Dec. 6

    All volunteers who plan and lead activities and events with youth are invited to the “Keeping Youth Safe” webinar on Dec. 6, from 7-8 p.m. This online training will prepare you to plan for safe environments and to work within risk management policies and practices.

    Sign up now for a national 4-H trip!

    Minnesota youth in grades 9-13 are invited to sign up for Citizenship Washington Focus, a national 4-H civic engagement trip for high school youth. The 2019 conference will be held June 22-29 at the National 4-H Conference Center - this is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and visit Washington, DC! Registration will close on Dec. 10.

    Register now for a regional youth leadership workshop, BLU!

    Registration is now open for the 2019 Building Leadership & Understanding (BLU) regional leadership workshops. BLU is open to youth in grades six and up. Five BLUs will be held at locations across the state – registration deadlines vary by location. Meet youth from across the region and build leadership skills at this event!

    Participate in 2019 Project Bowls

    2019 Project Bowl information is now available! Coaches and 4-H'ers (grades 3 - 12+) interested in learning more about the 4-H Project Bowl program should check out the website for dates, locations, rules, references and more! Get ready to learn more about your dairy, general livestock, horse, lama, poultry, rabbit and wildlife projects!

    Engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science with this new curriculum

    Be a 4-H Scientist! is a new curriculum for adults to engage Cloverbuds in hands-on science exploration. It is available via a free download at www.4hpolymers.org. Volunteer training will be offered around the state in 2019.

    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.

    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).

    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!

    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.

    Rounds of Applause....

    We are sending our best wishes to the state horse and dog show participants!

    "4-H Grows Relationships" Annual Volunteer Training - November 29

    This training is for all 4-H youth and adult volunteers in clubs and county-wide groups and programs, including committees, federations, leader’s councils and others. Each group should bring a team of youth and adult volunteers to get the most out the content.

    Achievement Celebration - November 9

    Put this date on your calendar. More details to come.

    Club Officer & Leader Training - October 27

    This training is beneficial for both new and experienced officers and club leaders.

    October 1st Deadline

    The following items are due to the Extension Office on October 1st.

    4-H Open House - October 14

    If you are looking for more information on 4-H, this is the place to be!

    4-H Record Judging Dates - Help Needed!

    Can you help out for an hour or two?

    4-H Records - Due September 17

    Records need to be turned in (and complete) by the 17th to be evaluated for record judging awards.

    2018-2019 4-H Re/Enrollment begins Friday, September 14

    It's that time of year to enroll/re-enroll into the new 2018-19 4-H year!

    4-H Records - Information on Completing, Forms to Use

    4-H members are encouraged to complete their 4-H Records each year.

    Cloverbud Adventures for 2018-19

    Calling all youth in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade! 4-H Cloverbud Adventures will be offered throughout the 2018-19 4-H year, so come join the fun!

    Waseca County 4-H 2018 Award Nominations

    Do you know of someone that is deserving of special recognition from Waseca County 4-H? Nominate him/her to receive an award at the annual Achievement Celebration!

    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.

    Rounds of Applause

    This round of applause goes to kids going to 4-H Camp, Waseca County 4-H families and our 4-H graduates from high school.....

    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.

    Adult Volunteer Opportunities in Waseca County 4-H

    If you are willing to share your time and talents to make a difference, 4-H needs you! Check out opportunities for one-time volunteers, as well as screened volunteers, here.

    Shooting Sports & Wildlife Program: Progress Update

    Follow along with our progress to get an active Shooting Sports & Wildlife program up and running in Waseca County 4-H!

    Waseca County 4-H Calendar

    If you haven't already done so, check out the 4-H Calendar!

    4-H Program Update and Evaluation Reports

    A listing of event evaluation reports and quarterly program updates.

    Thanks A Million Shout-out

    Kindness matters now more than ever. Waseca County 4-H members and volunteers can help spread kindness through the "Thanks a Million Shout-out" program. It's simple to do!

    4-H Membership Information Center

    We want you to have a positive experience as a Waseca County 4-H member! This site contains the 4-H Member Handbook and many other resources for learning about 4-H. It is especially helpful for members/families in their first year of 4-H.

    Livestock Superintendents - Apply by October 1!

    Are you interested in becoming a Livestock Superintendent?

    Waseca County 4-H Calendar

    Have you seen the Waseca County 4-H calendar?

    Horse Project Events

    Check here for Horse Project events.

    Links for Sign-Up and Registrations

    This is a listing of the links for signing-up and registering for events, evaluations, and more
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