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    Ambassador Applications

    Do you love to talk to people? Are you passionate about 4-H? Are you willing to help out when needed? Are you looking for ways to improve your resume? If you answered yes to these questions, you should become a Wright County 4-H Ambassador!  To become an Ambassador you need to have completed 8th grade.  

    Re-Enrollment Begins!

    Each year, 4-H families must re-enroll both youth members and adult volunteers. The process is quick and easy; even families with multiple members should be done in ten minutes or less. Re-enrolling early ensures that critical communications will be received, especially as it relates to deadlines and project specific information. Detailed information about online enrollment and re-enrollment is available at: www.4-H.umn.edu/4honline.

    Advisory Council Budget Meeting

    Advisory Council will be meeting to work on the budget for the 2018-2019 year.  Families are welcome to forward any feedback regarding the budget to the office for discussion at this meeting. 

    Federation Meeting

    This meeting will also feature ‘officer elections,’ where the Federation will choose new youth and adult representatives for the 4-H year 2018-2019.  All adult volunteers and youth in grades 7+ are encouraged to consider running for an office. Also, at this meeting, please join us for a summer re-cap meeting.  We will hear reports on all the great 4-H activities that have taken place, as well as receive the proposed 2018-19 budget recommendations from the 4-H Advisory Council.  All families are welcome to attend as voting members of the Wright County 4-H Federation. 

    4-H Club Olympics & Potluck

    A wacky fun game day for all 4-H members and adults.  Form teams for your club.  Clubs can have more than one team or include members from other clubs.  Team costumes or t-shirts are encouraged!  All teams must have 5 members and include: 1 adult, 1 Cloverbud, 1-3rd-5th grader & 2 members of any age.  Prizes for the top 3 teams, teams with the most creative team costume and more!  If you don’t have a team, contact Kelly at the Extension office to participate. 

    Shooting Sports Leader Training

    We could use some more help with next year’s shooting sports practices in all disciplines.    All that is required to volunteer with this program is to attend a SS&W Leader Training either this fall or in the spring (they’ll teach you everything you need to know) and complete the volunteer screening.   Wright County 4-H pays the registration fee, and will reimburse volunteers for mileage and lodging to attend (we do ask if 4-H covers the cost that you commit to the program for at least 3 years). 

    Fall 4-H Promotion—Everyone’s Help Needed!

    This fall Wright County 4-H has several events where we are promoting 4-H, including open houses and a corn maze! Volunteers are needed to help with these events.

    Project Records

    4-H records are a fun and easy way to keep track of all of a member’s 4-H experiences! 4-H’ers use records to reflect on what they have done, what they enjoyed, what they would change, and how they could improve. Project records that are done correctly create a summary of a member’s entire career in 4-H that can be a really neat keepsake to look back on for years to come!   Now is a great time to start working on your project records.  Check out the resources below for more information or contact the office if you need help getting started

    National 4-H Week is Coming October 7-13!

    Get into the 4-H spirit and celebrate National 4-H Week.

    Centennial Recognition of Wright County 4-H Alumni

    In celebration of the Wright County 4-H Centennial, we are looking to recognize individuals or families in the following categories.  They will be recognized at the 4-H Awards Banquet in November. 

    4-H Supporter Signs— Still Available

    Show your centennial spirit by purchasing a 4-H yard sign to show your 4-H pride!  Signs cost $10.  Contact the Extension Office.

    4-H Centennial Corn Maze –In Monticello

    Fresh Acres, LLC has created a Wright County 4-H Centennial Maze. 

    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.

    Get the app! 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair

    If you're going to the state fair, don't forget to download the NEW 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair app! You'll be able to find everything 4-H at the fair, keep up with judging results and livestock show staging announcements, and much more.

    Apply today to be a youth member on a state fair livestock show committee

    Youth on state fair show committee - apply today to become a youth member on a state fair show committee. This is for youth in grades 9 through one year post high school. Apply by Sept. 15 for a position starting in early October.

    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.

    Nominate a 4-H volunteer for Salute to Excellence

    Volunteers give much to the Minnesota 4-H program! Consider nominating an outstanding volunteer for a 2019 4-H Salute to Excellence Award. All nomination materials are due by Sept. 15, 2018.

    Attend SS&W and ATV fall leader certification training

    Fall 2018 SS&W leader certification training materials are now posted! Adults and youth (9th grade and older) are invited to attend this Sept. 29-30 training at the Gopher Campfire Conservation Club in Hutchinson. Be prepared for the new 4-H year with trained volunteers - register by Sept 12!

    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. Watch for dates and locations across the state this fall and plan to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    State Fair Lineups

    Here is where you can find the state fair lineups!

    State Fair Exhibitor Information

    Everything you need to know about State Fair exhibition, including registration instructions!

    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!

    Remember livestock demonstration opportunities

    Again in 2018 the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association will be providing $30 cash awards to all 4-H members who complete a livestock demonstration during 4-H livestock weekend at the Minnesota State Fair. Start planning your livestock demonstration today!

    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.

    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!"

    Don't forget about 2018 Share the Fun!

    This is an early reminder that state fair Share the Fun nominations and application forms will be available online June 1. Interested 4-H youth should start preparing to perform their acts! If your county has a Share the Fun competition at county fair, reserve a place on the rehearsal time schedule any time after June 1.

    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.

    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!

    Mark your calendars for the 2018 AKSARBEN Stock Show!

    The AKSARBEN Stock Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Sept. 27-30, 2018. It's open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In it, 4-H youth exhibit livestock, compete in quiz bowl and judging, apply for scholarships and internships to work with the AKSARBEN Stock Show.

    Non Member Registration for Events

    Here's where you'll find information on signing up for an event as a non 4-H member.

    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.

    State Fair Lineups

    Here's where you can find the State Fair Line-ups!

    4-H Exchange Gift Card Fundraiser

    Wright County 4-H Exchange would like to introduce you to an amazing fundraising opportunity we will be doing year round. We have just launched our Scrip program. Scrip is a program where families can purchase different types of gift cards.

    EVENTS CALENDAR

    Head to http://z.umn.edu/wrightcalendar for a full calendar of upcoming Wright County events. You can click on the event for more details, links to registration, and more!

    Project Bowl Meetings

    Looking for something fun to do this winter? Join a project bowl team! Project Bowl challenges teams of 3-6 youth in grades 3+ about their knowledge of 4-H project areas such as Dog, Dairy, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit, General Livestock, Lama, or Wildlife. It’s a great way to meet friends and learn more about your favorite project area, not to mention, great preparation for college or an animal science or wildlife related career!

    "Like" Wright County 4-H on Facebook

    Make sure you have "liked" Wright County 4-H on Facebook. We use our Facebook page to post important information about upcoming events and other announcements. You don't have to have a Facebook account to see our page. Also, during National 4-H Week, there will be opportunities for you to participate in fun contests to win 4-H prizes. Don't miss out!

    FIND A 4-H CLUB NEAR YOU!

    Head to http://z.umn.edu/clubmap to locate and contact a club near you!
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