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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Here’s Your Chance to Run for a Federation Officer Position

    All youth who have completed 9th grade and above are encouraged to run for a 4-H Federation Office! The application is available at http://www3.extension.umn.edu/sites/default/files/download/Application.pdf and is due prior to the July 23 election.

    4-H Fair Set Up

    Please mark your calendar for Thursday, August 9 at 5 p.m. for our Pre-Fair 4-H Set Up Night. We will clean and set up both the 4-H Café and 4-H Building so that they are ready for all of you at County Fair. The more help, the better. Remember: many hands, make light work. A pizza supper will be provided for everyone who shows up. We hope to see you then!

    Cloverbud Policy Reminder

    All 4-H’ers completing grades K-2 compete as Cloverbuds in exhibition. This age level has specific rules that they follow in 4-H.

    Order Your 4-H Café Entry Day Presale Tickets

    Due to sales tax implications, our 4-H Café will not be open for sales (this means all food, beverages, etc.) on County Fair entry day. People can purchase pre-sale meal tickets ahead of time. Tickets will be on sale through August 7. An informational flyer is available at http://www3.extension.umn.edu/sites/default/files/download/Pre-Sale%20Entry%20Day%20Meal%20Tickets%20Flyer%20-%20final.pdf.
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