September 4-H Newsletter

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension


Warren County 4-H

September 2009 Newsletter

Greetings from Warren County 4-H! We’re gearing up for an excellent Fall with 4-H this year.  There are many different ways to get involved in your community through 4-H and we hope to see you come out to take advantage of these awesome programs!


Erin Bain, 4-H Agent




Attention Volunteer Leaders! – IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

Monday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. – Volunteer Leader’s Meeting

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. – Required Volunteer Training.  All current 4-H Volunteers must attend to learn about 4-H updated requirements including club chartering, youth paperwork, and other important topics.  PLEASE mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend.

Saturday, November 7 in Louisburg – North Central District 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Day.  Registration is $5 for the day and is due by October 27, 2009.  This includes lunch and several educational workshops throughout the day.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other volunteers and have a great time!


Area Poultry Show

Please don’t forget that all participants in the Poultry Show and Sale must complete a 4-H Project Record Book at turn it in to their county 4-H Office by October 30, 2009.  The show will be held on Saturday, November 14th.  To obtain curriculum guides and/or the 4-H plan paperwork, please contact Erin at 257-3640.

2009 Big Sweep

The 2009 Warren County Big Sweep will be held on Saturday, October 17th*NOTE – We will now be meeting at the picnic shelter at the Warren County Recreation Complex on Highway 158.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. for orientation and disperse to clean up sites from there.  All clean up groups MUST have at least one adult with them.  To register your group/club please contact Erin by Monday, October 12th at the latest!  All youth and adult volunteers are welcome to participate. 


4-H Curriculum Guides

Curriculum Guides to aid 4-H members in selecting and completing their 4-H Projects for the year are available in the 4-H Office or for order.  4-H Volunteers may come to the 4-H Office to browse through the available curriculum here or obtain a list of curriculum available for order.  National 4-H Curriculum is available in 54 different categories that range from Animal Science to Robotics and everywhere in between.  If ordering books that are not on hand in the 4-H office, the 4-Her is responsible for payment, but discounts are sometimes available and typically no book costs over $5.00.  4-H Project curricula is also available online for some projects.  Contact Erin for more information at 257-3640 or


National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week will be celebrated the week of October 4-11!  This week will include a variety of celebrations that will involve many of our 4-H members across the county as well as continuing to try to promote 4-H in the community. 

A BIG highlight of this week will be 4-H Day with the Wolfpack on Saturday, October 10th!  NC State Athletics is offering 4-H members/groups discounted tickets to see the Wolfpack take on the Duke Blue Devils for an exciting day of football!  For More information or to purchase tickets call the NC State Ticket Office at (919) 865-1510.

Details about additional National 4-H Week Events will be posted online as well as publicized in next week’s (September 21) Warren Record.  Be on the lookout for information!

4-H and Warrenton Police Department Bike Rodeo

Warren County 4-H and the Warrenton Police Department will be hosting a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, October 10, 2009 at Miriam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and all youth are encouraged to attend. Activities include a bicycle obstacle course, poster contest, songs and games, and a free lunch from Hardee’s is included!  You must bring your own bike to participate in the obstacle course, but helmets will be provided for those who need them.  All youth who attend will also have the chance to win a NEW bike!!



Warren County 4-H wants to extend HUGE congratulations to 4-Hers and Volunteers on some excellent accomplishments!

4-H Youth Awards

  • 2009 North Carolina State Horse Poetry Contest – Elizabeth Moseley, 1st Place Senior Division
  • 2009 North Carolina State Poultry Poster Contest – Lacie Steffensen, Gold Medal 9-10 category
  • Christopher Harris – Selected for 2009 Run with the Pack NC State Football Event – North Carolina 4-H and North Carolina Electric Cooperatives have teamed up to send 12 youth to the September 19th NCSU vs. Gardner Webb football game.  Each youth will receive 3 tickets to the game and 3 meals.  Go Wolfpack!

 4-H Volunteer Awards

  • The Warren County 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association won THREE awards for their participation and hard work in the 2009 Warren County American Cancer Society Relay for Life!
    • Best Team Banner
    • Top Fundraising Organization
    • South Atlantic Division All-Star Team (Platinum Level) for raising a total of $4,547.00 for the cause


Visit us on Twitter!

Warren County Cooperative Extension is expanding our social network by joining Twitter!  Twitter is a “micro-blogging” social networking site that allows users to post short messages to the world about what’s going on in the lives, or in our case – our Cooperative Extension Programs!  People can visit our Twitter site without signing up for an account, but Twitter users have the ability to sign up for text message alerts and other cool features.  To explore our Twitter page, visit


Warren County 4-H Day at the North Carolina State Fair!

Monday, October 19th is Youth Celebration Day at the North Carolina State Fair.  4-H Youth from all over the state are encouraged to attend this day and wear their 4-H Green and/or Clovers. Warren County 4-H will be making a trip to Raleigh for the Fair, departing from our Office at 3:30 p.m.  Transportation will be provided for the first 6 youth/volunteers who sign up.  Others who wish to drive themselves are encouraged to carpool and split costs.  Erin will purchase group admission tickets in advance.  Advance admission tickets for youth ages 6-12 are $1, ages 13-64 are $5.  Youth are responsible for their own spending money for food, rides, etc.  Registration Deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12th -  NO exceptions.


It’s NEVER too early!

As we approach the new “4-H Year” starting October 1st, please encourage your children and club members to start thinking about they many ways they can become more involved in 4-H throughout the next year.  Warren County will be continuing to do many of the same programs that we have been doing as well as encouraging youth to participate in many other 4-H Activities.  Please consider the many programs that youth may want to participate in during 2010. 


4-H Project Record Book Training

Warren County 4-H will be offering a 4-H Project Record Book Training for parents/volunteers and teen 4-H members on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  This training will include the purpose of project records, examples of successful (and not so successful) record books, and overall suggestions about how to improve your record books for winning results.  District and State awards for Project Record books often include monetary prizes in addition to the great experience of participating.  Please note that 2009 4-H Project Record books will be due to Erin in 4-H Office by January 15, 2010.  For more information about this training or to register, please contact Erin.


Attention 4-H Teens!

The North Carolina 4-H State Council Conference will be held Saturday-Sunday November 21-22 at the North Raleigh Hilton in Raleigh.  State Council Conference is an opportunity for youth ages 13-18 to become more involved in 4-H through learning about the 4-H Ambassador Program and participating in a variety of workshops.  Youth will have the chance to meet and socialize with other 4-H Teens from around the entire state.  Cost for the weekend including lodging is $150.  Erin is exploring options for attending NOT including lodging for those interested but unsure about cost. 


Vance County 4-H Livestock Events

Sheep Fitting & Showmanship Clinic

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m., all ages, no charge, Vance County Extension Center grounds, 305 Young Street.  Brent Jennings, NCSU Youth Livestock Specialist, will demonstrate how to prepare yourself and your sheep for livestock showing.  Interested families welcome to come watch. 

Showing Character Counts!

Friday, September 25, 6:00 p.m., Vance County Extension Center, 305 Young Street, Henderson.  Family event.   $3.00 includes pizza supper. Leonard Elam, 4-H Agent, Mecklenburg County, VA, will conduct workshop on ethics, winning and losing graciously, highlighting character traits of honesty, integrity, caring and respect through skits and role-playing.  Character Counts! is a nationally recognized program for character education that helps youth develop a great deal of life skills.  Although this specific event is designed for youth showing livestock, these are life lessons from which anyone could benefit.  Please let contact Pam Jones, Vance County 4-H Agent at (252) 438-8188 to let her know if your family will be attending by Thursday, September 24th