February 2011 4-H Newsletter

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension


Greetings from Warren County 4-H!

I hope that this Newsletter finds you and your families all well as we begin another exciting year for Warren County 4-H!  We have a lot of exciting programs and events coming up and I hope that you all have time to read through the newsletter to see what’s going on!


Erin Bain

4-H Agent

Volunteer Leader’s Association

The next Warren County 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Association Meeting will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011 and the March meeting will be on Monday, 3/28.  As a reminder, Volunteer Leader meetings are always held on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.  All dates for 2011 are listed on page 3 of this newsletter.

North Central District Teen Retreat

North Central District Teen Retreat will be Friday-Saturday March 18-19, 2011 at the Sertoma 4-H Center in Westfield, NC (about 25 miles from Winston-Salem).  The cost for this event is $50 per youth including lodging and meals and transportation.  This event will give teens the opportunity to network with youth from all around the North Central District as well as participating in educational and fun workshops.  Open to youth ages 13 and up and new participants are welcome!  Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 4th.

2010-2011 4-H Enrollment Forms

If you have not already turned in annual 4-H Enrollment forms for the youth in your family/club, please do so ASAP.  We have to have new forms of file for each 4-Her every year.  Let me know if you need copies of the form or have any questions.

Spring Break Field Trip Opportunities

This year we will not be offering a full week of Spring Break Activities, but we are offering two fun Field Trip opportunities that youth can sign up for individually.

Wednesday, March 9 – Trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Art Museum in Raleigh.

Thursday, March 10 – 4-H Center Low Ropes/Challenge Course Trip

Both Trips will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the cost will be $15 per child.  Open to youth ages 9 and up.  Participants should bring a lunch with them, but snacks and bottled water will be provided.

Minimum number for both trips is 8, maximum 13 and we do need 1 additional adult chaperone for each day.  Registrations and volunteers accepted first come, first served and space is not guaranteed until registration fee is paid in full and all paperwork is received.  Contact Erin ASAP for forms and additional Information. Deadline for registration is Friday, February 25th

2011 Four County 4-H Livestock and Pullet (Poultry) Events

Please click HERE to see a list of ALL Four County (Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren) 4-H Youth Livestock and Poultry Events for 2011!  Don’t hesitate to call or e-mail Erin for additional information!

Summer 4-H Camp!

Camp is an awesome fun and educational experience for youth ages 8-14! Warren County 4-H is going to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp, Reidsville, NC during the week of June 26 – July 1, 2011.  Spaces are limited and we are currently accepting early-bird registration. To guarantee your child(ren) a spot at camp this year you must pay a non-refundable deposit of $75 per child.  The total cost of camp is $340 and can be paid in installments from now until June or paid online with a credit card.  Don’t wait, because camp spaces go SUPER fast!

Online Communication

If you have an e-mail address that you are willing to share (and check regularly!) please send me a message at erin_bain@ncsu.edu so that I can add you to my list.  Also please check out our Facebook and Twitter pages if you use those social networking sites.

Summer Programming Ideas!

The summer will be here before we know it and this year I want to get really creative with our Day Camp opportunities.  If anyone has suggestions about programs they would like to see me organize, or that they would like to volunteer to plan/teach, then please let me know!  I’m always open to new ideas and since you work directly with the youth in your clubs/communities I would love to hear what you think.

TEENS – PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO ALL INFORMATION FROM THIS POINT ON!  These are great opportunities specifically for you that you should consider taking advantage of!!!!

Teens – District Officer Nominations

The deadline for youth wishing to run for District Office for 2011-2012 is Wednesday, February 23rd.  Running for District office is an excellent way to practice public speaking and leadership skills and learn more about 4-H in the District and State.  Any teens interested in running should contact Erin ASAP to obtain the proper forms.  Officer positions for this year are:

President – Female

Vice President – Male

Secretary/Treasurer – Male

Reporter – Female

Chrissy Laureano Memorial 4-H Livestock Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is open to 4-H Members in Warren County who are graduating seniors and have participated in 4-H livestock or poultry projects, have a 3.0 GPA or better, and have been accepted to a College/University.  Deadline to apply is March 1, 2011.  Contact Erin for more information or to request an application.

Attention Teens – AIRE Program Information

The North Carolina 4-H AIRE program is designed for teens to get experience that will help them immensely in their future endeavors for college, scholarships, and the workplace.  This program also allows youth to be considered for National 4-H Awards trips throughout the year.  The program consists of four parts; Application, Resume, Interview, and Essay.  I will be doing a training for anyone interested in this program on March 29, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at the Extension Office.  You must register in advance for this training by Monday, March 21st.  The deadline for submission of AIRE portfolios to the 4-H Office is May 6th. (*please note – this will also be the deadline for Ambassador portfolios)

Citizenship North Carolina Focus

Citizenship North Carolina Focus:  A Capitol Experience (CNCF) is an extremely exciting opportunity for 4-H Youth to learn first hand about leadership and citizenship in a new way.  Youth who attend CNCF are “the best of the best” in North Carolina 4-H and attendance can open up a variety of additional leadership opportunities for the future.  During the 3 day conference in Raleigh, you will learn about all 3 branches of State Government, discuss how the work of government impacts you, and develop a localized action plan for your community.  You will hear from a number of state official and identify opportunities for teen engagement in the political and governmental life of North Carolina.  You will also have an opportunity to set up meetings and visit with the legislators that represent Warren County.

CNCF is open to all youth ages 14 and up (as of 1/1/2011) and will be held Monday-Wednesday June 13-15, 2011 in Raleigh. The cost is $150 per person, including meals and lodging during the event.  Registration deadline is typically in early May and information will continue to be publicized in Newsletters and online between now and then.  I strongly encourage teens to consider participating in this opportunity.


2011 4-H Dates/Deadlines

-Volunteer Leader meetings are always held on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.  The full list of dates for 2011 is as follows: March 28, April 25, May 23, No meetings in June or July, August 22, September 26, October 24, and November 28.  There is no meeting in December due to the Banquet and the Holidays.

-February 4, 2011 – 4-H Project Record Books Due to Warren County Office

-February 8, 2011 – Open Planning Meeting for 2011 Area 4-H Pullet (Poultry) Show

-February 17, 2011 – Interest Meeting for 2011 Area 4-H Pullet Show

-March 1, 2011 – Application Deadline for 2011 Chrissy Laureano Memorial Scholarship

-March 9-10, 2011 – 4-H Spring Break Field Trips (Deadline 2/25)

-March 18, 2011 – Entry Form deadline for 2011 Area 4-H Pullet Show

-March 18-19, 2011 – North Central District 4-H Teen Retreat (Deadline 3/4)

-March 25, 2011 – 2011 Area 4-H Pullet Show Orientation Meeting and Workshop

-March 29, 2011 ARIE Information Workshop (Sign up by 3/21)

-April 1, 2011 – Deadline to sign up for 4-H Electric Congress (those who have completed Electric Projects only)

-April 1-6, 2011 – District/State Level Project and Cumulative Record Judging

-April 12, 2011 – Four County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale Planning/Workshop

-May 6, 2011 – ARIE and Ambassador Portfolios DUE

-May 12, 2011 – 4-H Presentation Workshop

-June 6, 2011 – 4-H Camp Orientation Meeting

-June 10, 2011 – County Presentations Practice

-June 13-15, 2011 – Citizenship North Carolina Focus

-June 21, 2011 – North Central District Activity (Presentation) Day

-June 26-July 1, 2011 – Warren County week at Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center

-July 11-13, 2011 – North Carolina 4-H Electric Congress

-July 18-21, 2011 – North Carolina 4-H Congress

-September 9, 2011 – Four County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale

-October 13-23, 2011 – North Carolina State Fair

-November 10, 2011 – Area 4-H Pullet Show and Sale

New events and programs are always happening – Please read your newsletters each month and watch for updates in the Warren Record and on our website(s).