2006-09-27 / Farm & Home

4-H News

Anna Burgess County Extension Agent 4-H & Youth

This week we are going to be busy wrapping up work on the mini booths. If your child has started one, they need to come in and finish it this week in order to go to the fair. We have assigned them days to come in and work so that it doesn't get too confusing back there. Please make sure they come in on the appropriate day or we won't have anything for them to do. If you are uncertain of their days or have a conflict, just call and let us know.

ATTENTION PARENTS: We need you to come by on Friday, October 6th or before and pick up your child's project to set it up at the fair in Statesboro on Saturday, October 7th from 8:30 to 2:00 or Sunday, October 8th. Setting up a booth does not require much effort, there will be a booth reserved for each child when you get there. You need to staple their posters to the booth and set up their "floor." The floor is the bottom of the booth which contains supporting material or visuals. For instance, if your child's project is on football, you may want to take a football, helmet, book, jersey, etc. to place in the floor. They have to have a floor to place any higher than 3rd.

Plans are set for the 2006 Georgia 4-H Junior Conference, which will be held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center November 4-5, 2006. The Junior District Officers selected the theme "Pirates of Georgia 4-H: Finding the Treasure Within You." The cost is $55.00 per person. This includes lodging, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Sunday breakfast, plus all the fun a Junior 4H'er can have. If your child is in the 7th or 8th grade and wants to become more active in 4-H, this is the event they need to go to. It is guaranteed to get every child there excited about 4-H and eager to come back and do things for their community. There will be a talent contest, street dance, educational workshops, crafts, service learning projects, movies, and much more!! This is also where we take the pop tabs we have collected throughout the year. Awards will be given out to the county and child who collected the most. The deadline to register your child is Friday, October 6th! I have more information and a tentative schedule at the office if you would like to know more. All junior officers are encouraged to attend. Speaking of officers, please do not forget officer training coming up this week and next!

September 30th to October 2nd we are sending a group of delegates to the Georgia Youth Summit at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The Georgia Youth Summit is designed to create an awareness of local issues, enhance youth-adult partnerships, and equip youth to become active locally in the betterment of their community. In preparation, the Jenkins County delegation will prepare a visual presentation on Jenkins County and an issue we face. At the conclusion of the event, they will have created a plan to conduct a community betterment project. 4-H'ers attending this event are: Adam Lanier, Beeca Rich, Brian Kirkland, Brooke Hillis, Justin Lanier and Marah Johnson.

Next week, October 1-7, is National 4-H Week. The theme this year is "4-H Takes You There." Be on the lookout for things some of our 4-H'ers are doing to show their appreciation and create awareness! Also, I have put together a parent/volunteer newsletter

to go out once every few

months. Included in the newsletter you will find a calendar of events, events

summary, and

a help needed section plus any information relevant to 4-H at

that time. It is

extremely important to me that not only parents, but

community

m e m b e r and volunteers

as well

are able to stay informed and up to date with the

program. Anyone interested in receiving this newsletter, please call the office (982-4408) and ask Mrs. Lorene to add you to the list. If you have an email address, that is the method I would prefer to use in distributing the letter. However, if you do not, we can send you a paper copy.

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