WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

January 13, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Important Information Regarding State Ambassador Elections
  • National 4-H Essay Contest
  • Western Regional Leaders Forum 2009 Update
  • Pacific Science Center Camp In
  • Imagine Tomorrow - WSU's Competition for High School Students
  • Betsy Fradd will receive the 2009 Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award
  • 4-H and Nickelodeon Partner to Launch New Online Game
  • Grant Writing Tips in Chronicle of Higher Education
  • “Celebrate Urban Birds” Mini-Grants Available


Important Information Regarding State Ambassador Elections
--Jan Klein

Applications for State Ambassador positions were due to me by January 10. So far I have NONE from Southwest or Southeast districts and only one from the Northwest district. Two positions are open in each of these districts.

Please help me in promoting this awesome opportunity! Would you call a teen from your county that you feel is ready for this advanced leadership position and mentor them through the application process? It is not difficult. You will find everything you need at: If you will let me know that an application is on the way, I will continue to take them through January 26. If I do not get applicants from these districts then they will have to go without representation. Thank you for moving ahead on this. It is a win/win situation for the teens, the county 4-H program and the state 4-H program.

Contact Jan Klein at: if you have any questions.

National 4-H Essay Contest
--Carol Beckman

The deadline for the National 4-H Essay Contest, “The Dance Language of Bees” is approaching. All state entries must be received by January 31, 2009. Send entries to: Carol Beckman, 2606 W Pioneer, Puyallup, WA 98371-4998.

Contact Carol Beckman at: if you have questions or need more information.

Western Regional Leaders Forum 2009 Update
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Over 170 people are currently registered for Western Regional Leaders Forum February 25 - March 1 at Denver Marriot's City Center Hotel in Denver, Colorado. We have 15 people currently registered from Washington State.

It's not too late for you to join this fun and educational event! The “Early Bird” registration rate of $225 has been extended. Forum details can be found at:

Pacific Science Center Camp In
--Janet Edwards 

Mark your calendar for March 28 and plan to attend the Camp In at Pacific Science Center in Seattle.  The overnight adventure promises to be lots of fun as well as educational!  This year the registration is being handled by Pacific Science Center.  The sleep over is for youth in third to eighth grade and the cost is $36.  Get your friends together and plan to explore the Pacific Science Center after hours.  Check out the details on the website at: Contact Janet Edwards if you have questions at: or 509-358-7867.

Imagine Tomorrow - WSU's Competition for High School Students
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

WSU has reached the limit of entries that we can accept for Imagine Tomorrow this year. 150 teams representing 52 schools and one home school team have already registered for the competition.  Additional teams may still register thru March 31 – but will be placed on a waitlist and notified if space becomes available.

THANKS to all of you for helping to spread the word about this great event. 

participating schools

To learn all the latest details about the competition, visit the website:

Betsy Fradd will receive the 2009 Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award

Betsy Fradd will receive the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award on behalf of The Pajama Program. The award will be presented at the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, January 15, 2009, 6-8PM in the CUB Junior Ballroom on the WSU/Pullman campus. This year the committee received a record number of exceptionally strong nominations. Betsy's nomination stood out for the committee as an example of WSU personnel promoting Dr. King's principles of service, human rights and social justice through service to our communities.

See the WSU Today online at: for an article about The Pajama Program.

Congratulations to Betsy and a big thank you to employees of WSU Extension in Puyallup for the donation of new pajamas and books to help young people in Pierce County.

4-H and Nickelodeon Partner to Launch New Online Game
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

National 4-H Council has partnered with Nickelodeon's "Big Green Help" to create a brand-new, interactive online game-- "Flip N' Flow"--featuring the network's animated boy-genius Jimmy Neutron. The game is in support of 4 H's Science, Engineering and Technology communication campaign to spark youth interest in science and prepare one million new young people for America's technology workforce.

Nickelodeon's "The Big Green Help" is a kid-led movement that provides information and tools to help explain climate change to young people, and connects them to energy-saving and earth-friendly activities in their everyday lives.

The "Flip N' Flow" game is available online at: Youth can play the game and access materials to share with friends. Check out this fun activity which gives youth and mentors the opportunity to learn about water conservation and challenges them think about steps they can take to participate in going green!

Questions can be directed to Nancy Cole, 301-961-2926, at National 4-H Council.

Grant Writing Tips in Chronicle of Higher Education
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

I recently came across an article in a 2005 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education that provides some very good advice and tips on preparing and submitting competitive grant applications. The article is easy to read and straight to the point. The article is available at:

“Celebrate Urban Birds” Mini-Grants Available
--Submitted by Susan Kerr

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites organizations and educators to apply for its Celebrate Urban Birds project mini-grants. Mini-grants average $100 to $500 and help fund neighborhood events across North America. Organizations working with traditionally underserved communities are strongly urged to apply. Applicants may come from all areas, including small towns, rural areas, suburbs as well as cities.

Celebrate Urban Birds is a free year-round project that collects information from everyday people about 16 species of birds that may be found in urban areas. Participants spend 10 minutes watching birds in their neighborhood and report their observations online at: This information helps scientists better understand how birds survive in cities and make use of greens spaces, including parks and gardens.

A local Celebrate Urban Birds event connects the arts, music, dance, and gardening with birds and science. Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants could be used to support a bird-activity day at a local museum, afterschool, library, or community center, or fund art and gardening activities at your club, business, school, senior center, or neighborhood.

To qualify for a mini-grant, please plan to:

To apply for a mini-grant, please visit: No experience with birds required. Application deadline is February 15, 2009.

For more information, contact project leader Karen Purcell at: or 607-254-2455.


Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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