WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

February 17, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Apply for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Youth Advisory Board
  • Livestock Field Days
  • Wilcox Family Farm Tours
  • National Extension Conference on Volunteerism
  • NAE4-HA Conference
  • 4-H Family Strengthening Awards Update


Apply for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Youth Advisory Board
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Apply for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Youth Advisory Board for the 2009-2010 school year.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is looking for young people from all across the country to serve. We're looking for tweens and teens with unique experiences and opinions to shape the programs of our Kids' Movement and generate fresh ideas on how to make healthy living the norm, not the exception.

Applicants must be between the ages of 8-17 years old when membership begins July 16, 2009 and live in the United States, including US Territories. To learn more and apply, visit: Deadline to apply is March 31, 2009.

Livestock Field Days
--Nicole Wright

On March 14 there will be a Youth Beef Field day from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Lewiston Livestock Market in Lewiston, ID, cost is $6.00/per person w/scholarships available, if need.

On March 28 there will be a Youth Sheep/Goat Field Day from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Asotin County Fairgrounds in Asotin, WA, cost is $6.00/per person w/scholarships available, if needed.

Pre-registration is required for both days. To download the brochures and registration forms visit:

Wilcox Family Farm Tours
--Submitted by Nancy Baskett

Enhance 4-H projects with a tour at Wilcox Family Farms.  Learn how Judson and Betty Wilcox started the farm 100 years ago with one little coop and a bunch of chicks, which unfortunately turned out to be mostly roosters!  Four generations of Wilcox family worked hard all those years to make Wilcox Family Farms one of the few remaining family owned commercial farms in Pierce County. 
You'll visit the little coop where it all began and then our tours take visitors to our laying houses to see how we feed and care for our laying hens.  At the egg plant you will view eggs being processed from the time they enter the egg plant, get washed, inspected, graded and packaged into cartons.  It's fascinating to see how employees process about 65,000 dozen eggs per day, six days a week. 
Ring the school bell and step back in time inside our one-room school house where Wilcox children attended school in the early 1900's.  See a log cabin used by pioneers.  Our family history museum and antique farm equipment are full of dairy and egg equipment, farm machinery and antique cars, delivery vans and much more.  You will learn how it all worked and discover how different it is from modern farm equipment used today.  Kids will love feeding our animals at the petting farm.  Jump in the hay, pump water like pioneers, candle an egg.  As you travel about the 1,500 acre farm aboard the antique Wilcox bus you will see the beautiful Nisqually valley views that caught founder Judson Wilcox's eye.
Come enjoy a day at Wilcox Family Farms.  It's a great educational and fun experience for all age groups.  Visit our website at:  To schedule a tour for your 4-H group please email Cherie Kuranko at: or call 360-441-4726.


National Extension Conference on Volunteerism
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Registration is online and open for the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism.  Registration is a bargain at $190 (by March 16 ), and includes all meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Complete information is online at: Lodging is unbelievably affordable at $59.95 per room (single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy!)  (Reservations need to be made by March 29.)  Cutting edge workshops, a keynote presentation by internationally respected volunteer guru Susan J. Ellis, the rollout of the National Volunteer Framework and the Volunteer Research, Knowledge & Competency Taxonomy (VRKC) will all be featured, along with networking opportunities with our colleagues from across the country.

NAE4-HA Conference
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Have you been to the 2009 NAE4-HA “Imagine the Possibilities!" Conference in Rochester, NY website yet?  

The planning committee has been busy filling the site with the details that you need to make your travel plans to Rochester this fall.  Recently added to the site are details about choosing the perfect site for State's Night Out, Here you will find links for a map, a restaurant list, and contact information for Kelli O'Connor - Director of the Convention and Visitor Services. Kelli is willing to help you find private rooms, menu prices, and locations that will be just right for your state.

If you haven't already...mark your calendar - this is going to be a great conference with over 200 workshops, seminars, poster sessions, and commercial exhibits that are the best the Northeast has to offer! Pre-conference tours are being planned including visits to the Finger Lakes, Wine Country, Niagara Falls & Toronto. Also over 20 Seminars on Wheels are being organized. Evening events promise to be exciting as well: highlights include Seasons in the Northeast Opening Night and even a possible Theatre Night. This conference will also be an economical one with room rates starting at $119 per room per night!

4-H Family Strengthening Awards Update
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

That's right – another 4-H Family Strengthening update from Aggie Wright and Sharon Anderson at National 4-H Council!  We are so eager to receive your applications for the 2009 awards cycle so we want to share specifically the process and the timelines.  For complete information about this awards program, please go to: and click Resources, then Programs and then Family Strengthening.  We will continue to update this site for the process of submitting the final documents on line. 

The first step in this awards process, as you know, is the Programs of Distinction application to National 4-H Headquarters.  There is a direct link to the POD website on our page.  Maria Arnold,, is working with the POD process now at National 4-H Headquarters and has requested that the POD applications be submitted to her office by March 9, 2009.  That time frame will allow the reviewers to have plenty of time to work with the applications. 

The final application for the 4-H Family Strengthening Awards is May 15, 2009.  That final document includes the POD application materials and five additional questions posted on the 4-H Family Strengthening web page. 

The process is not terribly difficult – it just seems a bit cumbersome when one gets started.  So please encourage anyone you know to submit their application.  Aggie,, and I,, would be more than happy to visit with anyone working on this process. 

We know that many 4-H professionals are dealing with financial concerns at this time so this award of $15,000 cash for a program they are already doing could be a nice addition to their work.  Thanks for your help and all that you do to support the work of youth, families and communities. 


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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