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4-H Tuesday News

March 10, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Proof Positive - 4-H on the Tooday Show
  • Camp Rally
  • Livestock Field Days
  • 2009 4-H Northwest District Archery Finals March 21 in Puyallup
  • Horse Committees is Accepting Applications
  • VDAT to Call for Forum Proposals
  • National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop
  • Four Washington Counties to Pilot New 4-H Curriculum
  • Newly Elected State Ambassadors


Proof Positive - 4-H on the Today Show
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Yesterday you may have seen 4-H featured on the Today Show. Dr. Richard Lerner of Tufts University was interviewed by Meredith Viera about the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development. Below is a link to a digital file of the segment if you'd like to take a look. Rich does a wonderful job and 4-H is mentioned several times during the interview (notice Dr. Lerner is also wearing a 4-H pin!).

The timing could not be better, National 4-H Council has just completed their 2008 Annual Report, which highlights the results of the study. This year's theme, “Proof Positive”, speaks to the impact that 4-H programs are having on communities across the country, and reminds our audiences of the tremendous return that an investment in 4-H youth can generate.

In an effort to keep costs down, National 4-H Council will distribute most of the reports electronically this year. You can download a PDF version of the report at:

I really like the tagline “Proof Positive”—I think it clearly messages the impact that 4-H is making on young lives.

Camp Rally
--Jana S. Ferris

I am so excited to announce the second Washington State 4-H Camp Rally.  It will be held March 27-29, 2009 at 4-H Camp Panhandle near Shelton, WA. Not only will you get first-class instruction on camping and directing camps, but there will also be time for networking and sharing of camp resources.  Toni Gwin will be coordinating the counselor training track; I'm certain our youth will come away with an interesting set of new skills and resources.

The weekend will begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.; please plan to eat dinner prior to arrival.  We will end Sunday, March 29 at 12:00 noon and send you away with a brown bag lunch.  The fee of $60.00 includes accommodations and Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch.  Please complete the registration form, and other forms, and return to Washington State 4-H Camp Rally, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, WA  98208 postmarked by March 20, 2009. 

The entire registration packet 
Code of Conduct
Emergency Medical Release
Health Forms 
Camp Panhandle

If any of you have a topic you'd like to share to the entire group, please contact Jana Ferris (contact information on information and registration documents).  I'll make certain to save a space on the agenda for you!  I'm also looking for a camp to coordinate the Saturday night campfire.

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to spend a weekend with your camp friends!

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:

2009 4-H Northwest District Archery Finals March 21 in Puyallup
--Submitted by Betsy Fradd

Watch the 2009 4-H Northwest District Archery Finals on Saturday, March 21 at Skookum Archery Range on South Hill in Puyallup.  The best archers from eight counties will come together and go for gold in three separate events.  The Northwest District Finals are the last round before the Washington State Archery Championship.  Finalists then go on to compete at the National Invitational.

Elite 4-H archers will participate in Field and 3-D archery events that will test their power, stamina, dexterity and mental prowess.

The Finals begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Skookum Archery Range located at 11209 Shaw Road East in Puyallup.

For details contact Marie Duval-Igarta at: 253-846-5620 or

Horse Committees is Accepting Applications
--Submitted by Jennifer Leach

The PNW Horse Committee is accepting applications, due April 1, for the following open positions and can download the applications and information on the 4-H Equine Project webpage at:

NW District: One 4-H Volunteer and one 4-H Teen position

SE District: One 4-H Teen Position

Eastside “At Large” New Position: One 4-H volunteer or teen

Westside “At Large” New Position: One 4-H volunteer or teen

4-H County Educator Position

4-H Program Assistant Position

If you have any questions or need clarification contact Jennifer Leach, Interim 4-H Equine Specialist, at: 360-577-3014 EXT. 4 or

VDAT to Call for Forum Proposals
--Submitted by Ann Hennings

The 2009 4-H Forum for 300 - 400 Washington State volunteer leaders is the third weekend in October. VDAT, again, will be selecting a dynamic program of 40 workshops and 6 long tracks to develop and inspire the leadership of the state's future 4-H programs. VDAT encourages faculty, staff, and key volunteers to consider this scholarly opportunity for statewide presentation. Proposals are due May 1 . Contact Ann K. Hennings, interim State Volunteer Development Coordinator, at with questions.

National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop
--Submitted by Janet Schmidt

Applications are now being accepted from 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders who would like to attend the National 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop in West Virginia, May 3-8, 2009. In particular, Volunteers are needed from Western Washington who are willing to teach in the Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol Disciplines. Volunteers must already have attended a state training and be willing to instruct at one state training for the next three years. The early bird registration fee due by April 1 is $325 per person and includes meals and lodging. For more information see the 4-H Shooting Sports webpage at:

Four Washington Counties to Pilot New 4-H Curriculum
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Four sites in Washington have requested inclusion in the pilot, The Power of the Wind, a new curriculum from National 4-H Council.  They are listed below for your information and consideration.

Kudos to our colleagues for their interest in this exciting opportunity and service to the nationwide 4-H system.

Newly Elected State Ambassadors
--Jan Klein

Congratulations to the newly elected State Ambassadors! 

This is the last time we will have State Ambassador elections at the 4-H Know Your Government Conference. The next SA elections will be at District Rallies, fall of this year 2009. The term will run from District Rally 2009 through 4-H Teen Conference 2011. Two opening will be available in every district except SW, which will have 3 openings. Applications are due Sept. 1, 2009. State Ambassador job description, program goals and application can be found at:

The Northeast District is still in need of a State Ambassador advisor.

Contact Jan Klein, State 4-H Teen Leadership Coordinator, at with any questions on the statewide teen program.

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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