WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

March 24, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Camp Rally
  • Sheep/Goat Field Day
  • State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest
  • VDAT Coordinator Emeritus Recommends Volunteer Management Education
  • Southwest District Forum Preparation Meeting
  • New 4-H Filmmaking Resource Available
  • Environmental Service Activities for 4-H clubs
  • Teen Talk - Newsletters for Parents in English and Spanish
  • Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World
  • 4-H Foundation Awards Grants
  • Call for Proposals
  • Paid Internships for Students with USFWS – No Experience Required
  • Position Announcements
    • Alaska Council (Anchorage), Girl Scout Executive
    • Colorado State University, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Specialist
    • Nevada, 4-H Camp Manager
    • North Carolina State University, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Family Studies


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.  The entire registration packet

Code of Conduct
Emergency Medical Release
Health Forms
Panhandle Camp Information

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. 

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!

Sheep/Goat Field Day
--Nicole Wright

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. To download the brochures and registration forms visit:

State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest
--Submitted by Carol Beckman

The 2009 State 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest will be held in the Allmendinger Room at the Puyallup Research & Extension Center on March 28, 2009.  The winning team will be invited to participate in the 2009 North American International Livestock Exposition, held in early November, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky.

If you have a team interested in this state-wide contest, please contact Ned Zaugg at:

VDAT Coordinator Emeritus Recommends Volunteer Management Education
--Submitted by Jan Hiller

These online courses should appeal to Extension personnel who want to learn more about working with volunteers, especially in times of limited resources.

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program

Are you responsible for engaging and managing volunteers? Want to be more effective in such things as recruiting, training, leadership, communication, evaluation and recognition of volunteers? No time to attend training? Learn online at Portland State University.

The Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program (VELP) provides four week online training courses in all aspects of managing volunteers-Recruiting, Training, Leadership, Communication, Evaluation, and Recognition. Courses can be taken for credit or for a professional development certificate.

Spring quarter enrollment now available at:

This fully online educational series is designed to build your volunteer program to standards of excellence and provide professional development to those who work with volunteers. The program delivers cutting-edge information to current professionals, potential volunteer managers, and anyone who works with volunteers, on how to successfully engage and lead volunteers. The course content is applicable to organizations in a variety of settings anywhere in the world.

The Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program is a program of Portland State University's Institute for Nonprofit Management /Public Administration Division of the Hatfield School of Government and School of Extended Studies.

Taught by experts in the field, VELP is an eight credit program consisting of 8 fully online courses. Courses may be taken "a la carte" or in a series leading to the certificate of completion. Completion of the series can also be applied to the Certificate in Volunteer Program Management offered by the Institute for Nonprofit Management (this Certificate program is a combination of on-line and in-person courses).

Course credit and CEU options are available. Please contact the Institute for Nonprofit Management for more details. or Tel: (503) 725-8221.

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program for Spring 2009 Online courses. More information is at:

Southwest District Forum Preparation Meeting
--Pam Watson

This meeting will follow the Westside Superintendent School on March 28th at 4 PM.  The meeting will be held on the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds (Chehalis, WA), same location as the Super School; and will be in the 4-H Building in the upper clothing room.  It would be great if we had a 4-H representative from each county.  We will be reviewing what is already done, what needs to be done, and how we can all help to get to the top of the hill and Howl for 4-H!

If you have volunteers coming to the Westside Super School please invite them to attend this informational and planning meeting.

New 4-H Filmmaking Resource Available
--Forwarded by Nancy Mordhorst

National 4-H Council has officially launched The Virtual 4-H Filmmaking Studio & Workshop, developed in collaboration with Montana State University, and located online at: The Filmmaking Studio and Workshop is the online space to find tools and resources about video production and “how to make your own film.”  On the home page of the site, you'll find the main Filmmaking Workshop—an 11 module “virtual workshop”, geared toward youth interested in making Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) films.  The workshop discusses SET as a primary topic area and delivery mode, but the learning modes and principles apply across mission mandate areas—SET, Healthy Living, and Citizenship.  

This is a BETA release and feedback is encouraged, via the “Give Feedback” button on the home page.   Additional resources will be added and tweaked over time, so stay tuned.  Happy Filmmaking!

Environmental Service Activities for 4-H clubs
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

With Earth Day coming up next month, we wanted to make you aware of several opportunities that provide some interesting service and learning experiences for 4-H clubs. Please share this information with county staff to make available to 4-H volunteers and clubs.

4-H Million Trees
Led by the Belmont (California) 4-H Club, the 4-H Million Trees (4HMT) Project is a large-scale service-learning project with the goal to plant 1,000,000 trees across the United States by 2011 to beautify America, absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide, and combat global climate change.  In 2008, National 4-H Headquarters signed a partnership agreement with Arbor Day Foundation in support of this project. Attached is a letter to 4-H clubs to tell them how they can get involved.

National Soil Project at Northeastern University
Dr. Geoffrey Davies and a research team are working on a project to do soil analyses of agricultural topsoils from different parts of the U.S. 4-H clubs can help to collect samples that can be analyzed to give a much clearer assessment of the health of the Nation's soils. 4-H members and families can help to contribute to this national soil research project.

4-H Million Trees
Soil Project

Teen Talk - Newsletters for Parents in English and Spanish
--Mary Katherine Y. Deen

Are you looking for information for parents of teens? Check out the /Teen Talk/ series now with three topics in Spanish.  All three are available in pdf files. This project is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and North Carolina State University Extension.

Sólo estoy enamorada - ¡No me voy a embarazar! >
I'm in Love. I'm Not Gonna Get Pregnant

Hay una fiesta, ¿puedo ir? >
There's a Party, Can I Go?

Pero si tú y papá toman ... >
But you and dad drink . . .

Just go to the University of Minnesota Extension's Families with Teens website and click on the Features section link. or visit:

Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Please click on the link below for information on a new National Academies book, “Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World.” A summary of recommendations (which mentions 4-H) can be found at:

4-H Foundation Awards Grants
--Submitted by Gayle Ashworth

The Washington State 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce the following grant recipients:

Clark County – “Get Moving, Get Healthy” Project for a Food, Safety and Nutrition Project.

Asotin County – A Government Awareness Program, “Bridging the Gap.”  Funding for both projects was provided by the Harry Burcalow Innovative Grants Endowment.

Whitman County - Chevron Community Pride Grant Funds were awarded to Teen Time 4-H for the 4th Street Entrance Beautification Project in Sprague. 

Kitsap County - The Best Washington State 4-H Community Pride Award was presented to the Renaissance Roosters during the Know Your Government Legislative Breakfast.  The Renaissance Roosters were presented an award for their pumpkin growing garden, demonstration garden and library reading garden projects.

American West Bank awarded grants to Columbia County for the 4-H Program in support of the “Obtaining 4-H Curriculum from National 4-H Supply” project; Lincoln County Livestock 4-H Club in support of the “All Species Market Livestock Clinic” and Teen Time 4-H in support of the “Sew Easy To Learn” project; and to Benton County in support of their “2009 Poultry Seminar and Auction” project. 

The American West Bank provides grants to fund worthy 4-H youth development programs with an agriculture, livestock, horticulture or family living focus in communities where American West Bank operates.  4-H clubs and programs in the following counties are eligible for funding:  Spokane, Lincoln, Stevens, Whitman, Franklin, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Yakima, and Grant.  Grant awards have a maximum of $250 per group or club.  4-H youth and/or adults who work with 4-H youth are eligible.  Application can be made at any time, with selections made June 1 and December 1.  Submit application materials to:  or call (253) 445-4570 for more information.

Call for Proposal
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Call for Proposal for the SERA-IEG-19 Health Consortium. It will be held August 11-13, 2009 in Nashville, TN.

Paid Internships for Students with USFWS – No Experience Required
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

SCA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service are offering over 45 paid internships for college students and recent graduates from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Although these internships are designed to provide ethnically and culturally diverse students the opportunity to learn about conservation science, management, and careers through "real world" research, management, and communication projects as an adjunct to academic learning in the lab and classroom, these opportunities are open to all interested candidates. Please pass on to your students. 

As an Intern:

 SCA Internships are EXPENSE PAID:


 How to Apply:
Apply online at, or email a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to

Position Announcement
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Psition Announcements.

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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