Volunteer Value Per Hour for FY09
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
The new volunteer value for FY09 is $20.25 per hour. Remember, our fiscal year is different from that of the Independent Sector. They publish the value per hour in the spring. The Federal Interagency Team on Volunteerism has agreed to use the figure that is currently listed at the time of our calculations (November) as the official figure for that year. So the FY09 value is $20.25. If you visit the Independent Sector's website, it shows the new figure for FY08 as $20.25. For us, the FY08 figure was $19.51.
4-H Leaders Forum 2010 Logo Contest
Your Forum Committee is working hard on the most fantastic upcoming 2010 Idaho-Washington 4-H Leaders' Forum to be held in Spokane 10/15-17/2010. One of our early goals is to “discover” the perfect original logo to accompany our theme, “4-H Bridging Borders.”
You only have 18 days left to create your perfect logo and send it in!
Please share this information with your 4-H youth and volunteers!
“4-H Bridging Borders”
2010 Forum Logo Design Contest
Washington/Idaho 4-H Leaders Forum
Open to all Washington and Idaho 4-H members/volunteers!
General Rules & Guidelines:
- Participants must be an enrolled 4-H member or volunteer leader
- Limit of two entries per person
- Must be in color
- Should reflect the theme, “4-H Bridging Borders”
- Must contain the words “4-H Bridging Borders” and “2010 Washington/Idaho 4-H Forum”
- Must include a 4-H clover
- Entries should be digital or hardcopy
Check out the grand prize -- Designer of the winning logo will receive a full paid registration to the 2010 Washington/Idaho 4-H Leaders Forum, October 15-17! The logo will also be showcased in the 2010 Washington State 4-H calendar on the October Page!
Win Great Prizes! Create a 4-H SET Video!
Get ready to create your own 3-5 minute video that helps staff and volunteers implement SET. Between May 8 – June 19 we will be accepting video entries. More information will be coming your way soon at http://4-h.org/set/videochallenge – but start creating NOW! Here are the basics:
- Who can enter? – Any 4-H educator, volunteer, staff member or specialist
- Format? – 3-5 minute digital video that can be posted to the internet
- Prizes? - Will be Amazon.com gift certificates and include:
- 2 - $1,000 prizes
- 2 - $500 prizes
- 2 - $400 prizes
- What? The video must help facilitators better implement SET and be in one of these categories:
- SET Content
- SET Experiential Learning
- SET Hands-On Learning
- Science Inquiry
- SET Process (Abilities)
- SET Content – specific to the new The Power of the Wind curriculum (extra points!)
Start filming today and use the great new videos to help you with your filmmaking - www.4-H.org/curriculum/fimmaking.
Washington State 4-H Fair
The 2009 Washington State 4-H Fair patch contest wants YOU....to submit an entry. Because there have been some delays in getting the contest entry form available to all, we are extending the deadline to May 15, so there's still time to enter! The link to the entry form is at the
bottom of the State 4-H Fair website at: http://4h.wsu.edu/statefair/index.htm . Good luck on your design! 2009 State Fair information will also be posted on this site as it becomes available, so check back periodically for updates.
Also, the State Fair Advisory Board would love to have you check out the CafePress website at: http://shop.cafepress.com/washington-state-4-h-fair where many of the State 4-H Fair blue ribbon photo entries are offered printed on many different items. Keep watching the site for more selections. (Are you a blue ribbon photo entrant? Check and see if your entry is listed. Your photo printed on a shirt, cup, or set of note cards would make a GREAT gift and would help out State 4-H Fair as well!)
Those of us on your Fair Advisory Board are dealing with a large deficit in our 2010 budget and we are attempting to supplement with sales and budget trimming in order to maintain a balanced budget. Participating in State Fair is a wonderful experience for our 4-H members. Please join with us in promoting the fair and all of the terrific projects shown there. Contact us with ideas, donations, and critiques. Thanks for everything. See you at FAIR!
Washington State 2009 4-H Shooting Sports State Invitational
The State Invitational will be held on May 16 at Ephrata for those 4-H Shooting Sports members that have participated and qualified for the state invitational event.
Pre-registration is required and should be completed online. Fees of $20.00 [cash (preferred) or check payable to: Washington State 4-H Shooting Sports] and forms (medical form, waiver form, and photo release) will be collected during registration, which is open Friday night and Saturday morning at the tournament. Bring completed forms with you to the competition.
For pre-registration, go to: http://www.nwdistrictshootingsports.com Click on the “Tournaments” tab. You will be prompted to give a user name and password. Use the following:
User name: Tournament
Contact Patrick Hevesi at: email@example.com if you have difficulty with pre-registration.
The tournament will be held in Ephrata, Washington, on May 15-17. It will be at the Boyd Mordhorst Memorial Shooting Range, east of Ephrata on Hwy 282, Ephrata, WA 98823. The local management group is the Ephrata Sportsmen's Association.
The range is located on Ephrata Municipal Airport off Airport Street, driving directions on the website above. All shooting sports programs will be competing at the same time; archery, rifle, pistol, and shotgun.
Competitors and their families are welcome to camp at the Shooting Range, as the Hotels and camping areas in the area are book full due to an event at the Gorge. An area will be designated for campers. Please keep the camp area and ranges clean of all trash and debris.
“Sani-Cans” and water are provided. There are no shower facilities. Adults – please follow 4-H guidelines with regard to tobacco and alcohol use while on Sports Club property. All 4-H members participating should wear appropriate clothing for the event and they should follow the 4-H shooting Code of Ethics. Failure to follow the code of ethics, guidelines and keep the grounds clean will be reason for disqualification.
Volunteers are needed and should contact Paul Carter at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-520-2719.
--Submitted by Janet Schmidt
State Shooting Sports is having a postal archery shoot for the spots that are have not been filled.
This is open to Seniors, Intermediates, and Juniors. RECURVE/Longbow and COMPOUND/anything with wheels/cams.
What we are looking to do, is to take the top shooters that did not win at a tournament and fill any vacant spots. This way the State tournament will be full. Recurve and compound total of 96 archers. Sorry we can't have more. One archer will not be able to do both division of recurve and compound.
Contact Kim Peterson at: email@example.com for more information or with questions. Deadline is fast approaching.
Excitement is Building for 2009 4-H Teen Conference!
The 2009 4-H Teen Conference, "Breaking Barriers-Building Bridges," will take place on June 28-30, 2009 on the Washington State University Campus, Pullman, WA.
Hot off the press are pieces for you to start sharing this great opportunity with the teens in your county. On the WSU Extension 2009 4-H Teen Conference homepage at: http://4h.wsu.edu/conferences/teenconf/index.htm, click on “Marketing Materials” to find news release, postcard and flyer. Also available are the updated list of workshops and descriptions.
The 4-H website is updated frequently with new information for the conferences. Next week the orientation packet and registration information will be available.
Your county teens won't want to miss any of it!
Win a $500 scholarship to the WSU Engineering Department
Get In! SET Competition “Why are you excited about science, engineering & technology?”
This essay and presentation competition challenges students in grades 10 - 11 to share their thoughts, interests and ideas about Science, Engineering and Technology topics.
Students will electronically submit a 300-500 word essay by June 1 to: GetInSET@wsu.edu. Essays will be judged prior to the Washington State 4-H Teen Conference. The essay will include the following topics:
- Why they are interested in SET careers?
- A discussion of the past, present and future…for a Science, Engineering or Technology area of their interest.
- A connection to the conference theme “Breaking Barriers…Building Bridges”
The top 6 essay authors will be selected to make a 7-10 minute presentation to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon of the conference.
Go to the WSU Extension 2009 4-H Teen Conference homepage at: http://4h.wsu.edu/conferences/teenconf/index.htm, and click on 2009 Get In! SET Competition in the middle of the page for more information.
Second Annual All Club 4-H Picnic
The 4-H clubs of Benton and Franklin County invite you to join them for their 2nd Annual All Club 4-H Picnic on June 20 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Columbia Point Marina Park (Shelter #2) in Richland. This event is for all 4-H members, their families, and leaders. It is a family picnic with games, activities, and lunch. There is no charge for attending but you are encouraged to bring your favorite desert to share. You will want to bring lawn chairs and/or a picnic blanket as well as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
For directions and more information, contact Hope Harkins at: 509-627-1293 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP so we know about how much food is needed!
Swine Influenza Information from National Pork Board
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Please see information below from the National Pork Board concerning the Swine Influenza Virus outbreak. Even though the name indicates a connection to swine, the spread of this illness has not been linked to contact with pigs. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the following statement: “Swine influenza viruses are not spread by food. You cannot get swine influenza from eating pork or pork products. Eating properly handled and cooked pork products are safe.” In addition, the CDC said it has found NO EVIDENCE to indicate that any of the illnesses resulted from contact with pigs. And please remember to direct your 4-H Animal Science Volunteers to the Animal Disease Prevention e-Learning Unit on the state 4-H webpage at: http://4h.wsu.edu/volntr/elearning.htm.
The April 24 th Special Edition of the Pork Leader, found at: http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe941c777763047e75&m=fefc1076776601&ls=fe0315787463077d77157070&l=fec71d737562047b&s=fe5e1379746501747515&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe53127971660c747314, urges U.S. Pork Producers to take extra biosecurity precautions to protect their herd and operation from the Swine Influenza Virus and other diseases.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Introduces BirdSleuth Curriculum
--By Jennifer Fee
--Submitted by Susan Kerr
Take your classroom outdoors to burn off some of that restless energy and pass along skills youngsters can use all summer long—watching and identifying birds, even contributing their observations to scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. How? By using the BirdSleuth curriculum designed by the Cornell Lab. These standards-based lessons are specifically geared toward middle-school students. Each module focuses on a specific aspect of bird biology or behavior. Each is designed to help students ask, and answer, their own questions about birds—true scientific inquiry achieved through engaging activities and a healthy dose of fresh air. Each module comes with teacher materials, a student journal, a resource DVD, and more. The curriculum is also a perfect fit for after-school programs, nature centers, youth programs such as scouting, and homeschool families. To learn more about BirdSleuth, visit: www.BirdSleuth.net or contact Jennifer Fee, BirdSleuth project leader at: email@example.com or 607-254-2403.
The Journal for Extension Professionals
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
The April edition of the Journal of Extension has just been released and I thought that the following articles would be of particular interest for Extension 4-H Professionals:
Toward a Model of Empowering Practices in Youth-Adult Partnerships [Article No. 2FEA5] Anderson, Kimberly S.; Sandmann, Lorilee
Teaching Leadership and Communications Skills and Responsibilities: A Comparison of 4-H and other Youth Organizations [Article No. 2FEA6] Radhakrishna, Rama; Doamekpor, Prosper
Recruiting and Engaging Baby Boomer Volunteers [Article No. 2RIB2] Culp, Ken, III
The Resilience Factor: What Extension Can Learn from Adolescents Coping with Parental Cancer [Article No. 2RIB3] Ashurst, Kerri L.; Hans, Jason D.; Smith, Donna R.
Helping Children by Educating Their Caretakers: An Evaluation of Knowledge Gain and Practice Implementation [Article No. 2RIB4] Cathey, Leanna; White, Rebecca; Braud, Emily; Gioe, Cheri
A New Model of 4-H Volunteer Development in Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs [Article No. 2IAW4] Barker, Bradley S.; Grandgenett, Neal; Nugent, Gwen
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
Flyer for a pre-conference at NAE4-HA for this October in Rochester,NY. This is work of the Essential Elements National Learning Priority Team.
Secretary Vilsack's Address at the 2009 National 4-H Conference USDA Assembly
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
If you would like to learn more about the most recent National 4-H Conference and how you can get youth from your county/club involved be sure to check out the National Conference website noted below.
Secretary Tom Vilsack's address to conference participants on Wednesday, April 1, at the 2009 National 4-H Conference USDA Assembly is now available via streaming video link on the National 4-H Conference website: http://4hconf.4-h.org/postconference.
Announcing 4-H's New Online Grants Management Portal
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs
National 4-H Council is pleased to announce our new grants portal! This portal will be a one-stop resource, housing a wide variety of funding opportunities and related forms (applications, reports, etc.). The site can be found at: http://grants.4-H.org. You will need to register to begin using the system and to review the benefits this new software provides
Grants and award information will continue to be available on our program website at: http://4-h.org/programs_mission_mandates.html, but this new system will be the primary resource for all funding opportunities.
Additionally, the first grant to utilize this new system has been posted - The Wal-Mart Foundation Healthy Living Youth Grants. More programs and opportunities will be listed soon, so be sure to log in for those updates.
To ensure a smooth transition to this new system, we will hold two conference calls on April 28 and April 30, from 3-4pm EST, to address any questions and take suggestions. To participate in the calls, dial 1-866-910-4857 and enter passcode 354274#.
This new portal will make learning and applying for funding opportunities, submitting reports, and receiving information from National 4-H Council much easier.
In the meantime, if you have any questions concerning the new portal, you can email 4HGrants@fourhcouncil.edu. Please feel free to share this information with those in your state that may be interested in applying for our grants and awards.
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: http://4h.wsu.edu/. Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.