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4-H Tuesday News

June 9, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • State 4-H Staff Retreat Update
  • Science and Service are The Big Picture
  • EM2778 Articles Requested
  • National 4-H Congress
  • 4-H Teen Conference Registration
  • Update on 4-H Equine Member/Leader Survey


State 4-H Staff Retreat Update
--Pat BoyEs

This past week the State 4-H Staff met to discuss our fluctuating budgets and resources available at the local, state and federal levels and how we can work to more effectively support county programming. At this point we only know part of the situation and are expecting that uncertainties will continue for some time. We reviewed your input from the most recent Program Days and used our 4-H Mission Mandates (Science, Engineering, & Technology (SET), Citizenship, Healthy Living) in the context of the 4-H Essential Elements (Generosity, Mastery, Independence and Belonging) to sharpen our focus.

You can expect to hear additional feedback and have increased opportunities for dialog during the monthly meet-up calls. As a statewide 4-H team we are dedicated to the success of local programming because that's the foundation where all of the action happens.

Science and Service are The Big Picture
--Michael Wallace, WSU Whatcom County Extension

Geospatial Mapping for Youth Leaders: June 17 or 19. Cost $25.00

Michael Wallace has been a partner with ESRI and award recipient for several years.  His work has been recognized in numerous after school venues.  He has presented workshops to help adults with little or no geospatial experience initiate meaningful geospatial activities for young people throughout Washington. 

“A lot of resources packed into a really short period of time. I feel like I can do this now!” ~4-H leader

“I used to just geo-cache with a GPS for fun.  Now I make maps and discoveries.” ~ former 4-H youth 

Workshop Dates:
Wednesday, June 17 - Central Lutheran Church, 925 North Forest St., Bellingham  7:00 – 8:30PM
Friday, June 19 - Central Lutheran Church, 925 North Forest St., Bellingham  4:00PM – 5:30 PM

Limited class sizes. Call to reserve a spot today at: 360-676-6707 ext 50287.  

EM2778 Articles Requested
--Nancy Mordhorst

You are invited to submit articles and photos highlighting your outstanding county and state 4-H programming to be included in the '09-'10 CD and printed edition of EM2778, 4-H Publications and Projects. Articles should be not more than one typed page.  Photos need to be high resolution and submitted electronically. Photo permissions need to be on file.

In an effort to have the catalog ready to distribute by September 1, deadlines are being pushed ahead this year. Please submit all articles and photos to me electronically by June 18.  

National 4-H Congress
--Jan Klein

"Accept the Challenge", and be the best person that you can be! The National 4-H Congress experience provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, culture diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends and experiencing Atlanta, Georgia. National 4-H Congress is November 27 - December 1, 2009. Cost includes: registration $390, airfare, tours, and miscellaneous, approximately $1100. Selection criteria can be found at:  and application at:  Applications should be submitted to Jan Klein by June 19, 2009.

4-H Teen Conference Registration
--Jan Klein

Registration is open through June 24 for the 2009 4-H Teen Conference with the registration cost at the regular price of $145. Workshops continue to fill up so encourage youth to register early, as they won't want to miss any of the fun. Registration and more information can be found at:   

All counties have been contacted with names of youth and adults registered from their county. If you have not received this information then no one from your county has registered at this time. Perhaps a few well placed phone calls would encourage your county youth to participate.

Update on 4-H Equine Member/Leader Survey
--Pat BoyEs

As of June 8, 2009, we have 207 leader surveys (out of 274 consented) returned. This is a fairly healthy 39% return rate, which I am pleased about! The counties with the highest return rates are: (1) Snohomish; (2); Pierce; and (3) Spokane which is reflecting of their larger enrollment numbers. We have at least 1 survey from every county but 8.  We will continue to remind the consented volunteers weekly through the end of the month. We will close the leader data collection on June 30, so please let everyone know that.

The youth participation is really lagging. We have 32 out of 46 consented who have completed the survey. It would be a shame not to get as many youth as possible and 32 doesn't give us much to go on. We are now soliciting youth to participate. For research purposes we'll separate solicited from random youth responses.  As a reminder, the informed consents for parents are on our website at:

If you have youth who would like to participate please send their emails to:


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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