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4-H Tuesday News

July 14, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • “The Power of Wind” Training
  • State 4-H Forum Registration – Now Open
  • 4-H Food Activity Worksheet Online
  • WSU Extension 4-H – WEB Electronic Publications
  • Citizenship - Mission Mandate Update
  • National Audubon Society's Together Green Initiative and Pennies for the Planet Program
  • The Department of Labor has posted several "Recovery Green Grants"
  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for a five-year Demonstration project
  • Announcing 2009 4-H Family Strengthening Award Winners
  • Military Family Readiness Conference - Call for Presenters


“The Power of Wind” Training
--Jeannie Kiehn

“The Power of Wind” training will be Friday, July 24, 2009 from 9:30am - 4:30pm at the Wild Horse Wind Facility Renewable Energy Center in Ellensburg, WA.

informational flyer
registration form
meet the presenter and their topics

Registration is limited to 40 participants. Contact Jeannie Kiehn at or 509-754-2011 ext: 409 with questions.

State 4-H Forum Registration – Now Open
--Vicki Contini

Where can you go to learn about science and technology programs, horse training, Blue Ribbon exhibits, giving outstanding presentations, kitchen activities, teaching dog showmanship, textiles, and more?  It's all taking place during the 2009 State 4-H Forum on October 16-18 at the Great Wolf Lodge Resort in Grand Mound (near Centralia).

Registration forms for the 2009 State 4-H Forum are now online at  You will also find a list of the workshops and information on accommodations at Great Wolf Lodge on that web page.  It is early, but rooms will fill up fast this year, so get your reservation in now! See you there!

4-H Food Activity Worksheet Online
--Joy Faerber

C1009E, 4-H Food Activity Worksheet is now available in online format. You will find it at under “Contests.”

WSU Extension 4-H – WEB Electronic Publications
--Joy Faerber

As 4-H program web sites are updated and maintained, we all need to be vigilant about complying with the WSU Electronic Communication Policy.

“The quality of information published and communicated by WSU plays an important role in maintaining the strong reputation and image of WSU. Because all Internet users may view electronic publications, the quality of electronic publications reflects upon all members of the WSU Community.” (WSU Electronic Communication Policy 6/3/09 draft.)

This applies to WSU Extension 4-H as much as any other WSU program or department. A few specific tips to remember are:

  1. All unit web pages are equivalent to printed publications, and must comply with WSU web graphic identity standards. The following points summarize what each page must contain:
    • The unit name
    • An electronic mail address for the unit's web page administrator
    • The page's expiration date when appropriate
    • A link to WSU's Copyright, Disclaimer, and Freedom of Expression Policies
    • A link to WSU's main or home page
  2. Remember copyright laws when publishing graphics, photos and other content on WSU web pages. Users who do not hold the copyright on these works must obtain permission. This is especially important to keep in mind when downloading graphics from the internet.
  3. Advertising and promotional activity is prohibited on WSU web pages. Exceptions must be approved by the President.

Citizenship - Mission Mandate Update
--Pat BoyEs

For over two years we have had a national 4-H concept paper regarding our mission mandate of Science, Engineering and Technology. I am very happy to share with you, in this edition of Tuesday News, the national 4-H mission mandate concept paper for Citizenship. As I review the statement, I am struck by the impact and clarity of language that advances our 4-H citizenship programs. While national youth statistics indicate that only 10% of youth believe that they can make a difference in their communities; that is most assuredly atypical of our 4-H youth. Washington 4-H'ers are strongly engaged in their communities and believe that they can and do make positive differences to their communities and to the quality of life in those communities.

I strongly encourage you to review the citizenship statement which can be found here.

National Audubon Society's Together Green Initiative and Pennies for the Planet Program
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs


Looking for a meaningful project to help kids learn about the environment this summer – and make a difference for conservation too?

This past spring, Pennies for the Planet engaged thousands of kids from schools across the country in conservation projects and learning. Now we are inviting summer programs and camps and other informal learning programs like yours to get involved! Check it out at

Pennies for the Planet, part of the National Audubon Society's TogetherGreen initiative, motivates kids ages 7 to 12 to get involved in conservation locally, to learn more about threatened species and habitat, and to raise money to support three critical national conservation programs:

Participating children and groups are eligible for prizes!

Please contact Pennies for the Planet at or call us at (212) 979 – 3072 if you are interested in receiving some free and specially tailored materials for summer programs. These materials include:

There are also many materials available for download or you can contact us and request a free Pennies for the Planet educator's kit with the aforementioned supplements.

When you contact us, please kindly supply your mailing address, how you heard about Pennies for the Planet, and your program.

Pennies for the Planet is made possible by support from Together Green, an Audubon initiative in alliance with Toyota. 

Contact Pennies for the Planet at or call us at 212-979-3072.

The Department of Labor has posted several "Recovery Green Grants" 
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Go to  for more information.

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for a five-year Demonstration project
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for a five-year Demonstration project targeted to young people ages 16-21, in rural areas (including Tribal lands and other rural Native communities) who are approaching independence and young adulthood, but have few or no connections to a supportive, family structure or community. For purposes of this announcement, "rural" is defined as any geographical area that: (a) has a population under 20,000; and (b) is located outside a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Three Connectivity Goals: The plan submitted to FYSB should outline specific approaches, strategies and activities to be employed in pursuing the goals of increasing youth connections in three dimensions - Survival Support Services, the Community, and Education/Employment.  These connections are highlighted below, with examples of particular service areas of concern:

Announcing 2009 4-H Family Strengthening Award Winners
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

On behalf of National 4-H Headquarters and the collaboration between National 4-H Council and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 4-H Families Count: Family Strengthening Awards. Congratulations are extended to:

The programs were selected for their ability to improve outcomes for rural, disadvantaged families by fostering the social network, economic opportunities, and the support that families need to be successful. We look forward to the continued impact these programs will have upon young people, their families, and their communities.

Congratulations to our award winners and best wishes for success!

Military Family Readiness Conference - Call for Presenters
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

We are pleased to announce the 2009 Family Readiness Conference, 1-3 September 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. 

The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) is pleased to announce the Joint Family Readiness Conference 2009.  This Conference will provide a world-wide forum for Department of Defense (DoD) helping professionals, such as, family support staff, health and psychological care providers, child and youth program managers, chaplains, teachers, counselors, and others, to learn about innovative resources and information on practices, guidelines, tools, and processes to support military family readiness.

The Conference is scheduled for September 1-3,2009 in Chicago, Illinois, and will consist of several mediums of information including: keynote speakers, interactive sessions, research presentations, and hands-on workshops. All Services are encouraged to showcase new programs during this conference and present their initiatives and promising practices.

All components of the Military Services are invited. The goal of this conference is to encourage attendees to interact and to apply promising practices to support military family readiness.

We are accepting applications for presenters at

We appreciate everyone's help in contacting potential presenters; please be aware that we are currently looking for applications primarily for Workshops, Program Showcases, and Interact Sessions.

For those who were interested in obtaining data and feedback through an Interact Session, please e-mail your Interact topic with proposed panel participants to Kate McCausland at or Zuleika Hernandez at Availability of rooms will play a part in the Interact Session selection process.


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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