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4-H Tuesday News

July 21, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Southeast District Teen Rally
  • Heather Rider Leadership Award
  • Award Nominations
  • 4-H Council Meeting Deadline Approaches
  • Outstanding County Volunteer Awards
  • Auction
  • 4-H GPS Tutorial Videos
  • 4-H Flag Heads Into Space Aboard Shuttle Endeavor
  • NASA Looking for Informal Ed Peer Reviewers
  • Job Opportunity


Southeast District Teen Rally
--Jeanie Fulton

The 2009 Southeast District Teen Rally is being held at Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp in the beautiful Blue Mountains near Walla Walla on October 23-25. Early registration, by October 1, is $60 per person. Late registration, after October 1, is $80 per person. “CSI Walla Walla: Get a Clue” is this year's theme. Teens (in grades 7-12) will participate in workshops ranging from self defense to mystery solving.

Up-to-date camp information, brochure, and registration packet is available at or contact the WSU Walla Walla County Extension at 509-524-2685 or email Brenda Bryce at

Heather Rider Leadership Award
--Kevin Wright

The purpose of the Heather Rider Leadership Award for Young Adults is to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service to others by a young person 19-22 years of age as of September 1 of the current year.

Heather Rider was a Cowlitz County 4-H member who was elected to serve as a State Ambassador and to the State 4-H Advisory Board. Heather was an exceptional young woman who touched many lives in her 4-H career before her life was cut short in the fall of 2005.

This award, created in Heather's honor by the State 4-H Advisory Board, seeks to recognize a young person 19-22 years of age for their 4-H involvement past and present at the club, county, regional, state, and/or national levels. The recognized youth will demonstrate a genuine passion for 4-H. The application is available on the 4-H website at:     

Applications must be postmarked or emailed by August 1, 2009.

Award Nominations
--Kevin Wright

Nominations for Annual 4-H Awards must be postmarked or emailed by August 1, 2009.  The awards include Friend of Washington, Alumni of the Year, the Volunteer's Staff Award, and the Volunteer Excellence Awards.  Winners of the Volunteer Excellence Awards (Lifetime Achievement and Less than 10 Years) will be sent on for National Competition. 

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Forum website at:

4-H Council Meeting Deadline Approaches
--Kevin Wright

The deadline for recommendations to the Washington State 4-H Council is September 1, 2009 . C0985, WA State 4-H Council Recommendation Form , may be ordered from WSU Extension Publishing and Printing by calling 1-800-723-1763; or the form is available online at:

Recommendations are an important way for 4-H volunteers to suggest changes and improvements to the 4-H program. Recommendations should go through a process at the local county level to refine and approve them before being signed by County Council Presidents and 4-H staff.

Mail your completed and signed recommendations to:
Nancy Mordhorst
WSU 401 Hulbert Hall
PO Box 626248
Pullman WA  99164-6248

This year's State 4-H Council Meeting will be held Sunday, October 18 at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, as part of the State 4-H Forum, October 16-18. Watch for registration information online at:

The Council meeting is a chance for 4-H youth and volunteers to discuss issues critical to 4-H, suggest changes in the Washington State 4-H Youth Development Program, and elect representatives to the State 4-H Advisory Board and State 4-H Fair Board. All youth and adults may participate in the committee meetings. Registration material for the Council meeting will be included with the State 4-H Forum registration brochure. A complete agenda and copies of submitted recommendations and applications will be sent to county offices prior to the Council meeting.

The State 4-H Council Meeting is made up of 3 parts: district caucuses, committee meetings, and a general council session. During the district caucuses representatives are elected to the State 4-H Advisory Board and State 4-H Fair Board of Trustees. County-designated voting delegates will elect representatives from their own district. This is also an opportunity to discuss and plan district programming for the future.

The committee meetings are a chance to discuss recommendations from the counties for improvements to the 4-H program. If a committee doesn't have many recommendations or finishes early, it is a great chance to discuss project issues and plan for the upcoming 4-H year.

At the general session each of the committee actions on recommendations are accepted or rejected. The accepted recommendations then go on to the State 4-H Fair Board, State 4-H Advisory Board, statewide committees, or State 4-H Staff for approval. The State 4-H Program Director has final approval of all recommendations. In general, approved recommendations will be implemented October 1 of the following 4-H year.

Outstanding County Volunteer Awards
--Kevin Wright

Each county may submit an outstanding volunteer to be honored at this years' Forum. Counties are encouraged to send a poster or display about the volunteer. Please submit the Outstanding County Leader form and electronic picture of the volunteer no later than September 15, 2009 to Joy Faerber at  Forms can be found on the 4-H website at:

--Kevin Wright 

Once again this year the State 4-H Forum will feature both live and silent auctions. The live auction will take place on Saturday evening, October 17, 2009.

Be sure to fill out the form completely and mail or email it to the Grays Harbor County Extension Office. DO NOT mail the auction item to Grays Harbor County - bring it with you to the Forum. The Auction Form can be found on the State Forum website:

The auction is a great way to make money for your county 4-H program. The profits from the auction are divided between the 4-H entity that donated it and the State 4-H Advisory Board. More details about this division are on the donation form. Be sure to mail in your donation forms by September 30, 2009, so that your items may be included in the auction catalog.

4-H GPS Tutorial Videos
--Michael Wallace

Now that the sun is shining you may want to go out and practice using those Garmin GPS skills but you don't where to start.  Since a lot of Washington counties participating in the Community Mapping grants have opted to buy the Garmin Rino 120 GPS receivers, Michael Wallace has developed three short online videos to help people get started with using their GPS gadgets. These training videos also help prepare the way for later explorations in mapping collected data.  The videos are at  Have fun!

4-H Flag Heads Into Space Aboard Shuttle Endeavor
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

To view this news release online, visit

Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2009 – The National 4-H flag was carried into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour yesterday as part of the STS-127 mission.  The flag, featuring the familiar 4-H clover, was originally scheduled to head into space earlier this year, but was delayed a record five times before finally lifting off this week.
“The inclusion of the 4-H flag on this mission reflects the commitment 4-H has to building young leaders in science, engineering and technology,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the global economy expands, these leaders will strengthen the United States' global competitiveness and leadership in these fields.”

4-H promotes positive youth development, facilitates learning and engages youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life. Nearly 7 million youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H youth development experiences in all 50 states, territories and military installations worldwide.

Azeem Ahmed, 17, who is an avid space enthusiast and 4-H member from Alabama and President of the Alabama 4-H Council, made the original request to NASA to have the flag flown with a future space shuttle mission.

“4-H is more than green and white - it is a collage,” Ahmed said. “It is agriculture and it's also healthy living, leadership and citizenship and science, engineering and technology. Science, engineering and technology is one of the missions of 4-H, and by flying a 4-H flag into space, I hope we shine a new light on 4-H.”

Ahmed has been a 4-H member for seven years. He has participated in a variety of leadership and science, engineer and technology programs on the state and national level and wants people to see 4-H as he and thousands of other youth do.

The 4-H Youth Development Program began at the start of the 20th century to help rural youth gain technical and leadership skills. More than 100 years later, the organization continues to promote positive youth development in the areas of citizenship; healthy living and science; engineering; and technology. According to a two-year study in New York, young people who participate in 4-H clubs do better in school; are more motivated to help others; develop skills in leadership, public speaking, self-esteem, communication and planning; and make lasting friendships.

National 4-H Headquarters, along with its private partner National 4-H Council, has set the goal of preparing one million new young people to excel in science, engineering and technology (SET) by 2013. National 4-H Headquarters seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life.

More information is available at Information on the SET initiative can be found at

National 4-H Headquarters is a unit within USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit

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NASA Looking for Informal Ed Peer Reviewers
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

NASA's Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA's Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations Mission Directorates, is looking for individuals who are interested in the NASA Research Announcement (NRA): Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP)* (Announcement Number NNH09ZNE005N) to volunteer as a peer reviewer or to nominate others for consideration.

Nomination for or volunteering to serve as a reviewer does not ensure an individual will be invited to review proposals; NASA reserves the right to invite and select reviewers.

A two-to-three day reviewer meeting is expected to be held this fall, likely in the Washington, DC area.

NASA sets and covers appropriate review-related costs, including travel and lodging, for the meeting of peer reviewers.

Learn more about serving as a NASA Informal Education peer reviewer by visiting the following website (be prepared to upload your resume if you decide to register): "Volunteer to be a NASA Informal Education Reviewer"

Job Opportunity
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Colorado State University Extension
Job Vacancy #10-09
4-H Youth Development Specialist
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and K-12 Outreach
Fort Collins, CO

Provide leadership, guidance, organization, management, & educational opportunities within STEM & K-12 outreach program areas as part of the CSU Extension 4-H Youth Development team. Completed Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree required. A candidate who has completed all coursework but is ABD will also be considered. All application materials, including transcripts showing degrees conferred, must be RECEIVED no later than 8/24/09 for full consideration. Application instructions & complete list of requirements located at CSU conducts background checks on all final candidates. CSU is an EEO/AA Employer.



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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