WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

September 22, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • VDAT Launching September Calls To Every County!
  • 2009 4-H Council Information
  • 2010 4-H Know Your Government, “Lobbying for Change: the Legislative Process”
  • State Ambassador and State Advisory Board application deadline
  • 4-H District Rallies
  • Advanced Volunteer Management Workshop! Recession Proof Your Volunteer Program
  • 2nd Annual Columbia River Country Days
  • Western Washington 4-H Shooting Sports Training
  • 2009 National Science Experiment: Biofuel Blast!
  • Announcing 4-H NYSD Awards and Featured Scientist Q&A
  • Butterfly WINGS Curriculum
  • CYFAR 2010 Call for Proposals
  • Job Opportunity


VDAT Launching September Calls To Every County!
--Ann K. Hennings,

Register at You can study third Mondays on real on-line time, or find the course in the archives.

VDAT will see you! We'll help you! Volunteer Development is the core of your success as a 4-H professional.

2009 4-H Council Information
--Nancy Mordhorst

The 2009 WA State 4-H Council Meeting will be held Sunday, October 18, at the Great Wolf Lodge, in Grand Mound. The annual WA 4-H Council Meeting is part of the conclusion of the 4-H Forum. 

A mailing, including a cover letter, 2009 recommendation summary, applications for open Advisory and Fair Board positions, and delegate summary by county has been mailed to all County 4-H Council Presidents, State 4-H Advisory Board members, and State 4-H Fair Board members. For county and state 4-H personnel, these documents are available electronically this year at

Please review this information, pass it on to those interested in attending this event from your county, and plan time to discuss this year's recommendations with your county 4-H leaders.

2010 4-H Know Your Government, “Lobbying for Change: the Legislative Process”
--Jan Klein

We have a new curriculum for the 2010 KYG Conference and it's the best yet! At the 2010 4-H Know Your Government Conference, teens from your county will have the opportunity to be a lobbyist attempting to move forward a bill on a current issue, applicable to their community. The best way to prepare your county teens for the 2010 KYG Conference is to first prepare your KYG County Coordinator at the “4-H KYG Workshop” at the 4-H Forum, Saturday, October 17 , Session A (9-10:30 am) and Session B (10:45- 12:15). The workshop will include curriculum orientation, registration process and most importantly how to provide the best learning experience for your 4-H youth. Please encourage your county coordinators, and your 4-H educator, to attend this workshop.

State Ambassador and State Advisory Board application deadline
--Jan Klein

REMINDER: State Ambassador and teen positions on the State Advisory Board applications are due October 1.  For information and applications go to  

4-H District Rallies
--Jan Klein

District Rallies bring together young people to share 4-H Club and county experiences, develop leadership skills, build new relationships, expand individual resources, and to make the 4-H program better. District youth representatives for State Ambassadors, and the State 4-H Advisory Board are elected at the rallies. This year's rallies are slated to be the BEST ever. Your county teens won't want to miss this great district opportunity. Watch for more information, brochures and registration to be up on the 4-H website at:  

NE District “Put your Passion to Work”
October 2-4, 2009
Chewelah Peak
Hosted by Stevens County
Registration brochure at

SE District “CSI Walla Walla: Get a Clue”
October 23-25, 2009
Meadowood Springs Speech & Hearing Camp
Hosted by Walla Walla
Information at

NW District "Hop to the Top"
November 6-8, 2009
Sound View Camp
Hosted by Kitsap County
Registration brochure

SW District “Living Green”
November 6-8, 2009
Camp Wiriki
Hosted by Skamania County

Advanced Volunteer Management Workshop! Recession Proof Your Volunteer Program
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

United Way of King County presents Recession Proofing Your Volunteer Program with Martin J. Cowling.

September 29th
9:00-4:00 pm
2100 Bldg, Seattle

Only $50.00 for a full day of Advanced Training!

Are you concerned about the impact of the economic downturn on your Organizations Volunteer Program?  Please join us for a full day of training with Martin J. Cowling to learn strategies for recession proofing your volunteer program and preparing your organization for the future of volunteering.  Martin will discuss current trends in volunteer management and the important role of 21st Century volunteer managers.

Martin J Cowling, CEO of People First – Total Solutions, an international trainer and consultant working with nonprofits in Australia and internationally, combines 20 years of experience in leadership and management in the nonprofit sector with his experience from his own volunteering in Australia and El Salvador. Martin believes that people are the key to success or the very reason for the failure of a project.  He is passionate about ensuring successful relationships between organizations, staff and volunteers!


“I was able to attend two workshops with Martin J. Cowling, who was a fantastic combination of educational and entertaining. He was funny and complemented his presentation with excellent stories and examples, yet kept us on track and working throughout the workshop. He was very motivational”  
~workshop participant, Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism~

For descriptions of United Way workshops, please visit the UWKC training calendar or call 206-461-5014.  To register for this training, complete and fax in the workshop Registration form (PDF).

2nd Annual Columbia River Country Days
--Carrie Kennedy, WSU Wahkiakum County Extension, Director
--Submitted by Lore Twiet

Just a tickler to remind you of our Friends of Extension's 2 nd Annual Columbia River Country Days, October 2 and 3 .  It's shaping up to be a great, Wahkiakum-Grown time!  This year will again feature the Slow Moving Parade and Two Islands Farm Market on Friday afternoon, Farm Tours on Saturday, and the 4-H Lamp Lit Dinner on the Covered Bridge on Saturday at 4:30.  New this year will be an art show Saturday afternoon by the Johnson Park Art Group!   Lots of fun ahead! 

Tickets for the dinner on the Covered Bridge are now available!   You may purchase them at the Bank of Pacific in Cathlamet and Naselle, as well as at the Extension office.  (Thank you to Bank of Pacific!) We hesitantly raised the prices a bit after much encouragement… $35 for regular admission, and still $25 for our Grand Americans (72 and over) and Veterans.  This includes fresh, local entrees and dessert prepared by award-winning chef Mark Bernetich; an encore of Cougar Gold cheese; music and great company!

Based on response from our many out of town folks last year, we've found a way for you to purchase your tickets online to the Dinner on the Covered Bridge online via credit card.  There is a small fee for this service, but may be worth the gas to Cathlamet or Naselle for some of you.  This option is available at      

Also new this year, we are offering reserved seat placement if you buy a whole table, i.e. eight seats.  Otherwise, seat placement is on a first come basis.  So, please gather up your friends and buy a table!

Hope you can join us! The dinner menu and detailed event schedule are soon to come.  It will surely be Wahkiakum Grown! For more information contact the WSU Wahkiakum County Extension office at 360-795-3278. 

Western Washington 4-H Shooting Sports Training
--Janet Schmidt

Registrations is open for the State 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training in Mt. Vernon at Silver Arrow Bowmen taking place Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4, 2009.  This training is hosted by Snohomish and Skagit Counties and will feature the archery discipline or rifle discipline.  Contact Marilyn Segle at 425-357-6044 or   for more information.

registration brochure

2009 National Science Experiment: Biofuel Blast!
--Submitted by Janet Edwards

On 4-H National Youth Science Day, October 7th, young people across the nation will get a chance to examine one of the most important issues facing our nation today - energy. Youth will discover, learn and have a blast exploring alternative fuels through Biofuel Blast, the National Science Experiment.

Developed in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension and Wisconsin 4-H, the experiment is designed to spark an early interest in the sciences - all part of 4-H's bold goal to engage a million new young people in science, engineering and technology programs by 2013.

You can find everything you need to participate in 4-H National Youth Science Day online at The site has lots of useful information, including the experiment facilitator's guide, interactive tools, event planning kits and much more. Plus, new features, information and promotions will be added in the months and weeks leading up to October 7th - so make sure to register to receive event updates today.

Announcing 4-H NYSD Awards and Featured Scientist Q&A
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Receive $400 for your County 4-H Program

Thanks to generous support from John Deere, a $400 award will be presented to one county from each state (and one U.S. territory) with the highest number of individual Biofuel Blast results survey submissions between October 1st and October 30th, 2009. The awards can be used toward the implementation and promotion of science, engineering and technology programs in your county. After youth complete the experiment, make sure that they go to to fill out the survey so your county can compete for the award!

In addition, of those who submit their results through the Biofuel Blast experiment survey, five youth names will be randomly selected to receive a 32GB third generation iPod touch. The five youth will also be able to designate a 4-H club, school classroom, or youth organization to receive one of the pictured Fuel Cell Car Experiment kits. Click here for official drawing rules.

Ask the Expert

Dr. Bruce E. Dale, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University, will be taking questions from youth and adults interested in learning more about biofuels. He is a leader of the recently established Department of Energy Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) who work to develop cellulosic ethanol and other bioenergy sources. University of Wisconsin Extension worked closely with the GLBRC to develop this year's National Science Experiment – Biofuel Blast!

Click here to learn how you can submit questions for consideration. Answers will be posted before 4-H National Youth Science Day, October 7, 2009.

Don't Forget, Promote Your Events!

Just a reminder to email us at with details about your upcoming 4-H NYSD events. Please include event dates, locations, and contact information to be added to the map of 4-H National Youth Science Day events!

4-H National Youth Science Day is only three weeks away – pass the word!

Visit 4-H National Youth Science Day at

Butterfly WINGS Curriculum
--Submitted by Nancy Mordhorst

National 4-H has introduced a new curriculum titled ‘Butterfly WINGS,' and is offering it at a reduced introductory price. The publications, a youth manual and a facilitator guide, will be available for a pre-press price of $5.17 each, for orders received through Sept. 30th.  This new SET curriculum is targeted for youth, Grades 4-8, and focuses on environmental science, butterfly biology, identification, habitats, and monitoring.

For more information or to order online, visit:

CYFAR 2010 Call for Proposals
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs and Mary Deen

Announcing CYFAR 2010 - San Francisco, California

4-H National Headquarters, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), U.S. Department of Agriculture announces the CYFAR 2010 Conference May 4-7, in San Francisco, California  CYFAR 2010 will feature inspiring keynote speakers, current youth and family research presenters, exciting interactive workshops, computer labs, and research posters, as well as the Program Showcase spotlighting successful CYFAR programs. Plans are underway for a playground build in an Francisco, along with in-depth pre-conference sessions, on Tuesday, May 4.  CYFAR 2010 will be held at the San Francisco Marriott, in the heart of downtown.

4-H National Headquarters invites interested children, youth and family professionals to participate in this high quality conference by submitting proposals for Workshops, Computer Labs, Research Posters, and Program Showcase Exhibits.  Proposal to present at CYFAR 2010 are due November 10, 2009. 

The Call for Proposals can be found on the CYFAR 2010 website: or directly at

Job Opportunity
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Agricultural Education. This is a twelve-month position and the faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Agricultural and Applied Sciences Teacher Education as well as agricultural communications. In addition, the faculty member will plan and conduct research and provide service to the community and profession. Specific details can be found by going to, Job #43745.

The review of applicants will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information contact, Jim Knight, Search Committee Chair at:


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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