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4-H Tuesday News

October 13, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Amazing opportunity for HS student interested in Natural Resources - apply by October 30
  • 4-H Volunteer Hours Database
  • Quality Assurance Module
  • 2009 National Contests
  • 2009 Eastern National 4-H Roundup
  • 2010 Western National 4-H Roundup
  • 2010 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
  • WRLF 2010 -- 6 months and counting!
  • CYFAR 2010
  • Everyone Ready Update
  • Job Opportunity: NJ 4-H Program Associate position


Amazing opportunity for HS student interested in Natural Resources - apply by October 30
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum for students Interested in rangeland management or natural resources

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management (SRM) will be in Denver, Colorado February 7-11, 2010. Since the creation of the High School Youth Forum (HSYF) in 1966, SRM has actively involved youth in range-related activities at the annual meeting. The goal for the Forum has been to recognize outstanding youth that have an interest in range and natural resource management and give them an opportunity for additional learning experiences at the state and national levels. Students may have demonstrated this interest through work in 4-H, FFA, or life experience. ( This annual international conference brings together researchers and professionals in the field of rangeland ecology from around the world for a world-class learning experience (

The Pacific Northwest Section of SRM will sponsor three high school students, one each from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Students will interact with other high school youth representing the 21 SRM sections of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Be aware that an HSYF delegate will miss 3-5 days of school and, depending upon sport schedules, could miss a game or two.

Activities include a kick-off social and orientation, an all-day ecological field trip, professional dinner to learn about career possibilities, leadership and business meeting, conflict resolution workshop, student luncheon with college students, and the very popular, and required, Forum Paper Presentation. Numerous employers will be on hand for the annual job fair and career development workshops to conduct on-the-spot hiring. Available positions are posted approximately 2 months prior to the meeting.

During the latter, each HSYF member will give a 6-8 minute presentation on some aspect of rangeland management/ecology. These judged presentations have consistently proven to be a highlight of the conference for the students and the general membership of SRM! The presentations are always of such high quality that judging is difficult. The top 3 papers will be published. The top individual is invited to the next year’s meeting to present their winning paper and serve as a junior mentor. Students elect a president who represents them on the SRM Student Affairs Committee and who returns the following year to conduct all HSYF meetings.

Students must be enrolled in high school while attending the HSYF. Youth attend only one year.

Interested?? By October 30 (postmark date), interested students will submit the following:

  1. 1-2 page introduction of self, including past, present and future participation or interest in rangeland management and natural resources. Include address and phone number.
  2. 1-2 page paper on an aspect of range management or related natural resource topic which could be expanded to a 6-8 minute presentation at the High School Youth Forum.
  3. 1 letter of recommendation, including phone number, from an FFA advisor, WSU Extension educator.

Please send all application materials to Tip Hudson, 507 Nanum St., Rm. 2, Ellensburg, WA 98926. All materials must be postmarked by October 30.

The Washington student selected to participate in the HSYF will be notified by mid-November. At that time, the Pacific Northwest Section and Washington chapters of SRM will arrange and pay for travel, lodging and registration for the winning representative. Following notification of selection, the student will prepare the paper for formal presentation. Local SRM members may be available to “critique” in that process.

Contact Tip Hudson at 509-962-7507 or with questions.  

4-H Volunteer Hours Database
--Pat BoyEs

For those who attended the recent 4-H Program Days you had the opportunity to view the presentation by Carey Roos regarding the 4-H Volunteer Hours Database.  It is now time to implement the database for the new 4-H Program Year. The first step to County implementation is to have one Faculty/Staff member assigned to set up the user Id’s for you County Volunteers.

Each County should send Carey Roos the following information so we can set up your County Program Coordinator account:

Once your County Coordinator Acct is set up you will be ready to upload your volunteer Information for them to add their data.

Here are the Web URLs for information documents that were given out at the Program Days as well as the Power Point presentation.

Here are the Web URLs for:

Please contact Carey Roos at if you have any questions.

Quality Assurance Module
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs and Jerry Newman

Quality Assurance Module is now on-line! “Providing safe wholesome products for consumers through 4-H projects.”

This is the second of two online training modules being offered through Veterinary Medicine Extension for 4-H Volunteer Leaders who work with youth livestock projects.

The Quality Assurance Module is intended specifically for volunteer leaders and provides training, resources, and ideas to help prepare volunteer leaders to teach youth about quality assurance. This course was created in response to the need expressed by volunteer leaders throughout the state for an interactive on-line resource about quality assurance in 4-H livestock projects. We hope you find the content to be useful and that you will bring these concepts to youth in your county so that we produce safe wholesome products for consumers through 4-H livestock projects in Washington State!  

If you are interested in participating in the training please select a link from the options below:

Also, please feel free to browse around the 4-H Youth Development and Vet Med Extension web pages for plenty of relevant information and projects/programs offered through WSU Extension.  

2009 National Contests
--Carol Beckman

Youth from Lewis, Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties recently returned from Madison, Wisconsin after participating in the National 4-H Dairy Conference and National 4-H Dairy Judging.

National 4-H Dairy Conference; team members from Lewis, Skagit and Whatcom Counties
National 4-H Dairy Judging; team members from Lewis, Skagit, Snohomish Counties

Congratulations to all, we are very proud of your achievements!

2009 Eastern National 4-H Roundup
--Carol Beckman

Washington will be well represented in Louisville Kentucky this November!  We have teams participating in the following events:

Equine Public Presentations; team members from Pierce & Snohomish Counties
Hippology Contest; team members from Snohomish County
Horse Bowl Contest; team members from Pierce County
Horse Judging Contest; team members from Clark County
National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, team members from; Lewis & Whatcom Counties

2010 Western National 4-H Roundup
--Carol Beckman

Washington will be represented in Denver, Colorado in early January!  We will have one team participating at the Western National 4-H Roundup. 

National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; team members from Lewis, Skagit and Snohomish Counties.

2010 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
--Carol Beckman

The topic for the 2010 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest is; “Is My Community Honey Bee Friendly?” Cash prizes are awarded to the 3 top winners – 1 st Place will receive $750.00, 2 nd Place will receive $500.00, 3 rd Place will receive $250.00. In addition to the cash prizes, each state winner, including the national winner, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

For the 2009 contest, I received inquiries from 6 counties but did not receive any entries.  Please forward this information to your local 4-H clubs.

Contact me at, if you would like a copy of the 2010 Announcement & Rules.  

WRLF 2010 -- 6 months and counting!
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

New Mexico is 6 months away from hosting WRLF 2010! The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque, March 11-14, 2010, is the place and time to be for Blazing Trails…. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow! Check out the website at for information about:

Early Bird Registration deadline is December 15 for the best rate.  

CYFAR 2010
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco, California
Proposals due November 10

The CYFAR 2010 Conference Committee invites your Workshop, Computer Lab, Research Poster, and Program Showcase proposals for presentation May 5-7 at the CYFAR 2010 Conference in San Francisco.  Proposals are due November 10. 

For complete information, visit the CYFAR 2010 Conference website on CYFERnet at: or

Questions about the different presentation formats?  Please contact June Mead, CYFAR 2010 Conference Program Coordinator, at

Everyone Ready Update
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

 Everyone Ready® is off to a great start!  Thanks to each of you for helping to promote this professional development opportunity for all Extension staff.  To date more than 720 people have registered on the National 4-H Council site – Of that group, 438 have actually gone to the Everyone Ready® Main Page and 242 have viewed at least one part of the online seminar.  We hope that you will encourage staff to actually participate in the seminar, log on to the discussion board, and complete the evaluation form.  Once they have done that, they can print off a completion certificate for their records.

informational flyer

Job Opportunity: NJ 4-H Program Associate position
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

POSITION: 4-H Program Associate, Operation: Military Kids

LOCATION: Morristown, NJ (Morris County, NJ) or Westhampton, NJ (Burlington, NJ)

NATURE & PURPOSE:  Reports to the Principal Investigator of the Operation: Military Kids (OMK) grant, County 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County.  Responsible for providing professional support to the Operation: Military Kids initiative, targeting military children in grades K - 13 (one year out of high school).  Position includes: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; Community Capacity Building and Leadership; and RCE/Department of 4-H Youth Development Responsibilities.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in education, human/youth development, sociology, science, or related field.  Two years related professional experience after bachelor’s degree.   Experience or course work in youth development programming, volunteer management, working with diverse audiences, and/or collaboration/coalition building.  Experience in managing people and evidence of effective human relations skills.  Experience in public speaking and written business-level communication.  Demonstrated interpersonal communication skills (oral and written).  Experience in working with diverse audience/clientele – evidence of effective human relations skills and sensitivity to the  needs of a diverse clientele.  Initiative and creativity – ability to start and complete a project with minimal supervision; self-directed.  Flexibility – ability to work daytime, evenings and weekends, as needed.  Personal organization skills – the ability to set priorities and manage multiple job tasks.  Demonstrated computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite proficiency).   Selected candidate will be subject to a complete background investigation.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS:   Valid New Jersey driver's license; ability to successfully complete Rutgers Defensive Driving Course.  Selected candidate must agree and authorize the University to conduct a complete background investigation.  This position is grant-funded.

On-line applications will be accepted until November 2, 2009 or until a suitable candidate is found.

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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