Fall Edition 2012
Remember to check the online County Calendar for additional information about 4-H events.
For project updates, photos, reminders about upcoming 4-H events, and more, check out the Purdue Extension-Lake County 4-H Facebook Page!
Enrollment for the 2012-13 4-H Year
4-H members may soon enroll online at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake/pages/default.aspx. Members may also log in and drop or add projects as needed during the year. Paper enrollment forms will be available from club leaders and at the Extension Office later this month. Whether you enroll online or via a traditional paper form, please enroll by February 1, 2013.
Each Indiana 4-H member (grades 3-12) will be required to pay a $15 state program fee. These funds will be used to enhance 4-H educational resources and help us continue to be one of the leading youth development programs in our state and nation.
Members who enroll online may pay by credit card or may submit payment to the office. The Extension Office can accept payment by cash or check made payable to the Purdue CES Education Fund. Enrollment is not complete until the fee is paid. The maximum number of youth that a family pays for is three.
LATE ENROLLMENT POLICY: Online enrollment will be closed after February 1. Members may still enroll but will have to do so at the Extension Office and there will be a $10 late fee. This fee does not apply to new members.
PROJECT MANUALS: The procedure for ordering project manuals and other 4-H publications has not changed. The 2013 Publication Order Forms will be distributed to club leaders.
Adult volunteer enrollment forms have been mailed directly to volunteers. Please complete and return to the Extension Office by December 1.
Lake County 4-H Ambassador Board
Each year, the Lake County 4-H Club Committee recognizes our members in grades 9-12 with the highest levels of participation and achievement in 4-H projects, activities, and awards. These members are invited to represent Lake County 4-H by serving as 4-H Ambassadors. Ambassadors are chosen based on the “My Record of 4-H Achievement” forms that members complete each year. Their entire 4-H career is considered, from third grade (or whenever they joined 4-H) to the present. The top achievers will receive an invitation to join the 4-H Ambassador Board.
Attention 4-H Members
Everyone who received a premium check and/or auction check needs to cash it within 60 days.
While memories of the 2012 year are fresh, it’s a good time to make and submit a 4-H Memory Book. The guidelines are in the Lake County 4-H Handbook and each 4-H member can complete a book each year that they are members. This is an excellent opportunity for 4-H’ers to take a look at their goals and achievements of the past year and for future years. It is an organized way to recall and record your many successes and favorite time of the past year. Every participant will receive an activity ribbon if they meet the requirements. The books are due in the Extension Office by November 1.
Lake County 4-H Fundraiser; Chicken Dinner ALL YOU CAN EAT!!
FOOD, FUN, & FELLOWSHIP
October 18, 2012 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Great Oaks Banquet Center, Cedar Lake, IN
Advance Tickets: $10 (adults) $7 (children 9 & under)
At the Door: $13 (adults) $10 (children 9 & under)
Cash Bar for Pop Only
Tickets are on sale now at the Extension Office and from 4-H members and volunteers.
Indiana 4-H Youth & Adult Congress November 10, 2012 (registration deadline October 15)
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Registration for both youth and adult participants is $25 per person which can be sponsored by County Committee. Contact Extension Office to register.
2013 Lake County 4-H Handbook—Sponsors Needed!
The Lake County 4-H Handbook describes the Lake County 4-H Program, lists descriptions of trips, activities and awards and includes exhibit requirements for every Lake County 4-H project, and much, much more. Sponsors will be listed in the Handbook. Sponsorships of $50 or more may include a business card ad. Please turn in by November 15. The Handbook is expected to be available online in late December with printed copies to be distributed to club leaders in January.
4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet-NEW DATE & NEW LOCATION!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Invitations will be sent to 4-H Volunteer Leaders, completed Junior Leaders, the 4-H Ambassador Board, and guests for the 67th Annual 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet which will be at Great Oaks Banquet Center, 13109 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake, IN. Doors open (registration) at 6:00 p.m. and the banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
Warm Up Frosty
Remember to bring your donations of hats and gloves to the Recognition Banquet. The Junior Leaders are collecting these items for needy kids in Northwest Indiana in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese of Gary. We would like all Junior Leaders and Leaders to participate. Please ask your club members to help collect these items. New items only please. If you are not attending the banquet, you can bring the items to the Extension Office before January 24. Thanks for your support.
Visit the 4-H Tree
The Lake County 4-H Program will have a tree decorated with project and club ornaments at the Lake County Convention & Visitors Center, located at I-80/94 and Kennedy Ave, South, Highland. Please take time to visit and walk through the display of trees. Thanks to the Griffith Grinners 4-H Club for decorating the tree!
4-H Scholarships/Trips Packet
The 2013 State 4-H Youth Development Scholarship/Trips Packet for 4-H members in grades 10 & above is posted on the state 4-H website at
Don’t miss the opportunities!
Please note: Applications are due to the Extension Office no later than January 16, 2013.
The Extension Office will be closed:
November 12 November 22 & 23 December 24, 25, & 31
Veteran’s Day Thanksgiving Christmas/New Year
4-H PROJECT UPDATES
Project Changes for 2013
Lake County 4-H offers a wide variety of 4-H projects to meet our members’ needs and interests, but we recognize that those needs and interests changes over time. The Lake County 4-H Club Committee has the responsibility of reviewing our curriculum and deciding if the time has come to add new projects or retire existing ones. County Committee would like to announce several changes for the new 4-H year:
• A “State Project Other” category will be introduced. Using state guidelines/materials, members may complete a 4-H project that is offered at the state level, even if it is not specifically offered as one of our county projects.
• Due to low enrollment, the Consumer Clothing, Home Environment, Weather, and Weeds projects will not be offered as separate projects. However, members may continue to do one or more of them as State Project Other options. When/if participation increases, the projects can be separated again.
• The Models project will not be offered this year. Members may enter models as Basic Craft Other exhibits.
• Consumer Beef, Consumer Lamb, and Consumer Pork will be combined into one Consumer Meats project, and a Consumer Poultry option will be added.
• Fashion Revue will be suspended until there is sufficient interest to reinstate it.
• The Aquatic Science, Consumer Meats, and History for Fun projects may possibly be discontinued after 2013, depending on this year’s level of participation.
• These projects will have changes to their requirements. Please read your Handbook carefully! Handbooks are expected to be available online in late December and from club leaders in January.
Livestock General Rules Artificial Floral Design Basic Craft Other
Basketry Beef Cake Decorating—Without Tips
Ceramics Consumer Meats Dairy
Dog Entomology Farm Models
Fine Arts Garden Goat
Latch Hook Leather LEGO
Needlecraft Photography Plastercraft/Resin
Rabbit Reclaimed Treasures Sheep
Scrapbooking Soft Dolls & Toys Wearable Art
If you have questions or suggestions about our county’s projects, please come to the leader meetings and share your ideas! All 4-H volunteers, parents/guardians, and members are welcome.
Lowell Library 6-7:30p.m.
October 16th & October 30th
County Judging will be November 5th at 6-8p.m., Extension Office
Please Call Superintendent: Terry Miller, 696-3045, for any questions.
Please note that members are required to complete a minimum of three activities in the project manual each year. This rule has not changed. Members do have the option of substituting alternate educational activities-- see the project superintendents for more information.
Baby Chicks Arrive
Friday, October 12th
Baby chicks from the 4-H Chick Embryology Program in Lake County schools will be available for 4-H members to pick up late Friday afternoon and evening at Tom & Kris Reed’s Farm, 12921 Iowa St. Crown Point. These chicks would make excellent poultry project exhibits for the fair. They are free to 4-H families who can provide for them. Donations to the 4-H Chicken Embryology Program are appreciated.
To reserve chicks, please call Connie Brittingham at 663-6420 or Kris Reed at 663-0846.
Call-Out for Horse Bowl, Hippology, & Horse Judging Teams
Monday, October 22, 2012. 7:00 pm
Happy Note Tack Shoppe, 10623 Cline Ave., Crown Point, IN
Come, hear about the teams, and what they are all about!
See ya Soon! Coaches Vicky Gianni & Debbie Sajdera
Meetings: Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Call-out: WILL BE THE OCTOBER MEETING!!!
The Lake County Junior Leaders coming together to discuss our Junior Leader Organization. It is open to ALL 4-H members 7th-12th grades. Parents, please encourage your youth to participate with the Lake County Junior Leader Organization this is a great opportunity for youth all over the county to get together, have fun, and learn new things!
Junior Leader October Activity
The Lake County Junior Leaders are planning an October Activity. We will be meeting at Lowell High School on October 27th to participate in a Haunted Walk, Pizza, the Bowling. More details to follow!!
Junior Leader Fundraiser
Junior Leaders are collecting old cell phones. This will protect our environment and serve as a fundraiser for our organization. We also collect new or gently used children's books to donate to the Lake County Health Department.
Way to Go!!!!!
Special thanks to Rose Kleine, Peggy Kennelly, and Vicky Gianni for all of their dedication, time and efforts as advisors serving on behalf of the Lake County 4-H Junior Leader organization this past year!
Upcoming 4-H Committee Meetings:
All 4-H volunteers, parents, and members are welcome.
County Committee- October 11, 7 pm, Extension Office
Horse & Pony Leaders-October 12, 7 pm, Extension Office
Adult Leaders-October 16, 7 pm, Extension Office
Auction Committee- Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday November 14, 6p.m. Extension Office
Club Administrative Leaders
One of the responsibilities of a club leader is to make sure that your club is represented at the leaders meetings each month. If you cannot attend personally, please ask an assistant leader, parent, or member to be present! Also, please check your 4-H club mailbox regularly.
County Committee Meeting Oct. 11—Your Vote Counts!
The business of Lake County 4-H Club Committee (“County Committee”) is conducted by a twenty-member board. If you are interested in serving on this board or would like to nominate someone for it, please attend the October 11 meeting. All 4-H volunteers in attendance may vote for the at-large positions. More information is available online at
Purdue Extension, Lake County
Jennifer Govan and Julie Jones, Extension Educators 4-H Youth Development
Roz Coleman and Rae Ann French, 4-H Secretaries
Office Location: 880 E. 99th Court, Suite A, Crown Point, IN 46307
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30 pm
Mailing Address: 2293 N Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
If you have special needs, please indicate on registration form or call us at least three days prior to the meeting/event at 219-755-3240 or call 888-EXT-INFO and ask for the Lake County office.
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