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2012 June/July

Dear 4-H Families,

By now most of you have perhaps heard I accepted another employment opportunity. I will be the new director for the Perry County Community Foundation. While I am excited about this new position, it did not come without much thought. As many of you know, my husband and I are expecting our first baby in November. We are certainly in for many exciting changes, and we felt this was the right career move for our family at this time. But it is still hard to leave Extension. I have felt truly blessed to get to work beside everyone of you and I have loved this job. I have seen the Perry County 4-H program become even stronger and grow so much over these past few years. It is a great program. The Perry County 4-H family welcomed me with open arms and treated me as one of their own. It is that compassion and supportiveness that I came to treasure while with Extension. I am grateful that I will still be working in the Perry County community and will still have opportunities to partner with many of the same organizations and people. I will always cherish the memories and friendships formed over the years. I know you will give as warm of a welcome to the next youth educator as you gave to me. Thank you for all that you do and continue to do! And I hope to still see you all from time to time! Please stay in touch!        -Renate Warner


Please read this newsletter NOW!!!

It’s getting close to fair time! Please take a few minutes and read this from cover to cover. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

· Open any letters from our office and read thoroughly. It might contain information you need to know for fair. Also go to our 4-H website and read the fair section.

· Read the 2012 4-H Handbook and follow all rules.

· If your project is being community judged you will talk one-on-one with the judges. 4-Hers, remember the judges want to help you so just relax and have fun!

· Even if you don’t get a blue ribbon, you can learn a lot. Remember the goal is not to get a grand champion or even a blue, but to learn something.

· All youth and adults are expected to be polite at all times. Sometimes it’s tough when it’s hot and you might even lack adequate sleep. If you feel upset during fair, find a cool place, drink some water, take deep breaths and relax. After that, you might feel better!

As always, contact your club leader or our office with any questions. We are all happy to help! Good luck and have a great rest of your 4-H year!


Project Interact scheduled for Saturday, June 9

4-H members (both Explorers and regular 4-Hers) are encouraged to take part in Project Interact! Project Interact is a fantastic way to complete a 4-H project.

The contest will be Saturday, June 9 at Orscheln’s in Tell City.

To participate contestants need to register by noon Friday, June 8 by contacting the Extension office. Contestants need to arrive at 12:45 p.m. and the contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. Contestants need to bring their own materials, including a table if one is needed. They will be set up outside the store and will need to engage people as they walk by. Tell them you are wanting to teach them about your 4-H project. More information is available in the handbook starting on page 27. There will be a judge who will stop by and visit.

Explorers are encouraged to participate but will not be judged.

Members can select any 4-H project to do for Project Interact. Members who participate may be selected to go to state (but only state fair projects are allowed to be demonstrated at state.)



Important information on exhibit tags

You will receive your exhibit tags when arriving at fair check in on Sunday, July 8.

Here are some things to do before as soon as possible:

· Each project and separate piece to your project must have an entry tag. For example, if you have 3 ceramic pieces that make one entry, each piece must have a tag. Please call the office prior to fair if you need more than one entry tag for your exhibit.

· Make sure you are enrolled in the correct projects. This will ensure that you will have the correct exhibit tags. You received with your manuals a copy of your enrollment sheet so you can review this to make sure you are enrolled in the  correct projects. You can also contact our office to ask.

· If you have changed your mind on taking a project please let us know. This is important: If you have changed a project (for instance, changed from black and white photography to color) let us know so your exhibit tag will be correct.

· Notify us if you drop a project. You can call the office or the night of check in tell us if you drop a project.

· Volunteers checking in projects will not check to see if members have followed all rules. Please consult your handbook, ask the project superintendent or contact the Extension office before the fair if you have questions.

· Our office will print the exhibit tags prior to fair so we need all information by 4:00 p.m. June 22 (the exception is gardening). See note inside newsletter about gardening. If you have any questions, call the office before fair.

· If you need a tag different than what you informed us of before June 22, you might have to wait before having a new tag created. Those with the correct exhibit tags will be given priority in line.


Overnight Stay Policy in effect this year

An overnight policy was enacted last year. Animal exhibitors only are allowed to stay over night, but in order to do so the policy that is in effect is outlined on pages 14-16 of the handbook. The rules include completing an Overnight  Stay application. It is due to your club leader or Extension office by 4:00 p.m. June 22.

Review your handbook for more information.


 Project Supplies Available

Project supplies are available at the Extension Office while supplies last.

Such supplies include foam board for sale at $2.50, plastic covering for $1.00 and electric supplies are also available.


Extension office hours

Our normal hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you need to come sometime outside these times call us and we’ll
work something out!
Also, until fair, we will also try to stay open during lunch.
However, schedules
may not allow for this.
Please call before you come between noon and 1:00 p.m.

What else should I bring to the fair?

Remember to fill out your “My Record of Achievement” and the Perry Co. 4-H Survey and bring it to the fair.

4-H’ers will receive a 4-H Fair Pass by paying $1 and turning in their “My Record of Achievement” and the Perry Co. 4-H Survey. (Explorers do not turn these in).

These can be turned in the Commercial Building on July 8 or at the Fair Office anytime during the fair. You should have received these from your leader or you can go to our website (address on back page).


Please watch your mail in June for important information about fair. It’s your responsibility to read and follow information provided in these mailings.



Fair volunteer orientation at 2:30 p.m.
Fair volunteers, Jr. Leaders to enter building at 2:30 p.m.

Fair superintendents, 4-H Club Volunteers and Jr. Leaders who plan on helping with fair project check in need to take note that this year they need to be in the fairgrounds exhibit building basement no later than 2:30 p.m. A fair orientation will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8. They will then be allowed to check in their non community judged projects after the meeting. At 3:00 p.m. superintendents and judge assistants will join all the community judges for a judging orientation.

Non community judging will start Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. SHARP! All judges are asked to arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a judge’s orientation. This started last year and worked well. Volunteers for Monday need to arrive at 9:40 a.m. so they will be ready to help once judge’s orientation is complete.



Sewing, Consumer Clothing, Fashion Revue Information to be mailed out in a few weeks

Judging for Sewing Project and Consumer Clothing Projects will be Thursday, July 5 at the fairgrounds. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and judging begins at 5:30. Be sure to bring your consumer clothing books and record sheets. This is a reminder that we no longer have the private fashion revue, only the public one that will take place Friday, July 6.

If you plan on participating in that, you will need to bring a written description of your outfit or write one that night so we will have it for Friday night. We will mail you a form to fill out on this and it is also available on the website.

If you plan on participating in Fashion Revue, you may take your outfits with you when you leave Thursday, but you will turn them in Friday night after Fashion Revue. (Reminder: Do not leave shoes or accessories.)

Look in your mail for more information on this night.


Remember to follow garden requirements

If you are enrolled in the garden project and plan on exhibiting produce, remember each plate must have an exhibit tag. We realize you might not know until the night before fair exactly what you can take. Ere on the side of having us print too many exhibit tags.

Remember to also label each plate with the proper information. See page 71. This is a requirement and must be followed.


Food, Basket Auction scheduled July 6


4-H Council again this year is asking clubs to donate baskets to be auctioned Friday, July 6 during Friday night’s activities.

Donations such as gift cards (without a basket) are welcomed donations as well. Clubs and individuals are welcome to donate.

If your club agrees to bring basket(s) or have received donations for the basket auction, please make plans to deliver them to the fairgrounds on July 5 after 4:30 or you are welcome to deliver them to the Extension office the week before. Please include in the basket (where it can be seen) a list of items in the basket and the name of the club donating the basket. If you wish, you may also include approximate dollar value of all items. Please contact the Extension office if you plan on donating a basket.

4-H Council will also host their food auction during the same time.

Come on out and have some fun!


Jr. Leaders to play water games, help at fair

The next Jr. Leader meeting will be at June 4 6:00 p.m.-7:30  at the fairgrounds. Bring clothes to get wet in (and clothes to change into for the ride home) as Jr. Leaders will be playing water games!

Also, the Jr. Leaders are working to raise money doing a Pie in the Face fundraiser during fair! You can contribute money to the person you want to get the pie in the face during Parade of Champions! The volunteer who collects the most money will get the pie in the face! Be sure to bring your money to the fair!

Additionally, mark your calendar for July 20. The Jr. Leaders will have an end of year party at the fairgrounds. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. Watch your mail for more information!

Finally, make sure you come Sunday, July 8 at 2:30 p.m. to assist with fair check in! Also please come Monday, July 8 at 9:40 a.m. to help with non community judging and plan to stay until it is finished.


Project entry/release times

All exhibit building projects, 4-H and Exploring 4-H, are checked in on Sunday July 8 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Page 22-23 of your handbook). Checkout for exhibit building projects is Saturday, July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you can’t pick up your project during this time, please make arrangements with a family member, another 4-H family or your leader. Note: Creative Writing and Genealogy are due to the Extension Office by 4 p.m. Friday June 22. Due to the 4-H Fairgrounds to be judged Thursday, July 5 at 5:30: Consumer Clothing (Notebook & Outfit), Sewing (wearable and non-wearable). Fashion Revue will be Friday, July 6 in the evening. Foods and Create-a-Mix: Are due to the fairgrounds between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 6. Animal exhibits (except live pets) will be checked in Tuesday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No animals or trailers allowed on the fairgrounds prior to 4 p.m. This includes rabbits and poultry, which can’t be caged in a fairgrounds pen until told to do so by a superintendent or health inspector. Animal exhibits will be released Saturday, July 14 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or Saturday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live pets project is to be entered from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 12 and should be checked out by 8 p.m. the same day. All of these dates and time are outlined on pages 22-23 of the 4-H Handbook, but project release times have changed from what was printed.

We need everyone to help at the fair

We need EVERYONE to help with the fair. This includes members, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc. What are some ways you can help 4-H around fair time?

Call the Extension office to sign up for the following:

· Be a building watcher (we need people to sit in the cool, air conditioned building to ensure the projects are protected)

· Help with project check in Sunday night

· Work the gate

This year 4-H Council is asking each club to recruit at least two people to serve as building watchers. Won’t you help?


Chosen to go to state fair?

If during county fair your project is chosen to go to the Indiana State Fair, watch your mail for information on getting it to fair. You should receive information within a week or so after fair. Our office does offer to take projects, but due to space limitations if a project is large we might ask the member to see if a family member can take it.  


Well done!!!

This year’s Share the Fun competition was held at Oakwood on April 27. Congratulations to our participants:

Katelyn Davis performed a gymnastics act, Brooke Lawalin sang a solo and Courtney Berger played a piano solo. Courtney and Katelyn performed at Area Share the Fun.

Congratulations to Luke Hilgenhold who recently won the honor of being the top individual for senior dairy judging at the area Dairy Career Development Event. The Perry County 4-H senior team placed 9th for the dairy team.




The food stand will be open again on Friday, July 6 during the 4-H Fair King/Queen Contest. Please make plans to eat at the fairgrounds each chance you have!




2012 April/May


What an exciting time in the 4-H year!

Wow! What a busy couple of months!  4-H is really in full swing! 4-H Clubs are conducting business meetings, are involved with community service projects and members are having fun.

As I write this, it is another beautiful day!  What a wonderful way to welcome spring! I think spring is a wonderful season, and right around the corner is summer and the 4-H fair!

Speaking of the fair, I hope everyone has started working on their 4-H projects. If you have questions feel free to contact me, the project superintendents listed in the handbook, or your club leaders. Remember, 4-H is more than just the fair, but fair is a great time to show everyone what you’ve learned. And 4-H is more than just learning about your project. It is also getting involved with your community (remember the
4-H pledge… we pledge our heads, hearts, hands and health for our club, our community, our country and our world.) Create a community service project of your own! Perhaps share ways for your 4-H club to get involved. From a young age, 4-H members learn to give of themselves. This is a great lesson. What has
4-H done to make your life better?  And what have you done to help others?

I am excited about several things in the newsletter. Be sure to read about the Workshop Day and the new Food Show!

Share the Fun is coming up! Read all about it inside this newsletter!

Also, there have been changes to the fair schedule in the past month! Be sure to read inside this newsletter.

I hope everyone enjoys spring and this time of year!


Renate Warner


New! Food Show and Workshop Day


The 4-H Council and 4-H Jr. Leaders have “cooked” up a new event! It’s the Food show! No, you don’t need to be enrolled in foods to participate. Also, participating in the foods show is not a way to “complete” the foods project but it’s a fun way to learn about cooking and baking. This is different then exhibiting a food item at fair because the projects you bring to this food show aren’t anything like what is required in the 4-H handbook!

It will be Sunday, April 22 at the fairgrounds. Check in for the Foods Show is 2:00-2:30. Two workshops will be offered and members may participate in one. The workshops will be photography and models/aerospace. These workshops will be from 2:30-3:30 and food taste testing party is 3:30-4:00.

All Perry County 4-H members (including Explorers!) are invited to participate! Explorers must have an adult present to attend the workshop.

The Jr. Leaders and 4-H Council have worked hard on this new event! We hope you can all come!

Preregistration for the food show and for the workshops is required. See the back page for rules and the different food categories.


Share the Fun with Oakwood Nursing Home!

This year’s Share the Fun will be Friday, April 27 at Oakwood Nursing Home. Guidelines, the preregistration form and the scorecard are outlined at our 4-H website (see back page for address). Registration starts at 5:45  p.m. and the contest starts at 6:00 p.m. This year we will be “Sharing the Fun” with the residents at Oakwood Nursing Home in Tell City! Oakwood has agreed to furnish light refreshments for the participants! Preregistration is due to the Extension office 4:00 p.m. by April 20.

NOTE: Winning acts will advance to Area Share the Fun, being held Friday, May 11 at North Posey High School in Posey County. Acts must let Renate know after the county contest if they will advance to the event. 4-H Council pays the fee for them to enter. If acts do not perform after registering, they are asked to repay 4-H Council. We hope everyone can come see the fun acts!


Livestock Enrollment Reminder

All livestock enrollment forms must be turned in by: 

Sheep: May 15; Meat Goats: May 15, Dairy Goats: May 15, and Swine: June 15.

All enrollment forms must be turned in by the date listed. If there is a delay in completing forms please contact the Extension office by the above date and we will work to get them completed. If a 4-Her doesn’t turn in by the above date and has not contacted the Extension office, they will not be eligible to exhibit livestock at the 2012 Perry County 4-H Fair.


Project Supplies Available

Did you know that the Extension Office has standard size poster foam board for sale at $2.50, plastic covering for $1.00 and electric supplies are also available?

Remember that all posters must be 22 x 28 (unless specified differently in specific project area) and must have a stiff backing. These poster boards we sell meet all those requirements.  

The Extension office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed for lunch between noon and 1 p.m. If you need to come at a different time, please contact our office several days in advance to work out details.

Remember to check your 4-H Handbook exhibit requirements before you begin.


4-H fair orientation to begin
at 2:30 p.m. July 8

Fair volunteers, Jr. Leaders to
enter building at 2:30 p.m.

Fair superintendents, 4-H Club Volunteers and Jr. Leaders who plan on helping with fair project check in need to take note that this year they need to arrive on the fairgrounds no later than 2:30 p.m. A fair orientation will start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8. They will then be allowed to check in their non community judged projects after the meeting. At 3:00 p.m. superintendents and judge assistants will join all the community judges for a judging orientation. Renate will also take this opportunity to officially introduce the judges to their helpers and judges will review rules.

Non community judging will start Monday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. SHARP! All judges are asked to arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a judge’s orientation.

The judge’s orientation started last year and was a positive change, allowing a formal time for judges to review judging policies and project rules. Let’s work together to make 2012 work equally as well!


Jr. Leaders to meet


The next Jr. Leader meeting will be April 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at

Bring $6 to cover food and drink.

Also, bring a board game or cards! It will be a fun social night to hang out with your fellow Jr. Leaders!

Remember to contact Renate or Cathy Powell to sign up to help on April 22 for the Food Show and Workshop Day. All Jr. Leaders are expected to help if at all possible. If you can’t make it, please let Renate or Cathy know as soon as possible.

Other meetings: May 8 (location to be announced) and the final meeting of the year will be June 4 at the Fairgrounds for water games.



4-H Camp: Are you ready?

I meant what I said and I said what I meant…you’ll be glad you went to 4-H Camp...100 percent!

The 4-H Camp Counselors have met and picked  the fun theme of Dr. Seuss! The camp will be June 11-13 at Santa Claus Campgrounds in Santa Claus. Thanks to the generosity of two families, 4-H members may attend at a discounted $50! That includes lodging and food! 4-H Camp is open to members in grades 3rd-8th grade.

A registration form is available online at our 4-H website or you may contact the office for one. Camp registration is due May 25.


4-H Yard Signs for sale

The Jr. Leaders are selling yard signs to 4-H members and leaders!

It will have Perry County 4-H and the person’s name on the sign (such as on the right) The cost is $10 per sign.

Jr. Leaders will be contacting leaders to see if they can take a moment at club meetings to promote this. Forms are also available on the 4-H website.

A form must be filled out and payment is due at the time of the order. Families may either pay a Jr. Leader or pay the Extension office. Checks are to be made out to the Purdue CES Ed Fund-Perry County.

Payment is due by 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 23.


Clubs asked to donate for auction

Again this year 4-H Council is asking 4-H clubs for basket donations for the basket auction being held Friday, July 6. This auction is held in conjunction with the 4-H Fair King/Queen Contest, Fashion Revue and Food Auction.

This is a great opportunity for clubs to give back to the 4-H Council. The 4-H Council purchases 4-H manuals and handbooks for members, ribbons, trophies, premiums, etc.

Feel free to contact the Extension office to let us know if your club is donating a basket (or even more than one!) The 4-H Council appreciates your assistance!


Congratulations to our trip winners!


Thanks to the following who applied for trips! They have been awarded the following trips, sponsored by 4-H Council and other donors:

Johnathon Davis: Engineering Science Workshop and State Jr. Leader Conference
Amber Lindauer: Animal Sciences Workshop
Bailey Powell: State Jr. Leader Conference
Haley Machen: State Fair Youth Leadership Conference and State Jr. Leader Conference


Fair Livestock Release Time Changed

NEW! This is a change! Livestock can leave between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Livestock must either be checked out during Saturday morning release as mentioned in the
4-H Handbook (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) or  Saturday evening (7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.). Livestock must be checked out no later than 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Remember: Consult your handbook if you need to leave OUTSIDE of these release times.

Another Fair Change

Exhibit building project check out will be Saturday, July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This starts an hour earlier then what is listed in the handbook. This was changed to better accommodate livestock check out.

·  There will be an Agriculture Education Day at the fair! It will be Saturday, July 14.

·  Parade of Champions will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14. It has been changed from the time listed in the handbook.

Have you ever considered entering a project in the Open Show? Anyone can enter! (4-H members, non 4-H members, adults, young children, anyone!) Check out the rules (that start on page 153 of the 4-H handbook). See if there is something you are interested in entering!


Food Show rules and information on registering


NOTE: Registration forms have been sent to club leaders and are available online.

Check in will be between 2:00-2:30 p.m. April 22 at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds. Workshops will begin promptly at 2:30.

Categories: All ages are lumped into each category. See list of categories below. (Explorers projects are NOT judged but can participate).

There will be a first place, second place and third place for each category. All participants receive participation ribbons.

NOTE: Food might be tasted by judges. After the judging is complete, the reminder of the food products will be shared with those in attendance for a taste testing party.


1. All entries should be on disposable plates or disposable cake boards.

2. They should be covered when they are checked in for judging (this is for sanitation purposes).

3. All sanitary practices (including hand washing) should be used when preparing entries.

4. Each participant may enter as many categories as they wish but they may only enter each category once.

5. Entries need to be prepared by the child submitting the entry with appropriate adult supervision and support as needed for the child’s age and skill level.

6. All entries need to be baked goods or candy.   (No “no-bake” items.)

7. Due to food safety, filling, frosting, glazing, pie filling and meringue (whether uncooked or cooked) are not allowed to contain cream cheese, whipped cream, unpasteurized milk or eggs/egg whites. Home canned fruits, vegetables, or meats are not permitted in products.

8. Recipes may be provided when preregistering (recipes provided at this time will be placed in a free recipe book that will be handed out that day). Pre registration is required by 4:00 p.m. April 13.

9. Recipe cards must be submitted with the entry and attached. (This is due to possible food allergies. During the taste testing party people can read what is in the product.)

10. All entries should have the 4-H member’s name and category listed on the plate (a label will work quite well). When they check in, a card will be attached to the entry.


Food Show Categories:

Cake from a mix, frosted (whole cake)

Cake from a mix, unfrosted (whole cake)

Cake from scratch, frosted (whole cake)

Cake from scratch, unfrosted (whole cake)

Bar Cookies/Brownies, from a mix (6 bars)

Bar Cookies/Brownies, from scratch (6 bars)

Pie (Whole pie)

Candies (6 candies)

Quick Breads from a mix (whole loaf)

Quick Breads from scratch (whole loaf)

Yeast Breads from a mix (whole loaf)

Yeast Breads from scratch (whole loaf)


NOTE: It is hoped that this is a fun, new contest that encourages learning and good sportsmanship. We hope everyone can participate!

Also, the food show will not be community judged, meaning the members don’t need to be present during judging. It is hoped all members, however, will participate in the workshops taking place at the same time. 

Here is the Food Show website.  

Perry County 4-H Calendar


April 3                        4-H Council Meeting 6:00 p.m.; 4-H Fairgrounds Meeting 7:00 p.m.
April 21                      Area 3 Horse and Pony Judge, Perry County
April 22                      Jr. Leader Workshop Day and Foods Show, 2:00 p.m., Fairgrounds
April 27                      Share the Fun, 6:00 p.m., Oakwood
May 1                         4-H Council Meeting 6:00 p.m.; 4-H Fairgrounds Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 5                        4-H Council Meeting 6:00 p.m.; 4-H Fairgrounds Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 9                        Dubois County 4-H Livestock Shows-Swine, Meat Goat and Sheep
June 10 Dubois County 4-H Livestock Shows-Beef
June 11-13 4-H Camp, Santa Claus Campgrounds, Santa Claus
July 2 4-H Council Meeting 6:00 p.m.
July 3 4-H Fairgrounds meeting 7:00 p.m.
July 7 Fair Set Up Day
July 8-14 Perry County 4-H Fair
July 15 Fair Clean Up Day
July 29 Check in for State Fair Non Perishables
Aug. 1 Check in for State Fair Perishables
Aug. 3-19 Indiana State Fair



2011 December/2012 January


Learn More! Do More! Be More!


Learn more! Do more! Be More!

That’s the motto for Perry County 4-H this year. That motto was created by Ryan Hubert of the Young Americans 4-H Club. He will receive $25 from the 4-H Council and his design will be displayed on our 2012 Perry County 4-H Handbooks and possibly t-shirts! Congratulations Ryan!

It has been a busy fall.  I attended the National Association of 4-H Agents conference in Omaha and co-presented a seminar about workforce preparation. I also attended our state professional development conference and learned a lot about technology! Check out this newsletter for QR codes! That’s one thing I learned about at the conference!

I have also been working with Power of Youth, Jr. Leaders, and in October our office in conjunction with the schools and other volunteers presented Super Science Day to 4th graders! Last month, club leaders and I discussed 4-H for the next year. I have spent a lot of time this fall organizing and planning. There is so much going on in 4-H! Read this newsletter for a few tidbits.

December will slow a bit for 4-H, but be on the lookout for a bunch more to do in 4-H after the first of the year! Also remember that you can work on your 4-H projects over holiday break.

I hope you take some time to relax and spend time with others. Heat up a cup of hot chocolate and take time to enjoy this time of year!

Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year to all!


Renate Warner

Let’s enroll!!!

 4-H enrollment is under way in Perry County!

Hopefully all of you have heard about the options of enrolling online or using paper. We are excited about you utilizing either option! Members in grades 3-12 pay $20 each, with no family paying more than $60. Members in grades kindergarten through 2nd pay $5 each.

Families can pay online using credit or debit cards, or they may pay cash or check at the Extension office.

Just like last year, members who enroll (that includes payment) by February 1 have the option to exhibit at the 4-H county fair.

Also members in grades 3rd-12th have until May 1 to add projects and until June 1 to drop. Explorers don’t have the add/drop deadlines...we just want them to exhibit! However, they do need to make sure they enroll by Feb. 1.

Information on enrolling and enrollment forms are available online by going to our Perry County 4-H enrollment website: www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry/Pages/Enroll.aspx.

If you don’t have internet access, let us know and we can mail you the information.

Share some holiday cheer with others!

Looking for ways to cheer up others during the holidays?

You can make recycled holiday cards! You can make them for nursing homes, troops, neighbors, daycares, the list goes on and on!

If members or clubs are interested in using old holiday cards to make new ones, contact the Extension office! We have thousands we collected last year and we want them to be used!

All you need is cardstock or construction paper, scissors, glue and a little imagination!

Create new cards and make sure you add a holiday message! You might even know someone with crafting supplies that might be able to loan you products to make your card even more unique!

Be sure to sign your club’s name if you are doing this for your club (or your name), and be sure to add a personal handwritten message!

Card making is fun and it makes others feel special when they receive them!

You can also create holiday wreaths, placemats and many other projects with these cards. Contact the office today to receive recycled cards that are waiting to get a face lift!

 Ink cartridges, cell phones and IGA receipts

The Extension office is collecting old ink jet cartridges,

laser ink cartridges and cell phones.

Also, the 4-H Council continues to collect IGA receipts.

Drop them off to the Extension office or give them to Renate any time.

Cancellation Policy

Before we know it, snow will be on the ground and with cold weather there is the possibility roads can become hazardous. We always want our 4-H families to be safe.

Therefore, it is the policy of the Perry County 4-H program that if any school in Perry County is cancelled or released early due to weather, all 4-H events and activities will also be cancelled for that day.

If your school is not cancelled, please check to see if the other schools have been cancelled.

When in doubt, don’t risk your life!


  2012 Perry County 4-H Fair Dates Set


Set up: July 7

Fair: July 8-14

Clean up day: July 15


Jr. Leaders are planning a party! And more!

The Jr. Leaders are off to a great start! They have elected officers, began work on several community service projects and have set direction for their year.

The Jr. Leaders decided not to meet in December, but their next meeting will be Monday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Meeting Room.

At 6:00 p.m. the Jr. Leaders will begin a party for the club leaders! See more information below for more information about the club leader party.

If you have attended a meeting or contacted the Extension office about joining, you will receive Jr. Leader mailings. Otherwise, you are still welcome to join if you are in grades 7 and above but you need to let the office know.

Also mark your calendar for Monday, Feb. 13 for a Jr. Leader meeting. Watch your mail for information on time and place.

Club Leaders...Jr. Leaders want to honor you!

The Jr. Leaders have planned something fun for all Perry County 4-H Club Leaders!

They decided that Christmas should be extended into January! And they’re having a party and are honoring club leaders during their “Christmas in January” event! They usually have a thank you party in December but they decided this year to move it to the less hectic month of January. The party will be January 9 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Fifth Third Meeting room (on Highway 66 in Tell City.)

Please mark the date down on your calendar and be on the lookout for more information in your mail!


Congrats to window display winners 

Thanks to all the clubs who participated in the window display contest that took place during National 4-H Week! Isn’t it exciting that Perry County took part in promotion of 4-H just like 4-Hers all across the nation? The judge had a tough time coming up with a winner, but she did manage. 1st place was Twin Lakes. 2nd place was the Tell City Leprechauns  and 3rd place was Leopold Gang. Other clubs who participated was Branchville Bunch, Gatchel and CSI. All clubs who participated will receive a cash award from the 4-H Council. Congratulations to all!


What are QR Codes?

Have you seen the front of our hard copy newsletter? It contains a QR (Quick Response) code. In this case, it is a code that is set up in a pattern that can be decoded using a smart phone that has a QR reader program. The QR is scanned in and it leads the user to a website.

You can google to learn more about how to use your QR reader on your smart phone, or if you don’t have a program there are ones you can download. I know with my Droid, it was free to download and has been fun to use! QR’s are neat. If you want to go to a website, instead of typing in the address, your smart phone can do it for you!

You’ll see more and more QR’s so I thought it would be neat to feature this technology. Also, look for us to use it more and more in 4-H. But we will also provide information to those who don’t utilize this technology.

Congratulations to the 4-H Award Winners!

What a great 4-H Celebration! There was food and great fellowship among our 4-H family! It was also wonderful time to honor our
4-H members and leaders. The following members applied for awards and were selected as winners this year. If you are interested in applying next year, be sure to watch for information in the newsletter!

Rhett Baumeister:  Forestry, Leadership, Healthy Lifestyles

Jenna Burns:  Rabbit

Lane Burns:  Photography & Video
Nathan Dauby:  Aerospace, Engines, Tractors and Field Equipment
Johnathon Davis:  Agriculture, Community Service, Gardening & Horticulture, Outdoor Recreation & Education
Katelyn Davis:  Clothing & Textiles, Fashion Revue, Performing Arts
Cole Dickenson:  Wildlife & Fisheries
Jennifer Dinkel:  Clothing & Textiles
Nathan Dotson:  Public Speaking
Erika Hauenstein:  Achievement, Community Service, Demonstration, Food & Nutrition
Levi Hilgenhold:  Leadership, Horse & Pony, Shooting Sports
Luke Hilgenhold:  Dairy
Hillary Hubert:  Achievement, Community Service, Consumer Education, Family Life, Goat, Hobbies & Collections, Home Environment, Swine
Ryan Hubert:  Electricity, Food & Nutrition, Goat, Outdoor Recreation & Education, Swine, Wood Science
Garrett Jarboe:  Computer Technology
Skylar Jones:  Horse & Pony
Amber Lindauer:  Beef, Sheep, Visual Arts
Megan Lindauer:  Beef, Sheep
Olivia Hauser:  Vet Science
Evan Spear:  Cats, Citizenship, Community Service

Electric awards: Chase Beckort, Courtney Berger, Christian Holman, John Steen,  Jennifer Dinkel, Levi Harbaville, Ryan Hubert, Garrett Thomas, Lacey Peter and Nathan Dotson.

Perry County 4-H Calendar 


Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4: 4-H Council meeting at 6:00 p.m.; 4-H Fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 9                         4-H Jr. Leader meeting at 5:30 at
                                      Fifth Third Meeting Room
                                  4-H Leader Party at 6:00 at Fifth Third Meeting Room
Jan. 15                       Possible 4-H Movie Night (watch your mail!)
Jan. 26                       Area Horse and Pony Meeting at 6:30
                                       at Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds
Jan. 31 Extension Annual Meeting at 6:30 at the
June 11-13 Tentative  4-H Camp date
July 7 Fair Set Up Day
July 8-14 Perry County 4-H Fair
July 15 Fair Clean Up Day


October/November 2011


It’s a new 4-H year!


It’s an exciting time of year! The new 4-H year has
already kicked off. Clubs can begin meeting and members can do community service projects and can begin work on their 4-H projects! There are new, exciting changes on the way for 4-H. Stay tuned for more information!

Like last year, the 4-H Handbooks will be distributed in the winter. They will be posted immediately online, even before they are printed. Remember, you don’t need the 4-H handbook to work on your 4-H project. The handbook is a guide for project completion but there is so much more to the 4-H experience!

In the next few months I will be attending conferences and trainings. I will of course, also be teaching. Email, Facebook and phone calls will be returned as soon as possible. Please be patient and remember my job often takes me out of the office. Feel free to leave me a message at any time and I’ll get back with you.

Another duty is that I am president elect of a national 4-H task force for workforce development. I am excited but this takes time to develop work plans and coordinate the team.

Like last year all trip applications (except Washington DC) will be sent out after the first of the year. Be on the lookout in your mailbox for updates. Remember, information is also posted online. 

And yes, you will notice my last name has changed! It is still me, but I was married last month. You can still use my old email as it will feed directly to my new email but you can also use my new email: renatewarner

Between band, sports and many other activities, everyone is very busy! Take time for yourself and enjoy this time of year! I look forward to another great year with my 4-H family!


Renate Warner


4-H Celebration Planned


The 4-H Celebration will be Sunday, November 13, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

All 4-H families are invited to attend the celebration where 4-H award winders will be announced. Pizza will be served and an ice cream sundae bar will be available.

We will announce award winners and will thank 4-H club leaders.

Dress is casual, but remember we will be taking pictures for the newspaper.

Invitations will be sent closer to time.


Set your calendar for a summer of fun!


Think there’s nothing to do over the summer? That’s not true! Why not attend a 4-H trip this summer!

The dates for the summer 2012 state 4-H workshops have been set. Please mark these down! In the winter, watch your mail and watch our website for information on how to apply for these trips! If you are in 4-H and are in the grade level mentioned, you can attend! Scholarships might be available so stay tuned for more information!

· Purdue Science Workshops (for grades 9-12) June 13-15

· State 4-H Jr. Leader Conference (for grades 9-12) June 19-22

· State 4-H Band (for grades 9-12) June 23-25

· State 4-H Chorus (for grades 9-12) June 23-27

· 4-H Round-Up (for grades 7-9) June 25-27

· Citizenship Washington Focus (must be at least 15) June 17-23 (Scholarship applications have already been sent out and deadline has passed for scholarships, but others may go and pay their own way.)

· Indiana 4-H Youth Congress (grades 8-12) Nov. 10

· State Fair Youth Leadership Conference (grades 9-12) July 31-Aug. 4

· There are other trips available but you must apply and fill out paperwork! Contact Renate for more information!

Stay tuned for county dates for other events (such as 4-H camp!) It’s going to a fun summer!



Looking for a job this summer?

State Fair Exhibit Hall Workers (Indianapolis)-Workers must be at least 15 years old at time of work. Applications are due April 15. They work beginning in the end of July through completion of Indiana State Fair.
Contact Renate for more information.


Cancellation Policy

Before we know it, snow will be on the ground and with cold weather there is the possibility roads can become hazardous. We always want our 4-H families to be safe.

Therefore, it is the policy of the Perry County 4-H program that if any school in Perry County is cancelled or released early due to weather, all 4-H events and activities will also be cancelled for that day.

If your school is not cancelled, please check to see if the other schools have been cancelled.

When in doubt, don’t risk your life!


2012 Perry County
4-H Fair Dates Set



Set up: July 7

Fair: July 8-14

Clean up day: July 15


Contact office to join 4-H Jr. Leaders!


The Jr. Leaders met at Cathy Powell’s house for the Jr. Leader Kick Off party held last month.

They brainstormed what they want to do for the year.

Due to conflicts, they will not meet in October but will meet in early November for officer elections. Watch your mail for the date!

Jr. Leaders is open to all 4-H members in grades 7 and older.

If you are interested in joining, contact the Extension office.

Also, watch your mail for updated information. If you haven’t joined their FaceBook group or email group, let Renate know and she will include you.

Consider joining Perry County 4-H Jr. Leaders! Don’t just be a member of 4-H...be INVOLVED! Jr. Leaders is a great group to have fun, develop leadership skills and learn more about lots of different things!

If you have any questions, contact Renate, co-leader Cathy Powell or  a Jr. Leader.



Leader training will answer many questions


No doubt there are many questions about 4-H this year. There’s lots of exciting improvements in store this year. For example, members can enroll online this year! (They may also fill out a paper enrollment form instead if they prefer.)

Just that one statement will generate many questions. To answer this and other questions, the Fall Leader’s Training is being planned for Thursday, October 20 at the fairgrounds. Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. and the program starts at 6:00 p.m. All Perry County 4-H volunteers are invited to attend. Invitations have been sent to leaders.

Leaders, Please make every effort to attend. If you can’t attend, please make sure at least one leader from your club can attend.

Pre registration required. Please call the office at 547-7084 or email Renate (renatewarner@purdue.edu) by 4 p.m. Thursday, October 17 to RSVP so we can have adequate time to copy materials.

Note: Only those leaders who register will receive copies of materials unless a special request is made to the office. These materials will also be available online. When you register, please indicate if you want paper copies or electronic.


Day of Caring is heading our way!!!


Let’s face it, 4-Hers love to help others!

It’s time once again for the Youth Day of Caring! United Way of Perry County is organizing the event. So mark your calendars for Sunday, November 6th from 11:30 until 5:00 p.m.

You need to register. A firm count of those who will be involved is needed by October 15. If you want more information, you can contact Renate or Rebecca Fenn of United Way. 547-2577


How do you stay up to date on 4-H information?

We often send out the most timely information via technology (blog, FaceBook and email.) But if you aren’t online that is OK! We still do “snail mail!” So here are ways you can stay up to date:

· Watch your mailbox. Information is mailed out. Our newsletter comes out every other month.

· If you are online, be sure to sign up for the Perry County 4-H blog! You can get email updates of information! Go to:

http://perrycounty4-h.blogspot.com/ and sign up!

· Visit our website. Perry County 4-H Website: www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry/Pages/4-HYouthDevelopment.aspx.

· You can also join our FaceBook page!

But what is the most important aspect of all of this? You must take the time to read the information. Set a time each week when you sit down and read all your mail, email (or FaceBook group information, etc.) We are all busy, but we need to try to stay up to date on EVERYTHING. That’s not just 4-H! That’s good advice for all the organizations we are involved with.






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