Perry County 4-H Club Leader Newsletters
Perry County Enrollment Information
State Leader News
In the Spotlight
Update from the State
Hello, 4-H Volunteers!
PERRY COUNTY LEADER NEWS
How is enrolling going so far this year? Thanks to all of you who attended the 4-H leaders training held last month or reviewed training materials online.
Remember, members may enroll online or they may use paper copies like they have in the past.
There is now a new 4-H enrollment page. Anyone can go straight to this page to learn everything about enrolling. There is even a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. The website is http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry/Pages/Enroll.aspx . It is also available from our home page by clicking on the link at the left.
Below are these FAQ’s that are listed on our enrollment page. Please note that if you visit the website, there are several links that take members to other pages:
FAQs (Frequently asked questions):
Who can join 4-H? Youth in grades Kindergarten through 2nd can join Exploring 4-H, a noncompetitive 4-H experience. Youth in grades 3rd-12th can join regular 4-H. For more information, call the Extension office or any of the club leaders listed here.
How much time do we need to invest in 4-H? It is up to you!!!! Members can choose the amount of time they spend on projects. Clubs meet based on what works for the members. 4-H really lets youth set their own schedule for what works for their family!
Do I have to enroll and pay online? No, you may register online or on paper. You can even register for 4-H online and pay in person. However, you are not considered enrolled until payment has been made.
What if I want to enroll in 4-H after February 1? You may join 4-H and exhibit in the fair if you complete your enrollment before February 1. If you are new to the area or new to Perry County 4-H and want to join after February 1 contact the Extension office for more information.
I am not sure what club I want to be in. What do I do? When you enroll choose "Unsure at this time" for primary club. You may call the office or any club leaders to try to figure out what club suits you best. You may join any club plus a county club. Click here for more information on clubs.
What if I want to add more projects later? You may do so by calling the office, emailing or going online. You may add projects until May 1.
The online system asks me how many years I've been in my project. What if I don't know? It is Ok if you don't know. Just take your best guess. Our office will double check.
The online system asks me if I want a 4-H manual. What do I select? We will check to see if you already received one in the division you are currently in. If you already have one, you may purchase a new one at $5 per manual. Remember, the 4-H Council purchases these so please hold on to your manuals. Not all projects require a manual. For more information on what projects requre a manual and which ones don't, check here.
What if I don't want to sign consent and permissions? These are required. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension office.
What is expected of youth when they join 4-H? They should attend as many club meetings as possible and stay involved in their local club. Additionally, members who join by February 1 can exhibit at the fair or they can complete their projects by turning it in to a leader.
How much money will we invest in 4-H? Members in grades kindergarten through 2nd are asked to pay an annual fee of $5 per child. Children in grades 3rd – 12th pay $20 annual fee. No family will pay more than $60. Also, there is the cost of project(s). Some projects allow members to exhibit posters which would cost less than $5 per project to complete. After the initial fee, members can invest as little or as much into projects as they wish.
I can't afford 4-H. Are there scholarships available? Contact the Extension office for more information. By the way, fees are an investment into the program and it goes right back into 4-H. If a family has a hardship, contact the Extension office for information for receiving a scholarship.
So what do you need to do to join? If you want to join 4-H you need to enroll in 4-H. Feel free to call a leader or the Extension office and ask questions before enrolling. You will need to fill out a paper form or enroll online. You will be considered enrolled once your fee is paid.
I have also revamped the Perry County 4-H website to have a cleaner look, and information is easier to find. I have reduced the number of PDFs and will continue to post things straight to websites. That makes it much easier for those with dial up connections. The 4-H webpage also has a direct link to the enrollment information page, and so does the club leader page. By the way, the leader page is: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/perry/Pages/4-HClubLeaderResources.aspx . I have also revamped that page quite a bit to make things easier to read and find.
The hard copies of enrollment forms you have received include on piece of information that has been changed. The 4-H Council at their last meeting has made the rule that members may add projects until May 1, 2012. They believe this allows enough time for members to learn about their project and not only concentrate on exhibiting at the fair. So members WON’T be able to add projects to exhibit at fair after May 1!
I will be visiting the schools the last week in November and will distribute 4-H pamphlets at that time. I have created a new pamphlet with quick and easy questions and answers. I have included the information below.
Also in the pamphlet is each club’s volunteers and phone number (of those who let us know in writing that it’s OK to post your phone number.) This is also posted on our website. Please be aware that you might be the first person these families contact, so please be ready to answer questions. As always, if you need help or have questions, please contact me.
Pamphlet questions and answers
Who can join?
Youth in grades Kindergarten through 2nd can join Exploring 4-H. This is a noncompetitive 4-H experience. Youth in grades 3rd-12th can join regular 4-H. For more information call the Extension office at 547-7084 or call any leaders listed on the inside of this pamphlet.
How much time do we
need to invest in 4-H?
It is up to you!!!!
· Members can choose the amount of time
they spend on projects.
· Clubs meet based on what works for
· 4-H really lets youth set their own schedule
for what works for their family!
Isn’t 4-H just for kids with farm animals?
Not at all! 4-H today allows youth to explore science, technology, basically anything they desire to learn more about! In fact, many
members do not own livestock and 4-H is not just about agriculture!
What is expected of youth
when they join 4-H?
· Attend as many club meetings
as possible and stay involved
in their local club.
· Members who join by February 1
can exhibit at the fair or they can
complete their projects by turning
it in to a leader.
How much money will we invest?
- Members in grades kindergarten through 2nd are asked to pay an annual fee of $5 per child.
- Children in grades 3rd – 12th pay $20 annual fee.
- No family will pay more than $60
- Cost of project(s). Some projects allow members to exhibit posters which would cost less than $5 per project to complete.
Fees are an investment into the program and it goes right back into
4-H. If a family has a hardship, contact the Extension office for information for receiving a scholarship. After the initial fee, members can invest as little or as much into projects as they wish.
So what do you need to do to join?
If you want to join 4-H you need to enroll in 4-H. Included in this flyer is a list of local clubs. Feel free to call a leader or the Extension office and ask questions before enrolling. You will need to fill out a form or enroll online. Leaders or the Extension office can provide you with information on enrolling.
STATE LEADER NEWS
Caring Adults Encourage Healthy Living in 4-H Youth! This message was shared during the Adult session at the 2011 Indiana 4-H Congress. Enjoy, and thank you for your support!!
Paper Clip—has many uses, just as each volunteer has many talents.
Rubber Band—you can stretch your own abilities to have new opportunities...it’s all in the attitude.
Band Aid—you are called to protect and be sensitive to others’ feelings.
Coin—call and ask for help when needed...you are not alone!
Paper Bill—the contributions of your time and talents to the 4-H program are very valuable.
Balloon—each 4-H member expands and grows because of you.
Heart Sticker—you have the ability to reach out to youth and care about what they are doing.
Mint—each of you is worth a mint to the 4-H program.
Lifesavers—each of us is unique and different and make special contributions. There is a place in 4-H for everyone!
Hershey Kiss—thank you from the youth you have helped to develop healthy life skills through 4-H!
4-H Youth Development
In the 4-H Spotlight …
Jama Montgomery, Madison County
50-Year 4-H Volunteer
Jama Montgomery has served as a Madison County 4-H volunteer for 50 years. Even prior to assuming the leadership of the Etta Kett / Jack & Jill / Mother Goose 4-H Club, Mrs. Montgomery served as a volunteer for other 4-H clubs. She believed that a 4-H club should offer instruction on tips to teenagers regarding manners, etiquette and the social graces. Mrs. Montgomery still serves as the organizational leader of that very same club, and those in Madison County show their respect for her many years of service by simply referring to her as Mrs. Montgomery. She is well known as “the lady in the hat”, and can be located anywhere easily by that item of adornment. Former members of her 4-H club still recall, and use, the education they received from her training, and the strict adherence to craftsmanship and detail which she continues to demand.
You are invited to submit a brief article to Steve at the State 4-H Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) highlighting a person, club, or activity that can be included in future issues of this newsletter.
Activity Corner – “Bingo”
Supplies needed: Bingo cards, bag of dried beans on each table, pencils, prizes
As members arrive, they sign in on a slip of paper and then circulate with a Bingo card to collect signatures in all blank spaces on the cards. Allow about 10-15 minutes. Then, ask the players to sit at tables.
The leader stirs up slips of paper (that the members signed when arriving) in a basket and starts calling out names. Bingo may be made by covering names called out by the leader and filling any straight line up and down, across, or diagonal. In later rounds, Bingo may also be designated as: vertical and horizontal line, around outside edge of card, all 4 corners, or cover the entire card.
Bright Idea! - Motivating 4-H Members
One of the roles that adults play when working with youth is to motivate and encourage them to participate. As we consider this role, we need to recognize that motivating others will have unpredictable results. But, there are a few suggestions that can help us be successful with motivating members:
Know your members. What are their specific interests? Likes/dislikes? Who are their friends?
Create a positive environment in which youth want to succeed. Include positive reinforcement and perhaps some incentives that will encourage continued effort by the youth.
Communicate clearly to members and their families. Provide a calendar of activities; use social media, texting, e-mail, etc. to build excitement. Involving members in sending this communication can also motivate other youth to participate.
Involve youth in developing club guidelines to promote positive behavior. Meet in places where members feel safe.
Encourage members to engage in positive self-talk during a meeting. I’m good at… Something I like about my appearance… Something I like about my personality, etc.
Include fun in 4-H Club meetings and activities; build in activities that help members get to know one another and feel like they belong to the group.
Source: VRKC: Volunteer Research Knowledge Competency Taxonomy
Update from the State – 2011 Indiana 4-H Youth and Adult Congress
Over 200 youth and adults attended the 2011 Indiana 4-H Youth and Adult Congress on Saturday, November 5 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman opened the program with a message to the participants focused on challenging themselves to reach their full potential.
Educational sessions were then held for the youth and the adults focused on the 4-H Healthy Living Mission Mandate. Youth sessions were titled, Recognizing My Stress, Eating Healthy & Exercise, and 4-H Stepping Out. Adults received lesson plans and supplemental materials for each of these youth sessions. In addition, they attended three sessions on 4-H Healthy Living, Incorporating 4-H Mission Mandates into Club Activities, and Tools of the Trade.
These participants are now encouraged to return home and share this information with their 4-H Clubs and with other youth organizations in their communities.
Those who were unable to attend 4-H Congress may still benefit from these sessions. Lesson plans and other materials are available on the State 4-H Web site at: http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/volunteer/index.cfm. Look for the Adult 4-H Congress Lesson Plans and 2011 4-H Healthy Living headings.
Adult 4-H Congress was sponsored by a grant from Monsanto and the National 4-H Council. Many thanks to these sponsors for making this program possible!
Plan now to attend 4-H Congress in 2012 on Saturday, November 10.