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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, August 20, 2021

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Cloverbud members learning about bees and honey

Cloverbud Day Camp: Buzz, Flutter, Crawl

Here is a camp recap for anyone who missed it! Monday morning, campers started the day off by learning everyone's names with a couple of games. Each group was able to collect bugs and participate in a nature walk with a scavenger hunt. After the nature walk, campers built their own bugs and wrote a short story about them. Lunch followed the busy morning. After lunch, the group played some active games such as Dead Ant Tag, Flying Butterfly, and Wah Master. The youth had a surprise visit from the Wisconsin Honey Bee Queen. Anna shared lots of information about honey bees and honey.  After Anna shared some information, the campers were able to participate in a smoothie-making activity. The campers had so many questions for Anna that we didn't get to our Bug Olympics or planting! The campers finished the day out by building butterflies (coffee filter craft) and caterpillars (banana snacks). 
Members and adult volunteers of the Fond du Lac County Dairy Judging team pictured in front of a white Extension/4-H flutter flag

WI State 4-H

Dairy Judging

Thirteen teams and a total of 54 youth competed in the junior division of the contest. Juniors placed in ten classes, in addition to answering Type Analysis Questions (TAQ’s) on four of the classes. TAQ questions are designed to help youth recognize type traits that play a significant role in functional conformation and placing the class.

The team from Fond du Lac County took first, seven points ahead of second place - Shawano County. Members of the Fond du Lac team included Dylan Ryan, Isaac Loehr, Cameron Ryan and Sophia Loehr. They were coached by Matthew Kramer, Joe Loehr, and Chad Ryan.
The top ten juniors overall in the contest were Logan Harbaugh of Shawano County, Ava Hebgen of Columbia County, Dylan Ryan of Fond du Lac County, Wyatt Dorshorst of Wood County, Stella Kamm of St. Croix County, Whitney Ulness of Manitowoc County, Isaac Loehr of Fond du Lac County, Audrey Gartman of Sheboygan County, Cameron Ryan of Fond du Lac County and Marissa Spoke of Dodge County.
Colton Grinstead and Sam Mess also participated in the showmanship part of the contest. Each of the youth led several animals for the juniors and seniors to judge.  Both youth did a great job handling the animals and represented Fond du Lac County well!
Teams and individuals qualified to compete at the state contest based on their performance at one of the two regional 4-H Area Animal Science Days contests held in June. The junior division represents youth in third through eighth grade, while the senior division represents high school age youth. County teams were made up of their top three scoring individuals from their qualifying contest with the fourth member selected by the county.

The State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was made possible through the generous contributions of several groups and volunteers. The contest is especially appreciative of the quality cow and heifer classes provided by the Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn breeders at the show and Fond du Lac area Holstein and Jersey breeders. The UW-Madison Foundation’s Joe and Sharon Darcey Youth Enhancement Fund and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation’s Dairy Endowment Fund sponsored the event.
NEW Charter Application
The NEW 2021-22 4-H Charter Application is now available on the Wisconsin 4-H Charter Application website: https://4h.extension.wisc.edu/resources/volunteer-resources/administrative/charter/.
This new version of the 4-H Charter Application has been converted into an online format making the process easier. With just a few clicks and no signatures needed, you can complete the online form in less than 15 minutes! Ask your club or group leader how you can work together to plan for the 4-H year!
As a reminder, the 4-H Charter indicates that a 4-H Club or Group is organized in accordance with the objectives of the Wisconsin 4-H program. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension grants 4-H Charters which formally authorizes a Wisconsin 4-H Club or Group to use the 4-H Name and Emblem for educational purposes.
Wisconsin 4-H Clubs and Groups Charter Applications are submitted online and due by November 1, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Keifenheim

2021-2022 4-H Enrollment

There will not be a shutdown with 4HOnline this year. As soon as the system performs year end and rolls over our data to the new year, families can go in and start re-enrolling. The system processing shouldn’t take much time at all, so shortly after midnight Aug 31/Sept 1, the system will be ready to start accepting re-enrollments.  
Yellow crane made out of yellow lego blocks displayed at the county fair

New in 2021-2022

Join Lego Club

In the 2021-2022 4-H year, we are excited to announce we will have Lego Club. A youth leader is taking initiative to plan and organize Lego Club meetings. The plan is to meet once a month. Youth can join the Lego club or be in the Lego Project. Lego Club is looking for volunteers to help support and supervise youth in Lego Club. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please reach out to Tracy.  Please look for more information on meeting dates, times, locations, and topics in future newsletters! This is a very exciting opportunity for a youth leader to share his spark with others who also have this interest! 

Award Applications Due Sept 15

Are you eligible? Have you applied? Find out below. There is a list and a brief description of the awards you can apply for. All applications can be found here.

Key Award

  • This is the highest state 4-H award earned by members who have shown consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their  4-H club and community.
  • Grades 11-13
  • Up to 5 recipients from Fond du Lac County


  • Recipients have contributed back to 4-H at several levels such as: project, club, county, district, state, or beyond. They will also have high participation, strong achievement, and various leadership and community service roles.
  • Completed at least grade 11
  • Two recipients from Fond du Lac County


  • Recipients display outstanding work as a youth leader on the club and county level, with emphasis on leadership, teaching, and sharing knowledge.
  • Completed at least grade 9
  • Maximum of 10 recipients from Fond du Lac County

4-H Growth & Achievement

  • Recipients have shown accomplishments in 4-H overall for an extended period of time. They show a positive attitude, involvement, growth, depth in projects, and in activities on the club and county level.
  • Completed at least grade 9
  • Maximum of 10 recipients from Fond du Lac County

Community Service Awards

Service to the community is a fundamental principle of 4-H because involvement in service helps shape lifelong values. Members are eligible to receive this award. Clubs are eligible to receive this award.
  • Two members in grades 5-8
  • Two members in grades 9-13
  • One small Club
  • One large Club
Helping Hands 4-H Club members and leaders accepting the Community Service Award

Congratulations Calla!


Adult Leader Banquet/August Leaders Association Meeting

  • Sunday, August 22, 1-4 pm at Lakeside Park Deneveu Shelter

TLA Meeting

  • Monday, August 23 at 7 pm in person at Rolling Meadow Meeting Room or via Zoom

Club Financial Reports due to Extension Office Sept 1

  • Submit to Extension Office by Wednesday, Sept 1

Market Livestock Project Forms due September 10

  • Submit to Extension Office by Friday, Sept 10
County Wide Record Book Reading September 11
  • Record books due to Extension Office Friday, Sept 10
  • September 11, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm at Extension Office

Volunteer Recognition Nominations due Sept 15
Award Application Deadline Sept 15

  • Key Award
  • Citizenship
  • Leadership
  • 4-H Growth & Achievement
  • Community Service awards

Market Livestock Committee Applications due Sept 15

4-H Reboot Kick-off Meeting

  • Wednesday, September 29, 6:30 pm at UWO Fond du Lac Campus
  • Club officers and General leaders
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