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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, July 9, 2021

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Traditional Record Books Return This Year

The Awards and Recognition Committee voted to return to having traditional record books this year and celebrating youth's awards and achievements in October at the County Achievement night. The committee is going to look into having alternative options for the 2021-2022 4-H year. As 2020-2021 was not a typical year, please have youth share as much as they can in their books! The committee is looking forward to reading how youth were creative, persistent, and innovative! Please remember the club determines the due date at the club level, and books being submitted for county-level awards are due Sept 10, 2021!
What Happens When Your Record Book is Turned In?
Your club sets the date record books are due to them. Leaders or parents in your club will review them. They will complete the appropriate score sheet and add comments. If the book is of very high quality and meets the requirements, they will nominate it for one or more county-level awards. On the first Saturday after Labor Day in September (Saturday, Sept 11), books turned in to the Extension Office by club leaders will be reviewed. Every club is asked to have one or more representatives at this meeting. Those in attendance will read the sections of the books pertaining to the categories that the member was nominated for. The readers will add comments to the score sheet. These books are returned to club leaders.
Club leaders will return the books and score sheets to all members of their club. Often this will take place at a club achievement program in October or November. Any youth receiving a county or golden award will be recognized at a county achievement program, held at UWO Fond du Lac Campus, usually on the third Monday night of October. The member will receive an invitation to attend. Find record book guides and forms at https://fonddulac.extension.wisc.edu/4h/records/.

Telling an Impactful Story in Your Record Book
No matter whether you are writing your activity or project story, or using an outline, or a photo essay, you can deliver impact by what you tell. Describe what you did, 
who else was involved, what was achieved, what life skills you developed (see https://fonddulac.extension.wisc.edu/files/2011/09/iowa-state-sskills.pdf ) and/or what you learned.
Turn this story: I got a red ribbon at the fair on the curtains I made for my room.
Into this story: This year for the first time I made curtains. I thought about what fabrics would be the best to keep out the light, and would look good in my room. I waited until the fabric went on sale and saved about $40. I expressed my creativity by varying the pattern a bit from the original. I received a red at the fair because the judge said, if they had wider hems they would hang better.


TLA has a recreational activity scheduled at  the Fondy Aqua Park on Monday, July 19 from 1-4 pm. Any youth member who has finished 6th grade can join TLA. There isn't a registration or an extra form to fill out. Just simply email Tina Engelhardt about information for the next meeting. The next meeting is Monday, August 23 at 7 pm in person at Rolling Meadows Meeting Room and via Zoom. We would love to have you join us!

State Fair Blue Ribbon Auction Items Needed

The Fond du Lac County 4-H Leaders Association is creating a basket with items that represent or are made in Fond du Lac County to be offered during the silent auction at the 2021 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction on Tuesday, August 10, at the Wisconsin State Fair. 

Please consider donating an item to be included with our Fond du Lac County basket.  Unique craft items that are not overly large would be great. Non-perishable items like Faris Popcorn, Armstrong Apples wine, or other items such local maple syrup or honey make good items. Alcoholic beverages (such as beer or wine) are permitted. Reach out to local wineries, breweries, or other area businesses unique to Fond du Lac County! Perishable food items are NOT allowed, as there is no proper storage or refrigeration available. Please do not include items that require winners to travel to Fond du Lac County, such as gift certificates for restaurants. The basket will need to be packed and wrapped in cellophane, so please keep this in mind for size when donating items. 

Proceeds from the sale of our basket will be split on a 50/50 basis with the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Fond du Lac County. In 2019, the top baskets generated more than $200 for their county. The more attractive our basket, the more raised for Fond du Lac County!  Please contact Cindy Koffman if you are interested or have questions. 

Cloverbud Day Camp: Buzz, Flutter, Crawl
Registration is Now Open!

Cost: $5 Register through 4-H Online under events. Registration closes Friday, August 6. Must have a minimum of 15 participants. Camp is limited to 30 participants.   
Camp Description: Buzz, Flutter, Crawl - Youth will learn about pollinators from bees to butterflies and everything in between! As they take a nature hike through the Gottfried Arboretum, they will be able to observe the insects, and maybe even catch a couple! Older youth counselors will lead fun camp games, as well as crafts and other activities throughout the day. Please dress your child in clothes that allow them to get dirty and explore the observation ponds as well! Youth should bring a bagged lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, jacket, and a water bottle in a backpack for the day. Come learn the tricks pollinators use to survive!

Transportation Station Cardboard Camp

Registration is Now Open!

Cost: $15 Register through 4-Honline under events. Registration closes Friday, August 6th. Must have a minimum of 10 participants. Camp is limited to 20 participants, so register as soon as possible.  
Description: Open to youth in grades 3-6, this 3-day in-person cardboard camp will provide youth an opportunity to build planes, trains, and automobiles! Youth will design their transportation method of choice and use their design to build a model. Youth will construct the model using various materials such as cardboard boxes, paper towel tubes, paper plates, and more. Youth will work as a team to complete a challenge!  

County Fair Updates

Other Updates:

  •  Open class judging on Wednesday, July, 14 will take place in the Expo Building
  • Tuesday, July 13 - Judging will take place in the Recreation Building - This is a change!
  • The Blueline Gate will be closed prior to the fireworks (exact time TBD) on Tuesday, July 13. Please keep this in mind if you plan to bring your animals in late Tuesday.

Congratulations Conner!

4-H graduation and recognition ceremony will be held in the Expo Building at the fairgrounds on Sunday, July 18, at 2:00 pm. Key award winners and scholarship recipients will also be recognized. 
VIP Link

Conversation Corner

  • Wednesday, July 14, 7-8 pm virtually

Pre-Fair Judging

  • July 13 - Sign up for times by contacting the fair office 

Fond du Lac County Fair

  • July 14-18

TLA Recreation Outing

  • Monday, July 19 Fondy Aqua Park 1-4 pm 


WI State Fair

  • August 5-15

Volunteer in Preparation Training

  • August 18, 6:30-8:30 pm Virtually

Transportation Station Cardboard Camp

  • Registration due Friday, August 6
  • August 17-19 at UWO Fond du Lac Campus

Adult Leader Banquet/August Leaders Association Meeting

  • Sunday, August 22, 1-4 pm at Lakeside Park Deneveu Shelter
  • RSVP by July 30

Cloverbud Day Camp

  • Registration due Friday, August 6
  • Monday, August 16, 9 am- 3 pm at UWO Fond du Lac Campus
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