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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, December 18, 2020

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 If you missed the 4-H Meetings Reimagined Training on Tuesday, December 8 (see below), please know we will be offering another session.  More information will come soon about our make-up session on Thursday, January 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm! 

Light up Lakeside Park

Members and volunteers of the Fond du Lac Horse Project decorated their horses and ponies for the modified Holiday Parade. The group assembled in a designated spot instead of walking a parade route. Once the setup was complete for the drive-through viewing of Christmas floats, many cars drove through the park! Seven hundred plus carloads of people came through the park. This was one of many programs that were approved for the month of December following the COVID guidelines! 

STEM Gingerbread House Challenge

Youth from Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, and Washington County are invited to participate in a STEM Gingerbread House Challenge!
The Challenge: Design and build a gingerbread house using only non-edible materials(use items that cannot be eaten, i.e.. Legos, cardboard, paper, etc.). Draw a plan on paper, and then build your gingerbread house based on that plan.
How to Enter: Scan/photograph your child's artwork and use this official entry form to submit your entry. Youth grades 5K-13th grade can enter the contest. Remember no food items! The deadline for entries is December 31. Youth are welcome to participate as a family or individually.

Prizes will be awarded based on the following categories:
- Overall appearance/composition of the design
- “Holiday Spirit” incorporated in the design
- Originality/imagination/use of materials
- Difficulty of design/design execution

Did You Know? 

December 18 is Bake Cookies Day! To celebrate Bake Cookies Day, we are highlighting the Foods and Nutrition Project. In Fond du Lac County, the Foods and Nutrition Project is one of the largest projects with 77 members and 6 volunteer leaders! Celebrate Bake Cookies Day by baking your favorite cookie recipe or give this one a try! 
Allergen-Free Sugar Cookies
This allergen-free sugar cookie is sure to please! With no dairy, gluten, soy, or nuts, everyone can enjoy this holiday classic. Submitted by: Sarah, Virginia 4-H

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes, 2 Hours Chilling
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2 Dozen
  • 2 sticks dairy-free margarine (Make sure it’s a harder stick form such as Earth’s Balance or Fleischman's unsalted Margarine or the dough will be too soft.
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose gluten-free flour + ½ tsp. xanthum gum (we used Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose gluten-free baking flour)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Your favorite jam for decorating cookies
Baking Instructions
  1. Cream margarine and sugars.
  2. Add vinegar & vanilla to the sugar mix
  3. In a separate bowl, gently mix flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
  4. Add flour mixture to the margarine mixture and mix just until soft dough forms. Do not overmix.
  5. Cover and chill for at least 2 hrs. Dough may be made ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly.
  6. Now preheat oven to 375°.
  7. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to ½ inch thickness. Remember to use gluten-free flour.

Teen Leaders Association

The club's next meeting is Monday, January 25, 2021. At the January meeting, the youth will be making valentine cards for a local nursing home. Please remember to bring your own supplies. If you are going to join virtually for the meeting, please mail in or drop off your cards at the Extension Office! The January recreational activity will be Tubing at Sunburst Winter Sports Park in Kewaskum. Look for more details to come.
TLA is always looking for new members to join! To be a member, youth must have completed 6th grade. If you are interested in joining or would like the link for the meeting, please contact Tina Engelhardt at tina.engelhardt@wisc.edu

Tri-County Visual Arts Festival

This year's theme is "Nature in Art." This festival is open to all youth in grades 3-13 from Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, and Washington County. Scan/photograph your child's artwork and use this official entry form to submit your entry. Please complete a separate form for each piece of artwork that you submit. All entries must be submitted by Monday, February 15 by 11:59 p.m. Winners from each category will receive small prizes.
Visual Arts Festival Registration

Connecting with Kansas!

We have a fun opportunity for you to learn more about youth involved in 4‐H in another state! If you are a 4-H youth member who is age 13 or older, join us for a virtual exchange with 4-H youth from Kansas. You will have the opportunity to learn more about their state, their 4‐H program, how they are different, and similarities in their 4-H program. Each youth will have an opportunity to lead an icebreaker, whole group discussion, breakout room, or reflection over the 6 Zoom meetings. Planning will begin at the first meeting.  

Who: McPherson County and Central Kansas District & WI 4-H youth
Time: 6 pm 
Start Date: February 11
Where: Zoom
Register by: Monday, Feb 1
Click here to register:  https://forms.gle/Do1E8KF5dsgdz3rp6
Meeting information will be sent out prior to the first meeting.

Wisconsin 4-H Forestry Contest & Wildlife Art Contest

The Winter Wildlife WHEP & Forestry 4-H Art Contest is right around the corner. Check out the 18 different classes and find your favorite three entries. You will compete in your own grade division. Attached is a copy of the registration form. Mail-in your registration form with fees and you will receive a contest submission form. After receiving the submission form by email, follow the instructions, and email the completed form to us. Good Luck! For more information on the contest visit: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/whepwi4h/workshopcontest-details/.

4-H Adult Volunteer in Preparation (VIP) Training

New Adult Volunteers are welcome and essential to the 4-H program! 4-H is proud of being a proactive, youth-serving organization with an excellent reputation for providing a healthy and safe environment for its members. The volunteer orientation process assures the quality of the program. 

For new adult volunteers in need of a Volunteer In Prep Training (VIP), there are several upcoming virtual training options to fit your schedule!

January Dates:
This training will be held virtually via Zoom. A minimum of 5 participants will be required for the training to be held. Registration is required three days prior to the date of the session. If the minimum is not reached, you will be notified two days prior to the training.
January Conversation Corner

The Fond du Lac 4-H Program wishes everyone a safe and healthy new year! This will be the last 4-H Friday until 2021. The next 4-H Friday will be coming out on January 8. Please enjoy the holidays! 


Family Learning Day Committee Planning meeting - via Zoom 

  • Monday, December 21, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Connection information will be sent via email


December 31- STEM Gingerbread House Challenge


Conversation Corners- Creating Better Bylaws

  • Thursday, January 14, 7:00-8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 27, 7:00-8:00 pm

Volunteers in Preparation (VIP) training- via Zoom 

  • Thursday, January 7, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 19, 6:00-8:00 pm

Teen Leaders Association (TLA) 

  • Recreation (Tubing at Sunburst) - Saturday, January 9, 4-6 pm (Jan. 23 if no snow on Jan. 9)
  • Monthly Meeting Monday, January 25, 7:00 pm Hybrid (in-person & Zoom)


Family Learning Day - with modifications

More information will be coming!

Teen Leaders Association (TLA)

Monthly meeting Monday, February 22, 7:00 pm Hybrid (in-person & Zoom)

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