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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, December 17, 2021

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Last Newsletter of 2022

December 17 (this newsletter) will be the last newsletter issued during the 2021 year.  The next issue of the 4-H newsletter will be emailed out on Friday, January 7. We hope everyone enjoys some time during the holidays with family and friends! Wishing everyone a healthy and exciting 2022! 
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Tri-County Arts Afterschool Club

Meet the Curator at the Wisconsin Museum of Art
Join the Tri-County Visual Arts 4-H Club members 4:30 pm on January 11 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art located at 205 Veterans Ave, West Bend, WI 53095.
We will meet the curator and find out what a career as a curator involves. Learn the type of decisions a curator makes and how artwork is chosen and displayed for exhibitions. 
Registration is limited to 15 youth in grades 9-12.
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National 4-H Congress

This past month, I had the opportunity to participate in the 100th annual National 4H Congress. Another Fond du Lac country participant, Morgan Y, and I traveled to Atlanta, Georgia with 36 other delegates from Wisconsin for this 5-day experience, Nov 26-30.

National 4-H Congress is an educational experience designed to make an impact. At this experience, participants get the chance to expand their life skills, engage with other 4-H members, and be inspired to make an impact in their club, community, country, and world.

This national event provided me with a wide variety of opportunities. While at this experience, I was able to attend many engaging and unique workshops including a servant learning seminar, home baking class, and a swing dance class. All participants also had the chance to give back to the Atlanta community by doing several different service projects. Both Morgan and I, traveled to the Chattahoochee Nature Center and helped with trail landscaping, garden planting, and cleaning of the visitor center. My favorite part of this experience was attending assemblies and tours that explored local culture, commerce, and industry while making new friends from across the country along the way.
- Submitted by Jaye Z.
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WI 4-H Delegates for 2021 National Congress.
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Courtney K won Celebrate Arts Contest in 2021.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Kicks off Art Contest

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation has kicked off a contest that challenges all 4-H members to explore their creativity.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Celebrates the Arts 4-H Art Contest is open to any current Wisconsin 4-H member, with cash prizes totaling nearly $1,000. The contest will be held virtually, with photos of all entries submitted electronically. Entries are being accepted now through December 31, 2021.

The contest is broken into eight categories:

  • Drawing Using Any Medium
  • Painting (acrylic, watercolor or oil)
  • Pottery, Ceramics, or Clay
  • Photography
  • Paper
  • Fabric, Yarn or Fiber
  • Wood
  • Any Other Media (ex: digital, metalcraft, jewelry, leatherwork, wax, eggshells, taxidermy, etc.)
A winner will be chosen in each category with a Best of Show award given to one entry chosen by the judging committee. Category winners will receive a $100 cash award. The Best of Show entry will receive an additional $150 cash award. Other art may be recognized but will not receive a cash award. Winners will be notified by email by February 1. A complete winner’s list, as well as photos of the winning entries, will be on the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Website by February 15, 2022.

To be eligible for the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Art Contest, youth must be a 4-H member enrolled in 4HOnline for the 2021-2022 4-H Program Year. Entrants do not need to be enrolled in any specific project to participate. For more information, please click here
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Market Livestock Updates

2022 Market Beef Identification-February 12 
For the 2022 Fond du Lac County Fair and Market Livestock Sale, there will not be an Initial Market Beef Weigh-in. Instead, individuals wishing to qualify and tag animals for the 2022 Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale will have the opportunity to self-identify project animals in February.

Please save the date: February 12, 2022, 9 am to 12 noon.  At this time, individuals will be able to pick up ear tags and paperwork to identify their market beef project animal. Paperwork and photos will be due March 1. Breeding stock does not need to be self-identified. Details will be forthcoming in January.

If you have any questions, please contact Market Livestock Chairperson Ed Schrauth at 920.960.8106.  Thanks! -Tina Kohlman

Animal Sciences Education Series Announced for 2022

The Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program (WYLP) is excited to offer these LIVE Virtual Zoom educational programs for the spring of 2022. These current topics are for youth and adults alike and occur on the second Thursday of the month from January through May. For registration and details about each presentation, go to: https://go.wisc.edu/tnq61h

January 13 – Grand Challenge: Animal Health & Welfare
February 10 – Grand Challenge: Precision Agriculture
March 10 – Grand Challenge: Food Safety Pork Carcass Evaluation, Fabrication and Cooking with Pork
April 14 – Grand Challenge: Land and Water
May 12 – Grand Challenge: Biomedical Advancements

Contact Bernie O’Rourke, UW- Madison Animal & Dairy Science Extension Youth Livestock Specialist at (608) 263-4304 or borourke2@wisc.edu. For more information, go to the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program.
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Annual Leader Training Registration Open

The 2021-2022 Wisconsin 4-H Annual Leader Training will strengthen your skills in creating strong and positive Youth-Adult Partnerships. This will be offered virtually. Fond du Lac County is offering this session in virtual settings. Youth and adult participants can register using the link below. Once you register, you will receive the link for the zoom session(s), and be provided information on handouts, reference materials, and supporting documents. You only need to attend training for the Annual Training requirement.
Thanks to the clubs who signed up and completed the training on November 30! Busy Bees, Brandon Tanagers, Campbellsport, and South Byron your annual leader training have been marked as complete. If your club didn't have a representative attend on November 30, please send someone to the January 31 training!  

January 31, 2022: Learn Together, Lead Together: Equal Voices, Roles and Participation
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Register here: https://go.wisc.edu/vze9e3.

Volunteers in Preparation (VIP)

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. 
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  • No monthly meeting

STEM Gingerbread House Challenge

  • Entries due by December 31 
Tri-County Visual Arts Afterschool Club Meetin
  • Tuesday, January 11, 4:30 pm at MOWA. Registration is required as we have limited space.

Volunteers in Preparation Training (VIP)

  • Wednesday, January 19, 6:30-8:30 pm via Zoom


  • Monday, January 24, Rolling Meadows Meeting Room and via Zoom 


  • Tuesday, January 25, 6:30-7:30 at UWO Fond du Lac Campus, Room AE-205/206
  • LEGO Build Challenge for December/January: a Boat 

Annual Leaders Training

  • Monday, January 31, 6:30-8:00 pm via Zoom. Preregistration is required 
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