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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, November 6, 2020

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Halloween or Christmas?

Submitted by Calumet 4-H Reporter Howard S.

It was a dark and stormy night when masked and socially distanced Calumet 4-H members met for their annual Halloween dress-up night.  Members were awarded prizes for Best Hair, Best Dressed, Fastest, and more!  Members concluded the evening by creating ornaments to be quarantined then shared at Villa Loretta.  We hope to be approved for an outdoor holiday window tour at Villa Loretta in December to spread some holiday cheer!  

Cloverbud Pumpkin Contest

The Cloverbud Pumpkin Contest looked very different this year.  4 Cloverbuds participated in the contest.  The Cloverbuds took all the measurements at home and then reported the weight, height, and circumference when they registered their pumpkins. 
Elijah from Calumet 4-H club was awarded the tallest pumpkin.
Natalie from Welcome 4-H club was awarded the largest circumference
Jeb from Taft 23 4-H Club was awarded the largest overall pumpkin.
Landon from Alto All-Stars 4-H club was awarded the most unusual shape.  
Congratulations to all of our Cloverbud participants and we look forward to next year's contest!

4-H Family Learning Day

We are seeking volunteers and youth for the Family Learning Day committee.  Due to Covid, we may need to reimagine how Family Learning Day looks for 2021.  We are seeking volunteers and youth who have creative ideas! If interested in helping plan Family Learning Day 2021, please contact Tracy at tracy.keifenheim@wisc.edu or 608-265-2058.  The committee will be holding its first meeting in late November.   

Holiday Parades

With Holiday parade season around the corner, please take the time to read through the Wisconsin 4-H Parade Policy. The policy can be found at the link below. Wisconsin 4-H is committed to providing safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities. Preparing floats and participating in parades can be a fun way to promote 4-H, AND there are risks associated with these activities. The 4-H Parades Policy outlines expectations for managing risk associated with vehicles used in parades, as well as youth and adults riding on vehicles or walking in the parade. Please if you have any questions reach out to Tracy at tracy.keifenheim@wisc.edu or 608-265-2058.


Winter Leadership Camp Survey

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Winter Leadership Camp is going to look different this year.  We’re starting to plan Winter Leadership Camp 2021, and our team is looking for some feedback from potential participants regarding the camp. If you have youth in grade 6+ in your family, can you please take five minutes and answer some questions in a short survey to help with the planning process? Please complete the survey by November 11. Thanks in advance for your help!  

Wisconsin 4-H Horse Leaders Conference

A Statewide Day of Learning for 4-H Horse Project Members
Youth (7th grade & up) and Adults
*Hosted via zoom throughout the day on Dec. 5


Full schedule + workshops will be posted prior to the event

Horse Fall Festival

The StateLineTack.com Fall Festival, 4H edition, Session #2 is October 29th - November 4th. This show is providing 4-H'ers and alumni with the opportunity to continue to share their love of horses with a virtual community. No Entry Fees. Consider donating to the Matching Funds Program in lieu of entry fees.

Coming Soon: 

Session #3 - November 12th - 18th

  • Dirtiest Horse
  • Equitation over Fences
  • Ranch Horse
  • Speed (Barrels or Poles)

Session #4 - November 26th to December 2nd

  • Hairiest Horse
  • Stock Halter
  • Saddle Type Halter
  • Mini/Pony Halter

Registration Open for 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Virtual Meats Judging Contest

This virtual contest will test the knowledge of youth in the placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, and retail cut identification. Juniors (ages 8-13) and Seniors (ages 14-19) are invited to register as individuals to participate and display their meat evaluation and oral reasoning skills in this competitive educational experience.
Sunday, November 22, 2:30-5:30 pm
No cost to enter! Register by November 16 at this link. For more information click here. 

Virtual Officer Training- SAVE THE DATE

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All officers and leaders are strongly encouraged to attend! Our 4-H Club/Group Officer Training will be held via Zoom on the evenings of Thursday, October 29, and Tuesday, November 10! Club leaders and officers should save one of these evenings for time together with other Fond du Lac and Area 4-H Members and Leaders. Our agenda will include virtual and face to face team builders that officer teams can lead, introducing the 4-H Movement, and of course break-out sessions for each officer position!  
Register Here!


Join TLA for our Trivia Night on Monday, November 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Click here to register for the event! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Each month the club does recreation activities, holds monthly meetings, participates in service projects, and hosts educational speakers.  The next club event is the club's Trivia night on November 23. Members who have completed 6th grade and up are welcome to join.  If you are interested in joining please contact Tina Engelhardt at tina.engelhardt@wisc.edu

Adult Leaders Meeting - Nov 18

Make your calendars for November 18. The Adult Leaders Meeting will take place via Zoom 7:30-9:00pm. Volunteers will be recognized for their service at the meeting. Districts 2 and 6 are up for election. Please consider nominating or running for this position, if you are in District # 2: Rosendale, Weeping Willow, or a county leader and District # 6: Calumet, Forest Hills, Ledgers, Taft 23, or a county leader. This position would be committing to attend the 3 annual leaders meetings and an executive board meeting approximately every other month. If you are interested in running or would like to nominate someone to run, please contact Tracy Keifenheim at tracy.keifenheim@wisc.edu or 608-265-2058.
Please register here for the meeting.    

4-H Conversation Corner: November

Join the Conversation! Calling all 4-H Club and Project Leaders!!

Each month we will be offering a different Conversation Corner topic! Club and Project Leaders from Fond du Lac, Ozaukee, and Washington County are invited to join these one hour, optional, Zoom meetings. The conversations are an opportunity for leaders to ask questions, brainstorm with other leaders, and share ideas!

Our November topic is the ‘Virtual techniques to keep participants engaged’. Pick a date and time that works for you. Register now for one of our three sessions! Learn about what your club can do and learn about what other clubs are doing in Fond du Lac County as well as around the state! 
  • Thursday, November 12 from 6-7 pm
  • Wednesday, November 18 from 1-2 pm


Teen Leader Association 

  • November 9 Trivia 6:30-7:30 pm - Look for details to be emailed out!
  • November 23 TLA meeting in-person & zoom- look for details to be emailed out!

Officer Training- Officers still have time to sign up!

  • Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Conversation Corner

  • November 12, 6-7 pm via Zoom 
  • November 18, 1-2 pm via Zoom

Annual Leader Training 

  • Session 1: Leading Club Meetings (business in 4-H clubs and groups

Adult leader meeting

  • November 18, 7:30 pm via Zoom 

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • November 13, Cedar Crest Ice Cream Contest Entries Due


Virtual Horse Association Leaders Conference

Annual Leader Training

  •  Session 2:Learning in Club Meetings (education in 4-H clubs and groups)
  • Session 3: Laughing in Club Meetings (recreation in 4-H clubs and groups)
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