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4-H Friday Newsletter - Friday, April 23, 2021

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National Volunteers Week April 18-24

Thanks to all the volunteers who make 4-H possible! Check out the Fond du Lac County 4-H Facebook page to see more volunteer shoutouts! 

Calling All Youth Artists! Logo Design Contest for 2022 NAE4-HYDP Conference

Hello artists! The Wisconsin 4-H staff will be hosting the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals Conference in 2022, and we need your help! We need to develop a logo for our conference – our theme is “Four-ward Together.” The logo will be used on many different pieces of promotional materials, social media posts, apparel, print materials, and more! If your design is chosen, it will be viewed by around 1,000 conference attendees and many thousands of 4-H staff around the country!

We hope you’ll submit a drawing/graphic idea for our contest! Here are the rules:
1.  Entries must be submitted by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 using this google form (https://forms.gle/SiWMpahvmGMaWdU28).
2.  Entries must be in a jpg, png, or pdf format.
3.  Entries must include the conference theme (Four-ward Together) and use the NAE4-HYDP logo (https://www.nae4hydp.org/default.aspx).
4.  Entries can be created in any medium (pencil, ink, computer, etc) but should be designed to be used with a variety of applications (print, social media, apparel, etc.)
5.  The NAE4-HYDP 2022 Conference Marketing Committee reserves the right to make changes to the selected logo.
The winning logo designer will receive a prize from the Conference Planning Team and will be recognized for their work before and during the conference (October 2022).
Remember, entries are due by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5!  Contact Dawn Vandevoort (dawn.vandevoort@wisc.edu) or Jill Jorgensen (jill.jorgensen@wisc.edu), if you have any questions!

Shooting Sports

A dedicated team of volunteers will be offering shooting sports opportunities this year. Youth participating in this program must be in 3rd grade or older and be a registered 4-H member.

Archery and air gun classes will be from 5:30-7:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in May at Izaak Walton League, N6491 County Trunk K, on the east edge of Fond du Lac. Fee is $2.00/person/night.

Bring payment to the first session. Make checks payable to FdL County 4-H Leaders Association.  Discretionary funds are available for those with financial needs. Contact Pam at the Extension Office. Please call Shooting Sports Coordinator, Dwight Paulin at
922-9805 or 920-266-6114 to sign up for these sessions. Leave your name and telephone number.

When you registered through 4Honline, you completed a health form. Please update that form, print it off, and bring it to the first session. A shooting sports code of conduct will also need to be completed. Read it over with a parent. If you agree to the guidelines, sign them and bring them with you. Parents are invited and encouraged to assist.

Equipment will be provided if needed.  If you have your own equipment, you may bring it. 
What to bring:

Teen Leaders Association 

During our March TLA Meeting, the group decided to go to Lakeside Park in April for fun and community service, then A & W Restaurant afterward. The group will be going Sunday, April 25 from 1-4 pm. We will meet by the park playgound at 1 pm and will head over to A & W at 3 pm. If you would like to participate, please reach out. 
The next TLA meeting is Monday, April 26 at 7:00 pm at Rolling Meadows Meeting Room. The meeting will be in-person and virtual via Zoom. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact Tina Engelhardt at tina.engelhardt@wisc.edu.

Fond du Lac County Fair Updates & Information

Entry information

Online entries will open on May 17. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm June 12 Entry tags will be available for pickup beginning June 21. There will not be an option to pay online; however, credit/debit card payments will be accepted at the office. For new families, a virtual fair orientation is being scheduled. More information will be shared at a later date.

Fair Office Information

The fair office will open on June 7. Hours will be Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with Saturday hours from 9 am-noon. The office will be closed Saturday, July 3. Junior exhibitors will be charged a $5 entry fee and open class exhibitors will be charged a $10 entry fee. A season pass (which includes parking on the grounds for the duration of the Fair) can be purchased.  

YQCA Training Online

As a requirement to sell at the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale, all exhibitors, regardless of year in school will need to be YQCA trained and certified.  Because of current extension COVID-19 restrictions in place for larger groups, Fond du Lac County will not be hosting an in-person YQCA certification this year.

To become certified, please visit http://yqca.org and complete the online training by signing in using your 4H online username and password.  For FFA members, you can set up your own account, or use the account you established last year.  The fee for YQCA training is $12 per person, and individuals must do their own training.  A family cannot pay for one individual and share the same training.

YQCA will count 2 points toward the minimum 8 points needed to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale.  To receive credit, please complete an Activity Points form online at bit.ly/fdllivestockpoints and upload your certificate.  Exhibitors must upload the certificate to receive credit for YQCA. 

If you are having issues with the http://YQCA.org site, please contact them directly at help@yqca.org.   

As a reminder, exhibitors wishing to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Sale must earn 8 educational points through meetings or webinars.  After the completion of the activity, submit the information through google forms at http://bit.ly/fdllivestockpoints. To check how many points you have earned so far, please visit https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/fdlmeat/educational-requirements/ and scroll down to Meeting Attendance Record.

If you have any questions regarding the Fond du Lac County Market Livestock Project and Sale, please contact chairperson Ed Schrauth at 920.960.8106. Thanks! -Tina

Small Animal Project Updates

Set up meetings for this Fair year:
(ALL are in person)
April 22, 7 pm @ Fairgrounds
June 10, 7 pm @ Fairgrounds
June 17, 7 pm @ Fairgrounds- MANDATORY Auction meeting
June 24, 7 pm @ the Fairgrounds
June 26, 8:30 am Barn Set-Up
No Fun Show this year, we are looking at setting up for next year already.

To participate in the Small Animal Auction:
8 Educational points (required)
YQCA, sign up and attend online (required)
Showmanship, sign up with Fair entries (required)
Antigen testing is required for Poultry
Testers are: Jenny Vollmer, Audry and Kyle Zimdars
We are hoping to add to this list; we will keep you posted. Their info was available at the Small Animal Project Meeting on April 22. You will need to contact each one, and PLEASE DO NOT wait until the last minute.
YQCA Training is found online at http://yqca.org. As a requirement to sell at the Fond du Lac County Small Animal Auction, all exhibitors, regardless of year in school, will need to be YQCA trained and certified. Because of current extension COVID-19 restrictions in place for larger groups, Fond du Lac County will not be hosting an in-person YQCA certification this year. To become certified, please visit http://yqca.org and complete the online training by signing in. Members will set up their own accounts, or use the accounts they established last year. The fee for YQCA training is $12 per person, and individuals must do their own training. A family cannot pay for one individual and share the same training. YQCA will count as 2 points toward the minimum 8 points needed to qualify for the Fond du Lac County Small Animal Auction. To receive credit, please download and email your Certificate of Completion to tina.engelhardt@wisc.eduExhibitors must send their certificate to receive credit for YQCA. If you are having issues with the http://YQCA.org site, please contact them directly at help@yqca.org.

2021 Scholarships

4-H County Scholarships
The 4-H Adult Leader Association and the Teen Leader Association each offer college scholarships. To be eligible, you must be or must have been a 4-H member, be a high school graduate this spring or in the past, and you must be attending or planning to attend college or a school of higher learning.

The Thuerwachter College Scholarship is for Fond du Lac County 4-H members who are attending UW-Madison. You must have been a member of Fond du Lac County 4-H for at least 4 years. You must be enrolled at UW-Madison this coming fall. It is open to all 4-Her’s and 4-H Alumni. The different amounts that will be offered for the Thuerwachter scholarship are one $500 scholarship for short-course, three $1,000 scholarships for attending UW-Madison for four years going for a B.A. or B.S. degree, and one $1,000 scholarship for grad school. A preferred area of study is agriculture.

The Adult, Teen, and Thuerwachter Scholarships are all on one application. The form is available on the extension website. Applications are due to the Extension Office by May 15. It may only be returned electronically. Applicants are expected to read the criteria and guidelines before applying. 
4-H Project Scholarships
  • Small Animal Scholarship Application
  • Market Animal Livestock Scholarship Application
  • National Shooting Sports Scholarship Application
  • Fond du Lac County Horse and Pony Project Scholarships

Volunteers 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 any adults in need of a Volunteer In Prep Training (VIP), there are several upcoming virtual training options to fit your schedule! The next VIP will be Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Click Here to Register! 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 before the date of the session. If the minimum is not reached, you will be notified two days before the training.


Dog Project Meetings

  • Thursdays at the Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Preparation Training

  • Tuesday, April 27, 6:30-8:30 pm

National Volunteer Week

  • Sunday, April 18 - Saturday, April 24
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