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NATIONAL 4-H WEEK: Local clubs prepare to celebrate

Mariposa Weekly Gazette, September 29, 2011

Across the country, 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week 2011 Sunday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 8. National 4-H week, celebrated annually, provides recognition to youth and leaders involved in 4-H programs.

With an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards, military bases, and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.

In the state of California there are more than 20,000 4-H volunteer leaders, and the organization serves over 120,000 youth. This past year in Mariposa County there were over 180 members and 66 4-H volunteer leaders.

In Mariposa County the 4-H members from our four clubs: Bootjack 49ers, Cathey’s Valley, Triangle and the Don Pedro Rattlers 4-H will be wearing their uniforms to school, church, doing presentations at schools & clubs, and inviting their friends, young and old, to join this wonderful Youth Development Program.

From self-defense to sheep to small engines, local

Cloverbuds are 4-H members in kindergarten through third grade. They are pictured, from left, Pavel, Jonah, Jonah's mom and brother and Trinity making Valentine cards for the senior center,
clubs have had over 60 volunteer leaders each year in Mariposa who have pledged their head, heart, hands, and health toward improving their members, the community, and themselves. By pledging their heads, 4-H volunteer leaders contribute their knowledge and expertise to strengthen the 4-H Youth Development Program, and to help the young people of our community to grow into responsible adults.

The California 4-H mission statement is: “The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program engages youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” The 4-H YDP is an educational program to assist youth in their development by providing learn-by-doing educational projects, developing skills, leadership, citizenship, and partnerships for programming and funding which will benefit youth throughout life.

It also strengthens families and the local community by working together as a team. 4-H is not just animals; the Mariposa 4-H YDP is adding new projects each year to expand our youth’s knowledge. For this upcoming year, some local projects are Hi 4-H (for seventh through 12th graders), Junior Master Gardeners, self-defense, Cloverbuds (for kindergarten through third grades), livestock, leadership, photography, theater arts, and more.

4-H also offers youth and adult conferences and workshops, leadership and officer trainings, camps for leaders and members, and outreach programs. This past program year, Yosemite Bank along with Mariposa 4-H Club Council sponsored “Camp Tweety.” This camp is offered to 4-H members and non-members in fourth through eighth grades. This overnight camp was held at Lions Camp Pacifica in Ahwahnee. Plans are already in the making for Camp Tweety in June 2012.

Along with 4-H clubs and projects, the youth program offers the School Enrichment Program, “Ag in the Classroom” which is sponsored by the Mariposa County Farm Bureau and County of Mariposa.

During this past year, over 16 teachers were able to check out incubators and curriculum to study Embryology, Ladybugs, Butterfly Gardens, Root- View Gardens, Honey-bee Life Cycle, and Cotton’s Journey curricula. Over 1,400 students at the county schools, homeschool and pre-schools had ‘hands-on’ experience with this program.

For youth joining 4-H to attend 2012 fairs with their 4-H projects, re-enrollment for current 4-H members must take place by Oct. 1 and new members’ enrollment must take place by Nov. 1. Enrollment fees are $20 for youth and $10 for volunteer leaders.

Volunteer leaders need to go through a new leader orientation and be fingerprinted before having project meetings with the youth. To complete a project, a minimum of six project meetings with ten hours of instruction is required for the leaders and members.

Anyone who would like to join 4-H as a member or project leader or have use of the “Ag in the Classroom” materials, contact the UCCE office at 966- 4829 or drop by the office at 5009 Fairgrounds Road.

Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM
  • Posted By: Mandi Bottoms
  • Written by: Donna Wice, 4-H Coordinator

'4-H is a good program that keeps children engaged'

By Rick Longley/Tri-County Newspapers
For more information about 4-H clubs, call 865-1107 or visit the 4-H Advisors Office at 821 E. South St., Orland.

It is National 4-H Week. Glenn County supervisors got into the spirit of the event Tuesday by proclaiming Oct. 3-9 as National 4-H Week in Glenn County.

They were addressed by County 4-H all-stars Natalie Massa and Kassidi Buttermore, who read the proclamation to the board.

Massa is involved with Clover 4-H Club in Willows and is a sophomore at Willows High, while Buttermore belongs to Orland 4-H Club and is a freshman at Orland High School.

The girls noted 4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in California and the largest in the nation with 6 million young people. They said 130,000 4-Hers are in clubs across California and there are 20,000 adult volunteers in the state.

In Glenn County, 4-H is a big deal because the program numbers 4,034 members and has 159 adult volunteers, officials said.

It is part of the University of California, Davis, Cooperative Extension system and is a program where children and teens can learn through hands-on experiences with science, engineering, technology and more.

Raising livestock for county fairs, having horse projects and doing other agricultural activities are strong components of the organization, but officials note there are many opportunities for participation.

Members have the choice of 50 projects from college-bound activities to quilting and sewing.

Nutrition and foods, archery, arts and crafts, swine and sheep were some of the most popular projects this past year in Glenn County, 4-H officials said.

Enrollment is open to youth from 5 to 19. Glenn County's 4-H program began in 1913, and the first Glenn County club was organized in 1914. It was the second club in California at that time.

Supervisor Leigh McDaniel told Massa and Buttermore he had some "fun" math facts for them.

He said his quick calculation indicates close to 3 percent of California's 4-H members live in Glenn County, which is a big number considering its population.

"I believe as do the other supervisors, 4-H is a good program that keeps children engaged," McDaniel said.

Orland resident Byron Denton fondly recalled his days as a 4-H member.

"That was a 100 years ago," he joked, since Denton is in his 80s.

He added it's been around a long time and kept him out of trouble while he cared for his calves. "I cried every time they hit the scales."

Original article: www.willows-journal.com/news/county-5475-glenn-california.html.

Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:49 PM
  • Author: Mandi Bottoms

Lake County 4-H Celebrates National 4-H Week

Written by Editor
Thursday, 07 October 2010
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Lake County 4-H received a proclamation from the Lake County Board of Supervisors designating the week of Oct. 3 to 9 as National 4-H Week in Lake County.

Seven million young people across the United States participate in 4-H, learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

In California 4-H claims 130,000 youth members and more than 20,000 adult volunteers, while in Lake County’s 4-H programs numbers more than 361 members and 134 adult volunteers in its 12 clubs.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors recognized 4-H as an official program of the University of California Cooperative Extension on June 6, 1925.

As part of the University of California Cooperative Extension, 4-H is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide them hands-on experience in 4-H’s mission mandates of science, engineering and technology; healthy living and citizenship.

For more information on the Lake County 4-H Program or to join please contact the UC Cooperative Extension Office at 707-263-6838.

Original post: lakeconews.com/content/view/16309/926

Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 1:46 PM
  • Author: Mandi Bottoms
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