4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent
Good Afternoon Everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels J I am thankful to live back in Virginia where we are close to my husband’s family and were able to have Thanksgiving dinner with them for the first time!
As always, there is a lot happening and coming up through the 4-H Program. I hope everyone finds a little something for them to participate in and has a wonderful week!
4-H Extension Agent.
I would like to take a minute and apologize for my email absence over the last two weeks. We now have 170 members registered in the Fairfax County 4-H Program with 82 new members!
I would like to remind everyone that this Saturday is Veteran’s Day. In Fairfax County we have currently have 37 4-H members that have family members serving in our militaries. 4-H partners with our Military Service and we are able to provide 4-H Programming on all bases across the nation. Virginia’s 4-H Program has collaborated with Americas Adopt a Solider this year, and are asking for 4-H members to thank our veterans who are in a Veterans Home or Hospital and our deployed service members for this service and sacrifices. Today we have over 75,000 Veterans in VA Homes and Hospitals. Please encourage 4-H members to write cards and letters thanking and encouraging all veterans. Letters can be mailed at: Americas Adopt A Solider, 5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22312.
As many of you know, one of our 4-H Clubs, Salamander Savers have been working extremely hard to get the Shenandoah Salamander recognized at the State amphibian, and recently Eileen Filler-Corn officially confirmed that she will be writing a bill to nominate the Shenandoah Salamander all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our very own Salamander Savers 4-H Club! If you are interested in showing your support, I have attached a template that the members of Salamander Savers 4-H Club came up with to show support of the bill to nominate the Shenandoah Salamander. Please hand write letter rather than email. Senator Chap Petersen told the club that they get so many emails that often they disregard them. More attention is given to handwritten letters or phone calls.
Another new and exciting opportunity for our 4-H Members to participate in is Kids’ Tech University. Kids’ Tech University (KTU) is a semester-long educational research program developed by the Biocomplexity Institute and Virginia 4-H, that puts scientists and engineers in front of the youth to encourage the exploration of intriguing topics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. On January 27th, February 17th, March 17th, and April 7th, 2018, 450 youth members (ages 9 – 12) and their parents will come to Virginia Tech to watch Interactive Sessions by renowned scientists and participate in hands-on activities. Each day’s events will center on common themes related to everyday life. Registration is now open with a $100 registration fee. However, please note that there are scholarships available to help families cover the cost of attendance. Please visit http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu for more information.
For those who have not heard yet, Team NOVA are hiring for their 2018 Summer Staff Positions. Applications will remain open until all positions are filled; however, they will begin scheduling interviews beginning of December, so I encourage all interested teens to have their applications and references completed by November 30th. Please click on the following link for the application form: https://form.jotform.us/72704664305152
The State 4-H Program is offering a Teen Weekend scheduled for February 2-4, 2018. This weekend will be held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center. New this year, a leadership track will be offered in conjunction with the weekend for those who wish to expand and practice their leadership skills. More details will come soon, but until then you can check out the attached flyer “Become A Boss”
The 1st Annual Youth Agricultural Leaders’ Summit will be held on December 1-3, 2017 at the SWVA 4-H Educational Center in Abingdon, VA. This event is for youth age 9-18 and are 4-H or FFA members. We will be combining workshops and tutorials on Friday and Saturday to end with a competition on Sunday. Our sessions will include: agricultural advocacy, exhibiting leadership and character through agriculture, livestock judging, meats evaluation & judging, hays evaluation & judging, understanding performance data, and animal health conditions. We will also be introducing the concept and launching a new competition possibility through Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers - Discussion Meet for youth! Will Bundy (American Idol Top 24 Finalist) will be performing a concert for our youth on Saturday and discussing the value of hard work and perseverance. For more information, please check out the attached flyers. Registration is due November 10th
Family camp, an annual event at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center in Appomattox, Virginia. Family camp offers the chance for family members to bond with each other while at the same time experiencing their own level of independence in a safe environment. Participants (youth and adults) take three classes a day, one of which is specifically designated as a family activity. Classes offered include swimming, theatre arts, nature, canoeing, forestry, archery, and more. Afternoons and evenings are filled with special activities such as hikes, canoe trips, and campfires. For more information visit their website at: https://holidaylake4h.com/familycamp.php and see the attached flyer and printable registration form.
For youth members interested in Natural Resources, there will be a Natural Resources Educational Weekend on January 27-28, 2018 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center. Please save the date as registration information will be coming out at a later date. They are still in the process of planning the weekend, but want to get it on 4-H members’ calendars if they are interested.
Also, they are still advertising Summer 2018 International Trips for 4-H Members who are interested. Locations still available to travel include Norway, Costa Rica, and Korea. Japan has already filled.
Finally, I would like to announce that by vote, 4-H members registered in the Horse Project, voted on continuing with Demonstrations during the 2018 4-H Fair instead of hosting a Horse Show. I know many of us enjoyed the Demonstrations facilitated by the 4-H members last year, and I look forward to another year of fantastic demonstrations put on by our members! While on the topic of the 2018 4-H Fair, I would like to have a Fairboard/County Council meeting on December 11, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Virginia Conference Room of the Pennino Building. So please save the date! We will be electing new County Officers that night, so please be prepared to give a speech if you would like to run for an officer position.
That is all I have for now, thank you for reading thus far! Below is the schedule for the next two weeks: