Good Afternoon 4-H Members, Parents, and Volunteers!
Last week I introduced our newest addition to the Fairfax County Extension Office, Kim Kruszewski, but realized that I missed sharing some of her background. Kim has a background in Biology and Animal Behavior. Kim is also a Certified Master Naturalist for Virginia, and has been involved with wildlife rehabilitators and refuges, community outreach events, and guide dogs. She loves a challenge and spending time with her military family which consists of her husband, daughter, son, two rabbits, a bearded dragon lizard, and her Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy. Kim is also a 4-H Club Manager for the Fairfax Rabbit & Cavy 4-H Club, so you will see her at several of our meetings, off of work and as a 4-H Volunteer like the rest of you.
Last week we had our April County Council Meeting which we were graciously joined by Ann Marlow, Jack Pitzer, Leslie Painter, and Ruth LaCroix. I have attached the minutes from our Secretary in this email for everyone who was unable to attend our meeting. Ann, Jack, Leslie and Ruth gave some phenomenal history on the Fairfax County 4-H Program, as well as on the 4-H Fair and it was really interesting to hear their stories! Some items that I would like to highlight from the meeting are:
We have created a “70th Annual 4-H Fair Celebration Committee.” Members on this committee will meet (most likely through email), to work on how the 4-H Program would like to decorate and celebrate the big 70th Annual 4-H Fair. If you are interested on serving on this Committee, please let Krystal know as soon as possible so she can get you in contact with the Committee to start planning fun activities!
The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park are willing to team with 4-H Members for the Farm Days on Saturday, May 12th to promote the 4-H Program and the 4-H Fair. Members who come and assist with the booth, will get into the Farm Days for free. This would be great opportunity for some Community Service and promotion of 4-H to put in your record books!
It is time to put on your creative thinking caps and submit a design to be used on our 4-H Fair T-Shirts, Catalog and Program. One design will be used for all three Medias. Please either bring your design to the May meeting, or send it to Krystal ahead of time and we will vote on it in house on Monday, May 14th at the next County Council meeting.
I also received the results back from the 4-H Members that so proudly represented the Fairfax County 4-H Program at the 4-H District Contest held in Front Royal on Saturday, April 7th. The District Contest is an opportunity to compete against the best of each county in contests such as Table Setting, Style Review, Share-the-Fun (Drama, Singing, and Instrumental Solos), Presentations, Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking. There was a total of 8 counties from the Norther District that competed, and members that earned a blue ribbon are eligible to compete at State Congress. From Fairfax County we had 3 members that competed. Owen Penrose earned a blue ribbon on his Junior Visual, Creative & Constructive Arts Presentation and a red ribbon on his Junior Fashion Revue entry. Daniel Wisdom received a purple champion ribbon for Senior Science/Tech Presentation as well his Senior Extemporaneous Speech. Bree Drake received a blue ribbon for her Junior Share-the-Fun, Vocal Demonstration! 4-H members should consider participating in our Fairfax County Contest Day next March to have an opportunity to compete at District and State Levels. These are one of the contests considered for Virginia All-Star Recognition. Next year we hope to expand our contests to include a variety of contests.
In addition, I would like to encourage Senior level 4-H Members to apply for National 4-H Congress, which will be held November 23rd – 27th in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than 80 years, National 4-H Congress has served as the premiere educational and recognition event for Senior 4-H Members. National 4-H Congress provides participants an exciting opportunity to explore careers, engage in a variety of quality learning experiences, and have great fun by getting to know other 4-H members from across the Country. This is a life enhancing experience for any 4-H members lucky enough to participate! Outstanding 4-H members will be selected to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress. Candidates for selection must be Senior 4-H member in the current 4-H Year, who are able to demonstrate outstanding achievement as a 4-H member in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and personal development. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please feel free to reach out to Krystal and she would be more than willing to work with 4-H members on creating their portfolios!
The Fairfax City 4-H Club has secured a spot in the Fairfax City 4th Of July Parade and would like to invite all other 4-H Clubs to join them! This event will be held in Fairfax City from 10AM – 12PM and this year’s parade theme is: “Live Life Connected.” They would like to have at least four different 4-H Clubs participate in the event with them. Each club will be able to use their own banners and t-shirts! They are asking that each club have at least 6 4-H members participate to help with displaying their club banners and help pass out candy. However, if a club would like to enter their own float in combination with the Fairfax City 4-H Club, then the number of participating 4-H members will need to increase. There is a $150.00 incentive to enter a float in the parade. 1st place winners will receive $500.00, 2nd place winners will receive $300.00 and 3rd place winners will receive $200.00. Each 4-H club will be fully responsible for their float. The Fairfax City 4-H Club would like club’s commitments by May 18th. If any 4-H club(s) want to enter/use horses, please let Jim Kaneshiro (Fairfax City 4-H Club Manager) know as soon as possible. Your 4-H Club can contact Jim to participate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is some opportunities that is happening around the State for youth to attend. I hope everyone will find something interesting that they would like to participate in this summer. Please let me know if you are interested in attending any of the following opportunities:
Fauquier County 4-H Horse Show
War Horses and Dogs Program
Horse Driving Clinic
Qualifying Horse Show
2018 June Dairy Month 4-H Poster Contest
Wilderness First Aid/CPR Class
State 4-H Congress
Summer Family Camp
Yankee Candle Fundraising
Registration is now open for the Fauquier County 4-H Horse Show. This show will be held at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds on April 28th. The program can be found here: https://fauquier.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/fauquier_ext_vt_edu/countyshowprogram.pdf and the registration form can be found here: https://fauquier.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/fauquier_ext_vt_edu/files/2018countyshowregistration.pdf. These documents are also attached.
The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center and the James E. Swart Animal Committee is facilitating a program on the War Horses and Dogs of the Front Royal Remount Depot at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Information about this event is available at http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/event_details/812/ and on the attached document. Admission is $5.00 for the general public but FREE to all 4-H members. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to ABarnes@NationalSporting.org.
There is a 4-H Horse & Mini Driving Clinic on May 12, 2018. This clinic is designed to be a hands-on interactive lesson with a horse and carriage. Held at the picturesque High Meadow Farm in Flint Hill, VA, clinicians will include a demonstration and cover information on safety, equipment, the various ports in driving, and basic skills needed. Those bringing their own horse and carriage may use this as a 4-H Qualifying Clinic and Driving Skills Evaluation. But the best news – you don’t’ have to bring a horse, you can register and borrow a horse for this clinic!! For more information, please see the attached flyer.
There is a qualifying Show on Saturday, May 19th at the Frederick County Fairgrounds starting at 9:00AM. They will be offering a wide variety of classes and disciplines, ample parking, fresh water, and a wonderful food concession on grounds for your convenience. Please check out the attached document for more information on registration.
June is Dairy Month, and this year’s Dairy Month theme is “How Do You Love Your Dairy?” To show your love for the Dairy Industry, participate in the annual Dairy Month 4-H Poster Contest and submit to the Fairfax County 4-H Program by Monday, June 4th. The top three winners in each age category will then go on to State Congress! Please see the attached poster for more information on the poster and note: County Winners will receive more than ribbons, we will have special awards for the top three individuals in each age category! I can’t wait to see your creativity!
The W.E. Skelton 4-H Center has partnered with National Outdoor Leadership School and will be offering a wilderness First Aid and CPR course June 8th – 10th. This is a 16 to 20 hour course designed to introduce wilderness medicine principles. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
We are still waiting on the application form to come from Virginia Tech for the 2018 State 4-H Congress. Please be watching for an email with that information, and mark your calendars for June 25th – 28th!
The W.E. Skelton 4-H Center is hosting a Summer Family Camp, July 5th – 8th, 2018. This is a great opportunity for families to experience camp with their children, as well as an opportunity for parents to learn more about the 4-H Camping if they are hesitant to send their children to a full week of camp! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
2018 Yankee Candle Fundraiser – We have been provided an opportunity to do a Yankee Candle Fundraiser. This can be done within your individual 4-H Clubs. Some information about the Yankee Candle Fundraising Program is:
o They are the #1 Selling Brand of Premium-Scented Candles.
o Over $1,000,000 sold by organization on-line in Virginia for 2017
o All items accurately pre-packed for each seller
o All products in our collection offer a 40% profit to your group
o Average sales per seller is $150.00 retail… $60.00 in project per seller
o Free posters, custom letters, selling brochures and prize programs.
o New Mobile App, so easy and profitable for all groups
o They have added the WoodWick Candles to their fundraising line
o Their online fundraising also includes items from well-known brands like Ball Jars, Oster, Rubbermaid, Coleman, Mr. Coffee and many more.
Please let Krystal know if your 4-H Club is interested in participating in this fundraiser!
I believe that is all the new information I have for you at the time. So below is our usual three week schedule from today until Sunday, April 29th.
Monday, April 16 ~ Registration Due for Pasture Clinic
Tuesday, April 17 ~ Rabbit Show Committee Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Virginia Conference Room on the 10th Floor of the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Wednesday, April 18 ~ Salamander Saver’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Family Home (please contact the 4-H Office for address)
Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22 ~ Virginia Beef Expo ~ Rockingham County Fairgrounds
Thursday, April 19~ Sam Clemens 4-H Club Meeting ~ 2:30PM – 4:40PM at Mark Twain Middle School (4700 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310) Restricted to Sam Clemens Students ONLY
Thursday, April 19 ~ Belvoir Bullets 4-H Club Practice ~ 6:30PM – 8:00PM at the American Legion (6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22150)
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22 ~ Fishing Camp at Holiday Lake
Friday, April 20 ~ NOVA Scoop Programming Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM at St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, April 20 ~ Krazy 4 K9’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171)
Saturday, April 21 ~ Pasture Management Clinic ~ 9:00AM – 12:00PM ~ MARE Center (5527 Sullivans Mill Rd., Middleburg, VA 20117)
Sunday, April 22 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on the street
Tuesday, April 24 ~ Horse Demonstration Committee Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Virginia Conference Room on the 10th Floor of the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Tuesday, April 24 ~ Time for Technology 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM at Pinn Community Center (10225 Zion Dr., Fairfax, VA 22032)
Wednesday, April 25 ~ Salamander Saver’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Family Home (please contact the 4-H Office for address)
Thursday, April 26 ~ Sam Clemens 4-H Club Meeting ~ 2:30PM – 4:40PM at Mark Twain Middle School (4700 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310) Restricted to Sam Clemens Students ONLY
Thursday, April 26 ~ Spirit Flames/Spirited Cloverbuds 4-H Club Meeting ~ 3:30PM – 4:30PM at Holy Spirit School (8800 Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003)
Friday, April 27 ~ National 4-H Congress Applications Due to the 4-H Office. (Can be mailed to Krystal Williams, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1050, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Friday, April 27 ~ NOVA Scoop 4-H Club Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM at St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, April 27 ~ Join Salamander Savers as they do their “Arlington Bioblitz” where they survey salamanders and frogs for 4 Mile Run Park.
Friday, April 27 ~ Krazy 4 K9’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171)
Saturday, April 28 ~ Fauquier County 4-H Horse Show
Saturday, April 28 ~ War Horses and Dogs of the Front Royal Remount Depot at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia
Sunday, April 29 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on the street
Monday, April 30 ~ Cabinet Election Applications are Due
Monday, April 30 ~ Fairfax 4-H Rabbit & Cavy 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Mott Community Center (12111 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Tuesday, May 1 – Monday, May 7 ~ Krystal will be out of office
Tuesday, May 1 ~ Deadline to Declare you Horse Project
Tuesday, May 1 ~ Capital Baptist Imagineer’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 1:00PM – 2:00PM ~ Capital Baptist Church (3504 Gallows Rd., Annandale, VA 22003)
Wednesday, May 2 ~ Salamander Saver’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:00PM – 9:00PM ~ Family Home (please contact the 4-H Office for address)
Thursday, May 3 ~ Sam Clemens 4-H Club Meeting ~ 2:30PM – 4:40PM at Mark Twain Middle School (4700 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA 22310) Restricted to Sam Clemens Students ONLY
Thursday, May 3 ~ Belvoir Bullets 4-H Club Practice ~ 6:30PM – 8:00PM at the American Legion (6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22150)
Thursday, May 3 ~ Virginia Trotters 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM ~ Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox. Rd., Herndon, VA)
Friday, May 4 ~ NOVA Scoop 4-H Club Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM at St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, May 4 ~ Krazy 4 K9’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171)
Saturday, May 5 ~ Northern District Horsemanship Skills Evaluation
Saturday, May 5 ~ Salamander Saturday
Sunday, April 29 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on the street.
If you have any questions or would like more information on anything you saw in this email, please feel free to let me know! I look forward to seeing everyone in the coming weeks and seeing the progress and achievements of our 4-H members.
4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent