Good Morning 4-H Members, Parents, and Volunteers!
I am officially back in office again for a longer period of time this time. I would like to thank everyone for being so patient while I was in and out of office so frequently for all my trainings, meetings and workshops. I would also like to forewarn, that I will try to keep this email as short as possible, but I have a lot to catch everyone up on and of course, we are now looking and planning for our busiest time of year, so there are lots of fun new opportunities that I want to encourage everyone to participate in.
Some really amazing things have happen while I have been in and out of office and there are some incredible members that I would like to take a minute and highlight this morning. First off, I want to give a great big shout out to all the 4-H members of Salamander Savers. Salamander Savers had made it their club’s mission to protect the Shenandoah Salamander and nominate it to be the State Salamander of Virginia. They had spent countless hours researching information about the Shenandoah Salamander, educating the public about the Shenandoah Salamander, and working with other professionals, County and State representatives on their mission. However, they were told that due to several reasons, it may not be possible to get the Shenandoah Salamander passed as the state salamander of Virginia. However, they did not let this news get them down, instead they took charge and started researching other salamanders native to Virginia, and voted on which salamander they thought would best have an opportunity of passing for the state salamander. They ended up voting and selecting the Red Salamander. They then went right back to educating the public along with county and state representatives about the importance of the Red Salamander and why it should be nominated for the state salamander of Virginia. They reached out and worked with other clubs across the state, created and sent informational cards to Representatives, and went to the State Capital when they were in session to hear the bill. I am happy to report, that I received an email from their Club Manager, Anna Kim that the Governor has signed the bill and as of July 1, 2018 the Red Salamander will be the state salamander of Virginia!! I am so very proud of this club for all their hard work and preservation.
I would also like to congratulate the following 4-H members for their success at the Northern District Horse Bowl contest that was held on Saturday, February 3rd:
Jocelyn Krammer and
Only the top five qualifying teams from each District can go on and compete at the State Horse Bowl contest. Our Junior and Senior teams from Virginia Trotters did fantastic. These members studied hard, and all their hard work paid off. Our Senior Virginia Trotter Horse Bowl Team placed first and the Junior Virginia Trotter Horse Bowl Team placed fourth, which means both teams have qualified to go on to State! Sofia Parra-Gomez placed 2nd Individual Overall in the Junior Category, and Charlotte placed 9th Individual Overall in the Junior Category. At the State contest, they will be competing against winners form all four VA Districts. Congratulations to everyone!
In addition, I would like to congratulate all the 4-H members that attended and competed at the Fairfax County 4-H Contest Day. Everyone did an exceptional job and I absolutely loved to see everyone’s presentations or outfits that they created. The members that did an outstanding job were:
Alexandra Blake in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, the Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Contest, and in the Junior Presentation Category
Ariana Blake in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, and in the Junior Presentation Category
Natasha Dormont in the Intermediate Construction & Modeling Contest, and in the Intermediate Presentation Category
Bennett Drake in the Intermediate Extemporaneous Speaking Contest
Emily Hollinger in the Intermediate Construction & Modeling Contest
Tadek Kosmal the Senior Presentation Category
Jadelyn Kruszewski in the Junior Presentation Category
Owen Penrose in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, and in the Junior Presentation Category
Kate Shank in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, and in the Junior Presentation Category
Liam Sloan in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, the Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Contest, and in the Junior Presentation Category
Gianna Sloan in the Junior Construction & Modeling Contest, the Junior Extemporaneous Speaking Contest
Daniel Wisdom in the Senior Extemporaneous Speaking Contest, and in the Senior Presentation Category
Congratulations to all our 4-H members that have been working hard on all their achievements! Now for some new opportunities that have come up that I want to encourage everyone to take full advantage of.
Virginia Cooperative Extension would like to invite you to join us for the inaugural 2018 Virginia Women in Agriculture Gathering on Saturday, March 24th from 9:00AM – 4:30PM at the Virginia Farm Bureau Building in Richmond (12580 W. Creek Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23238). This event will equip female farmers, landowners, and agriculture enthusiasts with opportunities to network with peers, hone technical skills, and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face. This year’s conference will also have a special emphasis on agvocacy on the farm, online, and everywhere else – women in agriculture play a key role in shaping the voice and face of the industry as it reaches consumers. Speakers will be female farmers and industry leaders from across the region. Registration is available at www.tinyurl.com/womeninag2018. The cost is $30 per person by March 20, or $40 per person March 21 or later. There is a $50 fee for returned checks. I have attached the flyer and additional information for anyone who is interested in this exceptional opportunity!
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 2018 Virginia State 4-H Horse Show Rulebook changes have been published. I have attached the document highlighting the changes. The 2018 Rulebook with detailed rule changes will be out soon as the State 4-H Horse Staff is working hard on it.
There is a new contest area that will be taking place this summer, the Virginia 4-H Pork Challenge. This contest will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, beginning at 10AM at the Smithfield Foods Innovation Center (401 North Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430). This contest is being offered through grant funding received by the Virginia Pork Council. Similar to the 4-H Food Challenge and the Virginia 4-H Beef Challenge, this contest will allow participants to use their creativity to create a dish using pork as the main ingredient. I hope you will encourage your foodies to participate in this fun new contest. I have attached the rules for this contest, a promotional flyer, and the registration form. Please note that this contest is limited to 10 senior teams and registration will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Virginia 4-H is still looking for host families for 17 Japanese youth (ages 12 – 15) who are participating in the Summer Inbound States’ 4-H International Exchange Program. This is a 4 week commitment from July 23 – August 18, 2018. Families must have a child of the same gender and within 3 years of the hosted youth (or they can host a chaperone). Based on a complete immersion model, each volunteer host family opens their home to an international youth who becomes a son or daughter for the summer. No special activities need to be planned, these youth want to experience American culture, make new friends, and improve their English by staying with your family. I have attached the delegate’s description to see if anyone still looking for a host home would fit with your family. This is a tremendous opportunity for everyone, and hosting an exchange student will definitely change your life for the best.
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.
Holiday Lake 4-H Center is having their annual Fishing Camp on April 20 – 22. Their early bird price of $90.00 will be available until March 30th; however, after that they are accepting regular price registrations of $95.—until April 6th. Campers will get to experience classes on knot tying, lure making, fish ID, and fishing in the beautiful Holiday Lake. Any 4-H members with an interest in fishing is welcome to come. I have attached the brochure with registration information.
The 4-H Horse Program calendar has been updated with numerous qualifying clinics and show dates. Please visit https://ext.vt.edu/content/dam/ext_vt_edu/topics/4h-youth/horse/calendar-of-events.pdf to start planning your show calendars now. In addition, if you are planning on attending the State Show, the Horse Council has worked with the Lexington, VA area hotels in order to secure 4-H competitors hotels at a reasonable rate for the State Show in September 2018 at $100/night plus tax. This block will expire in early July, so call now to reserve. These are the hotels that have blocks reserved under “4-H Competitor.”
o Econo Lodge
o Super 8
o Days Inn
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.
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 1st.
Monday, March 12 ~ Fairfax County Council Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Virginia Conference Room in the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Tuesday, March 13 ~ Krystal will be out office for a meeting
Tuesday, March 13 ~ Hoofers & Heifers 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171)
Tuesday, March 13 ~ Time for Technology 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM -8:00PM ~ Pinn Community Center (10225 Zion Dr., Fairfax, VA 22032)
Tuesday, March 13 ~ Fairfax City 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:30PM – 8:30PM ~ Fairfax United Methodist Church (10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Wednesday, March 14 ~ Spirit Flames/Spirited Cloverbuds 4-H Club Meetings ~ 3:30PM – 4:30PM ~ Holy Spirit School (8800 W. Braddock Rd., Annandale, VA 22003)
Wednesday, March 14 ~ Falls Church City 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043)
Thursday, March 15 ~ 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, March 15 ~ Belvoir Bullets 4-H Club Practice ~ 6:30PM – 8:00PM at American Legion (6520 Amherst Ave., Springfield, VA 22150)
Friday, March 16 ~ 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus Applications Due
Friday, March 16 ~ 2018 Leadership Washington Focus Applications Due
Friday, March 16 ~ NOVA Scoop Programming Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM at St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, March 16 ~ 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, March 17 – Sunday, March 18 ~ 2018 Virginia Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders Spring Leaders Conference ~ Harrisonburg, VA
Saturday, March 17 ~ Kids Tech University (3/4) ~ VT
Sunday, March 18 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on street
Monday, March 19 ~ Embryology Training ~ 4:30PM – 5:30PM ~ Virginia Conference Room, Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Monday, March 19 ~ Fairfax Rabbit & Cavies 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Mott Community Center (12111 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Tuesday, March 20 ~ Rabbit Show Committee Meeting ~ Virginia Conference Room in the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Wednesday, March 21 ~ Salamander Savers 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Family Home Please contact the Extension Office for directions
Thursday, March 22 ~ 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
Friday, March 23 – 25 ~ EquiSmartz (State Equine Educational Contests) ~ Doswell, VA
Friday, March 23 ~ Krystal will be out of office at the EquiSmartz
Friday, March 23 ~ NOVA Scoop Programming Meeting ~ 10:00AM – 4:00PM at St. Peter’s In the Woods (5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station, VA 22039)
Friday, March 23 ~ Krazy 4 K9’s 4-H Club Meeting ~ 6:30PM – 7:30PM at Frying Pan Farm Park (2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon, VA 20171)
Sunday, March 25 – Friday, March 30 ~ Banjo/Mandolin Building Workshop
Sunday, March 25 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on street
Monday, March 26 – Friday, March 30 ~ SPRING BREAK
4-H & Youth Development Extension Agent