Good Morning 4-H Members, Parents, and Volunteers!
I would like to take a minute this morning to talk about some child safety procedures and protocols for you and your members as we near the summer months and our 4-H Activities pick up. First off, please keep in mind that I am not able to be at every 4-H event or opportunity that we advertise. Also, please remember that the 4-H program is family organization, and not a babysitting organization. Parents are expected to be at every 4-H club meeting, event, or opportunity with their youth, unless they have made prior arrangements. We have an amazing group of adult volunteers that absolutely love working with our members and their parents. However, they are volunteers, and are not paid to watch your children. There is so much happening and lots of bodies at most of our 4-H events, that it is not possible or safe to assume that these adult volunteers will be able to keep a safe eye on your children. In addition, they are not trained to manage everyone’s children at once and it takes away from their time of teaching and encouraging our members. Our mission through the 4-H Program is to teach our members responsibility, leadership, citizenship, and a vast array of life skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In order to accomplish this mission, we require adult volunteers and parents to work together to instill these qualities in our youth. One thing that I personally love about the 4-H Program, is that is a family organization where parents get the opportunity to interact, learn, and engage with their children through the various projects, meetings, and opportunities that we provide them.
However, I know that we all live busy lives and may have multiple children in multiple events. Therefore, if you have to drop your child off at a 4-H Event, please make sure you coordinate beforehand that there will be an adult volunteer that is willing and able to watch your child at that event. The adult to youth ratio for adult volunteers is 5 youth to 1 adult. Please then physically check your member in with that adult and make sure they know that your child as arrived at the event and double check that they are still able to supervise your member without being over the ratio of 5:1. Also, if an adult volunteer that is not directly related to your member is supervising them, they will need a hard copy of your member’s Health History in their hand before you leave. I have attached a copy of the Health History Form in this email, please save it and keep a master copy that you can use whenever you have to drop your child off at an event. Next, talk with your member ahead of time and make sure they know what their expectations are - that they know where they are and are not supposed to be, who they are supposed to be with and what to do in the event they get separated from their supervising adult. Also, please make sure that your member and the supervising adult has your phone number and that you have the supervising adults phone number in case you need to get in touch with each other.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call! I want to make sure that all our members and families have a safe and fun summer this year! We have a lot of amazing opportunities coming up.
Next, as a final reminder, we have County Council tonight at 7:00PM. Due to the continued low attendance, I have decided to try a WebEx option for tonight for families that are not able to come in person. You can connect to the meeting by click here: join the meeting, or by calling in at 1-415-655-0001 and entering the Meeting/Access Number: 318 684 639. Please remember to bring or email Krystal your picture for the 4-H Fair Design as we will vote during the meeting. The winning member will also have the opportunity to choose the shirt color to go with their design.
Also, please don’t forget that 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 email@example.com.
Finally, I just want to update everyone that our new Storage Shed was built on Friday, so Kim and I will be in and out of the office all this week getting all of our things from the old Storage Shed moved to the new shed and most everything out of our Storage Closest here at the Pennino Building moved over to our new shed. So email and phone calls will be limited this week as we work on this big move.
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.
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.
The 2018 State Youth Dairy Judging Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 19 in Shenandoah County. The workshop will be hosted by Cedar Bluff Dairy (Steve Zirkle) in New Market. Check-in will begin at 9:30AM and the workshop will start at 10:00AM. The event is expected to conclude by 2:30PM. The workshop will offer tips for dairy judging as well as live animal classes in a contest format. Please let Krystal know if you would like more information!
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.
Attached are the guidelines for the 7th Annual State Horse & Pony Show T-Shirt Design Contest! The winning entry will have their artwork featured on the official State Show 4-Shirt at the State Show in Lexington in September. Please read the attached rules and entry form closely and submit your design. Please note that all designs must be postmarked no later than Friday, June 22nd. The artwork will be posted on the 4-H Hose Program website and the Virginia 4-H Horse Program Facebook and Instagram page after June 30th so that 4-H members can vote for their favorite design. The design with the most votes overall will win!
The State 4-H Horse Program is ready to roll out Horsemanship Skills 3 & 4 and will be offered at this year’s State Show. They will be taking a limited number of participants and sing up for this will be coming out in the next few weeks, so if you are interested in doing this at the State Show, be on the lookout for that sign up. I have attached a FAQ for Levels 3 and 4. They are also offering a Mock Testing for Level 3 at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal. This will take place on June 22nd. Attached is the sign up for that event.
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
Virginia 4-H has been working in Brazil with schools and communities to conduct CHARACTER COUNTS! Training and other opportunities since 2004. It all started in Joinville, Santa Catarina with two school systems impacting 5,000 teachers and 70,000 students. Over 1,700 teachers, principals and community leaders have been trained and training is offered every two years. Joinville Schools reported that since implementing CHARACTER COUNTS! there has been a decrease in violence, verbal abuse, and swearing among students. Furthermore, students are more responsible as well as respectful to their peers and teachers. Volunteerism is not a strong concept in Brazil, but since the implementation of CHARACTER COUNTS!, parents are volunteering more in the schools. In addition to the CHARACTER COUNTS! Training in Brazil, other training sessions such as True Colors, Advanced CHARACTER COUNTS!, Learning Styles and Classroom Management, and Conflict Management have been conducted with the school personnel. There has been a judge’s exchange and a teacher’s exchange giving us the opportunity to share our 4-H Positive Youth Development Program and our culture with others. The work in Brazil continues to grow and evolve in additional opportunities for 4-H Positive Youth Development. Unfortunately, the Brazilian economy has declined over the years and it is difficult for our Brazilian colleagues to secure funds to support their efforts. Over $9,500 is needed for training, facilities, supplies, posters, participant breaks, pins, certificates and posters to ensure their continued growth. This is an opportunity for us to make a connection between our 4-H Clubs and youth in Brazil. If your club is interested in donating at least $10 or fundraising, please let Krystal know. Even if every club donated at least $10 we could donate about $150 towards their needs and assist them in getting the funds to support their efforts in CHARACTER COUNTS! And 4-H Positive Youth Development.
I have included a list of high school students that need host families for the next school year. This is a great way to experience a form on international experience without leaving the country. If you are interested in hosting a high school students, please let Krystal know as soon as possible!
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, May 27th.
Monday, May 14 ~ County Council ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Virginia Conference Room on the 10th Floor of the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035). Don’t forget to bring your artwork for the T-Shirt/Catalog/Program Cover!
Tuesday, May 15 ~ Rabbit/Cavy 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, May 16 ~ Salamander Savers 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Family Home (Please contact the Extension Office for address)
Thursday, May 17 ~ 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 17 ~ Belvoir Bullets 4-H Club Practice ~ 6:30PM -8:30PM ~ American Legion Post 177 (3939 Oak St., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Friday, May 18 ~ Krystal will be out of office
Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20 ~ State 4-H Cabinet Meeting ~ NOVA 4-H Center
Friday, May 18 ~ Please let Fairfax City 4-H Club know if your 4-H Club is interested in participating in the Fairfax City 4th of July Parade!
Friday, May 18 ~ 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 18 ~ 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 19 ~ Frederick County Qualifying Show
Sunday, May 20 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on street
Tuesday, May 22 ~ Time for Technology 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Pinn Community Center (10225 Zion Dr., Fairfax, VA 22032)
Thursday, May 24 ~ Krystal will be out of office
Thursday, May 24 ~ 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, May 25 ~ 2018 FAA Junior 4-H Camp Registration Due
Friday, May 25 ~ 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 25 ~ 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, May 27 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on street
Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1 ~ Family Camp ~ Holiday Lake
Monday, May 28 ~ Fairfax Rabbit & Cavy 4-H Club Meeting ~ 7PM – 8PM ~ Mott Community Center (12111 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030)
Tuesday, May 29 ~ Horse Show Demonstration Subcommittee Meeting ~ 7:00PM – 8:00PM ~ Virginia Conference Room, Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035)
Thursday, May 31 ~ 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, June 1 ~ Krystal will be out of office
Friday, June 1 ~ 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, June 1 ~ 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, June 3 ~ Bee Yard Field Work ~ 3:30PM – Done at the Bee Yard (3109 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042) Please Park on 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