Congratulations to Kyle and Allison Joe for their success at district contest day! They both competed in extemporaneous speech, and Kyle participated in Science Fair, and Allison competed in public speaking. They both won purple ribbons for their presentations! They both represented the Fairfax County 4-H program extremely well :) We are so proud of them!
Coming up is state congress where we will have :fingers crossed: three national congress interviewees, and two state level competitors in fashion revue and STEM presentations! Good luck to all of our senior 4-H'ers competing at congress!
Looking for a summer internship? Have you completed(or will complete) your sophomore year of college by May? We want you! We are still accepting applications for our summer internship program.
View the job description, and find out how to apply at the link below!
The deadline to apply is March 23!
Visit the link below for a job description, and to apply!
Below are some pictures of our intern from last summer, Aldyn, in action!
Interested in having a flock of chickens at your home? Attend our Small Flock workshop and learn all about what it takes to raise a successful flock in Fairfax County! This is being held on April 11, 2015 from 8-1 at the Pennino Building of the Fairfax County Government Center
The workshop is free, but space is limited! Register today by contacting Amy Ordonez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 324-5369
See the flier below for more information!
Recently our club, Time for Technology, had two teams qualify to compete in the state VEX robotics competition! They had to compete through several rounds in order to get to the state level, and we are so proud of them and their accomplishments. To read more, and to see some of the other neat projects they've been up to (Rube Goldberg machines, stop motion animation), visit their website: http://timefortechnology.weebly.com/
Here are a few pictures of the club in action!
2015 Embryology School Enrichment Program - Registration Open
Registration for the 2015 Embryology 4-H School Enrichment program is open! Register by visiting: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cx0QENkspqBMc17. Registration closes March 18, 2015 so register soon!
Important dates for this year's program:
March 16 - Training, 4-5 PM, Extension Office
March 18 - Registration Deadline
April 6 - Egg pick-up,2- 6 PM, Extension Office
May 1 - Chick Drop-Off, 2-6 PM, Extension Office
For more information, visit the embryology page of our website!
Please see the message below from the Virginia State 4-H Office about the national 4-H Congress Application. National Congress is the premiere event for teen 4-H members nation wide. Please don't hesitate to contact the extension office if you have any questions!
National 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. Outstanding 4-H members will be selected to represent Virginia at National 4-H Congress. Candidates for selection must be senior 4-H members 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. National Congress 2015 will take place Nov. 27-December 1, 2015.
Information regarding National 4-H Congress can be found at: http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/4h-youth/national-congress/index.html. The site contains a sample portfolio, document about the application process, etc. Applications are due to the State Office by April 30. Interviews will take place on Tuesday, June 16 during State 4-H Congress.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
State 4-H Events Coordinator
108 Hutcheson Hall (0419)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9410 (phone)540-231-0762 (fax)
Registration for Fairfax, Arlington , Alexandria 4-H Contest Day is open!
To register, visit: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cUy7Zv9ePuD5ECF
On February 28, 2015, we will hold our annual contest day at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. For more information about the events taking place at contest day, please visit: http://fairfax4h.weebly.com/contest-day.html.
This year we will be hosting the following competitions: Public Speaking, Presentations, Fashion Revue, Extemporaneous Speech, Share The Fun, and Food Challenge. Food challenge will be held from 1-3 PM, with all other competitions being held from 9 AM - 12 Noon. More information found on the registration page
We are in need of a few judges and room chairs. If you, or you know someone interested in volunteering on the day of the event, please have them contact me! email@example.com
If you are interested in competing at the Northern District Competition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H’ers ages 9+ are eligible to compete at the district event, even if you don’t compete at the county level! This event is being held April 25, 2015. To register, contact email@example.com.
UPDATE 1/1/2015 - We are pleased to announce that we have added sessions at Crosspointe Animal Hospital! If you have already registered and would like to switch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited at each clinic, so if you want to participate, register early!
We are happy to announce our first Veterinary Science Workshops for 2015! Please see the dates and locations below.
To register for the sessions, please fill out the registration form found here: 2015 Vet Science Registration Form
For more information on the Veterinary Science program, please visit the Veterinary Science Program Page!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kim Salins, 4-H Program Assistant, at the extension office at 4HFairfax@gmail.com.
All registrations must be received by 5 PM on February 6.
A huge congratulations are in order for our very own Arielle Ampeh who has been selected as the recipient of the Connie Collier 4-H Scholarship award for her outstanding work in horse programming amongst her other 4-H activities! Here's the announcement of the award with a write up about Arielle!
Connie Collier Scholarship 2014 Award Winner
Arielle Ampeh of Fairfax County
Outstanding definitely describes this year’s winner of the Connie Collier 4-H Scholarship Award from Fairfax County. Some of her 4-H achievements include:
· 4-H Club Peer Recognition Awards for Mentoring, Sportsmanship, and Pledge Values
· Fairfax County 4H Fair Design Contest winner (T-Shirt and Program Cover), 2012, 2013
· Fairfax County 4-H Achievement Night Awards include the Volunteer Gold Star, Senior Fair Supporter and “Hands” Award (for exemplary community service)
· Served as Fairfax County 4H Fair Queen and presided over the Opening Ceremony to introduce our fair supporters serving in county, state, and national leadership positions.
· Won the Overall Trophy in the Stakes Race on her medium pony at the State 4-H Horse Championships and won Gymkhana Championships in Northern and Southeast 4H Districts.
· Tapped into the Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars
· Represented 4-H as a Safer Internet Day Youth Panelist with US Senator Charles Schumer, streamed live around the world
· Served as a VA delegate and a Youth Design Team member at National 4H congress 2012 and 2013 in Atlanta, GA
Over the years, Arielle has served in many 4H positions, ranging from State Dog Council member to Fair Superintendent, and has held many leadership roles at the club and county level, including Historian, Vice President, President, and Camp Counselor/instructor.
Arielle is thrilled to have been awarded the Connie Collier Award to show the top colleges she is applying to that she has excelled in her favorite non-school activity in addition to being a National Merit Scholar and having an excellent academic record.
Congratulations to Arielle Ampeh of Fairfax County!
Registration is now open for Citizenship Washington Focus and Leadership Washington Focus!
What are these events? Well, here's a little bit about it from their webpage:
"What does it mean to be a good citizen or a leader? Are you being a strong civic leader for your community, country and world?
For more than 50 years, thousands of high school youth from all across the country have travelled to Washington, DC each summer to partake in the preeminent 4-H citizenship and leadership experience--Citizenship Washington Focus. And in summer 2014 we introduced the precursor to CWF, the first national 4-H event designed exclusively for middle school 4-H’ers, Leadership Washington Focus.
We have welcomed high school 4-H’ers to put their leadership skills to work in their communities and now we are looking build more 4-H leaders with LWF so they can return as a delegate to CWF.
CWF and LWF are more than just another DC field trip – 4-H'ers learn essential civic leadership skills and leave with the tools that will allow them to bring about real change in their communities."
Yes, we may live only a few miles from our Nation's Capital, but this program connects youth from all over the nation! This is a great opportunity for middle and high school aged youth.
For more information, and to register, visit the CWF/LWF Homepage!
This upcoming Saturday, October 25, we will hold our annual club officer training. We will also be holding an adult volunteer training simultaneously. Our Fair Board officers will be conducting the club officer training!
This will be held from 10-1 at the Extension Office. Lunch will be served. Come out and meet your fellow 4-H program participants, and learn what it takes to be a better club officer and adult leader. This event is free!
To Register, visit: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_diLJqKbbUX3OQUB
As one 4-H year starts, another comes to a close. We are putting the final touches on our 2013-2014 4-H year, and will finish it with our annual 4-H Achievement Night! Achievement Night will be December 10 in the Auditorium at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center.
In order to give out some awards, we need your help! Read the descriptions of the awards and nominate 4-H’ers & volunteers you feel are worthy of the award. There are also a few awards that individual 4-H’ers can apply for—these are the Honor Awards, and the Leadership and Citizenship awards. All nominations must be submitted by a non-family member. All nominations are due to the Extension office November 12.
Honor Awards – Individuals apply for this award
All 4-H’ers can apply for this award! It is awarded based on 4-H participation throughout the year. Applicants will fill out the All-Star nomination form, and will achieve either the Bronze(15-24 points), Silver(25-40 points), or Gold (50+ points) Honor Award.
Leadership and Citizenship Awards – Awarded Based on Project Books
The James Swart Leadership and Wallace Covington Citizenship Awards are awarded based on project book judging. One 4-H member who embody the characteristics of outstanding leaders and citizenship will be selected by the project book judges for these awards.
Fair Supporter Awards
Given to youth who have especially contributed to the Fairfax County 4-H Fair through their commitment and service. One award is given to each age category: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Please nominate the 4-Hers that you observed working hard at our fair by sending a description of why they deserve the award
I Dare You! Award
Generally this award is given to departing 17-18 year olds that have demonstrated unusual integrity, balanced personal development, and a willingness to assume responsibility.
Ann G. Marlow Friend of 4-H Award
This award goes to someone outside the 4-H “family” that really helped the 4-H program. Please send a brief letter of recommendation and include a description of why you feel these special volunteers or organization deserve the award.
Clyde Jackson Spirit of 4-H Award
This award goes to someone who embodies the spirit of 4-H and always strives to make the best better. Please nominate 4-Hers or 4-H volunteers for this award by sending a description of why they deserve the award.
4-H Alumni Award
Please nominate alumni who have helped the 4-H program by sending a brief description of why they deserve the award.
Please nominate 4-H volunteers that have exhibited outstanding service to the 4-H program by sending a brief description of why they deserve the award.
Happy National 4-H Week to all!!
This week, October 5-11 is National 4-H Week, a time to celebrate 4-H and all of the wonderful things we do! We are having our celebration tonight from 6-8 at the Extension Office on the 2nd Floor (not the 10th like usual)! We will have games, music, some light refreshments, and free project supplies to give away! We even picked up some really neat locker decorating supplies today. These supplies are available on a first come basis, so once they're gone, they're gone!
Aside from our celebration tonight, we want to keep the 4-H spirit going throughout the week, so we're going to do a social media photo challenge! See the graphic below about the theme for each day! You can enter by posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or comment on this post with your pictures! All you have to do is post you picture and tag it with both #iam4h and #fairfax4h
If you post something every day between now and Saturday, you will be entered to win a 4-H prize pack!
We can't wait to see you 4-H photos!
We are excited to announce that we have just scheduled some new workshops scheduled with Microsoft at both the Tysons and Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Locations! You can find more specific details on the flyer below, but here are the titles and dates of the programs. Participation is limited to the first 12 individuals for each workshop series, and participants
are expected to attend all four sessions as they are progressive and build upon the previous week.
Smart Game Designing - TYSONS - Wednesdays - October 15, 22, 29 &
November 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cre8tive Photography - PENTAGON CITY - Tuesdays - October 14, 21, 28, &
November 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Smart Movie Making - TYSONS - Wednesdays - November 12, 19, 26 & December
3, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Smart Photo Taking - TYSONS - Mondays - December 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:30-6:30
To register for these workshops, visit the following link: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4JdMvjS247ADkAl
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the extension office! These are sure to be great workshops, and we hope you can attend!
See the flyer below for more information!
The latest edition of the Fairfax Flash newsletter is now available! Read all about
-The 2014-2015 4-H Calendar
-the NoVA 4-H Maker Festival
-Project Book and Portfolios Due October 3!
-The 4-H Year Kick-off Event
-And So Much More!
You can find it in your inbox if you're a registered 4-H member, or right here on our website!
The next edition of the Fairfax Flash is on the desk of the editor! If you have any club news or stories from a 4-H program you want to share with the county, please send them to email@example.com!
Please submit by 5 PM on 9/5/2014.
Congratulations to all of those who participated in the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival this past weekend! This event was a great success, and without your participation, it would not have been as great as it was! Congratulations again to our champions and all of our amazing participants. Give yourselves a huge round of applause!
We would also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped make the fair happen - water deliverers, entertainers, embryology attendants, wagon ride drivers, farm house docents, judges, club leaders, 4-H members, and so many more!!! This event truly would not be possible without the help of such great volunteers!
If you are an enrolled 4-H member who entered the fair and you received a ribbon, you get a premium! If you did not pick up your premium at the fair, then we have it in the office. Please contact Amy Ordonez at (703) 324-5369 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to make sure we have a premium for you and to schedule a time to come and pick it up. You have until August 30 to pick up premiums, after that time premiums will be redistributed into the fair funds.
Some club leaders picked up premiums for their club members, so check with your club leader first. Hoofers and Heifers members, Dan and Paul have the livestock premiums, so we do not have the livestock premium for you, but if you entered other exhibits, we will have those.
Reasons we may not have a premium for you in the office:
-You are not an officially enrolled 4-H member at least 90 days prior to the fair (This is a rule in the catalog, page 6). If you are not in the Access4H Online Database, you are not officially enrolled.
-You already picked it up
-Your club leader has it
-You didn't enter anything in the fair!
The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here! The fair catalog is ready to go! We ran into a few problems with the online registration software, but it is up and running now. You can find the catalog on the Fair page, or by visiting: http://www.weebly.com/uploads/2/9/4/0/29404907/fairfax_county_4-h_fair_catalog_2014.pdf
Entries must be registered using the online system. You can access this system by visiting: https://www.blueribbonfair.com/BRFairProd/BlueRibbonStart.aspx?ID=2176
One of our very own 4-H'ers, Arielle Ampeh, has a design in the running for the 2014 Virginia 4-H State Horse Show T-Shirt Design! Check out the entries at the link below, and be sure to vote!
You can also check out the designs and vote on Facebook!