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Friday, April 18, 2014
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2013 4-H Awards & Recognition Banquet

Awards BanquetOn January 10th, 2014, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County hosted the 2013 4-H Awards & Recognition Banquet. This year's banquet had 100 people in attendance and started off with a homemade ziti dinner. The banquet is organized every year to recognize the achievements of Madison County 4Her's. Those who attend are awarded for community service, 4-H projects, leadership, and how they bring 4-H into their everyday lives.

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program in Madison County contact the 4-H Office at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at 315-684-3001. 

What IS 4-H?

By combining club project activities with opportunities to publicly show their work, travel to 4-H events, and help others though community service activities, 4-H provides a framework on which young people can build self-confidence, responsibility, and generosity. Studies confirm it. 4-H members are likely to excel in school, lead their peers and give to their communities.

Becoming a member in 4-H can take you places you have never been before! If you are between 5 and 19 years of age you can become a 4-H member.

As a member, you can:

  • Choose from hundreds of 4-H projects such as: animals, clothing, plants, food, community service, nature, science, woodworking, and many, many more!
  • Be an officer in your club, such as president, secretary or treasurer
  • Show projects and animals
  • Give public presentations at County Presentation Day and beyond when you qualify
  • Participate in state-wide events and trips

Younger children can still join 4-H as Cloverbuds. 

Cloverbuds:

  • Are youth between 5 and 8 years old
  • Can join in on the same fun as the older kids
  • Make new friends and have fun learning
  • Can give a public presentation
  • Can show projects
  • Can become regular members when they reach third grade

What will I do in 4-H?

4-H members choose projects that interest them. Members attend regular meetings, are involved in public speaking and community service activities, and may serve as a club officer.

How much does it cost to join 4-H?

Joining 4-H clubs costs very little. Individual clubs may charge dues to cover expenses, and some project areas, such as photography and livestock, may require a small investment for supplies and equipment. Clubs get involved in annual county-wide fundraisers that help raise money for their clubs.

When I join 4-H, do my parents have to become leaders?

Parents don't have to become 4-H leaders when you join 4-H, but most leaders appreciate the assistance of parents or other adults. This help can range from being a project leader, to driving members to activities, to supplying refreshments for a meeting.

- Print a membership enrollment form

Becoming a volunteer:

If you enjoy working with youth and would like to help them reach their full potential as capable, competent and caring citizens, become a 4-H volunteer! There are many ways to get involved: serve as a club leader, teach a project, organize special activities, serve on a committee and more. Whatever your talents or interests, there is a volunteer role for you.

4-H volunteers receive excellent training, guidance and ongoing supervision appropriate to the specific roles they assume.

4-H Club Linklaen Shamrocks Getting it Done in June

4-H Club Linklaen Shamrocks Getting it Done in June

Our 4-H group the Linklaen Shamrocks has done many projects this month. We started with food in a jar. We put together ingredients for food in neat layers into a jar. It makes a quick meal when you are in a hurry. Our group had also finished our sewing projects. The members of our group were allowed to pick any pattern for clothing that they wanted and then they sewed it with the machines provided by our 4-H leader. We also finished our table stands. We measured and cut out our wood, then nailed it together. after that we painted them white and glued a tile on the top. They are very beautiful. If you would like to support 4-H, we have a can donation at Caz Cans under Lincklaen Shamrocks 4-H. The money goes to 4-H projects, and community service projects. If anyone has need of our 4-H group for community service, please contact the 4-H office. We would love to help!

4-H Reporter: Maria Groetz 

 

NYS 4-H Horse Judging Team Finishes
in the ribbons at the Eastern National
4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY

NYS 4-H Horse Judging Team Finishes in the ribbons at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY

On November 3, 2012, Kelsey Keathly (Broome County), Connor Bryant (Saratoga County), Gabrielle Covert (Wyoming County) and Sasha Demenezes (Madison County) competed in the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Horse Judging Contest. Overall the team placed 9th and received 6th place in Conformation. Kelsey Keathly was the overall 1st place individual and also placed 2nd – Halter, 11th – Performance and 7th – Reasons.

This team qualified for the NYS team competing at the NYS 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the NYS Fair in 2011. The team is coached by April Winslow, NYS 4-H Horse Judging Chair and has been working hard all year to prepare for the contest.

Seventeen 4-H youths represented New York State at this prestigious event in Horse Judging, HorseBowl, Hippology and Communications, held at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY.

Every single youth took home a national ribbon this year!!! That has only happened one other time since 1992!!

Congratulations to all of the youths, counties, regions, and the NYS 4-H Program!!!

The 4-H youth development program provides opportunities for all youth ages 5-19 to participate in innovative, fun programs through which they develop life skills. 4-Her's learn valuable skills, have fun, make new friends, solve problems, earn awards, practice citizenship, develop leadership abilities and make a difference in their communities.

For more information about the 4-H Youth Development Program in Madison County contact the 4-H Office at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County at 315-684-3001.
2012 New York State Fair Results
Local 4-H Club attends
Celebration for Beezie Madden
Spurs n Spoke s4-H members; Shannon Marcy, Nicole Oakley, Marissa Davies & Abby Marcy with Jump from OlympicsSpurs-n'-Spokes 4-H members; Shannon Marcy, Nicole Oakley, Marissa Davies & Abby Marcy with Jump from Olympics
Spurs n Spokes 4-H members Marissa Davies, Shannon Marcy, Abby Marcy, Nicole Oakley with Beezie MaddenSpurs-n'-Spokes 4-H members; Marissa Davies, Shannon Marcy, Abby Marcy, Nicole Oakley with Beezie Madden
Stick pony made by Spurs-n'-Spokes 4-H members signed by Beezie Madden

On October 14, a few members from the Spurs-n'-Spokes 4H club had a chance to meet Beezie Madden, who competed this year in the Olympics for showjumping. Her welcome home ceremony was at the Cazenovia College horse barns.

There were many displays to look at while waiting for Beezie to arrive. We saw her riding clothing that she wore during the Olympics, and saw some of the jumps she would have jumped. We also took a short tour of the barn's facilities, and met some of the college horses.

Beezie was given a speech, and received an Equine Ambassador Award from the New York Farm Bureau. She signed autographs for people afterwords. She was even kind enough to autograph one of our club's stick horses, and have a few pictures taken with us.

Everyone at the event had fun, and it was a nice welcome home for Beezie.

 
The 4-H Pledge
I pledge my HEAD
to clearer thinking

I pledge my HEART
to greater loyalty

I pledge my HANDS
to larger service

I pledge my HEALTH
to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.