Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Home Skills Thank You's

For those of you who participated in Home Skills, you were provided info about writing thank you notes to donors.  Here are mailing addresses for the 2 donors:
  • San Marcos Lions Club, PO Box 994, San Marcos, TX 78666
  • DeMasters Daniel Insurance (Ms. Angie Dahl), 107 E Summit Drive, Wimberley, TX 78676
These folks provided support that helped provide your premium money.  Nicely written, sincere thank you notes is the least we can provide them.  Please get yours done and sent to them ASAP.

County 4-H Clothing Contests

Our County 4-H Clothing Contests, including Fashion Show, Fashion Storyboard, Textile Show and Duds to Dazzle, will be held on Tues., April 5, at the Extension office, in conjunction with County 4-H Roundup.  Deadline for all entries is Mon., March 28th. 

Click here for 4-H Clothing Project Opportunities.

Click here for Co. 4-H Clothing Contest entry in Word and pdf.

Click here for the Jr & Int Fashion Show forms in Word and pdf.

Click here for Dist. 4-H Duds to Dazzle info.

Click here for Textile Show info.

Click here to visit the Texas 4-H Clothing website for senior level info and paperwork.

Mrs. Dawn McDaniel will be helping to coordinate the Co. 4-H Clothing & Roundup Contests on April 5th.  If you would like to help her, please feel free to contact her at 512-392-3560

Thursday, February 4, 2016

4-H Recordbooks & 4-H Star Awards

4-H Recordbooks
Recordkeeping is a very valuable skill taught to members of the Texas 4-H program. Members are encouraged to keep project records and have these records reviewed annually by submitting a Texas 4-H Recordbook. The primary purposes of completing a recordbook:
- for young people to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves
- to prepare young people for the process of completing quality academic scholarship applications

Click here to visit the Texas 4-H Recordbook website.

4-H Recordbooks are due to the Hays Co. Extension office by 5 pm on Mon., June 27thClick here for more details.  We need adult and teen 4-H volunteers to help judge recordbooks that same evening, so please sign up.  Dinner will be provided between 5 and 6 pm with orientation and judging beginning at 6 pm.  We will also need judges for District 4-H Recordbook Judging which will be Thur., July 7th.

4-H Star Awards
4-H members who are planning to submit their recordbook also qualify for our 4-H Star Awards, which include Gold Star for 4-H'ers in grades 9-12, Silver Star for our middle school 4-H'ers and Bronze Star for 4-H'ers in grades 3-5.  Applications for these awards are due at the same time as recordbooks (Mon., June 27th).  Click here for the 4-H Star Award info and application in pdf and Word.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hays Co. 4-H Roundup (Public Speaking & Performance Contests)

County 4-H Roundup, which includes Educational Presentations, Public Speaking and Share the Fun, will be held on Tue., April 5, at 6:30 pm, at the Extension office, in conjunction with our Co. 4-H Clothing Contests.  Deadline for entries is Mon., March 28.

Click on the links below for more details...
Mrs. Dawn McDaniel will be helping to coordinate the Co. 4-H Clothing & Roundup Contests on April 5th.  If you would like to help her, please feel free to contact her at 512-392-3560

Everyone who participates in County 4-H Roundup will advance to District 4-H Roundup, which is set for Sat., April 30th in Lockhart.

Check out the Texas 4-H Roundup website for info on all the great opportunities available there.  You can also click here to find out more about the invitational contests. 

4-H Club Resources

We provide a monthly 4-H club meeting sign in sheet for you use.  Click here to download the Word file.  You can then personalize it for your monthly meetings.

All 4-H clubs must submit the following items by the 25th of each month to our office:
  • monthly bank statement(s) - e-mail to
  • monthly club meeting report - click here to access the report (update 10/8/15 - there were some problems with the initial report, but this link is now correct)
Please make sure your club is getting this done.  Thank you!

4-H Photo Contest Opportunities

Hays Co. 4-H Photo Contest
Attention 4-H photographers!!  Enter your pics in this contest by Mon., March 28th.  Photos will be judged and returned to you in April.  Many of you entered photos for the Hays Co. Livestock Show, so you can use many of those for this contest as well.  The categories are different, but the guidelines are pretty much the same.

Find out more about 4-H Photography Project opportunities by clicking here.  Then, you can access the Co. 4-H Photo Contest info and entry form in pdf and Word.

All 1st place photos by senior (grades 9-12) will advance to the Texas 4-H Photography Contest.

Mr. Leland Decker will be helping to coordinate the Co. 4-H Photo Contest.  If you would like to help him, please feel free to contact him at 512-457-0230 or

District 4-H Photo Contest
All 4-H'ers are welcome to enter this contest - it is open to all 4-H'ers, qualifying at county is  not required.  All photos are submitted on 4-H Connect during the registration process that is open April 1-15.  Info on the district contest is available by clicking here

Texas 4-H Photo Judging Contest
Ever thought you had an eye for photography?  Well here's your chance!  This is an invitational (no qualifying required) contest during Texas 4-H Roundup for 4-H'ers in grades 6-12.   Click here to find out more.

Monday, February 1, 2016

National Anthem at Texas 4-H Roundup

4-H'ers are invited to apply for the opportunity to sing the National Anthem a Capella (no music) during Texas 4-H Roundup in June.  Entries may include 1-4 people, and must be submitted on YouTube.  Three individual/teams will be selected to perform during the evening assemblies.  Deadline for submission of all entries is May 2nd.  Click here to find out more.

Friday, January 22, 2016

4-H Connect - Please Note!!

4-H Connect, our 4-H enrollment and registration system in Texas, will be temporarily shut down for a system update between Feb. 19 and 29th.  During this time, 4-H Connect and any info on it will not be accessible.  Please take some time before Feb. 19th to make sure your profile info on 4-H Connect is up to date.

Texas 4-H International Opportunities

If you are interested in hosting youth from other countries or want to travel internationally, Texas 4-H has some great opportunities. Click here for more details.

Leadership Opportunities at Rodeo Austin

4-H'ers age 13 and older can serve as a tour guide during Rodeo Austin.  The dates for this year are March 21-25, 2016.  They expect over 6,000 attendees and will need approximately 50 tour guides per day to handle the classes.  If you are interested, please sign up with Laura by Feb. 10th.

4-H members can also sign up to sing the National Anthem or recite the 4-H pledge for Rodeo Austin shows.  If you will be participating in the show or live close to the area and would like to volunteer, please sign up at

Texas 4-H Community Service Project

The 2015-16 Texas 4-H Council has selected Eli’s Fund as this year’s community service project.  From now through Texas 4-H Roundup, we encourage your counties to support this effort.  The Moore family of Corpus Christi, TX has provided a $5,000 Challenge Award donation to the Texas 4-H Foundation which will be awarded to the top three counties raising funds.  The award will be disbursed in the amount of $2500, $1500, and $1000 respectively.  Click here to find out more.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

News to Share

We (Laura and Richard) are leaving our positions in Hays County, and will start our new Extension positions in Leon County on February 15th.  Richard will be the Ag/Natural Resources Agent, and I am filling a brand new position, serving as the 4-H and Youth Development Agent.  Our last day in the Hays Co. office is Feb. 10th.

Richard has served in Hays County for 15 years, and I have been here 5 years.  We have been extremely invested in a variety of programs including 4-H.  We have enjoyed working with you to develop and outstanding 4-H program.  Thank you for your support!!  We are looking forward to our new endeavors, and wish you all the best.

Many are asking about when someone will be taking our place.  Once we move, our positions here will be announced, and current Extension employees will have an opportunity to apply.  If there are no applicants after some time (have no idea how long this will be), the positions will be open externally.  Other than this, we have no idea when our positions will be filled.  Just realize that in the interim, our office is left with an Office Manager (Bari) and a Part-time Youth Program Assistant (Kelly).  After new agents are hired, they will be learning about the local programs and reaching out to you for continued partnerships.  We ask that you support them as you have us.

Horse Committee Meeting

The next meeting of the Hays County 4-H Horse Project Committee will be held following the February 6 Hays County 4-H Horse Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.  Please make plans to be there.

4-H Exhibitor Cards

Attention 4-H members.  As many of you get ready for the Hays County and other shows, don't forget your 4-H Exhibitor sign. Click here to view/download the sign.  It is a pdf-fillable file, so add your name and club, print and post with your exhibits/projects during the upcoming shows.

4-H Has Talent

Do you have what it takes to be a star?  Have you always pictured yourself performing on the “Big Stage?”  Get your chance to show your skills on stage in front of nearly 3,000 4-H folks during Texas 4-H Roundup in College Station.  All entries must be submitted by April 1 on YouTube. Click here for more details.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Youth Day at San Antonio Stock Show

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will have it’s Youth Day on Sat., Feb. 13, 10 am-4 pm.  This is a huge event with all kinds of activities including hands-on activities, exhibits, photography contest, fashion show, and wagon & wheelbarrow parade.  4-H members and their clubs are invited to participate, and can also sign up to have a booth and/or participate. Click here to visit their website for more info and entry forms.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Congrats to Cole!!

Cole Ritchie, a member of the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, has been selected for the 2016 Texas 4-H Shooting Sports team.  This team will represent Texas at the National Invitational Match.  Cole is on the Smallbore Rifle team.  Best wishes to Cole and all of the team members!!

TSC Paper Clover Promotion

Thank you to everyone who purchased paper clovers and hosted special activities during the Fall TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which was October 7-18.  Texas was the leader in clover sales among all states, raising $108,232!  We'll find out soon how much comes back to Hays County from the sale of clovers in our 3 great TSC stores.  Be sure to thank those stores for their tremendous support!!

Go ahead and start making plans now for the Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which will be held April 13-24.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hays County 4-H Horse Shows

The Hays County 4-H Horse Committee will be hosting three horse shows, open to all Hays County 4-H members.  The shows will be held on January 9, February 6, and March 19.  All shows will be held at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Participation in one of these shows in the regular division qualifies the rider to advance on to the District 4-H Horse Show in June.  Participation in at least two of the three shows qualifies the rider for year end high point awards.

A show bill for all three shows can be found by clicking here.

Click here for an Eligibility form for the February 6 Show.

No Academic Eligibility form is required for the March 19 show due to Spring Break.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Night Horse Riding at Dripping Springs Ranch Park

The Monday Night Riding Series will begin on October 5 at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on October 5.  It will be from 6-9 p.m.  The first night, we would request that participants not bring horses, as this will be the night that the safety orientation will be conducted.  The schedule for the Monday Night Rides will be:

December 7, 21

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Major Livestock Shows

Here are links to premium books for the various livestock shows.  You can click on the name for the specific show to access their web site and get to the Premium Book for each show. 

Fort Worth Livestock Show

Houston Livestock Show

Rodeo Austin Livestock Show

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo

San Antonio Livestock Show

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2015-16 Hays Co. 4-H Handbook (updated 10/19/15)

Most of you should have received a hard copy of the handbook by now.  If not, check with your 4-H Club Manager.  The book has been updated a bit, so download the latest copy by clicking hereThe handbook provides a great variety of 4-H info, so please take time to review it and keep it close by in order to add updates throughout the year as needed.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

National Youth Science Day at Central Texas Speedway

We had a great workshop!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  You can access a highlight video from the event by clicking here.  

Anyone interested in conducting the Motion Commotion project during a 4-H club meeting, at school or with any other group can contact our office about checking out the project supplies.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Rabbit Project Educational Videos

Attention Rabbit Project Members:  There has been a series of rabbit project educational videos that have been developed and posted online.  Find out more about opportunities in the rabbit project, as well as information about nutrition, grooming, showmanship, and much more.  This video series can be viewed for free at

Friday, August 28, 2015

Dist. 4-H Community Service Project

All 4-H clubs throughout District 10 are invited to participate in this project.  If you make care packages, please keep a count and submit your totals as requested.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Annual Hays Co. 4-H Report

Each year we compile a report about our 4-H youth program.  Click here to review the 2014-15 Hays County 4-H Youth Development Report. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

While you might have missed the live versions of the Texas 4-H Virtual (online) Volunteer Conference sessions this last year, you are encouraged to click here and view the recorded sessions at your convenience.  These sessions provide excellent information and resources, so please take advantage of them!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Warm Up America Community Service Project Opportunity

Here's some information shared from Comal County:
Do you know how to crochet or knit, or want to learn how?  This is a great way to learn a new skill while helping those in need.   We realize that everyone’s time is valuable and you may not have the time or skill to complete an entire afghan.  We are collecting 7” x 9” rectangles knit or crocheted from a washable wool blend in any color which will then be sewn together to make completed adult size afghans.   Donate just one or donate several.  The more rectangles we receive, the more afghans we can complete.  For children’s afghans make the rectangles in a sport weight washable acrylic in child friendly colors.  If you want to participate, but simply don’t have the time to knit or crochet, we will accept yarn donations to share with those who are willing to help knit or crochet.  Click here for more info.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

T.L.C - Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication Training

Alexis Skaggs, a summer intern from Kentucky who has been working in the Hays County Extension Office, has developed a leadership training module titled "T.L.C. 101".  This training module focuses on Teamwork, Leadership, and Communication.  In this training module, Alexis covers information that can build young leaders and strengthen 4-H clubs.  Check out the training module by clicking here.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thank You Safety Day Volunteers!!

Special thanks to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who helped with our Safety Days!! Thank you to:  Alizae Mendoza, Aliseana Lopez, Makena Hawkins, Kora Renfro, Carleigh Funk, Konleigh Eben, Quentin Parrish, Priscilla Ruiz, Ashley Wortham, Arielle Wortham, Araya Feeney, Skylar Parrish, Joseph Nino, Jennifer Ruiz, Becky Hawkins, Tina Owens, Dori Naivar, Haley White, Kendyl Gordon and Lois LaCaze.  Special thanks also to our 4-H Shooting Sports members and volunteers who presented the firearm safety session:  Scott Edwards, Lisa Edwards, Riley Edwards, Cynthia Ritcher, Gretchen Westbrook, Yahva Westbrook, Alyssa Tate and James Tate.  A big thank you also to Dyan, Olivia and Cassandra Twining for leading the hearing session.

Over the 2-day Safety Days, we had a total of 755 4th grade students from 7 Hays CISD elementary schools and 225 youth and adult volunteers and school staff.  Students rotated through 9, 20-minute sessions on a variety of safety topics.  Thank you to everyone who helped make both days successful!!  

Check out the highlights videos that Richard compiled.  He went above and beyond this time with two versions – 1 long and 1 short.  Click here to view the 18-minute video and click here to view the 6-minute (short) video.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Texas Community Futures Forum Summary

We conducted our Futures Forum on March 28th.  The event brought together individuals from throughout Hays County to identify and prioritize critical issues.  The forum is conducted state-wide, within each county, every 4-5 years.  Issues were reviewed within four areas:
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Families & Health
  • Community Resource & Economic Development
  • Youth
Click here for a complete summary.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wimberley 4-H News

Congratulations to Wimberley 4-H for being honored by the children's shelter.  4-H members brought coats and clothes to the kids there. They not only collected coats all over town, they took them to the kids and visited with them.  Thanks to Kim McGee for sharing!!

Mrs. McGee also reported on the 4-H food and nutrition project lesson, which included a sit down lesson about nutritional value and a special guest French professor who teach them how to make crepes.  They also received a French language lesson.  What a great experience!!