Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Texas 4-H Recordbooks & Star Awards

The Texas 4-H recordbook consists of information that a 4-H member gathers over the course of a 4-H year that documents his/her goals, knowledge and skills gained, leadership experiences, awards earned, and service in his/her community. Those experiences are recorded into forms, narratives, and a story written by the 4-H member. The information is printed, bound in a cover, and submitted for evaluation.

Click here to find out more about recordbooks and due dates for Hays County. Click here to visit the Texas 4-H Recordbook site for more instructions, forms and resources. An optional online system is available by clicking here.


In order to apply for a 4-H Star Award, you must submit your completed 4-H recordbook.  Click here for more details in pdf or click here for the Word format.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Help and Prayers Needed

We made a trip to Cypress Creek Church in Wimberley today to deliver some water and sodas.  The church, located off of RR 12 before the Blanco River bridge, is the new hub for food, supplies and volunteers.  You can also visit the facebook page:  wimberleyfloodinfo2015 for updates.

We also visited with Kim McGee, Club Manager for Wimberley 4-H, this morning.  While none of these 4-H families have been directly impacted by the flooding, they have been very busy working to help with feeding first responders and sorting donations.  They are covered right now, but more help may be needed in a few days.  We will keep you posted.

We have reached out to other clubs, so we are waiting to hear about any 4-H families who may need help.

Above all, please keep all the families affected in your prayers.

Come Support 4-H Food Challenge Teams

Updated 5/26/15:  The Olive Festival has been postponed because of the flood situation and rain forecast for this weekend.  We'll keep you posted on a new date.

Join 3 of our Hays County 4-H Food Challenge teams as they showcase their knowledge and skills during the Texas Hill County Olive Fest on Sat., May 30, 12 noon to 1 pm at Texas Hill County Olive Company in Dripping Springs.  Click here to find out more about the festival.  Team members include:
- Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell and Bailey Phillips
- Araya Feeney, Kendyl Gordon, Rebekah O'Banon and Georgia Younts
- Colton Engler, Clayton Engler, Quentin Parrish, Skylar Parrish and Cole Younts
Each team will be provided different ingredients and they'll have 40 minutes to prepare a dish from these ingredients.  They will each then give a 5-minute presentation about their dishes.  There are also many other festival activities going on, so check it out.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Keep Till Family in Your Prayers

One of our most faithful 4-H volunteers needs your prayers!  Mrs. Mary Ann Till fell on May 20 and broke her arm and hip.  She is at CTMC in San Marcos.  Please keep Mrs. Till and her family in your prayers.

Congrats and Best Wishes!!

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who recently participated in District 4-H Roundup, Clothing and/or Photography Contests:

Roundup:
- Ashley Wortham was 1st in Horse
- Arielle Wortham placed 1st in Horse and received the Sweepstakes Award
- Skylar Parrish placed 4th in Open-Ag/Natural Resources
- Madison Hawkins took 1st in Open-Ag/Natural Resources and qualified for state
- Kyle Herron received 4th place in Public Speaking
- team of Aliseana Lopez, Joseph Nino and Risa Martinez placed 2nd in Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H
- Makenna Hawkins received 5th in Share the Fun Solo/Band
- Priscilla Ruiz placed 1st in Share the Fun Poetry/Prose
- Araya Feeney received 1st place in Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna Burke placed 2nd in Share the Fun Vocal and qualified for state
- Quentin Parrish placed 5th in Open-General
Special thanks to Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke and Jennifer Ruiz for serving as judges!!

Clothing:
- Avery Herron had the Best of Show in the Textile Show
- Rebekah McDaniel took 1st place in her Fashion Show category

       Photo:
- Paul Kennedy - 3 blue awards
- Hannah Vincent Dame - 2 red awards
- Kayla Cox - 3 blue awards
- Alyssa Tate - 3 blue awards
- Konleigh Eben - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Drew Wilson - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Zoe Flynn - 3 blue awards
- Jenna Krenek - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Sydney Basinger - 3 red awards
- Eamon Decker - 2 blue awards
- Brook Krenek - 2 blue awards
- Austin Drake - 2 blue and 1 red awards and a category winner

Headed to Texas 4-H Roundup
A special congrats to everyone who will be participating at Texas 4-H Roundup the week of June 9th in College Station:
- Madison Hawkins - Open-Ag & Natural Resources Educational Presentation
- Alaynna Burke - Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna and Makenna Hawkins were selected to sing the National Anthem during the Thursday night assembly at Roundup - there were over 100 entries, and 3 were selected to perform, so this is quite an honor!
- Haley White - receiving a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Alyssa Caldwell and Aubrie Caldwell - Invitational Photo Judging Contest
- Alaynna, Madison, Makenna and Haley - Invitational Ag Product ID
- Alaynna and Makenna - Invitational Wildlife Challenge
- Madision, Makenna and Avery Herron have photo in the Texas 4-H Photo Contest
- A big congrats to Mrs. Jaci Kroupa who will be honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award
- Jay and Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke, Beth Caldwell, Kalea Caldwell, Richard Parrish and Laura Petty will also be participating.

Best wishes to everyone participating in Texas 4-H Roundup.  You can still participate in workshops, recognition assemblies, kick off event, concerts, etc.  Click here to find out more about Texas 4-H Roundup.

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 760 4th grade students from 7 Hays CISD elementary schools and 150 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 this 4-H website soon for a video summary of the Safety Days.

TSC Paper Clover Promotion

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Spring TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion between April 22nd and May 3rd.  100% of every $1 paper clover purchased at our 3 Hays Co. TSC stores during the promotion supports 4-H.  70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.  Nationwide, $913,553 was raised during the Spring 2015 Paper Clover Fundraiser, our best event ever!  Texas was the top selling state with raising $106,842.  

You can also mark your calendars for the Fall 2015 promotion - Oct. 7-18!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Travis Co. Youth Leadership Program

Do you have a fear of public speaking or need help with eliminating the ah's, uhm's and and's from your speeches?  Then the Youth Leadership Program is for you!  It's July 20-22.   Click here for a promo flyer.  Click here to register. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Range Camp

Scheduled June 22 – 24, 2015.  Need 30 – 35 Campers to fill up the facilities.  Can handle 20 boys & 20 girls.  Click here for all the details.

4-H Family Fishing Weekend

Save the date for the first 4-H Family Fishing Weekend to take place on July 17-19 at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler just outside of Tyler.  This weekend is open to any 4-H family with a current enrollment profile.  Various training options will be available for all ages throughout the weekend.  These trainings will help adults and youth add to a 4-H Sportfishing project in their home county.  However, the weekend is for fishing and some families may want to just spend their time fishing together.  No matter what activities are chosen, the weekend is for family, fishing and fellowship.  Registration will open on 4-H Connect from May 15 - June 19Click here for more details.  Additional details will be posted on the 4-H Sportfishing webpage (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/sportfishing) and the Natural Resources blog (http://tx4hnaturalresources.blogspot.com/).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Time to order turkey projects

It is time to order turkey projects for the 2016 Hays County Livestock Show.  These turkeys can also be exhibited at the San Antonio, Houston, and Star of Texas Livestock Shows.  The deadline to order turkeys is May 29.  Turkeys must be ordered in increments of 5, with a maximum order of 75 per family.  You can download an order form by clicking here.

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.

Summer Programs & Opportunities

There are so many wonderful opportunities right here in Hays County, and our Hays County FCS (Family & Consumer Sciences) Advisory Committee saw a need to compile Summer Youth Program Opportunities as a tool for families to learn about various activities and be able to get involved in positive learning programs.  This is our third year to do this.  Click here for a compiled list of opportunities.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Clothing Workshop

Recently, four Hays County 4-Hers participated in the Hays County 4-H Clothing and Textiles Workshop.  As part of the workshop, cuddle pillows were made and donated to San Marcos/Hays County EMS for children in traumatic situations.  Pictured from left to right: Rebekah McDaniel, Rebekah O’Banon, Bailey Jones, and Sarah Mendoza.

Hays County 4-H Roundup & Clothing Contests

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in our County 4-H Roundup (public speaking) and Clothing Contests on April 7th.  These 4-H'ers qualified for district contests, which are being held May 1st or 2nd in San Antonio:
Clothing Contests:
- Rebekah O'Banon - Fashion Show Construction Semi-Formal/Formal
- Rebekah McDaniel - Fashion Show Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25
- Avery Herron - Textile Show Accessory

Roundup:
- Quentin Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open General - “The Universe”
- Madison Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Open Agriculture - “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”
- Araya Feeney, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Vocal - “Naughty”
- Aliseana Lopez, Risa Martinez, and Joseph Niño, East San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H - “What Has 4-H Done for You?”
- Priscilla Ruiz, Wimberley 4-H - Int Share the Fun Poetry/Prose - “Cowgirl’s Prayer”
- Alaynna Burke, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Vocal - “Blue”
- Makenna Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Solo/Band - “Forever and Ever Amen”

- Ashley Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Jr Horse - “Preparing for a Horse Show”
- Salem Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Companion Animals - “Insuring the Health and Welfare of Your Cat”
- Arielle Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Int Horse - “Competitive Horse Judging”
- Skylar Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open Agriculture - “Worm Composting”
- Sarah Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Open General - “Character Development and Design”
- Kyle Herron, Dripping Springs 4-H - Sr Public Speaking - “Hormones in Beef”

Hays Co. 4-H Photo Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who submitted entries for the Co. 4-H Photo Contest!!  59 photos were submitted by 11 4-H'ers.  Special recognition goes to:

  • Jr Best of Show – Paul Kennedy, Animals Domestic category
  • Int Best of Show – Drew Wilson, Animals Wildlife category
  • Sr Best of Show – Avery Herron, People category

Congratulations also to our senior 4-H’ers whose photos qualified for the Texas 4-H Photography Contest:

  • Madison Hawkins:   - Animals Domestic, Catch-all, Night Photography and Plant/Flora categories
  • Makenna Hawkins – Theme category
  • Avery Herron – Animals Wildlife, Nature/Landscape and People categories

Because we never had a chance to showcase the photos, I have compiled a slide show which includes all 59 entries.  Click here to view a slideshow which also includes info on what awards each photo received.

Texas 4-H Roundup Full of Opportunities

Registration is now open on 4-H Connect for Texas 4-H Roundup (June 9-11), and closes May 15th.  While we still have district contests in May to determine which senior  4-H'ers (age 14-18) will participate in the qualifying contests at state, there are numerous invitational contests offered to intermediate (age 11-13) and senior (age 14-18) 4-H members.  Invitational means that you do not have to qualify to participate.  Contests include everything from 4-H Has Talent to Recipe Rally to Photography Judging to Entomology Collection.  ATV Safety Trainings are also being offered during Roundup.  There are also a variety of workshops being offered.  Interested in singing the National Anthem during Roundup?  Roundup will conclude with a Kyle Park concert.  Click here for more details on all of these  opportunities.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Time to Order Swine Validation Tags for 2015 State Fair

If you are planning on exhibiting a swine project at the 2015 State Fair of Texas, now is the time to order your validation tags. Validation tags are $10 per tag and must be ordered by April 24. Any tags ordered after April 24 will cost $20. Validation will take place in June. Those ordering validation tags will be made aware of the validation date and location as soon as those details are known. These validation tags will only be valid for the 2015 State Fair of Texas. You can find an order form by clicking here. All orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by April 24. Entry for the State Fair of Texas will take place during the summer.

Hays County 4-H Horse Awards Dinner - May 18

The Hays County 4-H Horse Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, May 18 at the Hays County Extension Office.  The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.  The main course for the meal will be provided by the Hays County 4-H Horse Committee.  Those attending are asked to bring a side dish and dessert to share with the meal.  A mystery auction will be held to help benefit the Hays County 4-H Horse Project scholarship fund.  Come out and celebrate the successes of our 4-H Horse Project members!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Job Fancy Feathers 4-H!!

Mr. Wayne Williams, 4-H Club Manager, shared this...
Fancy Feathers 4-H held their 8th annual Open Chicken Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on March 21st.  There were over 500 fancy birds entered in the show, representing all six classes of standard chickens, all six classes of bantam chickens, and even some very nice show ducks.  In addition to all the birds, Fancy Feathers had several activities for the youth and adults alike, to include raffles, Cluck Off, Match the Judge competition, and a Home Depot kids’ workshop.  Three Fancy Feathers members took home top honors at the show’s awards.  Bridget Decker won the highly competitive Cluck Off trophy and a cash award, Alyssa Caldwell won Grand Champion Backyard Large Fowl, and Bobbi Williams won Grand Champion Bantam Junior Show.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

4-H Camp Opportunities

4-H Summer Camp Registration is now open at the Texas 4-H Conference Center near Lake Brownwood. Join us this summer for one of our fun filled and exciting camp programs. We have a new camp this year for youth ages 14-17 called Prime Time Extreme. This program takes camp fun to a whole new level. It will include advanced archery, advanced dance sessions, color run and much more. We will also take it to the extreme at the challenge course with the power pole, swinging log and the Texas Screamer!  Visit our website to register: http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Heifer Validation

If you are planning on exhibiting a heifer project in any of the State Fair of Texas in the fall of 2015 or major livestock shows in the spring of 2016, you will need to get your heifer validated under the Major Livestock Show Heifer Validation program.  At this time, all we will need is an idea of how many heifers will need to be validated.  Validation will take place in June.  There will be a  validation fee of $10 per heifer that will be collected at time of validation.  If you have validated a heifer last year through the Major Livestock Show Heifer Validation Program, you will not need to re-validate.  If you are needing to validate a heifer, please email Richard at re-parrish@tamu.edu and let him know how many heifers you are needing to get validated.  All heifer validation orders are due to Richard by April 8.  Once more details on validation are known, he will let you know about it. 

Summer Sewing Camp

Sassy Southern Sewing in Luling is hosting a 4-day workshop for kids age 8-18 on July 29-August 1, at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.  They are offering numerous classes.  Click here to find out more.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Order Steer Validation Tags for 2015-2016 Shows

Even though livestock show season is still in full swing, it is time to begin thinking about steer projects for the 2015-2016 livestock show season.  If you are planning on raising a steer project for the 2015 State Fair of Texas or the Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston or Star of Texas Livestock Shows in 2016, it is time to order your steer tag.  This tag will also validate the steer project for the 2016 Hays County Livestock Show.  All steer validation tag orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by April 8.  Tags will cost $10 per tag.  Any orders received after April 8 will cost $20 per tag.  Validation will take place in June.  Those ordering tags will be notified as to when and where steer validation will take place.  You can access an order form by clicking here.  Remember, all steer validation tag orders are due by April 8.

Time to Order Lamb and Goat Tags for the 2015 State Fair of Texas

If you are planning on exhibiting a lamb or goat project at the 2015 State Fair of Texas, now is the time to order your validation tags.  Validation tags are $10 per tag and must be ordered by April 8.  Any tags ordered after April 8 will cost $20.  Validation will take place in June.  Those ordering validation tags will be made aware of the validation date and location as soon as those details are known.  These validation tags will only be valid for the 2015 State Fair of Texas.  You can find an order form by clicking here.  All orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by April 8.  Entry for the State Fair of Texas will take place during the summer.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador Program

The purpose of the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassadors is to promote the purpose and goals of the 4-H healthy lifestyles program, provide leadership to educational events through the implementation of healthy living programs, including Fuel Up To Play 60. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find more details and an application.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program

Program Highlights and Impact:
· 2014-2015 Livestock Ambassadors report their service to an online reporting system. Since August 1, 2014:
o Service Hours: 2,201.5
o Educational Contacts: 285, 915

· Program engagement
o County, Regional and Major Livestock Show Responsibilities
o Represent Texas 4-H and Animal Agriculture on TV, Radio and at the Texas Capitol
o Making an impact in mentoring novice 4-H youth
o NEW national and international travel experiences

2015 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:
Texas Tech University July 7-10, 2015
Cost: $200

 Texas A&M University July 20-23, 2015
Cost: $200

 Selection Criteria:
· Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
· Students with a profound interest in animal science and animal production
· Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
· Top 25% class rank

 Application Process:
· Applicant goes to https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3E4FD1zmVFLVJWZ
o Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
o CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
· A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants per university
· Applications are due June 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by June 26, 2015 regarding application result

Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program

The Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program is entering its fourth year and the results have been incredible. Texas 4-H boasts robust horse project participation. For years, we were lacking an advanced leadership opportunities for youth interested in equine industry and science. In 2015, elite equine youth will gather in the heart of Texas horse country to participate in the most engaging youth leadership program with a focus on equine. Our hope is when they return from the course, you will find them to be eager to assist you with educational programs. County Extension Agents have been very pleased with the youth leadership provided by Equine Ambassadors at the county level. Equine Ambassadors have been very productive in assisting with equine related educational workshops and programs.

Program Highlights and Impact:
- 2014-2015 Equine Ambassadors report their service to an online reporting system. Since August 1, 2014 :
  • Service Hours: 1,095
  • Educational Contacts: 10,918

  • Program engagement
    • County, District and State 4-H Horse Show Responsibilities
    • Represent Texas 4-H on TV, Radio and at the Texas Capitol
    • Making an impact in mentoring novice 4-H youth with horse projects
    • NEW national and international travel experiences

 2015 Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course:
Location: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat, Gainesville Texas
Dates: June 28 – July 2 , 2015
Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:
· Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her horse projects
· Students with a profound interest in equine science and the horse industry in Texas
· Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
· Top 25% class rank

Application Process:
  • Applicant goes to https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Gg3J8XmcWsSFfL
    • Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
    • CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  • A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants for this course
  • Applications are due May 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by early June, 2015 regarding application result

Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules and Schedule

The rules for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show have been released.  They can be found by clicking here.  These rules will govern the 2015 District and State 4-H Horse Shows.  For the remaining Hays County 4-H Horse Show to be held on March 21, we will be using the 2014 Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules.

The schedule for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show has also been released.  The dates for the show will be July 18-July 25.  A copy of the schedule can be found by clicking here.

We have not yet received information on registering for the District or State 4-H Horse Shows.  When we get that information, it will be posted on the blog.  Registration for the State 4-H Horse Show usually takes place at the District 4-H Horse Show.

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!!