Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dist. 4-H Junior Leader Rally

4-H members age 8 to 13 are invited to participate in District 4-H Junior Leader Rally, which will take place in conjunction with District 4-H Recordbook Judging on Thur., July 9th at the Creedmoor Community Center.  Cost is $15 for lunch and supplies.  Click here for a promo flyer. 

4-H Recordbooks & Star Awards

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who submitted their recordbook this year!  Best wishes to those whose books are advancing to the District 4-H Recordbook Judging on July 9th: Joseph Nino, Makayla Araujo, Hannah Vincent, Alaynna Burke, Nicholas Basinger, Rebekah O'Banon, Kendyl Gordon, Kyle Herron, Ashley Wortham, Arielle Wortham, Karen Crews, Madison Hawkins, Paul Kennedy, Sydney Basinger, Kalea Caldwell, Rebekah McDaniel, Drew Wilson, Makenna Hawkins, Madyson Clark, Konleigh Eben, Kamri Clark and Brack Bonner.

Congratulations also to others who submitted their recordbooks: Priscilla Ruiz, Olivia Twining, Cassandra Twining, Kate McCallick, Skylar Parrish, Aliseana Lopez, Eamon Decker, Alaura Webb, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Bridget Decker, Gillian Guynes, Hayden Lugo, Cooper Moore and Holden Gardner.

Special thanks to those who served as county judgers:  Debbie Moore, Lois LaCaze, Haley White, Beth Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell, Jaci Kroupa, Richard Parrish, Laura Petty and Alexis Skaggs.
Also, best wishes to our 4-H'ers who applied for a Hays County 4-H Star Award.  These awards will be presented during the 4-H Awards Night on August 3rd.

4-H Shooting Sports Club Update

Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports had a member, Cole Ritchie,  on the Texas Team participate at the 4H National Shooting Competition in Grand Island, NE.  Texas Team won 2nd place in Nationals all around to Missouri- It was a close competition! 

Cole Ritchie was on the Texas Pistol Team.  Texas Pistol Team won 3rd place overall in nationals and 1st in Pistol Silhouette Cole won 9th Individual in pistol silhouette and 9th in the pistol camp perry round and 8th place pistol individual over all!

Other:  The Texas Shotgun team came in first and had an amazing presence at the games. 
Cynthia Ritchie, Hays 4-H Shooting Sports Club

Monday, June 29, 2015

Co. 4-H Club Manager & Club Officer Workshop

If you will be serving as a Club Manager or Club Officer this next 4-H year, please mark your calendars for the 4-H Club Manager and Club Officer Workshop on Sat., July 11, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, at the the FCS Building at Texas State University.  Training and resources will be provided as well as time for annual club planning for the 2015-16 4-H year.  Morning refreshments will be provided, but everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch.  Each participant will also need to bring a release form.  Click here to see the promotional flyer and release form.

Hays Co. 4-H Awards Night

Please mark your calendars...

We have tickets available from our office, so please be sure to stop by and pick up yours.  The meal will be catered this year, so having an accurate count of who is planning to attend will definitely be helpful.  Thank you! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

The next session of the Texas 4-H Virtual (online) Volunteer Conference will take place Aug. 19-21.  It will address a variety of 4-H topics including club management, leadership, project trainings and youth/adult opportunities.  Workshops will be conducted during the day and evening hours using AgriLife Extension’s TTVN WebMeeting system.
Click here to find out more.  Please take advantage of these excellent training opportunities without leaving home.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Texas 4-H Roundup Results

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who are participating in Texas 4-H Roundup!- Haley White received a $1,000 Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Haley also joined Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins and Alaynna Burke to do the Ag Product ID Contest.  Madison earned 8th high point individual.
- Makenna also took part in the Archery Contest.

- Aubrie Caldwell and Alyssa Caldwell participated in the Photography Judging Contest.  Aubrie was high point intermediate individual.
- We also participated in the 4K for 4H with Aubrie taking 1st place within the intermediate division.
- Mrs. Jaci Kroupa was honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award.  Because she has become instrumental with the flood clean up, Jaci was unable to attend Roundup.
- Alaynna also competed in Share the Fun Vocal, placing 9th.
- Madison also participated in Open Ag/Natural Resources Educational Presentation in which she placed 5th.
- For the Texas 4-H Photo Contest, Madison had 2 blue and 2 red awards, Makenna received 1 blue award and Avery Herron won 3 blue awards.  Their photos are on display in our office for the next year, so check them out.

We thank all of our 4-H volunteer and parents who accompanied us to Roundup! 

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 will remain at Regent Care (rm 414) in San Marcos thru at least the first part of July.  Please keep Mrs. Till and her family in your prayers.

Flood Recovery Efforts

First off, thank you to everyone who has stepped up to help with the recovery efforts.  No one wishes this kind of tragedy on anyone, but it's these times that let us know that people are willing to help each other.

Rather than outlining the needs, please refer to the following sites for the most up to date info:
- Hays County Facebook and Twitter (@hayscountygov)
- City of San Marcos' Facebook and Twitter (@cityofsanmarcos) 

You can also call 512-753-2320 for any questions or concerns about Memorial weekend floods.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

District 4-H Leadership Lab

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who are participating in District 4-H Leadership Lab on June 24-26 in New Braunfels:  Haley White, Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Kendyl Gordon, Kyle Herron, Taya Schwieing, Cassandra Twiining, Olivia Twining and Bobbi Williams.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Youth Preparedness Camp

Joe McKenna with the Texas School Safety Center, located at Texas State University, is looking for youth and adult volunteers to help with disaster preparedness exercises during the upcoming Youth Preparedness Camp.  During the camp (June 22-26 in San Marcos), teams of high school students and their advisors from high schools develop skills that help them respond to emergency situations within the community.  You can learn more about the program by clicking here.

Volunteers are needed to serve as "victims" during disaster exercises:

- 15-20 youth/adults on Tue., June 23, 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
- 40+ for our final exercise on Thur., June 25, 1:00 pm–4:30 pm
Joe said she would be happy to write the youth or organization a letter indicating their community service efforts.  They also typically invite the youth/adults on Thursday to stay for the debrief process and provide feedback.  The youth/adult volunteers usually have a good time, and find the experience rewarding and informative!

With the recent disaster here in our area, this is a great opportunity for you to receive some training in disaster preparedness and response.  The volunteer victims learn just as the youth participants do.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let Laura know so she can share your contact info with Joe.  Thank you!!

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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:

- 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!!

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

- 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.

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 ( and the Natural Resources blog (

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

- 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Job Fancy Feathers 4-H!!

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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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Horse Judgers Shine

The Hays County 4-H Junior Horse Judging team received third place honors in the San Antonio Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest held on February 19. There were fifty-three teams competing in the Junior Division of this contest. The Hays County 4-H Team members consisted of Sarah Bouckley, Colin DeWitt, Haley Garland, all members of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club, and Arielle Wortham, a member of the Wimberley 4-H Club. The team also had two of its members place in the top twenty high point individuals in the contest. Of the 182 junior contestants competing in the contest, Haley Garland was the 12th high point individual and Colin DeWitt was the 15th high point individual in the contest.