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.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help sort 1,100 t-shirts for our upcoming Safety Days.  Sorting will begin next Monday, April 27th, at 5:30 pm, prior to the Council meeting.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.  Please let me (Laura) know if you plan to attend, so I can make plans to feed everyone while you’re here.

4-H Council/Adult Leader Meetings

County 4-H Council and the County 4-H Adult Leaders Association bring together representatives of all 4-H clubs to share ideas and plan for county-wide 4-H activities. Their final meetings for the 2014-15 year will take place on Monday, April 27th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Extension Office.  The two groups will meet together first to select 4-H Adult & Supporter Awards.  4-H clubs should come ready to present nominations for those who have provided exceptional support and guidance to the Hays Co. 4-H program.  Awards are:
- Honorary 4-H Member
- Friend of 4-H
- Meritorious Service
- 4-H Alumni
Details about each award are found on page 19 of the 2014-15 Hays Co. 4-H Handbooks.

Here are reminders regarding assignments for the Council meeting:
-      East San Marcos 4-H - provide drinks & cups
-      Dripping Springs 4-H - provide snacks & napkins
-      Taya Schwiening - coordinate program
-      Olivia Twining - coordinate recreation

County 4-H Council will also select a recipient for the Till Volunteer Award.

Council will also be electing officers for the 2015-16 4-H year.

Council members are also asked to bring hospital items for the "large" district community service project.

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.  

TSC Paper Clover Promotion

http://www.4-h.org/uploadedImages/Content/Resource_Library/Promotional_Tookits/Toolkits/TSC%20Quarter%20Page%20Ad.pngPlease mark your calenders and be ready to get involved in the Spring TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion, which is set for April 22nd - May 3rd.

Please encourage everyone you know to purchase their paper clover for $1 at check out when they are done shopping at one of our 3 Hays Co. TSC stores.  100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live. 

4-H clubs are also encouraged to host special activities during the promotion to help market 4-H, showcase their projects and activities and personally thank people who are purchasing paper clovers.  A promotional tool kit with resources and ideas is available by clicking here.

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

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. 

Safety Day Volunteers Needed

Our Safety Day planning group has been working hard on preparations for our upcoming Safety Days.  These will take place on Thurs. & Fri., May 7th & 8th at Lehman High School.  About 800 4th grade students (400 each day) from 7 Hays CISD campuses will rotate through 9, 20-minute sessions on various safety topics.  Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks. Please contact Laura if you are interested in helping with the program. 

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!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

4-H Horse Project Validation for District and State 4-H Horse Shows

If you are planning on participating in the District or State 4-H Horse Show, it is time to get your horses validated under the Texas 4-H Horse Validation Program. Validation will be open on 4-H Connect starting March 1 and remain open through May 1. Even if you validated your horse through the Texas 4-H Horse Validation Program last year, you must validate your horse again this year.

If you validate your horse between March 1 and April 15, the validation cost is $10/horse. Any horses validated between April 16 and May 1 will be $20/horse. No validations will be allowed after May 1. Any horses not validated by May 1 will not be allowed to participate in the District or State 4-H Horse Shows. When you get online to validate your horse, please have pictures of your horse showing front, right, and left side views ready to upload. Also, you will need to upload a copy of the horse's registration papers. If you have an unregistered horse, upload a copy of a completed Grade Horse Form.  If you are revalidating a horse that is already in the system, information from last year should appear on the screen. Confirm that all of that information is correct.

In the validation instructions, it indicates that there are two ways to pay for your horse project validation, either by credit card or club/county check. In Hays County, club/county check will not be an option. You must pay by credit card. Any validations submitted with the club/county check payment option will be returned to you.

Please validate any horse that you are considering taking on to District or State. The only horses that are eligible for these shows are those that are validated by the validation deadline. This includes futurity project horses.



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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Support the Hays Co. Food Bank


Hays County CROP Walk - April 12th, Dunbar Recreation Center
25% of funds raised go to benefit the Food Bank, while the rest goes to Church World Service.

For more details on these and other Food Bank events, click here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Market Poultry Workshop

The Texas A&M Poultry Science Department will be hosting a Market Poultry Workshop on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Pierce Pavilion on the Texas A&M University Campus in College Station, Texas.  This workshop will run from 8:30-3.

This workshop provides an excellent oppirtnity to "hear the experts" and work alongside Texas' major poultry judges.  Educational activities include in-depth discussion on:  brooding, management, sanitation and feeding programs and selection and processing methods for broilers, turkeys, and roasters.

Also "hands on" practice in early culling and selecting, handling your birds during the show and "putting together" show pens. 

Registration is $50/person or family and can be done online at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu.  Onsite or late (after April 27) registration is $75/person or family.  For more information, cintact the Texas A&M Poultry Science Department at (979) 845-4318.

Tuesday, January 13, 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.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monthly 4-H Club Meeting Report

All 4-H clubs are required to complete a monthly 4-H club meeting report.  Click here to go to and complete the report by the 25th of each month.

4-H Clubs and groups are also required to submit a copy of their monthly bank statement(s) to our office by the 25th of each month.  I would prefer an electronic copy if at all possible. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congrats Bobbi!!

Congratulations to Bobbi Williams, Fancy Feathers 4-H member.  She participated in the Ohio National Poultry Show November 6-9.  This is largest poultry show in the US.  It was also the 100th year anniversary of the American Bantam Association, which Bobbi is a member.  There was over 9,600 birds in the show,  2,700 of them were in the Junior show that Bobbi competed in.  The traditional goblet trophy was for one of the birds she entered.  She won best Rose Comb Clean Legged Bantam and was 3rd overall in the entire Junior Show.  The other trophy was awarded to her for winning the 16 year old Showmanship Class.  There was 190 kids that entered the Showmanship competition.  In the 16 year old class there was 19 entries.

4-H Food Contest Results

Congratulations to our Hays County 4-H'ers who participated in the District 4-H Food Challenge and Food Show on Dec. 13th!! 

Food Challenge:
 - Junior Team of Clayton Engler, Colton Engler and Cole Younts placed 3rd in Nutritious Snacks
- Intermediate Team of Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell and Bailey Phillips - placed 3rd in Fruits & Vegetables
- Intermediate Team of Araya Feeney , Kendyl Gordon, Rebekah O’Banon and Georgia Younts placed 2nd in Main Dish

Food Show:
- Jr. Fruit/Vegetable - Clayton Engler
- Jr. Protein - Colton Engler placed 4th
- Int. Fruit/Vegetable - Bailey Phillips


Special thanks to all of our 4-H Food Project Leaders and parents for all their time and leadership!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congrats Cole!

Congratulations to Cole Ritchie, member of the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, on being selected for the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports team!!  He is one of only 36 members of this team.  Besides representing Texas 4-H and the shooting sports projects, the team will be competing at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational on June 21-26, 2015 in Nebraska.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Need Some Laying Hens?

Jesse Huth, graduate student in the Texas A&M Poultry Science Department, is going to have about 80 White Leghorn layers for sale starting around Dec 20....they are A&M birds that were hatched for a project that ended up not getting started, so he is selling them for $10 ea. For orders of ten or more he will discount price. They will be about 30 weeks old by then and just starting to lay. Place orders at fresheggs91@yahoo.com...first come, first serve!

One Day 4-H Projects

One Day 4-H is a state-wide effort to have 4-H members and volunteers giving back within their communities.  Congratulations to our 4-H clubs who conducted One Day 4-H projects!!
 - Buda 4-H - collected and delivered $600 in supplies and money for PAWS
 - Dripping Springs 4-H - conducted landscape work at Dripping Springs Ranch Park

 - East San Marcos 4-H - cleaned up a playscape at a local park
 - Fancy Feathers 4-H - cleaned up at Wimberley Veterans Memorial Plaza
 - West San Marcos 4-H - collected 300+ lbs of food for Hays Co. Food Bank

If your 4-H club's One Day 4-H project is not listed above, please provide me the info and I'll add it.  If you haven't done it already, please click here to provide a quick report and submit photos of your projects.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get Enrolled in 4-H!!

If you have not enrolled in the 2014-15 4-H year, please do so!!  Click here for a "help sheet."  If you are still having trouble, please contact our office.  Please make sure your member and adult profiles are listed as "active" or at least "pending."  In order to participate in various contests and activities, you must be enrolled.

All adults working within the 4-H program should also enroll as volunteers on 4-H Connect.  The volunteer application fees are covered by the 4-H Adult Leaders Association, so it doesn't cost you anything.  And all enrolled 4-H members and volunteers are covered by the Texas 4-H liability insurance as well as the county's supplemental medical insurance.


All 4-H members will receive 4-H Members cards again this year.  Our 4-H adult volunteers will also receive 4-H Volunteer cards.  We will prepare these in large batches so we hope to start getting them out to your Club Managers to distribute at your November 4-H club meetings.  


Friday, October 10, 2014

Rockets to the Rescue Workshop

We had a GREAT trip to Southwest Research Institute on October 8 for the Rockets to the Rescue project!  If you missed it, you missed out on a lot of great learning and fun.  To get an idea of what happened during this fantastic trip, you can watch the video that was put together following this trip.  You can access the video by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

Texas 4-H is sponsoring a virtual (online) volunteer conference addressing 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.  Remaining dates for 2014-15 are:
     * Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21-22
     * Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4-5
Click here to find out more.  Please take advantage of these excellent training opportunities without leaving home.

Monday, September 29, 2014

School Attendance

Steady school attendance is very important, so check out these resources.  Click here to view the Parent's Guide to School Attendance.  Click here to visit the Missing School Matters website.

Children's Shelter Needs Your Help

Julia New with the Greater San Marcos Youth Council shared the following...
I was wondering how we could spread the word to Hays County 4-H groups that we have needs for Hays County foster care children? Our children’s shelter has received wonderful donations from groups throughout the years and it’s a pretty painless effort for everyone.  For example, cleaning supplies, snacks, juice boxes, wipes, diapers, etc. Farm Bureau customers can purchase car seats for $30 or $35 for case workers to transport babies and children in or to give to new parents. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I’m also happy to present to any 4-H groups. 
If you would like to contact Mrs. New, she can be reached at 512-754-0500 or jrnew@gsmyc.org.