Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rockets to the Rescue Workshop

4-H members in Guadalupe, Hays and Travis Counties who are in middle and high school are invited to participate in this workshop on Wed., Oct. 8th - National Youth Science Day!!  We will complete this year's NYSD project, Rockets to the Rescue, and learn about space projects happenings at the Southwest Research Institute.  This is a free workshop that is limited to the first 40 participants.  Click here to find out more.

Friday, August 15, 2014

District 4-H Conference & Gold Star/Volunteer Luncheon

This big event will take place on Sat., Aug. 23rd in Lockhart.  It includes educational workshops, luncheon which will include recognition of all Gold Star and Volunteer Award recipients from throughout District 10, and the District 4-H Council meeting.  We will kick off the event with a fun, hands-on workshop on electricity.  Then, there will be three (3) rotating sessions for youth and two (2) rotating sessions for adults.  Lunch will then be enjoyed as we honor the Gold Star and Volunteer Award recipients.  The day will be wrapped up with the District 10 4-H Council Meeting.  Cost is $25 per person.  If you did not get registered on 4-H Connect, you have until Tue., Aug. 19th to submit your $25 payment to our officeClick here for more info on the event.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kids Art Contest

CTMC (Central Texas Medical Center) invites children 2-18 to create artwork for a 2015 Calendar.  This special keepsake calendar will celebrate healthy living by focusing on 8 great principles for living life to the fullest.  Click here to find out more.

Texas 4-H Roundup Theme Contest

The first step in making the 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup a memorable one is getting the logo and theme that will help provide the groundwork for the rest of the year.  Images must be hand drawn or computer generated.  Deadline for entries is Sept. 12th.  Click here for all the details.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4-H Honored at Commissioners Court

A special thanks and congratulations to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who attended the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting on August 12th!!  We had a great group of about 20, and the Judge and Commissioners were very complimentary of our 4-H program.  We provided a 2013-14 Highlight Report and recognized recent award recipients.  Rachel McDaniel also provided some comments about the impact 4-H has made on her life.  Click here to view the 2013-14 Hays County 4-H Youth Development Report.  You can also view the presentation by clicking here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Dove Hunt with West San Marcos 4-H Club

West San Marcos 4-H Boosters are hosting their 5th Annual Dove Hunt on Sat., Sept. 13th at the Krackau Ranch, 5670 FM 1979 just outside San Marcos.  Entry Fee: $75 per person (includes lunch, skeet shoot and t-shirt).  Silent auction and door prizes available.  Reserve your spot soon!  Register by Aug. 31st for a chance to win a Yeti cooler.  Click here for more details, visit or contact contact Lori Krackau at or 210-325-8972.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

4-H Electricity Workshop

Attention 4-H'ers age 8-13!!  Join us for a workshop where we will learn about the magic of electricity.  This hands-on, fun workshop will take place on Wed., Aug. 20th, 2-5 pm, at the Philips location in San Marcos (just down from our office).  This is a free workshop, but you must register.  Click here for more details.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

4-H Awards Night

    The Hays County 4-H program honored numerous members, adult volunteers, and supporters at their annual awards night on August 4 at the VFW Post 6441 in Wimberley.  Special thanks to Wimberley 4-H for hosting the event.  Applause to Haley White for the Hays County 4-H Highlights Photo Presentation.
    Madison Hawkins, 2014-15 Hays County 4-H Council Chairman, served as the mistress of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the event.  Following an invocation, everyone enjoyed heavy snacks, provided by 4-H families.  To begin the program, Arielle Wortham with Wimberley 4-H sang the National Anthem and Priscilla Ruiz, also with Wimberley 4-H, led the US Pledge, Texas Pledge, and 4-H Motto and Pledge.  Madison then introduce special guests.
    Haley White with West San Marcos 4-H and Miliano Mikol with Fancy Feathers 4-H provided highlights of the 2013-14 4-H year, including recognizing 4-H members who had participated in various district and state 4-H contests and activities.  Taya Schwiening of Dripping Springs 4-H introduced each 4-H club and provided them an opportunity to recognize their 4-H adult volunteers with certificates and a special gift.  4-H Club Managers presented 4-H year pins to their members who had submitted their completed 4-H recordbooks.
    All 4-H members who had submitted their completed 4-H recordbooks were recognized by Mrs. Rhonda White with West San Marcos 4-H and President of the Hays County 4-H Adult Leaders Association.  Each 4-H’er received their project pin, and those advancing to the district level were presented special gifts.  County Commissioner Will Conley assisted with these presentations. 
    Hays County 4-H members and volunteers were honored to present four business and community awards.  Buda 4-H presented the Honorary 4-H Member Award to Mrs. Dawn McDaniel for her loyalty, leadership, and support.  Buda 4-H also presented the Friend of 4-H Award, which went to Dr. Lamar Crossland for his special contributions of time, influence, and support of 4-H.  Dripping Springs 4-H honored Lone Star Cattlemen with the Meritorious Service

Award for outstanding support of the 4-H program.  Fancy Feathers 4-H honored Mrs. Beth Caldwell with the Alumni Award for her support and leadership.  Taya Schwiening saluted Roger and D’Ana Mikeska with the Till 4-H Volunteer Award for their tremendous leadership and support.
    The highlight of the evening came with the presentation of the 4-H Star Awards.  The Star Awards are the highest awards that Hays County 4-H members can receive.  Applicants for these awards are required to turn in a completed 4-H record book and an application, as well as complete an interview with a panel of volunteer judges.  Recipients must meet determined criteria in the areas of leadership, community involvement, and overall active 4-H involvement.  Bronze and Silver Star Award recipients received plaques, while each Gold Star Award recipient was presented a  framed certificate and belt buckle.  County Judge Bert Cobb assisted with the presentations.
    The Bronze Star Award is presented to 4-H members, age 8-10 years.  This year’s Bronze Star recipient was Ashley Wortham of Wimberley 4-H.  Ashley is the 9 year-old daughter of Todd and Elizabeth Wortham.  This is her 1st year in 4-H, and her main project is horse.  Ashley says 4-H has taught her to work hard and be confident giving presentations.
    The 4-H Silver Star Award recognizes two age 4-H members, 11-14 years old.  For 2014, the Silver Star Award recipients were Konleigh Eben of Buda 4-H and Rebekah McDaniel of Fancy Feathers 4-H.  Konleigh is the 12 year old daughter of David and Tina Owens.  Her projects include swine, rabbit, photography, food and horse.  Konleigh highlights her club’s “Budafy Buda” effort as the most meaningful community service project.  For this One Day 4-H project, she worked with fellow 4-H members and volunteers to clean up Buda City Park.  Rebekah is the 11 year old daughter of Randy and Dawn McDaniel.  Her projects include poultry, clothing, dog, food and public speaking.  Rebekah reports her most outstanding leadership role is serving as a Junior Clothing Leader because she has been able to teach others basic sewing skills and helped them make their own projects.
    The 4-H Gold Star Award is recognized state-wide as the highest county level award presented to 4-H members who are at least 15 years old.  The 2014 awards went to Peyton Bonner of West San Marcos 4-H, Madison Hawkins of Buda 4-H and Miliano Mikol of Fancy Feathers 4-H.  Peyton is the 17 year old daughter of Tim and Marion Bonner.  Her projects include sheep, shooting sports, wildlife, horticulture and photography.  Peyton says that 4-H has taught her to be more disciplined and focused on her projects as well as team work and communication.  Madison is the 17 year old daughter of Jay and Becky Hawkins.  Her projects include swine, leadership, sheep, rabbit and photography.  Madison says that because of 4-H, she is more involved in her community, has started to set higher goals for herself and strives to be the best person she can beMiliano is the 16 year old son of Jered and Leinani Mikol.  Miliano says he has learned that it takes perseverance, hard work, patience, empathy, compassion, and persistence to be a good leader.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Show Ring Success Seminar

D&D in Seguin will be hosting a Show Ring Success Seminar on Saturday, August 23.  This event will bring in speakers to educate exhibitors and their parents about poultry, swine, beef, sheep and goat projects.  Lunch will be provided.  You must pre-register by August 19.  You can access the day's agenda and registration form by clicking here.  Come learn how to fit, feed and show!

Time to Order Major Livestock Show Sheep and Goat Tags

It is now time to order sheep and goat tags for the 2015 Major Livestock Shows.  All market tags are $10 each.  Tags for breeding ewes are $5.00.  All orders, along with payment, must physically be in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014.  Validation will take place on the morning of October 11.  You can access the order forms by clicking here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

4-H Club Manager & Officer Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in our this workshop on July 12th.  All 8 of our 4-H clubs were represented, which is great!!  We covered a lot of info, but more importantly our 4-H club members and volunteers got to interact and share ideas with each other.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presented during the workshop.  Special thanks to Texas State University's FCS program for allowing us to have the workshop in their building at no cost.  Please take a few minutes to write a few thank you notes to:

Dr. Rodney Runyan (allowed us to use the building)
School Director
FCS 104
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Mrs. Denise Dorsey (opened building and helped with set up)
Administrative Assistant
FCS 101C
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

We discussed having a 4-H Club Resource spot on this website, so we'll be working on that over the next month or so.  It will contain resource handouts and ideas for clubs to utilize.  Please share with us any suggestions you have for what should be added.

Benefit for Konleigh

Konleigh Eben is a vibrant young lady that was in an ATV accident on April 5, 2014. Her and her family are in need of our help. Konleigh has fought the ultimate fight. She experienced multiple internal and external injuries and continues to fight to overcome her obstacles. After 2 months in the Dell Children’s hospital, weeks of which were spend in ICU, Konleigh returned home and is cared for by her parents. Konleigh is currently in therapy and rehab several days a week and it is expected to be a very long process.   Konleigh is the daughter of Tina and David Owens and David Eben. She is also the grand-daughter of Willie Thomas and Jack Eben.  The accident has put a huge emotional and financial burden on the family. With medical bills exceeding into the millions, parents not being able to work normal hours and years of therapy ahead, this family needs our community help.  The Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation was founded in 2012 after Gunner Thames past away from a head injury obtained in a rodeo accident. The foundation has a crisis fund to help area youth and families that find themselves in similar situations. The foundation will take their crisis fund donation and put on this benefit for Konleigh and her family to multiply the amount of the fund. 100% of funds raised at the benefit will be given to the family.  We are in need of any donations (monetarily, auction items, food for the bar-b-que dinner etc.) to help us make this benefit successful for the family.  We could also use help selling raffle tickets.  Thank you from all of us at The Gunner Thames Foundation for helping us make this benefit successful for this family.  To make donations: Call Destini @ 512-665-1459 or Brenda @ 512-844-9109 or email Monetary donations can be mailed to The Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation at 5090 Purgatory Rd New Braunfels, Texas 78132. Write Konleigh in the memo so we know that it goes to the Konleigh Benefit.

To keep up with Konleigh's progress, click here to visit the facebook page, Prayers for Konleigh.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

Texas 4-H is sponsoring a virtual (online) volunteer conference on a quarterly basis this year.  Workshops will be conducted during the day and evening hours using AgriLife Extension’s TTVN WebMeeting system. The final one for this 4-H year is set for:
  • Thursday, July 31st and Tuesday, August 5th
Click here to find out more.  Please take advantage of these excellent training opportunities without leaving home.

Recordings from the 3 previous conferences are available for playback by clicking here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus Information

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus is a disease that is currently threatening the United States Swine Industry.  It is not just commercial swine operations that are at risk.  Show pig operations are also being affected by this.  By putting into practice some basic biosecurity measures, you can help to lessen the chance of bring PED home with you from a show or breeder.  Please click here to find out what you can do to prevent the spread of PED Virus.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Change to 2015 Hays County Livestock Show Steer Show

There will be a big change to the 2015 Hays County Livestock Show Steer Show.  All steers will be exhibited by breed.  This will only affect steers, not heifers.  For more information about the breed characteristics that the classifiers will use, please click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Youth Livestock Project Resource

There is a new online resource to support you and your livestock projects - Texas Youth Livestock and Agriculture.  The goal of this website is to provide unbiased educational resources for educators, volunteers, 4-H/FFA families and others interested in youth livestock projects and agricultural advocacy. We are committed to connecting people to credible sources of information and educational opportunities to ensure the successful development of young people involved in agriculture.  Livestock projects supported on this website include beef cattle, goat, sheep, swine, horse, poultry, and rabbits.  The website can be found at

Friday, November 15, 2013

4-H Volunteer Training Scholarships

With the dissolution of the District 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, their funds will now provide scholarships to 4-H volunteers for training.  So if you are looking at volunteer trainings (Volunteer Conference, Shooting Sports Coach Certification, etc.), then check the 4-H blog for an application.  Each county is limited to 2 scholarships per year, and the amount given will be $100 per volunteer.  Scholarships will be issued until the money is depleted.  You can access the scholarship form by clicking here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

District 4-H Facebook Page

The District 10 Facebook page is up and running!  Please “like” the page for up to date information on events and activities in the program:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Help Fancy Feathers 4-H Help National Breast Cancer Foundation

This year, Fancy Feathers 4-H Club is partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation in a revolutionary fight against Cancer. Please help them fight this fatal disease that has affected so many families in the US.  So far, Fancy Feathers has raised $931 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. But they want to take it "through the roof"! You can help them by donating - click herePlease share this link with 10 of your friends. Your help can make a great difference. Stay fancy!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hays County 4-H Adult Leader Reimbursement Policy

The Hays County 4-H Adult Leaders Association has money allotted in their budget to reimburse Hays County 4-H members that participate in District, State, and National opportunities. Their reimbursement policy was approved at their September 23, 2013 meeting. It was amended at the May 22, 2014 meeting. Their reimbursement policy to Hays County 4-H members is:
"Members will be reimbursed for registration and lodging only. Reimbursement will not exceed $125 per event. Reimbursement for lodging will only be one per family. Reimbursement will be made after participation in the event. If a Hays County 4-H member has not yet attended or participated in the event, the Hays County 4-H Adult Leaders Association has the right to approve reimbursement on an as needed basis. All receipts for reimbursement must be turned in within 60 days after participation in the event.

Example: Bobby will be reimbursed for registration of $25 and lodging of $100, totaling $125. His sister, Sue, participated in the same event. She will be reimbursed her registration only.

A maximum reimbursement of $250 per member will be allowed during each 4-H year. Members must also complete 20 hours of community service. Of the 20 hours, at least 15 hours must be given in service to the Hays County 4-H program. A check request, copies of receipts and documentation of service must be submitted for reimbursement prior to the Adult Leaders Meeting. No reimbursement checks will be written until after approval at the Hays County Adult Leaders Association meeting."

A copy of the check request form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

4-H News & Events App

Check your app store for the "4-H News and Events" app.  This is a free app that includes info for county, district and state 4-H activities.  We are beginning to add dates and events to the app for Hays County as yet another way to keep folks up to date. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Opportunity - 4-H SPIN Clubs

Texas 4-H is also offering a new initiative this year, 4-H SPIN clubs, which are short-term experiences focused on a specific topic.  SPIN, standing for Special Interest, clubs allow kids ages 5 to 18 with common interests or hobbies to meet as a club and share their special interest.  Whatever their passion is, kids can gain knowledge and enhance their skills through a positive group experience.  A SPIN club can be started with a minimum of one adult volunteer and five young people with an interest in a particular topic.  While the adult provides expertise and guidance, club members take an active role in planning and running their own activities.  SPIN clubs reach out to youth and families with common interests and brings them together. They are a great way to introduce young people to a specific hobby or interest they might not otherwise have a chance to develop within a group setting.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

4-H Member and Volunteer Cards

Texas 4-H is providing 4-H Member cards this year.  Our office will continue to provide 4-H Volunteer cards for those adults who complete their enrollment on 4-H Connect.  Member and volunteer cards will be given to our Club Managers to distribute during your 4-H club meetings.  For those of you who are enrolled in more than one 4-H club, your card will be distributed to the club listed as your primary club.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

4-H Club Manager & Club Officer Workshop Resources

Thanks to everyone who participated in this training!!  We covered a lot of important info and resources so everyone should be ready for a great 2013-14 4-H year.  Click here to see the Power Point from the training.  Special thanks to Cory Talley and the Travis Co. Leaders 4 Life team members for covering Parliamentary Procedure so well.  Click here for a great Parli Pro guide and click here for additional resources.  Click here to access the 4-H Club Officer Handbook, along with other 4-H publications.  A big thanks also to Fancy Feathers 4-H for sharing their "effective club leadership team" info!  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lots of Ways to Help Hays Co. Food Bank

The Hays County Food Bank has one mission - to feed hungry people in Hays County.  There are many opportunities to help them do this, so here are a few:

- Your 4-H club could participate in the Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign in which you can help "feed a family for Thanksgiving."  Share your good fortune and help others by putting up posters, coordinating a fund drive at your office, or even donning a turkey suit for special events. For every $20 that you raise, a family enjoys a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Contact Laura or click here to find out more.

- We are scheduling times during the year for 4-H members and volunteers to help organize food donations.

- 4-H teens could partner with parents and/or other adult volunteers to do pick up's of donated food.

- And the Food Bank is always glad to receive donations - both food or money.  They accept a wide variety of healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed or bagged food, and canned food.  Most needed items include rice and beans (preferably in 1-pound bags); macaroni and cheese; canned fruits and vegetables; cereal and oatmeal; tuna, salmon, and other canned meats; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; Jell-O (regular and sugar-free).  Last year Buda 4-H collected lots of foods through their "trick or treat for canned goods" project.  There are many great ideas, so just find fun ways to collect and donate food to help those in need.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Community Service Opportunities

Helping the community is such a part of what 4-H is - hands to larger service!!  Here are some ideas for individual, group, or club community service project opportunities:
Central Texas Children’s Home in Buda - contact them for details on what items are needed - 512-243-1386
Greater San Marcos Youth Council (youth shelter) - always need gently used clothing, shoes, food, household items, hygiene products, etc.  - 512-754-0500
Southside Community Center’s Homeless Shelter - could use toiletry packages including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner,  toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap etc.; canned foods; furniture; towels, blankets, etc.; Wimberley 4-H has prepared and served meals there, so this is also a great project for other clubs - 512-392-6697
There are many other opportunities, so help make a difference in your community!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

College Prep Resources

Preparing for college is not something that is limited to graduating seniors. Most guidance counselors and university admissions advisors will tell you that once students enter high school, there are many things they can and should be doing to prepare for college. Extension and 4-H are in a very unique position when it comes to post-secondary education and college preparedness. Many county and district events have valuable partnerships with colleges and universities across the state. This is a valuable way to expose young people to higher education; and in many cases, it is the only opportunity a young person may have to visit a college/university campus.

Educational programs for 4-H members and 4-H parents are a great way to help 4-H members and 4-H families prepare for college. In fact, many college admissions offices are willing to come and conduct workshops for 4-H families. One unique opportunity is to have your local college admissions office conduct a FAFSA workshop for your 4-H families. This is especially helpful for families with high school seniors need to complete a 4-H Opportunity Scholarship application. There are infinite resources available to parents and families related to college preparedness. More resources can be found by clicking here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

4-H FCS Project Toolkit

This is a web-based resource for volunteers to use when managing and leading 4-H FCS projects including food & nutrition, clothing & textiles, consumer education, family life, health, housing & home environment, and safety.  General project info is provided along with project resources, lesson plans, activities and videos for each project.  The toolkit can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On-Line Orientation for 4-H Volunteers

The Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program is pleased to announce the availability of an online orientation course for 4-H volunteers. The goal of this course is to provide volunteers with an understanding of the organizational structure of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and how the 4-H program operates. It also helps volunteers recognize their roles and responsibilities within the structure and program. Specifically, the course provides information on:
• An overview of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service
• 4-H 101: Facts about 4-H
• An overview of the various methods of participation available in the 4-H program
• Volunteer qualifications, roles in which volunteers may serve and the responsibilities associated with each role
• A list of resources for 4-H volunteers

The course is available online at and can be completed within one hour. If you cannot complete the orientation in one sitting, you have the capability to come back to it at a later time. Once the course is complete, you can print off a completion certificate. Directions on how to enroll in the course can be found at