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March 6, 2017

4-H Weekly Update
March 6, 2017

Dates to Remember:

March 11             NDWS Hippology Contest
March 11             SE District Archery Event in West Fargo
March 14             Morton County 4-H Council Meeting, Morton County Courthouse 7:00pm
March 16             Morton County Fairboard Meeting, New Salem 7:00pm
March 16             Morton County Ag Day, Burleigh County 4-H Building 9am to 6pm
March 25             NW District Archery Event in Minot
March 31             ND 4-H Foundation Meeting, Jamestown
April 1-2               North Dakota 4-H Horse Contest, NDSU
May 1                    Deadline for 4-H Project Enrollment through 4-H Online. (Please see below)

4-H Member in Good Standing
Reminder, all members of 4-H must have attended six 4-H meetings before they are able to show/exhibit at the State and County Fair.  All paperwork for the state fair must be signed off by a member of the Extension Staff who has the right to refuse to sign your paperwork if we find you did not meet the requirements of being a 4-H member in Good Standing. 

4-H is not all about exhibiting at the fair, it’s about the experience you have working in a club setting, being contributing members in your community and learning about your projects all year long.  If you are in 4-H for only exhibiting, I would like you to call me at the office at 701-667-3340.  Thank you.

4-H Camp Registration Now Open
4-H Camp registration is now open.  Camps will fill up fast so if you are considering a Horse Camp, register today.  Also, please see some new camps this year we are excited to offer.  Back by popular demand is Archery Camp.  The website to register is   https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=775&campcode=rtm&lang=en-Us&justsignedout=true

Congratulations to the 4-H Livestock Judging teams that competed at the state contest this past Saturday.  The senior team will be competing at Nationals in Louisville this fall.  Congratulations to Sierra for her high individual overall and Conner for placing second high individual. 

Hunting Skills and Archery Team to Compete at Nationals
We will be taking eight youth from Morton County to Grand Island, NE in June for National 4-H Shooting Sports.  A week long competition will be held the last week of June.  They are excited to represent Morton County and North Dakota.

District Communication Arts Contest
The contest will be held at Christ the King School on Tuesday May 30.  Please register at www.tinyurl.com/2017DistrictCommArts

Consumer Choices Contest
Registration is now open for the consumer choices contest to be held on June 8 at Christ the King School.  Please register by June 1 using the link www.tinyurl.com/2017ConsChoices

Hunting Skills Workouts
Hunting Skills workouts are being held on Monday evenings at 8:00pm at Nishu Bowman.  This workout immediately follows archery workouts on Mondays.  If you are 11 and older and would like to participate in Hunting Skills please contact me for additional information or attend a workout on Monday evenings.  This is a great time to learn about hunting in North Dakota, wildlife identification, conservation, and making good hunting decisions.  There is also a shooting component that goes along with Hunting Skills, 3-D Archery, smallbore rifle and sporting clays.

Archery Workouts
We are holding archery workouts on Monday evenings at Nishu Bowman.  The first session is at 6:00pm and the second session is at 7:00pm. 

4-H Council Meeting Scheduled
The next 4-H Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 14 at the Morton County Courthouse.  We will begin at 7:00pm. We will be discussing spring events, the summer raffle and the fair.  An agenda will be sent out later this week.  If you have something you would like to discuss, please let me know by Thursday, March 9th so I can get it on the agenda.

The deadline for registering for projects for the 2016-2017 4-H year is May 1.  You will not be able to add or drop projects after this date.  Please read below the difference between a project and exhibit.  We do not need to know by May 1 what you are bringing to the fair for Achievement Days.

What is an Achievement Day Exhibit?
An exhibit is an item or display designed to show something that the members have accomplished. Exhibits are usually associated with a fair, but members can exhibit their project work at club meetings, community events and other opportunities. Members are required to exhibit their work at the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days for at least one project. Participation in competitive activities and exhibits is encouraged as an opportunity for education, recognition and public awareness opportunity. Fair premiums, ribbons and other awards are incentives and symbols of recognition in many areas for those who choose to participate. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are important rewards.

What Are 4-H Projects?
There are approximately 100 projects available on a variety of subject matters of interest to youth. Projects are real-life experiences that help the 4-Her’s learn to make sound decisions. Projects put the hands and minds to work. 4-H projects take on a wide variety of interests and activities that are designed to attract boys and girls regardless of their place of residence, economic status, race, etc. Members are expected to complete the projects in which they enroll. Projects provide the basis of the 4-H program by offering various educational experiences. Carrying out a project will help the member "Learn to Do by Doing" as well as learning why things happen the way they do.

Why projects?
The project is a teaching tool that can be used to develop boys and girls to their maximum potential so long as we view project works as a "means to an end" and not the end in itself. This means that the basic objective of 4-H - the development of the boy and girl - is the most important consideration, not the garment the member makes or the calf the member raises, or the miscellaneous project the member completes.

How are projects conducted?
Project work is conducted through various activities and events such as: project meetings; regular club meetings; tours to visit projects of members; family activity at home; exhibiting project work at shows, fairs, etc.; record keeping.

What are guidelines to selecting projects?
Parents and the member should know and fully understand what is expected of them before they enroll in a project. Projects are selected in the fall when on-line enrollment opens on September 1. You do have access to change/add/drop projects until May 1.  After May 1, your projects are locked in and unavailable for us to change/add/drop. 

Usually younger members should limit their projects to one or two. Older, more experienced members may be able to do several different projects, including those that are more difficult. Factors that parents and leaders should consider in helping a club member to select a project is:

  • The project should meet the needs and interests of the member. The problem here, however, is that in many cases the youngster does not really know if they would like a particular project without first giving it a try.
  • The project should be appropriate for the age and ability of the member.

We hope everyone has a great week!  As always, if you have questions, please contact the office.

Karla Meikle
Extension Service /  Morton County
210 2nd Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554
p:   701.667.3340
fax: 701.667.3348












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