NDSU Extension - Morton County


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September 7, 2017

It’s time for a long overdue 4-H Update!  It’s been a busy end to the 2016-2017 4-H year, we were able to send out State Fair Premium checks so watch for those in the mail this week.  We will have checks for 4-H clubs at the council meeting for premiums from Morton County 4-H Achievement Days.  Here are a few(ok, not a few, a lot) of updates for you for the beginning of September.   Some important deadlines below so please read carefullyJ

By now you should have all received thank you boards and photos from the office to send to sponsors of Morton County Achievement Days.  I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we thank those that support 4-H in our community.  It’s exciting to visit businesses and see your thank yours with your pictures showing that you appreciate all they do to support our 4-H programs!

Tickets should all be turned in, we are going into day 8 of the raffle tomorrow and it’s pretty exciting here at the office!  We love to make the calls to give away money.  Thank you to everyone who sold tickets.  If you bought a ticket, Good Luck to you, you still have 23 days!

Enrollment for the 2017-2018 4-H year opened on Tuesday, September 5.  As a reminder, please re-enroll by November 1 to avoid the program fee that will be implemented going forward.  A letter was sent out to all of our 4-H families and we will discuss the program fees at the next 4-H Council meeting.

The 4-H Council will meet Tuesday, September 12 at the Morton County Courthouse.  The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  We have Treasurer’s books, Secretary’s books and everything you need to start you club year.  Also, we will be recapping the county fair and other topics as indicated on the agenda sent out to all the 4-H Families. 

4-H Recognition Night is scheduled for Friday, October 6 at 6:30pm at the Mandan Eagles. We are planning on having a dance after pizza and awards. 

Award of Excellence
is awarded to youth that demonstrate skills learned through their 4-H projects during the course of the previous 4-H year.  All 4-H members age 8 and older are eligible for the Award of Excellence.  You may apply for more than one project area.  Forms can be found at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/mortoncountyextension/4h-and-youth/4-h-forms  and select Award of Excellence.  These are due back into the office September 27. The awards are given out at Recognition night which is October 6th.

The Key Club is a special award presented to 4-H'ers who have demonstrated outstanding 4-H careers. The key pin is awarded to one percent of the older outstanding 4-H members of North Dakota. The program guidelines for selecting Key Club nominees suggests the members have completed a minimum of 4 years of 4-H work and are age 16 by September 1 of the 2016-2017 year. Members can be awarded the Key Club only once. The selection criteria includes leadership responsibilities, project and program accomplishments, personal development, activity participation, demonstrations, talks, reports, committee activities, how knowledge and skills gained through 4-H programs is shared with others, and club and community citizenship participation. If you read this, call the office for a 4-H t-shirt.  I thank you for reading this 4-H Update! The Key Club is an award that designates some of our more outstanding 4-H'ers.

The Elvira Thiel Award is given to a 4-Her that has exhibited outstanding citizenship, volunteerism and has been actively involved in 4-H. Call our office at 667-3340 for an application or with any questions. This application is due into the Morton County Extension Service office September 27.

If you have not turned in your traveling trophy from last year’s Recognition Night, please do so by Tuesday, September 12 at 5:00pm.  We will be taking them to the trophy shop for the award recipients names to be entered for the 2017 recognition event.

We have had many requests about having trainings throughout the summer.  We are going to put on a multi-discipline training at the North Dakota 4-H Camp on September 15 and 16.  We hope to start at 7:00 pm on Friday night and get an early start on Saturday so we can offer instructors more hands on experience and the chance to be certified in two disciplines. I know it involves travel and it might be at time sports, hunting, and farm work could interfere.  However, it is getting more difficult to fit training into our schedules as we have in the past and our state budget is also a factor.  So, we hope we can get a big group and meet the majority of the needs for the coming year.  The 4-H Council covers the cost of this training as an adult volunteer training event.  You must be 18 or older to participate and want to be involved in Morton County 4-H Shooting Sports.  Cost is $50 for one discipline or $70 for two.  The first five callers to the office will receive a 4-H t-shirt just for reading this 4-H Update.

The training will start Friday September 15 at 7:00 pm at the North Dakota 4-H Camp.  It will go until 9:30 pm or we run out of gas.  It will continue at 9:00 pm the next morning and last until 4:30 -5:00 pm.  Instructors will have a rare option to choose two disciplines (limited to our capacity). You will be able to stay in the cabins.  We plan to provide Saturday breakfast and lunch plus a cooler of pop and water during the day.

Disciplines offered will be: small bore rifle/air rifle, black powder, archery, shotgun.

Please call the office to register at 701-667-3340.

Hunter Education registration will be out soon for a class scheduled January 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and February 1 at the Burleigh County 4-H Building. Please know that you must attend all dates of the course to complete your hunter education requirements.  We are offering this class to youth and their parents.

Marissa Leier has been hired as the Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources in Morton County. Marissa’s first day will be September 18.

Marissa earned a BS in Animal Science from NDSU in May of 2016.  She has been actively involved in 4-H since a young age and was a member of the Creekamers 4-H Club in Emmons County.  In addition, her family was recently recognized as a 4-H Century Family for their work and dedication to 4-H.   

Marissa’s knowledge of livestock and dairy systems, along with her passion and knowledge of 4-H, will be a great asset to Morton County .

Save the Date: ND 4-H Volunteer Project Trainings November 2017: “Oh the Places You Will Go With 4-H Leadership”
Mark your calendars for the 2017 ND 4-H Volunteer Project Trainings. Attending these events is a great way for your volunteers to gather new 4-H project ideas. Please encourage your 4-H teen and adult volunteers and parents/caregivers to attend. 4-H volunteers are welcome to attend any location. Each location needs 20 volunteers registered to host the event.

Dates for these trainings are:

  • Monday, Nov. 6-Southcental-Emmons County hosting- Linton, ND, 6-9 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7-Northwest-Williams County hosting-Williston, ND, 6-9 pm
  • Monday, November 27-Southwest- Hettinger County hosting-Regent, ND, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 28- Northeast-Benson County hosting- Maddock, ND, 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 30- Southeast-LaMoure County hosting-Lamoure, ND, 6-9 pm

Again, I can’t express how important it is to have a member from each club present at the 4-H Council meeting.  We have a lot to discuss for planning purposes for the upcoming 4-H year and I’m looking for feedback to get ahead of Morton County 4-H Achievement Days for 2018.

Karla Meikle, Extension Agent
Extension Service /  Morton County

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