Friday, December 23, 2016

4-H Day at the State Capitol...Coming to us early!

4-H Day at the State Capitol provides opportunities for 4-H’ers to learn more about state government procedures, meet local legislators and encourage civic engagement.

Come with us on the 24th to explore the inner workings of state government.

 This event comes to us earlier than in past years; so make plans now.

 Please let us know by January 4th of your intent to participate in this unique and exciting opportunity! Email to reserve your spot or call the Extension Office at 540.672.1361.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays

May your holidays be filled with joy, peace, and promise for you and your family.
Wishes from your Orange County Extension family

(The office will be closed both Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th; we will re-open on Tuesday at 8:00 am.)

Chance To See The Largest Indoor Ag Expo In The Nation...

Would you like to visit the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the NATION? With nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits the Pennsylvania Farm Show is a must see for all.

Make plans to join the Orange and Madison 4-H dairy clubs on a two-day bus trip and see it for yourself.

When: January 13-14

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show, Kreider Dairy and the Turkey Hill experience

Who: All 4-H families are invited on the bus tour

Cost: $95 per person, this includes charter bus transportation, lodging and entry fees to tour stops

Contact: Extension Office (540.672.1361) or Mary Goodwin (

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

FINAL Reminder to Enroll/Re-Enroll in 4HOnline!

This post will count as the FINAL reminder that all Orange County 4-H'ers must be enrolled in 4HOnline by January 1, 2017.

Most of you have done this; thank you for your attention to detail and prompt response.

Remember: in order to be eligible to exhibit/sell your livestock projects and/or other projects at the fair, enrollment must be completed by the deadline. No exceptions to this rule will be made in the 2016-2017 4-H year.

This information allows us an up-to-date contact in order to be able to keep you informed on all things Orange 4-H.

Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll/enroll:
  • Login to your account on
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2016-2017” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen, complete authorization, update health information, and re-enroll into clubs, projects, and groups
If you have any questions as you go to enroll or re-enroll please reach out to us in the Extension Office ASAP.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Statewide Teen Weekend, February 3-5

FEBRUARY 3-5, 2017

Our Statewide Teen Weekend will be held at the 
W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center in Wirtz, VA on February 3-5.
The State 4-H Cabinet has planned the event to provide teens across the Commonwealth to come together for a weekend filled with educational programs and leadership.
Activities will include:  Shooting Sports, STEM Catapult Activity, Team Building, Table Etiquette, Get Crafty, a Service Project and social time.
We encourage our teens to attend this fun-filled weekend!

Participants must be 14 years of age by 9/30/17.
Cost is $90 and checks must be made payable to Virginia 4-H Foundation.
Deadline for registration is January 20, 2017.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Do you know a college student who has a passion for government, history, political science, education, public speaking, or leadership?
Do they have a passion for working with young people?
If this brings someone to mind, encourage 
them to apply for the position of 
Program Assistant (PA) at National 4-H Conference Center!

CWF Program Assistants will:
  • Develop and facilitate a unique program experience for over 1,500 high school aged 4-H'ers from across the country in DC
  • Lead CWF delegates in experience based citizenship curriculum through tours & workshops
  • Develop & refine teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in a fast paced and fun environment
  • Become a licensed DC tour guide
  • The CWF PA experience begins in mid-May and ends in late July
Applications are due by January 23!  We want to give 4-H alumni and collegiate 4-H'ers an opportunity to apply for this amazing opportunity 2017 summer.  Please share this with with college students looking for an internship or credit towards graduation.  

More details about this program and application materials can be found at 

If you have any questions, please let us know or you may contact Kelsey Conklin at

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Exhibitor and Family Orientation To Be Held

Please join us Monday, December 19th at 7:00 pm in the Extension Office (Sedwick Building in the town of Orange) for a new exhibitor and family orientation.

This event is geared for new exhibitors, either in their 1st or 2nd years of participation, who plan on exhibiting any livestock projects at the fair.

Come join us to learn the ins and outs of Orange 4-H. It is our goal to provide families an opportunity to ask questions as we instruct on the essentials for success, completion, and project rule compliance within the program during this time.

We look forward to seeing and meeting new faces during this fun, informal and informative session.

Two "first-timers" at the 2016 OCF, Oscar and Momin, exhibited the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lambs.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Livestock Wreaths Information

Information for the Orange County Livestock Club!

The community service event for Wreaths Across America will go as follows on Saturday 12/17/16.
This is different than the last 3 years we have done it so please read.
The ceremony begins at 12pm in the new section of the cemetery, entrance on East Chandler Street.
Immediately following the ceremony, we will lay wreaths in the new section and move through the sections of the cemetery until all wreaths have been laid.

They are saying they will have around 4,000 wreaths this year.

I am not sure that this change will work for my schedule so please take a photo of your group at the cemetery and text it to me  Drema Rogers at 540-717-5631  or to Jennifer Bryington at 540-661-7233 to be counted for your community service.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dairy Club Opens Pennsylvania Bus Trip to Other 4-H Families

The Orange and Madison 4-H Dairy Clubs have 15 spaces left for a two-day bus trip to Pennsylvania January 13-14, 2017. Seats will be filled first come, first served, and youth must provide their own chaperones in order to go. Cost is $95 per person and includes charter bus transportation, lodging, and entry fees to tour stops. Meals are not included.

The itinerary includes spending Friday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and watching some of the dairy show that afternoon. Overnight lodging will be in Harrisburg, PA, and then Saturday features stops at Kreider Dairy (with a large, rotary parlor and drive-through freestall barn) and the Turkey Hill experience (ice cream, anyone?).

If you want to go, please call the Extension office ASAP. All fees are non-refundable and due by December 20. Note: this trip is the same day as the market steer weigh-in, so please keep that in mind when making plans.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

4-H Steer Weigh-In Quickly Approaching!

Reminder to all beef project exhibitors that 4-H beef weigh-in is quickly approaching. Remember that if you plan on taking beef as a project this is an important/required event which marks the “beginning” of your 4-H steer project. All steers must be in the possession of the 4-H’er and taken to weigh-in on the following date:
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 8:00-9:30 am
Tucker Livestock facility (5866 Orange Road, Radiant, VA 22732)
Please don't hesitate to contact the Extension Office (540.672.1361) if you have specific questions pertaining to beef project weigh-in or ownership requirements.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Caprine Kids to Hold Joint Holiday Meeting With Madison County

Who: Caprine Kids

What: Joint Club Meeting with Madison Co. Goat Club

When: (2nd Tuesday of the month) Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm (note: not the normal 7:00 pm start time)

Where: the Madison County Extension Office (2 South Main Street, War Memorial Building, 2nd Floor, Madison, VA)

Learn to make soap! Enjoy pizza and deserts, play games and exchange gifts.

Please bring a $10 (maximum) wrapped gift for each youth that plans on participating in the exchange.

Natural Horse Addicts: Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled and Rescheduled

Natural Horse Addicts is NOT having a meeting tomorrow (12/3/2016). We will instead have the meeting during a special event held on December 10th at Graves Mountain Lodge.

Come join us Saturday, December 10th for breakfast and a ride at Graves Mountain Lodge!

Holiday Breakfast – 8:30 to 10:00 am We’ll have breakfast and then start our (very short) club meeting around 9:00. Please feel free to attend the meeting even if you are unable to stick around for the ride.

Cost of breakfast is  $11.50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

After breakfast, we will have the option of going on an hour-long ride on the Graves Mountain horses if you so choose. Ride cost is $40.

4-H members who are not in our club are welcome to join us. Please RSVP to Resi Connell at (540)226-9316.

Note: This ride is suitable for beginners.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Home Ec Club Meeting: Next Thursday the 8th

Who: 4-H Home Ec Club

What: Holiday Meeting

When: Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 pm

Where: Extension Building, 146 Madison Road, Orange

Come join us for a fun-filled, holiday inspired crafting night one week from today! All are welcome.

Make it 3,057,102 members! Re-Enroll in 4HOnline Today

The rollover to the new 4-H year was completed in October and 4HOnline is now open for re-enrollment. Just to clarify, all youth members and volunteers become “inactive” after the rollover.
Here are some short-hand directions about how to re-enroll:
  • Login to your account on
  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile page and click on the “Enroll for 2016-2017” button
  • Once you have clicked here you can update information on your profile screen, complete authorization, update health information, and re-enroll into clubs, projects, and group
Remember in order to be eligible to exhibit your projects at the fair, enrollment must be completed by January 1, 2017. Also, this will allow us to better communicate with you through specific interest list serves. Our best advice, take care of it now!

Location for Tonight's Officer Training

Tonight's officer training workshop will be held at the George James Community Center in Radiant, VA (half-way between Orange and Madison). From Orange, take Rt. 15 North to Rt. 230 West toward Madison. Drive almost four miles and turn right on George James Loop, Rt. 684. The community center is the white building at the corner of Rt. 230 Orange Road and George James Loop.

Do NOT use the address of 1215 George James Loop; that takes you to one of the center's volunteer's home. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ATTENTION:  The poinsettias are ready for pick-up NOW!  
Come to see us now! 
We finished sorting earlier than we expected so it's no need to wait until 4! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 30 is an IMPORTANT DATE!

November 30!!!!!!  Very Important Date!!
That's tomorrow (Wednesday)!

Two important notes!

1.  Poinsettia pick-ups will be Wednesday, November 30 
from 4 to 6:30 pm 
OR Thursday, December 1, 8am to 5 pm.

2.  Your 4-H Pride T-shirt orders are due Wednesday, November 30!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


We know everyone is so busy with preparations for Thanksgiving!
So a quick reminder!

Don't miss out on this great deal and huge opportunity to grab stocking stuffers for your 4-H elves!

Orange County 4-H T-Shirt orders are due November 30!
That's next week!

Happy Thanksgiving from your staff at the Orange Extension!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from the Orange Extension Office!
We will close on Wednesday at noon and will reopen on Monday, November 28.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Poinsettia Reminder!!!!

Poinsettia orders are due this Thursday, November 17.
Start your holiday decorating early!  We can help!
Support your local 4-H!

Reminder to all Livestock Cloverbuds!

We are looking for you to join us tonight at our meeting!

Tonight at 6:30 at the Extension Office Meeting Room!

Bring an item to be donated to the Animal Shelter!

We will see you there!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Available spots for Friday's painting party!!!!

Painting party Friday night!

We are looking for a few artists!  
So please call the office to reserve your spot!


Reminder!  IT's tonight!

We are meeting Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 pm
at the East Orange Ruritan Building in Unionville.

Ms. Erin and Ms. Lindsey are excited to see you Tuesday night!

Livestock Cloverbuds to meet Tuesday, November 15

Calling all Livestock Cloverbuds!

Our next meeting will be tomorrow night, 
Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
at the Extension Office Meeting Room!

Our focus will be Thanksgiving and being thankful.
Please bring items we can donate to the Animal Shelter, such as, dry or canned cat or dog food/treats, kitty litter,
old sheets or towels.

We are so excited!  See you there!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dairy Club Completes Service Project to Help Service Members and Veterans Send Holiday Cards to Their Loved Ones

During their November meeting, the Dairy club bundled blank holiday cards with stamps on the envelopes and a special note to a service member thanking them for their service for our country.  These cards will be mailed to the Walter Reed Hospital so that service members and/or veterans will have holiday cards that they can send home to their loves ones this holiday season.  This is the second year that the dairy club has participated in this community service project.


Don't Forget! VAF Scholarship Contest Deadline Approaching!

Just as a reminder, the deadline for senior youth to enter the Virginia Association of Fairs' Youth Scholarship Contest is Friday, December 2nd. That is a FIRM deadline and hard-copy packets (no emails, no faxes) must be received in the Bath County Extension office by that date. Participants also need to work with the contest coordinator to secure hotel rooms. You cannot book directly through the conference hotel.

The VAF annual conference will be held January 6-7, 2017, at The Omni Homestead resort. The youth scholarship contest is open to youth ages 14-19 who have participated in or provided service to a VAF-member fair. The five-segment contest will award scholarships totaling $7,000!

Youth must submit an essay on the assigned topic, a professional resume, and a letter of recommendation by December 2. On contest day, youth will complete an interview, give a PowerPoint presentation, complete a prepared speech on a topic of their choosing related to the fair industry, and compete in extemporaneous speaking.

A complete contest packet is available online at We hope to see a number of Orange County youth compete!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Home Ec Club Meeting Reminder


Thursday, November 10 at 6:30

at the

Orange Extension Office

We will be whipping up some special pumpkin recipes!

Be sure to join us and please don't allow a friend to miss out!

Bring a friend with you!

Caprine Kids (formerly Goat Club): CHANGE IN MEETING!!

New Meeting Dates & Venues for the next two months!

Caprine Kids (formerly, Orange 4-H Goat Club) will not have a regular meeting tonight!

Instead, we will meet at Resi Connell's (Club Leader) farm for a pizza meeting and building workshop on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 at 12:30.
Folks will be bringing materials and building a goat milking/handling stand, a hayrack or another project of their choosing.  Members of other clubs with goats and sheep are welcome to join us for the building project!

In December, our regularly scheduled 2nd Tuesday evening meeting will be a joint meeting with the Madison Goat Club at the Madison Extension Office.  We will be learning to make goat milk soap and celebrating the upcoming holiday season!

If you would like to join us for either one of these meetings and need more information, please contact Resi Connell at 540-226-9316 or by email:

Order your new 4-H T-shirt today!

Lots of different colors!
Orders are due by November 30.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Busy Friday, November 18th? Join us to paint a beautiful winter scene and help raise funds for the 4-H Home Ec Club's community service projects. These painting parties have been fun, but also skill-building. You do not need previous experience and our instructor Betsy is great, you'll be very proud of your masterpiece. Call 672-1361. Pre-payment is required. Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Livestock Club Embraces New Meeting Schedule and Hosts Card Making Workshop

The Livestock Club is trying some new meeting formats this year, so for the month of November, the monthly business meeting is being replaced by hands-on workshops. Four are being offered, and the first one was held last night.

New volunteer Lisa DiGiorgio and friend Extension Master Food Volunteer Mutahara Mobashar worked with 15 youth to create handmade greeting cards. Youth were introduced to a die-cutting machine and made various farm animal silhouettes out of card stock. They then arranged the cutouts and made greeting cards or thank you cards for future use.

While not all youth will choose to wait, one possibility exists for these handmade cards to be used to thank buyers and supporters of the 2017 Orange 4-H Auction.

Thank you, Lisa and Mutahara! This was a very popular workshop and registrations had to be closed just one week into the sign-up period.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Home Ec Club Recruiting Members for New Year; Meetings Start November 10

Do you enjoy do-it-yourself projects and showing your creativity? Are cooking, baking, crafting, and upcycling from old to new all interests of yours? 

The 4-H Home Ec Club is reorganizing for the 2017 4-H year, and the first meeting will be Thursday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room behind the Extension office and library. All youth ages 9-18 are welcome! 

Please call 672-1361 with any questions! Hope to see you November 10th! Feel free to share this with any interested friends. 

4-H Achievement Night: New Schedule, New Venue!

Recently we posted a survey asking for your thoughts on 4-H Achievement Night. In response to that, we're planning a new and different celebration Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. at The Pavilion on Lakeland Farm.

Please join us for heavy hors d'ouerves, dessert, awards, and a slide show. 

We need assistance with set-up and clean-up, so please contact the Extension office to volunteer. 

If you have photos from the 2016 4-H year to include in the slideshow, please email those to 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

High School Students, Join Us for a College Tour

In conjunction with the Office on Youth, we are sponsoring a college bus tour for parents and high school students on Friday, November 11. The tour will cover Christopher Newport University and the University of Virginia, but provide valuable experiences and information regarding higher education overall.

The cost is only $10 per person, plus the cost of lunch. Register through the OCHS Guidance Office.

Hope to see you soon!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Club Officer Training



Thursday, December 1
6:30 to 8:30 pm
George James Community Center
Radiant, VA

For all 4-H club officers in Orange and Madison.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

4-H Achievement Night Plans

Please save the date for 4-H Achievement Night: Monday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. Additional details are forthcoming. Thanks to all who completed our survey regarding the event. You asked for different, so we're working on making this a different celebration!

To that extent, please consider nominating yourself or someone else for some special county-level awards. The deadline for these has been extended to Monday, October 24 at Noon.

  1. Partner of 4-H - This is given to a local business or organization that supports 4-H. Let Kaci know who you would like to nominate and why. 
  2. Friend of 4-H - This award is given annually to an individual who makes a big impact on Orange 4-H. Nominate the same as above.
  3. Harry T. Peters, Jr. Award - This is open to senior age 4-H members (14-18) who exhibit Mr. Peters' qualities of hard work, honesty, service to others, and passion for agriculture. Nomination instructions are posted online
  4. 4-H Scholarship - Award of $500 presented to a 2016 high school graduate enrolled in further education. Applications are online
  5. New! Pillars of Character Awards - This is for a 4-H member of any age who exemplifies the positive character traits of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Read more about these awards here, and nominate online by clicking here
Nominations have been extended to Monday, October 24 at Noon. (We mistakenly thought all of this had been published previously. We're sorry!)

Poinsettia Sales to Benefit Orange 4-H

Enjoy your holidays with beautiful poinsettias and support Orange 4-H Youth! 

Let us help you add a festive look to your home, office or church!  Contact a 4-H member or call the Orange Extension Office to place your orders by November 17.

Calling all Club Members:  Want to help your club?  Sell poinsettias to family and friends! Proceeds will benefit your club treasury!

To all Campers and Teen Counselors:  Want to offset your 2017 camp fees?  Sell poinsettias to your friends and family!

Thanks to Battlefield Farms for supporting Orange 4-H!

Extension Office              540-672-1361

For order form, click here:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Livestock Club: November Workshop Sign-up

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Livestock Club members remember to sign-up for one or more of the workshops offered in November! Please sign-up by October 20th.

Card Making Workshop:
Livestock Photography Workshop:
Beef Project Selection/Care Workshop:
Deer Processing Workshop:

From the Orange County 4-H Goat Club:     After considering requests from past and present members, the Orange County 4-H Goat Club members voted unanimously to return to the club’s roots. The club is going back to its original name “The Caprine Kids,” encompassing the small ruminants in the Caprinae subfamily. We are now a sheep and goat club focused on learning about sheep and goat keeping for dairy, fiber, and meat! We are looking forward to seeing some of our woolly friends at the Fair this year. The Caprine Kids meets monthly in the Extension Office meeting room. You can follow us on Facebook:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Exciting Opportunity for 4-H Members to Attend 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Virginia has the opportunity to send six 4-H youth to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration in January. This will be a five-day experience with citizenship workshops, tours of Washington, D.C., the Inaugural Parade, and the Inaugural Address. The event ends with a dinner dance and cruise and time to network with 4-H contacts from across the country.

Applications are due next Friday and a deposit of $250 is due by the end of October. Total cost for the trip is being subsidized by the 4-H Foundation, so applicants should expect to pay about $425 total (including the deposit), plus travel expenses and a couple of meals. Most meals, lodging, and transportation during the program are included.

Exact dates are January 17-21, 2017, so youth will miss three and a half days of school.

For an application, please contact the Extension office. This January inauguration experience will replace the traditional Citizenship Washington Focus offered through 4-H each summer.

Inauguration of President Barack H. Obama, 44th president of the United States, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol - January 20, 2009 - Washington, DC
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Monday, September 26, 2016

4H Teen International Exchanges

I am pleased to announce that there are four country options from which Virginia 4-H teens may choose for an international outbound experience in 2017.  These include Costa Rica, Finland, South Korea, and Japan.  Japan has two options:  a one-month stay with one host family and Labo Camp, or a two-month experience which starts with a host family stay in the Tokyo area while attending classes at the Labo main office for part of each day to learn the Japanese language, culture, and customs followed by a second host family stay in another area of Japan and Labo camp.

Flyers are attached describing each of these opportunities.  For further information and application forms, please contact Judy Ann Fray for the Japanese Exchanges and Dottie Nelson for the other countries.  Their contact information i! s below.  Application forms should be turned in to the state coordinator below on or before November 16, 2016.  Please share this information with teens and parents who you believe may be interested.  Chaperones are also needed for these trips.  Anyone interested in applying as a chaperone may also contact Dottie Nelson for info and application forms.

Judy Ann Fray
P.O. Box 263
Madison, VA  22727
Phone:  540-948-4220

All Countries Except Japan
Dottie Nelson
P.O. Box 144
Bland, VA  24315
Cell Phone:  276-617-1065
Work Phone:  304-431-5317

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Members/Clubs Have Opportunity to Create Ornaments for State 4-H Christmas Tree

The state 4-H office will once again be decorating a Christmas tree for the elaborate holiday displays at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The theme of the 4-H tree this year will be "Tell Your 4-H Story", and Virginia 4-H members and clubs are invited to create ornaments to be used on the tree.

Entries are due to the Extension office by November 10, and Kaci will deliver them to Blacksburg during 4-H Symposium. Keep in mind that the ornaments should be lightweight enough to hang on a tree and preferably shatterproof. Artists may or may not receive their entries back, so keep that in mind as you develop ornaments.

We're looking forward to some great entries from Orange County!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Guest Blog Post by Eryn Connell: 4-H All Star Workshop Sumary

by Eryn Connell, Goat Club and Natural Horse Addicts Club member

Last Thursday, Kaci held a workshop for anyone who was thinking about applying to become an [4-H] All Star. Six seniors, including me, attended. When I heard about this workshop, I didn't think I'd get much from it. I was wrong. Apparently, the form is a bit more complicated than it seems. Kaci went over the basics and gave us relatable examples. She covered what to put where and how to word it so that they have enough information. She also told us how, as it goes through the County, District, and State Committees they can move things around to where they think it should be, or even delete them.

Kaci also explained how the point system works and what our District is. I have to say it was truly helpful in understanding the entire nomination process. I believe anyone who is thinking about trying to become an All Star Nominee, no matter if you're eligible yet, should come to the next workshop. It was very enlightening and I feel that if you are interested in attending this in the future to start thinking about all that you've done in 4-H from the time that you started. I would also love to thank Kaci & the Extension Office for holding the All Star Workshop.

Editor's Note: Thank you, Eryn, for this write up! Any and all 4-H members and volunteers are welcome to create blog posts at any time. Use this opportunity to share what's happening in your club or in any part of your 4-H involvement. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

How do You Feel About 4-H Achievement Night?

Before Extension staff go too far in planning for our annual 4-H Achievement Night, we want to make sure the event is still relevant and meeting your needs. Please take a minute (literally, it won't be longer than that!) to share your opinion about recognition of our youth and volunteers.

Here's the link: Thanks in advance!

Goat Club will not Meet Tomorrow Night

In case there are any new members planning to join, please be advised that the Goat Club will not meet tomorrow night. They have an end of year annual picnic instead. Please join them for their regular meeting schedule in October, the second Tuesday of every month.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

4-H All Star Workshop to be Held for Interested Youth and Parents

Being inducted into the Virginia chapter of 4-H All Stars is the highest honor a Virginia 4-H member can achieve. All Stars have a motto of service and represent the best of the best 4-H members. Nominations are accepted each October with tapping to occur the following June for those who are selected.

There is a very specific form for the nomination process, and inductees must achieve a minimum of 80 out of 130 possible points. 4-H youth are recognized for participation in educational events, leadership, community service, competitions, and more. The form can be somewhat confusing, so to that end, there will be a 4-H All Star form workshop Thursday, September 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension office. Participants must pre-register by calling 672-1361. Parents are welcome and encouraged!

Any age member is welcome to attend because the nomination form is based on one's entire 4-H career. It's best to start early!!! Old record books will be very helpful for remembering what you have done in your 4-H career.

This year's nominees must be at least 15 years old and have completed at least three years in 4-H. The Virginia 4-H All Stars website is a great place to start for information and to download the nomination form in Microsoft Excel.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Seniors of 4-H: Blake Hopkins

Blake Hopkins

After being involved in Orange County 4-H for nine years, Blake Hopkins is now attending Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. Here, he received a scholarship for Livestock Judging, and credits his successes to his involvement in 4-H.

"4-H is important to me because I am passionate about livestock and it has gotten me to where I am now," Hopkins said. "I would recommend it to anyone. It is the best organization I have ever been in." Throughout his years in 4-H, he was active in a number of activities including showing cattle and hogs, the Cattle Working Team, as well as, the Livestock Judging Team.

 Livestock judging requires students to observe beef cattle, hogs, and sheep for breeding and market qualities. After observing the various qualities, students rank the different animals, and then have to defend their placings with a set of oral reasons in front of a judge.

Hopkins has been on the Livestock Judging Team ever since he joined Orange 4-H, nine years ago. While Hopkins will be continuing his judging career at Hutchinson College, his fondest 4-H memory comes from when his Livestock Judging Team won the National Livestock Judging Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, last year. "My team got along really well and was really close. [Winning] Louisville really showed that all our hard work had paid off," Hopkins said. Because of livestock judging, he also had the chance to travel to Scotland where he competed on an international level.

Along with learning how to work hard, 4-H also taught Hopkins about public speaking, leadership, speaking to strangers in crowds, and how to make connections with people. When asked to define 4-H, Hopkins stated that 4-H "is a great youth program that will keep you out of trouble, teach you life skills, and teach you to pursue your passions."

Congratulations Blake and good luck judging at Hutchinson! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Seniors of 4-H: Ireland Sweeney

Ireland Sweeney

Ireland Sweeney is a recent graduate from Orange County, Virginia and will be attending Ferrum College this fall, where she knows the skills she has learned in 4-H will help her excel. 

Sweeney has been an active member of 4-H and the Livestock Club, with her most memorable experience being helping out at the Therapeutic Adventure Camp of Orange (TACO). "It was rewarding to work with the kids and see their smiles when they rode the horses, I loved seeing campers so excited to see their favorite horse or camp friend. Each day volunteering at TACO was a new day, but it was always a good day," Sweeney said. 

As an active member of the Livestock Club, Sweeney had the chance to participate in a livestock project.The project challenged her to purchase her own goats, budget out the money needed for their expenses-such as vet bills,feed costs, and fair entry fees, and train the goats. She showed her goats in showmanship and in market classes at this year's fair and regards this experience as her biggest accomplishment through 4-H. "Showmanship is a big deal because it is all about how you work with your animal, all eyes are on you. It's how you walk the animal, how you set the animal, how you react when the animal doesn't want to move, and how you talk to the judge-is how you are judged. I was able to accomplish all of this because 4-H was my foundation," Sweeney said, 

4-H has been more than just a club and the opportunity to show animals for Sweeney, it has helped her become a more responsible individual, she learned time management skills, business skills and feels she has become a more outgoing confident person because of 4-H. When asked to describe 4-H she said "4-H is more than working with your show animal. It's education, mentoring, volunteering, and being one with your community."

Congratulations Ireland and best of luck at Ferrum! 

Cloverbud Camp 2016

Last week we welcomed 15 little Cloverbuds to the Piedmont Research Center for a week of camp. The theme of camp was "Everyday is Earth Day". Even though it rained for the first two days, that did not stop the kids from learning about bugs and trees. Paul Sumpner, a former entomologist for Virginia Tech brought in a number of insects for the kids to observe. After learning about the different kinds of insects from butterflies, to spiders, and even poisonous insects, campers got to hold a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, a water beetle, and a variety of other live insects.

Campers enjoyed painting paper mache globes that showed them the amount of water on earth, and making adventure books where they stamped different wildlife tracks to learn how animals move. Continuing on with the earth day theme, they had the chance to search for different habitats, and even go fishing with nets in the pond. Though they didn't catch any fish, they did catch a small snail. 

They ended the week with songs about hippos, planting grass, and mentioning that they learned that "playing outside with nature can be really fun."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Seniors of 4H: John Goodwin

John Goodwin

After a long journey within 4-H, John Goodwin will begin the next chapter of his life at Virginia Tech. Goodwin grew up in Orange County, where his mother got him involved in 4-H from a young age. He has been an active member of 4-H his entire life, with his favorite activity being showing at the Orange County Fair. 

Along with showing at the county fair, he has showed at the state fair, participated in and been a teen leader for 4-H camp, attended 4-H congress, and was a member of the Dairy Club. 4-H has not just given Goodwin the chance to participate in a breadth of activities, but also gave him the chance to make friends and learn different life skills. "4-H is important to me because I have been doing it for almost all my life and it is how I have made a lot of friends in Orange. 4-H has taught me about public speaking, being outgoing and how to educate the public on agriculture as well as taught me some stuff about agriculture that I didn't know before," Goodwin said. 

When asked to describe 4-H, Goodwin said that it is a "community service organization for youth that teaches about agriculture as well as other life skills." Through 4-H his biggest accomplishment and favorite memory have been becoming a 4-H All-Star, the highest honor a 4-H member can receive. While at Virginia Tech, Goodwin plans to study Agribusiness. 

Congratulations John and good luck at Virginia Tech!