Virtual Show & Sponsorship

Support our hard working youth with animal projects in the 4-H Virtual Show & Sponsorship Drive being held in lieu of the county fair.

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.