4-H Alerts

Reconnect Alumni to 4-H Community During National 4-H Week
Thu, 09/29/2016

National 4-H Week, October 2-8, 2016, is a rallying point and an opportunity to build on the national Grow True Leaders campaign that debuted this past April. It is also a time to promote 4-H, recruit youth and volunteers, and engage alumni. 

Throughout this past fair season, the National 4-H Grow True Leaders campaign has transitioned into the “Share” call to action:

  • Shout (April - June 2016): Honor youth who are making an impact in their lives and the lives of others through Shout outs on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your web site using hashtag #TrueLeaders. Goal: Raise visibility for 4-H by creating a groundswell of voices celebrating the power of youth. 
  • Share (July – October 2016): Primary online groundswell beginning in fair and camp season. We will ask 4-H alumni to share how the 4-H pledge is relevant in their life today, through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your web site using hashtag #4HGrown. Goal: Re-connect alumni to the 4-H community. 
  • Support (November – December 2016): Support 4-H locally and nationally through the gifting of a $10 digital clover. Goal: raise money for your local 4-H program. 

This year’s National 4-H Week theme is #4HGrown and is focused on inviting 4-H alumni to share how the 4-H pledge is relevant in their lives today. In Nebraska, below are a few ways we can encourage 4-H Alumni to reconnect with our program:

  • Social Media -- 4-H alumni across the nation are encouraged to share their personal 4-H story through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the #4HGrown and #NE4H hashtags. Check out these examples of how others across the country are participating!
  • To kick start this effort, if you are a 4-H alum, share a photo of yourself and other friends from your 4-H era on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Use the #NE4H and #4HGrown hashtags, tag or mention your friends, and share how the 4-H pledge is relevant in your life today.
  • Simply reshare or like the posts on the Nebraska 4-H Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram social media networks.

  • Web Form – 4-H alumni can also share their 4-H story on the web form at Nebraska 4-H and will be connected to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

  • Postcards – 4-H alumni “Share Your Story” postcards were placed in the county packets at the Nebraska State Fair. Use these postcards wherever you may be connecting with 4-H alumni who may or may not be currently connected to the 4-H program (community events, achievement nights, etc.).

Additional resources to assist with your celebrations can be found below:

Author: Tracy Pracheil

4-H September Club of the Month
Wed, 09/28/2016

This month we would like to congratulate the Shooting Stars 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for September 2016. This 4-H Club from McCook, NE, in Red Willow County has truly made a difference in their community. The club is very dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various community service activities.

The Shooting Stars 4-H club consists of girls aged 7-12. This is their third year as a club and they have grown from a mere four members to 15 and hope to expand every year. All of the girls share a desire to learn how to sew. The club started by making simple pot holders, to making a tag blanket for a child development toy. Last January they put their sewing skills to use and made pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles. The mission of the organization is to improve the quality of life for children and families undergoing medical treatment. The idea is that a pillow case with bright colors or a fun pattern will brighten up the child’s room so they can feel better about a long hospital stay. These gifts also remind them that they are not defined by their illness.

The pillowcases created by the club will remain in the state of Nebraska and will be distributed to Boys Town National Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald House. The Shooting Starts 4-H club members were able to expand their sewing skills by sewing 17 pillowcases. In addition to sewing, they learned to apply their skills and have fun while giving back to other kids their age who are sick. Each club member was encouraged to bring two pieces of fabric that they would want for a pillow case to emphasize that the children in the hospital are their age and like the same things as they do. The members learned they can make a difference in the lives of others through their hard work and generosity.

We are taking applications for October's Club of the Month until October 25. Be sure to notify your clubs about the opportunity to apply for next month and be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

Author: Nebraska 4-H Foundation

4-H Foundation Recognition and Award Plaques
Fri, 09/23/2016

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is pleased to offer all counties three award plaques for 4-H recognition and awards in their county.  These plaques are made possible through the financial support of Nebraska Farm Bureau.

There are 3 plaques available- counties may order 1 of each design.  Awards available are as follows:

  • Outstanding Member
  • Heart of 4-H Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumni

Counties are responsible for engraving and shipping costs-which are optional.  To order, please contact Scott Miller at Rixstine Recognition at (402) 476-3810 x212 or scott@rixstine.com.  There are several choices for these orders:

  • Choose to pick up non-engraved awards at the Fall Conference or arrange to have someone from your county pick them up from Rixstine in Lincoln.  These arrangements need to be made prior to October 31st.
  • Choose Rixstine to engrave and ship the awards to you.  Rixstine will invoice you for those costs.
  • Choose to have alternative arrangements for engraving (or none at all).  Rixstine will invoice you for shipping costs.

The 4-H Foundation requests that you forward the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of the winners to the 4-H Foundation (pjeffries1@unl.edu) as soon as they are known -- along with the notification of which plaques have been ordered through Rixstine. 

Author: Peggy Jeffries

2016 Mystery Foods Event
Fri, 09/23/2016

The 2016 Mystery Foods Event, to be held on October 8, 2016, is a competitive food preparation event for youth that highlights Nebraska grown foods. The event will be held at Raising Nebraska on the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Each team of 2-4 members must use only the basket of provided food, plus a “mystery” ingredient revealed just before the event. Each team will make a short presentation to the judges explaining their entrée. Awards will be given for Best Use of Mystery Ingredient, Best Appearance of Dish, and Best Oral Presentation.

Entry fee is $20/team. Each division is limited to ten teams of 2-4 members:

  • Division 1: 10-14 year olds
  • Division 2: 15-18 year olds

Full details and registration info can be found at raisingnebraska.net. Questions? Contact Beth Janning at 308-385-3967 or at raisingnebraska@unl.edu.

Author: Beth Janning

2016 National 4-H Week, Marketing Toolkit Available
Fri, 09/16/2016

National 4‑H Week is October 2-8, 2016, and this year’s theme is “#4HGrown.” National 4‑H Week is a rallying point and opportunity to build on the national marketing campaign, promote the 4‑H brand, recruit youth and volunteers, and engage with alumni.

The new National 4-H Week marketing toolkit, including logos, flyers, and advertisements, is now available to use. Resources in the 4‑H Grow True Leaders campaign marketing toolkit may also be used during this special week. All of these items can be accessed within the 4-H Employees section of the 4h.unl.edu web site at http://4h.unl.edu/employee/communications-marketing.

Author: State 4-H Office

Microsoft Outlook Nebraska 4-H Staff Organizational Calendar
Fri, 09/16/2016

The Nebraska 4-H Staff Organizational Calendar was designed to provide an easy place to find all state level events, deadlines, professional development opportunities, as well as alerts/reminders.

To add the calendar to your Microsoft Outlook, follow the appropriate steps below depending on your operating system.


  • Open Microsoft Outlook and navigate to your Calendar
  • Click on the “Open Calendar” button
  • Select “Open Shared Calendar” and enter “Nebraska 4-‐‐H
  • Select OK


  • Open Microsoft Outlook and navigate to your Calendar
  • Under the “Home” tab, select the “Open Calendar” button
  • In the User box, type “Nebraska 4-‐‐H” and be sure the type setting is set to calendar
  • Select OK

If you have suggestions for additional statewide dates to be added to the calendar, please contact your district coordinator.

Author: State 4-H Office

Animal Science Annual Open House
Fri, 09/16/2016

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is hosting its annual Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 3, 2016, at the Animal Science Complex on UNL East Campus.

Middle and high school students interested in pursing a degree in animal science with a focus on companion animals, horses, or livestock, will have the opportunity to meet with our faculty and get information on majors and classes offered.

“The Open House is a great opportunity to learn how to connect your interest in animals to a college program and eventually your career,” Lisa Karr, Companion Animal Specialist, said.

“Students can learn about different aspects of animal science including nutrition, genetics, and health and get the opportunity to speak with professors and current students and experience hands on activities.”

Students will venture through the animal science building on a scavenger hunt for information. They will also hear about the various animal-related organizations such as Equestrian team, Livestock and Horse Judging teams, Students for the Education of Exotic and Companion Animals, Pre-Vet Club, and Block and Bridle. 

For more information, please contact Lisa Karr at 402-472-6458, (lisa.karr@unl.edu); or Lena Luck at 402-472-9098, (lena.luck@unl.edu).

Author: UNL Animal Science

Click2Science Resources for National Youth Science Day
Fri, 09/16/2016

Click2Science, developed by Nebraska Extension in partnership with the Noyce Foundation, has partnered with National 4-H to offer new resources to deepen the learning experience of the 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge: Drone Discovery. A webinar, A Deeper Look: Drone Discovery, was held on August 24, to provide facilitators and educators with the resources they need to more confidently guide youth in this year’s experiment. This recording can be viewed at https://connect.unl.edu/p7p723tr7h2. Additional resources for trainers, coaches, site directors, and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs that server children and youth can be found at http://click2sciencepd.org.

Author: State 4-H Office, National 4-H Council

2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge: Drone Discovery
Fri, 09/16/2016

The 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge: Drone Discovery, developed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, will explore how remote sensing can be used to solve real world problems while learning concepts like flight dynamics, forces of flight, basic computer coding, as well as following federal regulations while operating drones.

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, youth from 4-H clubs, groups, and school programs across the country will participate in Drone Discovery, the 4-H National Youth Science Day 2016 Engineering Design Challenge.

Learn more about this year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge at http://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day. Materials for the Drone Discovery Challenge, including the youth and facilitator guides, as well as event maps/photos, marketing materials, and training, are available for download on this site.

Author: State 4-H Office, National 4-H Council

Fall 2016 Paper Clover Fundraiser, October 5-16, 2016
Thu, 09/15/2016

Two times a year, National 4-H Council partners with the nation's leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company (TSC), to host a national Paper Clover Promotion! 

The Paper Clover Promotion is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion where customers at your local Tractor Supply can support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 at the checkout. The Fall Paper Clover Promotion will be held from Wednesday, October 5, through Sunday, October 16, 2016. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to participate in store during the event to help increase fundraising dollars and be entered into the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes. During the semi-annual event, we invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at checkout in stores to contribute to scholarships that send kids in your state to 4-H camp and other leadership experiences.

New for this promotion, 90% of the funds raised in our state will be given back to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. This is a 20% increase from what we had previously received. The funds given to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation will be used for scholarships to support 4-H youth from all areas of the state who will be attending camp or other leadership activities.

A promotional toolkit is available at the National 4-H Marketing Online Resource Center at http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/paper-clover-toolkit. Learn more about 4‑H’s partnership with Tractor Supply, including how to win incentives and year-round fundraising opportunities, at www.tractorsupply.com/4-h.

Author: National 4-H Council, Nebraska 4-H Foundation, State 4-H Office