This month we would like to congratulate the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for August 2017. This Club from Chadron, NE, in Dawes County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The Happy Hustlers presented the annual 4th of July flag raising on Flag Butte, remembering milestones in history as the club is celebrating its 60th year right along with Nebraska’s 150th. This was the 55th year that the club has presented a patriot program on the 4th of July.
The club also put together a booth at the Dawes County Fair showcasing its 60 years of members, leaders, projects and activities. The club was started 60 years ago by Ray & Phyllis Grantham and Robert & Nellie Hawthorne. Ray still resides in the Deadhorse community along with three generations of his family who have all been members of the Happy Hustlers.
Happy Hustlers also completed their third event for the “Keep Chadron Beautiful” grant. The first event was this spring during the Earth Day celebration. The club took part in cleaning up trash in a portion of Chadron. The second event included cleaning 10+ miles of rural Deadhorse Road and the third event involved cleaning the Dawes County Fairgrounds on Tuesday night of the county fair.
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information please visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nebraska 4-H is now accepting nominations for the Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer awards. Applications are due by October 13, 2017.
- Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer (10 or more years of service to 4-H)
- Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of service to 4-H)
Adult and youth volunteers may be nominated for state awards and may nominate themselves. To nominate a volunteer a completed nomination form and 3 letters of recommendation should be submitted to Cathy Johnston at 114 Ag Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0700 or emailed to email@example.com.
Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at this year's Nebraska State Fair by downloading the Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair app. Get access to the latest updates, schedules, show programs, results, and more! Even keep up with #NE4H on social media. You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.
Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.
Nebraska 4-H youth, families, and volunteers are invited to participate in a statewide community service effort by creating and donating quilts to the service men and women who are protecting our country and who are "touched by war." The quilts will be collected and given through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
4-H members and volunteers can work alone or in groups to make the quilts. Donations of fabric, batting or machine-quilting may be located in order to complete the project. Service organizations or other donors in the community may help provide funds for the Quilt of Valor. The quilts may then be entered in county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair in the citizenship, quilt quest, or design decisions project areas.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please review the Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Statewide Guidelines.
The Quilts of Valor Presentation will be held at the Nebraska State Fair. For times and locations, please see the 4-H State Fair schedule.
Thank you for your support of the United States military!
Clubs, families, and 4-H'ers are encouraged to submit their 4-H community service projects of any scale to our statewide community service map. Service to the community is an integral part of the 4-H experience. This map is a way of showing the value of 4-H'ers contributions and a chance for youth to gain statewide recognition for their efforts. See the current map or submit your own community service project using the links below.
4-H Grows Here... Empowering youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime.
In Nebraska, 4-H reaches 1-in-3 age-eligible youth and engages youth and families in all 93 counites. As positive development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engage them in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Agricultural Literacy efforts that will enable them to lead these industries in the future. And, we empower their unique leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirits that will ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2016 Impact Report represents youth responses from across the state following their engagement in one or more 4-H program experiences, more than 4,000 responses were collected. 4-H reaches youth in clubs, afterschool, school enrichment, special interest and camp programming.