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This month we would like to congratulate the Middle Loup 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for July 2017. This Club from Sargent, NE, in Custer County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The Middle Loup 4-H Club is very active in almost every area of 4-H. Its current membership is one-third of the local school system. At many meetings, the club tries to visit a business in the area. Members have visited a cattle feedlot, a club member’s swine operation, the school greenhouse, and a dairy farm.
The Middle Loup 4-H Club sold the most premium book ads in Custer County this year with a total of 71 ads with 17 of them being new ads. To thank their sponsors, the club has always given them a plate of cookies. This year, in order to raise money for the Custer County Fairgrounds, the club voted to have a pancake feed with an auction to follow. Premium book sponsors were each given tickets to get in free. The rest of the community was invited and were asked to give a free will donation to eat. The auction items were provided by generous donors from businesses in Custer County. The event was a huge success, and the club raised over $4,500 for the fairgrounds.
Another project that was started to help with the fairgrounds is aluminum can recycling. Donated cans can be left in a horse trailer parked in town. 4-H families take turns hauling the cans to be traded in for money. Around $200 dollars was collected to add to the fairground donation and this will be an ongoing fundraising opportunity.
The club gives back to the community in several ways. In the spring, businesses have the opportunity to purchase planters made especially for them by club members. Members learn about picking out plants, plant care, and plant arrangement. At the Chokecherry Fair in the summer, the club has a food booth allowing them to encourage people to come to the park to eat and visit with others. The club is also able to raise the money needed to keep club activities going. One of the most educational items the club was able to buy is an archery target with a resealable screen and a software program that gives members a chance to shoot at wildlife and different sizes of targets. The funds they have raised have also made it possible for us to give a donation for shrubs to be put around a Veteran’s Memorial project being completed in downtown Sargent.
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.
It's county fair season in Nebraska! County fairs are events held throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to develop their 4-H skills. At county fairs, 4-H members are able to exhibit the knowledge and ability that they have developed in their 4-H project areas, whether it is showing a bucket calf or displaying their photography. Members can showcase their work and accomplishments from 4-H through county fair shows.
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.