Over the last 10 years, Omaha Fashion Week has grown to the nation's 5th largest fashion event. In addition to supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region, Omaha Fashion Week supports young designers by providing mentoring, educational opportunities, and a professional platform to showcase work. Omaha Fashion Week's Spring 2018 Student Night was held on February 27. Over 600 guests attended the showcase to watch local youth display their art. The runway show was kicked off by a colorful, fashion-forward collection of work by Nebraska 4-H youth. Each garment was modeled by the 4-H member who designed and constructed it. 4-H members were praised for their advanced construction techniques and finishing details.
This month we would like to congratulate the Boots ‘N’ Hooves 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for February 2018. This club from Waverly, Nebraska, in Lancaster County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
Throughout the 4-H calendar year, the club likes to perform a community service project at least once a month. They have done projects that range from bell ringing for the Salvation Army, participating in the March of Dimes, donating to the local animal shelter, and picking up trash in nearby wilderness trails.
Additionally, this year Boots ‘N’ Hooves helped lead the first 4-H horse levels testing prep clinic. This clinic helped other 4-H’ers and parents involved in horse projects– both beginners and experienced–learn what to expect to pass their desired level.
These community service acts all stem from the members’ goals for the club. They pride themselves on presenting good sportsmanship, herdsmanship, and fellowship. They know that there are many people outside of the club that enjoy horses as much as they do. They are also taught that the experiences they make and the people they meet in 4-H will impact their futures.
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 a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources. Users can search by keywords or browse by curriculum area, knowledge level, and geographic level.
Looking for a printable list of Nebraska 4-H projects? Download the 2018 Nebraska 4-H Project Listing.
This month we would like to congratulate the Brush Creek 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for January 2018. This club from Atkinson, in Holt County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The Brush Creek 4-H Club from Atkinson has a total of 60 members. Many are third and fourth generation 4-H members. The club leaders, Linda Olson and Barb Shane, have both been leaders for more than 25 years. They served as club leaders when their own children were in 4-H. They began leading the club again in 2010 so that their grandchildren would be able to belong to the same club that their parents did. Since then, the club has seen great growth.
The club has ten regular meetings and does several service projects throughout the year. Their meetings are very traditional, with youth leaders conducting the meeting, saying the pledges, and doing demonstrations. The club continues to clean up the same three miles of road ditches that they have for the past 20 years in the Adopt-a-Highway program. They spend one day each year at the fairgrounds cleaning and getting a building ready prior to the county fair.
The club also helps with BINGO at Parkside Manor, the local assisted living center, each year. During National 4-H Week Brush Creek members work to encourage youth to join 4-H by hosting 4-H trivia on the radio morning show and giving away prizes. Additionally, they serve lunch at a local horse show once a year as a fund raiser, and with that money they have donated trophies each year to the county fair.
Sadly, this year one of the club families lost their mother due to cancer, and another family lost their father. To show its support, the club purchased these families a tree for a memorial.
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 visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail email@example.com.
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 families in all 93 counties with the support of over 12,000 volunteers. These youth, ages 5-18, participate in 4-H through a variety of delivery modes, including clubs, camps, afterschool programs, school enrichment, and special interest programs.
As positive youth development professionals, we strive to prepare youth for their successful futures through career development and healthy living. We engaged 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 to ensure they make a lasting and positive contribution to their communities.
Data included in the 2017 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.
Nebraska 4-H is proud to recognize the following outstanding volunteers for their commitment to the program.
Dixie Zeigler of Hamilton County is the Nebraska 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Zeigler is a dedicated 4-H mom, club leader, and volunteer. She has served as a Hamilton County club leader for six years and as the home environment co-superintendent at the county fair for two years. Zeigler is committed to keeping the traditional 4-H program strong, while helping youth be engaged in today's society through new and unique activities.
Christina Lyons of Gage County was named the Nebraska 4-H Lifetime Volunteer of the Year. Lyons has volunteers for the Gage County 4-H program for 13 years. In addition to serving as a 4-H club leader, she helps train 4-H volunteers, serves as a superintendent at the county fair, and is a member of the Gage County 4-H Council. Lyons has expanded the use of 4-H curriculum to local public school educational efforts to help the school meet state educational standards. Her compassion shows through her conviction that 4-H can benefit all youth regardless of income level, family structure, race, religion, or political belief.
Both Zeigler and Lyons are now eligible for regional awards in the North Central Region.
This month we would like to congratulate the County Liners 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for October 2017. This Club from Meadow Grove, in Antelope County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.
The County Liners 4’H Club currently has over 30 members age 5-18 years old and have helped Antelope County 4-H grow considerably in the last four years. There was only one member left in this club in 2013. When a group of kids decided they wanted to become more involved in 4-H, a vote was taken to continue the tradition of County Liner excellence in Antelope County as opposed to starting a new Club.
The County Liners host meetings multiple times a year and vote on officers annually promoting the involvement of multiple club members. Since 2013, the County Liners have adopted 2 miles of highway 275, hold meetings approximately 8 times per year, hosted multiple project dates (quilting, welding, shooting sports, cookie baking, photography, and poultry information), held the Herdsmanship award for large or small breeds during the Antelope County Fair each year and donated to a boy and girl on the Angel Tree at Christmas. The club also started an annual horse show at the Antelope County fairgrounds in 2016, assisted with community fund-raising for families in need, donated award/trophy money to the County Fair board, produced multiple members and actively participate in the Antelope County Fair Committee and participated in Horse Bowl.
Additionally, one County Liners member received the Outstanding Boy of the Year for his hard work. The club was awarded Club of the Year for Antelope County in 2015. This Club continues to look for ways to be involved in the community and promote 4-H. The members have enjoyed learning about 4-H, their motto, beliefs and the promotion of youth. They look forward to continuing to be active in Antelope County.
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 visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you attend the Husker football game against Ohio State on October 14th? If so, you probably saw Nebraska 4-H featured on Husker Vision during half time. As the band exited the field, the NU for NE: Shaping Future Nebraska Leaders video was shown to thousands of Husker fans. The one-minute video shows how Nebraska 4-H is shaping future Nebraska leaders.
Enrollment is now open for the 2018 program year! Enrollment is not required for many 4-H programs and events. However, club and independent members are required to officially enroll through 4-H Online each year to maintain membership. By enrolling youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, and additional statewide programs. Club and project leaders must also enroll through 4-H Online each year. There is no state-level fee for officially enrolling. However, some counties or clubs may implement their own annual fees. Additionally, each county implements their own enrollment deadlines. Please contact your local 4-H office for more information.
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”.