October 12, 2011

4-H News and Notes Newsletter for October, November and December

Call it lazy or perhaps efficient, I have decided that the Oct, Nov, Dec newsletter will be an “e” letter. I will email it to all the leaders and post it on my 4-H blog and hopefully put it on the Bonner County 4-H web site, if the internet Gods are pleased. With the cost of mailings these days and the seemingly unreliable mail carriers (we really did send yours out!) it just makes sense (and cents) to use our technology available. If leaders could print off the e-letter and give to families in their group, or let them know it is available on line, I would appreciate it. In the future, it may help us in the office to get the word out better if we had each 4-H family’s email, but that is a discussion for another day. Enjoy your e-news! Nancy

In this E-Letter
Calendar - October, November, December
Leader Council Meeting and Training
2012 New Leaders Training
Do You or Someone You Know Want to Form a Club?
2012 KYG Project
Message From Patti’s Desk
2011 Family Fun Night
Meetings in October
Many Thanks to the Sandpoint Elks
Does Nancy Have Your Current E-Mail?
The Future of Extension In Bonner County

12 Dog Leaders Meeting, 5:30 pm, Extension Office
12 Market Animal Livestock Committee, 7 pm. Extension Office
17 Leaders Council Fall meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
17 Leaders Training, 7 pm Extension Office
24 Horse Leaders Council meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office
8 Election Day
11 Veterans Day, Extension Office Closed
19 Family Fun Night, Fairgrounds, 6-8 pm
Nancy will be off for most of December to use up some of her comp and vacation time before they take it away.
26-January 2 Extension Office Closed for Christmas Holiday

Leaders Council Fall Meeting and Training
The annual fall meeting of the Bonner County Leaders Council will be held on Monday, October 17 at 6 pm in the Extension Office. All certified leaders are members of this council and should plan on attending to be part of the any decisions needed to be made regarding the 4-H program. We will be cover 2011 fair review, 2011-2012 budget, 2011 food booth report, family fun night, and go over any pending scholarships.
Following the LC meeting, there will be a Leaders training workshop. We will be going over any new materials available, new information important to leaders and the new money handling requirements. This training will count toward your two hours of required update training.

2012 New Leaders Training
Nancy has scheduled one New Leader Training class for the 2012 4-H year. It will be on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 9-12 noon at the Extension Office. Please let your new leaders know about this date and have them save it. If a leader needs to get going sooner or cannot make this date other opportunities for New Leader training is the on line course located at http://www.4h.uidaho.edu, go to volunteers, and e-learning for volunteers.
Please let your new leaders know they must fill out a new leader application, which includes the background check information and schedule an interview with Nancy at the Extension Office prior to training. New Leader applications will be in the clubs enrollment packet.

Do you or someone you know what to form a club?
If you would like to form a new club for various reasons, please let Nancy know at the Extension Office. It is relatively easy to start a club and I have numerous materials to help you out. You need to have at least 5 members in your club, a name, a willingness to work with kids, and help them achieve their goals.

2012 KYG Project
If you are an 8th or 9th grader and interested in our local and state government, you need to find out more about the Know Your Government project.
This is a county wide project and open to all 8th and 9th grader members. In February, members have the opportunity to travel to Boise to the statewide KYG conference. Call Nancy at the Extension Office if you are interested in learning more about this project.

Message from Patti’s Desk: Club Achievement Packets and Enrollment Packets
The club achievement packets should be ready to pick up by October 15th or you can pick up your clubs packet at the leader training on October 18th. If your club needs them sooner, please let Patti know. Also, any leftover project books or exhibits from fair will be given to clubs to distribute.
If you won an award at fair, don’t forget to send your Thank you. We really appreciate our sponsors.
Remember: Your club must turn in a financial report before they can receive their enrollment packets. Nancy will have packets and financial report forms at all the leader meetings.

2011 Family Fun Night
The 2011 fall Family Fun Night will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 6-8 pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Clubs should plan on promoting their group to potential members. Table will be available for clubs to use. This event is open to anyone that would like to learn more about 4-H and celebrate the end of the 4-H year. As is the past, we will have door prizes, cake walk, games and food. We will also be given our Leader of the Year award which was selected by members and parents during the Fair.
Donations are needed for door prizes, and the cake walk. Door prizes can be any unused item you may have around your house or donations you have gotten from community businesses. Cake walk items can be homemade or store bought, cookies, cakes, sweets of any sort.
This event is hosted by the Bonner County Leaders Council and the Bonner County Fairboard.

Meetings in October
Dog Leaders Meeting
The BC Dog Leaders will hold a fall meeting on Wednesday, October 12 at 5:30 in the Extension Office meeting room. All dog leaders and interested future dog leaders should attend. We will be discussing policy changes and ideas for the summer dog education programs.

Horse Leaders Meeting
The BC Horse Leader Council will meet on Monday, October 24, at 6 pm at the Extension Office meeting room.

Market Animal Livestock Committee Meeting
The BC MALC will meet on Wednesday, October 12 at 7 pm. We will be going over fair issues, 2012 budget, livestock judges for 2012, and more.

Many Thanks to the Sandpoint Elks, Mountain West Bank, and the Bonner County Farm Bureau.
Special cash awards of $5, $10 and $20 were given to numerous record books that met a standard of excellence. This award is generously sponsored by the Sandpoint Elks, Mountain West Bank and Bonner County Farm Bureau in order to recognize members who put an extra effort into their record books. Members receiving awards from the Elks are encouraged to send a thank you to the Sandpoint Elks, PO Box 1000, Ponderay, ID 83852. We appreciate the support they give the 4-H program.

Does Nancy have your current email address?
Stay informed and make sure you give your current email address to Nancy or Patti at the Extension Office. You can email either of us, niwright@uidaho.edu, or Speelmon@uidaho.edu with your email or questions. 4-H families are encouraged to send their email to be on the information list.

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