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Merced County 4-H helping Ferguson Fire relief efforts

Merced County4-H is asking our 4-H families to help donate needed items for the Ferguson Fire. As part of an Emerald Star Project and in coordination with Mariposa County 4-H, we will be collecting items to deliver daily to the fire fighters battling the Ferguson Fire. We are seeking donations of Gatorade, lip balm, baby wipes, eye drops and fruit.

Donations may be dropped off 8 am to 5pm Monday through Friday at the UCCE Merced County 4-H office. Our office will coordinate with our Emerald Star member to deliver the items to Mariposa.

Let's show our fire fighters how much we appreciate them. Thank you for your help!

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 2:10 PM

January 12, 2018 Updates

Countywide projects

We have several county wide projects this year. One is called Valley Roots. We are partnering with a group from UC Merced who have written a play about farm families in the valley. They are looking for 4-H members to Act in the play. Rehearsals will be in November here at the 4-H office and the play will be in December at UC Merced. If you are interested please sign up for this project.

Golf Jose Campos will be offering golf again this year for youth who would like to learn how to play. This Project will begin in March.

Western Heritage Shooting Sports this is open to youth who have completed one year or more of shooting sports in Rifle, Shotgun or Pistol. Youth will learn to shoot western guns and about the western history of California.

Communications Day

Communications Day will be held Saturday March 3, 2018 at OLF School in Los Banos at 1625 Center Ave. Check in will be from 8-8:45. To register go to http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=22692 The categories are:

 1.  Demonstrations – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters or slides. Posters should address Introduction, Materials, Process and Summary. Other visual aides are encouraged. Speakers are strongly encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or spark. Team demonstrations are limited to three team members. Age divisions are determined by oldest age of the three members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Presentation can range in length from three minutes for to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks. A minimum of three posters or slides should be used.  Other visual aids are encouraged. Product labels should be limited to generic names and product names should be covered.  The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary.  A team of three members may present an illustrated talk. A presentation can range in length from three minutes to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

3. Informative Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. The speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic.  The speech has a clear and understandable theme or thesis.  There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.   Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

4. Persuasive Prepared Speech - The purpose of a persuasive speech is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue.  The speaker may use posters or visual aids to enhance the presentation, they are not required.  A speech can range from 8-15 minutes based on age or experience. Limited to individuals not teams.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

5. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. The reading portion of the presentation should be no linger than five minutes.  The introduction should be 1-2 minutes and conclusion 1-2 minutes.  This format is limited to individual participants.

 6. Impromptu– Impromptu speaking involves speeches that the speaker has developed at the Presentation Day within a 3 minute preparation.  One at a time, the speakers will randomly draw a piece of paper with a topic on it. The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event.  From the time the speaker is given the topic they will have three minutes to prepare a speech.  This category is limited to intermediate and senior members.  The maximum speaking time is 5 minutes. This format is limited to individual participants.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

2018 Impromptu Topics

SENIORS 14-19 YEAR OLDS

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Electronic textiles (e-textiles)   E-textiles represent a field of engineering that combines electronics and computing with textiles and design.  One way E-textiles have been utilized by people is by creating wearable technology such as watches, eyeglasses, or clothing like a shirt or jacket that contains electronics and a computing device.  Impromptu questions in this category will focus on how can E-textiles help various industries such as agriculture and fashion to improve lives.
 
Healthy Living: Meaningfulness 4-H provides youth with opportunities to build positive relationships and contribute to their communities. Adding meaningfulness to what we do builds happiness, purpose, and a healthy well-being. This year's focus area is meaningfulness. Potential topics may include benefits of contribution, connection to others, relationships, positive communication, and active listening.  
 
Citizenship: Personal Development Developing a strong sense of personal identity, responsibility, caring, compassion and acceptance are essential first steps towards being engaged in your community. Impromptu questions in this category will focus on mutual respect and understanding, character development, critical thinking and problem solving and how youth with these skills are better equipped to take on the challenges of solving community issues and be civically engaged.  
 
Positive Youth Development: Mindset People with a growth mindset see skills and abilities as things that can be improved through practice, effort, and persistence. Impromptu questions in this category will focus on the differences between a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.  

Intermediate Topics

11-13 YEAR OLDS

Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Engineering

Impromptu questions will focus on: what it takes to be an engineer, the impacts that engineering has made in your life, and the different fields of engineering.

Healthy Living: Mindfulness

Impromptu questions will focus on: Handling stress, time management, dealing with emotions, and mindful eating.

Citizenship: Civic Engagement

Impromptu questions will focus on: service learning, community service and community youth development.

Positive Youth Development: Sparks

Impromptu questions will focus on: Why sparks are important to a healthy lifestyle, and strategies for identifying and nurturing your spark.

7. Science Presentation- A science presentation emphasizes the core process of inquiry to describe, explain, and predict through observation, experimentation, modeling, an other scientific techniques.  Science methods may rely on quantitative data(numbers), qualitative data (descriptions), or both.  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

8.  Engineering Presentation - An engineering presentation uses the process of design to plan, build, and test a process, system, or device.  Engineers must weigh design choices based on merits, constraints, and aesthetics to meet design specifications.  .  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

 9. Share the Fun – Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community pride, citizenship, science, engineering, or technology, or other 4-H projects.  The presentation must include a topic surrounding 4-H.  A participant should introduce the activity and it's purpose.  Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment. Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not exceed 15 minutes. 

 10. Cultural Arts – Individual participants, groups, projects and clubs perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical dance, or other such performing art.  A participant should introduce the activity and its purpose. Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment.  Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not exceed 15 minutes.  

11. Educational Display Talk – An educational display talk is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept.  A display should be designed to convey it's message in a limited amount of time.  The speaker should support the visual presentation.  Once the speaker completes the oral presentation they will have a dialog with the judges about the display.  Educational Displays must exhibit one the following formats, Card Table Display (approximately 30"X30")- tri-fold poster board that includes a title, members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept, Panel Display (approximately 4'X4')- is presented vertically on an easel, it includes a title, the members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept. Display items that are added to table should be kept to a minimum and only include if they are practical to place on the display surface.  Items must be clearly labeled.  The speakers presentation should be 3-5 minutes followed by questions and dialogue with the judge.  Teams of two are allowed.  Note cards may not be used.

12. Photos · A picture is worth a thousand words and it's also a great form of communication! In honor of this form of communication we would like to invite photography members to bring up to two photographs to Communications Day where their entries will be judged. Photos must be taken within the current 4-H year.  Photos must be mounted on a photo mat board or foam board.  They must be at least 8X10.

 ALL PRESENTATIONS

Organization: All oral presentations should be composed of an introduction, body and conclusion. The inclusion of researched information adds weight to a presentation. Originality is encouraged, especially with the title and introduction.

Delivery: Important components of successful speaking are eye contact, sincere manner, correct pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, humor, natural posture and gestures. Audience seated in all parts of the room should be able to see and hear the presenter. The presentation should flow naturally, without gaps. A confident well-prepared presenter will keep the audience's attention.

Length of presentations: Appropriate to the member's age and experience and as necessary to cover the subject. See descriptions of each presentation for time limits.

Teams: Teams of three members may present a demonstration or illustrated talk. All members should have equal opportunity for speaking and “showing.” Speeches and Interpretative Readings are by individuals only. Educational Display Talks can be a team of two.  Share the Fun is a group presentation. Cultural Arts may be presented by individuals or groups.

Number of entries: A member may enter two presentations in different categories plus be part of a group performance at county level. At the sectional level they are limited to just two and at the state event limited to one presentation per member.

Questions: Judges' questions are appropriate in all categories except Share the Fun and Cultural Arts.

Advancement to next level: A county Gold award (medal or seal) qualifies to advance to Sectional level. A sectional Gold Medal qualifies to advance to state level.

Special needs: If a presenter has special needs this should be stated on the entry form. This may be a need for special consideration due to a disability, or a special need for equipment, or even a need to be scheduled first or last in a room.

 

State Fashion Review Challenges

See It, Sew It Challenge Have you found an outfit online or in a magazine that you would love to copy for yourself? This category is perfect for you! Start with a picture of a new garment or outfit from a current magazine, catalog, store display, or website. List the retail price if you were to purchase the garment or outfit. Then get creative and copy it. Include the cost of your sewn garment/outfit. Use of a commercial or hand-drawn pattern is your choice (the original picture cannot be from the pattern envelope.) The garment must be made in the Clothing and Textiles project. The focus of this category is copying a new garment and making it fit you. The entry should only be modified for fit, type of fabric, or color/print of fabric, keeping it as close to the original as possible. Copying a vintage Lucille Ball dress, for example, would be in the Retro Challenge. 

Retro/Vintage Inspired Challenge

Create an outfit that is inspired by a vintage design using new fabric and notions. Vintage is 20-100 years old, so use an inspiration that is from 1900-2000. The entry must state the year or period of the design and include a drawing, photo, or description of the design that inspires your outfit. At least one garment must be handmade by the member. Other garments and accessories can be handmade or purchased but must be representational of the same era. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. 

Ideas for sources of inspiration include but aren't limited to: a sewing pattern that belonged to your parent, an outfit worn by your parent or grandparent in their youth, an iconic outfit worn by someone famous like Lucille Ball, Nancy Reagan, John Wayne, or James Dean, or use one of the new sewing patterns labeled Retro.

Ideas by eras:

  • 20s Gangster style, flannel fabric, flapper dress (calf length straight shift), short, sleek hair, Mary Jane ankle strap shoe,
  • 30s double breasted suits, full trousers, halter tops, shoulder pads, nylon hosiery, cowl neckline, more fitted dress defining the waist,
  • 40s single breasted jackets, cuff and pleat free pants – limited use of wool during WWII, Dior designed fitted jacket and full skirt,
  • 50s trim tailoring, leisure time madras prints, Hawaiian shirts, pink shirts, poodle skirts, petticoats, peter pan collared blouses, pencil slim skirts, Chanel's collarless, boxy jacket and slim skirt, A line dress, pony tail hair style, seamless stockings
  • 60s hippie look and preppy styles, tight jeans, peasant look, bell bottoms, paisley shirts, mini- skirts, tie-dye, go-go boots, ¾ length sleeves, Nehru jackets, tent dress, Empire line dress, bouffant beehives,
  • 70s hot pants, nylon, acrylic and polyester fabrics, floppy collars, platform shoes, jogging suits, leisure suits, disco/glam rock, mini/maxi length, empire style dress, ethnic peasant style, , friendship bracelets,  pant suits, tank tops, clogs, satin jackets and open shirts,
  • 80s big shoulder pads, bold colors, graphic patterns, leather and studded designer jeans, leg warmers, parachute pants, polo shirts, power suits with wide shoulders, tailored wool suit, big hair, tights and panty hose,
  • 90s grunge, loose, baggy silhouette, prints, rips and washed out shades of beige, goth and cyber punk, long straight hair parted down the middle, power bead bracelets

JOANN Fabrics 4-H Partnership

Save 15% at JOANN and support 4-H at the same time!

JOANN is supporting 4-H with a rewards "card" that gives holders 15% off their total in-store and online purchases!

A minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction is donated to 4-H.

Two ways to sign up:

  1. Sign up online at http://www.joann.com/4-H/
  1. Download the free JOANN app on your mobile device. Go to "More" and select "Loyalty Programs".

JOANN Paper Clover Campaign

The whole month of February, $1 and $4 clovers are being sold at the register in JOANN stores nationwide.

  • The $4 clovers include a coupon for $4 off their next purchase.
  • Clovers will not be displayed in-store but include a craft idea for customers to take home.
  • California will receive 70% of the funds raised! The California 4-H Foundation will distribute the funds to local counties. More information coming soon on how the funds will be distributed.

JOANN / 4-H In-store Service Project

Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11am - 2pm

Local 4-H programs will partner with their JOANN's store to hand-make Valentine's Day cards. Supplies and space will be provided by each JOANN store.

Role of 4-H clubs and members:

  1. Choose a recipient organization to receive the cards (e.g., nursing home, children's hospital, veterans home, etc.)
  2. Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors to join in on February 3rd to make cards for the recipient organization.
  3. Participate in the card making on February 3rd in the store.
  4. Deliver the finished cards to the recipient organization.
  5. Share photos of the event and delivery on social media, and tag California 4-H!

Save the date and start planning your project to spread caring with those in need!

California 4-H Equine Field Day

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, February 10, 2018 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM Modesto Junior College ACE Pavilion, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto

Who should attend 4-H Horse Leaders, Volunteers, Members, Parents, and all Horse Enthusiasts

About this event – Details are being finalized • Sessions will include: gymkhana, showmanship, lameness, mini horses, driving, horsemanship, and educational contests. • Tour the equine facilities at Modesto Junior College. • You do not have to be in 4-H or own a horse to attend! • This educational event is a fundraiser for the Statewide 4-H Equine Programs.

Registration and details will be available soon at 4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/4H_Equine_Field_Day

For more information Please contact DeAnn Tenhunfeld at dtenhunfeld@ucanr.edu or 530-750-1340.      

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 4:38 PM

January 2017

MERCED COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS DAY

 MARCH 4, 2017

BALLICO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

BALLICO CA

What is Communications?  That's how we share information, ideas, and thoughts.  It can be verbal, written, or drawn.  In 4-H we want our members to learn and practice good communication skills.  Giving project reports at club meetings, being an officer, keeping a record book, giving a demonstration, presenting a talk, and much more can be ways that you can build your communication skills.

A good way to share what you have learned is to participate in the county 4-H Communications Day.  This is a countywide event where 4-H members can give presentations, make display posters, or be part of a skit.
The 2017 4-H Communications Day will be March 4, 2017.  Registration is from 8:00 to 8:45, Presentations start at 9:00. If you have questions please contact the 4-H Office at 385-7418.

you can register online here; http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19555

How can you help?

The Merced County 4-H Communications Day will be a fun and exciting day. All 4-H members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in some way. If you want to be a Room Host or a Judge, please contact the 4-H office to sign up.  A room host is an older member who helps in the presentation rooms with introducing the presentations and also assuring that the right speakers and judges are in their assigned classroom. For further information, please contact the 4-H office at 385-7418.  

More for Communications Day

Merced County 4-H Communication Day

Sample SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(Time Approximate)

8:00 A.M.– 8:30 A.M. Judges' Orientation  

8:00 A.M. –8;30 A.M. Room Hosts' Orientation  

8:00 A.M. – 8:45 A.M. Registration/Check In Cafeteria

8:45 A.M.    Open Ceremonies - Cafeteria Stage

9:00 A.M.     Presentations to begin in rooms 

TBA    Group Share the Fun on stage in the cafeteriaAs judging is completed Critiques of presentations in each room

Awards Assembly Cafeteria following performances and critiques
Mini-members are those who are 7 and 8 years old and will only be given seals of participation on their certificates.

 

 Categories

1. 

Demonstration

2. 

Illustrated Talk

3. 

Informative Prepared Speech

 

Prepared Persuasive Speech     

 

Interpretive Reading

 

Impromptu

 

Science Presentation

 

Engineering Presentations

 

Share the Fun

 

Cultural Arts

 

Educational Display Talk

 

Photos

  
Down load the Presentation Day Manual so you can see what the judges are looking for in the presentations. *file229306*

 1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters or slides. Posters should address Introduction, Materials, Process and Summary. Other visual aides are encouraged. Speakers are strongly encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or spark. Team demonstrations are limited to three team members. Age divisions are determined by oldest age of the three members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Presentation can range in length from three minutes for to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks. A minimum of three posters or slides should be used.  Other visual aids are encouraged. Product labels should be limited to generic names and product names should be covered.  The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary.  A team of three members may present an illustrated talk. A presentation can range in length from three minutes to 15 minutes based on complexity of the topic and age of the participants. Speakers may not use note cards.

3. Informative Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. The speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic.  The speech has a clear and understandable theme or thesis.  There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.   Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

4. Persuasive Prepared Speech - The purpose of a persuasive speech is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue.  The speaker may use posters or visual aids to enhance the presentation, they are not required.  A speech can range from 8-15 minutes based on age or experience. Limited to individuals not teams.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

5. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. The reading portion of the presentation should be no linger than five minutes.  The introduction should be 1-2 minutes and conclusion 1-2 minutes.  This format is limited to individual participants.

 6. Impromptu– Impromptu speaking involves speeches that the speaker has developed at the Presentation Day within a 3 minute preparation.  One at a time, the speakers will randomly draw a piece of paper with a topic on it. The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event.  From the time the speaker is given the topic they will have three minutes to prepare a speech.  This category is limited to intermediate and senior members.  The maximum speaking time is 5 minutes. This format is limited to individual participants.  Notes on a 5"X7" card (single side) may be used by the speaker.

2017 Impromptu Topics
Senior Topics: Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):Robotics

Impromptu question will focus on: What Defines a robot, ways that robots impact our lives and ways that robots can improve our society.

Healthy Living: Mindfulness

Impromptu questions will focus on: Time management, stress management, emotional regulation, and mindful eating practices.

Citizenship: Civic Engagement

Impromptu questions will focus on: Youth voice, advocacy, activism and informed decision making, and ways that young people can be engaged and make a real difference in their communities.

Positive Youth Development: Mindset

Impromptu questions will focus on: the differences between a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.

Intermediate Topics

Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Engineering

Impromptu questions will focus on: what it takes to be an engineer, the impacts that engineering has made in your life, and the different fields of engineering.

Healthy Living: Mindfulness

Impromptu questions will focus on: Handling stress, time management, dealing with emotions, and mindful eating.

Citizenship: Civic Engagement

Impromptu questions will focus on: service learning, community service and community youth development.

Positive Youth Development: Sparks

Impromptu questions will focus on: Why sparks are important to a healthy lifestyle, and strategies for identifying and nurturing your spark.

 

7. Science Presentation- A science presentation emphasizes the core process of inquiry to describe, explain, and predict through observation, experimentation, modeling, an other scientific techniques.  Science methods may rely on quantitative data(numbers), qualitative data (descriptions), or both.  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

8.  Engineering Presentation - An engineering presentation uses the process of design to plan, build, and test a process, system, or device.  Engineers must weigh design choices based on merits, constraints, and aesthetics to meet design specifications.  A minimum of five slides or posters should be included in your presentation. The presentation should address the following points, Introduction, background, methods, results, discussion.  The speaker may use visual aids to enhance the presentation but are not required.  The presentation can range in length from 3-15 minutes depending on the complexity or the topic and age of the participant.  A team of up to 3 presenters is allowed.  Speakers may not use note cards.  Speakers are encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project or 4-H activities or sparks.

 9. Share the Fun – Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community pride, citizenship, science, engineering, or technology, or other 4-H projects.  The presentation must include a topic surrounding 4-H.  A participant should introduce the activity and it's purpose.  Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment. Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not exceed 15 minutes. 

 10. Cultural Arts – Individual participants, groups, projects and clubs perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical dance, or other such performing art.  A participant should introduce the activity and its purpose. Participants must provide and set up any needed audio-visual equipment.  Costumes, props, decorations and other visual aids are encouraged.  Presentations are not to exceed 15 minutes.  

11. Educational Display Talk – An educational display talk is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept.  A display should be designed to convey it's message in a limited amount of time.  The speaker should support the visual presentation.  Once the speaker completes the oral presentation they will have a dialog with the judges about the display.  Educational Displays must exhibit one the following formats, Card Table Display (approximately 30"X30")- tri-fold poster board that includes a title, members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept, Panel Display (approximately 4'X4')- is presented vertically on an easel, it includes a title, the members name and 4-H affiliation, and depiction of the program or concept. Display items that are added to table should be kept to a minimum and only include if they are practical to place on the display surface.  Items must be clearly labeled.  The speaker's presentation should be 3-5 minutes followed by questions and dialogue with the judge.  Teams of two are allowed.  Note cards may not be used.

12. Photos · A picture is worth a thousand words and it's also a great form of communication! In honor of this form of communication we would like to invite photography members to bring up to two photographs to Communications Day where their entries will be judged. Photos must be taken within the current 4-H year.  Photos must be mounted on a photo mat board or foam board.  They must be at least 8X10.

 ALL PRESENTATIONS

Organization: All oral presentations should be composed of an introduction, body and conclusion. The inclusion of researched information adds weight to a presentation. Originality is encouraged, especially with the title and introduction.

Delivery: Important components of successful speaking are eye contact, sincere manner, correct pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, humor, natural posture and gestures. Audience seated in all parts of the room should be able to see and hear the presenter. The presentation should flow naturally, without gaps. A confident well-prepared presenter will keep the audience's attention.

Length of presentations: Appropriate to the member's age and experience and as necessary to cover the subject. See descriptions of each presentation for time limits.

Teams: Teams of three members may present a demonstration or illustrated talk. All members should have equal opportunity for speaking and “showing.” Speeches and Interpretative Readings are by individuals only. Educational Display Talks can be a team of two.  Share the Fun is a group presentation. Cultural Arts may be presented by individuals or groups.

Number of entries: A member may enter two presentations in different categories plus be part of a group performance at county level. At the sectional level they are limited to just two and at the state event limited to one presentation per member.

Questions: Judges' questions are appropriate in all categories except Share the Fun and Cultural Arts.

Advancement to next level: A county Gold award (medal or seal) qualifies to advance to Sectional level. A sectional Gold Medal qualifies to advance to state level.

Special needs: If a presenter has special needs this should be stated on the entry form. This may be a need for special consideration due to a disability, or a special need for equipment, or even a need to be scheduled first or last in a room.

 

Valley Roots

Valley Roots is a theater project funded by the University of California, Merced's Center for the Humanities. This public arts project will make plays with and about local farmers and farm workers. The goal of Valley Roots is to celebrate stories of Merced's farming community and create a space for voices and stories that are not always heard.

We invite women in agriculture in the Merced area to come share their joys and challenges about their work in farming. These story-collecting circles will take place on Wednesday January 25th from 6:30-8:30 PM and Sunday January 29th from 2 PM-4 PM at Merced Multicultural Arts Center. Story circles will be led by project director, Dawn Trook, a faculty member in writing at UC Merced and a theater artist and producer and playwright Hannah Maulden.

During the Spring, these stories will be combined and written into a play. After the play is written, story circle participants will be invited to come read the play out loud together and then offer feedback on the play, so the playwright can revise it.

Next October, all participants will be encouraged to audition for the play, which will have rehearsals in November and free public performances at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in December. No experience is needed to be in the play.

If you cannot make these dates but would like to be interviewed by Valley Roots team, please contact project director, Dawn Trook, at dtrook@gmail.com or 415-728-2488.

 

Upcoming 4-H countywide events

Please save the dates for the following countywide events:

Communications Day March 4, 2017 Ballico School

Food Fashion and Fun Festival March 25, 2017 Place to be determined

Regional Presentation Day April 1, 2017 UCCE Stockkton

Merced County Skills Day, includes large animals, small animals, mechanical skills and home economic skills April 8, 2017 Merced College

Science and Adventure Camp June 25-29th Camp Sylvester, Pinecrest

Watch emails for event information and registrations.

 

Shooting Sports Leader Meeting

The California State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee will be hosting a meeting regarding updates to the program in Merced County on Saturday, February 25, 2017. This meeting will cover a variety of items that are of interest to shooting sports leaders and teen leaders. This will be the first in what they hope to be a series of meetings to take part around the state. Attached you will find a schedule of the day's events and the schedule for the second (optional) day of range rotations on Sunday, February 26, 2017. There is no cost to attend but you MUST register online using the link below.

https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=19605

UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Science Field Day

The UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Field Day will take place March 3-4, 2017 at UC Davis. This field day is open to both FFA and 4-H members. 4-H members may compete in any of the contests offered. Please note that the Livestock Judging, Poultry Judging and Dairy Judging contests are considered State qualifiers to attend the National events. 

Registration Deadlines

  • December 2nd - Online Registration opens.
  • February 3rd - Online Registration Deadline - Payments must be postmarked by this date. A $25 late fee for payments postmarked after this date will be enforced.
  • February 10th - Agriscience Fair and Job Interview materials due.
  • February 10th - Online registration closed - Late registrations will no longer be accepted.

To register your team, please follow the instruction included in the attached letter. 

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/connect/events/field-day 

Information on State Qualifiers 

Livestock Judging

There are three National 4-H Livestock Judging Contests.

The first place team (composed of the top placing team at the State 4-H Livestock Judging Qualifier) may select which contest for which they will represent California. The second place team may select next, and the third placing team may select third. California 4-H does not need to send a team to all of the contests.

For more information about the State qualifier, please visit: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Projects/STEM/SET_Projects/Animal/SLJC/.   

Dairy Judging 

To view contest rules and regulations, please see California State 4H Dairy Contest Rules

The top placing 4-H team in the Dairy Judging contest is eligible to represent California at the official National 4-H Dairy Judging competition as part of the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The Expo is a five day event showcasing the finest in dairy genetics and the newest technologies available to the dairy industry. For more information about the National contest, please visit http://www.worlddairyexpo.com/

For more information about the State qualifier, please visit: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Projects/STEM/SET_Projects/Animal/SLJC/.   

Poultry Judging 

The top placing 4-H team in the Poultry Judging contest is eligible to represent California in the official National 4-H Poultry Judging competition in Kentucky. http://national4hpoultryandegg.psu.edu/judging.html.

For more information about the State qualifier, please visit: http://4h.ucanr.edu/Projects/STEM/SET_Projects/Animal/SLJC/.   

State Fashion Review Categories

  • Traditional
  • Consumer Science Purchased, $40 limit
  • Upcycled
  • Knit Challenge
  • Stripe/Print/Plaid Challenge

AGE DIVISIONS (As of 12/31/2016)

  • Junior age 9-10
  • Intermediate age 11-13
  • Senior age 14-18

RULES FOR ALL CATEGORIES:

  • The outfit must be produced and modeled by the individual member during judging and the fashion show (not created for someone else).
  • All outfits must meet the 4-H Dress Guidelines, found at http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/210170.pdf. For State Fashion Revue (SFR), all shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. must be at least fingertip length due to the raised stage for the fashion show. County Fashion Revue coordinators will review all outfits based on these guidelines before SFR entry, with further review by the SFR Committee if needed.  
  • All outfits entered in SFR must be suitable for comfortably walking, sitting, and going up and down stairs because of the schedule and location of SFR and the fashion show.
  • Other categories offered in previous years will not be included at 2017 SFR. Only the 5 categories listed above are included for 2017 at the state event. All entries in the state event must conform to the SFR category rules.
  • A member may only enter one outfit in State Fashion Revue.
  • Counties may offer additional categories at the local level. Counties may allow members to enter more than one category at the local level. If so, each entry must contain different garments, shoes and accessories. A garment worn in one entry may not also be worn in a different entry. For example, a top entered in the Knit Challenge may not also be entered in the Traditional category.
  • A county may qualify one member in each age division (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) and each of the five categories to advance to State Fashion Revue. Participants should expect competition at SFR to be at a higher level than at the county events. SFR Rubric scorecards are currently being updated for the new categories.
  • Participation in the SFR Fashion Show is a required element of the event or awards are forfeited.
  • Participants entering SFR may be dual-entered in State Presentation Day except the Share the 4-H Fun skit. The presentations are scheduled in Olson Hall during the SFR participant's workshop time.
  • All SFR participants and family members are invited to attend the SFR workshops, Make it-Take it sessions, Silent Auction, and the Skillathon.
  • Additional rules may be added by the SFR committee as needed.

CATEGORIES:

Traditional - features garments the participant has constructed, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing and Textiles project. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit. (No change from 2016)

Consumer Science Purchased, $40.00 Limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. The member should consider value vs. cost, versatility, the shopping experience, and coordination of the outfit within the cost limit. There is no 4-H project requirement; any 4-H member may enter this category. (Note addition of category criteria)

Upcycled – take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Additional fabrics, trim and supplies may be used during the construction process. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration - such as a large dress taken in to fit a smaller person that still retains the same lines. It is where the garment has been cut apart and remade into a new garment that looks different. The emphasis is on the transition of the garment. The outfit entered in the Upcycled category must include an accessory of your choice, handmade by the participant. (No change from 2016)

Knit Challenge – Construct an entire wearable garment out of knit fabric. Any fabric content is allowed (cotton, polyester, wool, rayon, blend, etc.) and any type of knit (single knit, double knit, rib knit). This is not a garment that is hand-knit; it is a garment that is sewn, serged, or otherwise constructed using fabric. In designing and constructing the garment, consider how the stretch of knit fabric affects the fit and the opportunity to learn new techniques for seaming, hemming and edge finishes. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. Open to all 4-H members with no project requirement. (New for 2017)

Stripe/Print/Plaid Challenge – Choose any two of the three fabric designs (stripe, print, and plaid) and incorporate them into one or more sewn garments. If one garment is sewn, it must include 2 of the 3 choices (ex: a shirt containing print and plaid). If multiple garments are sewn, the 2 choices can be in one garment (ex: print and plaid shirt), more than one garment (ex: print and plaid shirt and skirt), or one garment each (ex: print shirt and striped pants). The addition of other fabric is allowed (ex: solids, other prints/stripes/plaids, polka dots, etc.). In addition to construction techniques for stripes and plaids, consider the placement of prints, harmonious combination of fabrics in design of the outfit and current style trends. Include handmade or purchased garments and items to complete the outfit. The entry must be created by the member as part of the 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. (New for 2017)

 

 

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 3:32 PM

February 6, 2015 Updates

Pre-Weighing of Market Beef on

February 12th

We will once again be pre-weighing market beef and pulling hair follicles for potential DNA testing as a condition of entry at this year's Fair. All market beef entries must be brought to Turlock Livestock, 10430 North Lander Avenue, Turlock, on Thursday, February 12th, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM. While at the yard, we will take a certified scale weight, ear tag the animal and pull a hair sample to put on file.

 

Merced County Horse Project Clinic

Merced County 4H horse groups will be holding a Horsemanship Clinic on Saturday March 7th. Demonstrations will include: basic horsemanship skills, hunter hack, gymkhana, and showmanship.           Check in: 9:00 am BRING A SACK LUNCH

Location: Wendy Wedemeyers Ranch 5375 Palm Ave. Winton 95388.

You will learn some techniques to help improve your skills in various aspects of horsemanship. Bring any questions in areas you may be having trouble in and we will do our best to help! Any questions about the event call: Mandy 769-5391. Do not bring your horse to this clinic.

 

4-H Equine Field Day

 

Here is updated information about the Horse Field Day at Fresno State on February 28th.

There is still time to register at the early bird price for the State 4-H Equine Field Day! 

February 28, 2015

Location: Fresno State

Early Bird Registration: $10/$15 

After Feb 20th Registration -$15/$20  

Register Online: 4-H Horse Field Day Registration    (http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13534) 

Time schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                 Arrive at Fresno State, pick up schedules & maps, 

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 Welcome and introductions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.            1st session 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.            2nd session

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.            Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.               3rd session 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.               4th session

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.               5th session

4:00 p.m.                         Wrap up  

Confirmed trainers/tour/demos: 

  • Trail Clinic
  • English Showmanship Clinic 
  • Hippology Clinic
  • How to Run/put on a Horse Show 
  • Equine Chiropractor 
  • Equine Acupuncturist 
  • How to fit a Saddle 
  • Horsemanship
  • Horse Judging 

Waiting on confirmation:

  • Equine Nutritionist
  • Equine Dentist
  • Clinic Over Fences
  • Horse Bowl 

Lunch will be available for a nominal fee ($3-5) 

  •         Lunch will be a boxed lunch with Sandwich, potato salad/chips, fresh fruit, cookie and water 

Printable PDF Flyer- Equine Field Day Flyer

Campus Map -Fresno State Campus Map/Event Map

 

 

Register Online4-H Horse Field Day Registration

 

31st Annual 4-H State Shooting Match

Sharpen up your shooting skills and participate in the 2015 State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, sponsored by Siskiyou County 4-H Leaders Council. 

Entries for the State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, must be postmarked by March 9, 2015.

2015 Shooting Match Registration
2015 Shooting Match Rules
2015 Cover Letter

3rd Annual State Archery Match

Calling all Archery Leaders, the 3rd annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match is now open. The deadline for entering is March 16, 2015 Each leader MUST have the entry form signed by a 4-H staff person, who double checks that each youth is currently enrolled and submit a council check for their entries. The deadline for returning the entries is June 16, 2015.

Rules: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204379.pdf 
Forms: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204380.pdf

*A reminder only a currently enrolled approved archery leader can sign and send in the entries and score the cards as the member shoots. 
Any questions contact Linda Edgington at lgedgington@ucanr.edu or 707-463-4495

Communications Day

Communications Day will be held March 14, 2015 at Ballico School. Check in will be from 8:00 to 8:45. Presentations will start at 9:00. Registration is now open. You may register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3370 or by paper application. I have attached a copy of the application. Registration is due by Monday March 2nd. Presentation categories are as follows:

1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters (visual aids). Overhead transparencies, computer generated slides, or visual aids produced and other mediums are equally acceptable. Topic must be 4-H project or activity related. Team demonstrations are limited to two team members. Age divisions are determined by highest grade of the two members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels as long as they do not detract from the presentation. Note cards are not allowed at the state level. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Topic are encouraged to be 4-H project or activity related. It also uses visual aids and should include a minimum of three posters, slides, or other visuals. The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary. Visual aids need to be readable from all parts of the room. A team of two members may present an illustrated talk. A talk should not exceed 15 minutes. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels, but not state level.

*A Scientific Presentation uses the steps used by scientists to answer questions and solve problems. The scientific process includes the following steps: 

1.    Ask a question. 

2.    Form a hypothesis of what you expect the answer to your question to be.

3.    Test the hypothesis by conducting an experiment.

4.    Analyze the results of the tests and information you have gathered.

5.    Draw conclusions regarding the hypothesis from the tests.

6.    Communicate the results.

The speaker will use posters or equivalent visual aids to enhance the teaching process. The visual aids will include a title, question, hypothesis, test, and an analysis card. This presentation style will have a minimum of 5 poster cards or equivalent multimedia presentation. Can be either Demonstration or Illustrated Talk style)

3. Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. A speech is either informative or persuasive. There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Note cards may be used at county and sectional levels, but not at state level. Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

 4. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. At the state level, the introduction and conclusion together are limited to no more than 5 minutes and the reading is limited to 5 minutes. This is limited to individual participants.

 5.Impromptu– This category is open to intermediate and senior division members.  In the Impromptu category at the county, sectional and state level general topics are announced ahead. Basic research is done prior to the event by the youth. For each topic, the youth is allowed to bring 1 5x7 card of their research on the topic. The member randomly draws one with three minutes to prepare.

2015 Impromptu Topics

Senior Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Aerospace Engineering: the research, design, development, construction, testing of aircraft and spacecraft. The ways in which the field has contributed to (or not) the health and safety of humanity and the environment.

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: effects on ability to learn, signs of sleepiness, sleepiness and decision making, consequences of lost sleep, how to get a good night sleep, sleep and managing stress.

Citizenship

Civic Engagement defined by the National 4-H Citizenship framework- Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

  • Voice
  • Decision Making
  • Advocacy
  • Activism

 Positive Youth Development

  • Describe and discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.

 Intermediate Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Sustainable Energy – The production of energy from renewable forms (such as wind, sun, water, biofuel) and energy efficiency (using less energy).

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: signs of sleepiness, sleep and screen time, how to get a good night sleep, exercise and sleep.

Citizenship

  • Civic Engagement – The importance of advocacy and activism; using youth voice for the betterment of others.

Positive Youth Development

  • Sparks – Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to a healthy lifestyle and strategies for identifying and nurturing your spark.
  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Aerospace Engineering: Flying Into the Future! 
  • Citizenship: Civic Engagement 
  • Healthy Living: Sleep and Stress 
  • Thrive: The Path to Thriving 

2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to 4-H members who relate their presentations (all categories are eligible) to one of the following four focus areas:

Please visit Recognition Opportunities for more information, including complete descriptions, resources, and eligibility requirements.

 6. Share the Fun – This is a skit category that focuses on health, safety, community pride, recreation, or citizenship. This is a group presentation. It should have an introduction which states its purpose. Costumes, props, decorations, and visual aids are encouraged. Audience participation is allowed. Judges may ask questions to clarify judging, but the members are not tested on their answers. At the state level judging is on the American System and the presentation is limited to 15 minutes.

 7. Cultural Arts – This is an individual or group performance presentation such as a dramatic reading, music, dance, or other performing arts. The introduction includes its purpose. Costumes, props, and visual aids are encouraged.

 8. Educational Display – This is a visual presentation either set up with a tri-fold board approximately 30x30” on a table top or a larger, up to 48x48” board, set on an easel. Either format will contain the title, member's name, 4-H club, and a visual depiction of the concept or program featured. It should be readable from at least four feet away. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level.

 9. Audio visual – This is an individual presentation consisting of slides, video or digital productions. The presentation takes advantage of the format. It is not just using PowerPoint slides in an illustrated talk. The length is appropriate to the subject and format. A slide presentation is supplemented with a verbal commentary, tape recording, or audio track. No costumes or props are used. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level. The member is responsible for the complete production process and for furnishing all equipment needed. Some equipment is available at the county level.

 
10. Problem Solving – This category is offered at the state level for senior division members. The member does not need to qualify at the county or sectional levels to enter. Notes are not allowed at sectional or state level. Member is judged on the overall effectiveness of the presentation and not the solution presented. Member can support presentation with posters, overhead slides, or computer generated slides. Presentation should be 5 – 10 minutes. A list of state topic “problems” is available at the 4-H office or on the state website. To register go to:

Food Fashion and Fun Festival 2015

March 28, 2015, McSwain School, 926 Scott Road, Merced, 9 AM Registration



Register here:http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=6263

or print and mail/email this form from the 4-H Website

  Location: McSwain School

 

Merced County 4-H invites you to come join us as we celebrate creativity in the home arts at our annual Food Fashion and Fun Festival.

 For more information contact the 4-H office at 209-385-7418. 

Fashion Revue- Enter your Traditional, Purchased, Upcycled, Jacket Challenge, or the Costume  Challenge to be judged by our panel of experts.  Then model your garment in our fashion show. 

Global Workshops

Africa- Adinkra Block Printing Activity

Asia- Zen Gardens, Calligraphy, Color Paper Fan Craft

India- Spice it Up Activity, How to Wear a Turban and Sari Activity

Nutritional Workshop

Community Service Project: Books for Africa-donate a new or gently use book (primary, fiction, or nonfiction, no violence, USA History or Magazines) and $.50 for shipping per book.

 

Tentative Schedule:

All DAY:  Enrichment activities:  Crafts, Judging Contests, Demonstrations, and Talent Show
9:00 Registration

9:30 Opening Ceremony

10:00 Judging of Fashion Revue, Workshops and Judging Events

12:00 Lunch-

12:30 Award Ceremony

1:00 Fashion Show

Entry Deadline: March 20, 2015

FOR ALL CATEGORIES

  • The outfit must be created, coordinated and modeled by the 4-H member participant.
  • Outfits are subject to review for modesty and appropriate attire. Formal wear may be strapless or have spaghetti straps. Backless dresses, excessive visible cleavage, visible undergarments, lingerie or swim suits are not permitted.

1. TRADITIONAL

  • To showcase the member's sewing skills and their ability to coordinate an outfit
  • Garment(s) sewn by the 4-H member
  • As skill levels range from beginning to advanced, entries in the Traditional category will also vary. The entry might be a one-piece dress or it might be three coordinated pieces. A beginning member might even sew one garment and purchase another, for example a sewn jumper worn with a purchased blouse. If this member is awarded junior county winner, then this member would be eligible for SFR in the traditional category. The entry form would state which garment(s) are sewn.
  • There is no separate category at SFR for wool or cotton. If the outfit is sewn from yardage, regardless of fabric content, it is Traditional.
  • Additional entry requirements for Traditional are
    • The one-page Traditional supplemental form
    • A photocopy of the pattern envelope front(s) if a pattern was used
    • A 2” x 3” swatch of each fashion fabric used, followed by lining and interfacing. Identify how each fabric was used.
    • A color photograph of the member wearing the outfit
    • The commentary

2. Consumer Science Purchased

  • has a $40 limit for everything showing including shoes, jewelry and accessories, but not sales tax. Receipts are required, with purchases made during the 2014-2015 4-H year. Receipts can be handwritten if from garage sales, thrift shops, etc. 

3. Upcyled

  • category involves taking at least one existing garment and turning it into a completely new, different, and usable garment. The outfit must also include an accessory made from something that wasn't originally an accessory.
    • A before photograph is required showing the beginning garment.
    • Refashioning clothes and accessories is a great way to revamp your wardrobe on a budget. Instead of throwing away unwanted pieces of clothing or household items, be innovative and transform them into items you can actually wear.
    • This is not an alteration. It is taking one or more existing garments, deconstructing them, possibly adding other fabrics or materials, and ending up with a different garment. It is not a dress changed into a different dress. But it could be pants and a shirt changed into a dress.
    • Ideas include:
      • A dress from a man's shirt with embellishments from neckties
      • Transform a t-shirt into a ruffled shrug
      • A prom dress made from men's tuxedo pants and a silk scarf
      • Pants from an old jacket using the buttons to fasten the new pockets
      • A hat made from a sweater (accessory)
      • A belt made from jeans (accessory)
      • A shoulder bag from pants (accessory)
      • Jewelry from paper clips, pull tabs, and newspaper (accessory)

4. Challenge Categories 

  • Jacket Challenge: tiered requirements:
  • Junior: Construct a jacket using any pattern, any fabric.
  • Intermediate-Construct a jacket and one other garment.
  • Senior- Construct a jacket and other pieces to complete an outfit.
  • Textile Project: What is a Jacket?  For this category it covers the upper body, has sleeves of any length and opens in the front.  Other construction details such as fasteners, collars, lapels, pockets, lining, etc, are optional, determined by sewing experience.
  • Costume Challenge: Use any technique, any materials, and any pattern to create a costume. It does not need to be sewn from fabric but it does need to be made by the participant, not purchased.

Writing Commentaries for Fashion Revue

4-H Fashion Revue commentaries present the 4-H'er and his/her project to the audience. The narration should introduce the 4-H'er, describe special features of the garment, and highlight interesting information about the project. The following are guidelines to help 4-H'ers write descriptions of their garments for Fashion Revue. Keep the narration to under 100 words which will allow the member to come on stage, make one or two turns, and then exit. Keep in mind that the Fashion Revue committee reserves the right to re-write or revise narrations.

 

The purpose of the 4-H Fashion Revue activity is to:

1. Build self-confidence and poise.

2. Develop skills in planning, selecting, and making clothing for different occasions.

3. Select appropriate accessories.

4. Develop good posture, grooming, and punctuality habits.

5. Complete applications clearly and submit them on time.

6. Acquire knowledge and skills in planning, presenting, and participating in fashion revues.

 

The specific objectives of a narration are:

1. To introduce the member and his/her project.

2. To focus on skills learned in the clothing and textile project.

3. To express challenges, fashion trends, and cost savings.

4. To interest the audience in 4-H activities.

5. To display the garment attractively.

 

Before you begin:

1. Analyze the garment. What is special about it? Be sure to include color descriptions!

2. List major features you want to describe, along with a few comments that relate to the garment and how it will be worn. Create an appealing mental picture with descriptive words.

3. Study mail order fashion catalogs, magazines, the pattern envelope, and advertisements to see how they describe similar features. This is especially useful for beginning projects such as skirts that don't have a lot of details.

4. Describe the garment by starting with the obvious, then call the audience's attention to details such as accessories that relate directly to the garment.

5. Write. Get down all you want to say. Don't worry about the length -- yet.

6. Use alliteration (words beginning with the same sound, i.e. “flirty flounce” for ruffle).

7. Use action words as much as possible. (A belt circles the waistline, a flaring hem swings, etc.)

8. Tell the biggest problem you encountered in sewing the outfit, what new sewing technique you learned. Saying you put in the sleeve six times can encourage some of your audience who are less skilled to keep on trying.

9. If there are two parts to your outfit, such as a coat and dress, mention the outer layer first.

10. Edit. Polish your narration, cut out repetitious phrases or ideas. Keep sentences short and avoid tongue twisters. Aim for clear, concise phrases that create audience interest. Make it as bright, crisp, and informative as possible. The audience is there to learn about new fashion as well as to be entertained.

11. Read your narration aloud to a friend. Does your friend know what you are talking about? Practice modeling with your narration. Do you think of other things that you might say? Re-edit and re-read. Be sure to write in the third person.

12. Add one sentence that talks about you, the model! Be sure to include your name and county, or city, either at beginning or closer to the end of the narration.

13. Finally, cut the narration to 100 words or less. Hyphenated words count as two words.

14. Print your finished commentary double-spaced on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper in 14 size font.

15. Complete your entry form, narration and all other forms required for your category and submit them before the deadline to the State Fashion Revue Registrar.(Part of 4-H is learning to complete forms accurately and on time.)

Outline to HELP you write a short commentary of your own. The commentary will be read during the fashion show while you are modeling your garment. Unfortunately, for the State Fashion Revue the commentary must be quite short so there is probably not time to describe your hobbies and interests.

 

Name

Age

Club

Pattern(s) Used

Description of Fabric: color, texture, fabric design

Description of garment: Look at pattern envelope for key words to describe your garment.

What grade are you in? Which school?

Where do you plan to wear the garment?

Describe two items of special interest about yourself or your hobbies/activities:

 

Examples of Narrations

Gleaming in her sequined skirt, Kathleen Mitchell is modeling a stylish denim look. It is hard to believe, but this cloth was once a lonely remnant just waiting to be snatched up! This remnant now has a multi-purpose. For example, it will be this year's Easter outfit, and then be worn as a casual around-the-town skirt. It has a light and airy feeling, with its slit in the back. Her biggest challenge was matching the sequins as she cut out the fabric. This 11-year old home schooler loves Irish Dancing and sketching her fashion ideas. Kathleen is in her second year of sewing.

CAL Focus

          A unique citizenship educational experience for youth 14-19.

June 19-23, 2015

Located at the Holiday Inn

Capital Plaza- Sacramento

 

Witness California's government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. 

As a conference delegate you will:

  • Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a political campaign through a two party system.
  • Elect constitutional offices.
  • Analyze the needs and issues of your district and enact legislation with the goal of securing the governor's signature to make your bill a law.
  • Create a service plan of action for your community
  • Meet California law makers
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd Court of Appeal
  • Participate in fun recreational activities, tours and cultural events
  • Make new friends

California Focus can be the beginning of a life of public participation that leaves you with a strong determination to become involved in your community.  

California Focus registration is now open!

A marketing flyer is available to you under documents.

Some quick points of reference for you are:

  • Registration is online at http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/CF/
  • Fees are $665 per person
  • Registration deadline is March 31, 2015
  • Non refundable deposit of $300- due at time of registration
  • Final payment - due May 19, 2015
  • Treatment authorization forms should be uploaded to the registration survey

Apply to be a 2015-2016 State Ambassador!

The California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. Due February 16, 2015. State Ambassador App Reference Guidelines State Ambassador Application Instructions and Information 2015

 

 

Leadership Development.

Project Overview:

The Merced County 4-H Leadership Development Project consists of learning the concepts of iThrive 2 and leadership development for club officers and jr/ teen leaders.

Expectations and Goals:

Members will be expected to do the following to complete their project:

  1. Attend a minimum of 80% of all project meetings.
  2. Complete a 4-H Annual Project Report at the end of the project year.
  3. Have necessary means of transportation to and from meetings.
  4. Lead one session with a team.
  5. Plan and complete a Community Service Project as a group.

 

Meetings: Dates may change due to scheduling and availability.

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12:23 PM

January 23, 2015 Updates

4-H Equine Field Day

There will be a 4-H Equine Field Day February 28th, 2015 at Fresno State Agriculture Pavilion from 9:00-4:00. The cost is $10. There will be adult and youth tracks.

Online -Registration: $10/$15 

Walk-ins are Welcome-$15/$20 

 

Register Online4-H Horse Field Day Registration

 

Time schedule:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                 Arrive at Fresno State, pick up schedules & maps

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.                 Welcome and introductions

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.            1st session 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.            2nd session

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.            Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.               3rd session 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.               4th session

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.               5th session

4:00 p.m.                         Wrap up  

Confirmed trainers/tour/demos: 

  • Trail Clinic
  • Showmanship Clinic 
  • Hippology Clinic
  • How to Run/put on a Horse Show 

Waiting on confirmation:

  • Equine Nutritionist
  • How to Fit a Saddle
  • Equine Dentist
  • Equine Chiropractor 
  • Clinic Over Fences
  • Horsemanship 

We will have a youth and adult track.

The event is open to all youth. Youth don't have to be 4-H members.
Youth and Adults both need
to register

4-H Shooting Sports Workshop - Rifle Discipline

Safety First Association - River Oaks Range

Winton, CA (Merced County)

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

A 4-H shooting sports workshop for the rifle discipline will be held at Safety First Shooting Association – River Oaks Range, 11584 N. Shaffer Road in Winton (Merced County). Participants must attend both days of training to receive certification. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be certified as a rifle trainer and can lead a rifle project at the club level or serve as county trainer to certify other leaders. There is no cost for the course. To register for the course or receive more information, contact John Borba at: jaborba@ucanr.edu

 

For directions to the facility visit:

http://www.safetyfirstshooting.org/html/directions.html.

 

Participants will be required to fill out a facility waiver to participate. To view the language of the waiver or to download it and sign it prior to the meeting you can go to:

http://www.safetyfirstshooting.org/SFSA_Risk_Agreement_rev1a.pdf

31st Annual 4-H State Shooting Match

Sharpen up your shooting skills and participate in the 2015 State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, sponsored by Siskiyou County 4-H Leaders Council. 

Entries for the State 4-H Shooting Sports Match, must be postmarked by March 9, 2015.

2015 Shooting Match Registration
2015 Shooting Match Rules
2015 Cover Letter

3rd Annual State Archery Match

Calling all Archery Leaders, the 3rd annual State 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Match is now open. The deadline for entering is March 16, 2015 Each leader MUST have the entry form signed by a 4-H staff person, who double checks that each youth is currently enrolled and submit a council check for their entries. The deadline for returning the entries is June 16, 2015.

Rules: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204379.pdf 
Forms: http://cemendocino.ucanr.edu/files/204380.pdf

*A reminder only a currently enrolled approved archery leader can sign and send in the entries and score the cards as the member shoots. 
Any questions contact Linda Edgington at lgedgington@ucanr.edu or 707-463-4495

Communications Day

Communications Day will be held March 14, 2015 at Ballico School. Registration is now open. You may register online at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=3370 or by paper application. I have attached a copy of the application. Registration is due by Monday March 2nd. Presentation categories are as follows:

1.  Demonstrations  – A demonstration shows how to do something. Member must use a minimum of four posters (visual aids). Overhead transparencies, computer generated slides, or visual aids produced and other mediums are equally acceptable. Topic must be 4-H project or activity related. Team demonstrations are limited to two team members. Age divisions are determined by highest grade of the two members. Models or actual products are encouraged with brand names covered. Organization and visibility of the work area is important. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels as long as they do not detract from the presentation. Note cards are not allowed at the state level. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes.

 2. Illustrated Talks – An illustrated talk tells about something. Topic are encouraged to be 4-H project or activity related. It also uses visual aids and should include a minimum of three posters, slides, or other visuals. The illustrated talk would have at least a title, process, and summary. Visual aids need to be readable from all parts of the room. A team of two members may present an illustrated talk. A talk should not exceed 15 minutes. Note cards are allowed at county and sectional levels, but not state level.

*A Scientific Presentation uses the steps used by scientists to answer questions and solve problems. The scientific process includes the following steps: 

1.    Ask a question. 

2.    Form a hypothesis of what you expect the answer to your question to be.

3.    Test the hypothesis by conducting an experiment.

4.    Analyze the results of the tests and information you have gathered.

5.    Draw conclusions regarding the hypothesis from the tests.

6.    Communicate the results.

The speaker will use posters or equivalent visual aids to enhance the teaching process. The visual aids will include a title, question, hypothesis, test, and an analysis card. This presentation style will have a minimum of 5 poster cards or equivalent multimedia presentation. Can be either Demonstration or Illustrated Talk style)

3. Prepared Speech – This presentation is written and delivered by the member. A speech is either informative or persuasive. There are no visual aids, costumes, or props. Note cards may be used at county and sectional levels, but not at state level. Limited to individuals, not teams. Length of speech should be 2 – 10 minutes.

 4. Interpretive Reading – Members may read any published, written work. It should be age appropriate. Possibilities include, but are not limited to, children's stories, poetry, essays, and excerpts from novels. The member will introduce themselves and their chosen piece. Include the title, author, characters, purpose and setting, and any other information that would enhance the audience's understanding of the piece. The characters and setting are created through voice and gestures. The member is presenting the reading as at a story hour, not acting it out. The member may sit or stand. The source material must be present and used during the reading. No props, costumes, or other materials may be used. The member completes the presentation with a short conclusion, which leaves the audience with a vivid memory. At the state level, the introduction and conclusion together are limited to no more than 5 minutes and the reading is limited to 5 minutes. This is limited to individual participants.

 5.Impromptu– This category is open to intermediate and senior division members.  In the Impromptu category at the county, sectional and state level general topics are announced ahead. Basic research is done prior to the event by the youth. For each topic, the youth is allowed to bring 1 5x7 card of their research on the topic. The member randomly draws one with three minutes to prepare.

2015 Impromptu Topics

Senior Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Aerospace Engineering: the research, design, development, construction, testing of aircraft and spacecraft. The ways in which the field has contributed to (or not) the health and safety of humanity and the environment.

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: effects on ability to learn, signs of sleepiness, sleepiness and decision making, consequences of lost sleep, how to get a good night sleep, sleep and managing stress.

Citizenship

Civic Engagement defined by the National 4-H Citizenship framework- Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

  • Voice
  • Decision Making
  • Advocacy
  • Activism

 Positive Youth Development

  • Describe and discuss a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.

 Intermediate Topics 

Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Sustainable Energy – The production of energy from renewable forms (such as wind, sun, water, biofuel) and energy efficiency (using less energy).

Healthy Living

  • Importance of sleep: signs of sleepiness, sleep and screen time, how to get a good night sleep, exercise and sleep.

Citizenship

  • Civic Engagement – The importance of advocacy and activism; using youth voice for the betterment of others.

Positive Youth Development

  • Sparks – Discuss what a spark is, why sparks are important to a healthy lifestyle and strategies for identifying and nurturing your spark.
  • Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Aerospace Engineering: Flying Into the Future! 
  • Citizenship: Civic Engagement 
  • Healthy Living: Sleep and Stress 
  • Thrive: The Path to Thriving 

2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to 4-H members who relate their presentations (all categories are eligible) to one of the following four focus areas:

Please visit Recognition Opportunities for more information, including complete descriptions, resources, and eligibility requirements.

 6. Share the Fun – This is a skit category that focuses on health, safety, community pride, recreation, or citizenship. This is a group presentation. It should have an introduction which states its purpose. Costumes, props, decorations, and visual aids are encouraged. Audience participation is allowed. Judges may ask questions to clarify judging, but the members are not tested on their answers. At the state level judging is on the American System and the presentation is limited to 15 minutes.

 7. Cultural Arts – This is an individual or group performance presentation such as a dramatic reading, music, dance, or other performing arts. The introduction includes its purpose. Costumes, props, and visual aids are encouraged.

 8. Educational Display – This is a visual presentation either set up with a tri-fold board approximately 30x30” on a table top or a larger, up to 48x48” board, set on an easel. Either format will contain the title, member's name, 4-H club, and a visual depiction of the concept or program featured. It should be readable from at least four feet away. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level.

 9. Audio visual – This is an individual presentation consisting of slides, video or digital productions. The presentation takes advantage of the format. It is not just using PowerPoint slides in an illustrated talk. The length is appropriate to the subject and format. A slide presentation is supplemented with a verbal commentary, tape recording, or audio track. No costumes or props are used. The member will give an oral introduction to the audience and answer judges' questions. Notes may be used at county but not at sectional or state level. The member is responsible for the complete production process and for furnishing all equipment needed. Some equipment is available at the county level.

 
10. Problem Solving – This category is offered at the state level for senior division members. The member does not need to qualify at the county or sectional levels to enter. Notes are not allowed at sectional or state level. Member is judged on the overall effectiveness of the presentation and not the solution presented. Member can support presentation with posters, overhead slides, or computer generated slides. Presentation should be 5 – 10 minutes. A list of state topic “problems” is available at the 4-H office or on the state website.

CAL Focus

          A unique citizenship educational experience for youth 14-19.

June 19-23, 2015

Located at the Holiday Inn

Capital Plaza- Sacramento

 

Witness California's government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. 

As a conference delegate you will:

  • Register to vote, conduct a primary election, and develop a political campaign through a two party system.
  • Elect constitutional offices.
  • Analyze the needs and issues of your district and enact legislation with the goal of securing the governor's signature to make your bill a law.
  • Create a service plan of action for your community
  • Meet California law makers
  • Tour the State Capitol, Governor's office and 3rd Court of Appeal
  • Participate in fun recreational activities, tours and cultural events
  • Make new friends

California Focus can be the beginning of a life of public participation that leaves you with a strong determination to become involved in your community.  
California Focus registration is now open!

A marketing flyer is available to you under documents.

Some quick points of reference for you are:

  • Registration is online at http://4h.ucanr.edu/4-H_Events/CF/
  • Fees are $665 per person
  • Registration deadline is March 31, 2015
  • Non refundable deposit of $300- due at time of registration
  • Final payment - due May 19, 2015
  • Treatment authorization forms should be uploaded to the registration survey

Apply to be a 2015-2016 State Ambassador!

The California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. Due February 16, 2015. State Ambassador App Reference Guidelines State Ambassador Application Instructions and Information 2015

Leadership Development.

Project Overview:

The Merced County 4-H Leadership Development Project consists of learning the concepts of iThrive 2 and leadership development for club officers and jr/ teen leaders.

Expectations and Goals:

Members will be expected to do the following to complete their project:

  1. Attend a minimum of 80% of all project meetings.
  2. Complete a 4-H Annual Project Report at the end of the project year.
  3. Have necessary means of transportation to and from meetings.
  4. Lead one session with a team.
  5. Plan and complete a Community Service Project as a group.

 

Meetings: Dates may change due to scheduling and availability.

Meetings will be held in various locations throughout Merced County on the fourth Monday of each month.

Hosting Clubs: Provide location for meetings. Some activities will require movement and internet access. If internet is not available, please let me know and I will work around it. Water and snacks are not required but very welcomed.

Date

Scheduled Activity

Location/ Hosting Club

January 26, 2015

Understanding youth/ adult partnerships

Lander

February 23, 2015

Crowd control

Weaver

March 23, 2015

4-H Record Book Keeping/ Officer Books

Lander

April 27, 2015

Parliamentary competition

Lander

May 26, 2015 (Tuesday)

Evaluation/ Final report on Community Service Project

4-H Classroom, Merced

 

and prepare thoroughly for their Citizenship Washington Focus program.  During their participation in the program, all county delegations develop and carry out a service-learning plan of action to address a current issue in their community.  A final report on their service project is due September 15 of the year they travel.

Contact Jenna Colburn, Program Coordinator at jcolburn@ucanr.edu

 

State Fashion Review Categories, Challenges, Service Projects

Entry Categories: Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased $40, Upcycled, Jacket Challenge, Costume Challenge

Service projects:

  • Pillowcases for Ronald Mc Donald type housing, Children's Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Special Needs Camps, and other venues throughout California
  • Hats for youth and adult cancer patients, newborns, homeless drop-in shelters or to till a need in your community. They can be made of fleece, soft fabric or knitted/crocheted of soft yarn.  

Cover Art Contest  The State Fashion Revue committee is seeking entries to design the program cover for the SFR Fashion Show. Your design should reflect the theme, "Through the Looking Glass".  Contest rules are:

  • One design per member.
  • Any 4-H youth member may participate, regardless of projects.
  • The design can be digital or hand drawn.
  • You may use any medium (colored pencil, marker, paint, digital).  
  • The space allowed for the finished cover, including text, is 4.5” wide x 7.5” tall. This fits on a folded letter size page. 
  • All art work must be original. No clipart allowed.
  • Include the words "2015 State Fashion Revue" and the date "May 30, 2015".
  • Use the 4-H clover appropriately in your design.  
  • Please keep your original art work and go to this link to submit your entry http://ucanr.edu/sfrcovercontest
  • Entries are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2014
  • For more information email mvemails@yahoo.com

We look forward to receiving your cover designs! Have fun and good luck!

Categories:

1. Traditional – features garments the participant has constructed for him/herself, showcasing sewing skills and the ability to coordinate an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing and Textiles project. The outfit must contain at least one constructed garment; participants are encouraged to construct additional garments to complete the outfit.

2. Consumer Science Purchased - $40.00 limit for the entire outfit, includes shoes but not sales tax. Receipts from the current 4-H year are required for any item that is visible. Gifts, prior purchases, and items without receipts are not eligible for this category. Receipts from yard sales, etc. may be hand written. There is no 4-H project requirement.

3. Upcycled – take one or more existing garments and turn them into a new, different, and wearable garment. Add a handmade accessory. The upcycled garment must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. Additional upcycled and/or sewn garments are encouraged to complete the outfit. A “before” photograph showing the original garment(s) is required. This is not an alteration such as a large dress altered to fit a smaller person. It is a complete change such as pants and a shirt made into a dress. Other fabrics and material may be added during the construction process.

4. Jacket Challenge – tiered requirements - Junior: construct a jacket using any pattern, any fabric.  Intermediate: construct a jacket and one other garment. Senior: construct a jacket and other pieces to complete an outfit. The entry must be sewn by the member as part of his/her 4-H Clothing & Textiles project. What is a jacket? For this category it covers the upper body, has sleeves of any length and opens in the front. Other construction details such as fasteners, collar, lapels, pockets, lining, etc. are optional, determined by sewing experience. 

5. Costume Challenge - use any technique, any materials, and any pattern to create a costume. It does not need to be sewn from fabric but it does need to be made by the participant, not purchased. There is no 4-H project requirement. The theme and costume must be 4-H appropriate.

State Field Day Plant Science Contest Location: Hart Hall (Lobby, room 1128, and room 1130) Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm The plant science contest engages youth in the scientific study of plant life and provides an opportunity for youth to increase their knowledge of horticultural plants, and horticultural/plant science techniques and knowledge, greatly expand their ability to identify various plants and allows for interaction with other youth interested in plant science. The plant science contest is organized into three parts: Judging, Plant Identification, and Written. All 4-H'ers are welcome to participate in the contest. No Pre-registration is necessary.

The four highest scoring senior-age youth (15-18) are eligible to be part of the California State 4-H Horticulture team. This team represents California in the National Junior Horticultural Association convention. Senior-age youth (in addition to team members) are also eligible to attend the convention and participate in demonstration, speech, and a number of other contests at the convention. See http://www.njha.org/projects_hortid.html for more information on the contest format and rules.

 

2015 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest 2015 Essay Topic: “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up” Participate in the 2015 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest and submit a 750 to 1000 word essay with the listed criteria in this document. This contest is open to active 4-H club members and must adhere to the requirements and designated subject. Awards: 1st Prize - $750, 2nd Prize - $500, 3rd Prize - $250 Essays must be submitted electronically as a Word or .pdf attachment, to the State 4-H Office by February 6, 2015. Email to: ca4h@ucanr.edu. In the subject line write: 2015 National Honey Bee Contest. The National winners' essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation's newsletter.

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