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February 2009 Final Copy

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“4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.”
Phone:608-757-5690Fax Number:608-757-5581
February 2009
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Special Projects and Activities
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Communication and Cultural Arts
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 Home and Family
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 Animal Science
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 Environmental Education
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 Mechanical Science
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 Fair Facts
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Other Information, Snip & Send and Calendars
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Welcome to Rock County 4-H
WELCOME to all of the new members and their families who have decided to join RockCounty 4-H and welcome back to the returning members and their families.4-H has many projects and activities that go on throughout the year that we encourage youto participate in to have opportunities to meet new friends and learn new skills. Take thetime to find out all of the things you can do on the club and county level. Make it fun…getinvolved.The “Cloverpatch” is the 4-H monthly newsletter that you will receive with information oncounty-wide events and activities. Check it out every month to stay up to date on importantproject meetings, events, fair updates and other opportunities. You can even post thecalendar on your refrigerator to remind you of those dates so you don’t miss out.You can also check out our county website for additional information atwww.uwex.edu/ces/cty/rock/4h/index.html or the Wisconsin 4-H website atwww.uwex.edu/ces/4h/.If you have questions feel free to contact your club leader or call the UW Extension officeat 757-5690 and talk with Donna Duerst, Sue Fredrich or Linda Marshall. We’ll be happy tohelp you out. We are all here to help you get involved and enjoy your 4-H experiences to thefullest!4-H is a community of young people across America whoare learning leadership, citizenship and life skills
Junior Council MeetingFebruary 23 – 7:30 p.m.Courthouse, Janesville
Attention all 4-H members grade 7 and up! You areinvited to the next Junior Council meeting to meet newfriends, learn about leadership opportunities and havefun. Be there… Monday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at theCourthouse, Janesville.The Communications Arts Festival will also be held thatevening starting at 6:00 p.m. If you are participating,plan to stay for the meeting otherwise come early andlisten to some of the presentations.
Senior Council Meeting
All club chairs, co-chairs and any interested leaders areinvited and encouraged to attend Senior Councilmeetings. Senior Council meetings are usually held thefourth Monday of the month (except July andDecember) at the Courthouse. The date for February isMonday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. This meeting is beingheld in conjunction with the 4-H Communication ArtsFestival, so come a little early and listen to some of ourtalented 4-H public speakers!
Volunteer Tax Deductions
A number of tax benefits are available for volunteersunder the general charitable deduction of the InternalRevenue Code. Volunteers may deduct unreimbursed,out-of-pocket expenses directly related to a charitableorganization such as 4-H if they itemize deductions for2008. Detailed information is available in IRSPublication 526, or check out the IRS website atwww.irs.gov/Click on “More Forms and Publications”then “Publication number” then scroll down to Publication526.
Full House
Rock County 4-H offers open enrollment so newmembers may join any time during the year. If your clubdoes not have room for new members, please call theUWEX Office so we can consider this when doing clubreferrals for new families. If your club is closed, youneed to be consistent and not allow anyone else to joinfor the remainder of the current 4-H year. Clubscannot choose or vote on whom can be members!
Attention All Adult Leaders!
In 2009, we will again be complying with the Wisconsin4-H Youth Protection Program. Leaders who completedthe Leaders Application form for the records check andattended a leader orientation session need only to re-enroll with their club this year. (Please note: Allreturning leaders MUST complete a Leader Re-Enrollment Form!)Remaining Leader Orientation Dates for 2009: allsessions will be held at the Courthouse.Thursday, February 19 - 1:00 p.m.Saturday, March 7 - 10:00 a.m.Monday, March 30 - 7:00 p.m.You only need to attend one session and these are theONLY orientation sessions that will be held in 2009, soplease check your calendars NOW and select a session.A sign-up form can be found at the end of thisnewsletter. Pre-registration is not required but insureswe will have enough materials for you!ALL adult leaders who work directly with youth in ANYcapacity are required to complete the Youth ProtectionProgram. Only leaders who have completed the 4-HYouth Protection Program are considered registered 4-Hleaders in Rock County and receive the followingbenefits:
Covered by Leader’s Council liability insurance;
Receive recognition at the end of the year; and
Are eligible for discounted leader passes to theRock County 4-H Fair.
NEW Requirements for4-H Camp Counselor Applicants!
Any 4-H member 14 years old or older (as of January 1,2009) who enjoys camp, likes to work with youngermembers AND is willing to make 4-H Camp Staff apriority is encouraged to apply for the Rock County 4-HCamp Staff Team!PLEASE NOTE: 4-H Camp this year is Saturday, August15 to Tuesday, August 18. You MUST be available onthose dates in order to be on the Camp Staff Team!NEW THIS YEAR! All applicants (except those incollege) MUST attend the Initial Selection Workshop,which will be held Tuesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Craig Center at the fairgrounds. If you cannotattend that workshop, you are not eligible to be on the4-H Camp Staff Team…no exceptions!NEW THIS YEAR! Applicants who make it through theSelection Workshop will be considered “on the team” butnot yet part of the “starting lineup.” The team membersselected to go to 4-H Camp are the Starting Lineup andthey will be selected in June.
Criteria for selecting the Starting Lineupinclude:
Number of scheduled training sessions attended;
Active participation in training and planningactivities;
Number of registered campers.The required training sessions for the 4-H Camp StaffTeam are:
Tuesday, March 24 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4 - 6:30 p.m.All sessions will be held in the Craig Center. Check yourcalendars now…if you can’t commit to ALL of thesesessions, you may not make the Starting Lineup. You willbe allowed one EXCUSED absence, but more than oneexcused absence MAY eliminate you from consideration,as may any unexcused absences.We have developed these new selection guidelinesbecause we NEED camp staff members who are 100%committed to their counselor position and are willing tomake it their FIRST priority in 4-H. If that describes you, PLEASE apply!A description of the available positions and anapplication is at the end of this newsletter. You can alsoget that information on the Rock County 4-H websiteunder “4-H Calendar and Newsletter.” All youth wishingto be on the 4-H Camp Team MUST apply, even if youhave been a camp counselor before or CIT in the past.Applications are due to the UW Extension Office byFebruary 16th.
Southern District Leadership TeamLooking for Committee Members
Are you interested in taking on a leadership role outsideof the county program? If you answered yes, here’s anopportunity for you! The Southern District LeadershipTeam (SDLT) is taking applications for the 2009 FallYouth Leadership Conference Committee. Thiscommittee is responsible for planning and organizing theconference that will be held on November 14
in theWisconsin Dells. If you are interested contact theUWEX Office for an application form and return it tothe UWEX Office by April 3. If you have questionscontact Sue at 757-5690.
Are You a Project Leader?
Now is the time to get youth started in their projects!Tap into that early enthusiasm and get everyone off to agood start. Below is a list of reminders to help you havea successful year.1. At one of the first meetings of the year, helpmembers set their project goals.2. Organize and conduct at least three project meetingsper year. Remember that you can count trips, speakers,demonstrations and other project related activities.3. Involve youth leaders in meaningful ways. They arecapable of planning and teaching, not just being thehelpers or clean-up crew.4. Set an example in being prepared, organized andflexible in working with youth.5. Seek out additional resources for project members.6. Keep your club chairperson informed about themember’s growth and progressthroughout the year.

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