Monday, August 25, 2008

Ochs 4-H Vegetable Garden Orientation September 2

The Ochs 4-H Vegetable Garden project has a limited number of 10' x 12' plots remaining. Membership is available to youth 5 t0 18 years old, as of September 1, 2008. What better way for your child to learn life skills than through 4-H, growing and eating fresh nutritious vegetables.


September 2, 2008 at 6:30 P.M.
Pinellas County Extension
12520 Ulmerton Road

Largo 33774

In order to attend orientation, you must pre-register by calling Jean Rogalsky at (727) 582-2597.

Youth who join the Ochs 4-H vegetable garden also become members of the Ochs Garden 4-H Club with full county 4-H membership for the 2008-09 year. The garden and club are located at the Ochs 4-H Educational Center at 14644 113th Ave, Largo. The garden is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Club meetings are Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. The cost to join 4-H is $15 per year, plus $10 per garden plot. Seeds, starter plants, project books, and tools are provided.

Dear Fellow Pinellas County 4-H Foundation Supporter:

I want to thank you for your passion for Pinellas County 4-H Foundation. Over the years you have supported Pinellas County 4-H Foundation with your voice, your energy, and your dollars. Now, we're proud to say, it's time to give you something back! Pinellas County 4-H Foundation has a new membership service that actually puts the "fun" into fundraising...and it won't cost you a penny.

Pinellas County 4-H Foundation now has its own travel website at!
This new service is like having our own Expedia® just for Pinellas County 4-H Foundation supporters and friends! Everything you need is right here. You get access to the same airlines, hotels and rental car companies, cruises, and vacation packages you find on all the other major travel websites, and, best of get some of the lowesttravel prices on the internet!

Getting great travel prices for you is fantastic, right? But, how is this going to help raise funds for Pinellas County 4-H Foundation? Here's How it Works - if you don't know, every time you use a travel website like Expedia®, the travel companies pay BIG commissions for your reservation.
Well, now when you book travel on our website, Pinellas County 4-H Foundationwill receive royalties from YTB totaling a whopping 60% of those commissions!

Any way you look at it, this is a win-win situation. You get great travel rates and you help funnel dollars from the travel companies into Pinellas County 4-H Foundation. With your help and other Pinellas County 4-H Foundation supporters like you...we can raise TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars for Pinellas County 4-H Foundation!

Why not take the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation travel website for a "test drive" right now? I'm sure you'll like what you find and it would be a great way for us to kick off this new service.
Try out our new website

Use our new travel website and while you are traveling you'll know you are supporting Pinellas County 4-H Foundation! It’s that simple!Oh, and one more thing, please bookmark our new website. That way you'll be able to use it anytime you need travel. Thanks for your commitment to Pinellas County 4-H Foundation and for trying out our travel service at

Monday, August 18, 2008

Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Leadership Pinellas

I would like to recommend this program to 4-H members that meet the requirements stated below. I participated in the adult Leadership Program in 2002 and learned so much about my community and how I could make a difference. The Youth Leadership Pinellas program, sponsored by Leadership Pinellas and the YMCA of the Suncoast, is accepting applications for the Class of 2008-2009 through October 6, 2008. The program seeks to provide information on community resources and issues, develop an excellence in leadership, build teamwork skills and foster involvement in community services for a diverse group of 10th and 11th grade high school students.

Youth Leadership Pinellas is a seven-month program, operating from November through May. Participants meet for five full-day sessions, plus an orientation retreat and graduation event.
Dialogue is created between established and potential leaders of diverse backgrounds, including business and professional individuals, plus leaders of government, education and other fields. A wide range of topics exposes the youths to the decisions facing their community today. Emphasis is on active, hands-on experience that makes the learning meaningful and interesting.

To be eligible for the program, students must attend an accredited high school in the Tampa Bay area, demonstrate leadership or be emerging leaders in school or community activities, have an interest in addressing issues in their community, be academically sound (a B average or better is recommended), be eager to learn and have strong team spirit and be willing to follow the School Code of Conduct and policy set forth by Youth Leadership Pinellas.

For more information about Youth Leadership Pinellas, or to request a program brochure and application, contact Stephanie Zaragoza at the YMCA of the Suncoast, (727) 467-9622, or Leadership Pinellas, (727) 585-8889.

The application dates for YLP are the following:
Application deadline - Monday, October 6th
Interviews – The Week of October 20th (exact days and times dependent on number of applications received)
Orientation – Sunday, November 2nd

Friday, August 15, 2008

Important Dates for Upcoming 4-H Events & Activities

August 25 - County Council @ PCE (Extension office) - 6 p.m.
August 28 - Leaders Meeting – Kickoff - 7 p.m.
September 1 - 4-H Apple & Pecan Sale Begins
September 2 - Ochs Garden Orientation @ PCE - 6:30 p.m.
September 12 – 14 - First Executive Board @ Camp Cherry Lake
October 2 – 5 - Southern Region Leaders Forum/Rock Eagle 4-H Center
October 8 - Community Pride Proposals Due
October 21 - 4-H Advisory Meeting @ PCE - 6 p.m.
November 1 - 4-H Open House & Apple Cook Off
November 15 - Marine Ecology Competition in Kissimmee
December 5 – 7 - Second Executive Board @ Camp Ocala

Monday, August 4, 2008

Do Something! is a website for an organization that gives out a grant each week to youth who are looking for funding for a community action project. It reads: Did you recently create a sustainable community action project, program or organization? Do you need $500 to further the growth and success of your program? If you answered, "YES!" , you are eligible to apply for a Plum Youth Grant. Plum grants are given out weekly. Yep, that's right--we said WEEKLY!. The link to the grants web page is: