Friday, February 20, 2009

Celebrate 100 Years of 4-H Making Communities Stronger

A century ago in Florida, boys learned about planting corn and girls discovered how to grow tomatoes in 4-H clubs. Today in Pinellas County, thousands of youth and adults grow and work together for positive change through dozens of projects in 4-H Youth Development. And, while growing vegetables still takes place in some 4-H clubs, learning leadership, citizenship and life skills are the true missions of the program facilitated by Pinellas County Extension.

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of 4-H in Florida, and the Pinellas County chapter is hosting a celebration. Volunteers, alumni, youth and their families are welcome to join in the event. The Pinellas County 4-H Foundation Centennial Celebration and Fundraising Dinner is planned for Friday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. N., in Pinellas Park.

The donation for the celebration is $50 for each adult and $25 for each youth. The celebration includes dinner, guest speakers and dancing entertainment before and after dinner. Reservations are requested by Monday, March 2. Those who cannot attend the celebration but would still like to donate are welcome to send a contribution to the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 66595, St. Pete Beach, FL 33736.

All proceeds from the fundraiser support the 4-H Foundation that fosters new and innovative youth programs. When you donate, you support scholarships to camps and other 4-H events. You also fund operating expenses for clubs and programs for schools, after school and families. Through these programs, youth ages 5 through 18 learn by doing, set goals, solve problems, make new friends, give back to the community and build connections with others.

For more information about the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation Centennial Celebration or to purchase tickets, please email or call (727) 641-8344 or view the following link

Please pass this information along to friends, family, and colleagues!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2009 Florida 4-H Volunteer Forum

Registration for this year's Florida 4-H Volunteer Forum is now open. The Forum takes place at 4-H Camp Ocala on the weekend of April 24-26 and costs $85 for the full weekend. This forum is open to adult 4-H volunteers and offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about new programs and new ways to deliver old programs. Just as importantly, 4-H volunteers can network with volunteers from other counties, learn from each other, and make friends in the process.
The volunteer forum is sponsored by the Florida 4-H Volunteer Association. In addition to workshops, there will be the election of association officers and a silent auction. The theme for the weekend will be the Florida 4-H Centennial. Participants are asked to bring scrapbooks and pictures from their county's history.
If you are a 4-H volunteer interested in spending an enjoyable weekend learning with great people in a beautiful natural location, you should download the forms at:
and learn more about this weekend.
Registration forms and payment should be returned to your county 4-H office.

Monday, February 2, 2009

2009 Role Models Today Writing Contest

Here is an opportunity to participate in a writing contest from the University of Florida's College of Journalism! The Role Models Foundation would like to invite high school students to participate in their 2009 Role Models Today Writing Contest. The best entries will receive a $100 cash prize and may be published on To enter the RMT Writing Contest all students have to do is submit an essay on the theme, “One of the most important issues facing the nation in the news today” by March 16, 2009. For contest rules and for more information, please download the flyer at: