Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Join the 4-H Expansion and Review Committee

The 4-H Expansion and Review Committee is a group of interested persons who meet annually to assess the current 4-H program. This group is actually part of the 4-H Advisory. Once a year the Advisory invites other community members to join them to discuss not only the current state of the program, but new ways to increase the reach of the program. Members bring to the meeting their own perspectives and ideas. If you are asking who should join this committee, the answer is anyone who cares about youth or the state of their community. Isn't that you?
You don't have to be a 4-H leader or even be knowledgeable of 4-H to join. The recruitment goal of the committee is to be geographically and demographically representative of Pinellas County. Just think, you could be the person who has the idea or knows the contact that could change a child's life for the better.
This year's meeting of the 4-H Expansion and Review Committee will take place July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pinellas County Extension Office. If interested in participating in this meeting, or if you have questions, please contact Jean Rogalsky at or (727) 582-2597.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Marine Ecology Field Trip July 10

Come join 4-H members and parents interested in Marine Science for a tour of New College Marine Lab and Mote Marine in Sarasota. The guided tour of the New College Marine Lab will begin at 9:30 am. There will be a guided tour of the facility including a Hawaiian Tank, local fish, living corals and a 10000 gallon fish haven. We will eat a picnic lunch before proceeding to Mote Marine ($12.00 admission) for the afternoon. We would do a self guided tour of the Mote Institute and head back home between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

This will be a great opportunity for 4-H members interested in participating in the Marine Ecology Event in November. Many of the organisms will be on display to view up close and personal. Even if you do not plan to go in November to Kissimmee, it is a good opportunity to see the many fascinating marine organisms that you do not have ready access to.

Bus transportation can be arranged if we have a minimum of 20 participants. The cost for the day would be $30.00 per person for all transportation and admission to Mote Marine. The bus will leave the Pinellas Extension Office at 8:00 a.m. If we have less than 20 we will have to carpool. Please confirm by June 18. A deposit of 12.00 per person (the cost at Mote Marine) is due on June 18. Any balance will be due 1 week before the tour. We will need a minimum of 3 adults with the tour. Contact Betty Lipe to receive your registration form at