Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 4-H State Marine Ecology Event

Last month, on November 6, 4-H members from around the state competed in the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event. Participants learned about marine plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and ecosystems. There is also a marine and aquatic photography contest. This year 18 Pinellas 4-H'ers trained and competed at the event in Osceola County.
Here are the Pinellas County results:
Junior Team - Second: Danielle Moran, Eliza Fields, Marty Moran, and Hunter Monroe
Junior Individual -Second: Hunter Monroe
Intermediate Team - Third: Sabrina Brown, Katelyn Garner, Emily Plaisance, and Jozef Soja
Senior Team - Second: Matthew Garner, Jack McConnell, Matthew Galiano, and Chris Garner
Senior Individual - Third: Matthew Galiano
Photography- Aquatic Life - Honorable Mention: Eliza Fields

As you can see, the Pinellas delegation, trained and led by 4-H Leader Kevin Garner, did an excellent job representing us.

If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H Marine Science program, please contact me at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

This is a reminder just in case some of you are feeling stressed and think that your task list has gotten too long and the number of days left on the calendar too short. Remember that holidays are times of enjoyment and appreciating the best in our lives. Perhaps today is the day to cross a couple unfinished tasks off the list. Use that time to relax or spend with an old friend or your own family. It is ironic that those who fret about the lack of time often fail to realize that time is one of the best gifts of all to receive.
I know many of the 4-H families are busy right now with holiday preparations and purchases. Did you know that this time of year produces 25% more trash than the rest of the year? While you reduce stress this holiday, also adopt some of these greener practices from Pinellas County Utilities: http://www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/holidays/tips.htm. You may find that going green and reducing stress go hand in hand.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

4-H Thanksgiving

Many families practice the Thanksgiving ritual of going around the table and having each member say what they are most thankful for. This is probably also happening at many 4-H clubs as they have their last meeting before Thanksgiving. Answers can range from the roast turkey on the table to friends and family. I think it is beneficial for everyone to stop and think about what it is that they appreciate the most in their lives. In that spirit, today I am sharing what I think our Pinellas County 4-H Family (including me) should be thankful for.

  • Pinellas County has a varied program. Projects range from horses and dogs to vegetable gardening and robotics. There is a project of interest for everybody.
  • The 4-H program is open to everyone. These hard economic times have added stresses on money, time, and patience. Still, children can join 4-H for very little money, in a community club or afterschool club.
  • Pinellas County has a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteers have continued to take on extra responsibilities as budget constraints continue. Some of the recent events would have been cancelled had it not been for the volunteers.
  • The Pinellas County 4-H Foundation is there to support us. The Foundation funds many 4-H programs. The scholarships many 4-H members receive to attend out of county trips would not exist without the Foundation.
  • Pinellas County clubs give back to the program. In November, 14 clubs participated in the 4-H Open House and two turned right around and participated in Farm-City Day two weeks later. Both events were bigger and had larger attendance than the year before.
  • We have a 4-H Family here that is ready to support its members, both the youth and adults. 4-H members are ready to help other members with their projects or to attend activities. At the monthly volunteer meetings I often see club leaders reaching out to new leaders or to leaders having difficulty with their club. So many club leaders are ready to lend a hand.

Simply put, everything above states that we have a large group of 4-H adults and youth who believe in the 4-H program and all that 4-H stands for. When you consider all that the four H's stand for, that is something we can all be thankful for.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November Events

The first event is the 4-H Open House and Apple/Pecan Cook-Off at the Pinellas County Extension, starting at 10:00 a.m. The Open House features displays and activities hosted by
4-H clubs for the enjoyment of all families. This is a great time to:

  • learn more about the 4-H program in Pinellas County
  • learn about pet care
  • build an Xtreme Gingerbread House
  • build a rocket
  • brush a goat
  • learn about hexagons
  • make a candle
  • sign up for 4-H!

All cook-off entries must be brought to the Magnolia Room for check in by 10:00 a.m. The doors will be open at 9:00 a.m. for entry check in. Awards will be announced by 1:00 p.m. and sampling of entries will follow.

This event is free.

The second event is the Farm-City Day on November 20 at Heritage Village. The fun starts at9:00 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. For this event 4-H/Extension is partnering with several other groups to bring this national event to Pinellas County. There will be many make and takes as well as agricultural give aways.

Both of the events will take place along with the Market in the Park in Heritage Village.

Friday, October 8, 2010

4-H Open House and Apple/Pecan Cook-Off November 6

Now that the apples and pecans are ordered, it is time to turn our attention to the annual 4-H Open House and Apple/Pecan Cook-Off. For those who are new to 4-H, the Open House is a fun, educational way to showcase the Pinellas County 4-H program. Each club is invited to set up a table with a club exhibit featuring an activity or fund raiser. So far we have quite a few activities lined up:
Rocket building and launch
Extreme Gingerbread House Building
Dairy goats
Rabbit showing
Face painting
Dog toy sale
Horse treats or craft
Fishing activity
And more!

There is still time to reserve space for your 4-H club. Please contact me if you want to be included in this event at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.

The Apple/Pecan Cook-Off will start at 10:00 a.m. All entries must be checked-in by that time. For registration forms, please go to: http://www.pc4hfoundation.org/applepecancookoff.pdf. For more information or questions on the cook-off, please contact Betty Lipe at blipe@tampabay.rr.com.

The 4-H Open House runs from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 when the rocket launch concludes. The Open House takes place at Pinellas County Extension at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Monday, September 20, 2010

4-H Apple and Pecan Sale

If autumn is in the air, it must be time to order apples and pecans from the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation's biggest and most delicious fundraiser! Our favorite apples are back, so order your Crispin and Empire apples today! Pecans are this year's crop and come plain in halves and pieces for creating holiday treats and snacks. Order the glazed or chocolate covered pecans in their festive bags for the perfect holiday gift. For all the details and order forms, go to : http://www.pc4hfoundation.org/.

Don't delay; orders are due October 3. Apples arrive the last week in October.

Do you have a favorite apple and/or pecan recipe? The 4-H Apple/Pecan Cook-Off takes place November 6 as part of the 4-H Open House at the Extension Office. All entrants must pre-register. Registration forms are available at the 4-H Foundation web site listed above. The finished product must be delivered to the Extension Service Office by 10:00 a.m. the day of the event. Need more details? Check the registration form at http://www.pc4hfoundation.org.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

4-H County Council Meeting September 10

The first County Council meeting of the year is on September 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Ochs 4-H Educational Center at 14644 113th Avenue North, Largo. County Council is a county level club that serves the Pinellas County 4-H Program through decision making, community service and leadership. This means all the 4-H clubs can have a part in planning 4-H events and activities. This is a great way to learn leadership skills and have fun at the same time. It is a step up to participating in District Council.

In the past, County (Teen) Council members have taught classes at District Congress, prepared meals at Ronald McDonald House, led activities at the 4-H Open House, held a retreat at fort DeSoto, and tubed down a river. What are your ideas for the 2010-2011 4-H County Council?
Any 4-H member may attend a County Council meeting, but you must be an Intermediate or Senior (at least 11 years old) to be a voting delegate.
Please respond to the 4-H Office if you will be attending the meeting, if you are interested in County Council, or in any part of the 4-H program, at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.

Friday, September 3, 2010

4-H Goal Setting - Tips for 4-H Members and Parents

Embedded into every 4-H project are important life skills that teach youth how to be successful in whatever endeavors they pursue in their life. This is part of how 4-H ‘Makes the Best Better”. At the beginning of the school year all 4-Her’s with assistance from their leaders and parents, set project goals and make plans to achieve those goals. Goals must be SMART; Specific, Measureable, Attainable , Realistic and have a Time frame for accomplishment.

· SMART goal
I will catch, fillet & cook a flounder that I catch in the Gulf of Mexico from my kayak with a saltwater rod and reel and 40 lb test line by 12/31/2010
· Not SMART goal
I will finish my fishing project book.

So crack open those project books, select the activities you want to complete and choose the clover award you wish to accomplish by the end of the year. Document this information in your project book and also in the project summary report, then have your parents and club leaders document and sign how they will help you reach your goals. When you are done, celebrate that you have joined the top 3% of successful Americans who write out goals and plans for their lives.

An End to a Great 4-H Year and a Great Beginning to 2010/2011

On August 20 4-H clubs and supporters gathered at the Pinellas County Extension Office to recognize their 4-H'ers for a job well done. Over 100 4-H'ers received their project completion year pins. Blue ribbon projects were exhibited for viewing. In addition, twenty-three members and clubs received Performance Standard Clover Awards for over-all participation and support of the 4-H program. Crazy 4 Canines received an Emerald Clover for their excellence in participation, organization, and performance.

Several 4-H members received project medals. In addition, the Achievement Award went to Crazy 4 Canines' Kaymie Van Benthuysen. Recognition was also given to those 4-H members who have achieved 20 and 40 4-H blue ribbons.
Receiving 20 blue ribbon were Olivia Cook, Michaela Polmann, and Beverly Strautmann. Matthew Galiano of Average Joe's 4-H received his 40 Blue Ribbon pin.

The biggest news of the night was the announcement of the Clubs of the Year. The small club of the year is the Conservatives 4-H Club. The large club is 4-H2O. Congratulations to both clubs for a year of excellent 4-H projects, activities, and representation.

Congratulations to you all!

4-H does not spend much time resting on their laurels because on August 28th 100 4-H members and supporters conducted their second annual County Congress. At the Congress, organized by 4-H club leaders, families could register for the new year, learn goal setting, attend a mock 4-H club meeting, elect officers, attend officer training, install the officers, join County Council, review project books, get ready to sell apples and pecans, and spend the day with a great group of people.
Many thanks to the 4-H volunteers for presenting this fabulous day!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pinellas County 4-H Congress

2nd Annual 4-H Pinellas County Congress

Date: August 28, 2010

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Location: Pinellas County Extension Office

Kick start your 4-H club experience for 2010-2011!

Join us for this free - fun and educational day!

Help your club start off the year in high gear!

Get a jump start on your personal 4-H project and goals!

Reduce paperwork and register on-site!

Begin this new 4-H year with a BANG!

To register please go to: http://www.4hpcc.weebly.com/

Don't forget to order your club County Congress t-shirt!

Event hosted by Pinellas County 4-H Volunteers!!

Questions? Contact Chrissy Brandenburg Willett at gojijuice@knology.net.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sign Up for the Ochs Garden 4-H Club

Members of the Ochs Garden 4-H Club learn to vegetable garden, develop healthy lifestyles, and have a great time while learning. While it is still too hot to spend much time outside working in a garden, it is the perfect time to start planning for the fall garden season. Pre-registration is now open for the 2010/2011 gardening year. Here is what you need to know:

  • The 4-H garden club is open to youth 5-18
  • Garden hours are 3-5 Tuesdays & Thursdays; 9-11 on Saturdays
  • The garden is located at 14644 113th Avenue North, Largo
  • Cost is $25 per year
  • Members are expected to complete a 4-H project
  • Interested parents must contact Jean Rogalsky at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org to pre-register
  • Each member receives a 10X12 foot plot
  • All plants and seeds are provided.
  • This 4-H project is fun!

In addition to learning how to grow vegetables, youth also learn about rain barrels, composting, and beneficial insects.

Come grow with us!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Upcoming 4-H Events in August

It is hard to believe that August is nearly here. Last week 40 4-H members from Pinellas attended Camp Ocala and next week 6 teens will attend 4-H Congress in Gainesville. Then we will be ready to end the 2009-2010 4-H year and begin the2010-2011 year. Here is what is coming up:

  • August 20 - Achievement Banquet, also known as Awards and Recognition Dinner. At this event, county judged projects and club scrapbooks are on display. Those 4-H members who have completed projects receive their year pins and certificates. Other awards and recognition are presented as well. The veiwing of the projects begins at 6:00 p.m. This dinner is pot luck and takes place in the Magnolia Room.
  • August 26 - Ochs Garden Orientation starts at 6:30 in the Magnolia Room. Participants must have pre-registered with Jean Rogalsky at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.
  • August 28 - 4-H County Congress is the kick-off to the new year. 4-H members can register, view and select project books, elect officers, and learn what they need to know to have a great 4-H year.

Make sure these dates are on your calendar now!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Are You Ready?

Every 4-H horse project member knows that qualifying and preparing for the 4-H State Horse Show is a big deal. The 2010 show runs from July 8-10 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Here are some thoughts from a Pinellas County Crazy 4 Canines 4-H’er:

Are You Ready?

By: Kaymie Van Benthuysen

Your horse is in the trailer, your car is packed, you take one more look at the checklist, and you pull away!! This is the exciting part where you head off to become a winner at the 2010 4-H State Horse Show!! But what do I mean about the car being packed and taking a last look at the checklist? There are a few steps you must take before heading off for the show. In this report, I will tell you what those steps are, and how to take them.

To make sure you have all the supplies you need for the show, it would be best to print a few different checklists off the internet, and even make one yourself. It would be best to have a few because some things may have some basic things you need, like hay, buckets, grain, pitchforks, a fan and your show clothes, but others may have some more unusual things like, extra Chicago Screws, sun block, camera, extra camera film, or a lint remover. The check list helps you remember all of these things.

You may also need to borrow, buy, or even fix some tack. Before you buy something that you may never use again, ask your friends if they have what you’re looking for. They might even be willing to sell it to you for less than you would get it in a store. If your friends don’t have what you need, you can find a local tack store that has what you need. You’re going to need hay and grain for a few days, so if you are running out of that you will need to buy that too. Also, try on and make sure there isn’t anything wrong with your show clothes. Make sure you have all show clothes that you need.

Finally, practice with your horse to make sure both you and your horse are personally ready. If you have a spooky horse, desensitize them to things that you might encounter at the show, or if your horse needs a tune up, get that done. A horse tune up is a review on what they have learned so when you are in the show ring and you ask them to do something, they know exactly what to do. Make sure that you work on things that you need to improve on. You can even have a dress rehearsal with your horse to see how everything looks.

Once you have done those steps, you are ready to go to the show and have a great time! Good luck to everyone and have an awesome time!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

4-H Adult Volunteer Recognition

The previous blog spoke of the fantastic group of 4-H volunteers in Pinellas County. On June 11, several of these volunteers were singled out for special recognition at the 4-H Volunteer Leader Donor Dinner.
The first group of awards are called the Spirit Awards. Following the tradition of 4-H camp, five individuals are recognized based on their ability to exemplify the core 4-H values through Head, Heart, Hands, Health, and Spirit. This year's winners are:

  • Head - Donna Benedict is the Leader of the All Things Equine 4-H Club. After taking over the club, she has consistently used her head by thinking out the processes of leading a club and knowing the importance of asking questions.
  • Heart - Sue Cherrie is one of the volunteers at the 4-H Ochs Garden Club. She works with all her heart and opens her heart to all the children in the garden club.
  • Hands - Chrissy Willett is the Leader of the Average Joe's 4-H Club, but she is known as the most helpful person at any event or meeting. No matter what needs to be done, Chrissy is ready to lend a hand. Or two.
  • Health - Mary Urquhart has led the Seminole Riders 4-H Club for thirty-six years, but has also led the 4-H horse program for many years. Mary (Snakey) has set the standard for how a horse club should be run and the result is a very healthy equine program in Pinellas County.
  • Spirit - Teryl Plaisance is an Activity Leader for Crazy4Canines. She has shown all the above qualities and is the clue that holds the club together. Teryl was nominated by the club's Leader, Liz Piquet.

The next award is Rookie of the Year. Denise Wright started the Neighs and Nickers 4-H Club last August and has turned it into an active and productive club. The 4-H'ers completed projects and participated in county, area, and state events. In addition, the club participated in community service projects.

This year's Volunteer of the Year is Lisa McBride, Leader of 4-H2O. Lisa's influence reaches beyond her club. She has been instrumental in the organization and execution of the first County Congress which benefited the majority of the 4-H clubs in the county. In addition, Lisa serves as a mentor for new leaders and has served as Camp Nurse at Camp Ocala.

The Leader of the Year is Liz Piquet, Leader of Crazy4Canines. Liz was also involved in the formation of the County Congress. Her club is very active in all county 4-H events from Demonstration Day to 4-H Day at the Capitol. In addition to the usual 4-H events, the club is deeply involved in the 4-H State Dog Project from creating county dog shows to attending Dog Conference. As the leader of a large 4-H club, Liz has the ability to recognize and utilize the talents of her adult volunteers and parents resulting in positive experiences for all.

While the volunteer above were singled out for special recognition, all 4-H volunteers bring their special talents, perspectives, and contributions to the program. The 4-H program could not continue without them.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Honoring 4-H Volunteers

4-H volunteers are a special group of people. Pinellas County is lucky to count over 100 dedicated 4-H volunteers. These volunteers serve as 4-H Leaders, Foundation or Advisory Council members, event judges, and office assistants. Some are new volunteers who have just signed up this year and others have volunteered for many years. We have one 4-H leader who has served for thirty-six years!
This Friday, on June 11 at 6:30, Pinellas County 4-H will honor 4-H volunteers at the annual dinner. Volunteer leaders receive their year pins and everyone attending is recognized for their contributions to the program. Those volunteers who have gone above and beyond may receive recognition through the "Head, Heart, Hands, Health and Spirit Awards". These awards follow the camp tradition of awarding the top campers who exemplify the core 4-H values. In addition, the 4-H Rookie, Volunteer and Leader of the Year are also announced.
Going above and beyond is quite a feat because 4-H volunteers are quite a dedicated group. In a survey done of 4-H Leaders the response to the question:
"What would cause you to stop volunteering for 4-H?", the number one response was "death"!
The second most frequent response was "physical impairment".
Another study found that the motivation of 4-H volunteers is that they believe in the value of the 4-H program and want to be a part of it.
It is no wonder that 4-H volunteers are the reason that the 4-H Program is what it is today and has made such an impact in our communities.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pinellas Shines at 4-H District IX Events

4-H members can participate at the club, county, district, state, and national levels. Recently there were two district level events – District IX Events and District Congress. Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Polk, Sarasota, and Pinellas all belong to 4-H District IX.

  • District IX Events has two basic parts. The first is the competition of the blue ribbon demonstration and talent winners from all six district counties. The second is the District Council meeting and election of District Council Officers.
  • On May 8, thirty-two Pinellas County 4-H’ers competed at Riverview High School in Hillsborough County. Of these thirty-two, twenty-five received blue ribbons and 18 received the medal for highest point in the category. Senior Pinellas winners receive a scholarship to attend and compete at 4-H State Congress in Gainesville. Intermediate Pinellas winners receive a scholarship to attend 4-H Camp Ocala.
  • Competing at Congress will be: Beverly and Teressa Strautmann, Rebecca Morris, and Evan Julian.
  • Receiving camp scholarships are: Lydia Kutz, Abby Vines, Emily Plaisance, Kristen Venable, Kaymie Van Benthuysen, Emily Vines, Jack Polmann, Nicole Sieling, Tanner Dickson, Kyle Walker, and Sarah Head .
  • The District IX Council voted in their 2010/2011 officers. From Pinellas County, Emily Vines is the new Parliamentarian and J.D. Willett is the Historian.
  • District IX Congress is a day of workshops and fun for 4-H Junior and Intermediates. Members of the Average Joe’s and 4-H2O 4-H clubs from Pinellas attended. Melissa Sharp of the Teen Council taught a workshop on 4-H S.E.T. Participants learned about scientific inquiry, created a wind turbine, learned about hexagons in nature and made a candle of beekeeping foundation. Drama, the aquifer, water conservation, and interactive games filled the schedule of a very engaging day.
  • District IX Congress is organized and taught by the District IX Council under the guidance of the District Council Advisor who is usually the 4-H Agent of the District Council President.

    These two District level events take place every year. The locations of these events change each year as the responsibilities rotate throughout the district. Check the Pinellas 4-H calendar regularly for upcoming events.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Updates on Area E and 4-H 2O

Most 4-H clubs elect officers. In addition to the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, there is the very important office of Reporter. The role of the Reporter is to write a story to be published in a newsletter or web site. Here are two submission. The first is a story of the Area E experience and the second is a club update for the 4-H 2O 4-H club.

Area E by Kaymie Van Benthuysen

You are in your last class of the day, waiting to see who has won. They announce 6th place, then 5th place, then 4th place, and finally they get to 1st place. The announcer pauses, it seems like minutes are passing by. “In first place” , the announcer pauses again.
“In first place” they say again and pause. And then the announcer says your number!!!!!! All you hear are your friends and family going wild in the crowd. You walk out of the arena with a proud smile on your face, sigh, pat your horse, and say “We’re done”.
But are you really?
After you are done showing your horse, there are post show steps to take. One of the more exciting things you can do is to tally up all of your points, to see if you have made it to the 4-H State Horse Show. This year, a rider needed four points to make it to State. Of the thirty-three riders from Pinellas, twelve qualified for the 4-H State Horse Show. They are Jade Baranich, Amanda Benedict, Casey Comier, Caitlin Denison, Jessica Freed, Charly Miller, Sara Poppleton, Olivia Sipos, Lauren Tribiano, Kaymie Van Benthuysen, Alexandra Vulgamore, and Morgan Wright.
When you get home, it is time to unload all of your tack, extra feed, pitch-forks, buckets, and all of the other equipment you brought along. You may also have to return a few borrowed items.
After all of those steps are done, if you are one of the proud riders that made it to State, it is now time to start practicing for that!!!!
“It is a lot of hard work, but it is all worth it. There is nothing like watching your child succeed!” says Shannon Conner, a mom of one of the qualifying riders.

4-H2O Club Report by Lexa Armstrong

This past month, the 4-H20’s members have been busy with many tasks. Some participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. At our most recent meetings, we began to plan our end-of-the-year club party.
Amanda Peacock, Michaela Polmann, Jack Polmann, and Emily Vines all went to 4-H Day at the Capitol on April 22nd. They saw the Governor, participated in tours of the Capitol and toured the Museum of Natural History.
Michaela Polmann reflects upon her trip saying:
“We learned about the new and old Capitol building. I found it fascinating! We did a mock legislature and voted on a bill about whether or not to build a canal. I can’t wait until next year!”
Lexa Armstrong and Michaela Polmann each received checks from the Florida State Fair for their entry into this year’s State Fair. Lexa Armstrong received many ribbons for her photography, art work, and sewing project. Michaela Polmann’s chicken was crowned the champion chicken.
We are all looking forward to our end-of-the-year party. Our treasurer, Michael Vieira, calculated the cost of the party so we could plan accordingly. We are going to the Highland Aquatic Park and have various meals and snacks.
The year has flown by, and we never want it to end… we are making great strides!

Pictures of 4-H Day at the Capitol: http://kingdom.ifas.ufl.edu/tylerljones/UFEVENTS/4HDayattheCapitol042210/Gallery/

Friday, May 7, 2010

Spring and Summer 4-H Events

Just when it seems the spring couldn't get any busier, the registration paperwork for the summer events arrive. Here is a summary of what is going on and links to the forms you will need. Just remember that almost all forms have to be returned to the Pinellas County 4-H Office.

  • District 9 Events is May 8 in Hillborough County. All the blue ribbon winners from district-wide County Events will compete. In Pinellas, Junior and Intermediate winners receive a scholarship to 4-H Camp Ocala and Senior winners receive a scholarship to 4-H State Congress.
  • District Congress is May 22 and a fun day for Junior and Intermediate 4-H members to explore different project areas. Registrations are due to Hillsborough County May 12, but the event takes place in Polk County.
  • Horsemanship School takes place during two weeks in June - one week for English and one for Western. Paperwork should be returned by May17. Here is the link: http://animal.ufl.edu/youth/horse/HorsemanshipSchool.shtml.
  • 4-H Legislature in Tallahassee is June 21-25. Registration is closed, but information is available at http://florida4h.org/events/leg.shtml.
  • Camp Ocala is July 12-16 for ages 8- 18. The packet is now ready and will be available at District Events. The cost is $195, although scholarships are available. Packets can be requested through jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.
  • 4-H State Congress takes on the University of Florida campus July 26-30. This event is open to Senior 4-H members. Registration is now open; the cost is $220 for the week. Information can be at http://florida4h.org/events/congress.shtml.

4-H events are a great way to spend the summer!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

4-H Legislature and Scheduled Trainings

Who: All Pinellas County 4-H’ers ages 14-18

When: June 21-25, 2010

Where: Tallahassee, Florida

Why: A “learn by doing” experience in state government. Delegates participate in the Florida 4-H Legislature and actually experience all three branches of Florida’s government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Florida 4-H laws are considered and passed or vetoed in a model legislative session at the Florida State Capitol. During this five-day event, 4-H’ers will serve as Florida 4-H senators, representatives, lobbyists, reporters, Lt. Governor or Governor. Lobbyists will also have the opportunity to serve as a page and/or experience being a Supreme Court Justice, lawyer or juror. And it is fun!

Cost: $225.00
(partial scholarships are available from the Pinellas County 4-H Foundation)


If you plan on coming to Legislature you must attend the mandatory trainings where we will go over the 4-H Legislature process and familiarize ourselves with the issues and bills being discussed this year. Robert Williams from the Average Joe’s 4-H Club has graciously offered to lead the trainings.

Trainings will be held on the following Tuesdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Pinellas County Extension in the Gardenia Room.

May 18, 2010
June 1, 2010
June 15, 2010

Please turn in all registration forms by April 23rd at the latest. You can bring it to the extension office or email the form to ayuan@pinellascounty.org. Money is NOT due on April 23rd. If you have any questions please feel free to call or send an email.

Andrew Yuan (727) 582-2103 ayuan@pinellascounty.org
Melissa Sharp (727) 582-2514 msharp@pinellascounty.org

Friday, April 16, 2010

Farewell from 4-H Agent Janet Golden

I am writing to tell you that my last day with Pinellas County 4-H Youth Development is April 30th. I am not leaving 4-H though! I am moving on to the national level to work for the National 4-H Council as the Manager of SET Professional Development. This is such an exciting opportunity for me and I look forward to the challenges and successes ahead. After almost 14 years here I have worked with so many amazing 4-H members and volunteers and I will miss you all. I will be staying in the area though, so I am sure I will see many of you around. I may even come back as a judge for events from time to time. Never in a million years did I dream as a 9 year old 4-H member in New Jersey that I would one day be a 4-H Agent and have such an amazing career. I have all of you to thank for making these years so special. Keep up all the great things you are doing and best of luck in the future!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

4-H Goes Tweet, Tweet!

Pinellas County 4-H is now on Twitter, so if you are already on Twitter please follow our tweets. For those of you not on Twitter, I encourage you to set up a free account by going to their website at www.twitter.com. If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a social networking tool that allows family, friends, and organizations like 4-H to provide up-to-date information on what they are up to at any given moment. This information, called tweets, can be accessed via the web, through texting, and other venues. It is up to you to select how you want to receive your tweets. The Pinellas County 4-H Twitter will be used to keep you updated on upcoming deadlines, events, activities, and meetings. Messages sent out on Twitter are limited to 140 characters, which is just enough for a quick update. So, when you get on twitter search for ‘Pinellas4H’ to keep up with what is happening in Pinellas County 4-H Development.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Take the 4-H Give2Vote Challenge and Help Win $5000 for Florida 4-H

Now you have an exciting, new way to be a part of Florida 4-H’s success! During the month of April, join 4-H’s Give2Vote Challenge by texting CLOVER to 50555 to give $10 in support of 4-H in Florida. You can also take the Challenge by making a secure online donation to Florida 4-H at www.Florida4H.org.

When you give, you vote! Each $10 mobile gift or online donation counts as one “vote” towards Florida 4-H. The state with the most “votes” at the end of the Challenge receives an additional $5,000 thanks to Challenge sponsor, JCPenney. Every vote counts and your votes will help Florida 4-H claim the $5,000 bonus! Voting ends April 30th.
State donation designation determined by the area code of your mobile phone. If you are under 18, be sure to get a parent or guardian’s permission before participating.

Terms and Conditions: A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. You will also receive up to 1 message per day from 4-H Alerts. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of National 4-H Council by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.com/A. To unsubscribe text STOP to 50555, for help text HELP to 50555. Privacy policy available at http://mgive.com/PrivacyPolicy.aspx

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

4-H Legislature Overview

You are invited to attend an informational meeting for Florida 4-H Legislature.

Who: All Senior 4-H’ers that have completed at least one year of membership.

What: Florida 4-H Legislature (June 21 – June 25)

When: The overview meeting will be held on April 8, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at the beginning of the

Teen Council Meeting.

Where: Ochs 4-H Educational Center, 14644 113th Avenue N., Largo, FL 33774

Why: To learn more about Florida 4-H Legislature and prepare to attend one of the

most enriching, dynamic, and fun programs available.

The Florida 4-H Legislature provides an opportunity for teen 4-H members to:

  • Have a “learn by doing” experience in state government each summer.

  • Actually experience all three branches of Florida’s government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

  • Consider, pass, or veto Florida 4-H laws in a model legislative session at the Florida State Capitol.

  • Serve as Florida 4-H senators, representatives, lobbyists, reporters, Lt. Governor or Governor during this 5-day event.

For more information on 4-H Legislature, go to: http://florida4h.org/events/leg.shtml.

If interested, please respond to Andrew at ayuan@pinellascounty.org or Melissa at msharp@pinellascounty.org.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's My Environment!

Show your appreciation for your environment by participating in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “It’s My Environment” Video Project. The EPA has created this video project in honor of Earth Day, a day to promote appreciation and awareness of Earth’s environment. Participation is easy. Just create a 10-15 second clip where someone off-screen hands you a sign saying “It’s My Environment” (see first link below for printable sign). Hold up the sign and say “It’s My Environment” while doing a small action to protect the environment. As soon as you’re done, pass on the sign to your left. To submit your video, just post a video response on youtube to the EPA’s promotional video (see links below). Check out the promotional video for some samples. The EPA will release a compilation of the clips on April 22nd, 2010 (Earth Day) where it’ll look like the sign is travelling from clip to clip, forming a human chain. Do your part to show how important the environment is to you!

For more information please visit the following links:

For rules & eligibility, “It’s My Environment” sign, and general info:

How to create a youtube account:

How to submit a video response:

EPA’s promotional video:

Monday, March 8, 2010

4-H Day at the Capitol - A Message from the 4-H State President

Hey Florida 4-H Members, Parents, Leaders, Staff, Alumni, and Friends!

On behalf of the Florida 4-H State Council we would like to invite you to join us at 4-H Day at the Capitol 2010! 4-H Day at the Capitol, an exciting event which allows participants to learn about government through the "Learning by Doing" approach that is fundamental to the 4-H Program, will be held on April 22nd in Tallahassee, FL! Participants attending this event will join other 4-H members and supporters as they promote the 4-H and IFAS Extension Programs to government officials and the public, as well as take part in exciting tours and workshops that teach youth the importance of taking an active role in government!
Throughout the day, first time participants can tour historic sites which will include the Old Capitol, New Capitol, Museum of Florida History, and the Union Bank Black Archives Display as they take part in "The Capitol 101!"
If you took part in 2009, we recommend you sign up for one of our new workshops which focus on advocacy and civic engagement, as well as how government affects topics ranging from marine science to agriculture. These new workshops include trips to local museums, Florida State University, an IMAX theatre, and exciting hands on activities!
All participants will also have opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the state, hear from guest speakers at a press conference, and meet with their legislators to share with them the impact 4-H has had on their life! We hope you will join us in Tallahassee for this exciting event, and together, help us accomplish this year's goal of bringing 1,000 people to the Capitol and turn Tallahassee "Green for a Day!"
As we work together to set the precedent for a new century of the Florida 4-H Program, 4-H Day at the Capitol 2010 will truly be a once in a lifetime experience. Make sure you are part of it!
Registration is now available for 4-H Day at the Capitol 2010! Forms, workshop descriptions, the 2010 participation guide, and other educational resources/curriculum can be downloaded from the Florida 4-H website at: <http://florida4h.org/events/Capitol_Day.shtml> http://florida4h.org/events/Capitol_Day.shtml.
These materials were designed to enhance your experience at the Capitol. To take part in the "Capitol 101" tour sessions (recommended for 1st time participants) the registration fee is $15. If you are signing up for the subject-related tours (recommended for returning participants) the registration fee is $20. Registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, and all of the tours and activities throughout your day in Tallahassee!
Thanks to support from the Florida 4-H Foundation, buses will once again be taking participants to this event! Buses will leave from Camp Cloverleaf, Camp Ocala, and the Pensacola area. Participants can sign-up to ride the bus on their registration forms for an additional $25! Registration must be submitted to your county office by their deadline, in order for it to be submitted to the State Office by April 2nd! Don't miss out on your chance to be part of 4-H history. Sign-up now for 4-H Day at the Capitol 2010! Once you've signed up, please spread the word about this event to your fellow 4-H members in your clubs, counties, and district! If you have any questions, feel free to let us know! Looking forward to seeing you at the Capitol on April 22nd!

Sean Russell Florida 4-H State Council President

Candice Drake 2010 4-H Day at the Capitol Chair

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

4-H/All Children's Ride 4 Kids

The second annual Ride 4 Kids is coming up fast. This is a benefit trail ride to raise money for All Children's Hospital and the Pinellas County 4-H horse clubs. You do not need to be a 4-H member to join us. Come out and enjoy the shaded trails of Walsingham Equestrian Park on March 20, 2010 from 1:30 to 4:30. Riders need to raise a minimum of $15 to ride with us. $50 or more gets you a free 2010 Ride 4 Kids t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the most money raised. Riders, here is your form for donations and some very important information: http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/blog_4H/Ride4Kids.pdf

If you can't join us on March 20, please donate and sponsor a rider.

For more information, contact Rosa at luckysmypony@hotmail.com.

Note: All Florida State statutes and 4-H helmet rules apply to all youth riders.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Get Ready for 4-H County Events

County Events: Night of the Arts and Demonstration Day

Night of the Arts will take place February 26 at the Northwest Church of Christ in St. Petersburg. This location is easy to get to and has enough room for all of us. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Night of the Arts is our “Share the Fun” portion of County Events. Whether you perform just for fun, you want to become a professional performer, or you hope to be a star someday, there is a place for you at Night of the Arts! Entries for the Poster Contest and the Photo Exhibit are also due at this time. Registrations are due February 15.

Demonstration Day will be March 13. Every 4-H member is expected to do a demonstration each year, so now is the time to polish up your presentation for Demonstration Day. A good way to start preparing is by viewing the 4-H Presentations module for 4-H members. There is also one for parents and leaders: Leader Module. Demonstration Day registrations are due March 1.
To get your registration forms for County Events, go to:

Night of the Arts form – http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/blog_4H/2010_NightofArtsForm.pdf

Demonstration Day Form - http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/blog_4H/2010_DemoDayForm.pdf

Remember, all participants must have their 4-H enrollment complete 30 before the event. Any questions? Contact Jean Rogalsky at jrogalsk@pinellascounty.org.