TENNESSEE 4-H IDEAS
VOLUME 02 - Issue 40
October 11, 2002
IN THIS ISSUE
4-H News Articles In Web
Hamblen County Returns From National Dairy Judging Contest
Hardeman County First To Post 4-H Week Service Project
Madison County 4-H'ers
National 4-H Week Happenings
State Land Judging
Contest To Be Held
Participates In National 4-H Dairy Conference
Youth-Led Project Grants
Wilson County Dairy Team Takes Honors In Regional Competition
Youth Gardening Grants
|State Junior Dairy Show - Murfreesboro
|State Fall 4-H Judging Team Contests - Cookeville
|NAE4-HA Annual Meeting - Norfolk, VA
|State Land Judging Contest - Clarksville
|State 4-H Council Meeting - Cookeville
November 29-December 3
|National 4-H Congress - Atlanta, GA
|State YF&R Annual Meeting - Nashville
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4-H NEWS ARTICLES IN WEB
There are currently six 4-H articles through the Web Packet service
being provide by UTIA Marketing and Communications. To access the
Web Packet, go to www.agriculture.utk.edu/webPacket/.
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Scroll down to the 4-H Club section to find the following articles:
|Local Students Attend National 4-H Congress
Local 4-H'ers Compete in State Contest (Fall Judging Day)
Show Us Your Art! Poster Art Contest Announced - 09/16/02
Win Cash for Beekeeping Essay - 09/16/02
National 4-H Week Set for October 6-12 - 09/09/02
Mark 4-H Events on Your Calendar - 08/29/02
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COUNTY RETURNS FROM NATIONAL DAIRY JUDGING CONTEST
Tennessee was well represented at the National 4-H Dairy Judging
Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, October 1, by the Hamblen County
4-H dairy judging team. Team members included Megan Gilbert, Amy
Hale, Ben Gilbert and Elizabeth Gratz.
The team placed 14th overall, 8th in placings and 4th in Brown
Swiss out among the 30 teams in the contest. Amy Hale was 6th high
individual in Aryshires; Ben Gilbert was 10th high individual overall
in placings; and Megan Gilbert was high individual on the team.
Highlights of the trip included judging practice at some of the
top dairies in Wisconsin, a tour of Hoard's Dairyman's Farm and
tours of the Dairy Shrine Museum. The team was accompanied by their
coach Jim Bond and volunteer leaders Eugenia Bond, Susan Gratz and
Joe Gratz. County Extension director Mannie Bedwell reports over
$3,400 was donated by local sponsors to assist with the expenses
of the trip, in addition to monies provided by the 4-H dairy endowment.
COUNTY FIRST TO POST 4-H WEEK SERVICE PROJECT
Hardeman County 4-H Honor Club members are the first to post their
service project on the National 4-H Week "Centennial Service
Celebration" web site. They volunteered to service food at
the Hickory Valley Days, an annual festival in their community.
They learned people appreciate teens who show an interest in their
By posting to the web site, Hardeman County become eligible to
receive a $1000 "service celebration." Every Tennessee
county celebrating National 4-H Week by doing at least 100 hours
of service learning projects during October will be recognized,
as well as all members of groups giving 100 hours of service. For
more information, visit www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/4hwkcsc/.
4-H'ERS DONATE DIMES
The service project for the delegates to the 2002 National 4-H
Congress in Atlanta is to collect a "Mile of Dimes" for
the National 4-H IFYE Foundation and the Atlanta Area Habitat for
Humanity. Other individuals and support groups (4-H clubs, volunteer
leaders associations, project groups, All Stars, etc.) can also
participate by sending 100 dimes with their state delegation.
The first 4-H'ers to send their dime to the state 4-H office are
Andrew and Matthew McBride of Madison County. If there others who
wish to participate, please have your dimes to the state 4-H office
by November 15. A check can be made payable to the Tennessee 4-H
Foundation and sent to the state 4-H office. We will convert it
to a roll of dimes to add to the wheelbarrow in Atlanta. The goal
is to have a Mile of Dimes collected and presented at the closing
ceremony of the Congress.
For a fact sheet on the Centennial of Dimes campaign go to www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas02/CentOfDimes.pdf.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of 4-H'ers and those
needing housing in the Atlanta area.
NATIONAL 4-H WEEK HAPPENINGS
Several counties have reported their National 4-H Week celebrations
to us through email. We wanted to share the good things that were
being done through our Ideas newsletter.
|Blount County (Sharon
Davis, Extension Agent) - National 4-H Week on sign
at Greenback Co-op, Maryville Co-op, Greenback Union Planters
and Tractor Supply; 4H Centennial T-shirts; 4-H Week basket
for Farm Bureau; Centennial article in BHEA newsletter; 4-H
cupcakes to courthouse employees, county executive's office,
library and 4-H secretaries; Centennial posters on display
at library; letter to the editor from 4-H'er about National
4-H week published in the Daily Times; National 4-H Week signs
on windows of 4-H office; 4-H flyers at the library; and National
4-H Week email to volunteer leaders.
Madison County (Sharon
Tubbs, Extension Agent) - Madison County is
letting everyone know about National 4-H Week with a billboard.
It was put in place on October 1 and will remain up for the
entire month of October. One of our dreams has been to have
a billboard and now we have had two in one year. We also did
one in March to celebrate the 4-H Centennial. (You can see
Madison County's billboard at www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/images/billbord.jpg.)
Other things going on in Madison County during National 4-H
||Four display cases at the Jackson/Madison
County Library were filled with 4-H memorabilia.
||Channel 7 WBBJ did a show featuring
||A birthday party was held for Honor
Club members celebrating National 4-H Week. 4-H lamb
was served and there were green and white snack foods.
||Honor Club members (about 40) where
given 2003 planning books. They filled in all of the
4-H dates to help them get organized for the coming
||A recognition dinner has held for all
of the youth and adult volunteers who helped in the
4-H Chicken Shack at the fair. Outstanding leaders
were also honored.
||Bulletin boards displays were set up
at various locations around town (for example: the
Madison County Farm Bureau).
||Articles were sent to the radio, TV
and newspapers to acknowledge National 4-H Week.
Rutherford County (Barbara
Davenport, Extension Educator) - Rutherford
County "kicked off" National 4-H Week with a 100th
anniversary reception/alumni reunion and silent auction.
A slide show, photos and 4-H memorabilia were available
for viewing. The annual achievement banquet was held following
the reception with many former 4-H'ers staying for the banquet.
Former West Tennessee 4-H'er Lelan Statom from NewsChannel
5 was the guest speaker. His topic was "Attitude +
Determination + Faith = Success." He told many funny
stories about his 4-H experiences. We also have a 4-H display
at the Linebaugh Library in Murfreesboro for the month of
October. We are delivering vegetable and cookie trays this
week to senior citizen centers and nursing homes. The Murfreesboro
Sun covered the achievement banquet and will have an article
in the paper this week.
STATE LAND JUDGING
CONTEST TO BE HELD
The State 4-H Land Judging Contest will be held on in Montgomery
County on Monday, November 4, hosted by Austin Peay State University.
Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Teams are to meet in the Montgomery
County Farmer's Coop parking lot on US 79, on the east side of Clarksville
for instructions. An awards luncheon will be held at the Austin
Peay Student Center at 11:30 a.m.
Participants in the event include: Cannon County, DeKalb County,
Grainger County, Hancock County, Hawkins County, Haywood County
(2 teams), Henry County, Putnam County and Wilson County (3 teams).
The top two teams in the state event will represent Tennessee in
the national contest in Oklahoma next spring.
PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL 4-H DAIRY CONFERENCE
A delegation of Tennessee's state 4-H dairy project members enjoyed
several days of fun and learning during the 48th annual National
4-H Dairy Conference on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison,
September 29 - October 2. The educational program attracted approximately
200 youth and adult delegates from across the U.S. and Canada.
The Tennessee delegation included Timothy Graef of Springfield
and Michael Moore of McMinnville. Timothy and Michael were selected
during project competition at State 4-H Roundup earlier this summer.
They were accompanied by Warren County 4-H agent, Michael Barry.
The four-day experience exposed 4-H members to new dairy science
technology and dairy related careers. Through a combination of workshops,
speakers, educational field trips, and networking with other dairy-oriented
youth, 4-H members gained information they could use to strengthen
their futures in the dairy industry. Hands-on learning workshop
topics included biotechnology, genetics, foods evaluation, animal
nutrition, and marketing.
National 4-H Dairy Conference is sponsored by the University of
Wisconsin-Extension. In addition to visiting the University of Wisconsin
campus, highlights of the trip included tours to Hoard's Dairyman,
Nasco, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, National Dairy Shrine Museum,
and World Dairy Expo.
YOUTH-LED PROJECT GRANTS
Source: Points of Light Foundation's CBO-SL
Youth Outreach at the Points of Light Foundation is pleased to
announce the availability of mini-grants for youth-led service projects
that honor the memory of those lost on September 11th. Made possible
by funding from the Gates Foundation, the mini-grants will fund
youth-led projects supporting the USA initiative. Youth Outreach
will award approximately 10-25 mini-grants, ranging from $250-$500.
The application deadline is October 31, 2002.
The goal of the mini-grants is to have young people involved not
only in the execution of the service projects, but in the planning
stages, as well. Applications that involve youth in a meaningful
way will be given preference. This involvement can include but is
not limited to: planning the project, helping to write the grant
proposal, and leading the service project.
In keeping with the volunteerism spirit of the USA initiative,
projects cannot be fundraising efforts. The only exceptions may
be projects that raise money for causes that can be identified with
specific individuals. For example, a walk-a-thon to raise money
for AIDS research would be appropriate if done to honor someone
active in AIDS-related causes. It is not possible to do any fundraising
for September 11th-related funds and charities at the
request of the Family Advisory Council.
All projects need to be planned specifically for the USA initiative
and be largely completed by May 3, 2003. To receive an application,
contact Lori Jean Mantooth at LMantoo1@utk.edu
Lori Jean Mantooth
COUNTY DAIRY TEAM TAKES HONORS IN REGIONAL COMPETITION
Wilson County represented Tennessee in the Mid-South Regional 4-H
Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis, September
28. Team members Jared Major, Summer Davis, Luke McPeak and Brad
Trice placed 5th among the nine teams from six states in competition.
The team was 3rd in Ayrshires, 3rd in Jerseys and 5th in oral reasons.
Jared Major was the 3rd high individual in Ayrshires, Jerseys, Holsteins
and oral reasons. Jared was also the 3rd high scoring individual
overall. Summer Davis was 3rd high individual in Guernseys and Luke
McPeak was 7th in Ayrshires.
Congratulations to the Wilson County team and their coach Diane
YOUTH GARDENING GRANTS
Source: Points of Light Foundation's CBO-SL
Schools and community organizations with child-focused outdoor
garden programs may apply to receive garden tools, products, and
educational resources generously donated by companies in the lawn
and garden industry. Selection criteria include leadership; need;
sustainability; community support; innovation; and educational,
environmental, and/or social programming. The application deadline
is November 1, 2002. To download the grant application, visit
Lori Jean Mantooth
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard