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VOLUME 02 - Issue 40
October 11, 2002


4-H News Articles In Web Packet
Hamblen County Returns From National Dairy Judging Contest
Hardeman County First To Post 4-H Week Service Project
Madison County 4-H'ers Donate Dimes
National 4-H Week Happenings
State Land Judging Contest To Be Held
Tennessee Participates In National 4-H Dairy Conference
USA Initiative Youth-Led Project Grants
Wilson County Dairy Team Takes Honors In Regional Competition
Youth Gardening Grants Available


October 11-12
State Junior Dairy Show - Murfreesboro

October 19
State Fall 4-H Judging Team Contests - Cookeville

October 27-31
NAE4-HA Annual Meeting - Norfolk, VA

November 4
State Land Judging Contest - Clarksville

November 22-24
State 4-H Council Meeting - Cookeville

November 29-December 3
National 4-H Congress - Atlanta, GA

December 7-10
State YF&R Annual Meeting - Nashville

Tennessee 4-H Home Page: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/
Online version of Ideas: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas02/
Ideas index:


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/. Type in your user name and password when prompted.

Scroll down to the 4-H Club section to find the following articles:
Local Students Attend National 4-H Congress - 10/08/02
Local 4-H'ers Compete in State Contest (Fall Judging Day) - 09/24/02
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

If you wish to read an article, simply click on the link. If you wish to download an article for your use, choose which format you prefer (MS Word or Text), click on the icon provided with each article. When prompted, select the location where you wish to save the file.

These articles are being provided for your use in working with local media and the public. They have not been distributed to the media. Check back often for new features.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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 community.

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/.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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 Week include:
* Four display cases at the Jackson/Madison County Library were filled with 4-H memorabilia.
* Channel 7 WBBJ did a show featuring 4-H leaders.
* 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 year.
* 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.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist


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.

Michael Barry
Extension Agent

Source: Points of Light Foundation's CBO-SL Digest

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 or 865-974-7322.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant


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 Major.

Steve Sutton
Extension Specialist

Source: Points of Light Foundation's CBO-SL Digest

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 www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant


Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
~Author Unknown





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