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VOLUME 03 - Issue 01
January 10, 2003


4-H S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due January 15
4-H Service Learning Academy
Deadline Announced for 2002 Ag Tag Designations
Family, Family, Family
"Family Secret" Cookie Contest
Meet the State 4-H Staff! - Lori Jean Mantooth
Ohio Sends Its Best
Target S.M.A.R.T. Grants Awarded to Eight Counties
Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Host Leadership Retreat
We'll Train Your Volunteers!


January 15
4-H S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due - State 4-H Office

January 15
Prudential Youth Leadership Applications Due - District Offices

January 17
State 4-H Leader Forum Registration Due - State 4-H Office

January 21-22
State 4-H Market Hog Show - Murfreesboro

January 30-February 2
YF&R Leadership Conference - Memphis

January 31
Online LifeSmarts Competition Ends - Statewide

February 1
4-H Beekeeping Essays Due - State 4-H Office

February 1
4-H Alumni Registration Due - State 4-H Office

February 3
Senior Leadership and Citizenship Records Due - State 4-H Offfice

February 7
Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc. Annual Meeting - Paris Landing State Park

February 8
State 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum - Paris Landing State Park

February 15
State 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest - Cookeville

February 28-March 1
State 4-H All Star High Council - Crossville

March 1
G.L. Herrington/AGR Scholarship Applications Due - State 4-H Office

March 1
UT Block And Bridle Roundup - Knoxville

March 8
State LifeSmarts Contest - Lebanon

March 21-23
Prudential Youth Leadership Institute - Crossville

March 30-April 5
National 4-H Conference - Chevy Chase, MD

March 31
District 4-H Poster Winners Due - State 4-H Office

Tennessee 4-H Home Page: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/
Online version of Ideas: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas03/
Ideas index:


January 15 is the deadline for 4-H groups to submit proposals for 4-H Seeds of Service mini-grants. The $2,000 grants are to fund youth-led service learning projects that meet community needs and offer young people a true learning opportunity. Download the Request for Proposals at www.utextension.utk.edu/4h/sos/RFP_year3.pdf. For more information, contact Lori Jean Mantooth at 865-974-2128 or LMantoo1@utk.edu.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant,4-H


On January 27-29, thirty-nine 4-H agents from across the state will gather in Nashville for the first 4-H Service Learning Academy. The Academy will prepare agents to partner with youth and other adult leaders to plan and implement high-quality service learning projects. During the Academy, agents will explore the basics of service learning; take an in-depth look into youth voice/youth as partners, community needs assessment, and reflection; plan ways to incorporate service into a 4-H program; and participate in actual service learning projects in the Nashville community. Tuesday's training will be led by Ann Bailey Saylor, a former 4-H'er and YES Ambassador, and Susan Ragsdale, who helped develop a national training on youth voice. Participants will enjoy an evening at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and a graduation luncheon with guest speaker Carol White, Director of the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service. 4-H S.O.S. will also "debut" the results of the service learning impact study conducted during the 2001-2002 program year.

Agents who attend the Service Learning Academy are eligible to apply for one of four $5,000 mini-grants. Proposals are due to the state 4-H office by February 15, 2003.

Lori Jean Mantooth
Extension Assistant


The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has asked that all Ag Tag County 4-H Endowment designation forms for 2002 be received by the Tennessee 4-H Foundation no later than February 15, 2003. 2002 designations received after this date will not be funded. It is suggested that 4-H agents should make the appropriate contacts within the county to be sure all 2002 designation forms are forwarded to the Foundation by the February 15th deadline.

The Foundation anticipates that a confirmation process for 2002 designations with the Department of Safety or with county clerks will be required. Further instructions will be coming to agents if help is needed to complete the confirmation process.

Additionally, the Ag Tag County 4-H Endowment program will continue through June 30, 2003, or until the $100,000 contract limit is reached (whichever comes first). Agents may wish to alert the county clerk's office of the continuation of the program in 2003. A news release about the Ag Tag program is available on the UTIA resources for agents website at www.agriculture.utk.edu/webPacket/. If agents decide to use the news release, information on how to designate proceeds of Ag Tag purchases and designation form availability may be added.

Thanks for participating in the Ag Tag County 4-H Endowment program! Please let me know if you need additional marketing items such as brochures or posters to promote the program.

Mark Gateley
Extension Specialist


The 4-H Alumni Meeting/State Volunteer Forum is a great family get-away. Family members will LOVE and remember Friday night's extra-interesting program, the old-fashioned square dancing, Karaoke Night, and Funshops. Saturday's workshops have something for everyone. No dull speeches!

Our keynoter/capnoter is a musician who will entertain and inspire you with his bedpost-a-phone and other trash-to-treasure creations. Participants will even get a hands-on opportunity to play one-of-a-kind instruments after the session. He is an annual highlight with teens and adults at National 4-H Conference.

Peggy Adkins
Extension Specialist


Find Grandma's recipe file! Bake up a batch of her best treats. Bring 2 dozen samples to Volunteer Forum, February 7-8. Participants will vote for their favorites, after taste-testing.

We'll put each recipe in a sealed envelope for the silent auction. The top 5 vote-getters get a small stone baking sheet and applause from an admiring crowd.

Peggy Adkins
Extension Specialist


We want you to know more about the people who work in the state 4-H office. We will be featuring a different staff member each week in Ideas. Keep reading to find out about another one of  our team.

Lori Jean Mantooth is a native of Adams in Robertson County. As a 4-H'er, she was active in judging teams, exchange trips, and other activities. She attended Mississippi University for Women, where she earned a degree in English with a minor in history. After graduation, Lori Jean worked in the Central District with the 4-H LifeLinks peer leadership program. She moved to Knoxville to join the state 4-H staff in February 2001.

In addition to serving as the 4-H All Star State Medicine Person, Lori Jean coordinates the 4-H Seeds of Service program. Her duties with 4-H S.O.S. include managing the mini-grants program; maintaining the website (www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/sos); writing curriculum; coordinating service projects at state events, conducting training for youth, agents, and volunteer leaders; and providing assistance with planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning projects. Whenever she has free time, she enjoys reading, writing, baking chocolate desserts, and planning ways to spoil her new niece, Porter Marie.

If you have questions about service learning or All Stars, contact Lori Jean at 865-974-2128 or LMantoo1@utk.edu.

Alice Ann Moore
Assistant Director/State 4-H Leader


Kathy Cox, outstanding 4-H specialist from Ohio, will be our guest trainer at State Volunteer Forum, February 7-8. She's bringing the best of Ohio's new successes.

Be sure to have at least one different teen and/or adult volunteer in each of her sessions to pilot these programs with small groups in your county.

You're the Athlete - This project/program is a tool for adults who work with sports-minded teens, and with teens who enjoy exercise and fitness. This is a tool to pull in coaches and new volunteers and teens.

Workforce Preparation - This Ohio program is excellent. Draft a volunteer to incorporate these new ideas and materials in your county plan.

Secrets of the Brain - Based on a PBS special, this session ties brain research into practical 4-H strategies. Send volunteers who work with 4-H'ers to this session.

This is a super opportunity to pull the best ideas from another state/region, and to enhance your county program by empowering volunteers to pilot these ideas.

Peggy Adkins
Extension Specialist


The National Wild Turkey Federation has been generous in donating money to the Tennessee 4-H Target S.M.A.R.T. (shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, rifle training) program for the third consecutive year.Four returning counties (agents) and four new counties will receive this year's grants.

New programs will each receive $667 and include the following counties:

Bedford - Emily Osterhaus and Dan Owen
Benton - Jimmy Lumpkin
Bradley - Danny Scott Goldman
Weakley - Bob Shumake

Returning programs will each receive $334 and include:
Hawkins - Ren Tolbert
Jefferson - Glenn Wolfenbarger
Maury - Dill Hughes
Sumner - Clint Parker

The most impressive part of the grant applications was the collaborative efforts in planning and implementing programs between the county 4-H agents and volunteer leaders with other community agencies. These counties are to be commended for taking the initiative to apply for funding in offering quality educational opportunities for their

Jill Martz
Extension Specialist


The 12th Annual Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Winter Leadership was held on January 3-4, 2003 at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville, TN. Forty junior sheep producers, adults, and extension personnel participated in the Sheep Quality Assurance training. After a pizza dinner, Dr. Warren Gill reviewed the numbers and trends for the TN Junior Sheep EXPO. During the leadership workshop, Doing the Right Thing, the participants discussed videos dealing with ethical behavior for livestock exhibitors. To round out the evening everyone enjoyed popcorn and the national championship football game. Saturday's program focused on sheep quality assurance issues. Junior sheep producers participated in hands-on workshops learning about sheep care and handling, animal identification, understanding medication labels, treating animals, feed quality assurance and treatment record keeping. These workshops were presented by Amy Williams, Randall Kimes, Greg Upchurch and Dwight Loveday. Each junior sheep producer received a copy of the learning activities to use for 4-H project group meetings. Thomas Greenlee of Grainger County was recognized for his photo exhibit.

Dwight Loveday
Associate Professor


So many needed volunteers? So little time to train them? We have a great deal for you! You recruit and orient them. We'll train them at State (Teen and Adult) 4-H Volunteer orum and Alumni Meeting, February 7-8, at Paris Landing State Park. You'll want to have at least one teen and/or adult volunteer in each of these training sessions.

* You're the Athlete
* Things to Do with Kids for $1.00 or Less
* Judging 4-H Records
* Service Learning Activities for Clubs and Families
* Starting a 4-H Technology Team
* Grab the Grill, Gussie (Outdoor Meat Cookery) - Parts A, B, C
* Ethical Leadership by/for Teens - Parts A, B, C
* Preparing for the Workforce
* Quiz Bowl for LIFESMARTS Competition
* Cyber Seniors/Cyber Teens
* Starting a County 4-H Volunteer Organization
* School Club Volunteers
* Manners Matter
* Secrets of the Brain
* Simple Crafts for Super 4-H Fun
* Developing a 4-H Website
* Members' Roles in Groups
* On-line LIFESMARTS - Getting Started
* Creative Group Discussions
* Judges' Training for 4-H Competition
* Youth Leadership in Service

Share the registration and schedule information with the adult and/or teen volunteers you want to start something new, or recruit and train people for existing successes in your county. You can request registration information from the state 4-H office at 865/974-2128 or email lwilkers@utk.edu and request an electronic version (PDF) of the forms.

Peggy Adkins
Extension Specialist


Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new solutions.
~Author Unknown





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