VOLUME 03 - Issue 01
January 10, 2003
IN THIS ISSUE
S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due January 15
4-H Service Learning Academy
Announced for 2002 Ag Tag Designations
Family, Family, Family
Secret" Cookie Contest
the State 4-H Staff! - Lori Jean Mantooth
Ohio Sends Its Best
S.M.A.R.T. Grants Awarded to Eight Counties
Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Host Leadership Retreat
We'll Train Your Volunteers!
|4-H S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due - State
|Prudential Youth Leadership Applications Due
- District Offices
|State 4-H Leader Forum Registration Due - State
|State 4-H Market Hog Show - Murfreesboro
January 30-February 2
|YF&R Leadership Conference - Memphis
|Online LifeSmarts Competition Ends - Statewide
|4-H Beekeeping Essays Due - State 4-H Office
|4-H Alumni Registration Due - State 4-H Office
|Senior Leadership and Citizenship Records Due
- State 4-H Offfice
|Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc. Annual Meeting -
Paris Landing State Park
|State 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum - Paris Landing
|State 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest - Cookeville
February 28-March 1
|State 4-H All Star High Council - Crossville
|G.L. Herrington/AGR Scholarship Applications
Due - State 4-H Office
|UT Block And Bridle Roundup - Knoxville
|State LifeSmarts Contest - Lebanon
|Prudential Youth Leadership Institute - Crossville
March 30-April 5
|National 4-H Conference - Chevy Chase, MD
|District 4-H Poster Winners Due - State 4-H
Tennessee 4-H Home Page: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/
Online version of Ideas: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas03/
S.O.S. MINI-GRANT PROPOSALS DUE JANUARY 15
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
Lori Jean Mantooth
4-H SERVICE LEARNING
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
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
ANNOUNCED FOR 2002 AG TAG DESIGNATIONS
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.
FAMILY, FAMILY, FAMILY
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.
SECRET" COOKIE CONTEST
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.
THE STATE 4-H STAFF! - LORI JEAN MANTOOTH
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
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
OHIO SENDS ITS BEST
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.
S.M.A.R.T. GRANTS AWARDED TO EIGHT COUNTIES
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
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
JUNIOR SHEEP PRODUCERS HOST LEADERSHIP RETREAT
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.
WE'LL TRAIN YOUR VOLUNTEERS!
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
| * You're the
* 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
* School Club Volunteers
* Manners Matter
* Secrets of the Brain
* Simple Crafts for Super 4-H
* Developing a 4-H Website
* Members' Roles in Groups
* On-line LIFESMARTS - Getting
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and request
an electronic version (PDF) of the forms.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Most people are more comfortable with old problems than with new