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Enrollment forms for Whitley County 4-H due soon

The 4-H enrollment forms for members to enroll in the 2010 4-H program will be mailed towards the end of January. If you know of a prospective third grade 4-H member, please call Kay at the Whitley County Extension Office to add them to the mailing.
The 4-H forms change each year for both members and for livestock. If you submit an old form, it will be returned, and a 2010 form must be submitted. Forms without the required parent/legal guardian and member signatures will also be returned.
Members of 4-H and animals are enrolled on separate forms. Animal forms are not mailed from the Extension Office. Please note: After your member enrollment is turned in by April 1 and you have enrolled in an animal project (other than Cat or Dog), a separate animal form is also due. March 1 is the 2010 due date for Beef Steers or Heifers or Dairy Steers and you, as a 4-H member, must still have turned in your member enrollment form by April 1. Whitley County Bred, Born & Raised forms are also due for Beef and Dairy Steers on March 1 to the Livestock Leader and this includes the nomination fee and all signatures.
New for 2010: A liability release which must be signed just as it’s written on the enrollment form in order for the 4-H’er to be enrolled in the Whitley County 4-H Program.

The 4-H enrollment forms for members to enroll in the 2010 4-H program will be mailed towards the end of January. If you know of a prospective third grade 4-H member, please call Kay at the Whitley County Extension Office to add them to the mailing.

Be thinking about 4-H now

The Noble County 4-H program is now busy enrolling youth in grades one through 12 (as of January 1, 2010).  Enrollment forms are due to the township leaders by March 1.
When youth become 4-H members, they may find something new. It may be a skill, a sense of belonging, or being useful. The projects and programs are based on real life. It’s adult life in the making.
In 4-H clubs, under the guidance of a volunteer adult leader, members learn about conducting a business meeting, planning programs and activities, and socializing and sharing ideas.  Clubs start meeting in February, and meet monthly or bi- monthly until the Noble County Community Fair, July 17 to 24. An achievement meeting is held in the fall to recognize each 4-H member’s accomplishments.
Noble County has over 60 project areas for members to select from. The 4-H’ers may select as many projects as they wish to complete.  Many of these projects have 10 different levels, so that a member can advance and learn more in their project each year.  A wide variety of projects, able to suit almost any interest, is available.
Many 4-H’ers pursue a career in their adult lives that they have started in their 4-H years.  Photography may lead to a studio career or photo journalist; electrical engineers have gotten their start in the 4-H Electric project; and careers in environmental science may have their roots in 4-H Forestry, Wildlife, Soil & Water Conservation, Weather, or Entomology.  Skills learned in 4-H may help you in furthering your education, finding a job, or pursuing a hobby.  Often, just being able to organize your ideas and finish a project is hard to do, and 4-H can help.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Noble County Extension Office at (260) 636-2111 or 1-800-601-5826, or stop in at the Extension Office in the Noble County Office Complex South on State Rd. 9 in Albion.

The Noble County 4-H program is now busy enrolling youth in grades one through 12 (as of January 1, 2010).  Enrollment forms are due to the township leaders by March 1.

Senior Center information

For information on the Whitley County Senior Center/Council on Aging, go to www.whitleycountycouncilonaging.com or call (260) 248-8944 or from Churubusco…

Changes in the 2010 4-H program

There were several rule changes in Whitley County 4-H in October to be noted. There will be reminders of these changes from time to time so you can be prepared. The first is that dues were raised for the 2010 year to $5 per member.
The Collections Project will now only have a 2’ x 2’ x 2’ space for display of the project. More emphasis is being placed on the notebook in judging. Students are encouraged to display their more recent items and then have pictures in the notebook of their other parts of the collection.
Several livestock species now have weight limits to sell in the auction. Swine will have to weigh at least 220 pounds to be considered safe and more than 200 pounds or they will go home. Dairy Steers must weigh at least 1,100 pounds to sell in the auction. Goats will need to weigh at least 45 pounds. All these weights have been added because the buyers are not willing to pay for animals they may need to hold onto to get to market weight. All 4-H’ers should note these weights and plan to feed their animals in such a way that they make the minimum weight.
Swine members will now be required to have PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) training for this year. There will be at least three workshops offered in Whitley County during the year to meet this requirement. Several surrounding counties will also offer the program and those dates will be listed in the Extension Educator in the future. If you are 12 or older, you can take a test of the PQA program and it will allow you to have PQA certification until you reach the next level, but you will need to study for the test.
Horse and Pony members must have their “Helmet Release” forms into the Extension Office prior to May 15. You will not be allowed to ride at any 4-H Horse & Pony function without it. Note that this is due to the Extension Office and not to the Leader.
It is recommended that you read all the general rules in the front of the Rule Book, plus all the rules that apply to the projects you are enrolled in. Careful reading will help you not to make a mistake on the day of judging.

There were several rule changes in Whitley County 4-H in October to be noted. There will be reminders of these changes from time to time so you can be prepared. The first is that dues were raised for the 2010 year to $5 per member.