1 University of California Cooperative Extension Modoc County 4-H MuleTales March April 2012 MARCH 3 North Section 4-H Council Shasta County 6-7 Food Class at Elk s Lodge in Alturas 14 Junior Show Board Meeting 4:30 pm Rifle Trainer Course in Lakeport, CA Shooting Sports (Archery) Certification for Adult Volunteers, Boulder Creek, CA 24 Alturas Goat, Sheep and Swine JLS Show Grounds from 10 a.m. to Noon 24 4-H and FFA Market Animal Field York Ranch Sale Barn from Noon to 5 p.m. 31 Big Valley Goat, Sheep and Swine Adin Hall from 10 a.m. to Noon 31 Registration Form for Far North Sectional 4-H Presentation Day Due APRIL 3 Modoc 4-H Leader s Council Meeting/Conference Call, 5:30 p.m., at Modoc County Planning Department Conference Room (across the street from the Farm Advisor s Office) 5 Entry Forms for Modoc County Home Economics Day Due 9 Surprise Valley Goat, Sheep and Swine Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11 Junior Show Board Meeting 4:30 Modoc Planning Department Conference Room 20 Applications for Annual Natural Resources Science Camp Due 21 Modoc County 4-H Home Economics Noon at Modoc High School in Alturas 28 Far North Sectional Presentation Modoc High School in Alturas Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting Oakdale Sportsman s Club, Stanislaus County MAY 3 Entry Forms for the 2012 Junior Livestock Show Due 6 Beef Animal Play JLS Show Grounds beginning at 1 p.m. 9 Junior Show Board Meeting 4:30 Modoc Planning Department Conference Room 23 Junior Show Board Meeting 4:30 Modoc Planning Department Conference Room 26 State 4-H Field Day 31 Applications for 4-H Statewide Committee Membership Due JUNE Junior Livestock Show Wishing for spring showers and lots of May flowers!
2 Congratulations! Please join us in extending congratulations to Randi Johnson, Providence 4-H Club! Randi was recently selected as a State 4-H Record Book winner one of eleven State Record Book Winners selected from a field of approximately H members throughout California. This reflects a significant achievement for Randi and comes with a $250 award, a certificate and pin. Well done!!! Food Class The Modoc County Department of Environmental Health will sponsor a Food Class on March 6-7, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 619 North Main Street, Alturas. The cost for the two day class is $ You can sign up at Modoc County Environmental Health, 202 West 4th Street, or visit the Only 25 spots are available. 4-H and FFA Market Animal Field Day Do you plan to show a market animal at the 2012 Junior Livestock Show? If so, please plan to attend the 4-H and FFA Market Animal Field Day to be held on March 24, 2012 from Noon to about 5 p.m. at the York Ranch Sale Barn (southeast of Alturas). This special event is sponsored by Steve and Terri Brown of Modoc Farm Supply. At Noon a free barbecue lunch will be served. Beef, Swine, Sheep and Goat Seminars will begin at 1 p.m. During the seminars, participants will have an opportunity to meet with market animal experts and learn about animal nutrition, showmanship, and preparing and fitting your animals for show. The Field Day follows the JLS Goat, Sheep and Swine Tagging scheduled for 10 a.m. to Noon on March 24th at the Junior Show Grounds in Alturas. For more information, please contact Steve Brown at Beef Animal Play Day Ellen Carey, Beef Project Leader for the New Pioneer 4-H Club, will be hosting a Beef Animal Play Day at the Junior Show Grounds in Alturas beginning at 1 p.m. on May 6, Youth who plan to exhibit one or more beef animals at the 2012 Junior Livestock Show are encouraged to attend. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and practice fitting and grooming your animal for show as well as other important tips for Showmanship. For more information, please contact Ellen Carey at Shooting Sports (Rifle) A Rifle Trainer course will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Lakeport, California at the Konocti Rod & Gun Club. Upon successful completion of this course, 4-H leaders will be certified as Trainers in the shooting sports discipline of rifle. They can then lead a club/camp project or certify volunteer leaders. There is a $25.00 fee for the course. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. You must be an appointed 4-H volunteer to attend. Please send the Training Request Form found at celake.ucdavis.edu/files/ pdf and fees payable to Lake County 4-H Council to UCCE Lake County, 883 Lakeport Blvd., Lakeport, CA For more registration information contact Julie Frazell at (707) ex. 119 or If you have questions about the course, contact the instructor, Rick Walker at (707)
3 Shooting Sports (Archery) On March 23-25, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 California 4-H Camping Conference, a Shooting Sports Workshop (Archery Discipline) will be held at the YMCA Camp Campbell - Boulder Creek, CA (Santa Cruz County). The training is open to 4-H leaders and teen leaders (high school aged youth). Upon successful completion of the course, adult volunteers (21 and older) will be certified to instruct archery project in the club, county or at camp. Cost for the course is $160 and includes class material and meals and lodging. For more information or to register online, visit this website: Please Join Us for A Little Bit of Italy in Modoc 2012 Home Economics Day The theme for Modoc County s 2012 Home Economics Day is A Little Bit of Italy in Modoc. This year s event will be held on Saturday, April 21st beginning at Noon at Modoc High School in Alturas. Exhibitors will have an opportunity to showcase items they have made in their Arts and Crafts, Fiber Arts, Clothing and Textiles and Foods Projects. If you plan to exhibit at the event, please see the Registration Form enclosed in this issue of Mule Tales. Delegates who qualify during the Fashion Revue at Home Economics Day will have an opportunity to compete in the State Fashion Revue on Saturday, May 26th at UC Davis, as part of State Field Day. State Fashion Revue registration will open be open from April 1 to May 12. Far North Sectional Presentation Day Returns to Modoc on April 28th Modoc County 4-H will host the Far North Sectional Presentation Day on April 28, 2012 at Modoc High School in Alturas. (Modoc County last hosted the event in 2008). If you plan to attend this event, please see the Registration Form in this issue of Mule Tales. Presenters should plan to arrive between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. to receive your room assignment. Presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. SHARP. 4-H members from Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta and Trinity Counties will be among those showcasing their communication skills and vying for awards that recognize their achievement. Presentation Day is an opportunity for 4-H members to show off their public speaking skills in a variety of competitions including Demonstrations, Educational Displays, Prepared Speech and Impromptu Speech, among others. The competition provides for participation by individual 4-H members or teams. Members who earn a gold medal at Regional Presentation Day qualify to attend the State 4-H Presentation Day which will be held in May at UC Davis.
4 Modoc County 4-H Leader s Council The Modoc County 4-H Council will meet on April 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Modoc County Planning Department Conference Room (across the street from the Farm Advisor s Office) in Alturas. If you are unable to attend the meeting in-person, please plan to join the meeting by conference call (Call-In Number: , Participant Access Code: #). Senior 4-H members and all 4-H Community Club and Project Leaders are voting members of the Council. Among the topics to be discussed at the meeting on April 3rd is considering a proposal to host a single Modoc County-wide Presentation Day in 2013 due to staffing and funding limitations which no longer make it possible for the 4-H Office to support three separate events (Alturas, Big Valley, and Tulelake.) As part of the proposal, a single county-wide event could potentially be rotated to various locations throughout the county. The Council will also continue discussion regarding the following by-law special amendment (for a complete copy of the Modoc County 4-H Leader s Council Bylaws, please see the Modoc 4-H website at cemodoc.ucdavis.edu). While the Council approved removal of Home Economics Day from the 4-H Record Book deadline rule at their meeting on January 17, 2012, the University of California Cooperative Extension has suggested the following additional changes (see boldface type): Special Amendments Record Books Every Junior, Intermediate and Senior 4-H member must submit a completed record book (Personal Development Report, My 4-H Story, Annual Project Report, Market Animal Supplement, and Previous Year s Materials) to their Community Club Leader or designee by the club deadline. Primary 4-H members who will become Junior 4-H members in the next program year must submit a completed Primary Member Report Form to their Community Club Leader or designee by the club deadline. Members who fail to submit a completed record book will not receive any awards for their club or project work during the past year, and will not be eligible to exhibit or sell at any Modoc 4-H competition in the next year, including Home Economics Day, Junior Livestock Show, Modoc District Fair, Intermountain Fair and Tulelake Butte Valley Fair. State 4-H Field Day Mark your calendars! The 2012 State 4-H Field Day will be held May 26, 2012 at UC Davis. The event offers multiple contests, activities, and exhibits for 4-H members, volunteers, staff, and families. The complete event packet and registration details can be found at: The State 4-H Presentation competition, which is a key part of the Field Day, requires members to qualify at a Sectional 4-H Presentation competition prior to the event. Information regarding Sectional Presentation Days is currently being updated and will be posted on the state website at: SectionalPresDays/.
5 2012 Applications Now Available for the 28 th Annual Natural Resources Science Camp for High School Students Mark your calendars for this great opportunity! April 20 th is the deadline for submitting applications for Range Camp! Range Camp is a weeklong camp experience for students ages who have an interest in the science and conservation of natural resources in California. The camp, celebrating its 28 th year, is put on by the California-Pacific section of the Society for Range Management. Students learn plant identification, principles of livestock and wildlife management, forestry, fire ecology, hydrology and water quality, geology and soils, and management of stream and river environments. Field activities include learning to read wildlife sign, outdoor navigation with compasses, maps and GPS, forest management, a tour of a working ranch, and a beach BBQ. Sessions are taught by faculty from the University of California, staff from local, state and federal agencies, and private professional scientists and natural resource management specialists. Range Camp runs from June 17 th -22 nd at the University of California s Elkus Youth Ranch just south of Half Moon Bay. Information and applications are available at HTML/rangecamps.html. Cost is $ Applications will be considered after the deadline on a space available basis. This is a unique opportunity for students thinking about college to learn about university-level courses of study in agriculture and natural resources, and for students looking for job opportunities to talk with a variety of professionals whose careers touch on their areas of interest. The Society for Range Management will send the top two campers as representatives to a national high school youth forum held concurrently with its annual science conference in Oklahoma City, OK in February of In addition, most local Resource Conservation Districts are willing to help sponsor students. If you need help finding a contact for your local Resource Conservation District please contact: Mary Kimball, (530) , Interested in Serving on a 4-H Statewide Committee? Open recruitment for 4-H statewide committee membership takes place every spring and is now open. 4-H members, recent alumni, 4-H adult volunteers, 4-H YDP partners and collaborators, and County 4-H YDP staff are all invited to apply. Applications are due to the State 4-H YDP Office postmarked by May 31, Committees meet face-to-face various times of the year, and may schedule conference calls, and utilize to conduct committee business. For more information and to download an application, go to: Please note that the application is on the last page of the document. Applicants need to fill out the application completely, sign and get a County Cooperative Extension staff signature. Applicants also need to include a summary describing: Why they want to serve on that particular committee. What strengths and experience they will bring to the committee. What experiences do they have that relates to the Advisory Committee s subject area that they are applying for? (Please review each committee description for additional items that may be requested for the application.)
6 2012 Junior Livestock Show The Junior Livestock Show will be held June 11-15, 2012 at the Junior Show Grounds in Alturas. Helping to gear up for the Show is the 2012 Junior Livestock Show Board. L to R (front row): Nick Rowley, Trent McQuarrie, Alexandra McQuarrie, Courtney Knoch, Larrell Smith, Hannah Gibbons, Kelly Roberts, and Olwyn Bostic; (back row): Garth Olson, Nick Schulz, Wesley Williams, Walker Godby, Randi Johnson, Andrea Torres, Rylee Pedotti and Anna Estill. Not pictured: Ben Torres. The Junior Livestock Show Board recently completed tagging Market Beef Animals for the 2012 Junior Livestock Show. A total of 17 animals were tagged. Scheduled JLS Market Goat, Sheep and Swine Taggings are: March 24th JLS Show Grounds from 10 a.m. to Noon; March 31st Big Adin Community Hall from 10 a.m. to Noon; and April 9th Surprise Modoc District Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. One change the Board is considering for this year is to offer trophies for mother-offspring classes. A total of 16 trophies will be needed at a cost of $25.00 each. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a trophy for motheroffspring classes, please contact Randi Johnson at The Board is also proposing the following rule changes: (1) offering Intermediate 4-H and FFA classes to allow students in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in FFA to compete with their 4-H peers and (2) combining and revising 2011 Rule Numbers 34 and 35. The proposed new rule is: #34. To be eligible to show and sell market beef, goats, lambs and hogs, prospective exhibitors (except JLS Board members and their siblings) must have their animals tagged and recorded by a Junior Show Board Member at one of the scheduled JLS Tagging Days. Your club can help the Junior Show Board by asking Board Members to: share information at regular club meetings; bring any club issues, concerns, suggestions or opportunities to the Board for consideration; and schedule a Buyer s Contact Day for Market Animal Project members. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact elected Board Members or the 4-H Office at
7 Far North Sectional 4-H Presentation Day LOCATION: Alturas, Oxley Hall at Modoc High School DATE: April 28, 2012 This registration form is due on or before March 31, 2012 at your county 4-H Office. COUNTY: CATEGORY: Please check one... Demonstration Demonstration, Team Prepared Speech Interpretive Reading Share the Fun/Cultural Arts Problem Solving Educational Display Illustrated Talk Impromptu Speech Scientific Demonstration Audio/Visual Presentation Name(s): Grade: Grade: Presentation Title: Is a live animal part of the presentation? (circle one) Yes No Do you need any special accommodations (ie. Power, Screen, Extra Tables, ) Presenters arrive between 9:15 and 9:45 A.M. to receive your room assignment; presentations will begin at 10:00 A.M. SHARP! ATTENTION: Parents, Leaders, and older 4-H members...yes, I would like to be a Judge (adults and 4-Hers 9 th grade & older; teens must have received a gold at county or sectional days to be eligible to judge) Room Coordinators (must be 9 th grade & older) Assist with Operations i.e., set-up, registration, tabulation, orientations, and clean-up. NAME: (circle one) YOUTH ADULT GRADE (If youth): COUNTY: We need two (2) adult or teen judge (9 th grade & older), and one (1) Room Coordinator (9 th grade & older) for every 5 presentations to be given from your county! Please help recruit judges and room coordinators. Thank you. Judges and Room Coordinators orientations will be held at 9:15 A.M. SHARP! Please be on time so the day s schedule can be followed.
8 Please use one form per entry and mail or fax to: HOME ECONOMICS DAY Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Noon Modoc High School Alturas ENTRY FORM ENTRY FORMS ARE DUE on April 5, 2012 Modoc County 4-H Office 202 West 4th Street Alturas, CA Fax: (530) Name Club Age Division Year In Project Item Leader s Signature COMPETITIONS These competitions will be judged according to the Modoc 4-H Home Economics Day Manual available at Remember to include additional entry materials. * = State Fashion Revue Qualifying Event Arts & Crafts Recipe Review Centerpiece Sewing Construction Fiber Arts Crochet & Knitting Place Setting Fiber Arts Needle Art Fashion Revue Traditional* Escort Fashion Revue Purchased* Escort Fashion Revue Embellished* Escort Fashion Revue Needle Art Escort Fashion Revue Challenge* Escort
9 HOME ECONOMICS DAY Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Noon Modoc High School -- Alturas RECIPE REVIEW ENTRY FORM ENTRY FORMS ARE DUE to the 4-H Office on April 5, 2012 Please use one form per entry and mail or fax to: Modoc County 4-H Office 202 West 4 th Street Alturas, CA Fax: (530) Name Club Age Division Year In Project Item Leader s Signature COMPETITIONS These competitions will be judged according to the Modoc 4-H Home Economics Day Manual available at cemodoc.ucdavis.edu. One form per entry. PLEASE TYPE, LEGIBLY PRINT IN INK, OR TAPE YOUR RECIPE BELOW: Recipe Serves Ingredients: Cooking Instructions: If you require further space please use the back of this form or attach your extra sheet/sheets.
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