September - Sarasota County Extension - University of Florida

September - Sarasota County Extension - University of Florida

6700 Clark Road.Green BuildingSarasota, FL 34241Telephone: (941) 861-9818Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Facsimile: (941) 861-9886 http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.eduSarasota County Extension4-H CLUBS4 PawsAnimal CrackersB & S FarmsBlazersClogging CloversCrafty ScientistsEaglesEast County Steer & SwineEnglewood HomesteadersExplorersFaith FirstFlorida CrackersFoxmill Kids & ColtsGEO GangHalf Pint PullersHorse N AroundIndian Creek 4-H ClubKelly Community CloversLittle RascalsLivestock ClubMiakka AllstockMini Hooves of SarasotaMyakka RanchersNewtown 4-HNorth Port LivestockOpen GaitsReins of FaithRidin' RednecksSarasota Sharp ShootersShark BaitSouth County AGSouthern SpursThe Green In MeThe Southern PrideThe Clover TimesSeptember 2012FROM THE AGENTS DESK – Marcia MorrisIt’s hard to believe that the first Fair check-in is right around the corner! But, believe itor not the new 4-H year is here.Due to very unusual weather conditions, Sarasota County had back to back events; 4-HCongress and 4-H Camp. It was a busy two weeks for many. Our week at State 4-H Congress was,as always, fun, informative, and rewarding. Maxim Lowe was selected to attend National 4-H Congress.Congratulations Max! Madeline Ruch was recognized for her Community Pride project—CPRtraining. We are also proud to report that the late Mrs. Evalena Vann was inducted into the Florida4-H Hall of Fame. Sarasota alumni Jared Padgett also attended 4-H Congress to present theJared Padgett Award for Excellence. Jared has funded this scholarship to give back to others.Way to Go Jared!!!We came home from Congress on Friday and headed out to 4-H Camp Cloverleaf on Monday.We had a wonderful time at camp meeting new friends from across the state and enjoyingwater slides, tubing, a formal dinner, and many other camp activities. Thanks so much to our wonderfulvolunteers Jackie Bland, Jamie Bland, George Birkhold, Carrie Dean, and Jamie Morrisonfor giving their time and talents to make our week at camp happen, we couldn’t have done it withoutyou!As we start the new 4-H year, let’s all make plans to attend 4-H Awards Night on TuesdayOctober 2 nd . This is the “big night” of the year. Members and leaders will be recognized forachievements, accomplishments, and service. The night will not be complete with YOU !Marcia Morris, Extension Agent II / 4-HThe 4-H PledgeI pledge,My Headto clearer thinking,My Heartto greater loyalty,My Handsto larger service,and My Healthto better living,For my club, my community,my country, and my world.Save The Date… Tuesday, October 2ndAwards and Recognition NightPlease make your plans to celebrate our 4-H youth and volunteers,as we recognize youth for their achievements and thankour leaders and volunteers for dedication and contributionsthroughout the year. Youth will receive record book ribbons, year pins, projectmedals, and special awards. Leaders will receive year pins and we will announcethe 2012 Sarasota County “4-H Leader of the Year”.You’re Invited!4-H Awards &RecognitionNight.Tuesday,October 2ndDon’t miss this BIG event! The date is Tuesday, October 2ndin the Potter Building at the Sarasota County Fair Grounds. Check-in beginsat 6:30PM and the program will begin promptly at 7:00PM. Drinks will be provided, please bringyour favorite healthy snack or dessert to share!The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity - Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individualsand institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex age, handicap or national origin. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, IFAS,Florida A.&M. UNIVERSITY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PROGRAM, AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COOPERATING.

4-H Doesn't Slow Down…4-H Project Workshops are Back!The 4-H Office will be offering a series of“project” workshops again this year. The purpose ofthese workshops is to encourage members and leadersto explore the many project areas available in 4-H.Who can attend these workshops? Any SarasotaCounty 4-H Member (Cloverbuds included), andleaders!Workshops will be held the 1stThursday ofeach month, 5:00 PM, at Twin Lakes Park. We ask thatyou call (861-9810) one week in advance to pre-register,so we have enough supplies for everyone.Here’s what we are doing…September 6th: TopiariesLearn more about plant science as we create beautifultopiaries. We will supply pots, plants, dirt and accessories.The cost is $6.00.October 4th: Trick or Treat Holiday CandyMaking candy and treats is fun, and a great way to celebrateholidays. We will supply all the materials for thisworkshop. The cost is $4.00. Please call by September27th to register.November 1st: Fall VaseJoin us as we make a special holiday fall vase. All materialswill be supplied for this workshop, you supply theimagination! The cost is $3.00. Please call by October25th to register.December 7th: Christmas CardsSend your friends and family beautiful handcrafted“Christmas Cards” this season. We will make 5 uniquecards with envelopes. The cost for this workshop is$5.00. Please call by November 29th to register.ALL these items can be entered in the 4-H Arts &Craft Mini Building at the Fair.National 4-H WeekOctober 7th—13th !4-H To Receive Proclamation!On Tuesday, September 25, the Board of County Commissioners willrecognize 4-H in honor of National 4-H Week. The meeting will beheld at 9:00AM at the Sarasota County Administration Building,1660 Ringling Blvd., in the Board of County Commissioners Chamberson the first floor. Proclamations are the first items on theagenda. Members of our County Council will attend this meeting toaccept the proclamation. This is a great opportunity for youth toexperience a Commissioners meeting and view government in action.International Coastal Cleanup!Join the 27 th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday,September 15 th . This is the world’s largest one-day volunteer effortthat supports our marine environment. Ocean trash is one ofthe most widespread problems threatening our ocean and waterways,for more information visit -http://www.oceanconservancy.orgIs MEE 4U?What is the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event?(MEE) is a competitive event that provides 4-H youth (teams orindividuals) with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge ofmarine and aquatic worlds. To prepare, 4-H leaders and members goon marine field trips, visit aquariums, have group study sessions,and develop their own "mock contests". In the process youth learnimportant life skills.Sound interesting? The 2012 State Marine Ecology Event will beheld Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Osceola County ExtensionOffice in Kissimmee, FL.The Marine/Aquatic Photo Contest is held in conjunction with theMEE Event. Contact the 4-H Office for details and information;861-9810.Explore Florida 4-H !Southern Region Teen Conference:September 27—30, 2012 TennesseeExecutive Board:1 st – September 7—9, 2012; 4-H Camp Ocala2 nd – December 7—9, 2012; 4-H Camp Ocala3 rd – April 19—21, 2013; 4-H Camp CherryLakeLeadership Adventure Weekend:January 18—20, 2013; Camp Ocala4-H Day at the Capital:March 14, 2013; TallahasseeVisit: florida4h.orgFlorida State Fair, February 7-18, 2013The Florida State Fair is offering an educational seminar on September22, 2012 for potential youth livestock exhibitors. This Specie Specificseminar is designed to help exhibitors prepare for their State Fair animalproject and Skilathon Topic—Products and Marketing. Please note: Therewill be one (1) pre-fair seminar offered this year. Exhibitors may choose toattend the seminar to receive up to 30 points toward Achievement Premiums.The event will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa. Registrationfor 1st time exhibitors begins at 8:00 am and 1st Year Exhibitororientation begins at 8:30 am. At 10:00 am registration for returning exhibitorsbegins. Specie Specific Sessions begin at 10:30 am. Lunch break at12:00 noon, and Specie Specific Sessions at 1:00 pm. Show rules and entryforms:

Let’s Get Started—ENROLL On-Line NOW!Enroll NOW! Florida 4-H On-Line4-H On-line Enrollment is here! NOW is the time for Sarasota County youth, leaders and volunteers to enroll / re-enroll forthe 2012-2013 4-H year using the Florida 4-H On-line system. Visit:, then “click-on” FloridaWho should enroll? ALL 4-H families, leaders, volunteers, alumni, and foundation members should enroll. Please don’t put thisoff! We will use “4-H On-line” for our newsletters, mailings and emails.If you were enrolled in 4-H last year, you already have a family profile, don't setup a new Family Profile. Please choose"I have a profile" enter the family email address and choose "I forgot my password". The Family email address will receive amessage with a temporary password. After you have received the temporary password you can login and create a new passwordfor your family and begin re-enrollment. VERY IMPORTANT: Your current email address MUST BE correct in the 4-HOn-Line data base. The system will automatically send the temporary password to your last known email address.Review your family profile for accuracy and “click” enroll 2012-2013, make all the necessary corrections / additions, add clubprojects (always click 'Continue' to save your changes) and you’re re-enrolled! After your club leader has approved your membershipyou will receive an email confirmation that you are officially enrolled in 4-H for the upcoming 2012–2013 4-H Year.To enroll in 4-H for the first time, pick "I need to setup a profile" and provide a password. Enter your Family email, homeaddress, and phone number. Then complete then on-line application.Important items: at the end of “Adult Personal Information” and “Youth Personal Information” you will seeVOLUNTEER No___ Yes____ (you must check yes if assigned any leadership at club level, county level etc.) YOUTH:check yes if they are club officers or Youth Council members or any type of leadership (Teen leader, etc.) if you do not checkyes, you will not be able to post the role at the Club level (example: “Club President”, “Club reporter” etc.) ADULTS: the samerule applies to any Organizational, Co-leader, Project, Activity, any type of leadership at club level, county level etc.At anytime you can access your profile to add projects, awards, trips, and club officer information. This is a great way to keeptrack of your 4-H portfolio! To login, type in your Family email address (ex., the password you created, and“role” is “Family” – and you are in! Remember to click 'Continue' to save all your additions /or changes.For a complete “Florida 4-H On-line Family Instruction Guide” visit the Sarasota County 4-H website or call the 4-H Office.Foundation News…Save the date, September 15th!The Cowboy Hoe-Down Is ComingMark your calendars, September 15th, for anight of fun. The Sarasota County 4-H Foundationwill be sponsoring the Cowboy Hoe-Downand Silent Auction again this year!ATTENTION CLUBS:“theme baskets ” areneeded again this year, anddonations for the silentauction. The summer is agreat time to get started.Money raised at this event benefit our entireSarasota County 4-H Program.Sarasota County 4-H Foundation Walk-A-ThonGrab Your Sneakers! And join us on Saturday, November 10 th inMyakka State Park for the Annual Sarasota County 4-H Foundation “Walk-A-Thon”. This is a great time for youth, leaders, volunteers, and parentsto enjoy the park and visit with friends! We have something new this year…a scavenger hunt!As our program grows so do our needs, with the donations receivedthe foundation provides scholarships for youth attending SummerCamps, Congress, Legislature, CWF, Dairy Retreat, Horse Programs, Horticulture,Livestock Judging, Workshops, Project Support, Club Support,Leader Training, Youth Leadership Training and much, much more. Did youreceive a foundation scholarship this year?Are you, your club, or your business interested in being a Walk-A-Thon “t-shirt sponsor”? Sponsorships begin at $50.00 and benefit the EN-TIRE 4-H Program. Contact Christina at on or beforeOctober 26 th .

Sarasota County Fair March 15—24 2013Attention Steer Exhibitors... The first steerweigh-in will be held at the Sarasota County FairGrounds on: Saturday, September 8 th 7:00—9:00AM.Exhibitors must be present at the initial and finalweigh-in unless excused with prior approval. Exhibitors:you are responsible to bring:1. Steer Entry Form (page 51, Sarasota Fair Rulebook),2. Bill of Sale (page 48, Sarasota Fair Rulebook), if youreceived a receipt / bill of sale from the seller; transferthe information to the form found in the fair rulebookand attach the original document.3. Entry fee: $10.00.4. Steer Project record book (all required signatureson front cover and page 2)5. Livestock Housing Agreement this form is requiredONLY if your animal is not kept at your home / property.Please have all your paper work completed,with all required signatures!Let’s All Dig in…Plant Entry Forms—Plant show and sale entry form “A”only, are due on Friday, October 5th, by 5:00 pm at theFAIR OFFICE with entry fee – they will not accept lateentries! Form “B” (classes 41 & 42) are due February 1,2013.NEED HELP? All 4-H youth are invited to attend a“plant clinic” on Saturday, October 20 th from 9:00 am-12 noon at Drymon’s Nursery, 3146 47 th Street(Lockwood & 47 th ). Pots, fertilizer and soil will be provided.Don’t miss this “hands-on” opportunity to learnabout horticulture projects.A Plant Screening — will be conducted by members ofthe Florida Nursery Growers Association, on Saturday,November 3rd from 9:00 am - 12 noon at the Fairgrounds(Potter Building Parking lot). Plants will bechecked and identified, record books MUST BE up-todate.All exhibitors must be present with their plantsand record book—attendance is mandatory.Please note: Each exhibitor is eligible to enter and sellin a maximum of TWO LOTS in any ONE CLASS, not toexceed a TOTAL number of six (6) lots, FOR A FINALTOTAL OF ACTUAL INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS OFPLANTS TO NOT EXCEED TEN (10) MAXIMUM.THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM ANY LOTS ANDSETS WITHIN…FROM PART A FORM + PART BFORM… MUST NOT EXCEED MORE THAN TEN (10)INDIVIDUAL CONTAINERS OF PLANTS. Only oneentry in each LOT is permitted unless otherwise stated.Cloverbuds… There’s more to do at the FAIR!Sarasota County 4-H Cloverbud members: ages 5 to 7 years as ofSeptember 1, 2012 will be allowed to enter one small animal(Rabbits, Cavy, Poultry) and/or up to (5) lots for plants. One itemmay be entered in the Mini Building. The entries will not be judgedand record book will not be required. All items will receive a participationribbon, they will not receive premium money. Entryforms are found in the 2013 Sarasota County Fair Rules Book.Are YOU interested in the Dairy Cattle Project?A message from: Vicki Fonte, Dairy LeaderHey Everyone, We are doing a few new and exciting things thisyear. We will have monthly dairy project meetings to inform andteach anyone interested in dairy, and all the opportunities available.Meetings will be held the 3 rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm.,the 1 st meeting is scheduled for September 18 th (location to beannounced). At our first meeting we’ll go over the basic things youneed to know to get started. Then we will go over different subjectsinvolving, showing, fitting and grooming, nutrition, dairy quizbowl and judging and a lot more! Then mark your calendars, November17 th we will pick up project animals. Anyone interested cancontact me at home: 941-355-3658 cell: 941-928-2275 or e-mail:bluemoonvf@verizon.netSeptember:Dairy Cattle Calendar9/21/2012: Entry for Arcadia Heifer Jackpot Show due.9/22/2012: State Fair Educational Seminar. Also, if you plan toshow out of county you will need to take an ethics class.October:10/6 & 7/2012: Arcadia Jackpot Show.10/26/2012: Bartow Fall Classic Jackpot Show entries due.November:11/10 & 11/2012: Bartow Fall Classic Jackpot Show & workshops11/11/2012: Bartow Fall Classic Calf Auction11/17/2012 9:00 am Calf selection at Dakin's.December:12/12/2012: FL State Fair Dairy Show entries due12/24/2012: Registrations for FL All-Breeds Convention due.January:1/4&5/2013: Florida All-Breeds Convention. Ocala, FL1/9/2013; Kissimmee FL 4-H Youth Dairy Show entries due1/21 /2012 LAST ethics training for State Fair participants-Riverview, FLFebruary:2/7-10/2013: FL 4-H Youth Dairy Show Kissimmee, FL2/13-18/2013: FL State Fair Youth Dairy Show Tampa FL

Volunteers Lead the Way…Dear Leaders,Would you please let me knowwho your club President andCounty Council delegates arefor the upcoming year, so Ican be sure they are on thecouncil email list. If you couldsend name , phone number,and email address ( or anycombination of those three)that would be most appreciated.My email is: have many exciting councilcommunity service projectsplanned and we need all clubsto be aware and active inCounty Council thisyear. Thank you in advancefor your help! Marcia MorrisCommunity Service:On Saturday, September 15,Robert Kluson will hold a“Chickens 101 Workshop”from 9 am to noon, at ChoicesNatural Market store, Venice.He would like 4-Hers, withtheir chickens, to interactwith families attending thisevent. 4-Hers would explainhow they raise chickens,health issues, or any othertopics. Contact: Janie Besselman( interested.The Fruit and Nut Societyof Sarasota is having a rarefruit tree sale on Sunday,September 30, at the SarasotaCounty Fairgrounds.They would like a 4-H Club tohelp customers transporttheir purchases to the parkinglot. Hours would be10:00am to 4:00pm. Lunchwould be provided and choiceof give-a-ways: such as t-shirts, cloth carrying bags, ora fruit tree. Contact the 4-HOffice if interested.WELCOME! New 4-H Leaders; You and your club members are in for anexciting year. 4-H is a youth driven organization where we utilize youth in conducting clubmeetings and making decisions, setting goals and planning for the coming year. As a leader, itis your responsibility to make sure your club officers and members are all part of the planningprocess. Work with your parents, club volunteers, and our 4-H Agents to have a successfulyear.4-H club meetings consist of three parts – business, educational program, and social/recreation.The suggested length of time for the business portion of the meeting is 1/4of your scheduled time together. The educational portion is often the largest part of themeeting, followed by a shorter social time of recreation/refreshments. Club meetings usuallyfollow this format, but keep in mind, you can be as creative as you and your club officerswant.Let’s focus on the EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM - it is an important part of the 4-Hexperience. This part of the meeting provides an opportunity for members to join in a grouplearning experience. Many different methods can be used to present an educational programfor members. Try to choose topics that interest everyone. Parents often have special talentsor interest areas that they can share with the club. Here are some program ideas:• Project demonstrations/illustrated talks by club members• Project talks or panel discussions by club members or others• Slides, movies, videos, guest speakers• Judging contests or activities, games, quizzes, skill-a-thons, etc.• A project activity – something for the fair• Working on the club ’ s community service-learning projectCommunity Pride, A Florida 4-H Citizenship ActivityEach year many of our 4-H Clubs give so much to our community through serviceprojects. Why not take the next step… The 4-H Community Pride Program is designed to give4-Hers' a better understanding of their community and encourage members to improve thequality of their environment, to plan and work as a team, and put that plan into action!Youth will:1. Learn about and understand their community and the impact it has on their lives.2. Know how to relate, individually and through group cooperation, in order to work effectivelyin community activities, programs, organizations.3. Develop skills and knowledge in community leadership.4. Gain experience in carrying out community projects to improve their environment.5. Develop an interest in and love for their community.First step: As a club decide; the need, concern, or problem you would like to improve in yourcommunity.Second: Plan out your project (what will it take; materials, supplies, and how much will itcost), complete and submit a "Community Pride Proposal" to the 4-H Office by November9th. A step-by-step guide can be found in the " Florida 4-H Community Pride Leaders Guide".Your proposal will be forwarded to the Florida 4-H State 4-H Office for review, and yourclub will be notified if it is chosen to receive a “Community Pride Grant”.Third: After completion of your project submit a "Community Pride Report" by June 1 forState judging.The top five projects are recognized at Florida 4-H State Congress during a CommunityPride Luncheon. Contact the 4-H Office 861-9810 for more information, forms and help.

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