Concordia Parish405 Carter St.Vidalia LA 71373Ph: 318-336-7084Fax: 318-336-5832October 2007Concordia 4-H Leader NewsletterDATE LINE4-H CALENDARNOVEMBER14 “Get the Picture”-“Miss-Lou Scenery” Due21 “4-H Fun Workshops” (TBA) 9:00-12:00DECEMBER7 Christmas Ornaments Due14 Agriculture 4-H Photography Contest EntriesDue14 “Get the Picture”-“Animals” Due14 Honey Bee Essays Due24 4-H Offices Close for HolidaysJanuary 20082 4-H Office Opens16 “Get the Picture”- “PEOPLE/CHILDREN”Entries Due18-19 Ag Expo-Monroe Civic CenterAg Expo Livestock Show30-2 Northeast District Livestock Show(Delhi)4-H Club InformationAll 4-H leaders that have not turned in a list of their paid membersneed to do so as soon as possible so we can get the 4-H projectbooks to your club members. Some of you have already paid dues foryour club. Dues are $3/member and can be paid with cash or bywriting a check for the entire club membership to: Concordia Parish4-H. I also need a list of the 4-H officers for your club andauthorization form signed for use of the 4-H clover. I will provideyou with forms for both of these requests. Please remind 4-Hofficers to keep up with their officer materials as we will not be ableto provide additional copies of the yellow booklet. Thanks for yourhelp in promoting our parish 4-H program.Page 1 of 24-H Service Learning Project KickoffThe parish 4-H Advisory Council selected the ConcordiaAnimal Welfare Shelter as our Service Learning Project forthe 2007-2008 year. Our project will include providingneeded supplies to the shelter each month. In every 4-Hnewsletter November-March an item will be listed for you tobring to give to the shelter. You can bring the item to schooland give to your leader. The item for the month ofNovember is dog food (canned or small bags only). Let’s jointogether and make a difference!Christmas Ornament ContestWant to show off your talents and get into the Christmasspirit! Well, here is your chance to make a hanging Christmastree ornament to add to Christmas trees at selectedlocations throughout Concordia Parish. The categories will beornaments made of: Paper or Foam Other (Glass, Ceramic,Wood, Plastic, etc.)4-Her may purchase plain/basic item anddecorateWe will award the top 3 ornaments in each category listedabove. All ornaments must have a ribbon attached forhanging on a tree. Make sure to include your name, grade,and school club. A 4-Her may enter one ornament in eachcategory. Ornaments must be made and/or decorated by the4-Her. Turn all ornaments in to your leader by December7th. Hope you will show your Christmas Spirit by making aChristmas Ornament!Awards: 1st-$10; 2nd-$8; 3rd-$6Each month 4-Hers will have the opportunity to enter one picture in the category for that month. The picture must be submitted bythe due date and must have been taken by the 4-Her (you must have taken the picture yourself) within the past year. Photos must be“3 1/2 x 5” or “4 x 6” (your choice). Pictures may be black/white or color. Printed pictures from digital cameras will also beaccepted. Divisions will be: 4th-6th; 7th-8th; 9th-12th. Photos will be displayed at various places in Concordia Parish. DO NOT mountthe photos. Complete and attach the entry form below to the back of the picture with clear tape and turn into your 4-H Leader or tothe 4-H Office by the due date. The December category is “Animals” and the due date is December 14th._______________________________________________________________________________________________4-H Photography Contest - “Animals” Date: __________________Name: ________________________________Club: ___________________Division: (Circle One): 4th -6th 7th-8th 9th - 12th
Topic: “The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in My Community:” All essays aredue in the 4-H Office by December 14, 2007.Insects pollinate more than 95 crops grown in the U.S. These crops are worth more than $1.9 billion, and they could not be grown without theirinsect pollinators. Essayist should explore measures being used-or needed-to protect and conserve pollinating insects, especially honey bees and toreduce the factors that negatively affect pollinating insects. Sources: Two good internet resources are “McGregor’s Handbook of Pollination”found at http://beeculture.com/content/pollination_handbook/index.cfm, and “The Value of Honey Bees as Pollinators of U.S. Crops in 2000,”which can be found at http://www.masterbeekeeper.org/pdf/pollination.pdf. There are links to additional beekeeping websites at thewebsite: Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.—http://www.honeybeepreservation.org-where the winning essays from previousyears may also be found.Rules: Contest is open to active 4-H members only. 750-1000 words in the essay proper (word count does not include endnotes/references).Requirements: Typewritten or computer-generated, double spaced, 12-pt font. Times or similar type style, on one side of white paper followingstandard manuscript format; Write on designated subject only; all factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes. Abrief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number must accompany theessay.Judged On: 40% scope of research; 30% accuracy; 10% creativity; 10% conciseness; 10% logical development of the topic.State Awards: 1st Place-$100; 2nd Place-$75; 3rd Place-$50Agriculture 4-H Photography Contest 2008Entries are due in the parish 4-H Office (Extension Office) no later than December 14, 2007, to compete.Rules and Regulations- All pictures must relate to Agriculture- Open to all 4-H youth 4th-12th grade- Divisions will include: 4th-6th and 7th-12th- Picture must be taken by individual listed on entry label- Entry label must include name, parish, grade, and category.- Photograph entered must have been taken during 2007- All entries must be 8 x 10 (color or black/white) (No other size pictures will be accepted)- All 8 x 10 pictures must be mounted on a 10 x 12 thin art/mount board, this will allow a 1” border (Please no foam core board)- Each photograph must include one-line title mounted on thin art/mount board below picture- You are limited to enter only one picture in each of the categories that are listed below- Entries can not be duplicated- Winning photographs will be displayed during Ag Expo– January 17-19, 2008 and the Northeast District Livestock Show-- January 28February 2, 2008- All photographs will be returned to parish extension offices by February 15, 2008- Ink jet prints acceptable-Farm Animals- Photography Contest Categories: -Horticulture/Plants/Crops-Any other AgricultureSeveral 4-H Fun Workshops are being planned forWednesday, November 21, 2007, during yourThanksgiving Holiday. You can participate in one or bea part of all of the workshops. Don’t miss out! Mark yourcalendar and join us for a FUN morning. (Details aboutthe workshops and sign up will be announced soon.)Quotes for the Month!4-H Clubs from throughout the parish can participate inthe “Louisiana CAN Fight Hunger” Campaign by collectingcans of food. It is each individual club’s option as to whothe food will be given to. It can be given to a needy familyin your community or to a food bank.We will need each club to provide us with the weight ofthe food collected so this can be provided to the State 4-HCampaign. This campaign will continue until January 11,2008. A special THANK YOU for reaching out to those inneed in our communities and parish!Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much bywhat happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.---John Homer MillerWhenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging yourrelationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. ---Jerry WestConcordia Extension Agent (4-H): Joe P. BairnsfatherThe LSU AgCenter provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.