Dallas County 4-H Event and Meeting Calendar

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"I Support the Clover" Silent Auction at Roundup

The Texas 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce they will host during the 2014 Texas 4-H Roundup the “I Support the Clover” Silent Auction.  There will again be the opportunity to earn money for your local 4-H program by submitting an item(s) on behalf of your county.
The auction will open May 1, 2014 for online bidding.  Many items will be offered with BUY IT NOW pricing!  Online bidding will close on Friday, June 6 at 11:45 pm.  On Monday, June 9th at 9 am the LIVE Silent Auction will begin in conjunction with the Scholarship Assembly.  The auction will close at 4 pm on Thursday, June 12th.   Proxy bidding is also available for those who are unable to attend Roundup but would like to keep in on the bidding action of the LIVE event.
To be eligible to participate in the county challenge, counties need to submit a silent auction form with description and photo of the auction item by Monday, March 31st.   The form can be downloaded at http://texas4hfoundation.org/silentauction/countychallenge/
With the LIVE auction opening on that Monday of Roundup, the sooner we have the physical item the better.  If you are able to mail your donation, then please send to:
Texas 4-H Foundation
Attn: Silent Auction
4180 State Highway 6 South
College Station, TX  77845
The Foundation does not have to have the physical county challenge items in hand by the March 31st deadline, just the description form and photo(s).  If unable to mail due to bulk of item, let the Foundation office know and arrangements can be made for delivery during Roundup.
The Top 10 items donated by county 4-H programs receiving the highest bid amounts, as compared to the other county donated items, will be awarded as follows:
…of the items selling price
First Place 100%
Second Place 75%
Third through Six Place 50%
Sixth through Tenth Place 25%
If you would like ideas of what has been submitted in the past visit www.32auctions.com/supporttheclover to see the 2013 items.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jana Barrett at 979-845-1213 or jcbarrett@ag.tamu.edu.
Proceeds from the auction will be used for state-wide 4-H program support efforts where needed.

Scholarship Announcement

Texas Agricultural Irrigation Scholarship information is now posted on the announcement page of the Dallas County 4-H website.
Go check it out!

Photography Workshop at the Fort Worth Rodeo

4-H Friends:
Remember we thought it would fun to do a photography field trip to the Stock Show Rodeo.  We have just under two weeks of rodeo left.  Here are a few possible times:
January 31st (this Friday) at 7:00 pm
Feb 2 (Sunday) at 2:00 pm
Feb 2 (Sunday) at 7:30 pm
Feb 8th (Saturday) at 2:00 pm (may be a conflict with Marshall’s rabbit show, but probably not)
Prices are $25 per for general admission.  We have learned it is good to arrive EARLY.
Please give me one or more times that would work for you and I’ll see what we can do.  I suggest wrapping a more complete trip to the stock show around this as there is a lot to see and do.
Let’s put together a good-sized group and have fun at the rodeo!
Contact Joseph Sullivan for additional information or to get on the list.

Joseph Sullivan
(972) 463-1125

Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge

The state committee is excited to provide information for the Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge, scheduled for June 27-29, 2014.  The 2014 handbook, found on the page linked below, contains registration information, rules, a tentative schedule, and various educational resource links.  Please forward this information to your club membership as well as publicize in your newsletters and blogs.  Note that the Outdoor Challenge is being held in a new location this year (in Collin County), and we have made some changes to the events being offered.
We will also be providing two sessions during the Virtual Volunteer Conference on February 25 to answer any questions you or your 4-H families might have about the Outdoor Challenge.

If you have any questions, please contact Extension Specialists Derrick Bruton or Larry Hysmith.  We hope to see your 4-H families this summer!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Entomology Invitational Contest Announced

The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and the Entomology Department at Texas A&M is pleased to announce a new invitational contest that will be held at the 2014 Texas 4-H Roundup. The Invitational Entomology Collection Contest is open to all intermediate and senior 4-H members. The collection contest allows youth to learn more about insects and arthropods through collection, preservation and identification. Youth learn how to properly identify insects and arthropods to common name, arrange them in neat and organized, professional insect collection, and learn proper preservation tools to ensure that their collections can last for years. All collections must be complete and submitted to the individual's respected county or district office no later than May 9, 2014. For more information on the event please visit the links below.

4-H Entomology Resource Center Website (http://insects.tamu.edu/youth/4H/index.html)
Texas 4-H Roundup Website (http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/files/2013/09/roundup_entomology.pdf)

Want to join in the fun?
Contact Joseph Sullivan for more information

Dallas County Project Day

4-H youth from across Dallas County participated in a 4-H Project Day to let more about photography and nutrition.

Attendees learned about motion stop photography from 4-Her, Michael Apodaca Jr. and parent leader, Michael Apodaca Sr.

4-Hers participated in a practice Ag I.D. Contest, to learn more about food grown in Texas.

In addition, 4-Her Kate Kahle led a session on cheese making and provided participants with the opportunity to taste test various types of cheese with different foods and beverages.

To round off the day, 4-Hers participated in a food challenge practice contest, using their skills to make two recipes in 30 minutes.

New Sewing Project Dates Announced

New Sewing Dates have been scheduled and the first one is this Sunday!

When: January 26th, Sunday, 2-4pm
Where: Urban Spools Sewing Lounge (1152 North Buckner Blvd. - Casa Linda Plaza)
Cost: $5.00
Project: Pillow Case (pictured below)
Supplies: 3/4 yard of main fabric, 1/3 yard of cuff fabric, 1/4 yard of trim fabric.
Limited space available so you must RSVP by email.... 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Just Like a Kid!

Kids seem to have a way of making their own schedules! The Goodchild's welcomed a couple of new kids on Sunday morning...just as they were headed out to the goat show at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  How cute is this?

I know you want one!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Can you say "Cheese"? Can you make Cheese?

If you have not signed up yet, we will be having some 4-H fun on Monday at the 4-H office (10056 Marsh Ln, suite b-101, Dallas). All 4-Hers welcome.

Workshops include Cheese Making as part of a food and nutrition project a Photography workshop, an introduction to the Zoo project and much more.

Since it is a holiday the doors will be locked, so call me at 214-529-3190 if no one is there to let you in the building. I will be at the office by 7 am, if anyone needs to have an early drop off and I will be at the office until 6:30 for late pickup.

FOR PARTICPANTS: Please bring a digital camera with you if you have one, not a camera phone.

Don't miss out!

4-H has got your goat!

If you have ever considered getting a goat...now is the time to jump in!

This coming Sunday and Monday (January 19th & 20th) starting at 9am is the Dairy Goat Show at the Southwestern Exhibition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth. Event will be held in the Swine barn – closest to the museums. If anyone is interested in a dairy goat project, contact Mrs. Karen Goodchild. goodchildsinc@sbcglobal.net

She has all of the 4H booklets and will be leading the project. All of the top breeders in the area will be there, so it will be a great opportunity to learn about the different breeds and perusing stock available for purchase.

Texas Farm Credit Scholarship Announcement

Texas Farm Credit has established an agricultural scholarship program in honor of Marsha Pyle Martin, a Paris, Texas native, who served as chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Farm Credit Administration until her death in 2000. Marsha was recognized as the first female senior executive in the Farm Credit System, serving as Vice President of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas, as well as the first woman to serve as director of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. A lifelong advocate for farmers, ranchers, and rural America, Martin spent more than 30 years working in agriculture and agricultural finance. Each year, AgriLand is pleased to continue her legacy by offering post-secondary scholarships in Marsha’s name to future agricultural leaders. This year will mark our 14th Annual Scholarship Program.

Texas Farm Credit awards five, one-time scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. All scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, religion or sex.

Selection of Scholarship Recipients: 
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of the following:
  • Academic achievement and honors
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Participation in school and community activities
  • Nomination letter
  • Statement of goals and aspirations

Application Process: In order to be eligible, student applicants must:
  • Reside inside of Texas Farm Credit’s territory (100 counties – see map in attached document)
  • Be nominated by a school guidance counselor, teacher, or administrator
  • Be accepted to a junior college, university or college
  • Declare an agricultural related field of study
  • Furnish an official high school grade transcript

Deadline for submission is April 1, 2014. Should you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Wendy Swift with Texas Farm Credit at 903-617-5353 or via email at wswift@texasfcs.com .

Shooting Sports Announcements

Travis, Brazoria and Ellis Counties are all hosting Shooting Sports Events!
Please see the 4-H Announcements tab on the the Dallas County 4-H Website for dates, information and entry forms.

Interested in Forestry?

The Hope 4-H Forestry team along with McLeod FFA of Cass County will be hosting a forestry invitational on March 19th and would like to invite interested teams. More information is available on the Dallas County 4-H Announcements tab.

Is one of your 4-H'ers the next Junior Master Chef?

Master Chef is on a nationwide search for the most talented young home cooks in America between the ages of 8 and 13 (as of March 10, 2014). An open casting call will be held on Saturday, January 25th at the Holiday Inn - Dallas Park Cities in Dallas from 10 am to 6 pm. For application, instructions, audition guidelines, eligibility requirements, and open call details, go to: masterchefjuniorcasting.com

Monday, January 13, 2014

Deadlines Upcoming

Please make sure you are are aware of the upcoming registration deadlines for this week.

District IV 4-H Food Show (qualifying 4-Hers only, go to 4-H Connect)
Event: Feb. 8th at Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce (Morning)
Reg. Closes: Fri. Jan 17th

District IV 4-H Food Challenge Contest
(go to 4-H Connect)
Event: Feb. 8th at Texas A&M Commerce in Commerce (Afternoon)
Reg. Closes: Fri. Jan 17th

County 4-H Project Day (e-mail tdmcgaughy@ag.tamu.edu to attend)
Event: Mon. Jan 20th
Reg. Closes: Fri. Jan 17th

4-H Day at Texas Motor Speedway (contact Ryan Molnar @ 817-255-6145 or rmolnar@texasmotorspeedway.com)
Event: Mon. Jan 20th
Reg. Closes: Fri. Jan 17th

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