EVENTS

Oklahoma 4-H Bright Night at the Science Museum

PROGRAMS

WANTED: Workshop Proposals for PVC

2015 Horse Communication Contest - February 7, 2015

2015 OSU Youth Horse Judging Clinic

Horse Owner's Workshop March 7

VOLUNTEERS

2015 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

National Volunteer Month - April 2015

 

Welcome to 4-H

 

Focus on Youth

News for OCES staff working with youth.

oklahoma4h.okstate.edu

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

January, 2015

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

A close friend shared the following "Random Thoughts for the Holiday Season."

His message was simple: Sometimes we forget some really important things, and sometimes we need a swift kick to be reminded of them! I hope these bring a smile and maybe serve as a reminder if needed!

  • Commit to laughing your head off at least once a day. Once you do that, make sure you help others do the same! Methinks we are taking ourselves way too seriously!
  • Forgive someone.
  • Be a kid again. (I promise I won't tell!)
  • Take a co-worker out to lunch or coffee...just because.
  • Give someone a few extra minutes of your time.
  • Evict negativity from your life. Seek out good. It's there. I promise!
  • Give someone the gift of your undivided attention.
  • Tell a loved one how much they mean to you. Unfortunately, there's an expiration date on this crazy thing we call life! And if by chance you lost that person, find a way to honor them!
  • Plan a family night.
  • Find something inspirational and then pass it along.
  • Encourage someone. It's free!
  • Donate to your local food pantry. They get hit hard this time of year.
  • Find a way to create a memory! Someday you will refer to today as "The good old days." Make it count!
  • When you find yourself in an exceptionally good mood, don't ever let anyone take that joy away from you.
  • Find a way to make someone look like a rock star today!
  • Mend a fence. Lose your ego and repeat after me: "Sorry."
  • Let someone know they inspired you!
  • Watch It's A Wonderful Life and then acknowledge that it truly is!

As 2014 comes to an end, the state 4-H staff extends to you all of the best wishes for a happy holiday season. This has been a year very productive with many outstanding personal and programmatic accomplishments. To every educator, volunteer, parent, support staff professional and 4-H member, we say "Thank You," and we cant wait to see you in 2015!

Kevin Allen
State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES

Events

Oklahoma 4-H Bright Night at the Science Museum

February 20-21, 2015

Cost: $35 per person, includes the Dome Show, Planetarium, Science Live show, Science Activity Tables and fun-filled evening exploring the Science Museum

Theme: Hunger Games: It's the 75th annual Hunger Games! You know what that means. It's time for the Quarter Quell. Do you have what it takes to survive in the Hunger Games? In this action-packed Bright Night, we will show you the science of survival.

Registration Due February 1, 2015

More information here.

Jeff Sallee

Programs

WANTED: Workshop Proposals for PVC


The 2015 State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 27th in Stillwater. The conference theme is "4-H Wants You," and our objectives are:

  • To serve the local club and community through 4-H
  • To embrace learning by doing
  • To market 4-H in recruiting members and volunteers
  • To Make the Best Better

ClipArt: <b>Garfield</b> <b>4-H</b>The State Volunteer board is looking for volunteers, community resources and Extension educators to instruct 1- and 2-hour workshops which will enhance a volunteer and/or parent's skills for guiding youth and developing clubs. Attached is the request for proposals (RFP) which is due March 2, 2015.

 

A sample of tentative workshop topics and ideas:

  • Citizenship 101 - The Project
  • Marketing the 4-H Program
  • Service Learning
  • Community Service Panel
  • Positive Role Models
  • Dealing with Bullies - at any age
  • Using Movie Maker/YouTube in 4-H
  • Parli-Pro
  • Creating Project Groups - panel of project leaders
  • Public Speaking/Communication
  • Record Keeping starts with project work
  • Curriculum Resources Available
  • Using Social Media to Market
  • Teaching and Learning Styles appropriate for ages and stages
  • Learn By Doing - encouraging creativity and innovation

County, District and State Volunteer of the Year and Life-time Volunteers will be recognized at the luncheon.

NW District Volunteer Board, Karla Knoepfli

2015 Horse Communication Contest - February 7, 2015

Attached are the 2014 Horse Topic Speech and Illustrated Presentation Contest and State Horse Quiz Bowl Contest guidelines and registration materials. In conjunction with this event, there will be a digital photography contest as well. This year's Horse Communication Day contests will be Saturday, February 7, 2015. As in years past, there is a pre-registration process, and those team and individual registrations are due no later than Monday, January 26, 2015. (Details are attached). Please don't hesitate to call Dr. Kris Hiney at 405-744-9291 or email khiney@okstate.edu if you have questions and PLEASE forward and distribute this information with all youth and families with interest in your county.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

2015 OSU Youth Horse Judging Clinic

Saturday, February 14nd
OSU Animal Science Arena, Stillwater

Attention youth without any, just a little or with a lot of experience with horse judging activities. This clinic is for all of you! With the help of college coaches, members of the past and present OSU Collegiate Horse Judging Team will work with small groups of youth similar to a practice workout. Instruction, guidance and encouragement on placing classes, organizing notes and giving reasons will be provided by students, educators and youth with past experience with competitive judging. We'll present classes for halter and one or two performance classes in which the youth will place and develop reasons in their small groups. Youth will be given the opportunity to present reasons in a similar fashion as they would at the State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest. The registration brochure is attached.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

Horse Owner's Workshop March 7

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist, will be hosting a Horse Owner's Workshop on March 7th, 2015. Youth will have a discounted admission price of $15 to attend. It will take place from 8:30 to noon at the OSU vet school and then move to the ANSI arena at noon for lunch and hand's-on activities. The agenda is attached.

Dr. Kris Hiney, Equine Extension Specialist

 

Volunteers

2015 Volunteer Recognition and Awards

4-H Salute to Excellence Program

The State Volunteer Board encourages every county in honoring and recognizing the efforts of their volunteers. Each county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience)
  • Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience)

County nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on June 27, 2015, as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development Conference.

The application form and guidelines for 2015 District and State volunteer awards are available at http://4h.okstate.edu/awards/2014-ok-volunteer-salute-to-excellence-awards-form .

If your volunteer is uneasy/reluctant about completing the resume, please take the time to sit with the volunteer and assist him or her in developing the resume. Better yet have a teen leader do the interview and assist in preparing the resume!

Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5 pm on or before March 13, 2015. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendation and an electronic photograph.

 

Karla Knoepfli

National Volunteer Month - April 2015

Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, the Points of Light organization recognizes individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. Take action

  • Share your stories - Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.
  • Learn more about these volunteer recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.

Karla Knoepfli

 

All due dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.