4-H Professionals News and Notes

Welcome to the News and Notes archive! Here you will find all the 4-H professional newsletters.

December 2017

Welcome to the first Virginia 4-H Professionals Newsletter! On the first of every month, you'll find in this newsletter important announcements, deadlines, and marketing information from the State 4-H Office.

Statewide Teen Weekend

The Statewide Teen Weekend will be held February 2-4, 2018 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center. Registration is due on or before January 15, 2018. There will be two educational tracks to choose from: a leadership track and the traditional teen weekend track.

New 4-H Blog

The new 4-H blog will be launched on December 6, 2017! Watch our social media to see when the first post goes up. New posts will be added weekly, every Wednesday. If you have a volunteer, youth, or programming highlight you'd like to see on the blog, contact Caroline Sutphin, 4-H Communications Technician, at scaro95@vt.edu. 

4-H Senegal Program and Team Members

Congratulations to Bethany Eigel, Chesterfield, and Wendy Herdman, Westmoreland, for being selected to be part of the Virginia to Senegal 4-H Training team January 12-29, 2018. Along with Dr. Kathleen Jamison, they will join Ruth Wallace, Buckingham, and Reggie Morris, Alexandria, to conduct 4-H training to paid and unpaid faculty and staff to continue to build and strengthen the Senegal 4-H program. They will work closely with Bineta Guisse and Fatimata Kane, 4-H Directors in Senegal, and Dr. Tom Archibald at Virginia Tech.

Since 2015, the Senegal 4-H program has grown to 34 4-H clubs with about 600 youth members and 163 trained/certified leaders. Their projects include Gardening, Chickens, Community Service, Fairs, Weaving, Batik, Sewing, Food Processing, Arts and Crafts, Personal Development, and much more. 

Read the story here.

Camp Director Training

The Camp Director Training will be held January 23-25, 2018 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center. Deadline for registration is January 12. This training is mandatory for all new 4-H agents and program assistants who have sole responsibility for the 4-H Camping program in their unit. It is highly encourage for all other program assistants, and volunteers are also eligible to attend.

Yoga for Kids Instructor Training

The Yoga for Kids Instructor Training will be held March 6, 2018 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center. Registration is due on or before February 9, 2018. The training is limited to 30 participants and is open to both 4-H and FCS professionals. This training is supported by the Nutrition Education Grant provided by National 4-H Council and funded by the Walmart Foundation.

JOANN Fabrics Partnership Webinar

JOANN Fabrics and National 4-H Council are partnering to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth in local communities across the nation. A soft rollout is currently underway. Starting in November, the 4-H community and JOANN customers can save money while "shopping with purpose" with the free 4-H Reward Card. This new 4-H Reward Card gives JOANN shoppers 15% off their total in-store and online purchases every day, and gives a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction as a donation to 4-H. Learn more about the campaign here.

Full information will be presented in a December 7, 2018 webinar at 1:30 p.m. eastern time. To sign up for the webinar, please register at here. The webinar will be recorded.

Congrats to the Shenandoah 4-H Soils Team!

Congratulations to the Shenandoah 4-H Soils Team for winning the state 4-H contest. They will be representing Virginia 4-H at the National 4-H Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma City this May. Team members include Tiffany Heishman, Lindsey Zirkle, Faith Dellinger, and Anna Rankin, coached by Brian Fisher.

Shooting Education Announcement

The Shooting Sports Teen Ambassador Training (January 5-7, 2018) and the Winter Meeting of the Virginia 4-H Shooting Education Council (January 6-7, 2018) will be held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center.