The Butler County 4-H Fair is quickly approaching! By the time you read this newsletter, the Fair Books should be in the hands of your community leader! We have one Fair Book per family, so please make sure and hold on tight to it and don’t lose it!
Information and forms on the Website
Remember, you can go to our Butler County Extension Website to get a copy of any letter or form that has been sent out. Go to: www.butler.ksu.edu and click on the “4-H & Youth” or “Butler County 4-H Fair” link on the left side, if you need help finding something, just give us a call or email and we will be happy to help you find it.
It’s that time again. If you are interested in being a camp counselor, applications are now available at www.butler.ksu.edu or at the Extension Office. Counselors must be in the 9th through 12th grade.
This is a great leadership opportunity for you and a great way to get to go back to camp! Both male and female counselors are needed and your camp registration is paid. Camp Counselor training will be held before camp. If you are interested in this opportunity, download or pick up a copy of the application and have it completed and turned in prior to the deadline. All applications are due back to the Extension Office by 5:00 pm on April 7th.
Website Link: http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4-h/camp.html
The Butler County Fair Board is needing some sponsors for plaques at the fair. If you know of someone who would be willing to sponsor, please ask them. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. The plaques are approximately $15.
Shotgun Project: A Basic Shotgun class will be held Saturday, April 8 at Michael Murphy and Sons, 6400 SW Hunter Road, Augusta. Minimum age for participation is 12 years old. However, if you younger than 12, but strong enough to handle your shotgun, you may still participate by getting prior approval from the lead instructors: Bruce McCune, 316-775-0801 or Rocky Kasper, 316-734-9323. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, April 5, using one of the shooting sports enrollment forms in the shooting sports flyer, available from the Extension Office or at this link: Shooting Sports Brochure
The course will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, and will end approximately 3:00 p.m. Do not show up without being pre-registered. Ammunition, targets, and range fees are provided. Bring your own lunch and drink. Coolers will be provided. You may bring your own shotgun, if you have one. The preferred choke is IC – improved cylinder or more open. 410’s are not suitable for beginner instruction.
If you have any questions, please call Gene Maggard at 316-742-3746 or email at email@example.com.
This year I got the opportunity to go to CIA, Citizenship in Action. It was held in Topeka and a lot of the activities were at the State Capitol. I really enjoyed it. I knew that it was going to be a very new experience because I had never done anything like it before. I was right! First, we started our time by writing a mock legislative bill. We got to chose between three bills: free college, increasing the driving age, and having parents and guardians pay for extra curricular activities. I chose the group to write the bill about free college. Everyone was split up into either House of Representatives or Senators. I was in the House of Representatives group. We worked as a group to write our bill. This part was very interesting because I got to see what it takes to make a bill. We started with many points and then as a whole group narrowed it down to only a few. That night we went to the Capitol after it was closed and actually sat in the House of Representatives Chambers and went through a mock session. Most of our group were opposed to this bill. We debated it and voted and it did not pass. This was really fun and I really enjoyed hearing the different people’s points on the three bills. When I first got there I expected there to be more fun activities like camp or something because I had never to be anything as serious as this. But, I really enjoyed it being serious. I felt very professional. But there was also fun. After the mock session, there were options for a dance, a movie or swimming. This was like something that I had never done before, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.
Gayla Corley, Frontier District Geology Leader, has scheduled a field trip for any 4-H member enrolled in the Geology project on April 1, 2017.
The group will meet at Casey’s in New Strawn, Kansas, at 9:00 a.m. and “head south”. Participants should bring a small bucket for specimens, ziplock-type bags, a sack lunch and plenty to drink. NO claw or carpenter hammers allowed. Anyone with questions may contact Gayla at 785-448-0301.
Mary Lou, long time Butler County Fair Association Executive Treasurer has retired from her post. We all want to thank her for her many years of hard work.
Thank you to the 4-H Clubs and members that donated toys to our Annual Toy Drive. This was our 10th year! We hope to continue this tradition and put a few smiles on some faces at Christmas time!
The Southeast Leadership Forum (SELF) is put on by the Southeast Area Representatives from the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council. SELF is designed for future and present day leaders. This is an event that will help to create leadership skills, with class leaders from all over the state of Kansas. This event is open to youth ages 12 to 18. There will be a program for volunteers/adults as well as youth delegates. The day will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:45 a.m. with small group gatherings followed by classes. The afternoon will include one more class session, small group gatherings, and a guest speaker. If you’re looking for a one day leadership experience with new friends, leadership skills, and great ideas to take back to your clubs, we hope that you will join us for this year’s Southeast Area Leadership Forum!
The registration deadline is January 10, 2017. You must make payment to the Butler County Extension Office by January 10, 2017, or your registration will be cancelled.