Butler County 4-H News

Category: November 2015

Giving Thanks


Brian Tracy quipped “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” In light of all the darkness in the world going on right now, it’s only fitting that we are in November, the month of giving Thanks. I challenge each and everyone of you to stop for a couple minutes and reflect upon everything you are thankful for.

We are all fortunate to have wonderful people in our lives who go above and beyond to help us out; especially when we take a look at the 4-H Community. Last week I attended the funeral of a fellow 4-H Agent. Ann Religa, the Harvey County 4-H Agent was an agent when I was a child growing up in the 4-H program. While she was not my direct agent, she left a lasting impact on me. She blessed and enriched the lives of countless people who had the pleasure of crossing her path. Ann, Thank You!

Other people like 4-H volunteers, leaders, parents, a sibling and the list can go on provide support to adults and children. That support helps us grow and in time, allow us to give back to others. With the support that is given, we also need to remember to show our gratefulness in return.

At this year’s achievement celebration, we provided a package of Extra gum to all of the volunteers with the saying: “Thanks for going the EXTRA mile for Butler County 4-H” We have some pretty amazing volunteers who work hard and want nothing but the best, while looking at the big picture, and keeping everyone in mind.

Whether is a small token of appreciation or a THANK YOU, make sure and tell those important people in your life thank you for helping out, being there and supporting you. After all, practicing gratefulness shows your respect towards them and all they do to help you out!

I know I am grateful and thankful for everyone who contributes to the 4-H program To Make The Best Better. Whether it’s 4-H’ers, volunteers or the crowd in the stands, THANK YOU for supporting our program!



Important News and Deadlines


Nov. 19—Annual Extension Council Meeting

November 20-22—Kansas Youth Leadership(14-18 years old) and Adult VolunteerForum

Nov 23—Annual Fair Board Mtg.

Nov 26-27—Office Closed

Dec. 25—Office Closed

December 31st—Deadline for picking up State Fair premium money.

Jan. 1—Office Closed

Jan. 15 – Registration Deadline for Citizenship in Action (for 13-18 year olds)

Feb. 1—deadline for enrolling in livestock projects.

Feb. 1 – VIP deadline

Feb. 15-16 – Citizenship in Action (Topeka)

Feb. 19 – 20 – Ambassador Training at Rock Springs

Feb. 27—4-H Day with the Lady Wildcats basketball game—Manhattan

Volunteers – VIP’s


A) Adults

Please remember, if you are an adult volunteer, you need to complete 2 items before your volunteer status will be accepted:

1.) 4-H Online Enrollment
2.) VIP Renewal Paperwork Form
Download at:  http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4-/vip.html

**Both items must be completed and received.  Once that is done, they will be taken to the Butler County Extension Executive Board for approval.  The Extension Executive Board meets the first Tuesday of every month.

B) Youth/Junior Leaders

1.) 4-H Online Enrollment
2.) VIP Renewal Paperwork Form
Download at:  http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4-/vip.html
3.) Any Youth that is 16 yrs old or older must complete the Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry forms, if they have not already done so.  If unsure if these have been completed, contact the Extension Office at


Contact your Community Club Leader, Shooting Sports Coordinator or the Extension Office to get the process started.

4-H Council

The October 4-H Council Meeting was held on Oct. 8th. At the meeting, election of the new officers took place. Election of Officers were held and the 2015-2016 meeting dates were set and can be found below.The 2015-2016 4-H Council

Officers are as follows:

President: Danielle Chilcott, HH

Vice-President: Kendall Cerney, TR

Secretary/Treasurer: Elliot Merck, RHR

Reporter: Timothy Johnson, EDB

Executive Girl: Lillie Haller, BBB

Executive Boy: Trevor Johnson, PH

Fair Board Reps: Danielle Chilcott (HH), Dalton Perez (HH)

Adult Advisers: Connie Chilcott (HH), Myron Willhite (FH)

The dates for the 2015-2016 meetings

4-H Council meetings are scheduled for the following dates in 2016:

Jan. 7th, Feb. 4th, April 7th, Sept. 1st, Oct. 6th. All 4-H Council meetings start at 7:30 with Ambassadors and other committees being held prior to the start of the other meeting.



Kansas State Fair Money

Did you exhibit at the 2015 Kansas State Fair? We have received the premium money for your exhibits! Premium money is now available in our office and MUST be picked up by December 31st at 5:00 p.m. This will be the last day the office is open in 2015. After that, the money will be deposited into the 4-H Council.

If you are not sure if you have money, please call our office at (316) 321-9660. You can have someone else pick the money up for you, but you must call our office to let us know who can pick it up or have them bring a signed note from you with them!



Toy Donation

Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is knocking on our door! I find myself asking where the year has gone! For the last several years, the Extension Office has collected toys and donated them to the Salvation Army to be given to children in the Butler County area.

We ask that each club donate a couple of toys to help out Butler County youth.images Just think of how many happy faces there could be if we could take at least 25 toys to the Salvation Army!

The deadline for turning in toys for the Salvation Army is THURSDAY, Decsitting elf melonheadz coloredember 15th at 5:00 p.m.


4-H Achievement Celebration Winners


Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 4-H Achievement Celebration! Tresa Garcia worked hard to plan and coordinate the food and the slide show presentation. The Achievement Celebration Committee put in a lot of time and effort to help prepare the food and decorate for the program. We are fortunate to have the help and support of the Honor Camp to help set-up and tear down the tables and chairs. To each and everyone who helped see the Achievement Celebration through—THANK YOU!

Congratulations to everyone who turned in Kansas Award Portfolios, Pin Applications, and Special Awards. Also a shout out to those clubs receiving club seals and our graduating seniors. The award winners are as follows:

KAP  Champions: Intermediate
Jeffrey Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Foods & Nutrition
Jeffrey Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Reading
Jeffrey Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Visual Arts
Trena Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Plant Science
Trevor Johnson – Lily Lake – Citizenship
Cally Miller – Cassoday Boosters – Beef
Cally Miller – Cassoday Boosters – Meat Goat
Jett Schmidt – Hickory Helpers – Photography

KAP  Blue Awards: Intermediate
Jared Allen – Towanda Rustlers – Woodworking
Jeffrey Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Fiber Arts
Trena Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Clothing & Textiles
Trena Garcia – Cassoday Boosters – Foods & Nutrition
Lucy Haller – Benton Busy Bees – Foods & Nutrtion
Erin Johnson – Benton Busy Bees – Rabbits
Julia Perez – Hickory Helpers – Foods & Nutrition
Austin Taylor – Lily Lake – Photography
Shelby Varner – Towanda Rustlers – Dairy Goat

KAP  Champions: Senior
Jake Allen – Towanda Rustlers – Rocketry
Danielle Chilcott – Hickory Helpers – Foods & Nutrition
Danielle Chilcott – Hickory Helpers – Leadership
Danielle Chilcott – Hickory Helpers – Swine

KAP  Blue Awards: Intermediate
Morgan Claassen – Benton Busy Bees – Beef
Erron Eisenbarth- Cassoday Boosters – Horse
2015 Special Award Winners

Service to 4-H Award & Community –  Danielle Chilcott & Erron Eisenbarth
Dr. Johnson Outstanding 4-Her  –   Danielle Chilcott
Kiwanis 4-H Junior Leader  –  Timothy Johnson
“I Dare You” Award   –  Elizabeth Johnson & Brandy Rigg
E.W. Nath Scholarship   –  Erron Eisenbarth & Sierra Tireman
BCC Scholarship  –  Amanda Becker


4-H Day

4-H Day will be here before we know it! 4-H Day is a great time to showcase your talents, get feedback on your presentations and learn from others about projects and topics you might not know about! The event will be held on February 13th, 2015 at the Butler Community College. More information on sign up and deadlines will be following in future newsletters.

If you are looking for more information on 4-H Day and the different categories, make sure to visit www.butler.ksu.edu. There is a guidelines document under 4-H & Youth, 4-H Day. Other information can be found on the State website at: http://www.kansas4-h.org/projects/personal-development/communications.html.


Some divisions available are:

Public Speaking, Demonstrations, Readings, Gavel Games, Vocal and Instrumental Solos and Ensembles, Piano, Skits, Dance, and the list goes on! Your club leader can help you pick which divisions you might want to enter! Thee will also be fun events during the day like Pickle Power.