Butler County 4-H News

Category: November/December 2016

2017 Southeast Leadership Forum


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.




KYLF Scholarship Essays

Taylor Barlett
My name is Taylor Barlett.  This was my second time attending KYLF and I had just as much fun as last year.  Everyone takes three classes during the weekend usually about leadership or other 4-H opportunities.  This year I took two classes about international exchange programs and one about how to write a letter.  I didn’t intend to take two similar classes but I learned a lot in each about different cultures and how to get to go to different countries through 4-H.  One of the international classes had someone from Japan and someone from Tajikistan come and talk about their home countries and what the differences are between there and America.  The other class consisted of two 4-Hers that went to Norway for an exchange trip.  They talked about what they learned and showed us some of their culture.  My last class was about how to write thank you cards.  We learned about the format and then we got to practice writing notes and even send one to someone who helped us with 4-H projects.  I wrote mine to my mom because she always helps me with anything I need in 4-H.  When we weren’t busy in classes, we heard from a motivational speaker.  He taught us a phrase “be to get” which means we have to be good to people to get it in return.  I really enjoyed this speaker and I try to be a good citizen whenever I can in hopes I can get it in return if I am ever in need.  I got to reconnect with some friends I met last year and I met some new people that I still am in touch with.  We split into small groups everyday to learn more about leadership in a less chaotic setting, which is where I met a lot of my new friends.  On Saturday night there was a dance and everyone had a great time.  I got to know the people I met in classes and small group even better than before.  I absolutely love attending KYLF and it has given me the courage to try other 4-H conferences like 4-H days.  I hope to attend next year and many years after that!


LeeAnn Taylor Continue reading “KYLF Scholarship Essays”

4-H Day 2017

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 4th, 2017 at the Butler Community College.

Registration deadline is 5:00 p.m. January 20th. You can sign up online at: http://www.butler.k-state.edu/4-h/4hday.html

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.

Please note, there is no Regional 4-H Day this year.

4-H Council

The 2016-2017 4-H Council Officers and meeting dates are as follows:

Officers are as follows:

President: Anna Kuestersteffen, EDB

Vice-President: Danielle Chilcott, HH

Secretary/Treasurer: Corbin Gauthier, FH

Reporter: Trena Garcia, CB

Executive Girl: Lillie Haller, BBB

Executive Boy: Trevor Johnson, PH

Fair Board Reps: Shelby Varner (TR), Elliot Merck (RHR)

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

The dates for the 2017 meetings include

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

Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, April 6th, Sept. 14th, Oct. 5th. All 4-H Council meetings start at 7:30 with Ambassadors and other committees being held prior to the start of the other meeting.

Tis the Season

…to be busy, falalalala lalalala!! I don’t know about you, but this time of year seems to be the busiest: planning and getting ready for the Holidays, helping with school classroom parties, children’s Christmas program, sports, other family activities, school programming with Barb, 4-H Camp planning and planning for the new year 4-H activities! Since this is a very busy time of year for many, I’m going to keep this article short!

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Don’t forget to complete the VIP process if you have not already done so, make sure the 4-H Online Enrollment done for volunteers and youth and also the Out of County Request for enrollment completed! Just remember as you go through the processes and have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! We are here to help! Until next month’s newsletter, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy New Year!


Leader’s Lounge


____Plan a Holiday gathering or community service project for the Holiday season

____Take time to Relax

____Encourage 4-H’ers to ask their friends to attend a meeting

____Ask your 4-H parents to encourage others to get involved


____Read 4-H Forecaster for important dates.

____Review highlights from the 4-H Forecaster at your club meeting.


____Make sure all families complete the 4-H Enrollment process

____Encourage Project Leaders to start conducting project meetings.

____Start generating ideas for the 4-H Fair Theme.

____Check club boxes at Extension Office.

____Plan Holiday party

____Have a Parents meetings

____Have a NEW parents meeting-welcome, encourage and let them know what to expect.

____Out of County Request to Join forms due before 4-H Enrollment accepted

____Hand out and return VIP Renewal Forms

____Have new volunteers contact the Extension Office to get the VIP Process started


____4-H Day in February

____ CIA in February


____ Make it a Fun and Rewarding Year!

Kansas 4-H Day with Wildcat Women’s Basketball


Kansas 4-H Day with Wildcat Women’s Basketball
Saturday – 
February 11, 2017
1:00 p.m. K-State vs. Iowa State


Group Ticket Rate of $20 per person, youth or adult 4-H and non 4-H families and individuals welcome to attend

What you will receive: A ticket to the K-State vs. Iowa State Women’s Basketball Game · A game day T-shirt · $7 meal voucher to use at the main concession stands at the game The day’s preliminary activities will include: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tickets and Shirts distributed (Peace Lutheran Church, 2500 Kimball Ave) 12:00 p.m. Doors open for General Public for the game 1:00 p.m.

Tip off Online registration for this event will be due January 17, 2017. No paper registrations will be accepted. All orders must be paid with a credit card. To register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2017kae4ha for complete registration details.

Shooting Sports News

Rifle, Pistol and Archery meetings are scheduled to begin again in January.  Rifle and Pistol start on Jan. 3 and Archery on Jan. 5.  New basic classes will begin in all three disciplines.  Registration will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and meetings will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Pre-enrollment is required by turning in a completed 4-H Shooting Sports Enrollment Form to the Extension Office by Dec. 30 and completing the 4-H online enrollment process.  All meetings are at the 4-H Building, 200 N. Griffith, El Dorado.  Meetings will be held at the same time and days of the week through most of the weeks in January, February, March and April.  All new participants are required to attend the first meeting in each discipline.  If you have any questions please call Gene Maggard at 316-742-3746.

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.