Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church N5990 Country Aire Rd. Plymouth, WI
Check-In & Vet-In Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Show starts at 10:00 a.m.
Deadline: Entries close on November 6, 2021 or when a maximum of 80 cat entries are reached
Fees: $10.00 per Cat/Kitten
For an entry form contact Sheboygan County 4-H
Facebook: Sheboygan County 4H Cat Project
At this meeting you will have the opportunity to meet with fellow 4-Her's that are interested in forming a club and organize the planning and implementation of the group. Also, there will be ice cream!
When: November 4th at 6:00 pm
Where: Room #136 in the Brown County STEM Innovation Center
Who: 4-H Youth Grades 7th-13th
RSVP at go.wisc.edu/61p839
*You can review the full survey data at go.wisc.edu/28o4f2
This month our 4-H club held its meeting at the Lawrence Town Hall. To kick off the meeting, each member shared their name and what they entered in the fair. After that, club members nominated members for officer positions and put together a rough schedule for the year ahead. Then, for the club picnic, each member got a pre-packaged meal to enjoy and eat together. To top it off, there was ice cream for dessert. It was a great way to kick off a new 4-H year.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
The Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (WLC) provides a statewide forum for youth and adult volunteer leaders to discuss ideas and provide input to enhance UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development programs at the state, county, and local levels. WLC members:
- Serve as leaders and role models for 4-H youth and adults
- Advocate for Wisconsin 4-H
- Provide input for enhancing the 4-H program
- Provide educational opportunities to 4-H members and leaders
- Connect the county, regional, and state levels of Wisconsin 4-H, as well as the Wisconsin 4-H
Learn more and apply for the WLC here. Applications must be submitted to the state office by October 10th.
Submitted By: Carlie Smits - Wrightstown 4H
We started our September 12th Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. We started by installing the new officers into their rolls. President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order. We then went through the agenda and followed with some fun activities. We did an activity to teach everyone how to make a motion and a speed meeting activity to meet other members in the group. We ended the meeting with build your own ice cream sundaes. While eating our sundaes we talked about what roles and activities the older youth could lead throughout the year.
At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in a fun meet and greet with Chris Clover and Chris worked with the younger members on the 4H pledge.
Our next meeting is Sunday, October 10th.
The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association announces its 2021 Honey Bee Poster Contest for youth in grades 5K-12. The 2021 theme is: Honey Bees – Why Do We Need Them?
- Size 11″x14″ poster board
- Print name, age, grade & address clearly on back side
- Include theme in design
- Posters become property of Wisconsin Honey Producers Association
Prizes for each grade division. Postmark deadline: October 29, 2021.
Mail by OCT. 29, 2021 to:
Shelly Astle, Kids & Bees Coordinator – WI Honey Producers Association
S4131A St. Hwy 80
Hillsboro, WI 54634
Questions? Call Shelly Astle at 608-489-2456
We are excited to open registration for Fall Forum 2021 “Fourward Together”! Youth in 7th grade and up, adult volunteers, 4-H Youth Development staff - let’s learn together! 2020 Virtual Fall Forum was a huge success with over 450 participants, and we believe 2021 will be even better!
Fall Forum – Friday November 5 – Saturday, November 6, will bring youth and adult leaders and Extension staff together to connect, collaborate, celebrate, and to build excitement for the new 4-H year!
Fall Forum will feature:
- Chad Littlefield’s keynote and workshops “Connection Before Content”. Plan to be engaged and inspired! Chad is an amazing facilitator!
- Over 25 educational sessions taught by youth leaders, adult volunteers and staff.
- Friday night interactive sessions are back!!!
- Celebration of 2020-21 Hall of Fame laureates and Salute to Excellence recipients
- Youth in grades 7th - 13th grade, adult volunteers, and Extension staff are encouraged to join us in this incredible event!
- Registration is open until Sunday, October 10
- $30 registration (includes t-shirt, an incredible keynote, fantastic educational seminars, and more!) Fall Forum materials will be mailed to you!
- Register through 4-H Online 2.0
- Pay by credit card or check
- Check with your club and county - many offer scholarships to attend!
We hoped Fall Forum would be in person this year. This week, the planning team, with the support of the Institute Director, made the decision to move to virtual. Why? Because we care about you and your safety. COVID-19 infection rates are high statewide, and we are committed to hold Fall Forum for you!
Fall Forum is brought to you by an incredible team of youth and adult volunteers from the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (WLC) with the support of county and state staff. You can be a part of the WLC leadership team. Find out how here!
Register by October 1 to be entered into a drawing for 4-H prizes and fun learning tools! The registration deadline is October 10.
See you at Fall Forum!
Calling on Youth and Young Adults Ages 15-20 to let your voices be heard as 4-H forms a National Youth Access, Equity and Belonging Advisory Committee.
We want to hear from youth like you! Please join the Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC) for a listening session with youth and provide new and exciting ideas to help us establish a Youth Advisory Group.
Focus Group Goals:
- Provide a youth perspective and partner with AEBC in the decision-making process of building a youth advisory group
- Establish youth advisory group purpose
- Determine what makes a youth advisory group successful
- Identify barriers to youth advisory group participation
Choose a date that works for you!
September 14th @ 7 p.m. EST: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrd-2qpjMoHNDKhGRHgomBpCdGOFmGzklo
October 12th @ 8 p.m. EST: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwucuCqqzwuGNFWn33k7DO0ThcT7bc5VBns
November 9th @ 9 p.m. EST: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIsd-6hrT8jE9IVMST3rv6VOJU2vlRH7rwF
December 14th @ 10 p.m. EST: https://psu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcuuorT0vH9YyaeG88Bkr0XZMz3zjd5EB
For more information, please contact, Phillip Ealy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Brown (Friendly Fields 4-H Club), Alyssa Ostrenga (Lost Dauphin 4-H Club), and Riley VanZeeland (Suamico Beavertails 4-H Club) were recently recognized as the recipients of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award. The Key Award is presented annually to 4-H members who have grown in the 4-H program to be strong leaders, lived out the 4-H mission “to make the best better” and shown their dedication to living out the 4-H pledge of their head to clearer thinking, their hands to larger service, their hearts to greater loyalty and their health to better living. These three young people have made their clubs, their communities and their countries better places, and are very deserving of the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award. Please join us in congratulating them.
Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation have teamed up again to present the “Cedar Crest Ice Cream 4-H Flavor Contest” for Wisconsin 4-H clubs. More than 1600 clubs are eligible to create and submit a flavor ‘recipe’ with the top clubs named as finalists, and the top flavor produced for summer 2022. According to Brenda Scheider, Executive Director of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, the contest is a great opportunity for 4-H youth to work together to develop and name their flavor. “The most exciting part of the contest is the winning flavor will be available through Cedar Crest beginning next July.” The annual contest has already yielded popular flavors including Deep Woods, created by the Baraboo Valley 4-H Club and Wisconsin Campfire S’mores, created by the Springbrook 4-H Club of New Richmond. This year’s winning flavor was Tractor Tracks, created by the Country Clover 4-H Club in Green Lake County.
A panel of ice cream experts chosen by Cedar Crest judges the entries. The company manufacturers more than 80 flavors of ice cream, along with frozen custard, sherbet and sorbet at its Manitowoc, Wisconsin, plant, and distributes products in five states. Many of the flavors now produced by Cedar Crest, including Wisconsin Campfire S’mores and Big Muddy, are a result of the contest.
More information and the entry form are available at www.cedarcresticecream.com. Entries are due by November 12, 2021. The winner will be announced in December 2021.
Based in Madison, WI, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation provides essential funding for 4-H programs throughout Wisconsin. By partnering with individuals, corporations and foundations, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation supports more than 150,000 youth who take part in various 4-H leadership, development and community-building activities throughout the state. Learn more about the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation at www.Wis4HFoundation.org.
For more information contact:
Marketing Manager, Cedar Crest Ice Cream
Wisconsin 4-H Foundation
This fall, Wisconsin 4-H will be inviting members (ages 13-18) to complete a survey about their 4-H experience. The survey will help Wisconsin 4-H to learn about the quality of our programs.
The survey will be sent to all Wisconsin 4-H members by e-mail in the first week of October. Youth who complete the survey will be entered into a raffle to receive gift cards, scholarships to 4-H events, and other prizes.
For more information on the 4-H Thriving Model and some of the results from the 2019-2020 4-H Thriving Study in Wisconsin, visit 4-H Thriving Model – Wisconsin 4-H.
Please keep an eye out for messages and more information about this important survey.
The State Extension office has educational resources and teaching tools that are available to YOU, as a club or project. To learn more, visit the PYD Media Collection website to see what is available. You will find displays, skillathons, learning lab kits, interactive CD ROMs, DVDs, and more. Project materials currently include horse, dairy, livestock, small animal, and some arts. 4-H approved volunteers may request materials and have items sent directly to them.
There is no cost to order materials for Extension-sponsored programs. Non-Extension user groups must pay for outbound and return postage plus a $10 handling fee.
To learn more about the PYD Media Collection, see lists of materials by project area, and find out how to request materials, visit the website. Contact Monica Lobenstein, Learning Resources Specialist, email@example.com or 715-896-0377, with questions.
This month our 4-H club had its meeting at Legion Pool in De Pere. Members had a fun time swimming, splashing, and jumping off the diving boards.
A few weeks later, many club members participated in the Brown County Fair. Involvement ranged from helping out at the 4-H foodstand to exhibiting animals and projects that club members have worked hard to prepare all year.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
Brown County 4-H is excited to welcome Jon Hill to the 4-H team, as the new 4-H Program Educator. You may recognize Jon from his time with Brown County 4-H as the STEM Outreach Coordinator. Jon began in his new role on Monday, August 9th. We are excited to be fully staffed and working as a team to support all Brown County 4-H programming!
You will see Jon at the Brown County Fair next week. When you see him, come up and introduce yourself, the club you are with and share a little about you!
This month our 4-H club held its meeting at the Lawrence Town Hall. The club kicked off the meeting by each member saying their name and what they did over the 4th of July weekend. The club then discussed business. After that, club members finished up the meeting by painting rocks to be put in places in the community or entered in the fair.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
Grand Island, Nebraska was the 2021 site for over 600 4-H top qualifiers from 32 states to attend the National competition held June 20 – 25. According to Doug Thompson, Wisconsin State 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, “this annual competition for most youth who participated this summer has been two years in the making. Covid 19 forced the National Committee to cancel the 2020 event so those still age eligible had the option to compete in this year’s championships.”
Twenty- four WI 4-H Shooting Sports team members and their families arrived in Grand Island June 20, 2021 for the competition. These youth competed on one of the following shooting sports disciplines teams: Air Rifle or Pistol, Archery Compound or Recurve, Smallbore Rifle or Pistol, Shotgun, and Hunting & Wildlife Skills. Each discipline has three different events on three different days. For example, the shotgun team shot trap, skeet, and sporting clays over the three days of competition. Each state is allowed to have one team of four youth per discipline.
Brown County 4-H was represented by Adam Wesolowski and Matthew Ossmann at the National Championships shooting in the shotgun discipline. They earned the honor to represent Wisconsin at the 2021 4-H National Championships by posting top scores statewide in 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational events. Congratulations to Adam and Matthew for proudly represented Wisconsin 4-H at the National Championships and thank you to the coaches, volunteers and involved parents who make our shooting sports program successful.
View results and pictures from the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships here. Information about Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports is available on the State 4-H Shooting Sports website. To learn more about 4-H Shooting Sports in Brown County, contact your local 4-H Educator at 920-391-4610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello 4-H families! The ‘’Wisconsin 4-H News’’ is coming to your inbox soon. Get the latest information on statewide 4-H programs, events, deadlines and celebrations regularly in one spot. Emails will be sent out on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month to the email address you use in 4-HOnline. Look for the first “Wisconsin 4-H News” on July 1st!
This month our 4-H club held its meeting outdoors at the Lawrence Town Hall. Club members introduced themselves by saying their favorite way to cool off in the summer. After discussing club business, the members participated in a fun obstacle course. To end the meeting, members all got a delicious ice cream treat.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
Happy Valley 4-H Club had their annual Pop Tab weigh-in on Saturday, June 12th and the total collected by Brown County 4-H was 308 POUNDS! The Josie Van Deurzen Family delivered the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House® in Milwaukee. Revenue from recycling these little bits of aluminum help RHMC of Eastern Wisconsin keep families together and close to the care they need when they need it most.
Please keep collecting! There will be another weigh-in 2022.
If you have any questions or know of other groups interested in partnering with Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs, please email email@example.com. The Extension Brown County office will gladly store pop tabs throughout the year.
Honey bees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. The GROWMARK Pollinator Garden Program helps 4-H clubs do their part to help sustain and increase honey bee populations by providing enough seed to plant approximately a 700 square foot area, as well as educational signage to be placed around the garden.
UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County offered garden space space at the STEM Innovation Center for clubs if they were interested in applying for this program. The Lost Dauphin 4-H club applied, were selected, and on May 23rd planted their pollinator garden!
This is the sixth year of the GROWMARK Pollinator Graden Program, open to 4-H clubs, Ag in the Classroom groups, and FFA chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. “Nearly 200 youth organizations have been part of the program since 2016,” said Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist. “Growing the number of pollinator gardens this year will help provide even more habitat for bees and other beneficial pollinator species.”
Thank you GROWMARK!
The Happy Valley 4-H Club took part in the 2021 Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup took place in several locations along the Fox River and Wolf River watersheds. Happy Valley 4-H cleaned up along the East River by Ledgeview Park in De Pere. Check out the pictures of this great day!
The Brown County 4-H Leaders Association is proud to announce this year’s Scholarship Recipients:
- Jordyn Ossman
- Riley Van Zeeland
They have been awarded a scholarship to acknowledge their active participation, community service and leadership in the Brown County 4-H program. We thank them for all their time and dedication and wish them much success as they continue their educational goals. Congratulations!
We started our April 11th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order. Lilly Bartosch led the Pledge of Allegiance and Andy Kinate led the 4H Pledge. Allison Bartosch gave the Secretary’s Report, Alicia Wiese and Sabrina moved to approve it. We then went over old and new business including our community service projects, upcoming questions on fair projects and entries and the date for the Clothing Review for sewing project members. We talked about an opportunity to do cardmaking virtually and virtual opportunities through the county coming up. At the end of this meeting our Junior members created dog toys out of old t-shirts to donate to local animal rescues. The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting in May.
At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in a pet parade show and share activity, if they did not have a pet they were able to share a favorite stuffed animal and everyone introduced their animal. They then learn how to make a few fun snacks too!
Submitted By: Carlie Smits Wrightstown 4H
Please utilize the link below for frequently asked questions related to 4-H and COVID-19.
4-H Leaders Association meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month and are open to anyone, youth and adult. For more information on the next meeting including date, time, agendas and minutes, click here.
This month for 4-H our club celebrated Valentine's Day! We kicked off our meeting by reciting the 4-H pledge and introducing ourselves by sharing our favorite candy bars. Then, one of our very own club members led us in a fun Valentine's Day painting that each member could do from their own home. After that, we talked about the 4-H online project lists, upcoming online Creative Arts Festival, and the fun opportunities happening this year in 4-H. To finish the meeting, we talked about special activities we could do to celebrate St. Patrick's Day next meeting.
For our virtual March meeting, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day. To kick off the meeting, we shared our names and what we are looking forward to over spring break. Then, two different club members led us in St. Patrick Day themed activities. The first was to build a leprechaun trap using a shoebox and a few craft supplies. Then, another club member showed us how to draw leprechauns. This month, our club members really stepped up to show us very enjoyable St. Patrick's activities.
-Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
Want to try your hand at a creative stitchery project, but not sure how to start? Brown County 4-H is here to help! Join Melinda in learning the basics and making a simple cross-stitched bookmark. Download the pattern, grab your aida cloth, needle and floss and make a simple cross stitched bookmark on your own timeframe. Take your time, pause and repeat as needed as you work your own project and move along to the next video when you are ready.
Click here to be redirected to the YouTube playlist with all three videos!
Want to learn the basics of crocheting? Join Melinda for five short videos to learn the basics of crocheting on your own time frame. Take your time, pause and repeat as needed as you work your own project and move along to the next video when you are ready.
4-H Members: Do you need materials to try this project? We have them for you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request for materials. Also remember, the item you make while following along with this video can be submitted at the Brown County Fair!
Click here to be redirected to the YouTube playlist with all five videos!
We started our February 14th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm. President Madison Wiese called the meeting to order. Allison Bartosch submitted the Secretary Report and Madison Wiese submitted the Treasurer’s Report. We then went over old and new business including our community service project due February 28th, families in the club are tying blankets for the Children’s Hospital and we wrapped up our Band-Aid Drive with fun bandages for the kids at the hospital. Members will be participating in virtual project meetings in the next few months. At the end of this meeting our Junior members created a heart-shaped pizza in their kitchen brushing up on their culinary skills (some are pictured). The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting on March 14th at 4pm(Junior Members) and 3pm (Cloverbud Members).
At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in an activity creating a Valentine’s buddy and Skittles Rainbow. Some of these members are pictured with their activity.
Submitted By: Carlie Smits Wrightstown 4-H
We started our January 10th virtual Wrightstown 4H meeting at 4pm by making homemade hot chocolate, the activity was led by Madison and Alivia Wiese. (Activity Pictured) President Madison Wiese then started the business portion. Allison Bartosch submitted the Secretary Report and Josslyn Smits the Treasurer’s Report. We then covered old and new business including our community service project for this month of tying blankets for the Children’s Hospital. The meeting adjourned with a reminder of the next meeting on February 14th.
At 3pm the younger Cloverbud members participated in an activity creating sock snowman. Some of these members are pictured with their creations.
Submitted by: Carlie Smits
In December our 4-H club met virtually. We kicked off the meeting by each sharing our favorite holiday treat then singing Christmas carols. After that, since we would normally be volunteering at a nursing home for this meeting, one of our club members led us in making foam cup snowmen that would be dropped off at a nursing home. Additionally, we also made cards to be sent with the snowmen. Even though our meeting was not the same as it has been other years it was nice to still be able to get together and be able to still help out people in our community.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrits
Click here to view the 2021 Wisconsin State 4-H Horse Association calendar of events.
The Wisconsin State 4-H Shooting Sports program would like to recognize Meggan Daniels, Pierce County, Town and Country 4-H Club and Thomas Sevcik, Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports Club for presenting at the Wisconsin 4-H 2020 Virtual Fall Forum.
Meggan and Thomas' presentation titled 4-H Shooting Sports Aims Youth at Life Skill Targets, was very well attended and received great feedback. Meggan shared the valuable growth and development opportunities she has experienced through a career in 4-H Shooting Sports, from local events to her national achievements. She also shared her recent National 4-H Shooting Sports Ambassador Training experience on how to mentor other youth in developing shooting sports leadership programs. Meggan’s presentation was an inspiration to others to take full advantage of what 4-H Shooting Sports has to offer.
Thomas gave a preview of a new computer program to expand wildlife teachings for the shooting sports curriculum. This tool will also assist in keeping clubs connected during this time of separation but can also be used in the future when clubs will be able to meet face to face again. Thomas’ introduction to virtual learning was an invitation to participants to explore new approaches to making distance learning both educational and fun. His knowledge of using Google Forms to create challenging wildlife and conservation quizzes was a demonstration of future educational activities coming to 4-H Shooting Sports.
Thanks to Meggan and Thomas for their leadership in 4-H Shooting Sports.
"Brendan and Casey are busy today using skills they learned in robotics to build a robot that can fetch them a soda. The boys are missing robotics classes!"
Thank you to Carrie Ostroski for sharing this picture and note with us. We are missing robotics classes too and are so proud of Brendan and Casey for utilizing their skills they learned at home!
For the month of November our club held a virtual meeting. The club kicked off the meeting by having each member share their name and something they ate that day. The members then talked about new and old business consisting of 4-H enrollment, the virtual December meeting, bag decorating for ADRC, the county raffle basket donation, the virtual January meeting, and Pop (soda) Top collection. The club completed 26 cards for families involved in the Califirnia and Oregon wildfires. Their goal is to complete 35 more by the December meeting. To finish off the meeting, members participated in a scavenger hunt where they found items in their house like forks and stuffed animals.
Submitted by Elizabeth Gerrrits
Thank you to all the families of the Wrightstown 4-H Club for contribution of food donations they collected for the Thanksgiving season! This is a great example of community service and how to make a difference for Brown County residents in need.
Through our partnership with JOANN Fabric and Crafts, 4‑H’ers can expand their hearts, hands, and minds through new crafting projects on Creativebug.com.
When you sign up for a JOANN 4‑H Rewards Card today, not only will you save 15% off every purchase and have a portion of the sale go back to support 4‑H, but you also will get free access to Creativebug.com. Creativebug.com has thousands of award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Click here to check out the Creative Bug partnership as well as other discounts and fabric available just for 4-H members!
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected organizations across the nation, many creating virtual events and programs. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is no exception but you probably ask how is virtual shooting sports a possibility? The Alabama 4-H program developed a virtual shooting sports quiz bowl and the opportunity was distributed by National 4-H Shooting Sports to all states.
Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Doug Thompson shared this opportunity for Wisconsin 4-H youth to register through the Alabama 4-H program to participate in the virtual quiz bowl. Quiz questions were set to a time limit with a penalty given for a slow response even for correct answers. Questions covered archery, muzzleloader, rifle, pistol, shotgun, western heritage and wildlife. Participants could register as individuals or as a team of four in the Junior or Senior divisions and were given a week to go online and complete their quiz.
Thomas Sevcik, Brown County 4-H Shooting Sports member, participated as an individual in the Senior division. Participants who competed had their results placed both in their respective region in the United States and nationally. Thomas placed 5th out of 23 in the North Central Region, which comprises the mid-western states, and was 26th out of 120 in national competition. Congratulations to Thomas for representing Brown County and Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports with these outstanding scores.
The 4-H Sewing Workshop was held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the STEM Innovation Center. This new location was fantastic for sewing with it's large windows and natural light. It was a great opportunity for 4-H youth to learn sewing skills. It was fun to see the smiles on the members when they saw their final creations!
Thanks to the sewing leaders who guided these youth in creating their one of a kind sewing project during the workshop. Without our leaders sharing their skills, these opportunities would not be available for the youth.
Please check out this video on Parliamentary Procedure and Group Decision Making put together by Sarah Tarjeson from Extension Sheboygan County.