October 2019

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Cumberland County 4-H News

Important Dates

October: National 4-H Youth Science Day (NYSD), contact sara.conant@maine.edu to have a 4-H Staff member visit your afterschool program or library with this NYSD activity

October 9-20 Tractor Supply Company’s Fall Paper Clover Event

October 15:

  • 4-H Maker Program, Windham Public Library, 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.
  • 4-H Information Night, Windham Public Library, 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

October 17: CC 4-H Leaders Meeting, 7:00-9:00PM, Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Road, Gorham. Educational Program – Learn about the 2019 Cumberland County CWF delegates’ experiences.

October 21: 4-H Project Records 2018-19 due to the Extension office

Maker Series is Back!

illustration of a turkey, jack o latern and snowflakeOne afternoon each month, October – December, Sara will offer a free themed-activity for youth ages 9-18. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation in the Maker Monday program. You can choose to join us for one project or all three.

  • Dates: Tuesday, October 15; Tuesday, November 19; and Monday, December 16
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:00PM
  • Location: Varies by Month
  • Cost: FREE

October 15, 2019: Spooky Mystery at the Windham Public Library

November 19, 2019: Thanksgiving Canning at the UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, Falmouth

December 16, 2019: Snowflake Crafts at the Raymond Village Library

For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Maker Series page.

The Leaders Association is Holding Elections for 2018-2019 Board Members

The Leaders Association is holding elections at the November meeting and is taking nominations for Association Board Members and Vice President. There can be nominations for any of the positions from the floor. Anyone who is a certified 4-H volunteer interested in running please contact Kristi Wright, fromawayfarmfamily1972@gmail.com.

The current slate of Board Members is

  • Ralph Clark
  • Connie Wood
  • Julie Martin
  • Pat Stack
  • Vice President – Seeking Nominations

The Leaders Association meeting to vote in these Officers will be held November 21, at Gorham Public Works, 80 Huston Road, Gorham, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The October Leader’s Meeting will be held on October 17th at the Gorham Public Works Building. From 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., we will hear from our 2018 CWF participants. The business meeting will begin following presentations. All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Paul Merrill Memorial Fund 

The Paul E. Merrill 4-H Memorial Fund was established as a memorial to Paul E. Merrill who died in April 1982. Mr. Merrill firmly believed in the merits of the 4-H program and in the character-building qualities of learning to care for and raise livestock. This fund is a splendid way to carry on the beliefs of Mr. Merrill and in doing so, encourage youth to grow in character and ability as Mr. Merrill had done. It is designed to provide financial aid for projects from the interest of the account to 4-H livestock clubs or 4-H members with livestock projects. The application deadline is November 1, 2019.

For more information and an application, please visit the Paul Merrill Memorial Fund page.

Teen Council Special Interest (SPIN) Leadership Club is Looking for Members

Are you between the ages of 12 and 18 and interested in gaining more leadership and event planning skills? Then the 4-H Teen Council is for you! This year the Teen Council will include six meeting/events November-April and the opportunity to plan our newest County event, True Leaders in Service.

Tentative Meeting Schedule:

November: Email and fill out Google spreadsheet with game ideas for Winterfest

Friday, December 6th: 4-H Office, Falmouth, 4:00-6:00 PM, Public Speaking Practice and Prepare for Winterfest (sort pins, pack, etc.)

Sunday, December 8th: Great Falls School, Gorham, 12:30 – 4:00PM, Winterfest Set-Up, Announcements, Facilitate Activities

Monday, January 6th: Online via Zoom, 5:30 – 7:30PM, Mini-Forum presenter/workshop planning meeting & Day of Service brainstorming.

Monday, March 16th: 4-H Office, Falmouth, 5:00-7:00PM, Leadership Skill Building, Prepare and Pack for Mini-Forum, Finalize Day of Service Plans

Saturday, March 21: USM Gorham, 8:30-3:00 PM, Mini-Forum Set-Up, Registration, Announcements, greet and assist presenters

April: True Leaders in Service Event – Location, time, & date TBD by council

There will also be an optional Group Team Building Outing – location and activity to be determined by the council

Email or call Sara, sara.conant@maine.edu, 207.781.6099, by November 4th, if you’re interested in learning more, or joining Teen Council!

4th H for Health 5K Run / Walk

The 4th H for Health 5K Run / Walk will be a fun event for all skill levels prior to the 4-H Winterfest on December 8, 2019. If you would like to help run the event (not everyone enjoys a December run / walk!), please let Mitch know (mitchell.mason@maine.edu, 781-6099). We will need help registering participants, setting up the course, handing out numbers, and more.

Awards Packets and Start-Up Packets

Awards Packets for the 2018-2019 4-H year were mailed in August to all Primary Club leaders. If you have not received your packet, or have questions please contact Sara. For more information about how to complete your project records, please visit umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/project-records/Awards Packets are due to the UMaine Extension Cumberland Office by 4:00 pm, Monday, October 21, 2019.

Start-Up packets for the new 4-H year were available for pickup during the Cumberland Fair in the 4-H Exhibit Hall. All current clubs and independents have a packet available for them. If you did not pick up your packet they will be arriving in the mail next week.

Cumberland Fair 2019 Recap

Exhibit Hall
Thanks to all who exhibited fantastic projects this year! There were nine clubs who exhibited and seventy-six exhibitors this year!

  • Merry Makers: 1st
  • Cumberland County Sheep Club: 2nd
  • White Pines Equines: 3rd
  • All Star 4-H Dairy: 4th
  • Paws ‘N’ Pals
  • Summer of Science
  • Forest School
    two girls with wagon to pickup bottle bins
  • New Gloucester Library Club
  • Swiners
4-H Livestock Auction
4-H members did a great job of recruiting buyers and raising excellent market animals. The auction earned over $50,000 for the local 4-H livestock members who participated. Congratulations to all of the kids and families who made it such a success!
The Gray/New Gloucester Food Pantry Project organized by Katie M., Caleb M., Bea three boys next to each other at bottle cleanupS., Gavin T., Olivia G., William G., James G. raised over $4000 to purchase hogs and lambs at the auction to feed families in need this fall! Awesome job exceeding your goal this year!
4-H Kitchen, Pig Raffle, and Bottle Bin Pickup
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the fair this year, we could not accomplish these fundraisers without you!

IRS 990 N E-Postcard Filing Reminder: Due November 15, 2019

All 4-H Clubs must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service. If you have already applied for and received an EIN and had this number for the tax year July 2018 – June 2019 you must file a 990N E-Postcard. Detailed instructions are available online from the IRS and have been updated on the Additional Volunteer Policies B.1. page (under the heading, B.1.9  Tax-Exempt Status of 4-H Organizations) of the state 4-H website. If you need assistance with filing or would like the County 4-H Office to file for you, please email or call Sara, sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099.

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Fall Campaign, October 9-20, 2019

Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to 4-H. 90% of all funds collected to support local and state 4-H programs right where you live. Since the Paper Clover Campaign occurs after the Cumberland fair please consider bringing your club display from the fair to leave on display at the stores. Stores that have 4-H’ers participate in-store generate 40% more revenue in 4-H clovers than those that do not.

If you are interested in holding a fundraiser, dropping off a display, or setting up an event with your 4-H club you can contact any one of the three stores here in Cumberland County:

  • Windham Store: 892.8379
  • Scarborough Store: 396.5100
  • Brunswick Store: 721.8335

Maine DOE Seeks Students to Serve on First-ever Student Cabinet – (It would be great to have some 4-Her’s on this committee!)

The Maine Department of Education is launching its first-ever student cabinet, a group of students that will meet quarterly with Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss educational opportunities, improvements, and policy. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard by educational leadership.

Students grades 4 – 12 and first year of college are invited to submit an application to be a member of the Student Cabinet. Members selected will serve for a term of 12 months starting on November 1, 2019. Student Cabinet members will be selected based on representation of Maine’s geography, with a goal of two students from each county in Maine.

Cabinet meetings will be held throughout the school year. Most meetings are expected to be held as video conferences which will require cabinet members to have access to a computer or device with an internet connection. There will be at least one in-person meeting, for which the Maine DOE will reimburse travel costs.

By becoming a member on the Maine DOE Student Cabinet, students will benefit by:

  • Having a direct role in improving education for students in Maine;
  • Gain important leadership, public speaking, decision making, and team building skills;
  • Develop a network of support and mentors through exposure to leaders across the state, and;
  • Have a great addition to their resume and applications for secondary opportunities.

Instructions for applying:
Students interested in serving on the Maine DOE Student Cabinet will need to submit the electronic application, with consent from a parent or guardian, by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5 pm. Applications can be submitted electronically here. For more information contact Kelli Deveaux (207) 624-6747 or kelli.deveaux@maine.gov

State 4-H News October 2019

2020 Maine 4-H Intent to Sell a Market Beef Project at Fryeburg Fair
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2020 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/ by November 1, 2019. The intent form will advise the State 4-H Office which steers need to be tagged. Once we receive your intent form you will be contacted by a staff person from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to make an appointment for someone to come to your barn and tag your project animal.

As always Fryeburg Market Steers must be owned and in possession by the 4-Her by January 1. But we understand that many of you will have your market steers before January 1st so we are hoping to tag more of the project animals before the winter travel becomes more difficult. We are grateful for the staff from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for helping us with the tagging and we are hoping the earlier intent form date will allow for safer travel during the winter months. You can also enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member when you send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. We appreciate you completing this form as early as possible and are encouraging everyone to help spread the word about the new earlier date for the intent form. If you have specific questions please contact your local county Cooperative Extension Office.


Club Happenings

White Pines Equines and Caprinesgirls standing with horsegirls on horses white pine equines
Bridge F.
On Sunday, September 15, we held our last club meeting of the summer. We finished up our 4H display for entry in the Cumberland County Fair. Natalie told us all about her and Bear competing in the 90 Day Mustang Makeover Challenge, they won first place overall! We all had a great summer riding and showing at many fairs.

Other UMaine Extension Cumberland County News

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