April 2016

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

April 9 State 4-H Public Speaking & Demonstration Tournament, UMaine, Orono

April 12 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

April 13-24 Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, Tractor Supply Stores

April 15 Deadline to register for 4-H@UMaine (May 20-21)

May 1 ESE Dairy, Sheep and Working Steer intent to participate form due

May 1 KLLA Camp/Educational Program Scholarship applications due

May 10 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

May 15 Oxton Trust Applications due

May 20-21 4-H @ UMaine, UMaine campus, Orono (Register by April 15)

May 20-22 Northeast Livestock Exposition (NELE), Windsor Fairgrounds

April Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Rosalie Murphy, Samuel Richardson, Christian Gary, Rayna Instasi, Isaiah Dickens, Cindy Shelmerdine, Andrea Richardson, Jeremy Dube, Alessandro Smith, Madeleine Archer, Delaney Strause, Sean Krejsa, Ashley Viles and Sam Newcombe!

Scholarships Offered for Camps and Programs

KLLA is offering scholarships to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to be used to attend educational camps and programs in the coming year, including, but not exclusive to: 4-H National Trips (CWF, 4-H National Congress and National Conference), summer camps (including Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove and Bryant Pond 4-H Camps), science camps, animal camps, exchange programs, and school programs. Preference will be given to applicants attending 4-H-sponsored programs and camps. Applications are due May 1, 2016. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the funds available and the number of qualified applicants. The application is available for download at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4-h/knox-lincoln-4-h-educational-program-scholarship/

4-H Summer Camp Scholarships Offered by Maine 4-H Foundation

The Maine 4-H Foundation is sponsoring summer camp scholarships for 4-H members at any one of the three UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond or Tanglewood. To apply for a scholarship please send an email to mallory.martin@maine.edu with your name, contact information, the camp you would like to attend, dates of the camp and a brief paragraph about your 4-H experiences. The scholarships are available for residential camp at $200 each for one week, $400 for multi week residential programs. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Oxton Trust Applications Due for Summer/Fall

Through the generosity and foresight of Robert Oxton, the Oxton Trust Fund was established to support 4-H youth development programs and activities in Knox and Lincoln Counties. The funds are available annually, with application deadlines of May 15 (for funds to be used June-November), and October 15 (for funds to be used December-May). Grants may be awarded for 4-H youth development programs and projects falling into one of the following areas: leadership, youth development and special programs. Applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. The application form is available at http://umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4-h/oxton-trust/ and at the Extension office in Waldoboro. Deadline to apply is May 15.

Helpers Needed During Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

The Spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co. Stores will take place April 13-24. During this time, TSC customers can purchase paper clovers at the register for $1 each to support 4-H nationally and (from the Thomaston store) in our counties!

The Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors 4-H Clubs will be offering animal demonstrations, a bake sale and quilt raffle at the Thomaston store on Saturday, April 16, 9am-1pm. We encourage other clubs and independents to participate in this event or at other times during the campaign. It’s been proven that in-store participation by 4-Hers increases the amount of donations! Hold a bake sale, do an animal or science demonstration, or provide a carry-out service for customers any time during this campaign. Use your creativity! Learn how to connect with your local TSC store to participate in this event on the Fundraising Connections page. Contact Cindy Rogers if you are planning to participate at the Thomaston store.

Register Now for 4-H @ UMaine

4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus is where youth ages 12 to 18 (4-H age) can join the fun of becoming familiar with campus and what it has to offer: stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college can offer. 4-H@UMaine takes place on the University of Maine, Orono campus on May 20-21. Registration will be online only until April 15. This is a strict deadline especially for large groups. http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/4humaine/. Questions? Contact Barb Baker  barbara.baker@maine.edu.

Knox-Lincoln Members to Participate at State Public Speaking Event

We are excited to announce that 11 Knox-Lincoln 4-H members will be participating in the 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament on Saturday, April 9 at the University of Maine in Orono! Nearly 40 youth from counties all over the state will be presenting their demonstrations and illustrated talks at this event. We hope that you can find the time to come and support our 4-H youth on this day. Directions and parking information can be found at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/public-speaking/directions/#parking.

Community Groups Sought as 4-H Farm-to-Fair Volunteers

Do you know any community groups, civic organizations or businesses that might offer volunteer groups for our 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit at Union Fair? Does your club want to take a shift? Please contact cynthia.rogers@maine.edu, 207.832.0343.

4-H Funding for Your Business Idea!

Pitch 4-H grants and loans are available to active 4-H members in Maine. The Maine 4-H Youth Trustees in partnership with an anonymous donor are launching a new grant/loan program for currently enrolled 4-H members. The funding will support new small business ideas, new agricultural projects, and/or a new innovative project within 4-H. For a more detailed description, please refer to the application. Funding is available for up to $500. For information, visit http://umaine.edu/4hfoundation/funding/pitch-your-idea/

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

Save the Date for 2016 Maine 4-H Days: Maine 4-H Days will take place July 22-24 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Registration will open in early May. If you are interested in offering a workshop, or volunteering with this year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee: July will be here before you know it, and we are looking for a few good volunteers to join the fantastic current Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee. Joining this committee gives you the chance to help come up with ideas and plans for one of our biggest statewide events! If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email jessica.brainerd@maine.edu, or call 207.581.3877.

IRS requirement for 4-H clubs and the Employer Identification Number (EIN) revised: Since 2011, UMaine Extension has asked that 4-H clubs apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) only if a bank or credit union account was being opened to track proceeds from fundraising activities. This past spring we learned that the IRS requires all of our chartered clubs to get an EIN. The EIN is needed when filing the 990N online return, a process also required from each chartered club and essential to maintaining federal tax-exempt status.

Currently chartered 4-H clubs can request an EIN directly from the IRS online. More information on tax-exempt status, and instructions for obtaining an EIN, are available from Extension’s online 4-H policy manual (umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/policies-procedure-and-guidelines/table-of-contents/policies-for-volunteers/#1.9), or volunteers can contact 4-H staff in their county’s office with questions.

Changes for ESE Horse Tryouts: In an effort to promote a healthy, educational competitive environment at ESE tryout outs, the Horse Animal Science Committee has initiated changes that affect every one trying out. After careful consideration and approval, the Horse committee has implemented a minimum point value. The 2016 ESE Horse team will be riders and drivers who have successfully scored an overall score of 385 points (the minimum point value). This overall score is comprised from an accumulation of the following scores: written test, fitting and showmanship, equitation, barn management and horse judging. The top 20 riders and drivers with an overall average of 385 or better will make up the 2016 ESE team for The Big E competition; with precedence given to the scores of 385 or better, not to the number of possible openings on the team. If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Ouellette, Staff Liaison to the Horse Committee kristy.ouellette@maine.edu.

Opportunities at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center

Homeschool Mondays will be held April 25, May 2, 9, 23 at Tanglewood 4H Camp and Learning Center, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Lincolnville, ME. These ecologically focused days will be centered around outdoor exploration and awareness, STEM activities based on teamwork and cooperation and fun filled games and art. Come prepared for mud, spring ephemerals, and salamanders. For more information or to register online visit us at umaine.edu/Tanglewood. Contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or email patricia.chapman@maine.edu with any questions.

April Vacation Camp April 19-22 at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Lincolnville, ME. Join us as the Tanglewood forest awakens from the long winter. This fun filled week is packed with outdoor games, art, and encourages personal growth in harmony with nature. Plenty of adventures await you so come prepared for lots of outdoor time. For more information or to register online visit us at umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration by Friday, April 8th or contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

April Vacation Camp April 19-22 Blueberry Cove 4H Camp and Learning Center, 22 Blueberry Cove Rd., Tenants Harbor, ME. Come down to Blueberry Cove to explore the seashore, take part in team-building activities and discover the magic of STEM! Blueberry Cove, with twenty-five acres overlooking Tenants Harbor, is the perfect spot to welcome spring and give youth the chance to explore and experience nature in simple yet profound ways. For more information or to register online visit us at umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration by April 8 or contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

4-H Sheep Project Information and Deadlines: Information and all of the forms can be found at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/

Fryeburg Fair intent forms are due in your county office on May 2, 2016

Animal Approval forms are due in your county office on June 30, 2016

ESE Sheep Team Intent to Participate Forms must be signed by county staff and postmarked and mailed to the Franklin County Extension Office by May 2, 2016. The 4-H member must own the sheep by 6/1/16 and must be enrolled at least in the second year of in the sheep project.

State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest: Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. This is a daylong educational and competitive event open to all 4-H youth currently enrolled in the 4-H dairy project. High scoring members will be eligible for competing in the 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at Eastern States. Attendance at this event is one prerequisite to trying out for the Eastern States Dairy Team. This event will begin at Winterplace Jerseys Farm in Leeds, ME and continue at Conant Acres Farm in Canton, ME. For more information about the event including driving directions and full agenda: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/dairy/. For more information contact Dave Marcinkowski at 207.581.2740, davidmar@maine.edu.