February 2019

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

February 9 Public Speaking Workshop, 9am-12pm (snow date 2/16)–registration is closed

February 19 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

February 22 Deadline to register for KL Public Speaking Tournament (3/3)

February 25 Deadline to notify KL Extension staff of intent to participate at Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

March 1-April 30 JOANN Paper Clover Campaign, JOANN Fabric Stores (details to come)

March 3 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, 1-4pm, Jefferson Village School (snow date 3/10)

March 8 Deadline to apply for 4-H National Congress and National Conference

March 11 Deadline to register for Winter Fun Day (3/16)

March 16 Winter Fun Day Hike, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson

March 19 KLLA Meeting 6pm, KL UMaine Extension

March 27-April 7 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, Tractor Supply Co. Stores

April 1 ESE Horse Animal Approval form due

April 1 KLLA Camp Scholarship applications due

April 6 State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, University of Maine, Orono (snow date 4/7)

February Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Alanna Goss, Kimberly Walker, Tilia Meinersmann, Elia Boulette, Teah Hyler, Tara Morrison, Britney Jackson, Julia Benson, Miranda Northrup, and Sadie Olmsted!

Register for 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

4-H member presenting a public speech

Every 4-H member in Knox and Lincoln County is encouraged to participate in Public Speaking! Youth choose a topic and then practice the important life skill of public speaking by giving presentations to their clubs, community, and at the county and state tournaments.

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking & Demonstration Tournament will be held Sunday, March 3 (snow date March 10), 1-4pm at the Jefferson Village School in Jefferson. ALL 4-H’ers are encouraged to practice their Public Speaking Presentations in January and February before the county tournament! Register to participate by February 22. The registration form for the Knox-Lincoln tournament is available at the UMaine Extension office, and can be downloaded at https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/public-speaking/.

Get all the details, including tips for planning your presentation, as well as information about the 2019 STATE tournament (April 6), at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/public-speaking/ .

Citizenship Washington Focus

Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capital during the week of June 29 to July 6, 2019! CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel down on Saturday, June 29 and travel home Saturday July 6, 2019. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capital. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 27th, 2019. For more information visit https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/annual-events/citizenship-washington-focus/. For specific questions, please contact Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator at:  heidi.thuotte@maine.edu. Contact Cindy Rogers at the Knox-Lincoln 4-H office by February 25 for details about how to be a part of this experience.

National Trips

National 4-H Trip Applications are due March 8th, 2019 (Conference and Congress) National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/national-trips/. For specific questions, please contact Heidi Palmer, State Activities Coordinator at:  heidi.thuotte@maine.edu

Winter Fun Day at HVNC

4-H members on a hike at Hidden Valley Nature Center.

A 4-H Winter Fun Day Hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 10am-12pm at Hidden Valley Nature Center, 131 Egypt Road in Jefferson. Enjoy the center’s wooded trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis (or boots if the snow has melted!). Families are welcome to bring a lunch and stay to eat at the lodge after the hike if they wish. Register by March 11 by contacting Pamela Doherty pamela.doherty@mane.edu, 207.832.0343.

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 April 1, 2019. 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 https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/educational-program-scholarship/.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

Save the Date for 2019 Maine 4-H Days: Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19-21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next 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.

Come to Orono for the 2019 4H@UMaine May 31–June 1! Planning has started and the wheels are in motion thanks to the efforts of a tremendous team! We are always looking for individuals interested in helping with pre-event planning or attending the event itself! Stay tuned for details. For more information about, contact Greg Kranich at gregory.kranich@maine.edu or 207.581.3292.

2019 Engineers’ Week Expo: Every year, near George Washington’s Birthday, engineers across the country celebrate National Engineers Week, as George was a civil engineer who founded our nation. Here in Maine, our custom is to hold a huge “Expo” for all those young engineers (people who explore ingenuity) to visit and get to know us better. Our next Expo will be in southern Maine at USM in Gorham, with a banquet event the night before in Portland. Those of you who’ve come, already know how intense and fun it can be! We hosted over 3,000 last time it was at USM!

Our Expo will be from 9:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Field House at USM’s Costello Sports Center. Snacks will be available, with souvenir tee shirts. Campus tours will be available. See http://www.engineeringme.com for general information. Depending on our sponsors, some busing costs will be available.

Winter Tracking Workshop: Please join us for a Winter Tracking Workshop hosted by Maine Wildlife Habitat Education Program. February 9, 2019 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm at Lake St. George Park in Liberty, Maine. Everyone is welcome to this free event, but pre-registration is required. More information available at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/event/winter-tracking-workshop/

2019 Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament: The 4-H State Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate. For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible. More information is available at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/event/2019-maine-4-h-state-public-speaking-tournament/

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You are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study.

Purpose of this research project:
 We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers. As a state we have rolled out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records. What will you be asked to do?  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine. The survey will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Risks: Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no foreseeable risks to you in participating in this study. Benefits: You will be eligible to enter into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card to Hannaford. Confidentiality: As a participant you will be anonymous. Investigators or a student will enter data into a computer. Data will be kept on a secured computer with only the investigators or a student having access. Data will be kept for a period of 5 years. Voluntary:  Participation is voluntary. If you choose to take part in this study, you may stop at any time during the study. You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Participation in the on-line survey implies consent to participate. Contact: Kristy Ouellette at 207.353.5550, kristy.ouellette@maine.edu. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, contact Gayle Jones, Assistant to the University of Maine’s Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, at 207.581.1498 (or e-mail gayle.jones@maine.edu).