Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter–January 2023

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

January 10 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

January 17 Registration deadline for Maine 4-H Engineering Virtual Club

January 21 4-H Communication Science Team Public Speaking Workshop, 2-4pm, Penobscot County Extension office, Bangor

January 31 Registration deadline for Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Workshop (2/4)

January 31 Oxton Trust Applications due

February 4 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Workshop, 9am-12 noon, KL Extension office, Waldoboro

February 14 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, KL Extension office, Waldoboro, and Zoom

February 24 Maine 4-H Equity Challenge submissions due

February 25 4-H Chef Series-Session 1: Kitchen Skills, KL Extension office, Waldoboro

March 11 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Tournament, 1-4pm, Extension office, Waldoboro (register in February)

March 25 4-H Chef Series-Session 3: Family Luncheon, KL Extension office, Waldoboro

January Birthday

Happy Birthday to Adam E.!

Oxton Trust Applications Due January 31 for All of 2023

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. Clubs, volunteers, and members should anticipate what funds they expect to request for the entire 2023 calendar year and apply for funds to the Oxton Trust Committee by January 31, 2023.

If a club, volunteer, or member discovers a need for funds later in 2023, a special meeting of the committee can be called, and an application considered at any time. Funds available for mid-year requests, however, will be more limited.

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. Oxton Trust applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. A paper application form can be requested by contacting the Knox-Lincoln Extension office.

Maine 4-H Communication Science Team Hosts Public Speaking Workshop

The Maine 4-H Communication Science Team invites all enrolled 4-H members to an in-person workshop on January 21 from 2-4 pm. The meeting will be held at the Penobscot County Extension Office in Bangor. Participants will learn how to prepare for county/regional public speaking contests for both Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks. Contact for more information or to register.

Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Workshop

4-H member giving a demonstrationThere will be a 4-H Public Speaking Workshop on February 4 from 9am-12 noon at Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension (snow date February 11). Come try some fun activities that will get you ready to participate in the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Tournament on March 11, and the State 4-H Public Speaking Tournament on April 8. This workshop is open to all ages and levels of public speaking experience. If you have competed in the tournament before and want to hone your skills, or if this will be the first time you have tried public speaking, this workshop is for you! Register for this workshop by January 31 by contacting Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343,

Save the Date for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Public Speaking Tournament will be held on March 11 from 1-4pm at the Knox-Lincoln Extension office (snow date March 18). Information and resources for helping you prepare a talk can be found on the Maine 4-H Public Speaking website. Online registration will be live in early February.

State Public Speaking Tournament Date Announced

Seven youth posing with awards from public speaking tournament
UMaine Extension photo

Our state public speaking tournament will be held on April 8 at DP Corbett Hall on the University of Maine campus. Youth must qualify for this event by achieving a score of 78 or higher at their county or regional tournament. Check with your county 4-H staff to find out when your county tournament will be held. Go to the Maine 4-H Public Speaking page for more information about the program.

Join Us for the 4-H Chef Series

kids cooking sorbetDo you want to learn new cooking skills? Seasoned cooks and those new to the kitchen will get to practice basic techniques and learn something new at a 3-part 4-H Chef Series in February and March! There will be two in-person sessions at the Extension office on February 25 and March 25, plus an online planning meeting in between, time to be determined. In session 1, we will practice cooking skills (safety, organization, tool skills, cooking techniques) while we create a tasty lunch for participants to enjoy! For session 2 we will meet online to plan a luncheon to be prepared by the class and served to volunteers and family members when we meet again in-person for session 3.

Open to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members of all ages and skill levels, this series will be led by 4-H staff, Ryan LeShane and Cindy Rogers. Registration info will be available soon!

Maine 4-H Equity Challenge for all Maine Youth

Three teens having their photo taken with a digital cameraAre you a photographer? A performer? A writer? Then consider the 4-H Equity Challenge. The challenge is for youth ages 5-19 to create a digital photograph, a performance, a presentation, or a writing piece that tells why every Maine youth belongs in a welcoming and inclusive environment. There are prizes based on age. This challenge is open to any 4-H’er or partner organization in Maine.

There are helpful guides and a rubric to help you understand what judges will look for in an entry. To submit an entry or to find out more information go to the Maine 4-H Equity Challenge webpage. To participate, submit your creation by February 24, 2023.

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Monthly Workshops Open to All Maine 4-Hers!

Come join the Androscoggin and Sagadahoc counties 4-H program at their monthly workshops—the Third Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Lisbon Extension Office at 24 Main Street. Anyone interested can contact to find out more information.

Currently Scheduled Topics:
– January 20, 2023 – “Getting the Word Out” Digital Marketing
– February 17, 2023 – Short Film Making
– March 10, 2023 – Spa & Relaxation Science
– April 21, 2023 – Movie Premier Night
– May 19, 2023 – Wool Spinning Workshop

2022/2023 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

As we get ready for the new 4-H year, we are looking forward to offering a variety of learning experiences (both in person and virtual) for our 4-H volunteers. Sessions are free of charge but require registration. Some sessions have limited space. Visit the 4-H Volunteer Calendar of Training Opportunities to learn more and register!


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