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Upcoming Events and Important Dates
September 30 Project Records due
September 30 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest entries due
October 1 Start of the 4-H year 2021
October 7-18 Fall 2020 Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Stores
October 8 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
October 24 2020 4-H Achievement Celebration, 2-3pm, virtual event
Happy Birthday to Jacolby L., Wyeth V., Gabriel R., Sadie S., Taylor G., Katie W., Chloe B., and Jordan O.!
Return to In-Person 4-H Programming
We are pleased to announce that we are gradually restarting in-person Extension programming including 4-H! We know that some of you may still not feel ready or comfortable with in-person activities and that’s OK. We also know that many of you are anxious to resume some form of participation and we want to try to make that happen. It is important to note this process will be gradual. All 4-H Volunteer-led gatherings/meetings will be small. For now, that means 10 or less total people. They will also need to take place outside, or in a well-ventilated space like a barn or garage (not in homes). Face coverings will also be required for all people present (until there are six feet of social distance between participants).
Please read the letters from Dean Hannah Carter for more information and be sure to familiarize yourself with new rules and regulations. If you have any questions, please reach out to Knox-Lincoln Counties 4-H Youth Development Professional, Kathryn Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 4-H Community Education Associate, Cindy Rogers email@example.com.
Online Support for Club Leaders
The idea of setting up and hosting a virtual 4-H club meeting might feel a bit overwhelming. But virtual meetings can allow you to still meet as a group and help 4-H members in your club continue to feel a sense of belonging. This series of tip sheets is designed to help our volunteers explore and learn how to have virtual 4-H club meetings. Each tip sheet provides tangible ideas to help you navigate virtual meetings. Short how-to video clips are embedded to provide additional information. If you have additional questions about virtual 4-H club meetings, reach out to your local 4-H staff for support. We are happy to help.
The Knox & Lincoln Counties Office is now staffed, but our door will remain locked. Many staff continue to work remotely. Our new hours are Monday – Friday 8 am -12 noon and 1 pm – 4 pm. Please call 207.832.0343 before arriving so we may assess your needs and provide you with pick-up, drop-off, or curbside options. If you need to access the building, please call once you have arrived as we have a one customer limit in our lobby, per University of Maine policies and procedures regarding social distancing. A properly worn cloth face mask is required. If you do not have a mask we will have one available for you in our entryway. Thank you for your patience.
2020 4-H Achievement Celebration
Hold the date! The 2020 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Celebration will be held online on Saturday, October 24, 2-3 pm on Zoom. We hope you can make it! We realize that this format is not the same as getting together in person, but it is the safest option we have at the moment. We promise to make this event as interactive as possible and a recording of the event will be made available for those who can’t join us live. Watch for an invitation in the mail and more information very soon!
2020 Virtual 4-H Exhibit Hall
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the nearly 200 project entries exhibited in the Maine 4-H Virtual Exhibit Hall! Knox-Lincoln 4-H members whose work is featured in the exhibit include Arianna C., Anthony D., Jeremy D., Nathan D., Sabrinnah D., Adam E., and Anna P. Enjoy a tour!
Enter the 2020 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest
Time to enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2020! For safety and logistics of judging, this year’s contest will be completely digital. Upload your photos and complete your entry forms online. We will print your photos for inclusion in the 4-H Gallery at the Knox-Lincoln Extension office.
This contest is open to any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020. Members can enter up to four photos taken between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. Go to https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/photography-contest/ for more information, or contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project and Activity Records Due September 30
Project Records and Cloverbud Activity Records are due for judging by September 30. Be recognized for your year of project work! If you don’t think you can do a record this year, that is OK! We hope you will consider sending us just a list of 4-H activities and events that you participated in this past 4-H year. Photos of projects with descriptions are good, too!
Have you tried doing your records on your computer? You can still print records and submit them that way, but we encourage you to try the digital records! Some things you need to know:
- Decide which form is right for you. The record level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) might not exactly match your age. Read the descriptions for each to help you decide.
- Download the form to your computer and save the record as you go. Do not fill the record out online.
- Keep it simple. Please only include information for this 4-H year (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020). You can add a few photos and awards if you want, but try not to add too much extra stuff.
- Refer to the rubric for your form under Project Record Judging (at the link in #2 above) to be sure you are providing the information judges will be looking for.
- Ask for help if you need it! Your club leader and county 4-H staff are here to help.
- Submit the finished record via email to email@example.com. Awards will be announced at the 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on October 24.
Be aware that if you plan to bring your records in person, you will need to call ahead at 207.832.0343.
What Have You Been Doing? Send Photos!
Have you been working on a project? Did you join in the 4-H Summer Learning Program and made something cool? Did you enter a project in the 4-H Virtual Exhibit Hall? Please send us a photo or drawing of what you did so we can share it! We hope to include these photos in the 2020 4-H Achievement Celebration on October 24! Just email your photo or art, and a paragraph about your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maine 4-H Virtual Fun Run
University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H would like to invite you to join us as we try to run, walk, and bike all the way along the coast of Maine! Together our goal is to cover 3,478 miles by running, walking, and biking through the extended deadline of September 30. We are almost at our goal! Register and log your miles at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-fun-run/register/. Anyone can join! Run, walk, bike, rollerblade, or even jump rope for your miles. Get out in the fresh air, and stay active.
Follow the progress of conquering the Maine Coastline at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-fun-run/map/. Each checkpoint features a video that shares a fun fact about the landmark, as well as a fun fact about 4-H. To get you started, click on the University of Maine at Orono icon for a welcome video! For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Cathy Gray, 207.581.8203; email@example.com.
State 4-H Dairy News
The Maine 4-H Dairy Committee would like to announce the results of the Promote Your Passion video contest. This contest gave youth the opportunity to create a short, informational video about the dairy industry and share their passion for dairy cattle with others. We would like to congratulate Lydia S. for winning the Sr. division with her video
The Milking System. Congratulations also go out to Amelia R. who won first place in the intermediate division with her video The Pasteurization Process. A close second place in the intermediate division was awarded to Isabelle G. for her video Making Yogurt.