York County 4-H Clover Connection May 2024

York County 4-H Clover Connection May 2024

Fun Fact:

May Flower Moon

May’s full Moon, called the Flower Moon, appears on Thursday, May 23, reaching peak illumination at 9:53 A.M. (EDT). It will be below the horizon at this time, so for the best view of this full Moon, step outside on the night of the 23rd or the 24th and look for that big, bright, shining lunar disk! Learn more about May’s full Moon here.

County News

Save the Date! York County 4-H Fashion Revue, May 18th, 10am-12pm, Wells Activity Center, 113 Sanford Road, Wells.

If you signed up for the Fashion Revue, you will be getting an email with details about the event soon! For those of you who did not sign up, you can still attend and cheer on your fellow 4-Hers! 

Betty Syvinski Scholarship Application due May 15th!

Find the scholarship application at this link: https://extension.umaine.edu/york/resource/betty-syvinski-4-h-scholarship-pdf/

Any questions please email Erin McDonald at erin.mcdonald1@maine.edu

Its your Birthday… Party like it’s your Birthday!

Balloons We hope your birthday is as fantastic as you are!

May Birthday’s!

Sophia, Catherine, Wesley, Anna, Devin, Harper, Demi, Daylia, Jubilee, Thomas

Club News

There are 9 Active Clubs in York County.

Beachcombers- Leader Jackie Lipsky

Beach combers made faces out of rocks and we are finding sea glass for art projects.

Beachcombers 4-H Club walking the BeachFaces formed with Rocks that the Beachcombers 4-H club collected.

Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club – Leaders Else Cook, Jennifer Azara

Kidding Around – Leaders Debbi Cole, Nathan Cole

Our April meeting was filled with baby goats and more baby goats.  Anyone who wanted to, got to try their hand at milking.  We also fed Gidget the llama and gobbled at Lollypop the turkey.

Little Falls 4-H Club – Leaders Barbara Peterson, Nancy Van Tassell

Nature Kids – Leader Jackie Lipsky

Nature kids have been focusing on health and wellness this year. We had a really fun tour of Hannafords.

Pollinator Protectors – Leader Carolyn Reece

Craft to learn facts about Monarch Butterflies

Pollinator Protectors made paper, milkweed seed bombs and learned a bit on the Monarch butterfly during their April gathering. For their May gathering, they are busy preparing for their first fundraiser at Eldridge Lumber in Sanford M

ay 25th from 9-10am. Come support our club and an awesome local business. Eldridge lumber is also hosting a local plant swap that day from 10-12 and a grill fest! The club is raising awareness on the importance of the eastern monarch buttery and seeking donations to purchase paint for a monarch themed mural on the back of a high tunnel greenhouse on a farm. Hope to see you May 25th!

S.T.A.M.P.S – Leader Alicia Paley

York County Beef Club – Leaders Ann Boucher, Diane Qualey

York County Shepherds – Leaders Donna Flint, Kristi Maling

Special Workshop by Jackie Lipsky

Nature Kids and Beachcombers did a combined workshop series, they are monitoring urban birds and comparing and contrasting to birds found in the forest.

4-H Members finding urban birds 4-H Members filling in their worksheets on birds they found


Volunteer and Leader News

If you (or someone you know) would be interested in volunteering to help setup, breakdown, judge, etc for upcoming events please fill out this event volunteer form. Older youth are welcome to volunteer to help as well.

York County 4-H Leaders Association Meeting

May 7, 2024 6:30pm in the Extension Office conference room or via Zoom

Zoom link: https://maine.zoom.us/j/86252306285?pwd=bkxQMGNoTzdtb1UvNERJbDg0ckNDZz09 Password: 833805 

Telephone: US: +1 360 209 5623 Meeting ID: 862 5230 6285

Upcoming Dates and Events

May 1, 2024             Animal Approval/Lease forms due in the Extension office for Eastern States Dairy, Horse and Working Steer.

May 18, 2024          York County 4-H Fashion Revue. Time and location TBD

May 15, 2024           Betty Syvinsky scholarship application due in York County office

June 30, 2024          Animal Approval/Lease forms are due in the Extension office for Beef, Dairy, Dog, Goat, and Sheep. Always bring the York County 4-H embossed paper copies of your approval forms with you to the fair if you are showing animals. No Approval form is needed for rabbits/cavies and chickens.

June 2024.               Entry forms are due to Ossipee Valley Fair.  Be sure to get a camping spot if needed. Check fair website for specific dates. 

June 20-27, 2024    Citizenship Washington Focus trip.

July 1, 2024             Independent members only: Progress report due to the Extension Office. 

July 11-14, 2024     Ossipee Valley Fair in South Hiram.

August 2024           Final paperwork due for all Big E participants

August 1, 2024       Livestock entry forms for Acton Fair due (see Premium book for where to send)

August 22-25, 2024  Acton Fair

Sept 13-29, 2024.    Eastern States “The Big E” Fair.

October 1, 2024.    New 4-H year begins for enrollments and re-enrollments.

October 2024.       2023-2024 Project Records are due. You can complete them through ZSuite or print and mail/email paper copies to Extension office. Project Records must be complete  in order to receive a 4-H year pin and project pin.


State 4-H News

May, 2024

  • UMaine 4-H Invites You to be a Part of Pride 2024
    4-H will be participating in Pride festivities in Portland on June 15, 2024.  A pride event is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, the rights won, and recognition of these individuals as existing and loved members of our communities. 4-H will participate in the parade portion by walking with a banner. Participants should plan on being at the event from noon – 2:30pm.This event is open to any 4-H member or 4-H volunteer. Friends, family, and 4-H alumni are welcome but must have a 4-H member/volunteer hosting them.To register or for more information, go to this webpage. If you have questions you can email 4-hpride@maine.edu.
  • 4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair
    Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the 2024 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 5th. An online form is available, otherwise youth can print and mail a copy downloaded from the website.
  • 4-H Tick Project
    The 4-H Tick Projectis a community science project engaging K-12 youth and educators, made possible through a partnership between 4-H Youth Development, UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab, Maine Forest Tick Survey, and members of the Learning Ecosystems Northeast The project provides youth an opportunity to explore ticks and tick-borne diseases, which is a connected story of climate, ecosystem change, and public health.

    All educators interested in teaching about ticks in Maine are encouraged to participate in the project at no cost to you. This is a great project for 4-H clubs, SPIN clubs, homeschool groups, and more. For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Tick Project webpage.
  • Save the Date: Maine 4-H Days is Happening in 2024!
    Where: Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
    When: Friday evening, July 19 – Saturday, July 20. Animal Science tracks are being scheduled from Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21.Registration for the event for 4-H’ers and their families will be opening in mid-May. More information is coming soon.  We can’t wait to see you there!
  • Do you know someone interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer? Tell them about Start Your 4-H Journey!
    University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part online informational session for adults interested in becoming Maine 4-H volunteers on May 22 & 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. “Start Your 4-H Volunteer Journey” will provide participants with information about the UMaine Extension 4-H youth development program through four short e-Learning modules. Attendees will also participate in an experimental learning activity, learn about the key aspects of positive youth development, and be introduced to ages and stages of youth. The two one-hour virtual sessions will wrap up with an outline of next steps and an introduction to a county staff contact to help with the application process if desired.Registration is required. The sessions are free. To register, visit our website.For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer Lobley, lobley@maine.edu, 207.255.3345.