York County 4-H Clover Connection June 2024

York County 4-H Clover Connection June 2024

Fun Fact:

4‑H reaches almost six million young people through our community of 100 public universities. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4‑H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. Young people experience 4‑H through school and community clubs, in-school and after-school programs and 4‑H camps.

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County News

Please keep an eye out for deadlines on Fair entries if you plan to attend. No new county news this month!

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

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

June Birthday’s!

Caroline, Charlotte, Hunter, Emersyn

Club News

There are 9 Active Clubs in York County.

Beachcombers- Leader Jackie Lipsky

Beachcombers made recycled paper at the beach and added bits of treasures and sand to the paper.

Beachcombers made recycled paper at the beach and added bits of treasures and sand to the paper.





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

Kidding Around – Leaders Debbi Cole, Nathan Cole

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

Nature Kids – Leader Jackie Lipsky

This month the Nature Kids had a guest from Maine Health named Casey. She talked to the club about Healthy Eating, Active LivingKids choosing ingredients for their smoothies. & the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program:

5 – or more fruits and vegetables

2 – hours or less of recreational screen time

1 – hour or more of physical activity

0 – sugary drinks, more water

She also talked to us about staying hydrated and the color of our urine! If your urine is all most clear then you are doing a good job drinking water, but if your urine is yellow or darker then you need to keep drinking!  Casey also told the club about My Plate and that half of our plate should be fruits and veggie.

One of the favorite parts of our meeting was using a blender bike to make smoothies!  We each got to choose our ingredients for our smoothie and blend them using a stationary bicycle that had a blender attached.  Not only did we get a tasty and healthy snack but we got our exercise making it!  Thanks Casey!

Respectfully submitted,

Charlotte Dornsife, Reporter

Nature kids 4-H club

Pollinator Protectors – Leader Carolyn Reece

Pollinator Protectors successfully held their first fundraiser at Eldridge Limber in Sanford. The club did a fantastic job with public speaking in sharing “sales pitches” for products available in the store for purchase witch support increasing pollinators to yard and garden spaces. Next month the club will be completing a service project of planting a pollination garden at a local farm.

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

Held the 3rd Science Experiment Extravaganza of the year. We had 11 presenters.

Anna-Kate Lipsky presenting at the Science Experiment Extravaganza

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

July 16th at 6:30pm in the Extension Office conference room or via Zoom

Upcoming Dates and Events

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 30, 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

June 2024

  • Maine 4-H Days: Register Now!
    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 is now open for 2024 Maine 4-H Days! There will be livestock events through the weekend, and dozens of enrichment workshops to choose from during the day on Saturday. Friday night will be a blast with a Youth Council Dance for youth ages 12 & up, and then a Move and Groove Family Movie Night for the rest!  Camping space is available at no additional charge.  Visit the website to learn more about the different activities, and to register now!
  • 4-H Summer Learning Series
    2024 marks the FIFTH year Maine 4-H is offering a Summer Learning Series!  This year, workshops will run from July 5 – August 10, and there is something for everyone. Registration opens June 3 for enrolled 4-Hers, and opens June 10 for all other youth.There is a lot of diversity in the offerings for this year – you can learn about rocks or how to start your own fish tank! Would you like to explore the world of animals, or get cozy with festive winter holiday crafts? From Cloverbuds to Teens, there are experiences available for all ages.  Dive into the different workshop options! To register or learn more, head to our website!
  • 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. Please register by June 10.To register or for more information, go to this webpage. If you have questions you can email 4-hpride@maine.edu.
  • Summer at 4-H Camps at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove
    The UMaine 4-H Camps at Blueberry Cove and Tanglewood have summer camp openings and scholarships to support Maine youth to attend. We are excited to connect 4-Hers to our programs.Overnight camps and Discovery Trips, ages 8-15: Week-long programs at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove or adventures along the Appalachian Trail or Downeast Farm Camp with Painted Pepper Farm.Teen Leadership programs, ages 14-17: Two and three-week immersion trips to build leadership skills while exploring Maine’s beautiful natural areas via canoeing and backpacking.We have scholarships available to cover up to 75% of the tuition for these programs. Funding is also available for first-time campers from National 4-H via CAMP III funds!Check out programs online at edu/tanglewood, email emma.beaudry@maine.edu, or call 207.789.5868.
  • 4-H Swine Judging Clinic with Randy Shipley!
    On June 22nd Maine 4-H will be hosting a 4-H swine judging clinic at the Cumberland  Instructed by Randy Shipley of Shipley Swine Genetics, participants will learn how to visually evaluate swine, gain confidence in comparing animals against breed standards, and practice explaining logical reasons for opinion. Whether you are new to 4-H swine projects or have been doing them for years, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an industry expert.Pre-registration is required. To sign up for the event please visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/swine/. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation please contact Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or sadee.mehuren@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.