TENNESSEE 4-H IDEAS
VOLUME 03 - Issue 13
April 4, 2003
IN THIS ISSUE
$500 - $2000 Literacy Education/Youth Leadership
4-H S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due April 15
4-H Sheep Conference Information Available
On Web Site
Meet The State 4-H Staff! - Pat Whitaker
Sheep Conference Promotional Article In Web Packet
Show "Unlimited Support" At State 4-H Congress
State 4-H Poster Winners Announced
State Dairy Bowl Entries Due Soon
"Unlimited Support" For 4-H Alumni Overseas
|State Finalists/District Winners Report to
State 4-H Congress - Nashville
|State 4-H Congress - Nashville
|Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Inc. Annual Meeting
|4-H S.O.S. Mini-Grant Proposals Due - State
April 30-May 2
|TAE4-HW Annual Meeting - Knoxville
|Senior 4-H Records Due - State 4-H Office
|Tennessee 4-H Scholarship Applications Due
- State 4-H Office
|4-H S.O.S. Service Learning Scrapbooks Due
- State 4-H Office
|Bristol Steer and Heifer Show - Abingdon, VA
|Knoxville Spring Junior Cattle Exposition -
|State 4-H Sheep Conference - Crossville
|Camp Staff Training - Milan
|State 4-H Record Judging (Western District)
|State 4-H Record Judging (Cumberland District)
|State 4-H Record Judging (Central District)
|State 4-H Record Judging (Smoky Mountain District)
|State 4-H Record Judging (Specialists) - Knoxville
|State 4-H Wildlife Conference - Milan
|June Dairy Month Kick Off Luncheon - Nashville
|Citizenship-Washington Focus - Chevy Chase,
|Junior High 4-H Academic Conference - Knoxville
|State 4-H Forestry/Wildlife Judging Contests
|State Performing Arts Troupe Workshop - Lebanon
|Teen Adventure Weekend - Crossville
|4-H Electric Camp - Knoxville
|State 4-H Horse Championships - Shelbyville
June 29-July 3
|State Target S.M.A.R.T. Campboree - Columbia
Tennessee 4-H Home Page: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/
Online version of Ideas: www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/ideas03/
$500 - $2,000 LITERACY EDUCATION/YOUTH
(Source: CBO-SL Digest)
Youth need safe and inviting places to enrich their basic skills
outside of school– places that are abundant with positive
adult influences where they can enhance their knowledge of the academic
world and beyond. With this in mind, National 4-H Council encourages
applicants for the Literacy Education/Youth Leadership Grant to
create literacy programming in after-school settings.
This National 4-H Youth Grants Program will provide community action
grants in the amounts of $500 to $2,000 to stimulate literacy education
nationwide. Grants will be awarded for after-school, out-of-school,
and in-school programs in support of ongoing literacy education
or to stimulate new and creative youth-led literacy education programs.
(Although grants will be awarded primarily for programs in after-school
settings, other types of programs are encouraged to apply.) The
application deadline is Tuesday April 29, 2003. The complete announcement
and application are available at www.grants.n4h.org
Lori Jean Mantooth
4-H S.O.S. MINI-GRANT PROPOSALS DUE APRIL
Proposals for 4-H Seeds of Service mini-grants are due to the state
4-H office by April 15. Proposals may request up to $2000 for youth-led
service learning projects that meet real community needs and offer
a strong learning component for youth participants. Download the
Request for Proposals from the forms page of the 4-H website at
For more information, contact Lori Jean Mantooth at 865-974-2128
Lori Jean Mantooth
4-H SHEEP CONFERENCE INFORMATION AVAILABLE
ON WEB SITE
4-H members, parents and volunteer leaders who have an interest
in the sheep project should plan to attend the Tennessee 4-H Sheep
Conference at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center in Crossville, May 16-17.
Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday; the conference
will conclude shortly after lunch on Saturday. Cost for the weekend
will be $31.00 per person. Counties should let their district office
know their estimated attendance by May 3. Information on the conference
is available on the Tennessee 4-H web site at www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/sheepconf/.
Highlights of the conference will be a Shepherd's Contest, Lamb
Bowl, and project exhibit competition. The Shepherd’s Contest
is an event testing the members’ knowledge of sheep and skill
in selecting, grooming and showing sheep. Participants in the Lamb
Bowl will answer questions in an quiz patterned after the TV College
Bowl show. The project exhibit competition allows the 4-H’ers
to share accomplishments in their sheep project with others.
The conference offers a special opportunity for 4-H members with
a minimum of three years experience in showing sheep. A grooming
and showing demonstration contest will be held for teams of two
members. While one team member grooms the lamb, the other team member
will explain the methods and procedures being used. Competition
will be scored not only on how well they groom and show the lambs,
but also on how well they teach the procedures.
Members will actually get to show a lamb during the Shepherd's
Contest and receive tips on proper showmanship techniques. This
will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to have their questions
answered by the experts.
The annual meeting of the Tennessee Junior Sheep Producers Association
will also take place on Saturday afternoon. New officers will be
selected. Dues are $2.00 per member.
This is a great opportunity for sheep project members and their
families. Please encourage them to attend and make them aware of
the web site.
MEET THE STATE 4-H STAFF! - PAT WHITAKER
This week we are again featuring one of our area 4-H specialists
in Ideas. Keep reading to find out about another of our team members.
Pat Whitaker serves as area 4-H specialist for the Central District
located in Nashville. Her responsibilities include providing resources
to 4-H staff through curricula materials and inservice training,
giving leadership to All Stars, volunteer development, public speaking,
and project fair. Pat’s state responsibilities include State
4-H Congress and coordination of the 17 member 4-H Performing Arts
Troupe which performs for over 3,000 people each year.
Pat came to the district staff in 1995 after three years involvement
in developing the 4-H B.E.S.T. curriculum in Rutherford County.
Over the prior ten years she alternated between program assistant,
volunteer leader and 4-H mom as the need arose.
Pat’s 4-H career began as a 4-H member in Rutherford County
under the leadership of Ben Powell. Upon graduation from Middle
Tennessee State University in home economics, she became a 4-H agent
in Sullivan County in 1969. There she met and married Dave Whitaker
and their careers paralleled in Virginia Extension. Pat was the
first urban 4-H Agent in the City of Lynchburg, Virginia, initialing
programs like 4-H on Wheels (roller skating) and the TV series,
“Mulligan Stew.” That was followed by joining the Virginia
state 4-H staff and giving leadership to Share the Fun (sounds familiar)
while completing a M.S. degree in child development at Virginia
There was a long pause in career pursuits to raise a family. Pat
and Dave have three children. Beau is a second year vet school student
at Texas A&M; Ashley works for Ardent Health Services in Nashville;
Boone is a part-time student at MTSU and roofer. Dave is the director
of horse science at Middle Tennessee State University. They enjoy
the solitude of the family farm in Lascassas where they garden,
raise sheep, a few chickens and horses or fish on the East Fork
of Stones River.
Alice Ann Moore
Assistant Director/State 4-H Leader
SHEEP CONFERENCE PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE IN
Check out the Web Packet service provided by UTIA Marketing and
Communications for a news article promoting 4-H Sheep Conference.
To access the Web Packet, go to www.agriculture.utk.edu/webPacket/.
Type in your user name and password when prompted. If you wish to
read an article, simply click on the link. If you wish to download
an article for your use, choose which format you prefer (MS Word
or Text), click on the icon provided with each article. When prompted,
select the location where you wish to save the file.
SHOW “UNLIMITED SUPPORT” AT
STATE 4-H CONGRESS
The service-learning project for 2003 State 4-H Congress is Project
Unlimited Support. 4-H is working in conjunction with Project U.S.,
a grassroots effort started in Nashville to show support for U.S.
military personnel and their families. Delegates, leaders, and Extension
personnel can collect toiletries, international phone cards, and
letters of support for the troops and families. Cards and letters
should be addressed to “Dear Military Member” and not
be in envelopes. At Congress, turn in donations at the designated
location on Sunday, April 13.
All delegates who participate in the project will receive a token
of recognition to help them show their patriotism. The district
with the highest percentage of it delegation participating will
enjoy a pizza party hosted by 4-H Seeds of Service.
For more information, visit the 4-H S.O.S. website (www.utextension.utk.edu/4h/sos/)
or contact the state 4-H office at 865-974-2128 or LMantoo1@utk.edu.
Lori Jean Mantooth
STATE 4-H POSTER WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Judging has been completed for the State 4-H Poster Art Contest
and the winners selected. The following members have state-winning
Anna Spence, Crockett County
Emily Webb, Crockett County
Fiona Black, Hardeman County
Hunter Paschall, Henry County
Kaylan Chaparro, Loudon County
Eric Weatherford, McNairy County
Morgan Beaty, Putnam County
Tiffany Brewer, Robertson County
Bryant Holt, Rutherford County
Joshua Moore, Warren County
These ten posters will be on display during State 4-H Congress in
Nashville, April 13-15. The contest is sponsored by the Former University
of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Workers Association. Each
state winner will receive a rosette and $50 US savings bond. The
winning posters may also be seen on the Congress web site at www.utextension.utk.edu/4H/stcong/poster/stwin.htm.
STATE DAIRY BOWL ENTRIES DUE SOON
Dairy Bowl entries are due on May 1, 2003. The state contest will
be held June 5, 2003 at the Central District office in Nashville
in conjunction with the June Dairy Month Kick Off luncheon. Team
members and alternates must be registered by sending names, addresses
and grades as of January 1, 2003 to Dr. Gary Rogers, 201D McCord
Hall, 2640 Morgan Circle, Knoxville, TN 37996-4500 or grogers2@Tennessee.edu.
Agents are responsible for certifying eligibility.
Each county may enter up to two senior and two junior high teams.
Each senior team will consist of four members from their county
designated by a coach or agent. The second junior high team will
be allowed to have only three members if the first has four. One
or more alternates may be entered as substitutes. Senior youth may
only participate once at the national contest in Louisville.
Senior Age Division: Contestants must be 9th,
10th, 11th or 12th graders as of January 1, 2003. Team members must
have reached their 15th birthday during the current contest year,
but have not passed their 19th birthday. (Contestants may attend
a college beyond high school to participate in Louisville. However,
club members who enroll in or audit a dairy science or animal science
course prior to the fall term are not eligible.)
Junior High Age Division: Contestants must be
6th, 7th or 8th graders as of January 1, 2003.
Copies of the rules or the Tennessee Dairy Bowl Manual are available
from Dr. Roger’s office. Information is also available online
Thanks for your support of this educational activity.
“UNLIMITED SUPPORT” FOR 4-H
Many former Tennessee 4-H’ers are currently serving our country
in Iraq, Kuwait, and other locations around the world. At Congress,
delegates can stop by the “service station” to write
letters to military personnel. We would like to send letters to
4-H alumni or other 4-H supporters who are serving overseas, as
well as to other members of the military.
If you have the name and address of a member of the armed forces
who would like to hear from current 4-H’ers, please send the
information to LMantoo1@utk.edu
or 865-974-2128 before Wednesday, April 9. 4-H’ers at Congress
will then have the opportunity to write to these brave men and women.
Thank you for showing your unlimited support for our troops!
Lori Jean Mantooth
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Happiness, like unhappiness is a proactive choice.