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VOLUME 12 - Issue 05
February 10, 2012


2012 Agribition Speech Contest
Are Your Congress Delegates Eligible to Run for Office
Central Region Tops Congress Portfolio Entries
Do Something Awards 2012
Green Thumb Challenge 2012
Herrington and AGR Scholarship Applications Due March 1
State Beekeeping Essay Winner Announced
Tennessee 4-H Alumnus to Host National Gala
Tennessee 4-H Congress Orientation/Legislative Visit Information

Tennessee 4-H Members Excel at National Cattlemen's Judging Contest
Warren County Participates in National Consumer Decision Making Contest


February 10-11
     YF&R Young Leaders Conference - Jackson

February 15
     State 4-H Volunteer Forum Registration Due -State 4-H Office

February 17
     State 4-H Horse Public Speaking/Demonstration Contests - Cookeville

February 18
     State 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest - Cookeville

February 20
     4-H Alumni Recognition Nomination Forms Due - Regional Office

February 24-25
     State 4-H Volunteer Forum - Lebanon

February 24-26
     State 4-H Council Meeting - Lebanon

March 1
     G.L. Herrington/AGR Scholarship Applications Due - State 4-H Office

March 2-3
     State 4-H All Star High Council Meeting - Lebanon

March 3
     State LifeSmarts Contest - Murfreesboro

March 3-4
     Performing Arts Troupe Congress Rehearsal - Lebanon

March 5
     County Poster Winners Due - State 4-H Office

March 24
     State 4-H Air Rifle and BB Shoot - Dickson

March 24-29
     National 4-H Conference - Chevy Chase, MD

March 31
     State Finalists/Regional Winners Report to Congress - Nashville

March 31
      Performing Arts Troupe Live Auditions - Nashville

April 1-4
      Tennessee 4-H Congress - Nashville

April 3
      Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Inc. Annual Meeting - Nashville

April 13
      Performing Arts Troupe Audition Tapes Due - State 4-H Office

April 19-20
      Knoxville Spring Junior Cattle Exposition - Knoxville

April 21
      State 4-H Shotgun Shoot - Clarksville

April 21-24
      National LifeSmarts Competition - Philadelphia, PA

April 27-28
      State 4-H Archery Shoot - Murfreesboro

Tennessee 4-H Home Page: 4h.tennessee.edu
Online version of Ideas: 4h.tennessee.edu/ideas12
Ideas index: 4h.tennessee.edu/ideas12/12index.htm


Tennessee Beef Agribition will host a public speaking contest on Saturday, March 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Gentry Building on the grounds of the Ward Ag. Center in Lebanon.

* The topic will be "What are some of the challenges animal agriculture will face in the future?"
* Speeches should be three to five minutes.
* The use of notes is allowed.
* There will be two age categories: junior (8th grade and below) and senior (9th-12th grade).

* Senior Division: 1st place ($100) and 2nd place ($50)
* Junior Division: 1st place ($50) and 2nd place ($25)

If you are interested in competing, please send Charles Hoard your name, grade and the time that you would like to compete. Mr. Hoard can be reached by phone at 615-896-2333 or by email at charles@tncattle.org.

Amy Williams
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development



Tennessee 4-H Congress is fast approaching. Many of you are getting ready for your regional Congress readiness days. Your 4-H'ers may be thinking about running for an office. Here are some things they need to keep in mind.

1. All candidates must be official Congress delegates (attending as either a senator or representative). Only senators may run for Speaker of the Senate; only representatives may run for Speaker of the House. Any delegate (senator or representative) is eligible to run for Governor.
2. A member of the current state 4-H council cannot run for a Congress office and cannot resign his/her current council position in order to be eligible to run for a Congress office.
3. All candidates must be approved by the state 4-H office for membership in the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club by March 29, 2012. (To check and see if your delegates are Honor Club members go to 4h.tennessee.edu/foragents/index.htm and click on the Honor Club membership banner.)
4. A candidate must be enrolled in the 9th or 10th grade on January 1 of the current year.

For more details on election procedures, visit the Tennessee 4-H Congress Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/stcong/election/elerules.htm.

Steve Sutton
4-H Youth Development



The Central Region submitted the most 4-H achievement portfolios for spring judging this year. There were 30 portfolios from 12 Central Region counties. The Eastern Region followed closely with 25 portfolios from 13 counties. Totally, there were 69 portfolios completed from 31 counties. Sumner County was the top county with 7 entries. We hope to have the portfolios judged and the state finalists announced by February 20.

Amy Williams
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development



Since 1996, DoSomething.org has honored the nation's best young world-changers, 25 and under. Do Something Award nominees and winners represent the pivotal "do-ers" in their field, cause or issue. The five nominees will be rewarded with a community grant, participation in a live VH1 TV show, media coverage and continued support from DoSomething.org. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000.

The Award:
Applicants must be 25 or younger (born on or after 8/1/84) and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

5 nominees - Each nominee will receive a $10,000 community grant.
1 grand prize winner - One grand prize winner will receive a $100,000 community grant.

Application deadline: March 1, 2012

The Do Something Award community grant money is paid directly to the nominee's organization or the not-for-profit of the nominee’s choice. All winners have the option of receiving $5,000 of the total money awarded in the form of an educational scholarship.

The Selection Process:
Do Something Award applications are reviewed and judged by the Do Something Award Academy (comprised of former winners) and Do Something Awards team (comprised of Do Something staff) who read through every application and select finalists. The Do Something Award finalists are flown to New York City, where representatives from the Do Something Award Selection Committee (comprised of key not-for-profit and corporate professionals) and the Academy interview the finalists face-to-face. The finalists are narrowed down to five Do Something Award nominees who will be honored in late August and receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. Of those five winners, one will be selected as the grand prize Do Something Award winner and receive a total of $100,000 in community grants.

Go to www.dosomething.org/awards for more information and to apply. All applications are available only online. Please email dsawards@dosomething.org with questions.

Steve Sutton
4-H Youth Development



The Green Education Foundation (GEF) is calling on schools and groups nationwide to join the largest youth gardening initiative!

The Green Thumb Challenge aims to connect children with nature and the healthy benefits of gardening as part of a nationwide movement to get kids growing. Whether sowing seeds during one class period, planting bulbs in one afternoon or planning an outdoor garden that comes back year after year, you and your students can be part of the movement! GEF's gardening resources provide participants with helpful materials and strategies for gardeners of all experience levels. It doesn't need to cost much money or require many resources - it's really up to you! Every garden, no matter its size, will add beauty and life to what had been there before.

Take advantage of the free activities and standards-based lessons linking the classroom to the garden. Kids will be excited to get their hands in the soil, to learn while using all their senses and make real connections to classroom curriculum.

All participants have an opportunity to be awarded a $5,000 grant in recognition of their garden project. Over $10,000 worth of prizes have already been awarded to Green Thumb Challenge participants, courtesy of program sponsors.

For more information or to register online, go to www.greeneducationfoundation.org/.

Steve Sutton
4-H Youth Development



Applications for the G.L. Herrington Agricultural Scholarship and the Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship are due to the state 4-H office by March 1. The Herrington Scholarship is a $1,000 award. The Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship is $500. Both scholarships are open to any incoming freshman studying in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville next fall. Applications for all other 4-H scholarships are due May 1. Please encourage all 4-H'ers to take advantage of these opportunities to help ease the financial burden of their college education. Scholarship applications are available from our Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/forms&materials/. Please remember to include a transcript with the scholarship application.

Amy Williams
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development



State judging has been completed for the 2012 beekeeping essay contest conducted by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. The results are as follows:

State winner - Cole Plunkett, Fayette County
Second place - Janesa Wine, Dickson County
Third place - Nicholus Bussell, Macon County

Cole's essay will be forwarded to the American Beekeeping Federation, Inc. for national judging. The national winners will be announced by May 1. National awards are first place ($250), second place ($100) and third place ($50). As our state winner, Emma will receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping and/or honey.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to those who made this opportunity available to their 4-H members.

Amy Williams
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development



Carla HallCarla Hall, celebrity chef and host of the ABC daytime show The Chew has been selected to host National 4-H Council's Legacy Awards Gala this coming April in New York City. This annual event is National Council's premier fund-raising event, honoring individuals and corporations that have made lasting contributions in support of millions of 4-H youth.

Carla, a former Davidson County 4-H member, credits her 4-H experience with helping to build her confidence, self-esteem and the competitive spirit that propels her forward today. First attracted to 4-H through her interest in performance and art, Carla was particularly engaged in 4-H poster art programs where her drawings often brought home winning ribbons. Carla also was an active participant in the camping program and attended the William P. Ridley 4-H Center in Columbia.

For more information on the gala, go to www.4-h.org/get-involved/sponsor/4-h-legacy-awards-gala/.

Steve Sutton
4-H Youth Development



Many counties are in the process of promoting Tennessee 4-H Congress to their 9th and 10th grade 4-H'ers. In addition to attending your regional Congress Readiness Day, we suggest you conduct an orientation session with your delegates and volunteer leader prior to their arrival in Nashville. You should discuss the following items in order to make the "Congress experience" more meaningful to your delegates and to ensure a well-informed delegation.

1. Go over the purposes of Tennessee 4-H Congress. They can be found at 4h.tennessee.edu/stcong/generalinfo/purposes.htm.
2. Make them aware of who represents them in the legislature. The Tennessee Blue Book is a good reference for this and available online at www.state.tn.us/sos/bluebook/. The information can also be found on Tennessee General Assembly Web page at www.legislature.state.tn.us/.
3. The “Know Your Government” program is an important part of Tennessee 4-H Congress. Please discuss the bills and resolutions with your delegates. Make them aware of the opportunity to present their views regarding the bills and resolutions regardless of whether or not they are assigned to participate in the program. Information on Know Your Government is available from 4h.tennessee.edu/stcong/nourgov/.
4. Conduct: Make your delegates aware of the fact they are representing not only their county 4-H program, but also the region and state. Caution them to be on time for all Congress activities; to listen attentively at all assemblies and meal events; to dress appropriately; and to always go in a group when they are walking in downtown Nashville. Go over Form 600A with them. Discuss general safety precautions (i.e. double lock hotel room doors, do not open their door to strangers, do not go outside the hotel alone, etc.).
5. Discuss expectations for what your delegates can do when they return (i.e. thank you notes, news articles, radio programs, speeches to other 4-H’ers, civic groups, etc.). You may want to suggest your group prepare a report that can be shared with their teachers and school administrators.
6. Let your delegates know there is an election at Congress. To be eligible to run they must be approved by the state 4-H office for Honor Club membership. Let them know that each candidate can have one banner (not to exceed 4' X 8') to be hung in the hotel. All other material should be something that can be handed out or pinned on their supporters. Candidates will not be allowed to put campaign material on dining tables! Election information can be found at 4h.tennessee.edu/stcong/election/.
7. Encourage your delegates to bring comfortable shoes and an umbrella/raincoat. Assemblies will be near the hotel, but delegates should be prepared for a short walks in damp, spring weather.

We also strongly recommend that you make an appointment for your volunteer leader and Congress delegates to visit your legislator during free time on Monday afternoon. The afternoon assembly will be over at approximately 3:00 p.m. You could schedule an appointment between 3:30 and 8:00 p.m. Please visit with your leader and delegates about the visit during your orientation session. Your delegates might want to present a 4-H memento or gift made by one of the delegates related to their project work. Be sure your leader knows where the visit it to take place and the correct time. This is a great opportunity for 4-H to be seen in Nashville, but it is imperative the 4-H’ers be prepared to make a positive impression!

There will be no group meal event on Monday evening. There are several restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The evening assembly will begin at 8:30 p.m. so delegates may choose to visit the observation area of the House or Senate chambers prior to that time if sessions are in progress.

Thank you for your advance preparation. With your help, the 65th Tennessee 4-H Congress will be a rewarding, educational experience for the more than 500 Tennessee teens and volunteers in attendance. For additional information, please visit the Tennessee 4-H Congress Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/stcong/.

Steve Sutton
4-H Youth Development



170 youth competed in the National Cattlemen's Beef Association beef cattle judging contest on February 3 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. Ten states competed in the competition sponsored by Farm Credit Services.

Overall there were 29 senior teams and 119 individuals. Tennessee did exceptionally well in this division capturing three of the top five team awards.

Senior Teams
1st - Lincoln County
2nd - Henry County
3rd - Georgia
4th - McNairy County
5th - Florida

High individuals from Tennessee included:
2nd High - Rex Dunn, Lincoln County
3rd High - Brooke Smith, Henry County
4th High - Luke Stanley, Lincoln County

The junior category was for youth age 14 and under with 43 youth participating.

High individuals from Tennessee included:
2nd High - Tyler Cook, Robertson County
4th High - Colin Stanley, Williamson County
5th High - Tyler Haley, Williamson County

The novice division was for youth under 11 years of age that had never participated in a judging contest.

High individuals from Tennessee included:
2nd High - Zach Snoddy, Lincoln County
3rd High - Cassie Lewis, Lauderdale County

Congratulations to all of our Tennessee 4-H members!

Amy Williams
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development



The Warren County 4-H consumer decision making team of Lyndi Dodd, Lauren Crothers, Brennan Lytle and Hamilton Spivey competed in the National Consumer Decision Making Contest in Denver, Colorado, January 5-8. While at the contest, team members ranked eight classes of consumer products, gave two sets of oral reasons and completed a group process activity. Hamilton Spivey was awarded third high scoring individual in oral reasons at the contest. The team also placed third in the group process activity. The team was coached by 4-H agent Jamie Harris. Adult volunteer leaders Buzz and Karen Spivey accompanied the group on the trip. While in Denver, the team explored the downtown area and went on a snowmobile tour of the Continental Divide. The team would like to thank the Tennessee 4-H Foundation for assisting with sponsorship of the trip.

Jamie Harris
Extension Agent
Warren County



The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.
~ Dr. Joyce Brothers








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