4-H’ers Spread Love to Pender Memorial Residents

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Members of the Pender County 4-H Teen Leadership Council gathered on February 13, 2013 to take part in a “loving” community service project.  The project consisted of them making Valentine’s Day cards for 40 long-term residents at Pender Memorial Hospital located in Burgaw, NC.  Council members were excited as they each made cards to help spread love on Valentine’s Day to people who may not otherwise receive any kind of card or visit.  The cards are scheduled to be delivered on Valentine’s Day to the residents.  This is just another great example of how 4-H’ers put their hands to larger service in the community that they live in.

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The next Teen Leadership Council meeting will be held on March 12, 2013 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Ag. Building Auditorium.

The council is open to all youth ages 13-18 that have an interest in gaining important life skills such as leadership, citizenship, and workforce readiness.  Council members also participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.

4-H’ers Recognized at Achievement Night

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Pender County 4-H held their annual Achievement Night awards banquet at The Gathering Place Community Center in Burgaw, NC on February 1, 2013.  There were 80 4-H members, parents, volunteers, and guests in attendance for the event.  Youth were recognized for their accomplishments in 2012.  Program entertainment included Rocky Point 4-H’er, Taylor Wittenrich as she danced to Alex Clare’s “Too Close.”  In addition to the awards banquet, attendees brought can food items as a community service project to help benefit those in need.  The can food items were donated to Burgaw Holiness Church food ministry that operates out of The Gathering Place.  An estimated 200 can food items were donated to help feed the hungry.

Achievement Night is one night out of the year set aside to recognize the 4-H members who participated in 4-H activities, events, or competitions throughout the year.  Along with the 4-H members, volunteers are recognized for their hard work and commitment to Pender County 4-H.  Congratulations to all the 4-H members and volunteers for their efforts in 2012.

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4-H members and their guests arriving and finding a seat for Achievement Night to begin.

4-H members and their guests arriving and finding a seat for Achievement Night to begin.

Going through the dinner line!

Going through the dinner line!

Photo Slide Show from 2012 playing in the background during dinner.

Photo Slide Show from 2012 playing in the background during dinner.

Lots of can food donated!

Lots of can food donated!

Buddies 4-H Club

Buddies 4-H Club

Barking Buddies 4-H Club

Barking Buddies 4-H Club

Holly Shelter 4-H Club

Holly Shelter 4-H Club

Coastal Explorers 4-H Club

Coastal Explorers 4-H Club

Dance Performance by 4-H'er, Taylor Wittenrich

Dance Performance by 4-H’er, Taylor Wittenrich

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Members-At-Large

4-H Club Leaders

4-H Club Leaders

4-H Volunteers

4-H Volunteers

A few candid shots from the night:

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Photos taken by Johnny English

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NC OMK’s 6th Annual Visual Arts Contest

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NC OMK is excited to announce the 6th Annual NC Operation: Military Kids Visual Arts Contest. The contest is open to all North Carolina youth. Age categories are 5-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-19. Designed to introduce youth to the Visual Arts as a part of the 4-H Expressive Arts Curriculum, youth will utilize their skills and their artistry to capture their views of America and patriotism.


This year’s themes are:

- America the Beautiful

- Proud to be an American

- Patriotic Pride

- Celebrating Our Heroes…Past and Present

Contest rules and guidelines can be found at www.nc4h.org/military/index/html or http://www.operationmilitarykids.org/public/statePOCHome.aspx?state=North%20Carolina

Eligibility of Photos: All photographs must have been taken by youth between the dates of May 1, 2012 and the time of entry. Photos may be submitted only one time and in only one division and class to the North Carolina Operation: Military Kids photography contest.

Eligibility of Artwork: All artwork must have been created by youth between the dates of May 1, 2012 and the time of entry. Artwork may be submitted only one time and in only one division and class to the North Carolina Operation: Military Kids Visual Arts contest.

Entry Deadline: ENTRIES must arrive in the North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Office, postmarked no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

What a great opportunity for all North Carolina youth to showcase their talent and skills in the Expressive Arts area.

Youth Learn About Turkeys!

Youth gather around to learn about raising and showing turkeys!

Youth gather around to learn about raising and showing turkeys!

 

The Youth Market Turkey Clinic was held on February 4, 2013 where fourteen parents, volunteers, and youth were present to learn about raising and showing turkeys in 4-H!  Turkeys are a great first-time show animal because they are low-maintenance, affordable, and fun!  Participants learned about the youth market turkey program than runs from March (registration)-October, when the youth participant shows their best turkey at the N.C. State Fair!  Basic turkey care facts, anatomy, and nutrition were presented by Abby Dilley, Pender/Onslow County Livestock Extension Agent.  Participants were able to see and visit with a live show turkey!  Turkey showmanship was demonstrated so the participants would understand how they would show their turkey.

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Pender County 4-H'er, Morgan Wilson and her show turkey.

Pender County 4-H’er, Morgan Wilson and her show turkey.

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For more information about 4-H or the youth market turkey program, please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at 910-259-1235 or lauren_langley@ncsu.edu.

SED 4-H Teen Retreat

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The Southeast District Teen Retreat is going to be held in New Bern, NC this year during March 8-9!  Teen Retreat is an exciting two-day leadership/team-building event that is for 4-H teens only!  The event is planned by teens for teens and is always a fun experience!  There will be workshops, social-time, activities to participate in, spirit stick competition, entertainment, district officer elections, and MORE!  The registration cost is $65 which includes lodging, food, materials, and an event t-shirt!  Transportation is provided to and from the event!

Please submit the registration form completed with payment by February 13th to Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent!  2013 SED Teen Retreat Registration Form

*Limited scholarship money is available on a first come, first serve basis to help cover registration cost.  Please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent if you need an application.

Questions/Concerns?  Contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at 910-259-1235 or lauren_langley@ncsu.edu

4-H Teens Visit Goldsboro, NC for Winterfest Meeting

Four teens from the newly formed Pender County 4-H Teen Leadership Council recently attended the Southeast District Teen Winterfest Meeting.  The meeting was held on January 21, 2013 at the Wayne County Extension Office in Goldsboro, NC.  This is a one-day event usually held in December or January as a fun, team-building, leadership event for teens.  The Southeast District 4-H Council Officers plan the agenda and teach the workshops so it is truly an event for teens by teens.  There are eighteen counties in the Southeast District and most were represented at this meeting with a total of about 80 teens present.  The meeting was opened up with a fun 4-H Jeopardy Game where the teens were split into teams and were asked questions about 4-H.

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Waiting for the meeting to start!  From left to right: Makayla Novak, Reagan Taylor, Katelyn Rivenbark, Kayla Hayes

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Getting ready to play 4-H Jeopardy!

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After lunch, teens were split into different groups and participated in a team-building workshop and a cooking workshop.  In the photo above, teens had to work together to bring the hoola hoop down to the floor without dropping it and only using one finger without curling your finger around the hoola hoop!  It was quite a challenge!

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Listening to cooking instructions given by Kevin Artz, SE District Reporter.

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Making Oreo dirt cake! Yum!

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Making homemade oven fries!  Double Yum!  After the workshops concluded, everyone headed back to the auditorium to participate in a community service project.  The teens made hearts for Valentine’s Day to be given out to the community.

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Everyone really had a great time learning and meeting other 4-H members in their district!  The next teen leadership event for the Southeast District will be Teen Retreat, which is held in March!