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.


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


Getting ready to play 4-H Jeopardy!



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!


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


Making Oreo dirt cake! Yum!


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.




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!


Coastal Explorers Give Back on MLK Holiday

While many of you were taking a much needed break from school and work, one group of dedicated 4-H’ers decided to give back to the community.  The Coastal Explorer 4-H Club was established in 2012 and consists of seven members.  They are a traditional community club that focuses on various topics and projects throughout the year and meet out of Hampstead, NC.

Tina Sharpe, the Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Leader tells about their community service project that they conducted on January 21, 2013:

Robert Anderson offers a great service to many members of the Burgaw Community, particularly focusing on seniors.   Several times a week,  the Armor of God Thrift store opens to a line of citizens who are in need of food.  Each individual has the chance to go and “shop” for the items that were brought in for that day.  Many times the local grocery stores donate day old or expired items that are still consumable.  They receive food from larger groups like Second Harvest (I believe it’s based in Raleigh), but just as often, the Burgaw Holiness Church will buy flats of canned goods for this need as well.  Our 4H’ers were on hand to assist these individuals, often disabled or injured, to their car.  Many of them were appreciative of the young, able-bodied 4H’ers and enjoyed joking about how young they once were…such as the picture here that includes a 92 year old man who still drives himself.  Thanks to Carson Futch who helped carry his bags.  It’s really helpful to have an extra set of hands since he has to use a walker to get in and out of the building.  Delaney Popella was humbled by the family who offered her pocket change in return for her help, even though she declined.   The gap between generations closed during that hour and a sense of community seemed apparent.  It was the perfect way to spend the holiday!
Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Members from left to right: Sam Sharpe, Chandler Futch, Jake Russell, Liz Sharpe, Delaney Popella and Carson Futch

Coastal Explorer 4-H Club Members from left to right: Chandler Futch, Sam Sharpe, Jake Russell, Liz Sharpe, Delaney Popella and Carson Futch

Carson Futch helping carry bags to this man's car.

Carson Futch helping carry bags to this man’s car.

Bridging to Partnership

The Pender County 4-H Teen Leadership Council met for the first time in 2013 on January 15th!  After introductions and pledges, a short leadership video was shown to the council members.  The video’s main impact was to show that leaders come from all walks of life and ages and that some of the most influential leaders of our time were actually not believed in early on.  Following the video, two models of leadership were introduced: transactional and transformational.  We found that you need both types of leaders to get things accomplished.

Next, teen council members spent several minutes brainstorming what they accomplished in 2012 and what they would like to do in 2013.  Here are some photos of them in action!



A lot of good ideas were brought to the table with this activity!  Everyone is excited about 2013 and ready to accomplish a lot!  Teen council members were then introduced into an activity titled, Bridging to Partnership.  The purpose of this activity was to get into groups and build a bridge that would be strong when tested with different weights.  With the main purpose being that no one can lead alone, leadership is influencing and supporting others in a positive manner toward a common goal.  In order for you to succeed as a leader, you have to build relationships and partnerships.

There were two groups and while both bridges held up to a lot of weight, one succeeded as the winner in the end.  We ended up stacking 8 cell phones worth of weight on the winning bridge and it did not collapse, while the other bridge collapsed earlier on.  Groups were given pipe cleaners, paper clips, and straws to build their bridge.

Group 1


And their winning bridge (mainly metal structure)…

Group 2


And their awesome bridge (mainly straw structure)…

And our conclusion?  Mini-cupcakes for everyone!


Stay tuned until next time… February 12th!

2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest


Interested in Bees?  Love to write?  Want to win some MONEY?  If you answered YES, then this contest is for you!  You must be an active 4-H member to participate!

The North Carolina state winner receives a $50 award and the winning essay is submitted to the national contest through the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.  If selected as a national winner, 1st place is $750, 2nd is $500 and 3rd is $250. Our state essay topic and judging criteria follow the national program.

State beekeeping essays are due January 30, 2013!

Please send all essays ELECTRONICALLY to Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent- lauren_langley@ncsu.edu by January 30, 2013!

Congratulations to 4-H’er, Gabby Venturini, of Wilkes County on her state winning 2012 essay!


2013 Essay Topic: Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community

Pesticides are a fact of modern life, but misuse or overuse of pesticides, or making poor choices when selecting and applying pesticides can be devastating to honey bees and other pollinators. The 4-H’ers are encouraged to learn about bee-killing pesticides being used in their communities – by homeowners, businesses, or farmers. Then, they should investigate how the impact of those pesticides on honey bees can be lessened.

The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers, farmers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Even if dated 2012, all rules still apply: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/4-H/essay.html
National Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees: http://honeybeepreservation.org/2012/05/2013-essay-contest-topic/

2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Rules

Contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu if you have any questions!

Youth Horse Judging, Hippology, & Horse Bowl Training Clinic


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Youth and adults interested in learning how to excel as competitors and coaches in competitive 4-H, FFA and inter-collegiate horse judging contests are invited to attend the 3.5 hour training session. Topics will include organizing and delivering oral reasons, formulating a judging system and effective use of terminology. The training session will use a variety of video horse judging classes as a model for training on class placing and oral reason training. An afternoon session for all individuals interested in expanding their knowledge for the Horse Bowl and Hippology contests will occur following the lunch break.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Where: Wake County Extension Center, 4001-E Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610-2914

Time/Schedule: TBA

Cost: Pender County 4-H will cover the registration fee of each participant, you will need to bring lunch money

Transportation: Pender County 4-H will provide limited transportation to and from the clinic

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2012

To register please contact Lauren Langley at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu

Youth Market Turkey Clinic


Show season is quickly approaching and there is no better animal to start with than a turkey!  Come join us on February 4, 2013 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Ag. Building Auditorium to learn more about the Youth Market Turkey Program that NC State University and 4-H has to offer!  Interested youth and parents will learn about the program and what all is involved with raising and showing a turkey for the NC State Fair!  Abby Dilley, Livestock Agent for Pender and Onslow Counties will be there discussing general poultry husbandry such as nutrition, care, housing, anatomy, and more!  An experienced 4-H show family will also be there to demonstrate showmanship on their turkey and answer questions!  Registration deadline is January 28th!

Remember, if you can take care of a dog or cat you can raise and show a turkey!