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The meeting was called to order by Vice President Cindy Starkey at 5:00 p.m. at the extention office. Attending the meeting were: Dennis Hanson, Tammie Jensen, Shelle Mosley, Tandy Dockery, Toni Gaukel, Cindy Starkey and Traci Bruegger. Shelle led the American pledge and Toni the 4H pledge.
Secretary, Traci Bruegger read the minutes from the last meeting. Tandy motioned to approve the minutes and Shelle made the second.
The treasurer’s report was given. The balances are: money market $4251.52, Savings $1745.85, Checking $5480.68 with $1027.49 reserved for the Showcase Showdown, and $764.01 is from the recreational grant leaving a total of $3689.18. There were no bills to be paid. Traci motioned and Toni seconded to approve the treasurer’s report.
Everyone was reminded to please save Decker receipts, Our Family UPC labels and aluminum cans, and most importantly to turn them into the fairgrounds so they can be redeemed.
Toni reported on the county shoot. She said it was fun and it had a good attendance.
Tandy, Toni, and Tammie gave a report on the state meat judging and wool judging. Clubs were reminded to keep their notebooks updated at the extention office. Treasurer and secretary reports need to be turned in after every meeting.
Youth Quality Assurance level 3 will be on June 2nd, and level 4 on June 9th at 7:00 p.m. Statewide evaluation surveys will also be coming.
Tammie talked about the Showcase Showdown which will be held in Laramie on June 27-29th. She has reserved seven rooms and also has the schedule of events available at the office. Registration is due by June 10th, so she needs to know who is going.
The ultrasound contest will be held on the Friday of county fair. Kids are encouraged to take part in this.
Clubs are encouraged to send minutes and pictures of club activities to Brian Williams and he will post them on the website.
CNP cooking class had been cancelled.
Junior camp will be July 12th and also centered around the history theme.
The county fair theme is “A Century of Niobrara History.” Tandy motioned and Cindy seconded to buy an ad in the fair book for $12.50. Tandy also reported that the ranch rodeo will be sanctioned this year and there may be a rubber chicken race on the last Saturday of fair. She is also looking into old fashioned games that the whole family can participate in.
The Ag-expo, high tunnel farm to table, planting will be on May 18th for the 3rd and 4th graders. Any clubs interested in helping the VFW place flags at the cemetery for Memorial Day are asked to be at the cemetery at 5:00 p.m. May 27th.
Plaques for the flag poles were discussed.
On May 27th lamb, goat and pig weigh-ins will be from 4-6:00 p.m. They would like members to weigh in at that allotted time frame, and if you can’t make it that day you will need to contact Tammie or Mark Sturman to make other arrangements. Your animal must be weighed in by June 1st or it will not be a project.
FCS activity days will be on June 8, 23, July 6 and 20th.
Livestock judging will begin on May 31st for beef, June 27th for sheep and July 18th for market animals.
Horse judging will start on June 7th at Dick and Connie Baker’s starting at 9:00 a.m. Let Tammie know beforehand if you need a ride. Also, Dick and Bob Musfelt will be grilling lunch. The second horse judging will be on June 14th and the third one is on June 21st. Watch your newsletter as final places have not been confirmed. Also, Kitson Bolden and Vickie Brown will be offering riding clinics and help with preparing your horse for fair. The first clinic will be on June 7th after the horse judging. You do not need to bring your horse for this clinic, but on the 14th and 21st you will need your horse and all necessary tack. They will also offer clinics on June 28th and July 12th and 19th at the fairgrounds at 6:00 p.m.
Vegetable Judging will begin June 6th, 13th, and 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Presentation contest will be on June 13th. You need to sign up by Friday, June 10th. Fashion revue practice will be on June 13th at the fairgrounds.
A food safety class will be offered on June 22nd.
Beef hoof trimming will be on June 20th. Let Tammie know by the 17th if you are interested. Grooming and showmanship field days will start on July 14th with sheep and swine grooming. July 15th will be horse grooming in the morning and in the afternoon there will be certification of new members.
Western regional 4H leader forum will be January 12-14th 2012 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Progress shows and field days are being held in Wheatland and Torrington. Tammie has more information. Also this is great experience for both the kids and the animals.
It was also agreed to order planners for Achievement day.
July 27th will be fair set-up day.
Trista Ostrum will be the summer intern at the extension office and will start on May 23rd.
June 17th will be Shirley’s last day at the extension office. We will all miss her.
It was also brought up that some of the fire hydrants around town need painted. If a club is interested this could be a community service project and they should contact the fire department.
Tandy motioned and Toni seconded to adjourn the meeting.
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The Niobrara County 4-H Council met on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in the Extension Office. The meeting was call to order by our President, Heidi Sturman. The pledges were said in unison by all those in attendance.
Roll call was answered by Traci Bruegger, Ronda Pfister, Heidi Sturman, Tammie Jensen, Tana Kinchen, Cally Lund, Denise Smith, Cindy Starkey, Tandy Dockery, and Barbara K. Cushman.
- The minutes were read from the May meeting with motions to approve by Ronda and Cindy. Everyone agreed. There was no correspondence.
- Ronda reported that there is $6268.46 in the checking, $1744.13 in the Savings and $4211.31 in the Money Market. Ronda stated that $500 was transferred from the checking to the Money Market. There were no bills. Tana and Cindy made the necessary motions to approve the Treasurer’s Report and everyone agreed.
- Please remember to continue to save your aluminum cans and the Our Family UPC labels. Denise reported that she just sent in two 500 packets of labels. Decker receipts can be saved starting September 1st.
- Barbara and Tana made the necessary motions to approve two $10 memorials to the Wyoming 4-H State Foundation in the names of John Ruffing and Lola Dobson.
- All of the 4-H highway signs are up with the exception of the one near Guernsey. Jeremy Faye is getting with the Cloverleaf 4-H club to get this sign posted in the appropriate spot. We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts in getting these signs up. They look great.
- 4-H club members and adult leaders ~ please remember to sign the Code of Conduct and Health form.
- Niobrara County 4-H club members represented themselves very well at the Showcase Showdown in Riverton the last week in June. Our Horse Judging team members did very well. Our Produce Team consisting of Amber Jensen, Lexie Dockery and Abbey Larson earned Reserve Champion by one point.
- The Junior Camp will be July 13th. The participation is way down (over 50 last year vs. only 26 registered to attend this year). There are a lot of exciting activities planned.
- The job of getting new flags and flagpoles for the fairgrounds is still in progress. Diane is in communication with John Mellott.
- Denise reported that there is $2200 left to spend from the Recreation District grant. All of the expenses for the 4-H highway signs came to $3280. Denise suggested that $100 go to each club, a total of $600, to help maintain the signs over the years. Barbara and Tandy made a motion to pay for the driver and the fuel to Rapid City on the 4-H Fun Day on Monday, August 9th. Also, the grant would pay $5 toward each 4-H member’s admission to the water slides. Everyone agreed.
- Final Activity Day is July 21st.
- The final Livestock Judging is July 19th. If you have not already attended a livestock judging and have a livestock project, you must be in attendance on this date. This will be a long day so bring your great attitude and stamina. Adults – if you have the day free, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Our county fair is just around the corner. Can you believe it? There is so much to do between now and then.
- The work day is slated for July 28th. It will start at 9 and go until the fairgrounds is ready for fair. Many clubs schedule their monthly meetings on this date and work on the floats for the parade.
- Your club adult leaders have your fair books, entry forms, etc. Read!
- All entry forms are due July 21st.
- Clothing Construction Judging is July 26th.
- The Style Review is set for the Monday of fair, August 2nd @ 8 pm. It will be indoors. Letters were sent to prospective escorts. If you know of some young man, regardless of age, who would like to be an escort at this fun event, please have them contact the Extension Office.
- Cow/Calf record books are due July 30th. The interview portion of this project is the Wednesday of fair starting @ 1:00 PM.
- The Market Animal Sale Consignment forms are due the Monday of fair.
- The Ultra Sound contest is ready to go. The competition will be on Friday, August 6th. Members are encouraged to compete. Members competing in horse can have a fellow member/sibling bring their livestock to this competition. This is an excellent learning opportunity. Club leaders ~ please announce this at your meetings. Get the word out!
- The parade is scheduled for the last Saturday of fair. If you want your club float to be judged, you must sign-up with Willy or the Extension Office by that morning – earlier if possible.
- The members meeting and BBQ will begin on August 2nd @ noon.
- Members may sell their 4-H projects in the Silent Auction again this year. No one has yet indicated that they wish to do this. If you want to, please let the Extension Office know.
- The special contest for this year’s fair is “Recycled Denim Jean Contest.” If you wish to compete in this project, indicate this on your entry form. There are a lot of neat projects, rugs, purses, etc. that can be submitted.
- Please remember that if you wish to camp on the fairgrounds during the fair, you must register your camper with the Extension Office. Also, an adult chaperon must be in the camper at night.
- The Council discussed the Project Showcase. Last year it was very successful. It is a great way for 4-H members to show their projects that are on exhibit inside the fairgrounds. This event is tentatively scheduled for the Wednesday of fair. There is a lot going on a fair this year and the Fair Board will discuss this scheduling further.
- The cardboard ONLY dumpster is an ongoing issue. Although it is clearly marked ‘cardboard only’ there seems to be other trash items dumped in this dumpster. The council is asking everyone to be more aware of where they are dumping their trash, etc.
- The State Shoot is this coming weekend. Yes, it is Rawhide weekend as well. Dick VanHuele could use help the whole weekend including set-up on Thursday. There are about a dozen 4-H members competing this weekend.
- There will be a grooming field day on July 15th.
- Horse certification is slated for July 16th with a grooming clinic to follow in the afternoon.
- A Niobrara 4-H Fun Day is scheduled, once again, for the Monday after fair, August 9th. Please sign up during fair if you wish to attend. An adult leader (endorsed) from each club must attend for their members to attend.
- State fair sign-up will be on Saturday, August 7th starting at noon in the office.
- Record Books are due September 13th. Judging will be on September 16th.
- A very good band is scheduled for the dance on Friday, August 6th.
- Cattle are needed for the ranch rodeo.
- Swim lessons will be offered the week at the fair.
Tana and Tandy made the necessary motions to adjourn the meeting. Everyone agreed.
The next 4-H Council meeting will be in September.
Respectfully submitted by Barbara K. Cushman, 4-H Council Secretary