May 13, 2014

June ConferenceJune/State 4-H Conference

June 17-20
Colorado State University – Ft. Collins
Open to ages 14 and older

State 4-H Conference provides great training and an opportunity for 4-H members, leaders, and Extension agents to strengthen their leadership skills. It also hosts the following state contests including: Livestock Bowl, Livestock Judging, Consumer Choices, Consumer Bowl, Horse Bowl, Horse Judging, Public Speaking, Horse Demonstration and Public Speaking, and Parliamentary Procedure. Don’t miss this great opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills and meet new friends from all around our state. Schedule, workshop descriptions, and details are on line at www.colorado4h.org.

REGISTER AT 4-H ONLINE by May 15. If you want to go you need to decide, commit, and pay by May15. Cost of June Conference for Gunnison County members will be $100.00 (actual cost is $320). Your club might provide some stipend funds. You can also apply for a State 4-H Conference Scholarship sponsored by Murdock’s Ranch and Home Supply. Applications are due by May 15 and can be found at www.co4hfoundation.colostate.edu. Contact Nadine with questions, 641-1260.

4-H Japanese Exchange Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for 65 inbound Japanese boys and girls, ages 12-18, coming to Colorado through the 2014 inbound Colorado-Japan Teen Exchange. Hosting dates are July 23 – August 18 OR July 25 – August 18.

This program is coordinated through Colorado State University and has been running since 1975.

Host families do not need to be a member of 4-H and may reside in urban, suburban, or rural settings throughout Colorado. They may share a room with their host sibling. Matches are made on the basis of same sex and close in age, as well as some common interests. Note: Host siblings may be as young as ten to match with a 12 year old Japanese participant.

All participants are 100 percent medically covered with 4-H insurance and may participate in host family vacations, camping trips, youth camps. They are expected to become part of the family: help with household chores, follow house rules, share Japanese culture, and participate in other aspects of US daily life. The program covers costs for the exchange. Each participant has his/her own spending money.

Japanese participants will attend an orientation in Denver before going to host families and a debriefing in Denver before returning to Japan. Orientation for host families is done in Denver on the same day as delegate pickup. Carpools are planned to transport delegates to homes if host families are not able to attend orientation or pick up their exchange student. A complete orientation packet including program information, culture information, and complete application of the delegate they are hosting will be mailed to host families. Individual orientation will be provided to families who are unable to travel to Denver.

Host siblings have the option of traveling to Japan to participate in a four or eight-week exchange while staying with Japanese host families and learning Japanese culture.


Courtney Loflin
State Coordinator – 4-H International Programs

Phone: 970-491-2711



May 13, 2014

4-H Clothing Projects

JMG Flyer Gunnison

Leadership Flyer

27th Annual Shooting Sports Family Campout

June 13-15

This is an opportunity for families to meet each other and have a good time. Shooting events will be educational and fun oriented. Access registration and information at www.co4hshooting.org

Invitational Shoots

The Gunnison Extension office has information and registrations for several invitational shoots.

Mesa County TRA Shoot – Grand Junction – June 7, 2014
Garfield County Invitational Shoot – Rifle – June 14, 2014
Delta County Invitational Shoot – June 28, 2014

More shooting opportunities and details and registrations can be found at www.co4hshooting.org.


May 13, 2014


“Each exhibitor who plans to sell an animal must have submitted (to the Extension Office between May 15 and June 15) a thank you and/or personal invitation to a previous Gunnison County Livestock Buyer as part of their Sale Promotion responsibilities to be able to participate in the Junior Livestock Sale.”

If you have forgotten your buyer contact the Extension office. If you have not sold at the Livestock Sale before contact the Extension office and we will give you a buyer to invite.

There are stories of buyers who have returned to buy a specific animal based on how they were thanked the year before. There are stories of a buyer who did not return because they were not thanked the year before. There would not be a sale without buyers and they should never be taken for granted.

Please go beyond “Thank you again for buying my animal and please come to the sale again, or, thank you for supporting 4-H and I am inviting you to the sale” in your thank you and invitation.

– Here are some guidelines to writing a great letter and invitation information:

– 2014 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Sale is July 12 at 2:00 pm with a barbeque starting at 12:30. They will receive two barbeque tickets later in the mail.

– Thank them for buying your animal in the past or for buying an animal or for supporting 4-H.

– Tell them something about you and your project or your 4-H experiences. Tell them “why they should come to the sale and buy your animal again.” They enjoy reading about any details you share.

– Contact the Extension office if you have any questions, 641-1260.


Swine ID’s are due by May 16 in 4-H Online
Horse ID’s are due by June 1 in 4-H Online

ChickRabbit1Rabbit/Poultry Clinic

May 22
5:15 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Building

Sherry Redden will cover rabbit care and raising for members in all Rabbit and Poultry projects. Showmanship and handling pointers will also be provided. Would be a great opportunity for new and experienced members.

dogDog Obedience

Wednesdays, Starting May 14
1st year members 5:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m.
2nd year and above members 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.
Esty Room – Multipurpose Building

record bookRecord Book Help Session
May 22
Multi-purpose Building
After school to 6:00 p.m. – Come when you can

Everybody should be working on their projects by now including their record book. Whether your project is market goat or electricity you should be keeping track of your activities, expenses, health treatments, and more.

SSportsColorado State Shooting Sports Contests

Saturday, August 16, 2014
.22 Rifle/Juniors Pueblo West
Archery/Seniors Lake Pueblo State Park

Sunday, August 17, 2014
.22 Rifle/Seniors Pueblo West
Archery/Juniors Pueblo West

More details can be found at www.co4hshooting.org

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May 13, 2014

Fund Raising Opportunity

BBQ at Tractor Supply Company
Saturday, May 31
10:30 to 2:00
They will provide the goods and Atmos Energy is supplying the grill so this could be an easy one. Contact Nadine if you are interested.

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The 68th Annual Gunnison County Livestock Judging Contest will take place Saturday, May 17. The Gunnison County 4-H Program & Livestock Judging Team host this contest for over 100 4-H and FFA judgers across the state.

Club participation and individual volunteers are needed. Please contact the office at 641-1260 if you are interested in helping for half a day. Still looking for group leaders in the morning. Each club plays a part. See the schedule below to find out what your club is doing.

Future Fitters, Get Your Goat, Country Club: Set up pens and chairs Friday, May 16 after school
Young Guns: Serve lunch Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Born for 4-H: Set up reason chairs in Multipurpose Building, May 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Boots to Bridles, Country Clovers, Krafty Kritters: Take down pens, May 17 at 4:30 p.m.


May 13, 2014

truckColorado 4-H Foundation Truck Raffle

Once again, the Colorado 4-H Foundation will raffle off a 2014 Ford XLT F-150 super crew pickup, in addition to other cash prizes. The tickets are one ticket for $5.00 or five tickets for $20. 40% of the ticket sales in Gunnison County will come back to Gunnison or to your club if your club chooses to sell tickets. If you or your club is interested in selling tickets, or would like to purchase tickets, please contact the Extension office.

futureCongratulations to Senior Members

Congratulations, class of 2014! Wishing you success in all of your future endeavors.
Morgan Hamilton
Haley Roper
Connor Stahlnecker

Glen George-Harry Miller Honorary Scholarship and Próis® Hunting Apparel Scholarship deadlines are June 1, 2014. Application is online at www.gunnison.colostate.edu.

Relay-for-Life-logoFuture Fitters Looking for Walkers

If you would like to join the Future Fitter Relay for Life team please contact Michelle Lehmann at deldorita@wildblue.net. They are in need of more team members to help make this a great community service project.

dancing cows4-H Livestock Judging Dance

May 17, 8:30-11:30
Multi-Purpose Building
Open to all Gunnison 4-H Members
$3.00 Admission