December 12, 2014


Reserve Your Gingerbread House Now!

All 4-H members and Cloverbuds are invited to bring a friend to decorative a gingerbread house that they can share with their families this holiday season.  In order to join the fun, call the Extension Office, 641-1260, by December 17 to reserve your house.  All supplies and materials necessary to decorate a house will be provided, including gingerbread walls, mortar made of frosting, and all sorts of decorations.  The festivities will begin at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 in the VanTyle Room at the Fred Field Heritage Center. $2 for 4-H members, and $5 for non-members.  Join the fun!

Make You Better Day

4-H Member Make You Better Day January 3

Gunnison County 4-H Council has created a fun afternoon of activities geared towards members that are wanting to build their teamwork, leadership, and public speaking skills. The fun begins at Jorgensen Event Center for skating at 12:00 noon and then we will move to the Fred Field Heritage Center. 1:00 to 4:00 will be filled with games and activities that target these skills. Eat before you come or bring your lunch. New club officers and leaders are also encouraged to attend.


Leadership Development Conference January 23-25

Kick off to the conference is a visit to the State Capitol to celebrate the Colorado 4-H Day Resolution and Governor’s Proclamation on Friday, January 23, 2015. 4-H Day is a long-standing tradition established in the mid-1960s to honor all the youth involved in 4-H in Colorado. The weekend conference includes hands on activities that develop leadership, teamwork, presentation skills.

LDC is for members ages 14-18 as of December 31, 2014. We will leave Gunnison afterschool on Thursday, January 22 and return in evening of Sunday, January 25. Transportation will be provided. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. Conference lodging and registration will be $95 plus some meal expenses. Please register at 4H Online before January 9. If you have any questions please contact Nadine at 641-1260.


Youth Fest on February 6-8, 2015

Youth Fest will be held at Ponderosa Retreat Center in Larkspur. Youth Fest is for 4-H members ages 9-13. Registration is $75.00. Youth will participate in character building, teamwork, and critical thinking activities during the camp. Register on 4HOnline between January 15 and January 30.



December 12, 2014

Enroll Today

Leaders Re-Enroll for 2014-2015

Club and project leaders need to re-enroll in 4-H every year to remain active volunteers and avoid going through the volunteer screening process again. You can re-enroll through 4HOnline at any time.

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Volunteer Workshops Coming Up

The Gunnison Extension office will be hosting local volunteer workshops as part of the Western Region Leaders Forum. Join 4-H volunteers from across the western region and around the nation. Be inspired, share ideas, interact with many, diverse 4-H volunteers and staff, and receive resources from multiple states—to use in clubs now. Since club attendance always seems to be a challenge participation in the January sessions is encouraged. Any volunteer or parent is welcome to attend. Sessions will take place in the Multi-Purpose Building. Please let us know if you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions.

Youth Connect at Great Meetings
Tuesday, January 27, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“That was a GREAT 4-H MEETING!” Join Oregon 4-H volunteers and staff for the 2015 WRLF. Be inspired by adults (Oregon, Wisconsin) who help you practice leadership at every age, and have fun at club meeting while learning and conducting business. See ways that 4-H club meetings are the right environment to include the essential elements: belonging, mastery, generosity and independence. See a video to learn fundamental Parliamentary Procedure (New Mexico). What other ways can members use to make decisions during club meetings? How should committees work? Chris Clover will share answers to these questions and others during “Youth Connect. At Great Meetings”. Receive videos, lesson plans, activities and print materials to learn more and use in clubs. 4-H member-volunteer partnerships can create many effective, educational experiences! Every 4-H meeting can be GREAT!

Widening the Circle: Special Connections
Thursday, February 12, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Discover strategies to recruit and include youth with special needs. Read more.

Youth Connecting in Your Community
Monday, March 2, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Discover strategies to include community service and citizenship in 4-H. Read more.


October 9, 2014

spotlight4-H Junior, Intermediate, Senior Members of the Year Nominations Open

Clubs can nominate a candidate for member of the year. You can also nominate yourself for member of the year. All candidates must turn an application into the Extension office by October 22. Applications can be picked up at the Extension office, Mergelman 4-H Building, or they are also located online at gunnison.colostate.edu. Outstanding members are chosen by a committee.

Basic RGBLooking for Outstanding Horse Members

The Krisjan Harnish Horseman Award is given each year in memory of an outstanding 4-H member and horseman. To be considered for the Master Horseman Award please complete the application form and return to the Extension office by October 22. The application and instructions can be found at gunnison.colostate.edu under 4-H Scholarships. Your record book will be attached after being judged.


September 9, 2014


4-H Junior, Intermediate, Senior Members of the Year Nominations Open

Clubs can nominate a candidate for member of the year. You can also nominate yourself for member of the year. There is an award for Junior member, Intermediate member, and Senior member. All candidates must turn an application into the Extension office by October 22. Applications can be picked up at the Extension office, Mergelmen 4-H Building, or they are also located on-line under at gunnison.coostate.edu. Outstanding members are chosen by a committee.

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Looking for Outstanding Horse Members

The Krisjan Harnish Horseman Award is given each year in memory of an outstanding 4-H member and horseman. To be considered for the Master Horseman Award please complete the application form and return to the Extension Office by October 18.  The application and instructions can be found at gunnison.colostate.edu under 4-H Scholarships. Your record book will be attached after being judged.


September 9, 2014

make it with woolColorado Make It with Wool

The Colorado Make-It-With Wool State Competition will be held on November 1 at the Adams County Fairgrounds. The rules are simple. Construct a garment of at least 60% or more wool or wool specialty fibers after January 1, 2014, be a Colorado resident, be willing to be a MIWW ambassador and enter the contest. Contact Nadine if interested. There is time to make something! 4-H can even provide the wool.


Colorado Leadership Conference

The Colorado State 4-H Senate officer team will be hosting the annual Colorado Leadership Camp (CLC), November 7-9 in Glenwood Springs. 4-H members ages 6th-9th grade are invited to attend. Registration cost is $50 per camper. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 22. Transportation will be provided. More information will be provided. Contact Nadine if you are interested in attending, 641-1260.

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4-H for kids 5, 6, and 7 years old will be meeting each 2nd Tuesday of each month with Leader Lenora Mears. Meetings will take place in the Mergelmen 4-H building at 3:50 p.m. Come check it out.


June 4, 2014

state fairState Fair Teen Clerks

Looking for a few days of fun? The Colorado State Fair will provide you with food and lodging at Camp Tobin in return for a day or two of clerking the general projects. It is a great time to get acquainted with other 4-H members from around Colorado. Transportation will be provided to and from Pueblo. We will leave the afternoon of August 13 and return on Friday the 15. Teen clerks have a really good time as there is a small amount of time spent working in comparison to the fun. Teen clerks must be 13 years old prior to December 31, 2013. Apply at co.4Honline.com by July 1. Contact Nadine with questions, 641-1260.

thank youLivestock Judging Contest Thank You

The 2014 Livestock Judging Contest went off without a glitch thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this contest continue to be a success. Thank you to all the club members who helped set up and take down and serve lunch. Thank you to the group leaders and card runners. And, thank you to our tabulators.

One More Reminder

Youth livestock shows and project exhibits are celebrations of your individual accomplishments in your 4-H projects. They offer you an opportunity to display your project as well as yourself. It is a great education experience and should always be viewed with that in mind. It builds character, encourages responsibility and sportsmanship. During the week this year, take notice of all the volunteers and leaders that are giving of their time and effort to assist so that each of you will be able to enjoy your involvement. This may be the person helping get the projects checked in, the superintendents lining up classes, the ring stewards or your leaders. It takes many volunteers to make Cattlemen’s Days run smoothly. Be sure to thank them for their help. Keep in mind the benefits of friendly competition and cooperation with others and all that can be gained from our annual association with each other. Have a great “fair.”


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