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!

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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

National Western passes

Please swing by the Extension office and pick up passes if you are headed that way. You will need them if you are attending a non-ticketed event.

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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.


December 12, 2014

AwardsCongratulations to all who completed their projects and made contributions to their clubs and community. 2014 was a great 4-H year. Than you to 4-H Council, clubs, advisors, leaders, and parents for all their hard work putting together the Achievement Banquet. Your help is greatly appreciated. Let’s applaud the following members, leaders, and clubs for their achievement. 

Leader of the Year: Lenora and Garland Mears

Senior Member of the Year: Tabitha Lindahl

Intermediate Member of the Year: Catherine Washburn

Junior Member of the Year: Porter Washburn

Clubs of the Year: Born for 4-H, Future Fitters, Get Your Goat, and Young Guns

Krisjan Harnish Master Horseman: Madaline Redden

Supreme Goat Participant: Ivy Pelletier, Champion; and Annelise Pelletier, R. Champion

Master Swine Producer: Kathryn Guerrieri, Champion; Wade Johnson, R. Champion

Master Beef Producer: Cary Nordberg, Champion; Connor Stahlnecker, R. Champion

Master Sheep Producer: Molly Jackson, Champion; Clara Cranor, R. Champion

Master Goat Producer: Riley Roper, Champion, Colten Crittendon, R. Champion

Please thank our Friends of 4-H when you see them for all the support they provide to the program: Wendy Buckhanan, 4-H Horse Comm., Edward Howard, Larry Martin, Sherry and Bill Redden, Keith and Robyn Robinson, and Lori Wilcox.

aksarbenCongratulations to Calvin Sabrowski!

Calvin took his 4-H steer to AK-SAR-BEN Livestock Show in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a blue ribbon in all of his weight and Showmanship classes and placed first in the Beef Carcass Contest.



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October 9, 2014

District 10 Fall Gathering

Delta County 4-H hosts District 10 4-H members from Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties on Saturday, October 25 in Hotchkiss. All members are welcome to attend. Transportation will be provided. Please let Nadine know if you are attending. We will leave the Extension office at 8:00 a.m.

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Colorado Leadership Conference

Colorado Leadership Conference (CLC) sponsored by the Colorado State 4-H Officer Team will be held on November 7-9, 2014 in Glenwood Springs. CLC is for members in grade 6-9. Conference theme is Starting Your Race with 4-H. Check out the flyer for more details.

The cost is $45 which includes lodging, breakfasts, lunch, and workshop costs. Transportation will be provided. Register online after October 15 and by October 28. Contact Nadine with questions or interest at 641-1260.



October 9, 2014

CouncilBig, Big, Big Meeting on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.

We are starting earlier because we have lots to do. Dinner will be provided!

This is our council officer election meeting. If you are planning on running for an office you must have a completed Officer Application before the meeting starts. Applications, officer expectations, and criteria are located in the Mergelman 4-H Building, Extension office, and at gunnison.colostate.edu. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor on election night. Nominees will need to be present at the October 22 council meeting and prepared to give their reasons for why they want to be an officer. And here are some reasons why you should want to be one:

  • 4-H has been very, very good to you. Here is a way to step up and give back
  • Guarantee you will also gain something back–new skills, increased confidence, admiration, and sense of accomplishment.
  • Looked at a college or scholarship application yet? 4-H club and council leadership roles slide very nicely into the blanks and essays where it asks for involvement and offices held.

Come and get involved. We will also be selecting the Leader of the Year.  Reminder to clubs: please have at least four people in attendance to cast ballots (three members and an enrolled leader).