January 4-H Meeting Notes
We missed quite a few of you at our January meeting! I hope everyone is feeling better! For those of you who missed it, you can download and view the latest Clover Chatter HERE.
Remember, 4-H is what you make of it. The activities, events, and information are available - if you choose not to attend anything but monthly meetings, you will not get much more than doughnuts out of your membership!
Highlights from the Clover Chatter:
4-H Night With the New Orleans Pelicans
The annual 4-H Night with the Pelicans is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 . The New Orleans Pelicans will be taking on the Heat. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Discount tickets are being offered at $26.00 per ticket. Contact the 4-H Office for more information.
4-H Summer Camp Is Coming
4-H summer camp will be held from May 25-29, 2015 at 4-H Camp Grant Walker Educational Center near Pollock, LA. Applications will be given out at future club meetings. Active members are the ideal campers. It is not too late to participate in activi-ties on the local and parish level.
*In other words - if you want a spot at camp, you NEED to do at least one activity with 4-H outside of our monthly meetings at EDS!
2015 Honey Bee Essay Contest
Topic: “Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up”
Requirements: Write on the designated subject only. All factual state-ments must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes. A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay. Length: 750 to 1000 words. The word count does not in-clude the endnotes, the bibliography or references, nor the essayist's biographical sketch, which should be on a separate page. For more information call the 4-H Office at 369-4440
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Double-spaced, 12-pt. Times New Roman or similar font, with 1 inch margins. Submit as a Microsoft Word document via email by Monday, January 22, 2015. Email essays to firstname.lastname@example.org
State Contest Sponsor: The Louisiana Beekeeping Association
STATE CONTEST AWARDS: Cash Prizes and Plaques to 3 Top Winners:
•1st Place ‐‐ $100 •2nd Place ‐‐ $75 •3rd Place ‐‐ $50
Dates to Remember
8 Broiler Pickup 4:30-6:00pm
10 Fabric and Fashion 8am
11 Shooting Sports Practice 1-4pm
15 Junior Leader Meeting 6:00pm
18 Shooting Sports Practice 1-4pm
19 Martin Luther King Day, 4-H Office Closed; Fabric and Fashion 9:00am
22 Honey Bee Essay Due to the 4-H Office
23-24 Parish Livestock Show @ SugArena
24-25 Fashion Camp
26 Fabric and Fashion 4:45pm
29 Record book Workshop @ 4-H Office 5:00 p.m.
31 Broiler Workshop II @ 4-H Office 9:30am– 10:30am
31 Rabbit Workshop @ 4-H Office 11:00am– 12:30pm
Valentine Candy Workshop
Do you want to learn how to make candy ? In this workshop 4-Her’s will learn how to create candy. The workshop will be held February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The cost of the workshop is $10 If interested in participating in this fun workshop, preregister at the 4-H Office by January 29. Space is limited to 20 members.
1 Shooting Sports Practice 1-4pm
4-7 Acadiana District Livestock Show
7 Valentine Candy Workshop 9am-12pm
8 Shooting Sports Practice 1-4pm
10 Six Easy Bites 5:30pm
12 4-H Club Clover 4:45 p.m.; Junior Leader Meeting 6:00 p.m.
13 Parish Poultry and Rabbit Show @ Cajun RVera
14-21 State Livestock Show @ Lamar Dixon in Gonzales, LA
17 Mardi Gras Holiday, 4-H Office Closed
27 4-H Night With The New Orleans Pelicans
28 Spring Contest Day-Seafood/Bento Cookery @ Cajun RVera; Pet Show, Demonstrations, Commodity Ambassador @ SugArena
1 Benefit Ranch Sorting @ SugArena; Shooting Sports
2 4-H Record Books Due
2 Fashion Revue Garments Due for Achievement Day
8 Shooting Sports Practice 1/4pm
13 Livestock Benefit Shrimp Boil 5-7pm
13-15 Junior Leadership Conference
20 Parish Shooting Sports Match @ SugArena; Penny Contest monies due to 4-H office
21-22 Food and Fitness Camp
28 Achievement Day @ WHS; Southern Regional Shooting Sports Match @ Lamar Dixon
On Saturday, February 28th (yes, the same day as our Gala) the Iberia Parish 4-H will host a "Contest Day". Here is the write-up I received from the 4-H Office:
Demonstration Contests (4-6 grade division, 7-12 grade division)
* All demonstration categories have a 5 minute time limit, must be an Individual or teams of 2 from the same
1. Ag Demonstration— any topic pertaining to agriculture i.e.—horses, livestock, conservation of natural resources, wildlife, marine science, forestry, poultry, entomology (insects), aquaculture or horticulture
2. Healthy Living Demonstration - any topic pertaining to nutrition, food safety, food preparation or exercise
3. Family Consumer Science Demonstration—any topic pertaining to Home Economics such as clothing, family life, health and safety, housing or home furniture
4. Science, Engineering and Technology Demonstration— any topic related to Science, Engineering,
5. Citizenship Demonstration— and topic pertaining to leadership, service or citizenship
Commodity Ambassador Program
The 4-H Commodity Ambassador Program is designed for education and enhancement of 4-H club members. Each ambassador program will emphasize specific Louisiana agricultural commodities including egg, chicken, turkey and seafood. Winners in each category will have the opportunity to compete at the State Competition with Agent approval on April 15th, 2014.
Each Commodity Ambassador Program consists of five categories for presentations. (egg, chicken, turkey, seafood, and sugar)
Division I – (Grades 4-6) The contestant designs (a) standard poster 22” X 28” relating to one of five categories (1)production, (2) food preparation and nutritive value (3) food safety, (4) processing, (5) marketing; (b) presents a 2-3 minute explanation of poster subject; (c) responds to questions from judges. No dish required. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than wording on the poster are to be used while giving the presentation.
Division II – (Grades 7-9) The contestant designs (a) standard poster 22” X 28” relating to one of the five categories (1) production, (2) food preparation and nutritive value (3) food safety, (4) processing, (5) marketing; (b) prepares an essay not to exceed 500 words or 3 typed pages, (12-14 spaces per inch) double spaced, about the selected subject; (c) presents a 2-3 minute explanation of subject; (d) responds to questions from judges. No dish required. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than wording on the poster are to be used while giving the presentation.
Division III – (Grades 10-12) The contestant will present a 5-8 minute oral presentation following current guidelines of the national commodity illustrated talk contests. Posters or PowerPoint presentations may be used. Costumes based on theme are acceptable. No notes or outlines, other than wording on the poster are to be used while giving the presentation.
Seafood and Bento Box Cookery Contest Rules
** Overall winners will advance to the Southwest Area Commodity Cookery on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
1. A 4-H’er may enter one dish in any of the categories listed in each contest. All dishes must be prepared at home and chilled in the refrigerator overnight. We will reheat the dishes for judging.
2. Dishes must be transported to the cookery in an ice chest. Even dishes that are normally not refrigerated must be entered this way. Dishes not chilled and brought in an ice chest will be disqualified.
3. Bring a copy of the recipe along with the dish (remember a recipe includes ingredients and instructions) please label on the back side of the recipe the child’s name, grade and school. Your dish will be given a number when you register.
4. All divisions are open to any age.
5. Hint-Choose dishes that are unique
6. ONLY 4 servings of the dish need to be exhibited, but the entire recipe must be included with your dish
7. Foods/Dishes should be exhibited in a normal-sized serving container, not to exceed 18” to allow adequate space for entries.
Seafood-The dish must contain at least 1 cup of Louisiana seafood. No raw seafood allowed in finished dish. All Seafood used must be on the La. Seafood List.
Five categories are available:
1. Oyster 2. Crab 3. Shrimp 4. Fish/Other Seafood 5. Crawfish
Amberjack Cobia (Lemonfish) King Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel Flounder Mahi
Black Drum Freshwater Catfish Oysters
Blue Crab **Gamefish (Bass, Bream, etc) Pink Shrimp
Bluefin Tuna Garfish Pompano
Brown Shrimp Gaspergou Sand Seatrout (White Trout)
Buffalo Fish Grouper Sea Bobs (Shrimp)
Crawfish White Shrimp Sheepshead
Snappers Yellowfin Tuna
Speckled Trout Sword Fish
Healthy Boxed Lunch or Bento Contest
A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box. “Bento” is Japanese for packed lunch or meal. Each competitor will create a lunch to be eaten at school by a student age 9 to 12. The beverage to accompany the meal will be water (do not need to include).
1. Bring a prepared healthy box or Bento lunch to the contest. It should be representative of “MyPlate” recommendations. www.myplate.gov
2. Each competitor will create a lunch to be eaten at school by a student age 9 to 12. The beverage to accompany the meal will be water (do not need to include).
3. Bring one copy of the recipe/instructions to the contest. The copy of the recipe is to be placed under the dish. Recipes must be printed on 8 ½ X 11” paper. Recipes will be scored according to the attached Recipe Evaluation (see general rules).
4. Each competitor will transport their Healthy Box or “Bento” Lunch to the contest packed in a portable, lock-top, and leak proof container, chilled and on ice. The competitor will present the box to the judges for sampling. The food should be exhibited in a disposable serving container, not to exceed 18”. To allow adequate space for all entries, you will be asked to remove items not directly related to the dish, such as placemats, flower arrangements, figurines, trays, footed chafing dishes, soup tureens, etc. Non-edible items are not to be used as garnish. No serving utensils will be allowed.
Hint: For ideas to get you started, Google “Bento Lunch”
Theme – suitable for age group, creative (5 points)
Container – portable, reusable, lock-top, and leak proof (5 points)
Preparation Techniques – neat, interesting, unique (5 points)
Appearance – colorful, inviting (5 points)
Texture - chewiness, juiciness, variety (5 points)
Taste – pleasing, variety (5 points)
Affordable - $5.00 or less per serving (5 point)
Nutrition – (65 points): Half box is fruits and vegetables, Lean protein included, Low fat dairy included , Fruit for dessert, Portions correct size.