Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Clover News

The April edition of the Clover News is now available. For your copy, click here.

WC District Horse Show

The West Central District 4-H Horse Show will be held on May 22, 2010 at Latta Plantation in Huntersville, located in Mecklenburg County. Each 4-H member must hold an eligibility card, which has been signed by your County Extension Agent. Along with the eligibility card for each horse you are showing, you must show the original copy of your horse's negative Coggins test upon registration at the district show.

All classes except Cloverbud classes have a $6 entry fee. Please mail your completed registration form and all fees: class entry, stall and shaving fees. For complete rules, classes and entry forms click here.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Public Speaking / Presentations

Come learn more about District Activity Day scheduled for June 23rd in Mecklenburg County. We will be having an informational session for youth and adults on Monday, May 10th at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Topics we will cover include: how to pick your topic, how to focus your research, constructing your talk and visual aids. We will have handouts on rules and regulations. If you have questions, please contact Amy for more information. Please register for the workshop by Wednesday, May 5th by e-mailing Amy at or by contacting the Extension Office at 336-372-5597.

Competition is open to youth ages 9-18. Presentations should be between 5-12 minutes. There is also a cookery division and Expressive Arts component where you can showcase your talents. Winners at the district level will be invited to present at the state level at NC 4-H Congress in July. Winners at district levels, depending on category will receive: cash prizes, medals and scholarship money to attend Congress.

Annual Poultry Poster Competition

The Poultry Poster Contest is designed to be an educational activity for youth to learn about our poultry industry across North Carolina.

The theme for the 2010 Poultry Poster Contest is "Avian Health and Bio-Security" Youth should incorporate the theme into their posters. Youth ages 5-19 are allowed to enter. Ages 5-8 will be on a non-competitive level and will not travel on to the state level. Cash prizes will be awarded at the state level. A complete listing of rules and other information can be found on the the 4-H Poultry website.

Entries due to the Extension Office by May 31, 2010. Contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597 or e-mail Amy at with any questions.

28th Annual Fur, Fish 'n Game Rendesvous

Millstone 4-H Center
June 20-25, 2010

A once in a lifetime outdoor learning experience for youth ages 12 to 15! Open to the first 100 registrants, the Beginning Fur, Fish ‘n Game Camp is designed to give participants a better understanding of our natural resources and how we interact with them.

Fur, Fish ‘n Game campers will have the opportunity to:
** Gain Hunter Safety Certification while learning about firearm safety for the field and home.
** Study wildlife and forests as renewable resources
** Learn about fishing and aquatic biology
** Study hunting as a viable wildlife management practice
** Other classes and activities include retriever training, swimming, snake identification, first aid, ropes course, birds of prey, and taxidermy

For entry form and more information click here.

Dive into a Career ~ 4-H Poster Contest

Who can participate? All youth ages 9 –18
9-10 Age Division • 11-13 Age Division • 14-18 Age Division
When? Entries Due to the Extension Office by Wednesday, May 19th
Why? To investigate and learn more about a career that interests you!
Theme? “Career Exploration”

1. Poster must be on standard poster board and must be of uniform size 22” X 28”– other sizes are ineligible.
2. Use theme to select a career you are interested in and share it with us! For example: “Explore Nursing.”
3. Newspaper and film cartoon characters may not be used.
4. Posters must contain only original artwork done by the artist.
5. Do not attach items thicker than the poster board to the poster.
6. Keep it simple and to the point.
7. Posters will be on display from mid-May until District Activity Day.
8. Complete a contest entry form and tape/paste it on the back of your poster.

The top poster in each age division will move onto district competition. District competition will be held during District Activity Day on June 23rd in Mecklenburg County with the top poster in each age division at the district level competing for state awards. The state competition will be held in July during 4-H Congress. All State level entries will be displayed during 4-H Congress.

Click here for more information and the entry form.


WHAT IS AIRE? AIRE is an outstanding opportunity for older youth to prepare for filling out college applications, making a resume, and having job interviews.

AIRE also known as Application, Interview, Resume & Essay is a 4-step process by which youth are chosen to attend National events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.

All applications must be postmarked by May 17, 2010. If they are being hand delivered, they must be in the office by 4:30 on the same day.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Any youth ages 14-18. Age is determined by age as of January 1 of the current year. Youth ages 11-13 aspiring to participate in the AIRE program are encouraged to participate this year in a non-competitive “Interview” process. Mock interviews will be held during the competitive AIRE interview’s on Monday of 4-H Congress (July 19, 2010). Note: A separate room and panel of judges will be used to support the younger youth.
We encourage any 4-H’er (age 11-13) who aspires to participate in the AIRE program to register and participate in this new non-competitive mock interview process. It will be a fun learning experience. See: Mock Interview Application (due May 17, 2010).

If you would like to learn more about AIRE, there will be an informational meeting for youth and adults at the Extension Office on Wednesday, May 5th from 5:30 -6:30 pm. Registration deadline – April 28th. Please contact the Extension Office to register. If you would like more information but cannot attend the meeting, please contact Amy at (336) 372-5597 or

**ARIE Application - Mock Interviews

**ARIE Application - Program Support Materials

**ARIE Application - Trip Application

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Military Appreciation Day Event - NCSU Baseball Game - May 1, 2010

NC OMK is pleased to announce the collaboration with NC State University Athletics' "Military Appreciation Day" baseball game on Saturday, May 1, 2010. The Wolfpack will take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech.

Military Families can purchase discounted tickets for ($3) at the gate. (Military ID is required to receive special ticket prices). At the beginning of the game 18 military youth will have a chance to run on the field with the players as they are announced. To confirm a spot, RSVP by e-mail (ONLY) to by 12PM on April 15, 2010. For additional information click HERE or contact the Extension Office at (336) 372-5597.

Sertoma Deaf Camp

Summer Camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth

June 20-25, 2010

Held at the Sertoma 4-H Educational Center
1105 Camp Sertoma Drive
Westfield, NC 27053

Open to youth ages 8-16.

Explorers - ages 8-12

Challengers - ages 13-14

Adventurers - ages 15-16

Cost - $375 (scholarships are available)

For more information about camp and how to reserve your space click HERE. Non-refundable deposit must be made by May 1, 2010 to hold your spot.