4-H...Growing and Thriving

By Pamela Rose

July 2
Kudos
Congratulations to Lynette Black and Dani Annala! They have been selected to receive the 2015 NAE4HA Denise Miller Innovator Award!  This national award will be presented at the upcoming 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland.
On Saturday morning, a special 4-H Awards Brunch was held at OSU Summer Conference. The program included wonderful stories from our 4-H members who attended National 4-H Conference, Experiencing Citizenship, National 4-H Congress and participated in YA4-H. A big kudos to the State 4-H Recognition Committee members for their selection of the National 4-H Congress trips, State Scholarships, State Awards, and State 4-H Ambassadors. Committee kudos to Roberta Lundberg, State lead, Sandra Carlson, Jamie Davis, Ashley Jones, Judi Peters, and Shana Withee. This is a job which takes careful review of resumes and interviews with 4-H members.  It was a wonderful program which our donors truly enjoyed!
Updates
On Friday evening, I attended the closing banquet of the Whole Grain Summit in Portland at the Nines hotel.  It was an incredible meal, prepared by area chefs, featuring whole grains on each of the four courses. What was really special is how many individuals came up to me and shared glowing remarks about the great teaching that 4-H had done around whole grains through our YA4-HA (Youth Advocates for Health) teams.  The Moore Family Center Healthy Communities Outreach Project report had been shared with conference participants and many were impressed by the work done in our communities by young people.  Thanks to our county YA4-H teams led by Carolyn Ashton & Maggie Livesay, Benton County; Barbara Brody, Malheur County; Sue Hunt, Josephine County, Shanna Northway, Grant County; Judi Peters, Polk County; Lynette Black, Wasco County, and Maureen Hosty, Multnomah County, for the great work they did and to Mary Arnold, for coordinating the project, creating the evaluation tools, and compiling the report. 
Tuesday, June 30th was the last day of the fiscal year.  It was also the last day of Anne Manlove’s extended 1099 contract to support the Jackson County 4-H program until the replacement was in place. Anne’s retirement celebration was in June and I understand it was a heartfelt event!  We are truly grateful for the 35+ years Anne served as the 4-H Youth Development Professional in Jackson County.  Her passion for 4-H was heartwarming, her undying efforts to improve Jackson County 4-H was remarkable, and her sense of service back to 4-H and the community is something others aspire to model.  We are forever grateful!  We wish you much contentment and personal joy in this next phase of your life!  
Laurie Rice has taken a new opportunity. She will be teaching 4th-6th graders at Union School this fall.  Her last day will be August 3rd.  Laurie has made a significant contribution to the Lake County 4-H program over the last four plus years.  Her creativity, willingness to try new things, and her ability to relate to young people has made a positive difference in the lives of many youth.  We wish you the best!

July 2

Kudos

Congratulations to Lynette Black and Dani Annala! They have been selected to receive the 2015 NAE4HA Denise Miller Innovator Award!  This national award will be presented at the upcoming 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland.

On Saturday morning, a special 4-H Awards Brunch was held at OSU Summer Conference. The program included wonderful stories from our 4-H members who attended National 4-H Conference, Experiencing Citizenship, National 4-H Congress and participated in YA4-H. A big kudos to the State 4-H Recognition Committee members for their selection of the National 4-H Congress trips, State Scholarships, State Awards, and State 4-H Ambassadors. Committee kudos to Roberta Lundberg, State lead, Sandra Carlson, Jamie Davis, Ashley Jones, Judi Peters, and Shana Withee. This is a job which takes careful review of resumes and interviews with 4-H members.  It was a wonderful program which our donors truly enjoyed!

Updates

On Friday evening, I attended the closing banquet of the Whole Grain Summit in Portland at the Nines hotel.  It was an incredible meal, prepared by area chefs, featuring whole grains on each of the four courses. What was really special is how many individuals came up to me and shared glowing remarks about the great teaching that 4-H had done around whole grains through our YA4-HA (Youth Advocates for Health) teams.  The Moore Family Center Healthy Communities Outreach Project report had been shared with conference participants and many were impressed by the work done in our communities by young people.  Thanks to our county YA4-H teams led by Carolyn Ashton & Maggie Livesay, Benton County; Barbara Brody, Malheur County; Sue Hunt, Josephine County, Shanna Northway, Grant County; Judi Peters, Polk County; Lynette Black, Wasco County, and Maureen Hosty, Multnomah County, for the great work they did and to Mary Arnold, for coordinating the project, creating the evaluation tools, and compiling the report. 

Tuesday, June 30th was the last day of the fiscal year.  It was also the last day of Anne Manlove’s extended 1099 contract to support the Jackson County 4-H program until the replacement was in place. Anne’s retirement celebration was in June and I understand it was a heartfelt event!  We are truly grateful for the 35+ years Anne served as the 4-H Youth Development Professional in Jackson County.  Her passion for 4-H was heartwarming, her undying efforts to improve Jackson County 4-H was remarkable, and her sense of service back to 4-H and the community is something others aspire to model.  We are forever grateful!  We wish you much contentment and personal joy in this next phase of your life!  

Laurie Rice has taken a new opportunity. She will be teaching 4th-6th graders at Union School this fall.  Her last day will be August 3rd.  Laurie has made a significant contribution to the Lake County 4-H program over the last four plus years.  Her creativity, willingness to try new things, and her ability to relate to young people has made a positive difference in the lives of many youth.  We wish you the best!

July 10

As I was driving to work today, I saw a great quote on a business billboard, it read “Sometimes changing yourself, changes everything”.  It reminded me that the perspective I bring to each conversation and situation is so important.  May this quote provide you some useful reflection in your own manner.  

Kudos

Kudos to Jamie Davis!  Yesterday during the NAE4-HA on-line business meeting, led by President Kim Gressley, Jamie’s nomination for the position of Western Regional Director was officially accepted!   Thank you Jamie for running for this important position on the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Board.  Jamie will do terrific in this leadership role.  We will be able to officially vote for Jamie for this position at a time closer to the conference. 

Kudos also to Cristian Curiel for the great work he is doing to reach over 1000 underserved youth, through 4-H soccer, in Marion County!  Kudos also to Mary Stewart, Regional Communication and Marketing Coordinator, for writing up the great story which appears on the home page of the Oregon 4-H website.  Take a moment to check it out! 

Updates

Today we received word that the United States Congress will officially re-launch the 4-H Congressional Caucus on Capitol Hill. The 4-H Congressional Caucus was first established in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005, respectively.  Both caucuses are being re-launched on Capitol Hill this month. The caucus provides an opportunity to easily share information among interested members, hold briefings on topical issues, an sponsor events on the Hill and in local communities.  The 4-H Congressional Caucus will be a way for Congressional 4-H alumni and supporters of Cooperative Extension to publicly identify themselves as such to their colleagues and constituents. 

In other legislative news, the Outdoor School legislation (SB439) in Oregon, passed both the house and the senate with full support.  However, it did not come with an attached funding stream.  Until the funding stream is determined the bill is passed with no way to put it into action. In the event that there is funding in the future, the bill names OSU Extension as the administrator of the program.  As more information becomes available on this topic down the road, we will keep you apprised. 

July 17

Have you ever played the game Rummikub?  It is an ever changing game of rummy, only with tiles.  Just when you think you have got your next move figured out, the board changes. I noticed the other day that sometimes my job feels a bit like the game of Rummikub.  If you play it, I am sure you will understand the analogy.  Enjoy the game and your time with family and friends!

Kudos

Kudos to the NAE4-HA Planning committee!  We now have 568 registrants for the 2015 conference and the early bird registration deadline is not until July 24th!  Things are looking good!  The response shows that many people are looking forward to attending the exciting conference planned by Oregon 4-H staff.  

Updates

Oregon 4-H will again be in the spotlight over the next two weeks as National 4-H Council rolls out two 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) webinars to learn about: 
The 2015 National Science Experiment, Motion Commotion- designed by Oregon 4-H
How to host a successful NYSD event
How to market NYSD and raise awareness about 4-H in your community
How to fundraise for STEM around NYSD
How to transform your NSYD event into long-term STEM programming throughout the year

July 23

Kudos

Kudos to Mary Arnold who just received $35,000 from National 4-H Council’s Youth Voice: Youth Choice program that will engage teens as teachers through the Youth Advocates for Health (YA4-H!) program.  Teens will be teaching nutrition lessons and utilizing Kathy Gunter’s Balanced Energy Physical Activity kit.  Shanna Northway and Barb Brody will be attending the grant training at the National 4-H Center outside of DC, along with two teens who will help lead the Oregon project.  Mary Arnold is the principle investigator (PI).  
Kudos to Marilyn Lesmeister and Doug Hart who have been handling and/or assisting with a number of issues related to accidents, conflicts, policy questions, and mandatory reporting processes.  More of these types of questions tend to arise during the busy fair, camp, day camp, and show season.  These efforts take many phone calls and conversations and I appreciate all of their effort in assisting staff across the state process these situations. Thanks Doug also for currently assisting with the Hood River County Fair for a couple of days.  Volunteers were well prepared by Dani before she left, but Doug’s presence is helpful for staff and volunteers to utilize as needed.

Updates

I had the pleasure yesterday of attending (Noon-10:00pm) the Jackson County Fair.  Kim Skomerza has done an excellent job in handling and executing the many facets of the fair.  Kim, you are a great addition to the team in Jackson County!  Dale Larson, with only 2 weeks on the job, has jumped in and assisted with many details.  Dale now completes the new team at the Jackson County 4-H program! Yesterday, they held a Lego Robotics competition, their Swine Showmanship classes, and their Swine & Poultry Auction. I enjoyed watching many of the over 150 4-H exhibitors show their hogs and interacting with them in the barn while they were doing herdsmanship.  A special treat for me was to help in picking the 4-H member who would later sing the national anthem at the auction.  Kassidy did an amazing job.  I have attached a few of my photos from the day. 

July 31

 

Kudos

Kudos to Brenda Coleman and Lillian Larwood who successfully placed and held orientation this past weekend for the many families hosting a Japanese youth in our summer 4-H International exchange program, from July 25-August 22. The youth are now with their host families and I am sure they are having a great experience!  Thanks to our county volunteer coordinators and 4-H staff in the counties who are supporting these families. Brenda and Lillian, your many hours spent processing lots of paperwork to make this all happen is so appreciated! 
Thanks to the following 4-H staff, volunteers and youth who helped with the State Fair Spruce Up days on Thursday, July 23 and Saturday, July 25th – Judy Grove, Colleen Kutzler, Wren Isaacs, Gabby Brant, Hannah Hathaway, Cody Smith, Fay & Sherm Sallee, Marika, Maya & Midori Stock, Molly & Tai Rogers, Rebcca, Korrina & Caitlin Wirfs, Mackenzie Mestas, Kristin & Ashley Felsch, Zoe Estes, Heidi Axmaker, Andy Hoffman, and Roberta Lundeberg.  Thanks for all of your work in transitioning the 4-H Exhibit hall in preparation for placing all 4-H exhibits on just the first floor!  It is a big change, but it should be great for many of our fair goers.

Update

Oregon 4-H has been asked to be one of the places the National 4-H Council Marketing Team will travel to this summer to capture photography and videography for use in launching the 4-H Grows Here brand platform with the 4-H system this fall.  We are still confirming the dates for the production crew to be here, but we are focusing on the week of August 31 where images can be captured as a part of state fair and during activities in the valley and metro area. Karissa Dishon has agreed to serve as the point person for this effort.  Karissa and I will meet with the marketing team to finalize details in the next week or so.  What an exciting way for Oregon 4-H to again be highlighted on a national stage!
It was a real pleasure to travel to Gilliam and Sherman counties this week for my county visits.  Monica Mitchell in Gilliam County has been busy in her first few months on the job getting to really know her clubs, establishing a first ever 4-H Beef Weigh-in, and engaging older youth. We traveled to Lone Rock together during our visit (see photo).  As a part of my visit with Cindy Brown in Sherman county I participated in her “Healthalicious Cooking” program (see photo). She is helping to meet community needs through both her 4-H and SNAP outreach. It is so great to have both Monica and Cindy on our staff.
And finally, we have SEVEN county fairs operating right now in this very hot heat – Benton County, Clatsop County, Deschutes County, Malheur County, Union County, Washington County, and Yamhill County, with SEVEN others gearing up for next week – Baker County, Crook County, Douglas County, Polk County, Tillamook County, Wallowa County, and Wheeler County. An extra thank you and shout out to the 4-H staff in each of these counties who are trying to keep things cool and running smoothly.  I know you are all doing great work!      

 

August 7

 

Kudos

Kudos to Patricia Dawson who will be taking over as the new National President for Epsilon Sigma Phi this October at the close of the National Conference in Coeur d’Alene.  Patricia has served in numerous leadership roles during in her tenure including Board member of NAE4-HA (2 terms), Journal of Extension National Board (2 terms), Gamma Chapter ESP President and committee roles, OSEUA4-H President, and National Editor of the Journal of Youth Development. Patricia brings so much experience to this role and we are excited for her to be able to showcase her leadership and provide service in this way to Epsilon Sigma Phi. 
Congratulations to Margie House!  She informed me today that she and her husband will be expecting their first child on February 18, 2016!  
Update
I am pleased to share with you that Mary Stewart, Communications & Marketing Extension staff member in Marion County, has agreed to add .20 of her time, for the next three months, to assist the Oregon 4-H program.  She will plan and conduct the Oregon 4-H signature National Youth Science Day event on October 7th and do other related marketing for 4-H NYSD.   I am pleased that we will have her expertise and skill to manage this commitment while most of the 4-H program staff is busy preparing for hosting the 2015 NAE4-HA Conference in Portland at the end of October. 
I have spent much of this week at the Western Region 4-H Program Leaders Summer meeting. Together we debriefed 4-H WRLF, the 4-H Institute, and states status on IRS issues and conversions.  We discussed in great detail our thoughts for  updating the new volunteer E-learning modules and professional development webinar/trainings for new and experienced 4-H staff.  We learned more about the “4-H Grows Here” brand development effort rolling out soon, as well as the new rollout of the national 4-H working group structure. We received important updates on common measures, military program, and national shooting sports.  Finally I wanted to report that we shared ideas for how we increase our efforts around inclusivity, vulnerable populations, and shared 4-H learning resources.   I will pass these ideas and information pieces on to our 4-H strategic plan working groups and at upcoming monthly meet-ups as appropriate.

August 14

Kudos
Kudos to Jan Williams, Trisha White, Andy Hoffman, Roberta Lundeberg, Alex Bourdeau, Virginia Bourdeau, Zoe Estes, and Heidi Axmaker for the renovations and painting they are doing to prepare the 4-H Exhibit building for receiving exhibits in a few weeks. It is a big job to reconfigure the building display items and rooms to accommodate having all exhibits displayed this year on just the first floor. Upstairs will only be used for storage and for fashion revue dressing rooms. They have been at the fairgrounds a couple of days this week getting much of this ready so Kudos to all of you and/or others I may have missed mentioning!
Update
In his recent emails, Scott Reed has shared news about the new Extension positions being funded with appropriations provided by the 2015 Oregon Legislature. Three of these positions will have direct impact on the 4-H Youth Development program:   4-H Youth Development position in Deschutes County; Open Campus and 4-H Youth Development position in Grant County; and a Latino Outreach/4-H Youth Development and Open Campus position in the Upper Columbia counties.  It is exciting to be able to grow our 4-H program staff to meet the needs of young people and their families in these communities!  We are now in the process for writing up the position descriptions for each of these three new positions and then we will launch the searches.  
Having resources to hire a new full time 4-H youth development person in Deschutes County allows me to change Candi Bothum’s position.  I am expanding the statewide animal science responsibilities in her position description, yet still have her continue as county leader.  Candi will stay locationed in Deschutes County to handle the county leader role.  Her expanded statewide role in animal science will give her more time to focus on programming for large & small animals, dogs, and will also now include the horse program. 
Roberta Lundeberg has done an excellent job in providing statewide leadership for the 4-H horse program!  However, removing this program from her plate allows her to have adequate time for her newly acquired statewide 4-H recognition program duties as well as more time to focus on programming for communications, ambassador program, Collegiate 4-H, Summer Conference, and lead for State Fair. 
This transition will not take place until around November 1st.  I am excited that Candi and Roberta have both agreed to this change and I am excited that they both will now have a more reasonable work load reflected in their position descriptions.