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Welcome to the 2023-2024 4-H Year.  Madison County 4-H has a rich history and loads of Madison County and University of Georgia resources to “Celebrate Your Achievements” by developing great STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math skills. Our upcoming activities will include exploring from the mountains to the seas, learning about nutrition and even helping solve environmental issues.  Great hands-on experiences, such as these, help members gain knowledge and skills in public speaking, decision making and much more.

You may participate in some of these exciting opportunities by reading this newsletter! Program registrations  can be emailed or called into the 4-H office at 706-795-2281 for all events!  Madison Co. 4-H is all about great life-learning experiences.  4-H, as the largest youth organization in the nation, reaches students in 4th - 12th grades.  Let’s get involved and “Celebrate Your Achievements” and aim for success with your bright future!


Register for Summer Camp!!


4H Centers

Register NOW for Summer Camps! Spaces are limited so sign up with our office as soon as possible to reserve your spot!


Cost for each camp is $415 (Cloverleaf Camp will cost $440 for those who choose not to participate in the fundraising opportunity)



4-H Fundraisers

Cloverleaf 4-H'ers can earn Reward Points for helping us with our fundraisers. When you share this information, ask them to make sure we're told who sent them.

RADA Cutlery Fundraiser

We have kicked off our spring fundraiser. Please support us by placing an order at https://radafundraising.com?rfsn=5630443.50c96aa and telling your friends and family about it. Online orders will be shipped shortly after the order is placed but you can also visit our office and order from the catalog.

The monies raised will allow us to continue our programming and help offset the cost our 4-H’ers pay for competitive, judging, and educational events.


Club Specific Activities & Events


Cloverleaf (4th-6th Graders)


Clover Points—All 5th graders...your points pamphlet is due Wednesday, May 1, 2024. If you have anything to submit, please drop it off at the 4-H office or in the 4-H box at the front of your school.

What can you earn now?

Earn 5 points when you turn in your completed 4-H Friends book

Earn 1 point each time you wear a 4-H shirt (or any shirt that is at least 50% GREEN) or a UGA shirt to club meetings - Show your SPIRIT!

Earn 2 points when you turn in the signed slip from your newsletter!

 


Juniors (7th-8th Graders)


Club Meeting Dates for Madison County Middle School

  • Monday, February 5, 2024
  • Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Monday, April 15, 2024
  • Monday, May 6, 2024

Junior Rally for sixth through eighth graders April 20 through 21, 2024

Junior Rally—April 20-21

This weekend event is for 6th-8th graders and includes ropes course obstacles, talent show, dancing, campfire, workshops and education sessions, along with opportunities for community service. Registration and $85 fee are due by noon on April 9, 2024. Please note that registration after April 9th will incur a $5 late fee and any drops after this day will incur a $30 cancellation fee.


Seniors (9th-12th Graders)


Club Meeting Dates for Madison County High School

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • NO May club meeting scheduled

 


Senior Conference for 9th through 12th graders April 6-7, 2024.

Senior Conference—April 6-7

This weekend event is for 9th-12th graders and includes a semi-formal dance along with an after-dance party with mechanical bull, games, pizza, and MORE! A share fair with college recruiters and a chance for you to highlight your great work is just a couple of other opportunities. Registration and $80 fee are due by noon on March 26, 2024. Please note that registration after March 26th will incur a $5 late fee and any drops after this day will incur a $30 cancellation fee.


2024 Senior Wall Plaque. Submissions due Friday, March 22, 2024.

Graduating Seniors...

Senior Wall Plaque

If you're interested in having your name on the Senior Wall at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, donate and complete the 2024 Senior Wall form by Friday, March 22, 2024.

 

Graduation Cords

You can purchase a graduation cord for $5 by contacting our office. If you plan to attend the graduating senior DPA banquet, you'll receive a complimentary graduation cord from the Georgia 4-H Foundation.


Become a 4-H Ambassador

The 2024-2025 Georgia 4-H Ambassador program application is now live! The goal of the 4-H Ambassador program is to prepare 4-H’ers to become knowledgeable in a specific content area so that they can return to their counties and share what they’ve learned with others. This year, there are five ambassador tracks: Healthy Living, Pollinators, Science and Engineering, Wildlife, and Animal Science.  Attached you will find a sample Ambassador application, scoring rubric, and social media graphics.

The application can be found here . Applications will close Monday, April 15 at 5:00 PM.

A limited number of 4-H’ers will be selected as Ambassadors.  Selected ambassadors must attend the Georgia 4-H Ambassador Training Summit on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Also, selected ambassadors will be required to:

  • Commit to one year of service;
  • Complete six learning activities related to their subject area;
  • Complete six sharing activities related to their subject area;
  • And provide quarterly reports.

This opportunity is open to any 8th-11th grade 4-H member in the current 2023-2024 school term. Those who are currently in 12th grade and will graduate from high school this year are not eligible for the 4-H Ambassador Program, as it will carry over beyond their 4-H eligibility in most cases.



Hippology/Horse Judging

Our Hippology Team begins weekly meetings on February 22nd. They meet from 3:30pm-5:30pm and meeting will end on April 18th, prior to the April 20th State Horse Judging and Hippology Contest.

Poultry Judging

As a member of the Poultry Judging Team, 4-H’ers will learn about the standards used in poultry and egg production and apply those standards in a realistic decision-making situation. 4-H’ers will learn how to judge live hens; grade exterior, interior, and broken out eggs; grade ready-to-cook poultry; and identify poultry parts. Our practices are held on Mondays and continue until the April contest.

Wildlife Judging

The Wildlife Judging Team covers material found within 4-H Natural Resources project area, Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), and students will have the opportunity to explore with some parts of the activities conducted outdoors. The practices are held on Tuesdays and continue through the April contest. They are held weekly from 3:30pm-5:00pm.


Project Achievement

What is Project Achievement?

Project Achievement helps develop skills for a lifetime. You choose a project area that interests you. Once you do that, you research your topic, write, and present it. The process develops leadership, creativity, public speaking, record keeping, and other skills.


Cloverleaf District Project Achievement (DPA)

Our Cloverleaf DPA will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Rock Eagle. Those registered should have received an appointed time to meet with us. If you haven’t, please reach out and schedule one.


Junior/Senior District Project Achievement (DPA) and Presentations

We have sixteen (16) 4-H’ers scheduled to compete at District Project Achievement. YOUR FINAL PORFOLIO SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY JANUARY 4th, 2024 with no exceptions. We have Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays available for you to come in and work. Your demonstration appointments can be made in January, 2024. The final deadline for demonstrations to be complete is February 25th. Call the 4-H Office to schedule your appointments ASAP at 706-795-2281. District Project Achievement will be take place March 1st – 3rd, 2023.  Junior / Senior Showcase (Dress Rehearsal) has been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2023 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Board of Education PLC 2. You need to provide your own transportation to this event if all possible. Parents and Volunteers are encouraged to attend the Junior / Senior Showcase.



What's Happening in Georgia 4-H...


Upcoming Events
Mar 1 - Mar 4 NE District Jr/Sr Project Achievement Eatonton, GA - (58.0 miles) 4-H Project Achievement
Mar 8 - Mar 11 NW District Jr/Sr Project Achievement Eatonton, GA - (58.0 miles) 4-H Project Achievement
Apr 17 - Apr 18 Georgia 4-H Area Poultry Judging Contest - Henry McDonough, GA - (73.0 miles) 4-H Event
Apr 18 - Apr 19 Georgia 4-H Area Poultry Judging Contest - Oglethorpe Crawford, GA - (19.0 miles) 4-H Livestock event
Apr 19 - Apr 21 NE/NW Junior Rally (6th - 8th Grades) Dahlonega, GA - (52.0 miles) Junior 4-H members in grades 6 - 8 enjoy attending ropes course challenges, workshops, community service projects, a talent show, dance, and a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt!