4-H Youth Development


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Now that the 4-H year is underway and members are getting into 4-H project work, know that Wisconsin 4-H has a great website with loads of information to help you get started in your project, things to make and do, tips for exhibiting at the fair, ideas for projects leaders and on-line learning activities. Just go to http://4H.uwex.edu and click on the bar for “Projects,” then select yours from the list and away you go on a great learning adventure!

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Let’s Become More “Self-Supporting”

In 4-H, we like to recognize youth by giving them trophies, plaques, gifts or other various types of awards. Many of us have contacts with local businesses and ask them to sponsor such awards for youth. A lot of business people in the area are quite generous and are glad to support opportunities for youth. Let’s look at just some of the ways that local business persons and organizations support 4-H youth:

  • Sponsoring County Fair trophies and plaques
  • County Fair Livestock Auction and Cake Auction
  • Donations to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation
  • Donations to the Shawano County 4-H Endowment Fund
  • Donations, discounts and sponsorships to many 4-H Club and county-wide activities
  • Letting us use their place of business for fundraising activities, dairy promo, etc.
  • Donations to the Shawano County 4-H Scholarship Fund
  • Sponsoring “Outstanding Youth Leader” Awards

The point is, local businesses and civic groups ALREADY support 4-H in many ways. Therefore, should we be asking for additional donations every time we start a new kind of award or activity in 4-H? Are business owners starting to feel “overwhelmed” by the large number of donation requests from the many, non-profit groups (in addition to 4-H)?” Recently, I was informed by an employee that a well-known retail business in Shawano typically receives at least one request for a donation virtually every day of the year! This gets quite bothersome for a business owner, who cannot possibly contribute to every “good” cause that comes their way.

We should also keep in mine that the economic slowdown has made it difficult for business owners and families alike. Perhaps now would be a good time to wean ourselves off of donations for every new trophy, plaque or prize we’d like to award. Let’s make sure that we have our own funding for any new awards we offer, and not always run to the local retailer for “donations.” Let’s become more self-supporting by doing fundraisers to help pay for the cost of 4-H awards and activities, instead of taking the easy way out and asking for donations. That’s what the 4-H Foodstand is for….it gives clubs and key committees a chance to raise the money they need! The 4-H Office also regularly receives notice of opportunities for clubs to earn money by helping with community functions. Let the office know if your club would like to be notified of such opportunities.

In summary, before starting any new awards, trophies or plaques, we should ask ourselves three things:

  1. “Is it really necessary to give this award?”
  2. “Will this new award be appreciated by members or will it just become another trinket collecting dust?”
  3. “Can we pay for this award ourselves?”

Doing this will help us avoid “wearing out our welcome” with area businesses that support us so well already.

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Related Links of Interest

Shawano County 4H Program is on Facebook!

 

If you have any questions regarding 4-H Youth Development in Shawano County, please contact:

 

 

Crystal Lepscier 4-H Youth Development
Shawano County Courthouse
311 North Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone: 715-526-4867
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: crystal.lepscier@co.shawano.wi.us
Terri Brunner Terri Brunner, 4-H Educator
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: terri.brunner@co.shawano.wi.us
Charlotte Charlotte Schwartz,  Office Assistant
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: charlotte.schwartz@co.shawano.wi.us

 

 

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