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State Fair Changes and the Latest Focus Newsletter

Below you will find a link to the latest Focus email that was sent from the 4-H office.

The Focus email talks about State Fair entry deadlines, State Fair events and schedules, and elimination of lot numbers.  The State Fair book is up on iGrow where you will find much of this information:  http://igrow.org/4h/south-dakota-4h/state-fair.

We have worked with the State 4-H office to develop explanations and sample scenarios to explain how the State Fair entry deadlines will be implemented.  This information is found on page 7-10 of the State Fair book, or you can find the information here:  State Fair Changes.

There is huge opportunity with these changes as we move forward.  Keep in mind that we will continue to evaluate and perhaps need some tweaks to the plan, so if you have questions or constructive suggestions, please pass them to us or your county 4-H office or the state 4-H office.  Change can be difficult, challenging or motivating…let’s remember both the 4-H Mission and the 4-H Vision as we move forward with these changes.


4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.


A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

SD State 4-H Leaders Conference!!

We had a great time at the SD State 4-H Leaders Conference - a wonderful keynote speaker and awesome sessions.  More info and pictures to come!!

LABO -  Expand Your Family’s Horizons by Hosting a Japanese Youth This Summer! (July 25 to Aug. 22)

This summer open your home and hearts to a new lifelong friend. Twenty-four (24) Japanese boys and girls (12-15 yrs old) will live with host families for one month this summer.  Have a cross cultural experience without leaving home!  Find more information on this page:  4-H International Exchange

2014 State Fair Photography Winners
There were 13 Judges' Choice Winners and 39 chosen as Honorable Mention from the 2014 State Fair Photography entries. These photos are featured in the 2015 4-H Calendar.  See list of winners...
     Order your calendar from here:  http://igrow.org/product/2015-4-h-calendar.

Interested in receiving regular email updates from the SD 4-H Leader's Association?
We have an email listing of 4-H Leaders, staff, and other interested volunteers that we use for sending regular update emails about SD 4-H.  If you would like to be added to the list email sd4hleaders@santel.net to let us know!

Exhibit Hall Fundraising
Kudos to so many of you for a tremendous job at fundraising, donations and support of the new Exhibit Hall!  As of December 11th, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is $3,526,491.70, with the 4-H Division raising $329,622.89!!!  We encourage you to continue your efforts, and if you have not made a commitment, respectfully ask that you work towards that.  If you have any questions, need more information, need someone to attend a Leaders meeting to answer questions, need fundraising ideas, etc – please let us know.  We will meet our goal through a combined statewide team effort!  You are amazing – and we appreciate everything you do!  
   From the SD State Fair Foundation page http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com, you will find updated totals, Exhibit hall information including layout plans, a campaign booklet link, and the link to the "red brochure" that includes the donation/brick form
     Here is more information:
                4-H Division Bricks
                Bricks Info Sheet

New T-Shirt Designs!!
We introduced new t-shirt designs at the SD State Fair!  These logos can be on a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt or a hoodie.  If you would like to place an order, please take a look at our T-Shirts page for all the information on these new logos, as well as the options for our older logos.  You may also request an option to personalize shirts by adding lettering of something like a club name or award.  Please allow a 2-week window for shirt orders to arrive.

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What's Happening in your County?
Please help us share ideas for events such as community service, project days, leadership development...check out what is happening across South Dakota!

4-H Livestock Sales

     We have a Livestock Sale page for posting 4-H Livestock sales.  Email us your information!

Leader Dues
Leader dues for 2014-2015 are $3 per leader if paid by January 31, 2015 or $4 per leader if paid after January 31.  Dues may be mailed to SD 4-H Leaders, c/o Paula Linke, Executive Secretary, 39833 233rd St, Woonsocket SD  57385.  Please include this completed
worksheet with your check, and also email the worksheet to her at sd4hleaders@santel.netYou should submit dues as a county.

SD 4-H is on Facebook!!
here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!

Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects.  The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization.  For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


A one page fact sheet is available at:  http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans!  You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx

Let's Recognize Our Leaders and Share the Successes in our Counties:

We would like to recognize and celebrate our Leaders/Volunteers across the state through our website.  Please share your list of 4-H Leaders that you recognized this year, with their years of service…5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-more?  Do you give out an award to someone for outstanding contributions to 4-H?  Other 4-H Leader awards?  Let us know.   Feel free to share pictures.  See our Awards!  

Visitors to 4-H Leaders Page:

Our Purpose!

1. To serve as the official, non-profit organization for the 4-H leaders of South Dakota.

2. To establish and promote a mutually helpful exchange of information on 4-H educational programs.

3. To help in enlarging the field of 4-H.

4. To cooperate with SDSU Extension in sponsoring, promoting, and conducting educational programs and projects to meet the needs and interests of youth in South Dakota.

 5. To work in cooperation with SDSU Extension personnel to ensure that 4-H events & activities have adequate leadership and support.

 6. To encourage a uniform high standard of excellence in 4-H educational programs and events.


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