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State Fair Surveys!!

Below you will find links to two surveys. 

The first is a survey offered by the SD State 4-H Office. Input/feedback is being sought on not only events that were held/conducted in 2014 but how/where/when to hold/conduct those events in the years to come; including a question in regards to prize winning photography - should they be featured in calendars? On notecards? In extension articles?  Please help to make "The Best, Better" by offering your suggestions. 

State 4-H Office Survey http://questionpro.com/t/AIk7nZRbh5

The second survey is offered by the SD 4-H Leaders Association, looking for input/feedback on State Fair events and our activities in general.

State 4-H Leaders Survey


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!


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!

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 will be featured in the 2015 4-H Calendar.  See list of winners...

4-H International Exchange
The 4-H International Exchange program offers outbound opportunities to travel to a foreign country including Costa Rica, Finland, and Japan.  For information on the trips and a link to the application form, see our 4-H International Exchange page.  You will also find them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sd4hexchanges

State Fair Thank You!!
Thank you – thank you – to so many who volunteered LOTS of hours at the SD State Fair…as a parent, as a volunteer for the State 4-H Leader events, and as a volunteer for the State 4-H events.  What a true team effort it is to pull off the 4-H sector of the Fair and words do not do justice to express our appreciation to you.  You are absolutely amazing and together we are living out the 4-H motto “To Make the Best Better”.  

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 October 2nd, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is $3,312,849.17, with the 4-H Division passing its halfway fundraising point with $271,132.25!!!  This 4-H Division total has more than doubled since the State Fair just a month ago!!  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
                Tractor Lease Raffle Sign
We have a tractor lease opportunity to raffle, compliments of Titan Machinery:  a Case IH Maxxum 125 Tractor with loader is available for 100 hours for the winner.  The winner will be selected December 15, and the lease will begin February 1.  Tickets are $50 each, or 3 for $100.  To get raffle tickets to sell, contact Kathryn Henning.


Win $2500 for 4-H in your County from Monsanto
You have the opportunity to win $2500 for your local 4-H program!!  America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, improves lives in rural communities through farmer directed donations. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments, food pantries and more. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 eligible counties across 40 states.

For the current grant award, you have until November 30 to nominate your favorite community nonprofit organization.

To be eligible to submit a nomination, entrants must live or farm in an eligible county, be 21 years old or older and actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and/or cotton; or 40 acres of open field vegetables (as defined above), or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic). Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified person (regardless of the form of entry).   A farmer is "actively engaged in farming" if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Eligible counties include:  SOUTH DAKOTA Counties: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Corson, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Tripp, Turner, Union, Walworth and Yankton.

To enroll and make a nomination, go to this website:  http://www.americasfarmers.com/recognition-programs/grow-communities-enroll/, complete the information, and nominate your organization. 

On or about December 3, 2014, a third party will randomly select one (1) winner for each eligible county from all eligible entries received for such county during the Program Entry Period. Winners will be notified by phone and/or e-mail in December 2014. 

Camp Assistance - for 2014
The SD 4-H Leaders will once again provide a financial assistance scholarship to 4-H members attending a 4-H camp, Performing Arts or TLC.  The scholarship  amount for 4-H Camp (Poinsett, Bob Marshall, North Central) is $25.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the camper needs to tell one group about camp.  The application is due by December 31st.

The scholarship amount for Performing Arts or TLC Assistance is $50.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the 4-H'er needs to tell two groups about camp.  The application is due by December 31st. 


4-H Camp, TLC, Performing Arts Scholarship Application Form

Here is how the scholarship program works. 

  • Step 1 – Register for the 2014 camp and pay the full camp fees. 
  • Step 2 – Attend camp and have a great time!! 
  • Step 3 – Tell a group about camp.  For the $25 4-H Camp scholarship, tell one group.  For the $50 TLC or Performing Arts Camp scholarship tell two groups. 
  • Step 4 - Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt.

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

Click 
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
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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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