If you are an energetic, dependable, enthusiastic 4-H member who is a team player wishing to further develop your leadership skills, then you need to apply to become a member of the 2019 Elko County 4-H Officer Team. The team’s primary task is to plan and implement 4-H Camp. Officers also assist at county 4-H events throughout the year. Applications are available at the Extension Office or by e-mailing your request for the application to kevanc@unce.unr.edu. The due date for applications is October 12, 2018. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee consisting of leader representatives and 4-H member representatives from Elko County 4-H clubs or past 4-H volunteers and members. The selection committee will determine which position each officer is assigned. A minimum of six team members is recommended, but the selection committee will have the final determination. If you are interested in being part of the Officer Selection Committee, please e-mail Jill at tingeyj@unce.unr.edu.

Are you an outstanding 4-H youth? Well there is an award you can apply for! The Elko County 4-H Outstanding Member is an award given to a 4-Her that has shown a high level of commitment to 4-H. This award is open to any senior 4-Her who is currently enrolled. The application is due October 12, 2018. Please contact the office for the application.

Was this your first or second year in beef, sheep, goat, poultry or rabbit breeding? If you answered “yes,” then you need to turn in a copy, (keep your original), of your breeding project record to the Extension Office. In order to qualify to sell a market animal in the future, a copy of your breeding project sheets for the first two years of your project must be on file at the Extension Office. Be sure to have your General Leader sign it first and get it turned in as soon as possible; breeding project sheets must be turned into the Extension Office before June 1, 2019.

Achievement Night will be held November 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Great Basin College Theater! The County Officer Team is planning the event and has lots of surprises in store. There will be some old favorites–2018 4-H Year in Review slide show, the 4-H scholarship will be awarded, the presentation of Outstanding 4-H Member from 2018, and installation of the new Elko County Officer Team. Awards for the top club secretary, treasurer, and historian books will be presented. Project pins will be given for top record books. Everyone who turned in a record book for judging will be recognized for their efforts. We hope to see you all at the event!

It can be a little nerve-racking to try something new – like joining 4-H. Take some time to welcome new 4-H members and their families by getting to know them and sharing information about how 4-H works. Here are some ideas to welcome new families into your club:

  • Play a few get acquainted games at the first meeting of the 4-H year
  • When discussing or voting, give an explanation of what you are discussing so members and their parents understand the issue or activity
  • Share your newsletter
  • Explain why deadlines are important
  • Club Officers, Project Leaders and General Leaders- think about the things you might forget to tell new members; write it down and share it
  • Tell new families about your club’s traditions, fundraisers and service projects
  • Invite new members to sit by you (quietly explain what’s going on in the meeting)
  • Talk with new members at school, the grocery store, soccer practice, etc.
  • Be a friend and have fun!

Oct. 1 New 4-H Year
Oct. 1 Carcass Workshop, 6 p.m., GBC Health Science room 107
Oct. 12 Record books due to the Extension Office by n 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 County Officer applications due to the Extension Office by 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 Scholarship applications and Outstanding 4-Her due by 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 Record Book Judging, 701 Walnut St., Elko, 8 a.m.
Oct. 25 Record Book Final Judging, 701 Walnut St., Elko, 8 a.m.
Oct. 25 General Leaders’ Meeting, 701 Walnut St., Elko, 5:30 p.m.