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.

The following workshops are planned to help you with your 4-H projects. All require preregistration at or by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 738-7291.

  • Dog Classes – Elko 4-H members, June 1, first-year members at 5:30 p.m. and all others at 6:00 p.m., Elko County Fairgrounds in the Sale Barn
  • Shooting Sports Practice, All Disciplines – June 2, 9 a.m. -noon, Elko County Rifle Range
  • Poultry Workshop – June 5, 4 p.m., Cooperative Extension Office, bring your birds if the weather is nice
  • Rabbit Workshop – June 5, 5 p.m., Cooperative Extension Office, bring your rabbits if the weather is nice
  • Dog Classes – Wells 4-H members, June 5, first-year members at 5 p.m. and others at 5:30 p.m., Wells High
  • Shooting Sports Practice, All Disciplines – June 5, 6 p.m. – Dark, Elko County Rifle Range
  • Horse Grooming & Showmanship Workshop – June 15, 3-6 p.m., Elko County Fairgrounds, bring your horse and grooming equipment. Testing for Level 1 safety will be done if you have not been tested.
  • Showmanship Clinic – June 16, 8:30 a.m., Carlin Equestrian Park, bring your animals and water for animals
  • Shooting Sports Practice, All Disciplines – June 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Elko County Rifle Range
  • Gardening Clinic- June 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Bright Family Farm, 125 Glenvista Drive, Spring Creek, topics are: use of soil and water, how to begin planting
  • Photography-June 22, Lamoille Photo Walk, 5:00 p.m., meet at the Terraces in Lamoille. There will be three stations: Macro Photography, Portraits Photography and Landscape
  • Photography, each participant will spend approximately 20 minutes at each station
  • Fashion Revue Workshop – June 27, 1-2:30 p.m., GBC Theater and Solarium
  • Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention-June 28, 6-9 p.m., Cooperative Extension Office, 701 Walnut, Elko
  • Gardening Clinic-July 25, Lotspeich Farms, meet at Albertson’s parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and we will car pool to Deeth. The Clinic will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will cover Nevada crops and how to market them

The registration forms are all in and the Officers are busy planning this grand event.
Before we head to camp, parents please remember that your campers’ health forms ( need to be revisited to make sure everything is current. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so there are no issues at camp. Don’t forget to include any medication that your child is taking. Our goal is to make a safe, fun environment for your children while they learn in an outdoor setting. Please do not forget this very important step.

Join the excitement June 16, from 8:30 a.m. at the Carlin Equestrian Park. Bring your animals, from the very small to the very large; we will have showmanship instructors helping with beef, sheep, goat, rabbit and poultry. This is not a competition nor are their prizes or entry fees, just some great tips on how to bring home the buckle! Please sign up at or by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 738-7291. The Carlin Equestrian Park will provide a concession stand.
Rabbit members must bring frozen water bottles for their rabbits to keep them cool and calm. Remember to bring water for your animals.

Need a 4-H tie? County and state 4-H contests require 4-H members to wear official 4-H dress: long-sleeved white shirt, green tie, blue or dark jeans, and appropriate footwear. Ruby Valley 4-H Club has green 4-H ties available. They are offering a special, 10 ties or more to one source for $10/tie. The regular price is $12/tie. This cuts down on running around and deposits so they can pass that discount on to you. Contact Lisi Neff, Ruby Valley 4-H Club leader, (775) 779-9945 or to place an order. Payment is due when you pick up the ties.

Parents and other adults who are interested in becoming project leaders are invited to participate in a face-to-face workshop on recognizing and reporting child abuse on Thursday, June 28th, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Extension office. Completing the self-study guide or this workshop is a requirement for anyone participating in the background check (fingerprinting, application & paperwork, references, training, etc.). There is no charge to attend, but you must call 738-7291 to sign up. Please sign up by June 26th.

It is very important that you preregister for workshops and events. If something comes up and you cannot attend, please cancel. This will give the volunteer putting on the workshop notice and they don’t have to come to town, purchase supplies, etc. If it is after hours, please leave a voice message at the Cooperative Extension Office, 738-7291. We will see that the proper volunteers are notified.
We try to bring the youth in our program quality, fun and educational workshops and events. To continue providing quality workshops, we need your cooperation.

June 1st is the deadline for ALL breeding animals, market goats, market lambs and horse projects to be under the care of the 4-H member. Market animals must have an inspection form filled out and pictures taken. These can be uploaded to or brought in to the Cooperative Extension Office.
There has been some concern expressed by parents and leaders that some animals are being cared for by the breeders or project leaders and not the 4-H member. Please make sure that ALL animals are being cared for by the 4-H member. Having the animal in their possession and under their care is part of the educational process.
If you need help with a feeding program or information on caring for your animal, please contact the Cooperative Extension Office at 738-7291. We will make sure your questions are answered.