Friday, April 9, 2021

04/09/21 4-H Email Blast: livestock Reminders, Youth Leadership, Awards, & Scholarship Applications

4/09/21
LIVESTOCK REMINDERS, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER):

  • BALSFA Thank You Notes
  • Smithville Livestock Show Updates
  • Award Applications
  • Youth Leadership Applications
  • Scholarship Applications
  • Other Opportunities

BALSFA THANK YOU NOTES:

  • We wanted to pass on a quick reminder that BALSFA thank you notes need to be at our office by 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 15th, so we can verify them per the BALS rules.  Any notes turned in after this will result in the exhibitor being fined $50.00. 
  • Many of you are familiar with the process of thank you notes and checks regarding the BALS Auction, but for those who may not be or who need a reminder, below are the requirements to keep in mind.
    • Thank you notes consist of the note, envelope, address, and appropriate postage
    • Thank you notes should be sealed in the envelope
    • Envelopes need to be sealed and stamped with the appropriate postage
    • The exhibitor’s return address and buyer’s address need to be written correctly and legibly on the envelope
  • Completed thank you notes need to be brought by members to the County Office (901 Pecan Street; Bastrop, Texas) by 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 15. 2021,
  • Please double check individual names as youth write them – For example, we have seen a lot of notes addressed to “last name, first name” such as “Mickelson, Mellanie” instead of “Mellanie Mickelson”.  Please help your kiddos as they are writing J
  • If you need help with writing thank you notes, please click here to download our Thank You Note Guide.
 

SMITHVILLE LIVESTOCK SHOW UPDATES:

 

AWARDS APPLICATIONS:

 

YOUTH LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS:

 
  • STATE LEVEL:
    • Deadlines: State Ambassador applications DUE May 1, 2021
    • State Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors (HTYA)
    • State Equine & Livestock Ambassadors
      • Overviews: 
      • Applications:
      • 2021 Short Course Offering: 
        • Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M – June 12-15, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M Kingsville – June 21-24, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M/Texas Tech – July 19-22, 2021 
        • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M – July 12-15, 2021
      • Selection Criteria: 
        • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock/equine projects 
        • Students with a profound interest in animal/equine science, animal production and advocacy 
        • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others 
        • Top 25% class rank 
    • State Water Ambassadors
      • To learn more about the 4-H Water Ambassadors Program visit www.texas4hwaterambassadors.com.
      • Eligibility: 
        • Be in high school or entering high school in the 2021/2022 academic year
        • Be at least 14 years of age by August 31, 2021
        • Be a current 4-H member, or be willing to join a local 4-H club if selected
      •  Expectations:
        • 4-H Water Ambassadors accept the responsibility of education youth and adults in their communities. They commit to advancing their water knowledge throughout their 12-months of service. Those selected must:
        • Participate in the summer 2021 Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy (June 27 – July 1)
        • Commit to a minimum of 40 hours of education/service from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
        • Pay the $250 program participation fee by June 15
      •  How to Apply:
      • Important Dates:
        • April 1 – May 15, 2021 – Applications open
        • June 1 – Application notified of acceptance status
        • June 15 - $250 participation fee due in 4HOnline
        • June 27 – July 1 – Tier I 4-H2O Leadership Academy (pick-up/drop off in Waco, details TBD)
        • July 1 – June 30 – Official 12-month term of service
 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS:

  • Please note that the availability of scholarships for 2020-2021 may be variable due a lack of fundraising opportunities and the ever changing situation presented to these groups by COVID-19.    
  • Applications are due to the CEO by 12:00 Noon on May 13, 2021           
  • Application (Direct Link): https://counties.agrilife.org/bastrop/files/2021/02/2021-scholarship-application-and-letter-FILLABLE.pdf
  • More information available on the website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/awards/
  • Changes for the 2021 Scholarship Application Process:
    • This year (and for the 2021-2020 year) applicants MUST have turned in recordbooks for 2 of the past 3 years for judging at the county level (this will be changed to 3 of the past 4 years in 2022-2023)
    • There will be no in-person interviews this year.  We are asking for applicants to submit a recorded video of them answering 5-7 questions chosen by the committee.  These questions will be released the day after the applications are due at the County Extension Office
  • Important Dates:
    • Friday, February 05, 2021              Applications released (online)
    • Thursday, May 13, 2021                 Applications due to CEO by 12:00 Noon
    • Friday, May 14, 2021                       Questions for recording interviews released to applicants
    • Wednesday, June 2, 2021              Recorded Scholarship Interviews due the CEO
    • Wednesday, June 2, 2021              4-H Recordbooks due to the CEO for scholarships
    • Monday, June 14, 2021                  County Recordbook Judging
    • Thursday, July 8, 2021                     District Recordbook Judging; TBA
    • Friday, July 30, 2021                        Bastrop County 4-H Achievement Banquet

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186


That's all for now!  Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H


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Monday, April 5, 2021

04/06/21 4-H Livestock Email Blast: Validation Tag Order Information

 See original post at https://counties.agrilife.org/bastrop/2021/04/05/04-06-21-4-h-livestock-email-blast-validation-tag-order-information/ 

04/06/21
Validation Tag Order Information

INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER):

  • Validation Tag Deadlines
  • PDF Validation Tag Order Forms
  • Online Validation Tag Orders via Eventbrite
  • New Changes to be Aware of This Year
  • Reminder for Rabbit & Horse Exhibitors
  • Other Opportunities

Monday, March 15, 2021

03/15/21 4-H Email Blast: Recordbook Development Opportunities

 

03/15/21
RECORDBOOK DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER):

  • In-Person Opportunities
  • Virtual Opportunities
  • Recorded Opportunities
  • Other Opportunities


IN-PERSON OPPORTUNITIES:

  • We'll be going over the whole recordbook from cover to cover and answering any questions you have!
  • Date: Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Location: Lee County Extension Office; 310 S. Grimes St.; Giddings, TX 78942
  • RSVP Online at: http://bit.ly/21RecordbookIP 
  • Contact us at:

VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES:

  • We'll be going through the recordbook cover to cover in smaller sections after an initial overview and and answering any questions you have!
  • RSVP for Session(s) Online at: http://bit.ly/RecordbookOverview21
  • Download the One-Pager with Schedule at: http://bit.ly/RecordbookOverview21 
  • Session Dates (RSVP for one or more!):
    • 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Thursday, 03/25/21 - Overview (quick overview of the WHOLE Recordbook)
    • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, 04/01/21 - Developing 4-H Story & Photo Portfolio
    • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, 04/15/21 - Developing 4-H & Non 4-H Project Experience Sections
    • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, 04/29/21 - Developing Leadership & Community Service Sections
    • 5:00 - 6:00 PM, Thursday, 05/06/21 - Developing 4-H Recognition & Career Exploration Sections
  • Contact us at: Bastrop County Ext. Office: 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

RECORDED OPPORTUNITIES:

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186


That's all for now!  Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H


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Friday, March 12, 2021

03/12/21 4-H Email Blast: Youth Leadership Opportunities & Applications

 

03/12/21 4-H Email Blast:
Youth Leadership Opportunities & Applications

INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER):

  • County Council Officer Applications
  • County Ambassador Applications
  • Texas 4-H (State)Ambassador Applications
  • Other Opportunities

COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICER APPLICATIONS:

  • Deadline: Applications are Due March 20, 2021
  • A summary of Council Officer Requirements and a full description of each position is available in the Bastrop County 4-H Council Bylaws.
  • Application Links:
  • 2021-2022 Council Officer Meeting Dates:
    • Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - Council Planning Meeting (Time TBD)
    • July 2020 - Leadership Conference (Exact Dates TBD)
    • Tuesday, September 7, 2021
    • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
    • Tuesday, December 7, 2021
    • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
    • Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (officer elections for 2022-2023)

COUNTY AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS:

TEXAS 4-H (STATE) AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS:

  • Deadlines: State Ambassador applications DUE May 1, 2021
  • Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors (HTYA)
  • State Equine & Livestock Ambassadors
    • Overviews: 
    • Applications:
    • 2021 Short Course Offering: 
      • Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M – June 12-15, 2021 
      • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M Kingsville – June 21-24, 2021 
      • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, West Texas A&M/Texas Tech – July 19-22, 2021 
      • Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course, Texas A&M – July 12-15, 2021
    • Selection Criteria: 
      • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock/equine projects 
      • Students with a profound interest in animal/equine science, animal production and advocacy 
      • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others 
      • Top 25% class rank 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar and the Blog – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186


That's all for now!  Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

03/10/21 4-H Email Blast: District 10 4-H Roundup Contest Information

 

District 10 4-H Fall Roundup Contests

Hey all!

We wanted to pass on updates about the 2021 District 10 4-H Spring Roundup Contests.  There have been some adjustments to the schedule and to some of the locations.  We have tried to summarize them for your convenience below!

  • General Information:

    • What is this? District 10 4-H Roundup is a clustered set of contests where youth from all 21 counties in District 10 4-H compete against each other.  There is a D10 Fall Roundup and a D10 Spring Roundup.  A few of the contests have a maximum number of teams/participants that are allowed to compete – for those contests, we have a qualifying County Contest where youth must participate and/or make a certain placing to move up to the District Level.
    • Disclaimer: these dates and locations are subject to change based on local health mandates for the safety of all participants
    • Date: April 20-24, 2021 (tentatively)
      Location: Fredericksburg, TX (generally unless otherwise noted in the packet and/or virtual depending on contest)
  • Contests included (rules for each contest are available in the Guide):

Please see the list of contests below, dates and locations (if outside of Fredericksburg) have been noted to the best of our ability at this time.  If there are additional forms required at the time of registration, they should be linked below the contest.

Have a great week and let us know if you have any questions!

M

Mellanie L. Mickelson

Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H