Saturday, November 7, 2020

11/06/20 4-H Livestock Email Blast



  • Office Hours
  • New Staff Members
  • Contest Opportunities
  • Fashion & Interior Design Project Interest
  • Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training
  • Upcoming Trainings & Opportunities
  • Other Opportunities

Howdy and Happy Friday, Y’all!

I wanted to pass on a few quick additions/updates to the general 4-H email blast from last week.  Please remember that you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at


  • The CEO will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020, in observation of Veteran’s Day
  • Normal Office Hours:
    • Monday – Friday
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Closed from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Lunch


  • We have a couple of new office staff members - please meet Clover and Groot, our new rodent security officers!  They were adopted by our office from the Bastrop County Animal Shelter - they have a lot of really cool resources and adoptable critters if you are looking for a new family member (or dog project!!!).  They are pretty friendly, and we will need your help making sure they don't get too excited to walk through the front door.


  • Livestock Show Contests: Once again, due to current restrictions, our livestock shows are not currently able to host the same number and variety of contests that they usually do.  They are every bit as frustrated as we are and are working constantly to try to find a way to fit those opportunities in.  We will pass along news as we heart about opportunities.  Please see the 11/06/20 4-H Livestock Email Blast for current entry forms and opportunities.
  • County Contests: we are going to work with our 4-H Ambassadors to figure out some ways to host socially distanced contests for Food Show, Food Challenge, and Consumer Decision Making.  These will take place no earlier than January.


  • While our fabulous FCH Ambassadors are hard at work with getting ready for the Virtual Food & Nutrition Series, we would now like to start thinking about the Fashion & Interior Design Project!
  • Quick Overview:  In this project you can learn to design, construct and be a smart consumer when purchasing clothing and household items.  This project encompasses the whole concept of fashion and interior design, starting with the basics of sewing and fabric selection, principles of designing a space, clothing and textile construction, incorporating artwork (photography or other medium) into a space, etc.  – we will collect the topics that you’re interested in to design the series and maybe even work on re-designing one of the rooms in the County Extension Office!
  • If you are interested in participating in this project or learning more about it, please Complete the Google Form by Monday, November 16, 2020 – we will be using this information to get an idea of how many people we will have participating and to help with planning the project series (topics, scheduling, etc)


  • Our District 10 4-H Specialist, Megan Logan, is hosting a virtual in-depth training on the Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarships at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • IF you are in 10th-12th grades, we HIGHLY encourage you to attend this training to help you prepare for your applications
  • Topics Covered:
        • Timeline/Process
        • Online Application Platform
        • Preparing your application
        • What to have on hand to help you
        • And MORE!!!
  • RSVP by clicking this link by NOON on November 19th


    • 4-H Robotics Project Interest Meeting: 5:00 PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2020 at the Lee County Extension Office ( 310 S Grimes St, Giddings, TX 78942)
      • RSVP by calling the Lee County Extension Office at 979) 542-2753
      • COVID guidelines for in-person activities will be followed.
  • VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES: RSVP Required for the opportunities below
    • To RSVP, please complete and email a Virtual Waiver to as soon as possible. (Just complete the waiver with the name of the event and the dates - we need 1 waiver for each event, but the waiver may have everyone's name from the family listed on it).
    • All Meeting access information will be emailed out about 24-48 hours before the meeting.
      • 4-H FOUNDATION (AND LOCAL) SCHOLARSHIP TRAINING: 6:00 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2020
        • We are hosting a virtual planning meeting for the Dog Project at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 9th, via Zoom.
        • The meeting will last about 1 hour and will include a brief overview of the dog project, some of the opportunities, what we did last year, and we'll work on what we'd like to accomplish this year.
      • 4-H/YOUTH AMBASSADOR MEETING: 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 10, 2020
      • VOLUNTEER 101/ORIENTATION TRAINING: 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020
      • NEW PARENT ORIENTATION: 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020


  • 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 or at 512-581-7186

Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great weekend!!!


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

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