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Archived Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates 4/17/23 - 4/23/23

The Ambassadors and other 4-H youth are still clovering throughout the county! Message us if you would like to be clovered or want to recommend anyone!


Range Camp
June 18-23, 2023
Elkus Ranch, Half Moon Bay

Range Camp is an environmental science & management camp for high school students from across California. The camp takes place at the University of California’s Elkus Youth Ranch in Half Moon Bay, CA, and is in person again for 2023.
Range Camp is a 6-day camp experience for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have an interest in the science and conservation management of natural resources in California. Students get an introduction to ecological principles, including characteristics and interrelationships of plants and animals, fire ecology, hydrology, geology and soils, and management of grassland, brushland, forest, and stream and river ecosystems. Field activities include learning to read wildlife ‘sign’, learning outdoor navigation with compasses, maps and GPS, forest management, visits to working ranches and conservation projects, and a beach BBQ.
California 4-H State Field Day
May 27, 2023
Join us at UC Davis for State Field Day on May 27th! Learn, Thrive and Grow at this day of competitions, picnicking and family fun.
We regret that registration has been delayed due to recent UCANR server outages. To accommodate this delay, the registration deadline for all contests is May 12th. Exception: Virtual State Presentation Events are being held earlier so the deadline for VIRTUAL Presentation Events is April 30, 2023. There's a lot that is new and exciting about this year's event, so get all the details on the new State Field Day Event website!
Citizenship Washington Focus is back!
Registration closes on May 1, 2023

This summer teens can explore the nation's capital and learn how to become civic leaders through hands-on activities and workshops.
Register for CWF today to secure your spot – limited space is available! 
Soar Into the World of Satellite Cyber Security
This CLOVER activity, CIPHER SPACE, brought to you by the United States Space Force, navigates the fascinating world of satellite cyber security and code deciphering. Take advantage of this educational adventure.
Tip About Ticks
As the weather gets warmer after months of heavy rains, the conditions are prime for a heavy tick season. UC Davis Health shares tips to reduce the risk of getting sick in the event of a tick bite. See the article, "Tick Bite? What you should do to reduce your chances of getting sick"
Beef Tagging Protocols for April 30th
Thank you for providing us with your declaration to show a market beef at the Humboldt County Fair. The next step in this process is tagging your animal. Tagging will be held at Humboldt County Auction Yard on April 30, from 10 am to 2pm.
Here are a couple of items to keep in mind that will help make tagging go smoothly:
  • Tagging is mandatory. Any animal not tagged on tagging day will not be eligible to sell at the Jr. Livestock Auction.
  • Please No Early Birds. We will not tag any animal prior to 10 a.m.
  • If an exhibitor can’t be at tagging day a parent, leader, or other exhibitor may bring the steer in exhibitor’s place.
  • The Brand Inspector will be on hand to inspect animals, please have your yellow slip filled out completely and ready to present to the Brand Inspector.
  • A Photo will be taken of animal for verification purposes on Entry Day.
  • Exhibitors or family members can tag extra animal. Please let personnel know which is the “extra animal” for record keeping purposes.
  • Scales will be open for anyone wishing to weigh his/her steer that day.
  • The Lopez family will have their hoof trimming chute available for anyone that wishes to have their animal’s hoofs trimmed. Please contact Amber Reed Lopez Cost is $40.

Please contact the following Jr. Livestock Auction members with any questions:
Clint Victorine: 707-499-1828
Shannon Fulton: 707-599-0188
Sarah Mora: 707-845-7878

Del Norte 4-H News
Here's what Del Norte County 4-H has been up to:
"The 4H Easter egg hunt was a hit this year! 212 eggs were hid for the kids 6 and under, 412 eggs for the kids 7 and over. When all was said and done, 4Hers participated in a community service project of building birdhouses to be placed around the fairgrounds property. Keep your eye out for them this year at fair! Thanks to Michelle C. for the photos!"
Launch Image Gallery: Del Norte Easter Eggs  
Weekly Updates 4/10/23 - 4/16/23

Beef Declaration Form

Attention Beef Project Members: Are you showing a beef at the Humboldt County Fair? Make sure your Declaration Form is post marked by April 15th. If you need a copy contact your project leader or the county office!

Weekly Updates 4/3/23 - 4/9/23

Miranda 4-H Community Club Update - March
"In February Miranda 4-H wrote valentines cards for the elderly in our area. We also made blessing baskets for those in need. The snow in February made it so we could not have many project meetings and I think that everybody had fun getting back to it this month. Members of our club got to attend and enjoy the County Presentation Day. Miranda 4-H Club members came together to fundraise with a St Patrick's Day bake sale."
- Sawyer McMahan, Club Reporter

Launch Image Gallery: Miranda March 2023 



Arcata Bottom 4-H Community Club Update - March
"This month Arcata Bottom 4-H Club had a Taco Potluck for our Community Club meeting. We are planning a firewood fundraiser for the Spring to raise money for our clubs General Fund. Our project groups are beginning to finalize project plans for fairs. A few of our members joined Nielsen Feed Company for their feed seminar. Member Chloe Simon gave a sheep presentation to the 3rd, 5th & 6th grade classes at Pacific Union School."
- Chloe Simon, Club Reporter

Launch Image Gallery: Arcata Bottom March 2023 



Local 4-H youth Bowen with the solar car he build for Engineers Week 2023

2023 UC 4-H Engineers Week
Bowen H. from Fortuna 4-H Club was 1 of 170 youth that participated in the 2023 UC 4-H Engineers Week At-Home STEM Activity - Solar Car. Way to represent Humboldt County 4-H Bowen!!
Ferndale 4-H Community Club Update - March
"March was awesome month for Ferndale 4-H. At our monthly meeting, we had a guest speaker, Sal Chinnici, Director of Forest Sciences at Humboldt/Mendocino Redwood Companies come and talk about everything involved with forestry. He talked about how the lumber companies have to be conscious of the wildlife in the forest when they cut down trees. He also talked about how they replant more trees in a year than they cut down. Sal was a great speaker and everyone enjoyed his presentation about the wildlife and the life cycle of trees. After Sal did his presentation, our president, Gianna Regli, lead our normal meeting as usual.
We also had our fundraiser this month, which was an online auction and we also had an in person auction along with a petting zoo at Nilsen Feed Company. Even though, Fernbridge was closed, completely, and the weather was rainy we still had a great turn out and a fun time with the Ferndale community. Thank you to the Nilsen Feed Company for hosting us.
Also in March, the officers went to a county meeting to share about all the fun we have here in Ferndale 4-H to other clubs in Humboldt County. It was fun attending this meeting to learn and see how the county 4-H conducts their meetings."
- Alexandra Griffith, Club Reporter
Launch Image Gallery: Ferndale March 2023  
Hydesville 4-H Community Club Update - March
"In March we had so much fun! Some of our members participated in the county wide presentation day. They all did very well. Then we had our annual spaghetti feed and we sold lots of tickets. There were so many of our members that showed up to help serve all the people who came and ate."
- Paisley Jackson, Club Reporter
Launch Image Gallery: Hydesville March 2023   
Freshwater 4-H Community Club Update - March
"We started March with a few of Freshwater 4-H members attending the County 4-H Presentation Day in Carlotta. The sheep group met and the members learned about how to select a lamb. We had a bake sale at Tractor Supply in Arcata for the pet adoption event. We ended the month with the community meeting and the club collected donations for a pet shelter. "
- Leonardo Freitas, Club Reporter
Launch Image Gallery: Freshwater March 2023   
Weekly Updates 3/27/23 - 4/2/23

4-H Youth in a cowboy hat next to a sign that says
4-H youth in a cowboy hat putting the

Look out! Our Ambassador Team is clovering yards across the county. Know anyone who's yard would look good with a Clovered sign? Reach out today!



Attention BEEF Exhibitors
April 15th: Beef Declaration form MUST be postmarked.
April 30th: Beef Tagging Day from 10:00-2:00 at the Humboldt Auction Yard. This is MANDATORY for ALL exhibitors who plan to sell a market beef animal at the 2023 Humboldt County Fair Junior Livestock Auction.


Humboldt County 4-H Management Team Meeting
March 27, 2023 from 6:00-7:30pm
5630 S. Broadway, Eureka CA

We look forward to seeing you all tonight! Dinner will be provided.
There will also be a Zoom option for those who choose to join from home. The link has been shared with all community club leaders.



2023 Butte County 4-H Horse Show
Save the date! More information coming soon. Show updates and entry forms will be posted on the Butte County 4-H Horse Show Facebook Event Page.



Humboldt County Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship
Attention Seniors: This scholarship is for graduating Senior's of Humboldt County schools who have sold at the HCF's Jr. Livestock Auction at least 3 times and plan to continue their education next year at a college or trade school. The deadline for the complete application is April 1, 2023, delivered or postmarked to the address on the application. There will be three $500 scholarships being awarded this year.



Reminder: Dairy Princess Contest
REMINDER....Applications for the 2023 District 1 Dairy Princess are due this Friday, March 31st. You don't have to live on a dairy to apply! Here is the link with info: Applications are available on-line on the California Dairy Princess webpage. Become a part of a great industry!



2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships
The application period for the 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships is now open! The National Championships will be held June 25-30, 2023 at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, NE. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2023. For complete details and to apply, please visit the 4-H Shooting Sports website.



4-H Camp is Back!
...and looking for camp counselors! Must be 14 years or older and an approved 4-H Member. Interested? Contact your 4-H Community Club Leader or the County Office today! More info on camp soon.

Weekly Updates 3/13/23 - 3/19/23
Three crocheted chicks
Three 4-H youth holding up their crocheted granny squares
The Fortuna 4-H Club hand crafts group has been busy crocheting chicks and granny squares.
Ferndale Facebook Auction and Silent Auction and Petting Zoo
Ferndale 4-H Community Club Fundraiser
"We are gearing up for our main Fundraising Event. We can't do it without you, our 4H Families. We are seeking donations for our Silent Auction and Online Facebook Auction. We will be hosting a Silent Auction at Nilsen Company in Ferndale March 19th, featuring baked goods, gift baskets, gift certificates, art, local business donations and more while having lots of fun with our Petting Zoo Event.
We are also hosting an online Facebook Auction, March 17-19th loaded with goodies including An Organic Calf, Baked Goods, Gift Baskets, Jerky, local Business Donations and fabulous Treasures. More details on this to follow...
We hope you can support us by attending this event as well as donating an item." ~Ferndale 4-H Club
Humboldt County 4-H Presentation Day
A belated congratulations to all the Humboldt County 4-H youth who braved snowy conditions to participate in Presentation Day!
Fundraising Reminders
Fundraising Reminders: Part 1 of 6
It's always a good idea to review some Fundraising Basics! Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Regarding the budget:
All 4-H Clubs and Councils must prepare an annual budget, have it approved by their membership, and submitted to the UCCE county office for approval. The retention of excess funds at the end of the program year is strongly discouraged.
Fundraising Reminders: Part 2 of 6
Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Regarding Expenses:
• Decisions concerning the disbursement of funds are to be made by the membership.
• For budgeted items, the treasurer should make payments only with proper documentation such as a purchase order, receipt, invoice or other supporting documentation.
• All checks must bear the signatures of two unrelated persons authorized and designated as signatories. The signer may not be the same person as the payee.
• The check memo must include the purpose of payment.
Fundraising Reminders: Part 3 of 6
Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Regarding the giving of gifts:
o Giving of cash gifts (cash or checks) to individuals, businesses, or organizations is not allowed.
o Giving non-cash gifts is allowed to individuals, businesses or organizations if it can be demonstrated that the gift benefits 4-H or is clearly necessary to 4-H’s fulfillment of its role as a good community citizen.
o Non-cash gifts may only be given for the purposes of appreciation, recognition, incentive or sympathy (in the event of death, major illness or severe accident of an individual associated with 4-H or a member of the individual’s family or household).
o Sympathy gifts such as flowers, candy or a book are limited to $75 per individual per year.
o Allowable non-cash gifts include: Tangible personal property (mugs, t-shirts, etc.), mementos and non-negotiable gift certificates and gift cards (i.e., stored-value bank, department store or other retail cards that are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or used to reduce the balance due on an account with the merchant).
o 4-H clubs/councils may not set up a memorial fund in the name of the deceased. However, they may give a sympathy gift to the family or a memorial fund established by someone else in memory of or in support of an individual or cause in lieu of a gift of tangible personal property (not to exceed $75).
Fundraising Reminders: Part 4 of 6
Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Not Allowed:
• 4-H groups are not to conduct lotteries, raffles, bingo, and other games of chance.
• Adult volunteers, members, Clubs and Councils may not apply for or receive contracts and grants. Contracts and grants must be processed through the UCCE county office.
Fundraising Reminders: Part 5 of 6
Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Regarding income:
Fundraising Approval: All proposed fundraising activities must be approved via an adopted budget or by an affirmative vote of the membership. All proposed fundraising activities of 4-H clubs and Councils must be submitted to the UCCE county office for approval using Form 8.7 Fundraising Approval.
Fundraising Reminders: Part 6 of 6
Full policies can be found under 'Financial Management' in the 4-H Policy Manual on the California 4-H website: https://4h.ucanr.edu/Resources/Policies/Chapter9/
Regarding Receiving Non-Cash Items:
• 4-H groups may collect non-cash items.
• EXCEPT: 4-H does not accept animals, guns, or firearms as gifts or donations. Any such gifts should be made directly to individuals. (however, gifts to individuals are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal or state income tax purposes.)