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Citizenship Washington Focus-Presidential Inauguration

From the State 4-H Office: 
We have the opportunity this year to send 6 youth to Citizenship Washington Focus-Presidential Inauguration.  I have attached the Tentative Schedule and an application.  If you have any youth that you think that maybe interested, please let me know by the end of next week.  I know this is short notice but I didn’t realize they would need counts this early.  I don’t need the paperwork but just a yes they are going.  This will be an awesome opportunity. 

This will be the CWF event for 2017 as we will not be sending youth in the summer this year due to the January event. 

We haven’t discussed scholarships yet but it is possible that we will be able to offer some sort of scholarship for the event.  

From Karrin:

Citizenship Washington Focus is for Senior 4-Hers only. For more information about the program, please visit http://4-h.org/parents/citizenship-washington-focus/ or http://4-h.org/parents/presidential-inauguration/. The website lists the total cost for the event as $816. 

If you are interested, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can let the State Office know! 

International Outbound Exchange Experiences for 2017 Virginia 4-H Teens Are Here!

International Outbound Exchange experiences for 2017 Virginia 4-H Teens include Costa Rica, Finland, South Korea, and Japan.  These are wonderful international experiences that give our teens the opportunity to learn about another culture while sharing about ours.

Japan has two options:  a one-month stay with one host family and Labo Camp, or a two-month experience which starts with a host family stay in the Tokyo area while attending classes at the Labo main office for part of each day to learn the Japanese language, culture, and customs followed by a second host family stay in another area of Japan and Labo camp.

Flyers are attached describing each of these opportunities (click the country link below).  For further information and application forms, please contact Judy Ann Fray for the Japanese Exchanges and Dottie Nelson for the other countries.  Their contact information is below.  Application forms should be turned in to the state coordinator below on or before November 16, 2016.

Judy Ann Fray
P.O. Box 263
Madison, VA  22727
Phone:  540-948-4220

Dottie Nelson
P.O. Box 144
Bland, VA  24315
Cell Phone:  276-617-1065
Work Phone:  304-431-5317

Fluvanna County Fair

On August 18 -20, 2016, the Monticello 4-H Club went to the Fluvanna County Fair.  It was quite hot but a lot of people came to see the animals in the 4-H tent.  During the three days, we had showmanship competitions and breed animal judging.  We also participated in a Stockman's contest which included questions on judging different kinds of livestock, and identifying animal breeds, tools, and feeds.  It was very challenging but we learned a lot of new stuff.

Many of our 4-Hers from both Albemarle and Fluvanna sold their market animals in the auction on

the last day of the fair.  The Monticello Club sold a basket full of items that represented each our the members' projects for the year.  Thanks to Dave Flynn for purchasing our basket.  Thanks, also, to everyone who purchased market animals from our members that day. 
We also had a costume contest.  There were some crazy entries!  I'm not sure that the animals liked being dressed up like that!  I know that my duck, Clay, didn't! 
Thank you to Fluvanna County for letting us participate in your county fair!

Ivy Johnson
Monticello 4-H Club Reporter
Note from the Extension office: If you would like to feature something that your club has done, please email Karrin with the article and photos. 

National Youth Science Day in D.C.

We received this email from the folks at National 4-H Council and wanted to pass along the invitation to you! If you choose to register, please list Karrin's name and contact information as the club leader so that the office has an accurate count of who plans to attend. Parents/chaperones do not need to register via the link, but will need to send Karrin an email. 
I would like to alert you to the opportunity to participate in this year's 9th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day. National 4-H hosted Virginia 4-H youth at this event for the last eight years.
This year's event is on Wednesday, October 5 from 8:30am-12:30pm and we can host 180 youth from both Maryland and Virginia. It will be first come, first serve and those that RSVP at this link by September 9 will be in:

The times might shift a bit, but we will let you know at least one month out. We can also offer some buses, again on a first come first serve basis with your help and coordination, as we have some budget for that. We just ask that each youth and each group of youth have proper chaperones and that the media release noted on the attached link is submitted electronically.

Some basics on the event include:

Where: The National Press Club 
              529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
              Washington, DC 20045

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 8:30am-12:30pm

Food: Mid-morning snacks and a box lunch to go will be provided.

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