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November 29, 2019

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IMPORTANT DATES

NOVEMBER
26- Float Decorating, 6:30
28-29 - Thanksgiving Holiday, Extension Office Closed

DECEMBER
3- Float Decorating, 6:30
5 - County Council Meeting 5 pm
5- Officer Training - 6 pm
6- Final Float Decorating, 6:30
6-8 Leadership Adventure Weekend
7- Callahan Christmas Parade
12- Pajama Party Fun Shop
17- Hippology, Extension Office
20- Holiday Party

20- Registration for Day at the Capitol Closes
24 & 25 Christmas Holiday- Office Closed
31- Horse Program Forms Due
COUNTY NEWS


Meet Mr. Ted!

Hello, my name is Ted Karsch.  I am the new 4-H Extension agent for Nassau County. Prior to becoming your 4-H agent, I worked at West Nassau High School as a Spanish teacher for five years.  My first day on the job was November 1st.  Prior to working as a Spanish teacher, I was a teacher of English as a second language at a private language school in Ft. Lauderdale. 
I am passionate about teaching and my biggest goal is to reach as many young people as possible in the community with relevant, creative and engaging learning programs. In addition, I am eager to use my Spanish language abilities to reach out to the Latino communities living in Nassau County. 
Please contact me directly by email at tkarsch@ufl.edu or call the extension office at 904-530-6350. 
I look forward to working with all the inspiring members of the Nassau 4-H community.

 
 
4-H of the Month!
Callahan Parade Float Decorating
  • Come join us for the annual Callahan Float Decorating!
  • 12/26, 6:30 pm
  • 12/3, 6:30 pm. Bring $5 for pizza dinner for  Friday, 12/6
  • 12/6, 6:30 final build day!
  • 12/7, parade!
  • Remember, you must attend at least 1 building day to be eligible to ride the float and must attend either 2 building days or 1 building day & ride to count as your fair point.
  • Bernie Clayton Insurance has sponsored this year's application! Thank you, Bernie!
  • Contact Ms. Laura at 530-6353 to find out more.
  •  Wear your Farm Bureau shirt or your club 4-H shirt during the parade
County Council Presents: Pajama Party & Fun Shop
  • Thu, December 12, 2019
  • 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Cost is $10
  • We understand that shopping for the holidays with your children can be frustrating and difficult, especially when you don't want to ruin the surprise. That's why this year Nassau County 4-H is opening our doors for a night full of education, snacks, crafts, games, and more to entertain your family... while you go shopping.
  • All our activities will be led by our 2 Agents, screened volunteers, and our 4-H leadership group County Council.
  • We encourage participants to come in their favorite pajamas or holiday sweaters!
  • Purchase Tickets HERE
ANIMAL SCIENCE


Horse Program Applications Due 12/31
  • Interested in showing or riding in the 2019-2020 4-H Horse Program?
  • This would provide you access to local, district, and multi-county shows and clinics.
  • What you need to have:
  • Save the Date! Clinics with the Awesome Jennifer Woodruff scheduled for 2/22 and 4/18. They will be $40 each.
Hippology
  • Hippology is the study of horses. That's right, a place just to geek out over equines! We will cover a myriad of topics including anatomy, physiology, behavior, equipment, management, and training.
  • Hippology is designed for youth ages 10+ and offers a state competition for youth ages 11 and up. Our meetings are mixed between classroom learning and hands-on lessons with our partnership barns, Appy Acres LLC & Kozland Farm.
  • Our next meeting is December 17th, 5:30 pm at the Callahan Office
  • For more information about this program, contact Ms. Kelsey at 904-530-6354 or kelseymirvine@ufl.edu!
LEADERSHIP
Officer Training- 12/5
  • Calling all elected club officers for the 2019-2020 year!
  • Officer training will be held 12/5 at 6pm, Callahan Extension Office
  • If you were elected you are required to attend.
  • County Council Officers and one of our State Officers will be leading your training.
  • Please RSVP if you can and CLUB LEADERS please report who your officers for the year are so we know who to expect.

County Council
  • Next Meeting December 5th @  5 pm at the Callahan Extension Office!
  • We will be preparing for the upcoming fun shops, holiday banquet, and Officer Training
What is County Council?
  • A group that represents the entire 4-H program and provides a link between community clubs
  • A chance for teens to exercise their leadership abilities and provide input to the county program
  • A club focused on leadership, communication, citizenship, and community service
  • County Council is open to youth ages 11-18 to grow their leadership skills. County Council is a very active club that helps organize many of the county's events as well as teach officer training. 
4-H Day at the Capitol
  • January, 30th, 2020 at the Florida State Capitol
  • Fee: $15, includes your lunch and a t-shirt!
  • Registration closes 12/20
  • Must register through 4-H Online
  • 4-H DATC is a long standing tradition where hundreds of youth from all across the state gather at the Capitol. On this day we will meet with senators and representatives and discover so much about our government.
  • For any questions, contact Mr. Ted
  • http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/capitolday/
         
Teach The Agent
  • Ms. Kelsey & Mr. Ted are knowledgeable about many things, but there are lots of 4-H'ers that know about topics we aren't! We are offering up a fair point opportunity to youth who can teach our agents about something.
  • The Teach the Agent sessions will need to be scheduled in advance and should last 5-15 minutes. Depending on the topic we can come to you!
OTHER EVENTS
Project & Record Books
  • Need a project or record book? Call or swing by our office to pick yours up!
  • Only Full members can receive books
  • Remember, only 1 project book can be given out at a time but you can have multiple record books
  • Always due June 1st to the office WITH the completed reports
  • Cloverbud Report
  • Junior Report
  • Intermediate Report
  • Senior Report     
CLUB MEETING DATES

Callahan Country Kids: 12/2, 1/6, 2/10 at 7 PM- Extension Office

Town & Country:

Barnyard & Beyond:

Hilliard Back 40:

4-H Shooting Stars:

Next Generation:

Young Riders:

Sunshine Crew:

CMS Earth Warriors:

Zooming In Photography: 12/20 
Nominate a 4-Her of the Month!
Do you have what it takes to be 4-Her of the month?  This contest is for all Nassau County youth. You may be nominated by yourself, a 4-H volunteer or club leader, a 4-H friend or even by a community member (examples include: teachers, fair board members, etc.). A descriptive statement needs to be sent via email by your 4-H leaders to Ms. Kelsey (kelseymirvine@ufl.edu) or delivered to the Callahan Extension Office by the 20th of each month.  This statement should include why you deserve this recognition and include your current and former 4-H activities. If you are selected as the Nassau County 4-Her of the month, you will be featured in the newspaper and be in the competition for 4-Her of the year.
Nassau County 4-H
Office Phone Number, 904-530-6353
Kelsey Irvine, Agent, kelseymirvine@ufl.edu
Ted Karsch, Agent, tkarsch@ufl.edu
Laura Laroche, Program Assistant, llaroche@ufl.edu

Our mailing address is:
543350 U.S. Highway 1, Callahan, FL 32011

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