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January 24, 2020

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(This is not an exhaustive list, please contact our office if you have any questions)

23- Club Leader Training, 6pm Callahan
20 - Hog & Ham workshop
30 - 4-H Day at Capitol

4- Hippology, Barn, 6pm
10- County Council, 5pm
18- Hippology, Office, 5:30
18- County Events Registrations Open
22- Horse Riding Clinic, Appy Acres
25- Association Meeting, 10am Callahan

2- County Events Registrations Close
2- Cherry Lake Counselor Applications OPEN
County Council, 5pm
11- Overall Advisory, 11 am, Yulee
12- Area North Registrations Open

13- County Events, Callahan 6pm
16- Summer Camps Announced, registrations open!
- Animal Science Series Clinic (more information coming)
23- District Council, 6pm, Callahan
24- Hippology, Barn End of the Year Party
31- 4/2- Hippology State Contest Prep
31- HORSE Record books due (if showing)

3- Cherry Lake Counselor Applications DUE
Hippology State Contest
7- Area North Registration Closes
11- Horse Clinic, Appy Acres with Jennifer Woodruff
13- County Council, 5pm
30- Horse Show Prep Night/Educational Display

8-9- Area North Horse Show, Clay County

4-H of the Month!

County Building rentals for club meetings or events are now going through the Nassau County Facilities Maintenance Department.
To schedule a building contact 904-530-6120.

Summer Camps Will Be Announced Soon!

Horse Program Information
  • If you have signed up to ride this year, here's your dates and info!
  • Rule books are in! Pick up a hard copy or find it digitally HERE
  • Help us choose our Tack Cleaning Fundraiser Date by Voting HERE
  • IF you missed the annual meeting, please schedule a time with Ms. Kelsey to go over the details for this year. Your youth must also establish a program goal and fill out 2 questions for group matching.
  • Save the Date! Clinics with the Awesome Jennifer Woodruff scheduled for 2/22 and 4/11. They will be $45 each.
Registration Open Now!
  • We are trying to figure out some logistics of hosting a COUNTY LEVEL horse show! Woo Hoo! The potential date is 4/25...if we can make all the pieces come together. Stay Tuned!
    • Bits! See the official LEGAL bits HERE. For county only events, more lenient policy exists.
    • Horsemanship Schools (English, Western, and Cowboy Camp)
  • 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 FEB 4, 6 pm at Kozland Farm, we are having a Vet guest speaker!
  • State Contest April 4-5, Gainesville
  • For more information about this program, contact Ms. Kelsey at 904-530-6354 or!

Embryology Eggs Needed!
  • Got eggs?
  •  If you are able to donate any fertile chicken eggs to the program, please contact Ms. Kelsey. Any amount that you are able to donate would be greatly appreciated!
  • For more information about the embryology program, contact Ms. Kelsey at 904-530-6354 or 
Spring Animal Science Series
  • We are starting the motions to host a by species series for all our animal science friends including:
  • Sheep/Goat
  • Poultry
  • Bovine
  • Swine
  • These educational sessions will help youth learn about animal selection, husbandry, showing, and nutrition.
  • Each session will conclude with a mini skill-a-thon, with a potential for an overall contest.
  • Dates TBD but will be hosted on Saturdays

County Council
  • Next Meeting February 10th @  5 pm at the Callahan Extension Office!
  • We will be coving District Council ideas for when we host in March, the spaghetti dinner fundraiser in May, and plans for a spring funshop!
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. 

Day at the Capitol
  • If you are attending DATC next Thursday, please remember to wear your official polo or a green shirt and khaki/black pants.
  • I am working on getting a meeting with Cord Bryd for us :)
  • Check in is between 8-8:45 am.
  • Everyone please drive safe!
Host a Japanese Exchange Student
  • Interested in hosting a Japanese Exchange student this summer?
  • Japanese students will live with their host families July 21st to August 21st and will have the opportunity to improve their English language skills while immersing themselves in American culture.
  • This is a phenomenal opportunity for families to build lifelong international friendships while exposing their own children to a new culture and way of seeing the world.
  • You can host a youth between the ages of 12-18. 
  • Please contact Ted Karsch to attend an informational meeting of ask any questions.
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!
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     

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

Town & Country:

Barnyard & Beyond: Dec 16

Hilliard Back 40: 2nd Monday every month, locations vary please contact leaders

4-H Shooting Stars:

Next Generation: Jan 13, Feb 10, March 9, April 13 and May 11 all at 4:30

Young Riders: January 26, 3 pm 45774 Bismark Rd

Sunshine Crew: 2nd Tuesday of the month @ the fairgrounds  6:30 pm

Zooming In Photography: Dec 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 ( 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,
Ted Karsch, Agent,
Laura Laroche, Program Assistant,

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

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