WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

February 24, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • April Fools Boer Goat Weekend
  • PNW Shooting Sports Leader Training
  • Volunteer Development Action Team (VDAT) Wants to Visit You
  • Journal of Extension - February 2009 - Volume 47, Number 1
  • National Engineers Week Resources
  • National 4-H Council Marketing & Communications Internships


April Fools Boer Goat Weekend
--Nancy Mordhorst for the Cascade Boer Goat Association 

The Cascade Boer Goat Association is hosting the 4th Annual April Fools Boer Goat Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 4-5, at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, WA. This weekend event includes two ABGA-sanctioned goat shows, seminars, auctions, and a market goat sale, for youth and adults interested in breeding and showing goats. Seminars will be held Sunday morning, with a Market Goat sale Sunday afternoon.

The cost of the event is only $10 with early registration due by March 27.  4-H adult leaders will be given free admission with preregistration by March 27.  Fees will increase to $20 at the door the day of the event.

This is a fun filled day or weekend with lots of action and information!
details and registration information

PNW Shooting Sports Leader Training
--Submitted by Jim Wilson (Idaho)/Janet Schmidt

Recognizing the challenges associated with coordinating 4-H Shooting Sports leader trainings, Jim Wilson from Coeur d'Alene worked with the state coordinators in Idaho, Oregon and Washington in proposing a collaborative approach to increase visibility and opportunities for 4-H volunteers.  The result is the first of what we hope are many PNW 4-H Shooting Sports leader trainings, which invites leaders from anywhere within the tri-state area to participate in and meet the training requirements for their respective state at any PNW sponsored event.  This inaugural training will be held in Coeur d'Alene on April 25-26.  The registration is only $75, which includes 2 lunches, facilities, refreshments, instructors and printed materials.

A registration form is on the Shooting Sports Project page at: This is an excellent opportunity to interact with leaders from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Montana, too.  Please note the registration deadline of April 17.

Contact Jim Wilson at: or Janet Schmidt at: with questions.

Volunteer Development Action Team (VDAT) Wants to Visit You
--Sarah Butzine, team member and King Co Learning Coordinator

VDAT is ready to reach out.  We hope to contribute to volunteer development workshops and trainings around Washington State.  We are eager to meet with any county staff or faculty to share ideas, consult on content, co-facilitate trainings, and learn from your challenges and success stories.

In this spirit, funds are being dedicated to support travel of experienced volunteer trainers to visit and to support the development or enhancement of the various county volunteer education programs.  WSU extension wants to be sure your staff get connected with the most current, relevant, user-friendly techniques and materials to offer your volunteers. 

For example, VDAT gave a workshop at Forum showing ways to experientially deliver the core VDAT modules. These seven modules include all the information the state requires new 4-H volunteers be connected with during their first year or service. Participants in the workshop went home excited. Their County and 4-H faculty are now planning a leader retreat with VDAT trainers. This is just one example of how we might be able to support you and your county. 

Here's another example: a County with new staff in charge of volunteer development has requested office help to sort, pitch, update, and select the training materials basic to a first year leader's training. VDAT and the staff will co-design a relevant volunteer training format.

We are open to ideas and can flex to help you meet the needs of your audience. VDAT is excited to share our love of experiential learning and volunteer development to make a difference in the youth development in your 4-H learning community.

Please contact Ann Hennings at: if you are interested in connecting with VDAT.

Journal of Extension - February 2009 - Volume 47, Number 1
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

The following articles appear in the latest edition of the Journal of Extension which I think will be of particular interest to 4-H Professionals.

Are Rural 4-Hers More Connected to Their Communities Than Their Non-4-H Counterparts? [Article No. 1FEA6]
Adedokun, Omolola A.; Balschweid, Mark A.

Preparing Youth Development Professionals to Be Successful: How Do the Needs of Extension/4-H Compare to Those of Other Organizations? [Article No. 1RIB1]
Diem, Keith G.

An Examination of the Benefits, Preferred Training Delivery Modes, and Preferred Topics of 4-H Youth Development Volunteers [Article No. 1RIB2]
Fox, Janet; Hebert, Lanette; Martin, Karen; Bairnsfather, Debbie

4-H Youth Futures—College Within Reach [Article No. 1IAW1]
Copeland, Alison; Gillespie, Tammy; James, Anthony G.; Turner, L. Jo; Williams, Bonita

Teens Shine a Light on Young Heroes: A Speak Out Military Kids Video Project [Article No. 1IAW2]
Kraft, Gloria; Lyons, Rachel Everett

Assessing Volunteers' Needs and Interests to Inform Curriculum Development in 4-H [Article No. 1IAW3]
Smith, Martin H.; Meehan, Cheryl L.; Dasher, H. Steve

National Engineers Week Resources
--Janet Edwards

Here are some great resources for SET programs.  Design Squad, and Lemelson-MIT InventTeams have teamed up to create two new resources that will inspire a new generation of engineers and inventors! The On The Moon guide contains six open-ended challenges that will develop kids creative-thinking and problem-solving skills.  They'll learn about key issues related to living and working on the moon, as well as NASA's history and future plans for lunar exploration. The activities are appropriate for kids in grades 3-12 in classrooms, afterschools, and at events.

The Invent It, Build It guide (available in English or Spanish) delivers five hands-on challenges designed to spark the inventive spirit of kids aged 9-12. These challenges bring invention to life for kids, inspire them to think like engineers and inventors, and illuminate how invention improves people's lives.

To request printed copies of On The Moon and Invent It, Build It, send an email to Be sure to indicate if you would like copies in Spanish, where available. Please include your name, organization, mailing address (indicate work or home address), email, and phone number. Or you can access the guides online in pdf format at: or

National 4-H Council Marketing & Communications Internships
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Type of Position: Exempt/Full-Time/Temporary (hours per week 37.5)
Salary Offer Range: Room and board plus stipend
Starting Date: June 1, 2009 or as soon as a suitable candidate can be found.

Job Summary: Serve as essential team member, working closely with the Director of Public Relations and Director of Marketing to implement national 4-H communications strategies. Be part of a fast-paced environment where you will have a chance to participate in a wide variety of marketing and communications projects, including:

Assist other National 4-H Council teams, including the President's Team and Resource Development, to complete special projects and tasks. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification: Bachelor's degree with coursework or experience in business, public relations, advertising, communications, journalism, and/or marketing. Direct experience with 4-H or youth development preferred. Computer and electronic proficiency necessary, including: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and online research. Familiarity with social networking functions and Web 2.0/gadget applications a plus. Ability to learn other software programs as necessary. Enthusiasm and attention to detail and accuracy a must.

Send or fax cover letter & resume to:
National 4-H Council
Attn: Lita Haarer
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Fax: (301) 961-2894

Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

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