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4-H Here & Now

Updates from
WSU Extension Jefferson County 4-H Youth Development
August 2020

In this Issue:

Notes from WSU Extension
Message from the 4-H Office:

Hello 4-H Families & Friends,

I apologize for this newsletter coming to you so late, life has definitely been busy and much of my energy has been going towards the 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase.

The 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase is the result of amazing effort by our 4-H leaders and volunteers and I am so excited to tell you about it! This showcase is the end-of-year event for Jefferson County and entering anything will earn your Year-End Pin! Entries will be due August 26 and from August 27 to August 30 entries will be displayed online to show off all of your hard work. There is so much more information about this in the Events & Resources section as well as the 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase website.

I would also like to take a moment to remind everyone that no in-person 4-H events can happen until we are in Phase 4. Earlier this week there was an announcement from Governor Inslee with guidance for hosting agricultural events. I understand that this may have been exciting to hear, but WSU has not changed their decision about waiting until Phase 4. It is important to remember that any club or project found to violate this rule will be subject to consequences, there are details outlined in the Volunteer Letter

One final note - we are collecting photos for our end-of-year slideshow! Send your 2019-2020 project photos to your leaders or to me so we can represent every club. I look forward to seeing your amazing photos!

Thank you and all the best,

Sam Smith (she/hers)
Washington State University Extension
4-H Program Coordinator
121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
samantha.smith1@wsu.edu
https://extension.wsu.edu/jefferson/youth/
Calendar At-A-Glance
August 2020 
  • 8/26: Deadline for 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase entries
  • 8/27-8/30: 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase
September 2020
  • 9/14: Jefferson County 4-H Council Meeting via Zoom 6:30-8:00pm


Zoom Meeting Details:

September 14 Jefferson County 4-H Council Meeting

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94763779332?pwd=VDY2d3VEODdnQnJXOWUxYitmSktwdz09 

Meeting ID: 947 6377 9332
Passcode: 403410
Date & Time: Sep 14, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
    
Phone Call (long distance) 
    +1 253 215 8782
    +12532158782,,94763779332# US (One Tap Mobile Call)
 
Jefferson County 4-H Events & Resources
Click to visit the 2020 Virtual 4-H Showcase website


You can still do community service from home!
Visit the Community Service From Home page for more information
Take the 4-H Healthy Brain Pledge!
Mental health is an important part of our well being and the Healthy Brain Pledge gives seven goals to help "pledge your head to clearer thinking". These goals are based in neuroscience and are a great tool for staying healthy while staying home.

Post your Healthy Brain Pledge activities to the
Jefferson County Facebook Page!
 
For more information about the Healthy Brain Pledge, visit https://extension.wsu.edu/whatcom/4h/hbp/
Hello All,
 
It looks like Jefferson County is moving into Phase 2 and we are all antsy to get out of the house and resume normal summer activities!
 
However, I want to remind you all that WSU 4-H statewide is operating under a policy that states no in-person 4-H activities may occur until the county is in Phase 4. This policy was laid out in this letter by Associate Director of 4-H, Nancy Deringer https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/
 
Each year, when you re-enroll on 4-H online as a volunteer you check a series of agreements which included an agreement to uphold 4-H policies. This set of agreements is called A Valuable Partnership (PDF). 
 
I know it’s hard, but please do not let your excitement for summer and the dedication to working with our youth cloud your better judgement. It is for the health and safety of our entire community that we follow the policy set in place.
 
Any in-person activities held before Phase 4 would not be 4-H sanctioned events. They could not use the 4-H name or emblem and they would not be covered by our insurance. These events could not use funds raised by any 4-H club or 4-H Council. Any volunteer or club who arranges or participates in an event that mischaracterizes itself as 4-H may be subject to consequences, potentially including dissolution of your club.
 
Again, I understand how frustrating it can be to have fall approaching and not be allowed to start up activities but it is important to follow all 4-H policies. If you have any questions or would like to talk more please don’t hesitate to contact me.
 
Stay healthy,
 
Sam Smith (she/hers)
Washington State University Extension
4-H Program Coordinator
121 Oak Bay Road, Port Hadlock, WA 98339
360-379-5610 x208
https://extension.wsu.edu/jefferson/youth/
Extension program and employment are available to all without discrimination.
Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.
 
 
WSU Jefferson County Extension 4-H

121 Oak Bay Road
Port Hadlock, WA 98339
http://jefferson.wsu.edu/youth
(360) 379-5610 x208
4h.jefferson@wsu.edu

4-H Mission: 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
4-H Vision: A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.
4-H Pledge: I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to greater Service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

 
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