The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through "hands-on" learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.
The spotlight falls on the Veterinary Science Students Organization in the January issue.
In this issue, County and District Project Achievement, archery registration, Project Love, and the first School of the Month for 2015-16.
Events & Activities
CLOVERLEAF PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT
District Project Achievement: Saturday, February 6 in Douglas County. You must qualify at county in order to compete at the district contest. Please make sure to call the Extension Office at 770.254.2620 by January 22nd to verify if you plan on competing.
JUNIOR-SENIOR PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT
Portfolios are behind us...it's time to work on demonstrations! Important dates will be coming up soon!
District Project Achievement: March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Junior and Senior 4-H members are encouraged to schedule appointments with 4-H staff to review your demonstrations and performances.
Ag Discovery Club
Formerly known as the Livestock Club, this club has a new name and new focus. In addition to learning about animals, they will study topics relating to agriculture and ag science. They meet at the Coweta County Extension Office on the third Thursday of each month. The club will meet again on February 18th.
Archery Team: 4th-12th grades
Archery signups are closed for the 2015-16 year. Practice has begun and they are looking forward to their first competition in February.
BB Gun Team: 4th-8th grades
2016 Competition Schedule
- Coweta County Daisy Qualifier (formerly known as the State Jaycee Match)
- March 12, 2016 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds Ag Building
- Northwest District Qualifying Match
- March 26, 2016 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds Ag Building
- Target Challenge Weekend
- April 8-10, 2016 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center
Middle School Club has a new name!
The Coweta 4-H Middle School Club has been renamed the Coweta Trailblazers! Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Coweta County Extension office. Our next meeting will be on February 2nd; dinner begins at 6:00pm (only $5.00 per person) with the meeting following at 6:30pm. Cheese and pepperoni pizza will be the menu items this month; please send your choice to Leigh Massengill at email@example.com.
Dairy Heifer Show Team
Horse and Pony Club
The Horse and Pony Club meets at the Coweta County Extension Office on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm. Their next meeting will be on February 4th.
K-9 Klub typically meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. The club will meet at the Extension Office on Thursday, January 28th at 7:00pm.
Poultry Club will meet on Monday, February 1st. It will be preceded by Poultry Judging practice at 6:00pm - all 4th-12th graders are invited to attend to prepare for competition.
Shotgun (Modified Trap): 7th-12th grades
For all those 4-H members in seventh-twelfth grades, please read carefully as there is important information listed below.
If you were a member of the 2015 team, there will be a mandatory parent and shooter meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Coweta County Extension Office located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan. All paperwork must be returned, completed and signed, before you will be allowed to shoot.
For new shooters, there will be a different meeting for you and your parents on Tuesday, February 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Coweta County Extension Office located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan. This is also a mandatory meeting.
All members will be required to pay a $75 activity fee, $10 for team t-shirt (the t-shirt order will only be placed once), and additional monies for a flat of shells (approximately $60).
Sigma Lambda Chi (grades 9-12)
Sigma Lambda Chi is a club for high school students interested in service, leadership, and citizenship. They will meet on the first Tuesday of each month with their next meeting on January 5th. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm at the Extension Office followed by the meeting at 7:00pm at the Horse Arena observatory..
Veterinary Science Student Organization (V.S.S.O.)
The Coweta County 4-H Veterinary Science Student Organization or VSSO for short, meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Coweta County Extension Office. The club was created in 2008 to educate and equip students interested in the field of veterinary medicine and is open to youth grades 5-12. Students get the opportunity to learn hands on some of the skills a career in veterinary medicine requires.The curriculum is challenging, but fun. If you enjoy science, animals and working with others, this club might be for you. For more information, contact Pam Brinton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The next meeting for VSSO will be on Thursday, February 11th, 7:00 pm at the Coweta Extension Office.
During the year, Junior (7th and 8th graders) and Senior (9th - 12th graders) 4-H'ers have the opportunity to attend district and state conferences. While attending, you will meet new friends from across Georgia, participate in community service projects, and attend exciting workshops. Registration and application information will be given out during 4-H club meetings or you can call the 4-H Office.
- Senior Conference: 9th-12th grade students
- Date and location to be announced
- Junior Rally: current 6th-8th grade students
- Date and location to be announced
- State Council: rising 9th grade through 12th grade students
- June 24-26, 2016
- Rock Eagle 4-H Center
- Half-price for 2016 Project Achievement competitors!
- Junior Conference: 7th & 8th grade students
- 2015 Junior Conference: November 14-15, 2015
- Fall Forum: 9th-12th grade students and 4-H adult volunteers
- December, 2016 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center
While Georgia 4-H offers many types of judging and quiz bowl events, the following represents a list of those currently ongoing in Coweta County. Members must be in 4th-12th grade in order to participate.
Dairy Quiz Bowl
- The Senior team of Mady Hillebrand, Emily Morgan, Hunter Swartz and Cody Whitlock recently competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Coached by Mrs. Pam Brinton, the team was thrilled to place fifth overall in the nation! Congratulations!
Horse Judging and Hippology
- Competing at the All American Quarter Horse Congress is a dream come true for those in the equine world. Coweta 4-H is proud to announce that the state winning Hippology team of Emily Morgan, Abby Lummus, Mady Hillebrand, and Faith Cheatham recently competed at this event, placing twelfth overall in the nation. Emily Morgan was also honored to receive 3rd High Individual in Stations. Congratulations to the team and coach Vickie Lummus for a job extraordinarily well done!
Horse Quiz Bowl
- Congratulations to everyone who participated this year but we want to recognize the first place Senior team of Mady Hillebrand, Abby Lummus, Emily Morgan and Bishop Watts as new 4-H Masters! They will now compete next year in Denver, CO!
- Practice has begun for the 2016 year. Youth in grades 4th-12th will practice weekly on Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm, at the Coweta County Fairgrounds Ag Building. For more information, contact Bryan Massengale.
Each summer, 4-H'ers have the opportunity to attend residential camps at one of the five 4-H centers: Rock Eagle 4-H Camp; Wahsega 4-H Camp; Jekyll Island 4-H Center; Tybee Island 4-H Center/Burton 4-H Center; and Fortson 4-H Center. Information on the 2015 registration and costs are be posted as they become available.
- For students who are in 5th and 6th grades in the 2015-2016 school year
- Cloverleaf Camp: Rock Eagle, June 13-17, 2016
- 2016 Application
- Signups will open on Saturday, February 27th, from 9am until noon. Space is very limited and is on a first come, first served basis. If there are any openings available after the 27th, you may bring in your application and payment to the Coweta County Extension Office at 255 Pine Road. Mail-in applications will ONLY be accepted after the initial signup period that Saturday.
- For students who are in 7th and 8th grades in the 2015-2016 school year
- Junior Camp: current 7th and 8th grades
- Camp Burton (Tybee Island), July 18-22, 2016
- Space is VERY limited and going quickly! When we reach our quota, you may still register to be placed on a waiting list.
- Wilderness Challenge Camp: current 7th-9th graders
- Camp Wahsega, June 6-10, 2016
- Register early as space is first come, first served throughout the state!
- Junior Camp: current 7th and 8th grades
- For students who are in 9th through 12th grades in the 2015-2016 school year
An alternative to residential camps , Coweta 4-H offers a day camp known as Adventure Camp. Campers will enjoy guest speakers, classes, crafts, outdoor activities and include an incredible field trip.
- 2016 Adventure Camp: to be announced
- 2015-2016 4-H Enrollment Form: required for membership in every club, must be renewed each August.
- 4-H Code of Conduct
- The Code of Conduct must be renewed every August 1st and is valid for one year. It must be signed by both parent and 4-H'er. All current 4-H'ers must complete and sign the new version and return to the Extension Office.
- 4-H Medical Information and Release form
- The MIRF must also be renewed in August and held on file at the Extension Office. It must also accompany the 4-H'er on any event away from the office.
- Change of County 4-H Membership
- The Change of Membership form should be completed for any 4-H'er who does not live in or go to school in Coweta County. The form must be signed by agents in both the home and new county, then forwarded to a state review committee.
The Powers Crossroads property located at 4766 Highway 34 West in Newnan is now available for lease to organizations and individuals looking to host special events. Coweta County 4-H is proud to be a part of the rich history of the property that hosted the Powers Crossroads Arts & Crafts Festival for more than 40 years. As one of the five community organizations that own the property, Coweta 4-H is excited to see new events and activities coming to the grounds in the years to come. For more information on leasing opportunities, please click below for the lease agreement or call the Extension office at (770) 254-2620.
For more information about Coweta County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Megan Bailey at email@example.com or call (770) 254-2620.