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Coweta County:
4-H Youth Development

General Information

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.

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September, 2015

 

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Events & Activities

Coweta County Fair: Sept 24 - October 3

There are so many ways to be involved in your county fair. Livestock shows, art exhibits, crafts, contests...the list goes on and on. The fair book with complete details on entering shows and exhibits is now available at www.cowetacountyfair.org, listed under the Events tab.

For 4-H'ers interested in showing an animal at the fair, complete the Showmanship application and return to the Extension Office by September 4, 2015. Ages and eligibility vary; contact Leigh Massengill with any questions you may have.

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Special Interest Clubs

Archery Team: 4th-12th grades

The archery teams have formed and registration is closed until Fall, 2015. Please contact Jerry Thrasher if interested for the next season.

BB Gun Team: 4th-8th grades

A meeting for new shooters will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm, at the Coweta County Extension Office. There are VERY limited spaces available on this year's team. Shooting safety and hunter education will be the focus for the first eight weeks, followed by tryouts to determine this year's team.

Middle School Club

The Coweta 4-H Middle School Club is for 6th-8th graders interested in staying active in a variety of 4-H projects and service work. They meet every month during the school year on the first Tuesday at the Coweta County Extension Office. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 1st.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, but there has been a major change to the menu. We will be serving Chik-Fil-A nuggets, fruit, and a side of cole slaw or macaroni salad. Please let the 4-H office know before 1:00 pm Tuesday, September 1st, if you will be dining. The regular meeting will run from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Elections will also be held at this meeting. If you are interested in serving as an officer for this club, please read the Officer Commitment Form and submit by date shown.

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 September 3rd.

K-9 Klub

K-9 Klub meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. This month their meeting will be held at the Coweta County Extension Office on August 27.

Livestock Club

The Livestock Club meets at the Coweta County Extension Office on the third Thursday of each month. The club will meet again on September 17th.

Poultry Club

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Poultry Club has rescheduled its September meeting for Monday, September 14th, at the Coweta County Fairgrounds Ag Building.

Shotgun (Modified Trap): 7th-12th grades

The shotgun season has concluded for the 2015 year. Congratulations to all participants at the recent state match. Watch the website for signups for the next season.

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. Dinner (on request) will begin at 6:00 pm at the Coweta County Extension Office. Members will then move to the Horse Arena Observatory at 6:30 pm for their monthly meeting. Click here to order dinner for the September 1st meeting.

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 hwoutpost@gmail.com.

  • The next meeting for VSSO will be on Thursday, September 10th, 7:00 pm at the Coweta Extension Office.

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Conferences

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
  • December Classic (Fall Forum) : 9th-12th grade students and 4-H adult volunteers
    • December 12-13, 2015 at Rock Eagle 4-H Center

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Judging and Quiz Bowl Events

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 at least nine years old as of January 1st of the competition year, and have not reached their nineteenth year. See the

Dairy Judging

  • State Dairy Judging Contest: March 27, 2015 in Athens
    • Our Junior and Senior teams were relatively inexperienced this year, being the first for most members and only the 2nd for others. We're proud to announce that both teams placed 5th in the state with special recognition below.
    • Congratulations to Senior Mady Hillebrand for placing High Individual in the contest! this accomplishment also achieves Master status and recognition at State Congress in July. Junior member standouts were Brent Bohannon with high Junior placings, Jennifer Brinton was high Junior reasons scorer, and Sarah Ullom as High Junior overall in our county.
    • Many thanks go to Mrs. Pam Brinton as she continues her standard of excellence in coaching this team!

Dairy Quiz Bowl

  • Exciting news for the Dairy Quiz Bowl teams at their recent competition. The Junior team of Eliza Exner, Sara Reed, Nicole and Alexa Hillebrand placed third; the Senior team of Mady and Jacob Hillebrand, Emily Morgan, and Hunter Swartz placed first. The Seniors Mastered and will continue on to national competition this fall.

Horse Judging and Hippology

  • Congratulations to the Senior Hippology team of Mady Hillebrand, Abby Lummus, Emily Morgan and Faith Cheatham for Mastering at their competition in early May. They will be moving on to regional competition this fall and we wish them the best of luck! Congratulations are also in order for the Junior team of Nicole Hillebrand, Mayson Glover, Jennifer Phillips and Cora Rakestraw for finishing in second place.

Horse Quiz Bowl

  • While the state contest is held in January, teams typically begin forming in early fall. Contact our office at (770) 254-2620 for times and location.
  • Teams compete in a game-show type format in a double elimination tournament. Subject matter covers a variety of areas of equine materials including breeds, anatomy, husbandry, disciplines, and much more.

Poultry Judging

  • Congratulations to the Senior team of Alex Adornato, Audri Crews, Hunter Swartz and Laura Chafin! They placed 2nd at the State Contest which entitles them to compete at the Avian Quiz Bowl during the National Poultry and Egg Conference this fall in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Camps

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
    • Video
    • Limited space. More information will be posted soon!
  • 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
      • Spaces are still available.
    • Wilderness Challenge Camp: current 7th-9th graders
      • Camp Wahsega, June 6-10, 2016
  • For students who are in 9th through 12th grades in the 2015-2016 school year
    • Senior Extreme Camp: current 9th-12th graders
      • Rock Eagle, June 13-17, 2016
    • Senior Camp: current 9th-12th graders
      • Rock Eagle , May 30 - June 3, 2016

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

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4-H Forms

  • 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.

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Powers Crossroads Property

Powers Crossroads PropertyThe 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.

Download the lease agreement

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Contact

For more information about Coweta County 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Megan Bailey at mfbailey@uga.edu or call (770) 254-2620.

Visit the Georgia 4-H website.

Like our Coweta County 4-H UGA Extension Facebook page!

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