It’s time to kick off fall meet­ings

The Covington News - - OBITUARIES -

If your child will be age 9 by the end of 2013, it’s time to start 4-H meet­ings!

To­mor­row night, Aug. 12, County 4-H Coun­cil for youths in grades 6–12 will be held. Th­ese are our most-ac­tive, older 4-H’ers, and they rep­re­sent pub­lic, pri­vate and home schools.

The meet­ing is the sec­ond Mon­day night of the month, with the ex­cep­tion of school hol­i­days, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the 4-H of­fice. As it is a night meet­ing, please come to the Elm Street em­ployee en­trance for admittance.

This month, we will elect new of­fi­cers; next month, a pro­gram of guest speak­ers be­gins. The club also plans and runs coun­ty­wide 4-H events.

Be­gin­ning Tues­day, we will be in fifth-grade class­rooms in most el­e­men­tary schools. To find out if your school has 4-H, give us a call.

In-school clubs will also elect of­fi­cers this month, as well as learn­ing about 4-H and 4-H projects. Ev­ery in-school 4-H’er is re­quired to do a 4-to-6 minute demon­stra­tion dur­ing a fall club meet­ing.

Stu­dents ages 9 through fifth grade who don’t have ac­cess to an in-school meet­ing can at­tend our home-school meet­ing. The home­school club be­gins meet­ing in Septem­ber, on the sec­ond Fri­day of each month. The meet­ings be­gin at 3:30 p.m. in our of­fice, and will in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties, guest speak­ers and 4-H projects.

Again, this meet­ing is for home-schooled stu­dents ages 9 through 12th grade, plus those other 4-H’ers ages 9 through fifth grade who do not have an in-school meet­ing. Other clubs

The horse club will hold an in­for­ma­tional meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the of­fice. Any­one ages 9 and up may at­tend this night with an adult. Horse own­er­ship is not re­quired.

This year, the horse club will of­fer a monthly in­tro­duc­tory-level meet­ing to learn more about horses, as well as the usual ed­u­ca­tional com­pe­ti­tions and horse shows.

Shoot­ing sports 4-H’ers hope to have both a BB team and archery team this year. Trained coaches are needed for both teams im­me­di­ately.

If you would like to at­tend an up­com­ing manda­tory train­ing ses­sion to help teach shoot­ing sports safety and skills to youths, please con­tact us right away.

Live­stock show­men have al­ready be­gun show­ing lambs, goats, heifers and steers this sum­mer. It’s not too late to get into some ar­eas, so give Ted Wynne a

call to learn more. Save for sum­mer

It’s also time to start think­ing about next sum­mer.

Sum­mer camps usu­ally run from $300 to $370, de­pend­ing on which camp and whether your stu­dent needs trans­porta­tion.

While dates are not yet avail­able, it’s a great time to be­gin sav­ing for camp. We are happy to set up in­di­vid­ual sav­ings ac­counts for youths at our of­fice.

This is a great op­por­tu­nity to let your chil­dren earn some of their own money for camp by do­ing odd jobs or sav­ing some of their al­lowance.

Th­ese sav­ings ac­counts may also be used to­ward other 4-H events, in­clud­ing overnight con­fer­ences for six­ththrough 12th-graders, day pro­grams and other 4-H events.

Through­out the year, we have lots of ac­tiv­i­ties in which you may also par­tic­i­pate, even if you can­not at­tend a monthly meet­ing be­cause of an­other con­flict or trans­porta­tion is­sues.

Just read the news­let­ter each month on our web­site at www.ugaex­ten­­ton to find out what is go­ing on for your age group.

Those ages 9 through sixth grade should read the Clover­leaf Con­nec­tion news­let­ter, and older 4-H’ers can re­fer to the Sigma Lambda Chi 4-H news­let­ter.

In the next few months, we will host a skate party at Romp ‘N Roll skat­ing rink, col­lect books for lo­cal lit­er­acy projects, com­pete at Cot­ton Boll and Con­sumer Jam­boree, host National 4-H Week events, par­tic­i­pate in Rivers Alive, and dec­o­rate a float for the Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas Pa­rade.

We are also al­ready col­lect­ing alu­minum pop tabs for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House. We need ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to bring tabs to our of­fice by Oct. 10.

As al­ways, we also have our adult vol­un­teer screen­ing and train­ing avail­able for adults in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing with events. Drop by the of­fice to pick up an ap­pli­ca­tion and learn more.

See you at 4-H!

Terri Kim­ble Fuller­ton is the New­ton County 4-H Agent through UGA Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion. She can be reached at tkim­

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