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4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

March, 2012

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

Pat McNally is the newest addition to our state 4-H staff. She has returned to Oklahoma 4-H as coordinator for Oklahoma Military Kids.

A Kansas 4-H'er, Pat began her Extension career in Oklahoma, where she served as the Alfalfa and Woodward County Extension FCS Educator, NW District 4-H Agent and State 4-H Specialist from 1974-1988. In Virginia she served as the state 4-H outdoor experiential education specialist, then taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Northern Iowa. In 1994, she returned to Kansas to serve as the volunteer development and camping specialist. She served as Kansas State 4-H Leader the last six years of her 37 years as an Extension professional. Upon her retirement in January, 2011, she joined her husband, Jim Rutledge, in Stillwater, where she enjoys time to read, landscape and decorate their new home, visit her five grandchildren and serve as a caregiver for her 87 year-old mother.

Pat has returned to Oklahoma 4-H, bringing a rich knowledge of 4-H Youth Development and community development. In addition, she brings first-hand experience helping military families cope with the challenges of deployment and reintegration. Her son is a Navy SEAL with seven deployments thus far during his Navy career.

Pat's goals for her first year in her new position are to

  • Engage and energize the state OMK team in designing and implementing a dynamic plan which will support geographically dispersed military families across the state of Oklahoma.

  • Organize and guide regional OMK teams, consisting of local agencies and organizations, for the purpose of designing sustainable plans to support military families that live in their community.

  • Create action-packed learning experiences for military youth whose families are geographically dispersed across the state.

Charles Cox
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University


2010-2011 State Service Projects - Deadline Reminder

The Service Project Committee has three projects that the State Council will be promoting for the upcoming year. Flyers for all three programs can be downloaded at

Recognition of Participation

The council will recognize participation with a certificate. Certificates will be presented to a club or county which completes and turns in the following on or before June 1, 2012.

  • Go Green - SLAP Guide and Story
  • Smile Bags - Report of items collected and donated
  • Change for Change - Donations collected and submitted to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation.

All support materials and forms are posted at

Change for Change - Did you miss the first collection date 11/1/11 or 2/1/12?

Every piece of change counts! It's simple; CHANGE the life of an individual, organization or community by collecting loose change at meetings, events and activities. Monies collected will be donated to the Oklahoma Children's Hospital. This campaign for the Oklahoma Children's Hospital Foundation began July 29th at Round-up. Change will be collected every three months - 11/1/11, 2/1/12, 5/1/12 and 6/1/12. Make checks out to Oklahoma 4-H Foundation with Change for Change on the memo line. Please make sure to put either your club, county or district so that you get credit for what you collect.

Go Green Service

Each club is encouraged to plan a new or innovative service-learning project focusing on an environmental need. The project could be for an individual, family, school, organization or community.
It's as simple as 1,2, 3.

      1. Determine a Need.
      2. Learn about the need and what the club can do to meet the need or some portion of the need. Learn the skills, or acquire the knowledge necessary to plan and complete the service.
      3. Plan and complete the project.
      4. Celebrate by sharing the story. Using pictures, share the experience through a PowerPoint, MovieMaker, Video Production, Smilebox, etc.

A  Service-Learning Action Plan, (SLAP Guide) will take you through the process step by step and provide a way to record plans and actions. 

OMK: Smile Bags

OMK has received a face lift. The Hero Packs are now being referred to as "Smile Bags" because we want to spread smiles to the faces of the children whose parents serve their country. Continue to collect items for family smile bags and individual smile bags for youth.

Thanks for all your support and participation.

The Service Project Committee
Walter Allard-Chair, Members: Jena Rae Kellum


Groovy for Green: State Parent-Volunteer Conference

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01"Groovy for Green" is the theme of the 2012 State Parent-Volunteer Conference. The conference is scheduled for July 14, in Stillwater. The conference objectives are:

        1. Recreate - Recreating 4-H for 21st Century youth.
        2. Rejuvenate - Solutions for restoring your youth.
        3. Recycle - Save money, save time, save the planet.

County Parent-Volunteer/Leaders Associations are encouraged to develop a display for the Share Fair. The displays should showcase successful Revolution of Responsibility stories, activities and/or materials used during National 4-H Week or sometime throughout the year. Each county is limited to one display which must be registered by June 15.

Debbie Ashton
State Volunteer Board President

2012 State 4-H Fair Classes

The Word documents for the 2012 State 4-H Fair Classes have been updated and submitted to both state fairs. They are located on the state 4-H website at

As in the past, there are two files with Fair book information - one with the changes highlighted and one without. Note: this year, there are files for BOTH Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

When the information is posted on the OKC and Tulsa State Fair sites, it will be linked to our website. Note: It is a good idea to check their files when they are available. If there are updates on dates/times/locations, the fair sites are best source of information.

Other forms such as the Dog show entry forms, the interactive booth information, etc., will be updated as information is available.  

If you have questions about the upcoming state fairs, please let me know.

Tracy Beck


Celebrate Bake and Take Month in March

For the past several years, 4-H has been participating in Bake and Take month. Last year, we expanded the promotion by adding awards for a scrapbook competition. This year we are continuing the scrapbook competition PLUS adding a video category!!!!

Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition are teaming up with Oklahoma 4-H to promote Bake & Take Month in March. Four-H members across the state are asked to bake products made with "Oklahoma-milled flour" and using Made in Oklahoma Coalition products while completing the steps of service learning (preparation, action, reflection and celebration). 
The Made in Oklahoma Coalition and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission are sponsoring awards to the top three 4-H clubs in each category. Top entries in both the scrapbook and video category will receive 1st place $250, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $100. The top entry in each category will also receive the opportunity to tour an Oklahoma food processing company. See the attached file for more information.

Tracy Beck


Clearance Sale

Clearance Sale of blue tie dye T-shirts with " does the Head, Heart, Health and Hands good" printed across the back. First come, first served with what is in stock. Were $15, now only $10. Great gift item for National Volunteer week, April 15-21.

Stock on hand:



Printed on Back only













Make check payable to State 4-H Foundation, memo line 2012 SRVF.

Karla Knoepfli

National Volunteer Week - April 15-21

volweekFor more than two decades, Points of Light Institute has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition.

Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, Points of Light recognizes volunteers and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round.

    • Learn more about these recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.
    • Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.

Marketing Tools & Resources

A resource guide is provided for recognizing volunteers and equipping organizations with the valuable tools they need to make their work successful for the 2012 National Volunteer Week.

If you have any questions about National Volunteer Week, please do not hesitate to contact us at (404) 979-2731 or

OSU Green Hats - only 12 remain

hatThe State 4-H Leadership Council thanks all counties that supported the 2011 cap sales. All profits went to a 4-H Foundation Endowment established for State Council Uniforms.

Purchases can be made through the State 4-H Office while quantities last. The cap cost $15. Make payable to Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, with state council noted on the memo line.

Karla Knoepfli

Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Volunteer Awards - REMINDER

Each county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards: Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience) and Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience). Each county's nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on July 14, 2012 as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development conference.

The State Volunteer Board would like to have every county represented and honoring a volunteer.

The application form and guidelines for 2012 District and State volunteer awards is attached or available at .

Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5 pm on or before April 13, 2012. Nomination includes volunteer resume (new), 3 letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.

Karla Knoepfli

Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day April 20-22 is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.
Established in 1988, GYSD is the largest service event in the world and is now celebrated in over 100 countries and on six continents. On GYSD, children and youth address critical issues including health, education, environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness and response, and human rights
The goals of Global Youth Service Day are:

  • To MOBILIZE youth to identify and address the needs of their communities through service.
  • To SUPPORT youth on a life-long path of service, learning, and civic engagement.
  • To EDUCATE the public, the media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders

Young people organize and lead projects that address their communities' needs.

Visit! The GYSD Planning Tool Kit (PDF) walks you through the steps of creating a GYSD event. Register your GYSD event and become part of an international youth service movement! has a multitude of resources, including: the GYSD Planning Tool Kit, The Service-Learning Curriculum Guide, Semester of Service Strategy Guide, and many tip sheets.

Karla Knoepfli

Southern Region Volunteer Forum - Workshops

The Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Forum will be held October 4-7, 2012, at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center, just outside of Little Rock. 2012 Forum Objective - Prepare for a 21st Century 4-H Program - which provides volunteers and educators with three skill sets employers are seeking in the work force.

To accomplish this, we are requesting workshops and opportunities for developing skill sets that advance educational experiences; provide an environment for creative growth and encourage opportunities for innovation.

Workshops will be grouped by the terms Educate, Create and Innovate. To further your understanding and support of the forum goals, explanations and definitions have been developed.

Attached is a copy of the Proposal Request. The forms are due to March 26th. Our preference is to receive the materials electronically as a word document, but a fax or handwritten proposal is perfectly acceptable.

Karla Knoepfli

Introducing 4-H Youth to the World of Sporting Dogs - May 5, 2012

Description: sporting dog.pngSporting dog breeds have innate instincts in the field, the water and the woods. Once bred and raised with the purpose of helping humans find and retrieve game, sporting dogs have become loyal companions to humans. Both hunters wanting to keep their dogs in top performance off-season and non-hunters looking to engage their dogs in sporting activities have found field trials and hunting tests to be great ways to be involved with their dogs.

Make plans now to attend the 4-H Sporting Dog Workshop to be held in Stillwater May 5, 2012, from 8:30 am - 3 pm. This workshop will provide introductory information regarding bird dogs for youth and volunteers participating in the 4-H program. Interested youth will learn about types and breeds of sporting dogs, basic obedience and commands, proper use of training devices and basic husbandry/health care for in the field and at home.

Instructors for the workshop include Dr. Chris Richards, who will provice an overview of water fowl retrieval. Dr. Dwayne Elmore will provide an overview of upland game bird pointing and retrieval. Dr. Gene Parker Jr. DVM will discuss health care needs for hunting dogs. Dr. Kevin Allen and Steve Beck will present programming on Retrieving Positive Youth Development from a 4-H Youth Sporting Dog Program.

Registration and $10 payment are required for 4-H members and volunteer leaders. Registration forms can be found at

For more information contact Steve Beck or Kevin Allen.

Steve Beck

Record books due in state office April 30

Record books are due in the state 4-H office by noon April 30, 2012. They will be judged on May 8, and interviews will occur on June 11. If you know anyone who could judge - or if you are interested in judging yourself - please contact your district specialist or Suzanne Simpson, the awards program coordinator. All forms, checklists and resources for the Oklahoma 4-H awards program can be found at

Suzanne Simpson

AgDiscovery offers internships for high school and middle school students

AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students learn more about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. The 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the US government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips andother group and team building activities. For more information, see the AgDiscovery website.

Pat Thompson

American Income Life - Insurance

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No Surprises: Harmonizing Risk & Reward in Volunteer Management - 5th Edition

Now available as a 5th edition, No Surprises is the Nonprofit Risk Management Center's best-selling book on volunteer risk management. If your nonprofit engages volunteers to advance your mission, you'll find practical wisdom and value in this handy reference guide, available in hard copy and eBook formats. This easy-to-read guide addresses topics ranging from volunteer screening to volunteer supervision and discipline. Authored by Melanie Herman, the Center's executive director, No Surprises invites readers to embrace risk-taking in volunteer management while paying close attention to the nature of volunteer service, evolving volunteer roles, public relations issues involving volunteers, and much, much more. Learn more or order a copy today, here.

Karla Knoepfli


All Due Dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.