Insect Adventure

International 4-H: Guatemala June 9-18, 2014

Says it best…

"What do you See?" National 4-H Arts Exhibition

District Volunteer Recognition and Awards – due March 14th

National Volunteer Month - April, 2014

4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference Workshop Proposal

ACCESS 4-H: Resource Update


Welcome to 4-H



Focus on Youth

February, 2014


Dear Educators and Volunteers,


Happy New Year!

I know that for all practical purposes there are several “NEW  BEGINNINGS”  in 4-H. There is the beginning of the school year around which so many of our club programs are based. There is the beginning of the calendar year, which sets the age of the membership. There is the show cycle, the record  book cycle and probably several other cycles that we use during the year.

In just the last two weeks I have had several calls or visits about how to handle a particular situation that might be related to a policy or procedure. I have found over the years that asking several key questions can help me decide the right action or next step in almost any situation. Sometimes there is a clear policy statement that governs the situation, but in cases where that is not the case, these key questions help determine the best approach:

  1. What is in the best interest of the child? Is it safe? Does it fit what we know about positive youth development?
  2. What is in the best interest of the 4-H Youth Development Program? Does this set a precedent? Is it consistent with current policy and procedures?
  3. Will this foster good will and positive feelings about 4-H, Extension and the staff?
  4. How will this look if it is published on the front page of the local paper?
  5. How will this affect our programs in the future?

Sometimes we come to different conclusions depending on which questions we give the most weight to, but in general I start at the top and give the most weight to one and two. The answer to those questions may trump all the other answers. As you can tell, these questions will have different answers in different situations. These don't always make it easy, but if we strive to be consistent in thinking about these questions and their answers, and we share these kinds of discussions with our leaders, we can begin to bring common understanding to what is best for the kids and the program.

Best wishes as you think about the key questions you will use to help you consider the tough issues you will surely face over the next year.



Jim Rutledge

Interim State 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director, OCES




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, andadequate mailing time.  All forms should be submitted through your County Extension Office unless otherwise indicated.  Forms that require and Extension EducatorŐs signature may not be processed if mailed directly.

Insect Adventure

Looking for an unforgettable and incredibly educational activity to experience with your youth? Try having an Insect Adventure! The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension has the only live bug petting zoo in the state. This presentation comes with more than 25 species of living arthropods as well as a knowledgeable, passionate, and entertaining professional entomologist to walk you through your arthropod discovery and exploration.

Do you and your youth have questions that have been "bugging" you about this large, fascinating, and diverse group of animals? Have you dreamed of holding a foot-long millipede, petting a tarantula, or looking into a living honey bee hive? Then now is the time to book your opportunity to visit the Insect Adventure facility on the OSU Stillwater campus or to schedule bringing the live bug zoo to your school or event. The Insect Adventure is adaptable to nearly any situation (indoors or out, big or small, 1 hour or 1 day, all ages groups) and we offer an array of entomology presentations and activities. The Insect Adventure is a perfect enhancement to curriculum (and meets many state science standards).

The creepy-crawly calendar books up fast (especially for the late spring and summer months), so if you'd like to inquire further, please call or email the Insect Adventure today. We welcome your questions and ideas. You can find out more about charges and see a video of OSU President Burns Hargis holding a giant scorpion by going to our website—

Andrine Shufran, Insect Adventure Coordinator

International 4-H: Guatemala June 9-18, 2014



The Oklahoma 4-H program is looking for graduating 4-H members and incoming college students with an interest in sharing their knowledge in Central America. This will be our 6th annual trip to work with subsistence farmers and families, teaching them basic gardening, composting, and food security. We will be traveling June 9-18, 2014. Registration deadline is February 15, 2014 and the approximate cost is $2,400, which includes airfare, lodging and most meals. This trip can also be taken for 3 hours college credit. We have had Extension educators also attend in the past. More information is available at: Contact Jeff Sallee or Lynn Brandenberger for more information.

Jeff Sallee

Says it best…

Jim’s message reminded me of a poem written many years ago and recently requested. This little “ditty” is a great way to remind our families, volunteers and selves why we do what we do.


There once was a boy who won ribbons, mostly blue
Came home from the fair with a big trophy, too.
With a voice glad and proud he said to his Dad,
" 'Tis the very best year that I've had."
Said his very wise Dad, "Son, I'd like to hear,
Why you think that this was such a very fine year."
"Why, Dad you well know all the prizes I've won,
How I've come out on top in most things I've done."
"Just look at the ribbons that hang on my wall,
and think of the money I've made since last fall.
From premium checks and a big auction prize
You can't help but think cash and ribbons are nice."
But the man said, "My Son you're not thinking right,
Blue ribbons, 'tis true are better than white;
But ribbons will fade and trophies grow old,
Money's soon spent and fame soon grows cold.
The important things, Son, are not ribbons or pigs,
And sometimes it's really the loser who wins;
Now here are the things most important, it's true
Your 4-H experience has accomplished for you.
You've seen how a business meeting is run,
This knowledge will help you in years to come.
You've conquered the fear of addressing a crowd,
You've learned how to stand up and talk nice and loud.
"Patience you've learned in your projects, too,
As well as your skills that will always help you
You've learned the fine feeling it gives you to lend
A glad helping hand to a stranger or friend.
"You've learned to cooperate with majority rule,
To give in with grace and not be a fool
Who must always have his very own way,
Be it in club work, in school, or at play.
"You've learned how to lose without making a beef
You know the judge judges to his best belief.
You've learned how to win without boasting too loud.
A kid can lose friends if he's overly proud.
"These are the things most important to you.
You'll remember and use them all your life through.
They'll help you become a mighty fine man,
They'll do more for you than a prize ever can."
--anonymous author

Karla Knoepfli


"What do you See?" National 4-H Arts Exhibition

Exciting opportunity for talented 4-H members who write music, poetry and stories, draw, paint, sculpture, perform, make movies, take pictures, landscape design, etc….

The program goal is to expand the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and career exploration in the areas of communication and expressive arts through 4-H Youth Development efforts.

The exhibition encourages youth how to think, but not what to think. We want youth to look for ways to observe and interpret their surroundings and then to express their thoughts and/or emotions creatively through writing, music, art, photography, video or some other form of visual medium. Using your ACCESS 4-H data base consider sending the attachment or information to youth enrolled in the Communication Arts, Expressive Arts and Filmmaking project areas.

The Ribbon Art Challenge was extremely popular, and we no longer have any supplies available.

Attached is a revised copy of the criteria and application. Entries due June 1, 2014.

Karla Knoepfli

District Volunteer Recognition and Awards – due March 14th

4-H Salute to Excellence Program

The State Volunteer Board encourages every county in honoring and recognizing the efforts of their volunteers. Each county may submit one nominee for each of the two awards:

  • Volunteer of the Year (less than 10 years of experience)
  • Lifetime Volunteer Awards (an accumulation of 10 or more years of experience).

County’s nominee(s) will be recognized at the state awards luncheon on June 28, 2014 as part of the State Parent-Volunteer Development conference.

PLEASE NOTE – As of June 2013 the volunteer board made the decision that we would no longer extend the deadline for recognizing any volunteer whose name and packet were not submitted by the deadline.

The application form and guidelines for 2014 District and State volunteer awards is attached or available at

If your volunteer is uneasy/reluctant about completing the resume, please take the time to sit with the volunteer and assist him/her in developing the resume.

Electronic nominations are due to the District 4-H Office no later than 5 pm on or before March 14, 2014. Nomination includes volunteer resume, three letters of recommendations and an electronic photograph.

Karla Knoepfli

National Volunteer Month - April, 2014

National Volunteer Week - April 6-13, 2014

Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, the Points of Light organization recognizes individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. Take action.

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

Karla Knoepfli

4-H Parent-Volunteer Conference Workshop Proposal

The State Parent-Volunteer Conference will be held June 28th in Stillwater. The State Volunteer board is seeking volunteers and extension educators to instruct one- and two-hour workshops which will enhance a volunteer and/or parent's skills for guiding youth and developing clubs.

The conference theme will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and is soliciting programs which support our objectives:

O - On going programs which extend knowledge and change lives.

C - Curriculum for a 21st century 4-H program - new trends, new curriculum, repackaged/revised programs/ activities/ events, etc.

E - Educating volunteers about positive youth development, club management, teaching, project development, etc.

S - Service that impacts our community through Youth in Governance, Youth-Adult Partnerships, Service Learning, etc.

Attached is the request for proposals (RFP), which is due March 1, 2014.

SE District Volunteer Board Directors
Karla Knoepfli

ACCESS 4-H: Resource Update

The resources located at have been updated over the past month. Please check it out and look at the date posted for the most current documents.

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Karla Knoepfli