Ascension 4-H Clover Column- November 2020 Edition

Calendar of Events:

Possession/ Validation Deadline for sheep, goats, beef, dairy, & poultry

9- Jr. Leader Mtg- 6pm

12- Deadline to Register for Challenge Camp

12- Parish Clover Update- Virtual

17- Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night @ Gonzales Location from 4-8pm!!

17 & 18- Sweet Potato & Pecan Fundraiser Pick Ups @ Office

19- Home & Style Mtg- 6pm; Virtually

23- Poultry Cookery Contest Deadline

Possession/Validation Deadline for swine and rabbits

4- Livestock Entry Deadline

5- Challenge Camp- NOLA City Park

14- Sugar Cookery Contest Deadline

17- Home & Style Meeting Virtually


15- Demo Day

22 & 23- Parish Livestock Show

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Clovers Come Through!

This has been a very challenging year. We hope to offer as many opportunities to all 4-H members as we normally do! Those opportunities may look slightly different at times, but they will be safe, educational, and fun! Whether virtually or in-person, we know our Clovers will Come Through by using their Heads, Hands, and Hearts to “Make the Best, Better!” 4-H has officially been kicked and we are chugging right along! We have several 4-H school clubs getting started and more returning each week! School club leaders are going to be disseminating 4-H enrollment forms and information to interested members at school. If you are virtual at a school with a 4-H club, you should be able to join through your school’s club leader. Our intention is for each school leader to have a 4-H Google Classroom where ALL 4-H members at that school (In-person/virtual) will be able to access monthly information, updates, and lessons. If your school has not already given out 4-H information, contact the 4-H office for information to find out who is the club leader at your school and if your school has a 4-H program! If your school doesn’t have a school club, you can join 4-H as a Member at Large. We will offer a virtual parish monthly meeting for members who can’t attend a school club meeting to be able to log in and participate with Mrs. Camille and Mrs. Stephanie. Fill out an enrollment card TODAY to begin your 4-H adventure! More information on Ascension 4-H can be found at

Sweet Potato & Pecan Fundraiser

Our Sweet Potatoes and Peeled Pecan Fundraiser has come to an end, but your orders will be here before you know it! The ordered sweet potatoes and pecans will be available for pick up at the 4-H Office on Nov. 17th & 18th. Orders can be picked up between 8:30 am and 5 pm. Orders not picked up after the 18th will be resold! This fundraiser benefits the Ascension 4-H Foundation and provides money for educational programs, awards, workshops, scholarships, and events. If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements for pickups, please call the 4-H Extension Office!

Chick-fil-A 4-H Spirit Night

Everyone LOVES Chick-Fil-A! No need to cook dinner…on November 17th Chick-Fil-A in Gonzales will host our first 4-H Spirit Night from 4-8 pm! Come by the 4-H office to pick up your Sweet Potato & Pecan orders and stop by Chick-Fil-A to get a bite to eat! When ordering please mention you’re there for 4-H Spirit Night so a % of the proceeds from the night’s sales will go to our Ascension 4-H program!!

Shooting Sports New Member Registration

Due to the restrictions that are still in place, our instructors are making final decisions on the appropriate number of new members we can accommodate and still maintain a safe environment. Our past members have gotten kicked off and we are working out the kinks in our new socially distant practice schedule. Our New Member Registration will be announced mid-November after our final Instructor meeting!

Home & Style Project Club

The Home & Style Club will include cooking and sewing this year! *NEW* Each month a cooking project will be completed in coordination with the cookery contests. The club is open to all Ascension 4-H’ers with monthly meetings (virtual meetings to get started), and it’s $10.00 to join to help pay for supplies used for project materials. Our second meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, November 19 at 6 pm. A link to join the virtual meeting will be emailed to all registered participants before the meeting. It’s not too late, you can still sign up to join this project club! An activity project guide and supplies for the first half of the year should be picked up at the office in preparation for the next meeting. Please call ahead before dropping by to be sure someone is there. You can register for the Home & Style project club online at

Livestock News

It is the intention of the LSU AgCenter to conduct livestock shows as originally planned but Given the health concerns with COVID-19, there is no guarantee that the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows will occur as advertised. With that in mind, all livestock show participants and families should note that the purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment. If you are planning to participate in the LSU AgCenter Livestock Shows and have not contacted the Ascension Parish Office to let them know your intentions of showing, please do so ASAP as important forms and information will be sent out to livestock exhibitors very soon.

Important Livestock Dates:

November 6th- Possession deadline and market/commercial validations due for beef, dairy, sheep, exhibition poultry & goat

December 4th- Possession Deadline and market/commercial validations due for swine

December 4th- Entry Forms and Fees due for rabbits, poultry, sheep, swine, goats, beef, & dairy

Wiggles & Wags Project Club

Wiggles & Wags is a project club that focuses on everything DOG! It helps members learn more about caring for, training, and working with their beloved canines all while doing service and growing in leadership. The Wiggles & Wags project club is open to all Ascension 4-H members and meets monthly. Initially, meetings will be held virtually but may transition to in-person meetings as the year progresses. A link to join the 1st virtual meeting in November will be emailed to all registered participants before the meeting. You can register for Wiggles & Wags at

Jr. Leader Project Club- 7th& 8th Grades

The Ascension 4-H Jr. Leader Project Club is open to all 7th-12th grade Ascension 4-H members. Jr. Leader’s focus on leadership, citizenship, and teamwork. The 2020-21 Jr. Leader's educational focus will be Teens Making Good Choices. Each month we will explore different ways to use our Heads to make good, healthy choices through hands-on activities. In addition, the service-learning theme will be the Care Campaign. Each month we will focus on an activity to spread kindness and show those around us that we care! In October, we will start the project focusing on the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities as the members of these places may feel isolated and in need with the current pandemic. If you would like to assist in this project in any way or have contacts with our local homes, please contact us! The cost to join the Jr. Leader Club is $10.00. The next Jr. Leader will be held Monday, November 9th at 6 pm. To get the meeting information, please sign up for Jr. Leaders at

Challenge Camp - Registration Open

7th & 8th grade 4-H’ers here is a great opportunity for you to advance your leadership and team-building skills in a fun and safe environment. This year’s Challenge Camp will be a full one-day event at New Orleans City Park on Saturday, December 5th. Transportation and lunch will be provided. At Challenge Camp, we will be participating in a high ropes course, canoeing/kayaking, outdoor skills activities, and we will also be conducting a service project for the National Day of Service! So, join us in New Orleans for a day camp geared around enhancing YOU and putting our hands to larger service! Registration is limited to 4 campers and closes on November 12th. If we have more than 4 campers registered, priority will be given to 7th graders with random selection to fill the camper spots. Please call the office, 225-621-5799, to register. or visit the Challenge Camp Section of our website to view the registration form and information.

Cookery Contest- Poultry

Although we have had to make some major changes to our cookery contest this year, we are excited to incorporate some new components!! Due to COVID restrictions, we will not be taste testing your dishes, but don’t worry your hard work will still shine in several different ways! For each of your monthly contest entries, you will need to take pictures before (ingredients), during (action shots), and after you have completed your dish. You will need to submit your recipe and a short summary about the experience of cooking your dish. From there, your entries will be judged and the top 3 in each age category will be contacted for a short interview. The second monthly contest will be the Poultry cookery in honor of Thanksgiving! You can find detailed guidelines and explanations on our website under contests at or on the Poultry Cookery Events page on Facebook!

Clover Updates- Virtual Parish Meetings

We realize some schools may not be able to offer monthly 4-H meetings due to COVID guidelines and restrictions. We will offer a monthly virtual Clover Update. November’s update will take place at 6 p.m. on the 12th.This will be an opportunity for 4-H members to tune in to a monthly 4-H meeting with the 4-H agents, Mrs. Camille and Mrs. Stephanie, to get updates, talk about upcoming Ascension 4-H opportunities, and participate in the monthly 4-H Science Lab activity that will be presented at school club 4-H meetings. You can access the virtual Clover Update through the info below or the link posted on and social media. Read further for next month’s educational activity & supplies to be prepared for November’s Clover Update.

Click here to Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Or call in +1 225-614-2374 United States, Baton Rouge (Toll)

Conference ID: 962 328 264#

Educational Activity and Supplies

This year the Agents will be presenting 4-H Science Lab lessons as the club meeting educational focus. For those virtual students who may not be able to attend their school club meetings and members at large to be able to participate in these monthly lessons, we will include the supplies and information about the activity in the newsletter for 4-H members to participate at home. Each month, the Agents will conduct a virtual update for you to attend and complete the lesson during this meeting. You will have the opportunity to watch the demonstration, then complete the activity at home!

November’s Science Lab Activity: Cleaning Pennies

Supplies Needed: Plastic cup, paper towels, vinegar, salt, plastic spoon or fork, timer/stopwatch, & dirty (oxidized) pennies!

December’s Science Lab Activity: Electricity- Making a Flashlight

Supplies Needed: Aluminum Foil (cut in 2-inch x 6-inch strip), D battery, Mini Light bulb (approximately 1.5 volts)

4-H Remind Updates

Stay connected with Ascension 4-H by joining the Ascension 4-H Remind by Texting “@ascp4h” to 81010 or join online at
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