The Bayou Gazette 7th-12th Grade Edition October 2020

4-H Clover 18 USC 707jpgSt. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA70517
337-332-2181Fax: 337-332-2870
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest



We are so glad that you are a part of the largest youth organization in the United States. Now that you are part of 4-H, you are a part of LSU as well! Louisiana 4-H is a program offered through the LSU AgCenter.

You can have a lot of fun in 4-H if you put some effort in it. There are several ways for you to be active in 4-H.You can do things with your school club, in the parish, in the region, and even at the state level.You can attend fun, hands-on workshops; join project clubs; compete in contests; learn how to be a leader; show livestock; join the shooting sports group; go to sporting events; make a Christmas ornament; complete a 4-H portfolio to show off your accomplishments - The sky is the limit to what you can do in 4-H!

You will receive a 4-H project book in November.The book will help you discover many new things and allow you to do some hands-on activities.

Be sure to ask for help if you need it.Parents, guardians, grandparents, and even brothers and sisters can help you a lot with 4-H activities.Also, be sure to ask your school club leader any questions you may have.You can also call the 4-H Office at 337-332-2181 if you have any questions.

We’re looking forward to a great year in 4-H!


Mrs. Hope and Mrs. Hannah

Meet the St. Martin Parish 4-H Agents

What is a 4-H Agent? Well….a 4-H Agent makes 4-H happen in your parish.They plan events, come up with workshops for you to attend, make things fun, and visit you at club meetings.St. Martin Parish has two 4-H agents.Meet your agents below.

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Mrs. Hope Guidry is from Breaux Bridge, LA. She joined the LSU AgCenter in November 2006 after being a teacher for 13 years.Mrs. Hope is married to Kevin Guidry and has 2 children, Gabrielle and Jordan.She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.Mrs. Hope’s main areas are rabbits, poultry, healthy living programs, and shooting sports.

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Mrs. Hannah Devall is from Parks, LA. She has worked in extension since 2013 and grew up in St. Martin Parish 4-H.Mrs. Hannah is married to Justin Devall and they have one son, John Wayne. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal/ Meat Science and a Masters degree in Ag Education from LSU. Mrs. Hannah’s main areas are livestock, horses, service-learning, and the Jr. Leader Club.

Top 5 Reasons to Join Louisiana 4-H

Want to know more about the opportunities available in 4-H? This video describes the top 5 reasons to join Louisiana 4-H.

How Do You Join? & What Does it Cost?

The St. Martin Parish 4-H Office receives $10.00 from each 4-H member.This is collected by your 4-H Club Leader.Out of the $10.00 we collect from each 4-H’er, the State 4-H Office gets $3.00 to help pay for programs and awards.(The money that we keep from your dues helps us with the cost of our 4-H meeting supplies, contests, activities, and awards.)

In order to join 4-H, you must turn in your signed enrollment card and dues to your 4-H Leader at school by Friday, October 16th. If your school leader did not give you a paper copy, visit this link to sign up:

What Can You Expect as a 4-H Member?

Being a 4-H member is going to be a lot of fun this year.You get what you put into your 4-H experience.So what does it mean when you sign up to be a 4-H member? How do you have a positive experience as a 4-H member?

Expectations of 4-H Members in order to have a great 4-H experience:

  • Have FUN
  • Participate/Take Part in Events, Activities, and Workshops
  • Make Friends
  • Participate in Meetings
  • Volunteer to Do Community Service
  • Have a Good Attitude During 4-H Events
  • Complete your 4-H Portfolio
  • Do your own 4-H work!
  • Attend 4-H Achievement Day
  • Ask Questions if You Are Confused!

Attention Parents of 4-H Members:

Whether you are a seasoned 4-H parent or this is your first year in 4-H with your child, there is a special role a parent plays in their child’s 4-H experience. Your child needs your encouragement to get them started in 4-H and to keep them involved in the program through their teen years. You can help if you:

  • Share: Take interest, look, listen and offer suggestions, but avoid the temptation to “take over” and do things yourself.
  • Prepare: Help your child value having their projects, duties, and presentations done right and on time.
  • Be There: Parents are part of 4-H, too. You are welcome and very needed. Lend a hand where you can. Volunteer!
  • Care: Support your child’s participation and abide by the policies set by the 4-H Youth Development Program.
  • My Head to clearer thinking
  • My Heart to Greater loyalty
  • My Hands to larger service, and
  • My Health to better living for my club,
  • My community, my country, and my world.”

Remember - The St. Martin Parish 4-H program is run by trained youth development professionals who always have the best interest of your child and the program. Help us to make this a positive experience by helping your child and understanding your role as a 4-H parent.As always, if you have a question, concern or suggestion please do not hesitate to contact Hope and Hannah at 337-332-2181.

4-H Fun Facts

The 4-H Motto is: “To Make The Best Better”

This motto challenges everyone involved in 4-H to do the very best job they can.

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The 4-H Pledge is:

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“I Pledge:

Head for clearer thinking.
Heart for greater loyalty.
Hand flor larger service.
Health for better living.

The 4-H Colors Are: Green and White.

Green symbolizes nature's most common color. White symbolizes purity.

The 4-H Emblem is:

A green four-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf. The H’s stand for:

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health.

Save the date


  • 4-10National 4-H Week
  • 17Enrollment & Dues due to school club leader
  • 26Junior Leader Meeting


  • 7Fall Fest Contest Day (4-H Office)
  • 244-H Fun Day

How Can You Stay Connected?

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St. Martin Parish 4-H offers lots of opportunities throughout the year.How can you keep up with all of the events?Stay connected!We publish a monthly newsletter that will be given to the 4-H member at their monthly club meetings.(If you are absent on the day of the 4-H club meeting, ask your school club leader for a newsletter when you return to school.)

We also have a St. Martin Parish 4-H website where we post newsletters, calendars, contest rules and much more! Check it often.

The parish program is also connected through social media.We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat.Join our pages today to stay connected and be active in 4-H this year!

The 4-H agents are also available at the office on Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm at 337-332-2181.You can also email us:

  • Mrs. Hope at
  • Mrs. Hannah at

Livestock News

Youth who are 9 years old prior to January 1, 2021 are eligible to participate in the livestock program.4-H members who plan to raise animals and take part in the livestock shows must select the appropriate project(s) on their enrollment card. Exhibitors must also take possession of their animals by the dates listed below if they wish to participate in the parish, district, and state livestock shows.Exhibitors of market and commercial animals must validate their animals by the deadline.

If you will be exhibiting a livestock animal for the 1st time this year, please contact the 4-H Office at 337-332-2181 immediately so you can be placed on our mailing lists in order to receive important information.The 4-H Agent that works with livestock is Mrs. Hannah Devall. Please contact Mrs. Hannah at 332-2181 or by emailing her athdevall@agcenter.lsu.eduwith any questions.

Possession Dates:

  • August 1, 2020Market Steers
  • November 1, 2020Deadline to order Broiler Chicks

(possession takes place the 1st week of Jan.)

  • November 6, 2020Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Goats
  • December 6, 2020Swine
  • January 1, 2021Rabbits (for parish show only)
  • April 1, 2021Horses

Showing Character in your Livestock Projects

In livestock projects, as well as any other 4-H project, it is important for you to act in good character everyday.It is not following just one pillar of character - You should look at all six of them.

These pillars are:

  • Trustworthiness – Be honest; Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal
  • Respect – Be considerate of the feelings of others; Be tolerant of differences
  • Responsibility – Do what you are supposed to do; Think before you act; Be accountable for
  • Fairness – Play by the rules; Don’t take advantage of others; Don’t blame others
  • Caring – Help people in need; Be kind and compassionate; Show that you care
  • Citizenship – Be a good neighbor; Obey laws and rules; Respect authority

As livestock exhibitors, people are always watching you as role models for 4-H. It is very important that you do the right thing with your livestock projects. Remember that exhibitors who show bad character traits affect everyone involved in the livestock program. Be an Exhibitor who Shows Good Character!

Shooting Sports

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Youth who are 9 years old prior to January 1, 2021 are eligible to participate in the shooting sports program.4-H members who plan to participate in the shooting sports program must select the Louisiana Shooting Sports project in the outdoor skills/shooting sports area on their enrollment card. If you select the Louisiana Shooting Sports project, you will be contacted by mail about the registration process, fees, future workshops, trainings, practices, and safety clinics. Project books will not be distributed until the first shooting sports workshop, which will be announced at a later date.

**Please note that there are extra fees and requirements for those involved in the Shooting Sports program. Adult support is required.An adult must attend all events with youth.

Fall Fest Contest Day

Save the Date: November 7, 2020

All 4-H members are invited to join us at the first contest day of the year, 2019 4-H

Fall Fest!Fall Fest will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the 4-H Office in Breaux Bridge (114 Courthouse Street, Breaux Bridge, LA70517).

What do you do at Fall Fest?Enter different parish contests!

A complete booklet of Fall Fest contest rules will be distributed at the October 4-H

club meetings.

If you have questions, call 337-332-2181.

St. Martin Parish 4-H Fall Fest

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Save the date: November 7, 2020

4-H Fall Fest is the first big 4-H contest day of the school year. It will be held virtually and will include a variety of contests. The contests and deadlines are listed below. Refer to the chart below to find out more information.

We hope you will enjoy this family-oriented evernt. Rules for each contest are included in this packet.

The following contests will be taking place during Fall Fest:

  • Virtual Pet Show
  • 4-H Chef Contest (Ground Beef, Sugar, and Edible Art)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest

General Rules and Regulations

  • All contests are open to 4-H members in St. Martin Parish.
  • For all contests, contestants will compete as an individual and against one another within the specific categories. Cloverbud members (3r graders) will have their own division in each contest (except the Pet Show) and will receive a participation ribbon for each contest that they participate in.
  • Awards will be announced at club meetings and posted on social media.
  • The decision of the judges is final in each contest.

Note to Parents: You can assist your child in preparing for Fall Fest contests, but Remember it is a contest for Youth. Any entry that appears to have received too much parental help will be dropped a placing or two. It’s very tempting to over-assist, but remember – Children learn best through doing!

If you have any questions, please contact the 4-H Office at (337)332-2181 or via email at or

Adulting 101

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This year at club meetings, the 4-H Agents will present the What's on Your Plate? lessons listed below.We want to prepare youth to effectively participate in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other’s ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively as well as adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communication tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. Youth will also be able to ask questions and define problems while analyzing and interpreting data that explores the connection between nutrition, science, and agriculture.

Monthly Lessons Include:

  • Living on your own! Gain the life skills necessary to create and maintain a clean and healthy home for yourself!
  • Traveling in the right direction! Car ownership and responsibilities, car buying and maintenance
  • Do you have what it takes? In today’s competitive world, displaying professional etiquette makes a difference in the workplace and in your relationships both business and personal life.
  • Red flag check-in: Internet Safety. It’s not possible to delete or clear all the “footprints” of your computer or online activities.Think about the information you share and the relationships you make.
  • Get your money’s worth! Shopping online, finding quality in clothing, investing in a wardrobe, looking your best dress codes.
  • You’re 18, it’s the law! When teens become legal adults, they gain the rights of adults, but are they prepared with all the information and skills needed to make wise choices?

Living on Your Own: Basic Life Skills Everyone Should Know

Before we get started today, try your best to pass this life skills test!

Life Skills Quiz

Now that we know that you have some skills...

Here are some basic life skills to keep in mind.

  • Cooking
  • Laundry
  • Managing Your Money
  • Cleaning
  • Emergency and Safety Skills
  • Maintaining your House
  • Maintaining your Car
  • Job Seeking Skills

Pick one of these life skills and take a few minutes to create a plan on how you will learn this new skill or improve skills you already have.

Plan your meals in advance, set a system of reminders to pay your bills on time, fill up the gas tank when it reaches half full, set your clothes out the night before.Be a life-long learner.Mastering these skills is just a beginning!

4-H Trivia

Each month, we will have a trivia contest in The Bayou Gazette newsletter.

If you are one of the first 5 members of your club to email the correct answer to us, along with your full name, school you attend and your grade level, you will receive a prize at your next club meeting.Remember, your answer must be correct!

October 4-HTrivia Question:

What do the 4 H's stand for?

Email us the answer along with your full name, the school you attend, and your grade level by 10/25/20 to:

Junior Leader Club

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Junior Leader Members at a meeting.

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Past winners of a Junior Leader costume contest.

Junior Leaders posing after picking up trash at the Trash Bash in Lake Martin.

Looking for a greater 4-H experience? Join the Jr. Leader Club to become more active in 4-H and in your community.The Jr. Leader Club is a group of St. Martin Parish 4-H members who gather once a month and do fun things. We also like to volunteer at different events, learn new things, help the community, and go on trips!

When: Monday, October 26, 2020 from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Where: Virtual, using Microsoft Teams

Jr. Leader Club Dues are $10.

If you are interested, email Mrs. Hannah with your name, school, grade, and that you are interested in Junior Leaders for a link to join the meeting.

National 4-H Week

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Tractor Supply proudly began our partnership with 4-H in 2010 and we have since helped raise over $14 million through our Paper Clover fundraisers. The success of these campaigns has impacted over 69,000 students by providing them with hands-on learning experiences through projects in STEM, agriculture, healthy living, and civic engagement.

100% of funds raised through our two Paper Clover fundraisers directly benefit 4-H and the kids and teens they work with — 90% of donations directly support 4-H youth in the state it was raised, and the remaining 10% supports national 4-H programming.

St. Martin Parish 4-H Foundation Fall Commodity Fundraiser

The St. Martin Parish 4-H Foundation is hosting an annual fundraiser and will be selling both sweet potatoes and pecans. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the St. Martin Parish 4-H Program. The sweet potatoes are Louisiana grown on Garber Farms in Iota. The pecans are from Pointe Coupee Pecan Company. Orders are due to the St. Martin Parish 4-H Office by November 10th. Pick-up for the items ordered will take place on November 24th from

3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Breaux Bridge High School Barn, near the football field.

  • 10 pounds Sweet Potatoes: $10
  • 40 pounds Sweet Potatoes: $25
  • 3 pounds Shelled Pecans: $30
  • 1 pound Shelled Pecans: $11
  • 1 pound Sugared Pecans: $12.50
  • 1 pound Chocolate Covered Pecans: $12.50
  • 1 pound Roasted Pecans: $12.50
  • 1 pound Praline Crunch: $8.00

To order, fill out the form below and return to the St. Martin Parish Extension Office located at 114 Courthouse Street, Breaux Bridge, LA. 70517. For questions or more information, please contact the St. Martin Parish 4-H Agents at 337-332-2181.

St Martin 4-H Commodity Fundraiser Order Form fillable pdf


Contact the St. Martin Parish Extension Office
St. Martin Parish Cooperative Extension
114 Courthouse Street
Breaux Bridge, LA70517
337-332-2181Fax: 337-332-2870
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Social Media: Search “St. Martin Parish 4-H” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Pinterest

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