Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, September 2020

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4-H Camp Grant Walker Hurricane Damage

The LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA, sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura. If you are able to make a monetary donation to support repairs & restoration of Grant Walker, please consider contributing to the Grant Walker 4-H Education Center Support Fund. You can donate online at lsufoundation.org/grantwalker.You can also donate via check by mailing donations to Dr. Patrick Tuck, Louisiana 4-H Foundation, 104 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

9/11 Virtual Day of Service

What Is In Your Emergency Kit? For the 9/11 Day of Service, youth will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual service-learning workshop on how to create an emergency preparedness kit for their household & ways they can volunteer & serve their community from home. The workshop is scheduled for September 12, 2020, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Youth, parents, & volunteers interested in participating in 9/11 Day can register at: https://bit.ly/LA4H911.The programming is open to all youth (ages 5-25) & their families, & not just 4-H members.

Ark-La-Miss Fair Cancelled!

Citing COVID-19 health safety concerns, the 2020 Ark-La-Miss Fair (annually sponsored by the West Monroe Civitan Club) has been cancelled for this year. The 48th annual event was scheduled to take place Oct. 2-11 at the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center & will be rescheduled to resume in 2021.

Help Support Local 4-H!

Buy a paper clover for $1 at your local Tractor Supply from October 7-18 & you will help to support your local 4-H. The local store in Ouachita Parish is at 201 Mane Street in West Monroe!

Hurricane Laura Relief

Many families in Louisiana have suffered great loss during this hurricane season. In an effort to help those in need, we will be accepting the items listed below at the Ouachita 4-H office, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, through Friday, September 18. Please knock on the back door located beside the 4-H dropbox - Monday thru Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Please share with others in the community. Thank you for your support.

Needed Donations

Join 4-H Shooting Sports!

If you are 9 years old or older & like hunting or shooting guns or bows, then you will be able to join our Shooting Sports club. We will have more information about signing up as soon as possible. Check our Facebook & Instagram pages often for updates!

Join the 4-H Junior Leader Club!

If you are in 7th grade or above, you may join the 4-H Junior Leader Club.Jr. Leaders are active with service learning projects, assist with 4-H activities, serve as camp counselors & have lots of fun!We are excited about the new year & hope you will come join us at our first meeting at the 4-H auditorium on Thursday, October 15, at 5:30 p.m. More details will be in the October newsletter.

Name the Newsletter!

The monthly 4-H Newsletter needs a new name for the 2020-21 school year. Turn in your ideas for a newsletter name to your 4-H Leader by Friday, October 16. The winner will receive $20.00. Limit one entry per 4-H’er. Limit your newsletter name to 5 words or less. Put your name & school on your entries. Last year, our newsletter was named “The Talk of the Day”.

Our Response to COVID-19

Many 4-H club meetings & events will be conducted a bit differently this year. While some clubs will continue meeting in person, following social distancing guidelines, others will utilize virtual club meeting avenues. Events may be postponed, transitioned into a virtual format, or cancelled as health needs change. We are committed to assist in keeping our 4-H family healthy, while maintaining as much normalcy as possible in our programming. We are looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year!

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

Our 4-H 2020-2021 Programming Focus will be on Recycling & Environmental Stewardship. We want to teach our youth about recycling at a young age in order to make a difference in our present & future communities! The West Monroe Recycling Center allows easy drop-off to make recycling a simple process. You could start out by simply placing a few separate labeled bins in your home!

The West Monroe Recycling Center is a free drop-off facility for the general public, despite where they may live. The Recycling Center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. & is located directly behind the Police Department at 409 Lincoln Street in West Monroe. Accepted items include: Plastics No. 1 & No. 2, cardboard, paper (newspaper & copy paper), aluminum & metal cans. Please rinse all cans & plastic jugs. No glass or Styrofoam!

The Recycling Center staff is happy to assist you & answer your questions. We ask that you please be prepared to sort your recyclables when you arrive. Please do not drop off items when the Recycling Center is closed. For more information visit www.westmonroe.com or call (318) 397-3290.

Ronald McDonald Pull Tab Program

Since the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe opened in 1985 it has hosted more than 8,000 families from 30 states & 9 foreign countries. Primarily it has served trauma, heart disease, cancer, serious childhood diseases, & families of premature babies who need to be close to area hospitals.

Guests are asked to donate $10 per night to help offset expenses. However, this only accounts for 21% of the total operating budget. It is for this reason that the Ronald McDonald House is grateful for the support of the community. It would be wonderful to see this program grow through our Ouachita 4-H families! Save those tabs!!! We will send information out about collecting the tabs in the October newsletter. The tabs can come from energy drinks, soup cans, or anything with a metallic tab.

Save The Date!!!

  • 9/11 Day of Service...............................September 12
  • Deadline to donate for hurricane...........September 18
  • National 4-H Week................................October 4-10
  • 4-H Tractor Supply fundraiser...............October 7-18
  • Photography Club meeting...................October 12
  • Jr. Leader meeting................................October 15
  • Name the Newsletter entries due..........October 16

Thank You!!!

We would be remiss if we failed to say “Thank You” to the 4-H families who participated in our virtual programming opportunities over the last few months! A special thank you goes to Swartz Upper Elementary 4-H’ers, parents, & leader, Mrs. Laura Tugwell. We appreciate your creative & consistent participation!

Welcome Back to 4-H!!!

Do you want to join 4-H? Four-H is a club for boys & girls ages 9 to 19. By joining you can participate in workshops, contests & 4-H Camp. Enrollment forms will be available soon in an online format. If a 4-H club is available at your school, follow the school’s enrollment guidelines. If there isn’t a club at your school, you may still join 4-H as a Member-At-Large & participate in all 4-H activities. Just call the 4-H office for details!!

Who's Into Photography??

We’re ready to get a brand new year kicked off with our 4-H Photography Club! Are you ready to learn more about photography? Our very own West Monroe Mayor Staci Albritton Mitchell is ready to teach you! The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2020. Time & location still to be determined - look for updates in the October newsletter!!! No cost to join if you are a Ouachita 4-H member.

Winners of the Recycled Project Contest


PlaceNameSchoolProject
1stLexi H.Swartz UpperPink Flamingo made from bottle caps & fence board
2nd (tie)Trinity D.Swartz Upper"Fish" Buoy Line made of water bottles
2nd (tie)Liberty S.Swartz UpperBows made from old magazines
3rdLilliana R.Swartz UpperPioneer Doll Wagon made from boxes & lids





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