Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, October 2020

October 2020 4-H Newsletter. October 2020.

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.

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!

Honorable Mention

Lexi H., Ouachita 4-H’er, received an Honorable Mention for her entry in the 2020 Dairy Billboard Poster Contest. Her poster can be seen on our Facebook page, Ouachita 4-H! Congratulations Lexi!!

Hurricane Laura Relief

Thank you for your donations. In an effort to help those in need, we will continue accepting the items listed below at the Ouachita 4-H office, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe through the month of October. 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.

Needed Donations

  • Cases of water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Canned goods (i.e. vienna sausage, tuna, chicken pork & beans)
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Zip top bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Clorox/Clorox wipes
  • Washing detergent
  • Toiletries
  • Batteries
  • Plastic totes
  • Work gloves
  • Mops and buckets
  • Vinegar
  • Mold killer
  • Rubber boots
  • Extension cords
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Box cutters
  • Garden hoses
  • n95 masks
  • Hand sanitizer

Join 4-H Shooting Sports!

The 2020-2021 Shooting Sports Registration forms are now available here! All completed forms are due to the 4-H office by Friday, October 16. Shooting Sports will begin in November this year. Be sure to follow the Shooting sports Facebook page “Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports” to keep up with the most up-to-date information. We will have 3 disciplines this year: Archery, Rifle & Shotgun.

If there is an existing 4-H club at your school, you may sign up to become a 4-H member at that school, if you choose to do so. If there isn’t a club at your school, that does not stop you from signing up to be part of our Shooting Sports Program! You have the option of enrolling in our 4-H program as a Member-At-Large, whether or not you have a club at your school. In order to be enrolled in our Shooting Sports Program, youth must be enrolled as a regular 4-H member as well. There is a separate form & fee for each. The Ouachita 4-H Enrollment Forms for 2020-2021 are available here.

The fee for regular 4-H enrollment is $5 this year. The Shooting Sports fee is $10. The total fee to join 4-H & Shooting Sports is $15. (A Shooting Sports Member must be enrolled in 4-H.) Checks are payable to Ouachita 4-H. Checks & completed forms may be mailed or placed in our drop box in the back of the building at 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291. Visit our website or go to our shooting sports Facebook page, “Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports” for more information. If you have questions, please contact our office at 323-2251 or email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu. We are looking forward to a great year!!

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. For your safety, we will be wearing masks & practicing social distancing guidelines. Extra masks will be available if needed. To sign up, email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by October 14.

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”.

Recycled Winter Craft Workshop

Where: 4-H Office Auditorium.

When: Tuesday, November 24.

Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cost: No Fee!!!

To Register, please email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by November 17. Details will be in the November newsletter. For your safety, we will be wearing masks & practicing social distancing guidelines. Extra masks will be available if needed.

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

West Monroe Recycling Center

Recyclable Items
  • Paper
  • Cans
  • Aluminum
  • #1 Plastics
  • #2 Plastics
  • Cardboard
Non Recyclable Items
  • Glass
  • Styrofoam

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!!! The tabs can come from energy drinks, soup cans, or anything with a metallic tab. Donations may be dropped off at the 4-H office, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe.

Save The Date!!!

  • 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
  • Shooting Sports forms due - October 16
  • Deadline to donate for hurricane - October 30
  • Recycled Winter Craft Workshop - November 24

Welcome Back to 4-H!

4-H cloverDo 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. Ouachita 4-H enrollment forms for 2020-2021 are now available on our website! New this year is an online enrollment, or you can print & fill out your enrollment form & mail it to us or drop it off at the 4-H office. The online enrollment & the printable forms can be found here. 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.

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!

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 4 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2020 at the Forsythe Park Playground Area. For your safety, we will be wearing masks & practicing social distancing guidelines. Extra masks will be available if needed. We are looking forward to a great time! No cost to join if you are a Ouachita 4-H member.

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