Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, December 2021

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4-H Online Enrollment Information

If you need to enroll, please see our Facebook Page, “Ouachita 4-H” for the link, QR code, instructions, & tips!

4-H Portfolios/Record Books

Record keeping is an important part of every 4-H educational project, & it’s a critical skill that will help students for a lifetime!

The 4-H Portfolio - Many awards, educational trips, & college scholarships are given to club members on the basis of their records & project work. Records show your 4-H club work progress, such as leadership accomplishments, citizenship/community service involvement, awards & recognition, etc.

The 4-H Project Record Sheet - The project record sheet helps members track, record, & reflect on their specific projects. It is used to document various project work, such as: livestock, photography, outdoor skills/shooting sports, foods/nutrition, leadership, communications, etc.

Timeline - Completed Portfolios/Record Sheets will be due to Ouachita Parish 4-H around early July each year. Selected Portfolios will be sent to the State Records Contest around early August. Results from the State Contest are available early September.

Details & Updated Record Book Forms will be available soon on our Facebook Page. If you have questions, please email tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

Ag Expo

Mark your calendars to attend Ag Expo at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane Street in West Monroe, January 14-15, 2022. Times will be available soon.

Beef Poster Contest

Louisiana Beef Industry Council Logo.The Louisiana Beef Industry Council Beef Poster Contest encourages participants to learn more about the beef industry, meat science, & nutrition while developing marketing, communication, organization, & research skills. The 2022 Beef Poster Contest Theme is “All About Beef”. Participants may compete in either the poster or digital competition! Details & rules will be available soon on our Facebook page, Ouachita 4-H. Posters or digital entries are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by March 11, 2022. This contest is open to 4-H & FFA members in grades 4-12!


  • Division I: 4th – 6th grades
  • Division II: 7th – 9th grades
  • Division III: 10th – 12th grades
  • Division DIGITAL: Open division. All ages compete together

Awards: All monetary awards are sponsored by the Louisiana Beef Industry Council.

  • First Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $200
  • Second Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $100
  • Third Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $50

Camp Grant Walker Camp Culinary

Camp Culinary is for all youth ages 9-13 & is scheduled for December 17-18 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock. Registration deadline is December 3. See our Facebook page for details.

Community Service Project

Help our Jr. Leaders/HYPE Members with our Community Service Project! We will be supporting the Simple Project, a non-profit charity that is dedicated to the homeless & less fortunate. Ouachita 4-H will be collecting new or gently used coats in all sizes, scarves, hats, gloves, & misc. travel sized toiletry items, such as: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, & Kleenex. We will be collecting donations through Wednesday, Dec. 15. Items may be dropped off at the Ouachita 4-H office, 8:00-4:30, Monday-Friday, 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe.

December HYPE/Jr. Leader Meeting

Open to 4-H’ers 7th grade & up - The Jr. Leader/HYPE meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We will meet at the West Monroe Community Center, 400 S 5th Street, West Monroe. We have been invited to the community center to participate in a community service project wrapping Christmas presents, learn about Americorps, & participate in a financial literacy lesson! RSVP by Monday, December 6 by calling 323-2251, or by emailing tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

Facebook, Instagram, & the 4-H Newsletter!

Be sure to “like” us on Facebook & Instagram… both pages are named Ouachita 4-H. The 4-H Newsletter is made available on our webpage, lsuagcenter.com/Ouachita, as well as on our Facebook page. It is available within the first week of each month, September through April.

Golden Clover/Emerald Achievement Awards

The Golden Clover & Emerald Achievement Awards reflect the years of 4-H club work, club offices held, project records completed, participation in workshops, clinics, & events, awards programs, leadership participation, etc. In an effort to incentivize local programming & recognition, both awards have been transitioned to parish awards. For application form & details, please contact Tara Garlington at 323-2251. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

4-H Golden Clover Award
All items are optional, but a total of 250 points must be earned for award. Points are accumulated based on your total years of work in 4-H.

  • Must be 14 years of age or under by January 1 of the club year application is made
  • Must have at least two (2) years of 4-H club work, including award year
  • Must score at least 250 points on the application & scorecard
  • A club member may only win this award one time.

4-H Emerald Achievement Award
All items are optional, but a total of 360 points must be earned for award. Points are accumulated based on your total years of work in 4-H.

  • Must be 15 years of age (or older) by January 1 of the year application is made.
  • Must have three years of 4-H club work, including award year.
  • Must have completed one year of active Junior Leadership work excluding award year.
  • Must score at least 360 points on the application & scorecard.
  • A club member may only win this award one time.

Honor Cord

In an effort to recognize graduating 4-H seniors, the Louisiana 4-H Foundation sponsors the 4-H Honor Cord awards. Please visit the following 4-H Honor Cord link to view the qualification information & to fill out the application by January 21, 2022: Senior Honor Cords

Northeast Region Ag 4-H Photography Contest

See our Facebook page for the flyer! Winners will receive cash prizes. Divisions: 4th-6th Grades & 7th-12th Grades. Categories: 1. Farm Animals 2. Horticulture/Plants/Crops 3. Any Other Agriculture. Mounted Photos must be delivered to the Ouachita 4-H office by January 5, 2022.

Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest

Chef wearing a chef hat.Pre-registration deadline is Friday, January 7, 2022! The Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2022 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the 4-H auditorium. 4-H’ers should drop off their dishes between 5:00-6:00 p.m. & arrive back at 7:00 p.m. for the awards presentation. 4-H’ers with winning dishes will compete in the Area Cookery in Rayville in February. They will compete against 4-H’ers in 12 other parishes! Please pre-register by contacting the 4-H office via phone (318-323-2251) or email (ouachita@agcenter.lsu.edu) stating contestant’s name & dish category. 4-H members aged 9 to 19 are eligible to compete. See Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest for complete cookery rules & dish category rules.

Dish Categories:

Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Egg, Chicken, Quick-N-Easy Ground Beef, Main Dish Beef

Photography Club Meeting

The Photography Club will meet Thursday, December 16 from 4:45-6:00 p.m. in downtown West Monroe. We will meet at “Alley Park” for a few minutes then we will head over to “Land of Lights.”Parents may pick-up at the “Land of Lights” at the corner of Pine and Cotton Streets. Please RSVP to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Monday, December 13.

Steven L. Hotard Scholarship

Graduate cap and scholarship.The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association is pleased to announce the 2022 Steven L. Hotard Scholarship for Excellence. The Association will again award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving graduating senior who has been accepted into an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school & who is pursuing a degree in any of the applied or natural sciences. The student must be currently active in 4-H. Selection of the recipient will be based on 4-H project work, community service, demonstrated leadership, & academic achievement. For more information, please contact Tara Garlington at 323-2251. Completed application & supporting documents are due by February 28, 2022.

Your Ouachita 4-H Agent is Tara Garlington

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Ouachita Parish 4-H, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291

Phone: (318) 323-2251 Fax: (318) 387-9376

Made Available By: Tara Garlington, Assistant Extension Agent

Email: tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

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