Ouachita 4-H Newsletter - Clover Connect, April 2022

“Clovers Care” Donations

We are assisting our NE Regional Leader Board by taking “Clovers Care” Donations through April 7, 2022 at our office located at 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe. These donations will help youth in foster care.

Suggested items to donate:

  • personal hygiene items
  • age appropriate toys
  • backpacks/duffle bags
  • coloring books
  • journals
  • crayons
  • markers/pens
  • blankets
  • socks
  • hats
  • cards

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

4-H & Tractor Supply Paper Clover Spring Campaign

Tractor Supply began their partnership with 4-H in 2010 & they have since helped raise over $14 million through the 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, & civic engagement.

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

Your local Tractor Supply store is located at 201 Mane Street, West Monroe (out by the Ike Hamilton Expo Center). The dates for the spring campaign are April 27 - May 8, 2022, so go on by & donate to help support your local 4-H programs!

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 Summer Camp Is Back!

“A Million Memories” Camp Grant Walker is Back & Celebrating 100 Years!It’s time to begin making your plans to attend 4-H Summer Camp!! This year our camp week is July 4-7, 2022. To attend, you must be in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade & be age 12 or younger on January 1, 2022. Some of the activities you can do at camp are swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, tubing, arts & crafts… a great way to spend a week in the summer! The $50 nonrefundable deposit is due by April 22, 2022. Total camp fee, $210, is due May 27, 2022. Details have been emailed to all 4-H families & are also available on our Facebook page, Ouachita 4-H & our webpage, www.LSUAgCenter.com/Ouachita. If you have questions, please contact our office at 323-2251. To view additional Camp Grant Walker information, visit www.lsuagcenter.com/grantwalker.

4-H University

What is 4-H University? Each year 4-H members who are in the 8th-12th grade as of August 1, 2021, are eligible to participate in 4-H University to demonstrate their skills in more than 40 competitive events. It is a culmination of a 4-H member’s year of hard work & dedication. Events range from Agricultural Use Demonstration, Automotive Care, Fishing Sports, Public Speaking, Fashion Revue, & more! Through competing, youth demonstrate life skills in teamwork, decision making, problem solving, resiliency, & many more. Each competitive event allows youth an opportunity for personal growth, skill mastery, & other life skills vital to functioning members of society.

  • This year’s theme is: STRIVE. 4-HU will be held June 21-24, 2022, at the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge! A few of the contests will be held virtually.
  • Cost: $75 to register. This will cover housing & other expenses such as: supplies, materials, awards, etc.Youth will need to bring money for meals.
  • How to Register: Contact Tara Garlington via email, tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu or call our office at 323-2251.
  • Registration Deadline: May 10, 2022

4HU details have been emailed to all 4-H families & are also available on our Facebook page, Ouachita 4-H & our webpage, www.LSUAgCenter.com/Ouachita. If you have questions, please contact our office at 323-2251.

Youth have 2 ways of participating in 4HU. They may choose the competitive track, participating on of the many contests; or they may choose to participate in the Clover College Track.

  • The Competitive Track list has been emailed to all 4-H families & is also on our Facebook page.
  • The Clover College Track is a non-competitive educational experience where youth may choose to learn about an area of interest, while still being able to have the LSU Campus experience! Clover College Choices will be available & shared after April 1. Note: If a 4-H member participates in a virtual contest, they will participate in the 4HU on-campus experience by enrolling in the Clover College Track.

Louisiana 4-H University Objectives

  • Promote a culture of inclusion amongst a diverse group of youth through positive social & educational experiences.
  • Provide opportunities for engagement in learning to develop mastery through project participation & achievement.
  • Provide the opportunity for self-determination through empowered decision making & teamwork.
  • Provide the opportunity for youth to see themselves as active participants in the future through career exploration.
  • Provide a safe & inclusive environment for youth.
  • Provide the opportunity for youth to practice service to others.

We hope to see you there!

Awards Program

The Ouachita 4-H End-of-the-Year Awards Day is scheduled for Friday, May 13 at the Kiroli Park Main Bandstand Area in West Monroe! 4-H members, leaders, volunteers, & parents are invited to attend. Please RSVP with youth name, grade, & school name to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Friday, April 29.

Awards Day Information

  • Registration will be from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
  • Activities will begin shortly after registration
  • We should wrap-up between 1:45-2:00 p.m.
  • 4-H will pay for admission into the park
  • 4-H will provide 4-H’ers with one drink
  • Leaders…. Don’t forget to plan your transportation to & from the park
  • Everyone should bring a sack lunch & drink

We are looking forward to a great time!

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.

HYPE/Jr. Leader Meeting for April & May

Open to 4-H’ers 7th grade & up - The April Jr. Leader/HYPE meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the LSU AgCenter Auditorium, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe. Please RSVP to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by April 19.

The May Jr. Leader/HYPE meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31 at the Henrietta Jones Community Center, located at 2800 Burg Jones Lane in Monroe. We will meet in the front of the center. We will be assisting in a Community Clean-Up Day Event! Please RSVP to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by May 24.

Louisiana Draw A Dairy Billboard Poster Contest

Promote the dairy industry by drawing a billboard encouraging or promoting the consumption of milk and/or milk products & their importance for health.

  • Posters must be on 22”x28” poster board & must not contain any copyright materials.
  • Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than 1/2” thick.
  • A 4-H club member can win first place in each division only once.
  • Include name, address, grade, school, & parish on back upper right-hand corner.

Posters are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by April 11. Ribbon awards will be given on the Parish Level.First Place Parish winning poster will move to the State Level. Winning posters at the State Level will receive cash prizes! Winning posters become the property of the Extension Service & will be displayed at statewide events.

  • Division I: 4th-6th grades
  • Division II: 7th-8th grades
  • Division III: 9th-12th grades

Photography Club Meeting

The April Photography Club meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Masur Museum of Art, 1400 South Grand Street, Monroe. Please RVSP to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by April 11.

Shooting Sports Regional & State Competitions

We had several Ouachita 4-H Shooting Sports Members participate in the recent Regional Match in Shreveport & Grand Cane. We have listed participant names along with the competition disciplines below! The State Match will be held April 26-May 1 in Port Allen & Gonzales. We are proud of our Ouachita 4-H Youth! Good luck to all those participating in the state competition! Thank you to the National Rifle Association for the continued support of our program!


Avery Atkins - ArcheryDamon Guidry - ShotgunAndrew Phillips - Archery
Ethan Atkins - Rifle, ShotgunMarissa Hamilton - ShotgunFinn Primeaux - Rifle
Bryce Baker - ShotgunAnna Harris - ArcheryAlecksis Roberts - Shotgun
Brandon Bass - ShotgunEmma Harris - ArcheryAustin Roberts - Shotgun
Britton Bond - ArcheryTalan Harrison - ShotgunCarson Robinson - Archery
Caroline Bragg - RifleNate Hawkins - ArcheryChristian Robinson - Archery
Briley Brock - ArcheryThomas Hestle - RifleLogan Robinson - Archery
Blake Burke - ShotgunCharles Holbrook - ArcheryCaden Sanson - Archery
Jonah Cardin - ArcheryJorden Hollis - ArcheryElijah Saucer - Shotgun
Tyler Cychosz - ShotgunSamuel Holtzclaw - ShotgunCaleb Self - Shotgun
Kody Dennis - ArcheryRen Hopkins - ShotgunSamantha Shreve - Archery
Josie Dycus - ArcheryCameron Lang - ShotgunZoey Shreve - Rifle
Branson English - ShotgunRobert Lang - ShotgunCollin Sims - Shotgun
Emerson Ferraro - ArcheryBrees Many - RifleJake Southern - Archery
Andrew Ganey - PistolKross Many - RifleOlivia Stephens - Archery, Rifle
Sam Ganey - ShotgunDaniel McBride - ArcheryAllie Thompson - Archery
Branden Garsee - ArcheryTommy McClelland - Archery, RifleGracie Thompson - Archery, Pistol
Landen Garsee - ArcheryMason Mills - ShotgunGarrison Young - Rifle
Thomas Girod - ArcheryKarissa Morse - Shotgun

Wildlife Forum & Field Day

When: May 6, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Where: LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station, 212-B Macon Ridge Road, Winnsboro, LA 71295

Featured Topics:

  • Food Plots
  • Feral Hog Management
  • Trapping Techniques
  • Forest Management
  • Habitat Management Techniques
  • Pest Management
  • Equipment Calibration

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. No fee to attend. Flyer & details will be available on our Facebook page.

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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