Monday, July 27, 2015

Fall Gardening Program

Thursday, August 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Hays County Extension Office
$10/person

Come and learn about a few basic rules, how to make practical decisions on selecting a garden site, selecting the right vegetable crop, and growing the vegetables that return a good portion of nutritious food for the time and space required. Conducted by Hays County Master Gardener volunteers.

Backyard Poultry Program

Thursday, August 6, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Hays County Extension Office
$10/person

A backyard flock of feathered friends means access to fresh eggs and free control of insect pests. Come learn more about raising backyard birds from local expert Jesse Huth!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TLC (Teamork, Leadership & Communication) Workshop

Attention 4-H'ers age 12 and over!!  Join our Extension intern Alexis Skaggs for a fun-filled day of increasing your teamwork, leadership and communication skills.  The workshop will take place on Wed., July 29th, 9 am-3 pm, at the Hays Co. Extension office.  This is a free workshop, but please sign up by July 28th.  Click here for a promo flyer.

Hays Co. 4-H Awards Night - deadline to RSVP is July 27th!!

Please mark your calendars...



We have tickets available from our office, so please be sure to stop by and pick up yours.  The deadline to RSVP is Monday, July 27th.  The meal will be catered this year, so we will need an accurate count of who is planning to attend.  Thank you!

We are Collecting School Supplies


We are collecting school supplies for the 15th Annual Greater San Marcos Youth Council's School Supply Drive through August 3rd.  Click here to find out what supplies are needed.  Please drop your donations off at our office during regular business hours. 

If you are planning to attend the 4-H Awards Night, please bring your supplies with you. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

4-H Recordbook Results

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers whose 4-H recordbooks advanced to district judging, which took place on July 9th in Creedmoor.  Placing in the top 5 of their categories were:
Hannah Vincent, 4th in Jr Companion Animals
Ashley Wortham, 1st in Jr Horse
- Paul Kennedy, 4th in Jr Photography
- Joseph Nino, 3rd in Int Beef
- Nicholas Basinger, 1st in Dairy
- Rebekah O'Banon, 4th in Int Food & Nutrition
- Arielle Wortham, 2nd in Int Horse
- Rebekah McDaniel, 4th in Int Poultry
- Drew Wilson, 3rd in Int Rabbit
- Konleigh Eben, 2nd in Int Swine
- Alaynna Burke, 2nd in Sr Companion Animal
- Kyle Herron, 5th in Sr Goat
- Karen Crews, 3rd in Sr Horse
- Madison Hawkins, 3rd in Sr Leadership
- Sydney Basinger, 4th in Sr Photography
- Kamry Clark, 3rd in Sr Swine
- Brack Bonner, 3rd in Sr Wildlife & Fisheries

Others whose books competed were:
- Kalea Caldwell, Jr Poultry
- Madyson Clark, Jr Swine
- Makayla Araujo, Int Clothing & Textiles
- Kendyl Gordon, Int Goat
- McKenna Hawkins, Sr Sheep

Congratulations also to others who submitted their recordbooks for county judging: Priscilla Ruiz, Olivia Twining, Cassandra Twining, Kate McCallick, Skylar Parrish, Aliseana Lopez, Eamon Decker, Alaura Webb, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Bridget Decker, Gillian Guynes, Hayden Lugo, Cooper Moore and Holden Gardner.  Special thanks to those who served as county judgers:  Debbie Moore, Lois LaCaze, Haley White, Beth Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell, Jaci Kroupa, Richard Parrish, Laura Petty and Alexis Skaggs. 

All of these 4-H'ers will be recognized at the upcoming Hays Co. 4-H Awards Night on August 3rd.  Be sure you get your tickets!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Time to order Sheep and Goat Validation Tags for Major Livestock Shows

It is time to order major livestock show tags for sheep and goat projects.  All tag orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by August 25.  You can download an order form by clicking here.

Validaiton will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

4-H Shooting Sports Club Update

Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports had a member, Cole Ritchie,  on the Texas Team participate at the 4H National Shooting Competition in Grand Island, NE.  Texas Team won 2nd place in Nationals all around to Missouri- It was a close competition! 

Cole Ritchie was on the Texas Pistol Team.  Texas Pistol Team won 3rd place overall in nationals and 1st in Pistol Silhouette Cole won 9th Individual in pistol silhouette and 9th in the pistol camp perry round and 8th place pistol individual over all!

Other:  The Texas Shotgun team came in first and had an amazing presence at the games. 
 
Cynthia Ritchie, Hays 4-H Shooting Sports Club

Monday, June 22, 2015

Virtual 4-H Volunteer Conference

The next session of the Texas 4-H Virtual (online) Volunteer Conference will take place Aug. 19-21.  It will address a variety of 4-H topics including club management, leadership, project trainings and youth/adult opportunities.  Workshops will be conducted during the day and evening hours using AgriLife Extension’s TTVN WebMeeting system.
Click here to find out more.  Please take advantage of these excellent training opportunities without leaving home.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Texas 4-H Roundup Results

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who are participating in Texas 4-H Roundup!- Haley White received a $1,000 Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Haley also joined Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins and Alaynna Burke to do the Ag Product ID Contest.  Madison earned 8th high point individual.
- Makenna also took part in the Archery Contest.

- Aubrie Caldwell and Alyssa Caldwell participated in the Photography Judging Contest.  Aubrie was high point intermediate individual.
- We also participated in the 4K for 4H with Aubrie taking 1st place within the intermediate division.
- Mrs. Jaci Kroupa was honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award.  Because she has become instrumental with the flood clean up, Jaci was unable to attend Roundup.
- Alaynna also competed in Share the Fun Vocal, placing 9th.
- Madison also participated in Open Ag/Natural Resources Educational Presentation in which she placed 5th.
- For the Texas 4-H Photo Contest, Madison had 2 blue and 2 red awards, Makenna received 1 blue award and Avery Herron won 3 blue awards.  Their photos are on display in our office for the next year, so check them out.

We thank all of our 4-H volunteer and parents who accompanied us to Roundup! 

Keep Till Family in Your Prayers

One of our most faithful 4-H volunteers needs your prayers!  Mrs. Mary Ann Till fell on May 20 and broke her arm and hip.  She will remain at Regent Care (rm 414) in San Marcos thru at least the first part of July.  Please keep Mrs. Till and her family in your prayers.

Flood Recovery Efforts

First off, thank you to everyone who has stepped up to help with the recovery efforts.  No one wishes this kind of tragedy on anyone, but it's these times that let us know that people are willing to help each other.

Rather than outlining the needs, please refer to the following sites for the most up to date info:
- Hays County Facebook and Twitter (@hayscountygov)
- City of San Marcos' Facebook and Twitter (@cityofsanmarcos) 

You can also call 512-753-2320 for any questions or concerns about Memorial weekend floods.

Above all, please keep all the families affected in your prayers.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

District 4-H Leadership Lab

Congratulations to our 4-H'ers who participated in District 4-H Leadership Lab on June 24-26 in New Braunfels:  Haley White, Madison Hawkins, Makenna Hawkins, Aubrie Caldwell, Alyssa Caldwell, Kendyl Gordon, Kyle Herron, Taya Schwieing, Cassandra Twiining, Olivia Twining and Bobbi Williams.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Thank You Safety Day Volunteers!!

Special thanks to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who helped with our Safety Days!! Thank you to:  Alizae Mendoza, Aliseana Lopez, Makena Hawkins, Kora Renfro, Carleigh Funk, Konleigh Eben, Quentin Parrish, Priscilla Ruiz, Ashley Wortham, Arielle Wortham, Araya Feeney, Skylar Parrish, Joseph Nino, Jennifer Ruiz, Becky Hawkins, Tina Owens, Dori Naivar, Haley White, Kendyl Gordon and Lois LaCaze.  Special thanks also to our 4-H Shooting Sports members and volunteers who presented the firearm safety session:  Scott Edwards, Lisa Edwards, Riley Edwards, Cynthia Ritcher, Gretchen Westbrook, Yahva Westbrook, Alyssa Tate and James Tate.  A big thank you also to Dyan, Olivia and Cassandra Twining for leading the hearing session.

Over the 2-day Safety Days, we had a total of 755 4th grade students from 7 Hays CISD elementary schools and 225 youth and adult volunteers and school staff.  Students rotated through 9, 20-minute sessions on a variety of safety topics.  Thank you to everyone who helped make both days successful!!  

Check out the highlights videos that Richard compiled.  He went above and beyond this time with two versions – 1 long and 1 short.  Click here to view the 18-minute video and click here to view the 6-minute (short) video.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Congrats and Best Wishes!!

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who recently participated in District 4-H Roundup, Clothing and/or Photography Contests:

Roundup:
- Ashley Wortham was 1st in Horse
- Arielle Wortham placed 1st in Horse and received the Sweepstakes Award
- Skylar Parrish placed 4th in Open-Ag/Natural Resources
- Madison Hawkins took 1st in Open-Ag/Natural Resources and qualified for state
- Kyle Herron received 4th place in Public Speaking
- team of Aliseana Lopez, Joseph Nino and Risa Martinez placed 2nd in Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H
- Makenna Hawkins received 5th in Share the Fun Solo/Band
- Priscilla Ruiz placed 1st in Share the Fun Poetry/Prose
- Araya Feeney received 1st place in Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna Burke placed 2nd in Share the Fun Vocal and qualified for state
- Quentin Parrish placed 5th in Open-General
Special thanks to Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke and Jennifer Ruiz for serving as judges!!

Clothing:
- Avery Herron had the Best of Show in the Textile Show
- Rebekah McDaniel took 1st place in her Fashion Show category

       Photo:
- Paul Kennedy - 3 blue awards
- Hannah Vincent Dame - 2 red awards
- Kayla Cox - 3 blue awards
- Alyssa Tate - 3 blue awards
- Konleigh Eben - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Drew Wilson - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Zoe Flynn - 3 blue awards
- Jenna Krenek - 3 blue awards and a category winner
- Sydney Basinger - 3 red awards
- Eamon Decker - 2 blue awards
- Brook Krenek - 2 blue awards
- Austin Drake - 2 blue and 1 red awards and a category winner

Headed to Texas 4-H Roundup
A special congrats to everyone who will be participating at Texas 4-H Roundup the week of June 9th in College Station:
- Madison Hawkins - Open-Ag & Natural Resources Educational Presentation
- Alaynna Burke - Share the Fun Vocal
- Alaynna and Makenna Hawkins were selected to sing the National Anthem during the Thursday night assembly at Roundup - there were over 100 entries, and 3 were selected to perform, so this is quite an honor!
- Haley White - receiving a Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship from the San Antonio Stock Show School Tours
- Alyssa Caldwell and Aubrie Caldwell - Invitational Photo Judging Contest
- Alaynna, Madison, Makenna and Haley - Invitational Ag Product ID
- Alaynna and Makenna - Invitational Wildlife Challenge
- Madision, Makenna and Avery Herron have photo in the Texas 4-H Photo Contest
- A big congrats to Mrs. Jaci Kroupa who will be honored with the Texas 4-H Alumni Award
- Jay and Becky Hawkins, Karla Burke, Beth Caldwell, Kalea Caldwell, Richard Parrish and Laura Petty will also be participating.

Best wishes to everyone participating in Texas 4-H Roundup.  You can still participate in workshops, recognition assemblies, kick off event, concerts, etc.  Click here to find out more about Texas 4-H Roundup.

TSC Paper Clover Promotion

Thank you to everyone who helped with the Spring TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion between April 22nd and May 3rd.  100% of every $1 paper clover purchased at our 3 Hays Co. TSC stores during the promotion supports 4-H.  70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live.  Nationwide, $913,553 was raised during the Spring 2015 Paper Clover Fundraiser, our best event ever!  Texas was the top selling state with raising $106,842.  

You can also mark your calendars for the Fall 2015 promotion - Oct. 7-18!!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Texas Community Futures Forum Summary

We conducted our Futures Forum on March 28th.  The event brought together individuals from throughout Hays County to identify and prioritize critical issues.  The forum is conducted state-wide, within each county, every 4-5 years.  Issues were reviewed within four areas:
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Families & Health
  • Community Resource & Economic Development
  • Youth
Click here for a complete summary.

Summer Programs & Opportunities

There are so many wonderful opportunities right here in Hays County, and our Hays County FCS (Family & Consumer Sciences) Advisory Committee saw a need to compile Summer Youth Program Opportunities as a tool for families to learn about various activities and be able to get involved in positive learning programs.  This is our third year to do this.  Click here for a compiled list of opportunities.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Clothing Workshop

Recently, four Hays County 4-Hers participated in the Hays County 4-H Clothing and Textiles Workshop.  As part of the workshop, cuddle pillows were made and donated to San Marcos/Hays County EMS for children in traumatic situations.  Pictured from left to right: Rebekah McDaniel, Rebekah O’Banon, Bailey Jones, and Sarah Mendoza.

Hays County 4-H Roundup & Clothing Contests

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in our County 4-H Roundup (public speaking) and Clothing Contests on April 7th.  These 4-H'ers qualified for district contests, which are being held May 1st or 2nd in San Antonio:
Clothing Contests:
- Rebekah O'Banon - Fashion Show Construction Semi-Formal/Formal
- Rebekah McDaniel - Fashion Show Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25
- Avery Herron - Textile Show Accessory

Roundup:
- Quentin Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open General - “The Universe”
- Madison Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Open Agriculture - “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”
- Araya Feeney, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Vocal - “Naughty”
- Aliseana Lopez, Risa Martinez, and Joseph Niño, East San Marcos 4-H - Int Share the Fun Celebrate 4-H - “What Has 4-H Done for You?”
- Priscilla Ruiz, Wimberley 4-H - Int Share the Fun Poetry/Prose - “Cowgirl’s Prayer”
- Alaynna Burke, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Vocal - “Blue”
- Makenna Hawkins, Buda 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Solo/Band - “Forever and Ever Amen”

- Ashley Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Jr Horse - “Preparing for a Horse Show”
- Salem Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Companion Animals - “Insuring the Health and Welfare of Your Cat”
- Arielle Wortham, Wimberley 4-H - Int Horse - “Competitive Horse Judging”
- Skylar Parrish, West San Marcos 4-H - Int Open Agriculture - “Worm Composting”
- Sarah Liles, Wimberley 4-H - Int Open General - “Character Development and Design”
- Kyle Herron, Dripping Springs 4-H - Sr Public Speaking - “Hormones in Beef”

Hays Co. 4-H Photo Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who submitted entries for the Co. 4-H Photo Contest!!  59 photos were submitted by 11 4-H'ers.  Special recognition goes to:

  • Jr Best of Show – Paul Kennedy, Animals Domestic category
  • Int Best of Show – Drew Wilson, Animals Wildlife category
  • Sr Best of Show – Avery Herron, People category

Congratulations also to our senior 4-H’ers whose photos qualified for the Texas 4-H Photography Contest:

  • Madison Hawkins:   - Animals Domestic, Catch-all, Night Photography and Plant/Flora categories
  • Makenna Hawkins – Theme category
  • Avery Herron – Animals Wildlife, Nature/Landscape and People categories

Because we never had a chance to showcase the photos, I have compiled a slide show which includes all 59 entries.  Click here to view a slideshow which also includes info on what awards each photo received.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Job Fancy Feathers 4-H!!

Mr. Wayne Williams, 4-H Club Manager, shared this...
Fancy Feathers 4-H held their 8th annual Open Chicken Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on March 21st.  There were over 500 fancy birds entered in the show, representing all six classes of standard chickens, all six classes of bantam chickens, and even some very nice show ducks.  In addition to all the birds, Fancy Feathers had several activities for the youth and adults alike, to include raffles, Cluck Off, Match the Judge competition, and a Home Depot kids’ workshop.  Three Fancy Feathers members took home top honors at the show’s awards.  Bridget Decker won the highly competitive Cluck Off trophy and a cash award, Alyssa Caldwell won Grand Champion Backyard Large Fowl, and Bobbi Williams won Grand Champion Bantam Junior Show.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Summer Sewing Camp

Sassy Southern Sewing in Luling is hosting a 4-day workshop for kids age 8-18 on July 29-August 1, at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.  They are offering numerous classes.  Click here to find out more.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules and Schedule

The rules for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show have been released.  They can be found by clicking here.  These rules will govern the 2015 District and State 4-H Horse Shows.  For the remaining Hays County 4-H Horse Show to be held on March 21, we will be using the 2014 Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules.

The schedule for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show has also been released.  The dates for the show will be July 18-July 25.  A copy of the schedule can be found by clicking here.

We have not yet received information on registering for the District or State 4-H Horse Shows.  When we get that information, it will be posted on the blog.  Registration for the State 4-H Horse Show usually takes place at the District 4-H Horse Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wimberley 4-H News

Congratulations to Wimberley 4-H for being honored by the children's shelter.  4-H members brought coats and clothes to the kids there. They not only collected coats all over town, they took them to the kids and visited with them.  Thanks to Kim McGee for sharing!!

Mrs. McGee also reported on the 4-H food and nutrition project lesson, which included a sit down lesson about nutritional value and a special guest French professor who teach them how to make crepes.  They also received a French language lesson.  What a great experience!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hays Co. 4-H Horse Judgers Shine

The Hays County 4-H Junior Horse Judging team received third place honors in the San Antonio Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest held on February 19. There were fifty-three teams competing in the Junior Division of this contest. The Hays County 4-H Team members consisted of Sarah Bouckley, Colin DeWitt, Haley Garland, all members of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club, and Arielle Wortham, a member of the Wimberley 4-H Club. The team also had two of its members place in the top twenty high point individuals in the contest. Of the 182 junior contestants competing in the contest, Haley Garland was the 12th high point individual and Colin DeWitt was the 15th high point individual in the contest.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Support the Hays Co. Food Bank


Hays County CROP Walk - April 12th, Dunbar Recreation Center
25% of funds raised go to benefit the Food Bank, while the rest goes to Church World Service.

For more details on these and other Food Bank events, click here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

4-H Exhibitor Cards

Attention 4-H members.  As many of you get ready for the Hays County and other shows, don't forget your 4-H Exhibitor sign. Click here to view/download the sign.  It is a pdf-fillable file, so add your name and club, print and post with your exhibits/projects during the upcoming shows.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monthly 4-H Club Meeting Report

All 4-H clubs are required to complete a monthly 4-H club meeting report.  Click here to go to and complete the report by the 25th of each month.

4-H Clubs and groups are also required to submit a copy of their monthly bank statement(s) to our office by the 25th of each month.  I would prefer an electronic copy if at all possible. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congrats Bobbi!!

Congratulations to Bobbi Williams, Fancy Feathers 4-H member.  She participated in the Ohio National Poultry Show November 6-9.  This is largest poultry show in the US.  It was also the 100th year anniversary of the American Bantam Association, which Bobbi is a member.  There was over 9,600 birds in the show,  2,700 of them were in the Junior show that Bobbi competed in.  The traditional goblet trophy was for one of the birds she entered.  She won best Rose Comb Clean Legged Bantam and was 3rd overall in the entire Junior Show.  The other trophy was awarded to her for winning the 16 year old Showmanship Class.  There was 190 kids that entered the Showmanship competition.  In the 16 year old class there was 19 entries.

4-H Food Contest Results

Congratulations to our Hays County 4-H'ers who participated in the District 4-H Food Challenge and Food Show on Dec. 13th!! 

Food Challenge:
 - Junior Team of Clayton Engler, Colton Engler and Cole Younts placed 3rd in Nutritious Snacks
- Intermediate Team of Alyssa Caldwell, Aubrie Caldwell and Bailey Phillips - placed 3rd in Fruits & Vegetables
- Intermediate Team of Araya Feeney , Kendyl Gordon, Rebekah O’Banon and Georgia Younts placed 2nd in Main Dish

Food Show:
- Jr. Fruit/Vegetable - Clayton Engler
- Jr. Protein - Colton Engler placed 4th
- Int. Fruit/Vegetable - Bailey Phillips


Special thanks to all of our 4-H Food Project Leaders and parents for all their time and leadership!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congrats Cole!

Congratulations to Cole Ritchie, member of the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, on being selected for the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports team!!  He is one of only 36 members of this team.  Besides representing Texas 4-H and the shooting sports projects, the team will be competing at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational on June 21-26, 2015 in Nebraska.

Monday, December 1, 2014

One Day 4-H Projects

One Day 4-H is a state-wide effort to have 4-H members and volunteers giving back within their communities.  Congratulations to our 4-H clubs who conducted One Day 4-H projects!!
 - Buda 4-H - collected and delivered $600 in supplies and money for PAWS
 - Dripping Springs 4-H - conducted landscape work at Dripping Springs Ranch Park

 - East San Marcos 4-H - cleaned up a playscape at a local park
 - Fancy Feathers 4-H - cleaned up at Wimberley Veterans Memorial Plaza
 - West San Marcos 4-H - collected 300+ lbs of food for Hays Co. Food Bank

If your 4-H club's One Day 4-H project is not listed above, please provide me the info and I'll add it.  If you haven't done it already, please click here to provide a quick report and submit photos of your projects.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get Enrolled in 4-H!!

If you have not enrolled in the 2014-15 4-H year, please do so!!  Click here for a "help sheet."  If you are still having trouble, please contact our office.  Please make sure your member and adult profiles are listed as "active" or at least "pending."  In order to participate in various contests and activities, you must be enrolled.

All adults working within the 4-H program should also enroll as volunteers on 4-H Connect.  The volunteer application fees are covered by the 4-H Adult Leaders Association, so it doesn't cost you anything.  And all enrolled 4-H members and volunteers are covered by the Texas 4-H liability insurance as well as the county's supplemental medical insurance.


All 4-H members will receive 4-H Members cards again this year.  Our 4-H adult volunteers will also receive 4-H Volunteer cards.  We will prepare these in large batches so we hope to start getting them out to your Club Managers to distribute at your November 4-H club meetings.  


Friday, October 10, 2014

Rockets to the Rescue Workshop

We had a GREAT trip to Southwest Research Institute on October 8 for the Rockets to the Rescue project!  If you missed it, you missed out on a lot of great learning and fun.  To get an idea of what happened during this fantastic trip, you can watch the video that was put together following this trip.  You can access the video by clicking here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

School Attendance

Steady school attendance is very important, so check out these resources.  Click here to view the Parent's Guide to School Attendance.  Click here to visit the Missing School Matters website.

Children's Shelter Needs Your Help

Julia New with the Greater San Marcos Youth Council shared the following...
I was wondering how we could spread the word to Hays County 4-H groups that we have needs for Hays County foster care children? Our children’s shelter has received wonderful donations from groups throughout the years and it’s a pretty painless effort for everyone.  For example, cleaning supplies, snacks, juice boxes, wipes, diapers, etc. Farm Bureau customers can purchase car seats for $30 or $35 for case workers to transport babies and children in or to give to new parents. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I’m also happy to present to any 4-H groups. 
If you would like to contact Mrs. New, she can be reached at 512-754-0500 or jrnew@gsmyc.org.

Hannah & Bindi Earn Awards at Dog Show


Hannah McGee and her dog. Bindi, recently took first place in obedience and rally and shined in the showmanship ring at the Kaufman County 4-H Show. There are 2 more Kaufman shows this fall, with a Best in Series in November. Check Texas 4-H Dog Show | Texas 4-H and Youth Development regularly for dog show and dog care workshops throughout the state. You do not have to be an active member of a dog club to participate in many of these.

Friday, September 26, 2014

4-H Shooting Sports Club Receives Grant

Cynthia Ritchie, 4-H Shooting Sports Co-Club Manager shared the following:

The Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club has received grants from local area chapters of the Friends of National Rifle Association (NRA) and the USA Midway Foundation through Texas State Rifle Association.  The NRA has been a generous supporter over the last two years by providing thousands of dollars worth of shooting supplies such as ammunition, shooting equipment and archery equipment.  The USA Midway Foundation's grant goes specifically to pay for training the 4-H volunteers in the various Shooting Sports disciplines.  This year the club has received $8,503.92 in grants and over $1,000 in private donations.  For more info on the Hays County 4-H Shooting Sports Club, click here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Video Proves a Point

Hays County Sheriff Cutler shared this video and encourages everyone who operates a vehicle to please watch it and keep it in your thoughts while driving.  Click here to watch the video.

Friday, September 19, 2014

District 4-H Community Service Projects

The District 4-H Council has come up with 2 service projects this year, and is inviting everyone to take part.

Animal Shelter - Collect and donate supplies to your local shelter.  Items could include dry or canned dog/cat food, cat litter, treats, towels, newspapers and toys.  Click here for more details.

Children's Hospital - The wish list includes toys, books, craft items, board and electronic games, etc.  Click here for info.  We will collect these items and get them to the District 4-H Council officers who will deliver them to the Children's Hospital in San Antonio.  Either take your donated items to upcoming district 4-H contests and activities or bring them to our office and we will get them to the district officers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

4-H Veterinary Science Project

A 4-H Veterinary Science Project Group is forming in Hays County.  They will be having their Vet Science meetings on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month starting Sept.16. The meetings will be held at 7:00 pm at the home of Carmen Farmer. Those that are interested can email or call her and she will give directions on how to get to her house in Buda.  This is open to all Hays County 4-H members.  Carmen can be reached at 5runningfree@gmail.com or by phone at 360-265-3299.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Attention Hays CISD Students!!

We have been notified by Hays CISD that all 4-H members attending their schools must complete and submit the Hays CISD Extracurricular Code of ConductClick here to download and print the form.  Hard copies of the form should be available at your September 4-H club meetings.  You will need to read the form and then complete the signature page and submit to our office either in hard copy or via e-mail - we only need the last page which is signed so please keep the rest of the form for your own reference.  If you have any questions about this form, please contact Suzi Mitchell with Hays CISD at 512-268-8538.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014-15 Hays County 4-H Handbook

Hard copies of the Handbook are being distributed during 4-H club meetings, but you can view and download your own copy now by clicking here.  This handbook is an excellent resource for all 4-H families.  Please review it and learn about all the great opportunities 4-H has to offer!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Magic of Electricity

On August 20, 4-H members from Hays, Guadalupe, and Travis Counties met at the Philips Corporation in San Marcos to explore the Magic of Electricity.  This video is an overview of the fun and learning that took place during this event.  Click here to download the video.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4-H Honored at Commissioners Court

A special thanks and congratulations to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who attended the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting on August 12th!!  We had a great group of about 20, and the Judge and Commissioners were very complimentary of our 4-H program.  We provided a 2013-14 Highlight Report and recognized recent award recipients.  Rachel McDaniel also provided some comments about the impact 4-H has made on her life.  Click here to view the 2013-14 Hays County 4-H Youth Development Report.  You can also view the presentation by clicking here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus Information

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus is a disease that is currently threatening the United States Swine Industry.  It is not just commercial swine operations that are at risk.  Show pig operations are also being affected by this.  By putting into practice some basic biosecurity measures, you can help to lessen the chance of bring PED home with you from a show or breeder.  Please click here to find out what you can do to prevent the spread of PED Virus.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Youth Livestock Project Resource

There is a new online resource to support you and your livestock projects - Texas Youth Livestock and Agriculture.  The goal of this website is to provide unbiased educational resources for educators, volunteers, 4-H/FFA families and others interested in youth livestock projects and agricultural advocacy. We are committed to connecting people to credible sources of information and educational opportunities to ensure the successful development of young people involved in agriculture.  Livestock projects supported on this website include beef cattle, goat, sheep, swine, horse, poultry, and rabbits.  The website can be found at http://www.texasyouthlivestock.com/.

Friday, November 15, 2013

4-H Volunteer Training Scholarships

With the dissolution of the District 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, their funds will now provide scholarships to 4-H volunteers for training.  So if you are looking at volunteer trainings (Volunteer Conference, Shooting Sports Coach Certification, etc.), then check the 4-H blog for an application.  Each county is limited to 2 scholarships per year, and the amount given will be $100 per volunteer.  Scholarships will be issued until the money is depleted.  You can access the scholarship form by clicking here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

District 4-H Facebook Page

The District 10 Facebook page is up and running!  Please “like” the page for up to date information on events and activities in the program:  https://www.facebook.com/District.10.4H.