4-H Announcements 9/8/2023

Here are this week’s updates…


All youth and volunteers can re-enroll for the 2023-24 4-H program year beginning on Sept 5th. Please see the attached informational guide about re-enrollment.


The 4-H Family Awards Banquet is scheduled for October 21st at Winneconne High School. We are asking for award nominations (see attached form). Guidelines for the awards can be found at: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/files/2023/01/Banquet-Awards-Rubric.pdf  Please email your award nominations to dana.berger@wisc.edu no later than September 18th.

The Leaders’ Association Board will also have spots open for youth leaders and adult volunteers. If you are considering running, please contact Kay Lettau: kaylettau@gmail.com or Jen Crowley: crowleyview2@gmail.com (both on the nominating committee).

Banquet invite info will be forthcoming.

The Leaders’ Association is also in dire need of a treasurer. If you or another 4-H volunteer you know might be interested, please contact Joe Kuehnl at 920-836-1736.

1st Annual Winnebago County 4-H Sunflower & Pumpkin Growing Contest Day! 

Join us for some fall fun and to find out who will win the largest sunflower bloom, tallest sunflower and heaviest pumpkin! 

September 30th @ James P. Coughlin Center

You do not need to be in the contest to attend! 

Food!:   Muffins, Cookies, Milk, and Apple Cider
Games!:   Pumkin Bowling, Toss Across, and Go Fish
Prizes!:  For those who entered the contest in June… Prizes, certificates and bragging rights will be awarded to the contest winners.  All youth who attend… Entered in a prize drawing Fall Fun for All! 

*We plan to hold this event outside in the new outdoor classroom area that is being built (near the dish antenna). We will be inside if it is raining.


Pizza sales help fund 4-H workshops, camps, scholarships and more! Please see the attached pizza order form. Online ordering will be set up soon. Please check with your club leader to see when your club is collecting order forms. Club leaders: Pizza Count Night is October 19th from 6-8PM at JPCCPizza making is November 4th. Sign up to help assemble pizzas at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4ca9ad2cabfc1-fall2#/


Don’t miss out on a chance to win an award!

Standard Award Levels are…

  • Participation Sticker: All members who submit a record book to their club (traditional, digital, video or the new 4-H EZ Record Form) and that are not forwarded to the county level will receive this award. Note: The new 4-H EZ Record Forms are not eligible for advancement to the county-level.
  • Gold Achievement:4-H Club Work Sticker: all record books that club leaders nominate for a County Outstanding Award.
  • Gold 4-H Clover Sticker: County Outstanding Award
  • Merit Sticker: Exemplary!
  • Cloverbud Sticker: Received at the county-level to recognize their participation.

New “Best Of” Awards:

  • Best Cloverbud Record Book (either version accepted)
  • Best Traditional Record Book: Grades 3-5
  • Best Traditional Record Book: Grades 6-13
  • Best Digital Record Book: All Grades
  • Best Video Record Book: All Grades
  • Best Secretary Record Book
  • Best Treasurer Record Book
  • Best Historian Scrap Book

All “Best Of” winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to https://shop4-h.org

Be sure to check with your club leader to see when your record books are due. Record books that are forwarded on to the county level are due October 16th.

For helpful info, record book guidelines, and forms, visit: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/4h/ and scroll down to the record book section.


Save the Date for the 2023 Wisconsin 4-H Fall Forum! Fall Forum is an opportunity for youth and adult leaders to come together to connect, collaborate, celebrate, and continue building excitement and energy for a new year of 4-H learning! The Fall Forum weekend is planned by a team of youth and adults from the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (which includes our very own Finn Lettau and Evan Numrich!) with the support of county and state staff. Mark your calendars now for November 4th & 5th at the Green Lake Conference Center! Watch our website for more details as they are available https://go.wisc.edu/4hfallforum.

NOTE: Funds are available through the Leaders’ Association (from your fundraising efforts) to help fund the cost of registration for 4-H events such as Fall Forum! For more info visit: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/4h/travel/


National 4-H Week is a great opportunity for 4-H clubs and projects to share their love for 4-H with others, recruit new members, and also thank those in the community that have helped support the 4-H program! This year we have TWO really cool contests happening! Plus, you can win some cool 4-H swag if you win the contests! Learn more about the contests below: 

Why I LOVE 4-H Poster Contest: Grab your colored pencils, markers, crayons, or paints and let your creativity flow by participating in the Winnebago County 4-H Week Poster Contest! Create a poster (can be any size) about why you love 4-H! Posters are due at the Extension Office by October 6th. Submitted pieces will be displayed on our social media pages after National 4-H Week and winners will be chosen in each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-13) Winners will receive some cool 4-H swag!

Social Media Drawing: Break out your 4-H t-shirts, smiles and cameras to submit your entries into our social media challenge! Take a photo of yourself or someone in a 4-H t-shirt and share it on our social media any time during National 4-H Week! Don’t have Facebook or Instagram? No worries – photos can also be emailed to the 4-H Program Educator (dana.berger@wisc.edu) and will added to our county 4-H Facebook and Instagram pages! Participants: be sure to tag @WinnebagoCounty4-H on Facebook or Instagram so we see it! We will also have some cool prizes for our social media contest. Get those t-shirts, take a picture and tag us!

Check out the WI 4-H Statewide Programs Booklet!  

There are so many opportunities AND our Winnebago County 4-H Leaders’ Association helps fund these opportunities. For more info on funding, visit: https://winnebago.extension.wisc.edu/4h/travel/


Rabbit: 9/17 1PM at JPCC

Ambassadors: 9/17 6:30PM at Joe Kuehnl’s home
Dog:  9/21 6:30PM @ JPCC

Dairy: 9/24 2PM @ JPCC
Horse & Pony:  9/25 7PM @ JPCC


Meat Animal Board Meeting:  9/13 7:30PM at JPCC