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  • Hello Santa Clara County 4-H!

    Welcome to the July edition of Timely Topics. Do you like what you see here? Would you like to be part of the Timely Topics’ crew? Do you have an article to share? Some shout outs to wonderful achievements? Is there a volunteer that you would like to honor? Well, this is the place. The newsletter will be published each month. Articles and contributions must be received by the 6th of each month. Articles and contributions that include photos will be given priority. Submit all articles, contributions and photos to [email protected]

    4-H Record Books

    Contributed by: Sandi Geringer

    June 30th marked the end of the current 4-H year. It also marks the completion of 4-H Record Books for the past year. The record book includes documentation of all of the

    activities, events and awards that 4-Hers have experienced through the year. This month, most clubs are holding their

    Club level Record Book evaluation. All of the books that received a gold award have the opportunity to be evaluated

    at the County level.

    County Evaluations for Record Books will be held in August (8/25-8/27). Each club will need to

    bring ONE judge for every THREE books being evaluated. Teens are allowed to evaluate Clover books only, and should not talk to the judge while their book is being evaluated. Depending on the timing they may be able to judge the Junior books (once all

    Clover Books are completed) BUT, only if they have turned in a County Book in the last 2 years.

    If you would like to be an evaluator, please email me at [email protected] or contact your

    club’s Record Book leader.


    Santa Clara County


    July 2017 Issue II

    Volunteer of the Month:

    Do you know…? About an incredible Santa Clara County 4-H Adult Volunteer that

    creates learning and growing opportunities for our youth?

    Please submit your suggestions to

    [email protected] by August 2, 2017.

    mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected] mailto:[email protected]


    A Showcase for 4-H Project Members

    Did you know that Santa Clara County 4-H project members have been preparing for fair? Whether their focus is a stills entry or an animal entry, time is short to finish the preparations. Have you ever wondered how it all happens and how they are actually judged? Would you like to come and support 4-H members, and cheer them on? Are you

    considering raising a 4-H project animal in the future? Do you just love pigs and want to see what “Swine Showmanship” is all about? There are many opportunities to get answers to your questions and more.

    Make plans to attend the Santa Clara County Fair. Many animal shows take place prior to the publicized days of the fair, for free. All shows and animal judging events are open to the general public. Start times for animal events are

    listed below. Be sure to visit the stills exhibits to see the amazing creations of our Santa Clara County 4-Hers. There are ribbons awarded to participants. More details about each show are included in the fair entry book,

    found at

    Sunday, July 23 – Horse Show, Thorsen’s Arena, Watsonville Court, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

    Monday, July 31 - 9am – Dog Show

    - Market Animals Judged

    - Market Goats Judging and Showmanship

    2pm – Guide Dog Show

    Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 9am – Sheep Judging and Showmanship

    -10am – Rabbit Market, Breed and Showmanship

    Weds, Aug 2 - 9am – Swine Judging and Showmanship

    - 10am – Cavy (Guinea Pig) Breed and Showmanship Judging

    Thurs., Aug 3 - 9am - 9am – Market Beef Judging and Showmanship

    10am – Poultry Judging and Showmanship

    Friday, Aug 4 - 9am – Dairy Cattle Judging

    10am – Dairy Goats Judging and Showmanship

    Next – (Following Dairy Goats)Pygmy Goats Judging and Showmanship

    Sat., Aug 5 - 10am – Lonnie Toensfeldt Memorial Auction

    Sun., Aug 6 - 9am – Large Animal Master Showmanship

    10am – Small Animal Master Showmanship


    4-H Golden Clover Awards

    The Golden Clover Awards recognize outstanding achievements of members, volunteers, program staff, and groups within the 4-H Youth

    Development Program.

    2017 Golden Clover Nominations are due August 6th and 11:59pm.

    Who is Eligible?

    Youth members, adult volunteers, program staff, and groups of two or more members/volunteers/staff are eligible to be nominated for Golden Clover Awards.

    Individuals and groups may only win once in a category every three years. Individuals and groups

    may win in only one category per year, although individuals are eligible to win as an individual and as part of a group in the same year. 4-H academic staff is not eligible for any Golden Clover Award.

    Individuals and groups may apply or be nominated in multiple categories. The selection committee reserves the option of moving applications to another category if they feel it would be a better


    Applications are evaluated on how well the applicant meets the description of the category and

    overall participation within 4-H. Group applications consisting of youth and adults need to

    demonstrate strong youth-adult partnerships.

    What’s the Award?

    Golden Clover Award winners are awarded a small cash award, a medallion and lapel pin (group

    recipients will be awarded lapel pins for every group member and one medallion per group). Award winners will be recognized on the state 4-H website and through social media.

    How Do I Nominate Someone?

    Nominations must be completed in one sitting. You will be asked to give the nominee's contact information, describe their 4-H involvement and how they meet the objectives of the applicable


    Tip: Create the narrative in a Word document first and then copy and paste it into the nomination form.

    Nominators may upload up to 3 files (in PDF, JPG, or DOC/DOCX format) and one YouTube link or

    other URL.

    Where Can I Get More Info?



    All Star Corner

    Submitted by the 2017/18 All Star Team: Dustin Geringer, Fiona Reyes, Chloe Tuckness, Connor Lydon, Ashley Jordan, Paula Piva, & Ethan Ho

    We have been very busy since our All Star Banquet the end of June.

    Many Santa Clara 4-Hers participated at the Rose, White and Blue 4th of July parade which took place in the Rose Garden area along The Alameda. This year they celebrated their 10th Anniversary, and no one was disappointed. Thank you to Chuck and Yvonne Yoders for bringing the tractor and to Prusch Farms for allowing us to use a trailer to ride in. We had the trailer decorated with red, white and blue banners as well as 4-H banners from several clubs. We had approximately forty-five 4-H members and parents; dogs, goats, chickens and rabbits walking or riding a mile and a half representing Santa Clara County 4-H. The 2017-18 All Star team handed out 4-H bookmarks and 4-H pencils to those families watching the parade. The Santa Clara County 4-H float also walked away with an award- "Best Float with Hay Bales"

    Our next All Star event will be the Fair Dance for 4-H and FFA members (adults too) on the evening of Wednesday, August 2nd. The dance will be at The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in the square in front of Expo Hall. Please watch your email for more details coming soon.

    If you have any questions during the year, you can email us at [email protected]

    Photos contributed by Dustin Geringer

    mailto:[email protected]


    Pygmy Goat Community Service Submitted by Jada Ho

    Having gone to various petting zoos and parades, our project likes to share our goats and our experience in 4- H with the public. On June 3, the Pygmy Goat project visited the Sunny View retirement community. We brought several goats, Hershey, Trap, Ruby Rose, and Jellybean, for residents to visit. Over 20 people came to see our goats, who were almost as excited as the residents to meet more people. It was cool to share the joy and fun of our goats with other people and to talk with the residents. Some of them had even owned goats as a kid! Another youth member who went to the visit said, “I really enjoyed sharing my goat’s stories and being able to talk about what I’ve been doing in 4-H. [The residents] were really interested, and I would definitely do it again!”

    State Ambassador Team


    Being part of the California 4-H

    State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides these

    special 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve and promote the University of

    California 4-H Youth Development Program. During the past year,

    Jackie Penner and Kyle Geringer have represented Santa Clara

    County in this exciting 4-H role. For the 2017-18 program year, two ne