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Next Leaders Association Meeting

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Neighborworks - 437 South Jackson Street, Green Bay

Click HERE for more information about the next upcoming Leaders Meeting

A Word from Melinda Pollen

Looking for a fun way to volunteer???

Brown County 4-H will have a hands on booth at the 2019 Einstein Expo, and is looking for volunteers. The Expo will be held at Shopko Hall on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm. We are partnering with Barnes and Noble, and our booth will be a hands on Novel Engineering Booth. What does that mean? We will introduce a story, and give the people who come through a challenge to solve a problem from the story. We are looking for four volunteers (middle school and older) to help us in the booth throughout the day. Our shifts are:

8 - 11 AM (4 Volunteers Needed)
11 AM - 2 PM (4 Volunteers Needed)
2 - 5 PM (2 Volunteers Needed)

The event runs from 9 am to 4 pm, but we included a bit of start/set up and clean up time. If you volunteer for the event, you will get a pass to get into the event (that means either before or after your scheduled shift, you can walk through and participate in the entire event!).

If you are interested, please sign up for a shift here. Shifts will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Parents and youth are encouraged to volunteer together!

Any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

We Need Your Input!!
What hands-on project based workshops would you like to see organized for your child or club?


Brown County 4-H would love to organize hands-on project based workshops, but to do so we need your input! If you would be interested in such a workshop, please fill out this short survey to provide us with some insight as to what members would be looking for.

Share this survey in your next club meeting for a fun activity!
The more responses we get, the more we can help make Brown County 4-H tailored to our families.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Brown County 4-H ONLINE VIP New Leader/Volunteer Training
Note: This training is for new volunteers only

Incoming/new volunteers who need to complete their VIP training should have received an email about the upcoming ONLINE VIP trainings being offered above. To RSVP – please fill out the form here:

Cloverbud Events
February 4, 2019

Sarah Vercauteren will be hosting Cloverbud events once per month in her home (until the group is larger, in which case another location will be found). Make sure your little Cloverbud doesn't miss out on any of these fun topics!!

Date: First Monday of each month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Location: 7566 County Road W, Greenleaf, WI

January - Using Your Super Senses
February - All Our Colors
March - Soggy Science
April - Be an Egg-Splorer, plus touring a green house
May - Relaxation Gardens
June: Using Your Super Senses, plus touring a dairy farm

Please call or text Sarah at 920-609-9934 if you will be attending a Cloverbud event with your child.

A Note From Sarah:
For our February Cloverbud event, please plan to bring your own crayons or markers along with a white sheet of paper that is longer than how tall your Cloverbud is. Cloverbuds will be tracing their entire bodies and decorating them. Also please bring a photo of your little one that has been taken recently.

Brown County 4-H Livestock and Dairy Auction

Attention 4-H Family and FFA members! If you're interested in participating in the Brown County 4-H/Youth Livestock and Dairy Auction at the 2019 Brown County Fair, we will be holding our first Guideline/YQCA/Educational meeting on January 19th, 2019 at Wrightstown High School with registration starting at 8am.

List of events:
8:30 Guidelines (there will be several guidelines throughout the day)

If you sign up for:
9:00am YQCA (MAQA)/10:10 Educational
10:10am YQCA (MAQA)/9:00 Educational

Please fill out the following form for registration for this event.
A separate form for each member attending is to be submitted.

The YQCA(MAQA) will be offered at 9am and 10:10am. Space is limited to 40 kids per class. When the YQCA(MAQA) classes are full, we will not be allowing walk-ins on the day of the event for the YQCA's(MAQAs) only. The Guideline and Educational classes will allow walk-ins on January 19th.

IMPORTANT NOTICE for YQCA: If you are 19 years old as of January 1, 2019 you will be required to do the training online. There is no in person option only the online option is available if age 19 as of January 1, 2019

Anybody who does the YQCA online will need to send their certificate to or PO Box 233 Greenleaf, WI 54126 ( we can not see if you did it unless you do this step and send certificate to us)

There will be a $3.00 charge for the YQCA(MAQA). The Brown County Livestock & Dairy Auction Committee will pay the $3.00 fee for Brown County kids who sign up for the YQCA at the January 19, 2019 clinic. If you are from another county you will be responsible for the $3.00 fee when you go online and register after the clinic is over.
Dates of future events:
1. Educational Clipping Clinic (all species) - May 5, 2019 (Date Tentative)
2. YQCA(MAQA) - April 9, 2019 (Neville Public Museum - 210 Museum Place, Green Bay) 6-7pm
3. Dairy Proficiency Interviews and Dairy Basket Assembly – July 16, 2019 (Neville Public Museum - 210 Museum Place, Green Bay)-- 3-6 pm

If you have any issues with scheduling a time please email browncountyauction@ or you can contact Kim Vande Hey at 920-371-8965 (text is best). Thanks!
Brown County Auction Committee

Model Horse Show
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Gonzaga Hall
1441 So 92nd St

West Allis, WI 53214

This is a great opportunity for any youth or adults who are interested in the Model Horse project.
For more information, check out this flyer.

Practices for Dairy Quiz Bowl!

Practices for the annual Dairy Quiz Bowl have begun, but it's not too late for you to join!!
The state contest is February 2, 2019. Any 4-H member can participate!

For more information please contact
Peggy Coffeen or 608-558-1876 (office)

Brown County 4-H Creative Arts Festival

Saturday, March 16, 2019
9:00 am
Wrightstown High School
600 High St
Wrightstown, WI

The Creative Arts Festival Committee is happy to announce the date for the cultural arts festival (Drama, Music and Speaking) will be a one day event this year!! Gather up your club members to put on a small or large group performance, or there are many categories for solo acts as well! The committee is hoping that by releasing information at this early date, clubs can begin to select their materials and performances now and start practicing over the Christmas break.

Exciting categories are being offered this year in our 4 different divisions: Drama - Plays and Skits, Music and Movement, Speaking and Demonstrations and Multimedia Arts. There is no limit as to the number of categories you may enter.

Guidelines and Registration forms are available here. Scroll down to the 4-H - County section to find the Creative Arts Festival forms.

The Cultural Arts Committee is always looking for new members or helpers. If you would like to volunteer and help with this new, exciting event, please contact the Extension Office. Thank you!

Creative Arts Committee Highlights

The Creative Arts Committee will be publishing helpful tips highlighting each of our 4 divisions over the next several weeks.

This week we are highlighting – MUSIC AND MOVEMENT.

There are so many ways to participate in this division! The four Music and Movement categories are:


Do you have an instrumental or vocal Solo and Ensemble piece that you’ve been working on? Here’s your chance to show off your hard work and get even more stage experience! Sign up to sing your favorite song to sing in the shower or with your friends or the great piano piece you’ve been learning in your piano lessons.

Are you in dance class and want to show what you’ve learned? This is a great chance to get on stage and let others see what you’ve learned.

These performances can be on your own or with a friend or two or twenty! There is no limit to the size of your group for these categories.

Parents: this is a great way for your talented, creative artists to gain confidence in themselves! Learning how to perform, singing with and in front of others, dancing on their own or as part of a group – all of these things help kids build a sense of purpose, camaraderie, confidence, and self esteem.

Submitted by: Sarah Kinate


Can you hear the BEAT? What BEAT? ArtBEAT! What BEAT? ArtBEAT! It is time to start thinking about and planning to participate in our 2019 WI 4-H ArtBEAT!

4-H ArtBEAT! was created for 4-H members in grades 3-5 and their parents and leaders and is the introductory program for Wisconsin 4-H Arts and Communication! ArtBEAT! will be held March 15 through 17, 2019, at Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells. The weekend will feature a look at a variety of arts projects including music, drama, visual arts, and more! Camp check-in begins Friday, March 15 at 6:30 pm and runs through Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 am.

4-H members will have the opportunity to explore their own creativity while discovering a variety of 4-H Arts & Communication experiences available to them now and in the near future. Session leaders will be 4-H older youth, adult leaders and 4-H staff members with a wealth of experience to share. Youth and adult participants will rotate through a variety of sessions, which are hands-on and active and held at various sites throughout camp. Along with exploring the “arts,” participants will also have a chance to discover Upham Woods! Both youth and adult participants stay in the warm and cozy heated cabins!

Parents are not required to attend, but are invited. All adults attending the camp must be active 4-H leaders who will be considered adult advisors (chaperones) responsible for providing leadership and support for ALL campers. As such, all adults who want to attend the camp must complete the requirements to become a 4-H leader before camp and participate in an Adult Advisor Orientation Teleconference on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Interested adults who are not already active 4-H volunteers should contact their county UW-Extension 4-H Office as soon as possible for assistance in completing the process to become a volunteer. The process involves VIP Training and a background check.

The $100.00 per person fee (youth and adults) will include all materials and supplies (including a very cool ArtBEAT! backpack), overnight lodging, meals and snacks.

Why not get a whole carload of youth and adults together from your county for some genuine 4-H FUN? Transportation to the camp is NOT provided by the State 4-H Office.

Come join the excitement of this opportunity available to our most enthusiastic and creative 4-H members!

REGISTER EARLY! This camp fills up fast and registration is first come, first serve! Registration will open in 4H Online on December 20, 2018 and will close on January 31, 2019. Upham Woods is able to accommodate 120 participants. Once registration is filled, participants can register to be on a WAITLIST.

IMPORTANT: Please read ALL of the application requirements/instructions at this website BEFORE completing the online application at

For additional information check out this page.

For more information contact: Lynn Pfeiffer, 4-H Communication Arts Program Assistant at 608-262-1222 or Amber Rehberg, WI 4-H Educational Programs Specialist, at 608-262-1557

Sesquicentennial and Century Farm & Home Programs

The Wisconsin State Fair recognizes and honors farms or homes that have been in continuous family ownership of property for a century or more.

To qualify for the award, families are required to provide proof of continuous family ownership of a property in the state of Wisconsin for either the last 100 or 150 years. Property owners will be recognized at a special breakfast program during the Wisconsin State Fair, with a tentative date as August 6, 2019. Details of the event will be mailed to accepted applicants by mid-June.

The application deadline for this award is March 1, 2019.

Please contact Jill Albanese at 414-777-0580 or if you would like an application for this program.

Scholarships for Graduates

Graduating 4-H members are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Brown County 4-H Scholarship. Applications must be received by the Extension Office by March 1. Late applications will not be accepted. Guidelines and the application form are available on the 4-H website.

WI State Fair Dairy Promotion Scholarships

The Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board is offering $1,000 scholarships to be used during the second semester of the 2019-20 school year. Third and fourth-year college students pursuing dairy-related or food science degrees at one of Wisconsin's four-year universities are eligible to apply.

Applicants will be evaluated on involvement and leadership in dairy-related activities, scholastic achievement, and career objectives. Finalists will be interviewed in mid-April, with the recipients to be recognized at the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair.

The application is available here. The deadline is Friday, March 22.

For more information, contact Katy Katzman at 262-903-6727 or

Youth Pig Project Scholarships

Brown County 4-H Basketball and Bean Bag Toss Tournament

The 2019 Brown County 4-H Bean Bag Toss Tournament and 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30th. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form by March 11.
You can view the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament rules here.
You can view the Bean Bag Toss Tournament rules here.

4-H Club Grant Program

Mutual of Wausau has a grant program every year that helps them contribute to our communities. The 4-H Club Grant was initiated to support 4-H Clubs in youth development and to promote civic and leadership responsibilities. The deadline for this grant is April 1, 2019, and the application can be found here.

Applications can be sent directly to Mutual of Wausau or to Tracey Koltz and she will turn them in on your behalf.

Tracey Koltz
Associates Insurance Agency, Ltd.
101 Bohemia Drive
PO Box 817
Denmark, WI 54208

Friendly Fields 4-H December Meeting

On December 9, 2018, Friendly Fields 4-H Club met for their December meeting and made Christmas cards for Oddfellow Rehab and Nursing Home. This was a fun service project that everyone could help with. Along with making cards, we played a fun snack mix activity to help everyone learn how to make a motion. Club members all took turns making motions to add or exclude items from the snack mix. Everyone had lots of fun learning or reviewing how to make a motion. The snack mix was yummy too!

Photos to be included in next week's newsletter!

Lost Dauphin 4-H December Meeting

The December Lost Dauphin 4-H club meeting was 12/9/18 at Bishop Court Nursing Home. The club made craft decorations with residents along with caroling door to door through the nursing home for residents. The club also rang bells several times for Salvation Army. Those who could make it also went skating one night.

Wisconsin 4-H License Plates Available

We wanted you to know: the Wisconsin 4-H license plate is available through the Wisconsin DMV, as of September 1, 2018. We will officially launch the plate later this fall and will be providing every county with information about how proceeds from the sale of every plate will be shared with the county in which the plate was purchased. That means money coming to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and to county 4-H programs! A marketing tool kit will be distributed to every county to help in marketing the plate throughout 2019.

Please visit the Wisconsin DMV for pricing and more information.

4-H Website

There is a new domain for the Brown County 4-H website.
You can simply type into your browser to be brought directly to the 4-H website!

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