Lindale 4-H Club Events and News 09/21/2017

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our kick-off meeting on Monday.  It was pretty crowded, but hopefully you were able to learn a little bit about 4-H and ask any questions you might have had.  If you still have questions, please feel free to email them to us at, and we will try to find you an answer.  You can also contact our county extension agents, Sarah Bolt,, 903-590-2980  and Cheyenne Smith,, (903)590-2985.

Our weekly events list is typically not this long, but since this is our first for the 4-H year, we have a lot of information to share.

Registering for 4-H – To participate in 4-H contests, as well as practice any of the shooting sports such as rifle or archery, each child must be a registered member of 4-H year (4-H year follows the school year). If you register before 11/1/2017, the membership fee is $20. On 11/1/2017 and beyond, the fee goes up to $25. Go to to register your family. Adults who wish to volunteer should also join, and their dues are $10. For information on how to register, please visit this website:…/uploads/WelcometoTexas4H.pdf

Top Shot Shooting Practice (Archery, Rifle, Pistol) – The first shooting practice will be Sunday, 9/24/17, from 3-5pm, at The Reload Ranch (11969 CR 313 E, Tyler).  Archery and Rifle Projects are going to have a joint practice on Sunday, 9/24/17, from 3-5pm at The Reload Ranch (11969 County Road 313 E, Tyler).  Please contact Coach Singler ( for rifle questions and Coach McMakin ( for archery questions.  To attend the practice, each child must already be registered for the 2017/2018 4H year.  Due to liability requirements, all kids participating need to be in 3rd grade and above.

4-H Horse Project Meeting The first horse project meeting of the year will be Saturday, 10/7/17, from 9-11am, at the Sandy Point Equestrian Center (12812 CR 499, Lindale).  You do not need to have a horse to participate in the horse project.  Contact if you have any questions.

4-H Photography Project MeetingThe Photography Project will meet on Tuesday, 10/10/17 at 6:00 pm at the Renaissance Southpaw Art Studio (2808 S. Main St. Suite#D Lindale). Please contact Rebecca Helvey for further questions (

4-H Sewing Project – At this time, any of our 4-H kids who are interested in sewing is invited to attend the weekly sewing classes lead by Carrellann Field at the Lindale Library, which are typically on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-1 pm and 6-9 pm.  Please contact to get on her email list as class times may vary each week (such as on the 3rd Monday of each month when we have our 4-H meeting there).

4-H One Day Community Service Project – Each year, 4-H clubs around Texas participate in a One-Day community service activity, which falls on 10/7/17 this year.  Our club has decided to volunteer at the Wesley House Assisted Living facility in Lindale, where we will play games and talk with the residents.  We are scheduled to be there at 3pm.   Please let us know if you are able to participate.

4-H YES Camp4-H YES Camp is an overnight fun filled camp for 3rd-8th grader.  It is October 20-21 at Pine Springs Baptist Camp in Laneville, TX. The fee is $60, but Smith County pays half the registration fee, so you would only pay $30 per child.  Please contact Sarah Bolt ( and Cheyenne Smith ( if you are interested in attending.  All registration paperwork is due by 10/6/17, though since the county is helping with registration; let them know as soon as possible.  Follow link for camp information and forms

Calf Scrambles – If you want to do Calf Scrambles please be sure to let Sarah Bolt ( and Cheyenne Smith ( know so they can get you paperwork. Sarah will be doing all Austin Calf Scramble entries on Oct 1st.

East Texas State Fair Contests – If you are participating in the East Texas State Fair as 4-H, and you need Sarah’s signature on the eligibility form, please email Cheyenne

Smith County 4-H Thanksgiving Potluck FeastTuesday, 11/7/17, at 6:30.  Potluck dinner with all the Smith County 4-H clubs at the extension office in the Cottonbelt Building in Tyler.  More information to come next month.

Smith County 4-H Council MeetingTuesday, 10/3/17, at 6:30, at the extension office at the Cottonbelt Building.  All 4-H members welcome at the monthly council meetings.

Lindale 4-H Club Meeting – Our next Lindale 4-H Club meeting will be held Monday, 10/16/17, at 6:30 pm at the Lindale Library.

Clover Kids Program – At our meeting, we had a lot of interest in the clover kid program.  We are looking for volunteers who might be interested in getting this program started up, and setting up a monthly workshop geared towards their age group related to pets, plants, cooking, crafts, etc.  Bell County has set up a good parent guide for their clover kids program, which might be adapted to work for the Smith County/Lindale clover kids –  Please reply to our club email if you are interested in volunteering with this clover kids program.



Smith County 4-H Archery Group competes in Henderson County 2nd Annual 4-H 3D Archery Tournament

Several members from our Smith County 4-H Archery project group enjoyed spending the day at the Henderson County 2nd Annual 4-H 3D Archery Tournament, held this past Saturday, October 29, 2016.  The tournament was held at On Target Archery in Canton, Texas, with 30 3-D targets set at varying distances.

Smith County had seven entrants: Laura Whatley, Asher Cade, Adriana Engbrock, Kelvin Wallace, TJ Harris, Elizabeth McMakin, and Todd McMakin.14889911_10154650017587365_2164663081575245180_oGroups were divided by bow type, age, and county so that each entrant would get a chance to interact with kids from other regions.  The target setup was challenging but fun.  Everyone had a good time and several of the group received awards in their division.  This was a good learning experience, and each of us learned a few of our strengths and weaknesses.

As a first tournament for most in our group, this was a good chance for us to see where we need to improve.  The joy of archery is that, for the most part, it is an individual sport.   To shoot effectively in a tournament situation, we must remember all the little things that make us shoot better, but at the same time, it’s tough to shoot in front of people you don’t know.  I am very proud of all the members who signed up for the shoot.  At this stage in our shooting, score matters less than simply making the effort to get involved.


Our next tournament opportunity will be November 12th with the Tyler Archery Club at a veteran’s benefit shoot.  I hope to see many of our group at this event.  It will not follow standard 4-H tournament rules but it will be a good opportunity to have some fun and again learn more about the areas where we can work to improve.

Our next practice will be on November 19th at my house in Lindale.  I realize many of you may be traveling for Thanksgiving during this time, and I apologize for making it so close to the holiday.  We will again divide the group younger kids (up to 6th grade) from 3 to 4:30pm and older kids (7-12th grade) from 4:30 to 6pm.  I recommend bringing your own chairs for watching your children shoot.  As always, wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Please contact me, Todd McMakin, at 903-952-3819 or if you have any questions.


Picture credit: Lisette Whatley and Henderson County 4-H Outdoor Sports/Archery group.

Kids show off their skills at Smith County 4-H Archery Practice

The Smith County 4-H Archery project had their monthly practice today (10/15/16).  The kids are doing a great job showing off skills with the bow.  Due to the large turnout at the previous practice, we decided to break out the practice into two groups for this practice – one for younger kids and one for older kids.  This setup worked well today, as it allowed the kids more time to shoot.


We are hoping to have another practice in November.  We are still determining the date for this practice though, as the weekends before and after Thanksgiving might not be good for many people.

The Henderson County 4-H Archery group has invited us to a 4-H archery tournament in Canton, Texas, on 10/29/2016.  The registration deadline was today (10/15/16), but we have talked to them, and they are extending the registration deadline another week.  If your child is interested, please send in the registration forms early this week.  If you need to borrow bows for the tournament, or if you want to get in some extra practice, please let Todd McMakin know. Here is the link to the tournament information:

Henderson County 4-H 3D archery tournament


For all Smith County 4-H archery related questions, contact Todd at 903-952-3819 or