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.


Our First Lindale 4-H Rifle Practice was a Success

The Lindale 4-H rifle program had its first rifle practice session this past Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Coach Singler had a good turnout with several families participating.  They learned and practiced essentials of firearms safety and introductory marksmanship during this practice.  We want to thank The Reload Ranch for hosting our rifle practice.

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We encourage anyone in our Lindale 4-H Club, or from any of the clubs in Smith County, to participate in these practices.  Below is some information for anyone wanting to participate.

  1. All kids must be registered in 4 H connect to be covered by 4H’s liability policy.
  2. We need volunteers to help supervise.  All volunteers must be registered in 4H connect.
  3. Shooters must have safety glasses (cheap ones from Lowes are fine) and earplugs/earmuffs. We only have 6 pairs at this time, so it would be good for kids to have their own if possible.  Prescription glasses will be considered adequate eye protection.
  4. Feel free to bring any sporting style .22 caliber rifle. Any action type including semi-auto is fine.
  5. Ammo will be provided, but you may also bring you own.
  6. Learn and review the MAT Shooting Safety Rules (see below)

If you have questions or wish to be added to to the project group’s e-mail list, please contact Gaelen Singler at 903-316-9343 or

MAT Shooting Safety Rules

  • Muzzle– ​Always pointed in a safe direction
  • Action– ​Always open, empty, and exposed to view until ready to shoot
  • Trigger– ​Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot

District 5 Food & Nutrition Competition Success for Smith County 4-H Clubs

After weeks of practice and preparation for several Smith County 4-H clubs, all of the hard work from both kids and adults has paid off.   Early on February 4 many of us drove the 2+ hours to compete against  4-H clubs within the District 5 area.  We had a great showing from Smith County and we graced the awards stage multiple times!20170204_085108

There was Food Challenge:

Food Display:


Food Show:


Food Poster:

Food Quiz  Bowl:

Food Ag ID:

Every competition was entered, except the Food Quiz Bowl (maybe next year).

Smith County walked away with-

1st and 2nd place ribbons for the Food Challenge in the Junior Division.



2nd Place in Food Display in Junior Division.

1st Place in Food Show in Junior Division.

1st Place in Team Food Ag ID  in Junior Division.

4th and 5th Place in Individual Ag ID in Junior Division.

4th in Ag ID in Intermediate Division.


So proud of all of our kids that participated. We hope that there will be continued interest and growth in the Food and Nutrition Project.

Smith County 4-H Archery Bows Stolen

We are very upset to announce that all the Smith County 4-H archery bows, as well as the instructor’s personal bows, have been stolen.  These bows were taken from a residence in the Lindale area.  The Smith County Sheriffs Department is involved, but we are asking for any help from all of East Texas to be on the lookout for these bows.  If you have any information, please contact Todd at 903-952-3819 or

Here are some of the bow descriptions:

Genesis Bows

We had 13 Genesis Bows (3 black, 3 blue, 1 pink, 1 green, 1 yellow, 4 red) – Some may have SC 4-H written on the side, and some may not have it.  Some have sights installed, and some are missing that.

Kids Pink/Red Plastic Bows

We had 2 kids pink/red plastic bows for the younger kids to practice with.


Eastman Recurve

We had one Eastman Recurve bow, that was grey plastic.


Sarrels Blueridge

We had one Sarrels Blueridge bow.

Bob Lee Hunter Takedown Recurve Bow

We had one Bob Lee Hunter Takedown Recurve bow.

October Mountain Products Explorer 2.0 Recurve Bow

We had one October Mountain Products Explorer 2.0 Recurve Bow.


Please help us track down these bows so we can continue to teach archery to the 4-H kids.

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.

October Club Meeting

We had another well attended 4-H Club meeting.  Thank you to all of the 4-H club members and parents that came and supported our club.  It is always so encouraging to see so many smiling faces who are excited about what 4-H has in store for their future.


Livestock Project Group


The Livestock Project group met at 6:00pm, prior to our club meeting at  6:30pm.  This was our first meeting in the activity room inside of the Lindale Library.  We are so grateful to the library for letting us use their facilities.   We also appreciate Amanda Froebe, Ryan Major and Jill Rhae who brought the goodies and snacks for all of our families to enjoy while we held the meeting.

During the meeting we introduced a parliamentary procedure activity in the hopes that we could teach the kids how 4-H club meetings are to be organized.  IT got a little loud and crazy at times (guess that is what happens when you make Trail Mix with about 30+ kids in the room) . But hopefully, it was beneficial and most importantly FUN!  Our goal is to vote our youth into officer roles in the coming months and have them lead the meetings and perform the meetings using the customary parliamentary procedure method.


Bethany speaking to the club about YES Camp.

We are still working on details and dates for many of the 4-H projects that many have shown interest in.  Be on the lookout for emails and Facebook posts about Dog Training, Photography, Sewing, Robotics, Cooking and of course all of the others that have already met with their Project Leaders.

Also, be watching for emails and Facebook posts about our involvement in the Lindale Christmas parade scheduled on December 3, 2016.

If you would like to view our meeting agenda from the October meeting you can click here: 10-17-164hagenda

Club T-shirts are now in.  IF you ordered a tshirt, be sure to contact our club to pick it up.  $10

Our next club meeting is scheduled for November 21, 2016, 6:30pm, Lindale Library.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth McMakin (4-H Club Member)