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 Lindale4HClub@aol.com, and we will try to find you an answer. You can also contact our county extension agents, Sarah Bolt, email@example.com, 903-590-2980 and Cheyenne Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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 https://texas.4honline.com/ 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: https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/wp-c…/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 (email@example.com) for rifle questions and Coach McMakin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
4-H Photography Project Meeting – The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com 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 Camp – 4-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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cheyenne Smith (email@example.com) 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 https://d54-h.tamu.edu/2017-18-contests-events/2017-18-yes-camp/
Calf Scrambles – If you want to do Calf Scrambles please be sure to let Sarah Bolt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cheyenne Smith (email@example.com) 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 Cheyenne.Smith@ag.tamu.edu
Smith County 4-H Thanksgiving Potluck Feast – Tuesday, 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 Meeting – Tuesday, 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 – https://agrilife.org/bell4h/files/2010/07/Clover-Kids-Parent-Guide.pdf. Please reply to our club email if you are interested in volunteering with this clover kids program.