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Sherwood 4-H Club Elects Officers for 2014-2015

These 4-H'ers were elected as Sherwood's 2014-2015 officers:

President - Natalie Irving
First Vice President - Will Krause
Second Vice President - Elizabeth Mulkey
Third Vice President - Kayci Peak
Secretary - Hailey Peak
Treasurer - Clayton Eckhardt
Reporter - Megan Eckhardt
Parliamentarian - Lauren Brangers
Historian - Hannah Wittig
Council Delegates - Lauren Brangers, Megan Eckhardt, Natalie Irving, Elizabeth Mulkey

Club Managers:  Barbara Irving and D'Ann Krause
Assistant Club Managers:  Margaret Eckhardt and Paige Rhodes

Sherwood 4-H Club met on 4-14-14 at the Krause Ranch. We had 23 there (12 members, 10 parents/adults, and 1 guest) for our end of year party. Dinner was provided by the club members, then new officers were elected. Members shared their results from this year and Hannah Wittig won the door prize. 

See you next year!

Submitted by:
Megan Eckhardt, Reporter

County Roundup - April 15, 2014

Congratulations to the 9 4-H members who will be going on to District Roundup on May 3rd in Lockhart! 

(L-R back row)
Kimi Phelan - Share-the-Fun Choreographed Routine - Twirling to "Footloose"

Helena MacCrossan - Share-the-Fun Musical/Instrumental - Flute Solo - "Danny Boy"

Toni MacCrossan - Share-the-Fun Vocal - "Vittoria mio Core"

Payton Miner - Share-the-Fun Vocal - "Let Him Go"

Rachel Fuqua - Share-the-Fun Vocal - "You Raise Me Up"

Ashley Fuqua - Share-the-Fun Musical/Instrumental - Piano Solo - "Canon in D"

(L-R front row)
Kalli Kimble - Share-the-Fun Vocal - "Cowboy Take Me Away"

Kenzy Hoffmann and Presley Wirebaugh - Sheep and/or Goats Educational Presentation - "Got Cabrito? Get It!"

And... those same 9 kids, AFTER performing!

A special thank you to judges Louise Foster and Kevin Colis, as well as Hill Country Central 4-H Club and Mrs. Terry Wiemers!

Claybusters' April meeting

Claybusters met on April 9th with 90 people present (43 members, 46 parents/adults and 1 guest). Caden Anderson and Will Onderdonk presented the program on Squad Boards. They discussed how to properly and efficiently read a shooters squad board at contests.

For Community Service, members and parents cleaned up the range and clubhouse on April 10th.

Of special interest: Novice Shoot on April 12th; shoot verification due to Mrs. Lawson; scholarship applications due May 1st; the new card system was reviewed; and Wednesday practices start April 16th.

Our next meeting will be May 18th at 3:00 at the clubhouse/range. Our program topic will be Shoot Etiquette.

Submitted by:
Caleb McCarthy,

Coach's Shooting Sports Certification - Alice, Texas

A  4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Certification training has been scheduled for September 27-28, 2014 at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds in Alice, Texas.  This event is open to any/all registered and screened 4-H volunteers (age 21 and older) wishing to become certified to lead a shooting sports program in one of the following four disciplines:  Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, or Archery

There are three additional opportunities for attending this training with specific registration fees for each.  The registration options to include one for youth (age 14-18) and adults (age 18-20) wishing to attend this training.  There are specific registration fees applicable to all three.
  • Coach’s Assistant (Adult) – Adults age 18-20 will be candidates for a Coach’s Assistant certification ($125 registration fee).
  • Coach’s Assistant (Youth) – Youth age 14-18 who must be accompanied by a previously certified coach ($125 registration fee), this option must include the following participant as well. 
  • Previously Certified Coach (Adult) – Adult age 21 and older must register ($65) and attend the certification with the registered youth interested in the “Coach’s Assistant” option.  The Previously Certified Coach will not receive any type of certification for their attendance.  Fees are to cover program costs.

Volunteers can only receive certification in one discipline.  Registration for this event will open on 4-H Connect on September 1 and close on September 21.  Please keep in mind that this workshop is open statewide.  The registration fee of $125 includes program costs, some meals, and materials.  One important factor to keep in mind and share with volunteers are the lodging limitations.  Due to the demand/supply of hotel rooms in Alice by oil field workers, there is a limited supply.  Hotels in nearby communities may be something for your volunteers to consider if they cannot find a room in Alice.

The training will begin early on Saturday, September 27th and conclude late afternoon on Sunday, September 28th.  Anyone wishing to receive certification must attend the entire workshop (beginning to end) and successfully complete the written examination in order to be considered for certification.

Fashion Show - April 11, 2014

Congratulations to these lovely ladies who will be representing Comal County at the District Fashion Show on May 3rd in Lockhart:

L-R, back: Payton Miner, Toni MacCrossan, Kimi Phelan, Jerry Wilson, Shelby Steinbach, Helena MacCrossan

L-R, front: Carolyn Stratemann, Halie Stidhem, Kenzy Hoffmann, Lila Moseley, Presley Wirebaugh

Food Drive

Hats Off to Our 4-H Volunteers

The theme for the 2014 Texas 4-H Salute to Excellence Banquet is "Hats Off to 4-H Volunteers."  As part of the d├ęcor for the recognition event we are inviting 4-H clubs, project groups, and 4-H members/families to request a straw cowboy to decorate in a way which represents 4-H.  It can represent their county, a project, or how a volunteer impacts 4-H.  Hats can be painted, accessorized,  as well as other decorating techniques.  The cowboy hats must be returned to the Texas 4-H Office by June 1st and will be used as centerpieces and decorations at the event.  

We only have 25 total hats available and all hats are first come, first served.

Homegrown 4-H April Meeting

Homegrown 4-H Club met on April 10th with 33 people present (23 members and 10 parents/adults). The program was presented by Game Warden Michael McCall, with Texas Parks and Wildlife. We learned the duties of a Comal County Game Warden and about Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. We learned about what courses and training he had to go through. Report violations to Michael McCall at 1-800-792-4263.

The following reports were given: Health and Safety, by Davis Mathews; Foods and Nutrition, by Grace Gambrell and County Council by Ashley Fuqua.

Our next meeting is May 8th at 2:30 p.m. at the River Chase pool. We will elect officers and have an end of the year party.

Submitted by:
Camryn Stetter, Reporter

Bandera County 4-H Open Youth Rodeo Series

State Roundup Registration Information

It's Texas 4-H Roundup time! With over 50 competitive events, 20 educational workshops, three awesome assemblies, 4-H Has Talent, and major headliner Wade Bowen to conclude the event you will not want to miss out. This year's theme is "Ignite 4-H:  Spark Leadership, Fuel Change." This theme truly signifies the goals of Texas 4-H Roundup. This year young people will leave Roundup with knowledge, leadership skills, and relationships with others that will benefit them for years to come. My question to you is, "Are you ready?" Do not miss out on this great opportunity! I promise you will not regret it.  Registration is done via 4-H Connect ( from April 9 through May 17, 2014.

Roundup is being held on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station June 9-12. A brief synopsis of the scheduled events follows.

Monday, June 9th:  Scholarship Assembly and Banquet

Tuesday, June 10th: Fashion Storyboard Contest, Fashion Show, Trashion Show, Leaders for Life, Quiz Bowls, Recipe Rally

Wednesday, June 11th: Judging Contests, Trade Show, Food Challenge, Salute to Excellence Banquet, General Assembly, Dance

Thursday, June 12th: Share-the-Fun Contest, Trade Show, Educational Presentations, Public Speaking Contest, Invitational Contests and Workshops, Discover Scientific Method: Science, Engineering and Technology Poster Competition, Food Show, General Assembly (1st place Share-the-Fun performances), Wade Bowen Concert

Some changes for 2014:

-          Computer Educational Presentation is being discontinued.

-          Those competing in Companion Animal Educational Presentation may not submit entries related to market livestock.

-          Horse Judging will now have 3 or 4 sets of oral reasons required – 1-2 halter and 2-3 performance. Stock Horse Pleasure has been added as an option for a performance class during the Horse Judging Contest.

-          An Invitational Entomology Collection Contest has been created for all non-qualifying intermediate and senior 4-H’ers.

-          Fashion Show categories have changed. Refer to county Fashion Show info.

-          Top 10 entries in Trashion Show Invitational Contest will participate in Trashion Show judging and Roundup Fashion Show.


 For more information about State Roundup click here.

State Fair Hog Tags - Due by April 20th

If you plan to show a hog at the State Fair of Texas this fall you MUST purchase hog validation tags by April 20th. Cost is $10 per tag, check payable to Comal 4-H Fund or exact change only, please.

District Food Challenge Results

The District 10 Food Challenge was held March 29th. Congratulations to all these Comal County 4-H participants!

Junior Breads & Cereals: 2nd place to The Wrecking Crew. Members include: Kasen Kreusler, Keene Kreusler, Clay Migura , Madison Migura and Carolyn Stratemann

Junior Main Dish: 2nd place to Gourmet Girls. Members include: Sydney Baker, Kalli Kimble, Lauren Williams and Kylie Wing.
Intermediate Fruits & Vegetables: 1st place to the Polka Dot Chefs. Members are Kathleen Acker, Cheyenne Barrett, Kristin Clark, Abby Neill and Sarah Syamken.

Intermediate Nutritious Snacks: 2nd place to the Pickled Polka Dots. Members include Kasey Atiee, Kenzy Hoffmann, Helena MacCrossan, Kenzi Wing and Presley Wirebaugh.

Senior Main Dish: 3rd place to the Rustic Rhymers. Members are Gina Gomez, Carly Hoffmann, Antonia MacCrossan, Emily Noland and Shelby Steinbach.