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If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at Comal-tx@tamu.edu or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site: http://comal.agrilife.org

2014 American Royal National 4-H Meat Judging & ID Contest



2014 American Royal National 4-H Meat Judging and Identification Contest results:


(L-R) Coach Lehmberg, Megan Michalec, Megan Eckhardt, Trevor Perkins
Beef Judging
3rd place Individual, Trevor Perkins
4th place team, Comal County

Pork Judging
1st place Individual, Megan Eckhardt
3rd place Individual, Megan Michalec
1st place team, Comal County

Retail Cut Judging
2nd place Individual, Megan Eckhardt
2nd place Team, Comal County

Oral Reasons
2nd place Individual, Trevor Perkins
3rd place Individual, Megan Eckhardt
1st place team, Comal County

Total Judging
1st place Individual, Megan Eckhardt
2nd place team, Comal County

Retail Cut Identification
3rd place Individual, Megan Michalec
4th place individual, Trevor Perkins
5th place Individual, Megan Eckhardt
1st place Team, Comal County

Total Contest – Individuals
2nd place – Megan Eckhardt
3rd place - Megan Michalec
5th place – Trevor Perkins

Total Contest – Teams
1st place – Comal County

A special thanks from the parents goes to Joe David Lehmberg for taking the time to coach this team and use his personal time to be with the team at the competition.

WAY TO GO! CONGRATULATIONS!

4-H Google Calendar

4-H Window Decals and Yard Signs



Comal County 4-H is launching a new fundraising project that will help us to promote 4-H and raise money for our county activities.  This will be an exciting way for us to show Comal County 4-H in a very positive way to those who see our car decals and view our yard signs.  These decals and yard signs are like the ones that are sold by schools, bands, sports teams, dance teams, etc.

Below is an order form.  Forms are due to the Extension Office on October 24 with cash or check and may be mailed or hand delivered.  All orders received by this date will be ready for pick up at the Extension Office on November 12 (the date of the next County Council meeting).  Pricing is on the attached order form.  All decals and signs will need to be picked up on or immediately after November 12.

If you have any questions, they may be directed to club manager Carolyn Phelan at 830-237-0450 or carolynfeyphelan@gmail.com

Sherwood 4-H Club - IMPORTANT Club meeting dates!

Please make a note of date/location changes for the next   Sherwood 4-H Club meetings
  • NOVEMBER 10th club meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Bulverde Spring Branch Fire EMS located at 353 Rodeo Dr, Spring Branch, TX 78070

Any questions? Please contact:
Barbara Irving at cllips@gvtc.co

Rabbit Club - October Meeting

The Rabbit Club met on October 21st with 27 members in attendance (55 total). The program topic, presented by Mrs. Dunckel, was Taking Care of Your Rabbits. Adult rabbits should be fed 3/4 cup of feed every day. Supply every rabbit with water at all times.

Community Service Projects: Two Hands, Two Cans: Bring 2 cans of food to each meeting. Deliver pet supplies to the New Braunfels Humane Society or to the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter. Donate candy at the Extension office to send to soldiers overseas.

Rabbit trios will be validated November 15th at the fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Meat pens will be validated on February 22nd at the fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Our next meeting will be November 18th at the Extension office at 7:00 p.m. We'll discuss breeding our rabbits.

Submitted by: Reagan Hoffmann, Reporter

Hill Country Central's October meeting

Hill Country Central 4-H Club met with 17 in attendance (13 members and 4 adults). The program topic was updates and important dates, presented by Mrs. Vineyard. Members were introduced, and reminders were given to everyone about validations, Youth Homemaking and Art Fair, and Quality Counts. Members were asked to take candy up to the Extension office to donate to soldiers.

For Community Service everyone made out cards for military service people overseas.


We played a team building game together and wrapped each other up like mummies.


Our next meeting is November 18, 2014.


Submitted by Mason Miner, Reporter

Attention Seniors and College Students: Scholarship Opportunities!



The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is once again pleased to offer to our senior high school 4-H members and current college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship through the Texas 4-H Program.  

The application and the instructions are separate documents for easier completion and direction.  The application form is being offered in Microsoft Word edition. You have received these documents via email.

What is new for 2015:
  • A 4-H member can apply for a Texas 4-H, Texas FFA, and Texas FCCLA scholarships
  • The scoring matrix for 4-H scholarships has changed for 2015
  • Scholarships will be presented over three nights at the 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup.  Applicants, if receiving a scholarship(s) will be told what group of scholarship they will be receiving and what night(s) to be present.  With the pre-notification of scholarship groups 4-H members will be able to be recognized at end-of-year school assemblies and ceremonies as a scholarship honoree.

Due to an continued increase in incomplete and the incorrect completion of the scholarship applications from applicants, any incomplete or incorrect application submitted will not be considered.  It is the responsibility of the 4-H member and parent/guardian to ensure all information is correct and complete prior to submitting.  Absolutely no follow up or updates will be allowed once submitted.

Scholarship forms are available on our web site. If you need the forms in Word, please contact Janet to have her email them (extjls@co.comal.tx.us). 

Due dates and deadlines for 2015 Scholarship process are as follows:
October, 2014                                                                     Release of 2015 Application
November – January                                                         Scholarship Trainings
November – December                                                    Applicant complete FAFSA and receive report
February 2, 2015                                                                Application due to County Office
February 6, 2015                                                                Applications due to District Office
February 20, 2015                                                              Applications due to State 4-H Office
April 10, 2015                                                                      Interview selection notification
May 1-3, 2015                                                                     Interviews (Austin, TX)
June 9, 10, &/or 11, 
2015                                                                Awards Assemblies/Banquets (College Station, TX)

Requirements for the Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart Scholarships
All applications MUST meet the minimum requirements/criteria to even be considered for judging (see guidelines for complete details).  Those applications not meeting the requirements should not be submitted to the county Extension Office and/or Agent.

Trainings
We will check with our District 4-H Specialist to see about any district based training(s) which will be held in our or surrounding districts.  Additionally, the Texas A&M Collegiate 4-H Club will be hosting a fund-raising scholarship training in College Station on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  This event hosted by the TAMU Collegiate 4-H will be focused for both junior and senior high school youth and parents in order to learn more about the 4-H Scholarship process and the completion of a 2015 application. A flyer/registration form is below for their event. Click on the flyer to enlarge it!



VALIDATION DATES



VALIDATION DATES

LAMB & GOAT VALIDATION:
Tue., Oct. 28: 3-6pm – Extension Barn

SWINE VALIDATION:
Wed, Nov. 12: 12-3pm – Canyon Lake H.S.
Thurs, Nov. 13: 12-3pm – Smithson Valley H.S. Ag Barn
Thurs, Nov. 20: 4-7pm – Extension Barn

RABBIT VALIDATION:
Sat., Nov. 15: 9am - 1pm, Fairgrounds  (TRIO)
Sun., Feb. 22: 1-5pm, Fairgrounds  (MEAT PENS)
(Rabbit Breeding Date: No earlier than November 24)


When you arrive at validation:
-          Check in at the paperwork table to fill out forms for each exhibitor and animal.
-          Signatures are REQUIRED from parent/legal guardian and each exhibitor. 
-          When held at Smithson Valley H.S. Ag Barn, drive around to back of the Ag Barn to enter 
        drive through line.

Remember, validation is NOT the same as completing entries for the livestock shows. All exhibitors MUST fill out entry forms and pay entry fees for each livestock stow in which they choose to participate. ALL livestock show entries are completed at the Extension office by November 14th. Watch your email, our web site and the blog for more information on entries as it becomes available