Contact Us...

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

Blog Rules


Effective immediately, no more photos will be posted to the blog of 4-H members or winning teams. If the coach wants any photos or information posted, that coach needs to send in the photo and names of each child in the photo. We will no longer repost from anyone’s Facebook page. Same with sharing club info. If the club wants info shared on the county Facebook page, the written material and photo(s) must come into us via email to post.

Homeless Winter Clothing Drive


2020 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Program - Due Jan. 31

We have had many ask about the character count on the application vs. uploading a document on the scholarship application.
 
For uploaded documents, they need to be one page in length. 

If you have an applicant using the text boxes within the application, they do have to follow the character count.  The text box does count spaces as characters so the list type questions were given a higher character count to account for those additional needed spaces.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2020 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Program applications did open on Friday, November 1st.    We have implemented a new platform that will host our application submission process as well as manage scholars through the life cycle of their scholarship.  Applicants will no longer submit their application through 4-H CONNECT or by paper/mail. 

I have attached some links that I hope you find helpful. They include deadlines, updates, and instructions on how to apply. There have been no changes to the criteria required of the applicant, only the way the applicant applies.  Please review these links so that you are aware of these changes.

You must have an Agent Verification form filled out by Victoria and this must be attached to your submission.   Please submit a copy of your scholarship application to the office for review by January 31, 2020.

Link to guidelines: Guideline
Link to tutorial: Tutorial
Link to tips: Tips
Link to training: Training

Bluebonnet 4-H Club January report


Bulverde 4-H community service


Bulverde 4-H Club made 11 animal blankets and 20 dog toys that we donated to the Bulverde animal shelter. 

Submitted by Rania Stidhem

Jim Wells County 4-H Invitational Ag Product ID Contest - Mar. 8


Comal Master Gardener Scholarship





2020 Texas Farm Bureau Scholarship Applications Open



There are several scholarship opportunities provided by Texas Farm Bureau. Three of the available scholarship programs are for high school students who have not yet graduated: 
1. TFB District Scholarship - (39 scholarships available at $1,000 each) & (13 scholarships available at $1,500 each)
 
2. TFB Young Farmer & Rancher High School Scholarship - (13 scholarships available at $1,000 each) 

3. TFB Dick Mitchell Memorial Scholarship - (1 scholarship available at $1,000) 

 

All information for the scholarships can be found on the Texas Farm Bureau website under the Youth Opportunities page. This includes deadlines, individual scholarship rules, eligibility, awards and the link to MyTFB.
 
All students applying for the above scholarships must be a member of a Texas Farm Bureau family, with membership remaining current during the duration of the scholarship. To become a Texas Farm Bureau member go to the following link: https://my.texasfarmbureau.org. Click on “Don’t have a Membership” located within the “Sign Up” box on the MyTFB website. 
 
All scholarship applications must be submitted online no later than midnight March 2, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

As the stock show season approaches, we want to make sure everyone is aware of the requirements for eligibility to participate in contests as 4-H members. Texas 4-H follows the UIL guidelines and all participants at competitive events must be academically eligible to participate. Here in Comal County we determine eligibility based upon the declaration of eligibility form completed by the parent and the school. The form must be completed for each child for each event. This applies to all children attending a public, private, charter, magnet, or home school. If we don't have proof of eligibility prior to the contest your child is entered in the contest will be contacted and the child will not be allowed to compete. For more detailed instructions please read the letter below. 

You can find the signed (by our agent) eligibility form on your 4-H connect account home page.  Link to 4-H connect: https://4honline.com/
 

Victoria Grissom
County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
AgriLife Extension Services - Comal County
325 Resource Drive
New Braunfels, TX 78132
(830)620-3440


Scholarship Opportunity


Troy Burch Law Firm out of New Braunfels, TX is holding a scholarship contest, this contest is open now and the deadline is April 29th, 2020.

The prompt is -So why do you think distracted driving has become such an issue among young drivers in Texas? And how can we curb distracted driving? Essays should be no more than 600 words and videos submissions should be two minutes or less. More information can be found here; https://www.troyburchlaw.com/community-involvement/scholarship/.

2020 Spring Roundup Duds to Dazzle

As you help your 4-H members prepare for the Spring contests please use these letters and resources. 

Link to Participant Letter:  Participant Letter
Link to Scorecard:  Scorecard
Link to Contest Guide:  Contest Guide
Link to Interview Questions:  Interview Questions

Comal County Extension Arena


The arena has been dragged if any 4-H members want to use it.  Contact the office for the gate code during business hours M-F 8am-12pm & 1-5pm.  830-620-3440

Bell County Youth Fair Judging Contests - Feb. 7

On Friday, February 7th, 2020 the Bell County Youth Fair will host four invitational contests open to all Texas 4-H and FFA members. Early registration is now available at: https://www.judgingcard.com/Registration/Info.aspx?ID=10710.  

  • Livestock Judging Contest
    • Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; Contest: 9:00 AM
  • Ag Product ID Contest
    • Registration: 11:30 AM – Noon; Contest: 12:00 PM
  • Vet Science Skillathon Contest
    • Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; Contest: 9:00 AM
  • Rabbit Judging Contest
    • On-site Registration ONLY: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; Contest: 9:00 AM
 

 

4-H HOT Indoor Air/Archery Shoot - Feb. 2






2020 4-H Vet Science Summer Camp Flyer


Last Call for 4-H Talent in the Southern Region


West Texas Invitational Hippology Contest - Apr. 5


Below you will find the information for the West Texas Invitational Hippology Contest. This contest will be held on Sunday, April 5th in San Angelo, Texas. The deadline to register is March 29th.
 
 

Brazos County 4-H Open Dog Show - Feb. 15, 2020


Below is registration information for the 4-H Dog Show to be hosted by the Brazos County 4-H K9 club on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Louis Pearce Arena in College Station.  The deadline for entries is February 3, 2020.

We welcome 4-H members from across the state of Texas to participate.

 

Sherwood 4-H November/December Report


Below is the November/December Report for Sherwood, as well as a report on the December Council Party/Service Project. 

Dylan Wunderlich
 

Comal County 4-H Council
December Party and Service Project


Submitted by Dylan Wunderlich, Reporter
The Comal County 4-H Council had its Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Approximately 30 delegates, alternate delegates and officers were in attendance. In addition to games and a nacho bar, we made Christmas cards. The cards were tied to blankets that were given to New Braunfels Rehabilitation Center. 

Sherwood 4-H
November/December Report
Submitted by Dylan Wunderlich, Reporter 

The November meeting of Sherwood 4-H was held on November 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Mammen Family Public Library. There were over 30 members and 15 adults in attendance. The minutes were read by the secretary and approved. The treasurer reported a balance of $170.87. Parliamentary and health and safety tips were presented by those officers. Claire Schaeferkoeter reported on the Comal County 4-H Food Show and Food Challenge contests, asking members to share their successes. Our club shirts were discussed and orders were taken. Madilyn Howell and Elizabeth Haegelin volunteered to serve on the bylaw committee. We voted to carol at the nursing home for our Christmas party and December meeting. We also voted to spend up to $25 on hot tea mix for CCJLSA top buyer gifts. Madilyn Howell and Brooklyn Howell gave the program on Sky High for St. Jude and we made over 25 tie blankets for the organization which would be provided to pediatric cancer patients. 


On December 9, 2019, Sherwood 4-H had over 25 members and 10 parents carol at Bulverde Assisted Living. Member also played games, participated in a contest for most festive outfit and ugliest Christmas sweater and interacted with residents. For the December service project, members purchased gifts for the Angel Tree at Mammen Family Public Library. 
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Homemaking and Art Fair entry deadline - Friday, January 3rd at 4:30 pm.


**Important**

The deadline for entries for the Homemaking and Art Fair is this Friday, January 3rd at 4:30 pm.

The Extension office is a drop off location for entries.  You may bring your entries and fees to our office and place them in a provided box.

 

Consumer Decision Making Training - Jan. 2

Connie will be hosting a training for Consumer Decision Making on January 2 from 1pm-4pm at the Extension Meeting Room.  Please RSVP to the Extension Office by December 31, 2019 at 5pm.



BIG TEX SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


 
 

Matching Scholarship Opportunities


Fifth through ninth graders who are enrolled in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund® and whose families have an annual income of $100,000 or less may apply now through Dec. 31, 2019, for Match the Promise scholarships.*

The Texas Match the Promise Foundation encourages families to save for college by supplementing their contributions to the Texas Tuition Promise Fund — the state's prepaid college tuition plan. Families who do not currently have a Promise Fund account can find information about establishing one at our website.

Approved recipients can receive matching scholarships of tuition units worth up to $1,000 at today's prices, and top-scoring recipients can also receive a one-time grant of tuition units worth $2,000 at today's prices. These scholarship tuition units can be used at most Texas public colleges and universities.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must write a career essay and meet other requirements. If approved, recipients will have until Aug. 31, 2020, to meet the contribution requirement of the scholarship program by contributing a minimum of $100 to the student’s Promise Fund account.

Find application materials and more information online at MatchThePromise.org. You can also contact us via email or at 800-531-5441, ext. 3-7570, for additional information.

Souper Bowl of Caring: Statewide Service Learning Event


Link for registration:  https://souperbowl.org/participants/add
 
Souper Bowl of Caring is an organization founded 30 years ago by youth with a vision and passion for service to others. Souper Bowl of Caring uses the timeframe around one of the nation’s largest sporting events, the Super Bowl, as a tool to feed families throughout the state.  Groups throughout the state will join forces during January 14 – February 3, 2020 to collect food donations and/or monetary donations to donate to a local food pantry. All efforts benefit LOCAL families who utilize LOCAL food pantries.

Save the Date for Texas 4-H Congress!

Link for details:  https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/congress/
 
 

2019 District 10 Fall Roundup EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION -Results









2019 District 10 Fall Roundup LIVESTOCK QUIZ BOWL - Results




2019 District 10 Fall Roundup HORSE QUIZ BOWL - Results



2019 District 10 Fall Roundup - Public Speaking results


Gruene Kountry December meeting


Gruene Kountry held their December Christmas party and service project on December 15, 2019 at the Saint Paul Lutheran chapel. There were 46 members present and 22 adults. When members arrived, they were able to guess how many styrofoam pieces were in the jar and enjoy Christmas music. Our service project this month was collecting food for the SOS Food Bank. We collected 170 pounds of food that we will give back to our community. Mrs. Kreusler reminded all members about the Homemaking Fair forms due date and the Range project. President Keene Kreusler started our meeting by explaining how to play the white elephant game and passed out the numbers. The game was a big hit and candy moved from member to member. After the game we enjoyed cookies and our new gifts. Our next meeting will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 at the Comal County Extension Office.
 
Paxtyn Cochran- Gruene Kountry Reporter
 
 

Showmanship Clinic - Jan. 4, 2020


Central Texas Invitational CDM Consumer Contest- February 1st



2020 HOT Indoor Air Shoot

2020 H.O.T. Indoor Air Shoot will be held in McCulloch County on February 1, 2020 in Brady, TX.  Deadline to enter will be January 17, 2020. 







2020 Comal County Youth Homemaking & Art Fair


Comal County Youth Homemaking & Art Fair drop box now available.  Entries due by January 3, 2020 by 4:30pm!!

District 7 Shooting Sports Coach Training


Below is information for the District 7 Shooting Sports Coach Training at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood. The training will be held March 7-8, 2020. Registration will be held on the 4-H Center Website texas4hcenter.tamu.edu, NOT 4-H Connect. Registration will open on February 1st and close on March 5th. Lodging will be available at the 4-H Center, process are included in the letter below.
 

 

Fall 2019 Tractor Supply Clover Campaign Funds

The Texas 4-H Foundation has received the funds for the Fall 2019 Tractor Supply Clover Campaign!  Texas raised $148,596!!!  Way to go 4-H!!

Comal $       1,176

Livestock Showers meeting - Jan. 8th


Troy Luepke would like to have a meeting all families that will be attending livestock show this year to discuss his availability and the how he can best meet the needs of the 4-H members.

Extension Meeting Room
January 8, 2020
6pm-7pm

Mission Possible Mentor Applications


The Mission Possible Mentor applications are now open online. 4-H Members currently in the 8th grade and up are eligible to apply. This service learning opportunity allows 4-H members to be partnered with Mission Possible campers to provide a safe and fun camp experience for all. Mentor applications are due on March 20th, 2020 and mentors will be notified by April 3rd, 2020 on their mentor status.  


You can also access the link through our website- https://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/  

Mission Possible Mentors must be available June 28-July 1 to attend training and camp at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, Texas.