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.

2020 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Program - Update

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
 

WHEP Workshop


Teen Retreat


CWF: Presidential Inauguration


CWF: Presidential Inauguration
The countdown to Inauguration 2021 has begun, and we’re offering the opportunity of a lifetime. Mark your calendars and meet us at the Capitol. Registration for Citizenship Washington Focus Presidential Inauguration 2021 opened Tuesday, November 12, 2019.


If you are interested in attending the event, please in addition to registering via the link above, email Dr. Williams at Montza.Williams@ag.tamu.edu
*Please note that this is NOT registration*

Texas 4-H Dog Show + T-Shirt Design Contest & Photography Contest



Texas 4-H Dog Show

From the Texas 4-H Dog Show Management Team: 

We are glad to inform you that the 2020 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rules are posted to the State 4-H web page https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/ along with a number of support materials.  There have been some significant changes, so you will want to review it carefully.

Validation Instructions:          To participate in this show, you must validate your dogs on 4-H Connect by January 10th.  This process is done through 4-H Connect and there is no charge at this time.  Detailed instructions can be found at the site above. 

Judge Recruitment Packet:     Every year we have difficulty recruiting judges for the show for a number of reasons.  If you would be willing to assist us in this process, please download the judge recruitment packet from the web page and share with any judges you would like to see at the Texas 4-H Dog Show.

T-Shirt Design Contest:          We offer at Texas 4-H Dog Show T-Shirt for sale each year.  This is your opportunity to submit a design to be used on that shirt. 

Dog Photography Contest:     Any 4-H member can submit photos to the Dog Photography Contest whether they own a dog or not.  Check out the rules on Page 28.

Continue to check back on this page.  We will be updating score sheets and adding hotel lists and such in the coming weeks.

Bamdera FFA Booster Club Fall Classic Market Lamb & Goat Show


Callahan County 4-H Archery Fall Fling




Sherwood 4-H October Report

2020 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Program


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 attachments so that you are aware of these changes.

You must either tag Victoria in your account or bring a paper copy before submission to the office for review by January 31, 2020.

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

4-H Hoodie - CCLS 4-H Club

CLS is having a hoodie made from Redding Company here in town. They are running a special, buy 25 hoodies and get 25 long sleeve shirts free.

Here is the link for the google forms to place an order: 


Once CCLS 4-H Club has all the orders in, they will send each person an email with their Venmo Invoice and start collecting payments. 

 

Gruene Kountry 4-H Club Nov. Report


Gruene Kountry held their November meeting on November 3, 2019 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Family Room. There were 41 members, 18 adults, and 1 guest present. President Keene Kreusler called the meeting to order and Kendall Kreusler called roll and drew a name for a door prize. Our Icebreaker was a hula hoop relay game led by Allie Kelley and Lane Golla.  Mrs. Kreusler discussed the managers report and talked about the Pecan Fundraiser Comal County 4-H will be doing this fall, the Homemaking Fair entry forms, and the Top 10 Buyers gifts. 
Our guest member was Carolyn Phelan and she talked to us about the Range Management Project. We learned about a few different grasses and how important these grasses can be for wildlife and livestock. She will be leading practices studying these grasses starting in January. She is always looking for new memebers to join her.  
Our club learned about the voting process, how important voting is, and the impact it has in our world from Mrs. Golla.   We voted on a ballot for one service project and one Christmas party idea for our next meeting.  The votes were counted and it was announced that, as a club, we will have a food drive and a White Elephant gift exchange at our Christmas Party in December. 
For our recreation we played Bingo. 
For our service project, we made homemade gifts for the Top 10 Buyers of the CCJLS.

Our next meeting will be Sunday, December 15.


Submitted by Paxtyn Cochran - Gruene Kountry Reporter

Coryell County Christmas Classic Jackpot - Dec. 6 & 7



Bluebonnet 4-H Club Meeting

Thank you to SALE for coming to our meeting !
 

Callahan County 4-H Archery Fall Fling - Nov. 9



2020 4-H Camp Dates


Montgomery County 4-H Horse Judging - Dec. 7






Austin County 4-H Heifer Show - Nov. 23


Pecan Fundraiser - Orders due by Nov. 20

We will have 500 bags of halves and 500 bags of pieces. Availability will be based on the date the order is entered in the google drive.  All sales must be entered in the Google Drive.

Google Drive Link:  Pecan Fundraiser Link
Link to worksheet:  Worksheet
 

 

 
 

2019 County Food Challenge Results


Houston Livestock Show

If you are entering the Houston Livestock Show, page 3 of the entry form MUST be notarized.  We DO NOT have a notary public in this office.  You must do this BEFORE we will take your entries.  Thank you in advance!!
 
 

2018-2019 IRS Filing Instructions for Texas 4-H Club/Group 990 Forms

TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION: THE DEADLINE FOR IRS FILING FOR ALL 4-H CLUBS/GROUPS IS DECEMBER 20, 2019  

THE PROCESS OF FILING AN IRS 990 FORM IS REQUIRED OF EVERY 4-H CLUB/GROUP THAT HAS AN ACTIVE EIN, REGARDLESS IF THE CLUB/GROUP IS MANAGING ANY MONEY.  

August 31st ended the fiscal year for all 4-H clubs and groups in Texas that are under the Texas 4-H, Inc. umbrella. With the end of the fiscal year, comes the requirement for ALL Texas 4-H, Inc. clubs and groups to file their annual information return (Form 990-N, 990 or 990-EZ). 

Due to the IRS website being down for maintenance every year in January, our deadline for clubs filing under Texas 4-H Inc. is December 20, 2019. However, you can file NOW! You do not have to wait. Any club or group that does not have a successful filing by that date could potentially be in jeopardy of having their EIN revoked by the IRS. Filing a club or group annual information return is accomplished by each club or group manager and treasurer working with County Extension Agents to complete and file an IRS Form 990.
 
Link to 990-N User Guide: User Guide
 

 

County-wide Range Management Project

The county-wide 4-H Range Management Project is getting ready to start planning our meetings/practices and learning about Texas rangelands and how to manage them.  This project focuses on learning grasses found on Texas rangelands for the 4-H Range & Pasture Grass Identification contest (Grass Judging).  The project also teaches members about range management principles and practices which lead participants to compete in the 4-H Range Evaluation contest where you will also need to learn not only the grasses, but also the forbs, legumes and woody plants. Meetings and practices are generally held in the spring beginning after the first of the year.  But if there are new members we could start with a few introductory sessions sooner.  There will be occasional field trips, but generally the practices are indoors in the Oak Run subdivision after school. 

Contact project leader, Carolyn Phelan, at 830-237-0450 or carolynfeyphelan@gmail.com with questions or for more information.  The district contest for both of these events is on Thursday, April 23 in Fredericksburg.  Our teams are looking for members of all ages, especially juniors and intermediates.

Seguin Swine Breeders Prospect Pig Show - Dec. 8


Swine Validation Date - November 21


Swine Validation date
 
November 21, 2019 1-4pm
@ the Extension Swine Barn

Advancing to District in Food Show

Senior:
Presley Wirebaugh - Main Dish
Trey Hoffmann - Fruits and Vegetables

Intermediate:
Megan Skarovsky - Breads & Cereals
Peyton Wirebaugh - Fruits and Vegetables

Junior:
Rylan Frech - Main Dish
Joshua Rosenthal - Breads and Cereals
Alexandra Topinka - Fruits and Vegetables
Brodee Arnold - Nutritious Snack

Congratulations and Good Luck at District!!

Bluebonnet 4-H October Meeting Report


Teen Retreat 2020 - Jan 3-5, 2020


2020 SALE School Tour Guides


·        We have received the dates for youth in grades 9-12 to serve as a school tour guide at the 2020 San Antonio show!  Youth will need to commit their entire day from 7:45 AM to 2:30 PM to serving in this leadership role and must be academically eligible to be excused from school in February. (Tour guides will need to have an academic eligibility form completed by their school)  

·        As a tour guide, 4-H & FFA youth will be provided a brief training and serve as a leader to the elementary school groups at the livestock show.  This will include some brief talking points and working in pairs with other tour guides or information on your assigned location.   

·        Youth must register for their day of choice by midnight on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Once you sign up, you are fully committed to that date, so be sure to triple check your schedule before signing up.

·        Parents, DO NOT contact School Tours to register your student

·        Note: Currently, youth will need provide their own transportation to the event. 

·        RSVP and select days online at https://forms.gle/6j17qSCUAMGnxijQ6 
 
 
 

 

2020 CCLS Livestock Show - Jan. 4, 2020


Link to the rules:RULES
Link to the entry form: ENTRY FORM
Link to show schedule: SHOW SCHEDULE

Paper Clover Campaign

National 4-H week was a success for Comal County! Halie Stidhem would like to thank everyone who attended events and donated items. The Tractor Supply clover campaign and bake goods at Paper Clover Campaign was our final event, the kids raised $277.62 for Comal County 4-H plus any clovers that were sold. Awesome job! Thank you all for your donations of baked goods and for volunteering your time.



District 10 Fall Roundup

Link to Fall Roundup guide:  GUIDE
 
We need volunteers for any contest at Fall Roundup or if you are senior age participant and you want volunteer for an awards program, please contact the office. 
 


Participation fee increase - November 1

To participate in the CCJLSA livestock show, all showers must be registered in 4-H Connect by November 1, 2019.

Community Service Project


Special Hearts Livestock Show - November 17th

***Deadline extended...

Last Day to register as a Participant or Volunteer is October 20, 2019!!
 
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Comal County Fairgrounds
 
We will be looking for volunteers and animals.
Link to Participant packet
Link to Volunteer packet

 

SALE Junior Shoot-out




Please click the link below to access the 2020 SALE Shoot-Out Entry Worksheet and Eligibility form.
2020-San-Antonio_Junior_Shoot-Out_Worksheet__Eligibility_Form.pdf

You must submit to the Extension office by November 8.

The shoot-out rules can be found here.
https://www.sarodeo.com/images/uploads/2020_Junior_Shoot-Out_Rules_Final1.pdf

2020 Summer Internship opportunity


Bosque Bullseyes 4-H Indoor Archery Tournament January 11, 2020



Sporting Clay Tournament - November 16


Coryell County Shotgun shoot - Nov. 16


One day 4-h success!!


Halie would like to thank Gruene Kountry for making 32 dog blankets and 17 dog toys for the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter for their 4-H one day project!! There will be lots of warm, happy dogs at the shelter this winter.
 
 

Gruene Kountry One Day 4-H

Gruene Kountry 4-H Meeting

Gruene Kountry held their October meeting on October 13, 2019 at the Comal County Extension office for our One Day 4-H event. There were 56 members present, 30 adults and 2 guests.

Our club brainstormed ideas for the Christmas party and community service. Our Community service ideas were Senior Citizen Bingo night and caroling, volunteering at the animal shelter, food drive and aking soup, and family game night for the community. We will vote next month on our volunteer  service project. For our Gruene Kountry Christmas party we will play games and decorate cookies. We discussed upcoming events like Food Show, Food Challenge, Special Hearts, Livestock 101, Wade Busby Memorial Casino Night and the Homemaker Fair.

Our guest members were Halie Stidhem and Mrs. Stidhem and they showed us how to make dog blankets and chew toys using fleece. We broke up in groups and each made at least one blanket or toy to give to the Canyon Lake Animal shelter. Our next meeting is planned on Sunday, November 3 - at St. Peter and Paul Church Family Room at 3:00.

      Submitted by Paxtyn Cochran - Gruene Kountry Reporter


 

National 4-H Conference, March 27 – April 2, 2020


APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!!!
 
National 4-H Conference

March 27 – April 2, 2020

Guadalupe Robotics 4-H Club SumoBot Competition - Nov. 9

**Please note deadline is November 2nd