Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Manatee Sewing Camp Participants Share Joy and Clothing Protectors with Residents

Ten sewing camp participants from Manatee County recently presented residents of the Life Care Center of Sarasota with clothing protectors they had sewn earlier.

The clothing protectors were a community service project completed during a 4-H sewing camp. At that time, 20 participants made 20 items in three hours in an assembly line-type production with the assistance of American Sewing Guild Sarasota Chapter members.

“The clothing protectors are very welcomed and they will be used by residents during meal and craft times,” said Denise Tarutis, activity director of Life Care Center.

Also during their visit to the center, 4-H sewing camp participant Maegan Betts shared a speech titled “The Lost Art of Sewing” with the group.  Afterwards, everyone joined in singing songs, “Grand Ole’ Flag,” “Yogi Bear,” and “Make New Friends.” “Wow! What a great community service project, allowing youth and adults to work together and to help others at the same time,” said Dr. Diana L. Smith, 4-H coordinator.

For more information, contact the Manatee County 4-H Office at 941-722-4524.
4-H programs are open to all youth (ages 5-18) without regard to race, color, sex, handicap or national origin.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Manatee 4-H Club members take part in tree replanting at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf

Just one week after trees at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf were toppled by a tornado spun from Tropical Storm Debby, the tree replanting has begun. As the camp reopened after a one-week shut down, two bus-loads of campers from Manatee County arrived. Full of excitement, some 88 youth and 14 adults scurried around the camp in an orderly manner throughout the week as cleanup continued.
Then, on July 4, the group welcomed longtime 4-H leader Betty Glassburn as she arrived with a 12-foot live oak tree donated by SMR Farms of Manatee County. The live oak, selected for its canopy, is a stately-looking tree. “We are certainly fortunate to have not sustained more damage and welcome this tree replacement,” said Cloverleaf’s Manager Steve Cooper. Earlier, Cooper had pointed out several trees that were planted by Manatee County 4-H’ers through the years. Fortunately, they all survived.

"Manatee County 4-H has camped at Camp Cloverleaf since 1954 and we feel some ownership for this camp. Seeing all of the large, old trees destroyed during the tornado is disheartening. The stumps will be removed when the summer camping program is over and we will try to get some new trees to replace them. We thank SMR for their donation of the live oak," said Glassburn.

“Future generations will be able to enjoy this tree as they camp at Cloverleaf. We are extremely pleased with the placement of this tree as it will provide shade for the pavilion – the pavilion that our teens poured the first concrete pad for,” said 4-H Agent Dr. Diana L. Smith. Successful tree planting does not happen by chance, it requires thought and planning. Youth interested in learning more about trees can enroll in the 4-H forestry, junior master gardener or horticulture projects.
4-H programs are open to all youth (ages 5-18) without regard to race, creed, color, sex, handicap or national origin.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/07/17/4117065/manatee-4-h-club-members-take.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

State 4-H Educational Design Specialist Position

The Extension Assistant Scientist/State 4-H Educational Design Specialist has posted to GatorJobs. The position number is 00002691. The direct link to the GatorJobs posting is http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/31205

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2012: Top 5 Recipients of the Community Pride Award!

Florida 4-H is proud to announce this year’s Top 5 recipients of the Community Pride Award!
Top 5 Award Winners

Callahan Country Kids 4-H Club
This Nassau County 4-H club decided they wanted to reach out to more people in need. With the community in mind as well as fallen veterans, the project enti­tled caring hearts doing their part” helped to support the elderly, fallen veterans, and people in need of food.

District XIII Council
District XIII’s main objective was to reach their com­munity to help overcome poverty and to teach others how to help. They wanted to make an impact in the lives of impoverished people. Throughout the year, they took on different projects that impacted the lives of the impoverished in the community and beyond.

Juss Horsin’ Around 4-H Club
This Nassau County 4-H club addressed the many needs and concerns of their community. They strived to cre­ate a positive impact through military appreciation, environmental impact, the elderly and worked towards no more homeless pets.

Nassau County 4-H Council
This Nassau County 4-H Club created a project that helped multiple sectors in their community includ­ing the association for retarded citizens (ARK), animal shelter welfare, and the Adopt a Soldier program.

Indy Star 4-H Club
This Sarasota County Project worked to certify youth and adults in CPR so as to construct a safer atmo­sphere in the community.

Honorable Mentions

Wakulla County 4-H Association, Wakulla County
Marion Oaks Odyssey 4-h Club, Marion County
Roots, Shoots & Boots 4-h Club, Volusia County