Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Consumer Decision Making Project

Everyone is a consumer. Being a consumer is a role that lasts a lifetime. We all make purchases to satisfy our basic human needs for food, clothing, and shelter. As consumers, we also have a variety of wants—other goods and services we would like to have. So when we buy consumer goods and services, we are satisfying either a consumer need or a consumer want.

The Consumer Decision-Making Contest is a competitive event that enables 4-H’ers to practice making decisions based on information about a situation and four available marketplace options. This contest is an opportunity to practice marketplace knowledge and skills and to compare personal decisions with the decisions from a panel of judges who are knowledgeable about today’s marketplace and its various goods and services. This project has a contest at the San Antonio Livestock Show and there is also a District Contest.

If you would like to learn more about this project and the contests, an informational is being held at the County Extension Office on Monday, December 29th at 10:00 a.m. The program will end by noon.

Recordbook Workshop

Monday: December 8, 2008
Location: County Extension Office
Time: 6:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for those who have never completed a recordbook or for those who would like to learn more about recordbooks and the process of keeping records.

If you attend and would like to have a volunteer leadership activity to add to your recordbook, bring a favorite snack to share with others in attendance.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

District 10 Photography Project Workshop

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon
Registration at 9:00 a.m.
Location: Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation
546 Hwy 46 W , Boerne, TX
Workshop Fee: $5.00 (payable at workshop)
Learn how to make Pin Hole Cameras, develop photos in a dark room and more on making great digital photos.

RSVP by: December 15, 2008
Angela Fiedler
Kendall County, CEA- FCS
Phone: 830-249-9343

Monday, November 17, 2008

Teen Retreat - 2009

“Take A Stand”
Texas 4-H Conference Center
Teen Retreat
January 9-11, 2009

(Please note that the event this year is during the Travis County Youth Show - Participants will need to have a screened 4-H volunteer serve as a chaperone.)

Who? Senior age 4-H members, 14-19 and Adult sponsors
Why? Develop leadership skills through workshops and hands-on
learning experiences
How? Register on 4-H Connect
Cost? Registration includes 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, snacks and
all program supplies. Youth $123, Adults $75
$90 Chaperone fee if County does not provide Chaperone

Teen Retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center provides a state
level leadership experience for 4-H youth ages 14-19.
• The program is designed to allow teens to explore new or revised
project and curricula resources and return to implement them in their
• Featured project will be “Take A Stand” Texas
AgriLife Enrichment Curriculum. The five-fold
focus of this program is conflict management/
bully prevention, communication, etiquette,
teamwork, and cultural awareness. This
program would be a great resource for teen
led curriculum enrichment programs, Youth
Boards, afterschool programs, and more!
• Register now on 4-H Connect… don’t wait

Registration will open on 4-H Connect December 1, 2008 and will close January 5, 2009.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Travis County 4-H Holiday Party

Travis County 4-H Council is hosting a Holiday Party -
Sunday, December 14th, 2008.

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Travis County Extension Office.
A time for Food, Fun and Friends.

Games and activities for the kids. If you wish to participate, the Council is having a White Elephant Gift Exchange. The items are to be of no more than $5.00 in value and the items should be "useless". This is a great time to look around around your house and find things you no longer use or never used...because it was "useless".

Community Service Opportunities:

  • Non-perishable food items for the Capitol Area Food Bank

  • 2009 Encouragement cards for our Military.

Bring your favorite holiday snack to share with others!!!!

If you can please let us know if you might be attending so that we can get a rough estimate on how many to prepare for.

TCYS Decals

Show your support for the Travis County Youth Show with a TCYS Decal.
Decals may be purchased for $5.00.
Please send your money and a return address for the decals to be mailed to:
PO Box 151717
Austin, TX 78745

If you have any questions, please call Violet at 444- 3400

Saturday, November 15, 2008

State 4-H Photography Contest

District rules and guidelines are not out yet, but included in this information are the classes and divisions which will be utilized for the County and District Contest.

Please check out the classes and divisions at

These guidelines are for the State Photography Contest (senior 4-H members ages 14 to 19 as of August 31, 2008). Travis 4-H is allowed to submit one photo per class (15 total entries from the County). All photos submitted will be judged and the first place senior photos will advance to the State Contest to be held in June 2009 in College Station.

Photos due to the Extension Office by: Friday, March 27, 2009 by 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Texas 4-H Council Community Service Project 2009

The Texas 4-H State Council has partnered with the Starlight Children's Foundation as an on-going venture to provide an opportunity for Texas 4-H Members to write encouraging messages to children and their families who have been diagnosed with a major illness. These cards will be distributed throughout Texas by the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Logistics: Holiday Card Distribution
  • A one dollar ($1.00) donation is requested per card (more if desired by the contributor) to assist with the efforts of the Foundation.
  • Write a message on the cards provided (may be picked up from the County Extension Office)
  • Contributors will be able to place a star on the web site ( under the Texas 4-H Galaxy. The contributor is to keep one side of the card with the number to put their star on the web site. Additional attributes can be added to their star for an additional donation while on the website.
  • For all money collected, a money order will need to be purchased and mailed along with the cards to our designated District 10 State Council Member. That information will be released as people are ready to mail their cards and money orders. (Money orders made payable to: Starlight Children's Foundation.

This is round 1 of this project, more will be coming in the future.

The Holiday Card Distribution will need to be completed by November 28th.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Canned Food Drive

Manor 4-H, the Good Luck Grill and Travis County 4-H are working together to collect canned good items. During the months of October and November, with two canned food items you will receive a $1.00 off your purchase at the Good Luck Grill. Canned good items may also be brought to the October Council Meeting or to the Extension Office at anytime during the next two months. Please check out the website to see the flyer.

District 10 Clothing and Textiles Workshop

Have fun and learn new clothing skills over your Winter Break!

December 29, 2008
Loctaion: Guadalup County Extension Office
210 East Oak St.
Seguin, TX 78155

Map available:

Check in: 9-9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:15 p.m. (on site)
End: 3:00 p.m.

Workshop fee is $10.00

This fee includes lunch and some materials.

Please bring one yard of 100% cotton fabric for the
community service and a placemat that is thin and
flexible enough to fold and stitch with a machine.

RSVP: by December 1, 2008

The workshop will include:
jewelry making, stationary holders, pin cushions, and
premature baby blankets which will be donated for
community service.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

San Antonio Livestock Show School Tour Guides

The San Antonio Stock Show is looking for youth to serve as tour guides for the 2009 school tours.
Listed below are the dates available:
Monday - Friday - February 9-13th
Monday - Wednesday - February 16-18th

Youth need to be in at least the 8th - 12th grades and must be able to commit your day starting at 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For those interested, please let Cory know by November 26th. Please also consider your show schedule if you also show livestock.

If you have any questions, please let Cory know.

Friday, November 7, 2008

2009 Travis County Youth Show Scholarship

The 2009 Travis County Youth Show Scholarship has been uploaded to the Travis County Youth Show website. If you are a 2009 graduating senior, please check out the application and get it submitted by the due date.

Creedmoor Turkey Dinner

Creedmoor 4-H is sponsoring a FREE Turkey Dinner

Saturday, November 15, 2008
4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Creedmoor Community Center
12511 FM 1625
Creedmoor, Tx

"Free Will Offering" - Turkey, Ham and all the trimmings.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Scholarship Workshop

***Attention Seniors Graduating in 2009***
For those graduating this year and interested in completing the Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship, a workshop is being offered on Thursday, November 20, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

Last year Texas 4-H awarded over 220 4-H youth over 2 million dollars in scholarships at Texas 4-H Roundup in College Station. Take the opportunity to showcase your 4-H experiences and work to try to be one of those 220 in 2009.

The workshop is open to others who are looking to complete the application in the upcoming years. The focus will be on how to complete the application and learning the steps of the scholarship process. Completing a recordbook is not a requirement to complete this application, but always helpful. Bring your most current book if you have one.