Friday, May 29, 2009

2009 Annual Achievement Banquet

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
Location: Regents School of Austin - Activity Center
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD

Don't forget about the awards forms that all 4-H'ers should be completing to receive their much deserved recognition.

You should be soon be receiving a postcard in the mail as a reminder.

Youth Leadership Program (Public Speaking)

This is a three-day workshop dedicated to helping youth with their public speaking skills. The Toastmasters curriculum is used to aid participants in becoming more comfortable with impromptu speaking, and preparing, delivering, and evaluating speeches. A local Toastmaster will serve as the facilitator for the workshop. There is no fee for the workshop itself, but kids will be responsible for paying for their lunches. More information will be available later.

Dates: June 15 - 17
Location: Goodwill Community Center (I 35 and 183)
Age Requirement: 12 - 18 years old
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. and End Time: 4:00 p.m.
A graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday night. Location to be determined.

4-H Recordbooks

Recordbook Workday - Monday, June 8, 2009
Come to the Extension Office anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to get help with your recordbooks. Bring your laptops, flash drives, hard copies (whatever you already have).

This is not a formal workshop - this is set up as a help session.

Recordbooks are due to the Extension office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009. (please remember that our office closes at 5:00 so plan to have your book in early).

Food Challenge Workshop

A new and exciting 4-H contest is being added in the 2009-2010 4-H year. Be one of the first in the county to take part in this hands on experience. The workshop is being held in Seguin.
Check out the flyer at for more information on location and registration.

Food Project Day

Monday, July 6, 2009
Meet at the Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Bring money for lunch at Good Luck Grill in Manor

Participants will learn about the history of chocolate, hands on dipping with chocolate, lunch at Good Luck Grill and Tour Austin Nuts in the afternoon.

Flyer posted at

District 10 Junior Leadership Rally

Date: July 9, 2009
Location: Helotes 4-H Activity Center in Helotes, TX
Cost : $15.00
Flyer posted at

For our junior and intermediate aged youth. This is being held in conjunction with the District Recordbook Judging. If you want to judge recordbooks and need something for the younger 4-H'ers to do, this is your answer. 4-H youth must register on 4-H Connect to participate.

4-H Club Officer Training

Monday, July 27, 2009
Location: Travis County East Facility
6011 Blue Bluff Road
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 -includes lunch and snacks
Flyer posted on website

All newly elected officers and club managers should attend
Topics of discussion include:
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Officer Responsibilities/Duties/ Program Ideas
  • Award Opportunities/Scholarships
  • 4-H Opportunities
  • New 4-H Contests
  • 4-H Connect Enrollment
  • 4-H Recordbooks
RSVP to John by July 22, 2009 at

Consumer Decision Making Project

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cabela's in Buda (bring money for lunch at Cabela's)
Open to all 4-H aged youth and adults!!!

Participants will learn the ins and outs of this project. A life long skill with some potential scholarship opportunities. Check out the flyer on

District 10 Mega Meeting

A district wide event open to all youth and adults. This is a great opportunity for youth to meet fellow 4-H members and take part in a district wide event. It will take place in Kerrville on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Youth will participate in an educational activity related to 4-H projects. A dance has been added this year.

There are workshops for youth and adults. Check out the website to see the flyers of workshops offered.

Meeting begins at 12:00 noon at Schreiner University
Cost: full time registration- $20.00 per participant (youth and adults) (includes dinner and dance)
part time registration - $8.00 per participant (does not include dinner and dance)

If you are interested in attending, please sign up with John and pay the fee by August 20th. Cory is taking a van and will take up to 13 youth. If youth want to attend, they must notify John so he can put their name on the list.

If you need more information, please let us know.

4-H Club Scrapbooks

All Club Scrapbooks are due: August 3, 2009 to the Extension Office

Items you should consider including:
Creativity, Club Information, Member Information, Projects/Activities, Group Photo, Individual Photos/Member pages, club goals, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments,
Clover Kids.

County Camp at Lake Brownwood

What is County Camp? County Camp allows counties to send youth of all ages (9-18) to camp at the 4-H Conference Center at one time, whereas Prime Time is age specific. County groups are housed together in the dorms by gender (Boys in boys dorms, girl in girls dorms). Campers will experience team-building and communication skills development through their participation in such programs as Challenge Course activities, canoeing, rifle, archery, drama, swimming, dance, and other activities.

Travis County attends: July 13 (3:00 pm) to July 16 (11:00 am) Cost: $205.00
Each participant will be reimbursed $100.00 upon returning from camp.

Participants will need to register via 4-H Connect to attend:
4-H Connect Login. Must be registered by June 16, 2009

Cory will be attending this camp.

Award Opportunities - Due: June 30, 2009

Award applications have been posted to the website under the "forms" link. This will allow you the opportunity to see what the requirements are for the awards and know what else you may need to do to be eligible to apply.

Awards due include;
Rookie, All Star, Honor Roll, Letterman, Gold Star, Bronze Star, Silver Star, I DARE You, Project Summary and Adult Leader Award

If you have questions regarding the awards application, please let us know.

State Fair of Texas - Contest Opportunities

Although the State Fair of Texas in Dallas is three hours away, there are opportunities available for youth and adults. Take a look at their premium book online to see what is available for your age range and if projects can be mailed in or you must deliver the day of. There some cooking contests as well as photography. Make it a family or club event.
Click on the link to check out the Creative Arts handbook
State Fair of Texas Website:

West Texas Rabbit Show

Junior Rabbit Show
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Please see the entry form and rules on the website for additional information. Check under the upcoming events tab.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Richland 4-H is Stocking the Shelves

Richland 4-H members contributed to the District 10 Community Service Project, Filling the Shelves. All items donated are being sent to the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood. Items will be used to help stock the nurse's station. Other items donated will be used for the craft's and games closets.

Banquet Committee Meeting

Attention 4-H Members ...If you are looking for more leadership opportunities, join the 4-H Banquet Committee. A meeting will be held on Monday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Items of discussion will be; meal to be served, delegation of duties for banquet, set up and remaining decorations. This is open to youth and adults. We have some tasks which will need to be completed by senior aged 4-H members and adults.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Professional yoU Day

Get ahead of the rest and take advantage of preparing for your future. Learn the dos and don'ts of dining etiquette. Sharpen your interview skills. Enhance your skills in completing applications.

Open to 4-H youth ages 13 to 18.
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Location: Meet at the Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.
Dining Etiquette will take place at the Ventana Restaurant at the Culinary Academy.
Please see the flyer at

Cost: plan to spend at least $20.00 for lunch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gold Star, Silver Star and Bronze Star Award Applications

The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award and will be awarded only once in a member’s 4-H career. Counties have award quotas based on the number of senior 4-H members. The award is presented to the most deserving young people without regard to sex.
(application and requirements are posted on the website.)

Bronze Star and Silver Star Awards
Purpose to recognize achievement by 4-H members 9 to 11 (Bronze) or 12-14 (Silver) years of age at the time of application. A member may receive the award only once. Number to be awarded is based on judges discretion.(application and requirements are posted on the website.)

Adult Volunteer Leader AwardAn new award to recognize volunteer leaders for their service and contributions was added last year. The leader must be someone the Extension Office has listed as a screened volunteer leader through the Texas 4-H and Youth Development - Youth Protection Standards Program. If you have questions regarding a potential nominee, please contact us at the office.

The award form applications have been posted to the website under the "FORMS" tab. Award interviews are scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2009

President's Student Service Awards

Log your community service hours and receive recognition! The award application has been posted to the website under the "forms" tab. Applications and log of hours due: June 5, 2009.

County Recordbook Judging

Judges are Needed!!!!
Judging Date: Friday, June 26th
Location: Travis County East Facility (6011 Blue Blue Road, Austin)
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch will be provided!!

We will be teaming up with Caldwell County this year. This is a great opportunity to learn more about recordbooks, the judging process and gain new ideas and opinions.

If you would like to judge (intermediate and senior aged 4-H youth are eligible judge) please let John know.

For those interested in judging recordbooks at the district level, please let us know.
D-10 Recordbook Judging
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009
Location: Helotes 4-H Activity Center, Helotes, TX

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Aggieland Lamb Camp

July 17-19, 2009

Pearce Pavillion

College Station, Tx

For more information see flyer at website

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2010 Turkey Order

The 2010 Turkey Order Form has been posted on the the "forms" tab) website. If you plan to show turkeys during the 2010 show season (including county) you need to submit an order by
July 1, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

TCYS Annual Meeting


Travis County Youth Show

Annual Meeting

May 6, 2009

Doors open~~6:30 PM

Dinner followed by Meeting

VFW Post~North

500 VFW Road

Austin, TX 78753

Dinner will be provided to TCYS paid members

Voting rights also for all paid members

Membership forms attached

Dinner $15. for non members

Direct all membership forms and questions to:

Roxann Kaatz

TCYS Board Secretary

7803 Mowinkle Drive

Austin, TX 78736



Monday, May 4, 2009

District 10 Leadership Lab

Leadership workshops for youth ages 13 - 18 (must not have graduated high school)
Teambuilding, games and activities, dances and much more.

June 22-24, 2009 (Monday-Wednesday)
4-H Conference Center, Lake Brownwood
Registration will be conducted on 4-H Connect April 27-May 13, 2009.
Texas 4-H Connect Login

$170 per delegate This includes all meals and snacks beginning with the lunch on Monday and ending with breakfast on Wednesday, insurance and facility use at the 4-H Conference Center.
Travis 4-H pays 50% of this trip. 4-H members are required to pay the full amount and after returning, participants will receive a check request form to submit for the $85.00 return.

A promotional flyer can be found at