Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Recordbook Workshop

Monday, April 12th
6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office

This workshop will be designed for those who have never completed a recordbook or those who have completed one or two, but still need some guidance. Please bring with you the workshop the following;
  • Spiral Notebook, paper or laptop, writing instrument
  • A sheet typed or handwritten with the following information:
  1. Community Service Activities
  2. Leadership Activities (officer positions, led pledges, wore 4-H shirts, assisted with set up and clean up from meetings, activities)
  3. Learning Experiences (workshops, shows attended, articles read, conferences/seminars attended, books read, etc.)
  4. Awards Won/honors
  5. List of your projects
***If you bring a snack to share, that is volunteer leadership***

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2010 Texas 4-H Congress

Texas 4-H Congress is a four-day mock legislative experience for 4-H members ages 15 (at the time of the event) to 18. During this time, the 4-H members assume the roles of senators, representatives, lobbyists, press corps, and special interest groups to gain a first-hand understanding of how the legislative process works. Bills that are written and sponsored by 4-H members focus on issues concerning Texas and Texas youth. These bills are assigned to the appropriate committee and then debated in committee meetings and then on the floor of the House or Senate. If a bill is successful in negotiation and the legislative debate in all three stages, it is delivered to the Governor of the Texas 4-H Congress for his or her signature or veto. Copies of all the bills that are signed into law during Texas 4-H Congress are provided to the Office of Governor Rick Perry for his review.

Texas 4-H Congress will be held in Austin, Texas July 11-14, 2010. The host hotel for the event will be the Sheraton Hotel near the Texas Capital. Youth will actually be allowed to participate in committee meetings in the same rooms where our state legislators do and debate bills on the floor of the House and Senate Chambers. County delegates and other 4-H members not attending Texas 4-H Congress will submit bills that will be the foundation of debate throughout the experience.

In addition to the mock legislative sessions and joint sessions of the House and Senate, all participants will have an opportunity to explore the Texas State Capitol during a guided tour. A special theme night dinner will be held on Monday and will feature the theme of 4-H Masquerade Ball. Participants are encouraged to research masquerade balls and come up with a creative mask and costume and compete in some exciting contests during the evening. The capstone event of Texas 4-H Congress is the Final Gala. This semi-formal banquet will recognize the participants for their completion of the event and celebrate Texas 4-H in grand style!

Youth who have attended Congress in 2006 or 2008 are encouraged to apply for a position as a lobbyist or press corp member. Applications will be submitted on 4-H Connect April 1-30, 2010. Youth not selected for one of these positions may still attend Congress as a member of the House or Senate.

Thanks to the assistance of more than $65,000.00 from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the R.S.M.I.S. Foundation, Ed Rachel Foundation, and Blue Bell Creameries, the cost of Texas 4-H Congress will only be $275 per person. Without these gracious donors, the registration cost would exceed $450.00 per person. Travis County has been allotted two spots for youth to attend Texas 4-H Congress. Interested youth must complete the application at and submit the application to Cory by April 30, 2010. (Look under the tab"forms")

If you are interested in attending Texas 4-H Congress and would like more information, please contact Cory at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo - School Tour Guides Needed

The school tours committee is securing tour guides and helpers for this year’s event. These volunteers should be age 14 or older. The tour guides will be assigned classes and tour routes. The helpers will assist School Tour Committee members with other duties to make this event enjoyable and successful for everyone.

Volunteering as a school tour guide offers students the opportunity to help others while giving them leadership and community service experience. Students also receive other benefits such as daily drawings for prizes and fairground passes.

School Tour Dates: March 22-26, 2010
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(If you are showing a hog, steer or heifer during this week, please know the dates of your show and do not overlap.)

Participants may sign up with John at, You must tell him which date you plan to serve as a guide. Once you sign up you are committing, so please check your calendar for others commitments you have made prior to signing up. Sign up deadline is February 26th.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cowboy Christmas Ball - First Ever Cookbook

The Cowboy Christmas Ball Group is trying something new this year to raise more money for the Cowboy Christmas Ball, the first ever CCB Cookbook! They will be gathering recipes from all and combining them into a cookbook then selling the books at this years ball which will be on November 20, 2010 at the Double Tree Austin North. Please email your recipes to Kelly & Scott Pond at Your help is greatly appreciated!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Aggieland Saturday

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences invites you to Aggieland Saturday, an annual campus-wide open house for prospective students and their families. In addition to all of the university-wide activities, we invite you to visit our college and learn more about the hundreds of exciting career opportunities available to our graduates.
So bring your family and friends, and we’ll see you in Aggieland on Saturday, February 20, 2010. For more information, visit