Saturday, December 31, 2011

Maintenance and Server Upgrades to Website

Several items were posted to the 4-H Website over the last two weeks. Due to some maintenance/server upgrades, those items will not appear when you look for them. The items will appear sometime around January 9th. An update to the Blog and Facebook Page will be made to announce that the items are available for viewing.

Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 State Photogrpahy Guidelines

Posted on the link below are the 2012 State 4-H Photography Contest Guidelines.
Photography Rules and Guidelines

These guidelines and rules are for the Senior aged 4-H members. Any senior aged member interested in entering this contest must submit their jpeg images to Cory at Travis County 4-H is allowed to send one photo per class, so all photos must be submitted for a county judging by Friday, March 23, 2012.

Senior Fashion Show

Information for the Senior Fashion Show has been posted to the 4-H Website:
Fashion Show Information

County Roundup Contest

Information about the County Roundup Contest is posted on the 4-H Website:
Information and Registration Form

If you have any questions about the event, call Cory or email at 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Star of Texas Calf Scramble

The 2012 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Calf Scramble has a new twist, it has converted to an Ultimate Scramble Championship. Online entries begin January 15, 2012. More information may be found at the following website: Star of Texas - Ultimate Scramble Championship

Dog Show Information

For those interested in the dog project, information has been added to the website under the tab:
"4-H Livestock and Animal Information" - check it out on the following link - Dog Show Information

2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest

From the movement of Hurricane Irene up the east coast of the United States to images of the receding ice in polar regions, scientists and decision-makers rely upon satellites and other observing instruments to understand the extent and impact of environmental changes. These tools are offered to the public with ever increasing accessibility, turning people into citizen scientists.

The 2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, provides high school students (grades 9-12) with the opportunity to conduct innovative research on our changing planet and win cash prizes for their efforts. Students must demonstrate the best uses of the latest geospatial tools and data to study the Earth.

Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. Cash awards will be given to the top three projects -- $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. Winners also will be featured in an Encyclopedia of Earth article.

In addition to the student prizes, teachers of the first-, second- and third-place students or teams will receive a $200 gift card. If participation is part of an after-school club or other activity independent of school, the student or team can identify an adult "coach" who would be eligible for this award (e.g., a parent, club leader, etc.).

Entries must be received by April 16, 2012. IGES plans to announce the winning entries by May 23, 2012.    

Eligible geospatial tools and data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). The main focus of the project must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study a problem related to Earth's environment.

Geospatial tools and data have numerous uses in science research, ranging from climate prediction to archaeology. They can be used to improve our understanding of Earth systems, including interactions within and among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. They also can be used to improve the quality of our lives by supporting weather prediction, natural hazards monitoring, agriculture, land-use planning, coastal management, transportation, public health, emergency response and other fields.

The Thacher Environmental Research Contest (formerly the Thacher Scholars Award) was founded in honor of former IGES board member Peter Thacher, who was a leader in promoting the use of satellite remote sensing. Thacher was former deputy executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, NASA advisor and, at the time of his death, president of the Earth Council Foundation/U.S.

For more information on the 2012 Thacher Environmental Research Contest, including a list of resources for geospatial data, please visit

Thursday, December 22, 2011

4-H Dog Project Certification Form

Youth who are interested in participating in the dog project and think they might enter the State 4-H Dog Show, a certification form must be completed for your dog. The form may be found on the following link:

4-H Dog Project Certification Form

The form is due in the extension office by January 10th.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - Photography Contest

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo conducts a photography contest in conjunction with the horticulture contests. The photos for this contest must be related to horticulture and the theme so check out the rules and guidelines. Click here to learn more: HLSR Photo Contest Rules and Guidelines

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Message from Texas 4-H State Council

Howdy Texas 4-Hers!
Your Texas 4-H State Council would first like to say how excited and honored we are to be serving you this year.  One of the biggest projects we are working on is Texas 4-H Roundup 2012!  We have so many fun and exciting surprises in store for 4-H this year.  Our goal as your 4-H State Council is to serve you, create new experiences, and make the best better.  Because 4-H is growing and creating new experiences this year, especially in the area of State Roundup we as a council created a motto we would like to share with you.  “A new team, a new experience…it’s history in the making!” As 4-Hers across Texas you create and inspire those new experiences, helping to make history every day.  As fellow 4-Hers we look forward to making history with you.
Texas 4-H Roundup will be June 11- 15, 2012 at Texas Tech University.  This is a new and adventurous opportunity in which both Senior and Intermediate 4-Hers are invited to participate.  Whether it is through a qualifying event for Seniors, Invitational workshops for all ages or just the other fun events Roundup is going to be great this year!  We have a couple of exciting updates for you....  First, Aaron Watson will be performing at Roundup this year on Thursday night so mark it on your calendars.  Also, the annual trade show will be coming to Roundup with all of its former goodies and then some. 
Look for more updates on the 4-H State Council and Roundup 2012 right here or online via our facebook page 2012 Texas 4-H Roundup:!/pages/2012-Texas-4-H-Roundup/315843191775648 and the Teas 4-H Roundup website:  http://texas4-h.tamu/youth/roundup/index.php .
“To Make the Best Better.”
Your 2012 Texas 4-H Council

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recordbook Workshop in Bastrop County

In case you missed the workshop in Travis County on December 12th, you have an opportunity to attend one in Bastrop on January 17th:

String Prairie Catholic Church Hall
6:30 p.m.  

String Prairie Catholic Church Hall is located at St Mary’s Road (or County Road 289), off Highway 304, about 2 miles south of Rosanky.  The address is 100 St. Mary’s Road, Rosanky, Texas. Signs will be posted at the turn offs. 

Please RSVP to the Bastrop County Office by January 13th if you plan to attend.
Click the link for the map: Map to Workshop

Friday, December 9, 2011

Buidling Your 4-H Resume Workshop

Are you looking for ways to "build" your 4-H resume or learning how to become more involved?
Are you unsure of how you should dress for a particular event?

On December 28, Cory will help answer those questions and provide information for becoming more involved in 4-H. The workshop will start at 10:00 a.m.and will try to conclude around 12:00 noon. This will take place at the Extension Office.

Please RSVP to John Riegler at by December 23rd for those who plan to attend.
Check out the flyer at

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Food Drive at Rabbit Validation

Just as with the previous validations, a food drive for the Manor ISD Food Pantry will be held in conjunction with Rabbit Validation on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Lanier High School. For those who may not be at the validation, but would like to contribute to this worthy cause, food items may be dropped off the extension office.
Check out the flyer -Food Drive at Rabbit Validation

2012 Teen Retreat

Who? Senior age 4-H members, 13-19 and Adult sponsors
Why? Develop leadership skills through workshops and hands-on learning experiences
How? Register on 4-H Center website between Nov 1 and Dec 30
Cost? Registration includes 2 nights lodging, 4 meals, snacks and all program supplies.
Youth $105, Adults $70
$90 Chaperone fee if County does not provide Chaperone

Link to Teen Retreat Information!

Gift the Gift of Camp Registrations!

This year Texas 4-H Conference Center is offering a special registration for anyone who would like to offer the gift of camp to their favorite camper!

Camps give kids courage, confidence and character that toys, games and clothes just can't. By giving the Gift of Camp you are investing in your child's learning and growth. Simply CLICK HERE to register for next season and your confirmation email will include a custom gift certificate to give for the holidays.

Give the Gift of Camp and give an experience a child in your life is not soon to forget!

Warm regards,

Darlene Locke
Texas 4-H Conference Center

Monday, December 5, 2011

Academic Eligibility Forms - TCYS and Fort Worth

For the youth participating in the Travis County Youth Show or the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. the academic eligibility forms are posted on the 4-H Website.

The two forms are due January 9th to the extension office. A form is required for each 4-H participant per each event.

If you have any questions regarding this, please ask John or Cory.

Bowie-Austin FFA Lamb and Goat Show

Check out the flyer at :

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Recordbook Workshop - December 12th

Recordbooks have changed for the 2011-2012 4-H year! A workshop is being conducted on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. If you want to get a jump start and find out about the new recordkeeping system and preview what they will look like, please attend! You are welcome to bring a laptop.

If you have completed books in the past, you will definitely want to attend so that you will be up to speed with the changes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brown Santa - Group Sign up now allowed

BROWN SANTA is a community service program of the Travis County Sheriff's Office, and the many sponsors and volunteers who make it happen each year and an event that the Travis County 4-H Council volunteers with annually. 40 spots have been reserved for youth and adults to volunteer to their time to wrap gifts on Sunday, December 11th. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To participate in this event, you must sign up with Cynthia and Kaleigh Pierce by emailing them at Please sign up by December 2n.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

San Antonio Livestock Show School Tour Guides

It is that time of the year again to sign up to serve as  a School Tour Guide at the San Antonio Livestock Show. To serve in this role, youth must be in grades 9-12th. Friday, February 17th has been chosen as the date for Travis County 4-H Members to serve in this capacity. That date could possibly change, but hopefully not. If you are interested in this leadership opportunity, please email Cory  at  Once you email me, you are committing yourself to carry out this task (all day task).

Email Cory by December 15th to confirm your participation.

Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

Below is a link to the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter. There is a lot of great information about upcoming events and activities in the newsletter. You may also find this newsletter located in 4-H Connect. Login and check it out or click on the link.

Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Major Livestock Show Paperwork

If you plan to participate in the following major livestock shows:
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition
  • San Angelo Livestock Show
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
all forms may be found on the Travis County 4-H Website under the tab " 4-H Animal and Livestock Information" Forms are due to the Travis County Extension Office on November 14th. Cory will be at the office until 7:00 p.m. that evening to accept paperwork. Each participant will need to complete the summary form along with the entry forms for the individual shows.

TCYS Floral Design Contest

TCYS is holding a floral design contest. For those interested, please check out the rules and guidelines for the new event which are posted on Forms may be found under the tab "2012 TCYS Information"

Entry Fee is $25.00
Entry Form - Due December 1st to the TCYS Office

Monday, October 31, 2011

Food Drive at Swine Validation

Great community service opportunity; validating swine is not a requirement to participate in this event. If you will be at validation, please bring items with you. For those not at validation, you may bring items to the extension office prior to November 21st.
Food Drive at Swine Validation

Monday, October 17, 2011

October County Council Meeting

Howdy 4-H'ers!
The Travis County 4-H Council is inviting all interested 4-H'ers to attend our upcoming meeting.  Anyone who was elected to serve as a council delegate for your club is encouraged to attend. We will host a special guest speaker from the Travis County Attorney's Office.He will be speaking about the Travis County Underage Drinking and Prevention Education Program. For more information on this program, visit the following site: Travis County UADP&EP

Where: 4-H Office - 1600 B Smith Rd, Austin, 78721

When: Monday, October 24th , 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see all of you there!

    ~ Meredith Masi - Travis County 4-H Council Membership/Programs Chair

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

PAYP - Fundraiser

Below are links to the forms for more information on the PAYB (Pflugerville Ag and Youth Boosters) Group and their annual fundraiser.

Fort Worth Stock Show

If you plan to exhibit an animal at Fort Worth, please complete the form on the link below and have the form returned to the Extension Office by November 1 201l along with your fees.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Food Drive

TCYS is partnering with others to support the Manor ISD Food Pantry. Check out the flyer at under the "4-H Events Tab"

If you will not be participating in lamb and goat validation, but would like to contribute to the food pantry, you may drop items off at the extension office.

TCYS - PBR Event

Travis County Youth Show's
PBR Bull Riding 
!!!!!!!!TICKETS ARE ON SALE!!!!!!!!
Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm 
Travis County Expo Center
Click Here to Buy Tickets or call 1-888-512-SHOW 
Ticket prices:  $20 Box Seats, $10 General Admission
Chute Club Tickets:  Upstairs will be open before the event and after the event.  There is a full cash bar, music and food available for purchase  It’s where the party will be but there are only a few passes available!  Chute Club passes will not get you downstairs to watch the event.  $15 per person.  To purchase these tickets email Lynn Dell at
Notes:  Box seats are reserved seating closer to the ground.  General admission is open seating in the bleachers.  Additional fees will be applied to tickets purchased the day of the event.  There are no parking fees in the designated parking areas.  Chute Club passes will not be available at the door.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. 

Creedmoor Turkey Dinner

November 12th at the Creedmoor Community Center, Creedmoor 4-H will host their annual Turkey Dinner with a free will offering. For additional information please contact Joan Wilhite:

Creedmoor Fall Fest

Creedmoor 4-H is looking for volunteers to assist with the October 15th Creedmoor Fall Fest.
This is an opportunity for anyone wanting community service hours etc. to help man a booth promoting information of Texas 4-H programs, Travis County. If you are interested in helping, please contact Joan Wilhite at 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Consumer Decision Making Project

Through the 4-H Consumer Education Project, 4-H members learn to make wise decisions when shopping. Project activities also focus on the economy, money management, consumer rights and responsibilities, and the environment. Consumer Education Projects are usually conducted during the winter and summer months of the 4-H year, based on the availability of project leaders. The term of the project greatly depends upon when contests, such as the Consumer Decision Making Contest, are conducted. 4-H members interested in the Consumer Education Project should be willing to commit the appropriate amount of time to it, depending on their level of involvement. This includes project meetings and other learning experiences. There is a D-10 Contest that will be held in conjunction with the contest held at the San Antonio Livestock Show on February 18, 2012. For those interested an informational will be held on October 20, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

This is a great contest that provides some essential life skills. Hope to see you on the 20th.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

The October edition of the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter has been posted at the link below. Check out for upcoming opportunities available.
4-H Standard Newsletter

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Foods/Healthy Lifestyles Workshop

For those interested in the food and nutrition and/or healthy lifestyles projects, a workshop is being conducted on Monday, October 10, 2011. 9:00 a.m. at the Travis County Extension Office. Check out the flyer below. Topics to be covered include; food show, food challenge, nutrition quiz bowl and healthy lifestyles project.
Workshop Flyer

Travis County 4-H on Twitter

For those who can follow Travis County 4-H on Twitter @TravisCounty4H

Cole Lindgren Benefit

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Recordbook Keeping System Workshop

Recordbooks have changed for the 2011-2012 4-H year! The District 10 4-H Program is hosting a Recordbook Workshop at the Hays County Extension Office located at 1253 Civic Center Loop in San Marcos on November 1st at 6:30pm. The program is open to all counties. If you want to get a jump start and find out about the new recordkeeping system and preview what they will look like please attend! You are welcome to bring a laptop if you have one.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dairy Goats Need a New Home

Three male goats born April 11, 2011; Half Nubian and half Alpine, these dairy goats are ready for a new home, no cost.  They have been de-horned but have a couple of small scars.  They have not yet been castrated.  If interested, please contact

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Prospect Shows

As prospect show announcements are received, the flyers are posted at Look under the tab "4-H Animal and Livestock Information" to find out all the details.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 26, 2011 - County Council Meeting

Howdy Fellow 4-H'ers!
The Travis County 4-H Council is inviting all interested 4-H'ers to attend the first meeting of the year!  Anyone who was elected to serve as a council delegate for your club is encouraged to attend. This meeting's theme is tailgating so wear a favorite t-shirt supporting your favorite team and bring a snack to share.
Where: 4-H Office - 1600 B Smith Rd, Austin, 78721
When: September 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Hope to see all of you there!

    ~ Meredith Masi - Travis County 4-H Council Membership/Programs Chair

Monday, September 19, 2011

Food Show Information

For those involved in the Foods and Nutrition Project, the county food show information has been posted to the website at Information may be found under the "Forms" page. This year, the food show will be conducted on a Wednesday afternoon/evening to hopefully avoid a bulk of other school activities that are on the weekends.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2012 TCYS Junior Superintedent

Applications may be found on the TCYS website - Junior Superintendent Application
Apps are due to the TCYS Office by October 3rd - NO EXCEPTIONS

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Volunteers Needed for Cat Show

The Austin Cat Fanciers Annual Championship Cat and Household Pet Cat Show, Oct 8-9, 2011 is being held at the Palmer Events Center.  Ring Stewards are needed for the show.  6 Stewards each day. The preferred Steward age is 12 years and older.  Each Steward receives $15 and a free lunch each day.  They assist the Ring Clerk and Judge with cleaning the Ring cages and managing the placement of Cat Number cards between classes of cats being judged.

Exhibitors bring their show kittens and cats to the Show from all over the USA and other countries.  Our Judges are also from various states in the USA and sometimes from other countries as well.

Here is our Club’s website:

More information on “What is a Cat Show?” can be found here:

Please contact Allan Seils at:

This would be a great opportunity for those in the companion animal project. 

2011 Varous Shooting Sports Results

Dylan Lee - Shotgun - Whiz Bang  "C" Class, Senior 2 - 2nd Place
Sam Eickenhorst -Shotgun - America Trap "d" Class Junior - 2nd Place
Anna Koscielniak - Archery Postal League- Bare Bow - Senior 1 "A" Class- 3rd Place
Heather Smith -  Archery Postal League - Bare Bow - Intermediate "A" Class - 2nd Place
Kevin Vaughn - BB Gun Postal League - Junior "A" Class - 3rd Place
Benjamin Eickenhorst - BB Gun Postal League - Intermediate "B" Class - 3rd Place
Kevin Vaughn - Archery Postal League - Bare Bow - Junior "A" Class - 1st Place
Cameron Boecker - Archery Postal League - Compound Junior "A" Class - 1st Place

If there are additional results that need to be included, please email Cory at

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quality Counts - Livestock Test

If you are exhibiting livestock at TCYS or at a major show, click on the link below to be directed to the Quality Counts website.
Clarifications: Texas Trail is a training module - not the actual test
                      Verification - click this link to take the test.

Quality Counts

Please complete the test by November 1st. The Extension Office can check the status of completion at any time.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

TCYS - Character Counts Test - Youth Fair Participants Only

For those who plan to enter youth fair items only in the Travis County Youth Show, you need to complete the test on the link below. Your answers will be dropped into a spreadsheet for Cory and John to review. If you do not pass with a 90% you will need to retake the test until you do. An email will be sent to you to confirm your status.
For an overview of the Six Pillars of Character, check out the following website:
Character Counts Information
TCYS Character Counts Test
Please complete the test by November 1st.
If you have any questions, please contact Cory

Friday, September 9, 2011

Donations for Fire Victims

Donations are being accepted by our office for items to be distributed to those displaced by the fire. One of the Travis County AgriLife Extension Staff members house was lost as well as a former 4-H family who are still supporters of the 4-H program. Help us help them as they begin to rebuild and get back on their feet.

Items asked to be donated:
Kitchen Items/Appliances
Other household items
Gift Cards

other items will be accepted as we know we will be able to donate all items accepted.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

One Day 4-H - Statewide Community Service

Travis County 4-H will be assisting with the NAMI Walk again this year on Saturday, October 8, 2011. This partnership was developed two years ago and 4-H supplies the water and bowls for the dogs that are in attendance with their owners. 4-H families planning to participate need to bring a gallon of water and plastic bags to have on hand for the dog owners to utilize for clean up purposes. Those who assist are also allowed to participate in the walk. Email Cory at if you plan to participate.

The walk takes place at: W. Riverside Drive at S. 1st Street, Austin and starts at 8:00 a.m. and will be done between 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Need a cool and fun t-shirt to wear as you make a difference? Order your 2011 one day 4-H shirt between today and September 25, 2011. For information on ordering download the one day 4-H t-shirt ordering instructions.

Horses Available - Possible 4-H Projects

Like all Texans, we are drought stricken and have a situation that I thought could possibly give a chance to several young horses and help out 4-H kids in their horse project. We have about 50 young horse ranging in age from yearlings to 5 yr. old. They are registered foundation quarter horses. My son was in Tarrant and Parker 4-H in his younger years and would like to offer back something of value to help keep kids interested in animals. He has worked 15 years developing this line of horses and except for the dried up water tanks and no hay, these horses would not be leaving our place. I thought possibly you could get the word out to all 4-H, even in other states if possible, that these horses need homes and we are willing in this devastating horse economy to let these animals go at very low cost. You can check out their quality on our website: It is not updated with all their photos but if you check out the "life on the ranch" you can see the quality mares and babies we raise.  There are grays, bays, roans, palomino, buckskin, sorrel and duns. All of the horses being offered were born and raised on our ranch in Bryson, TX. These are healthy, well developed animals just waiting to get a good home. If they call Kevin @940-351-6025 or 940-664-2020 be sure and say they are from 4-H looking for prospect to get the very best deal.

2012 Roundup Logo and Theme Contest

Get your creative juices flowing to design the 2012 Roundup Logo and and Theme as Texas 4-H embarks on a new adventure and heads to Lubbock. Submissions are due October. Check out the following website for more information. Contest Rules for 2012 Logo and Theme

Lamb and Goat Validation - Volunteers Needed

Adult and a handful of youth volunteers are needed to assist with lamb and goat validation on October 18, 2011 at the EXPO Center. Volunteers should arrive at 11:00 a.m. If interesting in assisting, please contact Cory at

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Operation Supply Drop

Texas 4-H is coordination Operation Supply Drop to support our Firefighters. Check out the flyer for donation information.
Operation Supply Drop Flyer

You may bring your items to the Travis County Extension Office - 1600 B Smith Road - Austin, TX 78721

Friday, September 2, 2011

Travis 4-H Facebook Page

For those who prefer to not check email regularly or check the blog, but are an avid Facebook user, be sure to like the Travis County 4-H page. It would also be a good idea to like the Texas 4-H and Youth Development page.

This will aide you in being apprised of upcoming events and activities in very timely fashion.

Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

The September 2011 Edition of the monthly state-wide 4-H newsletter is now available for viewing on your 4-H CONNECT homepage.  To view the Texas 4-H Standard, log on to your 4-H CONNECT account and click on this month's newsletter located in the newsletter section of your screen.
The newsletter is also available online through the Texas 4-H and Youth Development website at the following location:
Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter
This month's newsletters features articles on:
  • No One's On the Bench by Dr. Chris Boleman
  • one day 4-H and National 4-H Week Information and Resources
  • Important Annoucement on 2012 Texas 4-H Roundup Contest Changes
  • Food Challenge Resource Update
  • 4-H Doodle Contest
  • Billboards Across Texas Campaign
  • Junior Leadership Retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center
  • Foundation Alliance Updates
  • 2011-2012 Texas 4-H Calendar

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo - Calf Scramble - Big Changes

- New format for 2012 – Ultimate Scramble Championship
- Purchase certificate value of at least $1000 while others could be awarded $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, or $5,000
- Certificates used to purchase market steer, market lamb, market goat, market barrow, breeding heifer, or breeding goat.
- Must show the animal in the 2013 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo.
- Entries begin January 15, 2012 directly to the show.
- Entry fee is $25.