Thursday, February 28, 2013

Texas 4-H Roundup

The annual Texas 4-H Roundup Event will take place in College Station this year the week of June 10-14, 2013. There are opportunities for intermediate and senior aged 4-H members.

Intermediate youth may participate in Non-Qualifying Contests
  • 4K For 4-H Walk and Run
  • Invitational Livestock Judging Contest and Workshop
  • Healthy Lifestyles Invitational and Workshop, 
  • Wildlife Challenge, 
  • Discover Scientific Method: Science, Engineering, & Technology Poster Competition
  • Invitational Poultry Judging Contest,
  •  Invitational Meats Judging and Identification Contest, 
  • Invitational Swine Quiz Bowl,
  • Swine Skill-a-thon, Ag Products Identification Contest
  • Vet Science Skill-A-Thon
Senior aged 4-H members are eligible for the above mentioned contests as well as the remaining qualifying distinct contests:
  • Fashion Show
  • Roundup: Public Speaking; Educational Presentations; Share The Fun
  • Livestock Judging
Check out the roundup website for more information or contact Cory

Texas 4-H Conference Center Wall of Fame

Become a part of history through the Texas 4-H Conference Center’s Wall of Fame! Check out the flyer!

Send a photo representing you or your 4-H Experience; or honor a county Extension Agent or Volunteer.  The photo will be permanently attached to the tile. All photo tiles will be encased in a frame, creating a ‘mural effect’, and displayed in a prominent place in the Conference Center. Each framed unit will have a separate “legend” describing each tile within that unit. A few details:
  • $15.00 per tile
  • Tiles will be 4″x4″
  • JPEG image (640 X 480 pixel minimum size)
  • Identify individuals in the photo
  • Email to:
  • Or Mail to: Darlene Locke
    Texas 4-H Conference Center
    5600 FM 3021
    Brownwood TX 76801
  • Methods of Payment: Cashier’s check – Visa – MasterCard
    Credit Card information should include:
    Credit Card Number – 3-digit security code from back of card – Billing Zip Code
Questions?  Contact the Texas 4-H Conference Center at or at 325-784-5482.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Vote for your favorite Recipe Rally Video

4-H Recipe Rally video entries have been posted on the Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program's Facebook page. Everyone is welcome to vote for their favorite video. To cast a vote, simply "like" the video on Facebook by Friday, March 1st. Public voting counts for 25% of each participant's score, and the top three participants in each age division are invited to compete at Texas 4-H Roundup!

State Fair Lamb and Goat Tag Orders

For those who plan to exhibit lambs and/or goats at the 2013 State Fair of Texas, the form has been posted on the website.  Click Here for the Form

Earn Money For Your 4-H Program

The Texas 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce they will host during the 2013 Texas 4-H Roundup the "I Support the Clover"  Silent Auction.  The Trustees coordinated this effort during the 2010 and 2011 4-H Roundup but last year held the "Rodeo Extravaganza Raffle" instead.  This year they have opted to bring back the auction.  The Foundation Trustees would like provide an opportunity for county 4-H programs to earn funds from this event, as well this year. 
The Top 10 items donated by County 4-H Programs receiving the highest bid amounts, as compared to the other county donated items, will be awarded as follows:
…of the items selling price
First Place 100%
Second Place 75%
Third through Six Place 50%
Sixth through Tenth Place 25%
Visit the Foundation's website at to download the item donation form.  Please complete the form and submit it along with any additional supporting materials for the items your county plans to donate(ie. brochure from hunt, specs from electronic items, etc).  This information will be used to prepare the website page which will be developed to promote the items prior to Roundup.   Notify the Foundation office by Friday, April 5th with the information regarding the donated item(s), photo of the item(s), etc.  All items need to be shipped to the Foundation office in College Station by Friday, May 24th.  If you chose to bring the item(s) to Roundup, note that the Foundation plans to open the Auction Tables on Monday during the Scholarship Assembly.  The sooner your item goes on display the more time for bidding.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

TCYS Rule Change Form

For those who would like to submit rule changes or suggestions for the Travis County Youth is your chance!! Click on the link to the TCYS Website Here. On the homepage is a link to a word doc to submit suggestions by March 27th to Tracey Cortez.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February - Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter

The February edition of the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter can be view by clicking here. Check it out for important information about upcoming events and activities.

Fancy Feathers Open Chicken Show

It's time again for the Fancy Feathers 4-H club chicken show!  we would appreciate your sharing the information below with 4-H clubs in your county.

Fancy Feathers 6th annual Open Chicken Show

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:30 am – Approximately 2:00 pm
Hays County Civic Center
1249 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos Texas 78666

The Fancy Feathers chicken show is professionally judged poultry show set up and run by Fancy Feathers 4-H members.  There will be adult and youth classes as well as a backyard class for both bantam and standard sized birds.  You will be able to see over 40 varieties of chickens originating from all parts of the world, including the classics, such as Rhode Island Reds to the more exotics, such as Seramas.  In addition to seeing the birds you will be able to participate in a cluck-off, where the contestants perform their best imitation of a chicken, participate in our raffle/silent auction, view or enter an egg show, or have fun at the Home Depot Kid’s Corner.  Information and entry forms are available on our web site .  Enter your birds or eggs or just come and join in the fun.  Admission is free.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Golf Challenge Camp

Texas 4-H is excited to announce that plans are underway for the 2013 Texas 4-H Golf Challenge Camp. This year's camp will be hosted in College Station April 26-28th.  Last year's camp was a huge success and spots filled quickly. This year the camp will be limited to the first 30 youth (Intermediate and Seniors) to sign up on 4-H Connect. The registration fee for this year's event will be $225 and will cover the following:  meals, hotel lodging, professional golf instruction, and all other instructional fees. This camp will serve as an excellent way for youth to prepare for each of the regional golf challenges and state golf challenge that will be held in July. In addition, it will also provide those just getting involved in the Golf Challenge Program the opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of what it offers to you. Please help in promoting this in your county. It is a camp that youth will not want to miss out on. 

Click Here for more information.

Recording of Leadership Live

In case you missed it, or you'd like to view it again, a recording of Leadership LIVE is available online at:

Feel free to watch it and share with others.

We have also scheduled our next session, which will be Monday, May 13th, with a theme of "Women in Leadership." More information on this coming very soon!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

County and District Photography Contest

Rules and guidelines for the District 10 Photography Contest have been posted to Travis County 4-H Website. The contest is open to 4-H youth ages 8 and in the third grade to 19 years of age. Click here to find additional information.

Clover Kids may submit photo entries to be judged at the county level only.

There is not a fee for entering the county contest. For those who want their photos to be moved on to the district contest, there is a fee and that must be paid on 4-H Connect by March 8th.

Friday, February 15, 2013

College Access and Affordability Opportunity

 The TG (Texas Guaranteed) Council for Student Financial Success is an advisory group to TG (the student loan guarantee agency in Texas) in the areas of student borrowing and financial literacy.  Each year the Pre College Success group within TG, along with The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, conducts a series of College Access and Affordability Telethons in partnership with television stations throughout Texas.  Each telethon is held in conjunction with a television station in a major Texas market that uses their newscasts to promote going to college and encourage viewers to call the hotline for help and answers to their financial aid and other college access questions.  TG staffs their hotline those days with staff and trained volunteers who provide information and referral to callers about funds that are available for college, how and when to submit a financial aid application, and resources available to help complete the application.  Every year callers are turned away because the demand exceeds the number of volunteers answering the phones.  They have asked for help in recruiting volunteers to ‘man’ the phones during these important telethons!

If this sounds like an interesting opportunity and you would like to volunteer to answer phones (OR you have VOLUNTEERS who might be interested!) during one of this year’s telethons, sign up at College Access and Affordability Telethons.  

This opportunity is open to adult volunteers and youth who are 14 years of age and older.

Clothing Donations - Travis County Program

Each month, the Travis County Community Justice Center (State Jail) Advisory Committee is seeking clothing for persons being released to Travis County.

Clothing donations needed; suitable for activities focused on rehabilitation, job training, job interviews, treatment programs and ensuring a more successful re-entry into the community and re-unification with families after time in jail/prison. 

Click here to view the flyer. Donations may be dropped off at the Travis County Extension Office.