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SD 4-H Director's Letter to 4-H Families - Looking Forward in 2021

2021 SD 4-H State Fair Book

4-H Online sign in link

SD State Fair Volunteer Opportunities - SD 4-H Leader Events/Fundraisers
Thank you to many who have volunteered for a shift or more at the State Fair to help with the SD 4-H Leader events/fundraisers. We have the following areas that need volunteers.
• Set up dance panels Saturday night **new** 7:30-8:30 (may take less time than this).
• Set up dance panels Sunday night **new** 7:30-8:30 (may take less time than this).
• Dance chaperones Saturday night between 9-12 (need 15 chaperones per hour)
• Dance chaperones Sunday night between 9-12 (need 15 chaperones per hour)
• T-shirt booth – see page 2-5 on schedule for details on which shifts are open. Green on pages 3-5 show where help is needed.

Updated schedule is here: http://southdakota4hleaders.com/StateFair/VolunteerList-StateFair.pdf

We sell t-shirts and apparel every day in Nordby Hall, Thursday through Sunday 9-5 and Monday 9-2. We need help to cover these shifts any time. Suggested shifts: set up at 8:45 – 9:15; sell shirts 9-12, 12-2, 2-5. If you can help with any time…may it be 10-11 or 10-1 (or the whole day), please let me know.

The 4-H dances are held on Saturday and Sunday nights from 9-12. The location is Nordby Green (the old Clover Green) in the area NW of Nordby Hall. We need to set up the panels that create the dance area on both nights at 7:30. We have a critical need for adult chaperones for the dance. You could choose to work the entire shift from 9-12, or a 1/2 shift from 9-10:30, or 10:30-12. For those working the 1st shift, we will ask you to meet at 8:30 pm at 3rd street. For the 2nd shift, we will have you come about 10:15 to transition from the 1st shift to the 2nd. If you can only help for 30 minutes, please let me know. We have 1000-1100 kids come to this dance each night so lots of chaperones are needed. Let me know if you can help with this fun event!

SD State Fair Volunteer Opportunities - SD 4-H Events
There is a huge need for volunteers to fill shifts to help with the Display exhibit judges, livestock/animal show helpers, public speaking contest judge, CDM contest helpers, Special Foods helpers and exhibitor t-shirt pickup. Use this sign up genius to volunteer for these areas. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FAEAD2CA5FD0-2021

T-shirts, Hoodies, 1/4 Zips, Jackets, Hats, Jewelry and More Available:

The SD 4-H Leaders sell apparel and jewelry year-round.  Check out all the options here. Pre-order to have the right size and have it for your next 4-H event.  Just place your order at least two weeks ahead of when you need the shirts. Each year we roll out new items and have a booth at the SD State Fair.

4-H Camp, TLC, Performing Arts, SDSU Livestock Judging Camp, National Trips, Ambassador Scholarships

As we look forward to events in 2021, keep in mind, we offer the following scholarships: 
4-H Camp @ Lake Poinsett or Storm Mountain or RimRock - $25
TLC - $50
Performing Arts - $50
SDSU Livestock Judging Camp - $50
National Trips - National 4-H Shooting Sports - $50
4-H Ambassador - $50

Here is how the scholarship program works for camps or trips.
·Step 1 – Register for the 2021 event and pay the full fees.
·Step 2 – Attend the event and have a great time!!
· Step 3 – Tell one group (4-H camp) or two groups (all other scholarship options) about the event or experience.
·Step 4 – Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  Electronic signatures are acceptable, and the completed form may be scanned and emailed or mailed. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2021.
**Click here for the camp App-CampFeeAssistance.pdf
**Click here for the National Trip form App-NationalTripScholarship.pdf


Here are the details on the 4-H Ambassador Scholarship 

The SD 4-H Leaders offer a scholarship assistance program to provide a $50 scholarship to assist with travel and clothing expenses for 4-H Ambassadors.
Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – You were chosen as a 4-H Ambassador!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your Ambassador role and plans. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about this great opportunity!

*Step 3 – Complete the application with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2021.

Mini Grants Winners Announced!

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2021 Mini Grants.   We chose 12 projects for a total or $3200 in grants.  The purpose of the Mini 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level.  The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.  We look forward to hearing about the impact of these projects!

  • BonHomme County - Goat Learning Lab
  • Codington County - 4-H Project at Home Kits
  • Corson County - Youth Gardening Workshop
  • Day County - Photography 101 Workshop and Teaching Kids to Fish Workshop
  • Douglas County - Self Defense Class
  • Edmunds-McPherson County - Safety Camp
  • Hanson County - Soil to Storage
  • Lawrence County - Teen Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Marshall County - Pillowcase Project
  • Meade County - Community & 4-H Garden
  • Union County - Elk Point Gardening Activities


Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H Pendants & Tie Tacks for Sale
These Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H pendants and tie-tacks sell exclusively from the SD Association of Extension 4-H Professionals. Funds acquired through these sales help offset costs when our SD 4-H advisors/staff go to national meetings and obtain professional development. On the form, the pin is a tie tack and a pendant is a necklace.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift!  Here is the order form:  Black_Hills_Gold__Silver_Order_Form_Fillable.pdf.


Project launched to help youth:  
Listen, Learn, Lead


Danika Gordon, who is a ten-year Butte-Lawrence County 4-H member, has created a new leadership project as part of her role as a current state 4-H ambassador. Gordon has established a website titled Listen, Learn, Lead – or L3 for short. For 2019, she has posted four TEDTalks for youth to listen to on the site at https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com/. Discussion questions developed by Gordon are also listed with each of the talks to prompt reflection either as an individual or group setting. Gordon suggests youth might gather to watch the TED Talks during a 4-H club, 4-H junior leaders or FFA chapter meeting, or simply during free time or as a family. She says the project was designed to be similar to a book club. After watching the TED Talk, youth can have a short discussion with others about what they learned or agreed with – or maybe disagreed with – from the presentation. The topics Gordon selected for this year’s TED Talks highlight introverts, body language, views on leadership and thoughts on what helps people be successful in school and life. Gordon hopes to select four new TED Talk presentations annually to continue fostering learning and leadership among South Dakota youth. Youth who watch the TED Talks and then post a comment on the L3 Facebook page, will also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. To learn more check out: https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com

Quick Links

4-H Shooting Sports rules:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
State 4-H Rodeo Resources:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
4-H Event Deadlines:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/4h-event-deadlines
Camps & Conferences:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/camps-conferences 

Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is ta training video from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video
Link to a document with more information that could be printed for reference http://www.southdakota4hleaders.com/Judging/JudgingCookies.pdf
We hope that this video will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.


SD 4-H is on Facebook!!

Click here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!

Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

A one page fact sheet is available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans! You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx


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