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Local 4-H news for the week of July 23

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By Kevin Tatum

CERTIFIED COACHES TRAINING

      Each year, Georgia 4-H offers a training for target sports coaches. It is a three day (weekend) training held at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Trainings are offered for rifle, pistol, archery, and shotgun disciplines. This is a required training for any adult who would like to serve as a coach with any of the 4-H target sports programs.

     In order for an adult to attend the training, they must be a Certified 4-H Volunteer Leader. To become a Certified Volunteer, a person must complete a 4-H volunteer leader application, agreement, and background consent form. Once we have these three forms turned in, we are required to do a character reference check on the individual. If they are given a positive character reference, then the criminal background check will be run on the individual. If this comes back as approved, the individual must then complete an online Risk Management Training. After completing all of this, the person is ready for service as a 4-H volunteer.

     The Certified Coaches Training will be offered three times this school year; September 14-16, November 30-December 2, and January 11-13, 2019. All disciplines are not always offered at each training, particularly the pistol coaches training. Therefore it is best to sign up early for the training if you are interested in helping coach this year.

     Please feel free to contact me about this if you are interested. I will be glad to sit down and discuss it with you.

GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR MINI-BOOTHS

     Each year, the Georgia National Fair provides contests for youth in 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, and TSA. One of the contests that 4-H members can enter is called mini-booth exhibits. These are small triangular shaped exhibit booths where students can put an exhibit about their main project. It is a great way for 4-H members to share information about their main 4-H project to help build their DPA portfolio. The two back walls of the booths are 24 inches tall by 30 inches wide. The bottom of the booth is triangular shaped and with dimensions of 30 inches by 30 inches by 36 inches across the front. These booths are designed to quickly educate the public as they browse through the educational hall. Therefore, information on the booth should be succinct and large enough to read easily.

     4-H members interested in signing up for a mini-booth need to come to talk to the 4-H staff and get started preparing it now. We will have a county contest to determine which four will advance to the fair (the fair allows only four per county). The county entry deadline is 4 PM on Friday, August 24.

4-H ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

     The next Coffee County 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, July 30, at 6 PM in the conference room of the Coffee County Extension office. Advisory Committee members are asked to notify the 4-H office no later than noon on July 30 if they plan to attend for meal purposes.

     If you have questions about the Coffee County 4-H Club program or questions around the farm or home, please feel free to contact the Coffee County Extension office at (912) 384-1402. Remember, we are YOUR local connection to the University of Georgia.

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