By Kevin Tatum, County Extension Coordinator
Parents, wouldn't you like for your Cloverleaf 4-H members to have fun with other 4‑H members during their summer break? If so, you need to get them signed up for the Cloverleaf Summer Activities. We have four fun-filled days planned to educate and entertain 4-H members this summer. It all starts with a tour of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Folkston on Monday, June 3. We will take a boat ride out into the prairie to get a close look a mother nature in all her splendor. On Friday, June 7, we will travel to Macon to see the Macon Bacon baseball team take on the Lexington County Blowfish. The Macon Bacon is the most recent addition to the Coastal Plain League Class D minor league baseball league. This event features round trip transportation, admission to the game, and unlimited hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and sodas.
The third activity includes a trip to the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah, followed by lunch at Cici's Pizza, a dolphin cruise at Tybee Island, and a trip to the Savannah River Street candy store. This activity will be held on Tuesday, June 25. The last activity will be a trip to Statesboro on Thursday, June 27, to visit The Clubhouse for fun and games.
The registration fee is $25 per activity and the registration fee and form is due by Thursday, May 16. Don't miss out on these fun events.
Dean Award Portfolios
Georgia senior 4-H members can compete in the Dean Awards competition by submitting a cumulative portfolio of their 4-H career. The five areas of competition include: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Citizenship, Communications and the Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Leadership. Award winners become Master 4‑H'ers and receive a $500 scholarship.
The portfolio entry deadline for Coffee County is Friday, May 17, by 4 PM. Interviews will be held on Friday, June 21, at Rock Eagle before the beginning of State 4-H Council. 4‑H members interested in this competition should start NOW preparing their portfolio and practicing their interviewing skills.
State Council Registration Deadline
Each summer, Georgia 4-H holds its annual meeting for the purpose of electing state officers and reviewing the state 4-H constitution. This meeting is called State Council and is held at Rock Eagle. The dates for this year's State Council are June 21-23. Cost is $110 ($55 if you competed in DPA this school year) for the weekend. The event is open to current 8th – 12th grade 4-H members. This will cover meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast, lodging for Friday and Saturday nights, and the weekend's events. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this event. The registration fee is due in the 4-H office by Friday, May 24.
If you would like to learn how you can become more involved with the Coffee County 4-H program, please contact the Coffee County Extension office at (912) 384-1402 or visit our website at http://coffee4h.org.