By Kevin Tatum, County Extension Coordinator
I want to encourage you to come out to the Billy Walker Livestock Arena and support the youth involved in the Coffee County Market Goat and Lamb Show on Saturday, September 26, which will start at 9:30 AM. Please remember to follow social distancing and wear your face masks. Exhibitors registered in this year's show include Dyllan Adams, Heidi Chancey, Avelyn Dockery, Hayden Gay, Hollyn Gay, Kyleigh Gay, McKenzie Gay, Jake Harrell, Emma Hutto, Mack Lott, Maggie McIver, Makenzie McIver, Landon Stewart, Nora Taylor White, Reid White, Blakely Williams, and Pate Williams. Remember, there will be a goat show followed by a lamb show at this event.
Still Looking for Americorps Member
Coffee County Extension is accepting applications for a full-time AmeriCorps State member. AmeriCorps is a federally funded national service program modeled after the Peace Corps. For more information: www.nationalservice.gov. This is a temporary, national service position, not a traditional employment position. A one-year commitment is required.
AmeriCorps State members provide positive 4-H youth development programming under the direction of the County Extension Agent. This is a direct service position that requires transport of youth and some night and weekend hours. Members also assist with program planning, development, and volunteer management. Other activities include required trainings, monthly reports, administration of surveys, and data entry.
This position is available September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021. This is a full-time AmeriCorps member position. The member is required to log 1,700 hours of service (35-40 hours/week) by August 31, 2021 to successfully complete the term of service.
AmeriCorps members receive a variety of benefits: monthly living allowance ($1,250), free health insurance, education award ($6,195). To qualify for the education award, the member must complete the hour requirement. Other benefits are available based on eligibility (childcare assistance, loan forbearance).
High school diploma or equivalent and valid driver's license required. Experience providing youth development programming and a general knowledge of 4-H is preferred.
To apply: http://ugajobsearch.com. Use keyword AmeriCorps to find open positions.
Target Sports Coaches Training
4-H target sports programs are totally dependent on volunteers to organize and run them. It takes a special kind of person to want to work with teaching students how to properly handle firearms and compete in a safe manner. If you know of an adult who would be great at this and would like to help with one of our 4-H programs, please have them contact the 4‑H office at 384-1402. A Certified Coaches Training will be held at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia, on October 16-17 and we need to get them enrolled as soon as possible. These volunteers must complete the UGA Volunteer Leader application and agreement and successfully pass a background check before being eligible to attend the training, so don't delay.
Fair Contest Events
With the state and local fairs being cancelled this year, Coffee County 4-H has decided to offer fair contests at the local level. Contests for 4-H members include: Computer Graphic Design, Decorated Agricultural Products, Mini-booth Exhibit, Recycling, Terrarium/Dish Garden, Seed Art, Decorated Pumpkin, and a Family Scarecrow Contest. You may get a copy of the rules for each contest/event from the 4H office or by visiting the Coffee County 4-H website at coffee4h.org under the "4-H Forms and Web Links" page. Registration forms and exhibits/entries must be turned in to the county 4‑H office by 4 PM on Thursday, October 1. No late entries will be accepted.
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.