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Alcorn County 4-H Newsletter

National 4-H Week October 4-10, 2020

For over 100 years, 4-H has inspired families, shaped careers, and impacted communities. National 4-H Week is October 4-10. Some ways you can celebrate:

  • Share your 4-H story on social media. How has 4-H inspired you? What is your favorite memory?
  • Plan a club community service project (following CDC guidelines).
  • Get involved with 4-H online. Participate in social media challenges at the local level and nationwide

4-H Volunteer Leaders' Meeting - Mon., Oct. 12

A face to face and virtual 4-H volunteer leaders’ meeting will be held A face to face and virtual 4-H volunteer leaders’ meeting will be held Monday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Monday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Extension exhibit hall. All CDC guidelines will be enforced: masks must be worn, enter the building from the side entrance, seating will be 6 feet apart, and social distancing must be practiced throughout the meeting. We will discuss current 4-H activities and how we plan to move forward with the county 4-H program. Please contact me via email if you would like to participate virtually. I look forward to see- to move forward with the county 4-H program. Please contact me via email if you would like to participate virtually. I look forward to seeing all of you and talking about 4-H!

Annalisa Laudadio Love & Encouragement Virtual 5K Run/Walk

This year's event will be a little different due to the pandemic and CDC guidelines for social distancing. Although we arent' able to hold the event as planned this year, we still want to continue to honor the memory of Annalisa. We would like to invite you to participate in the 2020 Love & Encouragement form a Distance Virtual 5K Fun Run/Walk. Participants in the virtual 5K can run or walk the 3.1 mile route of their choice any time during the month of October. Track your distance with the fitness device or app of choice and email your finish time to Results will be posted on the Love & Encouragement 5K Run/Walk Facebook grou ppage. Race packet pickup is scheduled for November 6, or for a $5 mailing fee, we can mail it to you. Packets will include a race T-shirt (if ordered), participation medal, and miscellaneous freebies. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 15.

4-H Club Secretary Records (Banner Club Records) due Oct. 15

4-H Club Secretary Records (4-H Banner Club Records) are due October 15, in the county office by 5:00 p.m. The 4-H Banner Club Records are submitted in order to encourage the development of strong, active, and effective 4-H Clubs. Records can be from community based clubs and/or project clubs. The reporting year should include activities and events from October 1, 2019 through Septem- ber 30, 2020. The record book should include a Cover Page, Table of Contents, Photograph of Club, 4 -H Secretary’s Record Book - Form 636, 4-H Club Story, 4-H Club Pictures, and letters, cards, etc. and other 4-H materials (certificates, honors, etc.). The record book form can be found online here.

Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Fall is in the air and pumpkin decorations are everywhere. Alcorn County 4-H is offering a virtual pumpkin decorating contest. You can choose a pumpkin of any size to decorate. Use your imagination and creativity to decorate your entry. There are five categories: Happiest, Saddest, Cutest, Scariest, and Most Original. Once you have decorated your pumpkin, email a picture to Fun awards will be given in each age group, for each category. The deadline for entries is Friday, October 23. We want to post the winners on social media the last week of October. Let’s have some fall fun!

2021 Alcorn County 4-H Ambassador Program

Youth ages 8-18, who have been enrolled in 4-H for at least one year are eligible to apply for the county 4-H ambassador program. This program provides opportunities to enhance leadership and communication skills while serving as an ambassador. Ambassadors will meet bi-monthly to plan and promote 4-H activities and events. Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the 2020 ambas- sadors will not be required to reapply. If you do not wish to continue as an ambassador please let me know by October 30. The process this year for selecting new ambassadors is limited to com- pleting the application. Normally youth are required to complete the application and participate in the interview process. Please contact the Alcorn County Extension office for more information and an application. The deadline to submit applications is October 30, 2020.

Norbert Coleman Memorial 4-H BBQ Fundraiser

It is exciting to share the information for our first annual Norbert Coleman Memorial 4-H BBQ Fundraiser. A scholarship was established this year to honor the memory of Mr. Norbert Cole- man who passed away in 2017. Mr. Norbert served on the Alcorn County 4-H Advisory Council and actively supported the 4-H livestock program. He loved everything about 4-H and we loved him! A BBQ fundraiser will be held each year to support the scholarship fund.

The fundraiser will consist of selling tickets for Boston Butt roasts and/or BBQ plate lunches. All orders are presale. 4-H members are encouraged to come by the office for tickets. The 4-H member who sells the most tickets will earn a monetary award of $50. The tickets are $35.00 for a roast and $10.00 for a plate lunch. The pickup date is November 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Alcorn MSU Extension parking lot. The deadline for ticket sales is Friday, October 30. Roasts will be prepared by the Rollin’ Rumps BBQ Team.

Closing Thoughts

As we near the end of 2020 and look to a brighter 2021 I encour- age you to begin planning what you want to accomplish next year in 4-H. The process in the way we conduct some activities may continue to be different from what we once knew, but we will adapt. Please review the newsletter carefully and get involved in the activities that are happening! Although we can- not open the Extension office to full capacity, we can slowly return to our 4-H activities following social distancing guidelines. Many of you will be hearing from your 4-H club leaders soon about meetings and opportunities.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions!

Happy Fall Y’all!

Tammy Parker, MSU Extension Agent/4-H

P.O. Box 539
(2200 Levee Road)
Corinth MS 38835
Phone: 662-286-7756
Fax: 662-286-7754

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Portrait of Ms. Tamberla R. Parker
Extension Agent III
4-H Program