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May 29, 2020 Friday News

Wyoming county 4-H

Friday News

May 29, 2020

During COVID-19 we want to make sure we are keeping all of our 4-H families up to date as much as we possibly can! During this time we will be releasing the “Friday News” where we will hopefully answer any questions you may have; these will also be available on our website to view. The entire Wyoming county 4-h staff is here for anything you and your families may need during this time so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with your question(s)!


A Letter from the Director…

Hello!I hope this letter finds you in good spirits and good health!We know that our 4-H youth, families, leaders, and volunteers are all incredibly saddened by the cancellation of the Wyoming County Fair, 4-H Camp Wyomoco’s closure for the summer season, and the numerous other community events, both 4-H focused and otherwise, that have been cancelled or postponed for the coming weeks. We, too, are heartbroken by the news.However, we’re also proud of the remarkable resilience of our members, heartened by the infinite generosity of our community, and inspired by the bravery and dedication of our essential workers.We’re also looking forward to planning a summer full of alternative programming options for our 4-H youth.Whether in the form of Zoom workshops or take-home activity kits, virtual campfires or online shows, we look forward to a summer overflowing with opportunities for youth development, educational growth, and—of course—some good old fashioned 4-H FUN.

We want to our 4-H families to know that we are actively working on plans to provide alternative programming options due to the cancellation of the 2020 Wyoming County Fair.This, of course, includes our annual meat animal auction programs for beef, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry.Please stay tuned to our upcoming Friday 4-H News Updates, Facebook page, and other correspondence as we work towards new plans and opportunities that stay focused on positive youth development.We look forward to crafting innovative new ways for our members to showcase their incredible projects from the past year.

We continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of our community.In accordance the NYS Forward Reopening Plan and state and local guidance on group gatherings, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is announcing the suspension of all in-person programming and volunteer activities until July 15th, 2020.This includes ALL in-person 4-H club meetings and program committee meetings.We will do our best to reschedule as many of these programs as possible, and encourage members to utilize virtual resources or alternatives where possible.

We are committed to keeping you updated on any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures.Please feel free to contact us at any time.Please be aware that as of 3/18/2020, employees are working remotely, and it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. Your questions, ideas, and concerns are important to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.We miss seeing all of you in person, and I want everyone to know that we are here for whatever you might need.For now, we look forward to another summer dedicated to helping Wyoming County’s youth grow in character, commitment, community service, and responsibility.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay sane, everyone!

Warmly,

Abby Griffith, Lead Executive Director

Livestock Updates…

  • YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) Training - Coupons are still available for the YQCA training that is required by the meat animal project.This program can be done online and provides approximately 60 minutes of guided education on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth raising and showing livestock.Contact Holly for more information at hmh62@cornell.edu.
  • We are actively working on plans to provide alternative programming options for beef, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine participants due to the cancellation of the 2020 Wyoming County Fair. This includes the meat animal auction programs for beef, hogs, lambs, goats and poultry; as our 4-H youth strive to provide quality products for our community.
  • Please stay tuned to our upcoming Friday 4-H News Updates, emails, and other correspondence as we work towards new plans and opportunities. We remain focused on positive youth development which comes in many forms!

Family & Consumer Science Updates…

  • Family Consumer Science Committee Meeting – Scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm. A zoom link will be sent via email to all committee members. Discussion will include virtual and limited evaluations for youth building activities, and other FCS related events


Horse Updates…..

  • A Horse Leaders Meeting – Scheduled for Thursday, June 11th, 7pm. A zoom link will be sent via email to all members. Major discussion will be alternative equine activities since fair has been cancelled. The 4-H office is going to make every effort to work with all programs to make some form of programming available for all project areas, the horse project included!
  • Horse Certificates are due June 1st, but will be accepted until June 30th. We realize with the fair being cancelled, many may question if these still need to be turned in, but we are recommending that we continue on as normal in the hopes that a show or event can take place before the end of the 4-H year.
  • If you are unsure if you are in need of a Rider Evaluation, please register at the following link. Although it is uncertain when these evaluations can take place, it is still necessary to collect this information now for planning in the coming months. The registration deadline has been extended to June 30th. https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/ma...


Dog Obedience Updates…

  • Dog Committee Meeting – Scheduled for Monday, June 8th, 7pm. A zoom link will be sent via email to all committee members.


Dairy Reminders…

    As many of you have heard the Wyoming County Fair has been cancelled. You and your 4-H youth have experienced many cancellations this year, including some of our summer highlights like fairs, camps and carnivals. We know that these losses are disappointing for all of us on different levels. In 4-H, we hope that you continue to stay connected with us and other 4-H members in creative ways. We are here to support you. We encourage youth to still continue to work with their 4-H project animals, serving their communities or learn by doing with other 4-H activities we have available. Whatever is to come, we want you to know that we will deliver on our commitment to offer positive learning experiences to our youth. The dairy committee will be meeting in the next week, so please stay tuned as we work towards new plans and opportunities that stay focused on positive youth development. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie at sal294@cornell.edu

    • Virtual Dairy Judging - If you haven’t done the first couple weeks of dairy judging, don’t worry! Join us this upcoming week (week 4) for a class of Holsteins that we will post. Virtual dairy judging is happening every week. You can find the classes and judging card on our website and on Sundays there will be a new class of cows posted on http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-developm... Youth have from Sunday till Friday each week to judge the class and send their placings to Stephanie at sal294@cornell.edu. On Sundays we will post the results of the class. For senior dairy judgers, they can give reasons to one of the judging coaches via zoom or phone. Please contact Stephanie with any questions.
    • DATE CHANGE for the Grade and Lease Paperwork! -We are extending the due date for grade and lease paperwork. If youth are planning on showing a grade animal (meaning that the calf has no registration papers) or leasing a project animal, the paperwork is due to the 4-H office by June 30, 2020. You can find the lease paperwork on our website at http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-developm... Contact Stephanie with questions at sal294@cornell.edu

    Goat Updates…

    As many of you have heard the Wyoming County fair has been cancelled. You and your 4-H youth have experienced many cancellations this year, including some of our summer highlights like fairs, camps and carnivals. We know that these losses are disappointing for all of us on different levels. In 4-H, we hope that you continue to stay connected with us and other 4-H members in creative ways. We are here to support you. We encourage youth to still continue to work with their 4-H project animals, serving their communities or learn by doing with other 4-H activities we have available. Whatever is to come, we want you to know that we will deliver on our commitment to offer positive learning experiences to our youth. The goat committee will be meeting in the next week, so please stay tuned as we work towards new plans and opportunities that stay focused on positive youth development. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie at sal294@cornell.edu

    Natural Resources…

    Check out the link to Georgia 4-H that has some amazing videos from mountain to sea and everything in-between! They have videos that talk about plant life, turtles, birds, wildlife, geology, and more.

    https://georgia4h.org/environmental-education/from-the-mountains-to-the-sea-archive/

    4-H Leader’s Corner…

    We understand that each of you are juggling a lot of different things right now between family, work, school, media, and many more untold challenges.Remember that we are here to help you be successful with your 4-H clubs through this time!Clubs are currently not allowed to meet in person, tentatively, until July 15th but that does not mean that you can’t function still as a group.

    If your club would like to meet virtually we can help you!We can set up and facilitate Zoom meetings for your group and even offer learning topics or assistance in some cases.This might not be the answer for everyone and that is ok!Just reaching out to your members and saying “we are on pause” till things get back to normal is certainly acceptable too.

    At Home Activities…

    • Facebook Challenge - Week 5 -This week’s Wyoming County 4-H Challenge is a shout out to our Master Builders 4-H Club and all the youth who enjoy making LEGO creations. Show us your favorite build or get creative and make a “live action” scene for our “4-H LEGO Adventure Challenge!”. 
    • Take a picture of what you have made and place it here in the comments. Remember this is for Wyoming County 4-H members, keep it 4-HA (4-H appropriate) and spread some joy!
    • We will randomly choose one photo participant to receive some 4-H swag Saturday evening! (last week’s winner can be found in the comment section from that challenge post)

    4-H Camp Wyomoco…

    Each week 4-H Camp Wyomoco offers virtual activities, here are this week’s activities…

    • Every Wednesday we will post a fun at home activity for you all to enjoy!
    • Join us this Thursday, June 4th at 2:30pm for Game Day

    Unfortunately, after much deliberation and careful consideration, it is with a very heavy heart that we have made the decision to close our gates for the 2020 4-H Camp Wyomoco season.

    We will be offering campers and their families different refund options:

    1) A full refund, including deposits, to all of our families.

    2) Deferring your camp refund; this option allows 4-H Camp Wyomoco to apply said funds to

    next year’s camp season.

    3) To donate some or all of your refund to 4-H Camp Wyomoco to cover our non-variable operating costs, including supporting our year-round employees who depend on their camp employment. We couldn’t be more grateful for your generosity during this difficult summer.

    You MUST let us know by June 30, 2020 which option you would like; if we do not hear from you by July 1st we will assume you are interested in a full refund and will do so accordingly. Refunds will be processed starting July 1st, this allows our camp families time to make the decision that best suits their needs. Please email your refund choice to aea92@cornell.edu; please make sure you provide your campers names in the email!

    Thank you all for your unwavering support and dedication during this difficult time.Currently we are planning other programming options for campers; these options could include virtual camp programming and/or possible small group or family activities in person at camp later in the fall.We are also looking for ways to still connect with all of you throughout the summer, so stay tuned for news about the possibility for family programs and some CIT news!

    Contact

    Alesia Ackerman
    4-H Administrative Assistant
    aea92@cornell.edu
    585-786-2251 ext 110

    Last updated May 29, 2020