I Want to See Like the Colour Blind | Quick Bytes

We all experience the world a little differently than the person next to us, yet we are all the same.  In the next few posts we’ll explore how we’re all a little different but a lot the same.  Because in 4-H we are all about everyone experiencing a sense of Belonging!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be color blind? Did you know there are 8 different kinds of color blindness? Check out this fascinating post by Minnesota Extension to explore the world in a whole new light…or color!

Source: I Want to See Like the Colour Blind | Quick Bytes

Delegation, But HOW?

Looking FOURward

You can’t do it all.  And to try means that you are inhibiting the potential growth of your 4-H club.  If a club or program can never expand beyond what you yourself can do, that program will never reach its potential.  This means- delegation is not just important, it is the responsible thing to do.

Think back to the last time you tried to delegate a task?  Seriously- take about a minute to think about who you asked, what you asked for, and what was the end product.  Jot down some brief notes.

I’ll wait….

Delegation can be a beautiful thing.  It can also be a dismal failure.  Fortunately, much of the success of the delegation process remains in the hands of the one assigning the task.  YOU have much control!

delegationDelegation is not the simple act of asking (telling) someone to do something and expecting it magically happens.  Effective…

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Help celebrate National 4-H Week!

Each day of National 4-H Week will have a themed activity that Madison youth will be able to complete on their own or in small groups. These activities will allow the exploration of the Essential Elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity. Activities will culminate with our Northeast District 4-H Kick-Off to be held at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake on October 14th.

October 1st- Pick a 4-H Club in your county or neighboring county to visit!  See what other 4-Hers are up to near year, who knows you might come up with an awesome project to collaborate on.

October 2nd- Invite a friend to your next club meeting!  Take a selfie with them and post to your favorite social media site with the hashtags #madco4h #trueleaders #4heverywhere

October 3rd- Pick a challenging project to tackle this year, one in an area that you’ve never explored or something harder than you ever thought you could accomplish!  Need ideas?  Check out: https://shop4-h.org/collections/curriculum

October 4th- Participate in National Youth Science Day!  For more information visit https://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/

October 5th- Share your favorite 4-H memory or story!  Don’t forget to tag us #madco4h #trueleaders #4heverywhere

October 6th-  Sign up for a 4-H competition!  Pick something new or tried and true.  Just get out there and showcase your mastery of a new or old skill.

October 7th-  Send a handwritten thank you to a 4-H Club Leader or Volunteer that has made a difference in your life!  Our Volunteers work hard to make sure 4-H “makes the best better,” and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts.

National 4-H Week October 1-7

For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Madison County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

“4-H provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use throughout their life. The 4-H experience builds confidence, life skills, social skills, communications skill, character, and much more. 4-H programs help children to become informed citizens in their communities as well as helping them to connect with people throughout their community through community service projects. In the past we’ve had kids that have served as volunteers at 4-H summer camps, collected cards for our Armed Services, provided holiday decorations for our community, visited senior citizen to name a few. There are so many things 4-H teaches our youth,” said local 4-H Club Leader Jacinda Jesse. “I would suggest that any child join a 4-H club and become involved in the other 4-H activities. I have seen my own children, and many other families, grow by leaps and bounds by being involved in 4-H.”

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

In Madison County, more than 125 4-H youth and 20 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. The local 4-H program also reaches approximately 1,700 of the 2,100 youth aged 5 to 18 through in-school clubs and projects. It’s summer day camp and overnight camping experiences allow 4-H members and non-4-H members to explore the endless possibilities 4-H offers.

“We are constantly striving to reach all youth who are 4-H aged within the county through exciting, innovative and traditional programming. It is impossible to do this without the loving support of our community and the hard work of our adult 4-H mentors and volunteers,” said Becky Bennett, the Madison County 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent. “All youth are welcome to participate in any of our programs or clubs at any time throughout the year. Registration for the new year is open and I am currently interviewing new volunteers and mentors. Everyone has some talent to share with our youth even if you only have an hour here or there to give back. I would encourage anyone to reach out to me if you or someone you know would like to help shape the lives of our youth and mold them into thriving, contributing, caring citizens!”

One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led science challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Incredible Wearables. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, youth will use the engineering design process to build a prototype wearable technology that will gather data to help solve a real-world problem. Wearable technologies are now used in industries around the globe, from education and sport, to health, fashion, entertainment, transportation and communication. To learn more about National Youth Science Day, please visit  http://www.4-h.org/nysd/.

About 4-H:

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and the 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

North Florida Fair November 2nd-12th

It’s time to prep your projects for North Florida Fair! Typed forms are due by Oct. 9th with items you THINK you will be turning in this year.

Remember projects should have been completed within the previous year by the 4-H member.  In order to turn in items you must be a fully registered 4-H member by October 1st. If you have questions or aren’t sure which category your projects belongs in, contact the Extension Office.

Fair Registration Forms: http://northfloridafair.com/entry-forms/
Rules: http://northfloridafair.com/4-h-club-department-210/

Join 4-H Today!

Hurricane Preparation: What About the Kids?

Great tips as we prepare for Hurricane Irma. Please stay safe and make smart decisions!

Looking FOURward

Dear Reader,

I’m not certain where you are logging in from today, but I’m currently here in “sunny” Florida watching and waiting for Hurricane Irma. When I haven’t been watching the Weather Channel as if it were ESPN during play off season, I’ve been prepping. I’ve been stockpiling batteries, candles, water, an unacceptably large quantity of peanut butter M & M’s, and other necessities.

But what about the kids? Sometimes the smallest people in our households can take a backseat in our minds as we rush to prepare. However, it is important to remember they need to be prepared too.

Things to think about:

  •  Explain what will happen, in simple and age-appropriate terms.  There are some great resources to help you with this here:  Explaining Hurricanes to Kids
  • Be careful not to overdue your explanations though.  If all your household conversations focus on the approaching hurricane and nothing else, it can increase children’s…

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4-H Day at LEGOLAND- September 23, 2017

The 5th annual 4-H Day at LEGOLAND will take place Saturday, September 23rd. Join us for a fun-filled day exploring the park and enjoying hands-on STEM activities for the entire family! Tickets are $35 per person or $55 per person for a water park combo ticket.

Visit 4-H Day at Legoland Tickets to get yours today!

4th Annual 4-H Day with the Gators

Florida Gator vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

The Florida Gator Ticket Office is proud to announce a special discounted ticket offer for the 4-H community, their family, and friends! 4-H Day with the Gators will take place on Saturday, September 30th, against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis and seats are extremely limited. Get yours today to help support Florida 4-H!

Seats in the Upper South End Zone: $35.

Seats in the Upper North End Zone: $20

Use 4HGATORS in the promo code box at:


How to Register for 4-H

The new 4-H year is almost here!  We are looking forward to welcoming back old members and volunteers and introducing any new faces to the fascinating world of 4-H.  Here are some things you should know to get started:

Youth and Volunteers may register for the new 4-H Year beginning August 17th.  Please go to http://florida.4honline.com and create a new account for your family if you are new members OR login with your family’s account information and follow the re-enrollment instructions for each member.  You will be prompted during the enrollment process to pay your membership fee of $20.  Members are not accepted or enrolled until fee is received.  If a membership fee is a barrier for any youth to join 4-H, please contact Becky Bennett at the Extension Office for more information.

Youth Members

  • Must be 5 to 18 years old as of September 1, 2017; youth with an IEP will be eligible through age 21.
  • Register EACH 4-H year to be a member.
  • You will either be a Cloverbud (5-7 yr olds), Junior (8-10 yr olds), Intermediate (11-13 yr olds), or Senior (14-18 yr olds).
  • Choose a club(s) to participate in and attend at least 75% of the meetings to be considered a member in good standing.
  • Pick a project(s) to explore for the year and present your discoveries at club meetings and County Events.
  • Turn in your project(s) and/or record book(s) at the end of the 4-H year. These are due on the first Friday of August each year.
  • Contact the Madison County Extension Office to start your adventure today!!

Teen Members (13-18 yrs old)

  • Follow registration procedures listed above.
  • Encouraged to be a member of the 4-H Leaders of the Legacy leadership club, attend at least 75% of all meetings, and attend all Camp Counselor trainings in order to attend 4-H Camp Cherry Lake.
  • Earn volunteer hours by assisting with 4-H events and activities.
  • Become eligible for scholarships and Senior 4-H events.
  • Become a mentor for younger 4-H members and help continue the Legacy of 4-H to Make the Best Better!

Adult Members

  • Must be 21 years old or older for supervisory roles. Roles under the supervisor may be filled by persons 19+ years old.
  • Register EACH 4-H year to be a volunteer.
  • Required background check and screening for all volunteers. Fingerprinting required for certain volunteer roles. Complete all training requirements.
  • Adhere to 4-H policies and procedures as well as all Florida laws and statutes. Youth safety and positive development through adult partnerships are our top priorities and we expect all volunteers to help us achieve these goals.
  • Participate in 4-H events, Club meetings, and activities throughout the year to support our youth and their program.
  • Volunteer in roles that utilize your best skills with time commitments you are able to make. Remember this is a yearlong commitment to our youth and their program. We have use for volunteers in all capacities and time commitments, so check with the 4-H Office to see how you can help!
  • Contact the Madison County Extension Office to start shaping our youth into the generation of tomorrow!

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season always makes Florida residents start thinking about if their family is prepared in case of an emergency, but we should be taking steps year round to ensure our safety and the safety of our loved ones.  Instead of waiting until hurricane season to start or replenish your family emergency kit, try adding a few things each month.  This will keep you from having to spend a lot of money at one time and allow you to purchase items at their best sale price.  To help you and your family get started I’ve put together a list of items you may want to include.  Remember to get the whole family involved so they know what is in the box and what it should be used for; most importantly what they should do in case of an emergency.  If you have small kids at home, hold an emergency drill once every month or two; this will keep them (mostly) calm in an emergency situation because they know where to go and what to do!

72 Hour Emergency Kit Starter Items:

Month 1– Container for supplies, 1 flash light per person with extra batteries, current family or individual photos labeled, emergency exit route (laminated), important phone numbers list (laminated), current list of medications and allergies (laminated), $20 cash in various bills (remember power failure makes debit/credit card machines inoperable)

Month 2– Toiletry items, blankets, paper towels, can opener, candles & matches, $20 cash in various bills

Month 3– First Aid kit, bottled and jugs of water, canned/instant food items, small pot, propane camping grill, $20 cash in various bills

Month 4– One change of clothes per family member plus extra under garments, garbage bags, hand sanitizer, $20 cash in various bills, limited entertainment (playing cards, paper, pens, toys for little ones, etc.)

These items should be adapted to meet the needs and size of your family.  Always remember to replenish the kit (especially perishable items!) either at the end or beginning of each hurricane season so you are always prepared.


Originally published in our monthly column for the Madison Enterprise Recorder.