Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Walk Across Texas Week One!

Hello, Walkers, Joggers, Dancers, Boxers, Bikers, Skaters, Skippers, and all others!  

Walk Across Texas began on Monday, so I hope you've all been up and active!  Now that we're in full swing, please remember to be totaling up your miles every day using the handy dandy calculator (http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/anewat/myaccount/team/my_wat_team/wat_mileage_equivalents.php) and then on Sunday you will send your totals from Week One to your Team Captain!  It's that easy!
And remember, it only takes about 30 minutes of activity 5 times a week to achieve the goal!  And you don't even have to just walk!  
For example, today I walked my dog (2.5 Miles) and played 30 Minutes of the Just Dance Wii Game (3.65 Miles), for a total of 6.15 Miles today.  If I continue this routine every day this week, by Sunday I could send to my Team Captain (Me!) that I had 'Walked' 43.05 miles for Week One.  If I did that every week of the challenge, by the end I would have a whopping 344.4 Miles!  Almost half the distance across Texas!

Your challenge this week is to be active in some way at least 30 minutes a day.  This could include Walking, Jogging, Biking, Boxing/Karate, Gardening, Sports, playing active Video Games (Such as Just Dance or sports games), taking a Zumba class, or anything else that makes you sweat!

And remember, if your 4-H club wasn't able to begin with us on Monday, don't worry about it!  Start at any time, just be sure to shoot me an e-mail with the names of those participating and your start date.  I'll check back in with your team each week of the challenge to see how y'all are doing!
So what are you waiting for?  Go get some miles in!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Walk Across Texas Begins February 1st!

The distance from one end of Texas to the other is 830 Miles.  Though if I told you to stop what you're doing right now and walk those 830 miles, you'd probably say 'No Way!', that's exactly what this challenge is asking you to do!  
The challenge does make the task a bit easier than that; you can participate on a TEAM of up to 7 other 4-Her's (8 max per team,) and you have 8 weeks to complete the challenge.  Sounds easier now?  If each member on a team of 8 got up and walked for 30 minutes a day five days a week, you WILL complete the challenge.  Last year, my club had a team of 7 Senior-level members that completed the challenge in THREE WEEKS!!!  Though exhausting, it is possible!
You can also get the adults in your club involved, as well as family members that are not in 4-H!  We're not picky, we just want everyone to be healthy!
If your club is interested, please send me an e-mail with the following: 

Club Name/Team Name (Be creative with Team Names!)
Team Captain: Jane Doe - Age 17 (Best way to contact?)
Member One: John Doe - Age 12
Member Two: Jim Doe - Age 16
Member Three: Jen Doe - Age 11
Member Four: Jack Doe - Age 16
Member Five: Joe Doe - Age 14
Member Six: Bob Doe - Age Adult
Member Seven: None

Remember, your team does not have to have eight total members, that's just the maximum!  Your club can have as many teams as you'd like!  Also, a Team Captain's job is to encourage other team members then gather their miles each week (While also participating in the challenge!) so it can be adult or 4-Her with this job!
Here is the website with more information, along with a calculator that allows you to convert time doing other activities (Dancing, Skating, Boxing, Gardening, etc.) into miles you can use in the challenge:  http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/
The challenge begins for Tarrant County on February 1st, which is only a few days away, so please let me know ASAP if your club will be participating!  I will send all Team Captains further instructions this weekend :)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!


Monday, January 25, 2016

County Council Meeting Tonight!

Calling all Tarrant County 4-Her's!  Are you interested in any of the Healthy Lifestyles projects?  Wanna learn about upcoming 4-H events?  Or maybe you just want to meet new friends and play fun games?  Well I've got a meeting for you!

Tonight at 6:30 on the 5th Floor of the County Extension building is when the fun begins!  Join us for delicious snacks, play the 'Popsicle Stick Challenge', learn about 'Health Habits' from one of our State Healthy Lifestyles Ambassadors (Me!), and stay for a Line Dance class afterwards!  We will also be kicking off the County '4th H is for Health' challenge and learning about Walk Across Texas!!!

This meeting is open to all 4-Her's in Tarrant County, and the County Council Officers and I would like to break our record for attendance this year, but we need your help to make it happen!  This meeting is sure to be tons of fun, so feel free to invite your friends to join us!

And adults, remember that tonight we have an ALA meeting that you don't want to miss!

I hope to see everyone there!!!

~Amanda Roach
2015-16 County Council President

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Voyage 4-H is 'Making' More than 'The Best Better'!

Voyage 4-Her's have been hard at work!  Club members have had so much fun with the Home Depot workshops in which they have been participating. They have been making different things such as a decorative shelf, a wooden pumpkin basket, a mosaic mirror, and a hanging wooden stocking.  Club members have also won door prizes and gotten to take some projects home.  Great job, guys!!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

County Council Meeting TONIGHT!!!

Hello, everyone!

The County Council Officers and I would like to invite each of you to our November County Council Meeting.  We had a fantastic turn-out last month and we would love to keep that trend going!  
Tonight we will get to learn about fun upcoming activities, play some fun games, and listen to a program about being a Fun Leader!  Sounds like a lot of Fun, right? :)
The fun begins at 6:30 tonight at the Downtown Extension Building.  All 4-H members are invited to attend!  
Afterwards we will have snacks and committee meetings, plus the ALA meeting, so be sure to stick around!

I hope to see lots of faces - new and old - there! :D

Amanda Roach
Tarrant County 4-H 2015-16 President

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

4-H Fun!

Who says business meetings have to be 'boring'?  Voyage 4-H club is really pledging their Health to a Better Living at their club meeting each month!  Between playing 'Hula Hoop Twist' as an icebreaker, making homemade jump ropes (And having a competition at their meeting!), and playing 4-Square in the parking lot after the meeting, these 4-Her's really know how to have fun!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Support 4-H at BootBarn!

     Two new BootBarn stores are opening in Tarrant County on Thursday, November 5. ( There will be one in the Alliance area and one in the Arlington area. )
     The great news is that they are willing to make a donation to Tarrant County 4-H when the purchaser presents one of the attached flyers.
     If we have some youth who would like to set up a booth and distribute flyers to customers, that would increase sales (and the resulting donation). So, if you are interested, let Ms. Cindy know and we will provide the display items for you.
     Other ways that you can help would include sending the flyer and information to people you know…… And, of course, take the flyer with you if you plan to shop at BootBarn on November 5.

Monday, October 26, 2015

County Council Costume Extravaganza TONIGHT!!!

Hello, my lovely 4-Her's!

Tonight, the County Council officers would like to invite you to our October County Council Meeting!  This is a great meeting to invite friends to, because it is one of our most fun meetings of the fall!  Join us for costumed fun, games, an awesome presentation by one of our 4-H members, and more!
We invite everyone to wear a costume of any sort - homemade, store-bought, bed sheet, or otherwise!  Please nothing scary, inappropriate, or evil!!!  I will have a prize for anyone that shows up in a awesome costume!!!
Our meeting begins at 6:30 at the 5th floor of the Extension Building in Downtown Fort Worth.  I hope to see you there!

~Amanda :)
2015-2016 County Council President

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Meet the Tarrant County 2015-16 Officers!

Tarrant County 4-H Announces
County Officers

For Immediate Release………                                                                                  October 9, 2015


Amanda Roach - Tarrant County 4-H President.  Ms. Roach, a high school senior, is ecstatic to be serving her County as President!  In her 10+ years with 4-H, she has held numerous roles at the club level, including President and Secretary.  Her 4-H projects include Recreation, Leadership, Health, Food & Nutrition, and Clothing & Textiles.  In her free time, Ms. Roach enjoys crocheting and reading.  Her personal motto is ‘The Sky is the Limit.  Your Sky, Your Limit’.

Patton Maynard, Tarrant County 4-H Vice President.  Mr. Maynard, a high school senior has been a 4-H member for over eight years. Mr. Maynard has served his club in various leadership roles including:  Secretary/Treasurer, Reporter and County Delegate.  In addition, he has previously served at the county level as the Secretary/Treasurer.  His projects include Communication/ Expressive Arts and Rabbits.

Christopher Bolash, Tarrant County 4-H Secretary.  Mr. Bolash, a high school senior, is in his fourth year as a 4-Her.  His leadership roles have included Secretary and Vice President for his club.  His project interests revolve around Communication/Expressive Arts and Photography.  Currently employed part-time, Mr. Bolash is a dual-enrollment student at the local community college.  He credits his 4-H experiences for these opportunities.

Dalton York, Tarrant County District 4-H Delegate.  Mr. York, a high school senior, has been involved in 4-H most of his life.  His leadership roles include mentoring fellow 4-Hers with their pursuit of goal accomplishment in the lamb and goat show rings.  In addition, Mr. York has led numerous showmanship clinics in the areas of lamb and goat.  He also attained a personal goal by winning the Texas Junior Livestock Association (TJLA) All-Around Lamb Showman in 2014-2015.

Seth Chapman, Tarrant County Parliamentarian.  Mr. Chapman, in his fifth year with 4-H, is a high school junior.  In addition to his current county leadership role, he also holds the offices of President and Treasurer for two of his clubs.  Mr. Chapman has won various awards in his 4-H career.  His project interests include Natural Resources, Shooting Sports, and Personal Development in Finance.  

Kathryn Kozak, Tarrant County Reporter.  Ms. Kozak is in her eighth year with 4-H.  A high school senior, she has served as a Teen Assistant and Council Delegate for her club.  Her project interests include Horticulture and Shooting Sports.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September County Council Meeting

Hello, Tarrant County 4-Her's!

Tonight is our County Council Meeting!  We will have snacks, play a fun game, and get to watch a super cool program called "So You Think You Can Dance" led by Katie Womble!
The fun starts at 6:30 at the County Extension Office, and for the adult leaders in your club, the Adult Leader Association Meeting begins at 7:15.
Hope to see everyone there!