Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Fling THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!!!

Four Leaf Clover, Batman!  It's a Bird...it's a Plane...it's the SPRING FLING!

For everyone wanting to be a part of a 'Super' fun social event this weekend, have I got a night for you!  Our annual Spring Fling is this Friday night!
Bat-Time: 7-9 PM
Bat-Channel: The Downtown Extension Office, 5th floor

Bring your capes, masks, and armor, but leave the Kryptonite at home!
There will be a dessert contest (The more creative the better; think Thor's Hammer cake pops or Incredible Edible Hulk cupcakes!) and a costume contest, so be sure to dress up!

Bring friends and a snack to share and it's sure to be an 'Incredible', 'Amazing', and 'Super' night!

Bam, Pow, Kablam,
~Amanda

Monday, April 6, 2015

4th H for Health - Yummy Snacks!

Is your club participating in 4th H for Health?  I sure hope so!  4th H for Health is a fantastic challenge spreading in Tarrant County right now!  It encourages our 4-H youth (And adults!) to Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart!
It's an easy challenge that can be completed in as few as 8 meetings! (Club Meetings, Project Meetings, County Council meetings, etc.)
Here's a link to information about the project as well as a Health Tracker: https://www.edreach2.info/documents/137/4th_H_for_Health_Challenge_Overview_and_Tracker_Jan2015.pdf
As soon as you check off all 16 requirements, turn your form in to the County Office!  Everyone who completes the challenge will get a cool prize!

For now, here's some delicious (And nutritious!) snack ideas that you can start offering at club meetings to get your club a head start!

-Chocolate Covered Strawberries
-Orange Slices
-Ants on a Log
-Frozen Grapes
-Cucumber Slices
-Tomatoes
-Frozen Yogurt
-Fruit Smoothies
-Detox/Fruit Infused Water
-Apple Slices
-Cheese Cubes
-Deviled Eggs
-Watermelon
-Banana Bread

And there's tons more you could make!  Be sure to have your club stay active at least 15 minutes each meeting, as well, to complete the challenge as quickly as possible.

So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and GET HEALTHY!

~Amanda

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fun Project for Clover Kids!

Do your meetings have a bunch of Clover Kids that tend to get a bit bored as the business part of the meeting goes on?  Then I have the project for you!
This is a super easy project I found on Pinterest that would be great to keep Clovers occupied during a meeting!

Supplies:
Green Construction Paper
Scissors
Stapler
Markers, glitter, buttons, etc. (Optional)

Instructions:
1. Cut green pieces of paper into 1"x11" strips.  You will need five per project.
2. Fold pieces in half (You should now have a 1"x5 1/2" folded over piece.) and crease well.
3. Bend the two ends around to make a heart (Hard to explain, but looking at the picture should help) and staple it together.
4. Repeat step 3 four times.
5. Begin stapling your hearts together to make a clover, but leave the bottom two unattached from each other (Again, the picture helps)
6. Create your stem by taking your last strip of paper, and folding each end over by 5 inches, crease well (So you will see three "Sections" on your strip - 5", 1", 5")
7. Staple the stem between the bottom two leaves.

And there you have it!  A super fun project your kids will all enjoy!
If you find your meeting takes longer than these take to make, you can have the kids decorate the strips with their name, their favorite 4-H projects, or anything else they'd like!
This project is awesome because it teaches kids to measure things out, scissor safety, and to use a stapler!  (Be sure to help the young ones, though!)

Have a great week!
~Amanda


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Walk Across Texas - Going Strong!

Walk Across Texas is an 8-Week challenge to get youth and adults up and walking the entire distance of Texas - 830 Miles!

We have 10 Teams completing the challenge in our county, for a total of approximately 80 Youth and Adults.

The program also promotes healthy eating, staying hydrated, proper hygiene, and learning about Health!

If you are interested in finding out more about this challenge or other Healthy Lifestyles projects Tarrant County is participating in, please e-mail tarrantyouthcouncil@gmail.com .  I'd be more than happy to help your club become the healthiest it can be!

So cheer on your clubmates or other teams in the county...it's a big challenge, but more than worth it!

~Amanda

Monday, February 16, 2015

2014-2015 Tarrant County Officers and Ambassadors

2014-2015
Tarrant County 4-H Announces
County Officers & Ambassador Team


Samantha Mares - Tarrant County 4-H President and Tarrant County Ambassador.  Ms. Mares, an Arlington resident and high school senior, has been part of 4-H for six years.  Currently serving as Secretary at the club-level, she also participates on the Tarrant County Youth Council Board, and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tedx Youth at Fort Worth project.  A recipient of the Danforth 4-H award, Ms. Mares’ projects include Wildlife Conservation and Public Speaking.  She plans to major in Wildlife and Fisheries and minor in Agricultural Communications at Texas A&M University.

Katie Womble - Tarrant County 4-H Vice President and Tarrant County Ambassador.  Ms. Womble, a high school junior and a resident of Keller, has been a 4-H member for seven years.  Currently serving as 2nd Vice President at the club-level, she has held numerous other officer roles through the years.  While Ms. Womble’s leadership activities consume a great deal of time, her other interests include Clothing and Textiles.  However, her real passion lies in the Communication/Expressive Arts where she hopes to pursue a career.

Amanda Roach - Tarrant County 4-H Secretary.  In her 10+ year 4-H career, Ms. Roach, a high school junior, has held various 4-H leadership roles at both the club level and the Tarrant County level.  Ms. Roach, a North Richland Hills resident, received the 2014 4-H Gold Star award and won Grand Champion in the Sewing Division at 2014 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show.  While involved in many projects, her main projects are Health and Leadership.  Her dream profession is to become a voice-over actress for films or television.

Patton Maynard, Tarrant County District 4-H Delegate.  Mr. Maynard, a high school junior and member of the National Junior Honor Society, currently serves as President of his local club.  A Fort Worth resident and a 4-H member for 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.

Katy Bell, Tarrant County Reporter.  Ms. Bell, a high school senior, has been a 4-H member for five years.  She is a resident of Fort Worth.  Her leadership roles at the club-level have included 1st Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Council Delegate.  Her projects include Leadership and Food & Nutrition, where she has won numerous awards in the Cake Decorating category.  Ms. Bell plans to attend Tarleton State University next fall with an eye toward receiving her teaching degree.

Brandon DensonTarrant County 4-H Ambassador.  Mr. Denson, an Eagle Scout and recent high school graduate, is a resident of Fort Worth and has been a 4-H member for five years.  His leadership roles have included various officer roles within his local club:  1st Vice President, 3rd Vice President, and Teen Assistant.  Mr. Denson’s interests include Horticulture and Public Speaking.  He is currently pursuing an Associates of Business Management.  Mr. Denson plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps in the near future.

Lauren HamiltonTarrant County 4-H Ambassador.  Ms. Hamilton, a high school junior residing in Arlington, has been a 4-H member for five years.  Currently serving as Treasurer of her club, she has held numerous other leadership roles through the years.  In addition to her interest in the Clothing and Textile project, Ms. Hamilton self-leads a project in Photography where she has won numerous awards at the local, district and state levels.  She plans to complete her Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Psychology. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Straight Shooters 4-H Update

Straight Shooters 4-H just completed their Shotgun Project in shooting skeet and trap at Arlington Sportsmans Club, and three youth competed in the Trap Postal League.  On November 9, Straight Shooters held a Caring for your Firearm Workshop where participants learned how to care for and clean shotguns and .22 rifles.  As a community service project, this fall, they collected items for and assemble 25 Night Night bags to benefit homeless children. Their most recent Straight Shooter business meeting was Thursday, December 4, 2014 and they began their Archery project on December 7, 2014.
 Below are the pictures of the firearm cleaning workshop and the night night bags.
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

County County Costume Party tonight!

Hello, 4-Hers!

Quick last second reminder that tonight is County Council (Begins at 6:30 at the downtown office).  If you own a cool costume (Nothing inappropriate, immodest, or scary, of course), feel free to wear it tonight!  I know I will!

~Amanda

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Texas Wranglers - Food Challenge

In preparation for the upcoming 4-H Food Challenge contest, members of the Texas Wranglers 4-H Club participated in a cooking clinic, hosted at Brio.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Texas Wranglers 4-H - Getting Ready!

Members from Texas Wranglers 4-H Club joined the community in celebrating Southlake's homecoming by participating in the annual parade.

Monday, September 22, 2014

County Council Meeting TONIGHT!

Hey, everyone!  Just a reminder of the County Council Meeting tonight starting at 6:30 at the County Extension Office.  All 4-H members are invited to attend!  We will have snacks, an Icebreaker game, and a Program on Texas Brigades.  Afterwards there will be meetings for the Community Service Committee, Social Committee, and Ambassadors.

Hope to see you tonight!
~Amanda