Porter County 4-H Junior Leader Update

NEW Meeting Night for 2021-22 – First Tuesdays – New Members Always Welcome!

Our regular business meetings are the FIRST TUESDAY of each month at 6:00 p.m. unless announced otherwise. Please mark your calendar now for the following dates. Please adjust your work, etc. schedules accordingly: April 5, 2022; May 3, 2022; June 7, 2022

Next Meeting – Tuesday 04/05/22 @ 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Expo East (upstairs)

COVID Safety: Masks are now optional at 4-H events in county-owned facilities. 

Note to Executive Committee: Plan to be 15-20 minutes early to help prepare and plan to stay approximately 30 minutes after the meeting for your executive committee meeting.

Portfolio Check-in: Bring your JL manual and we’ll talk through some of the activities you have added to your chart as well as the reflection questions. The first set of reflection questions should be done, and you should be working on the second set of questions. 

Junior Leader Portfolio & Incentive Award Levels

As a reminder, you’ll be most successful at achieving one of the award levels if you build on your JL Portfolio throughout the year. Copies have been provided at recent meetings and can also be downloaded on Google Drive at https://bit.ly/4HManuals. We will discuss more at each meeting to help keep you all on track to reach your junior leadership goals for the year! It’s time to be working on the second set of reflection questions! Following are some opportunities to consider:


Buddies Program! This is an expectation of all of you. Go to https://portercounty4h.org/2022/01/07/2022-4-h-buddies-program/ to learn more and share that link with other 4-Hers who may benefit from having an older mentor like YOU!

4-H Camp Counselors: Save the dates! We will have a two-day LaPorte-Porter 4-H Day Camp at Bluhm County Park in Westville on Thursday and Friday June 23rd and 24th. LaPorte currently has no 4-H Educators, though this will continue to be a LaPorte-Porter activity. Our Porter County 4-H Program Assistant Penny Lawrence will be my co-coordinator for camp stuff. (I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow night, so probably won’t have a counselor application ready for you until April.)


Indiana 4-H Horse Public Speaking & Demonstrations: This event is for anyone interested in horses. You do not need to own a horse or be enrolled in a horse project. Thursday evening, April 14th via Zoom. Register by April 6th. More info at https://portercounty4h.org/2022/01/12/indiana-horse-pony-public-speaking-demonstration-horse-bowl-and-hippology-contest/

Work at the State Fair: Be a State Fair Exhibit Hall Worker! You must be 14 years of age or older. Applications will be accepted through April 1st or until all positions are filled. More info: https://portercounty4h.org/2022/03/15/work-at-the-indiana-state-fair-2/ 

Host an Education State at State Fair with Your 4-H Club: Work with members of your club to host a make-it/take-it activity station at the State Fair. Ten 4-H clubs will be selected to present a station. Apply by June 15th. More info: https://portercounty4h.org/2022/03/15/host-an-education-station-at-state-fair/ 

Make it With Wool: Do you sew, knit, or crochet? Do it with wool fabrics or yarn and you can enter your 4-H exhibit in Indiana’s Make it With Wool contest. Entry deadline is July 1. More info at: https://portercounty4h.org/2022/03/15/indiana-make-it-with-wool-contest/ 


National 4-H Congress: Apply by May 1st for this amazing opportunity. 4-Hers in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. Indiana will be represented by up to ten delegates in Atlanta, Georgia, November 25-29, 2022. More info: https://portercounty4h.org/2022/03/15/national-4-h-congress-due-may-1/ 

Speaking of National Opportunities…CONGRATULATIONS to Conor Casteel, Genene Engels, Caleb Hajek, Ethan Lucas, and Kaitlyn Whitaker will be attending the National 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus. Thanks to the 4-H Council for generously sponsoring four delegates this year and the Junior Leader organization for sponsoring an additional delegate this year. If these five 4-Hers do all their bronze and silver requirements, this trip can help them attain GOLD status!!

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