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National Association of Extension 4-H Agents

E-News Blast –MAY 2018

From Where I Sit...

            The past couple months have been a whirlwind of activity which have resulted in potential partnerships that will equip NAE4-HA well over the next few years.  I applaud the NAE4-HA Board of Trustees for pushing and challenging us to fulfill our strategic plan, using it as a guide for our actions during our most recent meeting. 

            The first week in March, the Board of Trustees met at Rock Eagle
4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia.  This facility not only allowed us to conserve funds, but also it allowed the board to get to know each other more closely without segregating to our separate hotel rooms at night.  The board took a close look at the 2021 Conference, examining what components we want to maintain and what we release a state host committee from completing.  A smaller group is teasing out components of our current conference management structure to provide greater accessibility to host the conference in other desirable, affordable locations

 without straining states with hosting responsibilities. 

            During the PILD conference last month, the president’s council led a discussion among our state association representatives.  Throughout these conversations, the board of trustee’s ideas were confirmed with many of the ideas coming from our states.  While professional development will always remain the core of our annual conference and meeting, we look forward to adapting the way we market and position our professional development opportunities within the sphere of influence of positive youth development. 


Submitted by: Nate Arnett and Becky Barker, Ohio 4-H Educators & 2018 NAE4HA Conference Registration Co-Chairs


We hope everyone is getting fired up about “reinventing yourself” at the 2018 NAE4-HA conference October 7-11 in the inspirational city of Columbus, Ohio!


Registration will be available May 1 and there are a few things that you may want to know to get ready:


Plan your lodging wisely!

You must stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus which is the conference hotel

Make sure to coordinate with your peers/roomies when making hotel reservations. New this year—when making your reservation you will be required to pay a one-night deposit ($169 + taxes) that is non-refundable if the reservation is


Register early and save!

  • May 1 – July 15: Early bird registration at $475 (for members)
  • July 1 – August 31: Regular registration at $550 (for members)
  • September 1 – September 24:  Late registration at $600 (for members)

Other important information!

  • Life member registration is $375 and you are not required to stay at the conference hotel
  • Daily, guest and student options are available
  • Sign-up for terrific Tours and Seminar on Wheels
  • A special message to all members will go out with more details when the conference registration site is live cancelled. Plan ahead and reserve once.



Photos from South Dakota Annual Meeting

South Dakota 4-H Staff spent part of their conference making blankets for a local dialysis center.  Robby Kelly, North Central Region Director, enjoyed his time at the conference and brought greetings from NAE4-HA.



Save the Date for Virtual Professional Development Opportunities in 2018!

Submitted by Jeffrey Burke, NAE4-HA Virtual Professional Development Task Force Chair


As an NAE4-HA member, we invite you to engage in professional development monthly through our virtual professional development opportunities!  These webinars are streamed live and archived for later viewing, designed to fit the busy schedule of an Extension professional.  With content presented by NAE4-HA members and sponsored by NAE4-HA committees and tasks forces, it is our goal to connect you with other NAE4-HA members to explore and share current trends in youth and professional development.  What an exciting way to grow professionally in the comfort of your office!

Webinars will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST.  Please save the dates below on your calendar for each monthly session.  

·         May 16
·         June 20
·         July 18
·         August 15
·         September 19
·         November 21


Are you looking for an opportunity to present on a national scale, but may be limited due to travel?  Submit a proposal for a virtual professional development webinar!  The Virtual Professional Development Task Force is there to support you every step of the way through the application process, connecting you with an NAE4-HA committee or task force, and assisting in evaluation and follow up.  With a streamline application process through the NAE4-HA website, applying to lead a webinar has never been easier!  Use this link to apply: http://nae4ha.com/page/ProfDev

Again, we are excited to bring these professional development opportunities to you in 2018!  If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Burke, Virtual PD Task Force Chair, at jburke@uga.edu.

NAE4-HA for the New Extension Professionals Webinar Series

A professional development series offered for youth development professionals within their first three years of employment.  This series will assist new professionals in understanding the benefits and business of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.  Webinars will share insights on the importance of being involved in NAE4-HA as well as tools that will help the new professional create and manage a successful professional development experience through NAE4-HA.


Webinar Information   -   Click the links below each title to Register!

May 9, 2018

Title: It’s Time to Register for Conference … but how?!?!




Abstract: Deciding to go to the NAE4-HA Conference was easy but going through the online registration is a different story! Let us help you as you prepare to navigate the online registration system.  We don’t want you to miss the chance to register for pre-conference offerings and seminars on wheels that are also available through this registration process.  It may seem overwhelming but we are here to walk you through the process step-by-step.  

August 8, 2018

Title: Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings, Oh My!




Abstract: A guide to understanding the foundation of association involvement.  Committees, Task Forces and Business Meetings are all integral ways for members to be involved in the Association but it can often be overwhelming to a new Extension Professional.  This session will help you to understand why business meetings are important, what happens during business meeting and why you should be there.  Attendees will also learn about the structure of the association and how committees, sub-committees and task forces are the lifeblood of the association.  

September 12, 2018

Title: Navigating Conference as a New Extension Professional  




Abstract: You are registered for the NAE4-HA Conference…Now What?  This session will help attendees to learn how to navigate a conference schedule, learn to use the Conference App, how to maximize your time in the exhibit hall, important sessions to attend and more.  Did you know there’s an orientation just for New Extension Professionals/First Time Attendees at the Conference?  This webinar will take the stress out of your first experience at a National conference.

Southern Region Highlights

The Tennessee Association of Extension 4-H Workers at the 2018 State Conference, which was held at the Bristol Motor Speedway.  Kendriana Price, Southern Region Director, shared an update with attendees.


Georgia’s 4-H Senior Conference – AKA … 4-H PROM

For many years, Georgia 4-H’ers asked about having a 4-H Prom.  The 4-H’ers wanted the opportunity to go to prom with their 4-H friends, many saying they would rather go to it instead of attending to their own school’s prom.

In 2013, Dr. Lori Bledsoe, Northwest 4-H Program Development Coordinator, and Al Parker, Northeast 4-H Program Development Coordinator, decided to offer kids the opportunity by rebranding the Georgia 4-H Senior Conference. This event had not been held in 7 years due to the lack of participation.  The new event was held in early April at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and was open to all 9th – 12th graders across the state.   

Each year we have changed the activities that have occurred.  There’s much more to the weekend that just a prom.  We have offered classes on ballroom dance, table manners, how to tie a tie, and square dancing. The schedule in 2018 included a motivational speaker and a share fair, which included representatives from eight schools and universities as well as 31 youth presenting exhibits.

The prom, which is held in Georgia EMC Pavilion at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, allows enough room for dining, announcing of participants, and dancing.  Once the dance is over, kids go back to their cabins to change for the “after party” which offers several choices of inflatable slides and obstacle courses, more dancing, and a mechanical bull.

Before departing on Sunday morning, youth attend an assembly where all district and state officers, camp counselors, and State Congress delegates are recognized, as well as naming of the king and queen.  Potential candidates for state board are also given their first chance to campaign.  Youth are given details on all upcoming 4-H events they can attend.

The first year saw an attendance of 250 youth.  In the six years of its existence, the event has grown to over 500 attending each year, with a total of 547 attending last month. 

If you are looking for ways to improve your high school 4-H program, just listen to your kids to see what they want to do.  This successful event came from one of those conversations.  If you would like more details on the Georgia 4-H Senior Conference, contact Al Parker alparker@uga.edu or Lori Bledsoe at lpurcell@uga.edu.   


Citizenship Webinar
Series 2018

Please see the information below for times and links to each webinar (all are different)

May 8, 2018, 2:00 PM EST


Civil Discourse (domestic citizenship) presented by Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters,


4-H National Headquarters supported the National Institute of Civil Discourse in the development of a text based program titled “Revive Civility.” We will introduce the program and share how you can utilize it in your local 4-H programs. We will also discuss what civility and civil discourse are and how they related to 4-H programming. National extension resources will be shared. Interactive discussion will focus on what is going on in your local programs related to civility and civil discourse, what the issues and potential for addressing them are, and what resources you need. Please join us for this sharing and discussion session.

September 11, 2018, 2:00 PM EST


Global Youth Citizenship (global citizenship) presented by Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean,

University of Minnesota Extension

Global youth citizenship emphasizes the importance of thinking because our thinking drives our attitudes, behaviors and actions. The presenters will discuss why global youth citizenship is important, define key terms, and frame global citizenship within the context of 4-H Youth Development. They will also discuss youth perspectives and share innovative methods to teach global citizenship. This workshop is based on a peer-reviewed, nationally distributed curriculum entitled WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum Second Edition.

November 6, 2018, 2:00 PM EST


English Linguistic Summer Camp 2019 (global citizenship) presented by Alayne Torretta,

County 4-H Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Warren County

This webinar will present current opportunities at the International Summer English Language School in Berdsk, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia to be held the summer of 2019 for Russian youth 6- 17 years of age learning English. The program is in its 13th year and pays all expenses on the ground in country.


Submitted by: Brad Anderson, University of Missouri

Youth from across the nation go on location to Columbia, Missouri this summer to take part in “FilmFest 4-H,” the national 4-H film festival. Co-produced by Missouri 4-H and the Missouri Film Office, FilmFest 4-H has drawn youth participants from 21 states since its inception. “Companies across all industries use digital media every day,” said Missouri Film Specialist Andrea Sporcic. “Scriptwriting, camera framing, and video editing skills are becoming as important as reading in a lot of jobs.”

Now in its 8th year, the festival continues its mission to bring youth together to learn from working professionals in the television and film industry. Past presenters have included film directors, actors, TV series editors, writers, stunt persons, special effects (SFX) experts, sound engineers and commercial animal trainers. One presenter just announced for 2018 is SFX makeup artist Joseph Drobezko. An internationally recognized makeup artist who has already worked on several films, Drobezko is fresh off the most recent season of the SyFy series Faceoff.

The 4-H film festival has developed a reputation for rich interactions with professionals like Drobezko not common at other events. “FilmFest is a chance to get to know these professionals, learn some of their secrets and ask all your questions,” said State 4-H Youth Specialist Bradd Anderson, who co-produces the event. “It’s a place to connect and be inspired, not some large convention where you stand in line with strangers and pay money for a quick autograph.” Sporcic agreed, adding “FilmFest 4-H really is a unique experience. Over the years, it’s been exciting to see several of our youth turn their enthusiasm for film into a career path of their own.”


FilmFest 4-H takes place July 29 – August 1 in Columbia, Missouri and pre-registration is required. Passes to attend FilmFest 4-H are available on the FilmFest 4-H web site at http://filmfest4h.org  for $129, and conference rates are available for lodging.  Those wishing to keep up with the latest news and announcements can follow @filmfest4h on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Call On US!

Your Regional Directors are here to help and have our bags packed ready to come visit your state during state association meetings.  Let us know, if you would like a visit.  CHECK out the website to schedule a visit or if you have questions, our contact information is located here: https://nae4ha.site-ym.com/page/Regions

Front Row: Becca Fint-Clark-Northeast Region, Diane Baker-North Central Region, Kathy Riggs-Western Region, and Brad Kunsman-Northeast Region

Back Row: Rebecca Thomas- Southern Region, Robert Kelly-North Central Region, Jesse Bocksnick-Southern Region, Kendriana Price-Southern Region and Nancy Shelstad-Western Region

This edition of E-news was brought to you by the 2017-2018 NAE4-HA Board of Directors

Deadline for articles or news submissions is the 20th of each month, which will be published the following month.  This next editions deadline is May 20th for the June e-news.

Please submit news to rbt@uga.edu

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