Sussex County 4-H Holiday Newsletter

thanks-turkeySussex County 4-H Holiday Newsletter 

Upcoming Events:

November 22 – Foundation Wreath orders due to 4-H Office
November 24/25 – 4-H Office Closed
November 26 – Newton Holiday Parade
November 26 – 
Foundation Wreath pick up at the 4-H Shotwell Building  9:30am- 12:00pm

December 10
– Pictures with Santa & Holiday Hodgepodge Market 11:00am-3:00pm
December 23 – 4-H Office Closed
December 26 – 4-H Office Closed
January 2 – 4-H Office Closed

2016 Leader & Volunteer Recognition Dinner

On October 1, 2016 the Annual Leader and Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held at the Baleville Church in Hampton. Leaders and volunteers who completed their 1st, 3rd, 5th, 10th, and 20th years of service were awarded pins and certificates on their achievements.

The following were also presented with the Sussex County 4-H Advisory Council annual awards for their outstanding and continuous service to the 4-H program in Sussex County at the dinner.

Sussex County 4-H Business Award: Flatbrook Farms
Sussex County Friend of 4-H: Eva Gould
Sussex County 4-H Alumni
: Joan Smith
Sussex County 4-H Youth Development
: Cathy Kratzsch
We’d like to thank and congratulate all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the Sussex County 4-H program.

Halloween Happenings!
Thank you to all those who volunteer, helped out, and participated at Halloween Happenings. It is your continued support and hard work that make it an overwhelming success every year. Despite the weather we still had over 300 people attend.

Sussex County 4-H Foundation
Wreath Sale going on NOW!

Each year the Sussex County 4-H Foundation sponsors a Holiday Wreath Sale through local 4-H clubs. This sale benefits the Foundation and Sussex County 4-H clubs. Funds raised by the Sussex County 4-H Foundation support activities by 4-H members such as scholarships, support for members to attend national 4-H events as well as the support of 4-H programming here in Sussex County.

All wreaths are double faced and made from balsam fir boughs. Their fragrance will convey holiday spirit to friends, family and guests during the holidays. Wreath prices are as follows: 12in wreaths are $13 for plain, $15 for decorated; 3 ft. wreaths are $55 for plain and $60 for decorated.

This is also a great fundraiser for your club. For each 12inch wreath (decorated or non) you club will receive $1; and $5 for each 3 ft. wreath.

Club Sales forms are due to the 4-H office by November 22. Any orders received after that cannot be guaranteed. You can find forms and brochures at:

Wreath pick up will be at the 4-H Shotwell Building Saturday, November 26TH from 9:30am to 12pm. Payment for your club’s wreath order will need to be made before or at the time of wreath pick up. One check preferred made out to Sussex County 4-H Foundation. Do not deduct your club’s commission. The Foundation will remit a check of your clubs profit to your club’s leader.

There will be a limited number of wreaths available after the Saturday pick up.  Should you need more wreaths, or supplies, they will be at the 4-H office at 130 Morris Turnpike, 973-948-3040.

hhmt16Come have your picture taken with Santa and fund-raise for your 4-H club.

The S. C. 4-H Advisory Council will again be hosting “Pictures with Santa & 4-H Holiday Hodgepodge Market” December 10, 2016 from 11am to 3 pm in the 4-H Shotwell Building at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Pictures with Santa will be taken with Santa’s Sleigh. Each session will be $10 with a photo to take home. Pets are welcome, but will be asked to wait in the car until it is their turn.

The Holiday Hodgepodge market is a great way for Sussex County 4-H clubs and family members to participate in a holiday club fundraising opportunity. Each club has the opportunity to sell whatever merchandise they would like (club made items, make and takes, store bought gifts) and keep the profits from their sales. The only ‘cost’ to each participating club would be to provide a bake good or snack for the Advisory Council’s Snack Table during the event.

If a family member or friend of 4-H would like to participate they are more than welcome. This would be local small business or home-sales vendor such as Crafters, Thirty-One, LuLaRoe, Pampered Chef or Living Young Essential Oils representatives. This year we will only be asking them to bring a baked good for the Advisory Council Bake Sale as the fee for the table.

We hope all the clubs consider participating to help make this a fun and successful event.

If your club would like to participate please sign up by clicking here or contacting the 4-H Office (973-948-3040) with your club’s name, leader info, # of tables needed, and type of items being sold.

For any question about this event please feel free to contact the 4-H office.

Re-Enrollment Housekeeping
Re-enrollment in 4-H online is currently underway.  Remember all 4-H-ers must be (re)enrolled in 4-H Online by Dec 31 to be considered a full member for the 2016-17 project year. Those who are not, will not be eligible for fair passes. You can do so by going to  For those re-enrolling for this project year, please do not re-create a new profile. If you are unsure of what email you used to sign in please contact us at the 4-H office for assistance.

Club leaders: please be sure to log onto your leader profile and confirm those members in your club. Also review your club roster to ensure all those that have been attending are accounted for. If you see a discrepancy for a member who is not part of your club please let us know at the 4-H Office.

Looking Ahead
4-H Public Presentations are being scheduled for the first 4 Fridays in March. The tentative schedule is as follows:
March 3 – Frankford Township School*
March 10 – Frankford Township School*
March 17 – Kittatinny Reg. High School
March 24 – McKeown Elementary School

*Live Animals will only be allowed at the Frankford Township school dates.

Registration will begin through 4-H Online in January. If you are in need of paper registration please let the 4-H office know.


Wishing you Happy Holidays,

Dave & Tanya

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Sussex County
1 Spring St *
Newton NJ 07860
*Physical address: 130 Morris Turnpike Newton NJ 07860
P (973)948-3040
F (973)948-5582
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Rutgers to host the first New Jersey Youth Institute of the World Food Prize on March 4th on Cook Campus.

World Food Prize

Calling all High School Students-
Are you interested in global issues related to food security? Issues varying from sustainable agriculture to human rights, from plant science to foreign aid? Would you like to take an active role in identifying solutions to food security issues? If so, become a student leader in the global fight against huger! Don’t miss the New Jersey Youth Institute (part of The World Food Prize) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – March 4, 2016!

At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students (8th – 12th graders) have the opportunity to:
Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
Connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy;
• Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Rutgers University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
   • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
To participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines). Each teacher or mentor must register their participating students online and submit each student’s research paper online by February 1, 2016. Eighth through twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to apply.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on an evaluation rubric).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in New Brunswick, NJ.
The New Jersey Youth Institute is hosted by the State University of New Jersey with the generous support of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Jersey FFA, New Jersey 4-H, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Visit the webpage for more details (including instructions, sample papers, the evaluation rubric and a link to the registration site) – Be sure to check out the list of opportunities available to NJ Youth Institute participants.

Questions about participating in the New Jersey Youth Institute should be directed to the State Coordinator Dr. Laura Lawson at or call at 848-932-8010.


Sussex County 4-H Foundation Annual Wreath Sale

wreathIt may seem too early to be thinking of holiday wreaths, but that time is quickly approaching, but the Sussex County 4-H Foundation Annual Wreath Sale is currently underway.  The sale of these wreaths benefit  Sussex County 4-Hers though the following ways.

4-H Foundation Scholarship
Last year the Foundation awarded 19 scholarships. The cost for these exceeded profits from the wreath sale. In order to continue the current level of funding for scholarships ($500), clubs need to participate in the sale.

Participation in National 4-H Events
A number of our 4-H members have qualified to participate or compete in national 4-H events. Funding from the Foundation helps members offset some participation costs.
Additionally, those clubs that sell wreaths receive $1 for each 12” wreath (decorated or un-decorated) and $5 for each 36” wreath sold.

If you are interested in purchasing a wreath you can though a 4-H club you know or the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.
Many thanks to you and  4-H club members participating in this year’s wreath sale to helping to raise funds to support the growth and education of our members!

Friday, November 17 will be the last day wreath order forms will be accepted at the 4-H Office.
Order can be:
Fax: 973-948-5582
or mail to
c/o Sussex County 4-H Foundation
1 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860

More information and order forms can be found at link below:

Club’s Wreath pickup will be Saturday, November 21 from 9-11 at the 4-H Shotwell Building, and clubs will distribute purchased wreaths shortly there after.

Halloween Happenings 2015


Sussex County 4-H will again be hosting Halloween Happenings.  It is being held Saturday, October 24th from 5 to 8 pm. Since last year was a wonderful success at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, we will again be holding it there this year. We know many will disappointed that it is not being held again the 4-H Camp, but since we feel it is everyone’s best interest and safety to again hold it at the fairgrounds due to the size that the event has grown to. This continues to be a very fun and popular event for our members, but also introduces the public to 4-H. The event continues to be full of fun filled activities and is open at no charge to 4-H members, as well as the public.

Sussex 4-H Families and clubs have supported Halloween Happenings through volunteering.

Areas we are in need of volunteers are:
Hosting a Booth for Halloween Happenings
A 4-H club or family may volunteer to host a both at Halloween Happenings (HH). This involves decorating the booth like area for Halloween. 4-H members from the club(s) may opt to dress to complement the decoration theme. Each booth provides treats to visitors as part of a trick-or-treat trail. Think of this in terms of a ‘trunk or treat’ but minus the trunk. Last year those that did this used pop-up canopies and tables to decorate a space.

During HH we will be offer crafts and small activities in the Shotwell Building. These have included things such as face painting and pumpkin painting. If you or members in your club would like to help with or lead a new craft or activity, please sign-up or let us know.

Parking Assistance
Teenage 4-H members and adults can help to direct visitors to the appropriate parking areas. (Given this is not the most fun, we try to rotate teens to other stations during the evening.)

Teenage 4-H members can help lightly scare those on the hay rides that will be “haunted”. Early (daylight) rides will not include scaring, and may be appropriate for younger children. Later rides will include some scaring (with supervision from 4-H volunteers).

Baked Goods and Candy
We provide free baked goods and treats to visitors. Some have gotten very creative baking Halloween themed treats, but brownies, cookies and Rice Krispie ® treats are always well received! We also try to provide extra bags of candy to all the booths that have set up to off set the cost to them. If you or your club would like to provide some of these, please sign up or let us know.

A sign-up sheet has been set up online. To sign up, click here.

If you have any question please feel free to contact the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.

2015-16 Ag Ambassador Contest Announcement

2015-16 Ag Ambassador Contest Announcement

New Jersey Agricultural Ambassador contest is a state level contest involving representatives from all of New Jersey’s counties.  Those who are single male or female between the ages of 16 and 21 years old have the opportunity to apply to represent Sussex County at this event!  Those interested must be 16 years of age prior to November 1.

The contestant from each county will be required to submit an essay. The topic for this year’s contest is What Agriculture Means to Me. (Note: You do not have to submit an essay unless you are selected to represent Sussex County.) The contest will include an interview. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agricultural and its agricultural fairs. Contestants should also be prepared to make a three minute speech on How I plan on representing New Jersey’s Agricultural Fairs should I be chosen Ambassador….

The State contest will be held Sunday, November 1st (time and location details to be announced).

If you are interested in competing to be New Jersey’s Agricultural Ambassador, please send a letter stating your interest and intent as to why you think you’d be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County to Joan Smith, President Agricultural Division, New Jersey State Fair ®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

Letters should be sent to:, or to the Fair Office.
New Jersey State Fair
P.O. Box 2456
Branchville, NJ 07826
ATTN: Joan Smith

The deadline to let Mrs Smith know Thursday, October 1st.

Three Sussex County Teen Council Members Participate in CWF

New Jersey 4-H Members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and 3 adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 5-11, 2015.

The delegates from Sussex County attending this year’s conference were Garrett Hollar, Noah Maruska, and Madeline Teitsma. All three are members of the Sussex County 4-H Teen Council.

For the past 57 years, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center has invited 4-H members from across the country to travel to Washington, DC and participate in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence.

During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth develop action plans to address important issues inCWF 2015 Group Photo (2) their communities.

3 Sussex 4-H Members Participate in Leadership Conference

69 4-H members  representing 18 counties participated in the 4-H Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference held recently at Rutgers University.

Aaron Dunn, Logan Gervald and Will Teitsma were the 3 Sussex County 4-H members who participated in the leadership conference.  All three are members of Shelton’s Shooters Shooting Sports 4-H club.

In today’s world, human productivity and success are a result of leadership skills and abilities.  Leadership is an essential life skill to develop in both youth.  Although every young person has some leadership potential, the skills necessary to be a leader do not necessarily develop in the natural course of life.

The Discover the Leader in You! 4-H Leadership Conference provided an opportunity for middle school age youth to learn about and develop leadership knowledge and skills through large and small group interactive workshops, hands-on activities and guest speakers.   In addition, conference participants met 4-H’ers from across New Jersey; made new friends and gained valuable life skills including understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, decision making, and working with groups.

The Rutgers Mason Gross Extension Division is pleased to offer a discounted rate to 4-Hers who woud like to participate in Mason Gross High School Musical Theatre Academy.

RHSMTAMason Gross Extension Division is pleased to offer a discounted rate to 4-Hers who would like to participate in the Mason Gross High School Musical Theatre Academy. 4H members who are accepted will receive a standard 25% tuition discount. Students who demonstrate financial need may receive up to 50% tuition discount. Payment plans are available as well. All interested students must pass the RHSMTA audition on June 13, 2015. Those who are accepted must commit to full program participation. There is no fee for students to audition.

Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Auditions
The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy is an exciting new program that aims to provide talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students will undergo rigorous training in dance (jazz and ballet), voice, acting, and stage performance. Additionally, conservatory students will receive audition and industry coaching as well as technical feedback from New York theater professionals. At the end of the semester, students will perform in an original performance showcase where industry executives including talent agents and casting directors will be invited to attend!

Audition Details
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Where: Mason Gross School of the Arts, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Age: 8th Grade – 12th Grade
Program Tuition: $1,350; Scholarships and financial aid available; Payment plans available

All participants must register for auditions in order to be considered!
Register HERE:


What to Prepare

Participants should bring:
• A headshot or recent picture
• A resume detailing your performance credits & training
• Two contrasting songs: one ballad and one up-tempo song.
• Appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, as well as ballet or jazz shoes. (Jeans and hard-sole shoes are not
• permitted.)If you would like to demonstrate your tap skills, please also bring your tap shoes.

Click the link below for the official  Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy audition flyer:

RHSMTA Audition Flyer

For more information about the program can be found on the program website:



Sparta 4th of July Parade Invitation

The Sparta Elks are hosting a 4th of July Community Parade and has invited Sussex County 4-H Clubs to participate. The parade is scheduled to take place Saturday July 4, 2015. The parade will begin approx. 10am, but participates are asked to arrive at the start holding area no later than 9 am. Entry applications are due in to the Elks by June 22, 2015. If you are interested in attending you can contact the 4-H office or at the follow the following: for more information and/or for the entry application.4th of july

Shelton Shooters Clean Up in the Community

Our Shelton Shooters 4-H Shooting Shorts Club had this to share with us:

On April 18th the 4H group, Shelton shooters had a road side clean up in Montague. We are happy to report that there was a very large turnout. Almost all of the participating members of the group came to the cleanup. We collected a total of six bags of garbage and 4 bags of recycling. The group did not mind much that it was very hot for the cleanup. I guess the reason would be that we just came out of such a cold long winter (thank gosh spring is here!!!). So a special thanks goes out to the all the parents and Shelton shooters club members for making it a successful road side cleanup. 

Shlt Shoot Montague Rd CleanUp