Stephen Sullivan, current President of the Kicken’ Chickens 4-H Club earned his Eagle Scout Rank through the Boy Scouts of America on October 30. 2014! The Morris Sussex Council was especially impressed with Stephen’s public speaking ability and commented about his amazing poise and professionalism! Congratulations Stephen!
On November 29th 17 4-H clubs braved the cold to participate in the annual Newton Chamber of Commerce Holiday parade! All Star Rabbits, Awesome Alpaca Adventurers, Breeders & Feeders, Bunnies n Buddies, Capricians, Furry Friends, Goats Galore, Kids in the Kitchen, Little Critters, Little Pocket Pets, Loping Life, Merry-Go-Riders, Side Kicks, Shelton’s Shooters, Sussex County K9 Frenzy, Sussex County Lego, and Sussex County Milkmakers!
Sussex County 4-H honored the volunteers and leaders who contributed to its 2014 program. Seventy two of the 173 adult volunteers attended the annual dinner held at the Baleville Congregational Church in Newton.
The number of years volunteers have participated varies from just a few months to as long as sixty three years! The dinner affords an opportunity to recognize the many contributions volunteers have made to enrich the lives of local youth. In addition to the pins and certificates commemorating volunteer’s years of service, special awards are also presented.
The Sussex County 4-H Youth Development Award is presented to an individual for outstanding and continuous service to the program. Lori Wunderlich has volunteered twenty-five years of service to the 4-H Horse Program. Over the years, she has coached and mentored hundreds of 4-H youth. Lori has shared her expertise not only in Sussex County, but with 4-H members throughout New Jersey helping them prepare for national competitions.
The 4-H Alumni Award recognizes individuals who were active members of 4-H as youth and continue to contribute to the Sussex County 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Irene Wilson, joined 4-H in Illinois as a youth. She credits 4-H with helping her to develop sewing skills that led to her success at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Today Irene shares her expertise with members of the Hardyston Sewing Stars 4-H club.
The Friend of 4-H Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding leadership abilities. This year Sussex County 4-H recognized Carl “Bud” Luthman for his long standing service. Bud was a long time 4-H member, an alumnus and has served as volunteer with the Sussex 4-H Foundation for several years. He has been instrumental in organizing the Foundation’s annual wreath sale fundraiser.
Local businesses are acknowledged through the 4-H Business Award that recognizes outstanding and continuous service to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Dingman’s Dairy supplies the 4-H Teen Council with ice cream for their dairy barn during the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Dingman’s has assisted 4-H teens in their fundraising through generous pricing and donations of equipment. Ron Rosendale accepted the award on behalf of Dingman’s Dairy.
Other volunteers celebrating notable anniversaries with Sussex County 4-H include: Diane Gill, 4-H Teen Council, 20 years; Lori Wunderlich, Bit by Bit (horse club), 25 years; Tara Bowles, Oxbow Raiders (horse club), 45 years; Joy Ricker, Wantage Sewing and Cooking club, 55 years.
It’s time to begin preparing for 4-H public presentations! All Sussex County 4-H members are encouraged to develop a public presentation on a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity for 4-H’ers to learn something new, develop a presentation and share it with fellow members. Developing presentation skills now will benefit all members later in life. Public speaking is a vital component of professional life.
Presentations may be made at the club or county level. Members who plan to participate at the county level may schedule their presentation for one of four Friday nights in March. To register for county level presentations, please download, complete and return a registration form.
- Registration forms must be returned to the Sussex 4-H Office no later than Sunday, February 1. This is a hard deadline with no exceptions.
- Requests for presentation dates will be scheduled on a first received/first scheduled basis. If you want or need to present on a specific night, get your application in early!
- Presentations including live animals may only be made at the Frankford Twp School on March 6 or March 13.
- Some clubs require their members to make a public presentation to be eligible to compete at the fair. Please check with your club leader.
The Bows & Barrels 4-H Club competed successfully in a number of New Jersey 4-H Shooting Sports competitions. The club’s members did extremely well! Some have qualified to participate in the national competition. Congratulations to all the members of Bow & Barrels on their achievements!
State Archery Results
- Jenn Natoli, 6th place overall
- Tim Straway, 9th place overall
State Shotgun Match
- Emily Malone, 1st place, Trap Shoot; 1st place, Wobbler; 1st place, Doubles
Emily qualified to participate on the State 4-H Shooting Sports team that will compete nationally.
State Smallbore Match Event
- Silhouette Relay: Wyatt Bohmann, 5th place; Connor Brady, 9th place
- 3 Position Relay: Wyatt Bohmann, 8th place; Connor Brady, 10th place
- CMP Relay: Connor Brady, 6th place; Wyatt Bohmann, 11th place
Final: Wyatt Bohmann, 7th place; Connor Brady, 9th place
Wyatt Bohmann is an alternate to participate on the State 4-H Shooting Sports team that will compete nationally.
State Air Rifle Qualifying Match
- Silhouette: Wyatt Bohmann, 13th
- 3 Position Relay: Wyatt Bohmann, 5th place
- Standing: Wyatt Bohmann, 11th place
Final: Wyatt Bohmann, 9th place
Wyatt Bohmann qualified to participate on the State 4-H Shooting Sports team that will compete nationally.
The 2014 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1 at the Baleville Church. Registered 4-H volunteers, as well as unregistered volunteers who have assisted the program throughout the year are invited to attend. During the dinner all volunteers will be acknowledged for their years of service to the program. Some volunteers will be recognized for special anniversaries with 4-H (1,3,5,10, 15 20 years, etc.)
Special awards will be presented to the 2014 Friend, Alumni, Youth Development, Business award winners.
Hard copy invitations have been sent via regular mail, however volunteers may RSVP (or register to attend) by clicking here to sign-up.
Volunteers are invited to attend at no cost. Guests may attend for the cost of the meal ($14/ea., this includes a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings and dessert). You must register in advance to attend.
Please contact the 4-H Office with questions, 973-948-3040
Anna Maria Bolen was a long-time 4-H clothing leader in Mercer County, NJ. She was a dedicated volunteer who shared her knowledge of sewing and design with her club members and the community.
The Anna Maria Bolen Scholarship seeks to acknowledge a Sussex County 4-H’er who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, helping others, community service and will be pursuing a career in the arts.
Karleen is pursuing a career in music arts and music composition at Sussex County Community College.
Karleen Perigo (right) is awarded the scholarship by Anita Collins and her father.
Congratulations to our Sussex County 4-H Representatives for the 2014 New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.
These members distinguished themselves through exemplary knowledge and proficiency developed during their time in 4-H and were selected to represent their respective project areas.
Their role was to educate fairgoers about 4-H and respond to questions about their project area. They did an excellent job representing our Sussex County 4-H program!
Pictured here (l to r): Elizabeth Kuperus (Dairy), Megan Annecchiarico (Rabbit/Small Animal), Halee Sytsema (Beef), Victoria Rolando (Poultry), Blake Simeone (Swine), Samantha Elliott (Equine), Emily Fisher (Sewing/Construction), Sussex County Honey Princess (not a 4-H department)
Not pictured: Paul Hongisberg (Alpaca), Christina Boutillette (Goat), Joseph Gunderman (Sheep)
Congratulations to Devon Schneider on her success at the 2014 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! Devon, a member of the Sussex County Shepherds 4-H Club, entered her fleece at the show and took top honors among 4-H fleeces. There were over 700 fleeces entered this year, and while they weren’t all from 4-H members, the quality of Devon’s won out over fleeces submitted from 4-H members from several other states.
This was a great honor for Devon, but not the first for Sussex County. Alexandra Rogers (also a Sussex Shepherds member) won the 4-H competition the last two years. While the Shepherds are a comparatively small club of just 15 members, they’re very accomplished!
Congratulations to members of the Bows and Barrels 4-H shooting sports club. The club recently competed in the Junior State Air Rifle competition, with some very impressive results.
Overall, Emily Malone took first place winning the Silhouette competition and placing highly in the Postal and the Civilian Marksmanship Three Position (prone, standing and kneeling) events. Other members from Bow and Barrels also had a great competition. Connor Brady finished third; Blake Dippel, 14th; Alex Definis, 18th; Drew Rosendale, 20th; Jonathan Syre, 24th.
In the Postal competition, Connor Brady finished second with Emily Malone coming in seventh. Also competing, Blake Dippel, 17th; Alex Definis, 19th; Drew Rosendale, 22nd; Jonathan Syre, 31st.
In the Silhouette competition, Emily Malone took first place with a perfect score! Connor Brady took sixth place, Drew Rosendale, 17th; Blake Dippel, 20th: Jonathan Syre, 21st; Alex Definis, 24th.
In the Civilian Marksmanship Three Position competition, Connor Brady took second place with Emily Malone coming in fifth. Blake Dippel came in 11th; Alex Definis, 16th; Jonathan Syre, 18th; Drew Rosendale, 23rd.
Once again, congratulations to members of the Bows and Barrels club on a fine showing in the Junior State Air Rifle Competition!