Category Archives: 4-H Leaders

Information for Sussex County 4-H Volunteers and Leaders

Horse Management Lecture Series

image of black horseEnjoy four evenings with Centenary’s Equine Studies faculty discussing horse health and training tips!

Centenary College is offering a series of Monday evening programs in February. All programs are from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Centenary College Equestrian Center, 30 Califon Rd. , Long Valley, NJ.

The presentations are free to the community.

  • February 2, 2015: Arthritis from Horses to Humans
    Michael Fugaro, VMD, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 9, 2015: Performance Supplements, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    Lynn Taylor, PhD, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 15, 2015: Conditioning the Hunter/ Jumper
    Kelly Martin Munz, MSc, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 23, 2015: Benefits of Gymnastic Training for the Horse
    Michael T. Dowling, Assistant Professor of Equine Studies (In the USET Indoor Arena)

To register or for questions please contact:

Kelly Martin Munz, MSc
908-852-1400 Ext:2327

2015 Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus logoCitizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school age youth. The program is run for six consecutive weeks during the summer months. It is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Using Washington, D.C. as a working classroom delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education.

New Jersey 4-H sends 30-40 4-H members and 3-4 adult advisers to Citizenship Washington Focus each year. The learning takes place through energetic workshops, special appointed committees, appropriate field trips (including visits with congressional representatives) and fun social events. Citizenship Washington Focus is a total Washington, D.C. experience.

There are approximately 200 4-H members representing 6-8 different states at the 4-H center during one week of CWF. The cost for the week is approximately $850, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities, and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4-H program. Participants may only attend this event one time during their 4-H career. All interested 4-H members must be in the 9-12 grade at the time of application and must go through a local selection process. For further information about attending as a New Jersey delegate contact your county 4-H office (email Dave Foord).

Applications are due on March 1 for the conference in July.

Click here to download an application form.

Opportunities are also available for college students to attend the program as Program Assistants. The Program Assistants are assigned to state delegations and run the workshops, act as tour guides and hosts. Compensation is provided along with room and board. Contact the National 4-H Council for details or 301-961-2800.

2014 Volunteers Honored

l to r: Irene Wilson, Bud Luthman, Ron Rosendale, Lori Wunderlich

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.

Sussex County 4-H Public Presentations 2015

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.

Download a 2015 Sussex County 4-H County Level Public Presentations 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.

Youth Protection Policy Information

cover to youth protection guideCurrent leaders in the 4-H program have received detailed information to comply with the New Jersey 4-H Youth Protection policy. Abridged information is posted here for reference.

Working with Minors/Youth Protection Training

All leaders working with youth must take the Working with Minors training offered through Rutgers University. There are two ways to do this.

1. Go online, here.
This link will take you to a registration page for viewing the presentation.
2. Attend a Working with Minor in-person training. One is currently scheduled for January 7th at 7:00 pm. Sign-up to attend this training, here.

In addition to the training, volunteers must also review the following documents:

• Guide to Working With Minors (download here)
• Rutgers Protect Minors on Campus policy (download here)

When volunteers have completed these requirements they should initial and sign the Protection of Minors Certification document (download here) and return in to the Sussex 4-H Office.

Background Checks

All volunteers working regularly with youth must go through one of two background check processes.

Tier One

This is an informational background check for volunteers who will not be chaperoning youth overnight. It is conducted by an outside vendor approved by Rutgers (GIS) and requires submission of the volunteer’s Social Security number and recent addresses to a secure website.

There is a $20 charge for this background check (make checks payable to: SC 4-H Advisory Council). To initiate the process Volunteers should forward payment to the Sussex County 4-H Office. (Hard copy versions of the form are available by request to the SC 4-H Office.)

Tier Two

This is a Fingerprint background check for volunteers who will serve as overnight chaperones. This check is being done by MorphoTrust, through the NJ State Police.

There is a $40.70 charge for this background check (paid directly to MorphoTrust). Volunteers doing a Tier Two background check should request the appropriate form from the 4-H Office, click here.
MorphoTrust has an office in Sparta to schedule for your fingerprint scan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)…

I don’t use the Internet or email. I don’t trust the safety of (secured) online websites. How do I complete the background check for Tier 1?
We have hard copy forms that you may complete and submit via regular mail. We will forward these to you upon request.

Can we use a County Sheriff’s office to run background checks?

What can be done with the information collected on the background check?
It can only be used for the reason it was requested, i.e., for the purposes of the protection of minors policy.

What does the background check include?
The background check includes criminal checks and checks against the national and state sex offender registries. It does not include credit checks.

Who has to get background checks?
The Protection of Minors policy provides that background investigations of Authorized Adults and those who hold Direct Contact Positions or Job Titles who have interaction with minors must be conducted.

Will the University accept background checks that have been conducted for another reason (e.g. school districts)?
No, the University will not rely upon checks completed for another reason by the New Jersey State Police or another background check vendor.

(1) NJ State law does not allow New Jersey State Police checks obtained for one purpose (school requirements) to be used for another purpose (protection of minors program at Rutgers.)

(2) The University will not accept or review background checks that were completed by any third party vendor except those completed by GIS (through UHR) for the particular purpose of interactions with minors in Rutgers programs.


Changes to the 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process

Volunteers are truly the heart of 4-H. They dedicate their time, talent and personal resources to make a difference in the lives of New Jersey 4-H members.

The New Jersey 4-H Youth Development program is committed to offering high quality educational experiences for young people. Effective Fall 2014, the 4-H Volunteer Appointment Process will include criminal background checks and youth protection training. This process has been designed for the purpose of protecting the young people served by the New Jersey 4-H program as well as volunteers, employees and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Current 4-H volunteers will need to complete a background check and the Rutgers Protection of Minors training. Current volunteers will receive updates from the County 4-H office with more information and instructions. New volunteers will complete these requirements during their initial appointment process.

More information will be provided to current and prospective volunteers in the near future.

2014 4-H Wreath Sale Fundraiser

graphic of holiday wreathIt may seem too early to be thinking of holiday wreaths, but that time is quickly approaching.
We would appreciate the participation of 4-H clubs and members in the Annual Wreath Sale. This will be the only fundraiser conducted by the 4-H Foundation this year.

Funds support…

4-H Foundation Scholarship

Last year the Foundation awarded 18 scholarships. The cost for these exceeded profits from the wreath sale. In order to continue the current level of funding for scholarships ($500), it’s important the 4-H community supports this sale.

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 the costs to participate in these events.

Additionally, participating 4-H clubs will receive $1 for each 12” wreath (decorated or undecorated) and $5 for each 36” wreath sold. The more you sell the more money each club earns.

Thanks  for participating in this year’s wreath sale and helping to raise funds to support the growth and education of our members!

Wreath order forms to due at the 4-H Office by Friday, November 14.

Wreath pickup will be Saturday, November 22 from 9-11 at the Shotwell Building.

To download sales materials, visit the 4-H Wreath Sales page

2014 Newton Holiday Parade

Sussex County 4-H Clubs are invited to participate in the Town of Newton’s Annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce.

The theme for this year’s parade will be Christmas through the Ages, Celebrating Newton’s 150th Anniversary.
Awards will be given for the floats and/or group who best depict the theme. Please be advised that floats must arrive by 8:30 AM.

All floats will enter Lower Spring Street via Diller Ave. Judging will take place before the parade so that as participants reach the reviewing stand we can announce the winners. If your float is not in place by the 8:30 AM deadline it will not be judged.
All marchers should arrive between 8:30 and 9:30 AM at the Lower Spring Street staging area. Lower Spring Street will be open for you to drop marchers off but you will not be allowed to park vehicles there. Be advised that the staging area will be blocked off to all vehicular traffic.
Further information about where you can park will be sent after you have registered to march in the parade.
Musical groups, floats, animals and vehicles such as antique cars are welcome to participate. If you are interested in building a float there are several supply and informational sites available on the web.
If you or your group wishes to join in the festivities, please fill out the enclosed form and return it by November 15, 2014

For a registration form, click here.

Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company–Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply Company logoThe fall 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) will take place from October 8-19th. This event marks the 4th year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4 H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

The spring 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place October 8-19th. Shoppers at the Sussex store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Sussex County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H activities in Sussex County.

In just four years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $3.3 million to 4-H across the country. All proceeds raised directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent of funds being returned to state and local 4-H programs. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events that youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.

“Our Paper Clover efforts are one of the key ways our stores can give back to the community,” said John Wendler, senior vice president of Marketing for Tractor Supply Company. “By providing essential funding for hundreds of thousands of 4-H young people, we are able to support local organizations that are important to both our customer and our Team Members. We’re proud to help improve the many communities in which we have stores through our partnership with 4-H.That is what Tractor Supply is all about.”

Once again, funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and by store. Visit, for more information on the fall 2014 4-H Paper Clover Campaign and to view the donation tracker.

New Jersey Equine Advisory Board Announces $1,000 Scholarship

NJ Equine Advisory Board logoThe New Jersey Equine Advisory Board has announced a $1,000 scholarship to help 4-H and FFA members pursue their equine activities. Members of organizations represented on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board are also eligible. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 16 and reside in the State of New Jersey.

The Sara Dubinin Scholarship, in memory of Sara Dubinin, who loved horses, will be presented at the New Jersey Bred Equine Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 25, 2015 At Charley’s Other Brother Restaurant in Eastampton.

Sara, a Sayreville resident, graduated from Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy in 2006. The 19-year-old was attending Middlesex County College when she succumbed to injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in September of 2007.

Those interested in receiving the scholarship must submit an application form including an essay on, “How horses have affected my life and how horses figure into my future.” The application can be found at Consideration of applications will be weighted upon the candidate’s financial need.

The deadline to submit the essay is January 2, 2015. It can be submitted to Lynn Mathews, 609-292-2888 or