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.


4-H Holiday Wreaths-Send Us Your Pictures!

4-H members showing decorared wreaths
Summer Blossoms members proudly display the wreaths they decorated.

The 4-H Summer Blossoms club got together to decorate the wreaths their club sold. They did a great job and had a lot of fun doing it!

Proceeds from the sale of 4-H holiday wreaths through the 4-H Foundation supports scholarships for 4-H members. The Foundation also supports the participation of 4-H members in regional and national events and competitions.

If your 4-H club decorated wreaths, please share your pictures and we’ll add them to our gallery.

Happy Holidays!

12/8/2014: Tanya Patrie forwarded a picture of wreaths donated by Teen Council to the LG Cook Camp for the Camp’s first first annual Winter Gathering held on 12/6.

Bow & Barrels Club Scores at State Competition!

Emily Malone shatters a clay pigeon!
Emily Malone shatters a clay pigeon!

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.

Holiday Charity

The holiday season is a very difficult time for many family’s, especially single parents. This year I have a family in mind that is facing some very very hard times. Her husband has up and left leaving her to care for her two young children all on her own. She is now a single mother living off a part time salary. She is now facing the possibility of losing her house during the holiday season. I am asking my 4-H family to help this need family out. I have made this request in the past and 4-H clubs really stepped up to the plate and donated over $500 dollars in toys and gift cards for a need family in the area. I am hoping we can do this again. This time I am not asking for toys but rather gift cards for clothing and food. Just this past week this single mother had to beg and borrow money from her co-workers to purchase herself and her kids new winter coats. This should never have to happen. Any donation big or small will really go a LONG LONG way. We may not be able to help her keep her house but it would be terrific if for the first time in several years maybe we can make this and enjoyable stress free holiday season for this family.

Thank you for your support.

For more information or to donate, contact Melissa Fox, branchvilleneedlepushers@yahoo.com.

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.

NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador Competition

Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador
Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador

The NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador competition is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 2. Each year the Agricultural Division of the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show sends a nominee to participate in the competition. Last year, our representative, Kayla Vaughan, was the winner and became the NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The Ag Ambassadors are expected to attend the NJ Agriculture Convention in February to represent their respective Fair.

In order to compete, the representative must be a single male or female between 16-21 years of age, and will be required to submit an application, resume and essay and will need to give a short speech at the competition. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agriculture and its agricultural fairs.

Joan Smith, President of the Ag Division of the Fair, will be accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to be the Ambassador for the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

If you are interested in representing the NJSF/SCFHS at NJ Ag Convention, please send a letter by email to Mrs. Smith at jbsmith11@embarqmail.com.

In the letter please detail the reasons why you would be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County and our Fair.

The deadline for the letter is September 25.

The Ag Division officers will review the letters and choose a representative.