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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 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

2012 4-H Award WinnersThe 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



Seeking Youth Volunteers to be Clover, the 4-H Rover

Clover the 4-H mascot with childDo you have what it takes to be Clover, the 4-H Rover at this year’s fair?
We are looking for 4-H members, 14 and older, who are interested in playing Clover, the Sussex 4-H mascot. Shifts for playing Clover go from 1-2 pm daily (but may be flexible based on availability and interest).
Playing Clover can be very rewarding. Your job is to wander the fair meeting and greeting young children as you go. Just one hour of your time can bring a lot of happiness to children at the Fair.
Please sign-up here if you’re interested.
(Note: It helps if you have a friend or sibling, who can guide you as Clover.)

Eleventh Annual NORWESCAP Food Drive at 2014 New Jersey State Fair!

NORWESCAP logotypeLisa Connelly, 4-H Exhibits Coordinator, has agreed to coordinate the annual Sussex County 4-H/NORWESCAP Food Drive. There will be a pre- collection for 4-H clubs that wish to participate. When clubs come to set up their club booth displays, there will be a brown bag with a note requesting the bags be filled with non-perishable foods and left under the booths/tables by Tuesday, August 5.

The following is a suggested list of non-perishable items:

  • Stew
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • canned fruit and vegetables
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • juice
  • cereal
  • rice
  • pasta
  • pasta sauce
  • paper goods: (tissues, napkins, and individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper and paper towels)
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • soap shampoo
  • laundry detergent
  • canned tuna

Thank you to all the clubs that have participated in the past. We look forward to everyone’s participation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Michelle in the 4-H Office.

4-H Information Table at New Jersey State Fair

NJ State Fair LogoThe annual Fair is our best opportunity to recruit new members and volunteers to join and support our 4-H program. To help people learn more about 4-H, we host an information table in the Shotwell 4-H Building during the Fair.
4-H volunteers and parents are invited to help out by staffing the table for at least one 2 hour shift. This involves sharing information about 4-H and collecting contact information from those interested in learning more.
Day passes may be issued for people willing to serve for a two-or four-hour shift. Please contact Michelle Teitsma or Dave Foord to request passes.
You can sign-up online here.

I Love the Fair Community Days

flyer for 2014  I Love the Fair DaysTammie Horsfield, President of The NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, is pleased to announce the first I Love the Fair Community Day on Friday, May 23, 2014 and Saturday, May 24, 2014.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Fair counts on volunteers to help, not just during the fair, but throughout the year. You are invited to lend a hand!

In addition to volunteers, the Fair is also accepting material donations from businesses to improve the buildings and grounds.

If you’re able to participate or donate, please contact the Fair at, 973-948-5500 or thefair@njstatefair.org.