Current Events

Our Location

Our location is 200 Taylor Street Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas 76196. Parking at the meters is available on Burnett, Weatherford, and Taylor Streets.  The entrance to our building faces Burnett St.  If you prefer to park in the lot adjacen to our building, please enter the parking lot on 2nd street and enter at the west side entrance that faces Burnett Street.  The Taylor Street entrance is closed and the only open entrance is on the west side of the Plaza building.

Mailing Address
Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
Tarrant County 4-H
P. O. Box 1540
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
Fax Number 817-884-1941
 

 Support for Tarrant County 4-H

Looking for a way to support Tarrant County 4-H without taking money out of your pocket? Do you search the internet? Do you make online purchases? If so this opportunity may be just what you are looking for.. . Join www.GoodSearch.com, and every time you search the internet, a donation is made to the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and Adult Leaders Association.

It’s easy, doesn’t cost a thing, and turns every day actions into an easy way to raise funds for many of the events and activities that are sponsored by the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and the Tarrant County 4-H Adult Leaders, including the annual County Awards Banquet.

All you need to do is log on to www.goodsearch.com and choose “Tarrant 4-H Council” as your      charity.  You can even make a profile so that you don’t have to select Tarrant 4-H Council each time and you can watch the funds grow!

A penny is donated every time you search with www.goodsearch.com.  It is easy, painless on your pocketbook, and benefits our Tarrant County 4-H youth.

There are even other ways to make money through www.goodsearch.com for 4-H while shopping or dining.  Just go to their website to find out more.  Don’t waste any time.

Start helping our Tarrant 4-H youth while you search the Internet today!

Chartering for 4-H Clubs for the new 2014-2015 Year

The state 4-H office is moving the charter deadline to July 15 this year, in order to process club charters before the beginning of the 4-H year.

For those clubs which are currently chartered, the process is very similar to last year.    Below is a list of items that will be needed (and forms are attached for your convenience).

  • 2014-2015 Charter Application
  • Club officers list
  • Annual Review of Support Group Funds (New:  must have at least one reviewer who is not affiliated with the club)
  • Club Budget  (Clubs with no funds may substitute with an explanatory letter.  A form letter is attached.)
  • Bank Statement copy for each account   (Clubs with no funds may substitute with an explanatory letter.  A form letter is attached.)
  • Bylaws – Note:  New:    The officers listed in the bylaws must match the club officers list.  If you have a vacant position, please notify me for optional bylaw wording to provide some flexibility.

All forms may be returned by email to CPBryant@ag.tamu.edu    .

I need to receive it before 7/13, so that I will have time to process it and post it to the state site by the 7/15 deadline.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Charter Application 2014-2015

Annual Review of Support Group Fund-c

Club Officers List

Club Budget

No Bank Account – Letter

No Budget – Letter

Clothing & Textile Project Training

Save the evening of November 18 for the upcoming Clothing & Textiles project training.  This year’s event will include information on project content which is beneficial for youth and adult volunteers.  You will receive news on the latest trends in the fashion industry, along with tips for video presentations, and contest information.

Multiple opportunities exist for those who are interested in competitions.   In addition to the Fashion Show, Fashion Design Storyboard, and Trashion Show, a new contest called Duds 2 Dazzle has been created.

The training will be on the TCU campus (Schar 2003 building) at 6:30 pm, on 

November 18.   The training is free, but reservations are required.  Please RSVP by 11/14 to:  NFSwindle@ag.tamu.edu     with a cc:  CPBryant@ag.tamu.edu       .

Tarrant County 4-H Food Show

The Tarrant County 4-H Food Show provides a unique opportunity for youth to showcase their food & nutrition knowledge and skills.   In this contest, members prepare a dish, display it, and tell the judges about their selection.

The theme for the 2015 Food Show is “Bringing Texas to the Table.” This gives you an opportunity to select your favorite dish which features Texas ingredients. If local, Texas grown and produced foods are available and economical, include them in your dish.  Otherwise, use items that represent Texas foods such as pecans grown elsewhere.

Contest categories/divisions. The four contest categories are listed as follows:

  •   Protein – All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.
  •  Fruit & Vegetable – Vegetables may be raw or cooked.
  •  Grains – Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product.
  •  Dairy – All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group.

It is strongly urged that 4-Hers choose recipes that are relatively simple (i.e. less than 7 ingredients, 1 dish meals, etc.). Contestants are encouraged to select recipes that follow sound dietary practices.

The contest will be conducted on Saturday, December 6, 9:30 am, at the Extension office.

Entries are due to the 4-H office by November 20.

County Food Show Entry Form

Recipe Example

Recipe Submission Check List

  Fort Worth Stock Show Parade

The annual Fort Worth Stock Show Parade will launch the new Stock Show season on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth. 4-H Youth and Adults are encouraged to join us as we walk, wave & smile.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Parade Release of Liability form located on our website under Current Events and return to the   4-H office by December 15th .  (Fax: 817-884-1941) or Email: (nfswindle@ag.tamu.edu) w/cc: to CPBryant@ag.tamu.edu .

2015 FW Stock Show Parade Release

Robotics Online Course for CEAs, Leaders and Members Offered this Fall

Texas Tech has graciously offered to conduct a FREE online robotics course for our Texas 4-H adults and members.  Individuals will learn the basics of building and programming the Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot.  Details and instructions for signing up are included in the attached flyer.

Robotics Advisory Committee

Please see the attached document regarding a new state-level advisory committee being formed.  Applications are open now through October 10.  Applications are open to any County Extension Agent, teen 4-H member, or adult volunteer.  Each youth applicant must also have a reference complete the online recommendation form.  Links to the online youth and adult applications and the recommendation form are below.   Committee meeting dates will be determined once members have been selected.

Youth Application

Adult Application

Recommendation Form

Grants for Texas FIRST Lego League Teams
FIRST® in Texas Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Robotics Team Grants
The FIRST® in Texas Foundation is thrilled to announce that they are now accepting applications for team grants made possible by the Texas Workforce Commission, Dell, Freescale Foundation, 3M, and US FIRST® to support K-12 FIRST® Robotics teams throughout the state of Texas. All grants will be distributed through the FIRST in Texas Foundation.

To qualify for funds, applicants must complete the application provided on the FIRST® in Texas Foundation grant application page.

Food Challenge

The 4-H Food Challenge is another fun way that 4-H members can exhibit their knowledge and skills while working as a team to create that “special dish”.   Modeled after the Food Network’s “Iron Chef”, this contest challenges teams of 3 – 5 members to create a dish using a predetermined set of ingredients.   There is always a lot of excitement and laughter as members build lasting friendships while working together as a team to meet the challenge.

Once again, TCU has graciously agreed to host the event for us.  The contest date is November 8, so save the date.  The entry registrations are due by October 8  (There is kitchen space available for 8 teams.)

Below is an overview of the contest, along with a list of kitchen equipment needed.

Food Challenge Promo

County Food Challenge Elg.Food Challenge Academic Eligibility Form

Horse Quiz Bowl; Nutrition Quiz Bowl; Beef Quiz Bowl

Register by October 12
Contest – October 25

Quiz Bowl contests are a fun way to test project knowledge while building teamwork.  Each team is comprised of 3 – 4 members.  Teams decide whether they would like to compete in Horse, Beef, or Nutrition.  In preparation, they study materials and resources listed in the reference guide. At the contest, a moderator asks a question and the first person to “buzz in” has an opportunity to answer the question.

The 2014  District 4- Quiz Bowl contests will be conducted the morning of Saturday, October 25, at the TAMU campus  in Commerce, TX.

Each contestant needs to register online, through 4-H Connect,   https://texas.4honline.com/Login.aspx?403D4079444C6D387A6E595A2F6F3D      by October 12.

D4 Quiz Bowls 2014

 Livestock Project Registration

It is time to send in your livestock project sheets to the 4-H office. Livestock Project Sheets must be renewed each year just as your member enrollment form.  For new members the form is due when you enroll in 4-H and get a project.

The Livestock Project Sheet is due for renewing members on October 1, 2014.

Livestock Project Registration Form

Major Livestock Show Entry Day

Sign-up Day for Major Stock Shows – Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, San Angelo and STAR (Austin) will be Tuesday, November 11th  from   2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Tarrant County Extension Office.  Parking is NOT validated for this event.

This sign-up day includes all contests associated with these stock shows; except for open, all open show entry will need to be done by the participant.

For each eligible exhibitor you must have:

¨ Current, paid active 4H enrollment on 4HConnect,

¨ A verified Quality Counts number,

¨ Social Security Number

¨ Each breeding animal a copy of the registration paper(s).

Bring payment in the form of a check or money order.  If paying with cash you must have the exact amount as we cannot make change.

Here are the links for the major shows.  Be familiar with their rules, updates, and times before coming to the office as this will assist in speeding up the process.  Some shows already have forms available online while others do not.

Ft Worth
http://www.fwssr.com/
San Antonio
http://www.sarodeo.com/
Houston
http://rodeohouston.com/
San Angelo
http:www.sanangelorodeo.com/
STAR (Austin)
http://www.rodeoaustin.com/

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up for any stock show please call or email Marian Ross immediately at 817-884-1294 or   m-ross@tamu.edu .

 Quality Counts Verification

If the Quality Counts Verification you completed as a junior member has expired, you are required to take the Senior level verification.  This must be done prior to entry into any major fall, winter or spring livestock show.  Upon completing the verification process please email ag department to make them aware of your status.  You cannot enter you into any shows from this point forward without a senior level designation.

The Link for verifying is at http://qc.wieghatgraphics.com/

Please see the  document below that has the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Quality Counts.

Quality Counts Verification Frequently asked Questions

District Consumer Decision Making

CONTEST INFORMATION

1.       Date.  The contest will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

2.       Location.  TAMU Commerce Sam Rayburn Student Center, 2nd floor.

3.       Schedule.                                 

Contest Check-in:            TBA (plan for early or late afternoon; we will post the exact time once we receive confirmation from the facility)

Orientation:                         TBA

Judging Begins:                 Following orientation

Reasons:                               Following judging

Awards:                                 Conclusion of contest and tabulations

4.       Registration.  Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10.00 contest registration fee.  Registration will close at midnight November 23, 2014.  Late registration will open November 24 and close midnight, November 30 at an additional fee of $20.

5.       Participation. Contestants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV.  Contestants must also be academically eligible (according to UIL rules) to compete on the day of the contest.  A contestant may compete as an individual or as a member on a team.

6.       Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H year.  Age divisions for this contest are:

Junior                                    8 and in the 3rd grade, 9, or 10

Intermediate                     11, 12, or 13

Senior                                   14, 15, 16, 17, or 18

7.       Entries per county. Each county may enter unlimited teams/individuals per age division listed above. The top 3 senior teams and/or individuals (if they are not already on one of the top 3 teams) will advance to state.

8.       Members per team.   Teams consist of 3 or 4 members of the same age.  Junior members will be allowed to move up to the intermediate age division in order to complete a team. Juniors and intermediates are not allowed to move up to the senior age division.

9.       Awards.  1st through 5th place individual and team awards in each age division will be presented.  Awards will be presented for overall, placing, and reasons scores.

10.   Participants with disabilities.  Any competitor who requires auxiliary aids or special accommodations must contact the District Extension Office, or note when registering on 4-H Connect, at least 2 weeks before the competition to request such needs.

11.   Contest Rules.  District IV follows the rules set forth in the Texas 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest Guide.  Contestants will judge 5 classes from the current study guide (listed below) and one mystery class.  Juniors will not give any reasons.  Intermediates will give one set of reasons.  Seniors will give two sets.

Classes

  • Jeans
  • Boots
  • Fast Food
  • Computers
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Mystery

Class category descriptions and study guides:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/files/2013/10/consumer_decision_making_201314_categories_descriptions.pdf.

Contestants will use the Universal A scan sheet to record their placings.  Please make sure they are familiar with the sheet prior to judging.  An example of one can be viewed here:  https://www.judgingcard.com/ScanSheets/samples/705A-12.pdf

12.   Resources.     http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project_consumer/cdm  Beyond the information found in the study guide, members are encouraged to research credible resources for additional consumer/product information.

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