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Proposed Budget Cuts
Iowa 4-H Gala
4-H Summer Day Camps
National 4-H Conference
Extension Week
CallAThon Begins April 4th 
The Iowa 4-H Foundation has partnered with the Iowa State University Phone Center for the annual Iowa 4-H CallAThon. The callers have been educated about the 4-H program, and will start making calls April 4th. Last year, the callathon raised $114,680! Let's surpass that number for 2011. If you'd rather not get a call, but wish to support 4-H, please donate online.
Extension Week March 21-25 
Iowa State University Extension will celebrate Extension Week throughout the state March 21-25, 2011. "It's one way we can say 'thank you' to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies and other partners who support ISU Extension work in Iowa," said Gerald Miller, interim vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach.

County extension offices will be holding open houses and other activities throughout the week, and Cy, the Iowa State University mascot, will be making special appearances. Iowans may contact their ISU Extension county office for details about local events.
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Funding Opportunities for Iowa's Youth
Proposed Budget Cuts Will Impact 4-H
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During the past three years, state funding to 4-H has been cut by more than $500,000 and federal funding has been flat for many years. New proposed state and federal cuts - currently estimated at a combined 8-12% - could result in up to $300,000 in new cuts for 4-H beginning in July 2011, and may be much more.  (The funding stream for 4-H comes through the Board of Regents budget to Iowa State University, in Iowa it is approved through the Education Appropriations sub-committee. Nationally it comes through Smith-Lever Act funding from Congress to the USDA.)


These new cuts would mean gutting support for programs and the staff who lead them -- reducing volunteer support and certifications, new member recruitment, and outreach to new audiences for new 4-H clubs.  Programs like State Conference, day camps, innovative activites like the 4-H Film Festival, groups like our 4-H Tech Team, livestock programs, community service and citizenship programs, scholarships and more could all face elimination.  


Thanks to your continued support, the Iowa 4-H Foundation has been able to provide an additional $150,000 in support each year for the past two years to help offset some of the most recent budget cuts and leverage additional support. As we look to the future, we hope you will continue to make 4-H your commitment by giving of your time, treasures and talents.

Please join with 4-H supporters to share your support of 4-H with our elected leaders in the Iowa Statehouse and our Senators and Congressmen in Washington DC.  More information can be found at Please support statewide 4-H program, donate online today!
Iowa 4-H Gala Nets $36,000
Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the "My 4-H. My Commitment." Gala. It raised more than $36,000 for Iowa 4-H Youth 2011 Gala Silent AuctionDevelopment program.

About 250 4-H supporters gathered on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines to raise funds for 4-H during the second annual gala. This year's theme recognized the Iowa 4-H Foundation's alumni fundraising and 4-H story-collecting campaigns.
4-H Summer Day Camps
Iowa 4-H Center Day CampSummer may seem out of reach, but the time to register for Iowa 4-H Center day camp has arrived. Get started by checking out these day camps for youngsters. The Iowa 4-H Center offers nine unique weeks of day camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 10 years old. Beginning June 6, each week offers a different theme including days filled with swimming, crafts and group games.

"From sports to insects to rock climbing, the day camp themes offer a variety of activities for every interest," said Abbie Parker, Iowa 4-H Center program specialist. "Families and their camper can pick and choose from nine different themes during the months of June, July and August."
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Four Youth Attend National 4-H Conference
Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference April 2-7 in Chevy Chase, MD. The trip is sponsored by The Des Moines Register.
Anna Jo Cowan, Council Bluffs; Austin Ehlers, Storm Lake; Elizabeth Feilmeier, Early; and Briar Tenold, Northwood, will represent Iowa's interests in the national 4-H program, said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist. "Lisa Berkland, an ISU Extension youth specialist serving Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Winnebago counties, will accompany the youth."


The youth 4-H delegates will meet with all of Iowa's legislators to inform them about current 4-H accomplishments. Delegates also will have opportunities to collaborate and highlight local 4-H programs and activities.
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