ISU Extension Clay CountyJanuary 2013

The Spark-

Lives of great significance begin with a SPARK, a nudge, a gesture...



There are a lot of exciting things happening in Clay County 4-H!  Be sure to visit our website and "like" our Facebook page to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings in Clay County.  
Did you recently attend a 4-H event or want to check out pictures of the Clay County Fair?  All photos taken are posted here.  This is a safe, private site for 4-H members and their families to view pictures from all Clay County 4-H events. 

General Information



Exciting changes, medical forms and code of ethics are online.  Click here to enroll today!


Committee Members: You also need to enroll in 4-H Online! 


If you have forgotten which email address you use to log in, do not create a new log in, email


Enrollments must be done in 4-H online and if paid before February 1st are only $25.00 thanks to our sponsors: Max Yield Cooperative and Clay County Extension Council.   


Enrollment Help Nights:


The last Enrollment Help Night will be January 31st from 5pm-7pm at the Clay County Extension Office. 


Youth Council

Applications for the 2013 Clay County 4-H Youth Council are due by February 1, 2013.  Visit this webpage for more information!   


Attention 6th-8th Graders!  

 The Intermediate PLUNGE! Adventure to the Iowa 4-H Camping Center is for 6th - 8th grade youth from Region 1 in Northwest Iowa who want to build friendships, strengthen their leadership skills and have fun!   

We will board a chartered bus on April 26th after school and return home on Saturday night, the 27th.    

Email if you are interested! 


Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 25th-27th!

Please follow this link for more information about this year's 4-H Youth Conference for grades 8-12 on the ISU Campus! 


Livestock Project Areas


Junior Feeder Weigh Ins

Any 4-H or FFA beef project member wishing to participate in the junior feeder program must have animals weighed, and tagged at the Clay County weigh-in at the Spencer Livestock Sale Barn. Youth may weigh-in two pens of three or four same sex calves per pen at weigh-in on March 16th. The weigh-in will be from 9:00 am-11:00 am at the Spencer Livestock Sale Barn. Junior Feeder project members will be responsible for the $1.50 cost per tag. The junior feeder weigh-in will allow beef project members to participate in the junior feeder program, but does not constitute a fair entry.  For more information regarding the junior feeder project or weigh-in contact CC-E FFA Advisor, Betsy Schoelerman at 834-2227 or or any of the Jr. Feeder committee members.(Snow Date: Saturday, March 23rd - Listen to KICD)


Clay County Seniors  


Are you planning to continue educational opportunities following high school graduation? We would like to encourage you  to apply for scholarships sponsored by the Clay County 4-H Youth Council and Clay County Bankers Association. 


The Clay County 4-H Youth Council and the Clay County Bankers Association are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to Clay County 4-H members. 


You do not have to be a member of the Youth Council to apply for this Scholarship.


An interview, 4-H recordkeeping system, and the written application will be used in the selection process.  The interviews will be held in late February at the Clay County Extension Office.    


County Scholarships 

Clay County 4-H Scholarship applications are due by February 1st to the Clay County Extension Office 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100 Spencer, IA  51301

Application is available at this site.


State Scholarships 

State scholarship opportunities are available at this site.  


Hixon Scholarship 

Attending Iowa State??? This site has information about Hixon Scholarship opportunities


Volunteering Opportunities

New Volunteer Training February 9th  

Register here for the New Volunteer Training in Spencer on February 9th at the Clay County Extension Office! 

County & State Recognition  

4-H Awards Program:

The 4-H Awards Program will be held March 11th to recognize the achievements of Clay County 4-Hers.  More information will be posted as it becomes available.

State Recognition and Trips:
Visit the Iowa 4-H Website to see all of the exciting State Recognition Opportunities!


If you would like to apply, a packet of information is available online or at the extension office.  The state selection process for the above opportunities will involve:

  • completing an application form including 5 short answer questions;
  • gathering and putting together 2 pages of written support material (see the application for format);
  • an interview at the state level.

The application deadline is February 1.  The interviews will be tentatively scheduled for March 25. 


Stop by the extension office and pick up an application packet!
Remember, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the 4-H program, deadlines, requirements or exhibit and project help, please contact us! We look forward to hearing from you and making this the best 4-H Year Ever.

Anissa Jepsen

ISU Extension Clay County  


4H Clovers  

Clay County 4-H
Youth Coordinator

Anissa Jepsen

In This Issue
Enrollment & Fair Results
Livestock Project Areas
Clay County Seniors
County Recognition

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North Central Iowa Youth Beef Conference
Follow this link for more information on this February 2nd event!

Are you interested in being a 4-H Judge?  Plan to attend the Northwest Iowa Judges Training on March 2nd!

4-H New Member Meeting

    February 12th    


Southpark Mall


Come join the 4-H staff along with your parents or other adult to learn about being a first year 4-H member! Fun and informal meeting, bring your questions. We'll pass out new member materials. In the old "fashion bug" store at the Southpark Mall. Please RSVP to  

Thank you to
 Max Yield Cooperative for being a
4-H donor!

Swim/Skate Event!
Join other 4-H youth from the area for a fun day of swimming, skating, food, friends and fun activities!  All Seasons Center, February 9, skating from noon until 2:00pm, swimming from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. 

Registration is open to all 4-H members and friends. 

$10 cost includes swimming, activities, snacks and skating