Clover Leaves Newsletter

Clover Leaves

Clover Leaves, the monthly newsletter of Orange County 4-H is sent free to each 4-H family (by mail or e-mail in pdf format). It includes notices of upcoming events as well as information of general interest to leaders. It also includes reports of club meetings, announcements of coming events and special opportunities that are of interest to 4-H families. Members are encouraged to express their 4-H experience by submitting articles, photos, artwork, commentary, personal achievements and more.

4-H events are listed below:

Special events


Animal Science




4-H Leaders

Special events:

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This newly designed program aims to please youth ages 5-7 who enjoy nature and creating! Each month, the group will gather their supplies (some from nature walks) and learn how to turn them into beautiful treasures. By the end of the adventure, everyone will walk away with a collection of nature-based projects ready for Showcase or displaying at home.

Space is limited. Must RSVP!

Dates: Thursdays - 1/23, 2/20, 3/19, 4/23, 5/21, and 6/18

Time: 5:30-7pm

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension, 18 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

Cost: $5 per meeting

Program Dates - Application and Awards Schedule

Session 2: December 1 - February 15 February 15 Local, at your site 1st week of March (Individual Awards)

Session 3: March 1 - May 15 May 15 County wide - last week in June (Individual & Club Awards)

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Animal Science:

Dairy Learning Nights/Dairy Bowl

December 17th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Dairy Bowl Team Practice

January 7th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Parts of the Cow

January 21st - Tuesday, 6:30PM Dairy Bowl Practice

February 4th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Dairy Bowl Practice

February 18th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Meat ID/Hamburger

March 3rd - Tuesday, 6:30PM FEEDS/Nutrition

March Classifications - TBA

April 3rd - Friday, 9:00AM Trip to the Dairy Carousel- Judging

April 7th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Milk Quality

Horse Committee Meeting Leaders & Jr. Leaders

January 14th 7:30PM

February 11th 7:30PM

Horse Learning Nights/Events

January 21st Tuesday, 6:30 pm- Colic workshop

February 7th Friday, 5PM Horse Level Day

February 29th Saturday, 9AM District Horse Bowl and Hippology (SNOW DATE: Sunday March 1st, 9AM)

March 21st Saturday, 9AM District Horse communications

June 6th Saturday,SCHOOLING SHOW

February 25th Tuesday, 7PM Lamness workshop

Dairy Committee Meeting

December 18th 6:30PM, CCE Office

Livestock Committee Meeting

December 16th @ 6:30, CCE Office

Livestock Learning Nights

January 13th - Monday, 6:30PM Parasites

February 18th - Tuesday, 6:30PM Meat ID/Hamburger

March 29th - Sunday, 10:00-2:00PM, Animal Knowledge Day

April 18th - Saturday, 10:00-2:00PM YQCA with Jenn Schwab

April 25th - Saturday, 10:00-2:00PM Park, Poultry Biosecurity Clinic

2019 Dog Program Starts in March

New members must be 9 years of age by 9/30/19. Dogs do not have to be registered, but they must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and leptospirosis. Enrollment forms are available from the 4-H office. Please request them by calling the office at 344-1234. There is an annual $15.00 membership fee for all youth involved in any/or all 4-H programs. There is also an annual Dog Program enrollment fee of $15.00 which is good for any and all dog programs if paid by March 2, 2019 (Thereafter the fee is $18.00). Registration will be accepted only when enrollment form, fees, and a copy of vaccination papers are turned into the 4-H office.

Dog Obedience & Grooming Classes

Orientation: Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Middletown

Monday Classes Start March 23rd

CCE Middletown: NO DOGS FOR FIRST CLASS. Remainder of classes meet outside at CCEOC Education Center and 4-H Park, Otisville, NY. Dress warmly!

Registration for Dog Obedience is required before March 2nd, but classes fill up quickly – on a first come, first served basis.

Classes begin with a required orientation for all first year members at the Extension office in Middletown.

Advanced Obedience classes will also be offered in Middletown.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These classes are designed as a youth development experience for children, not as a place just to get your dog trained. Dogs need to be controlled by your child, ie: a 130 lb. aggressive dog and a 60 lb. kid will probably not work out. Remember – the child needs to do the work, not the parent, to make this the great experience it can be.

March Dog Madness 

An educational conference geared towards teens and adults. Workshops engage participants in science based information and training. Current animal health, animal behavior, industry trends, and youth development issues are addressed.

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10 am-4 pm

CCE Office, 18 Seward Ave., 3rd Floor, Middletown, NY

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Saturday Morning Art Class for Kids (SMACK) for ages 8-11. This program is designed to teach new art techniques and help hone some skills that you may already have. Each month you will discover a different method for creating original pieces of work. 

For more information or to register, contact DeAnna at or Carol at OR call the office 344-1234.

This program has LIMITED SPACE... so reserve your spot today!

Meeting Dates will be on Saturdays 9:30-12 pm: January 11, March 14, April 11, May 9

Cost: $5 per meeting. MUST RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting.


In the computer science club youth will grow future skills through computer science programming, field trips via Google Expeditions, app building, animation and more!

For more information and registration, please contact Kathy Leo or Deanna Sardella at 845-344-1234 or and

Meetings will be every other Tuesday starting October 15th through December 10th (Snow Date December 17th) you can enroll anytime.

Ages 10+

Beginners 6-7pm

Intermediate 7-8pm


This October, 4-H launched the 2019 National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Game Changers. Designed by Google and West Virginia Extension service, Game Changers teaches kids ages 8-14 how to use computer science (CS) to create games, solve problems and engage with topics they’re passionate about. Game Changers uses physical activity and puzzles to teach kids important CS concepts and problem-solving skills, creating real-world connections between computer science and civic engagement, healthy living and agriculture.

Contact Kat at or DeAnna at to schedule a club visit. Call the CCE office for more information (845) 344-1234.


Sewing Labs

Attention NEW and RETURNING 2nd & 3rd year Sewers… dates are set for the Winter! 

Spaces are LIMITED… spot is reserved when payment is received.

Must be 10 and over to register. 

You do not need to have your own machine, we have a few to loan out, but you must reserve ASAP… again first come first served.

$10/per person - includes a pattern.

We are always looking for sewing volunteers willing to help!

Let DeAnna know if you could accomodate any of these dates.

1st year (beginners):

January 25th & Feburary 1st (Snow date February 8th)

2nd & 3rd year:

February 22nd & February 29th (Snow date March 7th)

Joanne's Shopping Day TBD

Any questions call DeAnna but you can sign up through Carol.


This program is a combination of STEM Leaders and Nature Explorers. The program consists of bimonthly meetings that offer youth a chance to explore various avenues in STEM through a monthly project meeting and a field trip. Designed for youth 8 and older.

Contact Carol to register.

*Must RSVP Friday before meeting!

Meeting Dates: 12/23, 1/27, 2/24, 3/23, & 4/27

Meeting Times: 5:30pm – 7pm

Field Trip dates: 1/11, 2/1, 3/14, & 4/11

Orange County 4-H Fly Tying Program

For those of you wondering what fly tying is, it’s the art of tying string, yarn, feathers and other materials to a fish hook so that it resembles a type of food that fish eat. It’s also one of civilization’s oldest art forms!

At CCEOC Office in Middletown, NY

Time: 7 - 8:30PM

Jan: 9, 16, 23, 30

Feb: 6 (snowdate will be the 13th)

Cost is $20 per 4-H member, $40 per non-4-H member and per adult.

Note: A collection of flies can be entered at the 2020 4-H Showcase.

Interested? Call Deanna at 845-344-1234.

Produced in New York (PiNY) Contest


Do you like to cook or bake?

Want to enhance your demonstration skills?

Why not try participating in the PiNY contest?!?

Reserve your spot today!

'Produced in New York' (PiNY) program is designed to showcase the wide variety and use of agricultural products grown in New York State. PiNY is a great opportunity for youth to demonstrate their food preparation skills while promoting a tasty recipe featuring NYS food products. During PiNY program, 4-H members do a "silent demonstration" concurrently with several of their peers. Individual participants are evaluated on demonstration skills, finished product and completed menu planning sheet. Cloverbuds may participate but will not be judged and do not have to complete a menu plan.

For additional information and contest rules call Deanna at 845-344-1234.


If you like to cook come have some fun in the kitchen! Each meeting the group will determine the menu for the following week for a “soup to nuts” dining experience. Participants will learn proper use of kitchen tools, how to read nutrition labels and table etiquette all while sharing a meal with new friends.

Designed for youth grades 6-12

Meetings are every other Monday starting October 7th – December 16th @ the CCE Office from 5:30pm - 7pm 

Must RSVP by the Friday prior to the meeting

For more information or to register contact DeAnna OR Carol

Cost: $3 per meeting


Saturday Morning Teen Art Program for ages 12+. This program will take you on a journey where you will explore how science meets art and discover different methods of creating. Each month, a local artist will demonstrate a technique and guide you through the process of starting your own piece of art.

For more information or to register, contact DeAnna at or Carol at OR call the office 344-1234.

This program has LIMITED SPACE... so reserve your spot today!

Meeting Dates will be on Saturdays from 9:30 am-12 pm: January 11, March 14, April 11, & May 9.

Cost: $5 per meeting. MUST RSVP by Wednesday before the meeting.

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Interested in one of these educational trainings, please contact Lisa at Training time is 8am - 3:30pm.

Adult responsible for transportation. Price is $22 per session.

Session 5 - 1/4/20 Color Theory / Painting with Light Location TBA

Session 6 - 2/1/20 Wrap-up Color Correction/ Photo Shop, Bay Photo to Print Location CCE Office

Session 7 - 3/7/20 Show Prep = matting, framing - Location CCE Office


Saturday April 18th, 2020

Time: 4-7 PM

Location: Education Center & 4-H Park, 300 Finchville Turnpike, Otisville, NY

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The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on STEM, agri-science, healthy living, and photography. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops, and engage with nationally-recognized leaders. Students typically attend in groups comprised of two to eight youth and are accompanied by an adult mentor/chaperone. School year 2019-2020 will be our seventh year of programs and the results have been amazing! In school year 2015-2016 our surveys show up to a 47% increase in the number of students who felt after attending a Summit they were more aware of areas of study they could pursue in college relating to their Summit subject matter. The National Youth Summit Series aims to teach lessons students can use for the betterment of their personal lives and communities.

Agri-Science: January 9 - 12, 2020

Healthy Living: February 13 - 16, 2020

Photography: February 26 - March 1, 2020

Registration is open for all four Summits summits/

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4-H Leaders:

Join Orange County 4-H Leaders Association

Leadership - Scholarship - Connection - Networking - Fundraising

The 4-H Leaders Association is an organization of club and program leaders and parents who support clubs and their coordinating leaders within Orange County's 4-H program. Being part of the Association allows leaders to gather, share information, and learn from each other in a friendly forum that encourages open discussion and dialogue on a wide range of topics.

Leaders Association Meetings At 7:00 PM on the first Thursday of the Month:

January 9th - Potluck, voting. Starts at 6:30PM.

Important Volunteer and Club Leader Notice about Personal information

Please note that it is the policy of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the 4-H program that personal information about volunteers, leaders, and members is not made available to persons or entities unless required by legal compulsion. Indeed, the volunteer or club leader should never provide personal information to anyone unknown to them that is not a member of the Extension or 4-H program staff.

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Last updated January 22, 2020