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4-H Members, Families, and Volunteers:

The winter months mean lots of indoor (and some outdoor) family time. Most people have used household items to make an erupting volcano, but have you ever tried combining the classic experiment with snow?! Try to make a Foaming Frosty Snowman when we get our first big snow this year!

This will be our last newsletter before 2022. The 4-H team wishes all of you a very happy holidays and hopes all stay safe, warm, and cheerful through this holiday season. Our office will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd, but we'll be back and ready to kick off the new year on January 3rd!

See you all next year!
Ashley Shufflebarger & Rachael Smith
Marion County 4-H Youth Development Educators
Welcome Ivy Lula!
Ashley and Paul welcomed little Ivy into this world on November 27th. A tad bit early, but she was just so excited to become a 4-Her just a little bit sooner! Mom and baby are doing very well. 



Communication From Your Educators
Enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H program year officially began October 1st! To enroll or re-enroll in 4-H, visit 4HOnline and ensure that your information is up-to-date. The online payment system is working, so if you want to pay via card in 4HOnline, you can now do so!

Please note: Active volunteers must re-enroll before the end of November. Failure to do so may result in your dismissal from the 4-H program.

If the $15 enrollment fee is a barrier to participating, we have full & partial scholarships available! If you would like to request a paper copy of a youth or adult volunteer enrollment form, contact Rachael.


Volunteer Training Opportunities
We ask all volunteers to attend at least one training each year, but all are welcome to attend multiple. We have a combination of in-person and virtual options. They are a great opportunity to learn some new ideas and chat with other volunteers and club leaders in Marion County. If you haven't already, please click the link below to see the upcoming training opportunities and register to let us know which ones you plan to attend!

 
Holiday Bake-Off



16Tech Invites You to Family Day at Machyne
Please join us on December 12th from 12:30-3PM for Family Day at Machyne. RSVP here - we only have space available for 25 families, so reserve your spot today!

Machyne is a Makerspace in the 16 Tech Innovation District. Purdue Extension Marion County and 4-H Educator Kody Orr manage a studio within Machyne to help connect local kids with makerspace resources by helping to bridge the cost and knowledge gap that may accompany membership to makerspaces. 

We welcome anyone who’s interested to join us on December 12th for food and interactive STEAM (STEM + Arts) activities.  We would love for you to join us to come have a short tour of the makerspace, see the types of projects that kids work on in our studio space, and hopefully make something for yourself!

Contact Kody for more information.

Save the Date: Scholarship Workshop
It's the time of year when your high school student can earn $$ by applying for a 4-H scholarship! Please save the date for December 9th from 6 - 8 p.m. for a scholarship workshop at the Marion County Extension Office.

This year, we are offering virtual resources and an in-person workshop for high school youth and their families to learn more about scholarship options and discover how to elevate their applications to stand out from the rest.

Contact Rachael for more information.
"Bunnies! So much fun!"

The Decatur Township 4-H Club had a chance to interact with some rabbits and learn all about rabbits at their last club meeting.

Thanks to Brittany Justus for leading the meeting and sharing rabbits with the Decatur Township 4-H members! 

They will be continuing learning about all things rabbits at their next meeting where they will be creating Animal Education posters to showcase all that they learned. 


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