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A Special Week - Just for Volunteers!

As the 2010 National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, comes to a close, it is nice to look back to see how counties have recognized those that put their time and effort into helping Iowa’s youth. These volunteers give to 4-H all year long, and it is great to have a week dedicated to their hard work. Here are a few counties that have made the extra effort to show their volunteer appreciation: With a “driving” theme, Muscatine County handed out cards at a recent leader’s training. “Thank you for Driving Muscatine County 4-H Youth to a Successful Future!” was written on the front, with 4-H member’s individual impact statements on the inside. The county also included a $5 gas card to fit the theme. Some quotes found in the card were: “My 4-H leader helps me to work towards my goals, learn how to write presentations/other communication, and to learn how to contribute to my community.” “Our leaders make meetings fun and educational.” “[Leaders] have shown me to grow as an indiv

2010 “Stitch This!” Competition Collides Dresses and Denim!

The second annual “Stitch This!” competition will be Aug. 20-21 at the 2010 Iowa State Fair. This year 13 teams of high school students will be invited to unite old prom dresses and blue jeans in a 16-hour fashion design competition. “Last year ‘Stitch This!’ rejuvenated the 4-H clothing event and provided excitement for many who saw and heard about the event,” said Shelly Greving, marketing coordinator of the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. “People couldn’t wait to see what the teams came up with and this year we hope to expand on that excitement.” All Iowa high school-age youth are eligible to compete in teams of four. Youth can apply online with a written and video application. Past video applications can be seen at: Applications are due June 1. “We are excited to have VF Outlets participate this year,” said Greving. VF Outlets is collecting the jeans to be used in the “Stitch This!” competition. Through the month of April

Support Iowa 4-H with a Text!

Now you have an exciting, new way to be a part of 4-H’s success! During the month of April, join 4-H’s Give2Vote Challenge by texting CLOVER to 50555 to give $10 in support of 4-H in your state. You can also take the Challenge by making a secure online donation at to benefit your state 4-H program. When you give, you vote! Each $10 mobile gift or online donation counts as one “vote” towards Iowa 4-H. The state with the most “votes” at the end of the Challenge receives an additional $5,000. So let's let that be Iowa!! Voting ends April 30th, so don't delay and vote today. Share this on Facebook , Twitter and e-mail it to all your friends. The fun and easy challenge is a great way to show your Iowa 4-H pride!