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Hi All,
As the Covid numbers keep rising, it is causing all of us to think "out of the box" and get creative about how we do 4-H.  I have heard and seen lots of ideas of how that is being done.  Congratulations to all the clubs who have come up with creative club programs such as virtual meetings, video demos, 1 or 2 family roadside cleanups, or drive-thru food donations.  I have seen lots of great demonstrations, heard about youth participating in virtual learning, heard about youth showing animals virtually from their farms, and even heard about youth having pen pals. 

I would love to hear more about what positive things youth have been doing during this time.  Feel free to share.  Also, I am challenging all of you that are willing to share pictures of projects that you have worked on over the year. Even though the fair was cancelled, we would love to see what you have been doing!  More details coming next week.
Have a great week,

Marie Witzel
4-H Youth Development Educator

I am following Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal guidelines due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. I am working remotely and am also available by phone at 920-210-3080.

LEIPSIC 4-H CLUB recognized their 4-H leaders by having volunteers and families distribute signs to the houses of the leaders and include treat bags with the signs. Andy H. also commented on what the upcoming Dog Project Meeting will be about and how those in the project will discuss how to keep learning during this pandemic.

Outside of Dodge....guess what one DANE COUNTY 4-H Club was approved to hold! Click HERE to see their Drive-Thru Fair
Thanks to Courtney, Amy and Lydia Meyer of A-OK 4-H CLUB for their work on the 4-H Leader Recognition and 4-H Families sign project.  We are all excited to see these  signs around the county! 

We'd love to see your leaders and families with their lawn signs. Post your photos on Facebook with #DodgeCounty4HStrong and share your 4-H pride!
The 4-H Leaders Executive Board discussed Record Books at their July meeting. The clubs are to make a decision about what they will do for judging them and only exceptional Overall Record Books are to be sent to the county with a max of 4 per club.
4-H Youth and Adult Leaders are needed!
Dodge County 4-H Leaders Executive Board
Dodge County 4-H Endowment Committee

Nominations must be submitted to Marie Witzel at or mailed to Extension Dodge County, 127, E. Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039
Deadline September 11, 2020
4-H Virtual Community Quilt Project

In celebration of the upcoming premiere of the PBS Wisconsin documentary, Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace, there will be a Nancy Zieman 4-H Virtual Community Quilt Project. Because Nancy’s career in sewing was inspired by her youth participation in Wisconsin 4-H, all youth and adult quilters, sewists and fiber artists are invited to contribute a photo of a quilt block to the community quilt. In addition to the 6-1/2-inch fiber art square or quilt block, participants will also be including an artist statement detailing how Nancy and 4-H directed their fiber arts journey and/or career path. Entries are due September 1st.

This virtual community quilt will be a photo collage and will be shared as part of the virtual experience. You’ll also be able to scroll through and read stories from participants across the country whose lives have been impacted by Nancy and/or 4-H, at, Sept. 10-12, 2020.

To see quilt block examples and artist statements and participate in the 4-H Virtual Community Quilt Project, complete the FREE registration at

Documentary Screening

If you haven’t already, please register to attend The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show screening of the documentary, Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the Quilt Show website. We’d be honored for you to join us for this very special evening event:

Other Resources

Farm Wisconsin Center FREE for 4-H'ers
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center welcomes all active youth 4-H members with free admission August 7th through Labor Day, and also invites any interested exhibitors to display their projects at the center. To register, sign up here
Summer Reading Challenge
Youth in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge and win a prize! All they need to do is record the books they have read throughout the summer on a Summer Reading Challenge Form and send it to the Extension Dodge County. Youth track their reading progress and email their record sheets to: or mail them to Extension Dodge County 127 E. Oak St. Juneau, WI 53039. deadline August 24, 2020
For more information read HERE
Online Fun, Learning, Skill-Building...Oh My!!!

The Institute of Positive Youth Development is offering a “Summer Virtual Learning Community” for youth and families throughout Wisconsin! This means that youth and adults, in kindergarten and older, can choose from one or more virtual activities being offered from July 1-August 31. These high-quality virtual opportunities include everything from live cooking experiences, self-paced lessons, documentary group watches and discussions, expert group presentations and discussions by professors and professionals, virtual tours of farms, art museums, and more! There is something for everyone.

So how do you get in on the fun? You can find more information, and the Summer Activities Calendar HERE

Conversations in a Safe Space

Wisconsin 4-H invites all youth to join us for Conversation in a Safe Spaces on Current Events.This will be a space to discuss the current events, consider and question where you are in relation to the current events, and to brainstorm ways to influence positive change. There will be four conversations facilitated by UW-Madison Extension Positive Youth Development Staff. They will each be an hour and fifteen minutes. Participants will have a chance to listen and learn with youth from around the state; with space for everyone’s voice to be heard. The list of topics is as follows:

  • August 10-Implicit Bias
  • August 17-LGTBQ
  • August 24-Focus Group Reconnect-Youth share leadership roles and goals for their communities

There is a maximum number of participants of 28 per session. The registration link is the same for each session, but you will need to register for each session separately.

Link to register:…/tJMscuGprjIjHtQxRFcXZiprrvRR2

2020 Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

The 2020 Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will be virtual on Saturday August 29th!

Junior (grades 3-8) and Senior (grades 9-13) are invited to display their dairy evaluation skills and compete in teams (3-4 four youth participants per team). Eight photo classes and two video oral reasons classes will be presented live via Zoom. Participants will enter scores via a separate software generously provided by World Dairy Expo. With the cancellation of all national 4-H dairy judging contests 2020, this will be a stand-alone, non-qualifying state contest.

No cost to enter! Registration available at this link:
(deadline August 17, 2020). 

Read more HERE 

Support Wisconsin Dairy!

Want to help support Wisconsin Dairy Farmers AND give dairy products to local families in need? In partnership with the Dodge County Dairy Promotion Committee, Support WI Dairy Farmers yard signs are available at the Extension Dodge County office! The sign is 18"x24" (see image above). Each sign is available with a $10 donation made payable to the Dodge County Dairy Promotion Committee. $2 from every sign will be donated to Dodge County Food Pantries so they can buy dairy products to help feed local families. 

Signs must be picked up at the Extension Dodge County office in Juneau (no shipping available). Purchase may be made at the time of pickup during business hours Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm.
Call 920-386-3790 and order your sign today!

Cedar Crest Ice Cream 4-H Flavor Contest! 

Cedar Crest Ice Cream and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation have teamed up again to present the "Cedar Crest Ice Cream 4-H Flavor Contest" for Wisconsin 4-H clubs. The contest is open to all Wisconsin 4-H members to create and submit a flavor recipe. Entries are due no later than November 13, 2020.

Who: All 4-H members in the State of Wisconsin
What: Develop and name and ice cream flavor
When: Entries must be submitted to Cedar Crest Ice Cream no later than November 13. 2020, via the online entry form or email.
How: Submit entries using the online form. Or you can click here to download the entry form. Forms can be emailed to

4-H Youth Needed to Showcase Their
'Livestock Lessons' 
Youth needed for a new animal science program called LIVESTOCK LESSONS. Any youth in the beef, sheep, swine and meat goat projects can develop both an oral video presentation or a written public service announcement on an animal science topic of their choice that illustrates what they are learning and how they can teach others. 
  • Choosing a topic Creating a good animal science presentation starts with identifying a topic. The best presentations are focused, timely, to the point, and leave a lasting impression.
  • Judging and recognition Submissions are due August 14. The top entries in each division will receive monetary awards and may be featured on Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program social media, YouTube channels and other media outlets.

    Details of the program can be found at:

In Case You Missed It...

4-H Program Planning Request Form 
Did You Plan to Show an Animal at the Fair? United Cooperative Photo Deadline Aug. 31st

COVID & Wisconsin 4-H FAQs

COVID-19 4-H Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is now live on the Wisconsin 4-H website. You can find the page HERE. This contains common questions the state has received from staff and volunteers regarding 4-H programming moving forward for the summer. There is also an FAQ posted relating to Extension, Wisconsin 4-H, and Fairs. You can find that FAQ HERE
An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension
Dodge County 4-H
Extension Dodge County  127 E. Oak Street  Juneau, WI 53039-1329
tel: 920.386.3790    fax: 920.386.3928

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