Tuesday, December 16, 2008


There have been a few phone calls asking permission to enter various competitions after the entry deadlines have passed. Please note that all entry deadlines were published in the 4-H Calendar. Late entries cause complications and confusion not to mention if allowed they undermine the very purpose of the deadline itself.

Therefore the deadlines have to stand firm. In the past late entries have been permitted....However, from this point forward there will be no late entries of any kind for 4-H county events.

In circumstances that affect the entire county( ice storm, tornado, etc...) the deadlines may be postponed by the project leader, committee, or county agent overseeing the event.

- Willie Arnwine CEA 4-H & Youth Development


All entries for the Cherokee County Food Show are due by 5:00 PM Friday December 19th. For more information please see the Food & Nutrition Blog Page.


Monday, December 15, 2008

*********** REMINDER ************

Jack White will be retiring as of December 31, 2008. Select the attached picture for a larger view.

The real value of 4-H....

may not be realized until later in life. But when given the opportunity to think about it, the successes of some can be traced back directly to their roots in 4-H. Follow the attached link to view a wonderful testimonial about the value of the 4-H Program from Bob Tallman, a very well known rodeo announcer and successful rough stock contractor.


PARENTS ------Scholarship Training Opportunities

Over the past few years, many of you have had questions about the scholarship opportunities that 4-H Has to offer. Though I have done my best to explain these scholarships no one has yet to apply for any from Cherokee County. Those of you who might be graduating from High School in the next couple of years have an excellent opportunity to attend a training on how to apply for these scholarships sponsored through the District 5 Office in Overton. The attached flier has more information about this opportunity. The training is open to all managers, parents, 4-Hers, etc...

Please select the fliers to see a larger view.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This is the work schedule that was voted on and approved by those who attended the November Parent and Adult Leaders Meeting. Each club will be expected to provide adults and youth to work during their assigned time slots.

For more information please see your Club Manager.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Horse & LIvestock Judging to meet again...

The second meeting of the Horse Judging and Livestock Judging Teams will be held this Saturday at the home of Mike and Nikki Penn of Rusk. If you are interested in learning more about the conformation and capacity of your beef, goat, swine, or horse project or if you would like to help Mike and Nikki lead the class, please come and join us. For directions or more information, contact Nikki and Mike at rmprnp@msn.com

Don't forget to check out the Horse Judging and Livestock Judging Blogs for more information.

Updated Calendar is Now Online

Attention to all Managers, Members & Leaders,

The 2008 - 2009 Cherokee County 4-H Calendar of Events has been updated. You can find it at the following location:


If you find any discrepancies please let me know so that I can adjust and re-post.

Notable Changes:

1. County CDM Contest Deadline
2. County Food Show Date

Friday, October 24, 2008

County Stock Show Entries are due soon.

The Entry Deadline for:

Market Steers, Commercial Heifers, Dairy Heifers, Market Hogs, Poultry, Horse, & Goats is November 15, 2008. Fillable Adobe PDF Entry Forms are downloadable under the "Important 4-H Links" at the top right of this blog page. If you have any questions please respond to this post with a comment or contact the 4-H office. (903) 683-5416 or wrarnwine@ag.tamu.edu.

Late entries will be accepted after the November 15 deadline up until the date of validation, December 6; HOWEVER, an additional $15.00 fee will be accessed to each entry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Horse & Livestock Judging Project to begin soon...

Anyone interested in Horse Judging OR Livestock Judging there will be an informational meeting on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30pm at the County Office. During this meeting we will discuss members interest and pass out project information. If time permits, and depending on the different interests, we will cover some of the basics of each project.

Some of the events that we will participate in will be out of county judging events and field trips to different farms where we can do comparison judging. We welcome anyone that is interested or has ideas/places for us to view animals.

After Oct 30, our next TENTATIVE meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 8, time tba. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Mike or Nikki at rmprnp@msn.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


I have received a few calls about conflicting dates on the calendar.

I apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused any of you.

1. The Hay Sale will take place at the Show Barn in J-ville on Thursday, October 23.

2. The County Consumer Decision Making Contest Registration Date will be December 2, 2008.

3. The County Consumer Decision Making Contest will take place on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. ~Location is Pending!!!

You will all be able to download the most updated version of the Calendar when the State 4-H Office puts our document server back online.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

>>>>><<<<<<< REMINDER >>>>><<<<<<<<

Photography Project Chairman, Wendy Emprimo, will be hosting a photography workshop tomorrow in the County Extension Office Conference Room. The Extension Office is located in the Cherokee County Courthouse Annex, on the square in Rusk and the workshop will begin at 7 PM.

County Agent, Joe Daniel will be presenting ideas on just what makes a good photo as well as pointers on editing and cropping your photos.

Hope to see you there!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Make Plans to attend

1. Cherokee County 4-H Awards Banquet
Saturday, October 18th @ 7 PM
Cherokee County Show Barn & Exposition Center
On the Loop in Jacksonville
(Each club is responsible for providing cookies or cupcakes
PALS will provide the ice cream, utensils, and drinks)

2. Cherokee County Hay Judging Workshop
Monday, October 13th @ 7 PM
Cherokee County Show Barn & Exposition Center
On the Loop in Jacksonville

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shooting Sports Workshop in the East Region

This workshop is for any adult who is interested in becoming certified to lead a shooting sports project. Please be aware that the date of the workshop does conflict with the date of our county show. For all those interested in this opportunity please see the following link for more information or contact the CEO at (903) 683-5416 for more information.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lookout 4-H's First Meeting of `08-`09

2009 Cherokee County Jr. Livestock Show & Sale

The 2009 County Jr. Livestock Show will be held at the Cherokee County Exposition Center on the loop in Jacksonville from March 26- March 29, 2009. Some of the rules regarding the showing and sale of projects have changed so be sure to read the new rules. They are available in the County Extension Office or online at the following location:


The entry forms at the back of this packet are .pdf fillable. This means that once you down load them to your computer you can fill in the blanks and check boxes on your computer before you print them.

For information contact Willie Arnwine (903) 683-5416 or wrarnwine@ag.tamu.edu

Monday, August 18, 2008

East Texas Ag Expo.

Select the picture to be taken to the Ag Expo Website !!!

2008 Jr. Hay Judging Competition

The date for this year's Cherokee County Hay Show has been set, the Jr. Hay Judging will be held on October 20, 2008. Not only is this an excellent learning experience for all 4-H and FFA members, it is a wonderful scholarship opportunity for those of you with your eyes on a college education. The sale will be held on the evening of October 23, 2008. All events will be held at the Cherokee County Exposition Center on loop in Jacksonville. Hay Judging Contest Guidelines are available in the County Extension Office and online at the following location:


Reply to this post for more information or contact either Willie Arnwine or Jack White at the Cherokee County Extension Office at (903) 683-5416.

Friday, August 15, 2008

PALS Meeting.

The Cherokee County 4-H Parent and Adult Leaders Association will be meeting on Monday, August 18, 2008 in the Cherokee County Extension Office Conference Room @ 7:00 PM. This meeting is open to all parents and/or volunteer leaders. All parents are encouraged to attend as new officers will be elected. This group of dedicated parents are the backbone of the county program and without them the entire program would falter. Please come be a part of the few who do so much for so many.

New faces and ideas are always welcome!!!

4-H Office Gears Up for New Year...

Club Managers,

If you have not come by the office and picked up the 2008-2009 member and leader enrollment forms please contact me so that arrangements can be made to get them to you. This blog has been set up for you and your club members to use. I will try to monitor this blog at least once a day, so please let your families know this is available. This is a trial run; however, if successful this type of communication will likely replace the office newsletter. If you have any suggestions or comments, please post them or email them to me (wrarnwine@ag.tamu.edu). At the present time, this blog is unrestricted and can be posted to by anyone who views it. If there are any problems or improper use, I will restrict the posting permissions to only those who have submitted their email address on their member or leader enrollment forms. Please feel free to post to this blog any ideas or events that you or your club would like to share, discuss or advertise.