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Saguache News – October 15

4-H Enrollment Opens This Week

Postal Customers in Saguache Today and the San Luis Valley could see more than their mail-in election ballot in their mailbox this week as the 2018-19 4-H San Luis Valley enrollment opens. According to 4-H October newsletter, check your email or mailbox around October 16 for complete info on enrolling or re-enrolling in the San Luis Valley 4H group for the 2018-19 year!4H Click

Enrollment will once again be conducted through 4HOnline. Re-enrollment for existing 4-H members will run through January 4. New members can enroll, and existing members can add and drop projects, through March 31. Organizers of the agriculture-focused, youth group encourages folks to re-enroll early to get in their system and be eligible for camp and event registration. Do not miss the January 4 deadline for re-enrollment, or you will not be eligible to participate in 4-H or compete with 4-H projects in the SLV Fair.

If you have trouble with re-enrollment once the system reopens, give our office a call. They can walk you through common problems. If you have limited internet access, or want in-person support, drop by the office during office hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adults Needed as 4H Volunteers

The San Luis Valley 4-H youth development program is looking for adults to share their knowledge as volunteers. These volunteers will leverage their experiences and interests to help youth build life skills in various subject areas.

“Volunteers are essential to help youth make the most of the wide variety of learning experiences they are presented with in 4-H,” said Amy Henschen, 4-H Extension Agent with Colorado State University. “We are currently looking for adults to serve as project leaders or help with workshops and school programming so we can better serve youth in the Valley.”

Volunteering with 4-H is an opportunity for people to share their personal interests by demonstrating expertise in subjects as varied as robotics, food and nutrition, public speaking, agricultural science, shooting sports and more. A person doesn’t have to have a degree in a specific field to become a volunteer in the 4-H program. Instead, they just need a passion for working with children and an interest in a certain area.


As a 4-H volunteer you will play a key role as an adult mentor and role model for young people that live in your community. MORE INFO.

Adults can choose to serve as project leaders, helping kids enrolled in specific areas learn and complete their project requirements, or as area activity leaders, helping at specific workshops or school programs. Project leaders are needed in a variety of areas, including shooting sports, cake decorating, sewing, rabbit, cooking, outdoor adventure, and photography. The program is also seeking adults to be activity leaders at upcoming outdoor adventure, photography and horticulture workshops.

Volunteer opportunities also exist outside of these specific focus areas. The 4-H program4-H program is flexible with finding opportunities that match the skill sets and meet the needs of interested adults. Training and support will be provided by the San Luis Valley Extension office. Volunteers must pass a background check.

For more information on serving as a volunteer with the 4-H youth development program contact the San Luis Valley Extension office at 719-852-7381 or slv4H@colostate.edu. 4-H is a national program that teaches kids life skills through partnerships with caring adults. The program is a cooperative effort between Colorado State University Extension and Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.


The competition was fun and fierce at the 2018 San Luis Valley 4H Robotics Table Clear contest. Photo: SLV 4H Facebook Page.



Saguache News – July 1

Hoffner Elected State 4-H President

San Luis Valley 4-H member Kristine Hoffner, 17, of Center was elected the Colorado 4-H State President at the Colorado State 4-H Conference, June 19-22, at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. This is the highest and most prestigious position a 4-H member can achieve in the state. In this role, Hoffner will lead a 15-member officer team that plans statewide leadership camps, does outreach activities, and promotes the 4-H program across Colorado.


Kristine Hoffner, Colorado 4-H State President

“As a third generation 4-Her, I am honored to continue my family’s tradition of servant leadership,” said Hoffner. “It has long been a dream of mine to be the State President, since both my brother and sister served on the 4-H state executive team. Now that this dream has become a reality, I can’t stop smiling about it.”

Hoffner was elected by 100 of her peers at the Colorado 4-H Senate Meeting on June 21. On her way to victory, she gave a campaign speech in front of 380 conference attendees, completed a parliamentary procedure test and interview, and answered questions in front of a live audience. Hoffner competed against three other strong candidates.

“The test and interview were stressful because they were right before I competed in another state contest,” said Hoffner. “But, I spent the past two weeks memorizing my candidate speech, so I felt really confident and comfortable presenting it to the group. I was really nervous waiting for the election results. It was great to have the support of the other candidates to get me through the waiting. We all held hands on stage as we waited to hear the results. Hearing my name as the winner was surreal.”

Hoffner has been a 4-H member for nine years. During that time, she has served locally in numerous leadership positions in her club and county. This past year, she served as the District 8 4-H President. In this role, she helped plan the SLV 4-H Achievement Night, as well as numerous local outreach events. She also represented the San Luis Valley on the State 4-H Officer Team. With that group she helped plan four leadership camps, which were attended by more than 500 4-Hers from around the state.


Kristine Hoffner (left) leads a blanket making community service project at a state 4-H camp earlier this year.

“I will have to kick it into high gear to be a good president, while also keeping my grades up, playing two sports, and maybe sleeping once in a while,” Hoffner joked.  “I know this will be really challenging, but feel I am part of a great group and can’t wait to get started.”

“Kristine has been working towards the goal of being the State 4-H President throughout her entire 4-H career,” said Amy Henschen, the Colorado State University 4-H Youth Development Agent for the Valley. “She’s taken on increasing responsibilities each year, and has been a great leader and role model in the Valley and state. I have no doubt she’ll lead the State Officer Team with energy, wisdom and grace. We’re so proud to have such an outstanding local 4-H member leading the program forward in the coming year.”

Hoffner will be working with teen leaders from around the state on the 2018-19 State 4-H Officer Team. This includes the new San Luis Valley representative, District 8 President Nikki-Jo Albert of Del Norte.

4-H is the largest youth development organizations in the country, with more than 113,000 members in Colorado, and more than 6 million nationwide. The goal of the organization is to teach kids life skills, in partnership with caring adult leaders.

For more information on the 4-H youth development program, visit the San Luis Valley website call 719-852-7381 or email slv4H@colostate.edu. 4-H is a cooperative effort between Colorado State University Extension and Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache counties. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.