Franklin County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners will again participate in St. Peter's United Church of Christ Festival of Trees this fall. Last year the festival raised 5,400 cans of food for three local food pantries. Our tree's theme will be "Mother Nature in all Her Glory". Please come visit the trees and vote by placing a can of food under your favorite tree. Viewing will begin December 6 through December 21, hours are: Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


4-H Letters to Leaders Contest

Thank your leader and win a prize!!

4-H members can thank their 4-H leaders and win cash prizes at the same time by entering the Letters to Leaders Contest.

To enter, members write a letter of appreciation to an adult club leader, project leader, or activity leader who has helped or inspired them. Send the letter to the Extension Center. The letter must be hand written and not more than one page in length. At the bottom of the letter the member must print their first and last name, 4-H Club, and age on December 31, 2014. Be sure to write the first and last name of the leader on the letter. Letters must be received by December 1.

Prizes will be awarded to the top letter in four age categories: 8-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15 & older*. A $5 cash prize will be awarded to the member whose letter is selected. The leader the letter is written to will be recognized at the county Leader Appreciation Dinner. After the contest, all letters will be forwarded to the leader they were written to.

Of course, in this contest everyone is a winner. Those who write thank you letters will show their character, and those who receive the letters will be more willing to serve as leaders in the future.

Note: Members are also encouraged to write letters of appreciation to teen project leaders. These are not eligible for the contest, so you should send them directly to the teen.

Hints for winning letters:

Most letters thank the volunteer for their help, or say that they really liked the project.  To make the letter more meaningful to the volunteer, tell why you liked the project, something you did in the project that you really enjoyed, something about why you liked the volunteer (such as I liked how patient you were when I had trouble with mixing the icing).  Also it is nice to let the volunteer know how you are using, or will use, the information you learned, such as “I used what I learned in your cake decorating class to make a special cake for my brother’s birthday.”

*age divisions may change slightly depending on the number of letters received from each age.

Building Better Child Care

The University of Missouri Extension Center of Franklin County is offering a fall series of Building Better Child Care (PDF) on Tuesdays: September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. All workshops will be held at the Union Memorial Auditorium (room 3), in Union, Mo.

Take the Bite Out of Biting on September 9, presenter: Kathy Dothage, MS, human development and family studies specialist. Whenever a child bites another person, it is upsetting for everyone. Biting is common among very young children, particularly in group settings. It is important for adults to understand why children bite so they can help children find more appropriate ways to express themselves.

Eat Smart: Lessons 1 & 2 will be presented on October 14, by Mary Schroepfer, M.Ed., nutrition and health education specialist. Eating Well – Basic Nutrition for Kids and for You provides an overview of basic nutrition facts and introduces MyPlate as a tool to choosing healthy foods. Obesity and Missouri’s Eat Smart Guidelines for Child Care discusses the current childhood obesity epidemic as it relates to child care. It introduces the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative as a way to improve child care meals. *Please note this class in free of charge to new staff who did not attend the 2012 & 2013 Eat Smart classes.

Eat Smart: Lessons 3 & 4 will be presented on November 11, by Mary Schroepfer, M.Ed., nutrition and health education specialist. Setting the Stage for Eating Well – The Nutrition Environment discusses why and how to create a child care environment that encourages children to eat well and practice healthy eating habits. Healthy Habits for Life – Teaching Nutrition to Preschool Children discusses the importance of nutrition education and physical activity in the preschool curriculum. Participants receive teaching resources and share ideas. This is most appropriate for teachers of 3 to 5 year olds. *Please note this class in free of charge to new staff who did not attend the 2012 & 2013 Eat Smart classes.

Effective Communication: Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say on December 9, presenter: Dave Hileman, MS.Ed., 4-H youth specialist. Explore hazards of everyday communication that can cause confusion and conflict with peers, employers, employees and clients and prevent the intended message from being received. Learn about communication barriers, filters and twisters, and how to avoid them to increase the chance that the message received by your listener will be the same one you intended to send.

To receive a free brochure, or for more information, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, phone: 636-583-5141. Educational fee for Building Better Child Care classes is $10.00 per person/per class with pre–registration, unless noted above. Registration is not confirmed, until payment is received, due to limited seating at the facility. Participants are eligible for two licensing hours of credit per class, unless otherwise noted.

Quality for Keeps newsletter

This newsletter is issued April through October providing research–based information for safely preserving food and other helpful tips. Also included are delicious recipes for your garden bounty.

September 2014 (PDF)

Franklin County 4-H News

October 2014 (PDF)