Alexander County 4-H

January 2022

Congratulations to DJ and Kayla on the birth of their twin boys!

Alexander (Xander) 4lbs. 4oz. 17" long and Avery 3lbs. 6oz. 16" long were born on Wednesday, December 29, 2021.  The boys are still in the NICU, but babies and mom are doing well.  
Project Record Books

It's time to start getting your project record books completed!!!
They are due to the County 4-H Center by February 16th.

What is a project record book?
A 4-H project record book is a compilation of all of a 4-H'ers work in a given year regarding a specific topic.

Who does a 4-H project record book?
All 4-H'ers are welcome and encouraged to do this!!! The age divisions for competition are    5-7,8-10,11-12,13-15, and 16-18.

Project books are required to go to some events like the annual Electric Congress.
If you are working on your project book and have questions you can reach out to DJ via phone 828-632-3125 or email

The next WHEP meeting will be Wednesday, January 5th and
January 19th at 4:00 p.m.

At the last meeting the team took a field trip to Rocky Face Park where they practiced for the upcoming contest in the spring.

-H Honor Club Applications are now available!

Applications are due by January 28th to the 4-H office.

2022 NC 4-H Summer Camp Dates

Would your child like to attend 4-H Camp at the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, NC next summer??  Alexander 4-H will be taking a group June 19-24, 2022.  4-H Camp is open to youth ages 8-14 years old and offers a variety of camp programs based upon age.  If you would like more information please contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center at 828-632-3125.  For more information about the Eastern 4-H Center please click the following link:
December Subscription Box

In December's subscription box activity participants created their own gingerbread cookies for the holidays, and learned a little about the history of gingerbread.

Did you know ?
  • The largest gingerbread house was built in Texas and was roughly the size of a regular house at 60'x42'
  • In Medieval England, the term gingerbread simply meant preserved ginger and wasn't applied to the desserts.  We now know until the 15th century; the term is now applied to any type of sweets that combine ginger, honey or molasses.

***If your child participated in the subscription box program please consider returning the evaluation form that was included in the last kit.***

Congratulations to the winners from the December 4-H Gingerbread House Contest: Lily Lineberry, Abigail Martin, and Scarlett Williams. Congratulations girls and great work!!!
Attention Volunteers!!
2022 NC 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Conference

February 4-5, 2022
Deadline to register:  January 10

Hilton Durham near Duke University
3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC

For more information please go to the following link:

Workshops that will be available include:
Electric Program Overview and Project Kit Activity, Enriching Soil in Your Garden, Learning to Sew by Hand,  Craft and Code with Makey Makey and more.

If you would like to attend please contact DJ Salyer.  There is scholarship monies available to help offset the cost for those that attend. 
4-H in the News
Boots and Breeches 4-H Club will begin meeting again in 2022.  The first meeting will be an interest meeting on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Foothills Equestrian Center, 531 Starnes Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.  
4-H Garden Club will have their next meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Alexander County Service Center.  The club will be making weather stations and learn how the weather affects seed germination.   New members are welcome to attend!
Shockers 4-H Club met were not able to meet in December.  The club will meet again on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 p.m.  They would like to welcome any new members that electricity may spark their interest.
Southern Grace 4-H Club met on Thursday, December 16th and had a quick lesson on how to use a sewing machine.  Then they sewed Christmas tree shaped ornaments.    If you would like to attend a club meeting, their next one will be held on Thursday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.

Whisk it Up 4-H Club did not meet in December due to the date falling so close to the holidays.  Their next club meeting will be held Thursday, January 27th at 4:00 p.m.
January is the month for several National Day's. 

Here are a few of DJ's favorites:
9th - National Static Electricity Day
15th - National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
19th - National Popcorn Day
28th - National Blueberry Pancake Day
Alexander County Offices will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Make sure to follow Alexander County 4-H
on Facebook to stay up-to-date.

NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Extension's 4-H program is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina. We help over 247,000 young people grow into active, contributing citizens each year.

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