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Maryann's Memo

Hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather.

There are two Memorial Day Parades that have invited
Tolland County 4-H to participate


The Tolland Memorial Day Parade
The parade route is .6 of a mile through Tolland Green.
Line up for the parade is at 12 noon and step off is at 1 p.m.  
and accessible water for horses.  
The equestrians have their own parking lot for trailers
 4-H clubs can march, can enter a float or as an equestrian.  
 is on Sunday May 29th.  
Tolland Memorial Day Parade


Town of Mansfield 
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony 
9:00 AM 
Monday, May 30th, 2022 
Parade will travel from the intersection of Route 195 and  
Bassetts Bridge Road in Mansfield Center down Cemetery Road to the ceremony site at the new Mansfield Center Cemetery.   
In the event of inclement weather, an abbreviated ceremony will be held 
in the Mansfield Middle School Gymnasium. 


Please let me know if any 4H club/members would like to march,
enter a float or ride in the parade


In this Issue:

This Week:

April 27- May 8: Tractor Supply Clover Campaign

May 7
New England Dog Clinic
Massachusetts 4-H Rabbit Committee Rabbit Workshop- The Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA

Next Week:

May 11: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)

May 13: UConn NRCA Ambassador Application Deadline

May 14
2022 Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day 9:00am- 2:30pm Young Building, UConn Storrs 
UConn 4-H Equine Activities Day

Coming Up:

May 15
Association of CT Fairs Scholarship due to Tolland County Extension Office
Deadline for UConn Horse Quizbowl Contest 

May 20Recognition Forms due to the Tolland County Extension office for consideration for National 4-H Dairy Conference, National 4-H Congress and Teen Council

June 1: Deadline for all other animal verification forms/leases & ESE 4-H Dairy Applications


4-H Fair Verification Forms

Tractor Supply Clover Campaign
UConn Research Opportunity
Dairy Judging 101 Workshop
Fairfield County 4-H Dog Show
4-H Horse Activity Day
NRCA Ambassador Program
4-H Pollinator Habitat Teen Ambassador
Barnyard Animal Days
Scholarships Opportunity
UConn 4-H Hall of Fame & Rising Star Nominations

Other Information
UConn 4-H Background Check information 
Tolland Extension Office Hours
COVID-19 Guidelines
Avian Influenza in Wild Birds Information
Job Openings 
4-H Record Book in ZSuite
Joann 4-H Reward Program
4-H Websites




4-H Fair Verification Forms

Equine/Cattle due May 1
All other animals due June 1

Late forms can be submitted up to 14 days after the deadline with $10 late fee per animal. 

All forms must contain the wet signatures of all parties. Individuals wishing to apply for Eastern States 4-H Activities at The Big E must turn in forms on-time. 
Animal Project Verification Form Guidelines
Animal Verification Form - Large Animals
Animal Verification Form - Small Animals
Contract for Lease of 4-H Project Animals
Policy on Late Animal Verification Forms

UConn 4-H Verification & Lease Form Checklist


Tractor Supply Clover Campaign

Plan your shopping trip to Tractor Supply now. The Spring 2022 Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply will run April 27th-May 8th. 


Dairy Judging 101 Registration


Click on flyer below, for information and registration.  

4-H Horse Activity Day and Judging/Quiz Bowl Contests

4-H Horse Activity Day is May 14.  It will include Model Horse Show, Poster Contest and Giddy Up Games.

CT Horse Poster Contest 2022

Giddy Up Games – info 2022

Model Horse 2022

The Quizbowl contest deadline has been extended until May 15, 2022 
 Quizbowl is June 4, at 2:00 pm at the Middlesex County Extension Center.
If you have questions email

Apply Here

The 4-H BEE Pollinator Habitat Ambassador Program is looking for Teens ages 13-18 interested in pollinators, bees, gardening and sharing knowledge with others.
Previous 4-H enrollment is not required.
Apply today to be considered immediately.
Pollinator Ambassador

Please refer the CT DoAg rules and regulations if you participate in Barnyard Animal Days


CT Association of CT Fairs Scholarship due to Tolland County 4-H Office by May 15th

 Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation due June 1, 2022
CTAEF Application

 Accepting UConn 4-H Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award Nominations for 2022


UConn 4-H Hall of Fame Nominations Wanted! 

UConn 4-H is establishing our very own 4-H Hall of Fame to recognize the accomplishments of volunteers and supporters of the UConn 4-H program.
Nominations are currently being sought of nominees for the inaugural UConn 4-H Hall of Fame class.
Nominations are due to your county 4-H Office by July 1, 2022.
Application available at:


UConn 4-H Rising Star Nominations Wanted! 

UConn 4-H volunteers within their first 10 years who have demonstrated significant dedication and achievement as a UConn 4-H Volunteer will be recognized as UConn 4-H Rising Star award winners.
Nominations are due to your county 4-H office by July 1, 2022.
Application available at 

 Questions regarding the nomination process can be directed to
Nancy Wilhelm, State 4-H Program Coordinator at  


 Other Information 

As many of you know the 4-H background check renewal process has begun.  HR is reaching out to volunteers who were screened in May of 2018 and will continue to conduct the re-checks on a staggered basis.   Please look out for emails and/or text messages from   We reached out for clarification regarding the process and this was the reply from HR:
Unless these renewal applicants are otherwise notified by a member of the CBC Team (via email and/or phone), when they submit their online CBC forms they have submitted everything necessary. These applicants should be receiving emails (1) notifying them that the CBC has been requested and then need to complete the online forms and (2) when the CBC has been completed. If we need additional requirements from them we will request in between those emails and contact volunteers directly. If any of them have questions about the CBC they can email


UConn 4-H COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated 04.15.22
With the updated UConn guidelines, masking is required on campus in instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events. UConn 4-H activities that are hosted in spaces other than UConn property should follow the guidelines of the host facility.  Any 4-H activities occurring on UConn property or in a UConn office must adhere to current UConn guidelines. 

Please remember that masking is still recommended.  We also strongly encourage each member of the UConn community to continue to be flexible and courteous when it comes to masking.  Members of the community will be at varying stages of comfort with mask wearing and we want to be respectful of others.

Please note that the requirement for safety plans has been removed.  If this should change in the future, an announcement will be made in future newsletters.  


Owners of birds should avoid visiting other farms, homes or facilities that also have birds. Please keeps this in mind when planning 4-H club activities. USDA has confirmed Avian Influenza in Connecticut. 
USDA APHIS has confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across the country. Anyone involved with poultry – commercial or backyard flocks alike – should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds.

Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl. As part of our efforts to prevent the introduction of Avian Influenza into Connecticut poultry, the department conducts surveillance testing of birds throughout the state. Commercial and non-commercial flock owners are participating in our surveillance program. We have partnered with the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Connecticut to do low or no cost testing of birds for the Avian Influenza virus. We also have strict importation restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus in our state.

Bird owners need to be aware and report anything out of the ordinary. Anyone who may suspect a poultry on their farm may have died from unknown causes should call the State Veterinarian at 860-713-2505 or email Signs of Avian Influenza include depression, decreased feed and water consumption, decreased egg production, soft or misshapen eggs, and respiratory signs (coughing and sneezing). You can also find out more by visiting the Connecticut Department of Public Health's pandemic flu webpage or visit the USDA’s Bird Flu website.

Additional resources:
CT Avian Influenza Information
CT Avian Influenza FAQ
Defend the Flock


UConn Extension
Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Soil Health
Program Assistant Position (Public Service Technician)
Program Coordinator (Public Service Technician)
Educational Program Assistant 1 Fairfield County

Eastern States Exposition Ag Opportunities
Agriculture Education Coordinator (Full time)
Livestock Program Coordinator (Full time)
Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper (Part time)

Complete your UConn 4-H record book in ZSuite

Now is a great time to start working on your record book!
A video on how to complete a UConn 4-H Record Book can be found at



Get your @4-H Rewards Card today! Stop by a local @JOANN store now to sign up for free and receive 15% off your purchases. It’s a great way to shop with purpose & give back to 4-H! JOANN stores are supporting 4-H now through April 30th. Show your support by visiting a store and supporting the JOANN campaign. 

4-H Websites
You can find forms, upcoming event information and other details at:
Tolland County 4-H:
UCONN 4-H Program: 


May 7: New England 4-H Dog Clinic - Tolland Agricultural Center

May 11: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)

May 14: 2022 Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day 9:00am- 2:30pm Young Building, UConn Storrs 

May 14: UConn 4-H Equine Activities Day

May 20Recognition Forms due to the Tolland County Extension office for consideration for National 4-H Dairy Conference, National 4-H Congress and Teen Council

June 1st: 
  • Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation Scholarship Applications Due
  • Verification forms due for dog, rabbit, cavies, small animals, goat, swine, working steer, llama, alpaca, poultry and sheep for 4-H fair showing
June 4: 4-H Horse Quizbowl; 2:00 pm at the Middlesex County Extension Center.

June 8: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)

June 12: Fairfield County 4-H Dog Show (open to all registered 4-H members)

July 13: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)

July 27: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)

August 12-14: Tolland County 4-H Fair

Maryann J. Fusco-Rollins
UConn Extension Tolland County 4-H
Program Administrator
24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon CT 06066
Extension Office Phone: 860.875.3331
4-H Direct Phone: 860.870.6929
Copyright © 2022 UConn Extension Tolland County 4-H, All rights reserved.

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