12/11/2020 4-H Email Blast: General Updates & Information (Resent 12/14/20)


  • Office Hours
  • In-Person Meeting Opportunities/Guidelines
  • Pecan Auxiliary Raffle Tickets
  • Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training
  • Upcoming Trainings & Opportunities
  • Other Opportunities

Howdy and Happy Friday Monday, Y’all!

I wanted to resend our email blast today – it seems we had LOTS of technology issues going on last week with internet and the email blast getting marked as spam in our Outlook system. We think we have everything fixed and addressed, however, please be sure to check your spam folders for information every once in a while.  Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience with all of these challenges this year – we apologize for the inconvenience and want you to know that you are appreciated!

We wanted to pass on a few quick updates now that we have submitted all major livestock show entries and are getting ready to move into a new year.  Please remember that you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/.


  • The CEO will be closed Thursday & Friday, December 24-25, 2020, in observation of the Christmas Holidays
  • Mellanie will be off work from December 21-23, 2020, with the exception of a couple of meetings.  She will periodically check emails.
  • The CEO will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021, in observation of the New Year’s Holidays
  • Normal Office Hours:
    • Monday – Friday
    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Closed from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Lunch
  • Current Staffing for December 2020:
    • Mondays/Tuesdays – Mellanie & Ashley are working in the office
    • Wednesday – Fridays – Hillary is working in the office


  • As we move into the spring, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services and the Texas A&M University System has provided all county 4-H programs with updated guidance on in-person activities and programs.  These guidelines look at several different factors and categorize the counties into Green, Yellow, or Red categories:
    • Red Level: No face-to-face Extension-hosted or Extension-sponsored events; No guest speaking or presenting at other entities’ events; No overnight events
    • Yellow Level: Group meetings with a limit of 10 people at 75% capacity of space or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced; No overnight events; Seek alternative methods to deliver face-to-face meetings and educational programs.
    • Green Level: Group meetings with a limit of 50 people at 75% capacity or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced (requires prior approval of County Extension Office); All overnight events require a submission of a preparedness plan that is approved; AgriLife Extension requires a screening form for each participant at day youth events and all overnight events and programs; Daily temperature checks are required at all overnight events.
  • We are currently listed as a “Green” categorization through December 23rd, at which time we will receive an updated status.  If we continue to be listed as a green county, we will work on integrating some combination in-person/virtual activities in the spring.


  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bastrop County Pecan Auxiliary has decided to have a fundraiser raffle in lieu of our traditional December Bake Show and Sale.  All items for the raffle have been donated, therefore all proceeds raised will benefit 4-H scholarships for Seniors and 4-H leadership lab tuition assistance.  Tickets are $5 each, or a book of 6 tickets for $25.  Winning tickets will be drawn on January 4, therefore all tickets and money will need to be returned to the County Extension Office by December 31 at Noon.  If you are interested in selling tickets, please contact the Extension office to schedule a time to pick up tickets.
  • If you have questions, you may call the County Extension Office at 512-581-7186, Rachel Bauer at 512-468-7953, or Becky Schaefer at 512-284-4989.


  • If you missed the link for the Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training put on by Megan Logan, the recording is available online at https://youtu.be/3_RrhOeHb_4 at your convenience!
  • Graduating Seniors, please make sure that you are working on these applications now, while you have the time.  Please let us know if you have any questions!
  • The Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Information is available at https://texas4hfoundation.org/about-scholarships/
  • ALL Applications are due February 15, 2021 in the scholarship portal


  • VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES: RSVP Required for the opportunities below
    • All Meeting access information will be emailed out about 24-48 hours before the meeting.  We will check for late RSVP’s
        • We are hosting a virtual planning meeting for the Dog Project at 5:00 PM on Monday, December 14, via Zoom.
        • The meeting will last about 1 hour and will include a brief overview of the dog project, some of the opportunities, what we did last year, and answering any questions about the project.
        • RSVP online at https://forms.gle/Bp7ndBLYwbBVxob7A
        • NOTE: due to our technology issues, we will be recording this session and sending it out afterwards.  We will check for any last minute RSVP’s about 15 minutes before tonight’s session, as well!
        • We are hosting a virtual New 4-H Parent Orientation at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020
        • RSVP online at https://forms.gle/1FnYmYdrYj68zCYq8 
        • The meeting will last about 1 hour and will include a brief overview of the structure of 4-H and the role of parents and volunteers.  We’ll also address how some of those things are changed by this year and resources that are available to 4-H families.


    • Scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn on the following Saturdays:
      • Saturday, December 19, 2020
      • Saturday, January 23, 2020
    • RSVP by texting or emailing Miss Mellanie or Miss Ashley if you are planning on coming to the weigh day(s)


  • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
  • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186

Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great week!!!


Mellanie L. Mickelson
Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187

Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H


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