12/31/2020 4-H Email Blast: General Updates & Information


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

Howdy and Happy Thursday, Y’all!

We hope you had a fabulous and relaxing holiday!  As we get ready to jump into 2021 tonight, we hope all of your hopes, dreams, and goals come true!  We can’t wait to see what this year brings and we are excited for you to be taking the journey with us!

Please remember that you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/.  Right now, these may be a little limited as we receive updates from the State and Local governments, as well as our Agency.  We are going to be calling some 4-H Ambassador and Club Manager Meetings to try to plan for spring opportunities with the information we have and the updated livestock show schedules.


  • 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 January 2021:
    • Mondays/Tuesdays – Mellanie & Ashley are working in the office
    • Wednesday – Fridays – Hillary is working in the office
    • We will be periodically sending out updated schedules as we send out reminders to livestock exhibitors for the shows


  • 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 “RED” categorization through January 6th, at which time we will receive an updated status.  This means that we are NOT allowed to host any in-person meetings or activities at this time.  We can attend and participate in the livestock shows since those are not run by 4-H/Extension. 
  • We are working on virtual opportunities for projects while keeping them fun – we are open to any ideas/suggestions, please feel free to send them our way!
  • Projects we are working on include:
    • Consumer Education
    • Leaders 4 Life
    • Fashion & Interior Design


  • 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


    • Scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn on the following Saturdays:
      • 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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