Imagine." There’s a LEGO design event called "Blocks
Rock!," a PowerPoint event, and an event that lets young people
present food preparations just like Emeril or The Iron Chef.
event that is sure to interest young people is our "eXtreme
Birdhouse." Young people can show off their creativity and design
ability, plan and organize a challenging project, and use some of the
skills required of any architect, artist or craftsman. I’m sure that
many future architects and engineers will look back fondly to their
impressive 4-H birdhouses.
events are open to any Alabama young person. For information, contact
your county Alabama Cooperative Extension System office or go to www.alabama4H.com.
have included a photo of some birdhouses that were made by Chilton
County 4-Hers. The creativity of our young people always amazes me.
is made from pop bottles, one from a pizza box, one out of a discarded
"bug zapper," one out of Popsicle sticks, one out of a tree
log, and one out of a cloth basket. If you took up the challenge of
making a fancy birdhouse, what would you use?
course, 4-H is also about building character – as well as LEGO
sculptures, birdhouses and culinary arts. As we finish up our series on
character education, I hope that it has made you think of how others are
affected by your actions. Please continue to work with your 4-H projects
and on your character as you go down this road we call LIFE.
purpose of the CHARACTER COUNTS!™ Coalition is to fortify the lives of
America’s young people with ethical values called the "Six
Pillars of Character." These values, which transcend divisions of
race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, are: trustworthiness, respect,
responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship
HONEST * DON’T DECEIVE, CHEAT OR STEAL * BE RELIABLE * DO WHAT YOU SAY
YOU’LL DO * HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO THE RIGHT THING * BUILD A GOOD
REPUTATION * BE LOYAL * STAND BY YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COUNTRY
OTHERS WITH RESPECT; FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE * BE TOLERANT OF DIFFERENCES
* USE GOOD MANNERS, NOT BAD LANGUAGE * BE CONSIDERATE OF THE FEELINGS OF
OTHERS * DON’T THREATEN, HIT OR HURT ANYONE * DEAL PEACEFULLY WITH
ANGER, INSULTS AND DISAGREEMENTS
WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO * PERSEVERE: KEEP ON TRYING! * ALWAYS DO
YOUR BEST * USE SELF-CONTROL * BE SELF-DISCIPLINED * THINK BEFORE YOU
ACT * CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES * BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR CHOICES
BY THE RULES * TAKE TURNS AND SHARE * BE OPEN-MINDED; LISTEN TO OTHERS *
DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS * DON’T BLAME OTHERS CARELESSLY
KIND * BE COMPASSIONATE AND SHOW YOU CARE * EXPRESS GRATITUDE * FORGIVE
OTHERS * HELP PEOPLE IN NEED
YOUR SHARE TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY BETTER * COOPERATE * STAY
INFORMED; VOTE * BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR * OBEY LAWS AND RULES * RESPECT
AUTHORITY * PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the
CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition™, a project of the Josephson Institute of
Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE)
National Code of Show Ring
Eleven Point Condensed
exhibitors in any event at a livestock show will at all times conduct
themselves with honor, honesty and good sportsmanship. Those who violate
the Code of Ethics will forfeit premiums, awards and auction proceeds,
and be prohibited from future exhibition.
When requested by show officials, be able to show proof of ownership,
length of ownership and age of all animals entered.
When requested by show officials, provide animal health certificates
from a licensed veterinarian.
Junior exhibitors will care for and groom their own animals while at the
fair or show.
Animals that will enter the food chain must be free of drug residues or
foreign substances. For all animals, drugs may only be used in
accordance with applicable federal, state and provincial laws. Any
treatments at the show involving medications for the health of the
animal must be administered by a licensed veterinarian. Show management
or regulatory officials may take any samples they wish for testing.
Changing the animal’s performance, natural contour, conformation, or
appearance through surgery, injection or application of substances such
as irritants or counter-irritants is prohibited.
Showing and handling practices or devices to cause swelling are
Direct criticism or interference with the judge, show management, other
exhibitors or breed representatives is prohibited at all times. Problems
will be resolved through appropriate channels.
No one may conspire, contribute to or cooperate with others to violate
this code, either by their action or inaction.
Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers and participants are absolutely
responsible for an animal’s condition whether or not they did
something in violation themselves or knew of treatment that violates the
Exhibitors upon entry consent to disciplinary action for violation of
the Code of Show Ring Ethics, including publishing the infraction and
Exhibitors verify that they have read and understand the Code of Ethics,
as well as the consequences and penalties for violations. Exhibitors
understand that evidence of violation of any law will be released to
appropriate law enforcement authorities.
Condensed from the
full legal text of the International Association of Fairs and
Expositions, National Code of Show Ring Ethics by the National Livestock
next time, God Bless!
Shropshire is the Alabama 4-H Regional Extension Agent for the Central