Summer 2017

Editor:  Wendy Teasdale - e-mail –
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Club Officers

President – Natalie Helms

Vice-Pres.– Jack Sullivan

Secretaries – Jane & Sara Clark

Treasurer – Sydney Helms

Sgt. at Arms – Diego Tesoro

Reporter – Sydney Helms

Supply Officer – Jason Morris

Historian – Melody Hix

Recreation – Carter Teasdale

Healthy Living Officer – Carter Teasdale


Jamul Chaparros 2017/2018

Kickoff Newsletter


Hi Jamul Chaparros and families!


Summer seems to be flying by!  I know some of our members are back to school very soon! I hope that this newsletter finds each of you happy and healthy and ready for the new year to start.


Many of our members were busy during fair season and we weren’t able to track down specific results, but congratulations to all of our members who entered, participated, placed, and won at the San Diego County Fair and the Ramona Fair. We hope they were fun experiences for you and we look forward to hearing about them in our upcoming meetings!


A long time Jamul resident and founder of our own 4-H club, Jamul Chaparros, recently passed away.  Please read the below obituary for Joe Nierodzinski. Our thoughts and gratitude are with his family.


This is an important newsletter with lots of information on enrollment and leader/new leader enrollment and information. PLEASE try and come to the first meeting already enrolled and with necessary documents and fees. It makes our volunteer job so much easier when we can get your approved and your name sent to the county in a timely manner.


There is an Area 5 Meeting on Saturday, August 26th, 10am to 3pm, at the County Office. All leaders are welcome to attend! Please contact Kelli or Wendy if interested in attending. It is an informative day!


Our first unit meeting is Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. at the Jamul Primary School. Please plan to attend, meet project leaders, and sign up for projects. We will have crossover project information as well. Please find details of this first meeting below.


We look forward to this being another successful 4-H year. As always, please contact us with any questions you may have!


Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Wendy and Kelli


President’s Message

Wow, it’s hard to believe summer vacation is ending.  Sydney and I had a great time participating in the fairs. It gives 4-H families a chance to hang out with families from other 4-H clubs which is really cool.  I’m excited for the new year to start.  I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!  




In Memoriam

By Annalisa Goode


       Long time resident of Jamul, Joseph Leon Nierodzinski passed away on July 2, 2017. He was born in Long Beach 83 years ago. Many lives were touched during Joe's 47 years as an industrial arts teacher in the San Diego Unified School District. He taught at seven schools including Garfield High School, Dana Junior High and O'Farrell jr. High. He often said his students were his "children". As a long time resident of Jamul he and his wife, Connie, founded the Jamul Chaparros 4-H Club serving his community and enriching the lives of many 4H members for 25 years. They were also parishioners of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Jamul.

       He and Connie created a small ranch here Joe exceIled at producing fresh fruits and vegetables year round for his family and friends. These endeavors provided life lessons for his children and all those who visited his "Rancho Todavia No". He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Connie, his 8 children: Theresa, Rebecca, Gabrielle, Michele, Mark, Annalisa, David, and Cecile, 11 grand children and 10 great grand children. He will be missed.  Gravesite services were held July 14. A celebration of life for friends and family will follow at a later date (September 3, 2017).

        from The Jamul Shopper & News, August 2017, page 8


For more information about the history of our Jamul Chaparros 4-H Club, see <>.

San Diego and Ramona Fair Results:

Drum-roll please, for the members that submitted their fair results to the newsletter:

·         Wyatt got 3 first places and a donated award for home arts in Del Mar.  He got numerous participation ribbons at Ramona.

·         Carter got 3 first places at Del Mar and a Special Award for Home Arts.

·         Carter earned a 2nd In Cavy and Rabbit Showmanship and a 5rh in Round Robin.


For those who were too busy (or forgot) to submit your fair results, you get another chance to get them in the next newsletter.  Send the information in NOW, while you are still thinking about it, to  Writing an article, or just a paragraph, for the newsletter looks good for your Record Book, and the Record Book Judges will be favorably impressed.  In my 30+ years of being the Newsletter Publisher, those that submit articles are the ones that excel in 4-H and their life.

Gene Peterson

First Meeting Information:

Don’t forget! Our first meeting is Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30pm at the Jamul Primary School, 14567 Lyons Valley Rd, Jamul, CA 91935.


6:30   ALL new and returning members will have an opportunity to sign up for projects and meet project leaders. We will also have an interest list available. Is there a project you are interested in that we don’t offer? We will try to either offer it or match you up with a cross-over project that does offer it.  There are numerous projects offered throughout the county: robotics, woodworking, fishing, beekeeping, etc.


7:00   NEW members are asked to stay for a Jamul Chaparros and 4-H 101 course! This will give our leaders an opportunity to present our program and for new families to ask questions. Our project leaders and board members will be asked to attend. Returning families are also welcome to attend, however there will be no business meeting on this date.


Board Meeting: Our first board meeting will be Sunday, September 10th at Wendy Teasdale’s house.


Member Enrollment


First things first! Let’s get those enrollments in. Here are the easy steps to enrollment:


1.    Enrollment can be done online at There are new, fairly user-friendly, instructions on this webpage. You do NOT need to create a profile for your member if you are a returning family. Only new members/leaders will have to set up a new profile. Once you have a profile, please select Jamul Chaparros as your club. You may then add the projects your member is interested in.

2.    Download, print, and sign the Youth Treatment Authorization and the Health History  forms. These forms must be handed into Kelli or Wendy prior to your enrollment being approved. Copies of these forms must also go to EACH of your project leaders.

3.    Pay your enrollment fee. Fees are $46 per member and $16 per adult volunteer.  You may pay in cash or check (made out to Jamul Chaparros). You may pay at the first Unit Meeting or if you have a project meeting you would like to attend, please contact Kelli or Wendy to determine how to best complete your payment.

4.    The county is finalizing some of our project names, so you may not find the exact project you were wanting. Please complete your enrollment. Projects can be added at a later date.

5.    If you are interested in a project that another club offers, you will add that club also and add the project you are interested in. You must fill out a cross-over form that will be signed off by Kelli or Wendy and provided to the project leader. We can provide you with a crossover form if you need one.


Leader Enrollment:


Please enroll as above. Once you submit your enrollment, you will receive an email from the county with detailed instructions on what you need to do either as a NEW or RETURNING leader.  Please follow the instructions.


We understand this can be confusing and we will keep you updated with any requirements.


Leaders Fingerprinted Before 2007:


Leaders cannot be confirmed until they have been reprinted.  If you are one of the leaders that need to be re-fingerprinted please save your receipts the UCCE office will reimburse 25% of the cost and I am going to speak with the Management Board to see if they can help with reimbursement of the remainder of the fee. This is another great reason that all the clubs must support the 4-H County Fundraisers!


Records Books:


For all of you returning members:  Please don’t forget to get your record books/project reports in by Oct. 15 to earn your pin and stripe for last year!  Our primary members have an easier time of it. They only need to fill out the Primary Member report!  Wendy and Kelli both have copies of these, as does Iris, one of our Cloverbuds leaders.  Please contact us with further questions.


Record Books for County Competition are Due to the office by 5 pm on September 5.  The books will be judged on September 23, more details about judging the books will follow.


Dates to Remember:

August 26th: 10am to 3pm: Area 5 (V) meeting at the County Office.


September 12th: 6:30 pm, FIRST Unit Meeting of the year!


September 30th: 6:30pm, San Diego 4-H Appreciation Night - September 30 6:30 pm Del Mar Fairgrounds Mission Tower (This is a fun event!).




This is one of our least favorite topics. In order to keep membership fees low, offer fee waivers to members in need, and help support our club members at county and beyond events, we do need to fundraise as a club. Please understand that your leaders are not trying to add any more to your schedules, as we are busy as well. However, if you enjoy 4-H and your members are benefiting from it, then we ask that you be available to volunteer for AT LEAST ONE event or fundraiser.


We plan to have two adult and older member get-togethers to prep and sew our feed bag shopping bags! Dates will be decided upon shortly.




Outreach is an important part of 4-H and we ask you and your family be available to volunteer for AT LEAST ONE event or fundraiser this year.


Fun Events:


Speaking of fun events, here are a few dates to plan for!


Jamul Fall Festival: TBA


Jamul Fest Parade: Sunday, October 15.  The Parade starts at 9 a.m. Jamul Fest BBQ and Gymkhana is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. following the parade.


Healthy Living:


Healthy Living Back to School Tips:


By Carter Teasdale


Hello Jamul Chaparros!


Welcome back to 4-H!  I hope that you had a great summer!  Here are some tips for a healthy back to school:  Make sure you get lots of sleep! Eat a healthy breakfast!  Pack a healthy lunch!  Make sure you balance work and fun!


Here are some relaxation tips:  Make sure that you find time in your day to get exercise!  Perhaps at recess or during breaks!  Find a sport that you love!  It doesn’t matter how good you are, just have fun!


We’ve included a healthy recipe for an after school snack or even breakfast.


Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie (by Chocolate Covered Katie)


·         1/2 cup rolled oats

·         scant 1/2 cup applesauce or over-ripe banana (mashed)

·         1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used salted peanut butter)

·         1/4 tsp cinnamon

·         1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

·         3 tbsp raisins (or other dried fruit, or even chocolate chips)

·         1/16 tsp salt, plus a tiny pinch more if desired (taste dough to decide)

·         1 packet stevia if using applesauce version (or 1 tablespoon sugar. I actually omitted this altogether. If you have absolutely no sweet tooth, you can try it that way. And if you have a huge sweet tooth—or are used to “non-healthy-tasting” desserts—try adding 1/4 cup sugar. As I said above, don’t expect these to taste like your everyday oatmeal-raisin cookies. I’ll post a recipe for those soon!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mash the applesauce or banana with the nut butter, then add all other ingredients and mix until well-combined. Shape into cookies and bake for around 14 minutes. (Alternatively, you can try pulverizing the raisins and oats before combining them with the banana mixture, if you want more sweetness.)




If you have any 4-H related photos (fairs, project meetings, Jamul Parade, Fall Festival, Bates Nut Farm fundraiser, County Achievement Night, Santee Swap Meet fundraiser, County Presentation Day, ESDCJF BBQ, …) you would like to share, please send them to and Gene will add them to the web site.  The web site will be updated over the summer as new information is received.


San Diego County 4-H's Website:

June 2017 Issue- CA 4-H Newsletter: