Going & Growing Newsletter
Winter 2012-2013 - Vol. XI - No. 1
This is the time of year when many of us will consider making a resolution
to enact some sort of change in our lives. While I would love to start
going to the gym or learn a new language, this year my resolution will
be to communicate more, whether with family, friends, or new acquaintances.
Every year the officer team has a January planning meeting, which will
come at the perfect time for me to put this resolution into action by
really getting to know the new Vice President and Regional Directors.
While most of the people in my current friend circle know about my involvement
in NJHA, I also want to start talking to other students, particularly
those in my major, Plant Science, about the opportunities of joining NJHA.
One of the saddest parts of going to convention and meeting new friends
is having to wait an entire year to see them again. If I get the people
who go to school and work with me involved, then I can relive the great
memories from convention with them, talk about the things we learned together,
and share new plant experiences with them throughout the year! I challenge
you to join me in making new connections to the people who you live next
door to or share a class with. Together, we can all help to keep NJHA
going and growing.
Over the past two months I have been embracing my new post. Interacting
with Youth Coordinators is my favorite part of the job. Many convention-goers
were eager to be Youth Coordinators. I find it easy to work with such
I started a Quiz Picture program on Facebook as an interactive game to
keep Youth Coordinators involved. I post a picture of a plant and participants
“comment” their answer. This is slightly similar to the Honors Plant Identification
Youth Coordinators experience as competitors. I try to challenge their
knowledge by digging up tough samples. Anyone can participate in the fun.
Even other Officers join in the game.
I really look forward to NJHA events. The Youth Officer Team winter meeting
is scheduled and I am ready! I view the meeting as an NJHA family reunion
and opportunity to get some work done. My favorite thing about NJHA is
the people I have become acquainted with due to my involvement.
When considering which plants to use for attracting birds in winter ,
thoughts first turn to the hollies. Evergreen hollies are a favorite choice
for attracting birds. The colorful berries and thick, dense foliage provide
a source of food and cover for our feathered friends, while enhancing
the beauty of a yard. If that doesn’t suit you, the deciduous Winterberry
Holly may be worth a try. Its brilliant red berries appear in the fall
and often last through winter. Just be sure to include some males for
pollination. Robins, flickers, bluebirds, and catbirds, among others,
enjoy its fruits. If you try the California native Christmasberry Holly,
or Toyon, your efforts will likely be rewarded by a number of bluebird
visitors, as well as waxwings, mockingbirds, and others. Plentiful berries
are also provided by the Barberry, or Berberis. The thorns also provide
hiding places from predators, for the birds, and protection for the plant
from deer, which is certainly a plus, when considering a budget for landscaping.
Something different? Bird lovers should consider adding Redosier Dogwood
to the landscape birds may well find berries on the on these plants into
the winter months. Not to mention, that this a landscapers dream, with
striking red stems and twigs, that stand out beautifully against the white
snow. An even more exotic splash in the winter landscape may be provided
by the Korean fir. Unfortunately, not a candidate for locales with hot
and humid summers, the fir’s strikingly covered cones, provide fruit for
many happy birds throughout the winter. Perhaps the Korean Fir- or another
one of these beautiful plants- is just what you need to attract birds
to your winter garden!
Hi, my name is Lexi Gegare and I am your National Secretary. I am a senior
at Milton High School in Milton, Wisconsin where I am active in FFA and
show choir. I am also involved in 4-H and the Grange. It was so nice to
meet so many people from all over the country at the 2012 convention and
it was especially fun for me since it was in my home state. If you were
unable to attend this past convention, you missed out on a great time.
But now it is on the Williamsburg, Virginia and the 2013 convention. The
officer team and host committee have already begun preparations for your
time in Virginia. This will definitely be a convention you won’t want
What ways are you sharing your excitement about NJHA with others?? I recently
attended the National Grange convention in Boise, Idaho and was able to
talk to many youth and adults about NJHA and the relationship our 2 organizations
have. Many Grangers are familiar with NJHA, but not sure if there is any
participation in their state. So, I challenge you to find a Grange in
your area and give a talk about the opportunities with NJHA. They would
welcome the chance for a young person to give a presentation to their
group. If you need some help finding a Grange or are not sure what to
say or just want to tell me how it’s going, I would be glad to hear from
you. Also, don’t forget about the NJHA face book page. It’s a great way
for all of us to stay connected.
Hope to hear from you soon,
NJHA National Secretary
Hi there, I am Debbie Gegare and I am your National Co-Advisor. I live
in Wisconsin with my daughter, mom and 2 cats. We had a great time at
convention this year in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. It was neat to see
a cranberry bog up close and ride the “Ducks”. We have started to prepare
for your 2013 National Convention in Williamsburg, Virginia. I look forward
to the Officer team meeting in January as we start another year in NJHA.
We have a great officer team this year and I encourage you to get to know
them. They will be working hard to strength the Youth Coordinator program
and to get more states involved in NJHA. They will be asking you for articles
to make regional newsletters, involvement in discussions on the face book
page and participation in national convention duties. Start making your
plans for Williamsburg now and plan on getting connected to the Officer
Team. We would love to hear from all of you.