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A letter From Meg:
I hope this email finds you all safe and healthy. It is very challenging to come up with words that would be adequate to
describe what has been happening in the world for the past 6 weeks. Personally my emotions have run the gamut from
scared, to encouraged, to overwhelmed, to proud, to lonely, to excited, to sadness, to accomplished, to bored, to hopeful
and many more. A little recap of our timeline as it regards to State of Wisconsin, COVID-19, and Extension and 4-H
**March 11 – UW Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announces cancellation or postponement of ALL Extension and
4-H programming through April 10.
**March 13 – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers closes all schools beginning March 18 until at least April 6.
**March 16 – Interim Dean and Director Karl Martin announced ALL Division of Extension Employees will
telecommute (work offsite from their primary office) until at least April 10. Extended through the end of May.
**March 23 – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declares a statewide Safer At Home Executive Order. All individuals
ordered to stay home, EXCEPT those defined as essential or critical employees, in place until at least April 24.
**March 23 – Sauk County Board limits access to West Square Building. County staff will now be working offsite.
**April 8 – Interim Dean and Director Karl Martin declares all in-person 4-H programs and activities planned
through June 1 are cancelled or postponed. Also, large events (greater than 50 people) planned through the
end of June must be cancelled or postponed.

Throughout this ever-changing situation, I have been communicating with you as members and leaders as news, updates
and their impacts on the Sauk County 4-H Program. Your patience and understanding with timelines is greatly appreciated.
In order to help streamline requests from the 4-H program, members, leaders and families: please contact Meg at
margaret.sage@wisc.edu or 608-963-1889 with your 4-H related questions and requests. We now have
EXTREMELY limited access to the West Square Building.

Club Leaders and Project Leaders are working through different ways to connect with our members and leaders. We had
a great Leader meeting on March 31 where we discussed various options whether that is a virtual meeting; having youth
record a demonstration or 2; have youth lead virtual project meetings; encouraging youth to complete project work using
project curriculum; and other exciting upcoming opportunities.


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