The annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade

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The 4-H Advocacy Club Members, Parents, and Friends had a great time during the Swamp Cabbage Parade on Saturday, February 20, 2014 in celebration of Florida’s State tree, the Cabbage Palm. The annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade kicked off with dozens of floats, marching bands and community groups marching up Bridge Street Saturday morning with Largest Crowds Ever At Swamp Cabbage Festival according to Don Browne, the Southwest Florida Online News-Sunday Mornings.
Thank you to everyone who participated with preparation of the float.
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You are hereby  invited to Our next 4-H meeting scheduled for March 5, 2014.  Bring your friends and have some fun! 
What: The 4-H advocacy Club, is a youth based 4-H club that participates in moot court and mock trial sessions while learning about the courtroom procedures.

Why: While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

Who: The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses. 

When: Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center.

For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at attorneycosmo@outlook.com or 239-233-0222.

Tomorrow – 4-H Advocacy Club Wednesday 30th

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Tomorrow –  4-H Advocacy Club Wednesday 30th

 

Join the 4-H Advocacy Club Wednesday 30, 2013, at the Pioneer Community Center at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   (4:30 p.m.  for Clewiston students arriving by bus).  If anyone needs a ride from Labelle today, please call me at 239-239-0222 and I will pick you up at the Labelle 4-H building at 3:30 (must have parent’s permission to ride with me).

 

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

 

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses.  Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu or cell 239-233-0222.

4-H Advocacy Club – First meeting of the school year!

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Don’t forget TODAY is the first meeting of the school year! 

Join the 4-H Advocacy Club today at the Pioneer Community Center at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   (4:30 p.m.  for Clewiston students arriving by bus).  If anyone needs a ride from Labelle today, please call me at 239-239-0222 and I will pick you up at the Labelle 4-H building at 3:30 (must have parent’s permission to ride with me).

Today’s we will have a brief introduction for new members, applaud our returning members, and kick the year off with opening statements.

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses.  Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu or cell 239-233-0222.

4-H Advocacy Club–Cruella Deville is Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

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Picture from Left to right–Judge Sloan with Joseph Rourks as State Attorney; Samantha Bunting as Cruella Deville; Maggie Gacula as our Star Witness; Zeida C Rabelo as the Defense Counsel; Mary Cosmo 4-H Leader; and Mrs. Rabelo as the Jury Forman.

The 4-H Advocacy Club’s visit to the Hendry County Courthouse was a huge success.  The kids got a complete tour of the courtroom, the jury deliberation room, and even checked out the holding cells.

The kids participated in State v Deville mock trial, which the infamous Cruella Deville was charged with 1 count of puppy napping.  Joseph Rourks was an outstanding prosecutor, who hit a home run with his strong closing statement.  Zeida Rabelo as Defense Counsel put on a great defense for the defendant, the infamous Cruella Deville (played by Samantha Bunting).  In the end, the star witness (played by Maggie Gacula) testified with telling evidence, which resulted in a jury verdict of guilty.  Cruella Devilla was convicted and sentenced to 30 months of jail and 30 months of probation.  Mrs. Cruella Deville was then escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles into the holding cell where she still awaits transport.

A special thank you to Judge Sloan, Court Bailiff Mrs. Barbara, and Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter for assisting with the 4-H Advocacy Club’s first mock trial.  YOU kids truly made the 4-H Advocacy Club a success!  I am so proud of all of you!   Thank you to all of your efforts.

4-H Advocacy Club’s Next Meeting Wednesday, March 20th

4-H Advocacy Club’s Next Meeting Wednesday, March 20th

Wednesday’s agenda we will prepare for our visit with Judge Sloan at the Hendry County Courthouse.  The Club will tour the courthouse and participate in a mock-trial simulation.  The club will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Judge James Sloan.  We will focus on courtroom attire, etiquette, and mock-trial preparation for the classic case of State v Goldilocks.  If you plan to participate in the visit to the courthouse, you are required to attend at least two meeting prior to the day of the visit.  Parent participation is also encouraged but not necessary.  Although, even if your parent(s) will be attending the courtroom trip with the group you will still need a Parent Authorization form, which you may pick up at any meeting.header-logo

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer over to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates. Meetings are twice a month on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu.

 

Next Meeting Wednesday, March 06, 2013, at 4 p.m.

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Wednesday’s agenda will focus on mock trial preparation in the classic State v Goldilocks.  We will also discuss a plan to visit the Hendry County Courthouse next month. If you plan to participate in the visit to the courthouse you will need to pick up a Parent Authorization form for parent permission prior to and day of the feild trip.

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida.  Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer over to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.  Meetings are  twice a month on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center.  For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu.

 

4-H Advocacy Club – Next Meeting Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 4 p.m.

header-logoI hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, 2012, at 4 p.m.   We will discuss the importance of the jury’s role in our courts. We will also explore how a jury is selected.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is for 4-H juniors 8-10, intermediate 11-13, and seniors 14-18.  Join us to learn about our court system, the legal process, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida.  For more information, please contact Mary Cosmo, Club Leader, at 239-233-0222 or by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcls.edu.

4-H Advocacy Club – Next Meeting is Friday, December 14th at 4 p.m.

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Join us on Friday, December 14, 2012, and learn about our court system, the legal process, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida.  Our first informational meeting will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. located at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is for juniors 8-10, intermediate 11-13, and seniors 14-18.  For more information, please contact Mary Cosmo, Club Leader, at 239-233-0222 or by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcls.edu.