This past year the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment board has been extremely busy. First, our annual fund raising effort was held in mid-June at the Miller Farm Shop near Pleasantville. With nearly 300 individuals in attendance, we were able to raise over $20,000 for the 4-H Endowment funds. Those funds will ultimately help to sponsor trips, educational events and purchase program supplies for youth currently enrolled in the Fairfield County 4-H program.
Fast forward to Sunday, October 7, 2018 and the 4-H Endowment board gathered again to help kick off the Fairfield County Fair with a pancake flippin’ good time awareness Breakfast. Again, nearly 300 early morning 4-H members, parents and friends enjoyed the donation breakfast. It has become a tradition and a great way to start the Fairfield County Fair.
During the 4-H Panorama, the 4-H Endowment board presented a check for over $4,200.00 from interest earned at the Ohio State University 4-H Endowment Account. Those funds will be used at the discretion of the 4-H Advisory Committee for expenses within the Fairfield County 4-H program.
The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment board is comprised of 16 individuals whose children have completed their 4-H careers or those with children/grandchildren still involved in 4-H project work. The mission of the Endowment is to generate funds sufficient to endow a 4-H Educator position in Fairfield County and also provide financial support for the 4-H youth development program, thus allowing the 4-H tradition to continue for generations to come.
Endowment accounts are currently in place at The Ohio State University as well as the Fairfield County Foundation. Recently the Endowment Board was pleased to learn that with generous support of our donors the Ohio State University account reached our $100,000.00 year end goal.
Thank you to all who have supported our events, whether you have given of your time, talents or financial support we are THANKFUL for YOU!!
In addition, during the 2018 Junior Fair Livestock Auction, many of the youth selling their livestock began “giving back” by making a donation to the 4-H Endowment Fund throughout the course of the two day sale.
This note, simply written on the back of a 4-H Endowment Donation form received at the Auction stand should stop each and every one of us in our tracks. “Thankful for the person that 4-H has shaped me to be.” This simple note certainly makes you stop and think about how many people may have impacted this young man’s life for him to simply begin to “give back” during his final walk thru the Fairfield County Fair Jr. Fair Auction ring.
What are you THANKFUL for and how could you begin to “give back?”
If you have questions about the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment or the committee work, please contact any of the Endowment Board members listed on this blog.