Working on Woodworking?

Are you an advisor whose members are taking woodworking? A parent with a child enrolled in woodworking? Specific projects include:

Measuring Up #556
Making The Cut #557
Nailing It Together #558
Finishing Up #559
Woodworking Master #560A

Last year at the Ohio State Fair, 39 4-H youth were not considered for final placings because they used ineligible tools. Check out the Ohio State 4-H Woodworking Guidelines to make sure tools youth wish to use for their specific project are allowed.

4-H Educator Life: Enrollment Season

There’s always a lot of excitement and enthusiasm that comes along with a new 4-H year! The 4-H enrollment process is always a bit of chaos mixed with the constant sound of phones ringing – and this year was even more so with the change to family enrollment via 4HOnline.

As the enrollment period comes to an end (the deadline is tomorrow, March 15), I want to say a huge thank you to our 4-H family for your patience, understanding and willingness to learn with us in this new process! We’ve all learned a lot this year and I’m confident next year’s process will be smoother. We will have finalized enrollment MUCH earlier and be able to ensure all families are getting information sooner!

  • 4-H Volunteers – Thank you for being creative in finding ways to help your youth and families enroll in 4-H – from meetings at schools with iPads to inviting families to bring laptops and hook up to your WiFi, your efforts do not go unnoticed. We are so thankful to have you as part of our team!
  • 4-H Families – Thank you for sticking with us, asking questions and having patience! We are glad you’ve decided to participate in 4-H and we’re looking forward to a great year.
  • Office Staff –
    • Stefanie coordinated with Tracy Nider at the State 4-H Office to help training our volunteers as data managers. had the idea to set up help nights at the county library branches and was able to help a few families on each date. She has answered many phone calls and had extra help sessions with volunteers.
    • HUGE shout out to our Office Associate Debbie for her support in this entire process. If you didn’t know it, Debbie is the reason all of your information was in there when you initially logged in! She has been our county 4-H data manager for many years. We’ve had some people comment about how it’s nice that “the system” does something – she is the one behind it all. Her familiarity with the system and willingness to help folks who call, walk in, e-mail has been a tremendous help. If you get a chance in the next few weeks, please tell Debbie thank you! She has handled this transition while managing her other duties as well.

Yours in 4-H,



4-H Educator Life: Ohio 4-H Conference & Plowboy Prom

As I type this post, I’m sitting with a group of 4-H parents, as well as Junior Leaders Advisors James & Susan McDonald, at Ohio State Collegiate 4-H’s annual Plowboy Prom. Attending Plowboy Prom has been a tradition for Junior Leaders for many years – I’d guess many who read this will have fond memories of this event. I enjoy sitting back and watching our teens have fun line dancing, square dancing and getting to know each other a little better, while sharing conversation with the adults. Every once in a while, you will catch me on the dance floor!

Between this and attending the Ohio 4-H Conference today, it’s been a day full of my favorite things about this job – enjoying my 4-H family, from our youth and volunteers, to colleagues and friends from around Ohio. I also love sharing what’s happening in Muskingum County.

At the conference, I had the opportunity to teach a session called “Grow 4-H in Your County” with a colleague I greatly admire. Jessica Rockey (4-H Educator in Perry County) and I shared ideas for promoting 4-H, including our 4-H Kick-Off events.

Then one of my career goals came true – I wanted to do a presentation at the Ohio 4-H Conference with some of our youth. I worked with Camp Counselors Keirsten Jackson and Samantha Mozena to create a presentation on our Campbassador program and everything we have done to promote camp the last couple years. I had the opportunity to present with them twice today to groups of about 20 counselors and adult volunteers from all over Ohio. It was so cool to see these two outstanding teen leaders exude confidence and enthusiasm as they shared about our camping program! One volunteer from Coshocton County told me it was the best session she attended all day and they can’t wait to implement a similar program there.

Until next time,


This Week in 4-H: Reminders for March 12-18

Deadline & Activity Reminders 

Monday, March 12 – Horse Safety & Ethics Program, Extension Office – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Required for all first year horse members!

Tuesday, March 13 – 4HOnline Enrollment Help Session, Dresden Branch Library, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14 – Camp Team Meeting #3, Extension Office – Campbassadors 5:15 p.m., Everyone 6-8 p.m.

Thursday, March 15 – 4-H Enrollment Deadline

OSU Junior Swine Day

OSU Junior Swine Day is a great educational opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H swine projects.

It will be held in two locations on March 25 – OSU Columbus and OSU ATI Wooster, with the same sessions offered at each location.

Registration is due by March 19 and is $10.00 per person.

More details can be downloaded on the State 4-H Animal Science page.

Registration Flyer

Opportunity with Ohio 4-H International Program

Looking for some new fun and educational excitement this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 23 – Aug. 17)

The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! Host families should have their own child aged 10-15 who will serve as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required. The focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities. Medical insurance is provided. Youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.) For more information, please visit or contact


4-H Club Officer Resources

As club officers are elected this year, there are resources to help them be prepared for their role.

Ohio 4-H has training videos and officer handbooks for several officer positions, including:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • News Reporter
  • Health Officer
  • Safety Officer
  • Historian
  • Recreation Leader
  • Community Service Officer

There are also resources available on parliamentary procedure!

Club Paperwork Deadline: March 15


The following documents are due to our office by March 15.

  • Club Information Sheet: This sheet requires information about your club including: club name, organizational advisor contact information, club contact information, club financial information, club meeting information and club officers.
  • Club Constitution and By-laws: 4-H Club Constitutions need to be reviewed annually by current club members and adopted. Clubs must use the 4-H Club Constitution provided by Ohio 4-H which is available in a fillable form on our website. Club By-laws are optional but encouraged as they provide clubs the opportunity to make guidelines specific to their club. If your club has by-laws, they need to be reviewed and adopted annually as well. Currently signed copies of the Constitution and By-laws must be submitted to the Extension Office for your club file. It is encouraged to provide a copy for each member and have one copy signed by all members and kept by the organizational volunteer.
  • 4-H Club Charter: 4-H National Headquarters and Ohio 4-H Youth Development requires that all clubs be chartered. Clubs must have a minimum of 5 members from at least 3 different families to be a chartered clubs
  • Dog Permission Forms
  • Permission to Participate in 4-H Horse Activities
  • Winning 4-H Plan Requests

Forms can be found on our website under 4-H Youth Development>Club Resources.

Scholarships Available for Youth to Attend DairyPalooza

The Muskingum County Dairy Promoters have announced that they will pay the registration fee for interested youth dairy exhibitors to attend DairyPalooza this year. Please contact Dairy Promoters treasurer Pam Mitchell (740-796-3942) to make arrangements.

What is DairyPalooza?

• An all-day hands-on educational dairy program put on by a group of 4-H dairy volunteers from across Ohio

• State-certified Quality Assurance provided as part of the program, using the Good Production Practices selected by Ohio 4-H to create interactive educational sessions on each point
• Sessions on pertinent and popular dairy topics, such as showmanship, fitting and grooming, animal handling, dairy cattle welfare, dairy nutrition, milk quality, breeding, and more
• Cloverbud programs run all day and adult sessions are held during Quality Assurance in the morning, to provide all attendees with chances to learn something new

When and where is DairyPalooza held?
April 21, 2018
Wayne County Fairgrounds
Wooster, Ohio

Where can I find updates and information about DairyPalooza?
On the web:
On Facebook:

How do I register for DairyPalooza?
Visit the website to download a registration form. Pre-registrations are due by April 6, 2018. The cost for pre-registration is $6 per person. Late- or walk-in registration is $10 per person.

Both adults and youth must register for the program.

Pre-registrations include a DairyPalooza t-shirt, guaranteed resource materials, and lunch. Late- or walk-in registrations include lunch only, and will receive resource materials while supplies last

Reminder: 4-H Enrollment Deadline is March 15!

REMINDER! The 4-H enrollment deadline is Thursday, March 15. 

Since enrollment is online this year, members must submit enrollments and be approved by the Club Data Manager by the deadline. The 4HOnline system will close at 11:59 p.m. on March 15.

Other enrollment information due March 15:

  • Cross County Lines Requests: ALL non-Muskingum County youth must complete the Cross County Line Application and be approved by Educators in both the county of request and county of residence before their enrollment will be accepted. Requests must be approved by the March 15 enrollment deadline. It is recommended that request forms be turned in at least two weeks in advance of this deadline to allow adequate time to be processed.
  • Dog Permission Forms: Dog Permission Form must be completed and submitted for all youth enrolled in a dog project (except 200 All About Dogs) before their enrollment will be approved.
  • Permission to Participate in 4-H Horse Activities: Previously included in the Horse Registration packet due June 15, this form must be completed and submitted for all youth enrolled in a horse project (except 173 Horseless Horse) before their enrollment will the approved.
  • Winning 4-H Plan Request Forms: The Winning 4-H Plan enables youth to tailor the 4-H experience to their needs and helps maintain a positive relationship between the youth’s family, 4-H volunteers, and the county 4-H professionals. See the Family Handbook, page 6 for more details.