The Power of a Thank You Note….

In today’s climate of “masks or no masks” it is often difficult to share a simple smile. So, when is the last time you picked up a pen and paper and wrote a note of thanks to someone who made your day a little brighter and a little better?

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board is just like every other group who has cancelled their one and only major fund raiser in 2020, but still knew there was just a little something more they could do. With a lot of faith in community, we announced the cancellation of the 11th Annual Endowment Dinner. We then asked the community to help us help each of the 1,000 4-H youth in Fairfield County pay of their County 4-H dues. Did the community step up..they sure did!! The $5,000 dollars needed was raised and we even have a good start on dues for 2021. But the investment was not just about County 4-H dues, it was all about teaching our young people the importance of a simple thank you.

If you will recall, at the 2019 Fairfield County Fair, the Thank You Note Project was a major display in the AgMazing Agriculture building. Knowing the dedication of our 4-H families, we hoped the ability write a note to say thanks might catch on. And it did, over 300 thank you notes were written to sponsors of awards, mentors, teachers and even buyers at the livestock auction. The Endowment Committee paid the postage for all of those thank you notes sent in 2019 and plan to do the same in 2020.

It remains to be seen what the Thank You Note Project might look like at the 2020 Fair. But the simple gesture of saying “Thank You” should never get lost, even during a pandemic. We are so proud of our 4-H youth and the Wild About Animals 4-H club for believing in the power of a Thank You Note.

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Community Generosity = County 4-H Dues Paid for all 4-H Club members!!

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board would like to thank all of our donors for your generous support of their effort to pay for County 4-H dues for the youth enrolled in the Fairfield County 4-H Program in 2020.  We have reached our goal and are well on our way to paying for the 2021 dues too.  The enthusiasm and support for this one-time “give back” to 4-H members was amazing.  We simply cannot say thank you enough for your generosity.

So, here is a little perspective of how those dues dollars have been used:

  • Several of you chose to invest in our long term goal of empowering youth for many years to come thru your contributions made to the Fairfield County Foundation 4-H Endowment Fund and the Fairfield County 4-H Ohio State University Fund. Thank you for helping to Leave a Legacy for future generations!!
  • There were 103 youth enrolled in a virtual 4-H Camp in June, you helped to purchase a few of the supplies for their virtual camp experience.
  • Your dollars helped to sponsor 4-H Family Guides for every one of the families enrolled in the Fairfield County 4-H Program.
  • In addition, monies for County Dues also provided flag sets to all new County 4-H Clubs, and judges for all the Summer Judging that will be happening in the middle of July.

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact any one of the Endowment Board members.  Or, if you would like to make a donation, simply send a check to the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment at PO Box 564, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

Again, the support for our one time giving initiative during COVID 19 Pandemic was outstanding!  We sincerely thank you for believing in the Fairfield County 4-H program and the 1,000 youth it serves.

 

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The 4-H Legacy Dinner; In spirit only this year

This evening, on the eve of what could have and should have been the 11th Annual Fairfield County 4-H Endowment’s Legacy Dinner most of us are at home eating what Dennis the Menace calls “groceries again!” Everyone on the Endowment Board and our 300 guests always look forward to sharing this fun evening of good food and good friends to raise funds to continue the legacy and tradition of the 4-H Program.

This year it is different, there is no Legacy Dinner due to COVID-19 and the Endowment Board decided in mid-April to cancel the Dinner. The Board knew there was absolutely no way to adequately have social distancing measures in place. But over the year’s what fun we have had!!!

In 2020, due to the pandemic the Endowment Board met virtually and decided a new initiative was in order. A one-time ask for donations to help cover the cost of County-Wide Dues for every member of the Fairfield County 4-H program. Our goal was $5,000.00 for 1,000 youth in the 4-H program. Today, on the eve of what would have been the June 11, 2020 Legacy Dinner we have not only reached but exceeded the goal!! Thank you to all of those who have donated to help us reach the goal of paying 4-H dues for our 4-H youth. Thank you for believing what every member of the Endowment Board believes..in the end, it is really all about the kids!!

If you would like to donate, the donations received in excessive of the $5,000 amount needed will be used for County Wide Dues for 4-H Clubs in 2021. You can send your donation directly: Fairfield County 4-H Endowment  P.O. Box 564, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or contact any of our Board members for more information.

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4-H Legacy Dinner Cancelled

To our friends and supporters of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment, we thank you for your continued support of all our efforts. After much careful and thoughtful consideration, the 4-H Endowment Board has decided to cancel the 11th annual 4-H Legacy Dinner which was originally scheduled for June 11, 2020 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This is the result of extreme caution and the concerns for safe distancing and the co-mingling of large numbers of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please watch your mailbox for a communication from the Endowment Committee offering a giving opportunity that will ultimately assist 4-H Clubs with payment of their county-wide 4-H dues. Again, we sincerely thank you for your support of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment and their activities.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the Endowment Board members.

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Are you ready to “Get your Give On?”

30-Hours of Giving, December 3rd at 8am – December 4th at 2pm

#GivingTuesday is a nationwide movement to raise awareness of community philanthropy and encourage spending with a purpose. Similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to designate a day dedicated to giving back, where people will take collaborative action to improve their local communities, support their favorite charities and causes, and help create a better world.

In Fairfield County, we celebrate #GivingTuesday with the 30-Hour Give through the Fairfield County Foundation. This year the Fairfield County Foundation is ready to help local community members increase their impact by awarding $30,000 in gifts, matching donations made over 30 hours, starting December 3 at 8am and running through December 4 at 2pm.

For the last six years, the Fairfield County Foundation has participated in #GivingTuesday, inspiring our local community members to work together to improve the community and Continue reading

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The 4-H Legacy ‘Giving Tree’

The ‘Giving Tree’ offers another alternative for folks to give back to 4-H. In this brief video, Sherry Kilbarger explains how money, up to a total of $1000, donated to the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment through the ‘Giving Tree’ will be matched by Ohio State, thus, doubling the value of your donation.

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Why Do These Local Businessmen Choose to ‘Give Back?’

Have you ever wondered why a couple of local businessmen might feel it important to find a way to give back to their 4-H roots? Connie visits with Fairfield County 4-H alums Ron Ruff and Steve Eversole and explores why they take time each year to participate in the activities of the 4-H Endowment Board, and the annual Legacy Dinner and Auction.

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There’s an opportunity for everyone to help “leave a legacy!”

The 2019 4-H Endowment Dinner is less than 1 month away!! Please mark your calendar for Thursday, June 13 and plan to join us at the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau Building on the Historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds for our Annual Legacy Dinner & Auction.

Can you believe this will be the 10th Anniversary of Legacy Dinner celebrations that have been held for the benefit the 4-H Youth of Fairfield County? The goal of the Endowment Committee remains to raise funds to permanently endow a position for the Fairfield County 4-H program in Fairfield County. This dinner is the major fundraising event hosted by the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board.

We hope you will consider attending the dinner. The cost is $40.00 per ticket or bring a groups of friends and sponsor a table of 8 for $400.00.

Another way to show your support is to Continue reading

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Generous Sponsors Make Legacy Dinner Possible

The Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Dinner might be six week’s away, but the Endowment Board is already busy making plans to be sure the 10th Anniversary Celebration is the best one yet.

The Legacy Dinner and Auction is slated for Thursday, June 13 at the historic Fairfield County Fairgrounds in the Ed Sands/Farm Bureau building. We invite you to mark your calendars now and make plans to attend. This is the only fund-raiser hosted by the 4-H Endowment Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring a bright future for Fairfield County’s 4-H Youth Development program.

Regardless if you can attend the June 13 event, if you would like to assist with our efforts, check out the opportunities to help sponsor the dinner and all that is associated with it posted under the Legacy Dinner event tab linked above.

A special thanks goes out to the folks listed below who have already committed their financial and in-kind support to this year’s Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Legacy Dinner & Auction:

  • Krile Communications for designing and printing the Legacy Dinner invites (to be in your mailbox very soon!!)
  • Beef entrée sponsors: Majors Farm and The Insurance Advisor Group; Taylor Justice and Justin Bachman
  • Pork entrée sponsor: Eversole Builders
  • Lamb entrée sponsors: Leigh and Toni Miller, Kris and Denny Doyle Club Lambs
  • Water and drink station sponsor: Eversole Angus.

Make plans now to join us on June 13 and enjoy an evening of fellowship, while reliving your 4-H memories so that our youth can continue to make their memories!

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