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Connect With Us: Countywide 4-H Meetings via Zoom

Join us for countywide 4-H meetings via Zoom!

One Sunday a month October – March we will be hosting an Adams County 4-H meeting which will include pledges, program updates and a guest speaker geared toward career exploration.  We have lined up a great list of professionals to share with you about their careers, the training or education required, how they got there and other opportunities within their organization.

Mark your calendars for 3 p.m. on:

Sunday, October 25 – Lieutenant Robert Hayslip, Ohio State Hwy Patrol Batavia Post Commander

Sunday, November 22 – Lauren Worley, P&G Global Newsroom Leader

Sunday, December 6 – Danielle Poe, Director of Behavioral Health, Adams County Health Dept.

Sunday, January 24 – TBA

Sunday, February 28 – TBA

Sunday, March 28 – Kathy Garza Behr, Wildlife Communications Specialist, Ohio Division of Wildlife

After the countywide meeting, clubs will have the option to use private breakout rooms to conduct their own club meeting.  Advisors will receive more information about this opportunity via email.

Log in at https://go.osu.edu/adams4hcareers.  All 4-H Members are invited and encouraged to attend!

Community Service Card Shower

Community service is an essential part of the 4-H Program. Club projects and individual community service fills a need in our community and allows our members to feel good about helping others. Teaching our youth to give back is an invaluable lesson. Many of our usual community service projects were put on hold in 2020, but clubs showed ingenuity and found new, creative ways to be of service.

A community service opportunity that all 4-H members can participate in is a card shower for our local nursing homes. Eagle Creek Nursing home has requested cards for their residents to help brighten their day. With over 600 4-H members in Adams County, I am sure we can shower all of our local nursing home residents. This is an easy, socially distanced, and much needed service. Cards can be homemade or bought and should include a positive message, inspiring quote, or other meaningful words from our members.

You can mail cards to any of these nursing homes and simply address them to Resident.

Eagle Creek Nursing Home
141 Spruce Lane
West Union, OH 45693

Adams County Manor
10856 State Rte 41
West Union, OH 45693
Attn: Anita

Monarch Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation
299 Commerce Drive
Seaman, OH 45679

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

The Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign runs from Oct. 7-18. Visit our West Union Tractor Supply to participate. Customers can purchase a paper clover at checkout and 90% of funds come back to Ohio counties to support scholarships for camp and leadership programs. To keep kids safe this fall, there will be no in-store promotions.

4-H Club Scrapbooks Go Virtual

4-H Club Scrapbooks will be accepted in virtual formats for 2020!  Scrapbooks are a fun way to gather and share your club’s accomplishments and memories for the year.  They allow members to be creative, show their personalities, and celebrate their achievements.  Each year the 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors a 4-H Club Scrapbook contest with cash awards going to the clubs with the top 3 scrapbooks.

This year we have decided to go virtual with scrapbooks!  Your club can submit a PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, or other virtual formatted collection of your favorite photos, memories, and designs.  Be creative!  Have members and families submit pictures and ideas, include snapshots taken by volunteers, or create your own unique design.  Please be sure submissions are accessible and easy to view.  Scrapbooks can be submitted at go.osu.edu/AdamsClubScrapbook.  4-H Club Scrapbooks are due October 31 and winners will be announced during our fall advisor training.

Traditional scrapbooks will also be accepted and should be submitted to the Extension office by 4 p.m. October 31.

 

Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders Meeting

Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet via Zoom Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m. You must pre-register to have Zoom access. Go to go.osu.edu/AdamsJuniorLeadersRSVP to register. Meeting link will be sent to the email provided during registration.  The topic for this month will be Coping with COVID:  Mental, Social, and Emotional Wellness for Teens. We will also have some fun and destress. Come hang out with us virtually!

 

Adams County youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join Junior Leaders. Our focus is on developing leadership, citizenship, and community service, as well as providing wholesome and fun activities for teens. Follow our Facebook page at Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders for information about upcoming activities and events. For more information about joining Junior Leaders, contact advisor, Joy Young Bauman or 4-H Extension Educator, Kristy Watters.

 

Exploration Kits from Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp

Did you miss Summer Camp? We did! Because we missed exploring our natural world during camp we decided to offer Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Exploration Kits. The kits are specifically designed for youth ages 8 to 11, but can be adapted for use with all ages.

There will be one kit per month October through December, each containing 3-4 activities per kit. The kits will include instructions and all supplies needed to complete the activities to go with that month’s theme. The themes are: October – Ohio Trees, November – Native American History, and December – Hunting Fossils. Each kit will be $20 and must be ordered by the 25th of the month preceding. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided.
Please go to go.osu.edu/explorationkits to order yours today! Deadline for October kit is Friday, September 25.

 

Going Green for Community Service Update

We know many of you have been collecting plastic lids for our Going Green for Community Service project.  COVID derailed our original intent to collect lids at club meetings, and clean and weigh them together. Then the company had a fire in their facility. We aren’t letting that stop us though! We have placed a green can outside our office door to collect plastic lids. Please be sure the lids are clean and dry before you drop them in the can. They will be stored until we are able to get together to process the lids according to Green Tree Plastics specifications.

Please be sure you are only saving plastic lids that are on the acceptable list seen here.

4-H Advisory Committee Applications Due September 1

The Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee plays an important role in our 4-H Program.  The Advisory Committee is charged with providing advice to the 4-H Professionals, helps assess the needs of the youth in our county and develops programming to meet those needs.  The Committee helps sets policies and procedures for the county program, plans and runs activities and raises funds to make those activities possible.

Our Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee helps make our 4-H Program great!  They coordinate events like Skillathon and Kids College, provide a partial scholarship to every Adams County 4-H Camper and meet on a regular basis to continually evaluate the needs of our 4-Hers.  Volunteers and Youth that currently serve inlcude:  Dave Baker, Kim Baker, Joy Bauman, Carlie Cluxton, Emily Collett, Summer Drummond, Marcheta Ferguson, Judy Hawkins, Sam Kimmerly, Teresa Lewis, Linda Louiso, Bonnie Simpkins, Erin Simpkins, Donnie Swayne, Erica Swearingen and Matthew Swearingen.  I appreciate these members for their dedication and their willingness to provide leadership to our county Program.

We currently have vacancies on the Committee which is made up of fifteen 4-H Volunteers, elected by their peers to a three year term, and four youth 4-H members, appointed by the committee to fill a one year term.  If you are a current, approved 4-H volunteer and interested in becoming more involved in the Program, please consider applying to serve on the Advisory Committee.   Applications can be found on the Adams County Extension website under 4-H polices and forms.  They should be submitted to the Extension Office by September 1st.  We will hold an election virtually in October 2020 to elect five adult members.  All current volunteers will receive a unique link at the email address they have on file with the Extension Office to vote for up to five committee members.

Youth Advisory Committee Membership applications are also available at adams.osu.edu under 4-H policies and forms.  All active 4-H members are eligible to apply for membership and will be appointed at the September Advisory Committee meeting to serve a term from October 1 – September 30.

If you are interested, please reach out to Kristy or a current Committee member.  We would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Beef BBQ: An Adams County Tradition Continues

The Adams County Beef BBQ committee met last night to finalize plans for the 2020 Beef BBQ to be held Thursday, September 3 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center.  This year’s event will be held with drive thru service only.  You will be able to purchase your tickets and receive your meals without ever leaving the comfort of your car. Menu will include roast beef sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans and potato chips.  Tickets are $9 for adults (two sandwiches) or $7 for kids (one sandwich).

The BBQ has been a long running tradition in Adams County dating back to 1962.  Corbett Phipps, Becky Foster, the BBQ Committee, FFA Chapters from all five county high schools, the OVCTC Restaurant Management class and a hoard of 4-H and community volunteers work together to make the BBQ happen each year.  This year we will be taking extra precautions including the new drive-thru only delivery system.

If you are interested in learning how the process works, be sure to tune in to c103 on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 a.m. to hear Corbett and Becky talk about the ins and outs of firing the pit, getting the beef ready to cook and serving 1200 hungry supporters.

All proceeds of the Adams County Beef BBQ go to Junior Fair improvements.  We hope to see you there!

Junior Fair Board: Fair and a Whole Lot More

If you’ve been to the Adams County Fair you’ve probably seen Junior Fair Board members in the barns, around the show ring or working in the office.  They are pretty easy to identify, not only because of their matching shirts and smiling faces, but because they are often the ones doing the work to make things happen fair week.  In Adams County we are fortunate to have a Junior Fair Board that helps run Junior Fair.  They work the make up ring, take over the mic and log weights.  You can find them in the office answering questions, on the computer helping finish show bills or in the barns helping our youth move livestock.  During fair week they log a ton of hours and do a lot of heavy lifting, but Junior Fair Board is a whole lot more.

Our fair year starts at the October meeting.  This is our organizational meeting each year where we welcome new members, fill empty board seats and elect our new officer team.  Over the past three years we have grown as a board to now include 36 members from 4-H, FFA, Scouts, FCCLA and SkillsUSA.  This diversity in groups and members help make us a stronger board, with each member having different experiences and expertise.  Through the fall and winter we work hard to come together as a board, form committees and start planning for fair.  Planning means making lots of decisions.  Each suggestion that is submitted during fair and through early October is reviewed, discussed and voted on by the Junior Fair Board and their recommendations are forwarded to Senior Fair Board.  Our Junior Fair program is truly a youth led organization.

In January we send a delegation of our members to the annual Ohio Fair Manager’s Conference for Junior Fair Day.  This is a terrific opportunity for professional development, gathering new ideas and sharing some of our own strengths with Junior Fair Boards from across the state.  Members who attend are asked to share with the full board something they learned that could help improve and grow our own county fair.  We’ve had some really great ideas, interesting suggestions and a whole lot of laughs come out of this Columbus trip.

As soon as the calendar turns to spring, we start hitting the pavement.  Our Junior Fair Board members are responsible for soliciting donations for all those terrific awards we hand out fair week.  This involves writing letters, making personal contact with many of the donors, and thanking them for their continued support of the youth in our communities.  Spring also brings weigh-ins, tag-ins and clinics.  Everything from unloading trailers, to tattooing livestock to recording weights is handled by our Junior Fair Board members and advisors.  Again, these events couldn’t happen without those who show up and do the work.

And then we get to fair season.  Junior Fair work days have become one of my favorite experiences.  In two days we clean, weed, plant, bed, paint and organize everything we can get our hands on.  With the help of our Ag teachers, 4-H Clubs and Senior Fair Board, we make sure the grounds are ready and waiting when move in day arrives.

It sounds like a ton of work, right?  Well, I’m not going to lie, it is a lot of work.  It’s also a whole lot of fun.  Most members come onto the board early in their high school career and keep coming back until they age out.  During our monthly meetings we work hard, we laugh a lot and we form friendships.  You gain leadership experience, conflict resolution, and communication skills.  Junior Fair Board is some serious on the job training that you can’t get anywhere else.

If you are interested in joining us on the 2021 Adams County Junior Fair Board, download the application here.  Completed applications are due September 1 to the Extension Office or by emailing watters.92@osu.edu.  You must be at least a freshman in high school and active in an Adams County Junior Fair organization to apply.  If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Kristy or a current Junior Fair Board member.  Hope to see you around the board table!