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