A Month of Giving: Peanut Butter Jelly Drive

Clermont County 4-H is partnering with (or competing against, however you want to look at it) Brown and Highland County 4-H to sponsor a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.  We will be collecting donations from November 1-30.  Clubs, organizations, community members, and businesses are encouraged to participate.  However, the 4-H club that donates the most items will win a pizza party for their club! Donations can be dropped off at the Extension Office Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m. or at  the 4-H Recognition Banquet. The items collected will be donated to Empower Youth to be included in the food packs that will be sent home with kids over winter break.

Entrepreneur 4-H SPIN Club

Ohio 4-H is proud to partner with Believe in Ohio (https://believeinohio.org/) to kick off a new STEM- based 4-H SPIN club this fall and winter for high school youth.

This club will meet virtually on Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm starting on 10/27 – 12/15 (skipping Thanksgiving).   Youth will learn about the components of an entrepreneurial business plan and create a STEM-based project and pitch video as the final product.  Projects will be eligible for local ($100-500), regional ($1,000) and state ($5,000) based scholarships.  In Spring 2022 not all scholarships were given out.

Youth who participate will be 2023 4-H members in the county they live in.

To participate in the club, sign up using the link below.
https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6m1FfsTCTRNrNWe

Youth can only miss 2 meetings to be eligible for awards. Youth can also submit their project as a self-determined 4-H project in their own county for county based awards and recognition in summer 2023.

All meetings will be recorded.  Youth will work on their STEM business plans with the help of a STEM advocate from Believe in Ohio from 12/15/22 – 1/31/2023.

More information about the scholarships and program can be found here :
https://believeinohio.org/scholarships/

If you cannot make the Thursday night meetings, you could also participate on your own as an independent student, but would not receive the support of the STEM Advocates, and learning with other 4-H members.
https://believeinohio.org/independent-students/

Deadline Approaching for JFB Applications

As we wrap up the 4-H year, it’s time to start planning the 2023 Clermont County Junior Fair! All members of 4-H, FFA, Scouts and other youth serving organizations, at least 13 years of age, are eligible to apply.  Livestock and general projects committees are accepting new members. All new and retuning members are required to complete an online application.  New members must also submit one reference form, using the link below. Applications are due by Sunday, October 16.  All applicants are required to attend interviews on Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the 4-H Hall. 

2023 Clermont County Junior Fair Board Application

Personal Reference Form for Junior Fair Board

Deadline Extended for 4-H Club Officer Book Submissions

Do you need a couple more days to finalize your club officer book?  The deadline for officer book submissions has been extended to 4:00p.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

Club officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, News Reporter, Health Officer, Safety Officer, Community Service Officer, Historian and Recreation Leader) are encouraged to submit officer books for judging.  Books will be judged on content, neatness, workmanship and creativity, and placed 1st-5th.  Books can be dropped off at the Extension Office, between 8:00a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Officer Book Competition

2023 Junior Fair Board Applications

As we wrap up the 4-H year, it’s time to start planning the 2023 Clermont County Junior Fair! All members of 4-H, FFA, Scouts and other youth serving organizations, at least 13 years of age, are eligible to apply.  Livestock and general projects committees are accepting new members. All new and retuning members are required to complete an online application.  New members must also submit one reference form, using the link below. Applications are due by Sunday, October 16.  All applicants are required to attend interviews on Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the 4-H Hall. 

2023 Clermont County Junior Fair Board Application

Personal Reference Form for Junior Fair Board

2022 Virtual Achievement Form Workshop Hosted by TLC

This fall, Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a virtual Achievement Form Workshop for 4-H members statewide!  The Achievement form is the gateway to county, state, and national 4-H awards, trips and opportunities.

  • October 2, 2022 (6:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom): An informational session will be held, providing a basic overview of the Achievement Form, giving introductory tips for completion, and sharing about potential opportunities available to members who complete and submit their forms.
    • Must register at https://go.osu.edu/AchForm2022 by September 30 to receive Zoom information for the workshop.
    • This session will be recorded for those who cannot attend in live-time.

 More information can also be found at go.osu.edu/TLC.

Mark Your Calendar for 4-H Recognition Banquet

We value our 4-H volunteers and invite them to attend the 2022 Recognition Banquet hosted by the Clermont County 4-H Committee.  The dinner will be held on Friday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building, located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds.  RSVP to OSU Extension 513-732-7070 or burdsall.9@osu.edu by Monday, October 24.

Buy Your Paper Clover in October at TSC

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) will once again partner with Ohio 4-H to feature the Paper Clover fundraiser. The campaign will run Oct. 5–16, and you can show your support by purchasing a paper clover at the Batavia and Milford stores or adding a donation at checkout for all orders made at tractorsupply.com.

Since 2010, TSC’s annual Paper Clover fundraiser has helped raise more than $18 million for 4-H programs across the country, and more than $400,000 has been raised for Ohio 4-H in the past five years alone. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these fundraisers goes back to 4-H, with 90% of the donations going directly to supporting 4-H youth in the state where the paper clover was purchased and the remaining 10% supporting 4-H programming at the national level.

For additional details, visit tractorsupply.com/

National 4-H Week Photo Contest

Start gathering your 2022 4-H photos and get ready to celebrate National 4-H Week! National 4-H Week is scheduled for October 2-8. Clermont County 4-H will be celebrating with a photo contest, showcasing the incredible experiences 4-H offers young people. Share a different photo(s) each day of the week with #Clermont4-H for a chance to win daily prizes! Themes are as follows:

  • Monday, October 3 – Leadership
  • Tuesday, October 4 – 4-H Camps/Trips
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Opportunity for All
  • Thursday, October 6 – 4-H Alumni
  • Friday, October 7 – Clermont County Fair

All photos must be Clermont County 4-H photos from 2022; except for Thursday, which should be 4-H related photos shared by previous 4-H members. A winner will be chosen each day and winning photos will be shared on social media for fans to vote on the grand prize winner!

Seeking Nominations for the Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a new way to become involved with the Clermont County 4-H program?  The Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee is accepting nominations for members to serve the 2023-2025 term.  In order to add a youth voice to the committee, youth nominations are also being accepted.  Youth must be at least 15 years of age and will serve a one year term on the committee.  Members of the 4-H Committee assist in determining the priorities and direction of the local 4-H program, are responsible for planning and conducting 4-H events, assisting with fundraisers, and promoting the 4-H program. Members over 18 years of age must be approved 4-H volunteers or agree to complete the 4-H volunteer process. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the committee, please complete the nomination form below before Monday, October 3.

Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee Nomination Form