2021 Clermont County 4-H Enrollment is Open!

4-H Online is new and improved for 2021!  Though the layout is different, most of features are still the same. It is also more mobile friendly –so it is easier to access on a mobile phone or smaller tablet.  While youth can join 4-H anytime throughout the year, in order to be eligible to exhibit at the Clermont County Fair, members must enroll by March 15, 2021.  It’s important to note that club advisors may have established an earlier date for club purposes.

Click the link below to access the new enrollment database.  You can bookmark the site as it will replace the old database URL.

4-H Online 2.0

RETURNING Families will use the email address that is on file with the Extension office and the password previously created for 4-H Online.  If you don’t remember your password, you can choose “reset password” on the home page of 4-H Online.  If you are not sure which email address you use, please contact the office or your club advisor.  If you have been in 4-H before, please do NOT create a new profile.

Returning Member Enrollment Help Video

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for Returning Members

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for Returning Volunteers

NEW families, those who have not previously been involved with 4-H, will need to create a new profile following the instructions below.

New Member Enrollment Help Video

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for New Members

If you are looking for a new project or still trying to decide what to take, check out the “What’s your 4-H?” Quiz!

If you have questions, please contact the Extension Office at 513-732-7070.

Miami Valley Club Leadership Training

4-H members interested in learning about club leadership positions, running for a club office or gaining more leadership skills, are encouraged to participate in the Miami Valley Club Leadership Training.  We will share officer resources, practice Parliamentary Procedure and offer tips, tricks and resources for hosting virtual club meetings.  Register at the link below before 4:30 p.m. on February 11.

Click here to register!

4-H In-Person Meetings & Events Guidelines Updated

As we begin the new year, the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated to reflect current guidance from Ohio State University and health officials. Beginning SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, the following is in effect:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.  To provide six feet of physical distance between individuals, the occupancy of meeting spaces must be decreased by half
  • Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted

Any time a county is designated a Level 4 Public Health Emergency (color-coded purple) or is approaching purple (red with an asterisk) by the Ohio Department of Health, all in-person 4-H
club meetings and events must be held virtually or postponed until the designation changes to Level 3 or below. On January 14, Clermont County was designated as “approaching purple.”  Therefore, all 4-H meeting and events must remain virtual until our county designation lowers.

Find details and updated guidelines at  Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events

 

 

2021 4-H Volunteer Training

Returning 4-H volunteers are invited to attend our virtual volunteer trainings.  As a reminder, all volunteers must complete at least one of the live training sessions OR complete the approved online training by March 1, in order to maintain their volunteer status.  The dates and details for each training are listed below.

  • 4-H Volunteer Training
    Thursday, February 11, at 10:00 a.m.

    Topics include: 4-HOnline 2.0, club resources and Policy 1.50.
    Click here to register
  • 4-H Volunteer Training
    Thursday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m.

    Topics include: 4-HOnline 2.0, club resources and Policy 1.50.
    Click here to register
  • Cloverbud Volunteer Training
    Tuesday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.

    Topics include: Cloverbuds and Policy 1.50
    Click here to register here
  • Approved Online Training (pre-recorded modules)
    Complete anytime before March 1
    Click here for instructions

New Volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation.  They can attend either the live session scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 or complete the approve online orientation.

  • New Volunteer Orientation
    Wednesday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m. 
    Topics include: About 4-H, Volunteerism, Club Management, Working with Youth, and Risk Management
    Click here to register here
  • Approved Online New Volunteer Orientation (pre-recorded modules)
    Complete anytime before March 1
    Click here for instructions

Clermont County Senior Fair Board Honored as Friend of 4-H

The Clermont County 4-H Committee recognizes the Clermont County Senior Fair Board as the 2020 Friend of 4-H.  The Friend of 4-H award recognizes individuals, families, businesses or organizations for their leadership and support of the Clermont County 4-H program.  The Senior Fair Board has been a longstanding partner in providing a positive youth development experience each year for our 4-H members.  However, the Board stepped up in a big way this year, to ensure that 4-H and FFA members were able to safely exhibit their projects during a global pandemic.

The county fair is the highlight of the summer for many youth as it is the culmination of weeks, months or even years of hard work, learning, practicing, discovering and creating through their 4-H project work. A year’s worth of work, planning and investment goes into putting on a fair.  This year’s fair was complicated by ever-evolving circumstances and guidelines.  The Board of Directors took a risk and made the decision to cancel the Senior Fair and focus their efforts on the heart and soul of their fair, 4-H and FFA youth.

This decision meant the board would not generate revenue to support the 2021 fair, while spending a significant portion of their funds.  It also meant having to find new ways of putting on a fair; implementing public health rules, social distancing exhibitors and spectators, enforcing mask wearing and limiting vendors.  While seemingly impossible, board directors, volunteers, parents, youth, businesses and the community pulled together to meet the challenge.  This gave 1,129 youth the opportunity to exhibit their livestock and general projects at the Clermont County Fair!

In addition to this year’s efforts, the Clermont County Senior Fair Board has made significant investments in the improvements of the fairgrounds in just a few short years.  These improvements include the new Holman Livestock Complex, Lykins Pavilion, Rabbit and Poultry Barn and parking lot repairs.

We are continually grateful for our partnership with the Clermont County Senior Fair Board and their support of our 4-H program!

Clermont County 4-H Recognizes Volunteers of the Year

Each year, the Clermont County 4-H Committee awards one deserving 4-H volunteer with the Clermont County 4-H Volunteer of the Year Award.  This special award is designed to recognize an individual whose contributions have made a difference in the overall Clermont County 4-H Program.  Awardees will receive a certificate and their name engraved on the Clermont County 4-H Committee Leadership and Service Award perpetual plaque, located in the Clermont County Extension Office.

This year we will be recognizing three individuals who dedicated their time, energy and passions to making the best better.  We are proud to recognize Pam Burns, Penny Church and Kim Hill as our recipients of the 2020 Volunteer of the Year award. These three 4-H volunteers went above and beyond to ensure that 4-H members had the opportunity to safely exhibit their projects at the Clermont County Fair.  This meant countless hours of planning, multiple meetings each week presenting and refining those plans, developing communication to share with exhibitors, then, implementing those plans; as well as answering questions, addressing concerns and fundraising in between. Pam, Penny and Kim exhibited what it truly means to make the best better!

Pam Burns – 34 year volunteer, Organizational Leader for Rump Roast Riders 4-H Club, and Junior Fair Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Church – 24 year volunteer, Organizational Leader for Bethel Beefers and Sheepers 4-H Club, and Junior Fair Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Hill – 19 year volunteer, Project Leader for Buckles and Boots 4-H Club, and Junior Fair Swine Consultant

Warm Holiday Wishes from Your Friends at OSU Extension

… How firm thy friendship… Thank you for your friendship this holiday season and throughout the year.

One of the best parts of Extension are people like you. Your support means the world to us! We wish you the best this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Kelly, Gigi, Margaret, Brandy, Pam, Sarah, Allison and Becky

 

 

4-H Volunteer Mental Health Training Series

January is Ohio 4-H Mental Health Awareness Month.  All month we will offer virtual opportunities for youth and volunteers to learn more about mental health on our website and Facebook pages, as well as virtual SPIN Clubs and volunteer trainings.

You are invited to attend the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Mental Health Training series each Wednesday in January. These trainings will be held virtually on ZOOM from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Each training is stand alone, so you can pick and choose which training(s) you’d like to attend. The attached flyer gives detailed descriptions of each training:

 

  • January 6 – Mental Health 101
  • January 13 – Typical Adolescence vs. Emerging Mental Health Problems
  • January 20 – Trauma Informed Approaches Training
  • January 27 – Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Suicide and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

To register for any of the trainings, please go to http://go.osu.edu/4HMHtraining.

Please consider participating in this important training.

2021 Market Poultry Registration and Orders

It’s time to register and place your market poultry orders for the 2021 Clermont County Fair!  Those planning to exhibit market turkeys and market chickens will need to complete the online registration.  Registration will open at 6:00p.m. on December 26.  Market turkeys must be registered by February 6 and market chickens must be registered by April 3.  Please visit clermo.fairmanager.com to register.

Turkeys are $38/5 turkeys and chickens are $20/10 chickens.  Market poultry registrations will not be complete until payment has been received.  Payment (cash or check) should be sent to Clermont Co. Junior Fair at P.O Box 22, Felicity, Ohio, 45120. Please make checks payable to Clermont Co. Junior Fair.

Please contact Christine Fetters at christinemfetters@gmail.com or 513-543-4366 with questions.