Spread Some Love: Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

We are still accepting donations for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive!  We are currently approximately 22% to our goal but you now have until November 23 to donate!  All donations will be used to fill weekend food packs for local youth.  As of today, Ruff ‘N Stuff 4-H club has the most donations.  The club with the most donations at the end of the drive will win a pizza party!

2020 Camp Counselor Application Open

Clermont and Hamilton County 4-H are currently accepting applications for 4-H camp counselors!  Applicants must be 15-18 years of age (as of January 1, 2020) and be a 4-H member in good standing.  This year’s camp will be held June 5-9, at 4-H Camp Graham in Clarksville, Ohio. Camp counseling can be a very rewarding experience. Counselors will work as a member of a team to plan and conduct a high-quality, safe and fun overnight program for young people. While at the same time, developing his/her own skills and forming lifelong friendships.

Important Dates / Checklist for Counselor Applicants:
1. Online Application Due
Thursday, November 21, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
All interested candidates must complete the online application.

2. Camp Counselor Assessment Set-Up
Friday, November 22, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
All camp counselor applicants are required to attend. There will be an orientation, station planning, teaching and event set-up.

3. Camp Counselor Assessment Event
Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
All camp counselor applicants are required to attend. Applicants will participate in an, teaching activity and an interview.

4. Selection Notification Emails Sent
Friday, December 6, 2019
All applicants will receive an email notification.

Click here to access the application.

A Month of Giving: PB&J Drive

Clermont County 4-H is accepting donations of a family favorite – peanut butter and jelly!  Donations can be dropped off at the Extension Office and will be accepted through November 15.  It is encouraged that individuals donate both a peanut butter and jelly as one donation.  This will allow us to fill food bags with both items.  Please make sure that your donations are not expired or opened and homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will not be accepted  It is very important that jelly and jam donations are in plastic jars and children have to transport the items on the bus or carry them home.

The club that donates the most jars of PB&J will win a pizza party, sponsored by the Clermont County 4-H Committee!  The PB&J Drive is a great way for your club, business or organization to  support the youth in our community.  Get your team together (friends, family, co-workers and neighbors) and help us make November the month of giving!

Did You Forget to RSVP for the 4-H Recognition Dinner?

If you forgot to RSVP for the 4-H Recognition Dinner, contact the office today so we can have an accurate meal count.  Don’t miss out on an evening of fellowship and a delicious dinner (and dessert, of course!).  We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers and youth over the past year!

JFB Meeting Changed to November 13

This month’s Junior Fair Board meeting has been moved to Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.  New members who still need to complete an interview are required to attend this meeting.  Members are asked to bring an unwrapped $5-$10 gift to donate to Child Focus for the holiday season and a jar of peanut butter and jelly to support to the PB&J Drive!

You’re Invited to the 4-H Recognition Dinner

Join us in celebrating 4-H members and adult volunteers at the 2019 4-H Recognition Dinner hosted by Clermont County 4-H Committee.  The dinner will be held on Friday, November 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building, located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds.  RSVP to OSU Extension 513-732-7070 or clark.2652@osu.edu by Monday, November 4.

Get Ready to Spread Some Love!

Clermont County 4-H will be hosting it’s second annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive from November 1- November 15, 2019.  Clermont County 4-H is partnering with Empower Youth and Project Lunchbox to fill weekend food packs with a family favorite – peanut butter and jelly!  This classic sandwich is a good source of protein and is easy for school-aged youth to make on their own.  Our goal is to donate 820 jars of PB&J to the two organizations.  The weekend food packs help to spread the love when families are spread too thin!

We will accept donations of your favorite peanut butter, nut butter alternative, jelly and jam.  It is encouraged that individuals donate both a peanut butter and jelly as one donation.  This will allow us to fill food bags with both items.  Please make sure that your donations are not expired or opened and homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will not be accepted  It is very important that jelly and jam donations are in plastic jars.  The bags are handed out during school and children have to transport the food items on the bus or carry them home.

The PB&J Drive is a great way for your club, business or organization to support the youth in our community.  Get your team together (friends, family, co-workers and neighbors) and start collecting, today!

4-H Recognition Applications – Due October 11

As the end of the 4-H year approaches, 4-H members and clubs are encouraged to submit achievement awards, honor club applications, officer books and pin orders.

Achievement Awards
A 4-H Achievement Award is an award that recognizes 4-H members, at least 8 years old and in 3rd grade to age 19, for his/her involvement in the Clermont County 4-H Program. Members earn points for their participation in 4-H club, county, district, state, national and international events and activities. Any application that does not provide the requested information or does not have all of the proper signatures will not be considered. Please submit only one application per person.

Honor Club
Honor club is the highest standard of excellence that a 4-H club can achieve in Clermont County. There are 14 requirements that are mandatory. Additionally, clubs must meet 14 of the 32 non-mandatory requirements.  Clubs will be recognized on a county-wide banner during the Clermont County Fair. In addition to recognition at the fair, clubs will receive a gift for their achievement.

Pin Order Form
Member and volunteer pin order forms are also available. Funds from the Kathleen Retzler Memorial 4-H Endowment Fund will be used to cover the costs of all pins. Pin order forms are due to the Extension Office by Wednesday, October 11. To allow enough time for order shipment, no late orders will be accepted.

Officer Book and Club Scrapbook Competition
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 and club scrapbooks for judging.
Books will be judged on content, neatness, presentation/construction and creativity.

All forms and officer books are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11.

Achievement Award Application

Honor Club Application

Pin Order Form

Officer Book Judging Sheets

JFB Accepting Applications – Deadline October 11

Junior Fair Board (JFB) is currently accepting applications for 2020.  JFB members oversee many important tasks for the Clermont County Junior Fair.  Members solicit award sponsorships, organize the awards and supplies for all youth events (pre-fair week and during the week), assist in the execution of various Junior Fair events and activities, and assist in planning before the fair for facilities, judges, rules, etc. They work in a cooperative effort with the Senior Fair Board, Senior Superintendents, Extension Office staff and club/chapter advisors.

As a reminder, Junior Fair Board is more than just livestock!  There is a general projects committee for youth who take non-livestock projects such as sewing, photography, art, etc. These individuals assist with general project judging, the dog show as well as fair week events.

Youth ages 13-18 who are involved in a youth organization are eligible to apply.  Participation in the Junior Fair Board is a excellent opportunity for youth to development leadership and organizational skills; plus, it looks great on a resume!  Applications are online this year and are due by Friday, October 11.  Click the links below to apply.

Application

Reference Form

  • First time applicants must submit 1 personal reference; current members do NOT need to.
  • Reference form link should be emailed to their reference to fill out.
  • Questions: contact Pam Burns 513-265-3248, pamburns1985@gmail.com

Quality Assurance to be Offered at Fall Campout

Get a jump-start on the 2020 4-H year by attending Quality Assurance (Q.A.) training on Saturday, October 19, 2019, during the Fall Campout.  Registration will open at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10:00 a.m., in the 4-H Hall.  FFA and 4-H members who are planning to exhibit a food quality animal for the 2020 Clermont County Fair must participate in a QA training each year, unless they have completed and passes the test out option.

Youth must attend QA if exhibiting any of the following species:

  • market steers/heifers
  • feeder calves
  • lactating dairy goats
  • lactating dairy cattle
  • market lambs
  • market hogs
  • market goats
  • market poultry
  • meat rabbits