Celebrate National FCS Day

February 14, 2024, is the day we celebrate National Family & Consumer Sciences Educator Day, a celebration that showcases the value and importance of family and consumer sciences education and its educators. The Live Healthy Live Well team at the Ohio State University Extension wants to enlist your help in spreading the word about the positive impact of Family and Consumer Sciences profession -The People-Centered Sciences.

What can you do –

Why Should We Celebrate NOW –

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is a diverse and vital field that plays a crucial role in preparing students for real-world challenges across a variety of workplace settings. FCS utilizes research, experiential education, and technology to teach students the essential knowledge and skills to:

  • lead better lives,
  • be work and career-ready,
  • build strong families,
  • make meaningful contributions to our communities.

Think about the saying “You can’t build a strong house on a weak foundation”

Let’s build a strong foundation for Family Living by Proclaiming, Exploring and Honoring FCS programming and educators.

 

Written by: Margaret Jenkins, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension Clermont County, jenkins.188@osu.edu

Reviewed by: Beth Stefura, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, OSU Extension Mahoning County, Stefura.2@osu.edu

References:

1. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences https://www.aafcs.org/home

2. Advance CTE https://careertech.org/what-we-do/career-clusters/

3.  Say Yes to FCS video https://youtu.be/Kya5u4KE72g?si=WhWXZzqxgG-sXUGV

Join Us in Welcoming Amber Kassay!

Hello, my name is Amber Kassay, and I’ve recently taken on the 4-H Youth Development Educator role in Clermont County. I grew up on a small dairy operation in Northeast Ohio and was a 13-year 4-H member in Trumbull County. While in 4-H, I exhibited Guernsey cattle and a horse project and attended 4-H Camp Whitewood almost every summer. Although I loved all aspects of my 4-H career, I was especially drawn to the dairy industry and have been involved with Guernsey’s at the county, state, and national levels. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to attend many National Guernsey Conventions, where I broadened my connections to the breed I love.

Through 4-H, I developed a passion for agriculture, ultimately leading to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications at The Ohio State University. During that time, I had the excellent opportunity to become an intern at the Mahoning County Extension Office over the duration of two summers, where my desire for youth development and community involvement flourished. I aided in all aspects of the office and cultivated my understanding of Extension’s impact in its area. For that experience, I will forever be grateful.

Since then, I’ve continued to grow my knowledge in Extension Education and look forward to positively impacting Clermont County. Although I’ve just started, I can already tell we have a wonderful group here and have a common desire to better our program year-to-year. I’m excited to bring my expertise to Clermont County and plan on being an effective role model in the community. I plan on soaking in a lot of knowledge in the upcoming months to understand the county dynamic better and collaborating with other Educators to create a course of action that will make Clermont County thrive!

I look forward to meeting and chatting with you all, as I’m excited to take on this new adventure.

Southwest Ohio Spring Ewe/Lamb Workshop

Friday, March 22, 2024

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Program | 12:15 PM: Lunch | 12:45 PM Pasture Walk

Please RSVP by March 15 at www.green-acres.org/upcoming-events

Or call OSUE (513) 714-3891

 

Location:

Greenacres Temple Grandin Handling Facility

8300 Spooky Hollow Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

 

Topics & Speakers:

Introduction to Greenacres Foundation Michael Cox, Agriculture Director, Greenacres Foundation

Ewe Gestational Nutrition Alejandro E. Relling, Associate Professor, Animal Sciences, OSU

Preparing your Lambing Facilities Braden J. Campbell, Ph.D., Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, OSU Extension

Dealing with Dystocia and Lambing Issues Jacci Smith, Extension Educator, ANR, OSUE. Delaware CO.

Pasture Walk Christine Gelley, Extension Educator, ANR, OSUE, Noble CO.

 

2024 Club Packet

Below are the links to all of the forms included in the club packet. All forms should be completed by the 4-H Club head advisors and are due to the Extension Office (or emailed to burdsall.9@osu.edu) by 4:00 p.m. on March 1.

2024 Club List DUE: January 31
Please verify that the information listed for your club is accurate. Thank you to those who have already responded to her email! Please contact Meghan Burdsall (burdsall.9@osu.edu) with edits.

Club Packet Contents – DUE: March 1
Annual Financial Summary (online version or printable version)

4-H Club Charter Checklist

4-H Meeting Calendar

Equipment Inventory

Proof of Insurance -Policy Flyer

Proof of Insurance -Policy Application

Additional Helpful Forms

4-H Project Book Order Form
We keep an inventory of 4-H project books in the office.  If we need to order books, orders are placed on Friday afternoons.

Winning 4-H Plan
Request for accommodations due to the Extension Office by May 1.

Club Fundraiser Request
Fundraiser requests are due 45 days prior to the event and must be approved by the Clermont County 4-H Committee.  The 4-H Committee meets the second Monday of each month.

Club Transfer Form
Requests are due by March 1.

Across County Lines Policy and Request Form
Requests for 4-H Membership Across County Lines are due by February 15.

4-H Enrollment – Deadline: March 15

Instructions for returning 4-H members

Instructions for returning 4-H volunteers

Instructions for new 4-H members

As a reminder, it is very important that returning members and volunteers do not create a new profile in 4-H Online.  If they have trouble registering, please contact the office at 513-732-7070.

2024 Campership Application

The Clermont County 4-H Committee is offering “camperships” (camp scholarships), to Clermont County 4-H members to attend Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp.  Camperships are awarded for up to 50% of the base registration fee.  Camp will be held June 12-15, at 4-H Camp Graham, located in Clarksville, Ohio and is open to all youth, ages 8 – 14 (as of January 1).  Applications are due to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1.  Click the link below for more details on how to apply!

2024 4-H Campership Application

Ohio 4-H Youth Development at Nationwide Arena

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is collaborating with the Columbus Blue Jackets again in 2024 to raise money for Ohio 4-H! A block of seats is reserved in the upper bowl (section 204) during the Feb. 23 game against the Buffalo Sabres, and a portion of each ticket sale will come back to the 4-H program to support positive youth development.

Purchase your tickets at www.bluejackets.com/4-h!

Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO Returns in June

From June 12-15, teens at the Spark EXPO will learn about agriculture and related STEAM fields from industry experts, and faculty and staff of the Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Open to all Ohio students who have completed the eighth grade or ninth grade at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year. Participants do not need to be enrolled in the 4-H program. The event includes on-campus accommodations, meals, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided by adult program staff.

As part of Spark EXPO, students visit Ohio State’s Columbus and Wooster campuses and learn from Ohio State students, teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students explore careers, hear from Ohio 4-H alumni who share their career stories, and learn about the college and career-readiness program: Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future.

Parents will have the opportunity on the final day of Spark to meet the CFAES admissions team and learn how to better prepare their students for their post-high school education and careers. Parents and students can find more information here or by contacting Margo Overholt-Seckel, program manager, Ohio 4-H Workforce Development & Pathways at overholt-seckel.1@osu.edu.

The deadline to register is April 17, and details are at go.osu.edu/4hsparkexpo.

4-H Night with the Cincinnati Reds

The 4-H programs of Hamilton, Warren, and Clermont counties are excited to be partnering with the Cincinnati Reds to support programs that will empower youth to lead for a lifetime! In 4-H, we believe in developing young people who are confident, hard-working, determined, responsible and compassionate.

On Friday, May 24th at the 7:10pm game against the LA Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds will donate a portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold through this link back to our organization! On this City Connect Friday, be sure to stick around for the Friday Night Fireworks! We hope to see you at the game in support of positive youth development in Southwest Ohio!

Click here to get your tickets!