Hello 4-H Teens!

Ohio 4-H is seeking input from you to help us design virtual programming that would be specific to ages 13-19. We know that during a time of distance learning and modified 4-H programs, that there are many new opportunities to explore! With your feedback to a short survey, Ohio 4-H intends to use your thoughts and ideas in offering more teen-specific programs that can be accessed virtually!

Please visit www.go.osu.edu/ohio4hteeninterest and respond to the survey questions by October 16, to have your feedback shared! If you received this survey from another source, you are only asked to complete it once. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete this survey!

 

Junior Fair Board Now Accepting Applications!

It’s that time of year again! Below are the links for the 2021 Clermont County Junior Fair Board Application Forms (Member Application and Personal Reference for first-time applicants).
Forms are due on Friday, October 16, 2020. Online forms are the preferred version.
ALL applicants should attend the October meeting on Wednesday, October 21, at 7pm.  All returning members must fill out an application for the upcoming year.

Purchase a TSC Paper Clover to Support Clermont County 4-H

The Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign runs from October 7-18. Customers can purchase a paper clover at checkout from the Eastgate or Milford TSC, and 90% of funds come back to Clermont County 4-H to support scholarships for camp and leadership programs.

2020 Junior Fair Board Applications

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.

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

4-H Tech ChangeMakers

Clermont County 4-H teens, Ethan Pfankuch and Luke Uhlenbrock are making a change in their communities through innovation and leadership. Thanks to a partnership between 4‑H and Microsoft, youth can lead positive change in a digital-driven world. Our 4-H Tech ChangeMakers enjoyed spending time at Bethel Woods and Miami Township Lifelong Learning Centers engaging with older adults and helping them navigate technology.  During their visit the Tech Teens answered questions and guided discussion regarding cell phones.  They are looking forward to follow-up visits later this summer and fall.

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation) are due (not postmarked; received!) by Friday, August 9, 2019. The term for selected individuals will be September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020.

Current Members from Clermont County: Sarah Francis (Heritage Builders), Maddie Hill (Buckles & Boots), Lillian Wildey (Buckles & Boots)

 

In search of the 2019 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador

Changes are in the Air! In 2019, this program will referred to as the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador Program, the person selected will serve as an ambassador for the industry throughout their year of reign at numerous promotional events and activities around the state.

Selection takes place at the Ohio State Fair. Contestants will attend an interview and answer an impromptu question from a panel of judges at the conclusion of the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals lead competition. The selection of the ambassador is based on personality, presentation, poise and knowledge of the Ohio Sheep, Lamb and Wool industry.

Please note: this contest has been opened up to both male and female contestants.

Contestants are encouraged to participate in the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals Lead competition and we encourage all youth between the ages of 17-22 who are involved in the industry to consider applying for this position. This is a tremendous opportunity to build a wealth of knowledge of the Ohio sheep, lamb and wool industry, expand communication skills, and network within Ohio agriculture.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador, please download the application by visiting ohiosheep.org . All applications must be postmarked to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2019.

If you would like more information on the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador contest or would like the 2018-19 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Kait Stillion to make an appearance at your local event, please contact Kristin Reese at 614-582-3208 or localfarmmom@gmail.

Google Doc Application Available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebKFGD6NRDjR0oElHKx1kCKtOajpR1EzTXl0CFRSpWnutl-A/viewform

 

 

Clermont County Youth Represent Ohio at National 4-H Conference in Washington, DC

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council members, Sarah Francis and Lillian Wildey, were selected as Ohio delegates to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.  National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Sarah and Lilly participated in hands-on activities to learn about civic engagement, civic education and personal development.  They attended roundtable meetings to discuss current issues, such as Ag Challenges and Youth Policy and developed briefings to present to government agencies related to their topic.

Throughout the week, Sarah and Lilly had the chance to explore our Nation’s Capitol and pay tribute to those that fought for our freedom. They also got to see the cherry blossoms in their peak blooms!  They visited Capitol Hill and had the chance to meet with some of our Ohio legislators including Senator Rob Portman and Representatives Jim Jordan, Bill Johnson, and Brad Wenstrup.

Sarah Francis is a member of Heritage Builders 4-H Club and Lillian Wildey is a member of Buckles and Boots 4-H Club.  Congratulations, Sarah and Lillian!  We’re proud to have you represent Ohio and Clermont County 4-H!

 

Great Opportunity for 4-H Training (Youth & Adult)

Mark your calendars for a Multi-County 4-H Training on Thursday, February 28.  Great way for 4-H Volunteers to get their mandatory Policy 1.50 Training (two sessions offered) and youth to get their Quality Assurance Training.

Register today at: go.osu.edu/2019multicountytraining.

Topics include:

  • Policy 1.50 – Two sessions offered.  Come early for the 6:30 class.
  • Livestock Updates and Quality Assurance – from Lizz Share, State Extension Specialist, 4-H/Youth Development Livestock and Food Animal Programs
  • Cloverbud Volunteer Resources
  • Poultry
  • Cake Decorating & Creative Arts
  • Teen Trips & Opportunities
  • Growing Great Qualities in Kids
  • How to Complete Your 4-H Project

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for youth and adult volunteers!

Thank You, Volunteers!

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Thank you all for being key to our success.  It was a pleasure to celebrate so many wonderful individuals, members, clubs and 4-H supporters at our annual 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  Congratulations to Sharon Francis, 4-H Volunteer of the Year and Clermont County Juvenile Court & Ohio State Highway Patrol Batavia Post, Friends of 4-H Award recipients!

    

We appreciate our volunteers and all they do to make Clermont County 4-H successful!