Dine to Donate – April 5: MOD Pizza

The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders will be hosting a monthly dine to donate fundraiser to raise funds. April’s dine to donate will be a MOD Pizza fundraiser on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 11:00am – 9:00 p.m. at 1854 North Memorial Drive, Lancaster. 20% of your bill will be donated to the 4-H program.
The Junior Leaders are a countywide teen leadership group that focuses on 4-H community service, leadership, and more! Their big events include planning the Fairfield County 4-H Advisor’s Banquet, a county 4-H Scholarship, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project! T
hank you for the support!

Dine to Donate March 6th – Raising Cane’s

Stop out and plan to eat lunch or dinner at Raising Cane’s on Tuesday, March 6 in Lancaster (1934 N Memorial Drive). 15% of sales that mention or show the flyer above will be donated to the Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders.
The Junior Leaders are a countywide teen leadership that focuses on 4-H community service, leadership, and more! Their big events include planning the Fairfield County 4-H Advisor’s Banquet, donating a county 4-H Scholarship, and the Bottle Cap Bench Project!
Thank you for the support!

Last Call for 4-H Day Youth Volunteers – share your projects 4-Hers!

4-H Day is coming up on Saturday, March 4th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. We could not host this “open house” and 4-H kickoff event without the help of our 4-H volunteers, youth, and families. Here is what we need and are looking for:

  • Kids of all ages who want to show off their projects. All projects welcome – bring animals, project books, awards, displays, etc. Setup will begin at 12:00 p.m. and those kids who would like to have a display should contact 4-H Day Chair, Becca Goodman (bmg147@yahoo.com) to let her know what they plan to bring.
    • Pens and cages will be available IF we know that they are bring an animal. If they bring an animal, they are responsible for feed, water, bedding, and cleaning up after their animal.
    • We will be limiting project displays to ONE per project so please let Becca know what you’d like to bring (i.e. we will not have 3 different members bring 3 pet rabbits!)
  • Adults (advisors….and parents are also welcome) to help with registration, answering general 4-H questions and club placement/check-out.

This is a great way for kids to engage in public speaking and add something to their Junior Achievement or Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms (4-H promotion/awareness at its finest!)

2023 Ohio 4-H Family Guide (available online)

It’s time to start selecting your 4-H projects for the year. 4-H families enrolled in the program last year should have received a mailed copy of the 4-H Family Guide. If you did not receive this or will be new to 4-H in 2023, feel free to start browsing the 4-H Family Guide online: https://ohio4h.org/familyguide. 4-H project selection will be made when you submit your 4-H enrollment through 4-HOnline. 4-H enrollment will be due April 15th, 2023.

Cover of the 2023 Family Guide showing children doing project work

4-H Members with STEM Projects – Apply for scholarships to help you with your project(s)!

The purpose of this scholarship program is to recognize students throughout Ohio for their contributions to STEM Innovation and Entrepreneurship. To ensure that students from all parts of Ohio receive recognition, we would like to award at least one $2,000 scholarship in each of Ohio’s ninety-nine State House of Representative districts, and thirty-three Ohio State Senate districts.  Deadline is March 15, 2023.


PDF with Information: 2022-2023 Statewide STEM Scholarship Application

JOANN Crafts Opportunities for 4-H

Ohio 4-H is once again partnering with JOANN to raise money for youth development programs. Donations for 4-H will be collected at checkout in participating stores and special discounts are available for JOANN/4-H Rewards Card members until May 31. Last year, the Ohio 4-H Foundation used funds raised from this campaign to offer mini-grant opportunities to county 4-H professionals.

Source: Ohio 4-H Foundation (February 2023 Newsletter)

Ohio 4-H Teams Up with the Columbus Blue Jackets – March 3rd

Are you looking for a fun night out for the family, an evening out with friends, or an exciting date night? Look no further! Next weekend the Ohio 4-H Foundation is collaborating with the Columbus Blue Jackets to raise money for Ohio 4-H! Join us at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 3 to watch the Blue Jackets hit the ice against the Seattle Kraken.

A block of seats has been reserved for Ohio 4-H supporters in section 205 of the upper bowl, with seats also available in the lower bowl. Wherever you choose to sit, a portion of each ticket sale will support positive youth development programs in Ohio. Purchase your tickets on the Blue Jacket’s website for Ohio 4-H Youth Development. We can’t wait to see you at the arena!

Come support Ohio 4-H and cheer on the Blue Jackets on Friday, March 3.

Source: Ohio 4-H Foundation (February 2023 Newsletter)

Ohio Youth Poultry Clinic – March 18

The Youth Poultry Clinic is open to all youth (and adults) interested in learning more about poultry. Register Now for the Youth Poultry Clinic!

WHEN: March 18



COST: $20.00 per youth and $25.00 per adult.

Everyone MUST register to eat refreshments and/or lunch, whether or not attending sessions.

Topics include: Poultry Nutrition, Broiler Evaluation, Poultry Necropsy – Comparative Anatomy, Mortality Disposal, Biosecurity/HPAI, Poultry Carcass Cut-up, Q & A Corner.

Poultry Quality Assurance will be offered after lunch for Ohio youth needing Youth Quality Assurance certification for 2023.

The registration form and information are available at: https://ohio4h.org/events/2023-ohio-youth-poultry-clinic

Including Cloverbuds in 4-H Club Activities

Cloverbud Club Advisors – here’s a great tool for you too as you think about and plan for inclusion of Cloverbuds in your 4-H club activities. Read more:

Including Cloverbuds in 4-H Club Activities

In early 2021, Jamie McConnell (Muskingum County) and Audrey Dimmerling (Columbiana County) published the Ohio 4-H Grab & Go Club Meeting Toolkit. The toolkit provides Read more about Including Cloverbuds in 4-H Club Activities

by Jamie L. McConnell, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Muskingum County on February 20, 2023

Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarships Available, Deadline to Apply is March 15!

This scholarship was established by Dorrin and Ruth Ross. Natives of Licking County, Ohio, Dorrin and Ruth married and moved to Columbus in 1935. Mr. Ross began his career as a carpenter, worked for the Curtiss-Wright Company during World War II, and spent the remainder of his career with the Ohio Parole Board, working his way from Parole officer to a supervisor.  The scholarship is indicative of Mrs. Ross’s interest in supporting educational opportunities for rural students, inspired by the loss of her family’s farm during the Depression, after her  graduation from college.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduates or graduating high school seniors of Bloom-Carroll High School or Fairfield Union High School.
  • Past or present members of Fairfield County 4-H or Fairfield County Agriculture’s Future Farmers of America (FFA);
  • Selection Criteria will be based on Financial Need – 60%,  Academic Potential – 10%, Character – 10%, Community Involvement – 10% ,
  • Leadership Potential-10%.

Application Requirements

Individual Online Application https://cfprograms.smapply.io/prog/rossschol

  • Application Information
  • Essay: Discuss your education/career plans and goals, why you have chosen your field, and why you think you will be a success.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from teachers, counselors, or 4-H/FFA advisors
  • Most Recent Transcript (must include the first term of the academic year)
  • College Acceptance Letter: High School Students and First Time College Students ONLY

Award Process

  • The Foundation sends award letters to recipients that explain the payment request process and include the proof of enrollment form.
  • Once proof of enrollment has been received by the Foundation, a check will be sent to the recipient’s educational institution. All awards are paid directly to the educational institution. The scholarship may be used for tuition and books only. The scholarship must not displace any institutional or other aid.

For more details contact: The Columbus Foundation Scholarships Team,  scholarships@columbusfoundation.org

Alicia Szempruch, Senior Advisor for Scholarships, aszempruch@columbusfoundation.org