WANTED: 4-H Members and Project Displays for 4-H Day!

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 a.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 by Friday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. 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, hosting small groups of 8-10 (youth and adults), 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!)

New 4-H Club Advisors Needed – Apply Today!

The Fairfield County 4-H Program continues to see the interest in community club participation grow and we need volunteers to make that happen. If you have been thinking of getting more involved with 4-H, now is the time to apply to be a club volunteer. Current clubs need help which means you don’t have to start a new club!! Have questions? Contact our office at 740-653-5419!

Read on to learn about the Fairfield County Volunteer Requirements – Due by February 1, 2023:

  1. Application
    1. An online application can be found here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bE4eio2so65LZX
    2. Please complete an application and submit it to the Extension office. From this application, references will be collected by Extension professionals
  2. Fingerprint Record Check
    1. The simplest method of complying with the fingerprint requirement is to utilize the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department internet check system. To do this: Call the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office to schedule an appointment at 740-652-7320. Take your current, valid driver’s license and social security card. You must have your actual social security card (no copies).
    2. Request a BCI Check. You will need the following code: 2151.86 ORC to put on the request form. The cost to you will be $35.00 and checks should be made payable to: Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. Cash is also accepted.
    3. PLEASE SEND ALL RESULTS TO: Background Checks – Fairfield County 4-H OSU Office of Human Resources 1590 N. High St., Suite 300 Columbus, OH 43201
    4. Keep your receipt as all volunteers are reimbursed after their 1st year of service.
  3. After your application, references, and background check have been received, the Extension office will be in touch to set up an interview and send reminders about the new volunteer orientation and Youth Activities & Programs policy training that all new volunteers must be completed.

Treasurer’s Book Contest Results

Congratulations!

The Fairfield County 4-H Treasurer’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the Friendly Bremen Banking Center. Thank you, Jodi Motta and Vinton County Bank, for their support and organization of this contest.

The role of the club treasurer is to handle all money matters of the club and maintain accurate financial records.  When the Treasurer’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to that accurately records the club’s income and expenses, and shows that the club is in good financial standing.

All treasurers are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Treasurer Book Rubric was used to evaluate each treasurer’s book that was submitted in the contest. Employees of the bank will review the books and choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Each member who places will receive a visa gift card.

The 2022 results are:

  • Brianna Downey – 1st place. Brianna is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club.
  • Lily Dennis – 2nd place. Lily is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Colton Tooill – 3rd place. Colton is a member of the AC Extreme 4-Hers 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Treasurer’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

Secretary’s Book Contest Results

Congratulations!

The Fairfield County 4-H Secretary’s Book Annual Contest is proudly sponsored and funded each year by the family of Robert L. Hillman who was a 4-H advisor for many years in Pickaway County. Mr. Hillman believed strongly in teaching and practicing quality record keeping within the structure of the 4-H program. He continued to support his grandchildren, Adam, Milea, and Sarah Maxwell, in their 4-H endeavors in Fairfield County until his death in 2003. To continue his long-standing commitment to the tradition of record keeping and the 4-H program, his family is proud to sponsor this competition in his memory.

When the Secretary’s Book is complete, it should document the activities by its members for one year. It becomes a historical document to be enjoyed for years to come as individuals review it with fondness and memories.

All secretaries are eligible and encouraged to submit a book each year. There is a monetary award that goes to the winners and they go directly to that individual. The 4-H Secretary Book Rubric was used to evaluate each secretary’s book that was submitted in the contest. Each book was evaluated and received a one-, two-, or three-star rating based on the rubric. Based on the star ratings, the top  individual will receive a monetary award.

The 2022 results are:

  • Scarlett Sims – 1st place, 3 Star Book. Scarlet is a member of the Sewing Chefs 4-H Club.
  • Jadin Triplett – 2nd place, 3 Star Book. Jadin is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club.
  • Annie Deyo – 3rd place, 2 Star Book. Annie is a member of the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board
  • Catherine Buckley –  1 Star Book. Catherine is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Lydia Smith – 1 Star Book. Lydia is a member of the Blue Ribbon Showmen 4-H Club.

Thank you to all of the members who participated in the Secretary’s Book contest this year. Keep up the good record keeping! If your club did not participate this year, we hope you will keep this contest in mind and participate next year.

2022 Year End Survey – DUE FRIDAY!

 4-H Families & Advisors,

Thank you for participating in Fairfield County 4-H this year! As you finish your thank notes and host your year-end parties, we would like to invite you to provide feedback to help us improve the 4-H program. Please share your thoughts and feedback by completing the End of the Year Survey (go.osu.edu/4Hyearend) by Dec. 16, 2022.  

 We look forward to hearing from everyone recapping the 2022 year and look forward to planning 2023. 

 

Support 4-H while shopping on Amazon!

Help the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee raise money for the 4-H Program while shopping at no additional cost to you!

1. Start at Smile.Amazon.com
2. Sign in with your current Amazon account or create a new one
3. Search for “Fairfield County OH 4-H Advisory Committee” as the charitable organization you want to support under choose a charity (located under the search bar)
4. Shop Amazon as you normally would and 0.5% of your eligible purchase is donated to the county 4-H program!
5. Once you select your charity, it will be saved so just start at smile.amazon.com each time you shop!

Support the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board – Kroger Rewards

Help the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board raise money while shopping at no additional cost to you! 

1. Start at Kroger.com
2. Sign in with your current Kroger account or create a new one. Note: You must have a registered Kroger Rewards card in order to participate in the Community Rewards program
3. Click the Community Rewards tab and search for “Fairfield Co 4H Advisory Committee”, then click Enroll
4. Once you select your charity, it will be saved and you will support 4-H each time you shop!
5. The 4-H Advisory Committee will allocate these funds to the JFB upon receipt

4-H Advisors – Join the 4-H Advisory Committee

Applications for the 4-H Advisory Committee are available NOW  – This group of 4-H Advisors work to advise OSU Extension Staff regarding direction for the county 4-H program. They also provide organization of countywide 4-H events such as 4-H Day, Officer Trainings, Countywide Fundraisers and more. 4-H Advisors must submit an application to be reviewed by the Nomination Committee. New members are slated and elected by their peers to serve a 3-year term. All current Advisors, regardless of experience, are eligible to apply provided they are not already on the committee or completing a current term. New terms begin in January, and members will be notified via email if they are selected.

Applications are due December 15th, and can be found here. This opportunity is open to all current Fairfield County 4-H Advisors. If you have questions, please contact our office (740-653-5419) or e-mail Aubry Fowler at Fowler.443@osu.edu

Advisors: Check Your Emails for Advisor Recognition Invitation

Fairfield County 4-H Advisors,

You should have received the following email with your Drive Thru invitation on Tuesday, November 8th. It has your own personalized link, so be sure to RSVP via the email you received. If you haven’t seen it in your inbox, please check your spam or junk folder! If you still can’t find it, you can call in your RSVP too.

The Fairfield County 4-H Junior Leaders would like to invite you to attend the Advisor Recognition Event on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., as a “Thank You” for your service as a 4-H volunteer and to celebrate the 2022 4-H club year. This will be an open house event, so please stop by to pick up your complimentary breakfast sandwich. Door prizes and  Milestone gifts (1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 years) will be distributed, and End of the Year Packets will be available.

What:        Advisor Recognition Event

Hot breakfast sandwich and Coffee/Hot Chocolate
(Breakfast provided by Falcon’s Nest)

When:       Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Who:         ALL Fairfield County 4-H Advisors

Where:      OSU Extension Office, 831 College Ave, Lancaster

Cost:         No charge

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23rd by completing your personalized RSVP survey found in your email. DO NOT FORWARD your email to any other advisors since the links are personalized. Please complete the survey regardless of if you can attend, we will work with those clubs who can’t attend to pick up their packets and gifts.

If you have questions or would like to RSVP by phone, please call 740-653-5419. We look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!

Thank you for all that you do to make the best better!

Aubry Fowler & The Fairfield County Junior Leaders

New 4-H Volunteers Needed!

Join Fairfield County 4-H as a new 4-H Volunteer!

Applications, background check AND References are due to the OSU Extension Office by February 1st. Application are available here. New Volunteer Training will take place online through an online course system and must be completed by April 15th. Advisors are needed to support members across the entire county. There are a few clubs that need additional help so potential volunteers can ‘learn the ropes’ and not have the responsibility to take on the entire club or a new club. Contact our office at 740-653-5419 to learn more!