New Volunteers – There’s Still Time to Apply!

There are many ways to volunteer with the Fairfield County 4-H Program! Now is the time to apply to be a 4-H Advisor and help in a current club within Fairfield County. There are many clubs that need YOUR help – You don’t have to start a new club or be a 4-H expert, just someone who wants to help youth make the best better!

Applications can be found here: 2021 Prospective New Volunteer Packet

NEW for 2021 – Applications can be completed online: go.osu.edu/fcvolapplication

Completed Applications and criminal history fingerprint record check are due to the Extension Office by February 1st. If you have any questions, please contact our office!

 

Do you want to be a 4-H Advisor? Applications available, due February 1st!

Are you interested in becoming a 4-H advisor? Starting a new club? Now is the time to let us know so we can help get you setup for the new 4-H year which will be starting soon! 

To be a 4-H Advisor (volunteer):

  1. Completed Application must be turned into the Extension Office by February 1st. New applications can be mailed, dropped off at the office (by appointment on Tuesdays or Thursdays), or you may leave at the locked drop box on the east side of the building (it is black with 4-H stickers on it!).
  2. Submit to a criminal history fingerprint record check (ideally by February 1st). Instructions and form are included in the application packet.
  3. Reference Forms must be completed by the individuals you included on your application.
  4. Review 4-H Volunteer position description.
  5. Review, agree to, and sign the volunteer standards of behavior form.

After the three items above are completed, prospective volunteers will:

  1. Complete an interview with 4-H Extension Educators.
  2. Attend a new volunteer orientation/training program. Dates TBA.
  3. Complete Policy 1.50 Training – Activities and Programs with Minor Participants (annual requirement).

Click here for the complete 2021 Prospective New Volunteer Packet.

All steps to the new volunteer process must be COMPLETED by May 1st (county enrollment deadline) to be a 4-H Advisor in 2021.

 

No ‘Fun Flippin’ Pancake Breakfast at County Fair this Year…

Following directives from Governor DeWine’s Order, the State and Local Health Department and the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard recommendations, the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Committee’s Pancake Breakfast at the 2020 Fairfield County Fair was cancelled.  This event has always been used as an fun awareness event for the Endowment Committee to welcome visitors to our County Fair.

With so many events being cancelled in 2020, the 4-H Endowment Committee was also forced to cancel their  major fund-raising event in June  “The Legacy Dinner.”     Thanks to the generosity of the local donors we were able to raise enough money to pay the $5.00 County Wide dues for over 940 youth involved in 4-H work in 2020. While this year has been anything but normal for all of us, one thing remains constant…Leaving a Legacy for Fairfield County youth to benefit from lessons learned in 4-H Clubs, Committees and Competitions is important to the success of today’s young people who chose to involved in 4-H project work!!   We sincerely thank you for your support!

For additional 4-H Endowment Updates, click here.

The 4-H Legacy Dinner; In spirit only this year

Last Thursday evening should have been the 11th Annual Fairfield County 4-H Endowment’s Legacy Dinner most of us are at home eating what Dennis the Menace calls “groceries again!” Everyone on the Endowment Board and our 300 guests always look forward to sharing this fun evening of good food and good friends to raise funds to continue the legacy and tradition of the 4-H Program.

This year it is different, there is no Legacy Dinner due to COVID-19 and the Endowment Board decided in mid-April to cancel the Dinner. The Board knew there was absolutely no way to adequately have social distancing measures in place. But over the year’s what fun we have had!!! Read more.

Pictures needed of 4-H over the Years!

While we’re all spending time at home, have you found 4-H memorabilia from over the years? The Fairfield County Junior Leaders and 4-H Advisory Committee will be building a picture quilt that will be on display at county events throughout the year. Please send any pictures with a short description to Fowler.443@osu.edu. We will also use these pictures to highlight 4-H over the years on our social media channels!

There will also be a display in the Display Barn during the Fairfield County Fair, so if you have physical items or pictures of items you would like to display there will be a call for those closer to fair time. If you have any questions or more ideas for celebration, let Aubry or Leslie know!

4-H Legacy Dinner Cancelled

To our friends and supporters of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment, we thank you for your continued support of all our efforts. After much careful and thoughtful consideration, the 4-H Endowment Board has decided to cancel the 11th annual 4-H Legacy Dinner which was originally scheduled for June 11, 2020 at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This is the result of extreme caution and the concerns for safe distancing and the co-mingling of large numbers of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please watch your mailbox for a communication from the Endowment Committee offering a giving opportunity that will ultimately assist 4-H Clubs with payment of their county-wide 4-H dues. Again, we sincerely thank you for your support of the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment and their activities.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the Endowment Board members. For more information about the Fairfield County 4-H Endowment Board and efforts, click here: https://u.osu.edu/4hlegacy/

Calling all 4-H First Responders!

Do you know a 4-H member, alumnus or club that is fighting COVID-19 in your community? Maybe it’s a 4-H’er that is delivering groceries to the elderly, 4-H programs that are finding innovative ways to deliver curriculum or other needed supplies, or a 4-H alumnus working as a nurse on the front lines? Submit stories of 4-H first responders, and we may feature them on that National 4-H News (4-H Day). Share your story here and let us know by emailing Leslie at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

4-H Bogs Boots – Get your orders in TODAY to guarantee receiving a pair!

We are SO EXCITED to work with Walker’s Shoe Center in Lancaster for the opportunity to purchase the 4-H Bogs Boots that some of you have seen shared on Facebook! For each pair of boots sold, Bogs Boots will be donating $5 to 4-H! Additionally, Walker’s Shoe Center will also be making a donation to our local 4-H program in Fairfield County with every pair of boots sold.

Kid’s, Women’s, and Men’s sizes are available.

Pre-Orders (with payment) should be sent as soon as possible to Walker’s Shoe Center in Lancaster (DO NOT send orders to the Fairfield County Extension Office). This will put you on the list to receive the boots once they come in this fall. Anticipated ship date may be as early as September…just in time for FAIR!

A limited supply of boots will be ordered and sold directly at Walker’s Shoe Center in Lancaster and sold on a first come, first served basis this fall.

Click here for Walker’s Shoe Center – 4-H Bogs Boots Order Form!

Help Fairfield County 4-H Celebrate 100 Years

The Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee is hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest. Submissions of ideas are due April 15, 2020 to Fowler.443@osu.edu or can be sent to the OSU Extension Office (831 College Ave., Suite D, Lancaster, OH 43130). More information can be found here: 100 Years T-Shirt Contest.

While we’re all spending time at home, have you found 4-H memorabilia from over the years? The Fairfield County Junior Leaders and 4-H Advisory Committee will be building a picture quilt that will be on display at county events throughout the year. Please send any pictures to Fowler.443@osu.edu.

There will also be a display in the Display Barn during the Fairfield County Fair, so if you have physical items or pictures of items you would like to display there will be a call for those closer to fair time. If you have any questions or more ideas for celebration, let Aubry or Leslie know!