Bottle Cap Weigh In: May 7th and/or May 22nd

4-H Clubs do you have bottle caps to weigh in?

Please bring all clean plastic bottle caps in a trash bag and/or box to the May Weigh-Ins at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds!

Weigh Ins will take place in the #4 Beef Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds on:

  • Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 – 11:00am
  • Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00am – 1:00pm

If you have questions, please contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu)

Reminder on the rules:

  • Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids.
  • Collect only caps that are approved – they must be ALL plastic and clean (no food residue please)
  • Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box – they will get heavy
  • Bring them to the Extension Office for the Club Weigh-In 
  • Fundraise to purchase a bench for your club Contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details (optional)
  • The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a bench sponsored by the Junior Leaders and a personalized plaque for their bench.

Caps you should be collecting vs unaccepted caps:

NOW AVAILABLE – Purchase your 4-H Books from the Extension Office!

As a reminder, 4-H Project Books are available at the Fairfield County Extension Office. This is the best way to make sure you get the correct book for your project and save a little money.

Members, check with your advisors if they are doing a club order for books. If so, make sure they have the books you want on their list. If your club is NOT doing a big order, you can email Stacy (Hicks.686@osu.edu) your book order. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready for pick up.

Advisors, please fill out the 2022 Ohio 4-H Project Books and Resources Volunteer Order Form. It can be found here. Please make sure to download this PDF before filling it out. Book order forms can be emailed to Stacy as well. You will receive a confirmation email when your order is ready to pick up. The Extension Office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Here are some way to find the right project book for you:

  • Find the perfect book. Refer to your Family Guide in print or online to learn about the projects available this year. You can also preview books on Project Central and learn more about each project.
  • Make your own. If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

If you have any questions, you may reach out to Leslie Cooksey (cooksey.25@osu.edu) or Aubry Fowler (fowler.443@osu.edu) – Fairfield County 4-H Educators.

Don’t forget to submit your enrollment by April 15th! If you have changes to make to your project list and your 4-HOnline Profile has been approved, just send Missy Koenig (koenig.398@osu.edu) an email letting her know what changes you’d like to make to your projects.

You’re all Making the Best Better in 4-H!

Bottle Cap Challenge: Battle of the 4-H Clubs!!

The Junior Leaders will be continuing with their Bottle Cap Project for 2022 and need your help collecting plastic caps to turn into benches. Work within your club to collect clean plastic bottle caps and lids. Store them during our “off” time in bags – inside a box as they can get heavy. The club who collects the most caps by weight will receive a personalized plaque for a bench. If your club would like to fundraise to purchase a bench for your club, contact Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) for more details about this optional opportunity.

 

 

2022 Ohio 4-H Club Officer Training (VIRTUAL): April 6th (register by March 30)

Ohio 4-H will be hosting a statewide virtual 4-H Club Officer Training on April 6, 2022 from 7-8:30 pm. A list of officers for the breakout sessions is on the flyer and in the registration link.  An “other” option is included on the registration link for those officer positions that are are listed in the box.

Date:  April 6, 2022

Registration Link:  https://go.osu.edu/officer

Registration Deadline:  March 30, 2022

  • Participants will receive a zoom link once registration is complete.  Another reminder will be sent approximately 2 days before program.
  • We are tracking county and demographics of participants

This is a great youth leadership opportunity to note in your 4-H project/record books and award forms!

Office Supplies Available

Hello 4-H Families,

The Fairfield County 4-H Program received a donation of office supplies from Abercrombie & Fitch this week. If you  could use any of these items, please call our office 740-653-5419 to schedule a time to come ‘shop’!

The following items are still available:

  • Binders,
  • Staplers,
  • 3 Hole Punches,
  • Desk Organizers,
  • Tape Dispensers,
  • File Organizers!

Our office is open today (12/21), tomorrow (12/22), and Thurs (12/30). We will be back in the office full time starting Jan 3, 2022.  Items are available on a first come, first served basis and all remaining items will be donated Jan. 7th!

 

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 2021 results are:

  • Tanner Affolter – 1st place. Tanner is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Marissa Newman – 2nd place. Marissa is a member of the Clearcreek Showmen 4-H Club.
  • Megan Tooill – 3rd place. Megan 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 ratings, the top  individual will receive a monetary award.

The 2021 results are:

  • Stephanie Bowers – 1st place, 3 Star Book. Stephanie is a member of the Sewing Chefs 4-H Club.
  • Jadin Triplett – 2nd place, 1 Star Book. Jadin is a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club.
  • Lily Dennis – 3rd place, 1 Star Book. Lily is a member of the Amanda Work and Win 4-H Club.
  • Colton Tooill – 4th place, 1 Star Book. Colton is a member of the AC Extreme 4-Hers 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.

New 4-H Volunteer Applications Available Now!

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 on the website under the Club Advisor Resources. 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.

Also, NEW Clubs are also welcome…if interested, we need to start having the conversation NOW so we can be sure all is in order before the start of the 2022 4-H year. Contact our office at 740-653-5419 to learn more!

Advisors: Check Your Emails for Advisor Recognition Information

Fairfield County 4-H Advisors,

You should have received the following email with your Drive Thru invitation on Friday, Nov. 12th. 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 4, 2021, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon, as a “Thank You” for your service as a 4-H volunteer and to celebrate the 2021 4-H club year. This will be an open house event, so please stop by to pick up your complimentary breakfast sandwich. Milestone gifts (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 years) will be distributed. This is taking place at the same time as Check Pick Up Day so you can pick up checks, end of the year packets, and breakfast at the same time!

You are invited to attend as a “Thank You” for your service as a 4-H volunteer and to celebrate the 2021 4-H club year. We will have end of year packets, gifts/awards for each advisor, a photo station and other fun activities!

  • What: Advisor Recognition Event (Hot Breakfast Sandwich and Coffee/Hot Chocolate provided by Falcon’s Nest)
  • When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10am – Noon
  • Who: All Fairfield County Advisors (This is for ALL Advisors – Tractor Maintenance & Shooting Sports too!)
  • Where: OSU Extension Office Parking Lot, 831 College Ave, Lancaster
  • Cost: No charge

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 24th 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 Dec 4th!

2021 Junior Fair Display Barn Guards Needed!

Clubs and families with items to be displayed in the display barn fair week – we need your help!

The display barn is open 9 am to 6 pm on Sunday October 10th and Saturday October 16th and 9 am to 9 pm Monday – Friday.

Please consider volunteering for a two hour time slot at least once during the week.  Shifts available are 9am – 11 am, 11 am – 1 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, 5 pm – 7 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm.

Contact Missy to volunteer – we accept youth ages 13 and up to help adults at the same time.