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

The Junior Leaders are starting a new community service for 2021 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. Countywide Weigh In Information will be coming out soon – Save the date for May 8th or 18th to drop off your caps!

Youth Volunteers WANTED! Showcase your 4-H Projects at the Virtual 4-H Project Open House Events!

This year we will not be having youth display projects at 4-H Day due to COVID-19, limiting the number of people at our event, and because it will be a drive thru event for new 4-H families that need to be placed with a club. At 4-H Day, families will receive information about Virtual 4-H Project Open House events where they can learn more about the many projects 4-H has too offer.

This is where you come in! We are in need of youth who are willing to pull their 4-H book out, a project display, and perhaps awards to share on Zoom. All project areas are welcome! We will put related projects in these same breakout rooms.

  • March 8th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 7:15-8:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 7:15 and welcome guests at 7:30.
  • March 10th: Youth volunteers will need to be available from 5:15-6:30 p.m. We will do a brief orientation at 5:15 and welcome guests at 5:30.

Each breakout room will have 2-3 4-H members with related projects – come prepared to share and tell! If you have more than one project in a similar project area, you can prepare to share more than one.

What do we need from you? If you would like to help out on either day or both days, please let Leslie Cooksey know by email (cooksey.25@osu.edu) by Friday, March 5th. Please share 4-H member name, club, and the project(s) you would like to share. 

Parents and Advisors are also able to help us with our Virtual 4-H Project Open House events. If interested, please reach out to Leslie to see how you can help!

We are looking forward to telling the great stories of 4-H projects that you all have experienced with our new prospective families!

Here’s our flyer advertising the virtual 4-H Project Open House events:

New in 2021: 4-H Virtual Project Open House Events – March 8th and 10th!

New for 2021 is a Virtual 4-H Project Clinic. Current 4-H members will display their projects and be available to share information about their 4-H experiences via Zoom. Information about specific clubs will be available as well as the opportunity to join 4-H. Prospective 4-H families are welcome to join either night! Current 4-H families are also welcome to sign on and explore project areas.

New 4-H Families: Come to our 4-H Day Drive Thru event!

We are excited that you want to join 4-H in Fairfield County. 4-H is a non-formal educational, youth development program offered to individuals age 5 and in kindergarten to age 19. Ohio 4-H youth development reaches more than 240,000 youth each year – helping kids “learn by doing” through hands-on activities.

Join us at 4-H Day!
4-H Day is held the first Saturday in March from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the AAA Building and Ed Sands Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.

In 2021, this event will be a Drive Thru event where 4-H members will receive information about 4-H, join a club, and leave with project information. There will not be 4-H members with project displays at 4-H Day in 2021. 

For those planning to attend 4-H Day, indicate your interest by completing the online information request at go.osu.edu/Fairfield4Hinterest before March 1st.

New for 2021 is a Virtual 4-H Project Clinic. Current 4-H members will display their projects and be available to share information about their 4-H experiences via Zoom. Information about specific clubs will be available as well as the opportunity to join 4-H. Prospective 4-H families are welcome to join either night!

Have additional questions or need more information?

Visit our website at fairfield.osu.edu or Call our office at 740-653-5419!

Save the Date: March 6th – Dine to Donate at Raising Cane’s

Grab lunch or dinner on Saturday, March 6th from the Lancaster Raising Cane’s location and support the Fairfield County Jr. Leaders. This opportunity to support 4-H is from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. You must mention the fundraiser when placing your order and Cane’s will donate 15% of sales to the 4-H Jr. Leadership Club!

Junior Leader 1st Meeting – February 8th via ZOOM!

Fairfield County youth ages 13-18 are welcome to join Junior Leaders –  Join us Monday, February 8th at 6:00p.m. via zoom (go.osu.edu/jl02) as we kick off our year!

What is Junior Leadership Club?

A group of older 4-H youth from across the county. This club is designed for older youth BY older youth. Some of the activities we do throughout the county are: social outings, community service, fundraising, leadership opportunities, and assisting at county events.

When do they meet?

The Junior Leaders typically meet monthly on Mondays at 6 PM and ending at 7:30 PM.

Where are the meetings at?

Right now we’re online – Each month a new Zoom Link will be sent out. Otherwise we meet at the OSU Extension Office in Lancaster (831 College Ave.) also known as the Ag Center.

Who can join?

Anyone who is 13-18 years old and a current 4-H member of Fairfield County.

When can you join?

Any time during the year. All you have to do is show up to a meeting.

What do we do at the meetings?

Jr. Leaders discuss and plan what is going to happen each year in Fairfield County 4-H. Members of Junior Leaders work on different committees to come up with the plan of work each year.

2021 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Open!

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Virtual sessions will start at 9:00 am on February 20 and 7:00 pm on February 23 & 25.

Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs The registration booklet and registration form (to be used as a worksheet only)  have been posted to:  www.go.osu.edu/2021O4HC. Registration deadline will be Friday, February 12 at 5:00 pm.

There will be no charge for those attending this year’s conference.  Those wishing to attend the conference will be able to register themselves by following the link above.

If you have questions, please contact our office 740-653-5419.

Junior Leaders – We Need Your Help!

Thank you for your interest in participating in Junior Leaders. Due to Ohio 4-H’s guidelines we cannot host any events in person yet, so we will have our first meeting on February 8th. I will send more details about a week before the meeting. In the meantime, I need your help on a project – Creating a NEW video for 4-H recruitment at elementary schools!

 

If you are new to Junior Leaders, one of the first projects we do each year is recruit for 4-H by participating in school awareness presentations. Since we cannot visit the schools in person this year, we have given the schools the option to request a video or zoom presentation about 4-H. In order to have a video to share, we need your help creating one. Here’s how you can help: Create a 30-90 second video about your 4-H experience.

 

As a reminder, here are some things you should include during your video:

  • Your name
  • Your 4-H Club(s)
  • Years in 4-H
  • Pick one of the following things to talk about:
    • Why did you join 4-H? What do you like about?
    • What is your favorite Activities in 4-H (i.e. Fair, Camping, Tours, Trips, Banquets, Parties, Demonstrations, or Workshops)
    • Tell and show what you’ve learned and accomplished by showing a project book and/or poster
    • Some of the honors you’ve received (i.e. rosettes, trophies, certificates, pins, etc.)  and how did you receive them

 

Additional Tips:

  • If you are using your phone, make sure you shoot horizontal and not vertical.
  • You will be addressing the camera, please find a quiet place to do your recording.
  • Wear a 4-H shirt and/or have a previous 4-H project in the background.
  • Make sure that there is not a window or bright source of light behind you that would make your face look dark (backlit).
  • Make sure you save your final video as an MP4 file

 

Please submit your video to go.osu.edu/memmailbox by Monday January 25, 2021. If you would prefer to stay off the camera, submit a video of your favorite pictures and describe what you’re doing/why they’re your favorite.

Remember this is a great project to participate in and looks great on your Ohio 4-H Achievement form! If you have any questions, please let Aubry (Fowler.443@osu.edu) know!

Take the Leap Career Readiness Program – Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18 Opportunity

On behalf of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council, we would like to introduce you to the 2021 Take the Leap Year Program. Thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board, Take the Leap Year is a teen-led, five-month free program available to Ohio 4-H Teens ages 13-18. Our goal is to help teens from Ohio gain leadership skills, career development skills, and learn how to establish and maintain goals. They will learn these skills through programming, journaling, and working with their peers.

Registration is now open at go.osu.edu/taketheleap and due January 24, 2021.

More information about the program:

We will be meeting virtually on the third Wednesday of each month February-May. There will be two meetings in June, with one on the second Wednesday of the month and on the fourth Wednesday. These workshops will be held in the evening. Each session will have different themes taught by teen leaders. Prior to beginning in February, registered participants will receive a package in the mail with supplies for the program.

Below are the following plans with the corresponding months:

  • February: This meeting will be an introduction to the program. Throughout the program, we are challenging teens to pick one word to apply to all aspects of their life. This word can help them reach their goals.
  • March: Working with teens to develop a 5-year plan to help them determine what they would like to accomplish in the near future.
  • April: Teens will learn professionalism skills that will benefit them in their later careers. They will learn about resume building, elevator pitches, business cards, and much more!
  • May: Participants will learn about state opportunities within the Ohio 4-H program.
  • June (2nd Wednesday): Q& A with 4-H alumni and the opportunity to learn about several career paths.
  • June (4th Wednesday): Closing Ceremony

 

If you have any questions please contact TLC Officers Avalon Havan (ava.havan@gmail.com) or Nat Kresic (natkresic@gmail.com), or TLC Advisors Kayla Oberstadt (oberstadt.1@osu.edu), Frances Foos (foos.61@osu.edu), or Sarah Longo (longo.79@osu.edu).