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!

Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award – Nominations Open!

The Fairfield County Junior Leaders are honored to recognize two former 4-H’ers who have been selected as outstanding 4-H Alumni. This award annually recognizes one male and one female former 4-H member (any county or state) for their outstanding contribution(s) to the 4-H program as adult volunteers. In addition to their own individual plaques, the outstanding 4-H Alumni will also have their names added to our 4-H Alumni Award Plaque which is on display in the lobby of the Fairfield County Extension Office.

Please submit this form: Outstanding Alumni 2022 by Dec. 1st to nominate a former 4-H member for this award along with a short reason why he or she should be recognized.

Please nominate one man and one woman who are 4-H Alumni.  They can be from any state or county 4-H program. This award is not limited to just current advisors! This award annually recognizes one male and one female former 4-H member (any county or state) for their outstanding contribution(s) to the 4-H program as adult volunteers. Please submit a nomination form for a former 4-H member for this award and include a short description on why they should be recognized.

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

Applications for the 4-H Advisory Committee  – 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 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

Thank You Note Station Update!!

Were you able to visit The Thank You Note Project during the Fairfield County Fair?!? We are mailing out 50 thank you notes that were completed during fair week! Did you have a busy week and miss the Thank You Note Station?

Great News: Bring your completed note to the Extension Office (831 College Ave. Suite D, Lancaster) by Friday, Oct. 29th and the 4-H Endowment Committee will pay for your postage. The Extension Office is open Mon-Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm. There is also a black drop off box on the East side of the building near our employee entrance where you can place thank you notes after hours. Now is a perfect time to say thank you!

Fight the Hunger – Fill the Trailer at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair!

Dear 4-H Friends,

The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard is very excited to participate in the Farm Credit Mid-America “Fight the Hunger-Fill the Trailer”  canned food drive campaign beginning on Monday, October 11 after the Grand Opening of the 2021 Fairfield County Fair.  We are encouraging all Junior Fair Participants to join in this challenge to help those in our community who need assistance especially as we look to colder weather ahead.  We are partnering with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders in this effort and do appreciate their support in this HUGE undertaking during County Fair Week.

Each of the clubs, chapters or groups participating will be asked to bring your canned food donations to either the Ed Sands or the North Wing of the Dairy Barn by the Alpacas to our drop off sites.  Donations will be weighed daily and winning clubs will be kept an announced daily via the Fairfield County Fair Facebook page.  Our goal is 10,000 lbs of canned food!! We CAN DO THIS!!!

Since we know this upcoming week is a busy time for everyone, if you would like to drop off your donations at either the Ed Sands or Dairy Barn during Club Set Up on Friday, October 8 near the kitchen door/window  or Saturday, October 9 we will hold those donations for you until the official Contest beginning on Monday, October 11.   Please be sure you donations are clearly marked on the bag or box of donations, so your group can be credited for the donation.  Also, if you have friends or relatives coming to the fair to watch you exhibit your projects, please let them know they can participate too!!  We will have large drop box containers at every entrance gate to receive donations, just be sure your club name is attached to your families donation!!   The contest will end on Saturday, October 16 when we visit all the campers on the Fairgrounds with our Junior Leader helpers  to “clean the camper “  looking for canned food items!! Join the fun of this great community service project!!

The winning groups will receive a cash prize from the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard in the amount of $100.00 for your club, chapter or group.  There will be 5 winning prizes.  Please consider helping the Senior Fairboard with this worthwhile campaign.  Our goal is to win the $5,000 top prize in this contest and make the entry process easier for all of our Junior Fair groups!!    Also, please let us know if there is a particular food pantry or blessing box you wish for some of your donations to be directed to and let us know if you would like to be a part of the delivering your donation with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders after the Fair!

4-H Booths and 4-H Display Barn – Fair Information

The 4-H Display Barn will house ALL still projects. If your club has a booth, all still projects will go in the club’s booth.

Gardening/Crop Projects will be brought to the 4-H Display Barn during set-up times and will be displayed together in the 4-H Display Barn. Please check with the 4-H Display Barn staff present to check-in your gardening/crop exhibit.

There will be a special area in the 4-H Display Barn for all State Fair Clothing Participants – so these projects will not be displayed in the club’s booth.

If your club is not having a booth, there will be a special area in the 4-H Display Barn for your member’s projects to be displayed. A reminder that in order for a member to receive a premium for their project, it MUST BE DISPLAYED the entire week of the fair! 

Please note, no straw is permitted in the displays including bales! The use of feathers is also prohibited from 4-H Display Barn displays.

4-H Display Barn Setup will be Friday, October 8th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 9th from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. 4-H Display Barn Tear Down is Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ONLY – no early removals!

Volunteers DESPERATELY needed to help in the 4-H Display Barn during fair week!

To help cut down on vandalism or theft in the 4-H Display (Booth) Barn, all clubs with booths in the 4-H Display Barn are REQUIRED to sign up for at least one – 2 hour period to guard and keep an eye on displays in the 4-H Display Barn. During your club shift(s), we ask that you have at least two people per club – one adult and one person age 16 or older. They can be parents, advisors, or older 4-H members. The guards watch the area and answer visitors’ questions. Please contact your club advisor or call the Extension Office to sign-up for a shift. If you know the names of those who will be representing your club during those days and times, please also include their names. Please share all the days and times you are able to help. (Note: You will not be placed in every time you list—that will just assist in the process of acquiring volunteers!)

Thank you to Judy, Sheila, and Cindy for signing up to help so far…but we need many more volunteers to help! Please contact Missy Koenig (koenig.398@osu.edu) if you can help out!

Lancaster Greenhouse Fundraiser – This Saturday & Sunday

Come support the Fairfield County 4-H Advisory Committee by shopping at the Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery, September 18th & 19th!

Read on for More Details….

  • In-Store Sales
    • Distribute the coupon below to all family and friends. A whole page of coupons can be found here: Lancaster Greenhouse Fundraiser
    • Group supporters will shop as a “normal customer” on the above dates listed.  If we happen to have any current in-store sales and promotions taking place, they will be able to take advantage of those just like a typical customer.
    • At time of checkout, customers will give a copy of the attached coupon to our cashier so we know they are associated with your group and 15% of their transaction will be donated back to your group (not the customer).
    • Absolutely no coupons can be distributed at the store location

This is a fundraising event for the 4-H Advisory Committee. The 4-H Advisory Committee supports county 4-H programming for all youth members and adult volunteers including, but not limited to: Awards and banquets, trips and scholarships, printing costs, special programming costs, and more!

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