Dear 4-H Members, Families, and Friends,
Today is the last day for the 2019 Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair. This years fair has been full of excitement, positive youth development and unforgettable moments. As we open the fair today, I hope you remember that all of this is for the benefit of our county youth.
Hamilton County 4-H is for everyone! Through our school programs we reach new audiences every day, through our club based program we protect our legacy and through our special programs we reinforce our commitment to the nearly 200,000 youth of Hamilton County.
While the numbers are still being crunched, we have seen a significant increase in attendance at this years fair, which serves as an excellent tribute to the hard work of our volunteers. 4-H cannot exist without volunteers. We have over 50 registered volunteers and each of them deserves accolades for their hard work this week. From our club advisors to our species superintendents and back to our project specific volunteers I have to say, thank you. You are making the world a better place and certainly exemplify the mission of 4-H.
Hamilton County 4-H can always use more Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to start new clubs in every community in Cincinnati and throughout Hamilton County. Volunteers are needed to serve as experts as youth complete their projects. Volunteers are needed to help get out the word about 4-H. Every person who shares a post or donated to this cause must be recognized for their efforts to serve 4-H.
Like all public programs Hamilton County 4-H cannot exist without the generous support of our funders. Thanks to the allocation from the Hamilton County Commissioners we are able to unlock the cost share from the USDA to support our 4-H Educator Position. Thanks to the support of the State of Ohio Legislature we are able to support of full time Program Assistant to run our flagship 4-H AgriScience in the City Program at Pleasant Hill Academy in College Hill. Thanks to the L&L Nippert Chertiable Trust we are able to engage nearly 3,000 youth in the ChickQuest program and thanks to the Ohio4-H foundation we are able to expand our reach to more youth, county wide. But a huge thanks must be given to Col. David and Dr. Nancy Bull for their generous matching gift challenge for our endowment. The Bull’s gift serves as a match, dollar for dollar their gift will help us reach our $100,000 goal.
Finally, just because the fair is almost over, doesn’t mean the 4-H fun is stopping. On September 29th we will host our annual 4-H Fun Run and Walk. Thanks to The KinderGarden School and Spring Grove Cemetery, this year’s registration is free but a suggested donation of $30 is definitely appreciated. We also need volunteers to help make this event happen.
If you’re looking to volunteer for Hamilton County 4-H visit : http://go.osu.edu/Volunteerhc4h or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking to join Hamilton County 4-H visit: http://go.osu.edu/joinhc4h.
If you’re looking to register for the Hamilton County 4-H Fun Run and Walk visit: https://hamilton.osu.edu/events/4hfunrun2019.
If you’re looking to donate to Hamilton County 4-H: https://go.osu.edu/donatehc4h.
To learn more about the Hamilton County 4-H Community Fair Visit: https://www.hc4hcommunityfair.org
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development