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It has been a quite a couple of weeks with changes coming quickly. Thank you for your patience with your county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office and OSU Extension.
I know you have many questions: When can we have club meetings? Will there be summer camp?Should we invest in projects? What about fair?
The answer is at this point, we just don’t know. It is all changing rapidly. But what we do know for sure is that we’re committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We also know that when we choose to act together, we can have incredible positive impacts.
The actions we’ve taken so far are in alignment with necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health. These are in place to help keep us all from getting, or unintentionally spreading, this virus. This includes the temporary closing to the public of our county Extension office. We’ll continue to be available via email and phone; Paige: Matney.email@example.com or Rachael: Fraley.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 740-533-4322.
To help clarify, ALL 4-H events, programs, and activities scheduled between now and April 20 must be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.
We are also suspending 4-H project book distribution through 3/31/2020. This means there will be no project book distribution at the local or state level until after March 31. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will re-evaluate project book distribution as we get closer to March 31 and share more information with you at that time.
All Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment has been received and all 4-H advisors associated with a club have access to review their club’s enrollments through the 4honline.com system and submit changes to Matney.email@example.com or by calling 740-533-4322 until April 15th. Need help running the report? 4-H Online Club Advisor Log-in Guide
For our livestock project members and families, Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Agriculture discussed some changes for this year that will help mitigate the effects the corona virus is having on holding in-person programming.For livestock quality assurance (QA) for the 2020 year only:
- • QA must still be completed before the opening day of exhibition, however the 45-day prior to the opening of the exhibition requirement will not be enforced. Certified QA club advisors may train their youth after 4-H activities are able to resume. Those club advisors who have yet to receive their training and packet, may schedule a time with Rachael after April 20 to receive training and packet materials.
- Youth livestock exhibitors (8-18) may take the online YQCA certification. http://yqca.learngrow.io/account/login. Cost $12.00. On-line test out will not be accepted. Members must use their 4honline login. All enrolled 4-H members already have a login, do not create new. Need help? The Extension Office can provide you with your personal log-in information. Please submit your certification number to Fraley.firstname.lastname@example.org for verification. Each 4-H member must have their own certification number; family certification is not accepted.
We encourage our 4-H volunteers, youth, and families to continue moving forward. We understand, given current restraints, this can be difficult but I know we have some of the most creative minds ready to adapt and continuing to do what we do best, “positive youth development”.
I have already seen it demonstrated through so many of our 4-H members giving hearts, helping others through this time of need. I have also seen clubs getting creative and posting club activities, like “Interview Do’s and Don’ts” and finding ways to engage their youth through social media. Continue to be creative and continue to share.
Ohio 4-H has provided a few helpful resources such as Tips and Tricks for Meeting With Your Club When You Can’t Meet (In-Person) and Communicating Online With Your Club. These resources and more can be found at go.osu.edu/4Hadvisorinfo
In the coming days, we’ll post updates on our local Lawrence County 4-H facebook page and Lawrence.osu.edu website. Ohio 4-H is also continually updating their social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and website. We’ll also include links to resources that you and your children can use. And we’ll do what we can to keep you updated as we learn new information. Please continue to check your e-mail and subscribe to our blog u.osu.edu/lawrence4h. We encourage you to also share all info with your fellow 4-H’ers and on your social media platforms.
As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people.
Please see the attached Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer & Family Notice effective Immediately through April 20th.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.
As our 4-H Community Club activities and Lawrence County Fair prep is in full swing, your Lawrence County 4-H team have a few things to inform & remind you of:
“See Yourself In 4-H, 2020” by enrolling before the March 15th deadline at oh.4honline.com
- For enrollment information, project specific forms, and more – please visit our website
- Our livestock rules and expectations, as well as other Lawrence County Fair events have been updated on our Lawrence County 4-H Fair page. This page continues to be updated, so be sure to check back regularly!
“4-H Calendar of Events” Lawrence County has a few different ways to stay up to date on all county 4-H events. In the event a date is cancelled, Lawrence.osu.edu news articles, facebook posts, and e-mail blasts will update you as soon as possible.
- Lawrence County Website Calendar: https://lawrence.osu.edu/events
- Google Calendar: go.osu.edu/lawrencecounty4hgooglecalendar
- Printable Calendar: https://lawrence.osu.edu/sites/lawrence/files/imce/2020%204-H%20Calendar.pdf
“Digital Communication” In an effort to share the latest and greatest news hot off the press… and to save some trees & postage too – check your enrollment e-mail, like our facebook page, visit our website, and/or subscribe to this blog. If these communication avenues don’t work for you, no worries – please just give us a call and we will mail you whatever you need 🙂
“Financial Summary/Club Charter Checklist” Organizational club advisors, don’t forget to submit your end of the 4-H year paperwork. The Financial Summary and Club Charter Checklist must be submitted before your enrollment will be approved.
“Livestock Updates” Recently, our office released news regarding a summary of livestock rule changes, options for quality assurance, a ractopamine update, tag-in dates, etc. Please visit Livestock Exhibition Updates for more information.
“Cloverbud 4-H Discovery Series” We are excited to announce we will be offering a series of Cloverbud activities county-wide. All Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-8 years old, are invited to attend. Cloverbuds will be introduced to activities surrounding each of our 4-H project areas, introduced to service learning, and meet other cloverbuds from around the county. For more information and registration dates & guidelines, please check out this link later this week… https://u.osu.edu/lawrence4h/lawrence-county-4-h-cloverbud-discovery-series/
“Senior 4-H Member Scholarships” The Lawrence County 4-H Committee Endowment provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to apply for a $250.00 college scholarship. Deadline has been extended to April 10th. High school seniors interested in applying should visit Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship
“4-H Camp” For camp dates, scholarship applications (deadline extended to April 10th), and registration materials, please visit 4-H Camp.
“Lawrence County 4-H T-Shirt Designs” Do you have an awesome 4-H T-Shirt idea? Does it go with our “See Yourself in 4-H, 2020” theme? Is it your original design? If the answer is yes… we would love for you to submit your t-shirt design to our office by March 31. We would love to publish your idea on a t-shirt and use it as a fundraiser for the Lawrence County 4-H program!
&& we hope you are still reading because last, but certainly not least …. “Why 4-H?” The Lawrence County 4-H Teen Leaders have issued a challenge, they would like to hear from club members, advisors, alumni, etc. on why 4-H? Why would you encourage someone to participate in 4-H? What impact does 4-H have on you? We are truly thankful for an amazing 4-H community and hope you will submit your short video story to Fraley.email@example.com to be published on our media sites. We want to tell our 4-H story to all who will hear, so please share our blog and facebook with your ALL your friends.
“….for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
Are you a Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitor, parent, or advisor? If so, this is a must read…
The Ohio State University Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee is continuously working and listening to our 4-H members and parents to update rules and recommendations to provide our youth with the most positive, consistent, good production practices, livestock experience. As evident with the recent ractopamine-free consumer market demand, livestock production practices are always changing and we as good stewards need to move with the change.
Most species have at least one change for the 2020 year, some bigger than others. The Lawrence County Fairboard’s official stance on ractopamine is still forthcoming, however the OSU Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee has provided a ractopamine-free recommendation as we are quickly approaching the purchase of livestock animals. Quality Assurance expectations and options have been updated… we have even listened to suggestions since our last Quality Assurance announcement and have made some age changes to the required beginner training.
For the details, visit – 2020 Summary of Livestock Changes, Ractopamine Update, Quality Assurance, and Dates
“4-H is about more than the ribbons & the awards;… its about the people, the experiences, the life-long skills, the memories & its about being a role model, giving back and making the best better”
The Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment deadline is fast approaching… we are officially 4 weeks away from the deadline to enroll for fair participation! Have you enrolled yet?
Lawrence County 4-H offers a couple of ways to enroll:
- Visit oh.4honline.com ….. need a tutorial visit: 4Honline help video
- Returning volunteers and members – use your profile information from last year to log-in or call our office for help!
- New members – create a profile!
- Meet with your 4-H club advisor and complete an enrollment form
Choosing your 4-H projects can be exciting and challenging… visit the Ohio 4-H Family Guide for a full list of Ohio 4-H projects. Then, if you’d like to take a closer look at the project, visit Ohio 4-H Project Central
*Club advisors – once your members have chosen their projects, please complete a complete and submit a Club Project Book Order Form
Want to keep up with Lawrence County 4-H News…. Don’t forget to subscribe to u.osu.edu/lawrence4h
Are you interested in keeping up with Lawrence County 4-H?
The u.osu.edu/lawrence4h blog will be the home of all your 2020 news. This blog will host links to news stories, important events and information, and much needed club and county 4-H resources.
We also encourage our 4-H club leaders and families to share information with us by e-mailing Fraley.firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share all the amazing service projects and other great things going on in your 4-H world!
Subscribe today to be alerted each time we provide you with an important update!
The home of our Lawrence County 4-H Campers are in need of support, please see the below information from our Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Secretary & Marketing Chair, Christy Clary:
Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp was a 2019 recipient of a Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) Youth Development Grant. The grant was for $250,000 with a $50,000 match to fund a new sleeping and conference facility and update the HVAC system in Harrison Powell Lodge. “We are excited for this new opportunity to expand our sleeping facilities and update Harrison Powell. This will allow us to accommodate more campers, but also give us another rental space for the community to use” said Michelle Stumbo, Board Past President. Ground was broken in October and extensive progress has been made. The projected completion date for the new building is April 2020, just in time for the 4-H camping season. The new building will provide restroom access for the boys’ hill cabins and will sleep approximately 30 people in two sleeping areas. It will also feature a small common area for groups to rent. Board members have been actively working to raise the $50,000 matching funds and have raised $16,000, or 32 percent of the way to the goal. If you are interested in supporting this project, there are multiple ways to give. Your donation can be processed through the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Fund at The Ohio State University, which provides individuals and businesses with full OSU donor benefits. If you would like more information about these benefits, contact your County Extension Educator. One hundred percent of all donated funds come directly back to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc., and your gift is tax-deductible. To donate in this way, please make your check payable to The Ohio State University with Development Fund 303873 in the memo line or visit the website at go.osu.edu/givecanters enter 303873 in the search field and proceed to make your online donation. In the special instructions field, please enter Canter’s Cave SOACDF Grant Project. Another option is to make your check payable to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc. and mail it directly to camp. Again, your donation is tax-deductible, and all funds donated in this way will directly benefit the “SOACDF Grant” campaign.Approximately 1500 youth utilize our facility in 4-H-related camps during the year. 4-H members from the following counties camp each summer at Canter’s Cave: Adams, Brown, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Scioto, and Vinton. The camp is home to the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Program, the Ohio 4-H Special Needs Camp, the annual STEM Camp, and many other educational, social-recreational, and team-building youth and adult programs throughout the year. Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Inc. facilities are open to rent by band camps, leadership retreats, religious fellowships, weddings and receptions, and other public and private groups. If you have any questions about the SOACDF Youth Development Grant or other donor opportunities, or if you would like to see the facility or make reservations for any business meetings, retreats, and so on, please contact Camp Manager Sarah Wensink at (740) 286-4058 or by e-mail at email@example.com or visit the website at 4hcanterscave.osu.edu. You may also contact your local County Extension Office for further information.
Also, starting tomorrow is a live fundraiser via Facebook: http://facebook.com/canterscave4hcamp leading up to Giving Tuesday! All funds raised during this campaign will also be used as match toward our $50,000 goal!
Thanks for your support!
PS: As you are looking into Christmas presents, 4-H camp certificates are available at our office.
Beginner & Junior High Camp: $147.00
Teen Camp: $151.00
Cloverbud Overnight: $65.00
Jr. Shooting Sports: $230.00
Sr. Shooting Sports: $330.00
Lawrence County 4-H Going Digital in 2020
We are trying something new, all documentation pertaining to the Lawrence County 4-H program will be digital for 2020. We will send out blasts of information and links through posts on our county website (lawrence.osu.edu), posts on our Ohio State – Lawrence County 4-H Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lawrence4H), and e-mailed out through the 4honline portal.
This process will begin January 6th with your 2020 Club packet, it will be available on our website, for a quick link visit https://go.osu.edu/lawco4hvolunteerresources. If you are unsure you have the correct e-mail on file with us, please give us a call or email Paige at Matney.firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on facebook! If digital doesn’t work for you, please contact our office so you can be placed on our mailing list or stop by our office to pick up any needed materials.
2020 4-H Calendar
We are excited to announce our 2020 4-H Calendar! Please look over and start holding your dates today. We don’t want you and your members to miss out on all the fun and exciting things our county 4-H program has to offer. Please visit lawrence.osu.edu/events
Market Steer Tag-In
Market Steer Tag-In will be Saturday, December 14th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the fairgrounds. All 4-H members planning to exhibit a market steer at the 2020 Lawrence County Fair must bring their steer on a lead rope, broke to lead, to the Lawrence County Fairgrounds on day of tag-in to be eligible to exhibit at the county fair.
2020 Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports
If you have members interested in the Lawrence County 4-H 700 level shooting sports projects they must be 9 by January 1st and enrolled in the program by January 6th. For more information, please contact Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, Andrea Hairston, at 740-646-3433. Please leave a detailed message and she will get back with you! Members who enroll in 700 level projects after the January 6th deadline, will not be eligible to participate in training hours until Fall 2020.
2020 Quality Assurance
Since we have just completed the 3-year Quality Assurance, Good Production Practices, rotation through club trainings, we have decided to mandate all beginner 4-H members attend a county wide quality assurance this year. All members 8-12 years old, as of January 1, 2020, must attend the Beginner 4-H’er Quality Assurance training at Collins Career Center on April 6th. All other members are welcome to attend the county-wide training, receive training through their certified club volunteer, or test-out. Please see calendar for test-out dates! Club Quality Assurance teaching kits will be available for pick up March 1st for certified volunteers to check-out for their 13-18 year old member trainings.
2020 Lawrence County Junior Fairboard
The Lawrence County Junior Fairboard would like to invite new members, must be 14 as of January 1, to attend their kick-off meeting on January 7th, at 6:00pm at the Extension Office.
2020 4-H & Livestock Committee
Know a certified 4-H volunteer interested in being on the 4-H or Livestock Committee? Please call Rachael at 740-533-4322 for more information!
2020 4-H Horse Committee
Are you or someone you know interested in helping our Lawrence County 4-H Horse program grow? Please join us December, 3rd at 6:00pm at the Extension Office to begin planning and discussing our 4-H Horse Program for 2020.
2019 Charter/Financial Summary
Organizational Club Leaders, please remember your 2019 Club Charter and Financial Summary are due to the county office. Members and volunteer enrollment will not be accepted for your club until these forms are turned in. Forms were mailed to the organizational club leader, if you need a copy, please visit http://go.osu/lawco4hvolunteerresources .You may e-mail them to Fraley.email@example.com, fax to 740-533-4416, or mail to our office.
OSU Policy “Keeping Our Minors Safe” requires all volunteers complete their BCI every 4 years. Those required to rescreen for 2020 should have received an informational packet with details. This must be completed by January 1. Also, all clubs must be trained yearly, on this policy The training date this year will be March 9th, 2020 at Collins Career Center.
New Volunteer Applications
If you know of someone interested in being a Lawrence County 4-H volunteer, please have them visit http://go.osu.edu/lawco4hvolunteerresources for the required application process. If you need a printed packet, please stop by our office or contact Paige at 740-533-4322 or Matney.firstname.lastname@example.org
The website is now open for enrollment. If you are a returning member or volunteer, please do not create a new profile. If you do not know your log-in information, please contact our office.
Holiday Community Service
We are collecting personal hygiene products to be given as stocking stuffers to a local organization. If you would like to contribute, please turn items into our office by December 2nd.
2020 Ohio 4-H Family Guide
4-H youth looking for new project ideas can visit http://ohio4h.org/familyguide
for full project details. We also have copies available at the Extension Office.
Lawrence County 4-H is excited to announce some upcoming activities for Cloverbud youth and resources for Cloverbud Volunteers & Parents!!
This year, we are offering our 1st Cloverbud Challenge on May 23rd! The Challenge will be focused around Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle: coming up with a solution to reduce pollution and lessen the impact on the environment! For more details, click this link: 2017CloverbotChallenge, then call the Extension Office to register.
Cloverbud Overnight is right around the corner, June 16th-17th! Cloverbud’s and their parents can join us for an evening of fun at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. To view more details, visit Cloverbud Overnight Info & Registration
Also, Ohio 4-H offers many great lessons to use during your 4-H Club Meetings, check out: Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Activities