REMINDER: Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

 

LAST CHANCE: 2023 Advisor Applications Due

If you are interested in becoming a Licking County 4-H advisor for 2023, you can find the application HERE. Completed applications are due to the Licking County Extension Office by February 1, 2023. Applications can also be emailed to Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu. If you are interested in starting a new club, please turn your advisor application in as soon as possible so we can get that process started as well.

2023 4-H Advisor Training

Licking County 4-H Advisors! A reminder to make sure that you are planning to attend one of the THREE advisor trainings that are being held this year. We would love to see as many of you as possible attend the first training on Saturday, January 28th at Licking Valley Elementary. Not only will this be the first opportunity to get your club packet, but after the training we will have a resource fair immediately after the training. We have worked to gather resources and community groups from around the county that we think will be beneficial to your work as a club advisor. If you are unable to attend the training on January 28th, please be sure to let Lisa McCutcheon know which of the other two trainings you will be attending. The other two trainings will be at the Extension Office so space is limited and we will not have the resource fair following the training at the two later dates.

WHEN / WHERE: We encourage you to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28th (9:00 a.m.) at Licking Valley Elementary School no registration necessary, as we hope that all of you can attend! But…if you’re not available for that session, please email Lisa McCutcheon to let us know if you need to attend one of the alternative dates (February 16th or 21st / 6-8:00 p.m.), which will be held here at the Extension Office. Because those two dates are considered back-up, and have a much smaller capacity than that January 28th date, YOU MUST REGISTER ASAP if you plan to attend February 16th or February 21st trainings.

LOCATION: Licking Valley Elementary School: We will be meeting in the cafeteria. You can enter from either side of the building, with parking on both sides as well as the back. If you park in the back, you will need to walk around front to the cafeteria entrance. You are also welcome to park around the loop, if space permits – but stay off the grass! We would certainly encourage carpooling, as we hope to have at least 180 advisors in attendance, and the school will also be hosting basketball games that same morning (they will be using different entrance)…

WHAT: If you’re planning to attend the January 28th training (and we really hope you will), you’ll participate in a training update from 9-11:00 a.m., and then have time from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to enjoy the newly added RESOURCE FAIR! We will have a trade show area set up for you to ask questions, look at new materials, interact with key resource leaders, etc. – or you can just take a few minutes to sit and speak with other advisors about what’s working for them! That time is for YOU! We want to support you, and the Resource Fair can serve that purpose! Note: If you must attend the February 16th / 21st dates, please know that only training will be provided due to space and time limitations. Note: We are not holding a Discover 4-H event immediately after the training, as it had been held in the past. Discover 4-H is being held on other dates, and in other locations…

WHY: All 4-H Club Advisors within the state of Ohio are required to attend an annual training. This training will include an introduction to anything that’s new, review of any issues that have been encountered over the past year, reminder about the important dates and deadline, emphasis on new tasks that may be needed, etc. Training is intended to support you and provide you with information and resources that will make your work as an advisor more enjoyable, more manageable, and more rewarding!

2023 Advisor Applications Due Soon

If you are interested in becoming a Licking County 4-H advisor for 2023, you can find the application HERE. Completed applications are due to the Licking County Extension Office by February 1, 2023. Applications can also be emailed to Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu. If you are interested in starting a new club, please turn your advisor application in as soon as possible so we can get that process started as well.

2023 Ohio 4-H Virtual Club Officer Training

Ohio 4-H is hosting a virtual 4-H Club Officer Training On Monday, February 27, 2023 from 7:00-8:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about holding a 4-H club office. There will also be a session for 4-H Club Advisors! Register online by Friday, February 24, 2023 by visiting http://go.osu.edu/officer. Once you register, an email confirmation with the Zoom link will be sent to the email address with which you registered.

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

The winter workshop for Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training will take place February 24-26, 2023 at 4-H Camp Ohio. Any 4-H advisor who would like to become certified in a new discipline or re-certify in a discipline they have been teaching, if it’s been over 7 years since their last certification, should register. Space is limited, especially if you are interested in being certified in shotgun so please register right away! Registration deadline is January 22, 2023. To register, please visit: www.go.osu.edu/23winterssworkshop

Cost is $110.00. Payment: Is due at the time of registration. Payments can be made online with a Credit/Debit Card preferred method or by mailing a check to the Ohio 4-H Center address provide in registration process. Checks must be received by January 23, 2023. Space is not confirmed until payment is received.

Please be sure to complete the health form survey that will be sent to you upon the completion of the registration survey. You may also be asked to complete the National 4-H Shooting Sport online eLearning modules if you have not already completed them.

2023 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.

 

Meat Judging Coaches Clinic

The Meat Science Program at Ohio State will offer their annual Meat Judging Coaches’ Clinic on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn about, or brush up on coaching a meat judging team. Topics include beef, lamb, and pork evaluation in retail classes, carcass classes, wholesale classes, retail ID, and beef grading.

What: Meat Judging Coaches’ Clinic

When: Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 8:30am to 4:30pm

Where: Animal Sciences Building, 2029 Fyffe Ct., Columbus, OH 43210

Cost: $70.00

Register at: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQcg3M5lxuPAuQm

REMINDER: 2022 Club Financial Documents due soon!

Attention Advisors! Please remember that all clubs must turn in a Yearly Financial Summary by December 1st each year. If your has not completed their financial summary for this year, please be sure that that is on your schedule to do and turn in before December 1, 2022. You can find the financial summary on the Club Resource Book Supplemental Materials page under the Advisor Resources tab on our website. There are three different versions that you can use depending on what works best for you. You should have also received a print copy in your club packet that you received at the beginning of the year, or we have print copies available at the office if you need one.

Please also remember that we have a NEW Yearly Financial Review document that should be completed annually as well. You can find this form just below the Yearly Financial Summary at the page linked above. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to review the requirements and recommendations and then form a Financial Review Committee to complete the review before December 1, 2022.

Because 4-H clubs are nonprofit and held to the standards of the Internal Revenue Service 501c3 determination, it is important that the finances for each club and group go through an audit. This practice of auditing protects the club and the treasurer themselves. Each 4-H Club / Committee should conduct a yearly financial review and may use internal or external audits (or emergency audit when needed). It is recommended to have an annual / yearly financial review, internal audit once every three years, and an external audit conducted at least once every six years.

We know you may have questions, so please do reach out with questions as we are happy to help.