May Newsletter

Hello 4-H Families,

It seems likes years have passed since the last newsletter but it has only been 5 months. A lot has changed in the way we live our lives in those 5 months but one strong shoulder to lean on is our 4-H community. We have created, adapted, and overcome so many challenges in such a short amount of time and I am personally proud of everyone. As we make changes that bring up difficulties in our life one thing we have to remember is the safety of ourselves, our families, and each other. This time in our lives is like that one chapter in your favorite book that is not quite as good as the other ones but you have to read through it in order to figure out what goes on next. I encourage everyone to keep reading and turn the page like tomorrow is going to be better.



County News

Calling all Seniors!

We want to honor all of our seniors this year at the Lucas County Fair in the Baby Barn. We would like all of the 2020 Seniors to email or mail Sue Stram at a picture of you as a baby, a picture of your when you first started 4-H and then a picture of you right now (this can be either a senior picture of a picture of you working on your 4-H project). Please include your name and 4-H club you are a member of. If you prefer to mail the pictures here is the address: Susan Stram, 6925 Jeffers Rd. Whitehouse OH 43571

Another Senior Moment

The Lucas County Fair is taking applications for the 2020 Fair King and Queen. Any male or female, aged 16 to 18 as of January 1 of the year of the competition is eligible to
compete. Participants must be a member of 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, DECA, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts who believe their involvement in the Lucas Co. Jr. Fair program, community, and leadership endeavor warrants recognition as a model Jr. Fair participant. Applicants must be currently involved in the Jr. Fair program, be unmarried nor have been married, not have born or fathered any children. Once crowned King or Queen you are ineligible for future competition. Check out for more details. Due June 1st!

Field Trip Friday

Join me every Friday to explore a new place on Earth (and sometimes not on Earth). It’s #FieldTripFriday !!!! We have taking a new virtual field trip since March 27, they’re educational, entertaining, and fun! We have gone to the International Space Station, swam in the Great Barrier Reef, visited national museums, and boarded famous military ships all from the comfort of your own home. If you want to check out all of the trips we have taken visit to view the archived field trips. If you want to join us live we meet every Friday at 3:00pm. Click here to join us on Friday.

Mini Garden Project

Open to any youth AGES 8-18 (You DO NOT need to be a member of 4-H)
Have you ever had an interest in gardening but did not know where to start? The 4-H Mini Garden project is just the right choice. Chose from a marigold plant or a tomato plant to grow yourself! The 4-H Mini Garden project is a great opportunity to learn the basics of growing without having to buy a plant! That’s right, the plants are free for anyone taking the project! Contact Elliott at for more details. Check out Extension’s gardening resources here:

4-H Camp Palmer Buckeye Funder

Take a moment and recall one of your most favorite memories of 4-H. For many of us, those memories are vivd with the sounds and smells (good and BAD!) of 4-H camp. From camp songs, to “warm fuzzies:, counselors skits, and vespers, those summer days and nights helped us to grow and become who we are today. We want to be sure those opportunities are there for kids next year and many years to come.

We all have acknowledged our own sadness as a result of camps being cancelled this summer, but our 4-H’ers have proven to be resilient and encouraging considering this decision. Protecting our 4-H family of youth, volunteers and staff is our absolute number one priority and we know that this was the right decision to keep everyone safe during these challenging times. As a result of these camp closures, the loss of income is hitting these camps hard. To keep camp fees down, most camps run on a very strict and tight budget with little room to withstand substantial losses such as they are experiencing this year. Collectively across the state, Ohio 4-H camps will lose $1.1 million dollars in revenue.

Please stand with us in support of Ohio 4-H camps. We are anxious to welcome everyone back next year but know that the ability to continue operations is uncertain. Please give today and invest in camp to help grow true leaders for tomorrow.

State News

Ohio 4-H Camp(ish)

Calling all stay-at-home campers! Ohio 4-H staff miss summer camp as much as you do, and we want to do what we can to bring elements of camp to your home! On June 9-11, you are invited to join us for Ohio 4-H Camp…ish! It is open to any youth ages 8-18 across the state of Ohio. Friends who are not in 4-H are welcome to register, too! There is no cost for attending, although some activities will require the use of basic art supplies, household items, or things found outdoors. Please visit to register by June 7! Activities will be hosted at the following times each day: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, 4-5 PM. Campers are not required to attend all sessions, so sign up and come for the times you can enjoy Camp…ish activities brought to you by Ohio 4-H Camp…ish Directors!

Ohio 4-H Computer Science Virtual SPIN Club

Come join us and learn about the basics of coding, computer technology, and software. If you enjoy exploring computers or apps then you’ll love learning in this totally virtual environment with people your own age. Learn about hacking, coding, computational thinking, and more!


Location: ONLNE! Click below to join

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth in grades 3-6.

Contact information: Elliott Lawrence, Lucas County, or Mark Light, Hardin County,

Ohio 4-H Small Garden Virtual SPIN Club

Have fun in this virtual 4-H Special Interest SPIN Club learning how to make small gardens from easy to find items. Activities include seed starting, seed bombs, re-purposing containers for the garden, herb and pizza gardens, terrariums, succulents, garden art, imagination gardens, and more!

Every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm from May 28 to July 9

Location: ONLNE! Register at

Cost: FREE!

Details: Open to ANY youth grades 3-12. Limited to the first 25 to enroll

Contact information: Sue Hogan, Franklin County,


January Newsletter

Hello 4-H Families!

As we are deep into the winter months we can always thing about warm summer days that are ahead of us. Check out all of the activities and opportunities that are below in this quarter’s newsletter.

County 4-H News

Toledo Walleye 4-H Night

Join the Toledo Walleye on Sunday, February 16

Tickets are just $17 each for all 4-H clubs

To purchase tickets as a group, contact Rita Natter at 419-725-9258 or

4-H Club Officer Training

Are you new to being a club officer or do you want to learn more about being and officer? Come to our 2nd annual Lucas County 4-H Club Officer Training.

Open to all ages

When: February 19th from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: First Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, 6520 Pilliod Rd, Holland, OH 43528

Lucas County 4-H President’s Circle Meeting

If you are a new club president or a past club president then you are invited to our second President’s Circle Meeting. This leadership club is an opportunity for 4-H youth to learn about team building skills, leadership skills, workforce development, and belonging. We are going to partner with area businesses and tour their facilities to learn about jobs and careers in the area. This is also a great opportunity to provide assistance to the Extension office and networking.

2020 Lucas County 4-H Camp

Registration is now open for the 2020 Lucas County 4-H Camp. Camp this year is July 23-July 26 at the beautiful and scenic 4-H Camp Palmer in Northern Fulton County. You DO NOT have to be a 4-H member to attend camp so invite your friends! Check out our website for more details

Lucas County Fair Junior Fairboard

The Lucas County Fair Junior Fairboard is now meeting. We meet every month on the second Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Clubroom. Each club should have 2 representitives  over the age of 11. If you are interested in joining Junior Fairboard join us at our next meeting February 13th.

Volunteers in the Know Regional 4-H Advisor Training

The Maumee Valley Extension Education Research Area is having our annual 4-H Advisor Training on February 25th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stryker Ohio located at 23120 US Highway 6, Stryker, OH 43557. Registration starts at 6:00pm. There is no pre-registration required. Snacks will be provided. This is a great opportunity to learn about what other 4-H programs are doing through Northwest Ohio and also networking with other 4-H Advisors.

Livestock Quality Assurance Training

This is a requirement for 4-H youth that are taking livestock to the fair. This training is held on March 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Monclova Road Baptist Church located 7819 Monclova Rd, Monclova, OH 43542. Pre-registration is not required. If you cannot attend this training you must attend another training in another county. Lucas County 4-H is only offering one training. An updated list of all QA Trainings in the state will be uploaded to once I have the updated list from the State 4-H Animal Sciences Department.

Christopher T. Norman Scholarship

Christopher T. Norman was an outstanding Huron County 4-H member who went to work with the Farm Bureau in northwest Ohio.  He touched many lives in Ashland, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties.  He died an untimely death on March 18, 2000.

His family set up a Memorial Scholarship Fund in Chris’s name.  Lucas county is one of the counties included in the scholarship.   High School Seniors are encouraged to fill out an application. If you would like an application or you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Malone at

Lucas County 4-H Scholarship

The Lucas County 4-H Scholarship has to be completed to be considered for the following trips and opportunities: (DUE MARCH 11TH)

  • Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp
  • Sea Camp
  • National 4-H Dairy Conference
  • 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus
  • 4-H Leadership Washington Focus
  • Space Adventures Camp

The scholarship form must be filled out even if you are not asking for help funding. These opportunities are a chance to represent Lucas County 4-H and we want the best of the best to represent our county. The scholarship form can be found at


State 4-H News

State 4-H Achievement Records are DUE FEBRUARY 11TH

Go to for more details including how to fill out an achievement record.

Ohio Sea Camp

Ohio 4-H Sea Camp invites teens age 15-17 (as of camp) from across Ohio to “get your feet wet” as you learn about one of Ohio’s most important resources: Lake Erie! You’ll be in, on, and around the water as you explore the science of the lake, learn marine related skills, and discover the history and recreational uses of our great lake.

For more information and to register go to

State 4-H Plowboy Prom

“The Captivating Carnival” A night of line dancing, square dancing, snacks and fun with other 4-Hers. The Ohio State University Collegiate 4-H Club hosts this fun and entertaining evening for 4-H youth throughout the state. This year it is on March 14 starting at 6:00pm at the Ohio 4-H Center located at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive Columbus OH 43210. Admission is $5. 4-H Alumni are welcome as well!

2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

Contact: Molly Sausaman, Executive Director, 404-760-2875,

2020 Essay Topic: Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season

Honey bees have developed special skills to overwinter in the United States. Please discuss one of these skills and then include a discussion about what you do to prepare your hives for winter. Include a photo of one of your hives, either using infrared technology or showing winter wrap, hay bales, special feeders, etc. to demonstrate how you prepare your hives for winter.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2020

Please visit for the full details.

For the full calendar of Lucas County Events

Or click on “4-H Event Calendar” on the tab at the top of this page




October Newsletter

Hello 4-H Families!

Summer is officially over and we are reaching the end of National 4-H Week. I hope that all of your summer plans went well and now you are in the midst of school counting down the days until Winter Break. This past summer was a great year for Lucas County 4-H. We are continuing to grow and we had the most club booths represented at the fair since I have been the Educator in Lucas County. I am very proud of all of the youth that participated in the fair and all of the volunteers that put so much time and effort into making the fair a great place. We have a few great opportunities for you in the next few months.

Happy Fall!


4-H Super Saturday

This brand new program is coming up in the end of October on October 26th from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Clubroom. Registration will start at 8:45am and it is open to any youth (you DO NOT have to be in 4-H attend) ages 8-18. We will have hands-on activities lead by community members with a passion for teaching youth about their activity. There will be six stations where the youth will rotate through getting an opportunity to explore many different 4-H project areas they might not be familiar with. The stations include:

  • Photography
  • Geology
  • Woodworking
  • Grilling
  • Gardening
  • Rocketry

The cost is only $5 to cover the cost of the supplies. If you are a 4-H member and you bring a friend that is not a 4-H member then the friend and you both get in for free! The goal of this program is to introduce 4-H members and non 4-H members the many different projects 4-H has to offer. There are over 250 different projects available to take. I hope to see you on the 26th!

Lucas County 4-H President’s Circle

This new exciting opportunity for older youth is a one of a kind program gives a chance for youth to gain leadership skills, meet new friends, and make connections to people in the community. Our first meeting is going to be October 28th at 6:00pm in the 4-H Clubroom at the Lucas County Fairgrounds. This month we will be learning about leadership skills and how all leaders bring different aspects to the table. We are going to meet quarterly and is only open to past and current club presidents.

State News

Tractor Supply Company Discount Day!

Be sure to visit TSC on October 5 (that’s tomorrow!) for 4-H & FFA Discount Day. Take this flyer and receive 20% off apparel, 10% off feed and some other great deals!

Next up: TSC Fall Paper Clover program, October 9-20

Toledo Walleye 4-H Night

The Toledo Walleye are kicking off a new season on November 2nd! Last year we set many new fan attendance records, including selling out 31 of 36 home games and a new total overall regular season of 280,170 fans! Many 4-H Clubs were included in those remarkable records when they helped us celebrate 4-H Night at the Huntington Center.

The Toledo Walleye will be hosting the 3rd annual 4-H Night this year! We are excited to welcome guest speakers from the Ag industry to speak to 4-H clubs. Last year’s speakers included a representative from The Andersons and the Toledo Mud Hens grounds crew manager.

This year the event will be hosted on Sunday, February 16th – President’s day weekend! We are now taking reservations to hold your club’s seats to this sold out game.

Contact Rita Natter to reserve your club’s seats: or 419-725-9258

Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Have you registered for the 6th annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch yet? Don’t miss the opportunity for your 4H club to “crunch” into Ohio grown apples to celebrate National Farm to School Month, healthy eating and local farmers in October. Learn more and register for FREE!

Why register? When you register you will receive an updated copy of the Crunch Guide with tips on where to get local apples and how to celebrate the Great Apple Crunch. Your event will also be counted to help us meet the goal of 1.6 MILLION CRUNCHES this year! Register here!

Beekeeping Scholarship

The Ohio State Beekeeper’s Association is once again offering scholarships to all Ohio 4-H members that would like to start into beekeeping. This scholarship is from the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. You can download the forms at You can also find more details at Ohio State Beekeepers Association