December 2021 4-H Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Silent Auction
  • 4-H Online Re-Enrollment
  • 2022 4-H Calendar
  • 4-H Family Guide 2022
  • Upcoming dates
  • Volunteer Reminders and Training
  • Fair Reminders – Livestock Committee & Beef Tag In
  • State Opportunities


4-H Silent Auction – November 29-December 5

Need some holiday gifts?

The Madison County 4-H Committee is hosting a Virtual Silent Auction this week! The site is open to bids NOW and closes this Sunday, December 5 at 1pm (during the 4-H banquet).

All items can be viewed and bids submitted at can bid (over 18), so share with your friends, family, and neighbors!

Items are anything from a gift baskets, toy trucks, decor, things to do, handmade items – there is something for everyone! Special thanks to all the local businesses and people that donated items!

To make a bid, click on the item you wish to bid on, which will take you to a form which you can submit your information and your bid. Click the link to a shared Google Spreadsheet to view the most current bid BEFORE submitting your bid.

Bid HIGH and bid OFTEN! All proceeds benefit the Madison County 4-H Program.

4-H Online Enrollment-March15

While enrollment is not due until March 15 for 2022 4-H year, enrollment is OPEN! If you want to get a head start on your projects, update your email, mailing address, etc., now is the time!

You can log into your 4-H Online profile at using the email and password you used to enroll in 4-H (and possibly fair entry). If you recently moved or changed your email, please make that correction so you can continue to receive information in a timely manner!

2022 4-H Calendar Available NOW!

The 2022 4-H calendar is available here:

Please mark down important dates with your families NOW! (Rally Night, Judging days, SKILLATHON, etc.) – Livestock Quality Assurance dates will be added by January

    • January 26 – Rally Night
    • March 15 – 4-H Enrollment deadline
    • May 1 – Animal Ownership deadline
    • June 1 – Jr. Fair Entries due
    • June 4-8 – 4-H Camp
    • June 21 and 29 – Livestock Skillathons (REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
    • July 9-16 – Madison County Fair (pending ODA approval)

We provide this calendar so that you can plan ahead. RARELY are big dates changed so that you can plan around family vacations, sporting events, etc. Please make these a priority as a lot of planning and volunteer time goes into these events. Make up options and extensions are few and far between for required things when we sent the schedule out several months in advance 🙂

*Note that these dates are subject to change, and some may be added (Quality Assurance dates, etc.). Check back regularly for updates.

2022 Family Guide Available NOW!

The 2022 Family Guide is now available for download at! All families and volunteer enrolled last year will be receiving a paper copy via mail. We will have some available in the office as well, first come first serve.

You can view sample pages of project books, see comments from families that have enrolled in the project, etc. at!

Now is the PERFECT time to browse the 4-H projects available for next year! Contact our office with any questions about projects, purchasing books, etc.!





Trip Scholarships – Due December 1 or ASAP

What: For any youth in 4-H to submit to attend 4-H related trips or opportunities, such as statewide camps, 4-H conference, CWF and LWF, and more! Trips are funded by the county 4-H committee or endowment funds, either partial or fully funded depending on the opportunity and cost.

Deadline: Due December 1 OR with proper notice before the event to allow time to committee review and registration (6 weeks before registration is due)

Application: Can be found at  and are turned into the Extension Office or emailed to

The following opportunities must have a trip scholarship filled out: Carving New Ideas, State Shooting Sports Camp, State Leadership Camp, Ohio 4-H Conference, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, Citizenship Washington Focus, Leadership Washington Focus, Sea Camp, and any other paid/selection type opportunity.

Upcoming Events – August: View the full calendar here

*2022 Calendar Available at the link above!

December 1 – 4-H Trip Scholarships Due

December 5 – 4-H Banquet (RSVP required) – 12:30-2:30pm

December  16 – 4-H Volunteer Training – 7:00pm – In-Person

December 23-24 – Extension Office Closed – Christmas

JANUARY 31 – Extension Office Closed

January 1 – Fair Possession Deadline for Market Steers

January 3 – 4-H Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

January 12 – 4-H Volunteer Training 10:-11:30am OR 7:00-8:30pm – VIRTUAL

January 15 – Madison County Fair Beef Tag In & Hoof Trimming

January 15 – DNA/EIN Kits due for 2022 Ohio State Fair Market Beef Show

January 17 – Extension Office Closed

January 26 – 4-H Rally Night

January 31 – 4-H Club Update 10:00am-12:00pm, 7:00-9:00pm


Volunteer Trainings: All club volunteers need to complete 2 trainings for 2021 4-H year. Attend 1 mandatory 4-H Volunteer training, plus the Club Update or opportunity at the county, district, or state level or a non-4-H training that relates to your work as a volunteer. This is a new requirement from the state level. Watch your emails for more information on topics, registration, etc. You can find information and register for a session at

*Policy 1.50 Child Abuse and Awareness trainingwill be offered online on a “do at your own pace” course

Dates to hold:

  • December 16, 7-8:30 (In Person)
  • January 12, 10-11:30am and 7-8:30pm (Virtual)
  • CLUB UPDATE: January 31st, 10am (In-Person) or 7pm (Virtual) – Required for all volunteers to attend live or watch recording
  • February 15, 7:00pm (In-Person) – Cloverbud Volunteers
  • March 1, 10-11:30am, 7-8:30pm (Virtual)
  • New Volunteers Specific (Policy 1.50 + other):
    • February 7, 7:00pm (In-Person)
    • February 25: 7:00pm (Virtual)

4-H Club Update Event – January 31 –  There will be a 10:00-11:30am time and a 7:oo-8:30pm timeslot. This will cover any updates for 4-H for the year (calendars, policies, new events, fair updates, etc.) so that the volunteer trainings can focus on more educational and applicable topics that will help you as volunteers. We will require at least 2 representatives from each club to attend and recommend that everyone attends OR watches the recording afterwards. This will count as a training opportunity for volunteers as well.

Club Achievement Packets: Make sure you are picking up your club achievement packets at the extension office! We still have SEVERAL waiting to be picked up!

Background ChecksIf you are up for a background check this year, you will receive notice in the next couple of weeks or so via mail and/or email. Please get that done sooner rather than later!

4-H Online: Feel free to re-enroll yourself and your families starting anytime at, using the same log in and password as last year (do NOT create a new account!)

New Volunteers: If you are adding someone to your club as a volunteer, make sure they fill out a new volunteer application ASAP to get the process started! Contact Frances for more information


Beef Tag In Information and State Fair Update

Beef Exhibitors! Save the date for Saturday, January 15, 2022 for the mandatory tag in for those planning to show beef at the Madison County Fair.  Hoof trimming will also be available. Watch for more information to be coming soon on sign ups.

If you are planning to show beef at the state fair in 2022: All market beef exhibitors MUST pick up and return a DNA Sample kit and EID tag. All beef must have the EID tag to exhibit at the state fair. The DNA sample kits are due back to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2022 (received, NOT postmarked).

You may pick up your EID tag and DNA sample kit from the OSU Extension Office during normal hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm). You may choose to mail it to Ohio State Fair on your own, OR you can return to the Extension Office by January 7 and we will mail it for you. Complete instructions are listed in the kit for how to collect and send back.

Questions? Contact the Madison County Sales Committee OR the Extension Office.

Livestock Committee Members Needed!

We want YOU to consider joining the Small Animal or Large animal committees, or Horse Committee!  This is a great opportunity to get involved to help make the Jr. Fair programs great!

Contact the Jr. Fair Coordinator at to get on the mailing list for meeting dates.

The 3 Committees are:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep!

Responsibilities of these committees will include:

  • Species specific rule recommendations to JFB (timely and accurate oversight and revisions)
  • Judge recommendations
  • Develop and maintain volunteers
  • Fundraising/Budget
  • Fair format/show bill/arena and facility set up, recs
  • Assist extension office with skillathons


Be sure to check for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!

Achievement Awards for Project Areas

These awards recognize achievements in specific 4-H project areas.

Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Creative Arts, Clothing & Textiles, Communications, Companion Animals, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Health & Safety, Horse, Leadership, Goats, Llama Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Woodworking, and Veterinary Science.

Award recipients receive a trip to National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record (must follow guidelines listed on the application regarding font and formatting). Applicants must be at least 14 years old and currently enrolled in 4-H.

This application is also required for those interested in Ohio State Junior Fair Board and the Township Association scholarship.

Please contact Frances if you are interested in applying for these awards.

Deadline: December 1st to Madison County Extension Office


Stay Connected! –

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

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