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Ohio 4-H Youth Poultry Clinic – April 18

The 2020 Youth Poultry Clinic will be held Saturday, April 18, at OSU ATI, Wooster. The postmark deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 1. The cost for the clinic is $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for youth. Registration material will be available after the first of the year at https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/poultry/poultry-calendar-events.

Tentative topics are: Necropsy, Processing/Meats, Exhibition Poultry, Digestion/Nutrition, OPA/Careers, Youth Quality Assurance, Broilers A-Z, Laying Hens/Eggs, and a Question/Answer Corner.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the registration fee. Vendors will be present.

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day

Thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation and the work of Cecilia Mainzer (a 4-H Member from Medina County and Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council officer), Ohio 4-H will be hosting “Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day” on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center! This event is open to any 4-H member – ages 13 to 18 – and is completely FREE!

This day is jam-packed full of opportunities for participants with some highlights listed here:

  • Learn about 4-H opportunities at the state level from Health Heroes, State Fashion Board, and Teen Leadership Council
  • Rotate through career preparation workshops covering topics such as networking, etiquette, resume building, using LinkedIn, and interview planning
  • Engage in discussions about financial literacy and financial risk

Participants can register at go.osu.edu/taketheleap.

Registration is due by Friday, January 24. 

Ohio Military Kids Update

Sharing on behalf of Kayla Oberstadt from the State 4-H Office:

Ohio Military Kids has a full schedule planned for the 2020 event season. Ohio Military Kids is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Family Readiness with Ohio National Guard. With this amazing partnership, Ohio Military Kids puts on several events throughout the state of Ohio. These events range from daylong educational programs, to overnights, to weekend camps, and even weeklong residential camps. These events are open to youth of military families, and they do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate. 4-H members and adults have the opportunity to volunteer for OMK events, including as camp counselors in the summer!

The mission of Ohio Military Kids is to support the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle. Ohio 4-H is an essential supporter of the Ohio Military Kids Program and its mission. Ohio 4-H works hand-in-hand with Ohio National Guard to deliver fun and supportive programs to military families. With military youth in every county in Ohio, the partnership of 4-H to promote OMK opportunities to your military friends and neighbors in all 88 counties is appreciated!

Visit go.osu.edu/OMK for more information as you express your gratitude for those who serve our country and help us continue to grow the reach of Ohio Military Kids by sharing this website with a military family!

2020 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Now Available!

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. Teen leaders and volunteers learn together and from each other in order to become better at delivering the Ohio 4-H Program to our members. A variety of educational sessions ensures that there is something for everyone!

Who: Teens and Volunteers

What: Ohio 4-H Conference

When: Saturday, March 14

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration fees for the conference are $40. $20 scholarships are offered through the TSC Paper Clover Campaign (teens) and Muskingum County 4-H Committee (adults).
 Muskingum County 4-H Junior Leaders will cover the additional $20 for enrolled members.

Final Cost:

Teen: Junior Leaders – NO COST

Teen/Adult: Not Junior Leaders $20 fee

Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Form

Registration Booklet (with session list)

Deadline to submit registrations to the Extension Office is Friday, February 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Apply for the Muskingum County 4-H Scholarship

Since 2015, the Muskingum County 4-H Committee has awarded scholarships to recognize 4-H members and alumni for their achievements. In 2020, a minimum of two $500 scholarships will be awarded at the 4-H Kick-Off.

Applicants must:

  • be a current 4-H Member or alumni of Muskingum County 4-H;
  • be a current year graduating high school senior, or equivalent of a college freshman or sophomore (proof of equivalent in a home school program by the end of the current school year is acceptable);
  • be active in 4-H for the previous three (3) consecutive years;
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on the most recently completed semester;
  • plan to attend (or currently attending) any post-secondary educational institution.

The applications can be downloaded from our website.

Applications are due January 31.

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Application Available

Ohio 4-H recognizes and rewards individual excellence, whether it is in project work, leadership, citizenship or community service. Ohio 4-H Scholarships were established in 1976 in order to help young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

There are currently 36 statewide 4-H scholarships being offered.  The scholarship application can be completed online. Applications are must be completed and submitted online by February 15.

What’s Happening Next in 4-H: January Monthly Highlights

Happy New Year! – January 1

The Extension Office is closed for business.

Camp First-Time Counselor Meeting – January 2, 6-8:30 p.m.

First-time camp counselors will meet at the Extension Office.

Ohio Fair Managers Association Junior Fair Day – January 4

Registered Junior Fair Board members will travel to the Ohio Fair Managers Conference at the Columbus Convention Center.

4-H CARTEENS Program – January 9

4-H CARTEENS takes place at the Muskingum County Juvenile Court. Youth interested in becoming 4-H CARTEENS volunteer presenters should contact the Extension Office for details.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 11, 10 a.m.-12 noon

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This includes committee and camp volunteers. This training is not for new volunteer applicants. We will be offering three opportunities for volunteers to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. No RSVP necessary.

If you are a 4-H alumni, we plan to capture short video testimonials about how your 4-H experiences contributed to your adult success. If you are willing to be part of the project, Trevor will record from 5:15-5:45 p.m. the nights of Mandatory Volunteer Training and 9:15-9:45 a.m. on January 11.

Extension Advisory Committee – January 13, 6:30 p.m.

Extension Advisory Committee will meet at the Extension Office.

State Fair Steer Registration Deadline – January 15

Submissions must be RECEIVED at the Ohio State Fair by January 15.

New Volunteer Applications Due – January 15, 4:30 p.m.

Applications can be picked up in our office or downloaded from our website at:  4-H Community Club Program>Volunteer Resources.

The new volunteer selection process requires successful completion of an application, background check, interview and orientation session. All parts of the process must be completed before an applicant receives approval.

Junior Leaders Officer Installation & Family/Advisor Potluck – January 20

Club Volunteers are invited to join Junior Leader members and their families as they kick off the 2020 year at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 21, 6-8 p.m.

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This includes committee and camp volunteers. This training is not for new volunteer applicants. We will be offering three opportunities for volunteers to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. No RSVP necessary.

If you are a 4-H alumni, we plan to capture short video testimonials about how your 4-H experiences contributed to your adult success. If you are willing to be part of the project, Trevor will record from 5:15-5:45 p.m. the nights of Mandatory Volunteer Training and 9:15-9:45 a.m. on January 11.

Camp Team Meeting #1 – January 23, 6-8 p.m.

Junior Camp counselors and staff will meet at the Extension Office. Campbassadors will meet at 5:15 p.m.

State 4-H Horse Volunteer Training Session – January 25, 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Dr. Kimberly Cole will host an update for 4-H Horse Volunteers at the Ohio 4-H Center. Registration is due January 15.

Junior Fair Board – January 27, 6-7:30 p.m.

Junior Fair Board will meet at the Extension Office.

New Volunteer Orientation – January 28, 10 a.m.-12 noon

New 4-H Club volunteers must attend one of two orientation sessions offered, January 28 and February 5.

Mandatory Volunteer Training – January 29, 6-8 p.m.

The Muskingum County 4-H program requires ALL returning volunteers to participate in one Mandatory Volunteer Training annually to remain an approved 4-H volunteer.  This includes committee and camp volunteers. This training is not for new volunteer applicants. We will be offering three opportunities for volunteers to complete this requirement. All trainings will take place at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church. No RSVP necessary.

If you are a 4-H alumni, we plan to capture short video testimonials about how your 4-H experiences contributed to your adult success. If you are willing to be part of the project, Trevor will record from 5:15-5:45 p.m. the nights of Mandatory Volunteer Training and 9:15-9:45 a.m. on January 11.

Club Paperwork Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Each 4-H Club must submit the following in order to receive their 2020 enrollment information (Organizational Club Packet, Muskingum County 4-H Family Handbooks, 4HOnline Family Email List), which will be available January 15. Family Guides can be picked up earlier than that date if needed.

You will need to download the form and save it to your computer. Open the file from the saved location using Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. Visit the Adobe website to download Adobe Reader for free. Failure to follow this steps may result in an error message when opening the document. 

    • Year-End Bank Statement (must include December 31 in statement date)

Club Audit Paperwork Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Clubs that received an Audit Notification Letter from the Extension Office in November must submit documentation by January 31.

Muskingum County 4-H Scholarship Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Since 2015, the Muskingum County 4-H Committee has awarded scholarships to recognize 4-H members and alumni for their achievements. In 2020, six $500 scholarships will be awarded at the 4-H Kick-Off. The application can be downloaded from our website.

Purebred Steer Registration Papers Due – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Youth who did not submit a copy of their purebred steer’s registration paper at weigh-in in December must submit this paperwork by January 31 or the steer will be placed in Crossbred class. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Returning Volunteer Background Check Deadline – January 31, 4:30 p.m.

Volunteers who are required to complete a background check by January 31, 2020 to continue volunteer service in 2020 were sent a letter from our office in October 2019. The Volunteer Fingerprint Background Procedure provides all necessary information to complete the background check requirement and enables volunteers to request reimbursement for their background check from The Ohio State University.