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Paulding County 4-H Officer Training

This coming Monday, November 21st, beginning at 6:00 pm, we will be holding our in-person officer training for all 4-H Club Officers.  This training will be 1.5 hours in length and will cover the necessary information for our club officers to be successful with running their 4-H Club.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Michael or TyAnna at 419-399-8225.

4-H Project Book Ordering

Families are being asked to order their books directly from The Ohio State Extension Publications Unit again this year. Orders are placed online where you can pay by credit or debit card and have the books shipped directly to your house.

Free shipping is available when placing a book order of $20 or more and using the coupon code FREE2023 at checkout. For families that will not have $20 in book orders, consider ordering with another family in your club or contact Michael or TyAnna at the extension office.

Books can be ordered now and your project work can begin as soon as you receive your book. The longer you wait to order your books, the slower it will be for you to receive them as other counties will begin their 4-H year.

Easy ordering instructions ➡ Ordering-Info-2023

The Ohio State University Extension Publications website ➡ Project Books

*If you have questions about project books, the ordering process, or are not able to meet the $20 minimum order, contact Michael or TyAnna for assistance.

Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications Now Available

Even though 4-H Camp for Paulding County will take place July 9-13, 2022, it is time to begin our selection process for our 4-H Camp Counselors.  Below is the link that will take all returning and potential camp counselors to the online application.

Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselors must be at least a Sophomore in High School, be a current Paulding County 4-H member, be willing and able to complete at least 24 hours of training, have a positive attitude, and want to make a difference in the lives of our youth.  New applicants will need to be prepared to submit 3 references (non-related) which will include the reference name, current phone number, and current e-mail address.  All applicants must be able to provide current contact information, emergency contact information, as well as answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
  2. What traits, skills, or special experiences do you have that would benefit you in this position? (include experiences working with children and adults)
  3. What skills or contributions will you add to the counselor team in making sure camp is successful? (such as First Aid, Babysitter’s Course, Recreation, etc.)
  4. What hobbies and/or special interests do you have that you would like to share?
  5. List 2 of your strengths.

The application period begins today and all applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm on Friday, December 2, 2022.  All applicants will receive information about a required interview after the application deadline.  The dates for the interviews are December 28th and 29th.

If you have questions about being a camp counselor please contact Michael at schweinsberg.5@osu.edu or 419-399-8225.

2023 Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselor Application

2023 Family Guide Now Available Online

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Family Guide is now available.  This is the guide that lists all of the 4-H projects offered in Ohio.  I highly encourage you to take a look at this guide and decide on the project(s) that will be taken this upcoming year.

You will see that there is a disclaimer regarding the price increase for all 4-H books.  Unfortunately, the university was required to increase the cost of the books due to the cost of printing them.

If you have any questions about the projects or want to take a look at a book before you make a decision on a project, please let Michael or TyAnna know.  We highly encourage all youth to complete at least 1 still project a year.  Members gain a great deal of knowledge when completing these projects.

To take a look at the newest Family Guide, please use the link below.

https://ohio4h.org/familyguide

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Applications Now Available

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard has announced that applications for both youth members and advisors are now available.  These can be found by clicking on the links below.  You will find that youth may complete their application one of two ways, either print off, complete, and return their application, or complete the application online.  Advisor applications must be printed off and submitted.  Applications that have been printed must be dropped off at the Extension Office or postmarked by September 2nd.  Online applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on September 2nd.

Youth interested in applying must be starting their Freshman year of high school through the age of 19 as of January 1, 2023.

If you have any questions about applying to be a Junior Fairboard member or advisor in Paulding County, please contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673 or Michael Schweinsberg at 419-399-8225.

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Online Application

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Printed Application

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Advisor Application

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council Applications Now Available

What is the Teen Leadership Council?

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.

What are the TLC Roles?

Individuals can apply to serve in a variety of roles depending on their commitment preference.

  • Council Members – Most tasks will be general to all of TLC.  Members will be learning the ropes of the state program and will serve an integral role supporting statewide events.
  • Committee Members – Will serve on one of seven committees.  Tasks will be laid out by committee chair and other committee members.  Members will be responsible for completing committee work by set deadlines.
  • Committee Chairs – Must oversee all committee work done by their members.  Will serve as the connection between officers and committee work and updates to officer team and/or advisors
  • Officers – Tasks include planning and running meetings and serve as a “youth voice” for statewide programming.  Officers will also carry out specific officer duties as assigned.
  • Jr. Advisors – Responsible for overseeing an entire program or event.  Must work closely with Advisors on projects or assignments, and oversee the Region Representative program.

TLC Opportunities

  • State Fair Events – Ohio 4-H TLC Members help with numerous events at the Ohio State Fair.
  • TLC Reaches Out – Members of the council are given the materials and resources to teach the TLC Reaches Out Curriculum throughout the state.  Lessons included in this curriculum include: Learning to Learn, Presenting the Best Even Better, Older Youth Opportunities, Putting the Pizazz in Public Speaking, Service Learning, Parliamentary Procedure Basics, and Team Building.
  • Additional Committees – Opportunity to plan Session and Teen Luncheon at the Ohio 4-H Conference as well as the 4-H Promotional Booth at the Ohio State Fair.
  • Region Representatives – Ohio 4-H TLC Members can apply to become Regional Representatives.  These Representatives travel across their region to talk to County 4-H programs and clubs about topics from the TLC Reaches Out curriculum.
  • National 4-H Conference – At the National 4-H Conference, participants work in Roundtables where they give government agencies their prospective on issues.  Outside of Roundtables, the conference also hosts a variety of workshops, sessions, and activities with delegates from across the country.
  • 4-H Foundation Board – Members are eligible to apply to be a Youth Representative on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board.  These representatives help The Ohio 4-H Foundation Board review proposals and distribute endowment interests to help better 4-H Youth Development in Ohio.

How to Apply

To apply to become a member of the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council:

  • Visit go.osu.edu/TLC
  • Below the description of TLC, review the information specifically for the coming year
  • Click on the link where information and the application process are described for each type of involvement
  • Submit application, supporting documents, and application fee by deadline which is August 12, 2022.
  • After submitting application, all applicants will be contacted by a TLC advisor to schedule an interview
  • Notice will be sent following the interviews held in August, and TLC term begins in September

Following these simple steps will allow you to experience a whole new side of 4-H and continue your 4-H journey.

Fair Move-In

183 hours until move-in starts for the Paulding County Fair.  This is a very exciting time for all.  As we get closer there are a few items I want to be sure everyone is aware of.

  • Booth set-up will take place next week.  The booths will be set on Monday between 11:30 and 1:30.  I would venture to guess that clubs would be safe to start working on their booths any time beginning Monday late afternoon.  Please remember, we want to see as much of the youth’s work as possible.  Be creative in how you display projects, what the club has done over the year, etc.  Our community has asked for this for a number of years, it is time to give them what they are asking for.
  • Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) – All animals, other than our dogs, must complete a DUNF in order to be on the fairground.  This must be completed before you enter the gate.  A link will be available starting Monday to complete these.  More information will be sent to families who have to do this on Monday.
  • Livestock Move-In is Saturday, June 11th from 8:00 to 11:00 am.  Youth will be able to set up their pens, tack boxes, etc. Friday beginning in the afternoon.  Our Jr. Fairboard members will be assigning stalls and pens that morning.  PEN ASSIGNMENTS ARE FINAL AND NO SWITCHING IS PERMITTED!
  • Paulding County Farm Bureau T-Shirts – The Paulding County Farm Bureau, along with other sponsors, have purchased t-shirts for every 4-H member in Paulding County.  These shirts will be placed in your club booths.  Shirt sizes were based off of the size that was entered into 4-H Online and we DO NOT have extra shirts to make any switches.  We are asking that these shirts be worn on Sunday, June 12th while at the fair.  We will be taking a picture with all of the youth right before the barn meeting that evening.
  • Beck’s Hybrids T-Shirts – Our local Beck’s Hybrids dealers have also sponsored shirts for all youth who are completing a livestock project this year.  These shirts will also be placed in your club booth.  We are asking that this shirt be worn on the Saturday of move-in. 
  • Reminder that ONLY WOOD SHAVINGS can be used for animal bedding during the week of the fair.  The Paulding County Jr. Fairboard will once again be selling bails of shavings during the fair.  To purchase bedding from them, you will need to find a Jr. Fairboard member.
  • Acres of Fun will be back this year.  If you remember, we started this a few years ago with Kahoot! games in the Extension Hall.  We had to take some time off due to the dreaded COVID-19 but are excited to announce that it is back.  We will be doing a lot of fun things and encourage all of you to come and see what is going on.  I will be putting out a schedule next week to let you know what all is going on.  All I can say is, “We are going to have a lot of fun!”

This week and next are two of the busiest weeks for our office.  Please bear with us as we try to put out every little fire, and a few big ones, as we approach the fair.  If you have questions, please get ahold of us.  WE WANT TO HELP YOU!  If you send e-mails, they will be answered but may not be answered right away.  We will do our best to be sure that everyone has what they need.