4-H Online 2.0 Is Now Open And Ready For You

The time has finally come where we are able to enroll in Paulding County 4-H.  You will find that the process is much easier than it has been in the past.  To begin registering today, visit  The registration period in Paulding County will close on January 8th for all members wishing to participate at the Paulding County Junior Fair.

We recommend that you register early so you do not miss out on any news or events!!!

If you are looking for some help with registering, click on the link below which will open a Family Enrollment Guide.


As always, if you have questions about registering or need assistance, contact us at 419-399-8225 or e-mail

Perfect Stay at Home Projects

Ohio 4-H has released a number of “Perfect Stay at Home Projects” for the 2020-2021 4-H year.  These books can be downloaded and printed at home for FREE from Ohio 4-H by visiting  The list of projects available include:

  • Horseless Horse
  • Sew Fun
  • Get Started in Art
  • Let’s Start Cooking
  • Yeast Breads on the Rise
  • Your Thoughts Matter
  • The Laundry Project
  • Leadership Road Trip: Where Are You Going?
  • Explore the Outdoors
  • Ohio Birds
  • Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
  • Science Fun with Physics

4-H Project Book Ordering for the 2021 4-H Year

Most all of you have heard that we are ordering books differently this year.  Families are being asked to order their books directly from The Ohio State University Extension Publications Unit this year.  The great news is that families will be able to order online, pay by credit or debit card, and have the books shipped directly to their house.

In order to receive the best possible price for your books, please utilize the free shipping option.  This option is obtained by placing a book order of $20 or more and using the coupon code FREE2021 at checkout.  For families that will not have $20 in book orders, consider ordering with another family in your club or contact Michael.

It was announced to all 4-H advisors recently that we do have a change in our livestock record books beginning this year.  All livestock project participants are required to order and use the Ohio 4-H livestock project record book.  This means we are no longer able to use the county livestock record books that we have used in past years.  These books are species as well as breeding or market specific.  When ordering, be sure you are ordering the right book(s) for your project(s).  If you are not sure of the books that are needed for your project(s), please contact Michael for assistance.

For Horse project participants: The Uniform Rules for Horse Projects Book has been revised for the 2021-2024 show seasons.  If you are completing and showing a horse at the county fair, this book will need to be purchased.  You will only need 1 book per family.  The copy you may currently have should be discarded.

The publications unit also informed that they will NOT be acccepting returns on book orders this year.  This means that you must carefully select the project books you need for this year before placing your order.

Books can be ordered now and your project work can begin as soon as you receive your order.  Currently, the publications unit does not have a lot of orders they are processing which means your books will be shipped quickly.  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.

To visit The Ohio State University Extension Publications website, visit:  Do not forget to use coupon code FREE2021 to receive your free shipping on orders over $20.

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

Registering for 4-H Using 4-H Online

As we begin the new 4-H year, families are wanting to get the jump on enrolling in 4-H for the year.  For this year only, we will not be enrolling thru 4-H Online until the middle of November due to 4-H Online coming out with a new version.  The new version will be more user friendly.  Stay tuned for more information and tutorials on how to enroll in 4-H.

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Extended Application Deadline

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard has announced that they are extending their deadline for applications to join the Paulding County Junior Fairboard.  The application can be found by clicking on the link below.  To join, members must be in good standing with a youth organization in Paulding County and be a high school student.  Applications are due no later than November 6th and can be completed and e-mailed to Michael or sent to the address on the application.

2020-2021 Paulding County Junior Fairboard Application

2021 Project Changes

Ohio 4-H has announced the changes to the project line-up for 2021.  Below are the list of changes to the projects we currently have.  Projects that are not listed here have no changes from last year.  For questions regarding these new, revised/replaced, or discontinued projects, please contact Michael.  If you were planning on completing one of the discontinued projects for the year, we can work on making the project a self-determined project for 2021.

2021 Summary of Ohio 4-H Publication Changes

Code Title (Skill Level) Availability and Notes
354 Medicine Science and Safety (I) November 2020
355 Tracking Your Health and Fitness (I) January 2021
365.00 Amateur Radio Idea Starter (X) January 2021
365.04 Get Started with Composting Idea Starter (X) January 2021
365.04 Paddle Water Sports Idea Starter (X) January 2021
387 Here, There, Ag Careers Are Everywhere (A) November 2020
613 Exploring Polar Science (I) January 2021 (The original title, Explore the Poles, has been changed.)
673 Edible Landscapes (I) December 2020
179R Uniform Rules for 4-H Horse Shows (X) November 2020, discard old inventory
412 Sew for Others (I) October 2020, discard old inventory
584 Photography Basics, Book 1 (B) October 2020; replaces Focus on Photography, Level 1; discard old inventory; new price = $11
585 Next Level Photography, Book 2 (I) October 2020; replaces Controlling the Image, Level 2; discard old inventory; new price = $11
586 Mastering Photography, Book 3 (A) October 2020; replaces Mastering Photography, Level 3; discard old inventory; new price = $11
752 Shotgun Member Record Book (X) December 2020, previous editions do not have to be discarded but are acceptable through this program year only
755 Muzzleloader Member Record Book (I, A) December 2020, previous editions do not have to be discarded but are acceptable through this program year only
756 Living History Member Record Book (X) December 2020, previous editions do not have to be discarded but are acceptable through this program year only
365.09 Canoeing Idea Starter (X) Content covered by 365.04 Paddle Water Sports
504 Electric Radio-Controlled Vehicles Low enrollment
430 Shopping Savvy Content has not changed but the book has a brand new look; copies of previous versions need not be discarded
365.XX Complete collection of idea starters

(Individual project numbers for all idea starters are being dropped.)

Instead, youth enroll in one of these broader topic areas: 365.00 General; 365.01 Companion Animal; 365.02 Creative Arts; 365.03 Family Life; 365.04 Natural Resources; 365.05 Quilt; or 365.06 Workforce Preparation. See Family Guide and for more information.
Prices for publications printed in the last year might need to be adjusted at the start of the new program year due to different printing costs. These changes are included in the Family Guide and on the Advisor Order Form.
117R Beef Resource Handbook From $16 to $17.75
127R Dairy Resource Handbook From $15 to $16
215R Cavy Resource Handbook: A 4-H Guide to Guinea Pigs From $12 to $13
220R Pocket Pets Resource Handbook From $12 to $13
228R Rabbit Resource Handbook for Breeding, Market, and Pet Rabbit Projects From $10.50 to $11
501GPM Rockets Away Teacher Guide From $13.50 to $14
710GPM The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities From $13.25 to $16
712GPM Connect to College From $14 to $16
X = A project appropriate for all skill and age levels

B = A beginning-level project for members with no experience in a project area, or 8 to 10 year olds

I = An intermediate-level project for members with some experience in a project area, or 11 to 13 year olds

A = An advanced-level project for members experienced in a project area, or 14 or older

Meetings starting for 2020-2021 4-H Year

All 4-H Clubs in Paulding County will be starting to hold their 4-H meetings for the new year within the next month.  If you have not heard information from your advisors, please check in with them to be sure you do not miss your meetings.

In order to have our in-person 4-H meetings to start the year, we have some policies that are in place.  These include everyone wearing masks (not an option), no more than 50 people in attendance at a meeting, no refreshments that are shared within the club, and ZOOM will be an option for any family that does not feel comfortable participating in-person.  If the Paulding County Health Department determines that in-person gatherings need to be limited, Paulding County turns red on the state COVID-19 map, or Ohio State University limits in-person programming, we will return to ZOOM for our meetings.

I know that wearing masks is a controversial issue in Paulding County.  It is up to us to do our part to continue to be in-person for meetings.  The end of the 4-H Pledge states “for my club, my community, my country, and my world”.  If masks are able to keep one person safe from COVID, we should be doing it.  If you have questions about wearing masks, the policy that we are required to follow, or our protocols for in-person 4-H meetings, please contact Michael to discuss further.

Ohio 4-H Project Central

Project Central is an easy way for 4-H members and project helpers to preview Ohio 4-H project books and resources. Take a closer look at a book, find out what others have to say, and share your experiences.  To take a closer look at a book you are interested in, all you have to do is click on the picture of the book and it will give you a preview of what the project has to offer.  If you have not used this resource to browse for your next project, I highly encourage you to do so.  This is a great resource that is not used as much as it should be.  To visit Ohio 4-H Project Central, visit:

2021 Ohio 4-H Family Guide

The 2021 Ohio 4-H Family Guide has been released for the new 4-H year.  This updated book lists all of the projects that 4-H youth in grades 3-12 (ages 8-19) are eligible to complete.  The link below will take you to the Ohio 4-H Family Guide where you will be able to choose your next project.

Link to Ohio 4-H Family Guide:

Link to Flip Book Family Guide:

4-H App – We Now Have One

Have you downloaded our new app?  If not, why?  This is a great resource that has everything you will need in one place.  Please take a minute now and download this new resource to keep updated on all things 4-H and Paulding County Extension related.  Click on the link below to download the app today!  While you are thinking about it, share this info with everyone you know.  Our app has something for everyone.

To download for Apple products: or search for Paulding County 4-H in iTunes.

To download for Android products: or search for Paulding County 4-H in Google Play.

4-H Club Meeting Attendance Minimum Requirements

Ohio 4-H requires that youth participate in a minimum of 6 hours of 4-H programming per year in order to be considered a 4-H member.  In Paulding County, this equates to a minimum of 4 club meetings per year.  Being in 4-H is a commitment of your time and talents and it is expected that all youth comply with this rule.  Advisors are asked every year to confirm that youth have participated in the minimum number of meetings.  Failure to do this will result in not being able to participate in the Paulding County Junior Fair as a 4-H member.  If you have specific questions regarding this minimum requirement, please contact Michael.

Club Officer Expectations and Training Dates

Being a 4-H Club officer is a very rewarding responsibility that must be taken seriously.  Advisors and fellow 4-H Club members count on the officers to take their role seriously.  For starters, club officers need to participate in the officer training.  The dates for officer training in Paulding County are:

President and Vice President – November 16th from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm via ZOOM

Secretary – November 23rd from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm via ZOOM

Treasurer – November 19th from 7:30 to 8:30 pm via ZOOM

News Reporter – November 19th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm via ZOOM

Health Officer – November 16th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm via ZOOM

Safety Officer – November 23rd from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm via ZOOM

Recreation Officer – November 24th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm via ZOOM

Once training is complete, it is critical that officers create their plan for completing their responsibilities and attend all of the club’s meetings in order to lead the club in the right direction.  The officer team must be willing to meet with the advisors before each club meeting to discuss the topics of the meeting and ensure that all officers are prepared for the meeting.  If you are not able to attend one of the scheduled meetings, contact should be made well in advance with your advisors as well as the other officers of your club so planning for your absence can take place.

The 4-H Officer positions of Secretary and Treasurer have additional responsibilities of keeping accurate records for the 4-H club.  Officer books for these positions are required to be completed and turned in the first week of August every year.  This allows for an informal audit to take place as well as the grading of these officer books.

If you have questions about the officer positions or what is required of them, please contact your club advisor or Michael.  You should have all of your questions about an officer position answered BEFORE your club’s election.  The links below will take you to videos that have been produced that explain the roles of each 4-H Club Officer position.


Vice President:



News Reporter:

Health Officer:

Safety Officer:

Recreation Officer:

Blast-off to Mars with Ohio 4-H and join the 4-H STEM Challenge

We’re launching a trip to Mars Base Camp and want to help you get there! The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge explores sending a mission to Mars and what it takes to sustain life in space. The Mars Base Camp kit includes activities that use STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

We want Ohio 4-H families to join in and thanks to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and Google, you can receive an $8 discount on the Mars Base Camp family kit. The family kit is available at for $15.95, plus shipping, but with the Ohio 4-H discount and the $5 discount available on their website, your final cost is just $7.80 + tax.

Want to learn more?

 And to help you on your Martian journey, the Ohio 4-H STEM Team is hosting a week of virtual, space activities from Oct. 4-10. Details at . Get ready to blast-off!

Paulding County 4-H…We Now Have An App!!!

Over the last 5 or so months, our Extension Office has been working with a company called Grandstand Apps to develop an all inclusive app for our Extension Office.  We are excited to announce that this app is now ready for you to use.  Within the app, you will be able to see all of the newsletter posts, Facebook posts, and YouTube Channel videos.  We will also be working to enable the use of the “push” feature that the app gives us to better connect with all of you.  This could have not been made possible without the generosity of Haviland Drainage Products and Haviland Plastic Products.  Please take the few seconds it takes to download our app by visiting Google Play or Apple App Store.  Once there, simply type in Paulding 4-H.  You can also click on the appropriate link below to download the app.  Please share this information with everyone you know as there is something for everyone on the app.

Click here to be taken to i-Tunes: Paulding 4-H  for Apple

Click here to be taken to Google Play: Paulding 4-H for Android

4-H Enrollment Period

It is hard to believe that our new 4-H year is a month away.  The last 6 months have been very trying for us all and I am very excited to start a new year.  Some clubs will begin meeting in September and all clubs should start meeting in October.  Your 4-H advisors will be contacting you to inform you of your first meeting date and time.  This is the perfect time to start talking to your friends and family that currently are not in 4-H and invite them to join.  If parents or youth have questions about how to join, what 4-H offers the youth in our county, or any other 4-H related questions, feel free to tell them to get ahold of Michael.

4-H Club Meeting Plans

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our plans are fluid and changing almost daily.  Because of this, I have asked all club advisors to meet with me within the next couple weeks in order to review safety protocols and expectations when holding in-person meetings.   While it is our hope that we are able to have face-to-face meetings, please be prepared to participate virtually when necessary.  Your advisors will share more information as needed.  Continue to watch for updates from our office as well in regards to ever changing expectations.

4-H Online Announcement

The company that developed 4-H Online has recently worked on a major update.  This new update is called 4-H Online 2.0 and is much easier for everyone to use and understand.  One of the changes that will take place due to the rollover is that we will not be using 4-H Online until it goes live on November 1st.  More information will be coming out as we go through additional training on the system

“Thank You” Video

We are asking for all 4-H and FFA members who received a livestock check to video record a “Thank You” to our donors. We are not wanting it to be long or detailed, just a quick “Thank you donors” is all we need.  Once we receive your videos, we will compile them to publish a “Thank You” video to our amazingly generous donors.  After you record your video, please e-mail Michael at  He will then send you a link that you will be able to save your video to.  Please know ahead of time that some videos will be edited and/or shortened as needed.

Paulding County Junior Fairboard Applications Now Available

The Paulding County Junior Fairboard has released the Junior Fairboard application for all youth in Paulding County who participate in a youth organization within Paulding County.  Youth interested in applying must be 14 years of age as of 1/1/2021 or a freshman in high school.  This opportunity is a great way for youth to become more active in our community, meet friends from across the county, and learn skills that they will use for the rest of their life.  The Paulding County Junior Fairboard is the governing body of the Paulding County Junior Fair and oversees all Junior Fair related activities during the week of the fair.  The Junior Fairboard is also responsible for prepping the fairgrounds for all Junior Fair events.  All youth interested in this opportunity must complete an application which can be found below.  Please note that the deadline for applications is Monday, September 7th by 4:30 pm.  Youth or parents who have questions about the Paulding County Junior Fairboard can contact Tony Miller at 419-203-1673, Pam White at 419-551-1048, or Michael Schweinsberg at 419-399-8225.  Questions in e-mail format can be sent to

2020-2021 Paulding County Junior Fairboard Application

2020 Paulding County Jr. Fair Buyer Add-On Packet Now Available

The link below will open the 2020 Paulding County Jr. Fair Buyer Add-On packet.  On behalf of all Paulding County youth and volunteers, we thank you for your continued support of our 4-H and FFA youth.  Please note that the address for payment has changed for this year.  The address to send the form and payment is located on the add-on form.

2020 Buyer Add-On Packet

Important Information About the Final 2020 Animal Survey

This Saturday, June 6th at 11:59 pm is the hard deadline to submit the final animal survey.  If you do not submit the survey by the deadline you will not be eligible for add-on’s or premium money.  If you completed all the requirements to date for your livestock project you would have received an e-mail from 4-H Online with the link this past Tuesday morning.  If you did not receive the link please e-mail Michael and he can send you a new link.