National 4-H Council is selling the National 4-H Conference Center to continue our mission: expand opportunity for all of America’s youth through increased investment and participation in 4-H positive youth development programs. I want to thank two former National 4-H Council Trustees who joined me to share their perspectives: Dr. Ed Jones, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Justin Cross, National 4-H Council Young Alumni Advisory Committee Member.
Our decision is COVID-driven. The pandemic has forced us to evaluate the National 4-H Conference Center’s economic viability and its future ability to meet Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program’s needs. This change will enable National 4-H Council to continue as a strong partner to USDA and Cooperative Extension and fulfill our unique role of convening the 4-H system, telling the 4-H story, and building public-private partnerships.
National 4-H Council will continue to be located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. We look forward to continuing to elevate youth voices through national 4-H events, including our management of the signature national civic engagement training program, Citizenship Washington Focus. National 4-H events hosted by National 4-H Council will be held virtually in 2021. Plans are in place for 2022 events to be in-person in Washington, D.C.
We are incredibly proud of our rich 60-year history at the National 4-H Conference Center. We have had a positive impact on the thousands of youth groups and organizations we have hosted. Millions of 4-H young people, professionals, and volunteers worldwide have been inspired through 4-H gatherings that shared knowledge, built relationships, and created wonderful memories.
We invite you to visit 4-H.org/Center to learn more, submit questions and stay updated. Please feel free to forward this email and share this information with your staff. National 4-H Council will also share the announcement and link to the website in tomorrow’s News and Notes newsletter for 4-H professionals.
Although our home is changing, National 4-H Council remains committed to expanding opportunities for all of America’s youth to thrive.
2021 4-H Week Poster Results:
Best Promotion of Washington County – Trail Blazers
Honorable Mention – Oak Grove Explorers #2
Best 4-H Message – Running Wild
Honorable Mention – Bull’s Eye Shooting Sports
Most Unique & Creative – Churchtown Busy Bunch
Honorable Mention – Oak Grove Explorers #1
2021 4-H Week Social Media Results:
Most Unique & Creative – Oak Grove Explorers
Best 4-H Message – Trail Blazers
Honorable Mention – CARTEENS
2021 4-H Week Window Display Results:
Most Unique & Creative – Oak Grove Explorers
Best Theme – Churchtown Busy Bunch
Honorable Mention – Trail Blazers
2021 4-H Week Table Display Results:
Best Theme – Oak Grove Explorers
Registration is now open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4HWorldChangers
Washington County Extension will provide meeting space, iPad and internet for these trainings. The online training will be offered in-person at the Extension Office located at 202 Davis Ave from 7 – 8 pm on April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6 13. Youth interested in registering to attend this in-person session should click on this ling to register (space is limited).
Open to all youth Grades 5 – 12
To register it is two step process:
- Click on the Survey Monkey registration above.
- Register on this Signup Genius so Washington County has your information too. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EADA72CA1FD0-washington2
The spring session will be offered although in a new way! Registration is limited due to Ohio 4-H Guidelines for in-person meetings during the pandemic to insure the health and safety of all involved. Be sure to read all of the following details!
- Walk-in registration is NOT permitted. Advance registration is required using Signup Genius, an online software tool. The link to access the sign up will be made public at 10am, Thursday, March 25 on the county’s 4-H Blog at https://u.osu.edu/washington4h/
- Youth must be 9 years old as of January 1, 2021 and not older than 19 by December 31, 2021.
- Sunday meeting dates are from 2-4pm on April 18, April 25 and May 2 at Hervida 4-H Camp, Waterford, Ohio. If a child cannot make all three meeting dates, they should wait and participate in a later session.
- Youth participate in only one discipline choosing from archery, rifle and air pistol. For air pistol, youth must be 10 years old by January 1, 2021. Archery and rifle have no requirements. All ages and skill levels participate together for each discipline. All shooting equipment is provided and will not be shared.
- Face masks are required. This includes wearing masks inside and outside at all times by everyone except where safety is a concern on the firing line. Archery must fully remove their mask when shooting. Other disciplines may remove their mask as long as the 6 feet minimum distance is maintained. If a child is not to remove their mask, they should wait and participate in a later session.
- $5 dues with completed enrollment, health, and release forms must be turned in at the first meeting.
- Family members/drivers must wait in their vehicle or drop-off members and return for pickup. This is necessary in order to follow the maximum group size at each range and social distancing guidelines.
- Participants stay at their discipline’s range during each meeting. No large group club meeting or refreshments. Range Captains will present club business at ranges.
Please check the dates for the child’s availability. Then discuss the discipline preference to be ready to sign up! For general shooting sports program information, go to: http://go.osu.edu/ssports. If you have any questions, please call Brian Baker at 740-350-8155 or Teresa Stone at 740-473-1373 or 740-525-4980 (text only).
The Washington County 4-H Exchange Club is looking for new members. Are you at least 12 and looking to expand your 4-H experience? Though the club won’t be able to exchange this year, your membership now will help prepare you for next summer. Past exchanges have included Wyoming, Kansas, Wisconsin and Montana. Please contact the club advisor, Ellie Tullius at 740-434-3064 or contact the Extension Office with questions.
The club will be taking orders for their annual Chocolate Easter Eggs too. Contact a club member or Ellie if you want to place an order. Orders due March 20.
There will be a virtual class event on Top Ten Diseases of Backyard Poultry on Tuesday March 16th @ 7:00pm. This class is free and open to the public so bring your friends and your questions. Registration for this webinar is required and the link is below.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Topic: Top 10 Backyard Poultry Diseases
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
It’s Ohio 4-H Week! In 4-H, youth have lots of opportunities to explore the things that excite them…the things that help them find their spark! From projects to camp, to community service and club meetings, 4-H’ers make the best better every day!
Here are some items of interest for the week:
- 4-H Yard Signs – do you want one? Stop by the office and pick-up one for your neck of the woods to promote 4-H!
- The Marietta Times will be promoting 4-H week with a one page coverage on Saturday, March 6
- A visit to the county commissioners will highlight 4-H and provide a report on happenings.
- Social media posts will share throughout the week on the Washington County 4-H Facebook page. So please share them on your pages!
- The Virtual 4-H Open House will be held on Tuesday, March 9 starting at 7:00 pm. Zoom link: https://go.osu.edu/virtualopenhouse
- March 11 – Ohio 4-H Recognition Event to honor our tenured volunteers and Ohio Friend of 4-H – McLeish Auction Service
Here is video on tick safety developed by Tim McDermott DVM and Franklin County Extension Educator.