Virtual 4-H Open House – March 9

The Virtual 4-H Open House will be an informative event to learn more about the 4-H program, 4-H projects, 4-H membership Information (grades K-12) and 4-H camp opportunities. Youth and adults are invited to join the event on Tuesday, March 9 from 7 – 8 pm at the Zoom link printed above. No pre-registration required!

  • Explore 4-H Projects with current members (Brady Barth, Bijou Burgardt, Flora Burgardt, Cassie Dennis, Melina Matics, Leo Millazo, Levi Reynolds, Madison Starkey) and several adult volunteers
  • Find a 4-H Club to Join
  • Parents can learn how to start a 4-H SPIN Club with six easy meetings
  • Learn about 4-H Summer Camp
  • Participants will be entered in a drawing for one of the following:
    • Free Cloverbud Camp Registration
    • Free Beginner Camp Registration
    • Free Junior Camp Registration
    • Free Senior Camp Registration

Flier to print and share: Open House flier – 2021

FaceBook Event to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/427290231895802

Looking for 4-H Project Books?

We’ve got you covered with LOTS of ways to obtain project books this year! One of these options is right for you:

♦ Purchase project books from the Washington County Extension office. Ohio residents get the best price on printed books when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Keep in mind the 2021 Livestock Record Book for 2nd Year and Beyond is ONLY available for purchase at the Extension Office.

♦ Download one for free. Select from a dozen popular titles in the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects collection. This year, a selection of 4-H Cloverbud activities is available too.

♦ Buy one online. Like last year, you also can order directly from extensionpubs.osu.edu. Ohio residents receive free shipping on orders of $20 or more with coupon FREE2021. Books cost slightly more this way, but orders can be shipped directly to any Ohio address. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See our printable Ordering Is Easy instructions. Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is not able to accept returns.

♦ Make your own. Members can create their own self-determined projects with the My Own Stay-at-Home Project idea starter.

Virtual Quality Assurance Training – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Quality Assurance Training is still mandatory for 2021 for all youth taking market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goat projects to be eligible to participate in junior fair events, shows and sales at the fairs. Parents are encouraged to attend the training with their child.

All trainings will be held using Zoom and start at 7:00 pm:

March  23, 24, 25

April 19, 20, 21

May 6

Each session will hold a maximum of 40 participants. No more than two family members on one Zoom connection.

A Zoom link to attend the training will be emailed after you register.

Participants must sign-up and reserve a training spot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094EADA72CA1FD0-20213

Attendance will be taken throughout the training session. If someone doesn’t attend the full training, the training will have to be repeated.

A face to face session will also be held May 20 for members that are not able to attend a virtual training due to limited or no internet access.

How to attend a virtual training using Zoom:

Steps to attend a Zoom meeting on a computer

  • Click on the QA invitation link emailed after you registered
  • You will need to allow your computer some time to download Zoom
  • Enter the meeting ID if necessary
  • Allow access to Camera & Sound
  • Your controls are at the bottom for microphone and camera

Steps to attend a Zoom meeting on a mobile phone

  • Open App Store and download Zoom Cloud Meetings
  • Open App, sign-up, enter email address, first name, and last name, email will be sent, verify account, initial setup complete
  • Make sure Zoom App is downloaded and ready
  • Click on the QA invitation link emailed after you registered
  • Enter the meeting ID if necessary
  • Allow access to Camera & Sound

 

Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for in-person Meetings & Events

The complete document is located on the Ohio 4-H webpage at: https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Families/Ohio%204-H%20Planning%20Guide%20for%20In-person%20Meeting_Feb%205%20Final.pdf

As of February 5, 2021 the guidelines were slightly revised regarding face coverings.

Here is an overview of the guidelines:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred.
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be focused on education.
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters,etc.
    • This directive is dependent on local health department advisories.
    • The group size may need to be reduced to 10 (or other amount), based on the directives from your local health department.
  • Face masks are required.
    • This includes inside AND outside at all times.
    • If a gaiter is worn, the CDC recommends it be folded to make two layers. Bandanas are not recommended as a face covering.
    • Program participants age five and older, and parent/guardians must wear a mask.
    • The exception is shooting sports where safety is a concern when on the line. Refer to the section below on additional shooting sports guidance.
    • Medical conditions or disability exceptions are also permitted.
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted.
  • Participants may bring snacks and drinks for themselves.

4-H Endowment Dinner Orders Due March 24

Curbside-To-Go Dinner on Saturday, April 3

Reserve your Curbside To-Go Endowment Dinner Meal Online! You can also Pre-Order Mystery Bags. For now, there is no online payment option, but hopefully, it will be available soon. Reserve your meal today! – bit.ly/3pthPHB

You can also print, mail and pay with this order form: 2021 Endowment Dinner one pager for meal orders

4-H Week Promotional Contests

It’s time to start planning for the 4-H Week Promotional Contests and we have a NEW category for 2021. Our theme is: “4-H is How we Roll”

Club Advisors have the entry form in their club packets or it can be printed here: 2021 4-H Week Promotion Contest Entry Form with Score Sheets

Poster Contest

Posters should be delivered to the Extension Office by Monday, March 1. Posters should be a full-sheet of poster board and promote 4-H in Washington County.  The posters may be used by the Extension Office throughout the 2021 year for promotion. Clubs are not obligated to use the county theme. Participating clubs will receive a recognition certificate. Three winners will be awarded a prize from the Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee! One for each category. See score sheet for complete details.

Social Media Post Contest – NEW FOR 2021

Static posts or video posts must be created by 4-H members and posts can be created using software (i.e. Canva, TikTok). Posts should promote 4-H, your 4-H club, how to join, and contact information. Clubs are not obligated to use the county theme. Participating clubs will receive a recognition certificate. Two winners will be awarded a prize from the Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee! One for each category. See score sheet for complete details. Must email copy of post by Monday, March 8 to Sally Shaw at shaw.524@osu.edu for the purpose of judging.

Window Display Contest

All displays should be located in prominent buildings in Washington County, preferably in the community where the club is located, during Ohio 4-H Week. Displays should be in place by Saturday, March 6. Clubs are not obligated to use the county theme. Participating clubs will receive a recognition certificate. Two winners will be awarded a prize from the Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee! One for each category. See score sheet for complete details. Must email up to 3 pictures of display by Monday, March 8 to Sally Shaw at shaw.524@osu.edu for the purpose of judging.

Table Display Contest

All displays should be located in prominent buildings in Washington County, preferably in the community where the club is located, during Ohio 4-H Week. Displays should be in place by Saturday, March 6. Clubs are not obligated to use the county theme. Participating clubs will receive a recognition certificate. Two winners will be awarded a prize from the Washington County 4-H Advisory Committee! One for each category. See score sheet for complete details. Must email up to 3 pictures of display by Monday, March 8 to Sally Shaw at shaw.524@osu.edu for the purpose of judging.

Kevin F. Arnold Memorial Endowment to Benefit Local Extension Work

On Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., the Monroe County Community Foundation and the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) will announce an exciting new platform to connect donors with nonprofit projects making a difference for causes and communities! In Washington County, you will note that the The Kevin F. Arnold Memorial Endowment Fund is an option for donors who support the work of OSU Extension in Washington County to connect with Matching Funds!

Your gifts to these causes will be matched The Endowed fund match is $.50 on the $1 (up to $5,000 per donor)! We invite you to make a gift, by going directly to Cause Connector at www.causeconnector.org/Monroe and choose your Monroe cause. The “matching program” will begin Feb. 10 @ 10 a.m.

Please help us spread the word! Thank you for your support of The Kevin F. Arnold Memorial Endowment Fund and its support of Washington County OSU Extension work.

Annual 4-H Club Advisor Training

Our annual club advisor training will be held face-to-face and using online training videos. Here are the face-to-face sessions:

  • Monday, February 15 from 10:00 am – 12:00 at the Extension Office or
  • Monday, February 15 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 at the Extension Office or
  • Monday, February 15 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 at the Extension Office or
  • Thursday, February 18 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Extension Office.

Registration is limited for each face-to-face sessions. Register at this link: https://go.osu.edu/washvolunteertraining

At least one volunteer per club must attend a face-to-face training. All volunteers must complete the Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Training and Annual Update Video.

 

Topics will include: program updates for 2021, livestock updates, volunteer training topics, horse program update, Year-end 4-H Family Survey Results, virtual state opportunities, state & local social media pages, Online Enrollment Training