Clark County 4-H Families and Volunteers:
While on vacation last week, I used the Clark County Combined Health District on-line process to register for my COVID-19 vaccination and found the process to be easy and straightforward. I received my first COVID-19 vaccination this week. I arrived at the Upper Valley Mall Vaccination site and was checked in, vaccinated, monitored for any reaction, and scheduled for my second vaccination – all completed in 30 minutes.
Sometimes, I think that we forget what a massive undertaking it is to try to vaccinate millions of people during a pandemic not in just one location but everywhere worldwide. Hats off to all the medical professionals and volunteers that are making the COVID-19 vaccination sites run so efficiently and smoothly.
Next week, anyone 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. As with any public issue, this is a great time to dialog as a family. The CDC’s “Vaccines: Trust the Truth” https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine is a great starting point to initiate a family discussion.
- All COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- You cannot get COVID-19 from a COVID-19 vaccine.
- COVID-19 vaccine trials were among the largest in history.
- COVID-19 vaccines have not been linked to infertility or miscarriage.
- No serious safety concerns were observed in clinical trials.
- COVID-19 vaccine will not change your DNA or alter your genetic makeup.
- Vaccine injections do NOT contain microchips or tracking devices.
- Vaccines do not cause Autism.
“When will we get back to normal?” has been a common question and will likely continue to be a question asked by many. Science has shown us that “Tomorrow’s normal” likely lies somewhere in “Today’s choices”. Everyone’s choices will make a difference in when we will get back to the normal, we all so strongly desire. Wearing Masks, Social Distancing, Hand Sanitizing and Vaccinations are paving the way to “Tomorrow’s normal” safer and sooner.
April Youth Quality Assurance ZOOM Sessions – Register Now
Youth with market animals MAY register for completing their annual Youth Quality Assurance through one of two ZOOM Virtual Quality Assurance Sessions.
When: Wednesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 21
Time: 7 PM to 8 PM
How: Through ZOOM
Who Must Attend: Market Beef, Market Dairy Steers, Market Goats, Market Hogs, Market Lambs, Meat Chickens, Meat Ducks, Meat Turkeys, Market Rabbits, Lactating Dairy Cows and Lactating Dairy Goats
Register Using This Link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1C9oT8gDz2I1vjU
- Deadline to Register April 12 for the April 14 Session
- Deadline to Register April 19 for the April 21 Session
There will be additional opportunities in May and June, but do not delay. All 4-H and FFA members with any of the projects listed above must complete this year’s Youth Livestock Quality Assurance Program no later than June 7, 2021.
Youth Quality Assurance Evaluation – Chance to Win Prizes in 2021 TOO!
Congratulations to the following for completing the QA Survey and being drawn for the March 2021 prizes.
- Destiny Bowers and Garrett Stitzel – 4-H Project Books
- Alyssa Evans and Abigail Getz – Fair Passes
We encourage youth who complete their quality assurance requirement in April to complete the QA Survey by April 25 for the April Prize drawings. Any youth who have already completed quality assurance but have not completed the QA survey may also do so anytime. You must complete Quality Assurance prior to completing the survey.
Go to https://go.osu.edu/21clarkcoqaevaluation to complete the evaluation. Your answers will not be connected to you personally. If you choose to provide your contact information at the end of the survey, you will be entered into the monthly prize drawings.
4-H Activity Fees and Club’s Choice 4-H Fundraiser
4-H families may pay the 4-H activity fee for their children or participate in the Club’s Choice Fundraiser to earn the 4-H activity fee, camperships, and project book coupons.
- 4-H Member Activity Fee: $25/member paid by 7 PM, May 26 or $30/member after
- 4-H Cloverbud Activity Fee: $5/cloverbud paid by 7 PM, May 26 or $10/cloverbud after
Make checks payable for your 4-H Activity Fees to Clark County 4-H Committee, mail to P.O. Box 444, Springfield, OH 45501 or Plan on Paying at the Extension Office ONLY on Tuesday, May 25 or Wednesday, May 26, 11 AM to 7 PM.
Club’s Choice Fundraiser: Sell $90 in product to earn $25 activity fee and 1 $6 project book or campership. For every additional $30 product sold, earn another $6 project book or campership. You can sell totally through the on-line platform by sharing with friends, family and co-workers this link https://seller.clubschoicefundraising.com/Home/SchoolPage/CLAR45 or pick up a hardcopy of the Club’s Choice Fundraising Packet now available at the Extension Office to use for orders.
- Order Deadline: May 6, 2021. Any hardcopy orders must be turned in with payment 5 PM to 7 PM on May 6, Extension Office.
- Order Pick-Up: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 5 PM to 7 PM, Extension Office. All orders will be pre-packaged by Club’s Choice for easy pick-up and delivery.
Even if you do not want to sell Club’s Choice to earn your 4-H activity fee, any 4-H family can support the 4-H Fundraiser by purchasing food product they would normally purchase for use by their family. 4-H Fundraising dollars will be used to support 4-H Camp, 4-H Project Opportunities, Awards and more. Every fundraising dollar will make a difference in helping to “Make the BEST Better” for Clark County 4-H.
4-H Candy Bar Fundraiser Cancelled
The Clark County 4-H Committee decided to cancel their 4-H candy bar sell for 2021 due to the nature of handling and selling this type of product. Please consider supporting the 4-H Club’s Choice Fundraiser.
Clark County Fair Queen Application Now Available
Who: Girls, at least 16 years of age by 7/24/21 and no older than age 19 by 1/1/2021.
Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2021
Go to https://clarkcoag.com for contest rules and application.
4-H Enrollment Deadline – April 15
Please do not delay completing your 4-H on-line enrollment. If you have any problems with completing your on-line enrollment, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us.
- School Districts and Schools: We know that some of the school districts and schools are not available in the dropdown box, please type your school district or school in the box provided. This was to have been corrected by 4-H On-line but was not and we do not know when it will happen.
- Adding or Changing Projects: Anyone that has already submitted your enrollment and needs to add projects or change projects, you are now able to go in and make those changes yourself.
- Organizational Advisors Accessing Club’s Enrollment: You must re-enroll yourself first before you can have access to checking your club’s on-line enrollments.
4-H Club and Committee Financial Paperwork Due – April 15
All 4-H clubs and 4-H project related committees must submit the following financial paperwork no later than April 15.
- Financial Summary for your 2020 Financials
- Financial Review and Audit for your 2020 Financials https://clark.osu.edu/sites/clark/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Application_Forms/ClubForms/4-H%20Club%20or%20Committee%20Annual%20Financial%20Review%20%26%20Audit%20Form.pdf
- Club Charter for 2021 https://clark.osu.edu/sites/clark/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Application_Forms/ClubForms/21%204-H%20Club%20Charter.pdf
All forms were given to 4-H club advisors at Off to A Running Start in their Club Bags.
Rabbit and Cavy Exhibitor On-Line Survey Registration Required by April 8
Any 4-H or FFA member that plans on showing rabbits or cavies at the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair must complete the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair Rabbit and/or Cavy Exhibitor Registration On-Line Survey by midnight April 8.
- Rabbit Registration Link - https://go.osu.edu/2021clarkcountyjrfairrabbitexhibitorregistration
- Cavy Registration Link - https://go.osu.edu/2021clarkcojrfaircavyexhibitorregistraion
The information provided in this survey replaces the hardcopy form completed at Rabbit and Cavy Reg. Day.
Rabbit and Cavy Registration Day – REQUIRED
When: Saturday, April 10
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Where: Youth Building
What: All Rabbits and Cavies to be shown by 4-H and FFA members at the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair
Scheduled Check-In Time Required: Go to https://go.osu.edu/2021rabbitcavyregdayschedule to schedule your time.
Market Turkey Pick-Up – April 1, 5 PM, Fire Barn, Clark County Fairgrounds
Any 4-H or FFA members that ordered Market Turkeys from the bulk Clark County Market Turkey order must pick them up on Thursday, April 1, 5 PM in the Fire Barn at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Market turkeys will already be pre-sorted per member based on the number you ordered. These are all one-day old tom turkeys. Please have your brooder ready for caring for your market turkeys.
Meat Chicken and Meat Duck Orders Due May 3, 2021
If you are planning on taking meat chickens and/or meat ducks to the 2021 Clark County Jr. Fair, you need to order those from the Clark County 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Committee bulk order. Please complete the order form and send the order form and payment. Deadline to order is May 3, but please remember that you need to mail your order before May 3 for the committee to receive it. Don’t wait until the last minute.
- 2021 Meat Chicken Order Form - https://clark.osu.edu/sites/clark/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Application_Forms/Poultry/2021%20Clark%20County%20Market%20Chicken%20Order%20Form.pdf
- 2021 Meat Duck Order Form - https://clark.osu.edu/sites/clark/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/Application_Forms/Poultry/2021%20Clark%20County%20Market%20Duck%20Order%20Form.pdf
Upcoming 4-H Project Related Committee Meetings
I have received an OSU Exemption for 4-H project related committees to start meeting in person in April. All COVID-19 protocols must be followed. To meet space requirements, all committees will be meeting on the Clark County Fairgrounds. Please see the schedule for April Committee Meetings below.
- Dog Committee - April 1, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Goat Committee – April 6, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Dairy Committee – April 7, 7:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- FCS Committee – April 8, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Beef Committee – April 13, 6 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Swine Committee – April 13, 7:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Sheep Committee – April 19, 6:00 PM, Fire Barn
- Horse Committee – April 19, 7:00 PM, Outdoor Covered Arena
- Shooting Sports Committee – April 26, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
- Rabbit & Poultry Committee – April 27, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg.
4-H Flower Beds at Clark County Fairgrounds
We are looking for 4-H Clubs to adopt Flower Beds at the Clark County Fairgrounds for 2021. If you have adopted a flower bed in the past, we hope you will continue to adopt that flowerbed this year. In addition, we are need more 4-H clubs to adopt flower beds. The Clark County Fair Board approved dollars to support the purchase of flowers by 4-H clubs for the flower beds they adopt. Please plan on attending the 4-H Flower Bed meeting to learn more, receive a check to purchase flowers and obtain your flower bed assignment.
4-H Flower Bed Meeting
When: Thursday, April 22
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Youth Building
What: Learn about this year’s flower bed program, opportunities, and incentives.
In the 4-H Spirit,
4-H Extension Educator