February 19, 2021 - 4:05pm -- newman.221@osu.edu

Clark County 4-H Families and Volunteers:

As 4-H clubs start meeting again, we encourage you to invite friends to join 4-H.  When new families and youth attend club meetings either virtually or in-person, remember to make them feel welcomed.  Remember your first 4-H club meeting, did you know everyone in the room.  Probably not!  Even with COVID-19 protocols to follow, you can still spend some time getting to know fellow members and families. 

Ice Breaker Ideas that Require No Props for Your Next 4-H Club Meeting: 

Break Youth Into Small Groups

  • Give them a question to talk about.  Have your 4-H club officers come up with some. 
    Here are some examples to get you started.
    • What is your favorite 4-H project and why? 
    • What are you looking forward to this year in 4-H and why? 
    • What do you like to do in your free time and why?
    • If you could be an animal and come to the Fair, which one would you be and why?
  • 3 Commonalities – Have each group find three things they all have in common.


Larger Group Activity

  • Play Never Have I Ever - A great fun way to explore things that youth have in common and different experiences they have had.   
  • Have members stand in a circle with one member standing in the middle of the circle. 
  • The person in the middle of the circle says: “Never have I ever… and they insert something they have never done”  Example:  Never have I ever rode a horse. 
  • Everyone that has ridden a horse will move through the circle to a new place opened up by someone else who has ridden a horse.
  • The person in the middle will also try to move to an open spot. 
  • The person left without a spot must go in the middle of the circle and the game continues as they share “Never have I ever…”.


4-H is a non-discriminatory youth organization that is open to all youth ages 5 and in Kindergarten through age 18 as of January 1, 2021.  To celebrate the diversity of our membership, February is Ohio 4-H Equity Month. You can visit https://ohio4h.org/families/february-ohio-4-h-equity-month to participate in a variety of challenges and activities focused on exploring our diversity.  There is a list of suggested books for youth to read based on age and diversity topic.  Check out YouTube videos of Ohio 4-H members discussing diversity on Ohio 4-H’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ohio4h.


EquiSTEP Program REQUIRED for ALL 4-H Horse Project Members
All Clark County 4-H Horse Project members must complete the EquiSTEP On-Line Course by May 1, 2021.  You can register now to complete this new requirement.  Go to : https://cfaesosu.catalog.instructure.com/courses/equine-safety-training-and-education-program-09-mz2-e41. EquiSTEP is a horse safety, handling and management course that has become an annual requirement similar to the quality assurance program required for market livestock project members.  Once you complete the course, I will receive an e-mail indicating you have completed the course and you will also receive a completion e-mail.  Please include your e-mail in your 4-H Horse Project Record Book.     


4-H Black and White Photo Challenge
Do you like to take photos?  Are you taking a 4-H photography project?  Why not put your interests and skills to the test and enter the 4-H Black and White Photo Challenge.  For more information visit:  https://extension.umn.edu/event/4-h-black-and-white-photo-challenge

How You Enter for FREE:

  • Take photos and rename files with your full name and state.  Example:  ChrisClover.OH1.jpg.
  • Submit up to three (3) jpg or jpeg images to fourhphoto@umn.edu by 11:59 PM on March 15, 2021.
  • All participants will have their names entered in a random drawing for prizes.
  • Volunteer photography judges will provide feedback and recognize their top three images with an award.
  • Only black and white images will be accepted for this challenge (no sepia/color/selective color).

Tips for Taking Better Black & White Photos

  • With mostly white (bright) tones:  Over-expose your image slightly to see better shadow detail and contrast.
  • With mostly black (dark) tones:  Under-expose your image slightly to highlight detail and contrast.
  • Focus on shapes and lines.  Shadows shine in black and white photos.
  • Focus on textures.  Try a macro image of something with fine detail.
  • Try editing your image instead of just adding a filter.
  • If using a cell phone, check out the black and white filter options. 


Ohio 4-H VIRTUAL Horse Communications Contest – Register by March 1, 2021
Are you interested in developing your public speaking skills?  4-H Horse Project members can work as a team or choose to participate as an individual in the 2021 Horse Communications Contest.  The Contest will be held virtually this year on March 13.  To register for the event, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqmwRuchoTcyk7drXTnlp15u28_2wM9DC-pSsa9o5ln6J4xg/viewform.  Registration is due by March 1, 2021.  To learn more about the contest, visit the Ohio 4-H Horse Web at https://ohio4h.org/events/state-4-h-virtual-horse-communications-contest


Last Reminder to Order 4-H Market Turkey Due March 1, 2021
If you are planning on showing market turkeys at the 2021 Clark County Fair, you must order your day old market tom turkeys from the Clark County 4-H and FFA Rabbit & Poultry Committee.  The order form can be found at https://clark.osu.edu or under the Applications and Forms on the 4-H App.  Don’t delay.  Payment is required with your order.  You must order a minimum of 6 tom turkeys.  Cost is $7 per tom turkey.  Anyone that orders turkeys will need plan on picking them up on April 1, 5 PM to 6 PM in the Fire Barn on the Clark County Fairgrounds.


Last Reminder to Apply for 4-H Award Trip Due March 1, 2021
Any 4-H teen age 14 and older as of January 1st may apply for one of the 4-H Award Trips sponsored by the Clark County 4-H Advisory Committee.  The award trips include:

  • VIRTUAL Citizenship Washington Focus – June 13-19
  • Ohio 4-H Sea Camp – July 15-19
  • Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp – June 1-5
  • Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Camp – Date To Be Determined
  • Ohio Canopy Camp – June 13-18

If selected, your registration fee will be paid by the 4-H Advisory Committee.  To apply, complete the on-line survey application at https://go.osu.edu/2021clark4hawardtripapplicationApplicants will participate in a ZOOM interview on March 2 between 6 PM and 8 PM. 


Register by Feb. 26 for Quality Assurance Training for 4-H Club Advisors
Any 4-H club that would like to be able to offer quality assurance at the club level MUST have at least one 4-H volunteer attend the Quality Assurance Training for 4-H Club Advisors on Monday, March 1, 6:30 PM, Arts & Crafts Bldg., Clark County Fairgrounds.  In order to comply with OSU exemption requirements for  in-person meetings, you must register for this training using this link https://go.osu.edu/2021clark4hqatrainingclubadvisorsWith COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, 4-H club volunteers must attend this year’s training in order to be able to conduct QA within their 4-H club in 2021. 


Next Weeks 4-H Committee Meetings by ZOOM

  • 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Committee Mtg:  Tues., Feb. 23, 6:30 PM

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In the 4-H Spirit,
Patty House
4-H Extension Educator