Well, the Buckeye Game did not go as we may have hoped, but we can all appreciate the milestone the players and coaches achieved just to make it to the Championship game. It is an important reminder that we do not always win the big banner in 4-H either. But it is the 4-H journey we experience, the decisions that we make and the relationships we create that determines the true value of our 4-H participation.
As you begin your 2021 4-H journey, we encourage you to…
• Try a NEW 4-H PROJECT– check your mailbox for a 4-H Family Guide arriving soon.
• Participate in one of the many 4-H EVENTS being offered virtually and in-person. 4-H Calendar to be posted soon on the web at https://clark.osu.edu
• INVITE a friend to join 4-H and start the journey with you.
• MENTOR a new 4-H member, volunteer, or family to help them be successful.
• Take advantage of SPIN Club offerings to connect with youth across Ohio. Go to https://ohio4h.org and we will share weekly as we learn about opportunities.
• Access all the 4-H resources to help you PLAN your 4-H PARTICIPATION on the OSU Extension, Clark County website https://clark.osu.edu.
• GEAR up to start your 4-H Club meetings with the Grab & Go Club Meeting Toolkit – access at https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Grab%20%26%20Go%20Club%20Meeting%20Toolkit%20FINAL.pdf
In-Person Club Meets and Educational Programming Can Resume January 16, 2021
• 4-H clubs can begin meeting in person again starting January 16. The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-person Meetings & Events was recently updated. Please read and follow these guidelines when conducting 4-H club meetings and educational events. Access the document and other resources at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.
Extension Office Resumes COVID-19 Office Hours Next Week
The OSU Extension, Clark County office will return to COVID-19 office hours starting the week of January 18, 2021. Our office is closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of MLK Day.
OSU Extension, Clark County COVID-19 office schedule is:
• Monday – 11 AM to 4:30 PM
• Wednesday – 9 AM to 4:30 PM
• Friday – 11 AM to 4:30 PM
• By appointment, any other times by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or calling Patty House at 937-398-7599 or Linda Newman at 937-398-7604.
More Healthy Living Activities for January Ohio 4-H Mental Health Month
• Challenge your family and friends to participate along with you in the Hunt 4Health activity cards. Download at https://ohio4h.org/sites/ohio4h/files/imce/Families/FINAL%20%28PDF%20Version%29%20Hunt%204-Health.pdf This would be a great activity to jump start with your 4-H club members too even before you meet in-person.
• Connect with some great activities focused on your mental health through the Ohio 4-H Healthy Living Blog at https://u.osu.edu/4hjournal/ and on the Ohio 4-H Health Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Ohio4Hhealth
4-H Off to A Running Start Club Advisor Training Registration
Every 4-H club must have at least one 4-H volunteer participate in one of the following training sessions. In order, for us to plan and pre-package all materials for participants, we ask that you pre-register at https://go.osu.edu/21clarkco4hofftoarunningstartreg.
• January 28 – Off to a Running Start – 6 PM to 8 PM, Youth Building
• January 29 – Off to a Running Start -1 PM to 3 PM, Youth Building
• January 30 – Off to a Running Start –1 PM to 3 PM, Youth Building
All 4-H volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn about new opportunities, changes and more. All participants are expected to wear masks, maintain 6 ft social distancing, and utilize hand sanitizer upon entrance and exit of the session. No food or drink will be permitted.
• Clark County Cattleman’s Scholarship: Any senior 4-H or FFA beef project member may apply for one of the scholarships being offered by the Clark County Cattleman’s. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 25. Scholarships will be awarded at the Clark County Cattle Battle the weekend of January 29-31. Scholarship application is available at https://clark.osu.edu under 4-H Youth Development and then Applications and Forms.
• $300 4-H Feed Scholarship: Next Gen Agriculture, a non-profit, is offering a $300 feed scholarship to a Clark County FIRST YEAR 4-H member. The scholarship will be awarded based on submission of an essay that answers the following three questions:
1. What or who got you interested in 4-H and how did you pick the livestock you will be showing?
2. What is some quality/traits you look for when selecting your livestock?
3. How do you think 4-H will help you throughout your everyday life?
Essays may be submitted starting Feb. 1, 2021. A panel will make the selection on April 1, 2021. The winning entry will be contacted to get at $300 feed credit to the store of their choice.
All essay entries must be mailed to Next Gen Agriculture c/o Andy Rice 5036 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard Ohio 43026. You may include photos and video with your essay to how you feel and are encouraged to have fun with your entry. All entries must include a Parent Name and Phone number as well. Questions may be directed to Andy Rice at 614-332-8823.
4-H Achievement Applications Due February 5
4-H members 14 years of age and older may apply for recognition, awards, and a fully paid trip to Atlanta next November for National 4-H Congress. What do you need to do? Complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Application and be recognized for your outstanding 4-H project work for the State of Ohio. The application is available at https://clark.osu.edu under 4-H Youth Development and Applications and Forms under Teen opportunities. If you would like assistance with the application, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIRTUAL Ohio 4-H Conference – Feb. 20, 23 and 25, 2021
The Ohio 4-H Conference will be held virtually this year and there will be three different days for 4-H teens and volunteers to participate. Registration is due Friday, February 12. There is no cost to participate in the virtual conference. To find out this year’s offerings visit https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-4-h-conference.
In the 4-H Spirit,
4-H Extension Educator