Green & Growing

Franklin County 4-H News - September 2016



Make sure you take the opportunity to fill out the appropriate award forms so that you can receive the credit you deserve for all of your accomplishments in 4-H! Here are the awards that are available...

Clover Award Forms (project members only)
These simple award forms are easy to fill out. Just mark off the activities that you've participated in this year, add up your points, and find out if you've qualified for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Clover Award.

Community Service, Leadership, & Public Speaking Awards (project members only)
Check off the activities that you've completed on each of these forms to see if you've qualified for one or all of these award pins.

Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year Award (project members only)
This competitive award is only given to a select few in each age category to honor those that have gone above and beyond in their 4-H experiences. Award reviewers compile scores from clover and pin awards, review project and 4-H experiences, and read the short response essays on the all new online application to select the winners of this award.

Cloverbud Pin Award (Cloverbud members only)
Our youngest members in Kindergarten through second grade can complete this form to receive their Cloverbud Pin Award at the recognition program.

Mark your calendars for the annual 4-H recognition program to be held November 7, 6:00pm, at the Ohio 4-H Center. These awards will be presented that night. Look for the RSVP link in your inbox in October!

Your club may be eligible for the Helping Hands Community Service Award or the Honor Club Award. The applications are available HERE.

Camping Opportunity for Teens!

Teens can spend a fun filled weekend, November 18-20, at 4-H Camp Ohio! Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. Campers will take a trip Around the World in their time together. Sessions, speakers and even meals will challenge our understanding of how diverse our Clubs, Communities, Countries, and World really are. The cost for the weekend is only $60.

Registration Info:

Hippology & Horse Bowl Info Session

There will be an informational Open House for those interested in joining the hippology or horse bowl teams this fall on September 13, 4-6pm, in the meeting room of the Hilliard Library on Cemetery Road.

Participants must be enrolled in a horse project, but there are horseless horse projects available if they would like to join but not show horses.

If interested and unable to attend, please contact Amanda Schleppi at 614-806-1266 (call or text) or at


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next few CARTEENS will be held September 13, October 11, and November 15. They take place in the evening at the Ohio 4-H Center.

Contact Sue for more info:

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer and helping a 4-H Club? 4-H Advisors must be screened Ohio 4-H Volunteers. This process takes several steps. One of which is to attend an orientation. Two are currently scheduled for the 2017 4-H year.

September 27, 2016, 6:30pm (Extension Office - 2105 S. Hamilton Rd., Columbus)
February 28, 2017, 6:30pm (Extension Office - New Location Coming in 2017)

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer please contact Kaitlin Johnson to start the screening process.


(Subject to Change)

September 21, 2016, 7pm - 4-H Council Meeting (Extension Office)
September 27, 2016, 6:30pm - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation
October 3, 2016, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)
October 19, 2016 - 4-H Council Meeting (TBD)
October 31, 2016, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting(Fairgrounds)
November 7, 2016, 6pm - Franklin County Recognition Program (Ohio 4-H Center)

January 1, 2017 - Market Steer/Heifer Possession Deadline for Franklin Co Fair
January 24, 2017 - Volunteer Appreciation & Enrichment Night
February 4, 2017, 10am - Winter Project Fair
February 4, 2017, 12:30pm - Officer Training
February 28, 2017 - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation
April 1, 2017 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline
April 8, 2017 - Franklin Co 4-H Walk & Serve
June 9, 2017 - Franklin County 4-H Cloverbud Day Camp
June 10, 2017 - Junior Fair Entry Deadline
June 13-17, 2017 - Franklin County 4-H Camp
July 12, 2017 - Livestock Evaluations & Skillathon
July 15-22, 2017 - Franklin County Fair

More dates to be updated on the 4-H calendar soon...

4-H Clubs with Horses

ATTENTION: 4-H Advisors of Clubs with Horses

If your club has horse project members (not Horseless Horse), you are required to send a club advisor to the 4-H Horse Advisory Committee meetings. These usually take place the first Monday of each month with the exception of November (it will be held October 31, due to the recognition program date). Meetings take place at the fairgrounds and begin at 7pm.

The many shows, clinics, and activities for horse members cannot take place without your clubs support and help. Please make an effort to participate.


The Franklin County 4-H Council recently voted to change the county 4-H Activity Fee to $20 for ALL 4-H members instead of $20 for the first child in the family and $10 for all other children in the family. This fee is used for educational and recognition programming. This fee is separate from any club dues that your club may have.
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Demand for new clubs and new 4-H advisors is growing! If you are interested in starting a 4-H club, please contact Beth at for more information.

To start a new club, you must be an official Ohio 4-H Volunteer that has been through the six step screening process. You can find an application HERE and please save the date for the required new volunteer orientation on September 27, 6:30pm, at the Extension Office, 2105 S Hamilton Rd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43232.

OSU Extension Newsletter Subscription

Did you know that OSU Extension, Franklin County has a monthly electronic newsletter called Extension Connections? In fact, in last month’s newsletter there was a feature article about the 4-H Walk and Serve and all its success! While Extension Connections is different than our Franklin County 4-H newsletter, Green & Growing, it’s still a great way to stay up-to-date with events, programs, and services your Franklin County Extension office has to offer.

If you are already receiving the OSU Extension, Franklin County monthly newsletter – thank you! If not, click here to sign up and receive information about our upcoming events, programs, and services. Don’t worry, we promise not to bombard your inbox, and you can unsubscribe from the list at any time.

Kroger Community Rewards

Do you shop at Kroger? Why not let your shopping benefit the Franklin County Junior Fair Board. The Junior Fair Board raises money to pay for all of those pretty ribbons, banners, and trophies that our members receive at the fair each year! Please help them out by registering your Kroger Plus Card with the community rewards program so that 5% of your shopping bill goes directly to the Junior Fair Board. It's super easy. You just sign up and do your regular shopping - nothing extra gets charged to you! Kroger donates the money!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: 84945
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