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Franklin County 4-H News - February 2017

WINTER PROJECT FAIR - Saturday, February 4

Don't miss this official kick-off to the 2017 Franklin County 4-H year!
Fun activities are planned for all those in attendance.

Club Advisors: This is an excellent event for new 4-H families to attend. Please forward this newsletter to new and potential club members and encourage them to attend.

Come and learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as members display their projects and lead hands-on activities. The event is presented in an open house style but plan enough time to experience everything it has to offer. The average visit is approximately 45 minutes.

Food concessions will be offered by Whetstone 4-H Club. Cash only please.

Saturday, Feb. 4th 2017 at 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

OFFICER TRAINING - Following Winter Project Fair

4-H members who are currently club officers or who wish to become an officer should attend officer training. This is an informative workshop with activities that will strengthen skills and knowledge in parliamentary procedure, officer duties, and club leadership. The event includes fun activities and an installation ceremony that includes certificates and officer pins.

Saturday, Feb. 4th 2017 at 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Officer Training Teen Helper Opportunity

Are you an officer in your club? Would you like to be a leader at officer training? Teens interested in helping at Officer Training should contact Sue Hogan at


We are now starting to enroll members for the 2017 4-H year! With a new year, comes new beginnings. Changes you'll see this year include online enrollment for 4-H which means the Extension Office or club advisors will no longer be entering 4-H members' enrollment information. Each family will do their own online enrollment preferably at a club meeting where your advisor can help you.

4-H club advisors were recently trained on the process at the annual Advisor Appreciation and Enrichment Night. You can plan on learning how your family will enroll at your next club meeting. It's a fairly easy process especially since you can just use the email and password that you used to make your fair entries last year!

Also note that this year all members will pay a $20 county activity fee. This is in addition to any fees that your club may possibly have.


The Ohio 4-H Conference (March 11) is a dynamic conference for teen 4-H members and advisors. Literally hundreds of sessions are geared toward enhancing 4-H programs in clubs, building leadership skills, and so much more.

The registration booklet and form are available on the website at:

Registration forms and payments are due to the Franklin County Extension Office by February 4.
  • Current Franklin County teen 4-H members and club advisors will be able to attend for FREE if their registration is postmarked by February 4. As long as attendance at the conference is verified, your check will be shredded and not cashed. Those that don't show up to the conference will have their check cashed.
  • Parents and other non-4-H members and official club advisors are welcome to attend but should submit a separate check and expect it to be cashed.
  • Note that the deadline on the state's registration form is not for you. Get your registrations in the county office by February 4 so county staff have time to get your registrations to the state office via their registration system.


The county extension office is officially moving the week of February 13.
  • Please do not mail anything to the old address after February 4.
  • Do not plan to visit the extension office the week of February 13.
  • The new address is 530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
  • The phone number will stay the same: (614) 866-6900
  • We will no longer have faxing capabilities.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the challenges of moving to a new location.


4-H CARTEENS is a program taught to teens by teens to help reduce the number of second time traffic offenders in Ohio. All participants that you will be teaching have been mandated by the courts to attend. The program is held one Tuesday a month from 6-9 p.m.

We are currently looking for 4-H'ers and other youth who have at least a learner’s permit to present at CARTEENS. Benefits of becoming involved in CARTEENS are:

  • You can receive service credits which can be used for graduation
  • At least one senior CARTEENS member who graduated and attended nine CARTEENS events in that school year, and has been accepted into an institution of higher education will receive a $250 to $500 scholarship towards the purchase of books, etc. in late fall of 2017.
  • Fun! Friends! A chance to brush up on your public speaking skills!

If you are interested contact Sue Hogan at:

Franklin County 4-H Unites for Community Service & Healthy Living

Walk and Serve - NEW WEBSITE:

Your club can participate by adopting an organization.
  • Plan, Prepare, and Provide guidance for a hands-on community service project to benefit a Central Ohio non-profit. We are looking to have a variety of projects and non-profits. *Please arrange for approval of non-profit and project with the Committee Chair before progressing with club members.

Clover 5K

Help with promotion to your school, co-workers, family, friends, community!

Run start time 8:30 a.m., Awards at 9:30 a.m.

Event Planning

Each club contact (older teen and/or advisor) is encouraged to attend the online planning meetings at 6:30 p.m. on:

February 6

February 20

March 6

March 20

Click here to join meeting using a computer, smart phone, or tablet (you will need to download an app if you are using a phone/tablet).


The Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge gives 4-H Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the Challenge issue and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Cloverbuds, team advisors and families come to the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in the spring, for the Challenge event. Teams present their models and findings to a group of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbuds’ LEGO projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities and are recognized at a closing celebration.

This is an excellent opportunity for clubs that want their Cloverbuds to get engaged in 4-H. See details of how your club can participate in the Cloverbot Challenge HERE. This year's theme is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! and the Challenge event will take place on June 3.

Deadline to Order LEGO Kit: March 20, 2017
Deadline to Register Team:
April 15, 2017



Do you want to improve your 4-H Cloverbud program or learn tips on welcoming new members and families into your club? If so, then this winter workshop is designed just for you.

4-H personnel from the Heart of Ohio will present two workshops on these topics which will include ideas and activities. You can choose to attend one or both workshops.

Details: Saturday, February 25, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center

Session A: 9-10:30 a.m. - Cloverbud Meeting Management & More

Session B: 10:30 a.m.-noon - Ways to Welcome New Members and Their Families to Your Club

4-H Advisors and Volunteers may register HERE for this free event.


In order for 4-H Camp to continue to be an affordable option for families, 4-H Camp Ohio relies heavily on donations. This year, camp created a wish list of things that they can put to good use. See the picture below. If your club or family loves camp and is looking for a community service project, consider collecting items or donations for camp! Monetary or supply donations can be dropped off at the Franklin County Extension Office (after we move into the new office) or arrangements can be made directly with camp at
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All 4-H members taking a horse project for the first time this year are REQUIRED to participate in a Horse Safety & Ethics session prior to participating in any 4-H activities with a horse. A parent or legal guardian must attend with the member. The member must also purchase and read the book Horse Safety & You prior to attending.

Two sessions are held. Members may choose which one they want to attend.

April 25, 2017, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH

May 11, 2017, 6:30pm, Extension Office, 530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH
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Collegiate 4-H at the Ohio State University puts on an annual dance at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The dance is open to 4-H members and their families from around Ohio. Save the date for the evening of March 11.


On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production were implemented. The agency’s effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production and bringing therapeutic use in feed and water – to treat, control or prevent spe­cific disease – under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers will all face new requirements. This affects everyone (including 4-H members as youth producers) keeping, owning, and/or raising food-producing animals.

Ohio 4-H members (parents/guardians) are the owners/caretakers of their livestock projects and will need to obtain any VFD they might need to properly care for their food-producing animals. To write a VFD, veterinarians must personally see the 4-H members’ animals, become acquainted with their care, and have done so recently enough (within the last six months) that they can make medical judgements.

It is very important that 4-H members and their families establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Click on this link to download the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families. It contains important information to read and understand when taking Ohio 4-H food-producing animal projects, even if they are not intended for food production.


Are you taking any of the following 4-H projects to the Franklin County Fair this year?

  • Lactating Dairy Cows
  • Market Rabbits
  • Market Poultry
  • Market Lambs
  • Market Goats
  • Lactating Dairy Goats
  • Market Beef (including beef & dairy feeders)
  • Market Swine

If you answered yes to the question above, YOU MUST ATTEND a livestock quality assurance session by June 1. NO EXCEPTIONS. There are numerous opportunities across the state to attend a session.

Franklin County 4-H will be holding a session on April 26, 6:30pm. Location to be determined.

Other approved LQA’s are shared below and more will be included in future newsletters.
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OSU Extension, Franklin

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