Franklin County 4-H News - January 2019


Monday, Jan. 14th, 6pm

530 West Spring Street

Columbus, OH

All advisors should attend including: seasoned advisors (those with more than 5, 10, 20, even 30 years or more), advisors who’ve served several years, and all of those individuals “in the process” or planning to become advisors in 2019.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner served at 6:00pm.
  • Need to Know Club Management Info
  • A Splash of Fun
  • Enrollment Packets for 2019
  • Some inspiration for the coming year

All advisors who register and attend will receive a useful token of appreciation for your service as an advisor along with enjoying a tasty dinner and a time of fellowship following the planned activities. Mark your calendar now!


Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference is designed to bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across the State of Ohio. The objective of this event is to learn together and from each other in order to improve our abilities to deliver the Ohio 4-H Program to its members. The educational selections offer something for everyone, and have the ability to satisfy every taste and need.

When: March 9, 2019
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

  • The Franklin County 4-H Council graciously pays the registration fee for current Franklin County 4-H Advisors and teen members who register by the deadline.
  • Registration materials can be found HERE.


Each year, the Franklin County 4-H Council raises money to support our local 4-H program. Part of the money they raise goes to providing 4-H teens with amazing opportunities to take part in trips and camps throughout Ohio and nationally. More detailed information about these opportunities can be found on our website.The opportunities that teens can apply and compete to receive full scholarships for include...

Citizenship Washington Focus: June 23-29, 2019 (Ages 15-19)
Leadership Washington Focus: July 15-19, 2019 (Entering grades 7-9 in Aug. 2019)

Ohio 4-H Leadership Camp: June 1-5, 2019 (Ages 15 and older)

Camp Canopy: Forestry & Wildlife Conservation Camp: June 9-14, 2019 (Entering Grades 9-12)

Senior Shooting Education Camp: July 14-19, 2019 (Ages14-18)

Buckeye Leadership Workshop: March 20-24, 2019 (Ages 15 and older)

*Note: Ohio 4-H will not be hosting a state Sea Camp this year. We are hoping that they bring it back in 2020.


  • To apply for a Franklin County 4-H Trip Scholarship, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2019.
    (530 W Spring Street, Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

  • Some dates for these trips overlap with Franklin County dates which is beyond our control.
    Franklin County 4-H Camp: June 17-21, 2019 (Monday-Friday)
    Franklin County Fair: July 13-20, 2019


These 27 awards recognize a 4-H member's achievement in a specific area. Areas include: Beef, CARTEENS, Citizenship & Community Service, Clothing & Textiles, Communication, Companion Animals, Creative Arts, Dairy, Environmental Sciences, Family Life & Child Development, Foods & Nutrition, Gardening & Horticulture, Goats, Health & Safety, Horse, Llama, Leadership, Mechanical & Engineering Sciences, Personal Development, Photography, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Shooting Sports, Swine, Veterinary Science, and Woodworking. Each achievement award winner will receive a trip to the National 4-H Congress and which is scheduled to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in late November 2019.

  • To apply to be selected as the county nominee for a State Achievement Award and compete for the statewide award, complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2019.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)



State Junior Fair Board: SJFB is comprised of representatives from several different youth organizations in Ohio including 4-H Youth Development. State Junior Fair Board members help strengthen and coordinate State Fair activities in a fast-paced, action-packed month at the Ohio State Fair. Junior Fair Board members are expected to attend meetings and stay at the fair for the entire 12 days.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2019.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)

OTA Local Government Award: Two $1,500 awards are available to any 4-H high school senior who has completed a local government-type activity that has had significant impact on the applicant's community, township or county.

  • To apply for this opportunity, members need to complete a State 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to the Franklin County Extension Office no later than January 22, 2019.
    (530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215)


There are over 36 state 4-H scholarships available and each has its own description and its own list of eligibility requirements. Completion of an Ohio 4-H Achievement Record is not necessary to be eligible for these awards/opportunities. Instead, a separate, specialized online application form is required. Please follow the instructions on the Ohio 4-H website.


Winter Project Fair

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 10am-12pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

Come and learn about the various projects offered in 4-H as members display their projects and lead hands-on activities during this open house.

Officer Training

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 12:30-2:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

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

Marilyn Rabe to Retire

Marilyn Rabe, Family & Consumer Science Educator in Franklin County, will be retiring from OSU Extension after 26 years of service. She has dedicated many years organizing and facilitating the 4-H Food and Nutrition judging event at the fair. We thank her for her service and wish her well in retirement!

An open house will be held for her on January 30th from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Franklin County Extension office, 530 W. Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215.

Franklin County 4-H Goat Clinic

Franklin County 4-H is pleased to announce a new clinic for 4-H families interested in taking 4-H goat projects. This informative session will cover topics such as care, nutrition, health, as well as other subjects. The clinic is taught by OSU Extension, Franklin County's Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

The clinic is free and open to the first 60 registrants.

Clinic Details:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30pm
Where: OSU Extension, Franklin County Office
530 W Spring St., Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215
Registration Link:

Livestock Possession Dates

Note that the Livestock Requirement Summary is available as a guide that 4-H members should utilize when planning their purchase and selection of livestock animals.

The market turkey possession deadline is coming up soon!

New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

Volunteers help make 4-H possible and are an essential part of the overall program. More than 300,000 youth and adult volunteers participate in the Ohio 4-H program each year. 4-H volunteers have the opportunity to contribute their time, energies, talents, and knowledge to help develop youth in a positive, educational way. The Franklin County 4-H program is dependent on its incredible adult volunteers to reach the youth of our county. Each time a new volunteer gets involved with the 4-H program, the number of children that benefit from 4-H programs increases!

Is someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer advisor? All 4-H volunteers must complete the Ohio 4-H volunteer screening process, which includes an application, a completed background check, and a volunteer orientation. The orientation sessions for new 4-H volunteers for the upcoming 2019 4-H season will be held January 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. or April 10, 2019 at 6:30p.m. If you know someone planning to attend, please have them register by emailing Christina Byrd at

4-H SPIN Club Volunteers Needed

A 4-H Special Interest (SPIN) Club is a short-term program that meets one hour a week for six to eight weeks in an afterschool program. The clubs generally focus on one specific topic. The Franklin County 4-H SPIN Clubs generally meet in the urban core.

This coming summer, 4-H members and volunteers are sought to teach some of the programs. You need to have presentation skills and like working with children. Specific dates and locations will be arranged at a later time. Transportation is required. Here are the choices:

Animals in Agriculture 4-H SPIN Club:

Last summer, 4-H members and volunteers brought their 4-H animal to the SPIN Club and presented information about that animal to the youth including care, grooming, agricultural use, etc. We had poultry, rabbits and goats. Each animal was presented on a different day, so unless you have multiple animals you would commit to only one hour plus transportation time. These animals and more (such as a piglet or calf) are needed.

Theater 4-H SPIN Club

Do you like acting? If so, then consider volunteering for this 4-H SPIN Club. The activities are the same as the ones presented at 4-H Camp this past year (if you were there). The club will meet for 8 weeks, one hour a week.

Rocketry SPIN Club

The “Rockets Away” project book will be used for this 4-H SPIN Club. Members will complete activities in the book, with bottle rockets being launched at the end. The club will meet for six hours total, one day a week.

4-H Coding Club

A retired professor teaches this club, but a few helpers are needed to guide participants. The club meets every day for a week in the summer.

If you are interested in helping with any of these clubs, contact Sue Hogan at

Ohio State Fair Livestock Possession Date Changes

If you plan to exhibit a market livestock project at the Ohio State Fair this year please note the following changes:

  • Market beef – January 1
  • Market swine – May 1 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market lambs – May 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market goats – May 1 26 (changed for 2019)
  • Market rabbits – June 1
  • Market poultry – within 5 days of hatch (changed for 2019)

The Ohio State Fair website does not have the most current dates but will be updated shortly.

State Livestock Skillathon Team

There will be an information session for those interested in an opportunity to be chosen to represent Ohio during the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest in Louisville in November. The information session will be held on January 20th, 2019 (2:00 - 4:00 PM) located at The Ohio State University Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210).

If you plan to attend the information session contact Elizabeth Share by January 16th, 2019.

Starting in January, practice sessions will be conducted to work on individual and team activities on Sunday afternoons (2:00 - 4:00 PM) located at the Animal Sciences Building (2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210).

· Sunday, January 20th (informational, parents are welcome to attend)

· Sunday, February 17th

· Sunday, March 17th

· Sunday, April 14th

· Sunday, May 19th

· July – OSF skillathons

· Sunday, August 18th

· Sunday, September 8th

· Sunday, September 22nd (Mock Contest and selection of team)

· Additional practices in Oct/Nov for team members

The practices in Sept/Oct/Nov are mandatory and you must be able to attend the mock contest to be eligible for the team.

New Franklin County Extension Office to Open in 2019

Naming Opportunities Available

Located within the Waterman living-learning laboratory just northwest of the OSU campus, the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building will offer a myriad of educational opportunities benefiting Franklin County residents. There are still some naming opportunities available which would be a great end of year donation!

  • Patio (4,050 sq ft): $500,000
  • Green Roof and Rain Garden ($14,524 sq ft): $500,000
  • Open Office Space (2,180 sq ft): $400,000
  • Multi-Purpose Room (2) (1,215 sq ft): $300,000 each
  • Lobby (576 sq ft): $200,000
  • Demonstration Kitchen (552 sq ft): $100,000
  • Gardener's Lab (227 sq ft): $75,000
  • Conference Room (280 sq ft): $75,000
  • Program Fulfillment Room (528 sq ft): $50,000
  • Large Office (144 Sq Ft): $35,000
  • Office (8) (98 Sq Ft): $25,000 each

For more details about donating or naming opportunities, contact Emily Winnenberg at

OSU Extension, Franklin County

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