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Franklin County 4-H News - February 9, 2022

Welcome to Franklin County 4-H

4-H members from previous years receive this newsletter automatically until they unsubscribe. However, new members who haven't yet enrolled in 4-HOnline will not receive it. Please send a link to this newsletter to new members in your club so they are informed of opportunities in 4-H.

Winter Project Fair and Officer Training

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Interested in learning about the nearly 200 4-H project options? Join us at the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 12 for the Winter Project Fair. 2022 Winter Project Fair is your hub for all things related to 4-H and 4-H projects and how to complete them! When you visit, you can find information about how to join 4-H, talk with 4-H members who have completed a project in your area of interest, and explore some of our program highlights. We are excited to share this opportunity with you in hopes that it will help you find the perfect 4-H club for your family while exploring all of the things 4-H has to offer.

This year, club officers will have the opportunity to attend officer training during the Winter Project Fair. Officers will be invited to attend a 15-minute session to gather ideas and participate in an activity to help them with their new officer role.

When: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time: 11am - 1pm

Where: Franklin County Fairgrounds, Edwards Building

Download the 4-H Calendar

The Franklin County 4-H Calendar is now available as a one-page printable resource. Download a copy and put it on your refrigerator!

4-H Meetings and Health Guidelines

Don't forget that all 4-H clubs are required to follow the Ohio 4-H guidelines for in-person meetings and events. In addition to the Ohio 4-H guidelines, clubs must follow state/local health department COVID guidance, if issued.

2022 Fair Schedule

This year's Franklin County Fair will be held Monday, July 18 - Sunday, July 24. Tentative schedules for project evaluations, special event contests, and livestock can be found below. Horse event schedules will be shared as soon as they are available.

*Subject to change. Times are approximate.

2022 Project Evaluation & Special Event Schedule (tentative)

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2022 Burke Building Schedule (tentative)

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ATTENTION: Club Historians and News Reporters

A new addition to the Franklin County Extension website is the Club Corner page. This page is a great way to share club news. Updates can highlight activities, news, or even advertise for new members to join. Club officers or advisors can submit their updates by clicking on the link below.

4-H Enrollment Now Open

You can now re-enroll in 4-H for 2022. This year, the online enrollment system has gotten an upgrade to 4-HOnline 2.0. It will look different as it is now mobile friendly but log in information from last year will continue to be used this year. Remember to log in with your family's email and password to find your family profile. Watch the videos below for a guide to the new enrollment system.

Download the Re-Enrollment Step by Step Guide

Re-Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 RE-Enrolling in 4-H

Download the NEW Member Enrollment Step by Step Guide

NEW Member Enrollment Instructional Video:
2021 Enrolling in 4 HOnline

Selecting Your 4-H Project

Ohio 4-H Family Guides Now Available

This is your place to connect to the entire collection of Ohio 4-H project books for the year. When choosing a project, consider your interests, background, what is necessary to start the project, and the resources available to help you complete it. Start looking for your 2022 projects now! Family guides will soon be mailed to all families who participated in 4-H last year or download the Family Guide now at

4-H Project Requirement Guide

Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? Make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE. The project requirement guides explain what is required to complete each project.

Club Leader Reminders

Club Leader Action Items

Fingerprint Background Check Requirements - Deadline March 15

As a reminder, all Ohio 4-H volunteers are required to complete a fingerprint background check screening every four years. Notices for those volunteers who need their background check done were sent on November 2. If you think that your background check might be due this year, please check your email from that day or contact Beth Boomershine at for more details.

Club Financial Summaries

Attention 4-H Club Leaders: Every club must submit the annual financial summary by March 1. If you have not submitted your summary, we ask that you send it in. You can find the summary in two different versions:

1. From the state website

2. From the county website (download, save, and email)

Recognition Packets

Several clubs still have not picked up 2021 member certificates and award packets. If your club still needs to pick them up, please contact Beth or Rachel to make an appointment for a pickup.

NEW! Mandatory Training for Club Advisors

Ohio 4-H now requires ALL official 4-H volunteers to participate in at least one hour of training facilitated by county 4-H professionals. This mandate has been put into place by the state 4-H office. For reference, the requirements to maintain official Ohio 4-H volunteer status include:

  1. Re-enroll in the 4-HOnline database EVERY YEAR
  2. Complete the Ohio 4-H Protecting Minors From Abuse Training EVERY YEAR
    1. The online module will be available soon.
  3. NEW! Complete one hour of mandatory training for 4-H volunteers EVERY YEAR
  4. Complete a fingerprint background check every four years

In light of this new requirement and the current public health concerns, an assortment of opportunities and ways to complete the training will be offered. These many options should help you find a training that will meet your comfort level as well as provide you with valuable resources to help you manage your club. Remember, every volunteer is required to attend one of the following options to maintain their official volunteer status.

Wednesday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Thursday, March 3, 12:00 noon

Zoom: See volunteer email for link.

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.

Zoom: See volunteer email for link.

Support 4-H Through Easy Fundraising

Amazon Smile Donations

Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases directly to Franklin County 4-H! All you have to do is select Franklin County 4-H Council (Columbus, OH) as your charity of choice on your Amazon account. Then just shop by logging in at It's still your same Amazon account - just more charitable and doesn't cost you anything extra! You still get the convenience of shopping on Amazon while they donate to 4-H.
Select Franklin County 4-H Council as your charity now by clicking this link:

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: FK546
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