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Franklin County 4-H News - March 2017

You are receiving this newsletter because you were either enrolled in 4-H last year or have recently enrolled in 4-H for 2017. Please pay close attention to the information in this newsletter as it contains a lot of information that is important to Franklin County 4-H members.


Time to hit the road for the second annual Franklin County Clover 5K in Hilliard on April 8th! The Clover 5K is a fundraiser to support the Walk & Serve community service event. Our fun run takes you around the fairgrounds, to the Heritage Rail Trail, and back to the start. Post-race activities include line dances, camp songs, and create your own omelets. Sign up today for our early bird pricing - $25. Registration includes a t-shirt, post race snacks, and the satisfaction that you made a difference in the community. For more info, visit


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!

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer and helping a current 4-H club or starting your own? 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 session for new 4-H volunteers for the upcoming 2016-2017 4-H season will be held Feb. 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 28th 2017 at 6:30pm

530 West Spring Street

Columbus, OH

This training is required for any adult who would like to serve as a new volunteer advisor for a 4-H club. Participants must register in the box below.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


NEW THIS YEAR! Each family will do their own online 4-H enrollment, preferably at a club meeting where your advisor can help you. 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!

After you have attended a club meeting this year, you may enroll online. There is a very helpful Family Online Enrollment Help Guide on the Franklin County 4-H website. Before enrolling make sure the youth in your family know which projects they are planning on taking this year. You must enter your projects for 2017 before submitting your enrollment.

Changes can be made to your project selections until the 4-H enrollment deadline on April 3, 2017. Email Beth Boomershine if you need to make changes to your enrollment after you've submitted it.

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. Turn your county activity fee into your club advisor.


When visiting the new Extension Office, please note that their is parking in front and behind the building. The office is on the second floor of the building.

  • 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.


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. Our goal is to have a variety of projects and non-profits.
  • 2 more non-profits/clubs are needed. Please arrange for approval of non-profit and project with the Committee Chair before moving forward with planning.

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:

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).

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


All 4-H Clubs are required to send at least one representative to
the annual 4-H club advisor Fair Update, April 19, 7:00pm.

Why is attendance required for this event? All clubs need to send at least one representative so that they are informed about the fair entry process. The representative is then responsible for sharing the information with their club. All advisors are encouraged to attend so they can hear the info first hand.


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


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 at the new Extension Office. 530 W Spring St. Suite 275, Columbus, OH 43215

Other approved LQA’s are shared below and more will be included in future newsletters.
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What is the difference between 4-H Enrollment and Fair Entries?

  • When you enroll in 4-H you are becoming a member of the world's largest youth serving organization! This year, Franklin County's enrollment deadline is April 3, 2017. By submitting your enrollment online, the county Extension and 4-H office receives the member's information. With your contact information, the county office is able to communicate important information about county and statewide opportunities through a monthly newsletter or news updates. Your club's advisor also receives that information so they can communicate with you too. A member who enrolls in a 4-H project by April 3, also has the opportunity to participate in 4-H project evaluations, shows and contests that are hosted by the Franklin County Fair.

  • The Franklin County Fair, a separate organization, has been offering fun and educational opportunities for Franklin County residents including youth organizations such as 4-H and Scouts for over a century. In order for the fair to prepare for all of those, they need members of those youth organizations to make fair entries. A fair entry will be made for 4-H project evaluations that take place at fair events, as well as the many contests that take place at fair events such as the Creative Baking Contest and the Interlocking Block Contest. With these entries, the fair is able to organize the events along with all of the ribbons and awards that go along with them. This year, fair entries are due on June 10, 2017.

  • Thankfully, the fair utilizes a "sister" online entry system that communicates with our 4-H enrollment system. That way, entries are a bit easier and you can use the same email and password to log into both systems. You will receive information about fair entries in future newsletters from this newsletter and your 4-H club advisor.

  • FAIR FACT: The Franklin County Fair is run by very dedicated volunteers who serve on the Junior and Senior Fair Boards. The Junior Fair Board is made up of approximately 40 teens from the youth organizations that participate in fair activities. The deadline to apply to be on the fair board is in August. The Senior Fair Board is made up approximately 20 volunteer adults who are elected to three year terms during an election held each year on the last Saturday of the fair. Any county resident can vote for these board members that purchases a Franklin County Agricultural Society membership prior to the fair. You can purchase a membership by contacting the fair.


In order for 4-H Camp Ohio to continue to be an affordable option for families, it 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 or arrangements can be made directly with camp at
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OSU Extension, Franklin

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