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Franklin County 4-H News - October 2019

Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program - REGISTER NOW!

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 5:30pm

2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Columbus, OH

We encourage all members and families to attend. All 4-H members that register to attend will have their name, club, and years in 4-H displayed on the screen above the stage as their name is read and the member goes up on stage to be recognized.

4-H members who filled out the following forms will receive special recognition at this event:
  • Cloverbud Pin
  • Clover Award Pins (Gold, Silver, Bronze)
  • Leadership Pin
  • Community Service Pin
  • Public Speaking Pin

Refreshments: 5:30pm-6:00pm
(Program begins promptly at 6:00)

RSVP BY OCTOBER 17 in order for your name to be included above the stage that evening.



The OSU Extension, Franklin County Office is moving! As of November 4, the Spring Street office will be closing. The office is moving to it's new permanent home at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building at Waterman Farm on OSU's campus, 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Please be patient with us as the office will be closed November 4-8, to facilitate the moving process.

Help 4-H Camp Ohio

This month, 4-H Camp Ohio is asking for your support to raise money for facility improvements. Specifically, the fifty-year-old restrooms on the west side of camp (the boy’s side) are in desperate need of renovation. While they are kept clean and usable, they are dark, unwelcoming, not ADA accessible, and they lack privacy.

The fourteen counties that utilize 4-H Camp Ohio are coming together this month to reach a goal of $30,000. Combined with other grants and donations, this goal will make camp’s dream of great facilities a reality! If each county’s 4-H families collectively contribute just $2,200, we’ll meet our goal! All donations are tax deductible and 100% goes directly to facility improvements at Camp Ohio! All contributions, small and large, will make a difference! Please consider donating today at and show camp that Franklin County cares!

Watch the "spooky" video below to learn more about the renovation project.

Camp Ohio Bathroom Renovation Project

Camp Counselor Applications - DEADLINE OCTOBER 22

Applications are now being accepted for teens interested in serving as new or returning camp counselors at the 2020 Franklin County 4-H Camp, Wednesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 21. Individuals thinking of applying should check out the position description and application details found HERE.

Important - New and returning counselors must apply. All applicants, new and returning, must have their club advisor complete a Member in Good Standing Form in addition to filling out the online application. Note that applicants that were not counselors in 2019, need to be collect references prior to the deadline of October 22.

Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute! Failure to plan on your part is not the fault of your references or your club advisor.


  • Must be a 4-H member in good standing & complete at least one project
  • Must be at least 14 years old by the start of camp (June 17, 2020)
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training
  • Must attend a minimum of seven counselor training meetings
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training
  • Must sign Standards of Behaviors and complete the Code of Conduct form
  • All applicants must submit a completed Member in Good Standing Form
  • Applicants that were not counselors in 2019 must submit two completed references
  • Applicants who are 18 years old or older as of April 17, 2020 must also submit to a background check


  • Individuals who complete the application and fulfill the application requirements will be contacted regarding the selection process. All first time counselors must complete the interview process, while returning counselors will complete an interview if requested.

Camp Opportunity for Teens! - Register by Oct. 28

NOVEMBER 15-17, 2019

Carving New Ideas is a statewide teen leadership camping opportunity for any 4-H members in grades 8-12. The focus is on improving skills in critical thinking and program facilitation. This unique event is planned and facilitated by the Collegiate 4-H Club at The Ohio State University. The weekend begins on Friday night at 4-H Camp Ohio in St. Louisville, Ohio, with check-in between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.

You'll have a ton of fun meeting other teens from around Ohio, learning more about yourself and exploring how you can grow into an amazing leader. Campers will pack up and head home on Sunday at 10:30am, ready to move forward refreshed and to lead their communities in new initiatives. Don’t miss out on this incredible event - bunks sell out fast! Register today at

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Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council Application Deadline

You’re Invited to apply to be on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council for 2020. We are looking for Franklin County 4-H members who are at least 13 years old or in the 7th grade. Our meetings will mostly be held the 4th or 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30. The location will usually be at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building located at 2548 Carmack Road,Columbus, Ohio 43210.

The Teen Leaders Council is a Franklin County 4-H club that focuses on preparing teens to be caring and contributing leaders through educational and leadership opportunities. Other opportunities will include fun outings and service learning projects.

Tentative Teen Leaders Council Calendar

(All Dates and Times are subject to change)

January 28, 2020 6:30-8:30 Planning for officer training and Winter Fair.

February 1, 2020 10am-12pm Winter Project Fair, Officer Training

March 24, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

April 28, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

August 25, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

September 22, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

October 27, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

November 24, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

December 14, 2020 6:30-8:30pm

Interested in applying to serve on the Franklin County Teen Leaders Council?

(2019 members must reapply.)

Sale Committee Help Needed

The Franklin County Livestock Sale Committee needs volunteers to run the 2020 livestock sale. Sadly, the committee is losing some very valuable volunteers which will be leaving several vacancies, so your help is needed and greatly appreciated!

Every club that has livestock that goes through the sale should have at least one representative volunteering for the committee. We must have enough volunteers to plan (November - June) and work the sale. Volunteers can be club advisors, parents, or older members in high school. The committee meets the first Wednesday of every month.

The committee is responsible for:

  • Making necessary changes to the Sale Committee rules. Listed online at
  • Update buyer packets to mail/distribute to the clubs
  • Book auctioneer and ring men for sale day
  • Contract with processors
  • Complete ODA paperwork required for sale
  • Coordinate Buyers breakfast or welcome area
  • Coordinate with county auditor’s office (weights & measures) to certify livestock scales
  • Order supplies (ear tags, sale day papers, sale packets, etc)
  • Weigh in animals – 1st Saturday of the fair
  • Coordinate packer for other animals
  • Complete sale order for each species after show
  • Coordinate volunteers to help sale day. (office help, buyer registration table, thank you card table, lining up animals, etc.)

The next meeting is November 5, 2019, 7:00pm, in the Jr Fair office on the fairgrounds. The office is located between the Ganyard building and the racetrack. This meeting will be to discuss possible changes for 2020 fair. All changes for the livestock sale must be approved by the January 2020 meeting.

Without volunteers, it isn't possible to hold the sale. If your club has a market animal, please send a representative to the meetings.

If you have questions, please contact Rachel Bausch at 614.537.9566 or

4-H Achievement Record Workshop

Are you a 4-H teen that's interested in applying for state 4-H achievement awards or applying for county trip scholarships to Citizenship Washington Focus, Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, State Leadership Camp, or other awesome awards? Mark your calendar for an information session and workshop to start your 4-H Achievement Record. It's like a resume of everything you've accomplished in 4-H and it's a very useful tool for applying for awesome county, state, and national 4-H awards.

Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Place: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus

Advisor Appreciation & Enrichment Night

Club Advisors please save the date for the annual Advisor Appreciation and Enrichment Night on January 13, 2020. Come enjoy dinner, fellowship, new resources, and a small token of our appreciation for your hard work all year. Each club will also receive their enrollment packet for 2020. Every club must participate to receive their enrollment packet. Registration link coming soon.

2020 Family Guide Now Available Online

Thinking about projects for 2020? The newest edition of the Ohio 4-H Family Guide is now available at

Print copies will be available at the Franklin County Extension office in November.


(Subject to Change)


October 20, 2019, 6pm - 4-H Recognition Program (Ohio 4-H Center)

October 22, 2019, Deadline to submit Camp Counselor Applications
November 4, 2019, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)

November 5, 2019, 7pm - Livestock Sale Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)

November 13, 2019, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council (Officer Elections)

November 15-17, 2019, Carving New Ideas Teen Camp

December 1, 2019 - Deadline to submit Teen Leaders Council Applications

December 1, 2019, 1pm - Franklin County 4-H Achievement Form Workshop

January 1, 2020 - Market Steer/Heifer Possession Deadline for Franklin Co Fair

January 13, 2020 - Volunteer Appreciation & Enrichment Night

January 22, 2020- Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms Due to Extension Office

January 27, 2020 - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

February 1, 2020, 10am - Winter Project Fair (Extension Office)

February 1, 2020, 12:30pm - Officer Training (Extension Office)
March 25, 2020, New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation

April 1, 2020 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

April 4, 2020 - Franklin County 4-H Walk & Serve

June 13, 2020 - Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

June 17-21, 2020 (Wednesday-Sunday) - Franklin County 4-H Camp

June 29, 2020 - Creative Baking Contest

July 15, 2020 - Livestock Evaluations

July 18-25, 2020 - Franklin County Fair

More dates coming 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 at the fairgrounds and begin at 7pm. The next meeting is November 4.

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

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. The next orientation will be held:

January 27, 2020, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

March 25, 2020, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

If you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer or attending the orientation please contact Rachel Stoneburner at

Support Jr. Fair at the Craft Show

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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