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Franklin County 4-H News - March 4, 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.

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.

Ohio 4-H Week - March 6-12, 2022

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Clover 5K

April 2, 2022, 8:30am

The Clover 5K is an active way to invite your friends and family to support the Walk & Serve and other positive youth experiences! The profit raised by the Clover 5K is directed to the Franklin County 4-H Program including the 4-H Walk & Serve, Winter Project Fair, 4-H camp, Officer Training and more!

March 13th is the last day for a free shirt with 5K encourage your pals now to sign up to do the 5K with you!

  • Please share it on social media or by email
  • So many people are looking for fun options to do with families - this would be a great fit!
  • Free breakfast including omelets is included!
  • It would be great to see 4-H members, families, and clubs signing up together!


Walk & Serve

April 2, 2022, 9:30am - 12:00 noon

It is exciting to be working towards the 2022 4-H Walk & Serve! This event helps to pull together 4-H Clubs and showcases the importance of community service while giving the youth an opportunity to grow their abilities in public speaking, team building, problem-solving, leadership, and organization. We are excited to return to the stations in the Ganyard and Edwards Buildings at the fairgrounds, where each club will have a generous size area to use. The tables for each club will be set up in a large rectangle to allow the club members who are hosting the station to be on the inside and for visitors to the table to be around the outer sides of the rectangle.

4-H Walk & Serve website:

List of clubs participating: Go to this link for a list of the clubs planning to participate and their plans.

Grant Money: We have carried over the grant money that we received for 2021 since we postponed the event. Your club can request up to $300 for supplies to make a hands-on project for a central Ohio non-profit. Many clubs get donations, which can be another layer of learning for club members. Other clubs use funds from their club treasuries. Some do a combination of the three.

Free T-shirts: We believe the free t-shirt for members is an important part of the Walk & Serve. The printed shirts create unity on the day of the event and then they become a connection throughout the year when members see others with them on.

  • We have a t-shirt printer lined up, but due to difficulties in the supply chain, we will need each club's member sizes and names by March 13th for those who are fully committed to volunteering! Advisors of participating clubs will receive a separate communication with instructions to do this.
  • The big “ask” is to please get commitments from members and order the sizes that they need.
  • Shirt prices have gone up considerably, so it is important to be good stewards of our grant money.
  • Teach our youth responsibility by ordering shirts that will get worn again.
  • They are encouraged to volunteer in their club station for half of the event, then they walk around the other half and do some of the activities at the other stations (or vise-versa).
  • If there are a couple of key adults that will wear the shirts again, clubs can order some of those, but again, ask questions and order responsibly.


It takes a lot of work to make the Walk & Serve and Clover 5K a success. The 4-H Explorers have been championing the donations for the race goodie bags and the award winners for many years. It's a HUGE job and we are asking for additional help!

  • If your club could seek donations for a 5K award or two that would be so helpful! Here are a couple of examples of race awards from the past:
    - $25 Texas Roadhouse gift card
    - $20 Graeter's gift card
    - Free bowling
    - 2 games of laser tag

  • Goodie bags are a nice benefit for our runners. We need help getting items to go in the bags! It's great to get 150 (maybe just 100) of each item, but we would accept any amount!!
    - lip balm
    - small hand lotion
    - coupons for businesses
    - toothbrush
    - granola bars
    - protein powder sample
    - other small items

  • Ideas for getting donations:
    - contact businesses your club members frequently patronize
    - ask your neighborhood businesses for a donation or coupons
    - do it as a club or get a couple of volunteers

Please stay in touch if you have any donations or ideas on non-profits and hands-on projects. If everyone takes ownership and does a little of the planning, together we can have two great events!

Our goal is to have a variety of projects and non-profits. It would be great if each club took this opportunity for your members to grow and develop. Try to allow the members to do as much of the planning and preparation as possible. As adults, we should be the guardrails, but we should not be driving the car. Let them "learn by doing" even if there are a few bumps along the way. If your club isn’t setting up a station, please encourage members and families to attend!

Camping Spot Applications Open

Livestock 4-H members who wish to bring a camper to the fair must put in a fair camping application by May 15. The application can be found on the fair website at

4-H Enrollment Deadline is April 1

Remember to log in with your family's email and password to find your family profile. Watch the videos below for a guide to using the 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

Horse Safety & Ethics

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.

Horse Safety & Ethics Session 1

Date: April 12, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

Horse Safety & Ethics Session 2

Date: May 16, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

* This is not a requirement for Horseless Horse projects.

Save the Date: Required Livestock Quality Assurance

Are you taking any of these 4-H projects to the Fair?

  • 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 ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to attend a livestock quality assurance session in order to exhibit your animal at the fair. Franklin County is offering two sessions this year.

ASE Feed & Supply Session

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Time: 6:15 -8:30pm

Location: Tolles Career Technical School

Register by March 14 Here. *Space is limited.

Franklin County 4-H Session 1:

Date: April 14, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building

Franklin County 4-H Session 1:

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Franklin County Fairgrounds

Sale Committee Help Wanted

The Franklin County Livestock Sale Committee needs volunteers to run the 2022 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 on the third Monday 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 the 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
  • 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 March 21, 2022, at 7:00 pm, 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 the 2022 fair.

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

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.

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.

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Franklin County Farm Bureau Scholarships

Franklin County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships to encourage a new generation of agricultural leaders. Each year, they award multiple scholarships to students studying at accredited colleges and universities that all together total nearly $15,000. Scholarship application and requirements are available online. Applications must be received by March 15, 2022. For questions or additional information, contact them at

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.

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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