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Franklin County 4-H News - September 2019 v.2

4-H Council & Advisor Training

The Franklin County 4-H Council meets Wednesday, September 18, 7:00pm, at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Every club should be participating in 4-H Council. Each club gets a vote on all decisions. Please consider sending at least one volunteer to each council meeting. The council serves in advisory role to the county 4-H program and helps to guide programming for the year.

NEW! Each 4-H Council meeting will be followed by some sort of training or educational resource for advisors that will be beneficial for their club. These are short trainings that will not last longer than 30 minutes but will offer a lot of resources for clubs to mix things up a bit!

4-H Council Teen Reps

The 4-H Council is looking for teen representatives to serve a one year term on the Franklin County 4-H Council. Youth must be at least a freshman in high school and will participate in 4-H Council meeting/events for the term from January through December 2020. Interested youth should submit one paragraph explaining why they would like to represent their club on the 4-H Council. Send your paragraph via email to Beth Boomershine at


2019 Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 6pm

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

Save the date! RSVP link coming soon.

Recognition Program Speakers & Helpers

The success of the Franklin County 4-H Recognition Program is dependent on people who are willing to help with it. If you would like to be a speaker during the event or would like to contribute to the food at the reception, please click the link below to sign up to help. Sign up to help by October 1.

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.

Carving New Ideas Teen Camp November 15-17

Save the date for the 2018 Carving New Ideas Teen Camp!

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.

Register at this link!


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 Franklin County Extension Office located at, 530 W. Spring St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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?

Fashion Board Applications

Applications for the 2020 Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board are now being accepted. We are looking for bright, motivated 4-H’ers hoping to help organize events for Franklin County clothing participants and to assist with various activities surrounding judging and the fashion review. This group also participates in activities to enhance knowledge of garment construction and the fashion industry.

**In order to qualify for the Franklin County 4-H Fashion Board, you must be at least 12 years of age by 1/1/20. All fashion board members must have at least one year of sewing construction experience (this may include quilting) and must have taken at least one clothing project (construction or consumer) other than quilting. All fashion board members must plan to complete a clothing project in 2020 (consumer or construction, other than quilting). Completion of this project is mandatory in order to be considered for the 2021 fashion board. Please direct any fashion board questions to Samantha Brill at or via text (614) 946-1059.

Please complete the following application to give us more information about yourself. There will be both members and interns on this year’s fashion board. We will base membership status on this application. Selected individuals will receive an email by November.

Apply here before the October 1 deadline:


Teen drivers interested in leadership / community service opportunities should join CARTEENS! Use your skills to teach court mandated teens with driving offenses once a month and get great perks like gift cards and college scholarships. The next couple CARTEENS will be held October 8, and November 12. They take place in the evening at the Extension Office.

Contact Sue for more info:

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. Two are currently scheduled for the 2019-2020 4-H year.

September 25, 2019, 6:30pm (Extension Office)
January 27, 2020, 6:30pm (Extension Office)

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

If you would like to apply to be a 4-H advisor, click HERE for the application. If you are interested in attending the orientation please contact Rachel Stoneburner at to register.

4-H Promotion Opportunity

Franklin County 4-H is participating in the Fourth Friday Event in downtown Westerville again this year in partnership with the Franklin County Farm Bureau. The 4-H program is honored to be invited to participate in this event where we will be facilitating a butter making activity. We are looking for individuals who would be interested in promoting the 4-H program by helping to facilitate the activity, handing out information/promotional items, or bringing a small animal such as a 4-H dog, rabbit, or chicken.

The event will take place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (with set up at 5:30) on September 27, so we are asking for volunteers to sign up for shifts. Anyone can participate - advisors, parents, and members. Further information will be sent to those who sign up.

If you are interested in helping with this event please visit the Sign-Up Genius.


(Subject to Change)

September 18, 2019, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council
September 25, 2019, 6:30pm - New 4-H Volunteer Advisor Orientation (Extension Office)

October 7, 2019, 7pm - 4-H Horse Advisory Committee Meeting (Fairgrounds)

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 13, 2019, 7pm - Franklin County 4-H Council

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, 2019- 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 17-21, 2020 (Wednesday-Sunday) - Franklin County 4-H Camp

July 15, 2020 - Livestock Evaluations

July 18-25, 2020 - Franklin County Fair

More dates coming soon.

2019 4-H Club Enrollment

Please note that the online member enrollment process for the 2019 4-H program year cannot begin until October 1. The 4-HOnline enrollment system will not be ready for member enrollments until October. Thank you for your patience.


Demand for new clubs and new 4-H advisors is growing! This year, the 4-H Council is sponsoring New Club Start-Up Kits and Mini-Grants. If you are interested in starting a 4-H club, please contact Beth at for more information.

To start a new club, you must be an official Ohio 4-H Volunteer that has been through the six step screening process. You can find an application HERE and please save the date for the required new volunteer orientation on September 25, 6:30pm, or January 27, 6:30pm at the Extension Office.

Fairgrounds Trash Can Painting Contest

The Franklin County Fairgrounds has asked for 4-H clubs to consider painting barrels to be used as trash cans at the fair as a community service project this coming year. The fairgrounds will provide up to five barrels per club to paint.

In an effort to add a little fun to this project, the 4-H program has decided to make it a contest with prizes for the winning clubs. Prizes will be awarded to the club for the following awards:

  • Most Creative
  • Best 4-H Spirit
  • Best Fair Spirit
  • Most Community-Minded
  • People's Choice

Guidelines: Barrels can only be decorated with paint. (Please don't glue/attach anything to it. They will be used as trash cans and need to be sturdy and not lose pieces.)

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Franklin County Fair!

For information on how to receive your club's barrels, please contact the fair office at

For questions about the contest, contact Beth Boomershine at

Bottle Cap and Lid Drive

The Franklin County 4-H Teen Leaders Council is partnering with Green Tree Plastics to collect bottle caps and lids. They are asking for your help in collecting these items, that will be used to make benches for use around the new Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Office and the Franklin County Fairgrounds. It can take up to 250lbs of lids to construct a bench. Below is a list of accepted caps and lids for your reference. You can drop your caps and lids office at the Franklin County Extension Office at 530 W. Spring Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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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! You must re-enroll each year!

Register here:
  • Organization Name: FRANKLIN CO. JR. FAIRBOARD
  • Organization Number: 84945
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