MILLERSBURG -- Now is the time to enroll youth in the Holmes County 4-H Program for 2017. Youth are able to join 4-H at any time; however, in order to participate in the 2017 Holmes County Fair, club enrollment must be received by April 15.
4-H is a national youth development program dedicated to assisting youth in learning through action. Projects are designed to provide additional resources to gain knowledge in topics that interest them. With more 200 projects to select from, there really is something for everyone.
Through 4-H, youth have the opportunity to develop skills which will enable them to grow into capable and competent citizens.
A child at least 8 years of age and currently in the third grade may join a traditional 4-H community club. 4-H membership ends Dec. 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19. Children in grades K-2 may join a special club just for them -- Cloverbuds. It's important to note that not all clubs offer the Cloverbuds experience.
Holmes County 4-H is structured through the community club. There are 29 clubs which are advised by trained volunteers, according to The Ohio State University Extension Educator Hallie Rutt. Clubs participate in a variety of activities including: club meetings, recreation activities and service activities. Each club is responsible for determining its own schedule. Below is a list of community clubs as well as the Organizational Club Leader. These volunteers will assist youth in selecting projects, enrolling in 4-H, and guiding them through the 4-H year. Contact information for club advisers can be obtained by calling The Ohio State University Extension Holmes County Office at 330-674-3015 or visiting the website at holmes.osu.edu.
2017 Holmes County 4-H Clubs
(* denotes 2016 Honor Club Status for exceptional programming and 4-H participation).
Berlin Busy Bees, Shannon Stutzman;
Clark/Southern Holmes County
*Doughty Valley, Marcia Troyer;
Holmesville Clover, Colleen Latsch;
*Prairie Partners, Delores Schlegel;
*Buckeye, Joni Brown;
Killbuck Handy Helpers, Kathy Ringwalt;
Silver Spurs, Julia Belcher;
Udder Ends (dairy), Julie Hughes;
Lakeville/Big Prairie Area
Backyard Buddies, Tracy Cottrell;
Kuntry Kidz, Mandy Breitenbucher;
Lakeville Country Farmers, Chris Goines;
Lakeville Lakers, Debbie Sprang;
Bits & Bridles (horse), Lori Nicholson;
Holmes County Beef, Clrissa VanSickle;
Holmes County Livestock, Lisa Hipp;
*Holmes County Shooting Sports, Pat Lang;
Holmes Hoof & Hide, Anicia Smith;
Just 4 Fun, David Casey;
*OH-4H, Sharon Kozak;
Variegated Clovers, Sara Miller;
*Nashville Jolly Farmers, Beverly Wachtel;
Rim Rock Riders (horse), Cindy Funk;
Ripley Ringleaders, Cynthia Harris;
Walnut Creek/Winesburg Area
Barnyard Buddies, Chris Gertz;
Winesburg Kids & Kritters, Ryan Freeman;
West Holmes Area
Classy Critters, Dawn Miller;
Dust to Diamonds, Katrina Truax;
*Green Acres, Regan Miller;
Western Holmes Co., Melissa Boughman.
For more information, contact: Hallie Rutt, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, at 330-674-3015, or Rutt.firstname.lastname@example.org.