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Upcoming events


The Howell Valley Lucky Clover 4-H club is hosting a livestock preview show.  Informational flyer


Newsletter for 4-H families in Douglas, Howell and Ozark counties

Newsletters can be accessed through 4-H online.


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4-H clubs in Howell Co.

Backwoods 4-H Club (Pomona)
Club leader:  Amanda Osborn, osborna@wspgs.com

Rockin Ranchers 4-H Club (Willow Springs)
Club leader: Michelle & Jamie Kurtz, walkingml@gmail.com

Lucky Clover Valley 4-H (West Plains Area)
Club leader:  Jamie Dixon, 

Shooting Sports (Multiple Locations depending on discipline)

  • Archery:Nick Rowland, nick@pomanachirstian.com


4-H clubs in Ozark Co.

Lutie 4-H Club (Theodosia)

Club Leader:  Kathalee Cole, kcole@lutieschool.com

Dora 4-H Club (Dora)
Club leader:  Paula Bodenhamerpbodenhamer@dora.org


2018 Daisy/4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship Application.

Application Deadline is April 30 -  Click here for application





4-H clubs in Douglas Co.

Skyline 4-H Club (Skyline Elemantry School)
Club leader:  Jana Brixey, brixeyjanak@gmail.com

Ava 4-H Club (Ava)
Club leader:  Cindy Jacobitz, cindyjacobitz@gmail.com


To join a club or get more information about 4-H programs in Doulgas, Howell, or Ozark Counties, contact Dr. Krista Tate, Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at tatekr@missouri.edu or 417-256-2391. 


Member enrollment - Enrollment begins October 1

Please log on at mo.4honline.com.  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions  is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate. State dues for Missouri 4-H are $20 with the additional $5 for Howell County. Until dues have ben paid, in full, the members enrollment status will remain in pending. 

If you have any questions or comments, please email/call Dr. Krista Tate at tatekr@missouri.edu or 417.256.2391. **Please be understanding, as local faculty and staff are still learning the system,  just like YOU! .**




4-H Volunteer Application Process for the 2018 Program Year

(4-H Volunteer Application Process, 2 pages, pdf)
(4-H Volunteer Application Process Map, pdf)


Being a 4-H volunteer is satisfying and can positively influence youth ages 5-18. Becoming a 4-H volunteer is not hard; however, it is important to start and complete the steps in a timely manner so that youth are engaged in the 4-H activities they signed up for as soon as possible. Applicants should strive to complete all volunteer application steps by 12/1/17.  

A — Applicants (new and returning) need to ask local 4-H staff or middle management volunteer such as a club leader about current volunteer needs (e.g., co-leader for a 4-H club). Ask to see volunteer role descriptions to identify a role that might be a good fit.

B — Build a new or, if returning, annually update your volunteer profile at http://mo.4honline.com  --- You must answer YES to the volunteer question!!

Help Guides for 4HOnline enrollment:

C — Complete the one-time 4-H volunteer orientation, if you are a brand new 4-H volunteer applicant. The orientation helps new applicants learn basic terms, organizational structure and safety practices.

D – Determine if you need to complete the Background Check Consent Form (LG639, dated 7/11/16). See the NEW background check information below!

NEW – Bi-annual background checks for most** 4-H volunteer applicants. Check your 4HOnline email in September to know if you need to be screened.

Background checks ARE required in the 2018 program year (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) for:

  1. New Volunteer Applicants -  A new volunteer applicant is an adult NOT listed as an Active Volunteer in the 4HOnline enrollment system October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017. Examples of “New Volunteer Applicants”:
    • A parent with a 4HOnline adult member (not volunteer) profile last year.
    • A person started, but didn’t finish the volunteer application process last year.
    • A person did all volunteer application steps a few years ago; but not active 2016-17.
  2. **Returning Volunteer Applicants with prior year denial or restriction – Any 4-H volunteer applicant denied or approved with restrictions October 1, 2016- September 30, 2017.

Background checks NOT required in the 2018 program year (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) for:

1. Any adult listed as an Active Volunteer in the 4HOnline October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017.

2. An episodic 4-H volunteer who volunteers for single day or limited 4-H activities or events. Examples: fair judges, committee members and one-day event helpers. Episodic volunteers do not enroll in 4HOnline; however, staff must give episodic volunteers a letter or email message that details the episodic volunteer’s role: date, timeframe, supervisor’s name and a statement on the limitation of not working alone with children. Staff should use the Episodic Volunteer letter template located in the Staff Volunteer Management Manual Appendix.

Final Approval
Local 4-H staff review applicant data and make the best match between volunteer applicants and current volunteer roles. If you are approved for a volunteer role for the current program year (i.e., Oct. 1st thru September 30th), the staff approves your 4HOnline profile. In that case, a message is sent to the email address as listed in your 4HOnline volunteer profile. If you are not selected as a volunteer for the current program year, the staff will send a letter or email to you regarding your status.

Go to http://extension.missouri.edu/locations.aspx to find your county Extension office, including contact information for your local 4-H staff.

2017 e-Forum-Banner






Mark your busy calendars for October 5th, November 2nd and December 7th. These are the dates for the 2017 National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum, a series of high quality youth and adult volunteer trainings. Each of the e-Forum trainings have in-person and webinar components. The facilitators provide plenty of great resources designed to help new and seasoned 4-H volunteers engage youth in hands-on programs. Contact your local 4-H staff to find out if they are sponsoring any of the e-Forum trainings at an internet connected meeting room in your community. Questions? Contact Tammy Gillespie at gillespiet@missouri.edu

Role-specific Resources


More Volunteer Training Links 





How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.