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4-H News and Notes

A monthly newsletter of 4-H activities in Jasper County
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Join 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 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 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.

Become a volunteer
4-H offers many ways for adults and youth to volunteer. 4-H needs enthusiastic parents, grandparents, and others who enjoy working with youth.

  • Organizing a 4-H club to help kids learn leadership
  • Leading 4-H project groups
  • Helping at a camp, fair, judging or state event
  • Teaching 4-H school enrichment programs
  • Assisting with county fundraising activities
  • or in many other ways

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. To enroll.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.

33 most frequently asked questions about 4-H and 4-H clubs
If you want to know how to join, organize, sponsor, or lead a 4-H club, read the answers to these questions and contact the University of Missouri Extension Office in Jasper County at 417-358-2158 or email jasperco@missouri.edu.

4-H Clubs in Jasper County

  • Avilla 4-H meeting dates vary at the Avilla School. Club leader: Sarah Calvin (417) 246-5330
  • The Advancers meet the second Thursday in Joplin. Club leader: Rachael Ferguson (417) 850-6036
  • Caring Clovers meet the second Saturday at Stone Tabernacle in Webb City. Stacie Brixey (417) 317-2375, caringclovers@gmail.com
  • Country Kickers meet in Carthage. Club leader: Stephanie Howard (417) 540-6078
  • Forest Mill Friends meet the third Saturday of every month at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. Club leader: Dixie Rockers (417) 358-1778
  • Lincoln meets the third Monday of every month at Harvest Community Church, Reeds. Club leaders: Pam Weaver (417) 388-7031 and Jennifer Chandler (417) 246-5638
  • Mt. Moriah meets the second Thursday of every month at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, north of Carthage. Club leader: Charlene Roper (417) 842-3523
  • Pleasant Valley Pioneers meet the first Wednesday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage. Club leader: Tianna Fisher (417) 793-8713
  • Sarcoxie Chiefs meet the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie. Club leader: Lori Meyer (417) 548-7360
  • Spring River meets the second Sunday of every month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Webb City. Club leader: Ela Winder (417) 317-2990

Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association Officers

President - Sheila Andrews
Vice President - Sarah Calvin
Secretary - Vanessa Hudson
Treasurer - Susan Block
Board Members - Rachael Ferguson and Diana Martin
Fair Board Representative - Janie Garner and Melissa Gilbreath

Jasper County 4-H Handbook

4-H Shooting Sports

The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. You will learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers. Go to the Missouri Shooting Sports project page for more information on the program.

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Larry Jackson of Reeds was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 19 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

He was among 46 inductees from 37 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,085 years of service to 4-H. More than 300 family members and friends attended the 11th annual event.

Larry Jackson has served the Jasper County 4-H program for more than 25 years. He supports the Jasper County Youth Fair and is a driving force behind the success of the Jasper County 4-H Concession Stand. He has also been very involved with the Herding Hero Fair Program for youth with special needs. Larry is always willing to lend a hand, provide support and encourage 4-H members to do their best.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, said Rachel Augustine, Missouri 4-H Foundation director.

These volunteers have played a vital role in helping our youth develop essential life skills that will empower them to become strong leaders in the 21st-century workforce.. We are proud to honor their legacy of service to Missouri 4-H.

The annual event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Missouri 4-H Foundation Chair Dr. Marla Tobin (left) with Larry Jackson and State 4-H Council member Ashlyn Peterson (right). Photo by Amanda Stapp.

Missouri Food Quality Assurance (SMQA)

Policy: All 4-H members enrolled in food animal projects including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meats, dairy goats, rabbits and poultry must complete the appropriate level of MSQA certification to be considered a 4-H member in good standing in that project. guidelines may also apply.  Check with your local 4-H youth specialist for current local guidelines. The online tutorial is available at http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/smqa/.

4-H History in Brief

from the National 4-H Preservation Program