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4-H News and Notes

A monthly newsletter of 4-H activities in Jasper County
October 2019 (PDF)
September 2019 (PDF)
August 2019 (PDF)

Online enrollment is now open

2019-2020 4-H Clover

The 2019-2020 edition of the MU Extension 4-H Clover is available online. The Clover is a catalog of Missouri 4-H projects, programs and publications. It is designed to help volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities.

Become a Volunteer  

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 December 1.

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 meets at the Avilla School. Club leader: Sarah Calvin (417) 246-5330
  • Caring Clovers meet in Webb City. Stacie Brixey (417) 317-2375, caringclovers@gmail.com
  • Country Kickers meet in Carthage. Club leader: Zach Mason (417) 388-2735
  • Forest Mill Friends meet at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. Club leaders: Dixie Rockers (417) 358-1778 and Diana Martin (417) 388-9415
  • 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: Becky Stevens (417) 388-5216
  • Pleasant Valley Pioneers meets the second Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage. Club leaders: Tianna Fisher (417) 793-8713 and Rita Waynick (314)-210-7966
  • Sarcoxie Chiefs meet the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie. Club leaders: Tracy Stark (417) 793-5705 and Tammy Reed (417) 540-2753
  • 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 - Diana Martin
Secretary - Vanessa Hudson
Treasurer - Julie Block
Board Members - Rachael Ferguson and Stacie Brixey
Fair Board Representative - Sarah Calvin 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, Dale and Donna Wickstrom of Carthage were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 18 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

They were among 50 inductees from 38 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,318 years of service to 4-H. More than 250 family members and friends attended the 12th annual event.

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, “These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members and we are proud to honor their service” said Chris Willow, Advancement Coordinator.

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

“Our University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth faculty and staff work in partnership with our volunteers to see they have the support needed to empower youth to succeed as future leaders,” said Dr. Alison Copeland, interim director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. “Dedicated faculty and staff, committed volunteers, and spirited 4-H’ers will continue to learn and grow together to help our youth and communities thrive.”

Weighted Blanket and Vest program

Weights Work Wonders is a service-learning project created by the Mt. Moriah 4-H Club Clothing Project Group from Jasper County, Missouri. The project provides inexpensive weighted blankets and vests for children affected by autism. When a child affected by autism becomes agitated or upset, lying under a weighted blanket or wearing a weighted vest helps the child calm down and regain control.  Learn more here.

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