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Phelps County 4-H Newsletter

August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018

Phelps County 4-H Council

2017/18 Officers
President - Laura Brown
Vice President - Braxtyn Crider
Secretary - Diana Reed
Treasurer - Ethan Walker

Agenda: June 2018

Minutes:June 2018 (tentative until approved)

Phelps County 4-H Council Constitution and By-Laws

Upcoming Events

1          State Fair exhibits due to the Extension Center before noon
1-4       Phelps County Fair
8          State Livestock Judging Contest
9-19      Missouri State Fair
18        State Skeet Shoot
25-26    State Trap & Archery Shoot
28         4-H Council Meeting, Extension Center, 6:30 pm

1         State 4-H Awards Applications for Level 3 due
6-8       St. James Grape & Fall Festival
8         Livestock Judging Contest
15-16   State Shoot
21-23   Fall Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop
22       State Fashion Revue
25       4-H club secretary and treasurer books, scrapbooks and recognition forms due in County Extension Office
29       State Public Speaking Contest

Fair Information:
St. James Livestock Entry Form
St. James Fall Festival Regulations and Schedule of Events
St. James 4-H Department Entry Form - updated 8/6/18

4-H Resources

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4-H Online Enrollment

     Welcome to 4-H Enrollment

     New Families

     Returning Families

     Club Leader

     Project Leader

The 4-H Clover

4-H Materials and Forms 

2017/18 Phelps County 4-H Trip Scholarship Application

2017/18 Project Leader List - will be updated as new leaders are approved

2018 State Fair 4-H Building Guidelines and Photography Exhibit Guidelines

Four easy steps to becoming a 4-H Volunteer

A — Applicants communicate with the county MU Extension staff about current program needs and volunteer roles. If you want to apply for a 4-H volunteer role, you should complete all steps below, B-D.

B — Background checks are done on all new 4-H youth development volunteer applicants who work with youth outside a classroom setting on an ongoing basis.

C — Complete a 4-HOnline enrollment at http://mo.4honline.com or if you enrolled last year, you must update your existing volunteer profile annually. Other MU Extension volunteers (e.g., Master Naturalist) volunteering with youth do not enroll in 4HOnline.

  • Do not set up a new or second profile! Contact your county MU Extension office if you do not remember your 4HOnline email log in so they can help you.
  • You MUST select "YES" and [CONTINUE] when asked the volunteer question. This will provide you with volunteer items such as the Volunteer Code of Conduct and the new Trainings (Orientation) link.
  • TIP: Be sure to select [CONTINUE] at the bottom of each page; otherwise, your profile may show up as pending.
  • Send any 4HOnline questions to 4hyouth@missouri.edu and include your name and county.

D — Do the one-time 4-H volunteer orientation, if needed. This one-time requirement helps new 4-H volunteer applicants understand Missouri 4-H Program basics, including terms, organizational structure and safety strategies.

  • Check with county 4-H staff on in-person training options as that is the best way to learn about 4-H and connect with your local 4-H staff.
  • If you choose to do the online orientation in 4HOnline, print or refer to this optional, one page document, "Help Guide for Completing the 4-H Volunteer Orientation within the 4HOnline System".
  • Email 4hyouth@missouri.edu or call 573-882-3316 if you need special accommodations for participating in the online 4-H volunteer orientation.
  • Attention Shooting Sports (SS) Volunteers: Effective January 1, 2016, the Friday night "General Session" during SS Leader Workshops no longer substitutes for completion of the 4-H Volunteer Orientation. 
  • Individuals wanting to enroll in a Shooting Sports Leader Workshop or other events must have completed steps A-D above and be an active volunteer as reflected by a staff-approved 4HOnline adult volunteer profile.

 After you have completed steps A-D above, the county 4-H staff reviews your 4HOnline profile and sends it back for your corrections or accepts/activates your 4HOnline profile if you are the best match for a volunteer role in the program year. 

Awards and Recognition Forms


Bourbeuse Valley 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Hilderbrand's home on state route H in St. James. Club leaders: Belinda Hilderbrand, 573-699-4632 or jbhilder@hotmail.com and Heather Clark, 573-263-1166 or jandh27@hotmail.com

Country Kids 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Lucy Wortham James Elementary School. St. James. Club leaders: Christina Nothnagel, 573-263-1099 or jcnothnagel@outlook.com and Kim McDowell, 573-308-7000 or mcdowk@gmail.com , Country Kids 4-H Club Facebook

Elk Prairie 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Rolla Technical Institute. Club leaders: Laura Brown, 573-368-9834 or brownlaura717@gmail.com, and Christy Ford, 573-465-1962 or brpay01@hotmail.com, Elk Prairie 4-H Club Facebook

Evening Star 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the St. James Christian Church. Club leaders: Connie Laney, 573-699-4686 or claney69@hotmail.com, and Diana Reed, 573- 265-5781 or jreed014@centurytel.net, Evening Star 4-H Club Facebook

Little Piney 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Mt. Zoin Baptist Church. Club leaders: Joyce Williams, 573-308-5406 or showcattle@wavecomputers.net, Connie Hudgens, 573-578-9564 or connieh@mst.edu, and Robin Cook, 573-341-1982 or onsolidrockfarm@gmail.com, Little Piney 4-H Club Facebook

Lucky Ducky 4-H Club meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Ridgeview Christian Church. Club leader: Amy Jeffers, 573-201-3840 or amyleighjeffers71@gmail.com, and Sierra Phillips, 314-764-4182 or sierraphillips@hotmail.com

Soaring Eagles 4-H Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Patrick's Church. Club leaders: Doris Backes-Delp, 573-465-1067 or doris@teamorb.net, and Collette Walker, 573-578-4440 or muggs88@icloud.com

Young Riders 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Church of Christ, Highway E, Rolla. Club leaders: Shawn McDonald, 573-465-0513 or tomshawn@wavecomputers.net, and Kim Cartwright, 573-308-0460 or cartcrew5@yahoo.com, Young Riders 4-H Club Facebook

Meeting places and dates may change. Check with club leaders.

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.