Most folks think of 4-H season as summertime when county fairs are held around the state; but 4-H club members join their respective clubs, elect officers, and choose projects early in the calendar year. Also during March while clubs are organizing, current club members and club advisors begin recruiting new members.
Each year The Delaware County OSU Extension hosts an open house where club members and advisors share 4-H experiences and opportunities with members of the community. This year’s Delaware County Extension 4-H Open House will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 27, at the Delaware County Extension office, 149 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware.
4-H Club members and advisors in the Sunbury-Galena area will also hold an Open House featuring eastern Delaware County 4-H Clubs 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, at the Berkshire Township Hall, 1454 Rome Corners Road, Galena.
Both open house events feature information about Delaware County 4-H Clubs, including project opportunities. Project books will be on display, and take-home 4-H Family Guides. Current 4-H Club advisors and club members will be available to answer questions and direct potential new members to clubs that offer projects in specific areas of interest.
Ohio 4-H offers more than 200 projects for youth in kindergarten through age 18.
Delaware County 4-H Educator Laryssa Hook said 4-H is not just for rural farm youth; that today’s 4-H Clubs are serving a more urban and suburban population.
“4-H is not just about animals anymore, but our agricultural roots are still important,” Hook said. “Experience in 4-H Clubs continues to contribute to our nation’s agricultural industry, but you don’t have to have an animal to be in 4-H. Through 4-H, youth ages 5 to 19 can participate in hands-on experiences, learning about things like bottle rockets, photography, electricity, cooking, sewing, art, leadership, natural resources, gardening, animal sciences, and much more, helping them to increase their self-confidence and personal life skills while learning about specific subjects.”
Hook said Delaware County serves 1,300 youths ages 5 to 19 in 65 4-H Clubs. Over 300 adult volunteers contribute over 15,000 hours of time to teach life skills such as leadership, decision-making, and communication skills through project work.
For more information about the 4-H program and finding a club near you, contact the Delaware County OSU Extension office at 740-833-2030 or visit their website at < delaware.osu.edu/ > and on the left side of the page click 4=H Youth Development.
Information about 4-H projects is also available at Ohio 4-H Project Central, a web site that offers previews of project books, <projectcentral.ohio4h.org>.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.