Ohio 4-H Highlights : April 2019

  1. Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H

    Will you help Ohio win $20,000?  For the third year, National 4-H Council is conducting the Raise Your Hand campaign.  4-H alumni, friends and supporters are encouraged to vote for Ohio 4-H by May 15. If Ohio wins, the $20,0000 award will go to counties for local programs. Vote now at www.4h.org/RaiseYourHand.



    Raise Your Hand for Ohio 4-H

  2. Would You Consider Hosting a Japanese Youth?

    Looking for some new fun and educational excitement for your family this summer? How about hosting a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks? (July 24 to Aug. 18). The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering this opportunity to 75 families around the state, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn about their new family! Host families should have their own child ages 10-15 who serves as the main host sibling. Families will be matched with a Japanese youth of the same gender and approximate age. Special trips and activities are not required; the focus is on everyday family life. Host families provide lodging, meals, and any family activities and youth bring money for personal spending (gifts, souvenirs, etc.). Medical insurance is provided. For more information or to apply, please visit Ohio 4-H International or contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at thalheimer.1@osu.edu or 614-247-8162.

    4-H International Exchange Program

    Click here to see what past host families found most meaningful both for them and for their visitor: Hosting is Easy and Fun!

    You can also check out these “Host Family Frequently-Asked Questions” Hosting FAQs

    Click here to apply: Host Family Application Form

    Join us this summer! Share your world!

    4-H International Exchange Program



  3. Learning by Doing in Franklin County

    Over 650 individuals participated in the Franklin County 4-H Clover 5K and Walk & Serve on April 6, benefitting 19 non-profit organizations. 4-H Clubs from every part of the county dedicated part of their day to making this event successful and over 2,100 service projects were donated to various charities.


    Franklin County 4-H Clover 5K and Walk & Serve

    Franklin County 4-H members demonstrated a new level of ownership of this project by researching and planning the event. At the Walk & Serve they shared firsthand stories about each organization’s mission, while participants worked on needed items for the group's clientele. Each non-profit found the Walk & Serve a great place to bring awareness to their needs and remarked how important it was to keep fanning the flame of “serving” in all ages!

    Franklin County 4-H Clover 5K and Walk & Serve

  4. Check out these Amazing 4-H Alumni

    Every year at the Ohio 4-H Conference, notable alumni are presented with the Ohio 4-H Alumni Award. It is given to alumni who have achieved great success in career or service and can attribute part of their accomplishments to their 4-H involvement. Both of this year’s winners demonstrate how 4-H helps youth discover their passion and strength to build successful careers and serve as strong community leaders.


    David O’Brock

    David O'Brock, 2019 Ohio 4-H Alumni Award Winner

    David O’Brock, a successful businessman and community leader in Estonia, credits his success to his 4-H involvement. Ohio 4-H gave him the opportunity to develop public speaking and life skills when he first travelled to Estonia as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE). He now lives in Estonia, running several large companies while serving as chairman for a local school board and on the board for the Estonian National Endowment for the Arts.


    Cheryl Hagemeyer-Vetter

    Cheryl Hagemeyer-Vetter, 2019 Ohio 4-H Alumni Award

    A 4-H photography project led Cheryl Hagemeyer-Vetter to her lifelong career. After her 4-H experience, she attended the Ohio Institute of Photography to study personal portrait photography. For the past 25 years, she has ran her own successful studio with her sister. In addition to her business, Cheryl serves as a volunteer in Wood County and enjoys the opportunity to support 4-H while having fun and building lifelong friendships.

    If you have an alumni story to share, please send it to the ohio4hfoundation@osu.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

  5. Calendar of Events

    One of our 4-H educators found OSU and 4-H alumni while on a safari in Zimbabwe!








    April 27—Spring Gardening Workshop (Canfield) – Check this program out to get inspired for the gardening season. The program is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Canfield Fairgrounds, in the Arts and Crafts Building.  Registration is $40 and includes lunch and proceedings. Register ASAP by calling 330-533-5538 or to this website for more information.  

    May 4—Butler County Farm Day (Oxford) – Meet the animals, find out where your food comes from, and learn about life on a farm.  Free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reserve Run Family Farm.  Call (513) 887-3720 for more information.

    May 10 — 11 Chadwick Arboretum Plant Sale (Columbus) – Chadwick Arboretum offers over 650 varieties of uncommon plants and proven performers for Ohio climate and soils.  There is also an opportunity to ask an expert your plant questions.  For more details see this flyer.

    May 11—4-H Baseball with the Buckeyes! (Columbus) Bring your family and join your 4-H friends as the OSU Buckeye baseball team takes on Penn State. Just $5 includes a general admission game ticket and a 4-H button that lets everyone know your support Ohio 4-H!  Check out this flyer for registration information.

    May 18—Simply Nature for Families (Wooster) – Children will be led through several outdoor activities and receive a take-home kit to connect the park experience with backyard nature. Activities are free, but please call 330-263-3968 by May 15 to register. Intended audience is children ages 5–10, accompanied by parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.  Event will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Secrest Welcome Center, at the OARDC Wooster Campus.  For details check out this website.