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Ohio 4-H Highlights : January 2020
Ohio 4-H Members Selected as National 4-H Youth in Action Finalists
4-H Youth in Action awards are presented by National 4-H Council to young leaders who share their accomplishments in agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM. This year, Ohio was honored to have two 4-H members recognized as finalists for this prestigious award.
Madelyn Smith from Franklin County was honored as a healthy living finalist. She puts her knowledge of health-related topics to use personally and in service to her club and community. Most recently, she was a presenter at the vaping seminar with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics – presenting to 100+ health professionals and educators, as well as a teen member on their advisory panel.
Shannon Hale from Paulding County was recognized for her agricultural efforts. She discovered many students in her school were on free or reduced lunch programs. She worked with others to create and maintain a community garden to benefit the local food pantry. Shannon also worked with other community leaders to establish a farmers market, supporting both local famers and community members.
Congratulations to these two hard-working young women! Check out more from National 4-H!
Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders’ Service Snowballs
The efforts of Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders snowballed in December when they participated in The Snowflake Movement. The program began in 2017 thanks to Maddi Webb, a Perry County 4-H alumna who was a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her stay inspired her to do something to improve the morale of patients over the winter. Each winter season, she recruits school and community groups to make paper snowflakes which are installed on the windows at children’s hospitals to give them an enjoyable winter view.
What started as a small-town Perry County project spread rapidly across the state, and now benefits children’s hospitals across the Midwest! Recently, Maddi expanded the project to include making fleece tie blankets to give patients something warm and cozy to have in their rooms. The Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders completed ten blankets in December, part of the 125 blankets donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital this year by the Snowflake Movement.
JOANN Mini-Grant Spotlight
Last spring, Ohio 4-H partnered with JOANN for the “Clovers for Kids” campaign, where shoppers could donate to 4-H at checkout. Through this program, the Ohio 4-H Foundation awarded $9000 in mini-grants to county 4-H programs throughout the state. Thank you for supporting 4-H at your local JOANN store. Read below for more about the programs supported by these contributions.
Spark Labs on the Go
At the 2019 Hardin County Fair, 4-H hosted “Spark Lab on the Go,” an interactive educational area featuring computer science stations that included virtual reality, robotics, and circuits. More than 300 youth visited the Spark Lab during the fair, which also included STEM make-it, take-it activities with straw rockets, paper circuits and slime.
Mercer County Blankets for Local Food Pantry
Mercer County 4-H Camp Counselors made eight fleece blankets for the Community Action Life Line (C.A.L.L.) Food Pantry to distribute to families in need for this winter. The counselors enjoyed making the blankets and friendships while helping community. One counselor shared, “It was fun to help out the community while getting to know my fellow counselors better”.
Washington County 4-H Camp Pottery Class
Washington County 4-H camp taught “Pottery Without a Kiln” at their Junior and Senior 4-H camps. Over 30 campers attended the three-part pottery classes while attending camp this past summer. Campers were able to design their own clay bowl or dish, allow it to dry, and then decorate. Participants enjoyed being able to use tools and paint to decorate it in any way they wanted.
Faces of Ohio 4-H
Each month we highlight an Ohio 4-H alum. They have amazing stories to share, from their personal experience in 4-H to how they have given back to the program. This month we feature Pat Baldinger, a 4-H volunteer and alumna from Marion County.
Pat Baldinger has given a lifetime of service to Ohio 4-H. Pat was a 4-H member for ten years and for the past 60 years has served as an advisor for the Green Camp Shamrocks in Marion County. Her club has completed a variety of service projects like planting flowers at the Green Camp cemetery and local community center, but she is proudest of her work with the Marion County 4-H Council milkshake stand. Held each year at the Marion County Fair, the stand provides $6-7,000 in funds to support 4-H programs in the county and Pat is there each day from sunup to sundown. And thanks to new procedures she implemented to increase income, profits from the stand nearly doubled in 1990. Pat is great role model and #TrueLeader for her youth and 4-H!
Calendar of Events
January 29 – Cooking Under Pressure (Oak Harbor), February 4 (Elmore), February 6 (Genoa) – 6 p.m.
Join Katie Schlagheck, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for “Cooking Under Pressure,” a program on how to use your electric pressure cooker (e.g., InstantPot and similar items). Call the Ottawa County Extension Office for more information 419-898-3631.
February 12 – Adaptive Gardening and Gardening with Limitations (Mount Gilead) – 6 -7:30 p.m., Join the Morrow County Master Gardener Volunteers as they host Laura Akgerman, Disability Services Coordinator for the Ohio AgrAbility Program. Laura will be teaching about adaptive gardening and accessibility and gardening with limitations. Find more event details here.
February 21 – 6th Annual Chili Cook Off & Family Fun Night (Jefferson) – 6 to 8 p.m., All ages welcome, $5 admission includes chili, cornbread, and dessert. All proceeds benefit the Ashtabula County 4-H Camp Counselors program. To enter the chili cook off, call the Ashtabula County Extension Office by February 14. Click here for more information about the event.