Jonna Kay Witherow 4-H equine scholarship announced

Camden County 4-H is setting up a legacy scholarship in Jonna Witherow's name to support future 4-H Equine educational experiences for youth.  Anyone that knew Jonna knew that she was special, outgoing and loved life.  She was involved in many activities including drama, sports, pageants, car racing, 4-H and FFA.  She loved horses and helping other 4-Hers learn how to do horse judging and showing.  She was a 4-H Camp Counselor for many years and her favorite 4-H event was the 4-H Equine Trip.  She went to every trip and talked about all the friends she had made around the state.

This scholarship will benefit 4-H equine members who want to attend the 4-H Equine trip.  It was one of Jonna's favorite 4-H events.  This trip allows members to see behind the scenes of the 4-H equine industry.  Each year a different part of the country is covered. Each winner of this scholarship will receive their name on a plaque that will be hanging in the local Extension office as well as a cash award to support funding for the trip.  Donations have been received by the Camden County Farm Bureau and several individuals.

Contributions can be made at any time to support this scholarship and be made payable to University of Missouri Extension.  "It is the best think I could think of to honor Jonna and I know she would be happy that other 4-Hers would have the same awesome experiences that she did," said Michele Kroll, 4-H Youth Development Specialist.

In a Lake Today article about Jonna she said, "4-H is an amazing, amazing program.  I meet so many kids that do the same things around the state that I do," she said.  "You make so many friends and have so much fun being with your horse and showing.  I love 4-H."

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Young people are welcome to join any of the Camden County clubs. They can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit their projects in the local fairs and the state fair, participate in local events, state and national trips and events and qualify for college scholarships. Camden County currently has 806 members and adult volunteers enrolled in 4-H clubs. Contact Sam Lower, 417-532-7126 or lowers@missouri.edu, for more information.

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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.