4-H Clubs in Douglas County

Ava 4-H Club (Ava)

Club leader: Cindy Jacobitz, cindyjacobitz@gmail.com  

Ava 4-H will hold its next meeting on October 25th at 6:30 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Skyline 4-H Club (Skyline Elementary School)

Club leader: Jana Brixey, brixeyjanak@gmail.com

Up'n At't

Club Leader: Missy Rogers, missyrogers@yahoo.com

See the 2018-19 Missouri 4-H catalog of projects, programs and publications


MU names new 4-H Center for Youth Development director

Lupita Fabregas.


COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has named Lupita Fabregas as the director of MU’s 4-H Center for Youth Development. Fabregas will assume her new responsibilities Feb. 1, 2019. She previously served as assistant director with University of California 4-H and as clinical assistant professor and cooperative extension specialist with Oklahoma State University 4-H.

“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Lupita Fabregas join the University of Missouri,” said Marshall Stewart, MU vice chancellor for extension and engagement. “Beyond Lupita’s warm people skills, the Missouri-specific research and analysis she conveyed during her formal presentation demonstrated a truly impressive level of understanding. I am confident that our 4-H Center for Youth Development will flourish under her leadership.”

In California, Fabregas led the largest 4-H expansion program in the United States as part of a concerted effort to spread the benefits of 4-H programming throughout the state.

“I am honored to be entrusted with shaping the lives of Missouri youth and building on the success of MU’s 4-H program,” said Fabregas. “Working as a team — youth, volunteers, faculty and staff — we can create bright futures for Missouri’s greatest gift, its children.”

Fabregas holds a doctorate in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree in education from UPAEP in Puebla and an undergraduate degree in agricultural engineering and animal sciences from Monterrey Tech. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications, and research and conference presentations to her credit.

Vice Chancellor Stewart added: “I want to personally thank the members of the search committee for all their hard work, which has resulted in an outstanding new leader for Missouri 4-H.”

Members of the search committee were Candy Gabel (chair), Bradd Anderson, Stephen Ball, Tim Coy (volunteer leader), Kathy Dothage, Crystal Karhoff, Joe Lear, Kale Monk, Mitchell Moon (MU student), Diane Olson (Missouri Farm Bureau), Beth Rasa, Susan Renoe, Abby Schmidt (MU student) and Hank Stelzer.


In addition to the hiring of Fabregas, it was announced that Alison Copeland, who currently serves as MU Extension’s interim director for the 4-H Center for Youth Development, will transition to the position of deputy chief engagement officer with the University of Missouri System on Jan. 1, 2019.

Reporting to the chief engagement officer for the UM System, this new position will focus on UM System-wide engagement initiatives to drive economic development, educational excellence and health/well-being.

“I am excited to see Dr. Copeland accept this opportunity and put her stamp on a new and challenging role at the UM System,” said MU Vice Chancellor and UM Chief Engagement Officer Marshall Stewart. “Throughout her career at MU, Alison has proven she is extremely capable and talented. I look forward to her efforts to move engagement forward at the UM System level. We are poised to do great things for the people of Missouri.”

With the departure of Copeland, Jo Britt-Rankin, associate dean and extension professor in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, will serve as interim director for MU Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development until Fabregas assumes responsibility on Feb. 1, 2019.


Douglas County youth to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13

AVA, Mo. – For the 76th consecutive year, millions of 4-H youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13.

The theme of the 2018-19 4-H year is “Inspire Kids to Do.”  The three clubs in Douglas County strive to inspire their members to do through hands-on learning experiences with every project they offer.  In addition, through 4-H, members work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.  4-H gives members confidence, self-motivation, and goal setting skills designed to prepare them to be successful citizens as adults.  

 During the previous 4-H year, Douglas County had three successful 4-H clubs.  Those clubs included the Skyline 4-H club, the Ava 4-H club, and the Up’N’At’t.  The combined number of Douglas County children aged 8-18 involved in these clubs totaled forty-one during the 2017-18 club year.  The 4-H club year begins in October and ends in September.

The Ava 4-H club led by Cindy Jacobitz offered their members projects in chickens, goats, rabbits, sheep, beef and dairy cows, as well as gardening at the nursing home in Ava.  Many of the members of the Ava 4-H showed their livestock at various fairs around the region. 

The Skyline 4-H club led by Jana Brixey offered their members projects in livestock and dairy showing, arts and crafts, as well as gardening and entomology.  The club takes great pride in planting flowers around Skyline school as a way of giving back to their school. 

The Up’N’At’t 4-H club led by Missey Rogers offered their members a variety of arts and crafts projects which the club proudly entered in the Tri-County Fair in Mountain Grove.   

“I am so proud of each of our clubs in Douglas County,” Regional Youth Development Specialist Dr. Krista Tate stated.  “They each provide different opportunities for Douglas County children to learn by doing, which is a key goal in 4-H.  It truly is a great experience for the children and the community.” 

These clubs will start the new 4-H year in October, which is when the new 4-H year begins.  In addition to these clubs, the Douglas County Extension office is currently working with new volunteers in the hopes of gaining a third club as well as a shooting sports program in the Ava area.  Currently, Douglas County 4-H members interested in shooting sports travel to Mansfield in a combined program involving the Wright County 4-H. 

“There is a lot of interest in Douglas County having their own shooting sports program,” Tate stated.  “We are currently working hard to make that a possibility in the near future.” 

Also in October the 11th annual 4-H National Youth Science Day will kick off Oct. 1. The 2018 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge is “Code Your World,” co-developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service.

Code Your World will teach kids a wide variety of skills in a four-part series that will enable them to apply computer science to the world around them. This hands-on experience includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform, as well as three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Code Your World is perfect for first-time and beginner coders, ages 8 to 14.

To learn more about National Youth Science Day, visit 4-h.org/nysd.

Missouri 4-H is a community of more than 100,000 youth from across the state learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Members learn by doing under the guidance of adult volunteers who teach projects ranging from aerospace and arts to veterinary science and sport fishing. Clubs also involve children and teens in community service, camping and educational trips. Research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in their free time. For more information, visit 4h.missouri.edu.

For information about local 4-H clubs and activities, contact Dr. Krista Tate at the MU Extension Office in Douglas County at 417-683-4409.


Do you have a child who could benefit from being a member of a 4-H club? Or are you interested in being a 4-H leader? National 4-H Week is fast approaching. It's the perfect time to check out the clubs in your area!


Member Enrollment - Begins October 1

Online enrollment is from October to August at mo.4honline.com.  A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.


1.  Enrollment is online only, so if you do not have internet access at home you can go to the library or you can make an appointment to come into the Extension Center.  Estimated time to enroll a family of 4 to be between 20-45 minutes.

2.  What do families need to have in hand when enrolling youth?

      * An active email address

      * Your demographic date (address, phone numbers, etc.)

      * Your club name and projects you wish to enroll in.

      * Health information

      * Pay by credit card or personal check.  4-H membership costs $25 per year.  

Until dues have been paid in full, the members enrollment status will remain in pending status. 

Help with dues 

Are you a member of one of the following insurance companies?  If so, you could be eligible for help with your 4-H membership dues.

Call Member Services to request a voucher.

      * Aetna/HealthCare USA 1-800-566-6444

      * Home State                   1-855-694-4663

      * Missouri Care                1-800-322-6027

Take the original signed and dated voucher to the Douglas County Extension Office.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

State site:  http://4h.missouri.edu  (Project information, end of the year reports, and much more can be found on this site.)


Currently seeking volunteers to lead a shooting sports project!



How would you like to inspire youth in your community?  Do you have a skill or talent you would like to share or you do you just want to give back to your community?  We are always looking for caring adults to help the Douglas County 4-H program continue to grow.   

To get started we need you to fill out a background check.  This form may be obtained at the Douglas County Extension Office.  There is no fee for a background check.  You will also enroll on the Missouri 4HOnline website.  There is no cost for volunteers to enroll.  The next step is to complete a one-time orientation that can be accessed through the 4H online.  

If you have any questions over any of the above information, please email Dr. Krista Tate at tatekr@missouri.edu or call 417-683-4409.

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.