COUNTY–WIDE 4–H PROJECTS  2015–2016   

Updated on October 15, 2015

 4-H members from any club can belong to county–wide projects.  To become a member of a county–wide project a member should follow these three steps:

  1. Contact the project leader to let him/her know that you want to join the project group.

  2. Contact your Club Leader and let him/her know that you have enrolled in the county–wide project.

  3. Enroll in the project on 4–HOnline — there is no special listing in the online enrollment site for a county–wide project.  You will just enroll in the project by name — Example:  If you wish to enroll in a county–wide archery project you will enroll in “Archery”.  For Line Dancing, Key Award, and Interstate Exchange enroll in the project designated at the end of the listing.

A member can join a county–wide project even if they have already enrolled. Just follow the steps above and log in to your 4–HOnline account and edit your listing to add the project.

Below are county–wide projects offered.  Check future newsletters and the Franklin County 4–H web page for additional projects.

Archery — River Bluff — Members will learn archery safety and skills. Meetings will begin in March and continue to July.  Contact Rich McDaniel, 636-239-5807 to join the River Bluff county–wide Archery project.

Archery — Summit — Members will learn archery safety and skills.  Open to members 8 and older.  The group will meet twice a month on Monday evenings at Summit Archery in Gray Summit with a projected start date of early March, 2015.  The group is limited to 30 members.  There will be a $5 fee per member for each meeting (fee paid to Summit Archery).  Members are encouraged to purchase their own equipment, but can participate even if they do not have their own equipment (bow rental is $5).  Contacts to join the group are Dan Tarpey at 636-405-2773 or 314-753-5085 or email, and Bob Frey at  314-913-8500 or email

Archery — Ed Tyree and Nancy Tyree will lead an Archery project at their home north of Sullivan. The meetings will begin in January or February. They can be reached at 573-468-6315 or 314-330-3692

Beef — John and Heidi Ridder will lead this project for members age 8–18.  The project is limited to 10 members.  Members will learn about carcass evaluation, grooming, showing, how to choose a steer, livestock judging, and nutrition.  Meetings are scheduled to begin in October and 6 meetings will be held.  The meeting location will change depending on the time of the year.  One adult from each family participating is expected to attend the meetings. Call Heidi at 636-433-4701 or email at

Bicycle, Breads, Cat Care, Communications, Foods, Food Science, Gardening, Hiking, International Foods, Photography will be led by Linda Becker. She will lead a group of up to 5 members in each project.  Meetings will be held in her home on Clearview Road near Union. Call Linda at 636-583-6659.

Dog Project — Led by Eva and Tora Seals.  For members age 8–18.  Members must attend with a parent and their dog.  Members will learn to train their dog in manners, basic obedience, competition obedience, rally and agility.  There is a limit of 15 members in the project.  The project will begin in April and continue through August with weekly meetings at the Sullivan Fair Grounds.  Costs involved include weekly travel to meetings and treats for training the dog.  All dogs must be current on their shots.  The dog must also have a collar and leash.  Contact Eva at 636-459-5419.

4–H Interstate Exchange — Led by Doris Koch. This is a great project for teens 13 and older (on Dec. 31, 2015) who like to travel and meet new people. The group will plan and participate in an Interstate Exchange with 4–H members from a partner county in another state. Members will help plan, and will host this year.  This year we will host New Hampshire delegates. Members help raise funds to keep cost at $200 per member for years that we travel. Our goal is to raise enough funds to keep cost at a minimum.  Contacts are Doris Koch at 636-239-6874 or 636-677-1703 and Dave Hileman at or call 636-583-5141. Note: For this project you will enroll in the “Global Education” project.

Horse — Linda Saunders, Jen Davis and Emily Jones will lead a county–wide horsemanship project. The project group will meet at the Union Saddle Club building.  Plans are to hold 15 meetings, many of which will be riding meetings. Meetings will be on Monday nights, with indoor meetings during February to May, and then riding meetings from May until September.  Parents will need to be present at weekly riding meetings held each Monday from May to September.  Members will learn horse judging, parts of the horse, breeds, western riding, showmanship, trail riding, basic health care and trailering safety. Families must provide their own horse and are responsible for getting the horse to the riding meetings. Call Linda at 636-239-5224 or e-mail

Key Award — This project is designed to help 4–H members 14 and older meet the requirements to receive the 4–H Key Award.  Those interested will meet in November to learn more about the award and the requirements.  After that, the group will meet three more times to check on progress and plan the next step toward qualification.  Contact Dave Hileman at or call 636-583-5141. Note:  For this project you will enroll in the “Public Adventures” project (citizenship).

Knitting and/or Crochet — Maryellen Davis will lead a Knitting and Crochet Project to teach members 8 and older how to knit and/or crochet.  The project will begin in September and meet weekly in her home until the project is complete.  There is a limit of 7 members.  Call her at 636-583-8437 or email

Knitting and Line Dancing — Led by Dorothy Keence. She will hold her meetings at her home or in the park. Meetings will begin in October. Contact her at 636-583-7872 or 636-388-2304. Note: If you take line dancing you will enroll in the “Keeping Fit" project.

Quilting — Terry Luecke will lead a quilting project to teach 4-H members how to make a quilt top and how to piece a quilt block. Members will need a sewing machine and fabric for the project. Having it quilted will be their own responsibility and cost. Meetings will be held in Sullivan or Union. She would like to start in September. Terry can be reached at 573-259-3475 or

Poultry and Rabbits — Emile Emmons will lead a poultry and rabbit project for members who have signed up for either project.  Members will learn the anatomy of the animal, and how to care for and show poultry/rabbits.  An adult must accompany the members and remain at the meetings so they know what is being taught.  Meetings will begin in March 2016 and plans are to hold two meetings each month at the Sullivan fair grounds.  Contact Emile at or call 573-468-4205.  There is a limit of 20 project members.

Rabbits — Led by Heather Frey and Robbie Frey. This project is for member 8 and up. You do not need to have a rabbit to participate in this project.  Member will learn about the types of rabbits, how to care for rabbits, and the genetics and breeding of rabbits.  Contact the Frey’s at 314-520-3700 or  The group will meet at the Meramec Middle School in Pacific and at the leaders home in the Catawissa area. The meetings will begin in October.

Shotgun — Led by certified instructor, Lee Kassebaum.. For members age 11 and older on December 31, 2015. Limited to 25 members. Project meetings will begin in May. Plans are to hold 7 or 8 meetings at the YESS Trap Range located across the river from Washington. Members must have their Hunter Safety Card. Participants must also provide their own shotgun, ear protection, ammunition and $3.00 per round for clay targets. Parents are encouraged to become certified so they can help. Call Lee Kassebaum at 573-459-6525 or 573-934-1927 or email (

Shotgun/Sporting Clays — Led by certified instructors, Lee Kassebaum and Mark Burns. Open to current shotgun project members who are 14 or older with 2 years of 4–H shotgun experience, or to others with the approval of the instructor. Limited to 20 members. The project is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and members can expect to have 8–10 meetings. Meetings will be held at the YESS Trap Range, Owensville Gun Club and some on private property. Members will learn firearm safety and shooting techniques for a variety of moving target shooting situations. Members will need a repeating shotgun, safety equipment and ammunition. Cost will vary from $3 to $20 per meeting. One adult must be present at meetings from each club that has members in the project. Contact Lee Kassebaum at 573-934-1927 or 573-459-6525 or  Note: If you wish to take this project you will enroll in the shotgun project.  If you are already enrolled in a shotgun project, you do not need to add it a second time to take this project.

Shotgun — Led by Terry Meyer. This project is for members 12–18 years of age. It will begin in January in the New Haven area. He will accept 15 to 20 members in addition to those in the New Haven 4–H Club. He will hold 15–20 meetings at his house. He can be contacted at 636-359-1891 Note: If this is your first shooting sports project you will need to complete project SS740 – Shooting Sports Safety.

Shotgun — Led by Dennis Enke. This project is for members 11 and up. He will begin in fall or spring. The meetings will be held at the Franklin County FFA Farm in the St Clair area. Members will learn shotgun safety, shotgun fundamentals and shooting. He can be reached at 314-808-8018 or email

Sportfishing — Jim Luecke will offer a county–wide sportfishing project for members, age 8 and older.  Contact Jim at 573-205-8524.  Project meetings will begin in October.  The project will include some opportunities to camp out and some fishing trips.  Jim is retired now, so he has even more time to devote to the project.  Jim lives in the Sullivan area, but will work with kids from any club.

Swine — Kelsey Williamson will teach  members how to care for their pigs, and how to show and sell their animals.  She will accept any member age 8 or older on Dec. 31, 2015.  Contact Kelsey at 573-821-6258 (cell) or 573-764-5969 (home), or email her at