Updated on March 13, 2017

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 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-H Online 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--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. The group is limited to 30 members. There will be a 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 . Call Dan Tarpey at 636-405-2773 or 314-753-5085, or e-mail tarps22@charter.net or Bob Frey at 636-405-2773 or 314-913-8500 email bfrey@bickgroup.com to join the group.

Beef–John and Heidi Ridder will lead this project for members age 8-18. The project is limited to 10 members.  An adult responsible for each child must attend with the child.  Members will learn how to choose a steer, how to care for it, including feeding ag preparing to show, and will learn how to educate the public about farms and why eating beef is healthy for you.  Meetings are scheduled to begin in October and 5-6 meetings will be held. The meeting location will change depending on the time of the year. Call Heidi at 636-433-4701 or email at heidielizabethridder@yahoo.com

Breads, Cat Care, Communications, Foods, Hiking, Sewing -  will be led by Linda Becker. The projects are open to all county 4-H members.  Meetings will be held in her home on Clearview Road near Union. In each project she will provide lots of hands-on instruction and help members explore the project and prepare exhibits for county fairs. Parents are welcome to learn with their child. Call Linda at 636-583-6659.

Dairy and Meat Goats— Karen Williams will teach members the basics of caring for a goat, breeds of goats, and how to prepare a goat for showing.  She plans to begin meetings in November in the Krakow area.  Open to members of all ages.  Members will need to purchase their own goats (cost of about $200).  Contact Karen at ch4mpion2002@yahoo.com

Dog  - Led by Eva 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 a weekly meetings in the Bourbon area. 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, 2016) 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 host a delegation of Minnesota teens in the summer of 2017.  Members help raise funds to keep the hosting cost low. Contact Doris Koch at 636-239-6874 or 636-677-1703 Dave Hileman at hilemand@missouri.edu or call 636-583-5141. Note: For this project you will enroll in the “Global Education” project.

Hiking— Peggy Walsh is offering to lead a hiking project.  Members will learn how to prepare for hiking and will explore different parks.  They will learn about edible plants, mushroom and tree identification, learn about eating on the trail, and some forestry.  Contact Peggy at 636-221-5641, or 636-283-1026.  You can also email her at oreganopowell@hotmail.com or shamus55@msn.com.  An adult should plan to accompany group on hikes.

Horse- Jen Davis will lead a county-wide horsemanship project. The project group will meet at the Gerald Saddle Club. Plans are to hold 15 meetings, many of which will be riding meetings. Meetings will be one night a week.then riding meetings from April until September. Parents will need to be present at weekly riding meetings . 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. Jen Davis at 636-279-0515.

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 October or November and meet weekly in her home until the project is complete. There is a limit of 8 members. Call her at 636-583-8437 or 314-808-7950, or email rsdavis@fidnet.com.

Knitting and Line Dancing (separate projects)—led by Dorothy Keence. She will hold her meetings at her home. Meetings will begin in January. Contact her at 636-583-7872 or 636-388-2304.  Note: If you take Line Dancing you will enroll in the project “Keeping Fit”.

Poultry— Brenda Abegg and Jenny Wallach will teach members how to prepare to show poultry including feeding, breeding, and care.  They will teach judging, growing your own birds for meat, and other poultry matters.  May include several field trips.  Members 5 and older can participate in the project (members age 5-7 cannot show in fairs).  Plans are to begin project meetings in October.  An adult must attend with their child/children, and two adults are requested if younger children participate.  Contact Brenda Abegg at 636-748-7930 or email at edabegg58@gmail.com.

Poultry and Rabbits  Emile Emmons will provide instruction on care of poultry and rabbits.  He would like an adult responsible for each member to attend with the members so they know what is being taught and what the project group will do.  He plans to begin the project in march.  Contact Emile at 573-468-4205 or email rddse@fidnet.com

Shotgun/Sporting Clays - Led by certified instructors Lee Kassebaum, Mark Burns, stacey Schroeder and Quentin Binder. For member age 11 and older on December 31, 2016. Limited to 25 members. Project meetings will begin in May. Plans are to hold 7 or 8 meetings ath the YESS Trap Range located across the river from Washington. First time members must complete the "SS740-Shooting Sports Safety" Project, these meetings will be held before the shotgun project begins. Participants must also provide their own ear protection, ammunition and $3.00 per round for clay targets. It would be best if member provides their own gun, however a limited number of guns to use will be available. Parents are encouraged to be become certified so they can help. Call Lee Kassebaum at 573-459-6525 or 573-934-1927 (lakmark@fidnet.com)