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4-H Newsletter

Clover Connection (PDF)

Dates to remember

  • June 6-9, June 13-16, 2016 - 4-H Camp at Crowder State Park
  • June 10-11 - Clover Kid Camp at Crowder State Park
  • July 11 - Gentry County 4-H Achievement Day, MU Hundley-Whaley Learning Discovery Center
  • July 11-12 - Gentry County Jr. Livestock Show, Gentry County Jr. Livestock Show Pavillion


4-H clubs are fun, hands-on and educational. Clubs meet monthly at locations around Gentry County.

Pleasant Dorsey meets the fourth Monday of every month in Albany.
Club leaders:

Buffy Trimble, 660-822-6791 or buffyclemmons@hotmail.com

Kristi Poppa, Clover Kid Leader, 660-726-5610 or poppa_family@yahoo.com
Nancy Stevens, 660-726-4125 or dnkstevens@hotmail.com
Jamie Williams, 660-666-2300 or djwill@grm.net

Lucky Clover meets the third Sunday of every month in Stanberry.
Club leaders:
Lisa Craig, 660-448-2392 or lcraig@stanberryschools.org
Marci Sager, 660-783-2499 or marcisageragency@mediacombb.net

County Liners meets the third Sunday of every month in King City.
Club leaders:
Cas Derks, 660-666-2547 or casderks@kingcityschools.org
Barb DeJoode, 660-535-4815 or mdejoode@gmail.com

4-H Council officers

  • Blayre Messner, President
  • Madelyn Derks, Vice President
  • Madison Owens, Secretary/Reporter
  • Marissa Smithson, Treasurer
  • Madison Summa, Scrapbook/Photographer
  • Braelyn Cowan, Scrapbook/Photographer
  • Kayce Messner, Scrapbook/Photographer
  • Kirby Stevens, Scrapbook/Photographer

2016 4-H Camp information

2016 Clover Kid Camp

2017 Gentry County Jr. Livestock Show

Contact the extension office at 660-726-5610

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.