4-H


4-H News and Notes

A monthly newsletter of 4-H activites in Jasper County
September 2014 (PDF)
August 2014 (PDF)
July 2014 (PDF)

Join 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 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 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.

Become a volunteer
4-H offers many ways for adults and youth to volunteer. 4-H needs enthusiastic parents, grandparents, and others who enjoy working with youth. 

  • Organizing a 4-H club to help kids learn leadership
  • Leading 4-H project groups
  • Helping at a camp, fair, judging or state event
  • Teaching 4-H school enrichment programs
  • Assisting with county fundraising activities
  • or in many other ways........

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.

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 Clubs in Jasper County

  • Avilla 4-H meeting dates vary at the Avilla School. Club leader: Sarah Calvin (417) 246-5330
  • Center Point Chargers meets the second Wednesday of every month at Center Point Christian Church, Carthage. Club leader: Vanessa Hudson (417) 793-0879
  • Country Kickers meets in Carthage. Club leader: Tracy Reeder (417) 438-7844
  • Forest Mill Friends meets the third Saturday of every month at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. Club leader: Dixie Rockers (417) 358-1778
  • Lincoln meets the third Monday of every month at Jasper United Methodist Church, Jasper. Club leaders: Pam Weaver (417) 388-7031 and Sheila Andrews (417) 246-5497
  • Mt. Moriah meets the second Thursday of every month at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, north of Carthage. Club leader: Charlene Roper (417) 842-3523
  • Pleasant Valley Pioneers meets the first Thursday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage. Club leader: Tianna Fisher (417) 793-8713
  • Sarcoxie Chiefs meets the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie. Club leader: Lori Meyer (417) 548-7360
  • Spring River meets the second Sunday of every month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Webb City. Club leader: Ela Winder (417) 317-2990

4-H Shooting Sports

The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. You will learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers. Go to the Missouri Shooting Sports project page for more information on the program.

Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

 “Making the best better” for generations of 4-H’ers, Mike and Pat Cloud, Carthage joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation honors individuals with a legacy of service to 4-H with induction into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members, and we are proud to honor their service,” says Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.

FCS Financial, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri 4-H Foundation sponsor the annual event.