How to join 4-H
4-H programs are open to all youth that are 5-18 years old by December. You may live in the country, in a small town or a big city and still be part of 4-H. Getting involved in Macon County 4-H is easy, just contact the local University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-385-2173 or email Tracie Moore, University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can guide you to the 4-H opportunities in the county. To start the enrollment process you will need to enroll online at 4h.missouri.edu/enroll
There are five community clubs in Macon County. Members attend monthly meetings where they elect officers, plan educational programs of business, community service projects and they learn together about parliamentary procedures, leadership, communication and other skills that are helpful throughout life. In addition, members enroll in projects that they are interested in. Projects range from beef and sewing to robotics and computers. For a complete listing of projects and other valuable information regarding 4-H, check out the 4-H Clover.
Macon County 4-H clubs
Atlanta Home Pioneers 4-H Club meets at the United Methodist Church in Atlanta on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Club leaders: Aaron Baker 660-281-7777
Bevier Buck a Roos 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Community of Christ Church in Bevier. Club leader: Brenda Coulson
Callao Shamrocks 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Callao Christian Church Youth Center in Callao. Club leader: Cherie Seipel
Long Branch Trailblazers meets at 2:00 on the second Sunday at the Macon United Methodist Church. Club leader: Megan Pollard
Macon Easy Riders 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Crossroads Christian Church in Macon. Club leaders: Carrie Bergfield, Lisa Tull
Ethel Ridge Runners meets on the third Sunday of the month at the Presbyterian Church in Ethel. Club leaders: Shelby Rowe
There is a small fee to join 4-H. Check with the Extension Office for details. Some activities and projects may also have a fee to get started.
How to become a 4-H volunteer
There are a variety of opportunities for adults to volunteer with 4-H such as leading project groups, advisory groups, judging at events and many other ways. The first step is to contact the University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-385-2173 or 404 N Missouri, Suite B, to find out about current volunteering opportunities. Next complete and submit the 4-H Volunteer Application and enroll online at 4h.missouri.edu/enroll. For the protection of 4-H members and volunteers, all volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect and criminal records before being accepted into a volunteer position. The third step to becoming a volunteer is to complete a one-time volunteer orientation.