4-H is a volunteer-led organization. Members of 4-H clubs may chose from more than 40 project categories expanding out to more than 500 individual projects that provide hands-on experience on a subject as well as cooperation, leadership and decision making. These skills are applicable to every facet of life both now and in the future. For more information, contact Debbie Davis, 4-H Youth Specialist, at 816-933-2138 or Erin Creason, 4H Youth Specialist, at 816-933-2138.
Clinton County clubs
There are presently four 4-H clubs in Clinton County. Club members attend monthly meetings, where items of interest to the entire club are discussed. It is within these meetings where members learn parliamentary procedure, leadership and public speaking skills, among others. In addition, club members enroll in a variety of projects annually. Members meet with others in the project and are led by a volunteer project leader. These projects range from the traditional “cows and cookies” variety, to the innovative computer and aerospace projects.
Gower Dynamites #30
Keystone Willing Workers #60
Lathrop Shamrock #50
Plattsburg Hustlers #80
County Council officers
President: Amelia Welch
Vice President: Ashton Roe
Secretary: Karlee Shewey
Youth Treasurer: Nate Cooper
Adult Treasurer: Gwen Mayes
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
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.
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