Miller County 4-H has 182 members, ages 5–18, and 57 adult volunteers. 4-H clubs are located through out the county. Youth can enjoy any one of the six clubs in Miller County. They can attend meetings; complete 4-H projects; exhibit their projects in the local fairs and the state fair; participate in local events, state and national trips and events; and qualify for college scholarships. To find out more, contact Jennifer Kempker at the MU Extension Center in Miller County.
Miller County 4-H
Miller County has six 4-H clubs located throughout the county and other countywide project groups.
Nobles 4-H Club, of the Eldon area, meets every third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Eldon.
Projects offered are Hams, Swine, Beef, Photography, Cake Decorating, Arts & Crafts, Crocheting, Scrapbooking, Poultry, Livestock Judging, Shooting Sports, Woodworking, Gardening and Clover Kids for ages 5-7 years. Special projects/Community service: food basket at holidays, visiting elderly and singing carols at Christmas, preparing fairgrounds in July for the County Fair, and placing flags on Veterans' graves during Memorial weekend.
Club leaders: Theresa Upton, Sunni West and Kim Kaibel
Spring Garden 4-H Club of the Spring Garden area covering Olean and Eugene. The club meets the third Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Spring Garden School House in Spring Garden.
Projects offered are Beef, Swine, Welding, Cake Decorating, Arts & Crafts, Rabbits, Hams, Scrapbooking, Photography, Livestock Judging, Goats and Sheep. Special projects/Community Service: Adopt-a-Highway program, maintain the school house building, donations to Eldon Community Clean Up.
Club leader: Meghan Opie
T-Town 4-H Club, of the Tuscumbia area, meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Tuscumbia.
Projects offered include: Beef, Swine, Bottle Calves, Clover Kids, Rabbits, Gardening, Shooting Sports, Cake Decorating, and Sewing. Special projects/Community Service: adopt a family for Christmas, projects for the Miller County Nursing Home, maintain flower bed and Spring clean-up at Riverside Park, and work concessions at fair.
Club leader: Lora Buechter
Circle A 4-H Club, of the Iberia area, meets the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Circle A Show Barn.
Projects offered are Swine, Photography, Arts & Crafts, Sewing, Cake Decorating, Bacons, and Cooking. Special projects/Community Service: treat bags for Richwood Villa, Thanksgiving meal to Richland Villa, help a needy family, and Adopt-a-Highway.
Club leader: Brenda Thompson
St. Anthony 4-H Club meets the first Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Lorenz Hall in St. Anthony.
Projects offered include: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Hams, Photography, Cake Decorating, Sewing, Cooking and Arts & Crafts. Special projects/community service: pick up trash in the community, visit elderly during Christmas, and collect aluminum cans (all money goes to our club). Important information from the club leader – kids need to show up to five of the meetings, parents showing does not count.
Club leaders: Cathy Engelmeyer and Stephanie Bax
Mary's Home 4-H Club is in the Mary's Home area for anyone that would like to attend. Meetings are the third Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Parish Center cafeteria.
Projects offered include but are not limited to: Bucket/Bottle Calf, Swine, Ham and Bacon, Arts and Crafts, Wood Working, Welding, Scrapbooking, Photography, and Shooting Sports. Special projects/community service: we have a flower garden that we tend to, adopt a family and decorate K of C Hall for Christmas.
Club leaders: Melissa Koetting and Clara Schupp
Safety first but lots of fun! 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.
Project leaders and project:
- Archery — Shawn Whittle, James Upton, Theresa Upton, Kenda Humphrey, Robin Humphrey
- Shotgun — Jeff Crocker, Steve Kallenbach
- Air Rifle and Small Bore Rifle (.22) — Rodney Bax, Steve Kallenbach, Jeff Holtmeyer
Learn to evaluate animals, judge them like a pro and justify your decision.
General 4-H information
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
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.