University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
Newton County 4-H clubs
Busy Beavers Club meets at the Hornet Christian Church on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Club leader: Rose Barwick, 417-621-8417
Downtowners 4-H Club meets at New-Mac Electric Company on the third Monday of every month at 7 p.m.
Club leader: Loretta Russell, 417-621-8168
East Newton 4-H Club meets at East Newton Agriculture Building on the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m.
Club leader: Emily Hines, 417-592-9364
Lucky Clover 4-H Club meets at the Seneca Christian Church on the third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m.
Club leader: Rhonda Helm, 417-776-8672
Round Prairie 4-H Club meets at the Oak Grove Community building (call first as location changes) on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Club leader: Kelly Shilling, 417-385-8972
Spring Valley 4-H Club meets at the Diamond Elementary Cafeteria the second Sunday of the month at 4 p.m.
Club leader: Courtney Lowry, 417-389-5556
Community Clovers meets at Christ’s Community Methodist Church on the third Monday of the month.
Club leader: Andrea Schneider, 417-392-0688
County Line 4-H Club meets at Crowder Ag Building on the second Tuesday of odd months for business meetings at 6:30 p.m. and even months are TBN.
Club leaders: Sara Morgan, 417-592-0563, and Amie Parsons, 417-389-2917
Teen Council is open to all 4-H members age 13 and older. Meets the second Sunday of every other month at the Newton County University of Missouri Extension Center, 18728 Hwy 59, at 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Dana Vangunda, 417-455-9500
Trinity Lions 4-H Club in-school 4-H meets at Trinity Learning Center every Wednesday while school is in session.
Club leader: Linda Howerton, 417-455-9500
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.