Putnam County 4-H has a variety of clubs with several activities for young people. Adult volunteers also are welcome and are key to the success of 4-H.
Classic Kids 4-H Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the 4-H Building.
Club leaders: Kerry Schoonover, 660-216-1858, or Matt Klingner, 573-289-0123
Lemons 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Lemons Community Building.
Club leader: Jeannette Ogle, 660-947-4359
Lucerne 4-H Club meets at 5 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at the Lucerne Community Building.
Club leader: Toni Hamilton, 641-895-4835
Martinstown Schoolhouse Kids 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Martinstown Schoolhouse.
Club leader: Cassey Overton, 660-216-0914
Midway 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Midway Baptist Church.
Club leader: Kelly Valentine, 660-216-1290
Sunshine Kids 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Old Soldiers Room in the Courthouse.
Club Leaders: Jill Payne, 641-895-7792, and Whitney Hirst, 660-216-8910
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.
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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