Join Ray County 4-H!
4-H accepts new members year round. 4-H prepares young people to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other countries, attend conferences and much more. Clubs and activities are open to kids ages 5-18 and Clover Kids for children ages 5-7.
Ray County 4-H clubs
Clever Clovers 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Calvary Baptist Church in Rayville.
Club leaders: Melissa Lehman and Sherry Crall
Dale-Patton 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Sunday at the 4-H/FFA building at Ray County Fairgrounds.
Club leaders: Marjorie Jenkins and Sherry Bersano
Guys and Gals 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Ray County 4-H/FFA Building in Richmond.
Club leader: Gwen Gilbow
Lawson 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, 305 East 4th in Lawson.
Club leader: Rhonda Luther
Millville 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Millville Methodist Church.
Club leaders: Shari Renfro
Olde Tyme 4-H Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Lawson VFW.
Club leader: Kelly Runions and Rebecca Ripley
Ray County 4-H Council
The Ray County 4-H Council meets quarterly at the county extension office. Each club has the opportunity to have two voting members and two voting adults representing their club at each meeting. It is recommended that each club choose members and adults to represent their club for a full 4-H year. These club representatives should report news from the council meeting at the next club meeting following the council meeting.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of these months: January, March, May, June, September and November.
- President: Alaina Lehman
- Vice President: Ashley Stewart
- Treasurer: Shari Renfro
- Secretary: Malia Fairchild
- Parliamentarian: Taylor Mcglothin
- Recreation Leader: Dantin McBee
Ray County 4-H Google Calendar
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.
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Event date: July 9, 2023 - July 20, 2023
Ray County 4-H/FFA Fair activities start with the Horse Show on July 9 with the majority of the events taking place July 15-20.Registration form can be found in 4-H online for Public Speaking & Demonstration Day, Small Animals, Rocket Shoot Off, ...
Event date: July 12, 2023 - July 13, 2023
NODAWAY COUNTY 4-H & FFA LIVESTOCK SHOW - 2023 (Open to all 4-H and FFA members in the state of Missouri)Schedule of EventsWednesday – July 12, 20236:30-7:30am-Swine Check In8:00am-Swine Show11am-12pm-Goat Check In11:30 am-Small Animal Check ...
News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 16-22, 2023, Missouri 4-H wants to thank the heart of the organization, the volunteers! Each year, thousands of people choose to spend their time volunteering for Missouri 4-H, and ...
- Published: Thursday, March 16, 2023
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Seventeen Missouri 4-H clubs have been awarded 2023 4-H Feeding Missouri grants through the Missouri Farmers Care Foundation. This is the fourth year the Foundation has provided grants for Missouri 4-H clubs to fund local food ...
- Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023
SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 40 volunteers joined the 2022 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes ...
- Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
The Issue4-H and FFA Livestock projects impact youth life skill development in motivation, responsibility, goal setting, discipline, and leadership (Anderson et al., 2015; Boleman et al., 2004; Evans, et al. 2019; Heavner et al., 2011; Rusk et al, ...
The Key Award, the highest award a 4-H member can receive, recognizes significant leadership at the club or group, community and state levels, rewarding hard work, accomplishments and contributions to the overall 4-H program.