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
Central 4-H Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Hardin Methodist Church in Hardin.
Club leaders: Jamie McGinnis and Amanda Wollard
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: Kim Zimmerman and Jodi Stewart
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 and Erin Dana
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.
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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