Vernon County 4-H clubs

Vernon County has 14 4-H clubs. If you are a first-time attendee for a club meeting, please contact the club leader to confirm the meeting date, time and place. The regularly scheduled times listed below might vary based on club activities.

Club name Meeting place, day and time Club leaders
Backroads Metz Methodist Church, second Monday at 6:30 p.m. Ranae Luther
Phone: 417-321-1782
Bronaugh Bronaugh Community Center, second Sunday at 6 p.m. Kandette Rickets
Phone: 417-321-2328
Trayce Bowling
Phone: 417-279-2174
Clayton Shiloh School, 400 and Panama, Deerfield, or Deerfield Baptist Church, second Sunday at 6 p.m. Jill Love
Phone: 620-215-3707
Country Clovers NHS Vo-Tech Center, second Thursday at 5:30 pm Josh Mareth
Phone: 660-227-1369
Crossroads Compton Junction Fire barn, first Sunday at 2 p.m. Missy Wehmeyer
Phone: 417-684-0138
Farmland Presbyterian Hall, first Saturday at 9 a.m. Janna Robertson
Phone: 417-448-7115
Hustlers Fairgrounds — Centennial Hall, first Sunday at 4 p.m. Marla Davis
Phone: 417-321-3925
Lone Star Fairgrounds — Centennial Hall, second Sunday at 4 p.m. Liz Lechman
Phone: 417-448-4454
Milo-Oakdale Fairgrounds — Centennial Hall, first Sunday at 6 p.m. Jessica Sloniker
Phone: 417-684-1415
Andrea Wydick
Phone: 417-684-0105
Rinehart Rinehart Christian Church, first Sunday at noon Amanda Pollock
Phone: 417-684-4284
Schell City Schell City Community Building, first Sunday at 2 p.m. Linda Schlueter
Phone: 660-832-4495
Timberline Fairgrounds — Centennial Hall, fourth Sunday at 2 p.m. Kermit Pritchett
Phone: 417-684-1376
Walker Walker Community Building, first Sunday at 3 p.m. Crystal Burch
Phone: 417-321-4726
West Point Compton Junction Fire barn, first Sunday at 6 p.m. (January-May)
5 p.m. (June-December)
Shelly Minor
Phone: 417-667-7948
County Wide Clover Kids Fairgrounds — Centennial Hall, third Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. Debbie Metcalf
Phone: 417-684-1110
4-H Youth program associate: Thabena Bower
100 W. Cherry, Courthouse Ste. 2, Nevada, MO 64472
Phone: 620-224-7944
Extension Office phone: 417-448-2560

Every club has a sign-in sheet. It is your responsibility to sign yourself in at each meeting you attend.

Every member may visit another club one time during the year to satisfy a club meeting requirement to show at the Vernon County Youth Fair.

About 4-H

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to meet the diverse challenges of today’s world, build self-confidence, learn responsibility and make positive decisions.

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 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 and 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.

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting your local extension office. 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 fundraisers. 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.