Vernon County

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.
  • make positive decisions.
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    Vernon County 4-H clubs

    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.

    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 ones listed below are the regularly scheduled times, but may vary based on club activities.

    BACKROADS Metz Methodist Church, 2nd Monday at 6:30 p.m. Leader: Ranae Luther
    Ph. 417-321-1782
    e-mail: [email protected]
    BRONAUGH Bronaugh Community Center, 2nd Sunday at 6 p.m. Leaders: Trayce Bowling Ph. 417-279-2174 e-mail: [email protected]
    Tracy Thompson Ph. 417-684-1347 e-mail: [email protected]
    CLAYTON Shiloh School, 400 and Panama, Deerfield, or Deerfield Baptist Church 2nd Sunday at 6 p.m. Leader: Jill Love
    Ph. 620-215-3707
    e-mail: [email protected]
    COUNTRY CLOVERS NHS Vo-Tech Center, 2nd Thursday at 5:30 pm Leaders: Bryan Gast Ph. 417-667-1850 e-mail: [email protected]
    Josh Mareth Ph. 660-227-1369 e-mail: [email protected]
    CROSSROADS Compton Junction Fire barn, 1st Sunday at 2 p.m. Leader: Missy Wehmeyer
    Ph. 417-684-0138
    e-mail: [email protected]
    FAITH Fairgrounds Diner, 3rd Sunday at 3pm Leaders: Ruth Kimmell Ph. 417-684-1950 e-mail: [email protected]
    Mary Ann Blauvelt Ph. 417-884-5179 email: [email protected]
    HUSTLERS Fairgrounds-Centennial Hall, 1st Sunday at 4 p.m.Leader: Marla Davis
    Ph. 417-321-3925
    e-mail: [email protected]
    LONE STAR Fairgrounds-Centennial Hall, 2nd Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Leader: Liz Lechman
    Ph. 417-448-4454
    e-mail: [email protected]
    MILO-OAKDALE Fairgrounds-Centennial Hall, 1st Sunday at 6 p.m. Leaders: Jessica Sloniker Ph. 417-684-1415 e-mail: [email protected]
    Andrea Wydick Ph. 417-684-0105 e-mail: [email protected]
    RINEHART Fairgrounds Diner, 3rd Sunday at 2 pm Leader: Amanda Pollock
    Ph. 417-684-4284
    email: [email protected]
    SCHELL CITY Schell City Com. Bldg., 1st Sunday at 2 p.m. Leader: Tracy Harms
    Ph. 417-296-0763
    e-mail: [email protected]
    TIMBERLINE Fairgrounds-Centennial Hall, 4th Sunday at 6 p.m. Leader: Amanda Shaw
    Ph. 660-200-5356
    e-mail: [email protected]
    WALKER Walker Community Building, 1st Sunday at 3 p.m. Leader: Crystal Burch
    Ph. 417-321-4726
    e-mail: [email protected]
    WALKER CLOVER KIDS 1st Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Leader: Jamie Brown
    Ph. 417-296-2600
    WEST POINT Fairgrounds Diner, 2nd Sunday at 5 p.m. (Jan-May)
    6 p.m. (June-Dec)
    Leader: Shelly Minor
    Ph. 417-667-7948
    e-mail: [email protected]
    COUNTY WIDE CLOVER KIDS Fairgrounds- Centennial Hall, 3rd Sunday from 3-5pm Leader: Debbie Metcalf
    Ph. 417-684-1110

    4-H Youth Program Associate – Thabena Bower 100 W. Cherry, Courthouse Ste. 2, Nevada, MO Ph. 620-224-7944
    e-mail: [email protected]
    Extension Office – 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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Contact Vernon County Extension Center

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    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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