Welcome to a brand new year of 4-H activities and fun!
I'm so excited to have our returning families and I welcome the new! It will be a year of great opportunities; to make friends, have fun, help others, participate in hands-on-projects, special group events and to grow in life skills. If you enjoy friends, families and doing fun things; then 4-H is the place for you!
What is 4-H?
4-H is all about kids! 4-H is kids making friends and lasting relationships. 4-H is kids working together creating blankets to give to the homeless and singing Christmas carols to shut ins. 4-H is kids learning to build robotics or bird houses. 4-H is learning photography or cake decorating. 4-H is working with an animal whether it is a steer, rabbit or dog. 4-H is fair time and the excitement of entering exhibits, interviewing with a judge and receiving fair ribbons. 4-H is holding an office and running a club meeting developing leadership skills. 4-H is kids giving demonstrations enhancing their public speaking skills. 4-H is summer camp filled with activities, nature, friends and fun and learning to get along. 4-H is smiles and laughter, encouraging and bonding with one another. 4-H is kids working with caring adults to learn life skills. 4-H is kids reaching out to others. 4-H is all of this and so much more. It is a community of youth and adults working together to make our world a better place. 4-H is our investment in the future. 4-H is what our kids and our world needs today!
The National 4-H Council states,” In 4-H we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. ;4-H is changing kids’ lives.”
Consider donating some time to the 4-H organization and help provide more kids the hands on experience, support and encouragement they need to thrive. Let’s watch our kids make the world a better place for all of us.
If you would like to volunteer time to 4-H, please contact me at [email protected] or call 816-380-8460.
Cass County 4-H
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every other month (September, November, January, March, May) at the Cass County Extension office located at 201 W. Wall St., Harrisonville, MO. A meeting will also be held in July on the Wednesday of the Cass County Fair at the Memorial Building in Pleasant Hill.
President: Evan Miller, Hillside Cavaliers
Vice President: Emily Endecott, Southfork 4-H
Secretary: Grace Fuller, Archie Achievers
Treasurer: Bradley Ledford, Shooting Stars
Reporter: Laine Schmalzried, Hickory Grove
Historian: Turner Ledford, Shooting Stars
County Youth Liaison: Isabella Buell, Raymore 4-H
4-H Homeschool Clovers (Est. 2014) meets at 1 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at The Light Studio in Peculiar.
Club leader: Jaime Perreca
Archie Achievers (Est. 1977) meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Archie Community Center.
Club leader: Tina Fuller
Dusters 4-H (Est. 2004) meets at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at Lake Lotawana Sportsmen's Club and is a county-wide shooting sports group.
Club leader: Vicki Debrat
Hickory Grove (Est. 2001) meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill.
Club leaders: Dawn DeVaul & Gayle Pryor
Hillside Cavaliers (a horse-focused group) meets in the Pleasant Hill area.
Club leaders: Nancy Miller and Lynn Lee
Lucky Clover (Est. 2001) meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Garden City Community Building.
Club leaders: Tiffany Yoder
Pacemakers (Est. 1957) meets at 7 p.m. on the Second Monday of every month at the First Baptist Church.
Club leader: Julie Holder
Raymore 4-H meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Raymore.
Club leader: Joyce Wagner
Shooting Stars 4-H meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Friday of every month, at Fiber Optics in Garden
Club Leaders: Katie Ledford and Becky McClintock
Show-Me 4-H (Est. 2014) meets at 2 p.m on the fourth Sunday of every month at the University of Missouri Extension in Harrisonville
Club Leader: Roseann Hoffman
Southfork 4-H (Est. 2006) meets at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month at Southfork Baptist Church in Freeman.
Club eader: Dale Endecott and Ken Goth
Wal-Center (Est. 1947) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at North Park Activity Center in Harrisonville.
Club leaders: Jennifer Box
Cass County 4-H Council meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every other month at the University of Missouri Extension Office in Harrisonville.
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 Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. 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.