A workshop for 4-H members, leaders and families in the Southwest Region, Jan. 25, Neosho, Mo.
Jasper County 4-H clubs
Jasper County has several active 4-H clubs. To join a 4-H club, contact the University of Missour Extension Office in Jasper County at 417-358-2158 or email [email protected]
Avilla 4-H meets at the Avilla School.
Club leader: Sarah Calvin, (417) 246-5330
Caring Clovers meet in Webb City.
Club leader: Stacie Brixey (417) 317-2375
Country Kickers meet in Carthage.
Club leader: Zach Mason, (417) 388-2735
Forest Mill Friends meet at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage.
Club leaders: Dixie Rockers, (417) 358-1778 and Diana Martin, (417) 388-9415
Lincoln meets the third Monday of every month at Harvest Community Church, Reeds.
Club leaders: Pam Weaver, (417) 388-7031 and Jennifer Chandler, (417) 246-5638
Mt. Moriah meets the second Thursday of every month at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, north of Carthage.
Club leader: Becky Stevens, (417) 388-5216
Pleasant Valley Pioneers meets the second Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage.
Club leaders: Tianna Fisher, (417) 793-8713 and Rita Waynick, (314)-210-7966
Sarcoxie Chiefs meet the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie.
Club leaders: Tracy Stark, (417) 793-5705 and Tammy Reed, (417) 540-2753
Spring River meets the second Sunday of every month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Webb City.
Club leader: Ela Winder, (417) 317-2990
Jasper County 4-H Parent’s Association officers
President Sheila Andrews
Vice President Diana Martin
Secretary Vanessa Hudson
Treasurer Julie Block
Board Members Rachael Ferguson and Stacie Brixey
Fair Board Representative Sarah Calvin and Melissa Gilbreath
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.