Platte County

Platte County 4-H

Clovers to you for your interest in 4-H for your family. 4-H is a family and community-based opportunity, coordinated by University of Missouri Extension, Platte County 4-H Council and conducted by volunteers.

“Learn by doing” is the motto of 4-H. This means both youth and adults learn about group and leadership skills, community involvement and personal development through project, club and countrywide events.

“You get out of 4-H what you put into it” means 4-H families have opportunities and responsibilities.

  • Select, complete and share your project work (members can purchase 4-H manuals or use other resources)
  • Keep in mind that parents are often the primary teachers for project(s) selected
  • Attend and participate in a majority of club meetings with project reports, demonstrations, and being a good group member
  • Assist with monthly meetings, programs and county wide responsibilities assigned to your club
  • Participate in as many countywide events as possible

Platte County 4-H clubs

Strong clubs have the involvement of every family, so find one that best fits your family’s schedule and start planning and working on projects as soon as you can.

Platte City/Smithville Area — Hoover Heroes Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Meet at Hoover Christian Church
Leader: Mary Kay Grusenmeyer, 816-868-4573

Park Hill Area — Platte County Park Rangers Second Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Meet at the Platte County South Sommunity Center, Parkville
Leader: Lisa Sevick, 816-695-0442

North Platte Area — Lady Bugs and Beetles Second Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m. Meet at New Market Christian Church
Leader: Jennifer Dehn, 816-769-0398

Platte City/West Platte Area — Farley Jolly Workers Second Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. Meet at West Platte School District Office – Blue Jay Room, Westson
Leader: Laura Mullen, 816-536-7577, Tracy Carlson

Countywide projects

These are special opportunities for 4-Hers to learn and work with members and volunteers from other clubs. They provide at least 6 hours of instruction, with dates and places set by leader. Members need to be in good standing with their club to participate in county wide projects and related contests. Examples are Shooting Sports, Dog Obedience, Horsemanship.

SPIN Clubs are Special Project Interest opportunities to meet for a limited number of hours focusing on one project.

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    Platte County 4-H member's responsibilities to be in a countywide project

    As a responsible Platte County 4-Her, I understand that projects led on a countywide basis are special opportunities to learn.

    I understand and accept the special responsibilities relating to this countywide project group.

    I understand that volunteer leaders set the schedule, and it is my responsibility to attend and participate if I have enrolled with them.

    To enroll in countywide projects, I understand:

    • I must directly contact the project leader to get enrolled with them before project begins
    • I must put the project code on my enrollment form
    • I must be a member in good standing to participate in countywide projects, shows, or fair.(attend majority of club and project meetings)

    My responsibility as a member of a countywide project:

    • Attend a majority of project meetings; project leaders will not remind members, unless there is a change.
    • Contact volunteer leader directly if unable to participate or will miss a meeting.
    • Get my own supplies or reimburse project leader as arranged.
    • Work on projects at home; I realize that NOT all work will be done at project meetings.
    • Help set-up and/or clean-up after each meeting.
    • Give project reports at my club meetings.
    • Exhibit at the county fair in this project.

General 4-H Info

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    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.

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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 Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.

    Contact Platte 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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