Putnam County

4-H

Putnam County 4-H clubs

Putnam County 4-H has a variety of clubs with several activities for young people. Adult volunteers also are welcome and are key to the success of 4-H.

Classic Kids 4-H Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at the 4-H Building.
Club leaders: Kris Simmons, 641-895-7038, or Matt Klingner, 660-947-7504

Lemons 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at the Lemons Community Building.
Club leaders: Jeannette Ogle, 660-947-4359

Lucerne 4-H Club meets at 5 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month at the Lucerne Community Building.
Club leaders: Andrea Rowland, 660-793-2208, or Kristy Blanchard, 660-216-0914

Midway 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Midway Baptist Church.
Club leaders: Kelly Valentine, 660-216-1290

Sunshine Kids 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Old Soldiers Room in the Courthouse.
Club Leaders: Jill Payne, 641-895-7792, and Whitney Hirst, 660-216-8910


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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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.

    Contact MU Extension in Putnam County

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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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