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2023 Program Notes & Updates

Enrollment Information for 2023

Please login to to enroll yourself for 2023. Once approved by our office, you will be able to login to access your club information.

 Please direct families to our website for complete re-enrollment instructions.

         *Note: you no longer need to “confirm” members as they enroll.

New members will also build a profile and enroll themselves in 4-HOnline. This includes those who have never been in 4-H or those who were previously in the Countywide Cloverbuds Club.  We’ve created a new resource for you to give new families to help them find enrollment information.

New Member Worksheet 

New Family Enrollment Process Flyer

2023 4-H Calander

Enrollment deadlines:
  • 4-H Families and Advisors to re-enroll themselves in 4HOnline: March 1.
  • NEW (never been in 4-H before) members enroll themselves by: April 1
  • Deadline for all members to change projects: April 1


New Volunteer Advisor process

New volunteer applicants must attend the New Volunteer Orientation meeting that incorporates the Child Abuse Protection Training. Potential new volunteers should submit their application, complete an interview with Christy, and then have their fingerprints taken for the Background Check. We need to have their applications in our system before they are fingerprinted so that OSU knows where the volunteer is enrolling.


Across County Line Membership & FFA Projects

Enrollment is the time of the year to check to see if you have any members living outside of Union County. If so, potential members will need to apply for Across County Line Membership using the form available on the website. Also, if you have teen members that are also in FFA, check to see that they are planning separate projects for 4-H and FFA.


County 4-H Dues

County 4-H Dues will again be $6 per member. Make checks payable to Union County 4-H Council by May 1st.


4-H Open House: Help needed to showcase projects

The 4-H Advisory Council will be hosting a 4-H Open House on Saturday January 28, in the OSUE Buckeye Room, 10am-12 Noon. We seek members who would be willing to share/showcase their projects during the Open House. Good visuals are desired. Volunteer to Christy if you want to help.


Livestock Quality Assurance 2023

Livestock exhibitors are required to attend a Quality Assurance (QA) training each year, or “test out” is available for youth ages 15 - 18. The deadlines for completion are June 1 (UCF) and July 1st (RF).

Quality Assurance Education sessions are listed on a flyer for you to distribute to members who need this education.

2023 Flyer Livestock Quality Assurance

Countywide Cloverbuds

The first session of Countywide Cloverbuds will be on Wednesday, February 1st. An email invite will be sent to past Cloverbuds. Registration information is available on our website for youth in grades K-2. A flyer is being delivered (via school) to all Kindergarten and First graders in Union County.

*Note: you cannot enroll Cloverbuds in your club UNLESS; 1; you have a dedicated Cloverbud Advisor meeting separately with those members who is 2: using the Ohio Cloverbud curriculum.


Union County Friends of 4-H

Like us on Facebook! We use this page to post reminders of upcoming events, pictures, and other information of general interest. Send photos and news you would like to share and encourage your families that use Facebook to “like” this page.


Yellow Project Guide sheets

For Special Interest, Clothing, and Nutrition projects, a yellow project guide sheet will be inserted into each project book. Please teach your members to refer to this sheet for information about judging and project display. These Guide sheets are also available on the website. (


Livestock Information Summaries for Union County and Richwood Fairs

We create a resource sheet that summarizes the livestock information for Union County and Richwood Fairs as an aid to 4-H members as they are planning projects. These resources will be available on our web site mid- January. They contain basic information such as dates and deadlines and weight requirements.

2023 Union County Livestock Requirements Summery

2023 Richwood Livestock Requirements Summery

Project Reminders:

Shooting Sports Projects: Youth interested in taking a Shooting Sports project must be working under the guidance of a 4-H Certified Shooting Sports instructor. 4-Her’s from any club can participate in Shooting Sports activities under the direction of Darby Clovers Club instructors and maintain their membership in their home club. They must attend the mandatory Shooting Sports Safety meeting. If you have youth interested in a Shooting Sports project your role is to connect them to the Shooting sports Advisors & program.

Shooting Sport Flyer

Horse Projects: Must be enrolled in a horse club and are required to complete a Horse Project because a lot of specialized horse project information is dispensed through the Horse Clubs.  For example, Horse ID Cards, EquiStep completion requirements, practice ride requirements, etc.

Dog projects: Dog projects can be taken in any club.  We do have one Dog Club in Union County for members who want to make this their primary project focus.  The Dog club also welcomes members outside of their club to practice with them.


Demo Day: Countywide Demonstration Contest

We will hold our countywide Demonstration Contest on Wednesday, June 29th 2022 , 9am-Noon.  Every club is eligible to send up to 6 entries.  You are responsible for sending in your club entries (email or phone us).  Everyone is welcome to come and watch the Demonstrations; they are really great!  In addition to our own awards, we will select delegates to participate in the Ohio State Fair Communication Days event. 

2023 4-H Demo Day Flyer

Join Us for the 4-H Recognition Banquet on November 29

Save the Date: Tuesday, November 29th will be the 4-H Leadership Recognition Banquet at Der Dutchman. You will be an honored guest. It’s a fun, casual evening; good food and 4-H folks. Mark the date on your calendar, we hope you can attend.


Fair Schedules

Fair Schedules (as known in January) are available for you to distribute.  There are small changes, but no major changes, in Fair activity schedules.

2023 Union County Jr. Fair Schedule

2023 Richwood Jr. Fair Schedule

Demonstration Video

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Additional Resources

     Child Abuse Training - due by March 1

     4-H Online Club Leader Login guidesheet

     Ohio State Grab and Go Club Meeting Tool Kit

     SPIN Club Information

    Ohio 4-H Advisor/Members Frequently Asked Questions

    Stay Connected! (State 4-H Website with 2021 Updated Information)