The 4-H year is starting right now! Clubs throughout Ogle County are making plans for another exciting year of learning opportunities, community service efforts, and fun activities.
Clubs meet monthly. Membership is open to boys and girls, ages 5-18, from both town and country. Participation is very minimally priced and no uniforms are required.
Members enroll in one or more projects from a selection list of more than 175! Then, they set learning goals for themselves, complete activities in their project manuals, create an exhibit for the fair, and complete records documenting their work.
During the year, they help their club meet its goals and participate in county-level activities of their choosing. State, national, and international events are also an option.
Currently, there are 16 community-based clubs in Ogle County. All are looking forward to meeting prospective new 4-H families at upcoming meetings. To learn more about 4-H in your area, contact your local club leader. You can also learn more about 4-H by visiting the national 4-H site on-line at www.4-HUSA.org or the Ogle County site at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/.
Ogle County 4-H clubs include:
By-Y-Badgers 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 8, 7:00 p.m., United Church of Byron
For info, call Stephanie Hanlin 815/234-4807
Ogle County Clovers
Next meeting: October 11, 6:30 p.m., Byron Public Library (upstairs)
For info, call Jeannette Mingus 815/501-8186
Forreston Friskies 4-H Club
Next meeting: November 5, 6 p.m., Forreston Township Building
Cloverbud Open House, ages 5-7 by 9/1/12, will meet Nov. 12, 4 p.m., Forreston Library
For info, call Vickie Smith 815/938-2711
Summerhill Huskies 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 8, 7 p.m., Forreston Grove Church
For info, call Kim Daws 815/938-9092
Grand Detour Greens 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 13, 9:00 a.m., Grand Detour Town Hall
For info, call Debbie Lowry 815/652-4543
Leaf River Busy Beavers 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 4, 6:30 p.m., Bertolet Building, Leaf River
For info, call Melinda Charbonneau 815/247-9110
Leaf River Soaring Eagles 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 8, 6:30 p.m., River Valley Complex, Leaf River
For info, call Bambi Dillavou, 815/529-2674
Mighty Clovers 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 11, 6:15 p.m., Monroe Center Community Church
For info, call Debbie Sweeney, 815/393-4760
Circle M 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 8, 7 p.m., Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren
For info, call Deb Daleiden 815/239-2330
Carefree 4-H Club
Next meeting: November 8, 6:30 p.m., bonfire at members house. Call for directions.
For info, call Annette Martin 815/757-4828
Pine Creek Valley 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 15, 7 p.m., St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo
For info, call Tanya Bushman 815/576-5004
Polo Pioneers 4-H Club
Next meeting: November 5, 6:00 p.m., Church of the Brethren, Polo
For info, call Lisa Fike 815/275-5188
Hub Hickory Nuts 4-H Club
Next meeting: November 19, 7 p.m., Hicks Hall in Rochelle Methodist Church
For info, call Bonnie Keys 815/562-1969
Ogle Jolly 4-H Club
Next meeting: October 8, 7:00 p.m., Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley
Cloverbuds, ages 5-7 by 9/1/12, will meet at 6:30 p.m.
For info, call Michele Swanson 815/558-6844
Ogle County 4-H Horse Club
Bits N Reins 4-H Club
Next meeting: December 17, 6:00 p.m., Ogle County Farm Bureau Building, Oregon
Call leader for more information: Tina Vincent 815/562-9552
Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team
Seasonal activities. Practices at Diamond G Ranch & Western Wear, Rochelle.
For info, call the Extension Office at 815/732-2191
4-H is an informal youth education program conducted by University of Illinois Extension. U of I Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in 4-H, contact the Ogle County Extension staff at 732-2191.