Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on June 12th at 6:30p.m. at the home of Lily and Luke Grady.  There were 28 members present, 3 advisors and 15 parents. The pledges were led by Ryan Strapp and Claire Recker. .

The secretary’s minutes were read by Assistant Secretary Amanda Strapp and approved by Erica Patterson and a second from Claire Recker. The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $ 1,219.68, dues received $10.00, Expenses 0 for an ending balance of $1,229.68.  Other officer reports were given by Health Officers Claire Recker and Taylor Smith on staying hydrated to keep healthy, the Safety Officer Luke Grady on safety while swimming and how to safely work on an engine, Litter/Recycle Agent Peyton Griffin on not tossing cigarette butts out because they can cause fires, and Recreation officers Heidi Griffith, Emily Bishop, Payge LaBean, Anna Cooper, Myka Adams and Cullen Tussing said we would be playing freeze tag after the meeting.

Unfinished/Old Business topics were; the September 8th Picnic will be at Van Buren State Park, all dog paperwork should have been turned in, the last county Quality Assurance was June 1st along with animal clinics. Members were reminded of the Field Day/All Sports Day on June 19th held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds 6:30-8:30p.m. We only have 3 meetings left and there are a lot of members that need to do demonstrations. Let’s plan ahead and sign up so we can have 5 or 6 per meeting. June 12th, July 17th, August 14th. The Judging Booklet was just sent via email and was sent in the mail so everyone should have theirs next week.

New business discussed included; Members were reminded that All State Fair Livestock entries are due Thursday, June 20th. The Demonstration Contest & Job Interview Contest is from 9:00a.m.-noon on June 20th at the Extension office. 4-H Camp is almost here!! June 25th-29th. Members and parents were reminded to follow the list of items to take to camp. Parents-no cell phones are allowed so don’t worry that you are not getting hourly text messages! They are having fun! June 18th there will be a tour at Mennel Milling at 2:00p.m.for anyone taking a food and nutrition project. Judging will be July 9th for Misc. and July 11th for Food & Nutrition and Clothing/Sewing, members should check the judging book for times. July 22nd is Make Up Judging from 1:00-5:00p.m. for those that can’t make regular judging. July 22nd is State Fair Orientation, 6:30 for Clothing & Food/Nutrition, 7:00 for everything else. July 24th –August 4th Ohio State Fair. Those of you that place 1st will have the opportunity to represent the county at judging at the Ohio State Fair. August 5th Livestock Project Evaluations (Judging of bookwork, Skillathon & Interview) will be done at the fairgrounds and members were encouraged to sign up for a judging time. If you can’t make this judging then sign up for a time on  August 12th  for Make Up Livestock Project Evaluations 2:00-6:00p.m. H.C.A.S.C. Korbin Preble volunteered to host the next meeting at his house on July 17th at 6:30p.m.

Event reports were given about the activities for Quality Assurance, Goat & Sheep Weigh in and Project Clinics.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following: the Junior Leaders are taking orders for County 4-H t-shirts and all orders must be in by June 20th. She talked about judging and what to expect, putting project books in a binder, posters, how to interview, shake hands, what to wear. She had several veteran members share their experiences and give advice on how to prepare for judging. She gave all Cooking projects a list of what should be in their portfolio plus items listed on page 23 of the Family Handbook (white one). The Elementary Open House will be held on Monday August 26th from 5:30-7:00p.m. so members were asked to mark that date to come and help promote 4-H and talk to potential new members. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10pm and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Ellie Grieser  gave a demonstration on the different parts of a camera and how to take good pictures, Payge LaBean gave a demonstration on how to put bait on a fishing line, Reese Recker gave a demonstration on making a queso dip and she had samples to taste, Caitlyn Curry gave a demonstration on how to mix up and form Hamburg patties and she had cooked hamburger samples to taste, Claire Recker gave a demonstration on how she diagnosed her chickens disorder of pendulous crop and showed us how to put a supportive chest or crop protector on to help it get well, Ben Ewing gave his demonstration on things needed to groom and show his sheep, Erica Patterson gave a demonstration on what to fill a bucket with to be able to hold worms and keep them moist for extended periods.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Grieser and Recker families.

The next meeting will be July 17th at 6:30p.m. at the Preble’s home.


Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on May 22nd at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. There were 31 members, 4 advisors and 9 parents present. The pledges were led by Michael Patterson and Caitlyn Curry.

The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved with a move by Luke Grady and a second from Ella Patterson.  The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $1,339.68 and income of $5.00 from dues expenses of $125.00 for t-shirt credits from pizza fundraiser for an ending balance of $1,219.68. Other officer reports were given by Claire Recker and Taylor Smith on how burning your food can cause cancer, the Safety Officers Luke Grady and Emilio Nunez on making sure you wear your seatbelt while driving or riding in a vehicle, Energy Officers Jacob and Lucas Harrington advising us to us renewable energy to prevent Global Warming, Recreation officers Heidi Griffith, Emily Bishop, Payge LaBean, Anna Cooper, Myka Adams and Cullen Tussing said we would be playing Good Morning Sunshine after the meeting.

Unfinished/Old Business topics were; Project Drop/Add forms need to be turned in to Kathy tonight, All drinks and snacks are covered at all meetings now, 4-H Camp, and Cloverbud Day Camp Registrations.

New business discussed included; the September 8th Picnic, May 31st all dog paperwork is due to the extension office. If you are taking a dog project please turn this info in. June 1st Quality Assurance will be held at the fairgrounds from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. If you are taking an animal to the fair you must attend at least one Q.A. session so if you didn’t go in March you need to attend this one. If you went in March you might want to attend one of the livestock clinics. They are as follows: Poultry Clinics at 9:00a.m. And 11:00a.m., plan on attending one if you are taking a poultry project. Rabbit Clinic 11:00a.m.. Bring your rabbit if it needs tattooed or bring the tattoo info to give to Bev Welty. All other species 11:00a.m.

June 19 will be a new event called Field Day/All Sports Day-open to 4-H and FFA ages 8-18 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds 6:30-8:30p.m. Please RSVP by June 17th at 419-422-3851. Lots of activities are planned. We only have 3 meetings left and there are a lot of members that need to do demonstrations. Let’s plan ahead and sign up so we can have 5 or 6 per meeting. June 12th, July 17th, August 14th. The Judging Booklet should be sent out soon and it will have judging dates and times for non-livestock projects and it will have information for livestock projects as well. It will include info on the Skillathon part of the livestock evaluations.

The Next meeting will be held June 12th and Lily and Luke Grady will host it at their house.

Event reports were given about the activities for Camp Preview Night. Hailey and Dakotah Treece, Caeden and Cullen Tussing, Ben Ewing, Korbin Preble and Caitlyn Curry said they attended and participated in a lot of different activities that they really enjoyed.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following:. Project posters size should be 14 x 22inches (1/2 sheet of poster board), but self-determined must have a tri fold poster. Members were also given the suggestion of putting their project book in a binder along with pictures, charts, graphs, info to keep everything neat and organized for judging.  She talked about sending Letters to buyers for those that will be selling an animal in the ring and that those that sold last year need to make sure they make and display a Thank you poster during the fair above their pens. She also reminded us to regularly check the calendar in the white Family Handbook for all activities going on this summer.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Adelyn Amspaugh gave a demonstration on how to make a Butter beer. Hailey Treece gave a demonstration on sign language. Heidi Griffin gave a demonstration on endangered species.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Nunez and Harrington families.

The next meeting will be June 12th at 6:30p.m. at the Grady’s house.


Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on May 13th at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren Elementary.

Roll call was taken by answering with your favorite sports. There were 41 members, 3 advisors and 19 parents present.

The pledges were led by Michael Patterson and Brianna Curry.

The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved with a move by Luke Grady and a second from Taylor Smith. The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $ 531.00, dues received $10.00, fundraiser income received $2,475.00 Expenses included Jr. Fair Board Donation $ 60.00, fundraiser expense paid $ 1,616.40 for an ending balance of $1,339.68.  Other officer reports were given by Health Officers Claire Recker and Taylor Smith on eating healthy foods and limiting junk food, the Safety Officer Luke Grady on making sure you wear eye protection when working in your shop, Energy Officers Jacob and Lucas Harrington advising us to open our windows to get a nice cool breeze to cut down on energy bills, Community Service Officers Lily Grady and Caitlyn Curry asked members to bring in birthday cards for another WWll veteran that is turning 101 at the next meeting, Recreation officers Heidi Griffith, Emily Bishop, Payge LaBean, Anna Cooper, Myka Adams and Cullen Tussing said we would be playing sharks and minnows outside after the meeting.

Unfinished/Old Business topics were; Members were asked if they had any questions about their projects. If anyone wants to drop or add a project those forms need to be turned in to Kathy at the next meeting. All members were supposed to have their project books with them at the meeting tonight, please set those out at your set and when we go to recreation the advisors will check them over. A few members still need to pick up their t-shirts, please turn the envelope in with your payment and take your shirt home. Members were asked if they all got their Pizza Sales items delivered and they all said yes. The food collected at the last meeting was delivered to the Little Free Food Pantry in Findlay by Lily Grady.

New business discussed included: We still have 3 meetings we need drinks and snacks furnished for so members were asked to sign up after the meeting. Members were encouraged to attend the 4-H camp Preview night on Monday May 20th, Early Bird Registration for camp at a cost of $ 165.00 is May 24th and the cost will go up after that date. Cloverbuds were reminded that registration for day camp was due May 24th.

Event reports were given about the Camp Counselor Workshop by Ellie Grieser who said she had a great time and learned a lot and Hailey Treece attended the Jr. Goat Council meeting and said she gained useful info about her goats. .

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following: Camp Credits Earned, she passed them out and reminded members to take them when they signed up for camp. She also talked about adding or dropping projects and that she would need any forms by the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Emily Bishop gave a demonstration on Electricity and different currents. Ryleigh Smith gave a demonstration on how to pick various colors to use when decorating.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Adams and Griffith families.

The next meeting will be May 22nd at Van Buren High School Cafeteria.


Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on April 24th at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. The pledges were led by Michael and Ella Patterson.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with an ending balance of $531.08. The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved. Other officer reports were given by Claire Recker and Taylor Smith on why you should limit sugary drinks to once a day, Lucas and Jacob Harrington on why you should turn your faucet all the way off, Peyton Griffin on how animals get stuck in plastic and litter, and the Recreation Officers announced that we would be participating in an over-under relay after the meeting. There were no committee reports.

Unfinished/Old Business topics were; Questions about Projects, Ordering Project Books, Ordering T-shirts, Pick up of Pizza Sales items, 4-H Camp Scholarships were turned in to the office, Academic Scholarships were due also, and we welcomed New Advisor Biran Smith.

New business discussed included; $5.00 for club dues should have been paid today, all members were asked to bring their Project Books to the next meeting, all food brought in tonight for the LIttle Free Food should be put into the collection box.

Event reports were given about the activities for Cake Decorating. Izzy Adams said she learned a lot about making different decorations on cakes using tips.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following: Pizza Sales credits will be given as $5.00 per item sold and the credits can be applied towards club t-shirts, project books or 4-H camp. She reminded members to take pictures of their projects as they worked on different areas of them. It is important to get a beginning picture of project animals for the project books.  SHe reminded us to take pictures during meetings, 4-H activities, projects, animals and selfies for the Jr. Fair Photo Contest.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:43pm and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Peyton Griffin gave a demonstration on her Cockapoo, Tucker. Ella Patterson gave a demonstration on the supplies you will need for show day for hogs. Cullen Tussing gave a demonstration on how to put a clarinet together. Natalia Cooper gave a demonstration about her hamster, Wilber.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Adams and Curry Family.

The next meeting will be May 13that 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria.


Meeting news as reported by Erica Patterson, Reporter

Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. Present were 39 members, 4 advisors, 13 parents.

The pledges were led by Michael Patterson and Lily Grady.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $ 436.08, income $45.00 for dues, an ending balance of $481.08. The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved by Erica Patterson with a motion and Anna Cooper seconded it.  Other officer reports were given by the health officers who informed us that you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, the energy officers advised that we should turn the faucet all the way off so you don’t waste water, and the litter and recycling agents said that plastic bags and bottles are the most common things littered and they take the longest to decompose. We were also proposed the idea to take part in the Backyard Missions on April 27, by the community service officers, and the recreation officers announced that we would be playing sharks and minnows after the meeting.


Unfinished/Old Business topics were projects, project books, Endowment Auction, t-shirts, pizza sales, 4-H Camp scholarships, and academic scholarships.

New business discussed included welcoming our new advisor Brian Smith and that the meeting on May 8 will have to be moved.

Event reports were given about the 4-H Endowment Dinner.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following:

Enrollment forms/online enrollment, pizza sales with credits earned going towards t-shirts, camp or project books. She collected 4-H Camp scholarship forms tonight, reminded seniors that their Academic scholarship forms were due in the Extension office by Monday April 15.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Lucas Harrington gave a demonstration on how to find out how much water you need to drink. Jacob Harrington demonstrated a chemical reaction with Hydrogen Peroxide, water, yeast, food coloring, and dish soap. Corbin Prebble talked about his dog, Emma, that his family and him had gotten from the Humane Society, and Lily Grady shared with us tips and tricks on how to make a bird house.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Adams and Curry families.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria.


Meeting news as reported by Erica Patterson, Reporter

Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. There were 42 members, 3 advisors and 11 parents in attendance.

The pledges were led by Michael Patterson and Myka Adams.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $ 376.08, an income of $60 from dues for a balance of $436.08. The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved with a motion by Erica Patterson and seconded by Rachel Betts.  Other officer reports were given by Taylor Smith on how you should brush your teeth twice a day, Emilio Nunez on how you should wear a helmet while riding a bike, Jacob Harrington on why you should only do the dishes if you have a full load, and Peyton Griffin told us that 3.7 billion years ago was when litter started. We were also told by the community service officer, Caitlyn Curry that we were going to be making cards for a 6th grade teacher’s son who was in the hospital, and the recreation officers announced that we would be playing silent speed ball.

Unfinished/Old Business topics included the following:

If anyone has questions about projects please ask any advisor and they can help you. Enrollment forms need to be turned in at this meeting. Advisor Nicki Harrington took orders for t-shirts and hoodies at a cost of $9.50 and $21.00 with an extra $3.00 to have a name put on the back. Members taking an animal project were reminded that if they didn’t go to the Quality Assurance last week that they would have to attend the one on June 1. Pizza Sales orders and money need to be turned in at the April 10 meeting. The Endowment Dinner will be held Saturday March 30 and tickets are $20 each.

New business discussed included making sure you have your project books and an advisor can pick them up for you if. Fill out a book order form and give it and the money to an advisor. 4-H Camp scholarships are due at the next meeting, April 10. Member’s need to be filling them out.

Event reports were given by members that attended the 4-H conference, sewing clinic, quality assurance, and the LEAD Conference. All members attending enjoyed the activities and learned a lot of useful information.

Jerry Betts then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following:

Enrollment forms are due tonight. If anyone needs help still with the online enrollment please let him know. He had extra pizza sales kits for anyone wanting to sell items. He spoke briefly about  4-H Camp scholarships and the Jr. Fair Photo Contest.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 and the Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Peter Harrington gave a demonstration on the six main types of cordage, as well as showed us how to tie the square knot. Taylor Smith taught us how to figure out which eye is your dominant eye. Natalia and Anna Cooper informed us on what you need for your hamster, and Luke Grady showed us how to gap a spark plug.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Wachtman and Amspaugh families.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria.

 


Meeting news as reported by Erica Patterson, Reporter

Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on Wednesday March 6 at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. Present were 42 members, 4 advisors, 13 parents with 6 members and I advisor excused.

The pledges were led by Myka Adams and Rachel Betts.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a balance of $376.08. The secretary’s minutes were read by Peter Harrington and approved with Reese Recker move and Myka Adams second.  Other officer reports were given by Claire Recker on staying hydrated, Emilio Nunez on keeping hands clean to help prevent the flu, Jacob Harrington on how to save energy by washing clothes in cold water and Peyton Griffin on how to save money by using recyclable things.

Committee Reports: the Finance Committee presented a budget for 2019 with an income of $620 and expenses of $620. Erica Patterson moved to accept, Josalyn Swaisgood second and members voted yes in favor.

Unfinished/Old Business topics were projects, dues, Ohio and Hancock County 4-H week, Quality Assurance, and the Jr. Fair Theme for 2019.

There were four t-shirt designs presented for the club to vote on one chosen by the majority vote of members.

New business discussed included the L.E.A.D. conference March 18th, Pizza Sales Fundraiser March 18–April 10, Camp Scholarship Applications are due April 10.

Event reports were given about the activities for 4-H week and the 4-H kick off. All members attending enjoyed the activities and learned a lot of useful information.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following:: Enrollment forms and online enrollment,  L.E.A.D. conference, the Endowment Dinner/Auction, Pizza Sales and members can use the profits they earn to help pay for t-shirts, project books or

4-H camp, the Jr. Fair Photo Contest in which members were given info about the categories and encouraged to take pictures at all 4-H events and 4-H yard signs were passed out to members to display in their yards until March 30.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 and Cloverbuds were asked to join the members for demonstrations, recreation and snacks.

Rebecca Betts gave a demonstration with one of her goats and she gave a lot of information about the care and feeding of goats.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Patterson and Betts families.

The next meeting will be Wednesday March 20 at 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria.


Meeting news as reported by Erica Patterson, Reporter

Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held a meeting on Wednesday February 27 at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren Elementary School. Present were 44 members, 4 advisors, 13 parents with 6 members and 1 advisor excused.

The pledges were led by members and the election of officers was held.

Members signed up for the office that they would like to hold and the ballot took place with voting by paper ballot. The results of the election are as follows:

President, Hannah Betts

Vice President, Grant Betts

Secretary, Peter Harrington

Assistant Secretary, Amanda Strapp

Treasurer, Ryleigh Smith

Assistant Treasurer, Ryan Strapp

Reporter, Erica Patterson

Community Service, Lily Grady, Caitlyn Curry

Photo/Historian, Rebecca Betts, Josalyn Swaisgood

Health, Claire Recker, Taylor Smith

Safety, Emilio Nunez, Luke Grady

Litter/Recycling, Emery Day, Peyton Griffin

Energy, Lucas Harrington, Jacob Harrington

Recreation, Heidi Griffith, Emily Bishop, Payge LaBean, Anna Cooper, Myka Adams, Cullen Tussing

The Treasurer’s report was given by Ryleigh Smith with a beginning balance of $371.08, $5.00 in dues was received with an ending balance of $ 376.08.

Unfinished/Old Business discussed: Members were reminded to look through the white Family Handbook to help choose projects to see the description and the requirements to complete each project and to note when the different judging dates were. Those taking animals were directed to the page with all the possession dates for the Hancock County Jr. Fair Part

New business discussed included the Members Dues, Quality Assurance for those taking animals, Planning ideas for the Jr. Fair Theme “Let the Good Times Grow at the Hancock County Jr. Fair”, Club T-shirts, activities for 4-H week, facilitating a booth at the county 4-H kick off.  Peter Harrington moved that we have club t-shirts again this year, Erica Patterson second the motion and members voted in favor. Anyone that wants to submit a design idea needs to bring it to the next meeting. Myka Adams moved that the club host booths for Food and Nutrition and Natural Resources at the 4-H Kick off with Jacob Harrington’s second the motion and members voted in favor.

Event reports were given about the Camp Counselor Retreat, Shooting Sports info Night, try It Tuesdays and Safe Use of Guns Workshop. All members attending enjoyed the activities and learned a lot of useful information.

Kathy McGrain then gave the advisors report giving more detail about the following:

4-H Kick Off, L.E.A.D. Conference, the Endowment Dinner/Auction, and signing up to bring drinks and snacks to the meetings.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by the Smith and Grady families.

The next meeting will be Wednesday March 6 at 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria.


Meeting news as reported by Erica Patterson, Reporter

Millstream Farmers 4-H Club held their kick off meeting on Wednesday February 13 at 6:30p.m. at Van Buren High School. Present were 38 members, 4 advisors, 19 parents and 2 guests with 4 members and I advisor excused. New members were given 4-H binders to help keep all their information organized. Advisor Kathy McGrain lead the business part of the meeting which included passing out agendas, enrollment forms, handbooks All items were discussed briefly with members then they were dismissed to work on the club’s service project which involved tie fleece blankets for Project Linus. A total of 10 blankets were completed.

While members were working on the blankets, advisors answered parent’s questions, explained paperwork and how to complete the online enrollment for returning members. They pointed out different sections of the family handbook including the project area and discussed 4-H in more detail.

The meeting concluded with recreation and snacks provided by Kathy McGrain.

The next meeting will be Wednesday February 27  at 6:30p.m. in the Van Buren High School Cafeteria and it will be the Election of Officers.

Club meetings for the year are as follows:

February 13  6:30p.m.  VBHS Community Room, Organizational Meeting

February 27  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria, Election of Officers

March 6  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria         

March 20  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria, Enrollment Forms Due

April 10  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria, Pizza Sales Orders Due

April 24  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria         

May 8  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria         

May 22  6:30p.m.  VBHS Cafeteria, Project Drop/Add Forms Due

June 12  6:30p.m.  To Be Determined     

July 17 6:30p.m.  To Be Determined     

August 14 6:30p.m.  Kathy McGrain’s house         

September 8   Picnic VB State Park, Award forms are due

November 3  6:00p.m. To Be Determined, Club Awards Banquet