Oceana County 4-H
Welcome to Oceana County 4-H
The 4-H Youth Development Program provides fun, educational opportunities and resources to positively develop youth, as well as volunteers and professionals who work with youth. Oceana County is proud to have over 30 active 4-H clubs. Oceana’s 4-H programs offer clubs for youth interested in horse, swine, beef cattle, dairy cattle, lambs, goats, poultry, rabbits, crafts and more. All clubs meet at least six times a year and work on a variety of projects to be displayed at the Oceana County Fair each August. Please feel free to give us a call for more information if you are interested in either becoming a member or are able to volunteer your time. There is a $20 fee per child or $60 for a family with three or more children. The 4-H year runs from September 1 - August 31 and in Oceana County our 4-H enrollment deadline for the year is August 1.
- What is 4-H?
- Club Listings 2018 (if you are interested in a club, contact our office for leader contact information)
- Oceana County Facebook Group
- Resources to Loan Out Listing this is a listing of DVDs, CDs, books, anatomy models, etc. available for Oceana County 4-H leaders and members to check out, for two weeks at a time, to help them learn more about their project. They are available in the MSU Extension office.
How to Join 4-H
- Join 4-H
Participation, safety, personal development, learning and fun are the highest priorities for Michigan 4-H Youth Development in providing Cloverbud programs for five to eight year-olds. The policies outlined in this document seek to ensure that 4-H Cloverbud members remain safe and have positive, developmentally appropriate experiences in 4-H.
4-H involvement leads young people to explore various career and educational options after high school. For those who choose to further their education, Michigan State University, Michigan 4-H Youth Development and the Michigan 4-H Foundation offer scholarships to help support these educational goals.
Oceana County Competitive Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship that assists 4-H’ers who are high school seniors who are seeking further education beyond the secondary level. You must be graduating high school June of this year, accepted at a college, university or further course of study, current 4-H member with at least four years of total involvement in the Oceana County 4-H Youth Programs and have at least a 2.5 GPA. This application must be submitted by April 14 of the current year. Applications are available to pick up in the office after January 1st. or you can download it by clicking on the following link. OCEANA_COUNTY_4-H_Competitive_Scholarship_2018.doc OCEANA_COUNTY_4-H_Competitive_Scholarship_2018.pdf
The Community Foundation for Oceana County-Bert Stevens 2018 For current members of the Oceana County 4-H program who are graduating seniors and have four years of high school membership in 4-H. They also must have exhibited at the Oceana County Fair for the first three years of high school. Other criteria include maintaining a minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA and planning to pursue a degree at any two or four-year accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. This scholarship must be submitted by March 1 of the current year.
Oceana County 4-H Youth Council
The Youth Council is the governing body of the 4-H youth programs. There are a number of committees on the Council which consist of anywhere from two to five members. Most committees do a lot of their work over the phone or only take a few days out of the year for that committee’s responsibility. The Youth Council raises the money needed for the year’s program through the sales of the Oceana County Plat Book. We have selected Farm and Home Plat Company this year to produce the Plat Books for us. The new books should be out sometime around the end of September. The Youth Council also provides scholarships for different events and activities. Of course, we are always wanting new members, so begin thinking about becoming a member. Just remember that whether you are a member or not, you are welcome to come to a meeting and see what we are all about.
Meeting cancelations, any time there is any committee meeting or county-wide event and schools are canceled because of bad weather, the 4-H events/meeting will also be canceled. If in doubt at all, please call the office. For your clubs policy, check with your 4-H leader.
2017/2018 Oceana County 4-H Youth Council Officers
- Sarah Sylvester Schaner - President
- Michelle Holladay - Vice President
- Cathy Alvesteffer - Secretary
- Crystal Bromley - Treasurer
- Grace Alvesteffer - Media Reporter
Youth Council Minutes
(these minutes are posted before being approved, they will be presented at the following month’s meeting)
- January 2015
- Feb 2015
- March 2015
- April 2015
- June 2015
- July 2015
- September 2015
- October 2015
- November 2015
- January 2016
- February 2016
- April 2016
- May 2016
- June 2016
- July 2016
- September 2016
- October 2016
- November 2016
- February 2017
- March 2017
Club Fundraising Information
Fundraiser Application 2017 (Must fill out and have written approval from your 4-H Youth Council before starting a club money-earning project. Therefore you need to turn it in at least a month early as Youth Council meets the second Monday of each month.)
Fundraiser after activity form (Due within 10 days of completing your club fund raising project.)
4-H Volunteers Financial Manual please see pages 23-26 regarding who does, and does not, need to include sales tax in their fundraisers. There is also information on how to keep track of your financials and more.
Oceana County 4-H Ambassador
Become an Ambassador! Who? Oceana County 4-H teens that would like to be involved in promoting 4-H. What? The Youth Ambassador Program was created to provide Michigan 4-H youth a positive learning experience, a chance to sharpen their leadership skills, teach them the history of Michigan 4-H, connect them with local and state resources, and most of all, foster an incredibly fun and memorable experience.
Congratulations to our 2017/2018 ambassadors: Grace Alvesteffer, Crystal Bromley and Mikaylyn Kenney
Some benefits of being a 4-H ambassador include:
- 4-H Ambassadors can build communication skills
- A tool for job preparation
- Integrating and promoting character education
- The Oceana County 4-H Youth Program has a library of resources for our Oceana County 4-H members and leader’s to check out for two weeks at a time. Please see the following listing of resources that are available at this time. If you find a resource that you feel would be valuable for our county to have on hand please let us, or a Youth Council member, know so we can look adding it to our collection. Resources to Loan Out Listing 2017.pdf
- Michigan 4-H Youth Development Website
- MI Club Secretary Record Book.pdf
- 4-H Volunteers Financial Manual
- 4-H Treasurers Financial Manual
- The 4-H Mall (You can order supplies, materials such as books on showing and caring for your animals, etc.)
- Kettunen Center (Remember, if you attend a workshop and share what you learned with either our club, another club or the Youth Council your registration fees are refunded to you by Youth Council.)
- MI 4-H Today Newsletter