OH-4-H Club gets season started with new officers

OH-4-H Club gets season started with new officers

The Holmes County OH-4-H Club is off to a great start to the 2020 4-H season and looking forward to the Holmes County Fair on schedule for Aug. 10-15.

The club held its first meeting in person on March 8 at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Shreve, but due to the pandemic and social distancing orders, it has since met three times via Zoom on April 26, May 17 and June 14. Leaders Bonnie Porter, Sharon Kozak and Ashley Porter arranged the Zoom meetings. The next meeting will be July 13, and it is yet to be determined if that meeting will be held online or in person.

During the April meeting, 2020 club officers were elected as follows: Maria Steiner, president; Natalie Strouse, vice president; John Vales, secretary; Cole Porter, treasurer; Gabe Umstead and Addison Umstead, health and safety; and Jake Markley, reporter.

During the May meeting, three demonstrations were given. Maria Steiner demonstrated how to make a simple face mask without any sewing, Cole Porter demonstrated how to take care of baby chicks and Natalie Strouse demonstrated different ways to deworm a pig. More demonstrations are scheduled for the July 13 meeting.

Members have received and are working hard to complete their project books, and a fair-booth theme has been decided. A committee consisting of Maria Steiner, Natalie Strouse and John Vales has been hard at work planning the details of the fair-booth theme via text messages.

Community-service projects include posters, cards and videos thanking local businesses for their community service during the COVID-19 pandemic; creation of a video petting zoo for the residents at the county home; and cards/letters to nursing home residents. So far the club has recognized and thanked Joel Pomerene Hospital, Rodhe’s IGA, Glass Doctor and Harvey’s Market for going above and beyond to assist citizens and businesses during the pandemic.

The club is very proud of its senior members who graduated this year: John Vales and Natalie Strouse.

This report was submitted by Jake Markley.

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