March 12, 2020

Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Supporters:

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people. Virtual meetings are encouraged.

Based on these guidelines, all 4-H Clubs must postpone/cancel all face-to-face meetings between now and March 30 , Stark 4-H enrollment deadline is changed to April 20, 2020.

In addition to all 4-H club meetings, the following list of 4-H events qualify as non-essential between now and April 20. Based on these guidelines, these non-essential activities must be postponed/ cancelled/ or held virtually. Examples include (this list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any notice):

4-H committees, including Advisory, Saddle Horse, Endowment, etc.

  • Club kick-offs, open houses, etc.
  • Community service projects
  • Educational clinics
  • Events put on by Advisory or County Committees or clubs, including fundraisers
  • Fundraisers
  • Social events (egg hunts, square dances)
  • Teen leader groups

NOTE: Senior Fair Board will need to make the determination for junior fair-related committees.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

Please read through the following date changes and mark your calendar accordingly.

Schedule changes for the next 4 weeks:

  • 4-H Enrollment Deadline will be extended to April 20th for STARK.
  • 4-H Camp Scholarship forms – will be shared by end of March to be submitted by April 20, 2020.
  • QA Programs & OSU Minor Policy 1.50 will be cancelled and rescheduled

The best way to reach us is via email:

David Crawford, 4-H Educator, at