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McDowell County 4-H Clubs

For specific information about a 4-H Club, call the 4-H Leader listed below.

  • 4-H Lego Club:  Lara Johnson, Leader 336-264-4184
  • 4-H Livestock Club:  828-652-8104
  • 4-H Young Guns:  Chad Ray, 4-H Agent 828-652-8104
  • 4-H Busy Bees: Sharon Fairchild, 828-460-4044
  • 4-H Muddy Potters: Carleen Policella, carleen.policella@mcdowell.k12.nc.us
  • 4-H First Order Club: Samantha Kellogg, kelloggst8419@gmail.com/Raeleigh Burneisen, burneisen1018@gmail.com

Being a member of a 4-H club gives children year-round involvement, and without question, provides them with the most well rounded 4-H experience. As a club member, children develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and social skills as they participate in monthly club meetings, community service projects, citizenship activities, and club outings.

4-H Clubs are organized in communities throughout McDowell County. Clubs are led by parent and community volunteers who have been screened and trained by Extension personnel. Since 4-H is a family program, parents and guardians are actively involved at club functions and meetings.

Generally, clubs are organized for members in three different age groups: 5-8, 9-12, and 13-18; however some clubs allow children ages 5-18 to all participate in the same club together and then provide different learning experiences. Most clubs meet once a month in the evenings, or after school. Membership in a 4-H club is free, and there are no uniforms to purchase. A typical club meeting will include opening pledges, a short business meeting for members to discuss future activities, a hands-on learning activity, and social time, which often includes recreation and refreshments. Meetings usually last 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, depending of the members’ ages.

Club members and parent helpers determine the topic of each month’s educational program. One club might learn about bats and make a bat box, another club might make electric lamps and learn about circuits, still another might learn how to force narcissus bulbs and make flower pots to donate to an area assisted living home.

As 4-H club members, children get to participate in positive social and learning experiences that are fun and educational. Joining a 4-H Club is easy. Look at the list of local clubs and see which one fits your schedule, age and interests. Send an email or call the Extension Office at (828)652-8104, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to let us know you want to join, and we will give you details about the next club meeting. When you attend your first club meeting, you will complete an enrollment card and receive a new member’s packet, and that’s all there is to it – you’re a 4-H member now!

If the club you want to join is at capacity, the leader will put your name on a waiting list and notify you when the club can accept new members. If we do not have a club that meets at a time and location convenient for your family, contact the 4-H Extension Agent to see about the possibility of organizing a club in your community.

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