4-H Ontario

Clubs

Welcome to our club page:

We have many new 4-H clubs available in 2018! Take a look at the different clubs below and if you are interested in learning more about these clubs, contact us and we will gladly send you more information.

Cloverbuds


The Cloverbud Program is a hands-on, activity-based program for youth aged 6–8 (as of January 1, 2108), covering a variety of topics, including agriculture, food, crafts, lifeskills, the environment and science. Cloverbuds get a taste for the topics in 4-H projects and understanding of 4-H values. The program provides many opportunities to “Learn To Do By Doing”. 


This year the York Cloverbuds will meet monthly from March to October and explore the following topics: 


Chocolate
Horses
Rabbits
Veggies and Fruit
Lakes and Oceans
Nature Fun
Tie Dying
Fall Festival

Leaders:

Sarah Kellington, p: (416) 799-9710  e: crazyhorsegirl5@hotmail.com

Heather McKeown 


Markham and Sutton/Sharon Jr. Dairy Club (ages 9-11)


This club is open to anyone between the ages of 9-11 or those new to being dairy club members. Members will learn about dairy calves and learn to show a calf at local fairs. Members will be attending all regular club meetings just like the rest of the Dairy Club. As a Jr. member, you are not required to train a project animal for the year. This way you can get a feel for if the dairy club is something that you would like to continue in future years. 


As the achievement, Jr. members must attend the regular club achievement day (Sutton Fair or Markham Fair) BUT instead of showing an animal, the Jr. members will be shadowing a senior member throughout the show day. Afterward, we will ask the Jr. member to fill out a brief questionnaire to show us what they have learned. If the member wishes to have a calf project instead, they must get permission from the leaders.


Keep in mind that the outline could change a little bit as the summer progresses. We are trying to figure out what the best way is to run the Jr. Dairy Club.

 


Markham Dairy Club 

Members have to be 11 years old as of Jan 1, 2017; this is because we handle large animals and it is a safety concern. We as leaders feel more comfortable with this decision. Members will learn about dairy calves and learn to show a calf at local fairs. We will also supply members with a few names and phone numbers of farms that are willing have 4-H members show a calf from their farm.


There will be meetings about once a month starting in the spring and ending in the fall. The dairy club does have a bigger commitment level than most clubs, as members will be required to train their calves on their own time. They may ask for the help of an older member or leader but just know that the leaders are busy as well, especially in the summer. To properly train a calf, we recommend spending at least an hour 2-3 times a week with your calf. Our achievement day is not until October, but there are plenty of other shows/events that you can attend during the rest of the summer.


We would like everyone to show at Sutton Fair (early Aug.) but that it's not necessary. However, if members would like to be eligible for the Royal Winter Fair Team, they MUST show at Sutton Fair. Achievement day is held on the Thursday of Markham Fair (late Sept./early Oct.). Members must attend achievement day if they wish to complete the club.    


Members are expected to attend at least 8/12 hours of meetings, which means that at least four meetings have to be attended. There might be an all-day meeting, which counts as a double meeting. If you are unable to attend a meeting, there are many opportunities to catch up so you can make the 8 hours. (i.e. Orono Jr. Show, EastGen, Twilight, etc.)


Members are to show in white pants and a white shirt! It is recommended to have a few pairs in case one gets dirty. Steel-toed boots are highly recommended for training and showing calves. Show halters are provided for first year members only. Parents are expected to stay with their child (ren) while they are at the barn training
There is some extra cost involved with the club for clipping, trucking, etc.

Leaders: 

Judi Francis, p: (905) 472-8771 e: judi.francis3@gmail.com

Brad and Lieke Hulshof, p: (905) 505- 6099 e: bradandlieke@hotmail.com

Sarah Kellington, p: (416) 799-9710 e: crazyhorsegirl5@hotmail.com


Sutton Sharon Dairy Club 

In the Sutton Sharon Dairy Club, members will learn about dairy calves, how to prepare their calf for local and other l fairs, showmanship skills, calf selection, clipping, feeding and, anatomy.  We also try to visit other dairy farms.


The dairy club does have a bigger commitment level than most clubs, as members will be required to train their calves on their own time.  To properly train a calf, we recommend spending at least an hour 2-3 times a week with your calf.  Depending on the dairy farm that the member is at, there may be help available from another 4H dairy club member.  If possible, we will supply members with a few names and phone numbers of farms that are willing to have 4H members show a calf from their farm.  Parents are expected to stay in the barn with their child while they are training their calf.   


Our meetings are scheduled monthly starting in the spring and ending in mid-summer with the potential opportunity to show at a couple more shows in September/October.   
Achievement for the dairy club is showing at the Sutton Fair (in August). However, if members would like to be eligible and meet the requirements for the Royal Winter Fair Team, they MUST show at Markham Fair (in the fall).     


Members are expected to attend at least 8/12 hours of meetings, which means that at least four meetings have to be attended. There might be an all-day meeting, which counts as a double meeting. If you are unable to attend a meeting, there are many opportunities to catch up so you can make the 8 hours. (i.e. Orono Jr. Show, EastGen, Twilight, etc.)


Members are to show in white pants and a white shirt! It is recommended to have a few pairs in case one gets dirty. Show halters are provided for first year members only. 
There are extra costs involved with the club for clipping, trucking, etc.

Leaders:

Gary Pegg, p: (905) 476-3005 e: nancypegg@bellnet.ca

Barb Aabo, p: (705) 437-3223, e: bmaabo@gmail.com

 


The Social Club

Before there was netiquette there was Etiquette!  In this club members will learn proper etiquette in a variety of situations and have fun doing it! This year we will eat out at a restaurant and attend a play.  We will have four meetings.  Locations will vary.  

Leaders:

Annalena Seemann, p: (905) 478-1579 e: paals@zing-net.ca

Sheila Ducheck, p: (905) 201-6715 e: sheiladuchek@yahoo.com

 


A Sporting Chance- Something Different

This is a great opportunity to try unconventional sports.  This year we will try curling, snow tubing and some other surprises!  There may be an extra cost for some sports.  We will have four three hour meetings.  Locations will vary.

Leaders:

Sheila Ducheck, p: (905) 201-6715 e: sheiladuchek@yahoo.com

Kim Ezechiels, p: (416) 788-7071 e: rideon.kim@gmail.com

 


Life Skills South (Cooking Club- Food Around the World)

Take a trip around the world without leaving the kitchen!  Join us as we learn about different countries through their cuisine.  4Her will make a different meal from a different country at each meeting.  There will be four three hour meetings.  Meetings will be held in Markham.  Dates TBD.

Leaders:

Lieke Hulshof, p: (905) 758-7884 e: bradandlieke@hotmail.com

Sheila Ducheck, p: (905) 201-6715 e: sheiladuchek@yahoo.com

 


Outdoor Living Club

You’ll learn about the great outdoors through hiking, fishing, star gazing and other fun and active outdoor activities!  This year we are trying snow tubing (extra cost may apply) and fishing! Part of the club will be a two night overnight trip to YMCA Camp Pinecrest.  At Pinecrest 4Hers will have the opportunity to participate in boating, hiking, ropes courses, and campfire while learning valuable outdoor skills.  Pinecrest is located 2 hour North of Markham. Parents may need to get their child to camp but last year we had some carpooling.  4Hers will stay in cabins and eat all meals in the dining hall.  Programs will be provided by experienced YMCA staff and 4H leaders.  There will be an additional cost of approximately $100 for this experience (includes meals). 4Hers who are interested should be enthusiastic about being outside and be comfortable staying away from home. 

Pinecrest weekend will be in May or June, date TBD.

Leaders:

Sheila Ducheck, p: (905) 201-6715 e: sheiladuchek@yahoo.com 

Christine Peirroz, p: (416) 222-0098 e: cpierrozmailbox@gmail.com

 


Sharon Life Skills Club (Cook Club- Food Around the World)

Have you ever wanted to sample and create food from various parts of the world? And then learn a bit about the culture of that country? We will do all that and more in this cooking club. Four meetings will be held on Saturdays this spring with a June Achievement date.

Leaders:

AnnaLena Sherman,  p: (905) 478-1579 e: paals@zing-net.ca

 


Event Planning Club

Ever wonder what goes into a successful event?  Picking menus!  Decorating!  Games! Join event planning and be a part of planning our year-end banquet.  There will be four meetings in the fall and set up the day of the banquet.

Leaders:

Annalena Seeman,  p: (905) 478-1579 e: paals@zing-net.ca 

Sheila Ducheck, p: (905) 201-6715 e: sheiladuchek@yahoo.com

 


Upcycling Club

Learn how to recycle and repurpose everyday and decorative items in the Upcycling Club. We are planning field trips and hands-on experiences using many techniques and materials such as wood, glass, metal for example. Three weekend meetings will be held this spring in Sharon (and maybe Cookstown).

Leaders:

AnnaLena Seemann, p: (905) 478-1579 e: paals@zing-net.ca

 


 

Past Clubs Have Included:

 

Sewing Club 


Horse & Pony Club


 Essential Oils Club


Beef Club


 

 

All of these club projects will be teaching the members about:leadership skills, public speaking, parliamentary procedures, election positions (president, vice president, secretary, press reporter, photographer), judging, just to name a few things.  As well all of these clubs are hands on approach as our motto states