4-H Ontario

Clubs

Welcome to our club page:

We have many new 4-H clubs available in 2016! 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.

  

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 


Leaders: Brad & Lieke Hulshof and Sarah Kellington

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.

 


Sutton Sharon Dairy Club 


Leaders: Barb Aabo and Gary Pegg

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.

 


Monarch Butterfly Club


Leaders: Kim Ezechiels and Sheila Ducheck

In Monarch Butterfly Club members learn to identify Monarchs, learn about the plants that support caterpillars and learn about the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. The club is about becoming aware of the spectacular Monarch butterfly migration and learning what we can do to assure the preservation of the species.  


Meetings location and dates will vary.  We will try to schedule in advance but need to be flexible depending on Mother Nature.  Meetings will be about 2 hours long.  We are looking into a trip to the Toronto Zoo; there will be an additional cost for this trip.  We will be participating in Mount Albert's Nature Days and at Markham Fair again this year with Monarch information stations.

 


Chocolate Club


Leaders: Sheila Ducheck and Lieke Hulshof

Chocolate is known as the "Food of the Gods" and for a good reason.  Explore the history of chocolate, the production of chocolate and, best of all, how to make chocolate treats!  We will bake with cocoa and chocolate and make chocolates.  We also hope to tour a chocolate shop or factory.  Meetings will take place at Markham Fairgrounds.

 


Hiking Club


Leaders: Kim Ezechiels, Barb Aabo and Inès Marchese

For the 2017 York hiking club, we have a snowshoe hike planned as well we will be learning about bats and have been provided with materials from 4-H Canada through TransCanada to distribute at our meetings to members. We are looking into a Serengeti bush camp night away in the African Savannah - extra costs will apply - don't worry we will not be leaving the GTA. As well, we are looking into a surprise hike for members - we will probably have to travel about 1 to 1 and 1/2 hour away. Lastly, we are hoping to explore some local hiking trails to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.  


Hikes will be approx. 1-2 hours in length so members must be physically able to endure the walk.  Once we are on a hike we won't be near any resting/warming spots; dress according to the weather and in layers. Members will be expected to record information and sketch in their journal.


Parents need to determine if their child is physically ready for long hikes. Parents need to drop off and pick up their child at various forest locations in York region. Parents, please ensure your child (ren) is/are dressed for the weather. Also make sure your child (ren) brings with them what is requested - nature journal, pencil, water and litter less snack in a backpack that the child will carry for the hike.

 



Outdoor Living Club


Leaders: Sheila Ducheck, Christine Peirroz, 
Youth Leader: Brooke Thompson

You’ll learn about the great outdoors through hiking, fishing, star gazing and other fun and active outdoor activities!  Part of the club will be a one-night overnight trip to YMCA Camp Pinecrest.  At Pinecrest, 4-Hers will have the opportunity to participate in boating, hiking, ropes course, and campfire while learning valuable outdoor skills.  Pinecrest is two hours North of Markham.  4-Hers will stay in cabins and eat all meals in the dining hall.  Programs are provided by experienced YMCA staff and 4-H leaders.  There will be an additional cost of approximately $80 for this experience (includes meals) with the possibility of support from the York Region 4-H Executive Committee. 


4-Hers who are interested should be enthusiastic about being outside and able to be away from home for a night. 


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

 


North York Life Skills Club


Leaders: Karen Coates, Teresa Thompson, and Marian Buckle

This club involves cooking; we will be working with the POWER OF PRODUCE! Discover the full cast of Ontario fruits and vegetables and see them in a new light as you experience taste testing and other food activities. Play “Let’s Make a Meal” and create a jingle about fruits and veggies. The meetings will be held on Saturday mornings (dates to be decided) from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. The dates range from February to June, and there are six meetings provided, and the achievement is the first week of June set on a weekday evening. The achievement program is mandatory for the club completion. At the first meeting members do a basic introduction, elections, make a couple of recipes and hand out a club booklet with recipes to take home.


There is nothing outside the club that the members are expected to provide. Leaders expect the members to be present for all meetings if possible with the exception of 2 missed with good reason to obtain their achievement.


The members are expected to make recipes at home throughout the club and report back at the meetings what they have made. 


Leaders also ask the parents to be supportive and encourage their child (ren) as they do their home recipes. Parents may need to check what ingredients will need to be added to their grocery list.


We look forward to another successful year!

 


Sheep Club


Leaders: Kevin Hutchings and Leona Clarke

Members will learn to care for and show these wonderful animals. If not raised on their property, members will be allowed to care for a sheep at a participating farm and should schedule at least three visits per week to tend and train their sheep.


As with the dairy clubs, meetings will be held to develop members’ skills and confidence, younger members may mentor with more experienced members, and Fair participation is encouraged, the show uniform is white shirts and black pants.

 



Upcycling Club


Leaders: AnnaLena Seemann and Colleen Servos 

In this club you will learn how to upcycle and re-purpose second-hand items including wooden furniture and decorations, by painting and altering them to be new, exciting and useful again! We will visit a paint shop to learn the shabby-chic style method of painting furniture. Members will be asked to bring items from home to paint on and transform. This club is conducted during three 4 hour meetings, so it is essential that you don't miss any of them to receive a club credit. We will finish off with a fun show- and- tell event in the summer as the Achievement!

 


Sewing Club 


Leader: Ann Reesor

This year's project will focus on making three simple and practical projects from an old but still useful pair of blue jeans and other similar materials. A sewing machine in good working order is needed. Some sewing machines are available for use if a member doesn’t have access to one. Speak to the leaders to arrange this.

 



Horse & Pony Club


Leaders: Carrie Purcell and Mark Purcell

In the horse & pony club, members learn broad-based general horsemanship & safety. Each member will participate in the decision making on the specific topics or activities for the meetings. Meetings will run for 2 hours with six meetings in total PLUS achievement night. Members are expected to try to attend all meetings; participate in all activities; come prepared with whatever is required (which will be determined at the first meeting); be respectful; follow all safety & other rules as instructed.
     
Parents are asked to stay for 30 minutes at the first meeting; to receive information regarding the structure & purpose of the Horse/Pony club meetings and, the Ontario 4-H program itself as it relates to the club’s activities; to ask questions if they have any; to exchange contact information & help with completion of participant forms and finally so that the co-leaders can meet each of them with the members.

 


 
Essential Oils Club


Leaders: AnnaLena Seemann and Barb Aabo
Youth Leader: Brooke Thompson

We will be learning about essential oils and their benefits. How to make body cream, bath scrubs, lip balm and cleaning supplies using all natural ingredients. As well as judging and hopefully a field trip to a flower farm where they extract oils from the plants. 

 


Beef Club


Leaders: Sylvia Megens and Pat Taber

In the beef club members focus on learning about segments of the beef industry, including concentrating on the husbandry and welfare of each persons’ beef animal project that they show that year. The leaders include touching base on grooming and general showmanship skills while catering to the skill level each year. Senior or more experienced members share in on the mentorship, and everyone contributes to the direction of club topics starting at the beginning of every season. Leaders also draw connections between show ring desires and real industry applications. 


Meetings are typically once a month starting in the spring and may vary depending on the time of season and opportunities presented and desired. (i.e. available Abattoir tours, sale barn tours or available clipping and grooming demonstrations). The leaders attempt to accommodate members if we stray outside of our regular scheduled meetings tentatively decided at the beginning of the 4-H beef season. They can run from 1-2hours and are typically held on evenings or some rare Saturdays (as described above). Members are required to continue to train and work with their beef animal project outside of meeting times in preparation for their achievement day.


Members are expected to attend the required number of meetings as per 4-H Ontario and have available transportation to get to meetings. They are also required to have their beef project animal trained and show them at their achievement day at Sutton Fair scheduled as per the 2017 prize book. It is desirable that each person comes with an open mind and eagerness to learn and partake in our small group non-intimidating environment! Leaders ask to have full communication with parents if any challenges or concerns arise throughout the season.

 


 

 

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