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2020 Northumberland County Membership Fees

The Northumberland 4-H Association has voted to subsidize all 4-H memberships for the 2020 year in an attempt to keep 4-H alive and well this year in our county. Each member will pay $50 and the Association will pay the remaining $45 owing to 4-H Ontario.
All members can register by downloading the participant agreement.pdf from the 4-H Ontario website to their documents, filling it out and signing and then sending a copy to every club they’re joining and to Jennifer Jeffs, our membership coordinator
Payment for memberships:
Please ask your members to pay $50 by e-transfer to northumberland4hassociation@gmail.com
This will be auto-deposited into the Association bank account so no password is required. Please put the member’s name in the comments section of the e-transfer.
It is possible to pay memberships directly through the 4-H Ontario website, but they will charge the entire $95 and then I will have to send a reimbursement cheque at a later date. (So please use the e-transfer instead) If an e-transfer is not possible, please have the member or their parent contact Dr Kathy Wilkins directly by email ( jazzbow1000@yahoo.ca ) or phone.

Northumberland County is on Facebook!

Northumberland County 4-H is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Northumberland-County-4-H-102782394735148 ) Please go and give the page a like and invite your friends so that you can stay informed on all the latest Northumberland 4-H news (Along with the website too). If you would like your club information, photos or videos posted on the Facebook page or on the website please email Diane Jeffs-Vanderhorst at diane.jeffs06@gmail.com or northumberland4hassociation@gmail.com Please note: If you are sending in club photos please make sure you have obtained parental consent as the phots will be posted online!


Video Technology in 4-H 2020

Due to the current pandemic, 4-H has moved to virtual meetings online. Many people have never worked with these programs and maybe intimidated to run a club in 2020. Please if you want to run a club and do not know where to start please talk to Dr. Kathy Wilkins jazzbow1000@yahoo.ca or northumberland4hassociation@gmail.com and she will send you a video from 4-H Ontario that walks you through how to run a virtual club. to help will the cost of some of the virtual programs i.e Zoom or Google meet the Northulermand 4-H Association will be paying for the monthly fee if you choose a program that requires one. Feel free to use whatever program you prefer. If you have any question please contact one of the association directors and they will be happy to help you. Stay safe! 


 4-H Ontario COVID-19 update – March 31, 2020

(Posted March 31, 2020)


4-H Ontario COVID-19 update – March 31, 2020

As 4-H’ers, we pride ourselves on our resilience and leadership. These skills have never been more important then they are now. As COVID-19 continues to challenge our society, we want to assure you that 4-H Ontario is diligently following the advice from the Ministry of Health and making decisions to protect our youth, volunteers and stakeholders.

On March 28th, the Ontario Government announced further reductions to the number of individuals allowed in a gathering to no more then five people. In light of this restriction and the increased number of cases of COVID-19 in Ontario; 4-H Ontario is mandating the continued suspension of all in-person 4-H activities and events until the state of emergency in Ontario is lifted and we are confident it is safe for our youth, volunteers and stakeholders to resume 4-H activities and events.

This suspension includes all in-person club activities as well as the following events*:




Dairy Sen$e

May 7-9

Trent University, Peterborough

Discovery Days Region 5

May 9

Walkerton Fairgrounds

Discovery Days Region 1

May 23

Emo Fairgrounds, Emo

Discovery Days Region 6

May 30

Dorchester Fairgrounds

Igniting Your Career East

May 30

Loomex, Peterborough

Igniting Your Career West

June 6

Trillium Mutual Insurance Company, Listowel

Discovery Days Region 3

June 6

Orono Fairground, Orono

*We will be making regular assessments and updates on the status of further 4-H Ontario events planned throughout the summer and will work to reschedule dates as social-distancing protocols are lifted.

These are challenging and unprecedented times; we understand how dedicated our 4-H’ers are, and we recognize how important club activities are in supporting youth. The 4-H Ontario staff team is working hard to provide more digital solutions so that clubs can run, volunteers may continue to engage youth, and we are able to use our 4-H skills to support each other and our communities. We also look to our 4-H family to share ideas, inspire one-another, and take a leadership role in introducing technology to your clubs. The staff team at 4-H Ontario is here to support anyone with questions on how to host a virtual meeting and will be putting together videos and toolkits as quickly as possible to help equip our club leaders for this task. Now is the time for innovation and invention.

In the past week we have heard and shared wonderful stories of virtual clubs, virtual farm visits, and have had an incredible outpouring of engagement with the Online Explore 4-H project and Cloverbuds at Home Experience resources. We also saw wonderful community solidarity in Stormont where 4-H’ers hung 4-H messages of positivity in their windows. We want to challenge our 4-H community to participate in this incredible act of solidarity and support and share photos with us online!

4-H Ontario will continue to provide regular updates as the situation evolves on social media, our website and through our e-news. We thank our members, volunteers and stakeholders for their patience and understanding, and of course for your support of 4-H.

Find out more about the Online Explore 4-H Project information and the Cloverbud At Home Experience by visiting: https://www.4-hontario.ca/youth/opportunities/club-projects/default.aspx

Interested in hosting a virtual meeting? Check out Zoom – affordable plans start at 20$ per month.


Want to plan a fun activity for your Club? Try Kahoot! The free membership supports up to 10 participants.


Where to find more information on COVID-19: 

Health Canada 


Ontario Ministry of Health 


Mental Health Resources for Youth


Mental Health Resources Relating to COVID-19


Member's Fund

The Member’s Fund is available, through the Northumberland 4-H Association, to 4-H Clubs/Teams within Northumberland County to access funds for club projects/events/activities or 4-H recognized opportunities. An application (available on the Northumberland 4-H Association website under Forms & Documents ) must be completed and submitted to the Association Secretary or Treasurer.  There will be two application periods each year- May 15th and October 15th.  Applications will be reviewed and clubs/teams will be notified regarding the status of their application within 6 weeks after the application deadline.


  • Application must be submitted outlining details of how money is going to be spent by club/team, how many members involved, who will benefit, goals of project/activity/ event, how project/event/activity promotes the 4-H program locally and provincially/ nationally, amount of money requested; 
  • Club/Team must be in good standing including submission of completed club/team financial report from the previous year, membership list and dues; 
  • The amount of funding awarded to a team/club will be determined based on number of applications, amount requested, to what extent project/ event/ activity promotes the 4-H program -in particular locally and availability of funds within the Association each year;
  • Money cannot be used for project/ event/ activity that benefits only one individual;
  • Money to be spent within 12 months of receipt of funds
  • Clubs/Teams are permitted only one successful application per calendar year.

Click Here for Applications & Outline


 Northumberland County Association Meeting

All (members, parents & volunteers) are welcome to join us on April 20th 2020 at 7:30 pm at the Roseneath United Church for our monthly 4-H association meeting. If you would like to discuss a topic at the next association meeting please e-mail Sandra Honey to add it to our agenda.

Updated 4-H Pledge

As of spring 2019 4-H Canada had made a revision to the 4-H pledge.  The 4-H Pledge is getting the addition of '…and my world' at the end to better reflect our promise as 4-H’ers to commit our head, heart, hands, and health to the world around us. Please share this with your club and members.

I pledge
My head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service,
My health to better living,
For my club, my community,
my country, and my world.

Club Start-Ups


Please see club page for start updates- to be updated as more information becomes available

Bingo Dates Available

All Bingo dates for the first 6 months on 2020 have been spoken for, please check back for the second half BINGO dates

Please contact Fred Sharpe at sharpejohnfred@yahoo.ca if your club is interested


Region 3 Events

Go For the Gold

The Go For The Gold (GFTG) competition is a great experience for 4-H members to increase their knowledge of 4-H project materials, agriculture, food, community events and much more, all while doing so in a team atmosphere! There are 4-H Association level and 4-H Regional level competitions hosted by local 4-H volunteers.

Northumberland County is looking for 4-5 members who are interested in joining the 2020 Go For the Gold Team. The regional competition is in August 2020 in Prince Edward County. if you are interested or would like further information please contact Dr. Kathy Wilkson at (705) 653-0085 or jazzbow1000@yahoo.ca or Diane Jeffs-Vanderhorst diane.jeffs06@gmail.com

Judge It! Day 2020

For youth ages 9-21 as well as an open class for any non-4-H members/Volunteers or adults


Application Deadline: July 15th, 2019 Applications are to be filled out and sent to Jennifer Jeffs at jeffshavenfarms@xplornet.com Judge It! Day Registration Form 2019(1).pdf

Cost: $15.00 (late fee $20.00)
Orno Fair Grounds

4-H members and friends will have the opportunity to practice their judging & reasoning skills with various classes as well as meet members from across region 3. In the afternoon members will meet up at the Orno pool before the banquet dinner & Dance (business casual wear). The 2019 classes include Dairy, Beef, Soil, Lumber, chocolate Sandwich Cookies as well as an ID Quiz. Prize money will be award to the top 20 participants in each age category.


EastGen Showcase Challange

For youth ages 14-21

July 6 & 7th 2020

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2020 Register at https://www.assistexpo.ca/eastgen-showcase

Cost: $55.00
Spencerville Fair Grounds

The EastGen Showcase is in conjunction with the Holstein Ontario Eastern Junior Show. The EastGen Showcase 2020 is a two-day competition for competitors between the ages of 14 and 21 as of January 1, 2020. The program consists of an educational day with challenging, hands-on learning sessions. Show day will consist of showmanship and calf confirmation classes.

For more show information please visit http://www.semex.com/downloads/sitefiles/eastgen/EastGenShowcasePackage2019.pdf


For youth ages 18–25


Sen$e: Dairy Sen$e ®

May 7-9, 2020

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020 Register at dairy-sense-registration.aspx

Cost: $220.35 incl HST (incl. accommodations, meals, tour travel and resource materials)

Event Date: May 2 - 4, 2019
University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

If you plan to be involved in the dairy industry in any way, Dairy Sen$e® is for you. Through guest speakers, case studies, facility tours and networking with industry leaders, you will gain practical skills that will assist in running a profitable dairy operation.  At Dairy Sen$e, you will learn the impact of management decisions on the bottom line, gain management skills from some of the most successful dairy farmers in Ontario, find out the key elements of a succession plan and network with other young dairy farmers. Each year brings new speakers, tours for participants and a chance to win a trip to the World Dairy Expo. Attending Dairy Sen$e will give you insight and knowledge that you can bring back to your farm. The program offers an invaluable, intensive opportunity to learn the business and operations of dairy.

Citizenship Congress

For current 4-H members ages 16–21 as of program date

Citizenship Congress

A historically challenging but inspiring opportunity, the 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress will be invigorating and stimulating!

Citizenship Congress 2020 will deepen participants' understanding of governance and public policy, nurture communication skills, and expand their horizons as they discover Canada through other 4-H members' eyes. Workshops will culminate with the annual debate, where members will construct insightful arguments and defences. Ultimately, attendees will learn more about Canada, our government, and themselves.

Apply at: https://www.4-hontario.ca/youth/opportunities/conferences/national-opportunities-registration.aspx

Igniting Your Career***NEW***CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

For youth ages 16-21 (as of December 31, 2019)

Join 4-H Ontario at Igniting Your Career to explore tips and tools in career and personal financial management. 

Do you know how to plan and manage a budget?

Do you know the latest trends in job searching and networking?

Are you able to share your skills effectively to potential employers to get the job you want?

You will be able to answer these questions and gain the skills to help you succeed after attending Igniting Your Career. Combining guest speakers, interactive sessions and a chance to win a scholarship, Igniting Your Career is an event you won't want to miss!

Application Deadline: May 30, 2020

Cost: 56.50

Event Date: May 30, 2020
Peterborough, ON

Register at:https://4-hontario.ca/IgnitingEAST

National Members Forum

For current 4-H members ages 16–21,as of program date

Attendees can count on this conference to be a challenging and rewarding experience, from which they will gain new knowledge and life-long friends from across the country.

Date: November 4-8, 2020

Application Deadline: July 1, 2020

More info on the National Members Forum can be found at www.4-h-Canada.ca.

Apply at: https://www.4-hontario.ca/youth/opportunities/conferences/national-opportunities-registration.asp


Career Mania

For youth ages 13–17 (Prior to January 1, 2019)

Application Deadline: June 14, 2019, Register at career-mania-registration.aspx

Event Date: Summer 2021
University of Guelph, Guelph ON

Cost: TBA

Career ManiaDo you know what you want to do after high school? Is your resume ready to get you the job you want? Does your cover letter highlight all of the skills that you have to offer an employer? Do you know what post-secondary option will help you to the career you want?

If you answered no to any of these questions, we can help you find those answers. At Career Mania you will hear from professionals, go on tours, take part in interactive activities and also learn about resumes, cover letters and career opportunities. 

The conference is a great opportunity to explore and learn about careers while experiencing a university environment by using lecture halls, eating on-campus and living in dormitories, just like a post-secondary student. You will even get the opportunity to tour the University of Guelph Campus and Conestoga College to see what these post-secondary schools offer!

4-H Camps 2020

Discovery Days- June 6th, 2020**CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19**

Orono Fair Grounds, Orono, Ontario 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

$28.00/person (Register by May 27th 2020)

For youth ages 6–12

Discovery Days are a fantastic one-day 4-H experience for 4-H members, and for youth curious about joining. At Discovery Days, youth aged 6 through 12 years old (as of December 31, 2019) explore the wide array of fun and interaction available in 4-H Ontario, through different activities and games.

Register at https://4-hontario.ca/DDayR3

Future Leaders In Action

For youth ages 16-19

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Event Date: March 14 - 18, 2020
Camp Kawartha, Peterborough ON

Registration fee: $358.21 (Includes T-Shirt)

Over five-days and four-nights, you will gain new skills in leadership and facilitation techniques. This includes working with challenging personalities, your personal communication style, the "word cafe" and brainstorming group leadership techniques — as well as trying these new skills and techniques in a supportive environment. Along with all of this, you'll have the opportunity to plan for evening programs and to challenge yourself on a high ropes course and a FLIA escape room, all while making friends that will last a lifetime!


Register at https://www.4-hontario.ca/youth/opportunities/camps/flia.aspx

Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp

Current 4-H Members ages 15–19

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021

Event Date: March 13-18, 2021
Ontario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

Registration fee: TBD

Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp is the flagship program for 4-H Ontario.

Successful for over 50 years, this program will help you enhance your leadership, communication, goal-setting and teamwork skills, through hands-on activities.

Try your hand at building a quinzee snow hut, lead your team across a raging river, or re-enact the day as part of the fleet log.

Both as an individual and in teams, you will plan, run and evaluate parts of this six-day, five-night program – from social recreation to evening programs – all while having an experience of a lifetime. 


Youth Adventure Camp

For youth ages 12-15

Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

Event Date: August 10 - 13, 2020
Geneva Park YMCA Camp, Orillia, ON

Registration fee: $389.85 *includes HST, Camp shirt: $18 + HST ($20.34), Chartered bus fee: $45+ HST ($50.85)

During this four-day, three-night camp, you’ll get to try out new challenges, attend evening campfires and meet some new friends! 
Hit the water for a swim during afternoon activities, play a camp-wide game of Capture the Flag, and experience the beauty of the outdoors while participating in low ropes activities – a highlight of past campers. As you participate in the fun, hands-on activities each day, you’ll be building teamwork, leadership, communication and goal-setting skills. 

Register at https://www.4-hontario.ca/youth/opportunities/camps/youth-adventure-camp.aspx

4-H Ontario Scholarships

Angelo and Frank Agro Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: April 15, 2020

For 4-H members attending post-secondary education. Seven awards of $7,000 ($1,750 annually for four years). Applicants must be full-time students entering semester one at the University of Guelph, who have a minimum 75% admission average, having completed at least 10 4-H projects. Applicants submit a point-form listing of their 4-H club activities and a reference letter from a 4-H club official. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time studies and a 70% program average each year for continuation of the award.


Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st, 2020

Youth from all six dairy breeds are eligible for this award which is funded by the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund and the Ontario Holstein Branch. Selection is primarily based upon the applicant's agricultural background. Key components are 4-H and Junior Farmer involvement, community activities and future goals. Eight scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually. Four are presented to students enrolled at a college or university, in a diploma program, while the other four are awarded to students completing a degree.

Apply at https://ontario.holstein.ca/youth/tf/ontario-dairy-youth-trust-fund-scholarship/

Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary

Deadline: October 2, 2020

The Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary honours the late Bertram and Hazel Stewart’s deep commitment and passion toward agriculture, education and 4-H. Open to 4-H Ontario members who have been a Dairy Club member for at least three years. At application, prospective winners must be enrolled in grade 9, 10 or 11, with intent to pursue post-secondary education. Presented at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in the year it is granted, this bursary of $1,000 is payable upon successful completion of first year of post-secondary schooling.


Mailed/couriered/e-mailed/faxed or in-person submissions via 4-H Ontario at:
111 Main Street North, Box 212
Rockwood, ON, N0B 2K0
Phone: 1.877.410.6748 
Fax: 519.856.0515 
ATTN: Bertram and Hazel Stewart 4-H Dairy Youth Education Award & Bursary

Henrike Foerster Memorial 4-H Entrance Scholarship

Deadline: October 2, 2020

A $500 scholarship for a first-year student in the Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology Program at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, who has demonstrated involvement in past and/or current 4-H activities in Ontario.


Justin Parish Memorial Bursary

Deadline: October 1, 2020

This $1,000 bursary honours the spirit of Justin’s dream of one day attending the Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF). Presented by Robin and Connie Parish, the Justin Parish Bursary will support a 4-H Ontario Dairy Club Member in attending the Classic Show for the first time as a team member, fitter or herds person. 4-H Dairy Club leaders are encouraged to submit a one-page nomination via email to volunteers@4-hontario.ca. The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee and notified by 4-H Ontario. Presentation of the bursary will take place in the show ring during the 2020 4-H Dairy Classic Show. 

Submission of Member names must be made in the form of a one-page nomination letter from a 4-H Ontario Dairy Club Leader in-good-standing. The letter must demonstrate the Member’s dedication, determination, and passion to agriculture and 4-H Dairy Club, along with the Member’s desire to attend the Royal as a participant. A recipient will be chosen annually from the nominations by a selection committee in October.

Application submissions are to be submitted via email to:



4-H Ontario Ambassador Program

In 2019 the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program will be celebrating 14 years! As an Ambassador you will be part of this exciting year experiencing amazing events occurring throughout the province. Other celebrations, opportunities and activities for Ambassadors may present themselves throughout the year. 


  • To provide Sr 4-H members (18-21 years before Jan. 1st) with opportunities and experiences to enhance their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations.
  • To provide sr 4-H members with the opportunity to be actively involved and valued as partners in expanding 4-H marketing and promotion efforts


  • To empower our youth
  • To educate the public about 4-H
  • To raise awareness of 4-H and increase visibility
  • To recruit new 4-H members and retain the ones already in the program
  • The Ambassador Program will be a provincial title with a provincial/regional focus. Local promotion/ activity will be required as schedules and timelines permit. Each ambassador will serve a term of 1 year commencing in mid-February with a reception and orientation weekend. Ambassadors may serve a maximum of 2 terms.

Selection Process

  1. Complete and submit an application form by the due date
  2. Submit a resume, cover letter and two references explaining why you would make an excellent ambassador.

Successful applicants will then move on to:

  1. In Person 3 panel interview
  2. Present a 3-5 minute presentation on a topic provided

Duties of an Ambassador

  • Attend both 4-H and non-4-H events to increase the visibility of the 4-H program
  • Organize a community event for youth in connection with other youth organizations to raise the image of youth and provide means of community support and involvement.
  • Recruiting members and volunteers through community events
  • Attend at least 1 regional discovery day
  • Educate people about 4-H and increase the awareness of the program
  • Attend a max of 2 preplanned engagements or events for the sponsors to thank them for their support
  • Write articles about 4-H events for publication in local or regional publications
  • Attend a minimum of 4 provincial events
  • Keep a journal or scrapbook that may remain with 4-H Ontario for promotional purposes. 
  • Submit monthly blogs  to 4-H Ontario
  • Work cooperatively with fellow ambassadors and staff members
  • Complete an ambassador community engagement program of your choosing

 If you are interested in becoming the next 4-H Ontario ambassador take a look at the Ambassador Application pdf and be sure to submit it before December 18th, 2018

If you have any questions regarding the program please contact 4-H Ontario or past Northumberland Ambassador Elaine Jeffs


4-H Ambassador- Elaine Jeffs

4-H Ontario has announced the selection of the six new Ambassadors who will represent the organization across the province in 2016.

Vicki Brisson, Laura DeKlein, Logan Emiry, Julie French, Sadie-Jane Hickson and Elaine Jeffs were chosen by a panel of judges at the 4-H Ontario head office in Rockwood. The judging panel comprised a 4-H Ontario volunteer and staff member, as well as a representative of GROWMARK, Inc., which sponsors the 4-H Ontario Ambassador program.

The 4-H Ontario Ambassador program provides youth with advanced level training in leadership, citizenship, communications and public relations. Ambassadors put their energy and 4-H experiences to work recruiting new members and sharing the 4-H story. They attend 4-H Ontario events across the province, as well as representing the organization at community events to promote the program.

“The 4-H Ontario Ambassadors are an integral part to the promotion of 4-H to current and potential volunteers, members and stakeholders by representing the program across the province,” says Marianne Fallis, Senior Manager, Programming, 4-H Ontario. “This year’s new team of Ambassadors will carry on the tradition of exceptional youth who are passionate about sharing the many experiences and opportunities the 4-H Ontario program has to offer.”

In photo left-right: Sadie-Jane, Laura, Vicki, Julie, Logan & Elaine.

Elaine is a proud member of the Northumberland 4-H Association. Over the past eight years as a 4-H member, Elaine has completed 25 projects ranging from Dairy, Chocolate, Vet Science, Giant Vegetable and more!  She has participated in many provincial 4-H opportunities such as- Discovery Days, Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp, Career Mania and Future Leadership in Action.  Outside of 4-H,  Elaine coaches’ figure skating at 2 area clubs, enjoys running and showing cattle all the while helping out on her families large dairy farm.  Elaine is very passionate about the 4-H program and its values as it has been a very important part of her family – since her great grandmother was a leader!  Elaine has discovered that 4-H opportunities are some of the most impact events for members. She says, "Always see challenges as opportunities! Even if you are nervous you won't regret attending a 4-H camp or event. You will make new friends and great memories that will last a life time!" Elaine will be attending the University of Guelph this fall, enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program.

Congratulations Elaine!

4-H Leader Recognition

Northumberland 4-H recently had two leaders recognized for their years of service to the 4-H Program. Jennifer Jeffs and Eric Lawlor were honoured at a formal luncheon at the 4-H Ontario Conference and Annual Meeting on April 2nd, 2016. Jennifer and Eric were honoured for 25 years of service!

Thank you Jennifer and Eric for all you do for 4-H in Northumberland County!