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**NEW 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

Bingo Dates Available

All Bingo dates for the first 6 months on 2019 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

 Northumberland County Association Meeting

All (members, parents & volunteers) are welcome to join us on October 21st 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.

Club Start-Ups

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

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 2019 Go For the Gold Team. The regional competition is August 27th, 2019 in York County. if you are interested or would like further information please contact Dr. Kathy Wilkson at (705) 653-0085 or jazzbow1000@yahoo.ca

Judge It! Day 2019

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

July 30th, 2019

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 8 & 9th 2019

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2019 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 2019 is a two-day competition for competitors between the ages of 14 and 21 as of January 1, 2019. The program consists of an educational day with challenging, hands-on learning sessions. Show day will consist of showmanship and calf conformation classes.

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

Dairy Sen$e ®

For youth ages 18–25


Sen$e: Dairy Sen$e ®

May 2-4, 2019

Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 Register at dairy-sense-registration.aspx

Cost: $207.92 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.

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: July 17 - 20, 2019
University of Guelph, Guelph ON

Cost: $353.69*includes HST, T-shirt: $15

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 2019

Discovery Days- May 11th 2019

Cold Springs Memorial Hall, Cobourg, Ontario 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

$22.00/person (Register by April 29th, 2019)***REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL SATURDAY MAY 4th***

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, 2018) explore the wide array of fun and interaction available in 4-H Ontario, through different activities and games.

Register at discovery-days-registration.aspx

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: TBD

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!


Provincial 4-H Leadership Camp

Current 4-H Members ages 15–19

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Event Date: March 9 - 14, 2019
Ontario Pioneer Camp, Port Sydney, ON

Registration fee: $353.06 (Including HST) WITH T-Shirt OR $336.11 (including HST) NO T-Shirt.

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 17, 2019

Event Date: August 12 - 15, 2019
Geneva Park YMCA Camp, Orillia, ON

Registration fee: $361.60 *includes HST, Camp shirt: $15 + HST ($16.95), Chartered bus fee: $32.50 + HST ($36.73)

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. 

Resgister at youth-adventure-camp-registration.aspx

4-H Ontario Scholarships

Weston Family 4-H Agricultural Scholarships

Deadline: May 31, 2019

The Weston Family 4-H Agricultural Scholarship program is offered to 4-H members who will be an undergraduate or postgraduate student in an agricultural based certificate, degree, or diploma program at a recognized Canadian post-secondary institution in the fall of 2019. Successful applications receive one full year of tuition at their institution in the appropriate program. Applicants may re-apply each year to receive additional funding. Apply directly to 4-H Canada at https://4-h-canada.ca/scholarships

Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund Scholarships

Deadline: June 15, 2019

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/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SCHOLARSHIP-APPLICATION-2019_Fillable_FNL.pdf

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

Deadline: September 30, 2019

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

Justin Parish Memorial Bursary

Deadline: October 1, 2019

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 herdsperson. 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 2019 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

Northumberland 4-H Royal Dairy Team Results

Team Members:

*Isabel Bennett

*Gillian Forestall

*Meaghan Herrington

*Elaine Jeffs

*Katelyn Redner

*Jessica Sills

*Taylor VanderMeulen

*Will VanderMeulen

Headsman- Keagan Prins

Highlights include:
4th Jr. Showman for Will VanderMeulen 
1st Int. Showman and Hon. Mention for Taylor VanderMeulen
12th Int. Showman for Katelyn Redner
13th Int Showman for Meaghan Herrington

3rd Jr. Calf for Meaghan Herrington with Kingsway Dempsey Aloha
2nd Int. Calf for Katelyn Redner with OCD Jordy Lively-Red
17th Jersey Calf for Will VanderMeulen with Avonlea Andreas Kissabelle
6th Jersey Jr Yrlg for Taylor VanderMeulen with Drentex Gizmo’s Galaxy

3rd Overall Premier County

Congratulations to all the team members for all their hard work and commitment!

Special thanks to chaperones Jennifer Jeffs and Adam Herrington for all their help and support

4-H Dairy Show Results- Quinte Exhibition 2018

Novice Showmanship: 1st Avery Kearse

Junior Showmanship: 1st- Gillian Forestell, 2nd Will Vander Meulen, 3rd Keagen Prins

Intermediate Showmanship: 1st- Isabel Bennett, 2nd Taylor Vander Meulen, 4th Megan Mackinnon

Senior Showmanship: 2nd- Jessica Sills, 3rd Elaine Jeffs

Grand Showman: Isabel Bennett

Reserve Grand Showman: Taylor Vander Meulen

Junior Heifer Calf: 1st- Meaghan Herrington, 2nd Avery Kearse

Intermediate Heifer Calf:1st Isabel Bennett, 2nd Gillian Forestell, 3rd Keagan Prins

Senior Heifer Calf: 1st Jessica Sills, 4th Lucy Clitherow

Summer Yearling: 1st Elaine Jeffs

Colour Breeds Heifer Calf: 1st- Megan MacKinnon, 3rd- Ava Finlay

Senior Heifer Calf: 1st- Jessica Sills

Junior Colour Breeds: 2nd Megan MacKinnon

Senior Colour Breeds: 1st- Will VanderMeulen

Yearling Colour Breeds: 1st- Taylor VanderMeulen

Grand Champion Holstein Calf: Elaine Jeffs

Reserve Champion Holstein Calf: Isabel Bennett

Grand Champion Colour Breeds: Taylor Vander Meulen

Honourable Mention Colour Breeds: Will Vander Meulen

Overall Grand Champion Dairy Animal: Elaine Jeffs

Overall Reserve Champion Dairy Animal: Taylor Vander Meulen

Top Group of Three: Northumberland County

4-H Dairy Show Results- Campbellford Fair 2018

Novice Showmanship: 3rd Abby Clitherow, 4th Avery Kearse

Junior Showmanship: 1st Gillian Forestell, 2rd Will Vander Meulen, 3rd Keagan Prins

Intermediate Showmanship: 1st Taylor Vander Meulen, 3rd Katelyn Redner, 4th Isabel Bennett

Senior Showmanship: 1st- Jessica Sills, 3rd Elaine Jeffs

Grand Showman: Taylor Vander Meulen

Reserve Grand Showman: Gillian Forestell

Junior Heifer Calf: 2nd Averry Kearse, 3rd Meaghan Herrington, 5th Ella Finlay

Intermediate Heifer Calf: 1st- Isabel Bennett, 2nd Katelyn Redner, 3rd Gillian Forestell

Senior Heifer Calf: 3rd Jessica Sills, 4th Will Vander Meulen, 5th Lucy Clitherow

Summer Yearling Heifer: 1st- Elaine Jeffs, 3rd Rachel Sharpe, 5th Austin Terry

Junior Yearling Heifer: 1st- Taylor Vander Meulen

Grand Champion Calf: Taylor Vander Meulen

Reserve Champion Calf: 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!