Contact Us

Jodi Baumgartner
Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007
jbmgrtnr@illinois.edu

Johnna B. Jennings
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199
jbjennin@illinois.edu

Ogle County 4-H

Ogle County 4-H

Who's Who in Ogle County 4-H

LOCAL CLUB LEVEL

4-H Member
Any boy or girl, regardless of race, creed, color, or handicap, who is between the ages of 8 and 18 by September 1 of the current 4-H year

Cloverbud Member
Any boy or girl, regardless of race, creed, color, or handicap, who is between the ages of 5 and 7 by September 1 of the current 4-H year

4-H Leader
A screened adult volunteer who assumes responsibility for 4-H club management. A club may have any number of leaders, each with specific duties (see "Opportunities For Youth & Adults" for specific leader titles and job descriptions)

4-H Club Helper
A screened adult volunteer who assists 4-H leaders at specially planned events

4-H Club Driver
A screened adult volunteer who provides transportation for 4-H sponsored trips, tours, and activities

4-H Junior Leader
A 4-H member that works closely with adult leaders to manage club responsibilities

Parents
Parents are very important to the success children will have in the 4-H program. Parents are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and project meetings with their children. Additionally, all countywide events are open, and parents are invited to attend them with their children. The parents' key roles are supporting their children's commitments, helping their children think through decisions, and seeing their children reach the goals they've set. To maximize their children's 4-H experience, parents should:

  • Attend 4-H meetings and other special events.
  • Guide their children's project work and encourage completion without doing the work for them.
  • Support the local 4-H club leader by offering their services. (See "Opportunities For Youth & Adults" for specific ideas.)
  • Make it possible for their children to participate in a variety of 4-H activities such as camps, fairs, contests and workshops.
  • Model good sportsmanship so their children will learn to appreciate and celebrate the successes of others.

COUNTY LEVEL

Extension Staff
Employed by University of Illinois Extension, these Educators and support staff guide, coordinate, and administer the 4-H program

Extension Council
A volunteer board that cooperates with Extension staff to plan, promote, develop, implement, evaluate, and finance Extension programs designed to meet the needs, interests, and resources of the local communities served

4-H Expansion & Review Committee
A volunteer organization whose purpose is to help Extension staff expand 4-H opportunities to new youth and adult audiences throughout Ogle County; open to all interested adults and teens

4-H Federation
Open to all Ogle County 4-Hers (8th grade or older), this youth organization meets monthly to develop, plan, conduct, and evaluate county 4-H activities while finessing members' leadership and communication skills and establishing cross-county friendships

4-H Ambassadors
Ogle County 4-Hers (16 years or older by September 1 of the 4-H year of service) who are selected to serve as the county's youth representatives in 4-H promotional efforts during a one-year time period

4-H Fair Committee
A group of adult and teen volunteers who work together to plan, conduct, and evaluate 4-H departmental shows (general projects show, rabbit show, cat show, foods show, etc.) Open to all interested adults and teens.

Ogle County 4-H Foundation
A volunteer organization whose purpose is to promote and support 4-H activities at the local and county level and to promote Ogle County 4-Hers' participation in state, national, and international activities

Ogle County Fair Association
A volunteer board that cooperates with the local Extension staff and the 4-H Fair Committee to conduct the annual county fair; manages the Ogle County fairgrounds

STATE LEVEL

State 4-H Office Staff
A group of academic and support staff who provide 4-H program leadership for the state of Illinois; based at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign

Illinois 4-H Foundation
A non-profit organization that generates private sector funds for Illinois 4-H programs