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4-H Members, Families, and Volunteers:

Happy March and a beautiful beginning to springtime in 4-H! We are excited for the many memories and new skills our Marion County 4-H'ers will learn in the sunny days ahead. 

Back in ancient Roman days, March would represent the beginning of a new year! Before 150 BCE, one year was ten months long, and began in March. There are hints of this old calendar in our modern times; December (the 10th month) comes from the Latin decem meaning "ten," September comes from septem meaning "seven," and so on. 

Speaking of ancient times...maybe this little ancient Roman tidbit will inspire you to do some digging into your own history with a 4-H genealogy project!

Happy Exploring - 
Ashley Shufflebarger, Kody Orr, & Rachael Smith
Marion County 4-H Youth Development Educators
Communication From Your Educators
Volunteer Status | If you are an active volunteer but are not enrolled through 4HOnline and have not yet contacted the Extension office about your status, we will begin making calls in March to determine whether you can continue as a 4-H volunteer.

T-Shirt Design Contest | Bring your creative talents to 4-H! Marion County 4-H'ers are invited to design our annual Marion County Fair t-shirt by April 11! All artwork must be original, max two entries per 4-H member. Contact Rachael for entry form and details. 

Animal Fever Contest | Our favorite annual arts contest is back! All ages (Cloverbuds to Adults!) are welcome to participate in Animal Fever, a contest where you decorate a ceramic animal for display at the 4-H Showcase. This year, our animal is Wilbur the Pig! You can purchase your own Wilbur for $5. Contact Linda for more information or to purchase. 

Volunteer Training Opportunities
Join us on March 10th for a volunteer-led training, where you can share your favorite 4-H activities with other volunteers and club leaders. Learn about opportunities that are available to 4-H members and volunteers throughout the area, state, and country. We will meet between 6:00 and 7:00 pm at Discovery Hall. RSVP here.
4-H Summer Camp

Crafts! Swimming! Games! New friends! What more could you ask for? If you're interested in joining kids from Marion, Morgan, Vermillion, Putnam, and Parke Counties at summer camp this year, please email Rachael!

Family Discovery Day at the Indiana State Museum
Celebrate National Agriculture Week as we explore the rich history of agriculture and farming in Indiana. We are joining the ISM with some activities all about agriculture between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 19th. Come check out the museum and stop by our booth! Click HERE to find out more.

YES! Grant through Indiana 4-H Foundation

Do you have a community service project you would like to implement in your hometown? Apply for a YES! grant to help fund your initiative! Open to 4-H members or 4-H groups. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2022. Learn more at

Purdue University AgDiscovery Camps
AgDiscovery Camp is a two-week camp designed to help students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. See what it's like to live on Purdue University's and discover more about agricultural science through hands-on learning opportunities. Open to students grades 9-12 and free for Marion County 4-H'ers. Contact us if you are interested in applying.

Rethink Your Drink Campaign
The Top 10 Coalition is working with the Indianapolis City Council to adopt an ordinance that would ensure that a healthy drink is the first choice in kids’ meals offerings. Over one-third of children and teens living in the United States eat fast food on a given day and 85% of households eat out 5 times per week. When kids eat out, they eat more calories and added sugars than when they eat non-restaurant foods. Kids’ meals can have up to 51 grams of sugar, which is almost 13 teaspoons of sugar. If you are interested in finding out how you can support the Rethink Your Drink campaign, please head over to their website here.
Great Lakes Apple Crunch with Foods Club & Beech Grove 4-H
Beech Grove 4-H participated in the annual Great Lakes Apple Crunch
to celebrate Indiana's farmers, healthy kids, and strong communities. Young people in both clubs crunched into several different locally-grown apple varieties!

Sewing Workshop with Franklin Township 4-H

Franklin Township 4-H'ers learned all about sewing this February during the Basics of Sewing workshop led by 4-H volunteer Janice Fiori. We are excited to see how these 4-H'ers use their new sewing skills at the 4-H Showcase and beyond!

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