Future leaders: Local 4-H clubs offer opportunities to learn, grow


Callen Dickson, was recently recognized as the 2023 Outstanding Third Grade 4-H Member. Not pictured but also earning the award was T.J. Manship.

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GREENFIELD – Local 4-H clubs are in full swing, but there’s still an opportunity to get involved for the June fair.

Youth in grades kindergarten through 12 complete hands-on projects in health, science, agriculture and more through Hancock County’s 4-H clubs. They receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on leadership roles.

Local 4-H leaders encourage the community’s children to get involved and see what opportunities 4-H can provide for local families.

Those interested in signing up in 4-H may do so now through May 10 at v2.4honline.com.

Here’s a look at local clubs, upcoming meeting dates and leaders. To learn more about any group or for general questions, call Hancock County Purdue Extension at 317-462-1113 or email Amber Barks, [email protected].

Blue River Township

Blue River Guys and Gals. Leaders: Tarra Youngclaus, Amanda Locker, Lauren Dickson and Olivia Dickson.

Brandywine Township

Brandywine’s Best. Leaders: Debi Hill and Heather Hill. Meets first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m., Mt. Lebanon Church, 3447 S. Ind. 9, Greenfield.

Clip Clop Clovers. Leaders: Linda Petty and Megan Bell. Meets at 2 p.m. on March 10, April 14, May 19 and June 9 at St. James Lutheran Church, 1741 S. State St., Greenfield.

Center Township

Country Kids. Leaders: Holly Shore-Williams, Pam Kerkhof, Elyse Shore.

Green Township

Lucky Clovers Leaders: Erika Matthews and Stacy Buckley. Meets at 4 p.m. March 3, April 7 and May 5 at Eden UMC, 2122 E Eden Road, Greenfield.

Patty’s Pack. Leaders: William Jones and Susan Jones. Meets March 17, April 21, May 19, and June 16.

Jackson Township

Blue Ribbon Bunch. Leaders Dawn Wallace and Dawn Friddle.

Country Kritters. Leader: Vickie Ramsey. Meets at the Sarah Burke 4-H Exhibit Hall from 6-7 p.m. March 11, April 1, and May 6

Jackson Achievers. Leader: Karen Campbell.

Sugar Creek Township

Sugar Creek 4-H Club. Leaders: Jim Buist, Susan Buist and Alaina Green. Meets at 2 p.m. March 10, April 21 and May 19 at Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, 3519 S. 600W., New Palestine.

Vernon Township

Cool Clovers. Leaders: Laura Phares, Lucinda Blair, Beth Deutsch and Sarah Kelley. Meets at 4 p.m. March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 5 at Mohawk United Methodist Church, 2045 W. 400N., Greenfield.

Shakin Shamrocks. Leaders: Jennifer Baker and Anissa Strege. Meetings are once a month on a Sunday.

Specialty 4-H clubs

Bicycle Club: bicycle rodeo workshop and practice is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 23 with the rodeo at 6 p.m. June 6 at the fairgrounds in the food shelter. Leaders: Jay and Stephanie Jones.

Goats R Us. Leaders: Heidi Orth and Savannah Hudson. Meetings are March 21, April 18, and May 16.

Hancock County 4-H Jr. Leaders meet at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Sarah Burke Exhibit Hall at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Leader: Amber Barks, [email protected] and Christie Proper.

Hancock County 4-H Horse and Pony Club. Leaders: Wyneta Duncan and Barb Pescitelli.

Hancock County 4-H Rabbit Club. Leaders: David Wildman, Sarah Kelly, and Amanda Stiffler. Meets March 5, April 9, May 7, May 11, May 18, June 4 at various times.

Paws and Pals (dog obedience). Leaders: Carla Nelson, Anita Peterson, Megan Bell, and Taylor Gassert. Meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 4.

Junior Master Gardeners. Leaders: Teresa Bowlby and Rachelle Kihlstrum. Meetings are Feb 27, March 25, April 22, May 28, and June 15.

Hancock County Llama and Alpaca Club. Leaders: Jesse Melton and Breeana Fish.

Mini 4-H. Meets Feb 26, March 25, April 29, and May 28 in the Sarah Burke 4-H Exhibit Hall, 620 Apple St., Greenfield. Leader: Olivia Dickson.

Hancock County 4-H Shooting Sports. Leaders: Greg Hall, David Schutt, Deb Cochard, and Rusty Hansen.

4-H Feline Friend-Z (cat club). Leader: Heather Melton. Meets March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13.