March 12, 2020 - 4:06pm -- williams.418@osu.edu

Updated as of Noon – March 12, 2020

There are to be NO face-to-face 4-H Club or Committee meetings, activities, fundraisers, functions, etc. through April 20, 2020.

Clarification:  Clubs may not meet face-to-face but may meet virtually (i.e. Google Hangout, Facetime, etc.).

Events scheduled between now and April 20 will be postponed and rescheduled.


Communication as of 3/12/20 - Noon

Dear 4-H Families, Volunteers and Supporters:

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people. Virtual meetings are encouraged.

Based on these guidelines, all 4-H Clubs must postpone/cancel all face-to-face meetings between now and April 20.

The following list of 4-H events qualify as non-essential between now and April 20. Based on these guidelines, these non-essential activities must be postponed/ cancelled/ or held virtually. Examples include (this list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any notice):
4-H committees, including advisory, saddle horse, endowment, etc.
Club kick-offs, open houses, etc.
Community service projects
Educational clinics
Events put on by advisory or county committees or clubs, including fundraisers
Fundraisers
Social events (egg hunts, square dances)
Teen leader groups
NOTE: Senior Fair Board will need to make the determination for fair-related committees.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

Meetings and trainings originally scheduled by Darke County 4-H between March 12 and April 20 are cancelled and will be rescheduled. An updated calendar will be shared in a separate post.

Due to this evolving situation, the enrollment deadline for Darke County 4-H will be extended from April 1 to May 1 (for 2020 only). Online enrollment is currently open and will continue. Current possession dates and fair rules for project animals intended for fair exhibition remain in effect.

The best way to reach us is via email:
williams.418@osu.edu. Or you may call 937-548-5215.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as this situation continues to evolve.