Fund Purpose Provides support to the Harrison County 4-H Council to carry out its role and mission.
Fund Story The Harrison County 4-H Fund was created by a generous donor in 2006. The 4-H program is a community of young people...across America...who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. In Indiana there is a 4-H program in each of the 92 counties and it is a part of the Purdue Extension Service. The 4-H program in Harrison County is a vibrant organization involving more than 850 youth and 150 adults. Members are involved in what is called traditional projects and club activities as well as new and innovative programs such as "Mission to Mars" and school enrichment programs such as Professor Popcorn and Project L.E.A.D.
Extension Educator, Linda Abner said, "The future of Harrison County and Indiana is obviously in our youth. The 4-H program is a vibrant organization which helps youth realize their potential and explore the world. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to support the interest of the members and help them reach their goals."
In the Beginning....
4-H in Indiana started with a "Corn Club" meeting in Hamilton County on April 9, 1904.
Membership in first decade totaled 18,904 youth. In 2003, membership was over 300,000 youth.
Focus on practical, "learning by doing".
Famous Indiana 4-H alumni include these individuals who have been selected.
Indiana 4-H Centennial Distinguished Alumni : -Jim Davis, cartoonist and “Garfield” creator -Florence Henderson, actress and entertainer -Suellen Reed, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction -Jerry Ross, NASA astronaut -Karen Ross, food technologist, US Space Alliance -Randall Tobias, ambassador, United States Global AIDS Coordinator, former Eli Lilly and Co. CEO Harrison County Statistics: 4-H Club Program Enrollment 20 4-H Clubs 346 Members (grade 3 through grade 12) 110 Mini 4-H and Cloverbud Members (pre-school through grade 2) 4-H in the Classroom 406 Elementary and Middle School Students are served 4-H Volunteers 142 Adults assist with the 4-H programs
4-H Project Completion 1,816 Exhibit Hall Projects 660 Animal Projects 2,476 Total Projects 4-H Junior Leaders 69 Members in 7th through 12th grade Indiana 4-H Mission Statement To help youth and volunteers in their development through experiential educational programs using the knowledge and educational base of Purdue University, the land-grant University of Indiana, and the United Sates Department of Agriculture. 4-H Pledge I Pledge My head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to greater service, My health to better living, For my club, my community, My country, and my world.
4-H Club Motto To make the best better. 4-H Emblem The four-leaf clover with an “H” on each leaf to represent head, heart, hands, and health.
Fund Impact: 2014 - Funded 53 youth and 4 advisers to attend 4-H camp; Purchased a Vexrobotic classroom and competition kit; Set up a computer lab 2015 - Purchased supplies for the swine/small animals in show barn; Funded 4-H camp fees for 78 children 2016 - Supported 4-H camp fees 2018 - Supported 4-H camp fees 2020 - To support Phenix Club members' state fees 2021 - To support workshops, school enrichment, and operations 2023 - To pay the $15 dues of 400 children to Purdue to join 4-H; to paint the inside of the swine barn located at the Harrison County Fairgrounds; to help paint the swine barn pens located at the Harrison County Fairgrounds