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Ohio has been a home to 4-H since 1902, after being founded by A.B. Graham.[1] 4-H is one of the largest national organizations for young adults from ages 9-19. Parents love the organization because it helps young adults develop confidence, social skills, and knowledge on various subjects. 4-H also helps young people refine their decision-making abilities, and it teaches them how to become a responsible citizen.[2]

To be a member of 4-H, one does not have to live on the farm or be from a rural area. Only 10% of their thousands of members actually live on a farm.[3]

4-H has a branch devoted to children too young to be a part of its main organization. Cloverbuds is designed specifically to meet the needs of children age 5-8, exploring healthy living, the environment, citizenship, plants and animals, personality development, and expressive arts. Cloverbuds is a great opportunity for young minds.[4]

Interested in learning more about how to join 4-H in Licking County? Check out their website.

Honorable Mentions

Joan Grube

Grube served fourteen years as the Licking County 4-H Extension Agent. As she left her position, she wrote a short article thanking everyone for their support of 4-H, and commented on the importance that the program inspires.[5]

Merle Scheetz

Scheetz was proudly entered into the Licking County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1999. Out of the thirty years that he worked as a county extension agent, he spent ten of those years helping with local 4-H clubs. He helped them develop programs and promoted ways to increase responsibility with the use of pesticides. His help allowed for the 4-H band to grow into one of the largest and most successful throughout the nation.[6]

Marcie Williams

Williams was entered into the Licking County Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000. She worked fifteen years as a 4-H leader, was involved with Ohio Agri Women, Triazine Network Committee, Licking County Farm Bureau, and the Licking County Farmland Preservation Task Force.[7]



  1. “Upcoming celebration to honor Ohio 4-H centennial,” Newark Advocate, June 27, 2002.
  2. “4-H offers many opportunities to Licking County youth,” Newark Advocate, November 29, 2001.
  3. Samantha Critchell, “4-H: Not just for rural kids,” Newark Advocate, May 12, 2002, 2e.
  4. OSU Extension-Licking County, “4-H in Licking County”
  5. Joan Grube, “Thanks for the memories,” The Community Booster, January 23, 2000, 10.
  6. Brian Miller, “Two Inducted into Licking County Agriculture Hall of Fame,” Newark Advocate, March 20, 1999,1.
  7. Brian Miller, “Two added to Licking County Agriculture Hall of Fame,” Newark Advocate, April 2000.