VAN WERT COUNTY — 4-H grows leaders! Van Wert County is host to a wide variety of clubs. From learning how to make healthy snacks, bottle rockets, scrapbooking, and fishing, there are over 200 project workbooks to choose from. With its diverse variety of clubs there is sure to be one to fit every family’s needs. Look over this listing and feel free to call an advisor to get started today. Learn more at or check them out on Facebook at

Barnyard Buddies is an all-interest 4-H club that meets throughout the year. With many years of experience in all sorts of projects, advisors Kendra Heffelfinger, 419-203-9012, and Robin Schumm, 419-203-2656, can help members be successful. This club is especially talented with livestock and also selects a club educational activity based on the member’s interests. Their next meeting will be on Feb. 18 at Zion Lutheran Church on Schumm Road.

Clever Clovers 4-H Club is an all-interest club based in Van Wert. They meet at Van Wert Middle School in Mrs. Thompson’s Healthy Choices Room. The club has a primary focus on non-livestock projects, but all are welcome to join. Marie Markward is the club advisor. She can be reached by calling 419-238-5957 or emailing Clever Clovers 4-H Club’s first meeting will be held on Feb. 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Harrison Jolly Boosters 4-H Club is a historic club in Van Wert County which celebrates over 100 years of existence. The club meets at the Harrison Township House. Club Advisors Mandi Scarlett, 419-203-2531, or Ashley Showalter, 567-259-8443, welcome all types of members, but are especially talented with projects for sheep, turkeys, and natural resources. Projects of all kinds can be found at the Harrison Jolly Boosters Club which will meet on March 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hoaglin Farmers is the county’s largest 4-H club. They meet on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Zion Christian United Methodist church. Members take a huge variety of projects but advisor Beth Evans, 419-203-2974, can especially help with horses, hogs and other livestock projects. Hoaglin Farmer’s next meeting will be either Feb. 18 or 25. Contact Evans for confirmation.

Jackson Lively is a long-standing club in the county. New advisors Molly and Ernie Welch, 419-302-9529, are working to turn over a new leaf and grow their membership for 2018. Their first meeting will be Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Jackson Township House. Anyone interested should stop by and visit!

Leaders of the Future is an all-interest 4-H club. Club advisors Angie Hatfield, 419- 605-7885, and Jodi Spear, 419-203-2321, have a long history of 4-H experiences both as members and as parents. They can help members with a variety of projects and have one of the largest memberships of cloverbuds in the county.

Ohio Challengers 4-H Club is Convoy’s biggest 4-H club. With meetings held at Crestview Schools (and right after school lets out) the flexibility that advisor Judy Wortman, 419-238-9830, provides allows youth to get involved and not stress out over meeting times. Members take lots of projects, especially livestock and clothing. During the summer months, the club meets at the community building. Their first meeting will be Feb. 21 at Crestview Schools in the study hall.

Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers is an all-interest project club based in Ohio City. They meet on Sundays at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Advisor Brenda DeLong, 419-203-3598, helps members with a variety of projects with her extended knowledge of the 4-H program and events. Advisors Anna Kolb and Hilary Arn provide a welcoming and fun environment that youth will enjoy as they explore their first 4-H projects!

Shooting Stars 4-H Club is one of the fastest growing clubs in Van Wert County! Club advisors Mia Keirns, 419-238-6248, and Greg Gamble, 419-513-1098, have helped many youth with a variety of projects through their club. Youth interested in poultry projects can gain insight from this club (although not a specialty club), and the club hosts a variety of older youth involved as camp counselors, ambassadors, and Jr. Fair Board members. Shooting Stars will host their next meeting on Feb. 18, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Wee Care Learning Center.

Venedocia Lads & Lassies is led by advisor Nancy Bonifas, 419-771-8611, This club is a general club that meets at the Venedocia Lions Club. Members from this club take everything from nutrition to livestock to rockets! This club is close for many Delphos Area and Spencerville youth.

Willshire Wide Awake is a general club that meets at Schumm Church. Their club advisor is Pam Henderson, 419-605-7395. This club is great for those interested in a variety of projects but not quite sure what they want to try yet. As a parent and advisor, Henderson has helped with a variety of projects and events. Willshire Wide Awake Club met on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. This club is close for many Parkway School youth in Van Wert County.

York Commanders 4-H Club is led by advisors Lori Williams, 419-203-3210, and Kim Ebel, 419-238-2043. This club is an all-interest club with a wealth of information. The York Commanders enjoy educational trips and supporting each other through demonstrations. This club loves 4-H Camp! Their first club meeting will be on Feb. 18 at Pizza Hut in Van Wert at 5 p.m.

Van Wert County 4-H hosts a number of specialized clubs. These clubs can help youth interested in specific projects excel. Members of these clubs are also welcome to take other non-related projects, but should know that specific instruction related to those areas may not be available within the club.

The 4-H Bunny Hoppers Club is a well-oiled learning machine! From selection to show this group will prepare you for what to expect with a rabbit project. Youth can learn, grow, and explore their project as a pet animal, market animal, or show rabbit. All ages are supported from Cloverbuds-18 years of age. The club hosts a number of club advisors but those interested should contact Chris Heizman at 419-238-4554 for more information. If you are interested in this club you can “hop right on over” to their next meeting on March 1 at the Fairgrounds in the Extension Office. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Canines and Critter’s 4-H Club is a pet animal club for youth in Van Wert County. Those interested in pet projects (dog, cat, rabbit, small animals) or with a general animal science interest should consider this club! Club Advisors for this club are Amber Wiseman, 419-203-6274, and Sandy Klinger, 419-203-0483. They meet at the Extension Office.