Hamilton County 4-H Workshops

Hamilton County 4-H Workshops

Below is list of county workshops by project.  Keep checking back as more are scheduled.

Resources: 

  • List of project supplies for sale at the Extension Office

SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP ALL 4-H HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS (PARENTS ALSO WELCOME)

Scholarship information packets will be available soon in the Extension office.

  This is your chance to learn how you can apply for the 2024 national 4-H trips and receive 4-H scholarship funds for college. Packets also are available at the Purdue Extension Office.  It is helpful to have this packet or review the applications online before the workshop for reference. 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:        Cathi Wahnsiedler, 317-440-8542, cathiwahn@aol.com

Dec. 6, 6:00 p.m.
Conference Room

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Extension Office Conference Room on the 4-H Fairgrounds for a 4-H Scholarship Workshop for high school 4-H members.  This is your chance to learn how you can apply for the 2024 4-H scholarship funds for college. The workshop will be led by 4-H Volunteer Cathi Wahnsiedler. Scholarship information and applications are available here. Packets also are available at the Purdue Extension Office.  It is helpful to have this packet or review the applications online before the workshop for reference. 

If you are unable to attend this workshop and you have questions regarding scholarships and awards, please contact Cathi Wahnsiedler at cathiwahn@aol.com or 317-440-8542.

Also this year-there will be a workshop immediately following at 7:00 p.m. for grade school 4-H members for the Achievement Resume Project, a project that easily prepares younger 4-H'ers to be ready for those high school scholarship submissions! Games with prizes for any 4-H'er Grade 3-8 who attends this workshop at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, in the Extension Office Conference Room.

 

4-H’ers will learn to properly build a rocket from a kit and ideas for making a show rocket. Sample rocket building materials and rockets will be available for viewing. Workshop will be most beneficial for first and second year members but advanced members are welcome to attend with questions. Any questions about the workshop or project, contact project leader, Elvina and Darryl Beals at 317-773-8260 or Darryl's cell at 317-606-0012.

 

4-H’ers will learn to how to properly build a model from a kit and get tips and tricks for painting and assembly.  Sample materials and a sample kit will also be available for viewing.  A brief discussion of the project requirements and submission / judging processes will also occur.  

This workshop will be most beneficial for first and second year project members but advanced members are welcome to attend with questions and any additional advice. 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT: 

Arts & Crafts -       Cindy Ogle, 317-435-3340, cindy_ogle@att.ne

Arts & Crafts -       Gerrian deJong, 317-514-8511, gerrian218@gmail.com

Ceramics -         Vivian Summeier, 317-773-4176, summeierv@gmail.com

Fine Arts -         Nikki Gieseking, 317-716-4858, nikkiboram@gmail.com 

                         Sabrina Boram, 317-771-2441, sabrinaboram@gmail.com

Leathercraft -     Jenny Rumple, 317-670-4202, jennyrumple@gmail.com

Models -            Bob Finkbeiner, 317-250-6992, Kgdvm@yahoo.com

 

Leather Craft Workshop
9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Hall C

The Friends Forever 4-H Club is excited to announce a leather craft workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hall C. While this year's workshop will have some adjustments, our primary goal remains the same: to assist all 4-H'ers in completing their projects successfully. Due to the reduced availability of Leather Guilders, we will be organizing specific time slots to ensure each 4-H'er receives the necessary assistance. Please make use of the sign-up link provided below. We have new leather helpers this year who are enthusiastic about facilitating the workshop for Hamilton County. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094FABAE28ABFB6-47535801-hamilton

Please note that all kits will need to be pre-purchased, and if you require specific tools or stencils, it's essential to communicate your needs early to check if our helper has them available for use. If not, parents may need to purchase these items this year. 

Tandy Leather link to purchase kits and any tools/stencils needed. 

https://tandyleather.com/pages/store-locator?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAk9itBhASEiwA1my_667SZoj9D1bceZrvI5bSRsdpvaQMmNNMhAfIkVeiFbBdxsLqP4JnZBoCBbgQAvD_BwE

We are excited to announce we have open judging for leather craft projects this year. Please look through the Project Handbook to note guidelines for appropriate levels. 

Please email jennyrumple@gmail.com or text 317-670-4202 with any questions.

 

YQCA
Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at
https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

 

 May 11
10:30am
Dining Room & Kitchen

 

 

All workshops, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Jan. 30, Dining room
March 11, Conference room
May 6, conference room
June 17, dining room

We are welcoming back our 4-H Beekeeping Project Leader “Dave Z” this year. Dave has been a beekeeper for 6 years and is actively involved in the core group of the North-Central Indiana Beekeepers Club. He regularly gives presentations on beekeeping and mentors new beekeepers. Dave currently has a couple hives on a building rooftop in downtown Indianapolis, as well as 5 other hives at two locations in Fishers, IN.   He runs both Kenyan Top Bar Hives, as well as traditional Langstroth equipment. Dave and his family (wife Cathy, and three grown sons) have lived in Fishers for over 25-years.

This workshop will be an introductory to the project and open to all 4-H Beekeeping Members. For more information about the project or the workshop, feel free to contact Dave at (317-517-2095) or email (davidz@augustmack.com) and another account – davez_troutman@yahoo.com.   

All workshops 7:00-8:00 p.m.

East of swine barn; in case of rain, will use swine barn.

May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

4-H'ers are asked to bring their bikes and a helmet to wear to all workshops. Meet on east side of the swine barn at the fairgrounds in Noblesville. 4-H'ers will learn bicycle safety and riding techniques. Come and join in the fun of games and a bicycle rodeo.

For more information about this project or the workshops, contact the project leader, Steve Summeier, 317-985-4869, ssummeier@gmail.com.

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at
https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $3

 

Workshop recipe for frosting

Welcome letter

*All workshops are hands on workshops. 4-H’er must bring all their own decorating materials. Go to website for information letter, frosting recipe and decorating tips.

All workshops 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 6, Hall A
March 13, Hall C
April 17, Hall A
May 8, Hall A
June 5, Hall A
July 10, Hall C

For questions about the project or the workshops, contact project leader, Tonya Cassell at 317-385-6019. (call or text)

 

Each cat meeting will contain different information and topics for ALL levels. New interactive activities are being incorporated into the cat meetings this year to help our 4-Hers exercise hands-on practice for the upcoming fair! There will be workbooks, vet forms, and cat knowledge study guides at the first meeting.

Important vet paper information: The preferred practice is for each family to bring the 4-H vet forms and a copy of their vet record sheets to be reviewed by the leaders. This practice allows time to resolve any questions that may come up. It is also a good habit to get into for the upcoming Cat Show!

April 29, Hall A, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
No Cats

  • Discussion on cat project 101 including everything to know about workbooks, posters, cat show during the fair, cat knowledge test, and vet forms.
  • How to properly hold your cat and basic grooming
  • All things cage decorating including details about the optional cage decorating contest.

May 13, Hall C, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.,
No Cats

  • Everything a showman needs to know about judging and Cat Show
  • Poster rules and examples 
  • Breaking down the Cat Knowledge test 

June 3, Hall A,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Mock Cat Show -  Bring cat with vet papers

We would love to see every 4- H cat exhibitor make it to this practice show! Additional show information will be shared during this practice show. Bring your cat in a portable carrier. The cage covers are not needed for the practice show. 

June 24, Hall C, 6-7 p.m.
Last chance to have vet papers signed by a leader.

Cat Cage Decorating Information

  • The cage decorating contest is optional,  however, the cat’s cage must be covered on all sides for the show. Office clips, clothesline clips, or alligator clips are recommended to hold the material in place.

For questions about the cat project or the workshops, please contact project leader Jennifer Rumple 317-670-4202 

Project Superintendent: Ryan Chandler

ryanjchandler@gmail.com

317-671-3509 

April 11
7:00pm
Conference Room

Child Development will be having a workshop for all those entered in the project and interested in learning about project ideas, requirements and what to expect at judging! We will also have a demonstration of a sample project and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Chandra Manges
317-513-2944
ccmanges@comcast.net 

 

 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:   Amanda Morrow,  317-341-2679, themorrows9799@att.net

2024 Workshops

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mar. 5, Hall C
Mar. 19, Dining Room, (Mini’s start)
Mar. 26, Hall C
April 2, Spring Break-no workshop
April 9, Hall A
April 16, 23, 30- Dining Room
May 7,  closed for election day
May 14, Hall C
May 21, Dining Room
May 28, Hall C
June 4, Dining Room
June 11,18-Hall C
June 25, Dining Room
July 2, Dining Room

 

 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                           Lee Lockwood, 765-437-1698, llockwood@ccrtc.com

 

Tuesday, April 9
6:00 -7:15 pm

Carmel Clay Public Library
Meeting Room C
425 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032

For 4-Hers entered in the project and parents/guardians 

Are you the person that wants to be in front of an audience? Could you be the person who sees value in communication skills, but is scared to speak in public? Or, did your parent(s) say this would be a good project for you and your future? No matter your answer, this project is for you and I am here to help.

Often-Asked Questions:

  1. How do I pick a topic?
  2. How long do I have to speak?
  3. Does it have to be memorized?
  4. Will I stand behind a podium or table, or be on stage?
  5. What are the different types of presentations I can choose from?
  6. Where and when will I give my presentation?
  7. What should be included in my presentation?
  8. How can I be successful in this project?
  9. Are there tips to being prepared for the county contest?
  10. How can I tell a compelling story or demonstrate an interesting topic?

We will discuss the goals and objectives of each of the four project types:

  • Demonstration (How-to)
  • Informative 4-H Presentation (Promoting 4-H activities and events)
  • Professional Persuasive Presentation (addressing community issues)
  • Public Speaking

As the project leader, I will answer these questions and others that you have as well. I have been the project leader for 30+ years. I was a participant and state winner in this project while I was in 4-H and also in FFA. Both of our daughters were in this project and state winners from Hamilton County. Additionally, I have helped many other 4-Hers succeed in this project. I have been giving presentations throughout my professional career as an association executive, professional speaker, leadership trainer, university professor, community development specialist, and organizational development consultant. I use these skills everyday and you may too.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING (and how many others will be attending with you).  PLEASE RSVP to me at Phil Anderson - 317-294-2775 or rethinkphil@gmail.com

4-H’ers will have the opportunity to complete project manual activities at the workshop as well as get your computer project questions answered. For more information about the workshop or the project, contact project leader Andrew Schmidt at 317-774-4286, adschmidt@bsugmail.com

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                                         

Ben Snyder, 765-729-9889, benksnyder@gmail.com

Robert Bray, 317-292-2044, robert.p.bray@gmail.com

 

 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:         

Alex French, 317-691-1963, fromthefrenches@gmail.com

 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                          

Sarah Reel, 317-654-7127, doublerfarmsnoblesville@gmail.com

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

 

May 4
9 am - 1pm
Dining Room

Electric letter with lots of valuable information

So many great resources on the Indiana 4-H page
Check it out at: https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/projects/4-h-project-electric.html

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT: Carol Schmidt,  317-773-6850, dcakschmidt@comcast.net

 

 

This workshop will cover insect ID and how to pin the insects. 4-H’ers are welcome to bring their insects to the workshop for help in identifying them.  

For more information at the workshops or the 4-H Entomology project, please contact Project Leader Nicole Hendrickson at 765-810-4768 or nikkihendrick12@yahoo.com

 

 

For more information about the workshop or the Floriculture project, contact Project Leader Billie Hittle at billie@hittlefloraldesign.com or 317-513-7264.

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT: 

Cheryl Armstrong, 317-752-4715, carmstro@iu.edu

 

 

For more information about the project or workshops, contact Project Leader, Lyneen Burrow at 317-697-6336 or neenburrow@aol.com

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                        

Holly Faust, 317-776-8412, holly.faust@hamiltoncounty.in.gov

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                                  

Jennifer Sullivan, 317-403-5425, bunnylaw7@gmail.co

Workshop will go over the project requirements and then time will be available for 4-H’ers to ask any questions along with review of any already prepared forms.

For more information, please contact Project Leader Lisa Burris at 317-258-9171 or lburris1970@yahoo.com

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                    

Holly Faust, 317-776-8412, holly.faust@hamiltoncounty.in.gov

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                                   

Betty Estridge, 317-846-2281

Chelsea Hanni, 317-489-1824, hannic44@gmail.com

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                                      

Amy Sheller, 317-446-7969, acsheller@yahoo.com

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                        

Gerrian deJong, 317-514-8511, gerrian218@gmail.com

Horse Arena, 6:30 p.m.

May 20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENTS:                                   

Kathleen Bohde, 317-776-0854, bohde@purdue.edu

Lisa Hanni, 317-776-0854, lahanni@purdue.edu

 

March 3, Hall A
Workshop 4-6 p.m., Senior Planning 3-4 p.m.

March 10, Hall A
start at 3:00 for workshop. End at 7:30 at latest. We plan to have a “family get together to meet you” after the workshop which will include food.

March 17, Hall C
4-6 p.m.

March 24, Dining Room
4-6 p.m.

April 7, Dining Room
4-6 p.m.

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

 

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                            

Evelyn Burton, 317-519-5788, evelyn.s.burton@gmail.com

Caryn Terry, terryc@wws.k12.in.us

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:   Amanda Morrow,  317-341-2679, themorrows9799@att.net

All workshops are 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mar. 19-Dining Room, (Mini’s start)

Mar. 26, Hall C

April 2 -Spring Break-no workshop

April 9, Hall A

April 16, 23, 30- Dining Room

May 7-closed for election day

May 14-Hall C

May 21- Dining Room

May 28, Hall C

June 4, Dining Room

June 11,18-Hall C

June 25, Dining Room

July 2, Dining Room

 All workshops 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

April 16
May 7
June 18
July 2

All workshops are at 27745 Webster Pit Road, Atlanta, IN. For questions, contact project leader Heather Lawson at 317-450-9472 or heather@arcadiachristian.com.

 

All workshops are 6:30-7:30 pm

March 11, Hall C

Last 3 workshops are held 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Leader’s llama farm at 4923 E. 161st, Noblesville

April 17
May 20
June 12

4-H’ers will learn to how to properly build a model from a kit and get tips and tricks for painting and assembly.  Sample materials and a sample kit will also be available for viewing.  A brief discussion of the project requirements and submission / judging processes will also occur.  
 

This workshop will be most beneficial for first and second year project members but advanced members are welcome to attend with questions and any additional advice. 

Click here to visit the Hamilton County 4-H Arts & Crafts Webpage.

For questions about the workshop or project, contact Project Leader Bob Finkbeiner at 317-250-6992.

PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT:                                      

Erin Allen, 317-727-8343, allen.erinm@yahoo.com

April 10
Dining Room
7:00 pm

At each workshop, 4-Her's will learn about the different types of cameras, exposure, composition, lighting, and project rules/guidelines. There will also be a time for questions. Please bring your camera and project manual. 

June 6
Conference Room
7:00 pm

This workshop is open house style to ask questions about your camera, the project guidelines/rules, photographic composition and lighting, etc. You may also bring potential exhibit images (digitally or printed) for review. Please bring your camera and project manual. 

For questions about the project or workshops, contact Project Leader, Kelly Michaels at 4h@kellynicolecreative.com or 317-508-9993.

 

The workshop will include some practice presentations to prepare 4-H’ers for judging at the fair.  4-H’ers are encouraged to bring their pets. (This is optional.)  Please bring your Pocket Pets project manual for assistance with activities and questions.  Workshop will be from 9:30 am -11 am.  If you have questions about the pocket pet project, feel free to contact the Project Leader, Kay Dugger at (317) 696-4473 (send text first) or kdugger@comcast.net

 

Blood Testing Dates: 

TBD

All chickens and turkeys OVER one year of age must be blood tested at one of the dates listed above, even if they originate from a NPIP approved flock. If they originate from an approved flock and are under one year of age, they do not need to be tested but the NPIP certification must be turned in to the project leader at the blood testing on TBA*

All other poultry (i.e. waterfowl & pigeons) are only required to return the Poultry Entry Form. They do not have to attend the Blood Testing.

For more information about the workshops or the Poultry project, contact Project Leader Julie Hoffmeister at 317.529.2237 or jahoffmeister@aol.com.

 

 

 

Topic: Showmanship

4-H Members are encouraged to bring their own goat to the workshops if possible to practice showmanship maneuvers. For more information, please contact Pygmy Goat Project Leader, Brittany Swackhamer at 765-412-1781 or bsswackhamer@gmail.com

2024 Meetings

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/

cost: $3

 

 

March 11
Meeting Room A, Carmel Clay Public Library (425 East Main Street, Carmel).
5:30-7:00 pm

The Reading Workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 14 has been CANCELED

April 23
Meeting Room B, Carmel Clay Public Library (425 East Main Street, Carmel).
5:30-7:00 pm

Focus: Project guidelines, what to read, and project options.  4-H’ers should feel free to bring project ideas with them for discussion. All grades welcome and encouraged to attend! For more information about the project or this workshop, contact Project Leader Terri Ramos at tbookramos@gmail.com or 219.588.2620.

 

 

For more information about the project, contact project leader Natalie Rearick at Natalie.rearick@gmail.com or 937-768-6272.

Lucky Robots Meetings

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds

January 24
February 1, 7, 15, 21*, 29*       *Meeting location TBD
March 7
March 9, 4-H Robotics Competition @ Indiana State Museum

 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

March 27, Hall C
April 11, 25, Hall B
May 8, Hall B
May 20, Hall C
June 5, 19, Hall C
July 8, Hall C

For questions about the project or workshops, contact project leader, Karey Hideg at kareyindy@yahoo.com or 317-710-6095

 

Important Resources:
Please check out our facebook group for more information and past videos…
Hamilton County 4-h Scrapbooking https://www.facebook.com/groups/279598016522415

4-H Handbook—There are many updates for all project this year including the scrapbook project.  Our information can be found on pages 94-96 of the handbook.

https://extension.purdue.edu/county/hamilton/4H/Projects-Hamilton-County-4H/Scrapbook.html

 Recommended adhesives:

Craft stores such as Joanns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, independent scrapbook stores sell a variety of adhesives.  I will have a few at the workshops for purchase if you need them.  We recommend using acid free and ligin free adhesives and products because they will last longer and preserve your project for safe keeping. 

Contact project leader, Angela at agaffordasmus@gmail.com or text 317-617-0310 to RSVP, ask questions and get more information on FB: Hamilton County 4-H Scrapbook https://www.facebook.com/groups/279598016522415

May 2, 7-8:30 pm, Dining Room

This is a general information workshop for wearable and non-wearable sewing projects and participation in Fashion Revue! 

 Activities and information available at the workshop include:
-Survey for interest in summer small group sewing workshops—dates and times etc.
-Project examples
-help with pattern selection and choosing sizes of patterns
-sewing construction resources

4-H'ers may bring any sewing projects and questions to the workshop for individual help!

 

Fashion Revue

You are sewing a garment (or a few) that you are proud of...now what?!  Learn how to pull together your garments into a flattering outfit, hear some helpful hints for judging night, and practice your modeling skills that will show off your hard work! 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to receive individual help, so bring any questions you have.

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/ cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

 

Schedule 2024

  • Hunter Education
  • Archery
  • Muzzle Loading
  • Pistol
  • Rifle
  • Shotgun

 

4-H’ers and their parents are encouraged to attend.  4-H’ers should bring their Swine Project manuals.  The first portion of the meeting will be a guest speaker and group discussion.  The second portion will provide 4-H’ers an opportunity to complete an activity from the project manual.  This will count toward their activities for 2024.

For more information about the 4-H swine project and this event, contact 4-H Swine Superintendent, John Higginbotham at 317.501.4362 or higginbotham93@gmail.com

YQCA

Completion required to show animals at the state or county fair

Take online at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $12
(Use your age on Jan. 1)

In person workshops; preregister at

https://yqcaprogram.org/
cost: $3

Supreme Showmanship Workshop
June 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Show Arena, Swine Barn

 

March 6
7:00 pm
Dining Room

 

For questions about the workshop or the vet science project, contact project leader Kyle Schmidt at kylesarahschmidt@gmail.com or 317.645.6275.

 

For more information about this project or workshops contact project Leader, Alan Dale at adale@bowenengineering.com or 317.752.5720.