Strengthening Hamilton County 4-H: By Tony Staubach

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
The most powerful leaders are those who can exercise humility. This past month I was at a conference at The Ohio State University for Urban Serving Universities. The messages from all the speakers were robust and powerful but none more than a panel I attended on issues of poverty, race, class, and discrimination in our education system. The leaders on this panel all had different perspectives and views, but no one could deny the reality that humbling one’s self and exercising humility did the most to foster a mutually respectful and academically successful system. My own experiences mirror this realization. As an educator I have found that bonds between the student and teacher should never be forged as a hierarchy. Rather the success of the student and teacher are linked in the ability to be vulnerable with each other. To share perspectives and thoughts. This great success has been modeled throughout history and is often replicated in higher education. It is not a mentor role (thought that does happen), it is not rooted in paternalism. It is a true bond of teacher and student. The reality is that we are all teachers and students at different times in our lives. It isn’t a secret that I have learned a great deal from my students, I have probably learned more from them than they have ever learned from me. To teach is to love success. I am thankful every day for the amazing work of teachers, but also of the 4-H advisors, volunteers, and parents who humble themselves and exercise humility in their attempt to serve our youth as positive adult role models who foster a culture of success and service. Thanks, Tony Staubach Learn more about Hamilton County Extension Below: Partner Highlights: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: The public is invited to take part in a series of free workshops on the ins and outs of being a landlord. This nationally recognized program discusses crucial issues related to managing a rental property. Topics discussed at each training include applicant screening and avoiding fair housing issues, crisis resolution and the eviction process, property maintenance and working with Code Enforcement, and the importance of a preventive maintenance schedule, fire safety and prevention. Dates and locations: Wednesday, February 26th, 9am-2pm: Main Library Monday, March 9th, 6-9pm: Main Library Wednesday, March 11th, 6-9pm: Main Library Saturday, April 18th, 10am-3pm: Clifton Branch Friday, May 15th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch Tuesday, August 18th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch Thursday, August 20th, 3-6pm: Pleasant Ridge Branch Monday, September 21st, 6-9pm: Main Library Wednesday, September 23rd, 6-9pm: Main Library Saturday, October 17th, 10am-3pm: Corryville Branch Monday, November 16th, 1-6pm: Oakley Branch Follow this link to learn more. Cincinnati Museum Center: Grab your lunch and join us! Our popular Brown Bag Lecture Series take place at the Forest Park Senior Center. With an emphasis on Cincinnati history, these informative and exciting lectures will inspire you to be more curious about the community around you. Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but space is limited. Lectures all take place at the Forest Park Senior Center, located at 11555 Winton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Lectures run from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of the month. 2020 Lecture schedule: February 21: Union Terminal March 20: Cincinnati and the Presidents April 17: Up & Away to Mt. Auburn May 15: Emery Family Legacy June 19: USS Cincinnati Commissioning Foundation July 17: The Cincinnati Story, 1788 to 1925 September 18: Cincinnati and the Miami & Erie Canal October 16: Historic Hauntings November 20: Industries that Built the Queen City December 18: Architecture - The Art Deco Era – 1920 to 1940 Follow this link to learn more. Hamilton County Farm Bureau: Hamilton County Farm Bureau has multiple scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post-secondary education including FFA students. Application Deadlines: • Active Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020 • Community Member Agricultural Scholarship – April 1, 2020 • FFA Scholarship – April 1, 2020 If you have any questions, contact 513-831-5870 or via email at Hamilton County Community Fair:  Thank you must continue to be extended to the Hamilton County Community Fair for their ongoing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Hamilton County 4-H has removed the county wide membership fee. 4-H members interesting in exhibiting at the Community Fair will have the choice to purchase a Community Fair membership which will admit them to the fair every day and provide them with other benefits throughout the year. Be on the look out for more info soon! Volunteer Needs: Looking to volunteer with Hamilton County 4-H? We are looking for adults to serve as club advisors at our afterschool sites. Follow this link to learn more about the job description. Chick Quest: It’s that time of the year. Classroom Teachers can sign up for ChickQuest. This year we are asking for a $25 donation (or whatever you can afford) to support the program payable by cash, Credit Card or Check to OSU Extension, Hamilton County. The basic kit includes, eggs, incubator, teacher manual, a cardboard brooder box, and a light. Workbooks for students cost $5 each or $50 for 25 books. Eggs will go out the first Wednesday of each month beginning in February and continuing through April. Follow this link to learn more or to sign up. Donate: Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nancy and Colonel David Bull, we can enhance the impact of the 4-H program for generations of youth to come through the establishment of an endowment to be used exclusively for 4-H programming in Hamilton County. Nancy and David Bull have a deep sense of the community of philanthropy. They would like to leverage their gift of $50,000, half the amount needed to fund the $100,000 endowment, as a challenge gift to other donors who are interested in establishing support of Hamilton County 4-H. Their gift will match dollar-for-dollar to the first $50,000 raised to establish the Hamilton County 4-H Endowment. Follow this link to learn how you can donate. Events: Follow this link to view the Hamilton County 4-H 2020 Calendar. Auricle courtesy of Tony Staubach, Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, Hamilton County