Paper Clover and National 4-H Week

Monday, October 14, 2013

The TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign conducted each spring and fall is certainly no paper tiger in terms of its national significance and support for the local 4-H program. Nationally, 4-H programs can thank TSC for raising more than $2 million during the Paper Clover campaigns that have occurred over the last four years during each spring and fall.

These campaigns have generated more than $500 to Putnam County 4-H thanks to the local Greencastle TSC store.

The campaign started on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and will be occurring through Sunday, Oct. 20.

One hundred percent of the funds raised go toward 4-H programs. The program is very simple. For every dollar donated at the checkout counter, one receives a 4-H paper clover that is pasted onto the store's front window. Purchasers may write their name, family or organization name onto the paper clover.

Funds are used locally to support 4-H volunteer development and education as well as to provide for 4-H science education resources.

Additionally, the Paper Clover Campaign was a great way to kick off National 4-H Week during Oct. 6-12. In a sense, early October is generally speaking the start of a new year for 4-H programs.

Locally there will be 4-H clubs participating in an event at the Greencastle TSC to highlight the conclusion of the Paper Clover Campaign during its final weekend. October is a great time for 4-H clubs across the county to have opportunity to increase the level of awareness of local communities about the wonderful experiences provided to youth through 4-H programs.

Nationally, clubs, members and volunteers often take advantage of this month to promote 4-H by setting up displays in local community businesses and libraries; giving presentations to groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis and schools; being interviewed on radio or television; and developing announcements to post on 4-H Club Facebook pages.

Now is a great time for 4-H volunteers and 4-H Club members to think about how they would like to communicate the 4-H message within the community.

Several helpful resources are available on the National 4-H website by searching National 4-H Week where info can be found at Organizations are encouraged to embrace requests or invite 4-H groups to increase 4-H program knowledge and awareness.

Visit our homepage at or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding this week's column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming events

Oct. 24: Rain Garden Workshop -- Greenfield (call office)

Nov. 3: 4-H Member Achievement and Volunteer Recognition Program, Fairgrounds, 2 p.m.

Nov. 12: CCSI Advanced Cover Crops Workshop -- Pierceton, (call office)

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