Backpack Buddies Program Congratulations!

Part of a Countywide 4-H Community Service Initiative, Johnston County 4-H Clubs, Johnston County FFA Chapters and the Johnston County Farm City Week Committee are collecting items to support the Backpack Buddies program locally. 

This Program provides easy open, ready to eat food to needy Johnston County youth when they are not in school. 

County Council Officer Nominations
and Elections

We are currently accepting officer candidates for the 2019 year.  If you are 13 or older as of January 1 2019, and would like to run for office, please see the attached questionnaire.  

You will need to answer those questions in a short video of no more than 2 minutes on Monday night December 3rd at our County Council Meeting.  If you cannot be at the County Council Meeting in Person Monday night, you may submit your video to Mrs. Lori and she will show it at the meeting.  Videos will be will be posted online in a google form after the County Council Meeting and  4-H'ers will be able to vote for the candidate of their choice.  

Elected officers will be installed at the Achievement Program on January 25th, 2019.  

Positions available are President, Vice President, Secretary, Reporter and Historian.  Here is the officer duties.

If you have any questions, please contact me at,  or 919-989-5380.
4-H Record Book & End of Year
Awards Forms Deadlines

All  4-H Record Books are due at the county level for competition on Friday, December 21st by 5PM. 

4-H record books allow you to keep track of accomplishments for college applications, scholarships and awards.  They can also earn you prizes and money if they are selected as County or District Winners.   

County Awards for 4-H Record Books will be given out at the 4-H Achievement Program on January 25th beginning at 6:30PM.    

Please make sure that you have your 4-H Club Leader and your Parent/Helper sign your book.

All 4-H Horse Club Members who want to an Eligibility Card to show in 2019 must complete a Record Book.  If you have questions, please let me know.
Record Book forms, scholarship forms and others can be found here.   
Remember all ages are as of January 1, 2018.

Scholarships for Seniors -  There are several deadlines for these scholarship applications, the earliest being January 25th for the State 4-H Application. Check out this link for a list of applications and deadlines.  Many forms have not been updated and sent out yet, but will be added to this site as the updated ones become available.  

Please keep checking back.  You may use the forms currently posted to go ahead and request your letters of recommendation and  transcripts from your school.  Some applications will ask for a letter of recommendation from both an academic and 4-H person.  Your 4-H Club leader is a good resource for this letter and a teacher at school.  Sometimes these take time to get and you don't want to cut the deadline too close or miss it all together.  

Achievement Forms - If you would like to work on any of the Year End Achievement Forms, such as the 4-H'er of the Year, JB Coats Citizenship Award or other, we can do that as well.  Check out the  Activities Page for a list of applications. 

Honor Club Applications - Have you started your 4-H Honor Club Application? Those are due to the 4-H Office January 25th. We will be glad to help you walk through applying, or proofread your finished product.  Check out the Activities Page  for the application.  

If you would like to come and get help with record books or scholarship forms, please let Mrs. Lori know by phone @ 919-989-5380 or email .
As you may have heard, all of North Carolina 4-H is moving to an online database system for enrollment.  We are now part of a group of 40+ states nation wide that have moved to this program, 4HOnline.  

Normally we are in the process of re-enrollment at this time, however, because of this change, we will begin our re-enrollment process on January 1 and run through January 31st.  If you are already in the 4HOnline system at this time, there is nothing for you to do to reenroll until January 1.  The 4HOnline system is a zero-based system, which means that at midnight on December 31st it will go in and inactivate all of our 4-H Members who are in there.  But all of your information will still be there. 

So, from now on, once you have entered this information initially, it will always be there and you just have to make any updates and redo the authorizations each year. 

All Families who have not already done so, will need to go to this link: and create a family profile.  You will enter only the Youth in your family who are enrolling/reenrolling in 4-H.  

Only Volunteers who are registered with the County 4-H Office as Club Leaders or Volunteers need to put in their information as an Adult.  Parents are listed on the youth member's record.

If you have already created a Family Profile in the 2018 year, January 1-31, you will need to login and select the checkbox for your member to activate.  You will have to redo the authorizations, such as medical and media release and code of conduct.  

New 4-H Families will also be enrolling through this process.  I can even give club leaders view only access to their club's enrollment data so you can have contact information.  There is a process for this, so club leaders will need to let me know if you want this access.  

I am working on a video to assist you in this process visually, but in the meantime, here is a document that may help you get started.  

If you have any questions, please contact me at,  or 919-989-5380.

A new policy has been put in place by North Carolina 4-H regarding age.

All youth who are 8 as of January 1 of the current year will now be considered a Junior and be competitive in all 4-H programs.  So, the Junior Ages for 4-H will now be 8 - 13.

Seniors will remain 14 - 18 and Cloverbuds will now be 5 - 7.  

Johnston County will begin to implement this policy as of January 1, 2019.  
If you have any questions, please contact me at,  or 919-989-5380.
Achievement Program Slideshow Photo Request:

Hello, everybody, 

My name is Chloe Allen and I'm the person behind our yearly Achievement program slideshows. This year, along with photos from events our county has been active in, I decided it would be fun to add pictures from 4-H Club meetings. So if you or anyone from your club has photos, please send them to me to be included in the slideshow, along with your club name. 

My email address is
Please send them to me by  January 10th at 5:00 pm.   While that's the deadline, sooner is much better. Any pictures received after that date and time will not be included in the slideshow. Thank you for your help!

4-H Achievement Program Awards Forms: 

If you would like to fill out the Achievement Plan, JB Coats Citizenship Award, Parker Memorial Scholarship Award, 4-H Member of Distinction or Club of Distinction please do so.  Forms are  here.

Club Leaders, should fill out the 4-H Club of Distinction, Perfect Attendance, and Spirit Award forms.  Anyone is also welcome to nominate other 4-H'ers for the above awards as well.  

All forms are due by December 21st.  All awards will be given out at the  4-H Achievement Program on January 25th at 6:30PM.

Sweets and Treats Registration and 4-H Achievement Program RSVP's are also available  below.  Please sign up to bring a dish for Sweets and Treats competition by January 11th.  Or to RSVP for the Achievement program on January 25th by January 11th.

Sweets & Treats Contest

Sweets and Treats C ontest is a chance for youth to show off their favorite recipes and some culinary skills.  They will Pre-Register their dish or dishes with recipe by January 11th.  Bring their dish to the kitchen in the Extension office by 6:00PM on January 25th for judging and display.  

Judges will be going through the categories while we are eating a light meal. Then everyone will have a chance to sample some of the food.  Winners receive a small award and ribbon.

There are Cloverbud, Junior and Senior Divisions for the following categories.
Cloverbuds 5 - 7 are not judged, but will receive an award.
Juniors - 8 - 13,  as of January 1, 2018    
Seniors - 14 - 18 as of January 1, 2018
Adults are welcome to make something as well but will not be judged.

Cakes and  Pies,  Cookies,  Appetizers and Non-Desserts and  Miscellaneous

Registration Information for the 2019 Volunteer Leader Conference.  The dates are February 1-3, 2019.  The county registration deadline is Friday January 4th.  There are some good workshops being taught that you might be interested in.  These workshops can be taken by anyone.  Volunteers and 4-H parents both can benefit.  

Please look over the information and let me know if you have any questions.  I need the information in the attached registration information by the deadline above in order to register you.  It must be done by the county 4-H office.  Also, checks for payment should be made out to Johnston County 4-H and we will mail 1 check from our office for all registrations.

The county will be offering 4 $100 scholarships for club volunteers or their designee who attend for at least Saturday.  These clubs will be given credit for both required leader training for the annual Club Re-charter.  In return, we ask that the club leader or volunteer teach at least 1 summer program for the 2019 year.  For example, if you attend for Saturday only with no banquet at $115, you will only pay $15.  Then you will be asked to teach a summer fun workshop of your choosing for 2019.

Please share this opportunity with any parents or other volunteers in your club who may want to take advantage of the workshop opportunities.

EVENTS  |  View Calendar 
County Council Meeting - Last of the Year, Officer Candidate Speeches

4-H Project Record Books Due, Achievement Awards Due
Registration Deadline for Sweets and Treats and RSVP for Achievement Program

Achievement Program - 6:30PM

Foods due at 6:00PM