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4-H Clubs in Catawba County

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Chartered 4-H  Clubs and Groups:

  • Hickory STAR Explorers 4-H Club –  General interest 4-H club with different topics each month to help youth explore different interests as they learn about 4-H. Meets monthly on a Friday evening of the month at St. Luke’s Church in Hickory,  Leader: Jessica Stamey, jessica.r.stamey@gmail.com.
  • Its ElectricLearn some basics of electricity as you work through the Electric project books with hands-on electrifying activities. Turn in your completed project book for a chance to win a FREE trip to 4-H Electric Congress. Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center.  Leader: Sue Stulpin with Josiah Florez (teen leader).
  • Amazing Circuits Robotics –  Meets on 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Ag Resources Center.proaches. Learning about robotics basics using Lego EV3 Robots. Ages 10 and older. Leaders: Emily Kanupp and Dana Florez, ejkanupp@gmail.com.
  • Catawba County Youth Council–   Students representing each High School work on projects and participate in citizenship/ leadership programs. Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Advisors: Donna Mull and Siobhan Leondorf, Catawba Co. Government staff. Apply using the online application  or the printed  Youth Council application or contact Donna_mull@ncsu.edu or call 828-465-8240.
  • Top Shots Shooting Sports Club – Meets at Catawba Valley Rifle &Pistol Club on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Offering shot gun, rifle, archery, and muzzle loading. Accepts new members at the beginning of each year. All members are required to complete NC State Hunter Safety course. Organizational Leaders: Becky Brittain (becky_brittain@hotmail.com). Shooting Coaches: Ronnie Hicks, Johnny Sigmon, and Mark Sigmon. Learn more about NC 4-H Shooting Sports. 
  • Trailblazers 4-H Hiking Club-  Meets the 3rd Tuesday afternoon of each month at 4:00 p.m., rotating between Riverbend and Bakers Mountain park. Each meeting clubs and adult-led hike, nature program, and short 4-H meeting.  Leaders: Emily Kanupp and Dr. George Place. Contact: gtplace@ncsu.edu for more details.
  • Catawba 4-H Equestrians –  Meets 1st  Monday  of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunset Ridge Farm in Mt. View. Members participate in showing & learning about horse topics. Leader: Cindy Boger, bogercy@hickoryschools.net or 828-308-2088.
  • Catawba 4-H Livestock Club – Members participate in raising & showing animals, while learning about animal science and agriculture topics. Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Center. Ages 5 and older. Leaders: Alisha Lidke, Melissa Whitted, Sheila Rodatz and Melissa Brown. For club information contact: Alisha Lidke, 828-217-2551.
  • D.I.G –   Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Resources Center. For youth ages 5 &older. New members are welcome. Program topic focus on gardening, junior master gardening, farm to fork (learn food prep with garden vegetables, fruit, herb, etc), nature, agricultural science, and more. Leader: Sue Stulpin, catawba1469@yahoo.com

School Club:

  • Juntos 4-H Club Clubs meet at St. Stephens High School and Arndt Middle School (new at Arndt for 2022). Programs on preparing for college, leadership, STEM,  and community service. Homework help and snacks, too. Families/students also participate in bilingual Juntos Family Nights and Academic Success Coaching. Contact: Holly Ellwanger, Juntos Coordinator, hpellwan@ncsu.edu.

After-School: 

  • Inspired Learning 4-H is part of Inspired Learning After-School with with 4-H programs included on a regularly scheduled basis during the school year. Inspired Learning is a 21st Century grant funded program focuses on academic success serving children in Hickory City Schools.

Do you have an idea for another 4-H Club? Looking for a club in your area or one that fits your schedule? Contact Cooperative Extension at 828-465-8240 and let’s talk about how you can start a new 4-H Club. We offer special-interest, general interest and SPIN (special interest time limited) 4-H Clubs.

To see club highlights and happenings throughout the year, follow Catawba County 4-H on Facebook. 

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