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Coweta County 4-H Special Interest Clubs

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Ag Discovery Club

Dairy Heifer Show Team

Dressage Team

Equine Mounted Drill Team

Horse & Pony Club

K-9 Club

Poultry Club

Robotics Team

Sigma Lambda Chi High School Club

Trailblazers Middle School Club

Veterinary Student Science Organization 

 


Ag Discovery Club

Coweta County Ag Discovery 4-H Club is open to ALL ages and adult participation is welcome. There are no participation fees. The club’s activity focus is on science, conservation and service. We provide learning opportunities related to livestock, agriculture and community service This includes an expanded  focus on the science behind modern agriculture.

Monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday.

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Club Leaders:

    Chris Ritts chrisritts@hotmail.com

    Jerri Whitlock jawmsgs@gmail.com


Dairy Heifer Show Team

The Coweta County Dairy Heifer Show Team (DHST) challenges 4-H members with real-life issues as they learn responsibility through raising, showing and judging dairy cattle. Team members also learn about the dairy industry through lectures and on-farm experiences and are taught how to effectively communicate with individuals who are not familiar with modern farming operations and/or the agricultural industry in general. The dairy heifer project is broken into two seasons, spring and fall. The spring show season begins the first week of November and concludes following the State Livestock Show held in February. The fall show season begins in mid-August and concludes following the Georgia National Fair Show in October. A DHST orientation is held in August each year for anyone interested in showing dairy heifers. Due to the nature of this 4-H project, there is usually a waiting list for anyone interested in joining the team. For more information, contact Stephanie Butcher at sar2828@uga.edu.

Weekly work sessions (August - March)


Dressage Team

Dressage team meets bi-monthly to practice riding skills to enhance balanced correct riding of dressage. Dressage is classical riding on the flat. Meetings/practices are held on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays (August - May)

Team Coach: Kate Bohannon kbohannon57@charter.net 


Equine Mounted Drill Team

Equine Mounted Drill Team – performance and competition of a choreographed routine on horseback to music.  Safety, Teamwork, Progress, and Fun are focal points in all practices and competitions.  Must be able to complete various maneuvers  while making immediate decisions of change for safety.  Riders must be able to communicate positively and constructively with their teammates and be willing to make adjustments as requested by their coach. Competitions are 4-5 weekends per season.  Members must have access to the horse they will be riding for the full season and are expected to attend every practice.  Members must also provide their own equine transportation to/from practices/competitions. Weekly practices Fridays & Sundays (year-round). Four - five annual competitions. Due to the nature of this activity, there is usually a waiting list and tryouts required.

For additional information, please contact Coach Vickie Lummus at vlummus@msn.com.


Horse & Pony Club

Coweta County 4-H Horse & Pony Club is an educational horse club.  Monthly meetings fall on the first Thursday (year-round) and focus on horse related topics in addition to clinics and fun shows.  We have a points book that 4-H'ers can work through to achieve different award levels.  Many of our club members also participate in horse quiz bowl teams, hippology teams, horse judging teams, the State 4-H Show and State 4-H Horse School.  Kindergarten through 12th graders are welcome to join, but you must be in 4th grade to compete (state rule).  The Horse & Pony Club does not offer lessons or riding experience, but we can direct you in the right direction if you wish to become more involved with horses.

For questions or additional information, please contact Roberta Prince at rprince@uga.edu.


K-9 Club

Monthly meetings on the 4th Thursday (year-round)

Club Leader: Cheryl Reed gonega06@gmail.com

Did you know there are a lot more games to play with your dog than fetch?  At the K-9 Club we explore the variety of activities available to us and our K-9 friends. We also learn about dog breeds, basic training and careers that involve working with dogs. 


Poultry Club

Monthly meetings on the 1st Monday (year-round)

Club Leader: Bryan Massengale bryanmassengale@yahoo.com


Robotics Team ~ The Gold Explorers

Weekly practices Wednesdays (August - February)

Coach: Craig Exner craig.exner@cowetaschools.net

The 4-H robotics team, known as the Gold Explorers, compete in First Lego League (FLL) competitions. Each competition has three parts: the robot game, the project, and the FLL Core Values

The robot game phase requires they build and program an autonomous robot to maneuver around a themed playing field to complete various missions for points.  In addition, they meet with a panel of judges who question them about their programming and have them demonstrate their missions. This is called the Technical Q&A and it is intense.

The project is different every year. Members are presented with a real world issue and challenged to design a product or procedure that addresses that issue. This task involves substantial research, creativity and attention to detail. 

The FLL Core Values phase addresses the members’ ability to work as a team while doing the first two phases.  They are to find solutions to various problems they encounter, to honor the spirit of friendly competition, share their experiences with others, learn that what they discover is more important than what they win, and to have fun.    

By designing the Challenges around real-world topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen challenge topic, in addition to solidifying principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter what career path they choose.

Due to the nature of this 4-H project, there is usually a waiting list for anyone interested in joining the team. For more information, please contact Craig Exner at craigexner@cowetaschools.net.


Sigma Lambda Chi

Sigma Lambda Chi (SLC) is our high school 4-H club that focuses on service, leadership, and citizenship. SLC is open to current high school students and we meet on the third Tuesday of the month August through May. Our meetings consist of leadership and service projects, preparing for DPA, planning for upcoming county and state 4-H events, as well as fun trips and activities throughout the year.

For more information, contact club leader Ms. Megan Bailey at mfbailey@uga.edu.


Trailblazers Middle School Club

Monthly meetings on 1st Tuesdays (August - May)

Club Leader: Megan Bailey mfbailey@uga.edu 

The Coweta Trailblazers is for all middle school students in Coweta schools: public, private, and homeschooled. We employ hands-on learning in the areas of leadership, service, and public speaking. Meetings are held once a month on the first Tuesday during the school year at the Coweta Extension office on Pine Road and they are fun! All students are welcome to join usfor the meeting from 6:00-7:00pm. 


Veterinary Student Science Organization (VSSO)

The Coweta County 4-H Veterinary Science Student Organization (VSSO) meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Coweta County Extension Office. The club is open to students in grades 5-12. Our focus is to educate and equip students interested in the field of veterinary medicine. For more information, contact Pam Brinton at hwoutpost@gmail.com.