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It's Your Business 2018: 4-H: Idaho County 4-H offers abundance of leadership, hands-on skills for area youth

In 2018, Idaho County’s 4-H participants had 312 animal projects represented at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood.

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In 2018, Idaho County’s 4-H participants had 312 animal projects represented at the Idaho County Fair in Cottonwood.

450 participate in 4-H in Idaho County in 2018

Without question, the largest overall supporter of youth in Idaho County is the 4-H program.

The basic purpose of the 4-H program is to focus on the personal growth of youth. The organization provides a number of opportunities in areas such as communications, leadership, career development, livestock, home improvement, and computer technology.


Idaho County 4-H

320 W Main St. No. 3,

Grangeville, ID 83530


Facebook: The Idaho County 4-H Program

4-H focuses on hands-on learning, leadership skills and working at a project from conception through completion. One of the mottos of the program is, “We believe true leaders aren’t born – they’re grown.” (

Across the United States, more than six million youth participate in 4-H each year.

In Idaho County, the oldest 4-H clubs are Fenn Livestock and Greencreek Active Workers. Both clubs were organized in 1934. By 1940, every community in Idaho County had an organized 4-H Club

“It’s my goal, that while the 4-H member is having fun with their project — whatever that might be — they are also learning life skills that will serve them well as they become adults,” said Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman. “There are the obvious skills such as public speaking, record keeping, parliamentary procedures, and leadership; however, some of the not so obvious lessons are just as important.”

Idaho County 4-H leaders

•Animal House - Amy Farris, Melissa Klapprich, Tammy Nail

•Barnyard Beastials - Shannon Reuter, Ty Reuter

•Camas Livestock - Tara Duclos

•Clearwater Valley Go Getters - Ginny Fisher, Jason Fisher, Susan Graves, Connie Jensen-Blyth, Vincent Martinez, Darlene Smith, Desiree Tarro, Mike Ward

•Cottonwood Saddliers - Betty Campbell, Darbie Duclos, Becci Gehring, Deanna Goeckner, Misty Johnson, Tara Klapprich, Brent Rowland, Tara Rowland

•Crazy Critters - Joyce Forsmann, Samuel Rodriguez

•Elk City - Teresa Enos

•Fenn Livestock - Cindy Godfrey

•Galloping Good - Christy Davis, Corrie Puckett

•Greencreek Active Workers - Tiffany Forsmann, Daniel McIntire, Leslie McIntire, Mary Uhlorn

•Keuterville Livestock - Shari Chaffee, Melisa Curry, Summer Duman, April Lustig, Maureen Munger, Cara Uhlenkott, Sarah Walsh

•Lively Livestock - Suzanne Acton, Lisa Canaday, Tara Connolley, Shelly Dempsey, Becky Goldman, Krystyna Sherrer, Dori Stowell

•Rebel Riders - Kate Dahlsrud, Dione Severns

•Riggins Canyon - Sarah Walters

•Rough Riders - Annie Bledsoe

•Tahoe Hillbillies - Joel Costa, Nancy Costa, Leigh Davis, Marci Eades

•Valley Livestock - Rachel Andrews, Sean Andrews, Marci Nuxoll, Laureen Raff, Becky Schultz, Robleigh Williams

•Woodland/Kamiah Livestock - Elayne Murphy

•4-H Dog Clinics: Kelly Turney

“For example,” Heckman continued, “learning to finish what you start, learning how to set goals and work to reach them, learning how to make adjustments when things don’t go as planned, developing a solid work ethic, learning how to be courteous when you are not the winner and even more gracious when you are, and realizing that participating in volunteer community service and helping others is an important part of being a good citizen. While project interests may change with the times, I don’t feel the core fundamentals of positive youth development change.”

The Idaho County 4-H Program has approximately 450 participants and 100 adult volunteer leaders. In 2018, there were 312 animal projects and 305 non-animal projects represented at the Idaho County Fair.

4-H is open year-round to youth ages 5 to 18 without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, handicaps or disadvantages, economic or ethnic backgrounds.

Participants ages 8 to 18 are eligible for all 4-H programs, including competitive activities and events. Ages 5 to 7 are eligible to participate in Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds is noncompetitive and members may not participate in market animal, horse, ATV or shooting sports projects.

Idaho County also has the Mod Squad (junior high) and Ambassador (high school) programs which are leadership opportunities in addition to the regular 4-H programs.


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