For the 2020-21 4-H year, Delaware County enrollment stayed at the 3rd highest enrollment across the state of Iowa with a total of 413 4-H members.
Out of 100 county 4-H programs, Delaware County had the highest 4-H membership behind Story and Polk counties. Delaware County 4-H was only 9 members away from claiming to top spot.
Over the past few years, Delaware County 4-H has been steadily increasing in 4-H enrollment numbers. In 2018, numbers were up to a total of 405 members, which included 78 new members. 2019 the total came to 427 with 78 new members, which landed Delaware County 4-H as the 4th highest 4-H enrollment total. In 2020 Delaware County 4-H reached its highest enrollment in years with 436 members and 67 of them being new members. For the 2021 year, the program stayed strong in the number 3 spot with 413 total members and 51 new members.
The new 4-H year kicked off on September 1st. Currently, there are 278 members enrolled in Delaware County 4-H with 54 new members. For this time of year, enrollment numbers are trending higher than in previous years. The program is on track to surpass last year’s membership total if all members re-enroll. 4-H members must be enrolled by May 1, 2022 in order to participate in the 2022 Delaware County Fair.
Delaware County 4-H has a total of 15 4-H clubs, scattered throughout the county. The largest club in Delaware County is the Delaware Hustlers with 52 members.
The program has over 200 4-H volunteers in Delaware County, which includes 4-H club leaders, Clover Kids leaders, project leaders, Youth Committee members, workshop volunteers, and fair volunteers.
The Delaware County Extension Council and staff extend a huge congratulations to all of the 4-H volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the 4-H program.
Delaware County 4-H will celebrate its volunteers at the 72nd Annual 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on Sunday, November 21st at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Due to the cancellation of last year’s banquet, the ceremony will honor 2020 and 2021 awardees.
It’s not too late to join 4-H! Contact the Delaware County Extension Office for more information on how to join 4-H at 563-927-4201. 4-H is a community of 6 million young people across the world who are learning how to live healthily, be leaders, become engaged in their communities, and use science and technology to make good decisions for their future and their communities’ future. 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences.