WINNEBAGO — 4-H clubs in Northwest Illinois, including in Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties, have begun to connect virtually to allow members to maintain and help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scales Mound 4-H Club took a virtual tour of Aunt Beez Greenhouse during their April meeting. Jo Daviess County 4-H Federation members met and held their monthly meeting online. Members participated in some virtual team building activities, gave committee reports, and brainstormed about possible summer activities.

Stephenson County 4-H hosted a virtual county-wide 4-H meeting via Zoom on April 6. A total of 45 families attended the meeting. Stephenson County 4-H Ambassadors Magen and Rachel Busker led a tour of their family dairy farm.

Winnebago County held an “All Club” 4-H meeting via Zoom on April 13. The meeting provided information on what clubs are doing around the county.

4-H clubs and members have also continued to work on community service projects. Projects have included making cards for hospitals and local nursing homes and the “hands to larger service” project that 4-H families to cut, piece, and sew face masks. To date, 2,100 masks have been made and distributed along with 75 headbands.

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