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Maryland 4-H Volunteer Forum - Nov. 20-22

Come join us for 2015 Maryland 4-H Volunteer and Teen Forum, November 20-22, in Ocean City, MD. It is a wonderful time to visit the resort area, where the pace is slower, there is less traffic and parking problems are almost non-existent. The event always provides time to meet other 4-H families and learn more about all the wonders of the 4-H program.  Workshops offer a wide variety of topics for teens and adult volunteers to share knowledge and skills.  This year we are excited to offer two internationally recognized TeamPlay and Leadership Trainers!  Join us for the perfect mix of fun, fellowship and learning.

There are six class tracks offered: AGsploration, Camping, Partnerships, Focusing on Youth, Re-energizing Volunteers and Training on 4-H Fundamentals. Dr. Jim Cain and Clare-Marie Hannon will also be sharing through games and hands-on fun - teamwork / leadership development / creative problem solving / trust building. Dr. Cain’s train-the-trainer programs are legendary and his conference keynotes/playnotes are active, engaging and tremendously fun.  Both Jim and Clare are former 4-Hers, 4-H Camp Directors and lifelong trainers!

The Carousel Resort Hotel is our destination for the weekend. This Ocean City landmark offers an indoor ice rink, swimming pool, and family friendly accommodations. The Forum has reserved a block of rooms for early bird registrants at an excellent rate of just $69/room per night (plus taxes). Most rooms have two double beds and feature a microwave and mini-refrigerator. Call the Carousel directly at 1-800-641-0011 to reserve your room by October 17, 2015 and be sure to mention the MD 4-H Volunteer Association for the special rate. Ocean front rooms and condos are also available for a slightly higher rate. A family weekend in OC doesn’t get any more affordable!

Register by October 14th to receive the “early bird” conference rate of $85.00. The registration fee is $125.00 for registrations postmarked after October 14th. Registrations on-line at by October 30th.  Don’t delay, register today! Check with your local 4-H Educator about the availability of a Forum Scholarship. The Maryland 4-H Volunteer Association is offering a limited number of full or partial scholarships.  Address any questions about the Forum or Association Forum Scholarship to Sandy Corridon at (link sends e-mail), 301-314-9070 or Arlene Lantz, President Maryland 4-H Volunteer Association (link sends e-mail).

  • Friday thru Sunday - Senior 4-H Member Tri-Fold Displays

Beginning Friday evening, you will have the chance to peruse a wide variety of displays by senior 4-H members - Diamond Clover projects, 4-H trips and activities, project displays and more! If you’d like to be a part of the showcase contact Gabrielle Cory, President of Maryland 4-H State Council at (link sends e-mail).

  • Saturday Afternoon – Putt-Putt Fundraiser

 The Maryland Volunteers’ Association is hosting a Putt-Putt Golf Tournament. So get your teams together or any individuals can come out to the green to have some fun. If you have questions please contact Mary Thomas at (link sends e-mail)  Submit your registration and payment on the Putt Form.

  •   Saturday Evening - Share Fair & Silent Auction

Have an awesome club project, activity or idea you want to share? Do you have a great “Make It and Take It” activity? Then, bring them to the Share Fair! Each presenter will be provided a table for their display, chairs and electricity, if needed. Please indicate what you’d like to “share” on the registration form, and IF you will need electricity. If you have questions please contact Gina Degreenia at (link sends e-mail)

  • Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is a fun activity that benefits the Forum and other Maryland 4-H Volunteers’ Association projects. Please bring along an item or two to put in the Silent Auction. County Baskets are great, but we will also take those unused gifts you don’t know what to do with! Bring it all, big or small, and… don’t forget your wallet! Items will be collected at registration table until Saturday afternoon.

  • Special Assistance

If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact Sandy Corridon at (link sends e-mail) or call 301-314-7363 by October 30, 2015.

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