The 4H Club movement in the United States began in the early twentieth century. The first club was founded in 1902 in Clark County, Ohio. 4H Clubs have enjoyed a long history in Trumbull County--since 1917. Leaders of the movement, influenced by the loss of knowledge of rural life due to massive industrialization and urbanization, stressed practical education as well as public education for the nation's youth.

Today, the 4H organization is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.


Each member makes the following pledge:

I pledge
My Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service and
My Health to better living, for
My Club, My Community, My Country and My World.


The following Vienna residents have served as leaders of 4H clubs in the Township. Many of the leaders were former Club members.

Sarah Anderson
Mrs. Paul Bahr
John Bauer
Carol Beatty
Becky Black
George Bodaglo
Bill Butler
Mrs. Duane Butler
Nancy Butler
Ron Catchpole
Marilyn Crain
Virginia Crew
Richard Dasengo
Mariann DeChristofaro[1]
Steffy Dent
Mrs. Joseph Dzapo
Fred Ebinger
Theresa Eltman
Bud Everett
Arlene Fischer
Noren French
Carol Gibson
Dorothy Gibson
Velma Gibson
Mrs. Clark Gothsall
Marjorie Hayes
Faith Krieg
Phil Krieg
Kathy Lutseck
Mrs. Anita Lutz
Edgar Mealy
Margaret Mealy
Monica Parkhurst
Annette Portzer
Bonnie Rothrock
Cindy Saculla
Anthony A. Santucci
Lana J. Santucci
Mrs. Clarence Thompson
Mrs. Robert W. Ulp
Susan Young
Melody Youngbluth

This article is adapted from Vienna, Ohio, "Where We Live and Let Live": Town 4, Range 2 of the Connecticut Western Reserve (Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999), p. 231.
[1] Mariann DeChristofaro was selected the Trumbull County Fair's 4-H queen in 1970.