What is a 4-H Club?
A 4-H club is a group of young people and adults who meet regularly for fun and learning. Clubs are usually made up of families from a community and often formed around schools, churches or community centers. Most clubs hold monthly meetings attended by members and their parents. Club members elect officers who lead the group and the meetings. An adult club leader advises the officers. The meetings usually last less than two hours. The time is equally divided among club business, recreation and educational programs. A well-organized 4-H club meeting provides opportunities for every member to be involved.
How to Join a 4-H Club
Step 1. Find a club in your area. If you know of a 4-H club in your area, contact one of the members or leaders. They will invite you and your family to a club meeting so you can learn more. If you do not know of a club in your area, contact your local OSU Extension Center. (Look in the telephone book under county government for the listing.) Because many clubs function around the school term, the fall might be a good time to join 4H. However, membership is open year round.
Step 2. Visit one or two monthly meetings. Learn all you can about the club and 4-H.
Step 3. Let the club leader know your family wants to become a 4-H family. The leader will give you an enrollment form to fill out and help you select projects. Parents may also be asked to help by leading a project group or assisting in some other way.
How to Become a 4-H Club
The qualifications necessary to obtain a charter for a 4-H club include:
- a membership of at least five 4-H members from two or more families,
- an approved/certified volunteer leader to supervise the organizational needs and programs of the club, Certification and 4-H volunteers,
- an appropriately structured group, utilizing a leadership team of officers,
- the utilization of a team of volunteers supporting the workings of the club and the clubs involvement/activity above the local club levels,
- a calendar of planned educational programs and activities for a minimum of six months, and On TRAC
- approval of the County Extension professionals
A group requesting a charter must the agree upon the following:
The use of the 4-H name and emblem is granted on the basis that membership in the 4-H group named above of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The 4 H club/group is the local learning group in which 4 H members are involved. Club activities are critical to 4 H as they advocate both leadership and cooperation among club members. 4 H club activities encourage members:
- to develop decision-making skills
- to cooperate in group or team efforts to practice and refine leadership abilities
- to develop skills in group communication to try new and different ideas
- to gain new knowledge and skills
- to take pride in group or team endeavors
- to build self-confidence
Once chartered, a club will be expected to do the following to maintain the charter:
- 1. Submit annual set of Monthly 4-H Meeting Planning Guides to the County Extension office. Keep OCES informed of changes and additions. On TRAC
- 2. Actively recruit and meet regularly with volunteers and youth from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups in your community.
- 3. Complete an end of year report of club activities and submit to County Extension office.
- 4. Provide an annual financial accounting to County Extension educator(s) for any funds raised or collected in the name of 4 H including account numbers and balances.Treasurer Report
- 5. Complete a regular enrollment process for 4-H members and volunteers.
- 6. Have a team of local parent(s)/volunteer(s) attend Parent-Volunteer Training opportunities.
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