Why Elect Officers for Your 4-H Club?
4-H clubs led by the membership provide essential leadership, communication and decision-making skills for its members. Members, that hold 4-H offices, are more likely to choose to participate in other leadership roles at school and later in the community as adults. Today’s club officers may be tomorrows township trustees, local mayors, city council members, school board members, Fair Board members and other elected or appointed community leaders.
Train your team's leaders to direct on and off the 4-H court.
Holding a 4-H club office enables members to:
- Enhance leadership skills by learning and performing officer duties.
- Learn and use basic parliamentary procedure to conduct effective meetings.
- Learn how to manage a group’s finances and document club’s business activities.
- Develop teamwork skills to accomplish common club goals and expand problem-solving and decision-making skills through planning and conducting club meetings and activities.
- Improve communication skills, written and oral, by leading, speaking, sharing, and giving direction to the club.
What Officers Can Your 4-H Membership Elect?
Small clubs may only want to elect the primary officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Clubs with a large 4-H membership may choose to elect a full slate of officers and even elect assistants for some of the officers. Review 4-H officer duties and responsibilities with the club membership before holding your club’s election. Install officers after the election using one of the 4-H officer installation ceremonies.
How Can Committees Help Lead?
Committees provide every 4-H club member the opportunity to help lead and direct club activities. Not everyone wants to hold an office or be a committee chairperson, but all members should serve on a committee. Each club will need to determine the committees to carry out their club’s goals. Create committees to carry out big club tasks like managing a community service project or club fundraiser, developing the club’s recognition program, designing the club’s fair booth or planning an overnight field trip.
Don’t Forget to Train Your Officers and Committees
- Check with your County Extension Office about 4-H Officer Training opportunities.
- Meet with your club officers and committee chairpersons to review duties and expectations of holding a 4-H office.
- Actively involve these individuals in developing your club’s yearly program plan.