Set up committees and program schedule for the year.
Recruit parents or other volunteers to lead various aspects of the club.
Complete calendar for club, goals and officer list for progress patches.
Meet with officers to clarify duties and expectations.
At the 4-H Leader meeting in September, several said that banks no longer allow youth younger than 16 to sign checks or be on the signature cards. Our state specialist, Sheri Seibold, indicated for any of these accounts, there would still need to have two signatures which would have to be adults.
If youth can still sign at your bank, two signatures are still required.
Lisa is currently working on the new 4-H Data Management System to enroll youth for the year. The program has many issues so please have patience. There are no club lists at this point because they cannot be printed. There are no member identification cards either. Hopefully they will get the system upgraded fully soon!
Clubs who have turned in their club officer list, goals and calendar for the 2010-2011 year are:
Knox County Power Clovers
Let's aim for 100% for club progress this year. These clubs receive a club progress patch for their banner.
The Register Mail 4-H Club Feature Article Due Dates Reminder . . .
November 5 – Rusty Spurs
January 6 – SouthwesternArticles are due to Jane Huh (email@example.com) at The Register Mail! Please note the new business reporter from the paper.
Please see that you have purchased medical accident insurance through American Income Life this year. If you do not get a renewal form, please let me know and I will get their information for you.
Please be sure to have youth sign liability release forms for high and medium risk activities. These forms are to be kept for three years in your files. They are available from me or can be downloaded from the state 4-H volunteer web site: web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/volunteers/support_riskmanagement.cfm
The National 4-H Congress photos need to be put in a more formal display in the hallway and I am seeking ideas and suggestions. Do you know of anyone or place that could make it a more attractive and permanent display?
Thanks for your help!
All 4-H Leaders from last year will be recognized at the 4-H Recognition for Excellence program on Thursday, November 4 at Lake Storey. We hope that all clubs are represented and each club will receive their individual 4-H member awards that night.
SPIN (Special Interest) clubs offer a new way for adults to share their skills and knowledge with youth. SPIN clubs focus on a single topic. They are a great way to introduce youth to a specific hobby or interest. All it takes is one or more caring and knowledgeable adults . . . at least five young people interested . . . and a willingness to meet as a club at least six times. This is a way to introduce youth to 4-H without a long time commitment. Please let me know of any volunteers who might be interested. Clubs in other counties had topics such as cartooning, dulcimer, media, scrapbooking, visual arts, skating, golf, quilting, rocketry, small engines, smart phones, welding. If you have any suggestions at all, please let me know.
Plant It And Watch Your Community Grow.
If you are a farmer, please check this out . . . Plant It And Watch Your Community Grow. You can select a charity (4-H maybe) in participating counties to receive a grant for $2,500. Apply before December 31 online at www.monsanto.com/americasfarmers/Pages/grow-communities.aspx It's up to farmers like you to help decide where it goes.
Get excited about the first ever JOINT Leader and Club Officer training on November 20th from 8:45 to 12:30 at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Illinois. Club officers and leaders will participate in workshop sessions including topics such as: Parliamentary Procedure, Making Meetings Fun, Involving Others in Your Club, Youth and Adult Partnerships and much more. Leaders will have two separate sessions while officers are having training followed by a joint session where officers and leaders will be combined for the final breakout. There will also be a opening keynote by Dr. Denise Legvold, 4-H Program Leader that you won't want to miss! Visit our web site to register! http://web.extension.illinois.edu/knox Please register by November 9.
The 4-H Federation Board has made a goal to visit clubs that do not have a Federation Board member. If you are changing your times/dates/location for your meeting that month, please let the Board member know. They hope to discuss 4-H Federation and promotional efforts for your club.
Clubs to be visited are:
Bracken Busy Bees (Randi Cecil)
Bright Horizons (Shelby Carlson & Emily DeSchepper)
Henderson Aggies (Matt Geitner)
Knox County Power Clovers (Shelby Carlson)
K'ville Clovers (Courtney Anderson & Courtney Inness)
Rio Livestock (Tyler Main)
Southwestern (Matt Murdock)
Union (Courtney Inness & Courtney Anderson)
Williamsfield Town & Country (Emily DeSchepper and Tyler Main)
I have given the Board members your contact information and they will be in touch about a meeting date that works with their schedule and yours. We hope to do most of the visits in November and December. Thanks for allowing these youth to be at your meetings to help youth learn about the 4-H Federation Board.
Peer evaluation happens both formally and informally in meetings. Informally, peer evaluation occurs as 4-H'ers work with each other and talk together about the things they are doing. Formally, peer evaluation is a structured time during the meetings when members give direct feedback to one another, based on a set of guidelines for group discussion provided by the leader.
Members should be seated in a circle. Each person involved in the activity can be given the chance to discuss his/her part with the group. The following questions tend to draw out positive kinds of response:
· How close to the goal did we come?
· What progress toward our goal or objectives have we made?
· What did we learn?
· If we would do it over again, what would we change? Why?
· Are we satisfied with what we've accomplished? Why?
The group should be reminded often that the goal of peer evaluation is to help each 4-H'er realize that the activity is being evaluated, not the people who are doing it.
· The club will hold at least six meetings. (The ideal club meets regularly throughout the year.)
· Club will have an average attendance of 75% of members at regular meetings. (Consider this when planning monthly meeting day and time.)
· Club will have 75% of the members to complete their projects and records.
· Each member will be on the club program at least once during the year.
· Every member should give at least one talk or demonstration during the year.
· Each member will have a job and will feel needed.
· Recreation will be included in each club meeting.
· Club activities will be planned in areas of interest to members such as health, safety, camping, careers, citizenship, judging, intercultural opportunities, conservation, and community service.
· An achievement program or tour will be held at the end of the club year. Invite parents and guests. Exhibit projects and recognize members and volunteers for their hard work.
· Extend 4-H membership to others in the community.
· Develop greater family participation.
· Participate in community functions.
· Make every member feel important to the club.
· Enable every member to receive parent and leader assistance.
· Provide a service to the community.
· Learn more about a specific project or subject.
· Learn subject matter and skills.
· Develop positive self-concept and social skills.
· Get to know more about each person in the club.
· Become better listeners to one another.
Please let us know if you would like to distribute any parent resource handbooks to new members as an orientation to 4-H. We have quite a few on hand right now so feel free to provide these to new families.