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Thank You for your willingness to serve the youth of Lawrence County as a 4-H Volunteer. 4-H Just the Basics!. What every 4-H Advisor should know !. The Pledges. Each meeting should start with the American Pledge and the 4-H Pledge.

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thank you for your willingness to serve the youth of lawrence county as a 4 h volunteer
Thank You for your willingness to serve the youth of Lawrence County as a 4-H Volunteer
4 h just the basics

4-H Just the Basics!

What every 4-H Advisor should know!

the pledges
The Pledges
  • Each meeting should start with the American Pledge and the 4-H Pledge

I Pledge: my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.

Head – Development of thinking and managing

Heart – Emotional Development

Hands – Social Development

Health – Physical Development

today s objectives
Today’s Objectives
  • To understand how the county 4-H program fits into the state and national programs
  • Learn how 4-H clubs function
  • Become aware of safeguards for positive youth development
4 h advisors make it happen
4-H Advisors Make it Happen!
  • Over 24,000 adults in Ohio are 4-H advisors
  • Lawrence County has over 130 approved adult advisors
  • Partners
4 h defined
4-H Defined
  • 4-H is a non-formal, educational, youth development program that is offered to youth age 5 and in kindergarten to 19, regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, or handicap.
types of volunteers
Types of Volunteers
  • Organizational Leader
  • Project Advisor
  • Cloverbud Advisor
  • School Enrichment
  • Short Term Volunteer
  • Teen Volunteer
4 h advisor requirements
4-H Advisor Requirements
  • Club advisor must complete the 4-H volunteer application process
    • Application, background check, finger printing, interview and attend an advisor training
    • Check at the office to see if all of your paperwork is turned in. If everything is not turned in by April 1stthen your volunteer status will be suspended until everything is completed.
role of the advisor
Role of the Advisor

Insure the safety and well being of the youth involved in the 4-H program

Be a positive role model (good sportsmanship)

Respect, adhere and enforce rules, policies and guidelines established by the County 4-H program

Act in a responsible manner regarding animals, machinery, vehicles and equipment

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Role Of the Advisor

Report any threats, abuse or signs of neglect

Be the resource person for the members in your club

Copy and hand out all rules; general, livestock, horse, and still project

Make sure all paperwork is filled out and turned in on time

Relay information in newsletters on to your members

committee opportunities
Committee Opportunities

4-H Committee

Livestock Committee

Horse Committee

Extension Advisory Committee

4 h club types
4-H Club Types
  • Community clubs
  • Horse clubs
  • Dog clubs
  • Shooting sports clubs
  • After school clubs
  • Cloverbud clubs
  • Teen Leaders
4 h club requirements
4-H Club Requirements
  • All 4-H clubs must have at least 5 members from two different families.
  • All 4-H clubs must have one approved 4-H Volunteer (Advisor) approved by the Lawrence County OSU Extension office
  • All clubs need to have an established constitution and by-laws or club rules on file with the Lawrence County OSU Extension office
  • All clubs need to hold at least 6 club meetings each year not including QA/Skillathon and tag-ins
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4-H Club Requirements

All club Enrollment forms must be turned into the Lawrence County Extension office by April 1st

Yearly club activities should include at least one educational activity, one community service activity and one social or recreational activity.

Clubs should encourage parent and family involvement

Clubs are encouraged to participate in at least one county activity (candy bar sale, 4-H camp, etc.)

Clubs are encourage to participate in officer training, 4-H camp, 4-H fund raisers, teen activities, state and county scholarships and trips as well as competitions.

club by laws
Club By-Laws
  • Agreed upon rules for the way the club will function
  • All members of the club need to agree upon these rules
  • By-laws reduce conflict and misunderstandings
  • Should include where club meets, who may join, what officers the club elects, what criteria are used for a member to remain in good standing
  • Non discrimination statement
  • All members, leaders and parents should be given a copy
  • Should be reviewed annually
  • Approved by the County Extension Director or Program Assistant and a copy filed at the Extension office
4 h member requirements
4-H Member Requirements
  • All 4-H members MUST be at least 8 years of age AND ENROLLED in 3rd grade as of Jan. 1 of the current year.
  • All members MUST complete a 4-H enrollment form listing the 4-H projects they plan on completing for the current 4-H year. Enrollment forms are to be collected by the 4-H Leader and turned into the Lawrence County OSU Extension office by April 1st.
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4-H Member Requirements

Members MUST complete at least one 4-H project to be considered active for the year.

Members MUST agree to follow club rules, constitution and by laws, meeting all club deadlines and participate in club activities.

reducing risk in your club
Reducing Risk in your Club
  • Permission Forms
  • Club Finances – fact sheet
  • Food Safety
  • No Drugs, Alcohol or Tobacco use at meetings, events or activities
4 h club meeting learning by doing
4-H Club Meeting Learning by doing
  • Recreation (group building) 15-20 min.
  • Business (group decisions) 15-20 min.
  • Education (program & activity) 40-60 min.
cross county lines
Cross County Lines
  • Members may only be enrolled in 4-H in one county.
  • Enrollment must be in their county of residence unless cross county lines forms are completed and signed by Educators in both counties.
  • Any members in FFA in Gallia County and 4-H in Lawrence County may only take market projects to one county fair. They may take a breeding project to the second county fair. Tobacco projects are considered market projects.
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Cross County Lines

Forms MUST be turned in by February 28th each year

Requests will be processed in March

Guidelines in which you can qualify for cross county line enrollment

fair forms and paperwork
Fair Forms and Paperwork!!!
  • Drug Use Notification Forms must be completed on all animals going through the fair livestock sale.
  • A health certificate and pseudorabies test from a veterinarian will be required for any breeding swine purchased outside of Ohio.
  • Scrapie Tags are required on all sheep and goat projects. Sheep need to have their tags by the sheep weigh in date.
  • All clubs must complete the chartering process in order to be recognized by the county, state and national 4-H programs
  • Once chartered, clubs can apply for an EIN Number via the IRS.
club accounts
Club accounts
  • Club should have a checking account
  • Account should have two signatures required (club advisor, parent, older member)
  • Clubs should establish a minimum carry over for their account
  • Those members that raise the money should spend the money
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Club Accounts

Accurate records MUST be kept and a treasurer’s report should be given at every meeting

Club treasury should be audited annually by a club committee

If a club disbands funds must be donated to a local 4-H cause

clubs are required to submit a financial report annually to the Lawrence County OSU Extension Office

ein numbers
EIN Numbers
  • Apply Via IRS
  • Simple Process
  • Report assigned EIN to Extension Office
  • Maintain records and reporting as needed
events held before the fair
Events Held Before The Fair
  • Clothing and Nutrition Judging
  • Dog Show
  • Horse Clinic
  • Horse PAS (State Fair Qualifier)
  • Animal Tag-in/tattoo
  • 4-H Camp
tag in tattoo dates
Tag-in/Tattoo Dates

Steer: December 18th 8-11am

Hog/Lamb/Goat: April 30th 8-11am

Feeder Steer/Heifer and Rabbit: June 4th 7-9am

quality assurance
Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance is mandatory to take breeding and market livestock (cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, dairy or meat goats, rabbits, and poultry) to the Lawrence County Fair.

If you miss the quality assurance in Lawrence County it is your responsibility to go to another counties quality assurance.

Check the newsletters, website and facebook for dates of all quality assurances.

lawrence county fair
Lawrence County Fair
  • Please note Lawrence County Fair is a terminal sale. Steer, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Rabbits and Chicken market projects sold at the fair will be sent to slaughter.
  • All exhibitors must show their own project unless prior approval is given by the fair board!
watch the web
Watch the Web!
  • Lawrence County 4-H site

Ohio State 4-H site

  • OSU Extension

  • Facebook

Lawrence County 4-H

contact information
Contact Information

Holly Brooks, 4-H Program Assistant

[email protected]

Treva Williams, County Extension Director

[email protected]