We have a few new opportunities that we would like to share. These events have come up since our December Newsletter and will be happening before our February Newsletter goes out. Take a look and let us know what you think. And of course, if you have any questions, please let us know.
The Jennifer Freeman 4-H Memorial Scholarships are sponsored by 4-H private support funds in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. Up to two scholarships (each $300.00) are awarded annually to encourage 4-H members to pursue formal education beyond the high school level. Major emphasis is given to a candidate’s 4-H experiences and achievements including the influence 4-H has had on the individual’s career and educational goals. The scholarship may be used for any legitimate higher education purpose.
Eligibility requirements are as follows:
1. Candidate must be a current or former 4-H member who will be enrolling as a freshman at an accredited college, university, junior college, community college, technical or trade school in the fall of 2016. This includes 2 and 4-year education programs in any field.
2. Candidate must have been a 4-H member for at least 3 years with at least the most recent 4-H membership in the Fulton/Montgomery 4-H program.
Scholarship Applications are due to the 4-H Office or postmarked by April 30th.
Check out the 2015 Fall edition of the 4-H Clover Newsletter! Included is information about dog classes, budget updates, the 4-H day at Runnings and much more!
All animal entries for the 4-H show at the Fonda Fair must be postmarked by August 1st or brought into the 4-H office in Fonda by the end of the day on Monday, August 3rd. Call the office with any questions.
On Friday, November 7, over 120 Fulton and Montgomery county 4-H members, family members and volunteers celebrated their annual recognition night at the Amsterdam Elk’s Lodge. Throughout the year 4-Hers participate in projects ranging from woodworking and sewing, to horticulture and animal science. These projects culminate in exhibits at the Fonda Fair in late August, where 4-Hers show off their work to the general public. The members who document activities in their record books and turn them in to be judged on merit are eligible to receive project award discs, a symbol of their years’ worth of hard work and dedication to their projects.
I pledge my
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.
4-H Motto - “To Make the Best Better”
This national 4-H Motto should be the objective of each 4-H leader and member.
4-H Slogan - “Learning by Doing”
This is the educational philosophy of the 4-H program. Since young people learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process, 4-H projects are designed to provide “hands-on” experience that is reinforced through group discussion and application – “do – reflect – apply.”
The 4-H colors are green and white. White symbolizes purity, and green represents life, springtime, and youth.
4-H Club Emblem – A green four-leaf clover with a white “H” in each leaf
In 1907 a clover was chosen for the emblem, originally featuring only three leaves representing head, heart, and hands. In 1908 a fourth leaf was added to represent health. Today the 4-H Club Emblem is protected by law and belongs to the Congress of the United States. It is protected under Federal Statue 18USC707.
4-H members are encouraged to embrace the 4-H spirit expressed through these symbols and to live and wear it proudly in all they do and say.
A 4-H club consists of 5 or more school-age youth, guided by two or more adult volunteers. The 4-H Club’s goal is long-term youth development, which encourages its participants to learn life skills that will help them grow into healthy and productive citizens.
A 4-H club is an informal, educational youth opportunity, which serves as a “hands-on” laboratory for helping youth grow in many ways. Download the PDF below to learn all about a 4-H club.
Several types of volunteer roles contribute to the leadership of the 4-H Club Program. All volunteers are offered and encouraged to pursue training opportunities throughout the 4-H program year.
Organizational Leader - The organizational leader establishes and maintains a club structure that supports 4-H Youth Development activities for school age youth within a defined area. He/she works with the project leader, activity leader and youth in planning the club program; arranges for meeting facilities; complies with Cornell Cooperative Extension procedures; ensures that all enrollments, program registrations, completions, and reports are filled out and submitted to the county 4-H office in a timely manner; keeps the 4-H educator staff informed about activities, accomplishments and problems. An organizational leader may also act as a project leader.
Project Leader - The project leader provides instruction and guidance to 4-H members when doing a project. The key component of the project leader’s role is teaching; the “classroom” is wherever the members meet in order to work on their project(s). Project leaders may also assist with project-related activities on the county level and guide members in the selection of projects and the completion of project reports.
Activity Leader - The activity leader is responsible to help members plan for and participate in one or more specific activities the club has included in its yearly plan. These include such things as community service, public presentation, special celebrations, trips, etc.
Resource Leader – Resource leaders are volunteers who are selected by Cooperative Extension staff to aid, train and work with 4-H club leaders or members on a short-term basis. They have a specialization in a certain program area and have undergone specialized training, sometimes leading to a certification. Resource leaders often teach workshops or serve as evaluators at fairs and contests. Some examples of resource leaders are: Master Sewer, Master Gardener or Master Food Preserver.
In New York State, adults with an interest in becoming a 4-H volunteer must complete an application process that includes an application form, interview, reference check, NYS Department of Motor Vehicle check, criminal background check and formal approval.
Once approval has been granted, 4-H club organizational leaders participate in initial training. Quarterly meetings include educator staff and club organizational leaders. On occasions when the club organizational leader is unable to attend, an adult representative from the club may take his/her place at the meeting. At least one representative from each club is expected to attend each of the quarterly meetings.