4-H General Info
A 4-H club is a place where young people and adults come together for learning and activities!
Youth and adults experience:
- fun and meaningful learning experiences
- a sense of community
- positive relationships with peers and mentors
- exposure to diverse ideas and age-appropriate resources
- science and exploration of careers related to their interests
- opportunities to evaluate their work
4-H is for youth age 5 to 19. Adults age 19 and older can join as volunteers.
4-H clubs and programs happen in every Michigan county. There are many projects to choose from in which youth from cities, suburbs, towns and rural communities can participate.
The annual 4-H participation fee for youth in Charlevoix County starting Sept. 1, 2017 is $10 per child or a maximum of $30 per family of three or more children. Typically, the particiaption fee is $20 but thanks to the generous donation from a private donor, half of the particiapation fee is covered for each youth in Charlevoix County.
Some projects have additional costs for supplies, equipment, travel, etc.
Youth 4-H Membership
To join a 4-H club, you just need to find one that works best for your family! Contact Charlevoix County 4-H to get more information about clubs and programs near you.
Be prepared with answers to the following:
- What is your name?
- What are the names and ages of your children?
- What is your address? (We’ll send you a packet of information)
- What type of projects is your family interested in pursuing through 4-H?
- Are the adults of the family willing to be involved in a leadership role?
Volunteer for 4-H
Just five steps to becoming a 4-H volunteer!
- Decide that you have the time and interest to help kids explore and chart positive futures.
- Consider volunteering to lead a 4-H group in your community, your local school (before or after school), your church or any other location where there are kids who need positive, committed adult role models in their lives.
- Contact a Charlevoix County 4-H program coordinator to find out about your ideas or local opportunities for 4-H involvement.
- Complete Michigan State University Extension’s Child Well-Being Volunteer Selection Process. A 4-H program coordinator will be happy to discuss this process with you.
- Share your skills, knowledge and talents while having fun with kids, and you’re sure to make a difference in their lives.
Charlevoix County 4-H Council Board Members for 2017-2018
- President: Ren Graham
- Youth President: Maddie Graham
- Vice President: Carrie Bollmann
- Youth Vice President: Ally Herrick
- Secretary: Angie Behling
- Youth Secretary: Rhea Parsons
- Treasurer: Dawn Thayer
- Youth Treasurer: Lillii Armstrong
- Education Chair: Jen Thayer
- Recording Secretary: Megan Healey
- Silent Auction Co-Chairs: Patsy Armstrong and Rhonda Whiteford
- Youth Silent Auction Co-Chairs: Lillii Armstrong and John Andrews
- Sr. Scholarship Chair: Lenore Senter
- Youth Sr. Scholarship Chair: Ally Herrick and Maddie Graham
- Take A Day On Service-Learning Chair: Carrie Bollmann
- Youth Take A Day On Co-Chairs: Josie Bollmann, Josee Behling, Maggee Behling, Kanden Behling, & Zachary Herrick
Meeting Schedule for 4-H Year 2017-2018
Sept. 11, 2017 (due to Labor Day)
Oct. 2, 2017
Nov. 13, 2017 (due to Election Day)
Dec. 4, 2017
Jan. 8, 2018 (due to New Year’s Day)
Feb. 5, 2018
March 5, 2018
April 9, 2018 (due to Spring Break)
May 7, 2018
June 4, 2018
July 22, 2018 - 4-H Council Picnic at Whiting Park
Aug. 2018 - No meeting due to all of the other pre-fair meetings for Market Livestock, HDC and Animal Husbandry
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017: 2016-17 Annual 4-H Awards Banquet at Whiting Park at 2 p.m. in the Green Building
Charlevoix County 4-H Policies, Forms and Deadlines