4-H Advisory Council
The Eaton County 4-H Advisory Council assists with promoting and planning county 4-H activities and providing and encouraging educational opportunities. 4-H Council runs many county activities, including scholarships for attending state workshops and educational opportunities, selection of county awards, and the annual Volunteer Celebration (volunteer recognition and member award banquet).
Meetings are the first Monday of the following months at 7:00 p.m.: October, November, January, March, May, August. All clubs are encouraged to send representatives to the meeting (please note that only 4-H volunteers and members are allowed to vote).
4-H Advisory Council Constitution (amended 1-5-15)
- January 9, 2017 Agenda
Date TBD for the celebration of the 2016-2017 program year.
Help celebrate accomplishments from the 2016-2017 program year! Volunteers are recognized for milestones in their years of service, youth are awarded county medals and awards, and special awards are given out. More details to come!
The Eaton County 4-H Council will reimburse youth and adult volunteers for fees up to 50% of registration fees for educational workshops for youth and volunteers who attend educational opportunities at state 4-H events after fulfilling all of the following requirements:
- Must complete at least two hours of Eaton County 4-H Community Service for every $20 you would like to be reimbursed for. The community services activities must be outside of your 4-H club. The Eaton County MSU Extension office will have a list of approved community service activities. A community service form (below) will need to be filled out and signed. Adult volunteer hours must use the knowledge gained from the workshop.
- Youth and volunteers must make an educational short presentation at 4-H council meetings within two meetings of attending the event you would like to be reimbursed for. Your educational presentation must include what you learned, how it impacts your 4-H experience, at least 2-4 pictures or examples/demo of what you did, how this knowledge will impact Eaton County 4-H. (No one else will be able to make this report for the individual.)
- Each youth and volunteer can receive up to two reimbursements per year.
- Individuals who would like to receive more than $100 in reimbursement must get 4-H Council’s approval prior to attending.
- 4-H Council will not reimburse for events that cost less than $40.
Award applications for 2017 are due to the Extension office by November 15. Awards are for achievements from the 2016-2017 4-H program year. Award winners will be invited to and recognized at the annual Volunteer Celebration Banquet.
Learning, completing a project and recognition are important parts of the 4-H program. Recognition enhances the member’s self-esteem, increases his or her motivation to learn, to become more involved in 4-H, to accept new responsibilities and set new goals. You have the opportunity to make this happen with youth whom you feel have made significant achievements in 4-H by nominating them for a county award.
There are many reasons for nominating a member for an award. Anyone who you feel deserves and meets the requirements can be nominated. Remember that each youth is an individual and starts at a different point. Things you may want to consider when nominating:
- Would the member benefit from this award experience?
- Did the member have enthusiasm for the project?
- Did the member work hard and personally develop through the project?
Often times, leaders tend to nominate those who receive top honors at the fair, but everyone who meets the specific requirements is eligible for the awards and often times benefits more.
- Club Award
- Community Service (up to three clubs) and Club Recreation
- Acheivement: Emphasizes leadership, citizenship, knowledge and application of skills learned in 4-H and how you have helped others and/or your club.
- Citizenship: Emphasizes activities in community service, the ability to work and get along with others and being a good citizen.
- Leadership: Emphasizes active leadership experience and willingness to accept new leadership responsibilities.
- For youth members (4-H age of 12-19) in a project area.
- Given to two members demonstrating outstanding leadership abilities, excellence in character, and well-balanced personal development (must be at least 4-H age of 16).
- For youth members (4-H age of 9-11) in a project area.
- This award is the top county 4-H honor. Members must be 4-H age of 15, completed three years of 4-H club work, completed 4-H projects in at least two different project areas, completed a teen leadership project, and participate in three State sponsored or State 4-H events.
- Up to four awards given.
To submit nominations:
- Determine approximately how many members in your club you wish to nominate for:
- County Awards
- Young Achievers
- Achievement, Leadership, or Citizenship Awards
- 4-H Key Club Awards
- “I Dare You” Leadership Awards
For each member you wish to nominate for a county award or a Young Achievers award, please do the following:
- On the nomination letter, print member name and project area (refer to the list of possible project award areas in the handbook).
- Fill in the box on the application sheet with member’s name and information. Be sure to sign the application!
- Give the completed nomination letter and form to the 4-H member for them to complete and turn into the Extension office by the deadline.
- To nominate a member for an Achievement, Leadership or Citizenship award, complete the box on the summary form, sign it and give the form to the member to complete and return to the Extension office by the deadline.
- To nominate a member for a 4-H Key Club award, complete the information on the 4-H Key Club Award form and sign it. Give the form and the 4-H Key Club Application to the member. Have them return both papers to the Extension office by the deadline.
- For the above awards, please provide input on why you feel the member is deserving of the particular award.
- To nominate a member for the “I Dare You” Leadership award, simply complete the information on the award sheets, sign it, and summarize in 250 words or less why you feel the member should receive the award. (Note: Nominations for this award may be made by any leader, member or parent.) Return the form to the Extension office by the deadline.
- Clubs can be nominated for 4-H club awards and leaders can be nominated for the Outstanding Leader Awards by submitting your written summaries as described on the 4-H Club Award and Outstanding Leader Award sheet by the deadline.
We hope to see many nominations and applications! There are many deserving 4-H members and volunteers in Eaton County. Please help us recognize their efforts and accomplishments. If you have any questions, please give the office a call.