Name of 4-H Club: ________________________________________
County: _________________________ Club Year: 20___ to 20___
Leader's Name: ___________________________________________
Secretary's Name: ________________________________________
UF/IFAS Extension Agent: ___________________________________
Dear 4-H Secretary:
Congratulations on being selected as your 4-H Club Secretary! This is an important position and your good work will help your club to be successful. This book should serve as a good guide for you to follow and outline your club's goals, plans for the year, as well as keep records of what your club has done.
Here are a few hints to be successful:
Look through this book and pay careful attention to your duties, the by-laws, and the section for club goals/planning.
Use this book as a guide and planner, and a way to keep track of your club's success.
A main part of your job is taking notes during the meeting and keeping up with the correspondence of the club. Make sure to pay careful attention to details when doing your job and you will be sure to be a success.
Table of Contents
Duties of the 4-H Club Secretary 3
Club Information Sheet4
Club Membership Roster5
Suggested 4-H Club Goals7
Club Performance Standards8
Annual 4-H Club Program & Activity Plan10
Meeting Plan Form11
Secretary's Monthly Report26
Secretary's Annual Report27
Our Club's Achievements29
Suggested 4-H Club Constitution 31
Duties of the 4-H Club Secretary
Call roll at the beginning of each meeting (make sure it is alphabetical & up to date).
Keep records on each member and their participation.
Keep records and write minutes for each meeting & present minutes at each meeting.
Handle all correspondence for the club. Correspondence refers to maintaining all the records.
Keep record all of committee reports.
Turn in your 4-H Secretary's Record Book to the 4-H Office at the end of the year.
Sample Meeting Agenda or Order of Business
I. Call to Order
II. Opening Exercises (songs, pledges, etc.)
III. Approval of Minutes
IV. Reports (Treasure, Council Delegates, Committee)
a. Unfinished Business
b. New Business
V. Program (Demonstrations, Slides, Judging Events, Project Talks, Guest Speakers, etc.)
Club Information Sheet
Sergeant at Arms:
County Extension Agent:
Club Membership Roster
Club Membership Roster
Suggested 4-H Club Goals
For your club to be successful, you should set goals at the beginning of the year. Some goals are general for all clubs, and some goals are specific for your club. Below are suggested goals that your club should meet and space for you to write in your own club goals.
The yearly program planned and sent to 4-H Extension Agent.
The club held at least eight regular meetings.
The average attendance at meetings was at least 75%.
The club conducted a planned community service activity.
Every club member presented something at two club meetings.
The club had entries at county events day.
At least 75% of members participated in special County 4-H activities.
The president and council delegate attended all county council meetings.
Club officers received formal training.
Standard of Excellence for 4-H Clubs and Groups
Check the following Club Performance Standards completed during the 4-H year. Documentation may come from meeting minutes, scrapbooks, photos, newspaper articles, letters, etc.
Club/Group President Signature:
Total Number of checked responses for the 20 Excellent Standards:
Club Performance Standards
Club/group had a planned annual program that includes group goals. (Ex: recruit 4 new members; 75% of members will attend camp; all members will choose one county learning activity to attend)
Group members were actively involved in planning the group's annual program.
Group selected an area of focus for their annual program. (Ex: health & fitness; environmental science; pet care; community service; intercultural understanding OR Club is represented in the community, by serving on a committee, council or board with adult partners)
Group members were involved in implementing the annual program/activities. (Ex: planning and bringing snacks; leading the pledges; calling club members for a group meeting or assignment; presenting a demonstration; organizing a tour; introducing a speaker; leading recreation; teaching others)
A calendar for the year was printed and distributed to members, parents, volunteers, and the local Extension Office. (Ex: identify meeting dates, locations, educational programs; special projects; social events; county or district events)
All members were invited and at least 75% of group members were involved in at least nine group activities during the year. (Ex: meetings; club tours; recognition event)
Group officers were elected or appointed and fulfilled their leadership roles.
Group completed at least one (1) community service project.
Group completed at least one (1) project that promotes 4-H visibility at the community or county level. (Ex: participating in a community parade; radio interviews during National 4-H Week; project displays in business windows; or doing website development for UF/IFAS Extension office)
Group has completed at least one (1) project that promotes 4-H visibility at the county, multi-county, district, state, multi-state, national or global level.
Group recruited at least one (1) project volunteer for at least 75% of the member's project learning areas.
At least 75% of the members made progress toward individual 4-H project goals.
Group developed a method to communicate with families at least three (3) times per year regarding group activities, education and achievements. (Ex: newsletters; e-mails; calling tree; group activity that includes families)
Group planned at least one (1) activity to include parents and families in club activities. (Ex: project showcase; skating party; tours; recognition event)
Members took part in a variety of events and/or meetings beyond the 4-H group level. (Ex: county project workshops; district events; state fair; interstate exchange programs)
A scheduled recognition event was held for members, volunteers and parents.
Club/group planned and implemented at least one multi-club activity. (Ex: doing multi-club community service; several clubs managing a community or county event; conducting a multi-club learning or social event)
Group members participated in 4-H activities beyond the club level. (Ex: county educational workshops; district events; state fair)
4-H club/group consistently had a safety/supervision ratio of 1 adult to 10 youth.
The racial/ethnic composition of the club reflects the diversity of the surrounding community. (If club does not reflect the diversity of the community, then successful efforts to contact minority citizens in person, by mail, and through mass media may be used)
12–13 Checked of 20 questions = BRONZE Clover Club Award
14–15 Checked of 20 questions = SILVER Clover Club Award
16–17 Checked of 20 questions = GOLD Clover Club Award
Annual 4-H Club Program & Activity Plan
It is important to have a plan of what your club is going to do for the year. Use this sheet to plan the program and activities your club will do each year.
Regular Meeting Time:
Meeting Plan Form
It's a good idea at the beginning of the year to sit down and make plans for who is going to do what at your 4-H Club meetings throughout the year. You can use this sheet as a planning guide to outline who will have what responsibilities each member will have each month.
Secretary's Monthly Report
As club secretary, you conduct correspondence on behalf of your club. A special type of correspondence is the Secretary's Monthly Report. This is sent to the county Extension office to help Extension agents know what is happening in the 4-H club at the end of the year.
Immediately after each monthly club meeting, fill out the report card. It is encouraged to make several copies of this report card for all your meetings. Continue to keep a record of the report cards in this book.
Sample 4-H Report Card
Dear County Extension Agent(s),
Below is a report of our recent 4-H meeting or activity:
Name of 4-H Club:
Type of meeting or activity:
Date of meeting or activity:
What we did:
Date of next meeting:
Name of person making report:
Secretary's Annual Report
Name of Club:
How many members were on the club roll this year?
How many regular meetings were held?
How many project/workshop meetings were held?
What kind were they?
3. What was the average attendance at club meetings?
What percentage of the club's membership is this?
4. What community improvement or service projects did the club participate in?
5. Number of club members exhibiting projects during the year?
6. How many members completed one or more projects?
What percentage of the club's membership is this?
7. How many members participated in the following during a club meeting:
Gave a talk or demonstration
Lead an activity
Presented an exhibit
8. How many of your club members participated in the following?
Fairs or Shows
9. Is the club secretary's book complete?
Is the club treasurer's book complete?
Did your club keep a scrapbook?
10. Did any members, or your club, have a newspaper story printed? How many?
Did members of the club make any radio/television broadcasts? How many?
Did members of the club provide outreach on Social Media? How many?
11. Did any member appear on school, community or civic programs pertaining to 4-H Club work?
How many occasions and what?
12. Outside speaker:
13. Project work
Our Club's Achievements
Suggested 4-H Club Constitution
For additional information regarding club bylaws, please refer to EDIS publication 4H338, Adopting 4-H Club Bylaws (https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/4h338).
This organization should be known as the _______________________________ 4-H Club.
The purpose shall be to enable the members to work in harmony with one another for the best interests of the individual and of the community. Leadership, citizenship, and personal development should be the aim.
Any boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 18 years, who is interested in club work and willing to accept supervision by Extension Agents or volunteer leaders, may be considered for membership. The club will determine its membership under the guidelines of the Affirmative Action Programs of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.
Meetings should be held regularly according to the needs and desires of the group.
Suggested officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Recreation Leader, Council Delegate, and Reporter as needed. The President, Vice-President, and Secretary should compose the executive committee. The adult 4-H leaders shall serve as advisors to the Executive Committee.
Article VI—Duties of Officers
The president shall preside at all meetings, appoint all committees, and attend to such other duties as usually pertaining to the office. The Vice-President shall act in the absence of the President. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the meetings and attend to all correspondences of the club. The Treasurer shall collect and account for all monies of the club and shall pay out money only upon the order of the executive committee. The Reporter shall supply local newspapers with the news. The Recreation Leader shall plan and direct the club's recreational activities. The Council Delegate shall represent the club at council meetings and report to the club membership.
The 4-H Pledge
to clearer thinking
to greater loyalty
to larger service
and my Health
to better living
for my club
The HEAD represents:
Thinking, planning and reasoning.
Gaining new and valuable knowledge.
Understanding the whys.
The HEART represents:
Being concerned about the welfare of others.
Accepting the responsibilities of citizenship.
Determining the values and attitudes by which to live.
Learning how to live and work with others.
Developing positive attitudes.
The HANDS represent:
Learning new skills.
Improving skills already known.
Being useful, helpful, and skillful.
Developing respect for work and pride in accomplishment.
The HEALTH represents:
Practicing healthful living.
Using leisure time wisely.
Protecting the well-being of self and others.
The 4-H Pledge, first adopted in 1927, summarizes 4-H as the four-fold development of youth through the Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
Post a pledge banner at your meeting site. At the end of the first meeting, give everyone a card with the 4-H pledge to take home.