What do 4-H’ers expect from their club leaders?

A 4-H member would like a leader with the following qualities:

  • set a good example;
  • be patient;
  • be a creative teacher or locate someone who can help with a project;
  • be understanding and earn the respect of the members;
  • have a good sense of humour, teach on the members level;
  • be easy for the member to talk to and a good listener;
  • give constructive criticism and praise when necessary without comparing to other members,
  • divides the work equally between all members.  Most of all, they are interested in children and their development as knowledgeable and caring citizens.

Clubs have found that it is best if the leadership role is shared, and that it is easier to recruit leaders if their jobs are defined. These are the main leadership roles:

  1. General Leader:
    This person is responsible for the general organization and administration of the club. This does not mean that general leaders do all these jobs; it means that they are responsible for seeing that they are done. Most clubs have found that the general leader’s job is full enough without having to teach a project as well.
    The job of the general leader includes:

    1. Organization, including:
      – getting the club started at the beginning of the club year;
      – ensuring there are sufficient leaders and that they attend training meetings;
      – club registration and ordering and distribution of project material;
      – election of club officers and helping them carry out their jobs.
    2. Administration, includes:
      – keeping files for the club, secretary’s books, filing and mail;
      – keeping other leaders informed of club activities when required;
      – ensuring member and leader forms are filled in and they are aware of opportunities available to them.
    3. Club meetings / activities, including:
      – overseeing program planning;
      – working with committees to carry out the club meetings and activities;
      – overseeing Achievement Day planning.
    4. Evaluation, including:
      – ensuring the club evaluates the progress it has made from time to time.
  2. Project Leaders
    The job of the project leader is to teach a project to a group of members. There should be at least one project leader for each project that the club is offering.
  3. Assistant Leaders
    Many general club leaders have found that one or more assistant leaders are a great help. An assistant leader may take over some of the jobs listed under the general leader. Project leaders may use an assistant, particularly for a large project group.
  4. Junior Leaders
    Senior members may act as junior leaders and may take the Junior Leadership project. They may assist in any area of club work.

What is the Leadership Screening Procedure?

To be diligent with current risk management procedures all Nova Scotia 4‐H leaders will be screened every three years, with the following rotation:

  • South Shore and Eastern Regions during the 4-H year 2012-2013, 2015-2016, etc.
  • Central and Western Regions during the 4-H year 2013-2014, 2016-2017, etc .
  • Valley and Cape Breton Regions during the 4-H year 2014-2015, 2017-2018, etc.

If a leader was screened within the two years leading up to the regional screening year for their area, he/she can wait for the next rotation to be re-screened. Please click here for leader screening information.