A 4-H Club can be started in any community where there is a group of boys and girls 9-21 years of age who wish to become members, and parents or adults who wish to assist in a leadership capacity.
Who would be contacted if you wanted to start a new 4-H Club?
Contact the Agriculture Leadership Coordinator in a regional office in the region in which you live. The regional offices are located in Truro, Sydney, Kentville, Pictou, Antigonish, Lunenburg and Cornwallis.
The coordinator will discuss the details of the 4-H program with you, determine the extent of interest, local leadership potential, and community needs of the youth, and answer any questions you may have.
A meeting date would then be set when prospective members and their parents and other interested persons in the community could meet with the Agriculture Leadership Coordinator. At this time, the coordinator would outline the 4-H program, display project material available, learn the interests of the members, and learn from the adults how much community support a 4-H club would receive.
What materials would be required by a new 4-H Club?
- Registration Forms (one for each member and leader)
- 4-H Awareness Booklets (one for each family)
- Project manuals (one for each project)
- Project newsletters and record sheets (one for each member and leader for each project – these arrive in January each year)
- Secretary & Treasurer Record Books
- 4-H Parliamentary Procedure Guide
Where can these materials be obtained?
These materials can be obtained from the Agriculture Leadership Coordinator. Periodic newsletters are also sent to 4-H families from the regional office.
At the initial meetings of a new 4-H club, the following decisions should be made:
- Name for the club;
- What projects the club will offer;
- Who the leaders of the club will be;
- Elect club officers as follows:
- Vice President
- Club Reporter
- Committees as required
- Decide on a regular time and place for meetings. (General club meetings are usually held once a month.)