All 4-H clubs are asked to hold meetings, accept members, offer educational opportunities, and complete annual reports. There are two types of clubs. A family club consists of a parent and the immediate children of the household. These clubs cannot handle funds. A chartered club must consist of at least five youths from three different households and at least two fully certified adult volunteers. Chartered clubs can maintain funds but it is not a requirement. Regardless of the type of club, 4-Hers learn by doing.
At the end of the program year (September), all 4-H clubs (both family and chartered) need to turn in the following documents—an updated and current secretary book, yearend financial report (even if the club does not have funds), project list, club plan and an updated constitution and bylaws.
If you are interested in starting a new club, please contact the WSU Extension Office. Clubs (both family or chartered) need to submit the following to the Grant County Extension Office—annual plan and budget, project list, constitution and bylaws, authorization to include 4-H club for group exemption, and request to use the 4-H name and emblem.
*A note about finances…
Clubs are able to maintain funds but these funds are to be used equally by all current members. It is important to make a plan, create a budget, and fundraise only until the goal is met. Large balances should not be carried from year to year. A good suggestion is to carry no more than one hundred dollars per member into the new program year. Clubs should not fundraise to purchase project animals or animal feed (those expenses are the responsibility of the individual member). It is appropriate to raise money for educational opportunities, enrollment fees, club activities, and club t-shirts.
4-H Club Officer Duties & Resources Packets:
New Leader and Returning Leader Requirements
Washington State 4-H Food Preservation Training is a series of five online lessons for 4-H project leaders leading the Food Preservation curriculum and activities. All 4-H Project Leaders leading Food Preservation projects and activities will need to have completed this training series to enroll. The training is free for 4-H Volunteers. Details and Registration.
Shooting Sports Training (Required for Shooting Sports Project Leadership)
Additional 4-H Shooting Sports Training for specific shooting sports disciplines is required for certified 4-H volunteers to lead 4-H Shooting Sports Projects. 4-H volunteers interested in leading shooting sports projects should contact Carolyn Russo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-754-2011 ext. 4313. You will be notified when 4-H Shooting Sports Trainings are scheduled in WA or ID.