Tools for Volunteer Leaders
The success or failure of any club depends largely on how the program is organized. The more care and thought put into a program, the greater the probability of a successful 4-H club.
Any 4-H club meeting should provide a balance of fun, business, and learning. When planning your club activities be sure to:
- Provide a role for each member
- Meet needs of all participants
- Share responsibilities
- Ensure a balanced program
- Provide for good communication
- Provide opportunities to practice planning skills
- Avoid calendar conflicts
Resources for Volunteers
15-20 Minutes should be allotted for the business meetings. Group discussion following basic parliamentary procedure allows for 4-H youth to build their leadership skills.
The program activity is the educational component of the club meeting. Youth are invited to share their project work, invited speakers and tours are all good program ideas. This portion of a club meeting should be limited to 40-50 minutes.
Fun is a large part of the 4-H experience. Be sure to allow 15-20 minutes of every club meeting for group building through recreational and social time. Healthy snacks, recreation and fun are an integral part of every club meeting.