4-H Advisory Council
The Eaton County 4-H Advisory Council assists with promoting and planning county 4-H activities and providing and encouraging educational opportunities. 4-H Council runs many county activities including scholarships for attending state workshops and educational opportunities, selection of county awards and the annual Volunteer Celebration (volunteer recognition and member award banquet).
Meetings are the first Monday of the following months at 7 p.m.: October, November, January, March, May and August. All clubs are encouraged to send representatives to the meeting, but please note that only 4-H volunteers and members are allowed to vote.
4-H Advisory Council Constitution (amended 11-8-18)
Check back in fall 2020 for information on the 2019-2020 banquet.
Participation Celebration is the annual awards banquet for Eaton County 4-H, sponsored by Eaton County 4-H Council. Help celebrate accomplishments from the prior program year! Volunteers are recognized for milestones in their years of service, youth are awarded county medals and awards and special awards are given out. Invitations are mailed to those who will be recognized at the event.
The Eaton County 4-H Council will reimburse youth and adult volunteers for registration fees up to $220 for educational workshops for youth and volunteers who attend educational opportunities at state 4-H events after fulfilling all of the following requirements:
- Must complete at least one hour of Eaton County 4-H Community Service for every $20 you would like to be reimbursed for. The community services activities must be approved by the 4-H Council board and may include community service within your 4-H club or at the county 4-H level. The Eaton County MSU Extension office will have a list of approved community service activities if ideas are needed. A community service form will need to be filled out and signed. Adult volunteer hours must use the knowledge gained from the workshop.
- Youth and volunteers must make an educational short presentation at a 4-H Council meeting within two meetings of attending the event you would like to be reimbursed for. Your educational presentation must include what you learned, how it impacts your 4-H experience, at least 2-4 pictures or examples/demo of what you did, how this knowledge will impact Eaton County 4-H. (No one else will be able to make this report for the individual.)
- Each youth and volunteer can receive up to two reimbursements per year.
Individuals who would like to receive more than $100 in reimbursement must get 4-H Council board approval prior to attending. 4-H Council will not reimburse for events that cost less than $40.
4-H Exploration Days Scholarship - 2020 ONLY
All 4-H youth are eligible for a $40 scholarship from 4-H Council to attend 4-H Exploration Days 2020. Thank you to Spartan Motors for your donation which is making this scholarship possible! This scholarship will be automatically applied to the balance due for all 4-H youth who register for the event.
Jr. Dairy Association Scholarship Fund
All 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project are eligible to receive a scholarship for the registration fee for 4-H events (the event does not have to be dairy-related). Funds are limited to a maximum of $200 and 2 events per person per year. Example events could include: 4-H Exploration Days, Kettunen Center workshops, 4-H Capitol Experience, Citizenship Washington Focus and more. If you have questions about the 4-H event you would like to attend, please contact the Extension office. To receive the scholarship, fill out and return the form below to the 4-H Council treasurer.
Award applications for 2020 are due to the Extension office by November 15. Awards are for achievements from the 2019-2020 4-H program year. Award winners will be invited to and recognized at the annual Participation Celebration Banquet (formerly the Volunteer Celebration Banquet). Banquet date TBD in late February/early March; banquet may be virtual depending on program guidelines at that time.
Learning, completing a project and recognition are important parts of the 4-H program. Recognition enhances the member’s self-esteem, increases his or her motivation to learn, encourages involvement in 4-H, develops new responsibilities, and allows them to set new goals. You have the opportunity to make this happen with youth whom you feel have made significant achievements in 4-H by nominating them for a county award.
There are many reasons for nominating a member for an award. Anyone who you feel deserves and meets the requirements can be nominated. Remember that each youth is an individual and starts at a different point. Things you may want to consider when nominating:
- Would the member benefit from this award experience?
- Did the member have enthusiasm for the project?
- Did the member work hard and personally develop through the project?
Often times, leaders tend to nominate those who receive top honors at the fair, but everyone who meets the specific requirements is eligible for the awards and often times benefits more.
Award Letter to Administrative Leaders (includes project areas for County Medals and Young Achievers)
**NOTE: All awards for the 2019-2020 program year will be submitted via Google Form. Individuals who need assistance with or experience technical difficulties with Google Forms should email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain PDF applications which can be submitted via email.
- Club Award
- Community Service (up to three clubs) and Club Recreation
- Achievement – Citizenship – Leadership
- Achievement: Emphasizes leadership, citizenship, knowledge and application of skills learned in 4-H and how you have helped others and/or your club.
- Citizenship: Emphasizes activities in community service, the ability to work and get along with others and being a good citizen.
- Leadership: Emphasizes active leadership experience and willingness to accept new leadership responsibilities.
- County Medal Application
- For youth members (4-H age of 12-19) in a project area. For project areas, see award letter to administrative leaders linked above.
- “I Dare You” Leadership Awards
- Given to two members demonstrating outstanding leadership abilities, excellence in character and well-balanced personal development (must be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade). This award corresponds to the National Leadership Award from the American Youth Foundation.
- Young Achievers
- For youth members (4-H age of 8-11) in a project area. For project areas, see award letter to administrative leaders linked above.
- 4-H Key Club Award
- This award is the top county 4-H honor. Members must be 4-H age of 15, completed three years of 4-H club work, completed 4-H projects in at least two different project areas, completed a teen leadership project and participate in three state sponsored or state 4-H events.
- Outstanding Leader Awards
- Up to four awards given.
- Outstanding Teen Leader Award Nomination and Report Form
- Up to four awards given. Members must have completed the teen leader report form and have done a teen leader interview at this year's fair. NOTE: For 2019-2020 program year, the teen leader interview at fair is waived.
- Friend of 4-H Award
- An individual or business can be nominated as a Friend of 4-H. Anyone may submit a nomination.
To submit nominations:
- Determine approximately how many members in your club you wish to nominate for (for certain awards, youth may choose to nominate themselves with a leader signature):
- County Awards
- Young Achievers
- Achievement, Leadership or Citizenship Awards
- 4-H Key Club Awards
- “I Dare You” Leadership Awards
- For each member you wish to nominate for a county award or a Young Achievers award, please do the following:
- On the nomination letter, print member name and project area (refer to the list of possible project award areas in the handbook).
- Fill in the box on the application sheet with member’s name and information. Be sure to sign the application!
- Give the completed nomination letter and form to the 4-H member for them to complete and turn into the Extension office by the deadline.
- To nominate a member for an Achievement, Leadership or Citizenship award, complete the box on the summary form, sign it and give the form to the member to complete and return to the Extension office by the deadline.
- To nominate a member for a 4-H Key Club award, complete the information on the 4-H Key Club Award form and sign it. Give the form and the 4-H Key Club Application to the member. Have them return both papers to the Extension office by the deadline.
- For the above awards, please provide input on why you feel the member is deserving of the particular award.
- To nominate a member for the “I Dare You” Leadership award, simply complete the information on the award sheets, sign it and summarize in 250 words or less why you feel the member should receive the award. (Note: Nominations for this award may be made by any leader, member or parent.) Return the form to the Extension office by the deadline.
- Clubs can be nominated for 4-H club awards and leaders can be nominated for the Outstanding Leader Awards by submitting your written summaries as described on the 4-H Club Award and Outstanding Leader Award sheet by the deadline.
We hope to see many nominations and applications! There are many deserving 4-H members and volunteers in Eaton County. Please help us recognize their efforts and accomplishments. If you have any questions, please give the office a call.