Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Texas 4H :: Registration Opens August 15th

4H is an amazing youth driven organization throughout the United States and world. Here in Texas, 4H has a large participation rate from the age divisions of Clover Kids through Seniors.

The perception of 4H as being only for those wanting to raise and show animals is false. In today's 4H program, youth may raise animals, compete in knowledge contests (food and nutrition quiz bowl, animal judging), engage in the culinary arts, get a taste of public speaking, become a leader, and show off their talents in sewing (fashion show), metal working, or anything in between. 4Hers may also participate in the Junior Master Gardening program (one of my favorites) and work together to serve the greater community. 4H has something for everyone!

While traditionally free of charge, the organization has recently implemented a $25 yearly registration fee for participation  due to to state cut-backs. However, most clubs host fundraisers to cover this expense for active members.

A typical 4H club will meet monthly to discuss club business and upcoming 4H events and deadlines. A speaker is usually brought in as an educational accompaniment. 4H clubs have student officers who conduct the meetings. Parent leaders volunteer their time to clubs, as well. As a 4H member, your participation in events can be as much or as little as you choose.

The Texas 4H emails out a statewide newsletter to all active 4H members; the county will mail or email their local newsletter, as well, to keep students and leaders well informed.

As the 4H registration process begins again on August 15th, please consider joining a local club this fall! Visit your county's extension office and speak with your 4H agent today.

4H Links:

Texas 4H

4H Enrollment Forms

4H on Facebook

{If you live in Gregg County, please contact me and I will be happy to share information about our county clubs and get you in contact with our agents!}

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