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4-H Glossary

4-H Glossary

Achievement Pins - Pins are awarded at the end of the 4-H Year to members who complete a project.

Assistant Leader - An Assistant Leader is a volunteer who is willing to assume the responsibility for handling short-term assignments.  Volunteers in this leadership role can help in many ways.  They may be able to help for a few hours or a few days at such things as: fairs, presentation days, achievement nights, training conferences, and county, regional and state events.

Charter - A 4-H Charter is granted to 4-H members when the minimum requirements are met to start a 4-H club.

Community Service - A project or an event undertaken by a club, project group, or an individual 4-H member to help make the community a better place in which to live.

Cooperative Extension - An organization established May 8, 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Lever Act, which directed Cooperative Extension "to aid in diffusing among the peoples of the United States . . . useful and practical information on subjects relating to agriculture and home economics" by means of "instruction and practical demonstrations." Congress clearly intended to create and educational program, and wanted it to include work with young people.  This educational program is a cooperative effort between three levels of government: the United States Department of Agriculture at the federal level; the University of California at the state level; and the county Board of Supervisors at the local level.

Council Executive Committee - The elected officers of the County 4-H Council and those designated by the by-laws of the County 4-H Council.

County 4-H Council - Made up of volunteers.  All volunteers are automatically members of the County 4-H Council.  With the guidance of 4-H Youth Advisors, this group plans, implements, and evaluates county 4-H programs.  Officers are elected annually, and the group generally meets regularly.  This organization may undertake one or more major fund-raising efforts each year.  It may also establish an executive committee to transact business and make decisions for the Council.  Older 4-Hers may be members of the County 4-H Council.

Demonstration - A planned presentation by one or two 4-H members that teaches, by illustration or example, information or example, information related to a project or event.  A member's first demonstration is usually at the project level where he or she is asked to show other members how to perform a particular skill.  This may be developed into a more formal presentation that can be given at 4-H meetings, at school, or for other groups of people.

Event - A planned, education opportunity for 4-H members to learn through group participation.  It is learning by doing.  Events are held at the club, county, regional, state, and national levels.  Examples of club and county events are fairs, exhibit days, judging, fashion reviews, demonstrations, fun nights, recognition dinners, and similar programs.

Fashion Revue - The 4-H Fashion Revue is a county event.  Judging is based on the appearance of the garment, its appropriateness for the individual, and on how well the garment is made.  At the county level, gold medals are awarded to up to 10 percent of the contestants and a county winner is selected.  The Fashion Revue is open to boys and girls enrolled in the Clothing Project.

4-H Club - A 4-H Club is a group of 4-H members who meet regularly to conduct business, learn about projects, take part in community service events, and enjoy recreation.  These groups have elected officers, a constitution and by-laws and a treasury maintained by fundraising efforts.  Most 4-H groups meet monthly.  Members plan a yearly program for meetings and events in advance.  All 4-H members, volunteers, and parents attend to share information about the club, and about district, county, regional, state, and national 4-H events.

4-H Member - Any young person who is 5 years old can become a primary member.  Those that are 9 years old, but is not yet 19 may become a regular 4-H member.  A member may remain active in 4-H until the end of the calendar year in which he or she becomes 19 years old.

4-H Motto - To make the best better.

4-H Pledge - As a loyal 4-H member, I pledge my head to clear thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, my health, to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Insurance - Accident insurance is mandatory for every 4-H member and volunteer.  This insurance covers members and volunteers on the way to and from, or at, any planned 4-H work.  In addition to this policy, the University of California provides liability insurance coverage for all 4-H volunteers when officially engaged in 4-H work.  This liability insurance is provided at no cost to the volunteer.

Judging - An educational event that develops the ability to make decisions.  It expands a 4-H member's knowledge and understanding of qualities and standards.  At judging events, 4-H members learn to make observations, comparisons, decisions, and to give reasons.

Junior Leader - A Junior Leader is a 6th, 7th and 8th grade 4-H member who is enrolled in the leadership development program.  Junior Leaders carry out planned leadership responsibilities under the supervision of volunteers.

Personal Development Form (PDR) - A form that starts at the beginning of the 4-H year as a plan and at the end of the year summarizes a member's participation in 4-H work.

Presentation Day - A planned educational event, competitive in nature.  At this event, 4-H members give demonstrations which are judged competitively by a team of judges using standard score sheets.

Project Meeting - A meeting of 4-H members, where the members learn specific knowledge of skills about the particular subject.

Regional Field Day - A chance for the county gold medal winners to compete against the gold medal winners of other counties in presentations.

Resource Leader - A Resource Leader is a volunteer who is willing to assume the responsibility for handling special assignments.  A volunteer in this leadership role may have expertise in a specific project, in administration, management, or leadership.

Star Ranks - A system that provides an opportunity for 4-H members to focus on planning goals that are attainable and measurable.  Any 4-H member can attain the ranks of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and All Stars.

Teen Leader - A 4-H member who is in the 9th grade or above and who is enrolled in the leadership development project.  Teen Leaders carry out planned leadership responsibilities with the guidance of volunteers.