Your Play-by-Play Guide to 4-H Club Management and Positive Youth Development
- 4H Advisor Enrollment Form
- 4H Advisor Handbook (pdf) – Online version at Ohio4h.org – Tip Sheet at Ohio4h.org
- 4-H Pledge
- Eight Key Elements to a Successful 4-H Club
- Evaluate How Your 4-H Club Is Doing? Suggestions to Follow
- 4-H Officers and Duties
- 4-H Permission Form Samples & Suggestions
- Sample 4-H Club Constitution & By Laws
- Managing Your 4-H Club Finances
As a condition of being a part of 4-H, the Ohio State University Extension requires that all 4-H clubs, 4-H affiliates, federations, and councils maintain their own Tax Payer Identification Number (TIN, also known as EIN). Previous national 4-H group exemptions under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code will be extinguished. All 4-H clubs, 4-H affiliates, federations and councils that were part of a previous national 4-H group exemption must maintain their tax-exempt status through the University’s group exemption. Existing Stark County 4-H Clubs who have submitted their EIN number to the office have completed this requirement. New 4-H Clubs must secure their EIN number.
- Letter from OSUE, Ohio 4-H Director
- Step by Step Guide to Apply for EIN On-Line
- 4-H Group Exemption Authorization Form – * New 4-H Clubs * After securing your EIN for your 4-H Club, please complete this form and return to the OSUE, Stark County Office, 2650 Richville Drive SE Suite 100, Massillon, Ohio 44646.
- 4-H Club Annual Financial Report – Due January 31, annually to OSUE, Stark County Extension Office, email, 330-830-7720 FAX or US Mail, 2650 Richville DR SE; ST 100, Massillon, OH 44646
Each 4-H Club MUST submit an annual e-postcard report online to the IRS by May 15, annually http://epostcard.form990.org/
Organization 4H Advisor MUST print off a record that you completed the report or if fails, you attempted to complete report. Keep in your records in case needed.
This I Believe about 4-H Youth…
It’s not only what we know, but what we believe, that determines what we do.
- The 4-H members are more important than the project.
- 4-H is not trying to replace the home, the church, or the school – only supplement them.
- 4-H’ers should be their own best exhibits.
- No 4-H award is worth sacrificing the reputation of the 4-H member or volunteer.
- Competition is a natural human trait and should be recognized as such in 4-H club work. It should be given no more emphasis than other fundamentals in 4-H.
- Learning how to do the project is more important than the project itself.
- Many things are caught rather than taught.
- A blue ribbon 4-H member with a red ribbon pig is more desirable than a red ribbon member with a blue ribbon pig.
- That “learning by doing” is fundamental in any sound educational program and characteristic of the 4-H program.
- Generally speaking, there is more than one good way of doing most things.
- Every 4-H member needs to be noticed, to be important, to achieve and to be praised.
- Our job is to teach 4-H members how to think, not what to think.
Source: Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Conference Brochure-2005
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Keith L. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Director, Ohio State University Extension, TDD No. 800-589-8292 (Ohio only) or 614-292-1868