Category Archives: Organizational Strategies

#4HGrows: But Can You?

More than once I’ve heard, “In 4-H we are concerned with the quality of our programs, not the quantity.”  Every time I heard this it both shocks and scares me.  YES, I believe in quality programs.  YES, I believe that … Continue reading

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Quality Club Meetings

For many youth, the club meeting is their first exposure to 4-H.  Therefore, it’s critical that these meetings be of quality.  First impressions count! The next several blog posts will focus on what constitutes effective 4-H club meetings.  In the … Continue reading

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My Mom Made Me Do A 4-H Project Book

…And I lived to tell the tale. When I was eight and joined 4-H, I distinctly remember pouring over the list of project books I could choose from.  I settled on Love-a-Horse (maybe stereotypical for an 8 year old girl) and … Continue reading

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Hold Up Officer! Have You Been Trained?

4-H club officers are a critical determinant for the success of a 4-H club.  They can add to, or take away, from what can be an incredible experience for 4-H club members.  They can bring in new members, or scare them away.  … Continue reading

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Build It and They Will Come; Make Them Feel They Belong and They Will Stay.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Oh how true that is, especially in the case of 4-H programs. If you think about it, we promise the world in 4-H. We promise to help develop young … Continue reading

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Marketing #3: Know Your Audience

Who is your target audience when you market 4-H programs? Sure, you can say that it “depends” and that would be true.  And there is much validity in understanding that, and thus adjusting your marketing strategy to the specific audience … Continue reading

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BEHOLD- The Power of Project Days!

Last week we discussed planning the new 4-H year, but frankly the best laid plans can quickly go astray.  Why?  If you are like me, other “stuff” can quickly eat up the time you need to create good work… if … Continue reading

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Execution Gets It Done

Ambition… creativity… drive.. These are some of the characteristics that often propel individuals to leadership positions, such as leading a county 4-H program.  However, these are the same characteristics which oftentimes can impede work from actually getting done. The book “The 4 … Continue reading

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Absence Makes the Head to Wonder

“I haven’t seen my 4-H Agent at the Fair this week.  I’m pretty certain he does absolutely nothing!” I’m not quite sure what it is in human nature that makes us think the worst of others sometimes.   Whether it’s clients … Continue reading

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Do You MORC?

“What is this MORC you speak of?” National 4-H Council’s Marketing Online Resource Center (MORC) is a treasure trove of marketing toolkits, training, and tools.  Check it out at:  http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/ It is through this site that you can gain access to … Continue reading

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