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Upcoming Events and Information

2015 State Volunteer Retreat
Register now to get your choice of workshops! Online registration and workshop descriptions are now posted at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/state‐volunteer‐retreat
The annual State Volunteer Retreat brings together 4‐H volunteers, staff, parents, and intermediate and senior 4‐H members to network and learn about innovative programs that will help bring fresh perspectives and activities to Iowa 4‐H programs. Friday evening, February 6, features hands on activities and ideas.

Saturday, February 7, is filled with a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Workshops are presented by ISU faculty and staff and volunteers. The wide variety of workshop sessions will meet the needs of both new and experienced volunteers, staff, and 4‐H members. Registration is FREE this year and limited to the first 100 people who register. Registration is filling up fast so don’t delay!

Check out the workshop descriptions http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/state‐volunteer‐retreat.  Registration deadline is January 23
(Chris Gleason cgleason@iastate.edu; Marisue Hartung mhartung@iastate.edu)

Region 14 Volunteers Invited to Training in Knoxville
Region 14 new volunteer training (NVT) is designed for new 4‐H volunteers committing to working with 4‐H youth as club, project, Clover Kids –leaders or assistants. Volunteers committing to these roles are required to attend a new volunteer training within the first 18 months of being screened and approved as a 4‐H volunteer. Additionally all volunteers even those with many years of ser‐ vice who have never attended a New Volunteer Training are welcomed and encouraged to attend. County Council and senior 4‐H members are also invited to attend the training especially those who assist or lead Clover Kid groups.

The 6 hour training is designed to give new volunteers a better working knowledge of positive youth development, the Iowa 4‐H Equation, 4‐H history and tools that will help them be more confident and capable in their roles working with youth. The training includes breakout sessions for Clover Kid volunteers and club volunteers. Volunteers who attend receive a notebook of positive youth development resources and information.

The Training dates for volunteers and high school age youth in Jasper, Poweshiek, Mahaska, Marion, Counties have been split with the general overview on Thursday January 22, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm with the follow up meeting on Thursday, January 29 from
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The second meeting on January 29 will focus on the role and responsibilities of Club leader/assistant or Clover
Kid leader/assistant. The meeting location is Marion County Extension Office, 210 N. Iowa Street, Knoxville, IA 50138.

Refreshments, a light meal and all materials are included so please RSVP to Poweshiek County Extension office by Monday, January 19, 2015.

Club Leader General Information

Starting with the club or group, volunteers make everything happen. Club leaders provide overall leadership to club or group organization, overseeing the structure and operation and serving as the club’s contact with Extension employees and county-unit volunteers. They involve and coordinate activities of other volunteer roles that support the group. Project and activity leaders help members plan and conduct projects and group activities.

Clubs can use help with tasks that take place repeatedly throughout the year and with tasks that can be completed in a short time period. There are jobs working directly with 4-H’ers and others that support the club behind the scenes. The most successful clubs encourage each member’s family to take on volunteer roles, each contributing what it can in a unique way.


Help 4-H club members grow and reach their fullest potential by supporting them to conduct meaningful, educational experiences. Inform and encourage members, parents and other volunteers to actively participate in appropriate 4-H opportunities that offer the best chance for their success.

  • Develop a caring relationship with members.
  • Become an advisor, guide, and mentor.
  • Take time to listen and visit casually with each young person.
  • Create a safe environment for members.
  • Help youth feel welcome and safe from physical or emotional harm.
  • Encourage participation and welcome the ideas of youth and parents.
  • Ensure adequate supervision at all club functions
  • Provide opportunities for youth to feel capable and experience success, developing self-confidence
  • Help youth find resources to explore projects and activities.
  • Provide meaningful learning experiences.
  • Model and teach that failure or frustration is part of learning experience.
  • Be fair and consistent in enforcing rules and giving feedback.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to value and practice service to others.
  • Encourage youth to consider the feelings of others.
  • Encourage youth mentoring each other.
  • Allow youth to choose their service projects based on what is important to them and their community.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to make decisions.
  • Provide opportunities for youth to feel they have impact over their lives.
  • Allow youth to make decisions about how the club functions and its activities.
  • Engage members in creating a yearly club activity calendar.

If you choose to have officers in your club, help them learn their responsibilities and train them to run their meetings, develop committees and plan and conduct activities.

  • Create an inclusive environment.
  • Involve members in developing club programs, project work, community service, social events, and participation in county, district, and state 4-H events.
  • Serve as a primary communication link between the office/county 4-H professional and the club.
  • Follow-up with members who miss meetings.
  • Continually provide feedback to members. Give them advice and praise.
  • Have members provide feedback to you. Ask members how you can help them even more than you are now.
  • Provide club management and communication.
  • Read 4-H newsletters and literature from the Extension office and keep members, parents, and other advisors informed.
  • Be aware of 4-H projects available, help members select projects, and encourage parents to support their child’s project work.
  • Secure club organization materials from the Extension office.
  • Complete enrollment forms and other paperwork as requested by the county Extension office.
  • Participate in volunteer training.
  • Participate in twice a year required volunteer development trainings.
Qualifications/Skills Needed
  • A sincere interest in the safety and well being of youth.
  • The ability to teach and motivate youth while nurturing self-esteem, decision-making skills, responsibility, and leadership in youth.
  • Successfully pass through Child Protection and Safety Policy screening process.
  • The ability to organize information and materials and delegate responsibility.
  • The ability to work and communicate effectively both verbally and written.
  • The ability to motivate parents and other volunteers to assume leadership positions.
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision from professional staff.
  • A sincere interest in working with other volunteers and professional staff in an educational setting.
  • A willingness to become familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the Iowa State University Extension, Iowa 4-H program, and the county 4-H program.
  • Extension agrees to provide orientation and training that will help the volunteer meet the needs of members, leaders, and parents.
  • Provide appropriate educational materials.
  • Offer professional assistance.
  • Provide appropriate recognition and awards.
Appointed by
  • County Extension Council following successful screening process
Responsible to and receives counsel and guidance from
  • County
  • Youth
  • 4-H Youth Program Specialist
Length of Commitment
  • 1-2 years

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