4-H All Stars program was started in West Virginia in 1920
by Mr. William "Teepi" Kendrick, the State 4-H Club
Leader. The organization then spread to other states. According
to "The Torch," a 1956 publication by the West Virginia
4-H All Stars, "During the summer of 1948, Tennessee
4-H Club members organized two All Star Chapters. The Western
District consecrated 23 members and the Middle District 42.
This came about through the interest and work of Paul Rose,
Virginia All Star and Club Specialist of Tennessee. [Two]
Virginia All Stars went to Tennessee to help with organizing
the first chapter. Tennesse now has five districts set up
with officers in each district."
held its first State All Star Conference on August 20, 1949.
Following this conference, the All Stars completed a formal
constitution, which stated that the organization would be
known as the District Chapter of the 4-H All Stars and would
be associated with the 4-H development program of the Agricultural
Extension Service. At this time, not every district had an
All Stars chapter, so the group decided not to elect state
officers. However, in the 1950s the district Big Chiefs formed
a State All Star Council. In 1955, District Scribes were added
to the State Council and the first state officers were elected.
The state officers included Big Chief, Lesser Chief, Scribe,
Newsletter Editor, Scout, and Medicine Person.
Stars have a golden opportunity to
serve. It's a matter of how you want
to serve and where you want to serve."
Dr. William D. Bishop
closing remarks at
1965 All Star Conference
has changed and adapted over the years to best represent the
young people of Tennessee. However, the core values have remained
the same. From
the very beginning of the organization, 4-H All Stars have
sought to be of service to their community. An early All Stars
leader in Maryland said, "No greater attainment can be
achieved by the 4-H Club member than to so conduct his life
that he will enter into All Star activities. The desire to
get ahead of the other fellow will get a candidate nowhere.
Club members will not try to down others, but will try to
raise themselves. Our great 4-H Club motto, 'To Make the Best
Better,' is in its greatest degree exemplified by the 4-H
development of one who has been selected for membership in
the All Stars."
to download a few of the documents that illustrate the history
of 4-H All Stars:
4-H All Star Emblem
emblem of the 4-H All Stars is a 4-H clover with
a red, five-pointed star and a diamond chip. The
red star stands for courage,
which is needed to meet our daily problems. The
five points of the star symbolize knowledge,
beauty, and love.
The diamond is made of our most precious stone
and sheds its light in the dark.