What is 4-H All Stars?
4-H All Stars is the second level in the Tennessee 4-H recogntion program for outstanding 4-H members. Through active participation in their 4-H clubs, 4-H'ers in 7th-12th grades can earn points to become members of the 4-H Honor Club. Once they complete the 8th grade, Honor Club members may apply for membership in 4-H All Stars. Membership in All Stars is based on SERVICE, which is the All Star motto.
4-H All Stars have many opportunities for service, leadership, and FUN! Whether participating in county service learning projects, attending regional conferences, or serving as a regional or state officer, members learn about themselves as they serve others. The opportunities are limitless. As a speaker at the 1965 All Star Conference said, "All Stars have a golden opportunity to serve. It's a matter of how you want to serve and where you want to serve." 

The 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 Central 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."


Tennessee 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.


The organization 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."


Click to download a few of the documents that illustrate the history of 4-H All Stars:

The 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, strength, truth, beauty, and love. The diamond is made of our most precious stone and sheds its light in the dark.

How Do I Join 4-H All Stars?
Are you interested in becoming a 4-H All Star? The first step is to be a member of the 4-H Honor Club. Visit the Honor Club link in this Web site to find out more.


The All Star application is the last page of the Honor Club application (the pages should stay attached). Click here to download a copy.


According to the Constitution and By-laws, the following qualifications apply for selection of nominees for All Star initiation:

    •      • Active 4-H Club member*
  •      • Must have completed the 8th grade*
  •      • Must be a member of the Tennessee 4-H Honor Club*
  •      • Outstanding leadership ability
  •      • Commendable character
  •      • Above average project work
  •      • Willingness to serve

     * The first three qualifications are required.


Contact your county Extension agent for more information on becoming a 4-H All Star.

The 4-H All Star motto is "SERVICE."  4-H All Stars exhibit this motto through county, regional, and state service projects to benefit their neighbors at home and around the world.  Although some things in Tennessee 4-H are changing, the All Stars' commitment to service isn't one of them.


County All Stars groups can submit their projects for the Don Bowman Award and the Peggy Davis Award, which are presented annually at Roundup. Service is included in local, regional and state All Star conferences and meetings. For the July 2015 Roundup and State All Star Conference, 4-H members are collecting school supplies for Knoxville's Pond Gap Elementary School.


You can strengthen your service experience by turning it into a service learning project. How? It's simple! Look at your community, decide what the needs are, and plan a project to meet the needs. Then, to make it true service learning, think about the skills and knowledge you can gain through the project and make those things your learning objectives. Conduct your project and reflect on what you've done. Then, evaluate and celebrate your accomplishments!

High Council

Each of the three regions elects officers to lead their regional All Stars. Along with the state officers, the regional Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Scribes, and Advisors make up the state 4-H All Star High Council. The Council members and other regional officers meet annually to discuss All Stars, set the state service theme, elect state officers, strengthen their leadership skills, and much more.


Jordan Bowling of Anderson County currently serves as 2018-2019 State All Star Chief. Savannah Jones of Union County and Jackson Lelle of Roane County serve as State All Star Deputy Chief and State All Star Scribe, respectively.  

Tennessee 4-H has three awards that are available only to 4-H All Stars. Each award is presented at State Round Up and All Star Conference and recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding efforts throughout the year. Check out the awards described below and see how you can best display and be recognized for your service efforts.

The Don Bowman Award
The Don Bowman Project Award recognizes county All-Star groups for their most outstanding service project.  To enter, each county   should report all service activities using Form 591 and submit the forms to their regional office. Only one project may be recorded on each form; however, a county may submit as many forms to the region as they would like.Each region will select the best quality service project from all entries to submit to the State competition. A panel of judges, selected by the State 4-H Office, will then select a State Winner from the three Regional Winners. Each regional winner will receive a certificate and a $10 cash award. The winner of the Don Bowman Project Award will be announced at State 4-H All-Star Conference. The county submitting the winning entry will receive a plaque and a $50 cash award.   

The Peggy Davis Award
The Peggy Davis Service Award recognizes county All-Star groups for their completion of the most service contact hours. To enter, each county should report all service activities using Form 591 and submit the forms to their regional office. Only one project may be recorded on each form; however, a county may submit as many forms to the region as they would like. Each region will then select the county that submits the most service contact hours using Form 591. The county’s entire collection of forms should be sent to the state 4-H office for review. A panel of judges, selected by the state 4-H office, will conduct an official count to determine a state winner.


Each regional winner will receive a certificate and a $10 cash award. The winner of the Peggy Davis Service Award will be announced at State 4-H All Star Conference. The county submitting the most service contact hours will receive a plaque and a $50 cash award.

* Each county submitting at least one Form 591 will receive a certificate of participation.