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The Tennessee 4-H Awards and Recognition Handbook

 

V. State 4-H Recognition Programs

 

A. Honor Club Organization
  1. PURPOSE: The 4-H Honor Club is statewide and was instituted to further 4-H Club work throughout the counties of Tennessee. Its chief purposes are to provide recognition primarily within the county to junior high 4-H Club members who have shown consistent leadership ability, and have been helpful members in their clubs and their communities and to encourage young people to continue their work in 4-H and their service to others.
  2. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. Members must be a junior high or senior 4-H member as of date of initiation.
    b. Members must be enrolled in 4-H junior or teen leadership and serving as a junior or teen leader.
    c. Adult volunteer leaders or advisors to the Honor Club are eligible for recognition upon approval by local Extension agents. Extension agents may submit the name of a volunteer leader to the state 4-H office annually.
  3. MEMBERSHIP:
    a. Membership is open to any qualified junior high or senior member.
    b. Member must complete a Tennessee 4-H Honor Club application form.
    c. A score of 200 points is required before application for membership can be considered.
    d. Recommendations for membership shall be approved by the county Extension agents, then forwarded to the state 4-H office for final approval prior to the recognition ceremony at which time the Honor Club certificates are presented.
    e.

Honor Club pins may be purchased from the state 4-H office. Pins should not be ordered until member is approved for membership.


B. All Star Organization
  1. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. Members must be a senior 4-H member during the current calendar year.
    b. Members must have been approved for Honor Club membership by the state 4-H office.
    c. Refer to the current regional 4-H All Star Constitution for requirements and procedures.
  2.

PURPOSE: The All Star organization encourages service to others through both individual and cooperative efforts. This purpose is expressed in the motto of the organization: "Service." 4-H All Stars shall be expected to make a personal application of the motto.

 

C.

All Star Don Bowman Project Award (An awards program for county 4-H All Star organizations)

DONOR: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
  1. PURPOSE: To recognize county All Star groups for their most outstanding service project.
  2. RECORDS REQUIRED: Form 591, All Star Service Award Report Form.
  3. AWARDS:
    a. County: Each county All Star organization should report all community service activities on Form 591 and submit the form to the regional office. Only one project may be recorded on each form; howeve, a county may submit as many forms to the regional office as they would like. Each county group submitting a report to their regional office will receive a certificate of recognition.
    b. Region: Each region will select the most outstanding service project from all their regional entries to submit to state competition.

Each regional winner will receive a certificate and a $10 cash award.

    c.

State: Winner of the Don Bowman Project Award will be announced at State 4-H All Star Conference. The winning county will receive a plaque and a $50 cash award.


D.

All Star Peggy Davis Service Award (An awards program for county 4-H All Star organizations)

DONOR: Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
  1. PURPOSE: To recognize county All Star groups who have completed the most service projects.
  2. RECORDS REQUIRED: Form 591, All Star Service Award Report Form.
  3. AWARDS:
    a. County: Each county All Star organization should report all community service activities on Form 591 and submit the form to the regional office. Only one project may be recorded on each form; howeve, a county may submit as many forms to the regional office as they would like. Each county group submitting a report to theri regional office will receive a certificate of recognition.
    b. Region: Each region will select the county submitting the most service projects from all their regional entries to submit to state competition.

Each regional winner will receive a certificate and a $10 cash award.

    c.

State: Winner of the Peggy Davis Service Award will be announced at State 4-H All Star Conference. The county submitting the most entries will receive a plaque and a $50 cash award.


E. All Star 4-H Project Exhibit
DONOR: Tennessee 4-H All Stars
  1. PURPOSE: The purpose of the project exhibit is to provide 4-H All Stars an additional opportunity to share accomplishments, ideas, requirements and/or results of special studies or research in their 4-H project with others.
  2. RULES:
    a. Any active 4-H All Star who attends the State 4-H All Star Conference may enter one exhibit in the competition.
    b. Exhibits must be displayed on a 3' x 3' tabletop. The area from the tabletop to the floor may also be utilized.
    c. Members are encouraged to make their exhibits "free standing" since it may not be possible for each table to be against a wall.
    d. Exhibits will be scored according to the 4-H educational display score sheet.
  3. AWARDS: A first place plaque will be awarded to the All Star with the highest scoring exhibit. The top five exhibitors will receive a $25 cash award. All exhibits will be classified into blue, red and white award groups.

F. Vol State Recognition
  1. PURPOSE: To give deserved recognition to 4-H members and others on a statewide basis who have particularly outstanding records in project achievement, leadership and service in 4-H.
  2. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. Members must be an active 4-H member.
    b. Members must have been enrolled in the 11th or 12th school grade on January 1 of the current calendar year.
    c. Members must be an active 4-H All Star.
    d. Members must be in attendance at State 4-H Roundup.
  3. PROCEDURE:
    a. Each county may recommend two members. In addition to these two members, a county may recommend one member or each 100 or major fraction thereof senior 4-H members in the county and one member for each 10 or major fraction thereof active 4-H All Stars in the county.
    b. County UT/TSU Extension agents will indicate during the 4-H Roundup pre-registration all members who are recommended to receive the Vol State Award. $10 per nominee will be submitted to the regional office on the date announced by the regional staff.
    c.

Once approved by the regional staff, the names are forwarded to the state 4-H office for final approval.

 

G. Junior High 4-H Continuing Service Award
DONOR: Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc.
  1. PURPOSE:
    a. To recognize junior high 4-H members who have made significant contributions in the area of 4-H promotion.
    b. To recognize junior high 4-H members who have shown leadership ability both on an individual basis and with an organized group.
    c. To recognize junior high 4-H members who have participated in activities which are of value to the 4-H member's family and community.
    d. To recognize junior high 4-H members who have shown consistent personal growth through participation in 4-H activities.
  2. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. Must be a junior high 4-H member.
    b. Must complete a Tennessee 4-H Report Form and submit it to their local Extension agent. In addition, the 4-H member must attach the following information on the report form:
      (1) A description of community service projects in which they have participated this year. (This may be as an individual or part of an organized group.)
      (2) A written paragraph (or more) stating what contributions 4-H has made to their individual growth and family life.
    c. Members may submit a 4-H achievement record book in lieu of the items listed in number 2-b (above).
  3. PROCEDURE:
    a. Each county may recommend two members. In addition to these two members, a county may recommend one member for each 100 or major fraction thereof junior high 4-H members in the county. This number to be based on the junior high enrollment on July 1 of the current year.
    b. Recommendations for membership shall be approved by the county Extension agents who will forward the names of the recipients to the state 4-H office.
    c. A member may receive this award only one time.
  4. AWARD: Each recipient will receive a Tennessee Junior High 4-H Continuing Service Award certificate.

H. Alumni Recognition
DONOR: Tennessee 4-H Alumni, Inc.
  1. RECORD PROCEDURE: Each region may submit records of two alumni for state judging.
  2.

AWARDS: Plaque to two state winners.


I. Master 4-H Family Recognition
DONOR: William M. and Ruth Hale Endowment Fund
  1. PURPOSE: To give deserved recognition to 4-H families on the county, region and state levels who have shown consistent leadership ability and exceptional participation in all phases of 4-H Club work.
  2. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. A "FAMILY" is defined as all individuals living within one household.
    b. Eligible families must have at least one member actively involved in 4-H activities on the local and county levels. (In such roles as: 4-H member, volunteer leader, donor, etc.)
    c. Eligible families must have been actively involved in 4-H club work for no less than five years, including the current year.
  3. PROCEDURES: The Master 4-H Family application and one letter of recommendation from one county Extension agent from the applicant's home county must be submitted for each entrant. No family may be recognized two consecutive years on the county level. A family may receive the state recognition only one time.
  4. AWARDS:
    a. County Level:Each county may recognize one family annually, plus one additional family for every 100 volunteer leaders or major portion thereof, as reported on the most recent Annual 4-H Youth Enrollment Report (Found in SUPER reports).
    b.   Regional recipients will be selected from applications of county honorees. The number should not exceed one-third the total applications received. Each family recognized will receive a plaque.
    c. State Level: State recipients will be selected from applications of regional nominees. The number selected shall not exceed ten, or no more than one-fifth the total number of applications received. Each family recognized will receive a framed Tennessee Master 4-H Family medallion.

J. State 4-H Volunteer Adult Leader Recognition
DONORS: State 4-H Fund and Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Kant
  1. PURPOSES:
    a. To give deserved recognition to adult 4-H volunteer leaders in Tennessee.
    b. To recognize the importance of adult 4-H volunteers involvement in local and county 4-H progra
    c. To provide new learning experiences for adult volunteer leaders.
  2. REQUIREMENTS:
    a. Nominees must have served five or more years as an active Tennessee 4-H adult volunteer leader.
    b. Nominees must currently be a leader for a 4-H club or project group.
    c. Nominees must have participated in 4-H activities beyond the county level.
  3. PROCEDURES:
    a. Copies of the official application form are available from the state 4-H office.
    b. Each county may submit one nominee's application form to the regions.
    c. Regions may send two nominees' application forms to state competition.
    d. Volunteer application forms are due in the state 4-H office at the same time 4-H record books are due for Roundup.
  4. AWARD: Trip to National 4-H Congress and Charline H. Powell plaque.
 
 

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