Justin Crowe, Extension Specialist
Claiborne is currently the top county in the state in terms of number of Honor Club initiates for 2017. As of March 31, they had 20 new Honor Club members approved for membership. Knox County is second with 19 initiates; Bradley is third with 16; Polk is fourth with 16; and Monroe is fifth with 11. The Eastern Region leads the state with 107 initiates.
We are convinced there is a positive correlation between the number of Honor Club members a county can qualify and the quality of the 4-H program in the county. Honor Club membership is based on participation. Unless many participation opportunities are made available, not many 4-H’ers will be able to qualify for Honor Club recognition. Go to the 4-H website for a complete listing of Honor Club initiates by region and county for January, February and March of this year.