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Master 4-H Family Recognition


William M. and Ruth Hale Endowment Fund


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.


  1. A “FAMILY” is defined as all individuals living within one household.
  2. 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.)
  3. Eligible families must have been actively involved in 4-H club work for no less than five years, including the current year.


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.


  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.