Washington County 4-H

4-H Officer Program

The 4-H County Officer program is for a class of select intermediate (6-8th Grade) 4-H members chosen through an application and interview process. In this program, county officers will have the opportunity to increase their civic understanding and participation. They will learn about the community they live in and how it is organized. Through this process, county officers will also have the opportunity to practice and develop their leadership and public speaking skills. We are looking for youth who are enthusiastic, self motivated, and ready to be an active member of the program and community.

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  • Develop personal leadership skills and self-confidence
  • Learn to organize and facilitate a community service project
  • Increase public speaking skills
  • Increase civic engagement and understanding of the community
  • Develop an understanding of how to use Robert's Rules of Order
  • Attend 16 activities
  • Lead in 3 pledges (Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H Pledge)
  • Facilitate 2 team-building activities
  • Prepare a 5-minute demonstration for 4H County Contest
  • Participate in Pay it Forward service project addressing a community need
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter for the Utah 4-H Portfolio contest
  • Pass US Citizenship and Immigration Services Civics Exam 
  • Ask questions of speakers and tour leaders
  • Present a community need/issue to City Council
  • Registered 4-H Member 
  • Enthusiastic about 4-H
  • Have time available to fulfill role of a County Officer
  • Responsible
  • Willing to serve in various County Officer leadership roles as assigned
  • Willing to travel
  • Willing to make 4-H Officer program a top priority
  • Have and maintain minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average) or above
  • Have parents and/or guardian support
  • Capable and willing to get out of school on a limited basis for special programs
  • Previously selected 4-H County Officers must reapply each year
The 4-H County Officer program runs from August to April with meetings taking place twice per month. Applications for 4-H County Officer are due July 16, 2021. The interview process will be held July 26-30, 2021. The application can be found on the Utah 4-H website.

Date Activity Meeting Location
Thursday, August 12 Training: How to ask Questions USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, August 20 Tour: Parks and Rec - Quail Lake State Park St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, September 9 Training: Gratitude and Public Presence USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, September 17 Tour: Arts - Tuacahn Amphitheater St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, October 14 Training: Discovering Identity and Group Facilitation USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, October 22 Tour: Education - Dixie Technical College and Vasion/Zonos St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, November 11 Training: Public Speaking USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, November 19 Tour: Local Government - City Council St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, December 9 Training: Meaningful Service USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, December 17 Tour: Diversity - Speeches and Food St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, January 13 Training: Portfolio Prep and Listening Skills USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday January 21 Tour: Health - IHC Tour St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, February 10 Training: Demonstration Prep USU Extension, Hurricane
Thursday, February 17-18 Tour: State Government - State Capitol Tour USU Extension, Hurricane
Thursday, March 10 Training: Citizenship Bowl USU Extension, Hurricane
Friday, March 11 Tour: History - Walking Tour of Downtown St. George St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, April 14 Training: County Contest - Demonstration USU Extension, Hurricane
Thursday, April 22 Tour: Law - Purgatory and Bomb Squad St. George Town Square Park
Thursday, April 28 Year End Award Ceremony TBA
  • $10 for 4-H membership
  • $20 for State Capitol Trip
  • $30 for 4-H Officer uniform

The County Officer application has two main components: (1) a cover letter and (2) a resume. Applications are due July 16.

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Prepare your cover letter, resume and head shot. (For details, visit the 4-H Officer Handbook

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Step 3

Complete application
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Step 4

Ask a teacher to write a letter of recommendation for you.
Recommendation Form

4-H Officer Handbook 4-H Officer Handbook

4-H Officer Handbook

View the 4-H Officer Handbook for more details about the application process, projects, and state capitol tour, and more!

 

question mark FAQ's 4-H Officer Program

The cover letter should be sent in with a resume to include additional information about skills and experience. Applicants should review the objectives and construct their message to address each point. Each 4-H cover letter will have the following four required objectives to be scored: 


Why do you want to be a 4-H County Officer?

What does 4-H mean to you?

What personal growth have you experienced this year?

What skills do you bring to the 4-H County Officer team?

The resume should represent a cumulative summary of the 4-H member’s background, skills, and accomplishments. The 4-H member should highlight their project involvement, activities, awards/recognitions, leadership experiences, and community service. Each year, applicants will need to update their information, maintaining the most pertinent information over time. Content should be clearly identified as 4-H or non-4-H; style of resume and formatting are at the discretion of the applicant. Applicants should include contact information, school grade, and year in 4-H.

One letter of recommendation from a teacher is required. Confidential letters of recommendation can be filled out here.

The head shot should be a recent picture of the applicant. This should be a solo shot with a simple background. This picture can be done professionally or with a phone camera.

The 4-H County Officer applications are due July 16, 2021. Applications will be reviewed, and you will be contacted within 10 days of application submission for a personal review.

The personal interview will be 20 minutes long. Applicants should come in professional dress and be prepared to answer the questions listed below: 


What is your biggest strength?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Why do you want to be a county officer?

Why should we choose you to be a county officer?

Do you have any questions for me?


Interviews will be held July 26-30th. Applicants will be contacted to sign up for an interview time.

Meetings will be held twice a month. Each month there will be one training meeting and one field trip.

Training Meeting


The training meeting will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm at the Washington County USU Extension.

USU Extension - Washington County
339 S 5500 W
Hurricane, UT 84737

This meeting will be used as a time for the officer to develop social skills and build relationships with their fellow class members. This will also be a time when trainings are held to help the officers prepare for their projects. 

Educational field trips & tours

Tours will be held on Fridays the week after the Training Meetings from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Officers will meet in the Town Square Park behind the St. George Library. At the tours end the class will meet back in the same place to be picked up.

50 S Main St.
St. George, UT 84770

Tours will be based around a theme. 4-H County Officers will be expected to ask questions and actively participate in the tours.


Visit the 4-H Officer Program Handbook for meeting agenda, tour themes, and more

2021-2022 Officers

Ammon A.
Ammon A.
Santa Clara
Ana C.
Ana C.
Washington
Bryan C.
Bryan C.
Washington

Elsie C.
Elsie C.
St. George
Apryl D.
Apryl D.
Hurricane
Anna E.
Ana E.
St. George

Ethan E.
Ethan E.
St. George
Jayden F.
Jayden F.
St. George
Emerson H.
Emerson H.
Santa Clara

Taft H.
Taft H.
Hurricane
Morgan W.
Morgan W.
St. George
Gage S.
Gage S.
4-H Teen Leadership Mentor

Katarina Aikens
Katarina Aikens
Washington County 4-H Officer Program Coordinator
(435) 634-5706
katarina.aikens@usu.edu
Katarina Aikens
Dr. Paul Hill
Extension Professor
Washington County Director
(435) 634-5706
paul.hill@usu.edu