There are a variety of opportunities for parents, volunteers, and advisors to play a key role in the development and implementation of 4-H program areas. One way to get involved is to join, or visit, a 4-H advisory committee meeting.
Not all 4-H advisors and adult or teen volunteers work directly with 4-H members at the club level. Some volunteers serve on various 4-H committees giving guidance and direction to the overall 4-H program. These individuals may or may not be 4-H club advisors, but all are concerned citizens who have an interest in supporting 4-H. There are several 4-H committees on which individuals may choose to volunteer or be selected to serve.
The following are committees and when they generally meet – please check the 4-H calendar for specific time and place.
4-H Advisory Committee - 3rd Thursday 7:00-9:30 pm in the Extension Meeting Room
Members of the 4-H Advisory Committee represent the Miami County school districts, special emphasis areas and project related committees. This committee assists the 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator(s) in determining the needs and direction of the total 4-H program. Specifically, the committee helps to analyze the interests and needs of all youth; assists, plans, evaluates and recommends methods of maintaining a quality 4-H program; works to attract new 4-H members and advisors; and raises and manages funds to benefit the overall 4-H program. Adults and youth serving on the committee meet monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Extension Office.
4-H Fundraising Committee – TBA
Any 4-H volunteer who has an interest in helping out with the annual 4-H barbeque held in July. The committee meets seasonally to prepare and analyze that years fundraising plans.
Camp Board - 3rd Wednesday 7:00 pm at Indian Hills 4H Camp (excluding February & March meetings that are generally held at the Ext. Office Mtg. Room)
Any 4-H volunteer who has an interest in supporting the 4-H Indian Hills camping program and management. The camp board meets the 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the Indian Hills 4-H Camp Lodge (excluding February & March meetings that are generally at the Extension Office).
Dog Committee - 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Hayner Cultural Center
Any 4-H volunteer who has an interest in supporting the 4-H Dog Program may serve on the committee. The committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Hayner Cultural Center. The Dog Committee provides direction and volunteer leadership for the 4-H Dog projects including Dog Clinic (CGC & Approachability testing), 4-H & Junior Fair Dog Department Rules, Junior Fair Dog Shows, Dog Royalty, State Fair Dog eligibility and more.
Horse Advisors - 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Hayner Cultural Center
All 4-H horse clubs are encouraged to send at least one volunteer to participate on this committee. The committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month to plan, conduct, and evaluate educational and competitive 4-H horse and horseless programs. They specifically give direction and leadership to Clinics, Workshops, Horse Camp, County PAS Horse Shows, Junior Fair Horse Events, Mini-Circuit and Advisor Horse Shows, Junior Fair Horse Department Rules, Horse Safety & Ethics Program and much more.
Livestock Committee - 2nd Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Miami County Fairgrounds Secretary's Office (Committee does not meet October - December)
Any 4-H volunteer who has an interest in supporting the 4-H Beef, Dairy Beef, Swine, Sheep, Poultry, or the Goat Program may serve on the committee. The committee meets the 2nd Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Miami County Fairgrounds Secretary's Office.
Rabbit Advisors - 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the Hayner Cultural Center
Any 4-H volunteer who has an interest in supporting the 4-H Rabbit program may serve on the committee. The committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Hayner Cultural Center. The Rabbit Committee provides direction and volunteer leadership for the 4-H rabbit projects including Rabbit Tattoo Day, Rabbit Clinic, 4-H & Junior Fair Rabbit Department Rules, Junior Fair Rabbit Shows & Sale, and much more.
There are vacancies on several of these boards. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Demetria Woods for further information.