How can I become a club officer?
First, speak with your community leader about the possibility of becoming a club officer. 4-H club officers are elected annually in accordance with your club's constitution and bylaws. Your community leader will be able to tell you about the rules for becoming a club officer.
What will be my main role as a club officer?
Club officers will be guided by the 4-H community leader and/or the officer advisor to plan and carry out meetings. Club officers are also responsible for overseeing a particular part of the 4-H club's function. For a detailed list of responsibilities for each officer, please check out the 4-H Officer's Manual.
The general duties of holding an office include:
- Learn and act upon the duties of your office.
- Be an active member of the board of officers.
- Attend officer executive board meetings.
- Attend club meetings and activities.
- Lead in planning meetings and events.
- Give your opinion on issues, but also listen to what others have to say.
- Actively represent 4-H in your community.
- Let the officer advisor know if you are unable to attend a meeting.
What skills will I develop as a club officer?
- Planning and organizing skills
- Teamwork, leadership, and social skills
- Communication and public speaking skills
- Decision making skills
- Record keeping and management skills
Club officers and officer advisors have an important responsibility to their club, the University of California, and the public. The club has educational goals for its membership, service and membership goals for the community, and fiscal and legal responsibilities to the University of California.
For more information about each club officer's responsibilities, the basics of running a meeting, tips for successful committees, and more, check out the 4-H Officer's Manual.