Starting the 4-H Year: Where to Begin?

The beginning of the 4-H year can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience for volunteers and 4-H families. Countless deadlines, numerous resources to keep track of, virtual learning opportunities, the list of items goes on and on. It might seem overwhelming at first, but the payoff will be incredibly rewarding.

As we move into the new 4-H year for 2020-2021, it is important to remember how we look at things. Wayne Dyer says, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

With a perspective of change in mind, my goal is to streamline the “what and how” of your next steps for the upcoming 4-H year! Yes, 4-H has changed due to our extenuating circumstances but our office is still here to serve you and provide our community with exciting, educational resources through the platform of 4-H. Below are a few helpful tips and useful resources you can use as a volunteer, club leader, or 4-H’er.

Marion County 4-H Website

Marion County 4-H has created a new website that can be used for volunteers and club leaders in the coming year. The website should be your go-to resource for all things county 4-H related. Find the website here: Marion County 4-H

Register in 4-H Online

Register in 4-H Online 2.0 by November 1st, 2020. In order for your Marion County 4-H’er to show at the Southeastern Youth Fair (SEYF), you must be a registered 4-H member, have joined an official club, and been approved by your club leader in 4-H Online. If you aren’t showing in the SEYF, you can register as a 4-H member year round.

Find your passion!

Get involved today! 4-H is more than a single event – it is a working, evolving experience to expose our youth to opportunities from within and beyond 4-H! Use the Marion County 4-H Calendar to find an event that may interest you, contact the 4-H office and inquire about how you can get involved! From archery to public speaking, 4-H provides our youth and volunteers with invaluable experiences throughout the year.

For any additional questions or interested parties, contact the Marion County 4-H Office at #352-671-8400. We look forward to having you find your passion within 4-H!

Until next time,


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Posted: October 15, 2020

Category: 4-H & Youth, , Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: 4-H, Community, Leadership

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