The 4-H Parents and Leaders Association meets every month at the Jackson County UW-Extension Office. The purpose of the Association is to determine county 4-H policies, establish goals, and to plan the annual 4-H program in Jackson County with the assistance of the UW Extension Office. The group also works to provide a forum for disucssion and resolution of any problems of local clubs and their leaders while looking at ways to further the program in all ways possible in Jackson County. The 4-H Parents and Leaders Association also works to generate financial and other support for Jackson County 4-H programs.
All 4-H youth and adults are welcome to attend our meetings! Below we have the meeting schedule and a brief outline of the topics that will be discussed. We have also provided a list of individuals who we think would have a vested interest in attending each meeting and have listed them as ‘Encouraged to Attend’.
2018-2019 Meeting Schedule
- December – No Meeting
- January 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s):Fundraiser ideas for the 4-H program, Trip Application process, Parent and Leaders Board Description and Expectations
- Encouraged to attend: Parents and Youth in 4-H program to offer feedback on fundraiser ideas, and learn more about what the Parent and Leaders Board does
- February 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Food Stand (i.e. How to Pick Shifts, Food Stand Manager, etc.)
- Encouraged to attend: Club and project leaders to give feedback on the food stand shift processes
- March 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Review Parent and Leaders Board Bylaws, Plan county events for summer and fall
- Encouraged to attend: Club and project leaders to provide feedback on dates for planning events and ideas of what 4-H youth would like to see for county 4-H programming; Youth to share what they would like to see for programming at the county level!
- April 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s):Begin budget discussion, Grant Requests
- Encouraged to attend: Those requesting Grants from the board, Club and Project Leaders to provide insights on the budget and to learn more about the funds that Parent and Leaders Board has
- May 20, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Grant Presentations, Present Proposed Budget
- June 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s):Vote on Budget
- July 15, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Finalizing Food Stand Shifts
- Encouraged to Attend: Club Leaders
- August 19, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): TBD
- September 16, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Plan ways to help promote 4-H and gain new members, National 4-H week event planning
- Encouraged to Attend: All 4-H youth and adults
- October 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): TBD
- November 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM in the UW-Extension Office
- Topic(s): Annual Meeting, Vote in New Officers
- Encouraged to Attend: All 4-H youth and adults, Anyone interested in joining the Parent and Leaders Board as an executive officer
Current Board Officers
President – Tricia Waughtal
Past President – Natalie Cogswell
Vice President – Kelly Emerson
Secretary – Amy Carriere
Treasurer (non-board position) – Lori Janke
Association Guiding Documents
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018 – No meeting
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- Project Grants – Project groups have the opportunity to apply for project funds to support educational activities for youth members. Use this document as guidelines for how to apply.
- Funding Support Pre-Approval Form – Use this form to obtain pre-approval for expenses related to youth member or volunteer travel expenses
- Check Request Form (approved Sept 2012) – Use this form for reimbursement of expenses approved by the Executive Board
- Payment Plan Agreement – (approved Nov 2013) – Use this form to set up a payment plan (if needed) for member and volunteer expenses that are not reimbursable by the Executive Board.
- Confidential Activity Scholarship Requests – If youth members or adult volunteers need financial support to participate in a 4-H activity, they may confidentially contact Monica Lobenstein, 4-H Youth Development Agent, Jackson County UW-Extension.
- Care to Share – Offers Jackson County 4-Hers to describe the issue, explain why it’s a problem, suggest a solution and submit it for consideration. All completed forms must include a possible solution and a member, leader or parent signature. Forms are submitted to Sarah Tanis, 4-H Program Coordinator, who then forwards it to the appropriate group for consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the members of the 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association?
Membership in the Parents and Leaders’ Association is extended to two adult 4-H leaders and one youth leader (grade 9 & over) from each Jackson County 4-H Club.
What is the purpose of the 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association?
The purpose of the 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association is to enhance and support UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Programs at the local, county, and state level.
What are 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association Meetings?
The Parents and Leaders’ Association meetings are the place where policies about 4-H in Jackson County are discussed and made. Current initiatives in the 4-H program, leader opportunities and member opportunities are discussed at meetings. The Parents and Leaders’ Association develops the program direction of Jackson County 4-H.
The goals of the 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association are to keep youth interested, encourage participating beyond the club level in county activities, events and programs, increase parental involvement, make the county fair educational and fun, promote positive self-esteem, and encourage active attendance at leaders’ meetings. The Parents and Leaders’ Association promotes the goals and objectives of UW-Extension 4-H Youth Programs.
Why should you be involved in the 4-H Parents and Leaders’ Association?
As a member of the Parents and Leaders’ Association you can:
- Provide guidance and direction for the Jackson County 4-H Program
- Be a role model for 4-H youth
- Develop new leadership skills
- Aid in fundraising for and financial accountability of the Parents and Leaders’ Association
- Make decisions that affect the lives of youth in the Jackson County 4-H Program
- Serve as a link of communication between the Parents and Leaders’ Association and your 4-H Club
- Meet other leaders from across Jackson County
- Have access to up-to-date leader resources and trainings
- Share ideas that aid continual development of the Jackson County 4-H program
- Show support for 4-H Youth Development Program and education
- Become a registered 4-H leader covered under our liability insurance policy
- Have a voice in the 4-H Program!