4-H Parents and Leaders Association

The 4-H Parents and Leaders Association meets every month at the Jackson County UW-Extension Office.  The purpose of the Association is to help assist in updating county 4-H policies, establish goals for assisting youth in the Jackson County 4-H Program, and to plan and provide educational opportunities at the county level for the youth, families, and volunteers in 4-H program in Jackson County.  This is done with guidance from the 4-H Program Coordinator in the Extension Office.  The group also works to provide a forum for discussion 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’. Meetings this year we have started holding hybrid style meetings. Below you will find a registration link for some of the upcoming meetings. If you are not able to attend a meeting in person feel free to join us from the comfort of your own home!

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule:

  • December – No Meeting
  • January 18, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office virtual links available
    • 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 15, 2021 at 6 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 15, 2021 at 6 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!
    • Link to Zoom Meeting: When: Mar 15, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)Register in advance for this meeting:
      https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkd-moqT8vHNDnILxnnE3WeC4TaKS2ZRU2After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • April 19, 2021 at 6 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
    • Link to Zoom Meeting: Register in advance for this meeting:https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdOyurjkjHdSw-I87gvT-TRMsVVJleEgwAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • May 17, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office
  • June 21, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office
    • Topic(s):Vote on Budget
  • July 19, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office
    • Topic(s): Finalizing Food Stand Shifts
    • Encouraged to Attend: Club Leaders
  • August 16, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office
    • Topic(s): TBD
  • September 20, 2021 at 6 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 18, 2021 at 6 PM in the UW-Extension Office
    • Topic(s): TBD
  • November 15, 2021 at 6 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 – Marybeth Graham
  • Past President – Kelly Emerson
  • Vice President – Rachel Tollefson
  • Secretary – Amy Carriere
  • Treasurer (non-board position) – Lori Janke

Past Meeting Minutes:

2018 Meeting Minutes

2019 Meeting Minutes

2020 Meeting Minutes

2021 Meeting Minutes

January 2018 January 2019 January 2020 January 2021
February 2018 February 2019 February 2020 February 2021
March 2018 March 2019 March 2021
April 2018 April 2019 April 2021
May 2018 May 2019  May 2020
June 2018 June 2019
July 2018 July 2020
August 2018 August 2019
September 2018 September 2019  September 2020
October 2018 October 2019 October 2020 
November 2018 November 2019 November 2020 
December 2018 – No meeting December 2019

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 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!

Fundraisers

The Parent and Leaders Board hosts varies fundraisers to help support the Jackson County 4-H Program.  Learn more about these various fundraisers through the website HERE.