the saying, “How do you know if you’ve gotten there
if you don’t know where you’re going?”
Planning a 4-H club calendar
As soon as your club has selected goals, it’s really
helpful to plan a yearly calendar of activities. If a year
seems overwhelming, try to plan for at least two to
four meetings in advance. Or plan for the broad
general topics to reach the goals for the club year, and
periodically fill in the specifics for a couple of
meetings in advance. Be sure to involve your 4-H
members and their parents in developing this plan.
Have each member bring a calendar with space to
write in the information from your planning session.
This calendar also can be used as the club’s plan is
developed, writing in notes on the dates for time,
place, and other specifics. Members can take their
calendar home, and this helps parents plan, too.
Another way is to make a list of dates and significant
specifics, then duplicate the list for each member to
take home and post.
Find out from your county Extension staff what
your county 4-H calendar includes, especially the
dates of those events, contests, fairs, etc. designed
primarily for your project area. Counties often have a
newsletter for 4-H leaders listing all activities. Be sure
you are on the mailing list, and then share this infor-
mation with your members.
Adapted for AZ 4H
• Setting goals with your 4-H club
• Planning a yearly 4-H club calendar
• Club officers and committees
• Teaching the 4-H pledge, motto, symbols
• Possible agenda items for a 4-H club meeting
• Involving parents with your club
• Tours, activity days, etc.
You may have questions about planning and
conducting your 4-H club meetings. Informa-
tion about the basic, everyday ingredients of a
successful 4-H meeting are included here.
Setting goals with your
It’s helpful for you and your 4-H members together
to set a few basic goals for your club’s first year. (Not
too many or you may get discouraged!) Based on the
number of members and their a