Adult Leadership

Active Project Leaders Needed for Successful 4-H Member Experience 

Project leaders are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours (many give more) in helping project members.  Be active…don’t wait for members to say they need help.  It’ll be too late, if you wait.

Here’s how to be a great 4-H Project Leader:

  1. Call members together (telephone, letter, personal invitation).
  2. Discuss project possibilities (explain your interests and limits)
  3. Explain your project goals to members & parents
  4. Help members write down SPECIFIC goals
  5. Set project help and teaching times (for group, or individuals). Two to six project meetings per year are recommended, according to need.
  6. Arrange for a project related tour or other project group experience (Helping members attend county offered training is important.)
  7. When appropriate…..visit member’s home to see their projects (e.g. gardens, animal, large projects)

Successful 4-H members are your results of leader effort.  We hope you will take your project leader role seriously and make this year the best ever for members and yourselves.  Thank you for taking time to help our youth!

4-H Online Guides for General Club Leaders, Click-by-Click

Confirming Member Enrollments PDF PPT
Searching for Members (e.g. for a quick e-mail list) PDF PPT
Creating a Report PDF PPT
Looking up Member Literature Orders PDF PPT

4-H Online Guides for General Club Leaders, Screen-by-Screen

The “Members” Screen PDF PPT
The “Search” Screen PDF PPT

Installation Ceremonies

Leaders looking for some new ideas for installation of officers should check out Installation Of Officers for some great ideas. They also have an initiation ceremony as a welcome for new members available here Installation Of Officers.

Adventures in Dairyland Teachers Needed

This program, focusing on WI agriculture, is taught to every 4th grade in Shawano County. Terri is looking for volunteers to assist in various school districts throughout the county. You do NOT have to come from a farm, but simply have an interest in teaching 4th graders about cows and agriculture.  If you are interested but feel you would like to see it first hand before you commit, contact Terri and observing times can be set up.  School districts that could use some extra help include:  Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Marion, Pulaski and Gresham.  Many of these also work with the local FFA students who do the bulk of the teaching but adults are needed just as an extra resource to be in the room.  Others need a teacher for the class.
The program runs for 10 days (45-60 minutes each day) in each district – which can be determined jointly by the classroom and adventures teachers.  If you are interested in becoming part of this fun project, or know of someone else who might be, give Terri a call at 526-6136.

Chaperone Opportunities

Wisconsin 4-H is looking for chaperones for  National  trips.  There are opportunities available for Citizenship Washington Focus, National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Dairy Conference, U.S. Space Camp. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and certified Wisconsin 4-H Leaders.  All chaperone expenses are covered.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, call the UW-Extension office for more information or check out for an application.  Due: March 1.

Leaders, Parents and Guardians: During 2005, Shawano County 4-H Leaders, Inc. developed and adopted a policy on Alcohol, Tobacco and any illegal substances.  This was in response to a few instances where adults should have used some restraint in their actions.  Please read the policy below and just keep in mind that alcohol, tobacco and any illegal substances are not to be consumed by 4-H leaders, parents or guardians at 4-H events.  If anyone has any questions please contact the 4-H Agent at 715-526-6136.  Leaders, please make sure that all adults connected with your club are aware of our policy.

Shawano County 4-H Leaders, Inc. policy on alcohol, tobacco and any illegal substances: The Shawano County 4-H Program is designed to support the positive and successful development of all youth.  4-H leaders, parents and all other cooperating adults are essential partners in creating a positive environment by focusing on the strengths of youth and providing positive ways for youth to meet their four basic needs:  Caring Relationships (Belonging), Constructive Learning Experiences (Mastery), Leadership Opportunities (Independence) and Service to Communities (Generosity).  In Addition, 4-H strives to promote healthy lifestyles.

To facilitate positive youth development and encourage youth to engage in positive, healthy activities and social events, it is the policy of Shawano County 4-H Leaders, Inc. that alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances are not allowed at any 4-H sponsored events on the club, county, state or national level.  All adults and 4-H members attending 4-H events are expected to refrain from consuming alcohol, smoking, using smokeless tobacco products and consuming any illegal substances at 4-H events.  This includes 4-H softball games, dances, club meetings, project meetings, club achievement banquets, field trips, county fair activities, state fair activities, camping trips, etc.

Exceptions to this policy could include:

  • Legal use in designated areas separate from 4-H Activities and separate from direct supervision or observation of 4-H members attending such activities. (Example:  On midway during County or State Fair, in private vehicle, in separate public bar areas or private hotel rooms.)
  • Legal use while in the presence of your own children who are 4-H members, in areas separate from 4-H activities.

It is further expected that adults will not supervise 4H Activities while under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

Any questions on this policy should be directed to the Shawano County University of Wisconsin Extension Office at 311 North Main St,  Shawano, WI   54166.  Phone 715-526-6136


Forms & Applications

Enrollment information for Leaders go to: https://wi/

4- H Online Mandated Reporter Training For 4-H Volunteers  instructions (pdf)

Leader Personal Activity Eval: to be submitted to be considered for a county fair pass

Shawano County 4-H Leaders, Inc.

Record Book Rating Sheet: to be used by club leaders in evaluating member’s books

2017 Key Committee Contact listing


Tips for General Leaders (word doc, 72KB)

Roles and Responsibilities(word doc, 26.5KB)

By-Laws of 4-H Leaders Inc.word doc, 41.5KB)

Procedure for Handling Grievances (word doc, 8.39KB)


Shawano County 4H Program is on Facebook!


If you have any questions regarding 4-H Positive Youth Development in Shawano County, please contact:

Megan Suehring, 4-H Positive Youth
Development Educator
Shawano County Courthouse
311 North Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-4869
Fax: 715-526-4875
Terri Brunner Terri Brunner, 4-H Educator
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875
Tami Goers,  Office Assistant
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 101
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875