4-H Dictionary

Achievement – Clubs strive to have all of their members “achieve.”  They know that the strongest clubs have active, involved members. An achieving member has fulfilled a club’s membership requirements, like exhibiting project work, paying dues – if any, helping with the club fundraiser and turning in a 4-H record book at the end of the 4-H year. Achieving members receive a pin designating their year of membership.

CloverLine – The monthly family newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on current 4-H activities. You can choose to receive this via U.S. mail or email.

Fair time! – Last year’s fair book, which may be included with your packet, can give you some ideas for project work.  (There is also a link on this website) Remember that you can only enter items for projects in which you are enrolled.  You will be given a new fair book every four years and entry information in late spring.  Read your fair book carefully and if you have questions, ask! The fair books are now 4-year books. Please make sure you save it for future reference.

General Leader – Adult volunteers who guide the overall organization of the club.

Key Committee – Volunteers (adults and older youth) who determine project area needs on a county-wide basis.  They may plan workshops or events, suggest improvements for fair entries, and are resources for others.

Mentor Family – New families often have many questions about how the 4-H program works.  Having an experienced family to sit next to at meetings or to call when questions arise (and they will!) really helps.  If you haven’t been “adopted” yet, ask your general leader to recommend a family.

Older Youth Group (OYG)– All youth, 6th grade and older, are invited to join this countywide youth group.  The group schedules fun outings and community service activities all year.

Projects – A unit of 4-H work, which is the basis of “learning” experiences.  You can select up to five project areas each year plus the youth leadership project.  Some clubs have project leaders who hold meetings for members.  Most projects have valuable booklets, written by university specialists for families to work in together.

Record Books – 4-H members summarize their 4-H work each year.  A cover and record book sheets are provided, but you can add project stories, photos, and news clippings.  Record books are turned in to club leaders at the end of the 4-H year (mid September), and may be sent on by leaders to the county level for project award competition. Record books give you a way to set goals for the year, keep track of what you have done in 4-H, and express your feelings.  It is important to start filling out your “Goals/Achievement” record sheets at the beginning of the year.  Then, try to take a few photos as you participate in a project or activity, to show progress and help document your work.  A sample record book is available that shows you the order to put your pages in and gives some tips for doing a neat job.  At the end of the 4-H year, fill in the fair placings you received, tell what you’ve learned, add newspaper clippings or other support material, and write a short story about each of your projects.  You can earn awards in project areas for doing a good job communicating what you’ve done in 4-H through your record books. 

Shawano Co. 4-H Leaders Inc. – the non-profit organization of 4-H volunteers which directs and promotes the county 4-H program.  Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of odd months.  The Executive Board is the governing body and manages the overall 4-H program by dispersing funds, appointing committees, and carrying out the work of the organization.

InsuranceAll enrolled 4-H members are covered by insurance for 4-H sponsored activities, when not covered by your own medical insurance, with these exceptions:

  •  eye glass replacement
  •  illness
  • suicide
  • denture replacement/repair
  • hernia
  • air travel
  • injuries sustained in rodeo events
  • injuries sustained while skiing, tobogganing, bobsledding or tubing.

4-H leaders who are certified through the Youth Protection Program have liability insurance coverage.

Where to go for help
Still have questions?  Try asking. . .

  •  Another 4-H family
  • Your club’s general leader(s)
  • Youth leaders in your club (experienced teens – often had the same questions when they were new)
  • Your project literature
  • County Key leaders
  • County 4-H workshops
  • Read your “Clover Line” newsletter
  • UW-Extension Office staff- Phone: 715-526-6136
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 109
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-4869
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: megan.suehring@wisc.edu
Terri Brunner Terri Brunner, 4-H & Extension Coordinator
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 109
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: terri.brunner@co.shawano.wi.us
Tami Goers,  Office Assistant
Shawano County Courthouse
311 N Main Street, Room 109
Shawano, WI 54166-2198
Phone: 715-526-6136
Fax: 715-526-4875
Email: tami.goers@co.shawano.wi.us