4-H Club Officers Trained in Leadership Skills

Chautauqua County 4-H Club Officers attending Club Officer training.

(WNY News Now) – The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program recently conducted a comprehensive training session for 41 4-H club officers, marking the commencement of the new 4-H year.

JAMESTOWN – In preparation for the new 4-H year that began on October 1st, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program organized a training session for 4-H club officers. These officers, responsible for leading club business meetings and contributing to the planning of activities for the upcoming year, play a crucial role in fostering the growth and development of the youth involved in the program.

On Wednesday, November 8th, a total of 41 4-H youth club officers convened to enhance their skills in Parliamentary Procedure, Roberts Rules of Order, meeting management, and the specific responsibilities associated with their roles. The training, held at an undisclosed location, featured a diverse range of activities and resources to aid the officers in effectively fulfilling their duties.

The evening commenced with a presentation by 4-H volunteer Heather Lesch, who provided a general overview to all elected youth club officers present. The participants engaged in hands-on activities such as the “Order of Business Game” and “Mix It Up,” a discussion and decision-making activity accompanied by a tasty snack preparation. Following this, breakout groups were formed to facilitate more targeted training for officers in specific roles.

Heather Lesch conducted training sessions tailored to the roles of Presidents and Vice Presidents, ensuring they were equipped with the necessary skills to lead their clubs effectively. 4-H Volunteer Nancy Johnson led the session for Secretaries, emphasizing the importance of accurate record-keeping. Meanwhile, Treasurers received guidance from 4-H Volunteers Lindsay Eckman and Shannon Carpenter, focusing on financial management skills. The session for Club Historians and Reporters, crucial for documenting and sharing club activities, was led by 4-H Volunteer Jen Eschenbach.

Acknowledging the invaluable contribution of volunteers, Chautauqua County 4-H expressed gratitude to those who generously shared their time and expertise. The dedication of volunteers was pivotal in guiding the youth toward success in their respective club officer positions. The organization also extended appreciation to parents and leaders whose support significantly contributed to the success of this training event in 2023.

As the 4-H program continues to nurture leadership skills and civic engagement among its youth members, the training session stands as a testament to the commitment of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County in fostering a supportive and educational environment for the development of future leaders.

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