Input Needed on County 4-H Leadership Structure
The Santa Cruz County 4-H program is seeking input from members and families on the structure of county-wide 4-H leadership, currently known as the Santa Cruz County 4-H Council. For years a small group of very dedicated, focused and hardworking volunteers have provided leadership for all our county-wide events including camp, presentation day, the clover deli, record books and countless other events that contribute to the growth and development of youth in our program. With the expansion of program expectations and changes in family lifestyles (longer commutes, one or two-income households, adults working multiple jobs), Santa Cruz County is exploring different leadership models in an effort to continue and expand our current program by modifying the county leadership model to engage more adults.
Between now and your club meeting in October, 2015 we are asking clubs to facilitate conversations and answer questions about the three different leadership models described at the bottom of this page. In October clubs will rank order 1, 2, 3 the models they would like a committee to explore, or develop an alternative method altogether. Results from club discussions will be shared at the October, 2015 Council meeting with options for moving forward discussed. If there is interest in exploring different leadership models, plans will be developed to visit other counties currently using these other models (October – March) to see things in action and to discuss the pros and cons of each model. Finally, at the March 2016 Council meeting, after all the data has been collected, a decision will be made on the final model we will begin implementing in July, 2016.
Regardless of the structure, the relationship, responsibilities, privileges and authorities remain the same. What we “offer” in the way of events, opportunities, awards and recognition is up to us to determine and up to us to facilitate and organize within the UC framework. None of our events/activities are “required”, although some are pre-qualifiers. In essence we determine what we offer. Pre-qualifying events include: Presentation Day, Fashion Revue, Horse Show and Record Books. Non-qualifying events/activities include Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Spring Fair, All Stars, Emerald Stars, Medal Interviews, State Leadership Conference (SLC), Leadership Conference of Regional Teens (LCORT), Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), State Leaders Forum (SLF), Scholarships and Leader Development.
Select the model you would like to learn more about:
Submit your own idea.