Policies and procedures
Section 9: County 4-H Program Governance
9.1 Establishing policies for County 4-H Programs
- In the best interest of all youth
- Inclusive to all families
9.2 Structures of County 4-H Governing Entities
Three primary structures of 4-H Governing Entities are found in Indiana Counties. All entities within the county (4-H Council, 4-H or non 4-H Fair Board, and the Purdue Extension Office) should maintain open communication with each other to ensure that all roles and responsibilities related to the 4-H Program are fulfilled successfully. Because of the unique characteristics of these structures, a county should be reluctant to adopt practices from other counties without knowing how the structures have been implemented in these other counties.
9.2.1 Two entities, with a separate 4-H Council and 4-H Fair Board
In this structure, the 4-H Council focuses on working in conjunction with the County 4-H Extension Educator to provide guidance and support for the year-round County 4-H Youth Development Program, including 4-H delivery methods such as clubs, projects, in school, after school, and camps.
A separate 4-H Fair Board is responsible for the year-round operation and maintenance of the fairgrounds property, which the Fair Board may own and/or manage. The Fair Board works in conjunction with the County 4-H Extension Educator and 4-H Council to establishing the dates and schedule for the annual 4-H Fair exhibition. The 4-H Fair Board also follows a process that allows other Purdue Extension and non Extension groups to utilize the facilities and fairgrounds throughout the year.
9.2.2 One entity fulfilling responsibilities of both a 4-H Council and a 4-H Fair Board
This structure of a single board has an entity that is sometimes referred to as an Ag Association or a Fair Association. The single board is responsible for working in conjunction with the County 4-H Extension Educator to provide guidance and support for both the year-round County 4-H Youth Development Program and the planning and operation of the annual 4-H exhibition at the 4-H Fair. This entity may own and manage the property on which the fair is held.
9.2.3 A 4-H Council and a non 4-H Fair Board
In this structure, the 4-H Council fulfills the duties outlined above, while working in conjunction with the County 4-H Extension Educator and with a Fair Board that is not affiliated with the 4-H program. The non 4-H Fair Board is separately organized and operates separately from Purdue University. Its responsibilities are similar to those defined for the 4-H Fair Board above.
A facilities use agreement is in place between the non 4-H Fair Board, the 4-H Council, and the County Purdue Extension Office to outline the procedures under which Purdue Extension, including the 4-H Program, may utilize the facilities on the fairgrounds.
See Section 12 for information regarding 4-H Affiliate Standards.