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Virginia Chapter of 4-H All Stars Motto: Service Short and Sweet Orientation for Agents Carol Nansel, Shenandoah Co. 4-H Agent/All Star Liaison [email protected] September, 2012
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Who is or What are 4-H All Stars?  An honor/service organization (since 1923)  Highest recognition that a 4-H'er can achieve in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Mississippi.  Service oriented  Volunteer operated.
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Purpose of 4-H All Stars To contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program of which they are a part.  The 4-H All Star organization strives for a cooperative effort with the 4-H program in all areas.
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Who is eligible for membership?  4-H’ers age 15 as of Jan. 1 of the initiation year, who have completed 3 years in 4-H.  Volunteers and Extension Staff who have completed 5 years of service (2 in Virginia).
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The All Star Nomination Form (for 4-H members)  Well rounded 4-H’ers earn the most points.  Your unit program needs to be well rounded in order for your 4-H’ers to earn enough points (80 out of 116) to qualify.
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What are the basic components?  Projects and Activities (19%)    Project books Learning experiences Exchange programs
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 Competitive Events and Exhibits (16%)  Club, county, district, area, state, national and international
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 4-H Resumes/Portfolios/Interviews (3%)  Just submitting earns points  Leadership (33%)    Elected, appointed and committee work Camp leadership Recruitment and promotion
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 Community Service (9%)  Through 4-H and other groups  Leadership in outside organizations (6%)  Must be leadership, not membership  Recognition (14%)  Through 4-H and other groups
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Where do I start?  Be sure you offer opportunities for 4-H’ers in the “big four” components     Leadership (33%) Projects and Activities (19%) Competitive Events and Exhibits (16%) Recognition (14%)
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Application Process  Agents share the nomination form with eligible 4-H’ers by October 1 and collect completed forms.  Schedule a meeting with All Stars in your unit to review forms and vote on them during October.  Select up to three leader nominees per unit and complete Honorary forms for them.
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Application Process, Continued  Three All Stars and you sign forms of the accepted nominees.  Forward the nomination forms and a summary sheet to the District All Star contact by Nov. 1
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What happens next?  A district All Star committee reviews the forms before forwarding on to the State All Star Committee. They may send them back to you for clarification.  The All Stars vote on new members during their statewide Midwinter Conference, the first weekend in February.  An acceptance letter is sent to the nominees in March.
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What does the nominee do next?  Return the acceptance form with the initiation fee by the deadline.  Make plans to be present to be “tapped” during State 4-H Congress.  Plan to become active in their local 4-H All Star chapter after returning home!
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Tapping Ceremony during State 4-H Congress
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Most FAQ before Congress  “I cannot get off work, change my vacation, miss Girls State, find a ride to VT, etc., so can I still join if I can’t be there to be tapped?”  No. You can resubmit your form again the next year. You must be present to be tapped.  Exceptions are rare and are generally made if the nominee does not have another year of eligibility. In that case, some have been tapped during the Mid-winter conference.
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My 4-H’er has been tapped as an All Star, now what?  Get them involved in SERVICE!  They make excellent judges, club and project leaders, coaches, mentors, 4-H speakers, donors, organizers, advocates with local government, etc.
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How can All Stars be active beyond the Unit level?  District All Star chapter – hold office, serve on committees, plan conferences.  Statewide All Star chapter – hold office, serve on committees, attend conferences.
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State 4-H All Star Conferences  Midwinter Conference   1st weekend in February to vote on new members Location rotates around the state  Tapping Ceremony  During State 4-H Congress at VT  Summer Conference   Officer elections Location rotates around the state  Interstate Conference  Location rotates between VA, WV, MD and MS
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What is an example of local 4-H All Star Service?
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In Shenandoah County, what do the 4-H All Stars do to support the 4-H Program?  Sponsor and conduct the County 4-H Public Speaking and Presentation Contests  Contest Chair, judges, room chairs, video operators, refreshments, awards.
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 Judge completed 4-H Project books
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 Sponsor and present awards during 4-H Achievement Night  Perform local service – like cutting and stacking wood for older All Stars
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 Lead local 4-H workshops  Judge at District Contests
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 Sponsor a 4-H Ornament Making Workshop  Serve as 4-H Club Organizational and Project leaders  Mentor new leaders and new All Stars
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 Raise money to help as needed in the local program  Speak to local decision makers on behalf of 4-H  Hold 3 yearly meetings to conduct business – Review nomination forms – Plan upcoming events – Support the District and State All Star conferences
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 Plan fun activities to promote fellowship      Christmas caroling to shut-in All Stars Road rally Summer pool party/picnic New All Star welcome picnic Bowling
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How do I find the All Stars in my unit?  William Thomas, All Star and former Culpeper 4-H Agent, maintains the current mailing list of Virginia 4-H All Stars [email protected]  Get in touch with those folks!
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All Star Recognition  Check the All Star website for:       College scholarships (forms due Jan. 1) Hall of Fame Award • 15+ years of service Bradshaw Service Award • Under 15 years of service C. Dean Allen Award for Excellence • for agents Dottie Nelson Award for Excellence in International Programs Chapter Charter Seal Award • for active chapters
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Questions?  http://www.4-h.ext.vt.edu/groups/allstars/4h_allstars.html  Email me anytime with questions.  [email protected] (Shenandoah Co.)
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