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State 4-H Council
The 4-H Phenomenon... it's out of this world.
June 23-25, 2017 • Rock Eagle 4-H Center

We've been given an assignment... to solve the mystery of the 4-H phenomenon! Make plans now to join us and over 500+ of your closest friends at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for State 4-H Council to help us solve our case!

State 4-H Council, a Georgia 4-H core program, is the constitutional meeting of the Georgia 4-H Council and the election of Georgia 4-H State Officers.  Registration for State 4-H Council is open to any current 8th-12th grade 4-H members in the 2016-2017 school term. This annual meeting hosts multiple events, competition and trainings throughout the weekend for youth and adults.

State 4-H Council 2017 Tentative Schedule

State 4-H Congress Foods Lab Competition
State 4-H Council hosts the State Project Achievement competition in the foods labs categories on Friday afternoon. More detailed information will be sent at a later date to counties with participants in those categories.

State Officer Nominations and Elections
Any 4-H’ers in the 9th – 11th grade in the 2016-2017 school year interested in submitting an application for the Georgia 4-H Board of Directors (State Officers) should visit the State Officer Nomination Website located here.

Although nomination packets will be accepted at State 4-H Council registration and until the opening of Candidate Orientation on Friday evening at 7:00 PM, the deadline for applications to be received for names to be included in State 4-H Council printed materials will be on Friday, June 9.

Georgia 4-H Dean Awards
One of the highest awards a 4-H’er may earn in Georgia 4-H is the 4-H Dean Award.  Competition for Dean Award is open to all high school 4-H members regardless of their prior participation or winning status in other projects.  Dean Award participants will submit a cumulative 4-H portfolio and participate in an interview session held on Friday afternoon, June 24, 2016. Once portfolios are processed, a schedule for 4-H Dean Awards interviews will be shared with the participants and posted online. Additional information about Dean Awards is available at the Georgia 4-H Dean Awards Website

State Council Workshops
The State 4-H Officers have selected a variety of workshops for this year’s event focusing on STEM.  We will still have the option of delegates participating in the Certified Teen Leader track while at State 4-H Council.

Share Fair
We are excited to include this great portfolio opportunity for our delegates!  Saturday afternoon, 4-H’ers will have the opportunity to exhibit a booth on the topic of their choosing at the State 4-H Council Share Fair.  The content areas for the share fair are Agriculture and STEM, Citizenship, and Healthy Living. To register for the Share Fair, contact your local Extension office and share with them the content area and title of your exhibit.

Iron Clover Contest
The annual Iron Clover Competition is held at State 4-H Council. This event takes its name from the iron statue of the 4-H emblem currently standing in front of Sutton Hall at Rock Eagle and is designed to commemorate the district-wide competition. During the competition, each district competes against one another in fun competitions, ranging from softball to musical chairs. At the end of the weekend, the district team that has been awarded the most Iron Clover points has won the title of "Iron Clover Champion" for their district.

**New this year: we have added two additional Iron Clover competitions… hula hoop and kickball tournament!  Sign-ups for the Iron Clover competition will take place at State 4-H Council during Saturday morning district assemblies prior to the Iron Clover Rally.

Iron Clover contests include basketball tournament, Cotton Eye Joe-a-Thon, photo scavenger hunt, rope pull, softball tournament, trivia bowl, volleyball tournament, watermelon eating contest, ultimate frisbee, pool relay race, musical chairs, hula hoop, and kickball tournament. 

State 4-H Council Dress Code
Friday evening and recreation- comfortable modest dress including shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes.
Iron Clover- District Iron Clover t-shirt and shorts with comfortable shoes.
Saturday- Comfortable, modest dress including shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes.
Sunday- Better school clothes, including long pants, collared shirts, capri pants, shirts, and dresses; no shorts, t-shirts, or tennis shoes.

Citizenship Ceremony and Chorus
Held during the Sunday morning closing assembly, this annual ceremony leads 4-H members in a pledge to become engaged Americans, to vote, and to make a difference in their communities.  The Citizenship Ceremony will include all high school seniors, 4-H’ers that are age 18, and 4-H’ers that will be age 18 before next year’s State 4-H Council.  Participants may also choose to join the ceremony chorus.  A chorus member may be any delegate attending State 4-H Council, although Clovers and Company members attending Council as a delegate are required to participate in the chorus. 

Master Club Banquet
The annual meeting of the Georgia 4-H Master Club will be held in conjunction with State 4-H Council at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Saturday evening, June 24.  Master 4-H Club Members are invited to join Saturday dinner a short business meeting, recognition of new Master 4-H’ers, and the announcement of special awards.  Youth delegates who wish to attend the banquet should communicate this with your local Extension office. For those not attending State Council as a delegate, please contact Jeffrey Burke for more information.

Certified Coaches Training
Forestry, Wildlife and Poultry Judging Certified Coaches training will be offered on Saturday, June 24. Please register participants for these trainings within State 4-H Council Event Registration.

Georgia 4-H Alumni Reunion
We look forward to seeing former Georgia 4-H Board of Directors and Georgia 4-H Clovers & Co. alumni at a special reception on June 24 at 4:30 PM at Rock Eagle 4-H Center Founders Lodge. Please understand that this reunion is for graduates of the Georgia 4-H program and not for students currently enrolled in 4‑H. RSVPs are due by June 15 to rsvp4h@uga.edu.

4-H Volunteer Breakfast
Volunteers are invited to join the 4-H Volunteer Breakfast to network with other volunteers, celebrate accomplishments, and review updates for the new program year.  The meal is scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 7:45 – 9:00 AM in the Clover Room. Space should be reserved through Event Registration at the local Extension office by June 9th to avoid a late charge.


If you have any questions, or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact
Jeffrey Burke
State 4-H Events and Programs Coordinator


Content edited by J. Burke, updated April 28, 2017.
The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.