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Maryland 4-H State Council is off to a Great Start!!

The Maryland 4-H State Council met both face to face in College Park, and via phone conference, on Sunday, January 11.

The first order of business was an introduction to what participation in the Council consists of. The Council represents senior aged 4-Hers on the state level at events across Maryland. Additionally, the Council is responsible for bringing 4-Hers of diverse backgrounds and cultures together to discuss and present solutions to issues that face them. Furthermore, the Council aims to reach out by advocating for 4-H through participation in statewide events and serving others in their local and statewide community.

The Council then moved forward with officer elections and the electors were chosen respectively as follows:

  • President: Gabrielle Cory (St. Mary’s)
  • Secretary: Olivia Richart (Cecil)
  • Vice President of Planning and Outreach: Christian Windsor (St. Mary’s)
  • Vice President of Service: Josiah Manning (Calvert)
  • Vice President of Public Relations: Sabrina Dobbins (St. Mary’s)
  • Vice President of Finance: Gillian Hutter (Montgomery)
  • Vice Present of Public Issues: Anna Schuster (Howard)

Each Unit had two voting members, chosen and assigned randomly from the County delegation. Voting occurred both in person and via an online survey.

Following the election, the electors then moved into the conference room to discuss appropriate by-law revisions. Topics discussed included purpose of the Council, membership requirements and eligibility, potential meeting schedules, quorum required for business to be conducted, parliamentary procedure, officer duties, responsibilities, and election procedure.

While the Officers met in the conference room, members stayed in the meeting room to discuss the importance of starting a group with the same Vision and Mission. A Vision Statement is the dream of what you want this group to be, and the Mission Statement is the call to action- outlining who you are, what you do, and why you do it. They proceeded to brainstorm both in person and through the online Connect, possible vision and mission statements. As it was a brainstorming session, no statements were formally created at this time.

The first activity that council members will participate in is Maryland 4-H Day in Annapolis, which will be held February 15th-16th. Members will meet with Representatives in order to advocate and promote 4-H. There are opportunities to speak at this event regarding how 4-H has impacted your life, and if you are interested in this please contact Ms. Alisha. Parent chaperones are needed and encouraged to come and join in the fun! The cost to participate in this event is $75.00 for members and $50.00 for officers and chaperones. This includes overnight accommodations, breakfast and meeting space. Paperwork for this is anticipated to be circulated to members sometime within the week, and expected to be promptly completed and returned to Ms. Alisha by next week if you plan on attending.

A concrete meeting date is currently being discussed. Ms. Alisha is working in conjunction with the Maryland 4-H Volunteer Association, which will communicate with the parents while the Council meets. The anticipated date of this going into effect is sometime in March.

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