STATE 4-H COUNCIL OFFICER APPLICATION STATE 4-H COUNCIL OFFICER POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY OF STATE 4-H OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES A state 4-H officer serves as a member of a seven-person team in representing New Mexico at statewide functions. These functions include, but are not limited to: New Mexico State Fair responsibilities, planning and conducting Youth Get-Away, State 4-H Conference responsibilities, providing county or multi-county leadership workshops, and contacting public offices on 4-H related matters. State 4-H officers are permitted to participate in one competitive event during State 4-H Conference if it does not conflict with any other responsibilities. Officers are expected to place the highest priority on their job as an officer. While family and school come first, state officer's responsibilities are to be placed over other organizations and athletics when conflicts exist. Newly elected officers will be asked to contribute $500 to help cover the team expenses throughout their term. A request can be made to the County 4-H Council for up to $250, however the council is not required to contribute. The Officer or county donors must contribute to the balance. Applicants must clear financial support from County 4-H Council prior to applying (up to $250). If financial support exceeds County 4-H Council's financial capabilities, the County Council, under the direction of the County Extension Agent responsible for 4-H, may develop a county level candidate selection process to reduce the number of applicants being submitted to the State 4-H Office. NEW MEXICO STATE 4-H LEADERSHIP TEAM ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION State 4-H Council Officers Assist with junior livestock program, tours, parade, and receptions at state fair. Represent NM at an inviting states conference or national event. Serve the junior age 4-H audience via Youth Get-Away and county programs. Present Welcome to New Mexico 4-H workshops as requested by counties/districts. Be able to speak at county programs and to groups as invited. Assist diplomats/ambassadors with assignments when invited and funded. Conduct workshops at district contests for novice and junior age 4-H'ers. State 4-H Conference Responsibilities: o Preside over/conduct evening sessions. o Conduct officer team workshop. o Host officer candidate nominations. o Conduct elections. o Present an end of year report on accomplishments. o Host a dance. o Assist with operation of contests and workshops. o Conduct award ceremonies in conjunction with ambassadors and diplomats. o Conduct vespers ceremony in conjunction with ambassadors and diplomats. AGE REQUIREMENT Candidates must be at least 14 years of age prior to January 1, 2010 and not have reached their 20th birthday by January 1, 2011. 4-H members who will be juniors or seniors in high school generally have the best experience as an officer. Officers must reside within New Mexico during the year of their service. CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT This certification form must be completed and be in the State 4-H Office no later than June 15, 2010. The 4-H leader signing the certification form should be the club organizational leader. If the club does not have an organizational leader, then the candidate's project leader should sign. If the candidate is also county council president, the council vice-president should sign. Where more than one county extension agent works with 4-H in the county, all should be informed and one should be designated to sign the form. TIME REQUIREMENT FOR STATE 4-H COUNCIL OFFICERS Once elected to an office, there will be specific times when you are required to be present. July 16, 2010 - 8 AM to 2 PM. - New Leadership team training -Las Cruces, NM. September 10-12, 2010 - Leadership team training and NMSF parade - Albuquerque, NM. September 13-17, 2010 - NMSF Ag Tours and Jr. Livestock shows upon showing animals at the fair or living in the Albuquerque area - Albuquerque, NM. October 2010 or February 2011 – TBA – Team trip – OWL Retreat, Tucson, AZ November 12-14, 2010 - Leadership team training - Las Cruces, NM. February 4-6, 2011- Leadership team training - Ruidoso, NM. March, 2011 – State Conference Planning Meeting (Dates to be set at Leadership Team Training in January) April 14-17, 2011 – Youth Get-Away – Inlow Baptist Camp June, 2011- Prop building for State 4-H Conference (if needed) June/July 2011 - Workshops at district Contests. July 8-10, 2011 - pre-conference preparation - Las Cruces, NM July 11-15, 2011 - State 4-H Conference - Las Cruces, NM. Failure to fulfill expectations or less than desirable behavior at the local, county, or state level may result in termination of the services of an officer. It is recommended that if a candidate has a Web page, Myspace/Facebook account, or similar account that the candidate monitor what is posted on their page in order to ensure that the content of material posted and available for viewing by the public is not inconsistent with the candidates’ duty to serve as a positive role model. The State 4-H Office requires a State 4-H Officer Candidate Certification form for all candidates for State 4-H Council Office. It must be completed and received (in the State 4-H Office) no later than June 15, 2010. The form is to be sent by the county extension agent signing the form to: State 4-H Activities Specialist, MSC 3AE, New Mexico State University, PO Box 30003, Las Cruces, NM 88003 STATE 4-H OFFICER CANDIDATE CERTIFICATION Office for which you wish to be a candidate. _________________________________________ I have reviewed the position description for a State 4-H Council Officer. I am willing to devote the time required as estimated in the position description as a State 4-H Council Officer; my obligation to the 4-H program will come before other organizations or athletics. I will be active and remain in good standing in my club and county 4-H program during my service as a State 4-H Officer. I am willing to conduct myself ethically and in a manner consistent with the standards required by the State 4-H Council Officers as reflected in the 4-H Code of Conduct. I understand that I may be disciplined, including removal from office, for misconduct or failure to carry out my assigned duties. I will serve as a positive role model to other 4-Her's. I agree to be responsible for my own actions and accountable for their consequences. I will be fair-minded and honest in dealing with others. I will be open to ideas, suggestions, and opinions of teammates and advisors. I will treat participants, parents, advisors, and others with respect, courtesy, and consideration. I will refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. I will refrain from dating a current member of the leadership team during my term of office. Your participation in the State 4-H Leadership Team carries the responsibility of representing the 4-H program to the public. You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner that reflects well on the State 4- H Leadership program as well as yourself. Your contributions to the program through your active participation are highly valued. Violation of the Leadership Team contract and/or 4-H policies and procedures will result in immediate removal from the Leadership Team. I have read the above statements and agree to abide by the terms and conditions and/or 4-H policies and procedures. Candidate's Signature Date ___________ We (or I) understand that our/my son or daughter wishes to serve as a New Mexico State 4-H Council Officer and will support him/her in fulfilling his/her responsibilities should he/she be elected. We (or I) also understand the importance of a State 4-H Officer conducting himself/herself in the highest of standards and support the above certification signed by our/my son or daughter. Signed Date Parent or Guardian Signed Date Parent or Guardian We certify that the above named 4-H'er is active and in good standing in our club and county 4-H program and support his/her candidacy for State 4-H Council Office. Signed Date __________ (4-H Club Leader) Signed Date (President, County 4-H Council) Signed Date (County Extension 4-H Agent) RETURN THIS FORM TO THE STATE 4-H OFFICE BY JUNE 15, 2010. DUE IN THE STATE 4-H OFFICE BY JUNE 15, 2010 2010-2011 NEW MEXICO 4-H OFFICER CANDIDATE PROFILE Name ____________________________________________________________________________ County ___________________________________ Club __________________________________ Parent's names ____________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________ City ____________________ Zip ___________ Phone Number _____________________________ Birthdate _______________________________ E-mail ___________________________________________________________________________ Years in 4-H ______________________________ Grade in School __________________________ Month and year of high school graduation _______________________________________________ 1. List your major project areas and number of years in each. 2. List outstanding 4-H offices held and major committee work. 3. Who is your role model and why? 4. Briefly describe your most rewarding experience in 4-H. 5. List your leadership and citizenship experiences. 6. List your goals or what you would like to accomplish if selected as a State 4-H Council Officer. 7. Why do you want to represent New Mexico 4-H as a State 4-H Council Officer? 8. List public speaking experiences. 9. List experience leading group recreation. 10. List hobbies, interests, school activities or involvement with other organizations. Essay: Please write a one page essay on what you have gained from your 4-H career and how you feel your skills will benefit New Mexico 4-H and the leadership team.