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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.


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.
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.
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.


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
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
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.

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.