4-H Name & Emblem
The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute (Title
18, U.S.C. 707) This statute protects other federal emblems, like
the Seal of the President of the United States.
- 4-H Clover Emblem - The first 4-H emblem was a three-leaf clover, introduced sometime
between 1907 and 1908. The three "H's" represented head, heart
and hands. In 1911, at a meeting of club leaders in Washington,
a fourth "H" representing health was added and the current 4-H
four-leaf clover emblem was approved. It is protected by the U.S.
- 4-H Name and Emblem Regulations (1 page, 68 KB) - A summary of the federal mandates for the use of the 4-H name and emblem, prepared by Greg Hutchins, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader.
- The Relationship between UW-Extension Cooperative Extension and 4-H Groups and Organizations in Wisconsin (2 pages, 35 KB) - Paper that describes the unique relationship between 4-H groups and Cooperative Extension in Wisconsin.
- Relationship of Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Development (3 pages, 45 KB) - The key document that outlines the specific relationship between Cooperative Extension and 4-H Youth Development including 4-H Name and Emblem authority, program requirements, charter requirements, youth protection, financial accountability, risk management, and county 4-H program structures. Dated 8-2010.
- Wisconsin 4-H Name and Emblem Authorization Continuum Chart (3 pages., 114 KB) The Authorization Continuum describes how and to whom the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is granted. Descriptions outline authorization types, parameters, recognition by 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA and Cooperative Extension, authority granting authorization, federal tax exempt status and required documentation for Chartered and Affiliate Groups and Commercial Vendors. Dated 8-2010
- - A 4-H charter indicates the
club or group is organized in accordance with objectives
of the 4-H program. It authorizes the club or group to use
the 4-H emblem for educational purposes in accordance
with laws and regulations established by Congress
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The purpose of the 4-H Charter is education, communication and accountability. A charter is given to a new 4-H club or group as they are formed and meeting the requirements. 4-H clubs and groups must renew their charter annually through completion of the Charter Renewal Process.
- 4-H Charter Application and 4-H Charter Annual Renewal documents are available in PDF and writable PDF formats and are located in 4-H publications. The 4-H Charter Completion Guide (115 KB) provides volunteers assistance in completing the Charter Application and Charter Renewal Packets. The Word document can be edited to add additional evaluative questions to gather additional information from 4-H clubs. Updated 4.2012. 4-H Charter Completion Guide in Word format (111KB)
- Articles of Organization is a legal document signed by a the 4-H Club or Group for the purpose of forming a 4-H Club/Group as an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association under Chapter 184 of the Wisconsin Statutes. One document is required for each 4-H Club or Group. The Articles of Organization are located in the 4-H Charter Application for a new 4-H Club or Group. Instructions Articles of Organization (1 page. 15KB) provide important information for volunteers and the 4-H Youth Development Educator.
- Financial Accountability and Reporting: All 4-H 4-H Clubs and Groups must use the standard Annual Financial Reportfound in the 4-H Charter Application and 4-H Charter Annual Renewal Packets. The Annual Financial Report and Annual Accounting Form FAQ (4 pages, 202 KB) will assist volunteers in accurately completing this part of the Charter Renewal Packet. (updated 10.10.2014) Other Financial Management Issues are located on the Financial Management Web site.
- 4-H Charter Annual Renewal packets are due to the 4-H Youth Development Educator by November 1. 4-H Youth Development Educators can determine an earlier deadline for the county. New 4-H Charter Applications are due at the time of 4-H Club or Group formation. The 4-H Charter Renewal Year is November 1 through October 31.
- Those 4-H clubs and groups that have paid a volunteer beyond reimbursable expenses must be aware of the updated required procedures that must be in place. See Paying Volunteers FAQ located with the Agreement for Personal Service template located on the Risk Management Web Page.
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Instructions and Template (6 pages, 176 KB) This informational and instructional guide provides the tools and understanding for developing a Memorandum of Understanding between partners. It is the required document for all Affiliates. The document provides hyper links to assist in MOU development. A This sample template in a Microsoft Word format (17 KB) to be used with the instructions document is provided for staff use.
The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute Title 18, U.S. Code 707. This statute protects other federal emblems, like the Seal of the President of the United States. A number of publications and fact sheets related to the use of the 4-H and emblem are located on this National 4-H Headquarters site.
Using the 4-H Name and Emblem - This quick reference guide located
on the 4-H National Headquarters web site that discusses many
of the important guidelines about appropriate and legal use of
the 4-H Name and Emblem. The guide is appropriate for distribution
to 4-H volunteers.
- Official 4-H Emblem Graphics - Downloadable color and black
and white 4-H emblem graphics, located on the 4-H National Headquarters
- Staff Autorization Responsibilities - Fact sheet describes the responsibiites of 4-H staff at the local, state and national level related to the 4-H Name and Emblem.
- Staff Guidelines for Granting Authorization - 4-H National Headquarters Fact sheet providing guidelines to assist 4-H staff through the decision making process related to granting 4-H Name and Emblem authorization. .
- Religion and 4-H Youth Development Programs - 4-H National Headquarters Fact sheet
outlining USDA non-discrimination standards. As an outreach program of USDA, 4-H programs must have secular purposes focused on education and must not advance religion.
- Appropriate Use of the 4-H Name and Emblem in Regards to Livestock Sales, Auctions and Similar Events - 4-H National Headquarters Fact sheet that describes the appropriate use of the 4-H Name and Emblem at these events.