University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois Extension
4-H Ceremonies

Admission of New Members

President President or chairman asks candidates for membership to come to the front of the room and stand facing the officers who are standing behind a table.

To you who are about to become a member of the 4-H Club, we wish to explain the purposes of our organization. 4-H Clubs are organized to make us better citizens by teaching us to work and play together, by giving us the means for learning worthwhile skills and developing talents, and by encouraging us to set standards and goals which challenge us. 4H Clubs are a national organization with headquarters in the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D. C. All state, commonwealth, territory, and county Extension Services cooperate to make 4-H work available to boys and girls from 8 to 19.

Vice President The national emblem of the 4-H Clubs is the green four-leaf clover, with the four white H's, one in each leaf, signifying the training of the Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Our motto, "To Make the Best Better," asks us to improve ourselves with each job that we undertake. Our colors are green and white. Green is nature's most common color and stands for springtime, youth, and growth. White symbolizes purity and high ideals.

Each new 4-H member accepts certain responsibilities along with the privileges of membership. We ask each club member to:

  • Attend meetings regularly
  • Take an active part in 4-H events
  • Do work to attain self-selected goals in the project selected
  • Keep project record up-to-date and turn it in at end of year
  • Be a worthy representative of 4-H at all times.

You now know the purposes, motto, emblem, and colors of 4-H. Will you promise to live up to these purposes, to take part in the affairs of this club, and to further its interest in every way possible?

Candidate I will.



Will you join with the active 4-H Club members in repeating our club pledge?

I pledge:

My Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service, and
My Health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world.


We are happy to have you as a new member of the 4-H Club.

President goes down the line shaking hands with each new member. If this is the last item of business, members and leaders will want to come forward and welcome the new members.


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