4-H in Tazewell County

What's it like in 4-H?

In 4-H, you get to decide what topics and projects interest you most. You make 4-H what you want it to be. Work on many projects or focus on one or two. Choose what events sound fun to you, and do them. In 4-H, you have an important role in making your community a better place to live, but you don’t have to do it alone. As a club, you’ll figure out what’s needed most in your neighborhood and find ways to help.

In 4-H, you’re part of a family working together. At club meetings, you’ll learn how to get along with others as you build your skills and help your community. In 4-H, you’ll meet adults who care about you and want to help you succeed. 4-H matches you with mentors who will coach you in areas like problem solving, communicating, and teamwork. 4-H introduces you to potential careers and then gives you the training to get the career you want.

Check out these local 4-H Clubs


Delavan Aces

  • Leader: Duane Lessen | 309-369-5477 | Email
  • Leader: Julie Carl | 309-244-9020 |  Email

East Peoria

Shamrocks | Meets: 2nd Monday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Pam Chism | 309-678-4704 | Email 
  • Leader: Kim Nation | 309-235-4685 | Email
  • Leader: Judy McFarland | 309-369-7816

Green Valley

Green Valley Purple Ribbons & Toilers | Meets: days & times vary from month to month

  • Leaders: George & Vivian Gerrietts | 309-696-7272 | Email
  • Leader: Darlene Curry | 309-369-4250 | Email


Tazewell Country Club | Meets: alternates between 2nd Tuesday and 2nd Thursday of each month @ 6:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Mary Springer | 217-433-4477 | Email


Mackinaw Ridge Runners | Times and Locations vary, Mackinaw

  • Leader: Ginger Knowles | 309-678-1177 | Email
  • Leader: Joy Schwarting | 309-241-8069 | Email


4-H Quest Club | Meets: one Friday per month @ 3:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Donna Gay | 309-981-5561 | Email
  • Leader: Becky Lawles | 309-634-5192 | Email

Morton Helping Hands | Meets: 1st Monday of every month @ 7 p.m.

  • Leader: Malena Rogers | 309-657-2156 | Email
  • Leader: John Rogers | 309-202-6806 | Email


Tremont Cloverbuds | Meets: 1st Monday of each month @ 3:30 p.m.

  • Leader: Meg Koch | 309-397-8951 | Email

Tremont Co-op Junior | Meets: 1st Monday of each month @ 7 p.m.

  • Leader: Marcia Dennis 309-840-1867 | Email
  • Leader: Jamie Dill | 309-925-3455 | Email

Tremont Co-op Intermediate | Meets: 2nd Monday of each month @ 7 p.m.

  • Leader: Kelly Baer | 309-267-3547 | Email

Tremont Co-op Senior | Times and Location vary, Tremont

  • Leader: Rachel Sauder | 309-925-9010 | Email


Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs

Horsin’ Around | Meets weekly late January through early April. Times and locations vary based on membership.

  • Leader: Vera Betzelberger | 309-231-6375 | Email

Dog Obedience | Meets: Thursdays – fall, spring, and early summer sessions @ 6 p.m.

  • Leader: Kelly Stuber | 309-645-5776 | Email

Shooting Sports | Contact the U of I Extension office, Tazewell for details | 309-347-6614 | Email

  • Shotgun
  • Air Rife
  • Archery

Central Illinois Riding Therapy | Website

  • Leader: Jenna Walker | 309-699-3710 | Email

Awards - State: Visit the Illinois 4-H website for 4-H member and club awards available at the state level

  • 4-H Club Recognition
  • Illinois 4-H Experience Award for Individuals
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois 4-H Sustaining the Future Award
  • Scholarships

Club Resources - State: Visit the Illinois 4-H website for Club Meeting Resources

  • Checklist for Club Officers
  • Club Meeting Agenda Template
  • Club Treasurer Book
  • Club Secretary Book
  • Tips for Good Meetings
  • Club Fundraising Request Form (click on Fiscal tab)
  • and more

Enrollment Resources - County

Enrollment Resources - StateVisit the Illinois 4-H Member Resources page

  • Agreement to Assume Risk form (also in Spanish)
  • Annual Code of Conduct Form (also in Spanish)
  • Memeber Emergency Medical Form (also in Spanish)
  • Member & Volunteer Photo, Audio, & Video Permission Form (also in Spanish)

Project Resources: Visit the Illinois 4-H Member Resources page, scroll down to record forms

  • Livestock Records
  • Crops Records
  • Activities Planning Record
  • Project Plans for various age groups
  • and more

Project Resources: Livestock Projects

  • Quality Assurance & Ethics training - to be completed, online, one time for 4-H members exhibiting dogs, cats, rabbits, poultry and horse projects


  • Youth for Quality Care for Animals training - to be completed, online or in-person, annually for 4-H members exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, goats and dairy projects.

***in-person trainings are available during the late spring and early summer months and include a $3 fee

***online training is available year-round and includes a $12 fee  | yqcaprogram.org/

Volunteer Resources


Newsletters are Going Digital! Starting in January 2024, the 4-H newsletter will be delivered electronically. We want to make sure you continue to
receive all the important information in our county 4-H program and 4-county unit. If you prefer to receive a paper copy of the eBlast, please complete this simple form at go.illinois.edu/4-Hnewsletter or contact the office at 309-347-6614 and speak with Katharine, Lynda, or Julann to request the paper copy be mailed to you. We want to help you!

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Project Submission Deadline: July 10, 2023 by 11:59 p.m