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: Judy McFarland | 309-633-6919 | Email
  • Leader: Pam Chism | 309-678-4704 | Email 

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 | 309-352-2025 | 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


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

  • Leader: Tina Smith 309-449-3304 | 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: Teresa Rowell | 309-925-2056 | Email
  • Leader: Kelly Baer | 309-267-3547 | Email

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

  • Leader: Sheri Allen | 309-264-1712 | Email
  • Leader: Colleen Moser | 309-925-5809 | 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

Quiltchat - Sewing | Meets: 1-2 Saturdays per month @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Leader: Sandy Lutz | 309-346-5259

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

Fall 2019 Registration Packet - Archery

  • 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
  • Illinois 4-H Veterinary Science Award
  • Holstein-Friesian Association Award
  • Illinois 4-H Electricity Achievement Award
  • Illinois 4-H Leadership, Citizenship, Professionalism (LCP) Award
  • Illinois 4-H Key Award
  • Illinois 4-H State Award

Club Resources - State: Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Meetings tab

  • 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 - State:  Visit the Illinois Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Enrollment tab

  • 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 Extension, Youth Development page, scroll down to the Project Record Sheets

  • 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  | http://yqca.org/

Volunteer Resources

Virtual 4-H Show Information

Tazewell 2020 Virtual 4-H Show and Jr. Fair Book

Main Virtual 4-H Show Information page with all resources

2020 4-H Horse Packet - date reminders, ID form, lease agreement, 4-H record sheets - deadline April 15

Project Submission Deadline: July 15 by 11:59 pm

Judging Dates:

  • July 25-29 - All projects