Emerald Star Ranking
2016-2017 GLENN COUNTY 4-H
EMERALD STAR RANK GUIDELINES & APPLICATION
(Deadline is Thursday, November 10, 2016)
The Emerald Star is added to the Star Rank Program to give all 4-H members the opportunity to serve their clubs, districts, county and/or community without applying for All Star and/or as a stepping stone to the rank of All Star. This is a Star Rank awarded for a plan of leadership in the 4-H program or in the community. It will be presented at the Star Awards event. Projects should be completed in June with an oral and written report required.
WHAT IS THE EMERALD STAR PROGRAM?
- It offers 4-H'ers the opportunity to develop leadership skills beyond the local club level.
- A 4-H'er who wishes to participate must submit a plan for approval (prior to the work being done) and prepare an evaluation report at the completion of his/her work. Present that report to the Council.
- The Emerald Star Rank Award is not a prerequisite to the All Star or B.L.A.S.T. Award. To be eligible for the Emerald Star, the applicant must have received the Gold Star Rank.
- It is hoped that all Emerald Star plans are successful, but 4-H'ers may receive the Emerald Star Rank even if the plans are not successful. The end of the project evaluations may indicate how well the 4-H'ers planned, how well they tried (including revision of their plans), and how well they were able to evaluate what they did.
TO APPLY, A MEMBER MUST:
- Be 13 years old or older by December 31, 2016.
- Hold the rank of Gold Star.
- Present a plan of proposed leadership to be offered on a multi-club basis, district, county, or area level in the community, during the following year.
- Be prepared to handle any financial costs to complete the plan.
Your plan and goal can cover virtually anything. You may want to propose ideas for a new program or develop a new project, event, activity, or enhance an existing project with new supplements that you develop. To successfully execute your plan, be sure to consider your plan in terms of time, money, and energy involved. Especially consider school activities and the amount of time you have. Also, consider whether or not the resources needed are available.
YOUR PLAN MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING THREE CRITERIA:
- Must benefit others (not just the applicant)
- Emerald Star applicant must interface with Glenn County members/leaders, and can involve community resources in developing and completing the Emerald Star Project.
- Emerald Star Project must be appropriate for the applicant.
EMERALD STAR PROJECT STEPS:
- Submit Application, Preliminary Plan and Plan of Work for approval to the 4-H Council Executive Board by November 10, 2016. Turn in paperwork to the Glenn County UCCE Office.
- Wait for notification of acceptance from the 4-H Council Executive Board.
- Begin Emerald Star Project.
- Submit Final Report to the UCCE Office no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017.
- Submit Oral Report to the 4-H Council at any scheduled meeting, but no later than the June council meeting.
The Application, both Plans and the guidelines for the Final Report are included with this letter. Please turn in each one in the order stated above to the UCCE Office. If a plan is not accepted, a member of the 4-H Council Executive Board will contact you with ideas to improve it. Emerald Star awards are given out at the Star Awards event in the fall.
For team projects, each member must submit an Application, Preliminary Plan and Plan of Work outlining his/her contributions to the project. They should not be identical applications. Outline specific responsibilities to be done by each member.
If you wish to receive the Emerald Star at the Star Awards event in the fall, you must submit a Final Report by Thursday, June 1, 2017 to the UCCE Office and orally present your Final Report no later than the June 4-H Council meeting.
The Final Report may be submitted in any form as long as it contains the following:
- Documentation of your completed project, including successes and obstacles, resources used, and any other items that document your project.
- A statement of completion from a 4-H leader acquainted with your project.
- Newspaper clippings, photographs, etc. (optional)
The Final Report may be written or in a power point form, etc. Most forms of documentation can be used (be creative), but if the project is not documented clearly, you may have to redo it.
Applications are due no later than Thursday, November 10, 2016 to the Cooperative Extension Office. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please read all the instructions carefully. You can also mail the application to
Glenn County Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 697
Orland, CA 95963