4-H Clubs - Leader Information

As a club leader, it is your role to help guide your officers with planning and running meetings, as well as supervising during club meetings or events.  You are playing a supporting role so that your club officers are successful.  Here are some resources to help you with this.


Using the 4-H Name and Emblem

Did you know that the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is a highly valued mark that has been granted unique and special status, in the same category as the Olympic Emblem or Presidential Seal.  As a matter of fact, it is a federal protection that exceeds the limited authorities of trademark and copyright.  As such, there are specific rules for its use and any misuse could subject the user to serious penalties, including criminal.  4-H chartered entities can use the name and emblem without permission so long as they follow these guidelines.  To make sure you are using the Name and Emblem correctly, please reference these guides and training series:

Guide:

4-H National Headquarters Fact Sheet

Authorization Responsibilities

Authorization Guidelines

Here are some things to know:

  • 4-H clubs may choose to finance their activities through fundraising.  Funds raised under the 4-H name or Emblem (e.g. club fundraising, etc.) must only be used to support the educational mission of 4-H.  4-H activities, must a have a clear educational goal or purpose.  For more guidelines on fundraising, please reference the Treasurer's Record Book (Section - Guidelines for Leaders and Parents).  
  • Use the whole emblem to include the 18 USC 707.

  • Do not remove any leaves in the clover to include not allowing it to run off the edge of a paper.

  • Do not place text or images over or on top of the 4-H Emblem.

  • Keep it upright.

  • Do not distort the image.  Keep it in proportion.

Important:  Any non-4-H chartered entity, must have permission from the County Extension office to use the name and emblem.  Authorization to use the 4-H Name and Emblem must be in writing, for a specific purpose and a specific time period. It must not imply endorsement of commercial firms, products or services.  Please contact Extension if you have questions.



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