4-H Educator Life: Enrollment Season

There’s always a lot of excitement and enthusiasm that comes along with a new 4-H year! The 4-H enrollment process is always a bit of chaos mixed with the constant sound of phones ringing – and this year was even more so with the change to family enrollment via 4HOnline.

As the enrollment period comes to an end (the deadline is tomorrow, March 15), I want to say a huge thank you to our 4-H family for your patience, understanding and willingness to learn with us in this new process! We’ve all learned a lot this year and I’m confident next year’s process will be smoother. We will have finalized enrollment MUCH earlier and be able to ensure all families are getting information sooner!

  • 4-H Volunteers – Thank you for being creative in finding ways to help your youth and families enroll in 4-H – from meetings at schools with iPads to inviting families to bring laptops and hook up to your WiFi, your efforts do not go unnoticed. We are so thankful to have you as part of our team!
  • 4-H Families – Thank you for sticking with us, asking questions and having patience! We are glad you’ve decided to participate in 4-H and we’re looking forward to a great year.
  • Office Staff –
    • Stefanie coordinated with Tracy Nider at the State 4-H Office to help training our volunteers as data managers. had the idea to set up help nights at the county library branches and was able to help a few families on each date. She has answered many phone calls and had extra help sessions with volunteers.
    • HUGE shout out to our Office Associate Debbie for her support in this entire process. If you didn’t know it, Debbie is the reason all of your information was in there when you initially logged in! She has been our county 4-H data manager for many years. We’ve had some people comment about how it’s nice that “the system” does something – she is the one behind it all. Her familiarity with the system and willingness to help folks who call, walk in, e-mail has been a tremendous help. If you get a chance in the next few weeks, please tell Debbie thank you! She has handled this transition while managing her other duties as well.

Yours in 4-H,