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Polk County 4-H Member Resources

On this page, you will find commonly requested resources such as forms, documents, deadlines, and general information.

To be a "bonafide 4-H member" in Polk County, all 4-H youth members must:

  • Complete annual enrollment process (available year-round)
  • Actively participate in their 4-H club meetings, activities, events, and competitions year-round
  • Submit 4-H record books to the Polk County 4-H office by May 1st

For information specific to Polk County Youth Fair eligibility, please see that section below.

  • Annual Enrollment Process

    Annual enrollment is a process every 4-H family will need to complete, every year. Some important reminders:

    • Youth interested in showing at Polk County Youth Fair will need to complete Steps 1-3, outlined below, by November 1. 

      If you anticipate needing help with the annual enrollment process, please contact the Polk County 4-H office at least 2 weeks prior to the deadline. 
    • If you are a returning 4-H family, PLEASE do not create a new family or member profile in 4honline. If you do not remember your password, please use the "I forgot my password" option on 4honline.
    • Parents and Guardians are responsible for creating and maintaining family and member profiles.

    To complete annual enrollment, all 4-H families will need to review and update their profile in 4honline, pay the annual enrollment fee on the Florida 4-H website, and request that their club leader confirm the youth's profile in 4honline. For detailed instructions, see below.

    Step 1: Annual Enrollment on 4honline

    1. Log into 4honline with your family e-mail address and password, here: https://florida.4honline.com.
      Please use "I forgot my password" if you need to reset your family profile password.
    2. Once you are logged into your family profile, you will click "edit" next to the individuals you wish to re-enroll.
    3. Review profile information very carefully and update all required information in the Personal Information, Authorizations, Health Form, and Participation sections of the enrollment.
      Important: Remember to update clubs and projects under the participation section for each re-enrollment.
    4. Click "Submit Enrollment" to complete the 4honline portion of the annual enrollment process.

    Step 2: Pay annual membership fees on Florida 4-H Website

    1. If your 4-H family is part of an in-school club or clover buds, please skip to Step 3.
    2. 4-H families, with youth ages 8-18, enrolling in community clubs and after-school clubs need to visit the Florida 4-H website to pay the community club membership fee, here: http://florida4h.org/membershipfees/ 
    3. After payment is submitted, Step 2 is complete.

    Step 3: Confirmation of annual enrollment

    1. Contact the leader of your 4-H Club and request them to confirm the 4-H youth's profile in 4honline
    2. After your 4honline profile is confirmed, the 4-H member is able to participate in club activities, events, and competitions. The profile will still be marked "Pending"

    Step 4: Review by Polk County 4-H office

    1. At some future date, the Polk County 4-H Office will review all 4-H youth enrollment. Profiles will officially be marked, "active," after that process.
      This process can take several months.

    Tips for Success

    • The 4honline website works best when using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser.
      If you are using an old version of Internet Explorer (IE 11 or lower), you may experience issues navigating through the 4HOnline enrollment sections.
      • Detailed instructions are available at the 4honline homepage

       

    • Polk County 4-H Clubs

      Polk County 4-H offers more than 35 community clubs for you to choose from. 

      Once you choose a club(s) and project(s) to enroll in, contact the 4-H office via email (ritawest@ufl.edu) to request club leader information. Then, contact the club leader and start the annual enrollment process as detailed above.

      If enrolling in more than one 4-H club, youth members must select one club as their Primary club.

      The Primary club is the one that the youth member is required to fully participate in, year-round, as specified by the club’s bylaws (business meetings, project meetings, fundraisers, club promotion activities etc.).

      Polk County 4-H Club List

      Haines City/Davenport/Poinciana

      • Bullseye 4-H: Archery
        (meets every 3rd Monday at 4:00pm in Haines City)

      • Country Ridge 4-H: Swine, Beef, Plants
        (meets every 2nd Monday at 6:30pm in Davenport)

      Auburndale/Lake Alfred/Winter Haven 

      • Auburndale Community Church 4-H: Exploring 4-H
        (meets 2nd or 3rd Sunday at 3:30 pm in Auburndale)

      • Home Grown 4-H: Archery, Community Service, Sewing, Exploring 4-H
        (meets 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Auburndale)

      • Polk County Sea Stars 4-H: Marine Science
        (meets every 1st Friday 9:00 a.m. in Winter Haven)

      • Pure Country 4-H: Horse, Dog, Rabbit, Poultry, Horticulture, Crafts, Cooking
        (meets every 2nd Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Lake Alfred)

      • Rowdy Ropers 4-H: Livestock, Natural Resources, Exploring 4-H
        (meets every 3rd Monday at 6:00 p.m. in Winter Haven)

      • Shooting Sports 4-H: Shotgun (ages 11 and up)
        (meets every 1st and 3rd Friday at 6:00pm in Winter Haven)

      North Lakeland/Kathleen/Polk City

      • All Stars 4-H: Archery, Community Service, Dog, Public Speaking, Dog Enthusiasts
        (meets 1st,2nd,3rd Thursday, at 1:00pm; and every Friday at 3:30 pm in Lakeland)

      • American Pride 4-H: Chickens, Family & Consumer Science, Community Service, Horse
        (meets every 2nd Thursday at 6:30 pm in Lakeland)

      • Barnyard Buddies 4-H: Rabbit, Citizenship, Craft, Plants
        (meets every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm in Polk City)

      • Green Swamp 4-H: Archery, Hunting & Wildlife
        (meets every 1st Saturday 11:00am in Polk City)

      • Hog Wild 4-H: Hog, Chicken, Rabbits, Plants, Crafts, Judging
        (meets last Monday at 6:30pm in Plant City)

      • Hoof-n-Horn 4-H: Photography, Beef, Swine
        (meets every 2nd Sunday at 2:00pm in Lakeland)

      • Kathleen Cattle Crew 4-H: Cattle, Swine
        (meets 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm in Lakeland)

      • Show N Out 4-H: Welding, Archery, Canning, Woodworking
        (meets every 2nd Monday at 6:00 pm in Lakeland) 

      • Southern Souls 4-H: Cattle, Swine, Poultry, Rabbits, Archery
        (meets every 2nd Thursday at 6:00 pm in Lakeland)

       

    • Polk County Youth Fair

      According to the Polk County Youth Fair rules, eligible exhibitors are:

      "Any bonafide member of 4-H (November 1, [year]), FFA, or FCCLA as determined by the respective organization on date of entry." 

      To be a "bonafide 4-H member" eligible for Polk County Youth Fair, all 4-H youth members must:

      • Complete annual enrollment process by November 1st
      • Actively participate in their 4-H club meetings, activities, events, and competitions year-round
      • Submit 4-H record books to the Polk County 4-H office by May 1st

      For all questions related to Polk County Youth Fair eligibility, deadlines, entry forms, or other information, please contact: 

      Polk County Youth Fair Coordinator

      Tasha Fones
      (863) 519-1046
      http://www.pcyf.net/
      PCYF@ad.ufl.edu

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    Contact

    Phone (863) 519-1041
    Fax  (863) 534-0001

    shreemoyee.ghosh@ufl.edu 

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    Physical Address
    1702 Highway 17 South
    Bartow, FL 33830    

    Mailing Address
    PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
    Bartow, FL 33831-9005

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