Club Officer Roles


This officer position comes with lots of responsibility and expectations to guide the club in the direction of its goals. Typical responsibilities of a president include creating agendas with the club organizational leader, running meetings while maintaining order and control, delegating tasks, working as a team with other officers, and being enthusiastic about club activities. Purchase the President and Vice President's Handbook.

Vice President

The vice-president runs the meetings in the absence of the president, often serves as the chairperson of committees, helps coordinate educational programs, and works as a team with other officers. Purchase the President and Vice President's Handbook.


The secretary has many very important responsibilities to keep the records for the club. This includes maintaining meeting minutes, keeping track of roll, organizing the club’s correspondence, writing letters, and working with the president to correctly identify motions and unfinished business. The secretary’s records are often referenced many years later, so it is important to keep them organized to pass on to the next person or place in your club’s permanent files. The secretary should submit monthly minutes to the club and MSU Extension Office. Purchase the Sectretary's Handbook.


This is one of the most important jobs in the club. Your responsibility is to track funds for both deposits and debts, keep accurate records, write checks, provide fundraising reports, and submit the end-of-the-year report. Treasurers often need to work with adult leaders to make sure that the records are accurate and up-to-date. The treasurer prepares a report for the club each month. At the end of the 4-H year, you will prepare a report for the MSU Extension Office. Purchase the Treasurer's Handbook.


The individual in this position helps preserve the history of the club. The duties of the historian include keeping record of the club’s accomplishments and activities throughout the year and collecting photographs, news articles and other memorabilia important to the club. After all this information is gathered, it is your job to put it into a scrapbook or other visual way to preserve the memories.

Recreational Leader

Recreation is an important part of each club meeting. It helps break the ice, energize members and provide a fun setting. The recreational leader must utilize leadership and communication skills to plan and lead games or activities at each meeting. This person needs to be energetic and encourage everyone to participate and have fun!


The duties of this position are related to reporting information about your club’s activities to those outside of your club. This may include writing articles for the local newspaper or 4-H newsletter, creating flyers for club activities or contacting local media. Purchase the News Reporter's Book.

Helpful Officer Training Tools

Parliamentary Practice for 4-H

Club Officer Training Handbook

Ohio 4-H Officer videos

California Youth Officer Guide

Kansas 4-H Officer Videos and resources

Montana 4-H Fundraiser Guidelines

Use this document as a guide for planning your club's fundraisers.

(Information compiled from Montana 4-H Treasurer's Handbook and Michigan State University's Financial Manual for 4-H Treasurers)

Additional Officer Resources

Yearly 4-H Club Program Plan (electronic version)

Yearly 4-H Club Program Plan (print version)

Sample Constitution and By-Laws