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NC State Extension

Chartering

In order for a group to become a 4-H club, they must charter annually. By becoming a chartered 4-H club the club has permission to use the 4-H Name and Emblem as well as apply for tax-exempt status using the National 4-H General Exemption Number. It is the responsibility of the 4-H agent (or designated Extension employee) to ensure the clubs are using the clover appropriately. A club charter can be revoked at the discretion of the County Extension program if a club is not maintaining the charter requirements or are misusing the 4-H clover.

The materials provided in the chartering section are designed to support the 4-H professional in supporting the 4-H Club. Only chartered clubs are considered official 4-H clubs and should be reported as such.

Material Description Location/Use
Charter Requirements Guidelines for clubs to obtain initial charter as well as guidelines for renewing the charter (must renew each year) Club Orientation Packet
Charter Application Application used for clubs to obtain charter and seals for renewal Included in Club Orientation Packet
*Completed copy kept in Club file
Renewing Charter Application Checklist for county professionals to keep track of club accomplishments required for annual re-charter Included in Club file for 4-H professional’s records