Before joining our club we would like you to attend 3 meetings so you can get a feel for what our club is all about. When you attend your first meeting let us know you are new when you come in, we'll do our best to make you and your child feel comfortable. We like the kids to sit at one end of the room, and the parents at the other. If you're new to the club and your child feels more comfortable sitting with you that's fine.
Our meetings start out with a business meeting: Pledge of Allegiance, 4-H Pledge, introduction of members, Secretary's report, Treasurer's report, old business, new business, upcoming events, and then some kind of horse-related activity. The meetings are usually over around 9pm.
We communicate club information via email. If you would like to be placed on the list please email 4hhiriders @ gmail.com and ask to be added. If at any time you'd like to be removed just send another email asking to be removed. After 3 meetings if you decide you'd like to join, we will give you paperwork to fill out, and collect your dues.
In order to volunteer to drive any 4-H members, sleep over at State Fair, coach teams, or volunteer to work with our youth, you must be UME certified. This is a one-time webinar approximately 2 hours. It is given several times a year. You can sign up for the webinar here. There is paperwork that will need to be filled out, you can download them here.
You will only need to do the seminar one time and you will receive a card each year that will get you into the Maryland State Fair and the most of the county fairs for free.
We hold a meeting in February (usually the first Wednesday of the month) that gives you as much information as possible for the events we have planned for the year. We encourage you to bring your child, they will hear a lot about plans for the club for the year. This is the meeting we give out all paperwork for membership. You can join any time of the year, but to be considered a member for the full year and receive a membership plaque at our annual banquet in January, you must have joined and paid dues by March 31st. Our dues are currently $40 per year, this includes 4-H insurance that covers your child while at 4-H events. We will pro-rate your dues if you join after that March 31st and your child will be considered a new member until the following year.