The ceremony was conducted by senior members of the Polk County 4-H Clubs. Former Monroe County 4-H member and State 4-H counsel member James Swart and State Sen. Mike Bell were the guest speakers at the event.
Swart addressed the new initiates and challenged them to keep active in 4-H and take advantage of the many opportunities that 4-H has to offer.
Bell encouraged the initiates to become leaders in their community. 4-H members initiated came from 4-H clubs from Chilhowee Middle School, Copper Basin High School and the Polk County Home School Club. Each member earned over 200 points each on the State 4-H Honor Club application and was accepted into Honor Club.
The 4-H Honor Club is a statewide organization of outstanding junior high and senior 4-H members. Honor Club members were those who have shown exceptional 4-H project work and a willingness to share what they have learned with other 4-H'ers as a junior or teen leader.
4-H members initiated from Chilhowee Middle School were Brandi Bargeron, Keir Cox, Zoe Harbison, Matthew Passmore, Evan Renner, Drew Rogers, and Nate Waters. Initiates from the Polk County Home School Club were Anna Fultz, Ben Monroe, and Gideon Stewart. Initiates from Copper Basin High School were Virginia Chambers, Maggie Dobbins, Blayne Collins and Gunner Collins.
Honor Club is only the first step in Tennessee's recognition program for outstanding 4-H members. Senior members can earn a spot in All Stars through their citizenship and community service work. All Stars is the second step leading to the final step of recognition.
Vol State is the highest recognition a Tennessee 4-H member can earn, and it all starts with the Honor Club.
Polk County 4-H members initiated into honor club received a certificate and a Honor Club Pin.