A clear plan is necessary for your organization to move toward achieving its objectives. A group that doesn’t have an action plan is like a ship that hoists its sail and lets the winds blow it wherever it may land; the ship is not likely to reach its intended harbor.

What, specifically, is the role of the 4-H organization in the community? What are the needs of the community? What is the role of the 4-H organization in addressing or serving the needs of the community?

If you are in a new leadership role with your 4-H organization, utilize this process to develop a focus or purpose. For established volunteers and leaders, review this process and see which topics you’ve missed or perhaps haven’t addressed in a while. Remember—to build an effective 4-H organization and to keep an effective 4-H organization going, you need to plan for the future.

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