The 4-H Name, Emblem and the Four H's

The original symbol was a three leaf clover with the words Head, Heart, and Hands. Nebraska clubs used the words as part of their statement of purpose: "to educate the youth of the county, town and city to a knowledge of their dependence upon nature's resources, and to the value of the fullest development of hand, head and heart...."

O.H. Benson, Superintendent of Schools, Wright County, Iowa, designed two pins around 1907 or 1908. He used the design on placards, posters and badges. On September 16, 1909, he placed the first order on record with the Union Emblem Company for the pins. Benson and others are said to have had a four-leaf H design around 1908, but no record of it has been found.

Early in 1911, a meeting of club leaders in Washington D.C. adopted a committee recommendation approving the present 4-H emblem design. O.B. Martin, who was directing club work in the South, is credited with suggesting that the 4-H's stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. (Benson originally referred to a fourth H as Hustle.)

The 4-H emblem is federally protected under Section 18 US Code 707 and belongs to the Congress of the United States. The official emblem is green with white H's - the 4-H colors. The white symbolizes purity. The green represents nature's most common color and is emblematic of youth, life, and growth.

Tassajara Valley 4-H

The 4H Pledge


The pledge tells what 4-H is all about. 4-H has as its goal the four-fold development of youth: Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The pledge was adopted by the delegates to the 1927 National 4-H Club Camp in Washington, DC.

State club leaders voted for and adopted the pledge for universal use. The phrase "and my world" was added in 1973. The saying of the pledge has prominent place in 4-H activities at regular 4-H meetings, achievement days, and other club events.

"I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,

my Hands to larger service,

and my Health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world."

The 4H Vision and Mission

4-H Mission

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

4-H Vision

A world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

What is 4-H??

4-H is a national program for kids ages Kindergarten to 19 years, designed to help your child develop knowledge and skills by “learning by doing”. Leadership, communication and civil and community service are also an important part of 4 –H.

Tassajara Valley 4-H meets every 2nd Monday of the month at Tassajara Hills Elementary School located at 4675 Camino Tassajara Rd., Danville.

This is called the Community Club Meeting which is attended by the whole club membership. Meetings start at 7:00 pm. There, you will find out important announcements and upcoming events for the next month and various project groups will do presentations. Our members live in the Tri-Valley area.

Project groups meet monthly at various locations. The monthly time commitment for 4-H would be 1 hour for the Community Club Meeting and approximately an additional hour for every group a member participates in.

The 4-H year begins the second week of September and ends in June. We exhibit at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton which runs from late June until mid July.

Tassajara Valley 4-H is a family organization. Our projects are led by parent volunteers and the community meetings are run by the elected officers (kids).

4-H Motto

"To Make The Best Better"

The motto was adopted at about the same time as the 4-H Club Pledge. Its intent is to inspire young people to continue to learn and grow, to make their best efforts better through participating in educational experiences.

"Learning by Doing"

This phrase sums up the educational philosophy of the 4-H program. Young people learn best when they are involved in their learning. The intent is to do, reflect, and apply.