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The OSU Collegiate 4-H Chapter began in 1929 and has a long and proud history here at Oregon State University. At one point the chapter was so large it had its own house and a honorary society (Mu Beta Beta). The chapter went inactive in the 1980’s and was restarted in 1999. Following another inactive period from 2012- 2014, the newly reformed Oregon Collegiate 4-H chapter was again reestablished in January of 2015.
Since then the OSU Collegiate 4-H chapter has worked steadily to bring the chapter back to its former size and strength. In 2000 the club earned the national club of the year award in the new club division. In 2003 OSU hosted the Western Regional Collegiate 4-H conference and in 2004 OSU played host to the nation when it put on the National Collegiate 4-H conference in Portland, Oregon (“Rose City or Bust”).
The club is a community service based and social club housed out of the 4-H Youth Development Department of the College of Education. There is no previous 4-H requirement to be a part of the Oregon Collegiate 4-H chapter although many of our members are former 4-H members. Collegiate 4-H provides them a unique way to stay involved with the 4-H program through our motto, “sharing to continue, continuing to share.”
Oregon State Collegiate 4-H is a Community service and leadership based club which provides opportunities to develop collegiate members to not only stay involved in the 4-H program, but to teach them to be proactive within their communities. Collegiate 4-H is a great opportunity to help give back to the Oregon 4-H program in allowing for collegiates to help young people find and develop their skills and passions through various state, county, and local programs. Experience in the Oregon Collegiate 4-H Program is often cited as a significant contributor to the success of members after college. Many Collegiate 4-H alumni say that what they learned in 4-H helped them get their first job or into the graduate or vet school of their choice.
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