4-H County Council

Special Report

The final report of the financial review of the Leaders Council is available now. 

As detailed in the report, a number of systemic problems were found, but the greatest concern of financial management was large amounts of excess fund carriage (over $100,000 of excess funds for the past 20 years).  We are in the process of developing spend-down plans.  If you would like to be a part of the planning, please contact 4-H Youth Development Advisor Emma Fete at emfete@ucanr.edu.

  SJC Leaders Council Financial Review - Final Report

Council Meetings

San Joaquin County 4-H Council Meeting Location 

Unless otherwise noted, all County Council Meeting are held at: 

    San Joaquin County Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center
    2101 E. Earhart Ave., Assembly Room 1
    Stockton, CA  95206


2019-2020 Council Meeting Dates  

  • September 19, 2019, 7:00pm
  • November 21, 2019, 7:00pm
  • January 16, 2020, 7:00pm
  • March 18, 2020, 7:00pm
  • May 21, 2019, 7:00pm

What is the 4-H County Council?

The San Joaquin County 4-H Club Council is the guiding body for the 4-H Club Program.  The Executive Board consists of the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Policy Secretary, Treasurer, and the current County All Star Ambassadors.  

The Council has five meetings during the program year (generally the third Thursday in September, November, January, March, and May) where the business of the Council is conducted and voted on by the membership. 

Each Club is required to send at least one adult volunteer AND one senior (between the ages of 14-19) 4-H member to each meeting.  These representatives should then report back to their Club about what was discussed at the Council meeting.

The voting members of the Council consist of:

  • The Executive Board
  • One representative from each 4-H Club

County Council Officers

Below are the newly elected Council Officers for 2019-2020.  Their term of office will be from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.


President Jennifer Dondero
Immediate Past President Marlene Hokanson
Vice President Rebecca Towell
Treasurer Maricarmen Anaya-Rodriguez
Recording Secretary Diana Muller
Policy Secretary Dorothy Langum
County Ambassadors David Stoner
    (Please contact the 4-H Office if you Rebekah Guadagnolo
     need to contact an Ambassador.) Preston Alberti
  Benjamin Lau
  Johnathan Salters
  Ben Salters
  Maci Suttle
  Kylie Suttle
  Kathleen Morelos


2018-2019 County-Level Leaders

NOTE: The 2018-2019 Leaders will be posted shortly after September 21st.  If you need help in the meantime please contact the County 4-H Office.

These volunteers and youth leaders are responsible for developing and implementing specific parts of our county 4-H program.  These leaders are appointed annually by the end of August by the County Council Executive Board.  

To apply for a position, please go here and complete the online application by September 20th.  For a full description of each role, click the position name in the lists below.

Key Leaders

Key leaders provide direct support and guidance for other less experienced 4-H leaders in the assigned project area.  At a minimum they make themselves accessible to phone and email inquiries from leaders and members, and act as an advisor to the County 4-H Office as to the needs of that project area.  Key leaders may also choose to lead a countywide project, create proficiency tests/awards, and offer county-level events in collaboration with 4-H Staff.


Standing Chair

A standing chair acts as a resource to the key leaders who work in related areas.  A standing chair may choose, in collaboration with 4-H Staff, to organize events and meetings that involve all of the project areas related to their area of expertise.

Large Animal Science Chair    
Small Animal Science Chair    



An advisor/director works with a team of youth that are serving a particular role.  They act as mentors, facilitators, and counselors as the youth plan and execute their programs.  Advisors/directors may also be required to act as the adult chair of an event that the youth are planning as part of their roles.


Event Chairs

Event chairs work with the County 4-H Staff to plan, advertise, and implement a particular county-level event.


AgFest Representatives

These representatives are the official liaisons between AgFest and our county 4-H program.  They attend all AgFest meetings and advocate for the needs and preferences of our membership.  They are also responsible for disseminating information about AgFest to 4-H staff, volunteers, and members.


Barn Chairs

Barn chairs support and guide 4-H members who are showing animals of that species at AgFest.  They attend all relevant AgFest meetings and help make sure that their barn is organized and properly supervised.  A barn chair should plan on being present in their barn for the duration that their species is at the fairgrounds.