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Membership

Why join GAE4-HA?  

Being a member offers excellent opportunities for networking, professional development, and growth as an Extension employee.   As a GAE4-HA active, life, or affiliate member, you are automatically a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals (NAE4-HYDP) and have the opportunity to attend national professional development conferences. Additionally, you have the opportunity to network, share resources, and ideas, and apply for professional awards.

What are the different levels of GAE4-HA membership?

Active Members: Currently employed by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Fort Valley State University Extension in professional status or operating under an official agreement with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in professional status and assigned responsibility for 4-H Youth development or professional interest in promoting and supporting same. Active GAE4-HA members who retire may complete that membership year as active members, with full membership benefits. They may vote, hold elected or appointed positions, and receive newsletters.

Partner Members: Subject matter specialists and 4-H/youth development paraprofessionals with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension or Fort Valley State University Extension may join GAE4-HA as a partner member. They will receive GAE4-HA membership, entitling them to attend the state meeting, present, and attend workshops and exhibits. State Extension Partner Members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, attend national meetings, or receive other benefits of GAE4-HA membership.

Life Members: Life members must retire from Extension (not merely move out of a 4-H Youth position). Members enjoy all rights and privileges of an active member. Active GAE4-HA members who retire may complete that membership year as active members, with full membership benefits. If a life member returns to active employment status, they will be required to pay dues as an active member. Life member status would be reinstated without additional payment when the Extension employee returns to retirement status.

Affiliate Members: Includes adult professionals employed in youth development other than Extension; former GAE4-HA dues-paying members who were Active members but do not currently qualify for Active or Life membership; GAE4-HA donors and sponsors. Affiliate members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, and receive GAE4-HA support to attend national meetings as a Georgia delegate or receive other benefits of GAE4-HA membership.

Student Members: An individual who is currently attending a college/university with full-time graduate student status. They will receive GAE4-HA membership, entitling them to attend the state meet, present, and attend workshops and exhibits. Student members will not be allowed to hold office, vote, be lead author on awards, and receive GAE4-HA support to attend national meetings as a Georgia delegate or receive other benefits of GAE4-HA membership.

2021 Membership Drive Timeline

Although membership to GAE4-HA is available year-round, our primary membership drive is held between October-December each year.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020Membership drive begins.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020Early bird registration ends at 5:00 PM. Individuals who register online by this deadline will be entered in a drawing for a free registration to the GAE4-HA Annual Professional Development Conference in 2021.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021Members must be registered online and dues payment received by GAE4-HA Treasurer by 5:00 PM to be eligible for awards.

2021 Membership Dues

Membership dues vary by membership level and district and can be found in the chart below.  Also included is the GAE4-HA Senior Director or contact person for each membership level should you have any questions.  Payment must be made by check. For those joining after the start of the calendar year, dues are not prorated.

 ContactDues
Northeast DistrictJackie Nunn
NE Senior Director
4-H Extension Agent, Putnam County
706-485-4151
jrnunn@uga.edu
Active Member: $95.00
Partner Member: $25.00
Northwest DistrictCasey Hobbs
NW Senior Director
4-H Extension Agent, Walker County
706-638-2548
chobbs@uga.edu
Active Member: $95.00
Partner Member: $25.00
Southeast DistrictSergia Gabelmann
SE Senior Director
4-H Extension Agent, Chatham County
912-652-7981
sgabel@uga.edu
Active Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
Southwest DistrictLisa Pollock
SW Senior Director
4-H Extension Agent, Grady County
229-377-1312
lisas@uga.edu
Active Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
State Staff DistrictJason Estep
SS Senior Director
4-H Extension Specialist
706-542-4444
jason.estep@uga.edu
Active Member: $90.00
Partner Member: $20.00
Life MembersRoyce James
Life Members Committee Chair
roycelj@uga.edu
One-time payment for Extension retirees only: $250.00
Renewal: $0.00
Affiliate MembersJeffrey Burke
Vice President, Membership Chair
State 4-H Events and Programs Manager
706-542-4444
jburke@uga.edu
$90.00
Student MembersJeffrey Burke
Vice President, Membership Chair
State 4-H Events and Programs Manager
706-542-4444
jburke@uga.edu
$45.00

How do I join?

Please use the link below to access the GAE4-HA 2021 membership registration.

**IMPORTANT: When asked ‘Select County or ‘Not GA Resident,’ please choose your county of employment.***
www.tinyurl.com/GAE4HA21Membership

After completing the online registration, please mail a copy of your confirmation, along with payment made payable to GAE4-HA, to:

GAE4-HA Membership
Attn: Jenna Daniel
320 Hoke Smith Annex – UGA
Athens, GA 30602

If you need an invoice to request payment for your membership dues, please use the invoice generator located here.

For Extension professionals, a receipt of payment may be pulled from Georgia 4-H Event Registration, “01/01/2021 – GAE4-HA Membership 2021.”  For those not employed by Extension, a receipt may be requested from GAE4-HA Treasurer, Jenna Daniel.

After completing the registration link above, please remember to visit the NAE4-HYDP webpage to create or update your NAE4-HYDP membership profile. This is an important step in the process!

  • For new members, create a NAE4-HYDP profile.  This will add you to the membership database.
  • If you are a returning member, please update your profile.
  • NOTE: If you are taken to checkout, please select the Bill Me (invoice) option. Georgia collects all national dues from members and submits collectively to NAE4-HYDP.