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Jean Bodiford McMillian: Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

Ms. Jean Bodiford McMillan was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame August 2nd. She has helped 5 generations of youth in Gulf County learn leadership and life skills through the 4-H Horse Project.  In 1970, she became the club leader for the Big River Riders 4-H Club.  Mr. Roy Carter, a former Gulf County Extension Director, says “The Big River Riders 4-H Club holds the county record for the longest running 4-H club [in Gulf County] and Jean is one of the strongest leaders we have ever had the pleasure to work with.  She has been the backbone of our horse program and is always willing to help in any capacity.”

In addition to serving at the county level, Mrs. McMillian also serves on the Area A 4-H Horse Advisory Committee.  This committee of volunteers provides direction and leadership for 4-H Horse programs across the Florida Panhandle (Northwest District).  The purpose of the committee is to make sure that 4-H horse events are educational in nature and adhere to the philosophies and goals of 4-H positive youth development.  This committee has the authority and responsibility to manage the direction and resources of the Area A 4-H Horse Program.  Examples of programs include schooling shows, showmanship and judging clinics, camps, and competitive shows.

Ms. Jean Bodiford McMillan being inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame during the 4-H University Awards Banquet in August.

Jean has served on the Area A Horse Committee for over 30 years and has held a variety of positions on the committee.  Through her involvement in the committee, she has watched her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren participate in the Florida 4-H Horse Program.  She is always willing to help with anything that needs to be done from checking bits and helmets to calculating points.  She has chaired the Western and Speed Divisions for a number of years at the district level and also pitches in to help with whatever is needed at the State 4-H Horse Show every July.

Her work in customer service has helped her as a volunteer to resolve conflict and solve problems.  She began her professional career with FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Port St. Joe office) in 1960 in the customer service department and held various jobs over the years.  She is also an active member of the Honeyville United Methodist Church in Honeyville located right outside of Wewahitchka. She retired from the integration and reports department of FairPoint in 2009.

When asked why she has stayed involved with 4-H for so many years, she said:

We have a very good group of Extension directors, agents, volunteers and members within our Area A Horse Program and I am so thankful to be a part of the group in any capacity. I was a 4-H’er growing up, worked as a volunteer for 5 generations over 45 years and there are so many rewarding pleasures when you see the young people do their best and strive to improve in all areas. When all your heart is given and they continue to give more is the greatest reward of all. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this astronomical foundation.” 

Despite retiring from the professional world, she has never retired from her 4-H volunteer work. Her dependability and compassion for youth has earned her the respect and admiration of fellow volunteers as well as Extension faculty.   If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and skills to inspire the next generation, contact your local UF IFAS County Extension Office to find out more about becoming a volunteer.  We offer a wide variety of roles to fit your interests and schedule.

PG

Author: Heather Kent – hckent@ufl.edu

Heather Kent is the Regional Specialized 4-H Agent in the Northwest Extension District.

Heather Kent

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/jean-bodiford-mcmillian-florida-4-h-hall-of-fame/

Ruth Ann Scurry Inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame

 

Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, 2016 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, 2016 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee

Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Ruth Ann Scurry, Jefferson County 4-H Club Leader and Volunteer, on being inducted into the 2016 University of Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.  Mrs. Scurry was one of only five individuals inducted this year, and the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award for Florida 4-H volunteers, alumni, and professionals.

Mrs. Scurry was accompanied by one of her sons and three of her grandchildren, representing 3 generations of 4-H!

Mrs. Scurry was accompanied by one of her sons and three of her grandchildren, representing 3 generations of 4-H!

Inductees are selected by the Florida 4-H Foundation Board.  Mrs. Scurry was nominated by Jefferson County Extension Director Mr. John Lilly and Regional Specialized 4-H Agent Heather Kent. Read Mrs. Scurry’s  inspirational 4-H Story, featured in last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebration.  Thank you Mrs. Scurry for your leadership and dedication to the 4-H Program!

PG

Author: Heather Kent – hckent@ufl.edu

Heather Kent is the Regional Specialized 4-H Agent in the Northwest Extension District.

Heather Kent

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/07/29/ruth-ann-scurry-inducted-into-the-florida-4-h-hall-of-fame/

Marcus Edwards of Gadsden County Inducted into the National Association of Conservation Districts Hall of Fame.

At the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Southern Region in Destin, Florida, July 30, 2012 Marcus Edwards of the Sawdust Community in Gadsden County was inducted into the NACD Hall of Fame.

Marcus was born September 4, 1934 in Sawdust, Florida, graduated from Greensboro High School in 1952, attended the University of Florida, and was drafted into United States Army in 1955. He served a year and a half behind the iron curtain.   Served our country for 2 years active duty, and 4 years in reserve. Marcus was honorably discharged in 1961.

Marcus entered the family farm business in 1957 growing shade tobacco on the Pewter Farm in Southside Sawdust, Florida. The tobacco industry left Florida in 1977. After growing his last crop of tobacco he continued farming growing pole beans, squash and other vegetables.

The tomato industry then came to Gadsden County, and Marcus grew tomatoes for several years. This venture was not profitable.  He grew tomatoes for some South Florida individuals on his own farm, but they lost money and left.   He then grew tomatoes for himself for about three years.  He lost all his retirement savings doing it. Finally, he decided it was time to quit farming when they wanted to pay $ 3.00 for a 30 lb. box of tomatoes.

He went to work for the University of Florida IFAS, North Florida Research & Education Center Quincy from 1995 to 1997 for the tomato spotted wilt virus program. From 1997-2002 he worked for Florida A & M University growing tomatoes for research on nitrogen fertilization. He grew spring and fall crops of tomatoes for the nitrate Best Management Practices project. While at FAMU he transferred to the USDA, NRCS unit in 2002 until present, assisting with research in biological control on insects.

Marcus served on the Overall Advisory Committee for the Gadsden County Extension Service and was Chairman for many years.  He is an active director of Gadsden County Farm Bureau and a member of Gadsden County Cattlemen’s Association.   He is an elected supervisor of Gadsden County Soil and Water Conservation District serving as its current chair.

Marcus received the Outstanding Young Farmer recognition in 1964 for exceptional progress in agriculture and contribution to the community sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He received the Distinguish Service Award as Chairman of the Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District for his many years of work on local and state issues to conserve our natural resources (soil, water, etc.). The award was given at the 54th Annual meeting of the Florida Association of Conservation Districts in Daytona Beach, August 5-8, 1999.  Marcus was recognized for being a “Leader in Helping the AFCD become a Viable Organization” by the Association of Florida Conservation Districts on August 12, 2006 at their annual meeting.

Judy Ludlow

Permanent link to this article: http://franklin.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/09/21/marcus-edwards-of-gadsden-county-inducted-into-the-national-association-of-conservation-districts-hall-of-fame/