4-H celebrates 100 years and seeks alumni

By Diane Palmer

4-H centennial logo

Millions of young people have been involved in 4-H since the first corn club in 1908. For the 100th anniversary, state 4-H is asking everyone who has ever been a 4-H member to contact their county’s Clemson Extension office so they can be included in centennial celebrations. 

Many Extension offices will be hosting alumni events and a statewide alumni luncheon is planned during State 4-H Congress in July on the Clemson University campus.

The 4-H volunteer network includes more than 3,500 adult and 750 youth volunteers in South Carolina. Marty Richey of Honea Path was recognized as an outstanding volunteer.

 He has organized two 4-H clubs in Anderson County that are involved in multiple projects.  He and his wife, Chris, raised the money and took the 4-H’ers to the shooting sports nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“We chose clubs where children can participate who wouldn’t ordinarily get to,” he said. “We left no child behind, regardless of their circumstances.”

Kathy Wright, Clemson Extension 4-H agent in Anderson County, said, “He’s an all around great volunteer and if we could make a mold of him, we would.”  

For more information: Amy McCune, 864-656-6651, amccune@clemson.edu, www.clemson.edu/4h.