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Rose Torrey Memorial 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year

Last week at the Clemson Extension Spotlight on Agriculture Dinner, Mickey Sutton was recognized as the Rose Torrey Memorial 4-H Volunteer Leader of the Year. Bryan Smith presented the award and highlighted some of the recipient's accomplishments. We were lucky enough to get a copy and will share some of this information here:


This year’s winner of the Rose Torrey Memorial 4-H Volunteer Leader Award has lived a lifetime of being involved in extension work. First as a 4-Her involved in the dairy project, to graduating with a degree from Berry College, and then working as an extension agent in North Carolina. Later she came to Clemson, and worked with the 4-H Dairy Heifer project. While there, she received her master’s degree and then began teaching English at Clinton high School, where she immediately became a 4-H Volunteer Leader with the Laurens-Greenville 4-H Dairy Club, and has continued in that capacity for almost 25 years.


Over the years she has planned trips for the club to Atlanta, Berry College, and Virginia Tech to encourage 4-Hers toward a degree in animal agriculture and to set high goals. She has coached dairy judging and also planned programs on dairy judging, giving dairy reasons, and public speaking. She has also taught the 4-Hers in her club how to create portfolios, resumes, and conduct demonstrations. She has worked at the club’s fundraisers when they provided food for the 4-H Swine and 4-H Livestock shows.


She has set up and worked with several community service projects with Memorial Home and United Ministries for our 4-Hers. She has judged record books and dairy reasons on the state level.


Even with all that she does for her 4-H Club, she still finds time to be involved with the youth at her church and teaches vacation bible school. She is an advisor for the school year book, an advisor for the beta Club, and has also worked with the SC Jersey Juniors.


This is one amazing wife, mother, teacher and 4-H volunteer leader. The winner of this year’s Rose Torrey Memorial 4-H Volunteer Leader Award is Mrs. Elizabeth Lusby.

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