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Stetson is Washington County Hall of Fame recipient

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By Roberta Hunt

Today’s 4-H Centennial update includes information on the Washington County State 4-H Hall of Fame recipient. Congratulations to Ruby Stetson who was selected to be the State 4-H Hall of Fame representative for Washington County.  I had a chance to visit with Mrs. Stetson last week and found out why she was so instrumental to the Washington County 4-H program from 1961-1972.

Mrs. Stetson moved to Washington County when her husband was transferred to the Springfield Armour plant .  She wanted a way to meet people so she got involved in helping with the Home for Christmas downtown celebration and Tom Curtsinger, the 4-H agent at the time, got her involved with 4-H. Mrs. Stetson later became a Cub Scout leader and has been active in the Presbyterian Church.

One of Mrs. Stetson’s fondest memories was serving as an adult counselor for 4-H Camp.  She actually camped at three different 4-H camps – Bingham 4-H Camp(Tatum Springs), J. M. Felter 4-H Camp (London) and Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp (Jabez).  Mrs. Stetson had many tales she shared about 4-H Camp.  Some things have certainly changed since then, but the basic activities and fun of camp has not.

Mrs. Stetson was involved with many other 4-H activities and programs. She was a school club leader for Washington County Elementary for four years.  She assisted with the talent show, speeches and demonstrations, record books and helped with many district and state events such as the state fair and chaperoning 4-H members to those events.

Of course her children were very active in 4-H.  All three served as camp teen counselors.  Joe Ray was active in lawn care, photography, soil and cattle judging.  Mary Faye focused on dairy foods and David Jay was involved in woodworking and electric.

In 1968, Mrs. Stetson was invited to the Chamber of Commerce banquet on the pretext of receiving a 4-H Award.  She was presented a plaque for Meritorious Service to 4-H but also was given the Citizen of the Year award.  

Our visit was very informative and I came away knowing that many young people’s lives were touched by Mrs. Stetson.  There are many 4-H volunteers both past and present who have helped make it possible for young people to learn life skills and have positive leadership and citizenship experiences. I would like to thank them for caring about the youth of Washington County and helping “To Make the Best Better.”

UPCOMING EVENTS  

The 4-H Bowling League will be organizing on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office.  League play will begin on Saturday, Feb. 14, 12 noon at Phillips Lanes in Campbellsville.  The registration fee will be the same as last year, which is $40 for the six sessions.  Registration is due the night of orientation.  The 4-H Bowling League is open to all 4-H members county-wide.

The 4-H Sewing project will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 4-5 p.m. at the extension office.  Anyone interested in sewing and participating in the 4-H Fashion Revue should attend the meeting to get pattern and material information.

The deadline for the 4-H Poetry Contest is Feb. 9.  Detailed information was in the December 4-H newsletter and extra forms and rules can be picked up at the Extension Office.

The 4-H Young Riders will have a movie night on Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at the extension office.  New members are welcome to come.  4-H members should bring a 2-liter drink and a snack to share.

For more information on any 4-H project or activity, contact the Washington County Extension office at 336-7741.  4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.