Clarke County Extension Coordinator
Inducted May 14, 2009
Joe Ann Arthur* dedicated her life to the Alabama 4-H program and her entire 30-year career in Extension. She was a Mississippi 4-H alumna with projects in clothing and foods programs. She was a hard-working and dedicated agent in everything that she aspired to do for the citizens of Clarke County. She secured funds to help sponsor 4-H achievement and educational programs and to provide needed funds for 4-H’ers to attend numerous local, state, and national trips. In addition to securing the funds from other resources, Arthur contributed her own funds and personal time to help her 4-H’ers succeed in whatever endeavor they desired.
“I myself am a product of her work and accomplishments,” said Wendy Padgett, 4-H regional Extension agent. As a 4-H youth, Arthur guided Padgett in electric appliance care, child-care programs, and AMP Camp.
Arthur was one of the first Extension staff members to partner with agencies to bring experiences to youth and families. With Clarke County Public Health, she developed a series of lessons on fitness and nutrition. These were taught in after-school settings as part of the 4-H Club program. Staff from the health department worked with the teachers in setting up practical classroom experiences for the youth.
Today, Padgett is following Joe Ann Arthur’s footsteps in Clark County and the surrounding areas as she works with 4-H members and their families. “I love you Miss Arthur and I hope that you and your efforts will be remembered forever through the Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame!”
Nominated by Wendy Padgett