4-H Volunteer, Epes, Alabama
2010 National 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer
A dedicated and passionate 4-H volunteer for 19 years, Patricia Bryant engages youth, recruits volunteers statewide, and raises funds to support 4-H. She feels strongly that leadership and citizenship are core life skills she learned as a youth in 4-H and she works to instill those values in youth.
Selected for the highest honor National 4-H bestows on volunteers, Mrs. Bryant received the award during an Oct. 9 ceremony at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
As a volunteer and advocate, Mrs. Bryant has mentored hundreds of west Alabama youth, working to instill in them a sense of self-worth and responsibility. “I have walked beside 4-H’ers, listened to and traveled with them, raised money to go to summer camp, joined them on field trips, encouraged them, and recruited other volunteers to help them out,” she says. “My greatest fulfillment as a 4-H volunteer is to see a child who is not smiling and then learn something new and see their smile.”