Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

Sarah McDowell

Chilton County Extension Agent

Inducted November 12, 2009

Sarah McDowell has positively influenced the lives f legions of Chilton County 4-H’ers with her quick wit, ready smile, and unwavering professionalism. Born in Clay County, McDowell graduated from Clay County High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics from Alabama College.

In her youth, she was a 4-H member in 6th and 7th grades, a member of the 4-H council, and was interested in sewing, handwork, and piano. These skills would serve her well in her career.

She spent most of her years of service with ACES in Chilton County after beginning her employment in the Fayette County Extension office in 1951. She was a charter member of the ALE4-HA, ALAEHA, NAEHA, and ESP. She served on various committees with both associations and served as district director for ALE4-HA.

As a 4-H agent, she conducted in-school 4-H clubs in all 5th and 6th grades in the public school system. In addition, she worked with youth in special education classes, community and afterschool classes, and sewing classes. She efficiently planned and carried out 4-H programs on the county, district, and state levels. She later went on to work with adults in clothing, health, and exercise.

Her pleasant manner and encouragement helped many 4-H’ers as they worked toward the county, state, and district awards. A former 4-H’er remembered McDowell instructing him in preparing his record books and coordinating the details of trips to events such as Citizenship Washington Focus, District Roundup, and State Congress. According to the 4-H’er, the leadership and social skills and the confidence he gained through his participation in 4-H helped him in his career in private business.

Nominated by Gay West and Chilton County 4-H