(1899 – 1972)
Although her tenure with Extension was for only seven years, she is recognized as being the first Extension Secretary for Cherokee County. Her early efforts were instrumental in establishing a tradition of high standards that remain today.
A native of Centre, Alabama, Venice M. Camp was born on April 4, 1899. She graduated from Cherokee County High School and attended Jacksonville State Teacher’s College for a year. From 1924 to 1927, Miss Camp taught primary and junior grades in the Cherokee County school system.
In 1936, the Cherokee County Extension office acquired Venice Camp as its first secretary. She worked diligently to help the various agents. Her organizational skills greatly improved the operation of the office, thus freeing agents to spend more time with their clientele.
After leaving the Extension service, Miss Camp worked until her retirement as secretary to the Cherokee County Board of Education. In recognition of her contributions to furthering Extension work in Cherokee County, the name Venice Camp is inscribed on the dedicatory plaque of the Extension Memorial Chapel.
Chapel Plaque Inscription Number: 185