Alabama 4-H Wall of Fame

William E. and Vivian Garrett

Shelby County 4-H Volunteers

Inducted December 7, 2010

I pledge my head to clearer thinking; My heart to greater loyalty; my hands to larger service; and my health to better living; For my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Many people know the 4-H Pledge, but two 4-H volunteers have been reciting it for more than 12 years in Shelby County: William (Bill) and Vivian Garrett.

Bill and Vivian have four daughters who are 4-H alumnae and one that is currently active in Alabama 4-H. Vivian leads the Hope Christian 4-H Club with tile help and support of her husband. They both have coached numerous wildlife teams and won several championships. They are both members of the Alabama 4-H Volunteer Association, with Bill serving as the 2007 president.

In 2008, Bill was diagnosed with cancer. As with any person, the entire Shelby County 4-H membership was concerned. During his treatment and recovery, Bill continued to be a 4-H volunteer and helped when he could. He was also there supporting his daughters and other members in the county, regional, and state events.

Bill and Vivian Garrett go beyond the call of duty as 4-H volunteers. They teach 4-H members great leadership and community service. Mother Teresa stated, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.” This quote truly exemplifies Garretts’ love of Alabama 4-H.

Nominated by Joy Maxwell and Shelby County 4-H