Marengo County Extension Coordinator (retired)
Inducted March 19, 2013
William Norwood began his ACES career in Marengo County where he served youth and adults for 25 years. During that tenure as a 4-H agent, he worked with 400 to 500 4-H’ers each year. He used programs to motivate students in a poor, rural county to seek to achieve and to believe that they could achieve.
He was instrumental in establishing landscape projects with 4-H’ers at local schools in Marengo County. The Board of Education was so impressed with the effort that they budgeted funds to landscape all schools in the county. He also conducted 11 successful Community Pride projects through Chevron USA. He conducted 10 annual 4-H Fish and Wildlife camps with an average attendance of 70.
Norwood conducted countywide 4-H hog and dairy shows. He worked with students to teach chem how to prepare for those shows. County winners went on to win many awards at regional and state levels. His 4-H’ers were also winners in livestock judging events.
He has numerous district, regional, state, and national winners in various 4-H demonstrations including wood science exhibits, plant and soil science, Chicken-Que, public speaking, small engines, and electric demonstrations. He freely gave his time to work individually with students interested in competing. For several years, he had state 4-H Leadership, Achievement, and Citizenship winners.
Norwood not only encouraged students to attend 4-H camp at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana but also arranged their transportation to the center. He knew that most of these children had no transportation to camp. He wanted them to have the positive experience of attending. He became the bus driver so that these children county attend camp.
He laughingly recalls 4-H’ers from around the state calling him “Mr. 4-H.” But he adds that he proudly wore the green and white sports jackets, ties, pants, and shirts.
William Norwood was also a valuable member of the Marengo County community. He was the first minority member of the Linden City School Board. He has been active in AACAAS and has served as District III coordinator twice. He received recognition from the Boy Scouts, ACESEO, and too many other groups to list. He established the first farmers market in Marengo County. William Norwood is an adult willing to give whatever time is needed to help young people.
Nominated by Kathryn Friday, Marengo County Extension Coordinator