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Walla Walla County Places 2 in State 4-H Hall of Fame

PULLMAN, Wash. — Two people have been honored for their contributions to 4-H in Walla Walla County.

Inducted Oct. 18 into the newly created Washington State 4-H Hall of Fame were: Sarita McCaw, 203 Hope St., Walla Walla, and Ida Mae Scott, 915 S. 3rd St., Dayton.

McCaw has been a 4-H leader for 38 years and is currently enrolled as a resource leader. She consults for demonstrations and educational posters and is a certified fair judge for handcrafts, woodworking, vegetables, and wines.

She also helps instruct the local 4-H knitting camp held during the summer and has served as County 4-H program assistant and on the State 4-H Advisory Board.

In 1969 McCaw started teaching at Walla Walla Community College and was the only woman instructor at the Penitentiary. She had the only 4-H youth group in the nation that met in a penitentiary and was led by inmates under her supervision.

McCaw was Chair of the State 4-H Forum Auction for many years. Locally she has contributed to the demonstration and leader training programs, judging record books, demonstrations, food activities, and award nominations.

Scott has been an active 4-H leader for 48 years. She has been a leader in her children and grandchildren’s clubs. In the past, she frequently volunteered to help with many county activities and traveled with 4-H members to events such as State 4-H Fair and District Teen Rallies.

Induction of the first one hundred people was announced at a State 4-H Forum in Ocean Shores. The hall of fame was created as part of the 4-H centennial celebration.

More than 93,500 Washington youths are enrolled in 4-H programs; over 20,300 are enrolled in 1,733 clubs. Another 73,000 participate in a variety of other 4-H activities, such as the school enrichment program, day camps and overnight camping.

More than 10,300 adult volunteers support 4-H, which is Washington State University Cooperative Extension’s informal, educational program for today’s young people. The program combines the cooperative efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, WSU faculty, federal, state, and local governments, and businesses.

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(509) 527-3260 for Walter J. Gary, 4-H Agent, or
Jeanie Fulton, 4-H Program Assistant