Posted on April 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM by Global Reach
Venita Wilcox began her 4-H career in Dixon County, Nebraska, joining both the Liberty Belles and Missouri Valley Feeders 4-H Clubs. She became a Woodbury County 4-H Leader in 1980, starting the Rock Branch Producers 4-H Club because she wanted to take her oldest two children to a boys’ and girl’s club rather than two separate meetings each month. Over her 29 years as a leader, there were members from four neighboring school districts and homeschoolers who joined. She led by example, being an avid gardener, experienced cook, and accomplished seamstress, always eager to keep up with the newest, improved methods.
On the county level, she took on the challenge of establishing the general store in the Old Town District of the Woodbury County Fair, and organized her club to in managing it. It became a popular spot for its low prices, checker board games, and was at one time the only public air conditioned building on the fairgrounds. She spent many hours reading record books for awards, judged achievement shows for other clubs and did judging at other county fairs in the area, clothing being her favorite type of exhibits.
She enjoyed the motivation 4-H gave her to teach practical life skills to her children, Denise, Roger and John.