We owe a great deal of thanks to 4-H for being the kind of organization that welcomes volunteers like Gloria Miller of Norco into its ranks and teaches children the kind of skills they will likely take with them throughout their entire lives.
Also, Miller’s passion for sharing her sewing skills isn’t only about stitching fabric into hats or patriotic pillowcases, but also instills in these young minds the importance of remembering those in need.
Those hats and pillowcases go to veterans and older Americans who need them, and that’s an important lesson in life, too.
Kali Zammit, St. Charles Parish chair of the St. Charles LSU AgCenter and St. Charles Parish 4-H agent, who nominated Miller for the recognition called her “a truly a phenomenal volunteer and friend! She goes above and beyond to help our youth in St. Charles Parish achieve their goals!”
It’s why Miller is being inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame.
Established in 2008, the recognition was founded to recognize individuals who have significantly helped Louisiana youths. Each year since then, each parish is required to submit a minimum of one nomination.
For elder and youth alike, 4-H has come to symbolize an effort to engage youth toward reaching their fullest potential.
But Miller is concerned about this program’s future as fewer children participate each year.
Let’s remember that 4-H’s global network of youth organizations represents four personal areas of growth: head, heart, hands and health.
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills through learning programs.
As head of St. Charles Parish’s 4-H Fashion lub, Miller has been instilling these worthy goals with youths since her granddaughter got involved in 4-H in 2004.
What she discovered with this experience has guided her continued participation in the organization to this day.
Miller found that she truly enjoyed working with youths and witnessing their progress and toward becoming productive citizens.
This makes her a true asset to Louisiana 4-H, as well as St. Charles Parish.