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The Glenville Democrat-Pathflnd &41 ing interviewed tic/pate, years of age," he continued. "I solicited the aid of another agreeing that the reward was a time when a In the fall of 1939, when was only 16 and knew my daughter, Connie. to serve as really achallengetocontinueto the Emerson family R/ta's eight-year old son {eight chances were slim, but I also Project Leader. When one year live by the 4-H motto, and the 4-H pro- on November 30 of that year}, knew it would be my lastlater Kyle was forced to give up always "make the best better." Kyle became of age to join 4-H, chance, since I had to get out in- the Organizational Leadership Presently. six members of the t are not but he was attending a one-room to the world and make, role because of demands at Emerson family are active in 4-H can come school at Paw Paw. Several so I was overjoyed at the work. Rita again took over the leadership. Rita, Kyle and Con- II 1932 as the time the other students at the school honor." reigns and served as Organiza- nie continue to work with the involved. In that were interested in 4-H and the Although her only child was tional Leader, with Kyle and Jolly Millers in leadership roles, began acting walk to Cox's Mills to become a now "out of the nest" and no Connie assisting her, along, of and another of Rita's grand- 4,I f Project part of the club there was simp- longer involved with 4-H, Rim course, with several other children and Kyle's children. members ly too much. so Rita agreed to did not stop in her support of the dedicated adults who like the Chuck, serves as Conservation act c/rculars and organize a club. Three years 4--H program. She continued as Emersons, recognized the value and Horticultural leader of the actual completion of later, the school closed and leader at every opportunity, and of 4-H. local club, and is coach of the At that time, Rita members of the club dispersed only during a seven-year period As age began to tell and Pits county Horticultural Judging I was 24 years to other clubs. KyIe, now a stu- in which she served a "circuit was forced to give up the reigns, Team. Renita, now a senior at was too old to be a dent at Troy School joined the rider" charge for the Methodist Connie was prepared to step Glenville State College, has been but her love for club there, but because of Church did she give up a leader- forward and become Organiza- an active member of the College her strong belief in transportation problems ship role. However, even with tional Leader, a position she Club for the last four years. development of couldn't really attend meetings all the demands of her ministry, holds today, So, from 1932 until When asked if she intends to her to take an when school wasn't in session, she continued to assist the local 1984, the Emerson family has continue in her involvement, she Since that time she At that particular time, the club and its leaders in any way been a moving force in 4-H in gave the expected answer, down from that Cox's Mills club had ceased to possible. Cox's Mills and in the county. "sure." Finally, Connie is quick and her belief in thebe, brought about mainly by the During Kyle's 26 year stint in Besides Kyle's honor of to point out that her job as r and objectives of 4-H closing of that school also. See- the Air Force, he nor his becoming a 4-H pinner, he was organizational leader is made over the ing the need for a local Club, children had a real opportunity able to see his youngest much easier by the help of her at 76years young, Rita again took the initiative, to become involved in 4-H. daughter join that elite circle, sister Kathy, who keeps loose an active part, ap- and re-organized the Cox's Mills although his youngest daughter, and to see her follow up by ends tied up and serves as an wisdom of a long lifeclub which is in existence today Renita. did become involved in a becoming a 4-H All Star as a 4-H Adult Leader for the Jolly the problems of the as the Cox's Mills Jolly Millers. small way in a club at San An- member. Then, during the past Millers. Kyle took an active part in 4-H tonic, Texas. That club folded summer at Volunteer 4-H Is involvement in 4-H likely to asked what she con- and was a member until 1948, almost before it got started, so it Leader's Week-end, Renita had end with the third generation? biggest change she when he graduated from High was not until the family return- the honor of leading her grand- Hardly, for two of Pita's great- in 4-H during the School, and in December of the ed to West Virginia in 1976 that mother, her father, and her grandchildren. David Emerson Years she has been same year, entered the U.S. Air anyone had the opportunity to sister to the circle of All Stars and Chris Hull are current with it, she Force. "My most memorable mo. ioin 4-H, at which time Renita and to witness all three being in- members of the Jolly Millers, the number of pro. ment in 4-H as a member was at joined the Cox s Mills Jolly ducted into the West Virginia and a third, lodi Hull, is anx- had been developed 4-H camp at the Troy School Millers. the same club to which 4-H All Stars, iously awaiting the age of eight ! the years. Most of the Campus in 1948, when I became her father had belonged and the This was a first for the state when he too can become a full- 50 years ago a member of the coveted 4-H one organized by her Grand- of West Virginia--the first time fledged 4-H member. As a being offered, but as Pinner's Circle." Kyle told the mother. One year later, Kyle three members of the same fatal- second-year member, Chris progressed in keeping Democrat. "At that time was influenced to take over the ly representing three genera- achieved the honor of being run- times, the offerings specific requirements for Organizational Leader positiontions had been inducted into the ner up in state competition in until there is becoming a pinner were having of the Jolly Millers. He did so All Stars at the same time. Visual Presentations, with a no field one can thinkcompleted a certain number of with the understanding that his Naturally, all were elated at the News Writing topic. 4-Hers cannot par- projects, and beat least 16 mother would help him and honor, but all were in unison in .....